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.
106 Episodes
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 a 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    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:
Dr. Hana Kahleova is the Director of Clinical Research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Through this role, she’s authored over a dozen nutrition studies with a focus on diabetes and meal timing. The results could drastically change your life for good—whether you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, or “normal” health issues that make you feel less than your best. In this episode, Dr. Kahleova educates us on the power of a plant-based diet, cold showers, and eating two meals a day. If you want to feel better and up your metabolism while doing so, get ready to take notes! What we discuss in this episode:   - Understanding insulin resistance in type 1 and 2 diabetes   - Autoimmune versus allergic response   - Intermittent fasting/eating two meals a day   - The thermic effect of food   - How to activate brown fat and burn more calories   - Dr. Hana’s perspective on the keto diet   - Food and mood   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
A vegan since the 80s, Brenda Davis is the Godmother of plant-based dietitians. In this conversation, she explains how she traversed the relatively new territory of not only being vegan, but being a vegan dietitian. We also go deep into diabetes, the effects certain foods have on the body, orthorexia, and more. Join this joyful discussion—you have your health to gain.  What we discuss in this episode:   - How to find your tribe when you feel like the only vegetarian/vegan   - The removal of dairy as a food group from the Canada Food Guide   - Her work in a groundbreaking diabetes study   - What goes on in the body when someone is diabetic    - How to rebuild your body with whole foods   - Myths (and realities) of eating raw   - Orthorexia and the brain implications of a low-fat diet   - Brenda’s upcoming book, Nourish   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Say it. Penis. Now that you have a few giggles out, let’s talk about prostate cancer. It’s the third most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in the US. Bruce and Mindy Mylrea join us on the pod today to discuss how diet affects everything … down there. Both are former fitness professionals, and after Bruce was diagnosed with prostate cancer nine years ago, they dedicated their lives to learning more about diet and disease and helping others prevent, manage, and reverse chronic conditions. As Mindy says, “Even if you don’t have a penis, you know someone with one.” From practical nutrition tips to unavoidable giggles, everyone has something to gain from this conversation.  What we discuss in this episode:   - What is the prostate?   - Erectile dysfunction   - How Bruce became a vegan during a flight and dropped his cholesterol 100 points   - The benefits of nitrate-rich produce    - How to love food on a whole-food, plant-based diet   - The China Study   - Bruce and Mindy’s website: One Day to Wellness   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Smart, relatable, and effective nutrition advice—that’s what you’ll hear on this episode. Special guest Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and she’s done it all. She’s worked with professional sports teams, held staff writer and editorial positions at magazines like Shape and Fitness, written multiple NYT bestsellers, appeared on virtually every primetime talkshow, and runs her own private practice. This expert has nutrition dialed in, and it’s her job to help you get there, too. From diet trends to sports nutrition, Cynthia packs a ton of engaging information into this hour-long conversation.    What we discuss in this episode:   - The link between diet and disease   - Her thoughts on diet trends, including intermittent fasting   - 3 tips on how to start eating more healthfully    - Night eating   - All about pulses: definition, uses, and benefits   - Cynthia’s website:   - Cynthia’s latest book: Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
The woman behind Switch4Good is a force of compassion who has lifted herself out of pain, into greatness and is now working in pursuit of a kinder world.    Dotsie Bausch is an Olympic medalist, two-time Pan American Champion, world record holder, mentor, renowned speaker, and founder of the Switch4Good non-profit.    In this very special episode, she steps to the other side of the microphone to be interviewed by her co-host and friend, Alexandra Paul.    Dotsie shares her incredible journey from the rock bottom of her struggle with anorexia to the Olympic podium as a plant-powered athlete.    You’ll hear the inspiration behind Switch4Good’s work, what convinced Dotsie to make the change herself, the amazing results she saw in her performance, and the aftermath of her groundbreaking anti-dairy commercial.    She also explains how her therapist, KRS Eckstrom, finally made her feel heard as a young woman and the principles of Krs’s “blue dot method” that Dotsie still applies in her life today.    Dotsie’s story is one of healing yourself and, in turn, working to heal the world. Don’t miss it.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s childhood, her experience in journalism, and the precursor to her eating disorder   - What is life like when you have and are trying to hide an eating disorder?    - Dotsie’s rock bottom and the moment that made her want to give healing a try   - How KRS Eckstrom changed Dotsie’s life, and the “blue dot method” that Dotsie still taps into today   - The origins of Dotsie’s professional cycling dream and how she went from being a bike messenger to an Olympic athlete   - The exposé that encouraged Dotsie to research animal agriculture and convinced her to stop eating animals overnight   - The incredible changes in her performance and recovery after making the switch   - Dotsie’s groundbreaking commercial and what happened after she rocked the boat for truth   - Switch 4 Good’s Undeniable Truth Tour and other big things they’re doing to advocate for animals and expose the realities of the dairy industry   - Follow Dotsie on Instagram at @veganolympian, on Twitter at @DotsieBausch, and on her personal website at   Connect with Switch4Good
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, and its risk factors mirror those of the coronavirus. Dr. Kim Williams, President of the American College of Cardiology and current Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University, explains the overlap between cardiovascular risk and the deathly serious cases of COVID-19. Hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes put us at severe risk for both of these ailments, but there are ways to keep yourself safe. Take a dive with us as we learn more about heart disease, LDL cholesterol, and nutrition-based prevention measures we can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from disease. What we discuss in this episode:   - The overlap between coronavirus and cardiovascular disease risk factors   - Dr. Kim’s own experience with the plant-based diet   - The importance of plant-based iron   - The Ornish Diet   - The connection between heart disease and diabetes   - Understanding cholesterol    - How to “SAVE” yourself   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
As an Academy Award-winning documentarian, Louie Psihoyos has seen the world how it really is. He’s seen the best of nature and the worst of humanity, and he uses his art to celebrate the honorable and change the horrific. This conversation spans decades of experience working as a National Geographic photographer, going undercover to make the award-winning film The Cove, and creating the perfect formula to incite change with The Game Changers. His insight will shock you—from the atrocities committed against sealife to the profound impact his films have made. This show will grip you from start to finish.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Men’s health and virility by way of The Game Changers film    - Louie’s eye-opening experience as a The National Geographic photographer   - The nexus between eating animals and spreading disease   - Going undercover with The Cove   - Environmental, ethical, and health issues of eating fish   - The Game Changers film:   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
General Motors no longer crash tests on animals because of Ingrid Newkirk. Spay and neuter clinics came into existence because of Ingrid Newkirk. There is more compassion, empathy, and far less suffering in the world because one woman decided to use her human privilege and speak up. Ingrid—the co-founder and president of PETA—started a revolution. Her rallying cry calls for kindness for all sentient beings, and her message has sprung millions into action. In this episode, Ingrid enlightens us with the extraordinary stories of animals, educates us on the horrendous ways humans exploit other beings, and ultimately gives us hope for a kinder future. Drop any preconceived notions you may have about PETA. Ingrid doesn’t fear monger, bully, or harass. She tells the information as it is, and her message of kindness will win your loyalty to the compassionate cause.  What we discuss in this episode:   - The power of kindness when extended to all animals (humans included) - Ingrid’s latest book, AnimalKind - The ethics of domesticated horses and dogs - Inefficiency and cruelty of animal testing - How Ingrid’s vegan journey began with a birthday lobster dinner - Leaping Bunny website: - PETA’s website: Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
This week on the pod we’re redefining luxury fashion with two emerging icons. First up is Adrian Velarde of Desserto—a Mexico-based company transforming cactus into high-end leather. The new business’s innovative practices sidestep the toxic chemicals used in traditional leather-making and focus on environmental sustainability. Next up the Vora Sisters give us a lesson on ethical fashion, covering topics from the issues with fast-fashion to their own luxury apparel line, Delikate Rayne, that continues to raise the bar in the business. Fashion makes a statement—make sure the one you’re making is an ethical one.    What we discuss in this episode:   - How do you create leather out of cacti   - The sustainability of cacti   - Toxicity of the animal-based leather industry for human and environmental health   - Desserto Website:   - Desserto Instagram:   - What is fast-fashion   - Hidden uses for leather   - The difference between cruelty-free, vegan, and eco-friendly    - Good on You app:   - Not My Style app:   - Delikate Rayne website:   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
You don’t need to experience trauma to feel depressed.   You don’t have to grow up in a certain zip code to be a drug addict, and you don’t have to have obese parents to develop a food addiction.   Adam Sud grew up in a comfortable household with a loving family, yet he experienced all of these things.   After years of Adderall abuse and excessive consumption of fast-food, Adam tried to commit suicide.   Unsuccessful in his attempt, he finally committed to seeking help and discovered the healing powers of the plant-based diet - not just the physical effects, but the mental benefits as well.   Adam lost 160 pounds and titrated off all of his medications, including his antidepressants. Now healthy and medication-free, Adam devotes his life to helping others, proving that no matter how far one has fallen, there is always a way out.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Coping with food as a child   - Adderall addiction   - Steps to recovery   - Losing 160 lbs and becoming a fit marathon runner   - Perseverance and trusting the journey   - Benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet   - How to change your perspective and set a positive mindset   - The Save Movement (@thesavemovement)   - The Pleasure Trap   Connect with Switch4Good   -   -   -   -   -
Chef Suzi Gerber defies the impossible. With advanced degrees spanning from curatorial studies to social psychology, she fuses her well-rounded education to push the plant-based movement forward. While we first talk market trends and consulting, the bulk of this conversation is spent on food. We learn about her unorthodox vegan journey, her ideas on the vegan keto diet, and how she turns watermelon into incredible plant-based escargot. If you’re curious about upping your homemade culinary game or baffled by using vegan and keto in the same sentence, give this episode a listen. We thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and we’re sure you will, too! What we discuss in this episode: - How to make a plant-based “brainfood” latte    - Inside the production and marketing of plant-based food and international food culture   - Chef Suzi’s vegan story   - Gourmet vegan cooking at home   - Vegan Keto 101   - Big Picture Vegan Keto article:   - Her cookbook, Plant-Based Gourmet: Vegan Cuisine for the Home Chef   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
In this episode, we get political—in a good way. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins us to discuss his journey to the plant-based lifestyle, his meaningful work as a public official, and the responsibility he feels toward improving the wellbeing of his constituents. As a Black leader and former type 2 diabetic, Adams serves as an example that the plant-based lifestyle is not a “white person” thing, but an accessible choice everyone can make to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We also touch on his experiences while serving 22 years in the police force and get his take on the current social discourse surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. Adams is thoughtful, informed, relatable, and empowering. Get ready to improve your day and listen in to the conversation.    What we discuss in this episode:   - How Adams overcame his severe type 2 diabetes   - Healthy living tips anyone can do   - Child nutrition and the issue of milk in schools   - Meatless Monday in schools   - Politics of food and regulation   - Educating the government about healthy foods   - Overcoming our “isms—” including racism     - Adams’ 22-year experience as a police officer Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Kathy Freston is the epitome of the cool vegan. Her fun, friendly, and effortless style is displayed across her work—from her eight books to her guest appearances on virtually every primetime talk show (including Oprah). In this episode, she reveals how she transformed from a girl who would go hunting with her boyfriend to the vegan spokesperson she is today. From recalling a hilarious dinner party catered by the famous Chef Tal Ronnen to listing off heart-warming qualities of animals, Kathy will charm you throughout the entire episode.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Kathy’s gradual transformation to a vegan diet   - How to talk to others about veganism   - Her celebrity encounters with Oprah and chef Tal Ronnen   - Making veganism fun and accessible   - For Kathy’s work visit her website:   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Need a boost? Tara Heaton’s personal story and can-do attitude will rev your motivation and pick you up. Tara is a communications expert and relies on her knowledge of the human brain to help everyone from corporations to non-profits get their message across and achieve success. She believes in taking responsibility, so when her daughter was suddenly diagnosed with a permanent brain injury, she hit the books. Tara explains the interworkings of the brain and offers advice on how to use this knowledge for effective communication. Listen in to this fascinating episode and learn how to up your communication game.    What we discuss in this episode: - Tara’s personal story and dealing with her daughter’s health crisis    - Tips you can use now for more effective communication    - How to help others make the switch to plant-based   - How your brain affects your food choices (and vice versa)   - Tara’s business, En Pointe Communication   - Tara’s book, Talk to the Brain Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Your therapist is probably counseling you wrong. According to Dr. Jennifer Howk, Ph.D., your past experiences have little to do with the way you are. Dr. Howk practices evolutionary psychology which emphasizes the role of nature in the development of one’s personality. As a former staff member of the prestigious True North Health Center, Dr. Howk is an expert when it comes to the psychology behind weight loss. She challenges popular beliefs surrounding human behavior and makes us reassess our deepest thoughts and motivations. Prepare yourself to feel befuddled, enlightened, and empowered during this hour-long conversation.  What we discuss in this episode:   - Reproductive instincts   - What is addiction   - Nature versus nurture   - Practical tips for weight-loss goals   - OCEAN Personality Test   - The Moral Animal    - The Pleasure Trap   - Dr. Jen’s website   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
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
If everyone had a pediatrician like Dr. Yami, the world would have a much healthier relationship with food. Board-certified Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster is a plant-based physician that brings practical advice and her sunny personality to her private practice in Yakima, WA. She was so generous with her knowledge and time—think of this as your complimentary one-hour consultation on childhood nutrition. But we talk more than just food. Dr. Yami offers advice on how to build healthy relationships with food—for adults and children alike. Whether you have a child or not, everyone will benefit from this joyful and informative conversation. What we discuss in this episode:   - Instilling healthy habits early in life   - How to meet families where they are and transition to plant-based slowly   - Osteopathic medicine and the body’s ability to heal itself   - Prenatal nutrition    - Milk, meat, and child nutrition   - How to foster a healthy relationship with food in your children   - Dr. Yami’s website, Veggie Fit Kids, and her practice, Nourish Wellness   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Brendan Brazier is a pioneer when it comes to plant-based sports nutrition. A professional Ironman-turned-serial-entrepreneur, Brendan discovered the connection between plant-based eating and optimum performance as a teenager in the 90's. In the decades since, he has shown the world what plants can do. Brendan has authored several books under his Thrive brand, launched one of the most recognized vegan sports nutrition companies (Vega), backed dozens of other innovative vegan efforts (such as Beyond Meat), and recently co-founded a zero sugar, probiotic cider (Pulp Culture). His work has educated the masses, and we are honored to have him as a guest. From essential nutrition to stress management and overall self-improvement, listen in to learn from this legend.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The Thrive book series   - Brendan’s famous Blender Drink (the beginning of Vega)   - Holistic approach to health and performance   - How to manage stress—both physical and psychological    - Brendan’s involvement in Beyond Meat   - The Game Changers documentary   - Pulp Culture ciders   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Eric Jackson is a force for good. He is standing up against systematic oppression and empowering the Black community to take ownership—ownership of land, ownership of business, and ownership of their situation. What begins as a conversation about food apartheid in a suburb of Baltimore builds into a larger conversation on the history of class-based inequity and how it is up to the oppressed—not the oppressor—to create social change. In times such as these, it is the actions of people like Eric that will incite systematic change.  What we discuss in this episode:   - Eric’s childhood and how it shaped his current endeavors  - History of food disparity and housing segregation   - What is food apartheid? How is it different from a food desert?   - Baltimore’s Strange Fruit documentary   - Black land and business ownership   - Dietary racism   - Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire   - Papal Bull of 1452 that allowed the enslavement of certain groups of people - Womanist theology   - How non-Blacks can support the Black community without taking away Black sovereignty    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Comments (2)

Deepak Singh

awesome podcast guys. Loved every bit of it. I've also done a similar post on the topic

Jun 18th

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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