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Author: Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

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Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within.

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating.

Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.

So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.
28 Episodes
  Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, was vegan long before she was thin.   She struggled for thirty years with her weight and, more importantly, a destructive relationship with food.   Even after dedicating herself professionally and personally to compassion for animals, she was still missing compassion for herself.   She says it was only after she turned her objective from vanity to self-care, and traded vegan snacks for juice fasts, that she was able to get to the root of her food addiction, lose 100 pounds, and finally heal her spirit.   Jasmin is the co-host of multi-award-winning podcast Our Hen House, the digital director of VegNews, and a TEDx speaker who wants you to know that compassion is the only path to living in our authentic selves.   She joins Alexandra and Dotsie to share how she broke through her emotional eating, why we should all strive to see ourselves through our grandmothers’ eyes, and why she is unapologetic about not eating anyone who has a mother.   While telling her stereotype-defying story, Jasmin will teach you how to speak a little more nicely to yourself and drop your toxic habits for the ultimate freedom.   What we discuss in this episode: How our parents can unintentionally warp our relationship with food and why we turn to toxic habits to fill emotional voids The realization that pushed Jasmin from vegetarianism to veganism, why communities are important for your transition, and Jasmin’s advice for finding a “vegan family” of your own Unpacking food addiction and why what we consume must align with our authentic selves Veganism is not a diet! Jasmin shares how she takes the guesswork out of people understanding veganism and how the show Explained gave her hope that people are leaning into plants How Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead and Eat to Live changed Jasmin’s life after an eyeopening appointment with her doctor What happens to your worldview when you drop 100 pounds? How people reacted to Jasmin’s weight loss and why it made her angry Changing your mindset from vanity to self-care: Jasmin’s TEDx Talk, and why we need to try to see ourselves the way our grandmothers see us How juice fasting or a similar change in routine can help break food addiction The one investment Jasmin recommends if you think you don’t have time to be vegan Connect with Jasmin Singer on Instagram at @jasminsingerauthor, on Twitter at @jasmin_singer, and on her website at and check out her interview with Dotsie on Our Hen House Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
Few illnesses are met with as many misconceptions as eating disorders.   They’re often over-simplified with one four-letter word: just.   Just eat a cheeseburger. She’s just doing it to lose weight.   Dr. Ron Thompson is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and he joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explain that it really isn’t that simple.   Dr. Thompson has served as a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University and as a consultant on eating disorders to the NCAA. He’s known for broadening the awareness of athletes as a special interest group with unique treatment needs and for trailblazing the path for athlete-specific treatment options.   His publications include Bulimia: A Guide for Friends and Family, The Exercise Balance, and Eating Disorders in Sports, and he coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the NCAA Coaches Handbook.   In this episode, Dr. Thompson discusses the multidimensionality of eating disorders and their treatment. He explains why effective treatment relies on an understanding of the patient as a whole, why certain factors make someone more likely to develop problems with food, and the unique challenges that contribute to eating disorders in athletes.   You’ll also hear why eating disorders rarely have to do with thinness and what you need to do if you or a loved one is struggling.   What we discuss in this episode: The difference between disordered eating and eating disorders, and why both often require treatment What it means to eat intuitively Is an eating disorder an addiction? Can you ever truly be free of problems with eating? Genetic predisposition, trauma, and other factors that make someone vulnerable to an eating disorder Weight loss as a symptom: Dispelling the myth that a desire for thinness is the cause of an eating disorder The surprising rate of male athletes with eating disorders, why we can’t get distracted by “high risk” sports, and the role gender plays in seeking treatment How eating disorders manifest for men and how it’s changed over time Why effective treatment relies on understanding the multidimensional functions of eating disorders Advice for parents of children with eating disorders, and resources for treatment including the National Eating Disorder Association, The Academy for Eating Disorders, and Gurze Books If you have more questions for Dr. Thompson, send them over to Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
Is your diet keeping you sick? Dr. James Loomis is a whole-foods plant-based internal medical practitioner spreading the message that food is the best way to combat illness and disease. After experiencing a decline in his own health, Dr. Loomis made the switch and saw miraculous results: a significant drop in weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in under three months. He says that most problems that walk into his office can be traced back to inflammation and stress, often resulting from the Standard American Diet. The former internist for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams now serves as the Medical Director of the Barnard Medical Center and advocates for using food -- over prescriptions -- as medicine. In this episode, Dr. Loomis joins Alexandra and Dotsie to explain exactly how what we eat works to either heal or harm our bodies. You’ll hear why whole foods are the best way to combat inflammation, why manipulation by the dairy industry is so dangerous, and how you can get empowered to critically evaluate medical research on your own.   This is a must-hear episode to understand why eating whole foods is as important as eating plant-based for your health.   What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie and Dr. Loomis’s experience presenting to athletes in Atlanta and some good signs of progress The health crisis that encouraged Dr. Loomis to make the switch and the amazing benefits he saw within three months Chronic disease can often be traced back to inflammation and stress. How is the Standard American Diet keeping us sick? How a whole-foods plant-based diet will heal your gut The lies behind “bro science” and how athletes are working to lead by example Busting myths around the obsession with protein and calcium: IGF-1’s connection to cancer, over-consumption of protein lowering the PH of our blood, and why most people become lactose intolerant by age 5 The science behind inflammation: Why you need to decrease your Omega-6 intake, increase your Omega-3 intake, and eliminate highly-processed foods The truth behind the popular Chocolate Milk and Butter studies How to better critically evaluate medical and nutritional research, plus suggested resources from Dr. Michael Greger and David L. Katz Follow Dr. James Loomis on Twitter at @jfloomismd, read his writing on the Forks Over Knives blog, and find him on the Barnard Medical Center website. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
  Traditional medicine often prioritizes symptom-relief over addressing the underlying cause of illness.   But if we look beyond symptoms and approach our wellness holistically, can our bodies begin to provide their own relief?   Naturopathic medicine challenges the traditional standard by working on whole-patient wellness and concentrating on the treatment and prevention of disease by understanding systemic causes.   Dr. Christian Gonzalez is a naturopathic doctor who earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University and his Medical Doctorate at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and is currently working at a holistic and integrative medicine center in California.   Dr. Gonzalez joins Alexandra and Dotsie to discuss how you can take control of your health and give your body favorable conditions to thrive.   You’ll hear how environmental toxins and stress are affecting your wellness, how naturopathic medicine helps cancer patients, and what you’re really consuming when you eat GMOs.   This episode will empower you to see the whole picture of your body’s well-being and help you take effective action to change the course of your health.   What we discuss in this episode: How naturopathic and integrative medicine is different from traditional treatment methods Where the real work begins: What Dr. Gonzalez tells cancer patients being released from treatment, and why he views cancer as a means of protection for the body What you must be eating to give your liver some love, plus the benefits of detoxing and fasting Empower yourself after a cancer diagnosis: Questions you need to ask The dangers of glyphosate and how to lessen your exposure How the Environmental Working Group is empowering the public: The EWG’s Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen, Skin Deep Cosmetic Purity Ratings, and what to look for in the ingredients of what you put into or onto your body Detoxify your air with plants Life influences our genes: How trauma and stress are stored in our bodies, what you must do to take care of your emotional and mental health, and how can take action against cancer by eating well and exercising What it really means for food to be genetically modified, and how companies manipulate how we see GMOs Teaching compassion from day one: Why it’s important to foster our innate compassion to avoid the moral disconnection between our truth and our plates Follow Dr. Christian Gonzales on Instagram at @doctor.g_ and listen to the Heal Thy Self podcast on iTunes, YouTube, or Spotify.   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
We know that eating plant-based is great for our bodies and the environment, but what about eating fruit-based?   Can we really thrive on a raw food diet consisting mainly of fruits?   TJ Long is a certified personal trainer, health coach, and fruitarian who says that a diet of living plants is optimal for gut health.   After a long journey through addiction to substances and unhealthy food, TJ found himself a junk food vegan replacing alcohol with other vices.   With some help from a new companion, and the resilience to slowly climb out of the hole he’d dug, he found freedom in health through transitioning to a raw vegan diet.   He joins us in this episode to share his inspiring path to health, why uncooked food is ideal for your digestive system, and how you can try going raw yourself.   What we discuss in this episode: Raw Veganism vs. Fruitarianism: What are they? Is there a difference? What effect does cooking your food have on its enzymes? TJ’s own A Street Cat Named Bob story: How he overcame addiction and found purpose in caring for his best friend, Brooks How TJ transitioned from unhealthy to healthy veganism, and eventually raw veganism Finding freedom in healthful living, and what we can learn about addiction from The Pleasure Trap The physical benefits of eating raw food, and advice for making the transition yourself Everyone’s favorite question: What about protein? Hear what TJ eats every day and how much protein is in his diet Where to start learning more about eating raw or fruitarian, including The 80-10-10 Diet and The Mucusless Diet Healing System Follow TJ Long on Instagram at @wholeconnection, on Facebook at @wholeconnection, on YouTube at Whole Connection, and on his website at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease?   Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions?   Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine.   As the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement.   When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and Forks Over Knives, you might find him performing music with CarbonWorks.   In this episode, he joins us to discuss the science behind diabetes, how the Barnard Medical Center helps patients go plant-based, and diet’s role in the prevention and reversal of poor health conditions.   What we discuss in this episode: How medical school, political movements, and rebellion influenced Dr. Barnard’s worldview How addictive food and the power of culture keeps people resistant to dietary change The process the Barnard Medical Center goes through to educate patients and encourage them to try a plant-based diet as part of their treatment What is really causing diabetes? Dr. Barnard busts myths about sugar, fats, and symptoms vs. the cause of disease The surprising connection between diabetes and dopamine activity The Cheese Trap and the dangers of dairy: Why casomorphin is in dairy, and why cheese is addicting The connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease Do you need DHA? Is fish oil your only option to get it? Dr. Barnard’s role in the McLibel trial Follow Dr. Neal Barnard on Twitter at @DrNealBarnard, on Facebook at Neal Barnard, M.D., and on his blog at the PCRM website. Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
When meat is considered to be an integral part of athleticism and masculinity, how can you convince a team of football players that a plant-based diet is best for their health and performance? Chef Charity Morgan holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and is leveraging her artistry in the kitchen to feed dozens of NFL players plant-based, nutrient-rich meals every day. Once players got a taste of the lunches she was making for her husband, Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan, they realized they didn’t have to sacrifice taste or results on the field to be vegan.   Today Chef Charity joins us to discuss how she’s fueling a team with plants, how she creates culturally-diverse and delicious meals, and what switching for good has meant for her family’s health.   What we discuss in this episode: The impact of growing up in a multicultural household, and how it ignited Chef Charity’s passion for cooking The chronic health issue that led her to switch for good, and the amazing changes her body went through How the switch helped her husband, Derrick Morgan, drop his blood pressure, better his cholesterol, and get rid of inflammation Why there are ethnic differences in lactose intolerance, and how dropping dairy can better your health and increase your energy How Chef Charity collects data on the players she feeds, and how she keeps them plant-based on the road Her process for preparing food in high quantities, and how she gets families involved Chef Charity’s secret weapon to getting people to go vegan Chef Charity’s tips for meal prep that will save you time in the kitchen How athletes are changing the culture of food from inside the industry Follow Chef Charity Morgan on Instagram at @chefcharitymorgan or on Twitter at @ChefCharity, and on her website at Check out her cashew ricotta recipe here! Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
Activism is often marked by speaking up for the voiceless, and that starts by bearing witness to suffering.     These are two of the cornerstones of Jane Velez-Mitchell's mission with Jane UnChained, a digital news network dedicated to reporting on animal rights, climate change, food justice, and living cruelty-free.     Jane is a former news anchor, two-time Emmy winner, and four-time author with two New York Times Best Sellers to her name, including iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life.     Her news network has grown to 70 global contributors who provide breaking animal rights news, live coverage of demonstrations, and daily Lunchbreak Live recipes.     She joins us today to dig into the social conditioning of our diets, her story of overcoming addiction, and the importance of breaking social contracts for a more compassionate world.     What we discuss in this episode: How social conditioning impacts our diet The power of bearing witness and Anita Krajnc’s Save Movement The two words from Howard Lyman that convinced Jane to make the switch for good Jane’s story of addiction and overcoming alcoholism The cycle of addiction, why we attach our happiness to what we consume, and why diets don’t work How animal agriculture affects climate change, and why the media is afraid to cover it The origins of Jane UnChained and how it grew to over 70 contributors Why you need to tune into Lunchbreak Live and an absolutely delicious vegan cheese and cranberry pastry recipe Breaking the social contract by confronting a lack of compassion when you see it Follow Jane on Instagram at @janeunchainednews or on Twitter at @JVM, and on the Jane UnChained website at   Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
Society has perpetuated the idea that masculinity is connected to animal consumption and preying on the weak.   Luckily, there are men like Dominick Thompson actively challenging that belief.   After going to prison more than seventeen years ago, Dominick had an epiphany about what it means to cause harm in the world.   He is now a social entrepreneur and activist with an online wellness program, vegan clothing line, and upcoming food product line.   Dominick joins us today to discuss the realization he made in prison, the similarities between our culture’s treatment of prisoners and animals, and why we must redefine masculinity as a compassionate trait.   You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode.   What we discuss in this episode: How films like The Game Changers and men like Dominick are challenging the connection between meat and masculinity The story of Dominick calling out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram: Why it’s important to be assertive and come from a place of love Why society celebrates preying on the weak as being manly Our experiences with family members in prison, and how Dominick was able to stay optimistic The memory that came to Dominick during his first week in prison: How it encouraged him to stop eating meat and inspired his new mantra How conditions faced by prisoners compare to our treatment of animals The treatment of dairy cows: How researching the dairy industry led Dominick to quit all animals products “cold tofurkey” Eat What Elephants Eat: Dominick’s online food program that seeks to make plant-based eating accessible no matter who or where you are The transformation Dominick saw after switching for good that made him feel like a real-life superhero Follow Dominick on Instagram at domzthompson or on Twitter at @DomzThompson. Check out Eat What Elephants Eat at and Crazies and Weirdos at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
How does compassion play a role in ecological conservation? In what way does our treatment of animals impact the way we treat ourselves and the planet? Marc Bekoff is an animal behaviorist who argues that turning away from human exceptionalism and theoretical prejudices are the keys to expanding our compassionate footprint and making our conservation efforts more effective. As the author of more than 1,000 essays and 30 books, Marc is a leading voice in the fields of ecology, animal behavior, and cognitive ethology. Among his many accomplishments, he, with Jane Goodall, is a co-founder of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and he was the first American to win his age class at the Tour du Haut Var bicycle race. Marc joins us in this episode to discuss empathy, dissonance and connecting with who nonhuman animals are. What we discuss in this episode: What it means to rewild yourself, connect with nature, and acknowledge nonhuman animals for who they are How overstimulation has made us discontent and disconnected from the natural world What happens to your brain when you go outside? How nature affects your mood and mind It’s who we eat, not what we eat: How diet impacts our connection to the world How we use convenience and nonhuman animals’ perceived utility to create cognitive dissonance Is there a connection between intelligence and suffering? What cognitive ethology teaches us about animals’ emotional lives The importance of spending time with “food animals”: animal personalities, Kappurot, and a story from Marc’s Animal Manifesto Do bees get depressed and do elephants mourn? Marc explains animal emotions and why they act the way they do Marc’s insights about domestication, animal advocacy, and diet Follow Marc on Twitter at @MarcBekoff or on his website at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
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Amalia Zimmerman

Amazing first episode. It's fun, informative, eye opening and engaging. I am so excited for more episodes to drop!

Feb 11th
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