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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.
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19 - Dominick Thompson: On the Masculinity of Compassion, Empathy, and Intention
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 eatwhatelephantseat.com and Crazies and Weirdos at craziesandweirdos.com Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter switch4good.org
18 - Marc Bekoff: On Compassionate Conservation and the Emotional Lives of Animals
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 marcbekoff.com Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter switch4good.org
17 - Chef AJ Shares How She Lost 50 Lbs and Food Addiction
Not many people can say they’ve played the flute for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, worked as an executive pastry chef, and been vegan for more than 40 years.   Chef AJ, a culinary instructor, YouTube host, and author of Unprocessed and The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss, can say all of that and more.   Although she has a background in comedy and a long track record of ethical eating, there’s nothing funny about food addiction.   Even as a vegan, Chef AJ struggled with overeating sugar and under-eating vegetables.   She joins us in this episode to share how she turned to whole foods, lost 50 pounds, managed her addiction to sugar, and changed the course of her health.   What we discuss in this episode: Chef AJ’s experience with disordered eating and treatment Chef AJ’s philosophy of eating and the difference between fullness and satiety What makes processed foods more addictive? How Chef AJ turned her discovery of pre-cancerous polyps into a health opportunity What makes a food addict and what are cravings? How anxiety and sugar are connected What is taste neural adaptation and how long does it take for taste buds to adjust to new diets? Why you need to be eating vegetables for breakfast How you should be eating the fat in your diet Follow Chef AJ on YouTube at ChefAJ, on Instagram at @therealchefaj, on Facebook at facebook.com/chef.aj1, or on her website at chefajwebsite.com. Watch her Tonight Show appearance here! Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter switch4good.org
16 - Tracye Lynn McQuirter: Food Justice, Nutrition, and Enjoying Veganism for Life
Despite the growing acceptance of plant-based nutrition in the mainstream, there are still major disparities in health, food access, and nutrition education for certain demographics. Thirty-year vegan, best-selling author, and public health nutritionist Tracye Lynn McQuirter has spent decades teaching people how to be vegan for life while advocating specifically for African American women and girls. The author of By Any Greens Necessary and Ageless Vegan joins us to discuss health inequalities, food justice, and some of her delicious vegan recipes. You’ll learn the connection between food and racism, how chronic disease is exacerbated in black communities, and this nutritionist’s tips to switch for good. What we discuss in this episode: The plate of black America and how Dick Gregory, comedian and activist, started Tracye on her path to veganism Why Tracye decided to start filling the gap in nutrition literature for black women What’s in Tracye’s Vegan Starter Guide? Health disparities between races, and what exacerbates them What is food racism? How the USDA pushes dairy products onto people of color despite their higher rates of lactose intolerance The mental shift you need to make to start eating plant-based Follow Tracye at byanygreensnecessary.com, on Twitter at @byanygreens, and on Instagram at @byanygreens. Download her free guide at africanamericanveganstarterguide.com Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter switch4good.org
14 - Bianca Taylor: On Self-Love, Purpose, and Plant-Powered Strength
How can a vegan lifestyle help heal your mind, body, and spirit? Before becoming a personal trainer certified in plant-based nutrition, Bianca Taylor started her fitness journey as a bikini bodybuilder. Searching for purpose and a sense of control, she instead found herself dealing with depression and a broken relationship with food. One small realization started an avalanche of change. Bianca used the power of plants, with some professional guidance, to reignite her passion for food, health, and strength. Now she helps other women do the same. She has trained with a range of different athletes and uses her platform to coach plant-fueled fitness. You don’t want to miss this emotional episode about purpose, compassion, and self-love. What we discuss in this episode: The childhood tragedy that left Bianca searching for purpose. Busting the myth that happiness and worth are tied to your appearance. The realization that lead Bianca to a vegan diet and a lifestyle of compassion. Bianca’s physical and spiritual transformation after switching for good. Gaining muscle and building confidence as a vegan. What Bianca tells her clients who are struggling with their relationship with food. Follow Bianca Taylor on Instagram at @biancataylorm or @biancataylorfitness, find her on the Bianca Taylor YouTube channel, tune into her podcast on iTunes, or check out her website at biancataylorfitness.com. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter 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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