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.
124 Episodes
Today’s episode is all about chicken. Mercy for Animals President and longtime animal advocate Leah Garces educates us on the current state of the chicken industry and how American consumption has changed throughout history. Her advocacy is unorthodox. She’s met with Perdue and countless other chicken farmers and companies to work with the ‘enemy’ and find a compromise to better the lives of animals. She details her work in Grilled: Turning Adversaries Into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry, and we discuss her first-hand experiences on chicken farms in this episode. We also chat about the potential of farm transformations and the advancement of plant-based options. This conversation is riveting, shocking, but ultimately full of hope. Enjoy.    What we discuss in this episode:   - History and current state of the chicken industry   - Conditions on chicken and egg farms   - Negotiating with Perdue and other chicken producers   - The advocacy toolbox   - Leah’s book, Grilled   - Follow Leah on Instagram @leahgarces   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Adam Sud is such an inspiration, we had to have him on the show again. Listen to his origin story in Episode 2, then catch up with Adam’s latest endeavors in this episode. Adam is currently heading a nonprofit and leading a groundbreaking study to determine the effects of a plant-based diet on addiction and recovery. He acts as a guiding light and offers a much-needed reminder that love is the cornerstone of motivation and life itself. We cover a ton of topics in just one hour—whether you’re interested in science or need a bit more compassion in your life, everyone can benefit from listening in to this conversation.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Brief summary of Adam’s addiction and recovery story   - Negativity vs positivity in regards to habit change   - How a plant-based diet can affect addiction recovery   -  The ongoing study on addiction recovery and diet   - The cornerstone of practicing self love and communicating love to others.    - Explaining depression versus grief   - Adam’s nonprofit Plant-Based for Positive Change   - Rip Esselstyn's The Engine 2 Diet   - The study’s GoFundMe   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
There’s no sugar-coating in this episode. We sit down with the Vegan Hip Hop Movement founder Kevin Tillman to talk about racism, white privilege, and how to do better. Always patient and kind, Kevin explains the culture of hip hop and the intersectionality between this music and the vegan movement. We learn about vegan hip hop artists and identify ways to confront our taken-for-granted privileges to usher in a more just society. No matter your background, everyone can benefit from this direct conversation. What we discuss in this episode:   - The history and culture of hip-hop   - Hip-hop as liberation music   - What is a decolonial diet   - Vegan hip-hop artists: Krudas Cubensi “El Vegano”, Ephniko, Stic of Dead Prez   - The Vegan Hip-hop Movement Instagram   - How white people can do better   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Professional athletes know that competitions are won by the smallest margins, and our guest today is helping them win the advantage. As a registered dietitian seeped in research and the booming new field of nutrigenomics, Nanci works with individuals to pinpoint their exact needs to perform at their peak. She’s also a huge component of regenerative (animal-free) agriculture, and she gives us a thorough education during this conversation. Listen in to level up your life—even if you don’t plan on turning pro. What we discuss in this episode:   - Nutrigenomics and diet optimization   - Nanci’s research on caffeine and performance    - The benefits of carbs and performance   - Regenerative agriculture and the issues with animal grazing   - Nanci’s website and Instagram account: @nanciguestrdphd   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto are going to lift you up! Co-authors of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, their friendliness is truly infectious. The duo can make anyone look forward to (rather than dread) plant-based eating with their enthusiasm and helpful nutrition and cooking tips. In this episode, we discuss their own journeys to veganism, eating vegan on a budget, pressure cooking 101, and a lot more! Listen in and get inspired to eat your plants.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Toni and Michelle’s vegan journeys    - How to go plant-based little by little    - How to eat vegan and well on a budget   - Pressure cooking vs slow cooking 101   - Michelle’s 12-day dairy detox   - Their short documentary, 7 Days   - Follow Michelle @michellecehn and Toni @plantbasedonabudget   - The Friendly Vegan Cookbook   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
There’s a good chance you could be breathing wrong. While it may seem simplistic—yes, everyone can breathe—how we breathe plays a vital role in our health and our happiness. Reporter James Nestor—author of the best-selling new book, Breathe—sat down to chat with us about the power of breath. You don’t have to commit to meditation or a regimented breathing practice; all it takes is consistent breath in everyday life. Listen in to learn how to breathe better and improve your health in ways you never thought possible.   What we discuss in this episode:   - His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art   - How to hack into your body and calm yourself down   - Breathing and exercise performance    - Breathing and sex   - The healing power of breath   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Robert Cheeke grew up as a skinny kid on a farm in rural Oregon. At 14, he was 89 pounds and a lithe runner. Today, Robert has blossomed into a 215 pound professional bodybuilder and a bestselling author. What changed? His diet. Robert is one of the leading professionals in vegan fitness, having both competed as a vegan athlete and educated himself on the intersection between plant-based nutrition and the science of getting swole. Despite his massive accomplishments, Robert is a friendly and relatable guy, and he can always lead an entertaining and informative conversation. Tune in to learn, laugh, and engage with Robert’s inspiring story.  What we discuss in this episode:   - Being vegan in the 90s   - The shift that is happening in bodybuilding toward plant-based nutrition    - The dangers of eating too much animal protein   - How to add muscle mass   - Harris-Benedict calculator     - Shred It     - Robert’s upcoming book on vegan athletes   - Robert’s Save Money. Eat Plants. Article   - Top of episode links: article and sample letter   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Eric Lindstrom once ate 68 chicken wings in one sitting. Today, he works full-time in animal advocacy and has written two books on veganism. What changed?   The self-proclaimed carnivore adopted a plant-based diet over a bet with his wife. While he admittedly grumbled the whole time, what was intended to be a 30-day health kick turned into a lifelong passion.   Once Eric discovered that he didn’t have to give up his favorite meaty, cheesy foods, he stopped grumbling and embraced the plant-based way of life.    With his relatable personality and relaxed humor, Eric encourages others to adopt a plant-based diet by illustrating its bounty of delicious options and its accessibility.    A father of two young children, Eric also helps parents navigate a family-wide switch to plant-based.    Tune in for some laughs, insight, and practical tips to make the switch.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Eric’s past as an adamant meat-loving omnivore and his “reluctance” to go plant-based.   - The bet between him and his wife that triggered his overnight adoption of the plant-based diet—and how he only thought it would be 30 days instead of the rest of his life.    - The book that sparked Eric’s curiosity with diet change—Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.   - What to eat if you live in a rural area and don’t have access to alternative foods.   - The bounty of plant-based options available in stores and online including Eric’s favorite products—Tinkyada Gluten-Free Pasta and Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder.    - Basic kid-friendly family meal ideas.    - Eric’s two books—The Skeptical Vegan and The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids.   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:
We’re talking about the scary C-word today … cancer. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way or another, and regardless, there is always future risk. Fortunately, our guest today has made it her mission to help people reduce their risk and fight cancer through the power of nutrition. Alison Tierney is a plant-based dietitian specializing in oncology nutrition. She doesn’t just tell her clients what foods to eat (we all know vegetables are good for us) but why certain foods help prevent or treat cancer while others exacerbate it. Understanding the why behind what we eat is crucial in adopting and sticking to healthy habits for life. Listen in for Alison’s sage advice on nutrition, health, and cancer prevention.    What we discuss in this episode:   - The controversy over iron    - PCOS, fertility issues, and a plant-based diet   - Busting the myth around soy and cancer   - The foods that fight or encourage cancer   - Nutrition as a complement to other cancer treatments   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
We’re guilty of only showing one side of our co-host, Alexandra Paul. We tout her as the remarkable Baywatch star, but her accolades stretch far beyond this mega hit and far beyond the screen. She’s a humanitarian, animal activist, and Ironwoman. She lives her values every single day, and she’s even received awards for her selfless efforts in the animal rights and human overpopulation movements. We chat about behind-the-scenes at Baywatch, Alexandra’s struggle and recovery from bulimia, getting arrested during peaceful protests, and the very real problem of human overpopulation. Listen in and get to know our wonderful co-host a little bit better.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Alexandra’s front-lines activism and getting arrested for the cause   - Working as an actress without compromising her values   - Her struggle and recovery from a binge eating disorder   - Her work on human overpopulation and promoting smaller, happier families   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
There’s a strong chance you may have read Gene Stone’s work without even realizing it. Our guest today is a prolific author and ghostwriter with over 50 titles under his belt. From the inaugural Engine 2 Diet book to the inspiring Do Something That Matters memoir of Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, Gene’s work has enabled leading experts in the fields of health, philanthropy, and business to share their knowledge. In this episode, we discuss how his “helper” personality led to this career and how to leverage collaboration to create something powerful and moving. Gene is a delight to talk to, and we know you will enjoy our deep conversation with him. What we discuss in this episode:   - Finding your identity in a hetero-dominant culture   - The ins and outs of ghostwriting    - Gene’s venture into veganism through Rip Esselstyn   - Gene’s latest collaborations: Healthy at Last and 72 Reasons to Be Vegan   - Gene’s website:    Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Dr. Susan Levin is a dietitian on a mission. As the director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Susan not only counsels clients, but conducts and presents research to push public policy in the plant-based direction. She is direct, knowledgeable, and most importantly, effective. In this episode, she shares the science behind why dairy is so bad for us and also gives us a glimpse into how the government and consumers are manipulated by milk’s marketing dollars.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The future of the US Dietary Guidelines   - Myths behind milk: calcium, fat content, and weight loss   - How milk consumption can trigger disease   - Growing popularity of milk in China   - Explaining the power of the dairy checkoff   Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
Cardiovascular disease is the global leading cause of death and was responsible for more than 15 million fatalities in 2016.    What would you do to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming part of that statistic?   Today’s guest, Dr. Joel Kahn, says it’s as simple as plant-based nutrition.   Dr. Kahn is one of the world’s top cardiologists, a restaurateur, and is known as America’s healthy heart doc. He’s committed to making the world healthier through the preventative and healing power of plants.   He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss the different factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease and the solutions to prevent or reverse early symptoms.    Tune in to hear what this vegan doctor has learned in his almost 40 years of practice, his advice for protecting yourself against fatal disease, and his tips for living a healthier lifestyle.    What we discuss in this episode:   - What disrupts hormone patterns and influences our health?   - How Dr. Dean Ornish’s paper on getting rid of plaque through exercise and a plant-based diet has affected the views of the medical community   - The effects of inflammation and its connection to CVD, as studied and explained by Rudolph Virchow   - Why you need to include high sensitivity C-reactive protein in your routine blood work   - Sugar and Type II Diabetes: Why was Dr. Neal Barnard criticized for his statements in What the Health?   - Dr. Kahn’s diet advice, including using Chronometers and resources from Chef AJ and Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson   - Resources to live a healthier lifestyle, including Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die and his talk at Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group   - Follow Dr. Joel Kahn on Facebook at @drjoelkahn, on Instagram at @drjkahn, on Twitter at @drjkahn, and on his website at    - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:
When dieting doesn’t work, it’s time to stop dabbling in healthy eating. Dr. Joel Fuhruman is a highly respected physician who has made his mark by focusing on nutrition. He is the founder of the Nutritarian Diet which is based on whole, plant-based foods that have been scientifically shown to reduce cancer risk and extend longevity. In his seven bestselling books, you won’t find “cheat days” or “moderation,” and he explains why in this riveting episode. Fuhrman educates us on the fundamentals of health, nutrition, and disease prevention with a fiery energy is instantly motivating. What we discuss in this episode:   - The benefits of GBOMBS    - The connection between nutrition and immunity   - The Nutritarian Diet and battling cancer   - Food addiction   - Understanding how metabolism is affected by food   - The End of Dieting book  Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -
“The worst thing that I have ever read about a serial killer doing to another human being is being done to animals, but on a mass scale.” Our guest today is an undercover animal investigator, and in today’s show, he reveals the unthinkable. From his decades-long undercover work in the companion animal and factory farms businesses, Pete Paxton educates us on the horrendous and bizarre abuse that gets passed off as “just another day on the job” in these industries. Our commerce-driven society has conditioned us to believe that if we don’t directly kill animals (as in the cases of pets, milk, and eggs), we’re not harming them. This mentality is seriously flawed. Listen in for a heavy dose of reality, and learn what you can do to help correct these injustices.  What we discuss in this episode:   - Why the commercial breeding of dogs means dead dogs in shelters   - Benefits of getting a dog from a shelter   - Understanding the laws surrounding the sale of companion animals   - Companion Animal Protection Society website:   - His undercover work in factory farms   - Pete’s new book, “Rescue Dogs”   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
You don’t get to be 400 pounds overnight. You also don’t completely reverse your diet and become a plant-based expert overnight. Chuck Carroll has experienced both of these extremes, and today he joins us as a health and nutrition advocate and host of the Exam Room podcast. This is for everyone who has an addictive behavior—when moderation simply does not work. Whether it’s an addiction to Taco Bell—like Chuck—or to alcohol or heroine, it’s Chuck’s belief that you can’t cure it, but you can overcome it. His story is powerful, and despite its extremes, everyone can relate.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Food and other addictions   - His experience at 400 pounds   - Weight loss surgery and what comes after   - How to eat slow   - Public perspective of obesity   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
“Most doctors don’t want to believe that food is that powerful, but it is.” Plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever stars in this episode to educate us about the healing and overall feel-good benefits of a thoughtful plant-based diet. She hits on all of her favorite topics in this hour-long mini seminar on nutrition—from chronobiology to macroconfusion to all of her fun acronyms to help you eat (and feel) the best. This conversation is just a taste of the knowledge she shares in her books—she literally wrote The Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. She knows her stuff, and she shares it all in a digestible, non-intimidating way. This is one episode you’ll want to share with anyone who will listen!    What we discuss in this episode:   - The healing powers of food, including food timing and chronobiology   - Diet for a New America by John Robbins   - Dietary restriction without malnutrition   - Where to get B12   - How to talk to your doctor about nutrition    - Julieanna’s website:   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Most people have a favorite hairdresser or perhaps even a favorite barista … we have a favorite gastroenterologist. This is Dr. Angie Sadeghi’s second time on the podcast—she just has so much knowledge to share! Circle back and listen to Episode 3 for her full backstory, then give this show a listen to learn all about the gut microbiome, how to feed your “good” bacteria, the brain/gut connection, hidden causes of anemia, her opinion on probiotics, and more. Your gut will thank you.      What we discuss in this episode:   - Check out Dr. Angie’s first appearance on the show, Episode 3   - The dangers of lactose intolerance   - Understanding the microbiome and how to feed your good bacteria    - The brain/gut connection    - How much fiber do you need?   - Do probiotic pills work?   - Hidden causes of anemia    - Institute of Plant-Based Medicine   - Follow Dr. Angie @Angie.Sadeghi   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
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:
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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