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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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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 Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter 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 Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
It’s sometimes hard for people to change what they don’t know, and one of the best ways to spread an educational message is through the power of inspiring films.  Marc Pierschel is a documentary filmmaker who has been advocating for animals personally and professionally for decades.  He created an online vegan store, which still operates today, in 2002 and wrote a German vegan cookbook in 2009.  Most recently, he’s the plant-based pioneer behind the films Live and Let Live and The End of Meat and their production company, Blackrabbit Images. Today he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to talk about his journey from vegetarian to vegan to animal rights activist.  He also shares some of the important insights from his films and chats about the vast cultural differences between the U.S. and Europe when it comes to embracing and expanding the reach of veganism.  Tune in to hear how this vocal supporter leads by example and education and, after this episode, check out The End of Meat on Amazon Prime.     What we discuss in this episode: Marc’s journey to becoming a straight-edge vegan with the help of punk rock and the film Baraka How Marc started Roots of Compassion, the vegan store, in 2002 Why Marc chooses to lead by example when encouraging people to go vegan and how his background in sociology informs his film-making  Marc’s film Live and Let Live, the history of the Vegan Society, and the ironic timing in the rise of veganism and industrial farming Marc’s advice for navigating conversations around veganism and why he doesn’t recommend talking about food around the dinner table The End of Meat and the intersection of politics, ideology, economic business, and meat The cultural differences in how veganism is treated in America compared to Germany, and the all-vegan Germany grocery store chain, Veganz How animal abuse impacts the people who work in animal agriculture and the industry’s history of human rights violations Other inspiring films Marc recommends, including Earthlings, Baraka, and Baraka’s sequel, Samsara Follow Marc on Facebook at @blackrabbitXimages, on Instagram at @blackrabbitimages, on YouTube at blackrabbitimages, and at BlackRabbitImages.com. Be sure to check out The End of Meat on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Amazon Prime.   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
If a simple dietary change could limit the destructive effects of cancer, reverse chronic conditions, and heal your body, how quickly would you make the switch?  We’ve all been touched by chronic disease, whether we’ve been personally diagnosed or watched a loved one struggle through an illness.  Dr. T. Colin Campbell has dedicated his career to proving that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that prevention is possible.  Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, where he also founded the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program.  He’s the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, has been featured in several documentaries including Forks Over Knives, and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide.  You’ve likely heard of the China Project, a comprehensive nutritional study lead by Dr. Campbell which was dubbed “the Grand Prix of epidemiology by The New York Times. The study is the basis of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, a book Dr. Campbell co-authored with his son, and which has sold more than 2 million copies.  In this episode, Dr. Campbell joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the link between animal products and chronic disease, as he has been doing for more than six decades.  You’ll hear the surprising effect of animal protein on cancer cells, why animal protein is detrimental to our bodies, and the truth behind “low-carb” fad diets.  He shares the evidence he’s accumulated over a lifetime of research to show that making the switch is the most effective way to better your health, fight illness, and prevent chronic conditions.     What we discuss in this episode: How Alexandra and Dotsie’s interview with Chef AJ encouraged Alexandra to ditch processed foods, and how she’s feeling one month later How Dr. Campbell went from trying to promote animal-based protein to proving himself wrong, and the biggest takeaways from The China Project The makeup of animal protein that leads to more cancer, and how we know we can turn cancer cells “off” by switching to plant-based protein What do people mean when they call animal-based protein “high-quality protein”? Is it really better for humans? The self-fulfilling prophecy of doctors assuming patients won’t comply with a plant-based diet How animal protein leads to higher cholesterol, and cholesterol’s role in heart disease Dr. Campbell explains the two types of fats and the correct way to incorporate fat into your diet Why Dr. Campbell considers low-carbohydrate diets the greatest scams in nutritional science and some surprising facts about the doctor who coined the term “carb” Why a whole-foods plant-based diet is ideal, regardless of whether you’re looking for short-term weight loss or long-term health Follow Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Twitter at @TColinCampbell, on LinkedIn, and on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at NutritionStudies.org.   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
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 DotsieBauschUSA.com.   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
Like a lot of interesting stories, Matt Frazier’s begins in a bar. A fun challenge between friends to run a marathon, made over a beer, incidentally turned into the start of a lifelong journey for fitness and health.  Seven years after his first long-distance run, Matt cut meat out of his diet, hoping that it would give him the final push to qualify for the Boston Marathon -- and he was amazed by the results.  Struck by the lack of information available to athletes looking to go vegetarian, Matt decided to create the resources himself. Almost a decade later, he’s an author, blogger, podcast host, and the face of No Meat Athlete, a brand dedicated to educating athletes about the benefits of making the switch.  Today he joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share his story of going vegan and making 2019 his fittest year yet.  He gives his best tips for creating lasting habits, sharing your message without feeling pushy, and raising a vegan family.  His advice stretches beyond athleticism and will give you the practical information you need to make the switch, stay healthy, and encourage your family to join the journey.    What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie’s trip to Napa Valley with world-class chefs The origins of Matt’s Boston Marathon dream and how it eventually led him to make the switch How a lack of resources at the start of his journey inspired Matt to found No Meat Athlete Why are some people able to make the connection between their pets and slaughtered animals, and some people aren’t? Matt’s food philosophy and why he takes an inclusive approach to education Why you need to focus on incorporating whole foods into your diet The health scare that encouraged Matt’s parents to make the switch Top tips for empathetic and effective conversations with loved ones about going vegan Matt’s number one strategy for building habits and avoiding burnout as you make positive changes How Matt has created a culture of awareness in his home for his two vegan children -- plus, what do vegan kids do on Halloween? Follow Matt Frazier on Instagram at @nomeatathlete_official, on Twitter at @NoMeatAthlete, or on Facebook at @NoMeatAthlete. Check out his website at NoMeatAthlete.com. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
What can Americans learn from the diets and lifestyles of other countries?  Football prodigy Chris Manderino played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and, later, for the Kansas City Chiefs. During his time as a fullback, he was told he needed to gain 40 pounds to stay competitive -- and eating became another full-time job.  In 2009, Chris signed with the Bologna Doves, an Italian football team, and considers the dietary culture shock a pivotal point in his health journey. Now the founder of Lyfe Fuel, a plant-based protein brand, Chris is a vocal advocate for simplifying your diet, eating intuitively, and fueling your life with plants.  In this episode, Chris shares how he is healthier and more fit than ever without the typical supplements suggested to athletes.  He also shares the science behind Lyfe Fuel, his rules for buying food, and information about “grass-fed” beef that likely no one else has ever told you.    What we discuss in this episode: Alexandra’s appearance at George Washington University’s Tackling the Population Taboo forum Chris says eating in the NFL can feel like a full-time job. What were they eating? The drastic difference in the lives of Italians compared to Americans and how it encouraged Chris to rethink his diet What’s the first step to eating a healthier diet? What do you look for when you go grocery shopping? Chris shares his criteria for purchasing food The dangers of whey protein and how Chris replaced it with plant-based Lyfe Fuel The difference between plant- and meat-based proteins  If you still eat meat because you think it’s “grass-fed”, you might be in for a surprise. Chris explains the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished How the Standard American Diet has a problematic Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 ratio, and the benefits of algae Chris’s favorite plant-based meal Follow Chris Manderino on Instagram at @cmanderino or on Facebook at @manderino.chris, and check out Lyfe Fuel at LyfeFuel.com.  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
Developing a healthy relationship with food is imperative to properly nourish your body and live a fulfilling life.    So what happens if, instead, you spend your formative years coping with loss and chaos through restriction and deprivation?   Mandy Gill is a super athlete, ultra-marathoner, and has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Vegan Athletes.    After overcoming her eating disorder and finding joy in exercise, she turned to a plant-based diet and got in tune with what her body truly needed to survive.    Now she’s helping others do the same.   As the founder of the Mandy Gill Fitness & Nutrition Apps, she advocates for healthy living through a life of motion, thoughtful choices, a plant-based diet, self-love, and respect for all beings.    In this emotional episode, Mandy gets vulnerable with Alexandra about her food and fitness journey, her work confronting the dairy industry, and what she eats as an endurance athlete who has made the switch for good.   What we discuss in this episode: The family circumstances that made Mandy face a choice between caring for herself or her family, and how that choice lead to adolescence of restriction and low self-esteem How fitness transformed Mandy’s life and health, and her journey from Paleo CrossFitter to plant-powered ultra-marathon runner The spiritual, mental, and performance transformations that happen when you make the switch for good Why Mandy hasn’t counted a calorie since going plant-based Canada’s Food Guide versus the U.S. Food Plate, and Mandy’s article on this year’s Food Guide changes Confronting the Dairy Council as an athlete, and why humans do not need to consume dairy How Mandy helps her clients eat healthfully vegan Energy Balls, smoothie bowls, and other things this endurance athlete eats for protein Dotsie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast (watch the video here) Follow Mandy Gill on Twitter at @MandyGill, on Instagram at @mandygilldotcom, and on her website at www.mandygill.com.  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  switch4good.org
If you died tomorrow, what adventure would you regret not taking? As the host of The Amazing Race, a bungee jump world-record-holder, and a cyclist who has ridden across the US for charity, Phil Keoghan walks the walk of his philosophy: “Tick it before you kick it.” When Phil isn’t interviewing guests like Dotsie on his podcast BUCKiT, he’s crossing experiences off his own list, including dining atop an erupting volcano and renewing his wedding vows underwater while hand-feeding sharks. His latest adventure? Ditching dairy. He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share what’s happened since Dotsie convinced him to make the switch three months ago. Phil shares his new favorite cheese alternatives and non-dairy milks while giving insight into how you can stop living your life on the sidelines. You’ll hear how he stays healthy and active while traveling the world and the near-death experience that drove him to tap into his eight BUCKiT themes. Don’t miss this inspiring episode on living adventurously while eating ethically.   What we discuss in this episode: What it takes to change your habits, how latte-loving Phil ditched dairy, and the awesome effects he’s noticed since What Dotsie said to Phil that convinced him to stop consuming dairy and the heartbreaking story of Nestle encouraging African mothers to stop breastfeeding their infants in favor of cows’ milk formula Phil’s new favorite almond milk, Barista Blend, and Field Roast Chao cheese (try their alternative meats too!) Neuro taste adaptation: The taste buds in our mouth play a critical role during eating. Our tongues have approximately 2,000 to 8,000 taste buds divided into four basic tastes: sour, sweet, bitter and salty. When eating a specific food, the initial taste is very distinct and identified by the tongue's sensory neurons. As you continue eating the food, the taste is not as strong and does not have the same impact, which is due to sensory adaptation. What it’s like traveling as a vegan What is the Reducitarian Solution? Can the gradual change of our choices make a positive impact on the world? Phil’s 8 BUCKiT themes and the near-death experience that pushed him to live a life without wasted opportunities Phil’s experience funding cycling teams and raising over a million dollars for multiple sclerosis charity Why we struggle to rediscovery our childhood, how children see “mistakes” differently, and why you have to practice an optimistic attitude How to stay healthy and active while traveling around the world Connect with Phil Keoghan on Instagram at @philiminator, on Twitter at @PhilKeoghan, and on his website at PhilKeoghan.com. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter switch4good.org
  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 JasminSinger.com and check out her interview with Dotsie on Our Hen House 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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