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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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Ask anyone who has been plant-based for more than twenty years, and they all point back to this seminal work by John Robbins—Diet for a New America. But this is not John’s singular claim to fame. He grew up as the sole heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, but as he was groomed to take over the family business, he became increasingly unsettled by the fact that the company wasn’t selling happiness—in his words, it was selling lies.    Unable to promote a product that endangered the animals, the planet, and one’s health, John walked away from the fortune, adopted a plant-based diet, and began to write. Over the past 40 years, John’s work has changed countless perspectives about the way we eat—forcing readers to wake up to the fact that there is one solution for the problems we face—and that is to go plant-based.    John may not have invented the thirty-second flavor, but he has certainly saved lives.    What we discuss in this episode:   - John’s childhood growing up as the heir to the Baskin Robbins business.   - Growing up surrounded by wealth yet surrounded by morbidly unhealthy family members.   - John’s decision to step away from the family business at a young age and live on $500 a year with his wife.   - The symbiosis of the plant-based solution in regards to the welfare of animals, one’s health, and the environment.   - How John ultimately saved his father’s life by taking an alternative path in life.    - John’s first book, Diet for a New America, that has served as the nexus for countless people who have made the switch to plant-based fuel.    - How commercially produced sweets can affect one’s palate.    - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Although food has incredible healing power, there is more you should be doing to take care of your body holistically.    Beyond helping his patients transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet to fight disease and improve their guts, James Marin is an expert at bettering health from all angles, including by eliminating environmental toxins.     James is a Registered Dietitian and Environmental Nutritionist who, along with his wife Dahlia, specializes in preventing and healing diabetes, auto-immune diets, gastrointestinal treatments, and pediatric nutrition.    He says that there are three levels of health, all of which work together to keep your body working the way it’s meant to.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the different levels of health, the impact the environment has on your body, and what you can do to ensure longer-term health.    You’ll hear his how he treats disease by focusing on the cause over symptoms, why it’s necessary for you to pay attention to GMOs and chemicals in your food, and why you need to be part of environmental activism.    Tune in to hear actionable advice that will empower you to take control over the entire picture of your health.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Is a low-carb diet the best option for Type II diabetics? Hear why James Marin believes treatment needs to go beyond limiting symptoms, plus the hidden dangers of a long term keto diet   - Are all sugars bad? The big difference between processed sugar and sugar you find in whole foods   - James’s plant-based food pyramid that makes it even easier to eat healthfully    - The three layers of health and why we can’t ignore the effects the environment has on our gut health    - Why a vegan diet on its own might not be healing your body, and how you can ensure you’re taking care of all three levels of health   - The secret to washing your fruits and vegetables if you want to avoid dangerous chemicals   - Breast milk as a medium to transfer data: What we’re putting into our bodies when we drink cows’ milk that has bioaccumulated PCBs and PBDEs   - The major difference between selective breeding and genetic modification -- and why the latter is so dangerous    - You can be part of the solution: What you can do to advocate for a healthier future   - Follow James on Instagram at @marriedtohealth, on Twitter at @marriedtohealth, on Facebook at @MarriedToHealth, at YourGutConnection.com, and at MarriedToHealth.com.    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
In the past several decades, talking about veganism has often been met with discomfort, assumptions, and suspicion.   Or, like in the case of today’s guest, it was met with jokes that you might be in a cult.   The world is continuing to progress and plant-based diets are becoming more and more popular, but there still isn’t enough focus on the big picture of health.   In this episode, Dotsie and Alexandra are joined by Jason Wrobel, an author, chef, and podcast host who focuses on holistic mental health and emotional wellness.   Dotsie got to know Jason at the Remedy Retreat, a weekend of education and inspiration for people who are struggling to take control of their health where Dotsie and Jason both had the opportunity to speak.   Tune in and get to know more about Jason, his journey as a chef who had his own TV show, and how he won his battle over depression.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The exciting thing Jason is working on with the Switch4Good team   - How Jason’s mom helped him make the switch and why we need to get back to cherishing the bonding experience of food   - How Jason gradually eliminated animal products from his diet and the role Dr. Neal Barnard’s research played in his journey   - What led Jason to become a plant-based chef   - His battle with depression and suicide and how he was able to overcome it   - Why you need to watch out for foods that cause inflammation   - Jason’s advice for people who are feeling depressed or suicidal   - Follow Jason Wrobel on Facebook at @JasonWrobelOfficial, on Instagram at @jasonwrobel, on Twitter at @jasonwrobel. Check out his website at https://jasonwrobel.com and his new brand at https://www.wellevatr.com/.   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org  
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 https://www.drjoelkahn.com/.    - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Investing your money can be a scary and confusing process.    Where should you invest? What type of investments should you make? How can you be sure that your investments don’t contribute to unethical practices?   Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are growing in popularity due to their ease of trading while maintaining diversification benefits. And more ETFs are starting to focus on social good along with financial returns.    A new ETF, VEGN, aspires to tackle the concerns of vegans, animal rights activists, and environmentalists by steering clear of investing in companies that participate in animal abuse, destruction of the environment, and climate change.   Today’s guest, Claire Smith, is part of the team that launched VEGN.   She talks with Dotsie and Alexandra about how she’s using her financial and investment experience to grow the first vegan index on the market.   They discuss what an ETF is, how VEGN differs from the S&P 500, and how you can invest responsibly.     Tune in to hear how Claire is putting her money where her mouth is and how she’s making trading more ethical.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Five easy steps to switch to a plant-based diet   - Claire discusses what the US Vegan Climate ETF is all about   - How well do responsible portfolios perform?   - How the screening process works and what they do with the information   - The development of the index through a quantitative analysis   - What was Claire’s inspiration in creating the company?   - Check out the advisor site at www.beyondinvesting.com and learn more about VEGN at www.veganetf.com.   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Ice hockey is often stereotyped as a white man’s sport. In fact, USA Today claims that the National Hockey League is made up of only 3% non-white players.   But today’s guest helped pave the way to increase that percentage and get more men of color on the ice.   Georges Laraque is a retired professional hockey player, Canadian sports commentator, author, and animal rights activist.   In his 13 years in the NHL, Georges played 695 games, including 57 in the playoffs and two fighting for the Stanley Cup.   Since making the switch in 2009, Georges has steadily contributed to the vegetarian and environmental movements in Montreal.     In this episode, Alexandra and Dotsie speak with Georges about his journey to becoming one of the few men of color to play in the NHL and how shifting to a plant-based diet affected his life and understanding of justice.   Tune in to hear more about Georges growing influence in the vegan, sports, and political communities.   What we discuss in this episode:   - What it was like for Georges growing up as a man of color who wanted to play hockey in Montreal   - Georges’s inspiration for pursuing a career in hockey   - How the documentary Earthlings encouraged Georges to shift to a plant-based diet   - How injustice toward animals is similar to other social inequalities   - Georges’s effect on the NHL community and the plant-based industry as a whole after becoming vegan   - How Georges is breaking down stereotypes of veganism through public speaking   - Follow George Laraque on Facebook at @bgl27, on Instagram at @georges_laraque, and on Twitter at @GeorgesLaraque. Check out his videos on YouTube at @douly27 and listen to his daily radio show at 919sport.ca/animateur/glaraque. Read more about his story on his website, GeorgesLaraque.com.   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org  
How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease?   Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions?   Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine.   As the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement.   When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and Forks Over Knives, you might find him performing music with CarbonWorks.   In this episode, he joins us to discuss the science behind diabetes, how the Barnard Medical Center helps patients go plant-based, and diet’s role in the prevention and reversal of poor health conditions.   What we discuss in this episode:   - How medical school, political movements, and rebellion influenced Dr. Barnard’s worldview   - How addictive food and the power of culture keeps people resistant to dietary change   - The process the Barnard Medical Center goes through to educate patients and encourage them to try a plant-based diet as part of their treatment   - What is really causing diabetes? Dr. Barnard busts myths about sugar, fats, and symptoms vs. the cause of disease   - The surprising connection between diabetes and dopamine activity   - The Cheese Trap and the dangers of dairy: Why casomorphin is in dairy, and why cheese is addicting   - The connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease   - Do you need DHA? Is fish oil your only option to get it?   - Dr. Barnard’s role in the McLibel trial   - Follow Dr. Neal Barnard on Twitter at @DrNealBarnard, on Facebook at Neal Barnard, M.D., and on his blog at the PCRM website.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
How can athletes combat debilitating digestive disorders that are keeping them from performing at their peak? Today’s guest is Emilie Tan, speed skater turned endurance ultrarunner and meat-eating IBS sufferer turned plant-based healthy mom.  Like most of us, Emilie ate animal products for most of her life until health conditions starting catching up to her.  Within three months of making the switch, she channeled her newly gained energy into running the 2014 Melbourne Marathon.  In this episode, Emilie sits down with Alexandra and Dotsie to share the major transformation she’s made in her sporting journey, parenthood, and health. Tune in to hear how eating dairy affects your digestive system, the benefits of intuitive eating, and advice for raising plant-based children.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Why Emilie turned to a plant-based diet to stop her IBS   - What happens to your digestive system when you consume dairy   - How Emilie is raising her daughter to be vegan through baby-led weaning   - What Emilie’s doing to ensure her daughter gets all of her nutrients on a plant-based diet   - Emilie’s tips for mothers who are still breastfeeding their babies   - Follow Emilie Tan on Instagram at @emilieendurancerunner. Check out her website at www.emilieendurancerunner.com.   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Considering how much information is at our fingertips every day, it seems as though more people should be aware of what really happens in animal agriculture.    Even with knowledge being more accessible than ever, people have to be proactive in educating themselves and researching outside of industry bias.   Today’s guest did just that, and transitioned to a plant-based diet after researching how his daily meat products were being manufactured.    Nil Zacharias is the co-founder of the popular site One Green Planet, co-author of Eat for the Planet, host of a podcast by the same name, and the founder of plant-based platforms Spire and 8020 Plants.    After learning the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry, he made the switch and dedicated himself to helping others do the same.   He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to talk about his transition to a plant-based diet and why he left his law career to be an ambassador helping people on their own food journey.   Nil believes that many people have yet to make the transition due to errors in communication and understanding, and today he shares his secret to effectively connecting as an advocate.    Tune in to learn more about the environmental consequences of dairy and how you can be part of the solution.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The trigger that made Nil transition from a meat-eater to a plant-based diet lover   - His dairy industry discoveries that opened his eyes to the imposing environmental problems   - The humble beginnings of Eat For The Planet and how it has now become a movement   - How to effectively reach out to people by giving them a path   - Why Nil’s idea of success is not based on the amount of people giving up animal products, but by how many people are shifting to a plant-based diet   - How Spire and 8020Plants can help in a smooth transition for those wanting to switch to a plant-based diet   - Be one of the first to grab Nil’s Eat for the Planet Cookbook, coming January 2020   - Follow Nil Zacharias on Twitter at @nilzach and on Instagram at @zachariot. Follow Spire on Twitter at @spireconnection and 8020Plants on Twitter at @8020plants   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org   - Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/
More than 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for consumption every year, just in the United States.    The more people consume meat, the higher the demand, and the more animals are exploited and slaughtered.    But why do we tend to only eat certain kinds of meat? Why are more of us investing in premium pet products at the same time the chicken slaughter rate is continuing to increase?    Today’s guest shares some insight into this phenomenon, which she has coined carnism.   Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, author, and vegan advocate behind the concept of carnism. She’s also a TEDx speaker and recipient of the prestigious Ahimsa Award.   Tune in to hear Dr. Melanie Joy as she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss how carnism is woven into the very fabric of our society. She explains that it’s both institutionalized and internalized, and held up by our social powerarchy.    Learn how carnism creates a defense mechanism that distorts perception, disconnects us from empathy, and how you can fight against it.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Why do we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows? Dr. Melanie Joy explains what carnism is and how it affects all of us   - The experience that made Melanie become vegan   - How people who practice carnism defend themselves   - Veganism isn’t an overnight change: Why awareness is key   - What Beyond Beliefs teaches us about non-vegans’ roles in the solution to ending the consumption of animal products   - The Powerarchy phenomenon, and how people compartmentalize their thoughts toward certain individuals or groups   - Be one of the first to get Melanie’s next book, Getting Relationships Right, coming February 2020   - Follow Melanie Joyon Facebook at @MelanieJoy or at @beyondcarnism, on Instagram at @beyondcarnism, and on Twitter at @BeyondCarnism. Check out her website at www.carnism.org   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org   - Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/  
When women join a male-dominated sport, it can be difficult to gain the respect of fans, officials, and fellow athletes. Those issues can be even more exacerbated when women challenge the sports world to consider new, more ethical ways of living.   But that didn’t stop Leilani Münter.    Leilani is a Biology graduate from UC San Diego, a professional race car driver, and an environmental activist.    She realized early in her career that her mission was to bridge the worlds between racing and environmental work.    Despite early criticism, her race cars have carried messages about renewable energy, she has adopted an acre for every race she’s run since 2007, and she treated race fans to 30,000 Impossible Burgers at the Chicagoland Speedway.    Today she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to chat about her advocacy for solar power, electric cars, plant-based diets, animal rights, and population control.    You’ll hear her story of making the switch, how she brought renewable energy to the race track, and how she’s opening up the population dialogue in an upcoming film.   Watch out, because Leilani is as powerful in her arguments as she is on the track. Get ready to be convinced.     What we discuss in this episode:   - How Leilani used her race career to bring her environmental message to millions and 30,000 Impossible Burgers to her fans   - The intense physical challenges that come with racing, how Leilani prepared for them, and how going vegan changed her performance   - How going down the rabbit hole of documentaries like The Cove encouraged Leilani to go vegan, plus how she’s changed the way she approaches friends and family about making the switch   - How a discussion about An Inconvenient Truth helped Leilani realize that her purpose was to bridge the world between racing and environmental activism   - Leilani’s work with Racing Extinction and why educating people about species threatened with extinction help them see the impact of their behavior   - Striking statistics about population growth, and why we need to start seeing environmental destruction as a symptom of our rate of procreation    - The two words Leilani uses to ease into the conversation about population with strangers without sending them on the defensive    - Are we losing the forest for the trees? Leilani shares why she was criticized for promoting the Impossible Whopper, why she stands by her decision, and the statement from Pat O. Brown that puts their animal testing in context   - How Leilani offset the fuel she was burning during races by adopting and protecting acres of the rainforest, plus how she got an entirely solar-powered pit station   - Follow Leilani on Twitter at @LeilaniMunter, on Instagram at @LeilaniMunter, on Facebook at @LeilaniMunter, and on er website at leilani.green.    - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating pants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org   - Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/
Poop. It might not be dinner table conversation, but there’s no denying it’s on everyone’s minds.   If you ever feel bloated, constipated, or experience more serious digestive issues, it could be due to your diet.   Plant-based and board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Angie Sadeghi walks us through all our burning questions about our gut including colonics, enemas, probiotics, and more.   Learn how to become more “regular” and diversify your gut microbiome, so get a pen and paper ready; you’ll want to take notes!   What we discuss in this episode:   - How dairy negatively affects the gut microbiome   - How to diversify the gut microbiome with plant-based foods   - The importance of fiber   - Everything you want to know about your colon   - How to start feeling better by gradually transitioning to high fiber foods   - “Dairy Is Scary” video by Erin Janus   - Follow Angie on Instagram @angie.sadeghi or visit her website www.drangiehealth.com   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Health fanatics will often tell you that things like salmon and eggs are the way to go if you want to eat healthy.   But even simple iceberg lettuce has more antioxidants and fiber than both.    It’s simple: going plant-based is worth it, not only for animals, but also for your own health.    Here to prove that is today’s guest, Audrey Dunham, a former fitness competitor turned actress, recipe developer, and owner of Peanut’s Bake Shop. The Bake Shop offers exceptionally delicious and high-quality cookies that are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and made from non-GMO ingredients.    Dotsie and Alexandra sit down with Audrey as she shares her journey of going from a vegetarian diet to eating entirely plant-based and opening the Bake Shop to make vegan goodies accessible to as many people as possible.    She also shares how intuitive eating and books like French Women Don’t Get Fat and How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too helped her reconnect with herself after moving away from the professional fitness world.    Tune in to hear how Audrey is having her cookies and her health too, and how you can join her.   What we discuss in this episode:   -  From starring in fitness competitions to becoming a mom of twins and Bake Shop owner   - How Audrey found balance and repaired her relationship with food after leaving the fitness world   - Protein-rich foods vs. fiber-rich foods: Which is more important and why?   - It’s in the BEANS! Tips on making dishes and tasty snacks from beans   - What to do when you’re eating out and they serve you bread   - Audrey shares what When Your Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair by Geneen Roth taught her about intuitive eating     - How Audrey is raising her twin boys as vegans   - The vegan food show that could have been   - Follow Audrey Dunham on Facebook at @AudreyEDunham, on Twitter at @AudreyEDunham, and on Instagram at @audreyedunham. Check out her videos on YouTube at Audrey Dunham and her website at AudreyDunham.com.   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org   - Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/
There are so many reasons people want to lose weight.    Whether they’re influenced by social media, or are driven to live a healthier lifestyle, people are becoming increasingly caught up in dieting trends.    Keto and Paleo have become a couple of the go-to choices for people looking to shed a few pounds, but are they actually good for you?    Today’s guest is Dr. Michael Greger, the physician behind the popular site NutritionFacts.org and the author of the New York Times Bestseller, How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease.   Dr. Greger, Dotsie, and Alexandra dig into the science behind plant-based diets being the best option when trying to lose weight while keeping your mind and body healthy.    You’ll also get a peek into the contents of How Not to Die and the tools you can use to start making healthier choices today.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Dr. Greger’s objective when he wrote How Not to Die   - The positive effects microbiome-friendly diets have on your mind and body   - Why the low-carb diet has been around since the mid-19th century   - The most important food you should give up if you want to rebuild your gut microbiome: Is it dairy or processed meat?   - Dr. Greger discusses the critical differences between plant-based protein and animal-based protein   - Why you should have a TreadDesk, and how it prevents crippling your artery function caused by prolonged sitting   - Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen app, available in the Google Play Store and App Store, that allows you to track your food intake   - The 17 factors that need to be incorporated into your lifestyle for losing weight   - Some of the 21 tweaks that you can make when preparing your food at home to complement the Daily Dozen challenge   - Missy and the Purple Nails story (read it yourself at the beginning of chapter 9 in How Not to Die)   - Follow Dr. Michael Greger on Facebook at @NutritionFacts, on Twitter at @nutrition_facts, and on his website at Dr.Greger.org.   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
According to ANAD, at least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States.   No matter what type of addiction you have, it’s difficult to confront when you’ve hit rock bottom and are in desperate need for a change.    Today’s guest is Ryan Duff, the winner of Switch4Good’s recent contest that asked listeners to submit their own stories of overcoming personal challenges.    Ryan is a medical student and a recreational ultra-endurance runner, but more impressive than his academic and athletic achievements is his story of overcoming an eating disorder.    Dotsie and Alexandra talk with Ryan about his struggle from anorexia to binge eating, and how he’s overcome those hurdles by shifting to a plant-based diet.    They discuss the underlying causes of eating disorders, coping mechanisms, and the holistic impact of veganism for your physical and mental health.    Plus, find out where you can get Bee Free Honee, made from apple juice, and Alexandra’s favorite caramel-tasting Bahri dates.    After you listen to Ryan’s inspiring story, check out the Switch4Godd blog to read more about his path to recovery.    What we discuss in this episode:   - What inspired Ryan to fully commit to a plant-based diet   - Ryan’s relationship with food growing up and how he succumbed to an eating disorder   - What The Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari can teach us about addiction and depression   - How the books Brain Over Binge by Kathryn Hansen and Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey helped Ryan conquer his eating disorder   - Ryan’s path to recovery, his daily nutrition plan and meal tips for runners   - The status of the medical field in terms of knowledge about nutrition and how Ryan plans to shift people’s mindset about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet   - Follow Ryan Duff on Instagram at @unleashtheduff or on Twitter at @ryanduff11. Check out his blog at unleashtheduff.com   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
A lot of well-meaning people having riding an elephant as part of their bucket list.    One popular destination for this activity is Thailand, where tourists can spend their vacation watching elephant shows, getting up close to the animals, and riding on their backs.    What a lot of these tourists don’t know is the suffering these elephants endured to be used for their amusement.    Today’s guest is Ashley Bell, who has appeared in several films and television shows. She made her major feature film debut as Nell Sweetzer in The Last Exorcism, which garnered her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also gave a brilliant performance in Psychopaths and has been featured as a voice actress in several popular video games.    But in 2018, Ashley stepped behind the camera for Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story. She wrote and directed this groundbreaking documentary that follows her daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old elephant from slavery. Ashley sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss the disturbing reality behind elephant exploitation, the inspiration behind Love & Bananas, and how she combines her platform with her passion for animal activism.   What we discuss in this episode:   - How meeting Lek Chailert inspired Ashley to make Love & Bananas: An Elephant Love Story   - What’s causing elephant populations to drop?   - Why African elephants are being poached, and how they’re evolving to save themselves   - The “crush box”: The disturbing method behind elephant training that you’ve never heard of   - Why Ashley made Love & Bananas, how it’s changing the lives of elephants in captivity, and what you can do to help   - The bill that is currently being pushed to free Billy and move him to a PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary   - How circuses like Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey are finally closed but have turned into supposed conservation centers   - Follow Ashley on Instagram at @AshleyMichaelBell, on Facebook at @AshleyMichaelBell, on Twitter at @AshMichaelBell, on the Love & Bananas website   - 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
A lot of people who are self-conscious about their bodies tend to fall into dieting cycles and find themselves confused about what their bodies really need.   What kind of calorie count should you maintain? How much protein should you eat? When does your diet become something more sinister?    Today’s guest is Jenna Hollenstein, an author and registered non-diet dietitian who helps people who are struggling with chronic dieting, disordered eating and diagnosed eating disorders.    Jenna joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share how she helps her clients find a greater sense of peace and wellness through a non-diet approach.    They also talk about how people’s relationship with food stems from segregating the body and how you can recover from that division.    Tune in to hear how Jenna replaces dieting with healing, what you need to know about Intuitive Eating, how to help your children develop good eating habits and more.    What we discuss in this episode:   - What you need to know about daily protein requirements    - How Jenna’s upbringing encouraged her to become a dietitian   - The effects of repressing your needs and desires, how they reemerge as something else, and other insights from Caroline Knapp’s Appetites   - How various cultures look at food differently and the relationship most Americans have with food   - Jenna’s practice based on Intuitive Eating, and the three principles you derive from the habit   - The physiological consequences of Sensory Specific Satiety   - Jenna’s role as a health coach and dietician towards her client   - The benefits of including children in their feeding process, as told by Ellyn Satter in her Division of Responsibility model   - Follow Jenna Hollenstein on Instagram at @jennahollenstein, on Twitter at @JennaHollens, or on Facebook at @jhollenstein. Check out her website at eat2love.com.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
“It is absolutely unnatural and unnecessary for adult humans to be consuming the milk of another species. It’s unnatural and it’s unhealthy.” - Dr. Milton Mills, MD   Most doctors receive less than 24 hours worth of nutrition education during their four years of medical school; they prescribe pills and surgeries without first looking at their patients’ diet.   For Dr. Milton Mills, this is not the case. A critical care physician working at an ICU, Dr. Mills is no stranger to patients suffering from advanced stages of chronic disease. His first recommendation? Ditch dairy. He is on a mission to educate the public about the consequences of dairy - to both individual health and that of society.   He supports his claims with medical evidence, and we take a deep dive into exactly why dairy is so harmful. He is truly passionate about this topic, and it was a pleasure to sit down with him and learn so much.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Health risks of consuming dairy, including acne, digestive problems, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.    - Lactose intolerance and people of color.   - Government involvement in the dairy industry and dairy promotion.    - The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.    - The Blue Zones    - NutritionFacts.org YouTube for science-backed, easily digestible, and subject-specific videos on health and the benefits of a plant-based diet.     Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: 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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