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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.
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Is it possible to make massive muscle gains without any animal products? How can you shed those last few pounds without relying on boring meals high in animal protein and low in carbs?    The guest in today’s episode can teach you how to do both.   Derek Tresize made the switch over a decade ago when his now-wife took a break from her role as Guild Master in their World of Warcraft game to school him on the evidence supporting a plant-based diet.    As a B.S. in Biology, he dug into research and was convinced by the works of Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Joel Fuhrman to try a thirty-day plant-based challenge. Now he’s a certified plant-based nutritionist, personal trainer, competitive vegan bodybuilder, and author of Vegan Muscle and Fitness.    Derek joins Dotise and Alexandrea today to share the science behind both building muscle and getting lean with the help of a plant-based diet.    He busts the protein myth, breaks down the fear of soy and estrogen, and gives excellent advice for anyone looking to cut animal products from their diet.    Plus, you’ll hear this fitness and family fanatic’s secrets for gaining weight, dropping fat, and raising two healthy vegan children.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s top three dairy-free coffee creamers you have to try, including her favorite Silk Vanilla Soy Creamer   - The one piece of scientific evidence that was most convincing for Derek to make the switch   - How Robert Cheeke encouraged Derek to compete in bodybuilding competitions as a vegan   - Are you afraid of the estrogen in soy? Check out this biologist’s perspective   - Derek’s secret weight gain weapon, and the plant-based alternative to chicken and rice   - Why you need to be weight training, even if your goal is to get lean -- plus, hear how it can help your bone health   - The two pieces of advice Derek gives his clients who are looking to go plant-based   - Busting the protein myth: Why you don’t need to worry about protein when you eat plant-based whole foods   - Tips for feeling full while cutting calories, plus Alexandra’s secret to thick, creamy smoothies   - Follow Derek on Instagram at @veganmuscleandfitness, on Facebook at @veganmuscle, on Twitter at @veganmuscle, and grab the How to Gain Muscle and Lose Body Fat on a Whole Food Plant Based Diet ebook at VeganMuscleAndFitness.com.   Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
Fighting for justice on our plates goes beyond fighting for the rights of animals.    Between the implications of the USDA dietary guidelines for people of color, the disparity in food access and education, and gentrification pushing low-income neighborhoods deeper into food deserts, we have to confront the food injustice faced by our human neighbors too.    John Lewis, also known as the Badass Vegan, didn’t see a mango or fresh avocado until he moved from Furguson, Missouri to Miami to pursue his MBA. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he threw himself into research that revealed a troubling connection between animal protein and the illness.    While he’s joined his love for health and fitness with his business savvy to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein shake company, he’s also digging into the darker side of food.    John has teamed up with Keegan Kuhn of What the Health and Cowspiracy to confront food racism through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture in the upcoming documentary, Hungry for Justice.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explore how communities are being left behind in the fight for health and wellness.    You’ll hear how certain populations are being underserved and overlooked when it comes to autonomy over their health -- and what you can do to help.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s trip to Washington, D.C., where she spoke to encourage the USDA to remove dairy from the food pyramid   - Are we confusing what’s normal with what’s right? How John’s perspective of food evolved between his move to Miami and meeting with the doctor who encouraged him to try vegetarianism    - The diagnosis that rocked John’s world and challenged him to research lifestyle versus genetic diseases    - John’s journey ditching dairy for good and how he’s encouraging others to make the switch   - The impetus for creating Hungry for Justice, the documentary exploring food deserts, racism, and injustice through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture   - Food racism and dairy: Racial disparities in our ability to digest cows’ milk, and why more people of color are “lactose normal”   - Category Killers: How chain store giants are proliferating the effects of food injustice   - Understanding the intersection between race and food, and why it’s so important for more privileged voices to speak up against food injustice   - Follow John on Instagram at @badassvegan and on his website at BadAssVegan.com, or email him at John@BadAssVegan.com   Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org  
Once you’ve experienced true fear and suffering, it’s hard to ignore the agony and trauma of others.    James Aspey was diagnosed with cancer at only 17 and was told he’d be dead in six weeks if he didn’t start chemotherapy immediately.    After three years of treatment, he’d gained 50 pounds and developed a severe binge eating disorder.    As he worked to find peace and healing through the principles of Vipassana meditation, he was exposed to the realities of the meat and dairy industries.    James made vows to resist the impulses of his bulimia, to never consume animal products again, and to stay silent for 365 days to raise awareness and promote peace over violence.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to share how making the switch has been spiritually liberating and has allowed him to live truly aligned with his values.    You’ll hear how he broke out of his food addiction, his tips for transitioning to veganism, and why it’s so important to be part of animal activism outside of your personal plate.    What we discuss in this episode:   - The article recently published in a New York university’s Women’s and Gender Studies journal that’s calling out the sexual abuse of dairy cows   - James’s story of being diagnosed with cancer at 17 and dealing with three years of treatment   - How eating out of boredom and a need for pleasure led to a serious binge eating disorder   - How a Vipassana meditation course and a book by Jennifer Taitz gave James the tools he needed to break free from his bulimia    - Why James took a vow of silence, a vow to stop purging, and a vow to never consume animal products again   - James’s tips for anyone wanting to cut animal products out of their life   - The four must-watch documentaries James recommends if you want to understand the importance of going vegan: Forks Over Knives, What the Health, Cowspiracy, and Dominion   - Why it’s important to have compassion for people who have been socialized to reject plant-based diets, and how to be empathetic to anyone who has yet to make the switch   - If you want to liberate animals you must first liberate yourself: Hear how to free yourself by accepting negative sensations    - Follow James on Facebook at @JamesAspeyActivism, on YouTube at James & Carly, on Instagram at @jamesaspey, and on his website at jamesaspey.com.au.   Connect with Switch4Good * https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg * https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ * https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/ * https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood * switch4good.org
We know that food can play a huge role in healing our bodies and spirits, but what about exercise?    Finding yourself in a new professional sport in your 40s might not be as simple as changing your diet, but Joshua Stevens did it and hasn’t looked back.   Joshua is an ultra-marathon trail runner who ran his first 50K on his 44th birthday after being told he wouldn’t ever run again.    Before he was spending 24 hours on a treadmill for charity, he spent 24 years in the army, which led to two spinal surgeries and opioid addiction.    After reading Eat & Run and watching the documentary Unbreakable, Joshua tapped into his competitive nature and hasn’t stopped running since.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share the painful journey that led him to finding peace on the trails and fostering empathy on his plate.    You’ll hear how he pulled himself out of addiction, went all-in on running, and went down the rabbit hole of plant-based eating.    Plus, hear how his performance has gotten even better since making the switch.    Don’t miss this inspiring episode!   What we discuss in this episode:   - What you can do if you were disappointed in the April 24th episode of the Amazing Race   - The tragedy that led to multiple surgeries and the Purple Heart for Joshua   - How Eat & Run and Unbreakable: The Western States 100 inspired Joshua to start ultra running when he wasn’t sure he’d be able to run again   - What happened to land Joshua dealing with opioid addiction, and what we’re getting wrong about the opioid conversation     - Did Joshua replace his addiction with running? Hear how he was able to quit cold turkey and why he says you must always be running toward something   - How eating plant-based fosters your empathy and why Joshua says it’s a way to “pay rent” back to the planet   - The amazing results Joshua saw in his performance and injuries after making the switch, and why he started by cutting out dairy   - Why Joshua ran on a treadmill for 24 hours to benefit the Herren Project and their film The First Day   - Joshua’s advice for anyone struggling with depression and addiction, including to read the powerful book What Made Maddy Run   - Follow Joshua on Instagram at @tumbleweedultra.   Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
When the hold of sugar addiction and habits are so strong, how can we support people through breaking out of their harmful diets?    Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia, Doctor of Quantum Chemistry and former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, is proving that it's never too late to change your path and create an impact.    She is the founder of Plantable, a meal service that goes beyond food delivery and takes a holistic approach to coaching clients through their transition to a plant-based diet.    Her program is helping people lose an average of 8.9 pounds, regulate their elevated cholesterol and blood sugar, and gain confidence in only four weeks.    In this episode, Nadja joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share the impetus for Plantable, how she’s integrated her academic background to create the menus, and why a plant-based diet is optimal for your health.    You’ll also want to tune in to hear some of her fantastic recipes that you can try at home today and how you can save 10% on any of Plantable’s programs.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie and Alexandra’s favorite cruelty-free cosmetics brands, including Gabriel Cosmetics, Beautycounter, and Fresh   - How Nadja convinced a paleo trainer to go plant-based and the awesome results he saw in only four weeks   - The illnesses Nadja’s family members were facing and how The Anticancer Diet encouraged her to dig deeper into nutrition, the Standard American Diet, and food addiction   - Why a service that approaches diet holistically is so important to help people transition their eating habits   - How Nadja integrated her science background, the creativity of a chef, and the experience of a cardiologist to help create the food for Plantable   - The Plantable coaching philosophy, how they onboard clients to prep them for success, and how they help you handle the 2 and 10 p.m. cravings   - What Nadja recommends for a nutrient-rich, savory breakfast and why she encourages people to stay away from smoothies   - The empowering psychological effects of taking care of yourself and finding your sense of control    - Recipes you can try today, and a sneak peek to their upcoming bowl inspired by Dotsie   - Follow Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia on LinkedIn at Nadja Pinnavaia, on Instagram at @plantable, on Twitter at @Plantable, and on Plantable.com where you can enter code S4G to get 10% off any Plantable program!    Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled in less than fifty years.    If we are more informed about potential health consequences than ever before, why are more and more adults choosing unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease?   Dr. Stephan Guyenet, who has spent more than a decade studying the neuroscience of body fatness, argues that most of us aren’t choosing our eating habits at all.   His book, The Hungry Brain, dives into the idea that eating behaviors aren’t a result of weakness or poor willpower, but of an evolutionary mismatch between our brain’s ancient programming and our current environment.    Today he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to explain how our brains are hardwired to seek the high-calorie, dopamine-releasing foods that our ancestors relied on, and why that works against us in modern society.    You’ll hear what your neurochemistry is influencing your eating habits, why you’re suddenly hungry for dessert after being satiated by dinner, and what you can do to overcome some of these neurological triggers that make it difficult to change the way you eat.    If you’ve ever been frustrated by a craving or your habit of second helpings, don’t miss this episode to hear why, if you want to change your stomach, you need to focus on your head.     What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s experience at the Plant-Based World Conference & Expo   - How convenience, cost, and the palatable seduction of food have contributed to higher rates of obesity   - Why do we have a greater eating drive than we did only a century ago? Dr. Stephan Guyenet explains how our ability to concentrate dopamine-releasing ingredients is qualitatively similar to the creation of crack cocaine    - The evolutionary mismatch: How our ancestors' drive to survive is working against us today   - What genetics have to do with our body composition and our penchant to overeat   - Why you should focus on diet before exercise if you’re hoping to lose weight   - Understanding the two systems of our brain and why activities like exercise require overcoming the effort barrier of System 1 and thinking with System 2   - The fat regulatory system, the starvation response, and why “calories in, calories out” is not as simple as counting numbers on a nutrition label   - The two things that slow your metabolic rate and what you can do about them   - Simple things you can try to overcome your body’s starvation response and limit your habit of overeating    - Follow Dr. Stephan Guyenet on Twitter at @whsource and on his website at StephanGuyenet.com.    Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
There are tragic similarities in the trauma of abused children and animals raised for slaughter.    Seeing her own pain in the lives of animals being tortured and killed for food is what lead Gianna Simone to make the switch and never look back.    Before Gianna was an activist, model, and actress, it was all she could do to survive. After years of violence, she bounced between foster families and ended up in a group home where she found herself sleeping with a knife and skipping school to find solace in the gym.    She was able to forgive after being saved as a Christian, but she could not disconnect what she suffered from what she was seeing animals forced to endure.    Now, the actress known for her roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, Mother’s Day, and Unbroken: Path to Redemption is an outspoken champion of animal and human rights, an avid aerialist, and the host of Love Gianna, a YouTube series recently picked up by Amazon Prime.    In this episode, Gianna joins Dotsie and Alexandra to tell her harrowing story and share her perspective on the intersection of Christianity and veganism.    You’ll hear why this plant-based powerhouse sticks to whole foods, how she stays cruelty-free on the red carpet and the sweet love story behind her engagement to the Christian vegan bodybuilder of her dreams.    Plus, don’t miss what Alexandra has been up to that landed her in jail with 70 other activists this summer.       What we discuss in this episode:   - What happened to land Alexandra in jail with dozens of fellow activists after a six-hour talk she gave on animal cruelty   - The start of Gianna’s obsession with fitness as a way to cope with consistent childhood abuse   - How one woman acted as a rock for Gianna and planted a seed that eventually led her to God   - Gianna’s journey from living in a group home to living in Los Angeles as a top model, and how she found recovery from her eating disorder   - The documentaries that put our treatment of animals into perspective for someone who has suffered from abuse    - Should every Christian be vegan? Gianna explains why veganism is the only lifestyle that is truly compatible with Christianity   - How Gianna stays cruelty-free on the red carpet with Self Portrait garments and this interesting fruit-based makeup   - Gianna shares her favorite cookie recipe and chats about her aerial skill, both of which were featured on her Jane Unchained Lunchbreak Live      - Follow Gianna on Twitter at @GiannaSimone1, on Facebook at @GiannaSimone, and on YouTube at Gianna Simone.    Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
With global demand for meat being expected to rise by more than 70% by 2050, and the average American’s beef consumption already generating almost 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses annually, we have to find an alternative that people will readily adopt.    Non-animal meat products are growing rapidly in availability, but there’s still work to be done.   David Welch, Ph.D., is a plant biologist, ultrarunner, running coach, and the Director of Science and Technology at the Good Food Institute.    His work focuses on creating clean meat and advancing the cultured and plant-based meats industries.    He’s here today to explain exactly what goes into creating “clean meat”, to answer your ethical concerns, and to share the benefits of adopting clean meat and dairy alternatives.    Although an entirely plant-based diet is optimal, you’ll hear how clean meat will eliminate the need for industrial farming and why it might be the best immediate answer to our environmental and animal cruelty worries.    This plant-powered runner is working to make cruelty-free diets more accessible and research less biased. Tune in and hear how he’s doing it.     What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s lobbying adventure in Washington, D.C. calling on Senators to vote for the removal of dairy from the 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines   - How Eat & Run by fellow runner Scott Jurek inspired David to make the switch, and how making the switch improved David’s running performance and his family’s health   - The suspect nature of research driving the dairy industry   - Climate change and greenhouse gases: The greenhouse effect is the way in which heat is trapped close to the surface of the Earth by “greenhouse gases.” These heat-trapping gases can be thought of as a blanket wrapped around the Earth, which keeps it toastier than it would be without them. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides   - Montreal Protocol: The Montreal Protocol, finalized in 1987, is a global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). It is the first treaty to achieve universal ratification by all countries in the world.   - David’s transition from academia to developing research tools to working with the Good Food Institute to turn stem cells into tissue for clean meat   - How taking one small biopsy from an animal can generate thousands of kilograms of meat   - What the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is going to cost us in our health and dollars by 2050, and how clean meat is working to mitigate that damage   - The future of clean dairy and plant-based gelatin, and how this science is different from traditional GMOs   - The Good Food Institute’s free online course teaching the science behind plant-based and clean meat   - Follow David on Twitter at @orthostichy, on Instagram at @orthostichy and @plantpoweredrunning, and at PlantPoweredRunning.com.    Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
If we are what we eat, what kind of person is your food creating?   Luke Tan is an author, educator, and fitness coach on a mission to help people reach their ultimate physical and mental potential by using the A.W.A.K.E. Method to live an authentic, plant-based lifestyle.   The former bodybuilder is the founder of the Plant Fit Summit, a free online event showcasing plant-based trailblazers, including some of your favorite doctors, athletes, and nutritionists who have been featured on Switch4Good.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to share how he went from eating 1kg of meat every single day to making the switch with his wife overnight.    You’ll hear how he’s not only maintained his fitness, but also improved his performance and massively increased his energy while eating in a way that aligns with his ethics and identity.    If you’re curious how the A.W.A.K.E. method can work for you and how you can reserve your spot for the nine-day expert-packed summit, don’t miss this episode.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Luke’s childhood health problems that started his protein journey at an early age   - The Facebook post that inspired his wife to go vegan, and how The Food Revolution and Earthlings inspired him to join her overnight   - The awesome results Luke and his wife saw in their fitness and energy after making the switch   - After trying several vegan diets, Luke explains why he’s stuck to eating plant-based whole foods   - How this former bodybuilder splits his macros   - What actually is the “food chain”? Are humans really at the top of it?   - We really are what we eat: Luke shares how the A.W.A.K.E. Method and veganism can help change people, and why our food affects us at a cellular level   - How the Plant Fit Summit can act as a reset to shift what’s on your plate so you can thrive and be the best version of yourself   - Follow Luke on Instagram at @iamluketan and @awakemethod, on Facebook at @awakemethod, and on YouTube at Awake Method. Register for the Plant Fit Summit, starting August 29th, by going to bit.ly/switch4good.    Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Switch4Good aired a commercial featuring dairy-free Olympians to fight the dairy industry’s propaganda that that says milk is the key to performance.    One of the world-class athletes featured in the commercial was Kara Lang Romero.    Kara is the youngest woman to have represented Canada on their National Women’s Team. She competed in two FIFA World Cups, at the Beijing Olympics, and is now a Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductee.    She has also been vegan since her teens.   Today the plant-based foodie is a certified holistic nutritionist specializing in plant-based health and pre- and post-natal care.    Kara joins Alexandra and Dotsie in this episode to share her journey and the realities of being a plant-powered mom.    She digs into how motherhood expands your empathy for mothers of other species, how she got through two vegan pregnancies and is raising two plant-based boys, and how she navigates relationships with family members who have jobs in the dairy industry.    You’ll also hear how she equips her patients with the tools they need to go plant-based and the benefits they see after making the switch.    Kara is proof that milk is the last thing you need if you want to level up your performance.    What we discuss in this episode:   - How Kara found her ‘why’ and went from being the youngest person to the youngest vegan on the Women’s National Soccer team   - The bond of breastfeeding, how emotions change the composition of breast milk, the pain of mastitis, and the new level of empathy Kara found for cows after having her first child   - The odd disconnection people have with drinking milk meant for baby cows   - How Kara’s coaches responded to her going vegan and the number one thing she noticed in her performance   - The impact switching for good made on Kara’s inflammatory markers and ability to “flush out the gunk”    - The two most common culprits of IgG food sensitivity that Kara sees in her nutrition practice and how one of her patients got rid of a 20-year skin issue under her care   - Organizations that are helping animal farms switch to sustainable crops and how Kara handles having family in the dairy industry   - Kara’s favorite meals to cook for her family and how she’s learning to navigate vegan parenting   - Is it healthy to be vegan while pregnant? Kara shares her experience after having done it twice   - Follow Kara on Instagram @karaelise, on Twitter at @kara_Lang, and on her website at KLRWellnessWorks.com. Download her recipe ebook at her website under the Work with Kara tab.   Connect with Switch4Good   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   switch4good.org
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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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