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Podcast title The Plant Trainers Podcast
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Description Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, omni, a runner, into triathlon, ultra-marathon or ready to get off the couch, this podcast will help you along your path. Adam Chaim & Shoshana Chaim, The Plant Trainers interview top experts in nutrition & fitness such as Rich Roll, Dr. Esselstyn, Julieanna Hever, Michael Greger M.D., Dr. Garth Davis, Chef A.J., Dr. Tom Campbell, Robert Cheeke, No Meat Athlete and so many more. They share many tricks and tips about health, wellness and exercise that busy people and families can implement into their daily routine with ease. They are the parents of two kids who share their transformation to a plant-based compassionate lifestyle and beyond. Come join them as their journey continues. You’ll find motivation and inspiration and actionable tips in achieving your own goals along the way.
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1. Prescription Lifestyle with Justyna Sanders, M.D. - PTP229
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Justyna Sanders, M.D. about lifestyle medicine and how health is so much more than the food you put on your plate and the weights you lift in the gym. She stresses that there are five key principles that you need to work on in your life to reach optimal health. We tackle the popular questions like: Is IBS real, is organic really that important and how do we know how much we should be eating and of what? This is the episode you need to hear if you want to work towards total optimal health.

Justyna Sanders, MD, is the CEO and Founder of Prescription Lifestyle. After obtaining an Honors Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University in Canada, she then went off to complete her Doctorate in Medicine from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland.

As a visionary and advocate for the field of medicine and the health of humanity, Dr. Justyna Sanders created PrescriptionLifestyle.com. Her objective is to provide life-saving information, promote health, wellness and prevention via evidence-based recommendations. Her wish is that this platform will influence the use of whole food plant-based nutrition as medicine, aid in the unification of all evidence-based disciplines of medicine into one system, encourage the use of personalized medicine, focus on "whole-body" health and the underlying causes of disease, but most notably, to revere Lifestyle as Medicine.

Dr. Justyna Sanders' sincere hope is that through her work, she will inspire and empower people to take autonomy of their own health and ultimately aid in the transformation of medicine.

In this episode we discuss: Growing up in Poland Being better off poor on potatoes Constipation and IBS Is IBS real? Whole food plant-based lifestyle vs. plant-based lifestyle Organic is important Whole food plant-based pyramid What is lifestyle medicine Five key principles Environmental effects on our body Total health Actionable steps for taking your health to the next level Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today’s sponsor –> ENERGYbits – use “PlantTrainers” at checkout for 20% off

Check out our awesome t-shirts in the PT Shop!

Easiest Holiday Meals Ever PDF with the 55 tips for stress free-cooking this holiday season.

Justyna Sanders, M.D. --> Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest

Interactive Food Pyramid

How Not To Die with Michael Greger, M.D. - PTP206

Environmental Working Group

Thank you to this month’s Patrons for supporting us on Patreon:


Millie Pearson

Stu Dolnick

Mary Lou Fusi

Carmen Fanous

Emily Iaconelli

Spanish Armada

Don’t forget to contact us at info@planttrainers.com with your question for our Plant Trainers Facebook Lives!


We hope you enjoyed this podcast! Please take a moment and leave us a rating and review over on Apple Podcasts – we would be grateful! This will help get our podcast out to others who may enjoy it. We promise to read your reviews and consider your feedback. This show is for you.

Please subscribe to The Plant Trainers Podcast on Apple PodcastsStitcheriHeart Radio or Player.FM so you will know when we release a new episode. We’re also available to Listen on Google Play Music!

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2. Support Leads To Success with Heather Kaufman - PTP228
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Heather Kaufman about how support was really the ultimate reason for success when her and her husband, Tim, went through various transitions from the Standard American Diet to Whole Food Plant-Based, no sugar, no oil. As you will hear in this episode, there were plenty of reasons for Heather to change her diet and lifestyle, but history predicted that diets were just a fad in the Kaufman household. That is why she dug deep and made a personal connection and the memory of her mother created an urgency to adopt this new lifestyle. But at the end of the day, the respect and support she gave Tim and he gave her allowed them to make a change. Which in turn has become sustainable and really creates a difference in their quality of life.

Heather Kaufman had been dabbling with a plant-based way of eating when a doctor discovered that she had a uterine fibroid that was 14 centimeters long. She then went 100 percent plant-based, ditched the salt, oil, and sugar and started exercising. As a result of Heather's lifestyle changes she is healthy, active, and lives life to its fullest. As a side effect of getting healthy, she has shed 80 pounds and is a competitive runner. Heather had never run a full mile until a few short years ago and is now an ultramarathoner. She is passionate about spreading the message that health comes from your plate and not a number on the scale.

In this episode we discuss:

Life before Plant Based Finding a Plant Based lifestyle The transitions Fibroids Timbits Favourite meals Emotional support of spouses Finding support if you are in your own Races, training and Operation Christmas selfie Actionable tips to start with today to give up the sugar, salt and animal products?

Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today’s sponsor –> Amrita Health Foods – use “PlantTrainers” at checkout for 15% off

Become one of our Patrons & get our Monthly Motivation Compilation on Patreon

Heather Kaufman - Facebook

The Rantings Of A Former Fat Man with Tim Kaufman - PTP135

Thank you to this month’s Patrons for supporting us on Patreon:


Millie Pearson

Stu Dolnick

Mary Lou Fusi

Carmen Fanous

Emily Iaconelli

Spanish Armada

Don’t forget to contact us at info@planttrainers.com with your question for our Plant Trainers Facebook Lives!

We hope you enjoyed this podcast! Please take a moment and leave us a rating and review over on Apple Podcasts – we would be grateful! This will help get our podcast out to others who may enjoy it. We promise to read your reviews and consider your feedback. This show is for you.

Please subscribe to The Plant Trainers Podcast on Apple PodcastsStitcheriHeart Radio or Player.FM so you will know when we release a new episode. We’re also available to Listen on Google Play Music!

Help us by spreading the news about our totally awesome Podcast!

Click here for a list of our services

3. The Power of Positive Parenting with Jon Gordon - PTP227
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Jon Gordon about the power of positive leadership within our own families. How we choose to lead our families have a profound influence on our children’s quality of life. Taking the time to invest in building our relationships with them and building their own leadership skills can give our children an edge for creating a greater impact in their own lives later on. We also explore the role we as parents should be playing when it comes to our children’s extracurricular activities and not just sports.

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 15 books including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations, and teams.

In this episode we discuss: Similarities and differences between sports teams, corporation and families How to show up as a leader at home Parents and their influence Helicopter parents Most important thing to do to influence our children How do you show children you love them Family meeting How involved should parents be in their children’s sports Encouraging kids to be their best Focusing on the moment Regrets as a father One last takeaway Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today’s sponsor –> ENERGYbits – use “PlantTrainers” at checkout for 20% off

Check out our awesome t-shirts in the PT Shop!

How To Show Appreciation & Gratitude with Blake Fly - PTP218

Jon’s Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn

The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus For Kids by Jon Gordon

Thank you to this month’s Patrons for supporting us on Patreon:


Millie Pearson

Stu Dolnick

Mary Lou Fusi

Carmen Fanous

Emily Iaconelli

Spanish Armada

Don’t forget to contact us at info@planttrainers.com with your question for our Plant Trainers Facebook Lives!

We hope you enjoyed this podcast! Please take a moment and leave us a rating and review over on Apple Podcasts – we would be grateful! This will help get our podcast out to others who may enjoy it. We promise to read your reviews and consider your feedback. This show is for you.

Please subscribe to The Plant Trainers Podcast on Apple PodcastsStitcheriHeart Radio or Player.FM so you will know when we release a new episode. We’re also available to Listen on Google Play Music!

Help us by spreading the news about our totally awesome Podcast!

Click here for a list of our services

4. The Rawvana Lifestyle with Yovana Mendoza - PTP226
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we finally dive into the raw lifestyle with THE Yovana Mendoza of Rawvana. We have spoken with many raw foodists before on this show, but this time we provide you with the basic foundations you need to know about eating a raw diet especially if it is something you have been considering. Yovana provides all her materials in both English and Spanish in order to help provide resources for those who share her native tongue. Although she was born in America, her Mexican heritage is very important to her. Of course we talk about what a raw diet is, and the different types of sub-raw diets. But more importantly, we talk about practical meals and time-saving ideas to make eating raw at least a bit more accessible to everyone.

Yovana Mendoza, the founder of Rawvana, brings a vibrant and authentic voice to living a healthy, conscious, vegan lifestyle. She flips the standard narrative on its head, emphasizing abundance over restriction. Yovana started her YouTube channel over 4 and a half years ago and now, with over a million YouTube followers, she enthusiastically cultivates a welcoming and inclusive space for those looking to improve their lifestyles and lives. She has been vegan for four and a half years. In her quest for knowledge, Yovana has interned with Dr. Douglas Graham and obtained a certification in the Science of Raw Food Nutrition from the Living Light Institute. She is also a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

In this episode we discuss:

Rawvana Detoxing from food, cigarettes and alcohol Emotional release Influencing the Mexican & Spanish culture Influencing the younger populations What is a raw diet Types of raw diets Eating raw and climate Benefits of a raw diet Downfalls of a raw diet Raw and sleep What about oils? Favorite raw meals How much to eat Sugar and fruit Time-saving tips for eating raw Restaurants Actionable tips for starting a raw lifestyle

Links to things we mentioned:

No Meat Athlete Black Friday Bundle - Deal ends 12pm November 28th!

Rawvana's Webiste, Instagram, TwitterPinterest

YouTube - Spanish, YouTube - English

Rawvana Renewal Guide

5. Diagnosis Dystonia with Tom Seaman - PTP225
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about dystonia with Tom Seaman. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that many people, including ourselves, have not heard of before. We found it interesting to hear Tom talk about his journey that dystonia is taking him on. We believe his story is inspiring to all who find themselves living with chronic pain or who are unable to physically move through life the way they want to. His openness and honesty was raw and we really appreciate how he was able to talk about the emotional trauma that was paired with his physical challenges.

I know that we have said this before, but this podcast must be shared with anyone who could benefit from getting just a glimpse of inspiration or hope because their story is similar to Tom’s. We hope that this podcast will make it into the hands of people who are living undiagnosed with dystonia and that they will be able to make massive changes and find better-coping skills to improve their quality of life.

Tom Seaman is a chronic pain and dystonia awareness advocate, health blogger, motivational speaker, and author of the book, Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey, a comprehensive resource for anyone living with any chronic condition or other life challenge. He is also a Certified Professional Life Coach in the area of health and wellness. Tom volunteers for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) as a support group leader, for WEGO Health as a patient expert panelist, and is a member and writer for the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.

In this episode we discussed: What is dystonia? Is it idiopathic? Tom's physical and emotional Journey Escaping the depression Overcoming the physical and mental challenges Depression Where Tom is now? Ideas for managing dystonia (stress, nutrition and exercise) What to expect when reading Tom's book Actionable tips for people who think they may be living with dystonia Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today’s sponsor –> Amrita Health Foods – use “PlantTrainers” at checkout for 15% off

Become one of our Patrons & get our Monthly Motivation Compilation on Patreon

Tom Seaman's Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Blog

Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey by Tom Seaman

6. Handwriting Analysis & Your Health with Jamie Mason Cohen - PTP224
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Jamie Mason Cohen about the ins and outs or crosses and dots of handwriting analysis. This is a special episode as it is not like anything we have talked about before. We look at how your handwriting can give you clues into the stressors in your life, and we all know that stress directly affects your health and happiness. Jamie’s expertise in the area comes along with some interesting stories of how people have been able to make amazing changes in their lives after Jamie has looked at their handwriting. You don't want to miss this one, and if you can, get yourself a pen and paper...no typing allowed.

Part personality x-ray machine, and part strengths-analysis strategist, Jamie Mason Cohen is a keynote speaker, certified handwriting analyst and Graphotherapist, who helps people discover their strengths through handwriting.  He works with organizations to understand their employees’ strengths and challenges in order to create lasting change like Sun Life Financial, The Terry Fox Foundation, Broadway Video Entertainment, Saturday Night Live, and more.  

Jamie is a regular relationship expert on "The Social" daytime talk show and his TEDx talk on spotting leadership traits in handwriting has been viewed 1 million plus times.  He is a TED Education-Huffington Post International Award-winning Educator, and a #1 Amazon best-selling author of LIVE FROM YOUR CLASS, Everything I Learned About Teaching, I Learned from Working at SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.  In former lives, he worked for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Executive Producer, Lorne Michaels, directed TV commercials and Sports TV segments, was a high school English teacher and oversaw leadership development for a large private high school in Ontario.

In this episode we discussed: What handwriting analysis is How handwriting analysis can help improve our quality of life What happens when we write Graphotherapy Schools and print How to encourage kids to use handwriting Speed and writing Analyzing your handwriting Jamie analyzes our handwriting Slants, T-bars and more How to strengthen your character through writing A story of handwriting analysis in action  Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today’s sponsor –> Amrita Health Foods – use “PlantTrainers” at checkout for 15% off

Check out our awesome t-shirts in the PT Shop!

Jamie Mason Cohen's Website, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube






LIVE FROM YOUR CLASS: Everything I Learned About Teaching, I Learned from Working at Saturday Night Live by Jamie Mason Cohen

7. Self-Empowerment with The Bad Ass Vegan, John Lewis - PTP223
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to John Lewis, also known as, the Bad Ass Vegan about self-empowerment. We look into some of the adversity John faced in his life and explore how self-empowerment or mindset helped frame the situations that made him the man he is today. John is a charismatic, passionate vegan who has a good understanding of the need for self-compassion in the ways of nutrition and fitness. We really enjoyed that John was an open book and hope he can inspire you or someone you love to take control of your goals and make some changes, so please share this episode with someone you know will benefit from it.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1977, John grew up in St. Louis, MO. At a young age of 13 John found himself at 315 pounds, but through hard work and dedication he lost the weight and excelled in football and basketball. He continued his streak of athletic excellence throughout his high school and college years in McCluer Senior High in the heart of Ferguson, Mo. and Harris-Stowe State College. Graduating with a Bachelors degree in marketing, he later went on to pursue his MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. John’s education in business coupled with his love for health and fitness gave him the ability to start his venture – Bad Ass Vegan – a health and nutrition company that strives to educate individuals on plant-based nutrition. John’s love for his community brought forth the brainchild of “VeganSmart”, a plant-based protein shake company with a foundation whose mission is to prevent obesity through education, physical activity and plant-based nutrition. He is really excited about his upcoming documentary Hip-Hopocrates...or as you will hear, another name...possibly, in which he is teaming up with the makers of Cowspiracy and What The Health. The goal with their new documentary film is to speak about food injustice through the lens of Hip Hop.

In this episode we discuss: Bad Ass Vegan Getting to 315 lbs at 13 years old Solving the high school obesity epidemic Letting self-empowerment make your choices for you How self-empowerment effects your goals Changing mindset before disaster Dealing with the non-supporters Is mindset innate or learned? Parenting kids to eat well Making choices when you know better Creating a shift in mindset Knowledge is not emotion Upcoming documentary Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today's sponsor --> ENERGYbits - use "PlantTrainers" at checkout for 20% off

John's Webiste, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter


8. Compassion Over Killing with Undercover Investigator, Scott David - PTP222
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Scott David, a retired undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing. That’s right, Scott is like a real life livestock James Bond! We discuss the whole process of how he actually went undercover, to what he did and saw while under employment in various slaughterhouses around the country. Scott also shares how he uses the footage to exploit the cruel practices that he witnesses.

Scott began cutting animal products out of his diet in 2010. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he joined an after school education program where he taught students about animals and the environment. He then worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing. During this time, he conducted investigations in three different slaughterhouses: Mountaire Farms in North Carolina, Quality Pork Processors in Minnesota, and Superior Farms in California. Now retired from the field, Scott spends his time offering support to Compassion Over Killing's current investigators.

In this episode we discuss:

Compassion Over Killing Getting into animal protection Applying for a job in a slaughterhouse Who's applying for these jobs Fitting in Being scared of being found out What's really happening to the animals What legislation is in place to protect the animals in the slaughterhouses Who's really responsible for the abuse How does it affect workers psychologically What happens with the information in the investigations His biggest successes Ag-gag laws Quality of meat and cutting corners Pork slaughter facility, investigation and Himp Actionable tips for helping fight against animal agriculture cruelty Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to today's sponsor --> The Save Movement - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Toronto Pig Save, Climate Vegan, iVegan.ca

Compassion Over Killing


Sheer Horror at Superior Farms: Lamb Slaughter Exposed

Hormel: USDA-Approved High Speed Slaughter Hell

Warning: Big-Ag Doesn't Want You To See This Undercover Video

Support Compassion Over Killing

9. Becoming A Plant-Based Family of 8 with Jessica Dugas - PTP221
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Jessica Dugas about her story behind transitioning her meat-grilling husband and 6 children to a plant-based diet. When we first met Jessica, the family was struggling with health issues ranging from ADD, Arthritis and constipation so sever surgery was an option. After years of flirting with the idea of a plant-based diet and embracing a more holistic philosophy, Jessica developed the mindset and found the support she needed to bring the whole family to the Plantiful side! 

Jessica Dugas is the owner of JustDetermined.com and the founding member of the Mom's Online Mastermind community. She is an intuitive empath, a Certified Reiki Master & Teacher, Certified AromaTouch Technique practitioner, Wellness Advocate, entrepreneur, wife, and a plant-based homeschooling mom of 6 beautiful children. She is committed to helping moms reduce the stress and overwhelm in their lives by encouraging them to discover a balance that works for them! As a multi-passionate woman, you can find her serving others through many modalities including, but not limited to, stress-relieving techniques, meditation, intuitive readings, community creation, accountability, essential oil education, and more.

In this episode, we discuss some of the thoughts and actions along with the challenges and triumphs that brought this family of 8 to where they are today. 

In this episode we discuss: Family of 8 Two death in one week What inspired change Medical problems in the family Challenges How all 6 children reacted to Plant-based How else has life changed Mindset Feeding a family of 8 and budget How to avoid picky eaters When people refuse to take action Tips for transitioning a family Links to things we mentioned:

Today's sponsor - Amrita Health Foods - use "PlantTrainers" at checkout for 15% off

Jessica Dugas' Website, Mom Club Online, FacebookInstagram 

10. Corporate Wellness & Creating Your Best Workday with Paul Boston - PTP220
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Paul Boston about the concerns and progressions around corporate wellness. Mental health is an issue that is being spoken about more and more here in Canada and not only that, but corporate leaders are being proactive and doing all they can to keep their employees' minds healthy, ready for change and of course becoming more productive. One of the most interesting items we discuss is the difference between work-life balance and work-life blending. Whether you are just entering the workforce, have been there for years or are actively climbing the corporate ladder, there are some really great takeaways that will help you excel in your life.

Paul Boston is the president of Actus Performance Inc., a human performance development firm. Paul started his professional career working in the fast-paced and demanding world of marketing and advertising with Fortune 500 companies around the globe. At the same time, he started racing at the elite level of triathlons and qualified four times for the World Triathlon Championships and started to discover performance similarities between his athletic and professional career. He then went back to school to study adult training and development, specializing in workplace performance. As an organizational performance development specialist, Paul works with clients to help them understand the fundamental performance values, attitudes and skills people, teams and organizations need in our ever-changing modern-day work world. Paul has published numerous articles and spoken to professional organizations across North America on 21st-century workplace performance.

In this episode we discuss: Plant-based eating for athletes Corporate performance and corporate wellness Handling change in the moment Finding vegan options in the cafeteria Create communication and dialog about making change What are the mental health challenges?   What are the signs? Reactive or responsive Work-life balance vs blending The stigma How to get health and wellness support into your business Myths of corporate wellness Practical skills Links to things we mentioned:

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Wizard of Oddz Charity Event - Get Your Tickets Here!

Paul Boston's Website, Linkedin, Twitter  

Mental Illness - PTP006

Bell Let’s Talk

11. Probiotics & Fermentation with the HappyGutMD, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz - PTP219
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Will Bulsiewicz the HappyGutMD about prebiotics, probiotics, fermentation and...well...your gut! We share some extremely interesting facts about the foods we eat and how they effect our gut and the role they play on our overall health. We also discuss prebiotics and dive into the good and bad aspects of fermented foods. You’ll be able to hear Dr. B smile from ear to ear when he talks about sauerkraut and gives us the step by step instructions on how to make your own at home.

Will Bulsiewicz, MD, MSCI, is a plant-based board certified gastroenterologist and gut health expert. He’s a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at The University of North Carolina. He also received a master's of clinical investigation from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. B has a special interest in nutrition, the gut microbiome and integrative gastroenterology.

In this episode we discuss: Having a secure relationship with others and your health Gut Microbiome, the short version Prebiotics Probiotics Fibre supplements, yay or nay 80,000 tons of food in your lifetime Genetics Blue Zones Probiotic vs Fermented foods Antibiotics Vitamin D The dangers of fermented foods How to make your own sauerkraut Kombucha Kombucha - alcohol, kids & pregnancy

12. How To Show Appreciation & Gratitude with Blake Fly - PTP218
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Blake Fly about showing appreciation and giving gratitude. In Today's society we are inundated with bings, dings, and rings that keep us from really connecting with people. Sometimes we forget to show appreciation towards others, our environment and ourselves. You’ll be inspired to reconsider how you interact with your communities. Blake gives us so many ways to start connecting with people we know and love and who are complete strangers all with the goal of...well...bringing more kindness into the world.

Blake Fly believes that human beings just want to be appreciated. He builds programs to help people in companies and on campuses appreciate themselves and each other. Some of his programs include the Hi5 Run, Train Reaction, Thank U Parties, and My Life Online, an education company teaching kids to be kind online. His innovative methods have gotten him invited to work with companies like Lululemon, MEC, Microsoft and LinkedIN.

Blake is the creator of an annual event called “New Year’s Evolutions: A Night For Entrepreneurs to Celebrate Their Failures and Successes From The Past Year Of Their Life". Blake's work has been featured on CTV, Breakfast Television, The National News, he has shared the stage with CBC’s Rick Mercer. Blake is also a seven time TEDx speaker.

Blake’s family means the world to him and his partner, Emily, is the girl he plans to cook for over the next 75 years.

In this episode we discuss: Thank U Parties Men opening up Hi5 Runs Deliver appreciation in wacky ways How to give more appreciation Creating positive change The power of smiling Overcoming fear Where does fear come from Creating community Appreciative inquiry

13. What The Health & Navigating Information with Tom Barbieri - PTP217
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Tom Barbieri about "What The Health" and navigating the nutritional information and overload that's out there. Society, behavior, research, and documentaries have such an extreme effect on our overall health, yet we are still facing a huge epidemic. We sit down and talk about what we need to be doing about it. Health is not a one size fits all and the more we take the time to understand that, the better we will be able to be motivated and move in the right direction.

As a husband, dad, wellness consultant, personal trainer, USOC certified sport & strength coach, and rational health activist, Tom Barbieri dedicates his passion and education towards helping individuals find their own path to health, fitness, and overall wellness. With a primary focus on behavior and habit change, Tom works with individuals local to his home in Northern Virginia, and also works with individuals and small groups in a virtual format.

When not working directly with his clients, Tom enjoys running, hiking, watching his boys play ice hockey, and working with other motivated advocates in the health and wellness field effectively communicate the importance of individuality in health and wellness, living by the common mantra of progress over perfection.

In this episode we discussed: Progress of Plant Based world Options and choices Behaviour modification Comfort in food Instant gratification on demand society Magic 3 Individuality What The Health Guiding kids through documentaries Stepping in the right the direction Motivation

14. Balancing Hormones with The Hormone Diva, Robyn Srigley – PTP216
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Robyn Srigley better known as The Hormone Diva all about balancing hormones. Now, before you judge...we did talk about hormone issues affecting both men and women. Although the talk was a tiny bit more heavily weighted towards women, we made sure to throw in some really valuable tips for men who recognize that there is an imbalance and how to approach women about it (without getting your head chopped off!). By the end of this show, you will understand what hormones are, how they help the body, what can happen if they are not at their peak and ways to help balance them starting right now, at home.

Robyn Srigley is The Hormone Diva, Holistic Nutritionist and Women’s Health and Nutrition Coach. Robyn’s own journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) jumpstarted her passion for helping women replace their anxieties with joy to open possibility in their lives and break free of hormonal imbalance. Robyn runs a successful 1-1 coaching and online program practice where she uses diet, movement, botanicals and a self-love lifestyle to transform the lives of women with PCOS, Endometriosis, PMS, Painful Periods and much more.

In this episode we discuss:

Purpose of hormones in the body Men and hormonal Symptoms hormone issues Cravings Adrenals for athletes, men and women Cortisol testing and it means Adrenal fatigue Fatigue Thyroid Methods for balancing hormones When and how to talk to your partner about their hormonal issues How to seek help Sleep, hormones and kids POCS Tips

15. Eating Disorders in Athletics with Chris Hague - PTP215
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Chris Hague about eating disorders in athletics with a focus on high school and college athletes. Often eating disorders are regarded as a feminine disorder found in cheerleaders, dancers and gymnasts. But eating disorders within the male athletic population is real and the stigma needs to be let go so these boys and men can stop slipping through the cracks. This is an important show for every athlete, student, parent, teacher and coach out there to listen to. Please share this episode so those in need can get the help they deserve.

Chris Hague is a passionate endurance athlete and coach. Along with his wife, he founded Braveheart Canada, a coaching program dedicated to helping athletes achieve their athletic, health, and life goals through an integrative approach that blends nutrition, psychology, and physiology. Currently, he is completing his Masters of Science in sports psychology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

In this episode we discuss:

Changing how you look at gratitude Youth athletics Weight loss in high school Skinny≠fast Anorexia and exercise bulimia Dealing with weight Signs of eating disorders in athletics Prevention Individual need for teens, adults and professionals Food logging Tracking Training and mindfulness Expanding your limits

16. Raising Healthy Parents with Sid Garza-Hillman - PTP214
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Sid Garza-Hillman about raising healthy parents. This is Sid’s fourth appearance on the show, but his second formal interview. As an extension to last week’s podcast, PTP213: A New School Year & New Beginnings, we thought it would be a good idea to visit Sid’s approach to parenting. The best way to raise happy and healthy children with good values is to better ourselves as men and women first. Parenting is not about control, it’s about being and having a keen sense of values and sticking to them.

For those of you who don’t know Sid Garza-Hillman, he is a podcaster, YouTuber, and the author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto and his latest book, Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress and a Thriving Family. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy, and is a public speaker, certified nutritionist, and Small Steps coach, teaching people around the world his unique Small Steps approach to healthy living. He is the director for the Mendocino Center for Living Well at the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort, an ultra runner, and race director of the Mendocino Coast 50K trail ultramarathon. Sid lives on California’s Mendocino Coast with his wife and three children, horse, dog, and two cats.

 In this episode we discuss:

Bullying in school around food Teachers teaching outside their nutritional training “I have the same struggles, fears and worries as most parents” Not neglecting yourself as a parent “Parenting is an imperfect art” Measuring success as parents Food isn’t the real problem Raising Healthy Parents Actionable tips to start with today

17. A New School Year & New Beginnings - PTP213
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we sit down to talk about a new school year, our family, how we navigate alternative views and values in a mainstream society and new beginnings. We sent our kids off to summer sleep over camp and had a plan in place for keeping our kids vegan and as healthy as possible. Find out how the camp did with our kids. We also talk about ways to start conversations with schools about your family's values to get the most support possible. A new school year means a chance for you to be even more organized and create different or new routines in your household. This show will get you thinking and help you to make some decisions on how you can improve your family’s quality of life for the upcoming school year.


In this episode we discuss: Our quote of the day: "Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science". ~Bruno Bottelheim Plant Trainers update Overnight camp for plant-based and vegan children Getting ready for the new school year, new schools and new teachers Getting back into a routine Changing routines Snack ideas Actionable tips to start with today

18. Busting The Protein Myth with Dr. Garth Davis - PTP212.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we bust the protein myth with Dr. Garth Davis. He is the author of the well known book Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. Dr. Davis or Dr. Darth Davis, as Shoshana always accidentally calls him, highlights some of the most persuasive research showing links between animal protein, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and the list goes on. There are so many protein myths out there and Garth Davis dispels them all.

Dr. Garth Davis is the medical director of the Davis Clinic and is a recognized expert in initial bariatric procedures and revisional bariatric surgery. He frequently lectures on the importance of a plant-based diet. Dr. Garth Davis competes in marathons and has completed Ironman Texas, the year before Adam!

In this episode we discuss: Dr. Davis’ moment of gratitude How his career evolved Med school, the medical profession and nutrition How nutrition has changed his practice Is Paleo healthy? Protein and obesity His views on preventing childhood obesity Protein and diabetes Protein and cancer Are carbs OK? High carb, low protein diet Sugar, fruit and fiber What’s the deal with gluten? Consuming oil Proteinaholic

19. Ultimate Weight Loss with Chef AJ - PTP211.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to the Ultimate Weight Loss queen, Chef AJ. This show has everything you need to know about calorie density, weight loss and the foods you need to be eating to make the biggest impact. You’ll get her opinion on good fats and carbohydrates. And she’s Chef Aj, so you know you’ll be entertained.

For those who don't know, Chef AJ is a culinary instructor and professional speaker. She is  is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which takes us through her journey from a junk-food vegan with a diagnosis of precancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body. Chef AJ is also a creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian, and she is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches a monthly seminar featuring cooking instruction, nutritional science and song parodies, all delivered with comedic panache. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve. 

In this episode we discuss: Comedian-chef-teacher Carbs The ultimate weight loss challenge The red line Calorie Density Food addiction Good Fats Favourite foods to make, eat, kitchen appliance, small appliance, type of pans, things to BBQ Chef AJ answers FB group member, Amy Tan’s question: What is your favorite soup recipe?”

20. The Paleo Debate with Brenda Davis R.D. - PTP210.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about the Paleo debate with Brenda Davis, R.D. Everywhere you go you hear people talking about how they love their protein and they have to have their protein. Brenda breaks down the Paleo way from a more historical point of view. She walks us through how it is not a sustainable way of life from both a health and environmental standpoint. Want to know if all sugar and carbs being equal? Brenda will straighten you out and to keep it fair, we do discuss the negative consequences of being plant-based.

Brenda Davis is a featured speaker at international nutrition, medical and health conferences in over a dozen countries. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor.

Brenda Davis is the co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics with over 750,000 copies in print, in 9 languages. She is a contributing author to a tenth book, "The Complete Vegetarian" and has authored numerous professional and lay articles. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands and in 2007 and inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

In this episode we discuss: Carbohydrates The Blue Zones Carbs and sugars created equally? Sugar and cancer What if we were ALL Paleo? The true Paleo diet Comparing today’s Paleo diet to a vegan lifestyle Possible negative outcomes of a Paleo diet Possible negative outcomes of a vegan diet Important aspects of a vegan diet for optimal health Tips for a healthier you

21. Weight Loss & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Tim Kaufman - PTP209.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about weight loss and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Tim Kaufman from Fat Man Rants. Tim walks us through what it is like to not want to get up in the morning, to getting to the first start line and then taking life by the horns and running with it. Challenged by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, he found a way to keep on moving and enjoy an active life. It all started by just doing a little bit more each day.

Tim Kaufman wanted to regain his health. At over 400 pounds he was unable to perform simple, daily tasks. He had many chronic health issues and was almost immobile. Tim had lost his interest in life and had almost given up. He started to change one small thing at a time. Tim Kaufman is now an athlete that thrives on a plant-based whole foods lifestyle and leads a healthy, happy, productive, and very active life that is free of all medications he was once on. His passion is to spread the message that anyone can transition to a whole food plant-based diet and dramatically change their life regardless of their current situation or size.

In this episode we discuss: Getting to 400+ lbs Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Not caring if you wake up The wake up call Perspective Shifting how you buy food Addiction Doing a little more each day Making it to the starting line Life as an athlete Community Actionable tips to start with today

22. A Forefather of Plant-Based Nutrition Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn - PTP208.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we are talk to a forefather of plant-based nutrition, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. During our talk we ask all the questions you, your family and friends may have about the role plant-based nutrition may have on your health and heart health in particular. Whether it’s moderation, eggs, oils for brain function or osteoporosis, Dr. Esselstyn is firm on his stances and knows the research well.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. is the author of the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. He is widely recognized for his role in the documentary film, Forks Over Knives. Twenty-four years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn was looking for a way to have his colleagues and himself do more in the way of preventing heart disease. He found the research on plant-based diets to be extremely strong so he and his family adopted a plant-based lifestyle. His family and patients all have a better life because of this.  He lives in the Cleveland area with his feisty wife, Ann.

In this episode we discuss: Coronary heart disease Preventing heart disease Reversing Heart disease Why people who feel healthy should go plant-based All food groups in moderation Oils for brain function Egg whites Different plant-based camps Message to parents who are feeding their children cow’s milk Exercise Chelation therapy

23. The Inspiring & Motivating Josh LaJaunie - PTP207.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to the inspiring and motivating Josh LaJaunie. Josh has made a huge dent in the way people down in Louisiana and all over the United States see food. He is a Coonass through and through who ate A LOT, drank, enjoyed the crawfish cookouts and was obese. Now he is a Coonass who is in shape, is inspiring others and was recently on the cover of Runner's World Magazine. Josh talks about his journey from 400 pounds to losing over 200 pounds in an inspiring and motivating way.

In this episode we talk about how Josh got to be 400 pounds, how influential his grandfather was in his life and how running and a plant-based diet just about saved his life. Everyone always wants to know what they can start doing right now to get on their way to better health and Josh LaJaunie does not hold back on any secrets.

In this episode we discuss: The culture in Louisiana Josh LaJaunie’s Bam Bam Finding running Finding a plant-based lifestyle Motivation What you can start doing right now Transitions and food perspective

24. How Not To Die with Michael Greger M.D. - PTP206.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to the man of everyone’s hour, Dr. Michael Greger. He is the author of the popular book, How Not To Die and the genius behind NutritionFacts.org. Dr. Michael Greger and his team read through every scientific study written about nutrition, so we don't have to. He has a funny and effective way of explaining the data, showing the viewers if it was a good study, how it compares to others and in which ways the information may have been bias. But don't be fooled, this is not his day job, Dr. Greger is still a practicing physician, presents about numerous public health issues and is the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

In this episode, we explore that question we hear so often, “But what about fish and eggs” and he shares some information to comfort the plant-based pregnant ladies out there. With his wit and charm, Dr. Greger has some messages for parents and anyone out there who wants to know How Not To Die.

We hope you enjoy the show!

In this episode we discuss: Dr. Greger Heart Disease Pregnancy and a plant-based diet Fish and heavy metals Eggs and choline Yes, it’s perfectly healthy for children to be plant-based Doctors and nutrition education Nutritionfacts.org Understanding research, biases and conflicts of interest The benefits of meta analysis The study with the most impact Stop eating your chinese tea Coffee How Not To Die The daily dozen 15 most common ways to die Physical activity and physical inactivity

25. Will Travel For Vegan Food with Kristin Lajeunesse - PTP205.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Kristin Lajeunesse and how she will travel for vegan food! Kristin started this journey when she decided to hit the road and eat in every single vegan restaurant in the USA. Throughout the show we explore what urged her to do this and of course vegan travel. Many people feel they cannot sustain their values while travelling, but when you are done with this show you will feel like a pro and you’ll rock your plant-based or vegan summer voyages!

Kristin Lajeunesse is founder of and writer for the award-winning website Will Travel for Vegan Food. In September 2011, the New York native began traveling throughout the US in an effort to eat at every single all-vegan establishment she could find. Eighteen of those early consecutive travel months were spent living out of a renovated sports van affectionately named Gerty.

As of July 2014, Kristin met her goal of visiting and eating in each of the 50 states and in April 2015 became a first-time traditionally published author with her memoir: Will Travel for Vegan Food: A Young Woman's Solo Van-Dwelling Mission to Break Free, Find Food, and Make Love. In 2016 Kristin was selected as part of a winning team for VeganTravel.com to embark on an around-the-world journey, documenting vegan food and culture wherein she visited 20 countries. Since returning to the US Kristin is now focused on creating the first nationally televised vegan travel show. A self-employed restaurant marketing strategist and promotional video maker, Kristin has chosen to maintain a location-independent lifestyle indefinitely. She has a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication from Emerson College.


In this episode we discuss:

Will travel for food Support systems Getting starting Lifestyle design Leaving a relationship for food Travel If it's vegan I'll eat it Health on the road Tips for travel days, and being away Social media Best cities for vegan dining Maintaining a Mobile lifestyle and supporting herself

26. Your Gut Microbiome and Health with Dr. Chiti Parikh - PTP204.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Chiti Parikh about gut microbiome and your health. I first met Dr, Parikh at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival and she was talking about one of my favorite topics at the moment...poop. I mean microbiome...but poop came up! So, I knew we had to get her on the show to talk about our gut microbiome and bacteria. How to grow the good, shrink the bad and maintain the healthiest body possible. You may have heard of TMAO and Fecal Transplants, so get ready to fully understand what that’s all about.

Dr. Parikh is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College where she plays an active role in medical education, research and patient care. She graduated as an AOA scholar from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center. As a board certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, she has co-founded Integrative Health at New York Presbyterian Hospital. This program provides services such as acupuncture, meditation, yoga, nutrition, psychotherapy, and biofeedback.

As an Integrative Medicine practitioner Dr. Parikh focuses on a holistic approach to care that addresses not only physical, but also psychological, social, spiritual and environmental influences on health. By spending more time with patients she creates a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to the individual’s unique needs and circumstances. By combining cutting edge innovations of modern medicine with the wisdom of eastern medicine, she partners with her patients to attain optimal health and wellness.

In this episode we discuss: Parents’ influence The gut microbiome Skin microbiome Good bacteria Antibiotics Knowing if you have good or bad bacteria TMAO Growing positive and negative microbiome What affects our microbiome Probiotics 101 Foods that support a good system Fecal Transplant 3 actionable tips for a healthy microbiome

27. Searching For Sero with John Rathwell & Tracy Guenard - PTP203.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to John Rathwell & Tracy Guenard about their project, Searching For Sero. Obviously we ask the questions that everyone wants to know...What is sero and how do you manage to live in a van? But we do get deeper when we discuss what really ignited the fire for John and Tracy to hop in a Westfalia and tour Canada and the US. They both lost loved ones which inspired this project with the ultimate goal of funding suicide prevention and helping others find passion and excitement in green exercise. Searching for Sero is a unique approach, looking for people who are happy in the outdoors and who are encouraging others to find their passion and create more sero.

John Rathwell is an internationally published and acclaimed action sports photographer. He has been commissioned by such clients as Red Bull, Outside Magazine, The Enthusiast Network over the last several years, just to name a few. John’s motivation for this project came after his father passed away in 2014 from suicide. His father focused his life on working long hours, overtime and any shift he could take. John watched his father’s lifestyle as he grew up and could see that life needed to be more balanced. Throughout the project, John is hoping to motivate people to put a little more focus on outdoor adventure and hobbies that bring happiness to their lives by sharing the stories and photographs of how others live theirs.

Tracy Guenard is a traditional 9 to 5 worker. She has years of experience working in the fields of criminology and youth intervention as well as business organizational analysis. People’s life choices and behaviours have always intrigued her. Tracy’s interest in Searching for Sero comes from the desire to dig in and understand the human-being in the choices they make. She hopes to grasp these people’s relationship to happiness and how they can play an active role in their mental wellness. What is worth living for? Life! Life is worth living for and Tracy wants to find out the inspiring stories of these people and their passions and share them with you so you also feel that amazement still exists.

In this episode we discuss: The project Green exercise Serotonin   Outdoor sports Planning Feeling like yourself again Wanting to spread mental wellness not illness Understanding the idea of taking care of mental wellness Getting feedback, giving hope How to be a Sero story variety Westfalia Minimalism Funding the project The spectrum of mental health and wellness

28. The Truth About Dairy with Dr. Jennifer Singh - PTP202.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk with Dr. Jennifer Singh on the truth about dairy. There are many MOOO-sconceptions about dairy that have been ingrained in us since we were small children. "A cup of milk with every meal", “Milk does a body good” and “Got Milk” ads have glorified the dairy industry, but it has been at a price. Our health is declining here in North America and as we talk about during this show, the absence of dairy can make a huge impact on our quality of life.

Jennifer Singh is a doctor, wannabe-chef, wife and mom who is passionate about sharing the power of a plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle. Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, she is well-acquainted with the dismal health results of the Standard American Lifestyle. Dr. Jennifer Singh is an Assistant Professor at the LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport School of Allied Health, and an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas-Fort Worth School of Health Professions, where she teaches others about Lifestyle Medicine in the Graduate Certificate Program.

Dr. Jennifer Singh uses her medical knowledge, cooking skills, and fifteen years of professional teaching & lecturing experience in medical education to teach groups of all sizes and backgrounds about the life-changing power of plant-based nutrition and lifestyle. She owns Singh Wellness, a Lifestyle Medicine coaching practice in Shreveport. By providing knowledge and support to help clients change their habits, she continues to be amazed by the health results that people can achieve. When not teaching, she makes sure she has no spare time by bouncing between homeschooling her kids, walking the dog, cooking and biking with her family, reading, blogging, and traveling.

In this episode we discuss: Safety Healthcare and hope Converting hope into change The deal with dairy The good components of dairy Casein Lactose Dairy, disease and illnesses Quality of life without dairy Transitioning away from dairy Non-dairy alternatives Homemade recipes Taking to children


29. Paleo Protein & Purpose with Sid Garza-Hillman and Dr. Garth Davis - PTP201.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we sit down with Sid Garza-Hillman and Dr. Garth Davis for an unscripted, unplanned and unbelievable conversation about the Paleo lifestyle, Protein and having purpose. We recorded this one evening in a hotel breakfast room. The best part of this show is that it was simply a laid back conversation that takes some deep looks on various subjects of plant-based living and research.

This show was pretty funny, if you ask Shoshana. She laughed out loud listening to it walking around the house with headphones on. Despite the humor we all brought, there are some major learning opportunities and takeaways no matter where you are at in your health journey.

For those of you who don't know Dr. Garth Davis is the medical director of the Davis Clinic and is a recognized expert in initial bariatric procedures and revisional bariatric surgery as well as the author of Proteinaholic and was on The Plant Trainers Podcast episode 042.  Sid Garza-Hillman is the Nutritionist and Programs Director at the Stanford Inn’s Wellness Center as well as an author, speaker and podcast host who was on episodes 189 and 125 of our podcast.

We will cut right into the conversation. It’s not formal in anyway, we just get right into it.

In this episode we discuss: Preaching to the choir? Family feuds What motivates you? Friendly Canadians Fear What made each of us go plant-based Who's funding studies? "Carbs" Low fat Paleo and anthropology Preventative vs early diagnosis Omegas Butter coffee Calcium


30. Free T-Shirt Giveaway & A Special Announcement - PTP200.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we come together to bring you episode 200 and to tell you about the free T-shirt giveaway and a special announcement! We are so excited to have reached this milestone. It is because of listeners like you, that we show up every week and put out content that we know inspires you. When we are not recording, coaching clients, teaching students and being parents, we shmooze with potential guests, invite them on the show, plan our conversations, watch them take different turns once we get chatting, edit and prepare show notes just like these! It’s a labour of love and we love it when we get to hear your feedback!

Once you hit play you’ll hear what we think is the coolest part about being the hosts of this podcast, you’ll find out exactly how to get your hands on a brand new Plant Trainers FREE T-shirt, and you’ll hear a special announcement about some upcoming changes around the Plant Cave. So give a listen and take some action.

This week’s question:

There is no question this week. Adam and I just talk about what is on our mind and we have a cool announcement and contest for a free t-shirt!

31. Cholesterol, Genes & Cardiac Wellness with Dr. Robert Ostfeld - PTP199.mp3
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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Robert Ostfeld about cholesterol, genes & Montefiore's Cardiac Wellness Program. We break down the different stages of cardiovascular disease from how it develops, what’s happening inside the body and the role medication plays. If you are wondering if you're jeopardizing your health by eating nuts regularly or vegan junk food from time to time, you'll certainly get your answer in this episode. If you know people who think they're destined for a life of cardiovascular events despite their choice in lifestyle, you're going to want to share this show with them.

Robert Ostfeld, M.D., MSc., a cardiologist, is the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. His professional interests include cardiovascular disease prevention, medical education and clinical research. He earned the Outstanding Full Time Attending of the Year award at Montefiore for excellence in teaching medical residents; the Program Director's Award for dedicated service on behalf of the Montefiore-Einstein Cardiology Fellowship; and was elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society at Einstein for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students.

In this episode we discuss: Montefiore & The Cardiac Wellness Program Educating the public Changing lives Cholesterol Added cholesterol for women Blood pressure Coming off medication Baby aspirin Effects of one junky meal on WFPB eaters Healthy fats Genes Tips

32. 5 Snack Foods To Bring To Social Gatherings - PTP198.mp3
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Snack foods...Ah, the communal gathering of children coming together to enjoy a snack prepared by one family that must meet the allergy requirements of the school, the tastebuds of younglings and respect the nutritional values of all the other families. Wait a minute. There is no way to make every kid happy. It’s unlikely many families have nutritional standards and it may also be hard to meet all those standards. Having said that, more and more families are making changes in their diets whether they are still eating animal products or not. Many families are choosing foods that are less processed and contain less additives...it’s a slow process, but because of people like you that are making an effort to better your lives, liking Facebook posts, sharing podcasts and spreading the word, it’s happening.

At the end of the day I know what it’s like to be the teacher and the parent in this situation. The teacher wants it to be fun for the kids, make it easier for the parents to not have to give snack foods daily and expose the kids to things they would not normally be fed and have them be risk takers. On the other hand, as a parent, it is MY responsibility to feed my child and depending on their age choose what goes into their little bodies. It’s an area of stress because I don’t know what they will be exposed to and then want or even give up other foods because they have tasted fat, sugar and salt on a level they haven’t before.

My child is also gluten free so I know he will often not be able to take part in some of the snack foods. At the end of the day, eating together is a skill we must master, as that experience is always present and maybe your child will come home finally loving clementines!

This week’s question:

Lindsay Asks: "Hey Plant Trainers, I need to send peanut-free, pre-packaged snack foods to my child’s school for the whole class to enjoy. What do you recommend?"

33. Never Binge Again with Glenn Livingston Ph.D. - PTP197.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Glenn Livingston about how to Never Binge Again. He takes us through his own health journey and how binging on chocolate and other commercially designed foods left him overweight and unhappy. In his Book, Never Binge Again, he describes the coaching process he uses to help people stop binge eating and to start having a healthy relationship with food. We talk about his “inner pig” and how visualization and actionable steps helped him in the process of never binging again!

Glenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and was the long time CEO of a multi-million dollar consulting firm which has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry. You may have seen his (or his company's) previous work, theories, and research in major periodicals like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Indiana Star Ledger, The NY Daily News, American Demographics, or any of the other major media outlets you see on this page. You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, and/or CBS radio, or UPN TV.

Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer overweight and/or food obsessed individuals, Dr. Glenn Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants. Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.

In this episode we discuss: Exercise bulimia Getting to now   The story you tell yourself Visualization What is binge eating, overeating Food addiction Cravings
Tasting that tropical local fruit
Big Foods
Rules and decisions
Will power
Fear and powerlessness vs commitment
Individuality Never Binge Again

34. Turmeric The Spice of Life - PTP196.mp3
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So let’s talk turmeric. Yes the benefits are many. This ancient spice has been used for years for many things because it has so many powers. Before conventional medicine, there were plants. Back in the day, people who suffered from major inflammation, pain and fatigue were often treated with Birch bark (which was like taking ibuprofen) or ginger (which I talk about all the time) or another one of my favorites, turmeric. Today, people are quick to take an Advil or Tylenol to help with inflammation and pain, but do we know the long-term effects of using those over the counter medications?

You can actually buy turmeric in the powder form in most grocery stores these days or you can opt for the actual root in many health food stores. Be cautious when using turmeric as it tends to stain things orange (especially when handling the root).

This week’s question:

Avi asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, I have a foodie question for you. I’ve been reading about the benefits of turmeric and was overwhelmed. Where can I buy turmeric and what can I use it with? Basically I just don’t know what to do with it!”

35. Dealing with Emotions & The Short Film "Just Breathe" with Julie Bayer Salzman - PTP195.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about dealing with emotions and the short film "Just Breathe" with Julie Bayer Salzman. We were first intrigued by Julie and her husband Josh's films, "Just breathe" and "Release". As school teachers, we quickly understood that this was more than just a tool for children...it was a lesson for all. In our conversation, we talk to Julie about our emotions and the idea of emotional intelligence. We explore how teaching our children early about being mindful about their feelings can help keep their emotional levels stay strong throughout their lifetime. You’ll be sure to get so many ideas on how you can start to calm yourself and react better in stressful situations.

A lover of powerful stories with rich imagery, Julie spent the first part of her career gaining a solid understanding of the nuts and bolts of commercial production. For over ten years, she produced and oversaw countless commercial campaigns for others before moving into writing and directing projects of her own at Wavecrest Films.

She and her partner Josh Salzman made their directorial debut with “Time & Tide”, a documentary about the impact of globalization and global warming on the tiny South Pacific nation of Tuvalu. The film garnered numerous film festival awards, screened internationally, and was broadcast in the US on PBS.

Julie's sensitivity to subject and subject matter was fully realized and recognized in the widely celebrated short film “Just Breathe” - a film about the power of mindfulness to transform anger (as articulated by a group of elementary school kids). The unscripted piece was showcased on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program in April 2015, plays internationally at children's film festivals and has so far been translated into Spanish, Italian, German and Hungarian.

Currently, Julie is raising money to do a series of short films about Mindfulness, as well as a film about toxic breast milk in Inuit women in the Arctic. She is writing an animated screenplay based on the true story of the two homeless dogs she and her family adopted,. Julie is developing commercial projects centered on sustainable and progressive businesses. When she’s not working you can usually find her wandering in the hills with her camera in hand and dogs in tow, hanging out with her tribe or just at home digging in the dirt.

In this episode we discuss: Moments in nature Getting into film Creating positive social impact Commercial positive impact "Just Breathe" Emotions in children and adults Emotional intelligence Mindfulness Expressing emotion How to use mindfulness before reacting Where to start Mindfulness lighting up creativity

36. When Plant-Based Kids Are Faced With Non-Vegan Foods - PTP194.mp3
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What do we as parents do when our plant-based kids are faced with non-vegan foods? Vibeka...this is a doozy! There are so many ways to deal with our kids' choices to eat animal products when they are with friends or other family members. It all comes down to your family values with regards to health, animal rights and also your parenting style. The short answer is as long as you're calm, cool and respectful, there really is no wrong answer, only ones that are more suited for your unique situation. How I may handle my plant-based kids may be completely different from everyone else in the Healthy Plant-Based Families Facebook group!

I really had to think hard on this one and I put together three answers for today. To all the listeners, these answers are not intended to limit you to what I talk about today. They are meant to inspire you to think deeply about how you would handle your plant-based kids and certainly have a conversation around the topic with any other parents or guardians your kids may have. The age of your kids may come into effect here and you may also find that your own personal reaction to this situation will evolve over time. So which are you...Ron, Harry or Hermione?

This week’s question:

Vibeka Asks: "Hey Plant Trainers, How should I deal with my plant-based kids choices to eat animal products when they are with friends or other family members?"

37. Alkaline Water & Ionized Water with Nedalee Thomas - PTP193.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about alkaline water and ionized water with Nedalee Thomas. She talks to us about what alkalinity is and how we can achieve better alkaline levels in our body through certain foods and alkaline water. Nedalee shares her story about how drinking ionized alkaline water took away the arthritic pain from a 20-year knee injury and improved her vision so much that her eye glass prescription had to be reduced twice in four years.

Nedalee Thomas, CEO of www.ChansonWater.com, is the exclusive US importer for Chanson Water USA and seven foreign markets. She is an author, speaker, mother, grandmother, former foster mother, and business woman with a marketing degree and opened her first retail store at 23 years of age. She is also a researcher, with a passion for healthy living. Nedalee also coaches her luxurious budget lifestyle program through her latest launch of www.PrincessPower.com where she also has a podcast. Nedalee believes you can be, do and have anything you desire.

In this episode we discuss: What is alkaline water Foods for alkalinity Alkalinity and health ORP Ionized water Who should not drink alkaline water Understanding all types of water Making alkaline water Drinking enough water

38. Concussion Awareness and Management - PTP192.mp3
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If a concussion is suspected, then concussion awareness and management are key in get you back to activity. A concussion is a brain injury. A person doesn’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Symptoms can often be very subtle. Proper protective gear should always be worn (i.e. helmet for biking or contact sports, mouthguards, etc...). A concussion may be caused by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or anywhere else that causes a severe or sudden movement to the head or neck. Getting clearance from a medical doctor should be required prior to the person injured being able to return to participate in the activity.

This week's question:

Ryan asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, I think I may have a concussion, but I’m not sure of the actual signs and symptoms. I’m going to the doctor, but I’m sure he will tell me to just take some time off and rest. What should I know about managing my possible concussion?”

Concussion awareness - signs & symptoms:

Confusion, disorientation, Loss of consciousness, Headache, Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting, Loss of Balance, Blurry vision, Ringing in the ears, Slow or slurred speech, seeing “stars”, feeling dazed or confused, emotional or personality changes.

Concussion Management & Rehabilitation:

You should never return to play while symptomatic. When someone displays any signs or symptoms of a concussion, one should not return to participate in a game, practice or activity. Make sure that the person is not left alone and monitoring for any negative changes is very important to watch out for. Make sure the person gets checked by a doctor.

Here are 6 steps before returning to activity if you have been diagnosed with a concussion and you must be asymptomatic for 24 hours between each step (these steps are designed for competitive athletes, but anyone with a head injury can follow these guidelines):

No activity, complete rest. Once asymptomatic, proceed to step 2. Light aerobic exercise such as walking or stationary cycling. Sport-specific training (i.e. running in soccer, skating in hockey). Non-contact training drills. Can start resistance training. Full-contact training (after medical clearance). Game play

Remember...the most important thing is concussion awareness and ensuring you are safe to resume activity.

39. The Hot Detox Plan with Julie Daniluk - PTP191.mp3
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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Julie Daniluk about everything we need to know about The Hot Detox Plan. Julie talks to us about how most detox plans are made for people living in warm climates and how people of the north are put at a strong disadvantage by taking part in many mainstream detox plans in the cold months. Not everyone's body can handle those cold wet foods, so Julie tied together her knowledge of the ancient wisdom of both India and China to create this healing plan. Julie was on our show before way back on episode 71 of the Plant Trainers Podcast when we talked about autoimmune diseases, allergies & foods that heal . So after you're done listening to this one go and check it out.

For those of you who don't know Julie Daniluk RHN, she hosts the Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her award-winning bestseller, Meals That Heal Inflammation, has helped over 100,000 people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist their body in the healing process. Her second bestseller, Slimming Meals That Heal, explores why inflammation causes weight gain and how anti-inflammatory superfoods shed pounds without dieting.

Julie's latest book, The Hot Detox, embraces the ancient wisdom of India and Asia, applying the time-tested intelligence of warming up your body's core. Inspired by hot yoga practices and backed by 600 peer-reviewed scientific studies, Julie's detox system will help your body to gently rid many of the toxins you experience in our modern world. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, and is a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show.

In this episode we discuss: What is detox When to detox Warm foods Climate and detoxing Is detoxing for everyone? Ayurveda Can smoothies be part of hot detox For omni and plant-based Omega 3 Top 3 foods to eliminate Cleansing your liver Dealing with acne Cleansing for athletic performance Other lifestyle detox methods Results of the Hot Detox Programme Actionable tips for detoxing

40. 5 Tips For Getting In Your Greens - PTP190.mp3
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Getting your children to eat can be one thing, but getting your family to eat more greens is another. Greens are good for so many reasons. They have powerful nutrients and antioxidants that help fight against obesity, cancer heart disease and more. They keep your body working at at it’s highest levels and it's got fiber that helps you...well...you know! Really, I have about 30 different ways to start incorporating more greens into your diet, but I chose a few that I thought could relate to the masses.

The part that I love about working with individuals is knowing more about their routines and challenges and finding the best ways that work for them. I can tell you this, thinking ahead and being familiar with these amazing 5 tips for getting your greens in will be like second nature for you in no time. Your family may not even notice, but their bodies and health will thank you!

This week’s question:

Robyn asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, How can I get more greens into my family?”

41. Making Choices Through Mindset with Howard Jacobso, Josh LaJaunie, Sid Garza-Hillman - PTP189.mp3
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Making choices through mindset is our focus in today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast - this one's a special treat for you! While we were in Marshall Texas for Healthfest, we sat down with Howard Jacobson (from the Plant Yourself Podcast), Josh LaJaunie (you may have seen him on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine) and Sid Garza-Hillman (from the Approaching The Natural Podcast) for an unscripted, unplanned roundtable conversation. You should be warned that we were literally sitting in a warehouse room while it was pouring rain on the tin roof. 

It was very interesting to see the different perspectives of all these great coaches on the subject of mindset. It is clear that mindset, accountability and practical knowledge is something we all feel our clients need more of. Whether you have tried every diet out there, have begun your plant-based journey or are ready to take someone under your wing, we’re sure you’ll find motivation and inspiration about mindset, which will help you and others along with transformation of any kind. We hope you enjoy this show as much as we enjoyed recording it.

In this episode we discuss: Mindset Taking the first steps & not looking at the finish line Staying in the now Breaking up the goal What is debilitating WWID What the heaven Can't Looking at results Finding your why Breaking the circle What do you really want Be awesome and going beyond the status quo Off the rails

42. Knee Pain and What To Do About It - PTP188.mp3
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Knee pain can occur in different parts of the knee and happen for various reasons. The knee is actually the most unstable joint in our body and gets put through an extreme amount of pressure especially when we do activities like running or jumping. Actually, during activities like running and jumping, the knee must withstand forces two to four times an individual’s own body weight. Think about that for a moment. Because of that small fact, the knee is a prime target for injury. 

This week’s question:

Andrew asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, I’ve been running a bit lately and have starting to feel some knee pain. I’m not really sure why it’s happening, but is there something I can do about it?”

Exercise Descriptions: Stability Ball Hamstring Curls Begin by lying on your back on the floor with your legs straight, knees slightly bent, heels on top of a stability ball, toes pointed up towards the ceiling. Your arms should be down at your sides, palms down. Lift your hips by pushing down on the ball with your heels; your shoulders, hips and ankles should form a straight line. Roll the ball toward you by pulling your heels in toward your glutes. Keeping your hips off the ground, roll the ball back out to the starting position and repeat. Go for 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps. Perform this exercise using one leg for a greater challenge.



Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees slightly and keep your head level. Lower your hips until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. Pause briefly, then slowly straighten your legs and hips at the same time. Keep your back flat throughout the exercise. Squat only as low as you can with proper technique. You can increase tension by holding dumbbells while doing the exercise. Do 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps.



Stand with your feet apart, back straight and your head level. Step forward 3-4 feet with your left foot and drop your hips until your back knee nearly touches the floor. Pause briefly, then slowly push back to the start and repeat with the other leg. Don’t bend your front knee beyond your toes. Take it slow. Do 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps for each side.

43. Mind, Body, Spirit & Pain Management with Chris Kidawski - PTP187.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Chris Kidawski about pain management and the importance of the mind, body and spiritual connection.

As a long time strength and conditioning coach you may be surprised to hear about all the mind and spirit development Chris has done and that he teaches his clients to do the same. We talked about the role of strength training and concentrated on pain management both in terms of preventative measures and what to do when you actually become injured. At the end of the day it’s always about self improvement and figuring out the way to stay as healthy as possible throughout life.

Chris Kidawski has been a strength and conditioning coach for the past 18 years. He is the author of two books and is about to publish his third. Chris’ experience has taken him from New York, to Hawaii, and now to South Florida. He has helped high school athletes achieve college scholarships, college athletes get into the pro's, and professional athletes to achieve championship status. Chris has also helped countless others achieve their fitness, and health goals. His mission in life is to never stop opening others lives to endless possibilities!

In this episode we discuss: Love for fitness Spiritual path Developing your mind Mindfulness Dying healthy Strength training Crossfit Managing pain Foam rolling Prehab Strength and conditioning Thera cane & back buddy Massage therapy-yay or nay? Meditation practice The Everspace Magnesium Actionable tips for self improvement

44. Which Nut Butter is Better? - PTP186.mp3
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So, which nut butter is better?

First of all I want to say that I am so proud of Roxann for asking the question about which nut butter is better. She has come so far working with Plant Trainers and for her it’s not just about being told what to do and when...but, she is really catching on to being mindful of the foods she is choosing to surround herself with as part of her health journey. Deciding on a nut butters is something I love to talk about. When people type nut butter, they often make typos and it reads "but butter"...nothing makes me laugh harder. But on a more serious note, the nut or seed butter you choose may have a bigger effect on your but and your health than you think!

So consider these ideas when shopping for nut or seed butters next time.

This week’s question:

Roxann Asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, which nut butter is better to use, Peanut butter or other kinds?”

45. Main Street Vegan & Living A Vegan Lifestyle with Victoria Moran - PTP185.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Victoria Moran about living a vegan lifestyle and Main Street Vegan. We discuss the definition of vegan which is possibly more encouraging than you may think. While looking at the development the vegan and plant-based world has made over the last 30 years we see a very big opportunity for a better planet with even more compassionate dietary and lifestyle vegans in the future. The more we expose our children to a life of compassion and plants, the better lives they will live later on. We love Victoria’s tips for becoming vegan and suggest you take the movie weekend advice no matter what stage you're at!

For those of you who don’t know Victoria Moran, she is a vegan of over three decades, an obesity survivor, and the current female winner of “Peta’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50.” Listed by VegNews among the Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors, she’s written twelve books, including The Love-Powered Diet, The Good Karma Diet, and the iconic Main Street Vegan. Victoria was featured twice on Oprah; she hosts the award-winning Main Street Vegan podcast; and directs Main Street Vegan Academy, the exciting in-person program in NYC that trains and certifies Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators. She is also the producer of Thomas Jackson’s upcoming documentary, The Compassion Project, introducing veganism to people of faith.

In this episode we discuss: Pets The definition of vegan Doing the best you can The norm The coachable moment   Our children Having the meat talk Spiritual connection and food Being helpful in the world When will vegan be normal? Vegan businesses Main Street Vegan Academy Sexiest Vegan over 50 Movie weekend Tips for going vegan

46. Sharing Takeaways From Some Attendees at Healthfest in Marshall Texas - PTP184.mp3
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On today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we skip the “Hey Plant Trainers” question and feature the amazing takeaways from some attendees at HealthFest in Marshall, Texas. Not everyone gets the opportunity to travel and hear experts in the field and be surrounded with like minded people. So we went around recording people's big takeaways from the weekend, hoping you’ll be able to be inspired by them.

We also share some of our thoughts about how we have grown over the weekend and what to do if your are needing just a little more guidance after this weekend. All the speakers were amazing and had so much to offer for people who are just starting on the journey or are looking for that's next step in their overall health and fitness. A shout out goes to everyone who was brave enough to to say yes this weekend to being reordered and sharing their takeaways from HealthFest.

47. The Ripple Effect with Dr. Greg Wells - PTP183.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Greg Wells about the theory of The Ripple Effect. His latest book, The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better comes out April 4th, 2017. We discuss the many contributing factors of this book and how it affects your life.

As a scientist, broadcaster, author, coach and athlete, Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions.

Dr. Wells is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program. There, he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children. Previously, he served as the director of sport science at the Canadian Sport Institute and taught elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet, like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Dr. Wells has had his own personal experience with the challenges and opportunities of adversity and human extremes. Late in his high school career, he broke his neck in a freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Marathon - 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle - Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a grueling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

A sought after speaker on the topic of human performance, Dr. Wells has spoken at top events like TEDX and the Titan Summit, alongside Sir Richard Branson. Dr. Wells is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail and has been an expert source to other top media outlets like ABC News, “20/20,” The Discovery Channel, TSN, CBC and CTV. He also served as the sports medicine analyst for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Consortium for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games.

In this episode we discuss: Making a difference in India Breaking his neck Overcoming the odds Intrinsic motivation Fearful of failure Olympian Scientist Showing people how to improve their life using science Athletes' biggest challenge The best Athletes' common denominator The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better The most important of the Ripples Broccoli having more protein than steak 1 tsp sugar can help you lose pounds though the year His most meaningful work

48. Will I Only Eat Salads If I Change To A Plant-Based Lifestyle? - PTP182.mp3
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Will I only eat salads if I change to a plant-based lifestyle? One of the most common things we hear from people who are not really familiar with the plant-based world is “what can I possibly eat besides salads and broccoli.” First of all, check out #plantbased on Instagram or scope out @planttrainers on Instagram and you’ll see a whole world of delicious food.

Salads and broccoli are definitely part of the mix, but that should be the case for everyone. Give a listen and find out how we answer this question and leave your mouth watering for more. There are definitely hearty eats in the plant-based world. Once you know how to choose your ingredients, create texture and match up flavors, the world is your...well...oyster mushroom. So if you or someone you know is worried about having to eat salads all the time and always being hungry, then this episode is for you.

This week’s question:

Kelly asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, will I only eat salads and feel hungry all the time if I go plant-based?”

49. Music Therapy For Your Health with Hailey Reiss - PTP181.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Hailey Reiss about using music therapy for your health. Some people think of music as something for the talented or just something to listen to while travelling in the car, but playing and listening to music may have a bigger effect on your overall health than you think. Music therapy is gaining traction not just for the elderly or people with disabilities, but for young folks of all ages looking to do what they can to better their quality of life. Hailey talks to us about how athletes can use music to their advantage while exercising or dealing with injury. Whether you're looking to incorporate music into your life to help with your mental health, meditation or fitness routines, you’ll get inspired in this episode.

Hailey Reiss is the owner of Harmonic Expressions a music therapy company. Hailey completed her Bachelors of Music Therapy at the University of Windsor in 2012. In March 2013 she received her Music Therapist Accredited designation from the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Since then she has worked with numerous populations in different settings including seniors, adults with disabilities, children with disabilities, infants and children in daycares, child-parent anger management and emotions groups, as well as bereavement. She has therapy experience in both leading groups and one-on-one. Hailey is now in the process of completing her Masters of Social Work through the University of Windsor’s continuing education program for working professionals.


In this episode we discuss:

Music Physical changes Pain management Music for training Stress and anxiety Brain chemistry Finding your music Distraction Meditation Brain health Doing something different Autism Music therapy month Adam's surprise Actionable tips for improving your health through music

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Overcoming adversity can be a very challenging thing to be able to do. We are faced with adversity all the time in our everyday life and it is how we react and deal with it that truly helps define and shape us as people. Some things we can control and others we simply can’t. Focusing on what we can control can help us get through those tough times, along with the four other tips mentioned in this episode.

This week’s question:

“Recently a huge, shocking announcement was made at my place of work that has turned my world upside down. Without much notice, my job may be pulled from right under me. My future with this organization is now in jeopardy and I don’t know how I’ll be able to financially support my family. In times like this do you have any tips to help me in overcoming adversity?”

51. Overcoming Diseases & Giving Back with Shannon Farrell - PTP179.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Shannon Farrell about how she overcame diseases and how she is now giving back. Shannon shares her health history with us, but it’s more like her unhealthy history. She has too many diseases and too many medications to mention here. She was wheelchair bound and a perfect candidate for disability, but neither of those options were acceptable. Shannon walks us through her thought process and in the most inspiring way sends the message to never settle with life if it is not the way you are willing to accept. Today Shannon is an avid runner and monitors doctors, nurses, athletes and organizes groups so everyone can benefit from a healthy plant-based lifestyle.

Shannon has over 27 years of experience in the medical field, including 18 years as a registered nurse in a multitude of roles. She prides herself on being a multidimensional health care provider to her patients and shares her vast knowledge obtained during her lengthy career. Shannon is currently an RN at the Beaumont Cardiac Rehabilitation centre in Michigan, in a unit that she helped build up from the ground level with a team of incredible coworkers. While working with patients to achieve their own maximal health and wellness, she realized the importance of her own health and the impact to teach others to live successfully with any type of chronic disease. She has lost over 85 pounds and experienced many benefits of following a healthier lifestyle, including an increase in energy level, reduced pain, and fewer disease flare ups. She enjoys all types of sports and loves supporting her own children at their sporting events. Shannon Farrell is honored to serve as the Volunteer Director of the Small Groups for the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group.

In this episode we discuss:

Steroids, diabetes, lupus and being wheelchair bound Finding plant-based Giving herself a gift The mental game of athletic injury Sidestepping Not accepting disability Leaving things behind Trends with cardiac patients Here and now society Doctors prescribing less drugs and more fruits and vegetables Kids jumping in with the parents   Getting to the children Grassroots education Athletic performance Actionable tips for getting started

52. Is Quinoa A Carb or Protein? - PTP178.mp3
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We loved this question as it was sent to us in the moment of a heated family dispute over whether or not is quinoa is a carb or a protein. We are not really sure who the winner is, but you should really have a good idea about how to go about looking at the question by the end of the 5 minutes.

This is a question that comes up often for many foods. This whole idea of categorizing them into absolutes is damaging to the foods’ reputation and our health. It’s important to look at a food, if it has or has not been processed, what other nutritional value it holds, and what affect it has on a particular person’s body. After all, every-body is different. In this episode we talk about overlap, how not all foods are created equal and how the manufacturing process really changes the value of the food. Let us know who you think won the #debateoverquinoa!

This week’s question:

Sherri asks: “My son and I are having a debate whether quinoa is a protein or a carb?
I know as a vegetarian quinoa is a source of protein.  My son is trying to prove to me that quinoa has equal carbs as a pancake mix or granola bar. I would like to get the facts straight on this debate with him.”

53. Mastering Diabetes with The Mindful Diabetic Robby Barbaro - PTP177.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Robby Barbaro The "Mindful Diabetic" about mastering diabetes. This is really the 411 on all things diabetes. We cover type 1, Type 2, Type 1.5, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes. Any question you ever had about sugars, carbs, insulin and fat will be answered for you right now. In the show, Robby talks about a retreat starting March 2nd. We know you missed that opportunity, but stay tuned to Robby’s media outlets for more opportunities coming soon.

A little bit about Robby: he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has been living this lifestyle since 2006. In that time, while eating pounds of fruit every day, his HbA1c value has never exceeded 6.4%, and his blood glucose has been stable and easy to manage.

Robby graduated from the University of Florida and is the cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and the founder of Mindful Diabetic. He worked at Forks Over Knives for six years before turning his attention in 2016 to coaching people with diabetes full time. Robby enjoys exercising regularly, spending time with friends, and sharing his lifestyle on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

In this episode we discuss: Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes 1.5 or LADA Robby's story Having diabetes vs being diabetic Carbs and sugars Cause of type 2 #1 cause of death for diabetics The Ketogenic approach Truth or myth Gestational diabetes Exercise and activity   Mindful diabetic Managing diabetes Mastering Diabetes Retreats Actionable tips


54. How Do I Forgive Myself After Binge Eating? - PTP176.mp3
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There are times when we do some binge eating. Times when we eat unhealthy food, when we eat fast food, junk food, call it whatever you want. We live in a fast paced, high impact, hack-oriented society. The pressures put onto us by the society we live in can be tremendous and can influence the decisions we make in a negative way. Sometimes we need to remember that the choices we make do not always define who we are. Forgiveness is a skill many of us need to learn to master. Being able to forgive others is such an important tool to have in our toolbox. Being able to forgive ourselves for the decisions we make is not always an easy thing to do, but an important thing to be able to do.

This week’s question:

Saul asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, I ate so unhealthy last night and now I feel sick and gross...How do I forgive myself after binge eating and feel better?”

55. Fuelling Healthy Families with Lean Green DAD Cory Warren - PTP175.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Cory Warren of Lean Green DAD about fuelling healthy families. For some, a plant-based healthy lifestyle seems difficult and for those with families it can seem impossible. Together with Lean Green DAD, we are here to tell you it is possible and it can be done even in your family. We explore how education, marketing and planning can really help in getting and keeping the kids onboard. Cory shares his ideas about conquering social situations as well as some of the other challenges you may face. Of course, you’ll be sure to get lots of actionable tips for your own journey. Be sure to share this podcast with other families looking to create a more Planti-ful lifestyle in their homes.

Cory Warren is a husband, father of three, and vegan athlete who helps busy families eat more plant-based foods! His blog, Lean Green DAD, helps over-scheduled, busy people (mostly parents) maintain a healthy balance of plant-based nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness so they can go the extra mile for their families.

In this episode we discuss: Movie night Ulcerative Colitis & Chronic Illness Family acceptance Kids making choices Education and marketing Social situations Birthday Parties Taking the focus off food Holidays The role of a Dad Tips for busy parents

56. The Microwave To Use It or Lose It - PTP174.mp3
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The microwave is a hard call for so many people. Should we use it or should we lose it? We keep hearing that it is bad for us, but it is SO convenient that we want to hear good news. There are many sites out there that tell their readers the worst news about microwaves, but can they be trusted? Are those sites working off of good research? The question about using the microwave or not is one we do not have an answer for specifically. We hope we provide you with enough information to make informed decisions. As we find more information, we will keep you in the know.

This week’s question:

Margaret asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, does microwaving food change the nutritional value of the food?  I heard that microwaving can change the chemical makeup somehow of the food so that the body can no longer absorb the nutrients.  I also heard that it kills any live enzymes.  Is this true?  Sometimes it is convenient to use the microwave, especially for things like potatoes.  But I have been avoiding it for about a year since I heard this.  I think it is ok to microwave water for tea, but I am not even sure about that.  If you could help me get to the bottom of this, it would be greatly appreciated.”

57. Eating Potatoes For A Year with Andrew Spud Fit Taylor - PTP173.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Andrew “Spud Fit” Taylor, commonly known as that guy who ate potatoes for a year. We talked to him about the Australian diet, how he grew to 300 lbs despite his active lifestyle and of course why he chose potatoes. Andrew tells us about the physical and mental health changes he experiences and how he was able to continue with this one food for so long. This is a great episode for anyone with food addiction or anyone interested in the story behind Spud Fit.

Andrew Taylor is known as the man who embarked on a quest to eat only potatoes for the entirety of 2016. The former junior Australian Champion Marathon Kayaker’s journey started in late 2015 after another failed attempt at dieting. Heavier than before, with clinical anxiety and depression, Andrew realized he was a food addict. The former high school physical education and health teacher with a degree in Applied Science (Human Development) spent six weeks researching ‘the perfect food’ before settling on the humble spud.  Here ‘The Spud Fit Challenge’ was born. Andrew would eat only potatoes for an entire year. The world watched through mainstream media as his weight melted away, health improved and the dark clouds of depression lifted over the course of a year.

Andrew’s first book, The D.I.Y. Spud Fit Challenge: A How-to-Guide to Tackling Food Addiction with the Humble Spud, was co-authored with his wife Mandy van Zanen and has helped many people to break the shackles of food addiction. Andrew now spends his time coaching others through food addiction, speaking, making YouTube videos, working on his own podcast and currently writing his second book.

In this episode we discuss: Getting bigger The Australian diet Mental health & depression Unable to change Parent-teacher night 1 slice of pizza Quitting food Potatoes Overcoming depression Food addiction Failing Tips for overcoming food addiction

58. Our Top 3 Reasons To Attend Live Events - PTP172.mp3
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Thinking of going to attend live events to better your nutrition, health or lifestyle? Not really sure if it’s worth the time, planning and money? Well we think it is. There are so many ways of gathering up information these days: books, Facebook Lives, YouTube, webinars, online summits and more. But none of them really have the feel you get when you attend a live event in person and use all your senses to take in the information.

As you know, we love travelling all over, meeting people and seeing speakers at some of the coolest health events around. So we thought we would motivate you to leave the safe haven of your home and tell you our top three reasons to attend live events and get you travelling! Once you are totally psyched to get out there and meet others like you, rub elbows with the coolest peeps and explore the world (or country) check out the some awesome links below to events like HealthFest and The Raw Cruise!

Who knows, maybe we’ll see you at one of these events really soon.

59. Lifestyle Medicine & Dr. Fuhrman's Health Oasis with Dr. Laurie Marbas - PTP171.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Laurie Marbas about Lifestyle Medicine and Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Oasis. Dr. Laurie was really great to interview. We were wowed by the interesting way she discovered the plant-based lifestyle. She talks about some of the success stories from her practice in Colorado as well as at Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Oasis in Boca Raton, Florida. We explore the trials and tribulations of transitioning teenagers to a plant-based diet and the role of acceptance.  

For those of you unfamiliar with Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA, she is a board certified family medicine physician. She has many years of experience using food as medicine and has practiced lifestyle medicine with amazing success helping people reverse chronic disease. She is currently the medical director for Dr. Fuhrman's Health Oasis in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a new medical/clinical model for treating food addiction and chronic disease.


In this episode we discuss: Lifestyle Medicine Finding plant-based Coming off medication accidentally Lupus Look for the signs Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Oasis Success stories Transitioning teens and children Podcasting perks Where to start

60. Top 5 Podcasts That Truly Make An Impact - PTP170.mp3
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While I could watch TV, movies or nothing at all, I find that listening to podcasts is a great way to learn while training and the time just melts away. Here are my top 5 podcasts (other than The Plant Trainers Podcast) that I listen to that truly make an impact in my life. 

This week’s question:

Owen asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, other than your own, what are your top 5 podcasts that you listen to?”


Here are my top 5 podcasts (in no particular order):

The Rich Roll Podcast

Each week Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. Intimate, deep and often intense, these are not interviews. They are weekly conversations that provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to discover, uncover, unlock and unleash your best, most authentic self.


The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football. The goal of the School of Greatness is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet; to help you find out what makes great people great.


The Approaching The Natural Podcast

Sid Garza-Hillman is the author of "Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto". The Approaching the Natural Podcast features conversations and musings on philosophy of health. The Approaching The Natural Podcast explores all aspects of human health including nutrition, movement, mindfulness, art and much, much more...


The Plant Yourself Podcast

The Plant Yourself Podcast is hosted by Howard Jacobson who is the co-author of Proteinaholic, Whole and The Low-Carb Fraud. The podcast features interviews with guests who are healing the world in various ways. From plant-based nutrition, to joyful movement, to evidence-based healthcare, to gardening, to environmental action, to social justice, to spiritual common sense.


No Meat Athlete Radio

Hosted by Matt Frazier and Doug Hay, No Meat Athlete Radio is all about Vegan and vegetarian nutrition, running, ultra-running, fitness and training tips, healthy lifestyle and habit change with well-known guests and makes for an entertaining, informative, no-preach listen.

61. Running The Parks with Bill Sycalik - PTP169.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Bill Sycalik about running the parks. Bill is a plant-based ultramarathon runner and the founder of the National Parks Marathon Project, his full-time effort to run a self-directed, self-managed, self-measured 26.2 miles in all 59 U.S. National Parks. He’s on a mission to bring people together and experience nature through running the parks.

Until May of 2016, Bill was living the typical stressful corporate life as a management consultant in New York City. When he read about the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service, Bill thought what better way to experience the parks than covering 26.2 miles in each one. He saw an opportunity to extract himself from the office, promote the National Parks and encourage people to get out and move in nature.

Bill recognizes the value of a plant based diet for high athletic performance but now understands that it is not only what you eat which leads to optimum results in your life. Doing something fulfilling, managing stress, taking breaks and spending time in nature are all equally important. Bill wants to serve as an example to those who might feel trapped by their job, location, or lifestyle including diet, that it is possible to make a change.

Since June 2016 he’s completed 32 trail marathons averaging one every seven days in some of the most beautiful natural places in the world. One of his goals is for someone from the local running community to accompany him on some or all of each run. So far people have joined him at 12 of the parks.

We talk to Bill about the deep meaning behind running the parks and finding purpose in life. He offers his insight on making the decision and planning to create experience in your life when you want to do something outside of normal expectations. Bill still has some running and planning to do and you can join him for a run to show your support.

In this episode we discuss: Taking a break Leaving corporate Limiting beliefs How to know when you're ready Making decisions The parks Challenges Planning First Aid Running with others Nutrition Change

62. Cooking Plant-Based With Poor Culinary Skills - PTP168.mp3
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Cooking plant-based for some people is hard enough because they have poor culinary skills. Changing your routine and learning to use new ingredients and equipment can be very overwhelming for even a seasoned home cook. A lot of people hold back on making healthier choices because they are just too scared of the how. They can’t wrap their head around what to do and what to make. If this sounds like you, I’m calling you out on this one. Just do it. Make a change and if you slip up you slip up. This is how you learn. Trial and error. Let go of the mistakes and look at how you can do better next time. Improving your culinary skills is like learning how to swim.

This week’s question:

Stacey Asks: "Hey Plant Trainers, I am really looking to go plant-based, but my culinary skills are a little embarrassing. How do I keep this from holding me back?"

63. Saying "Goodbye Lupus" with Brooke Goldner M.D. - PTP167.mp3
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Description: In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Brooke Goldner about healing lupus on a plant-based diet. She is a best-selling author, the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com, SkypePsychiatrist.com, creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery, and is the author of Goodbye Lupus and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Health and Healing.

Dr. Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and made a startling recovery from her disease at 28 years old using her protocol, which uses supermarket foods. Now, she educates physicians and patients on how to heal and achieve vibrant health using her protocol that has helped many with Lupus and a multitude of other diseases.

Dr. Goldner has starred in videos and documentaries such as Eating You Alive, Whitewash, The Conspiracy Against Your Health, Goodbye Lupus, and Super Healthy Meals for Your Family.  She has appeared on TV, news and media outlets such as, RTVi News, Natural News Radio, Health Conspiracy Radio, Wellness Radio, and has been featured on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine.

Brooke’s story is really an incredible one and we dive into all the details in our conversation with her. We experienced all the emotions listening to her talk about her original prognosis to her ability to have healthy pregnancies and two beautiful boys. There are so many good take aways for anyone suffering with Lupus, and we really do hope you share this episode to give others the ability to say Goodbye Lupus.

In this episode we discuss: What is Lupus? The diagnosis Signs and Symptoms Getting sick The role of food in the treatment of Lupus 25 years ago Is pizza the perfect food? Hope and meaning Strokes Finding love Accidentally plant-based No signs of Lupus Getting pregnant Helping others


64. Should I Count Calories or Measure My Food? - PTP166.mp3
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Should I count calories or measure my food? Eating a whole food plant-based diet and knowing which pre-made foods are ok gives you the ability to eat to that sweet spot: when you're not too full to stand up, but won’t be hungry again in 30 minutes. Basically, you're free to eat as much as you need to. The amazing thing is that eating can be so simple. We often put way too much energy and thought into what we eat and sometimes for good reason. Counting calories has been used as a weight loss tactic for years and is still being used by many weight loss programs today. Does it work, sure. But do you really want to be restricted to a certain number of calories all day every day?

This week’s question:

Kelly asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, Should I count calories or measure my food?”

65. Creating Community Through Healthfest with Ed & Amanda Smith - PTP165.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Ed and Amanda Smith about creating community through Healthfest. Ed is known as the Vegan Mayor of Marshall Texas. From 2000-2008, Ed was the Commissioner and Mayor and in 2012 he was re-elected once again. Ed is president and owner of Smith Resources, Inc. and has had many other business ventures during his career. Ed has served as an officer and board member on many organizations including the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Legislative Fund and Marshall Firefighters Retirement and Relief Fund.

In 2011 Ed and his wife Amanda formed Get Healthy Marshall, a non-profit organization created for the purpose of educating the local community of the health benefits derived from a whole foods plant-based diet. Each year, Get Healthy Marshall, brings HealthFest to Marshall, a weekend event they co-founded, where individuals from across the country can hear world class lectures from leading experts in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and fitness, together with cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

In an effort to spread the message of a whole foods plant based diet, Ed and Amanda acquired VegWorld Magazine in 2015, a digital interactive online magazine dedicated to promoting a healthy whole foods plant-based lifestyle where Amanda assumes the tireless role as editor.

Today we talk about the inspiration that led Amanda and Ed on this journey and the events that made them the whole food plant-based vegan activists they are today. We explore the challenges and triumphs of creating such a tremendous influence on Texas communities and have a little bit of fun along the way. They share incredible success stories from the citizens of Marshall, Texas. Be sure to listen until the end of this show to find out how you can win 2 free tickets to Healthfest 2017, valued at almost $400 per person.

In this episode we discussed: The vegan Mayor WFPB or Vegan Texas Culture Meeting people where they are at The journey Prostate cancer Forgoing conventional treatment PCRM The immersion program HealthFest VegWorld magazine The Marshall Plan Movie Get Healthy Marshall How to win two free tickets to HealthFest 2017

66. How To Have A Healthier Vegan Diet - PTP164.mp3
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I spend a lot of time thinking about where my overall allegiance lies when it comes to the term plant-based or vegan. I personally prefer not to use labels, but when I’m talking to mass groups on the podcast, in Facebook groups or during my presentations it simplifies what’s already a complicated topic. But that’s a whole other question. In short, if I don't eat a healthy plant-based diet, I will not be the best "me" I can - to raise my children, help animals and the environment. More and more vegans are starting to look into healthier plant-based diets to compliment their already compassionate lifestyles. That’s why I love Crimson’s questions about having a healthier vegan diet. 

This week's question:

Crimson asks: "I've been vegan for a few years, how can I eat more healthy foods. I just need some ideas & inspiration to get started towards a healthier vegan diet."

67. How Culture Influences Health with Brian Hart - PTP163.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Brian Hart, M.Ed. About how culture influences health. Brian is a highly experienced educator with over twenty-five years in the field as a teacher, administrator, and advocate for school change in both the public and private sectors. He is currently working as an educational consultant and program designer for his own consulting company, EVOLV.ED. Specifically, Brian specializes in working with organizations to help them create immersive, hands-on, experiential programs designed to transform thinking and build problem-solving skills.

As well, Brian and his wife, Jane Esselstyn RN, conduct seminars across the nation that help people "wrap their head, heart, and hands" around whole food, plant-based eating. He is a former Outward Bound instructor, wilderness EMT, plant-based chef, teacher, middle school principal, and carpenter. When not carting his kids to and from swim practice or editing their papers, Brian is a committed ultra-endurance athlete with four Ironman finishes to his name, among other run, bike, and ski events. Brian also holds a Rouxbe Cooking School professional certification in plant-based cooking.

Today we talk about how culture influences health, why we choose the foods we do and how it inevitably affects our health. It is really quite fascinating to think about why different cultures and religions eat particular foods. Leaving behind the foods you grew up on is hard. Telling your elders you choose not to take part in those traditional dishes is even harder. Today we look at the connection between food, culture and why we make the choices that we do.

In this episode we discussed: Growing up SAD The culture of sports and junk food Religion, culture & socio-economics Why is it so hard to just make good choices Making good choices Training ourselves Culture of excess Just for one day Social and emotional challenges Our genes “But my grandma…” What about the Paleo people?

68. Getting Back Into A Routine After Taking A Break - PTP162.mp3
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Getting back into a routine after taking a break can be very challenging. You were on a roll, in a groove, things were progressing nicely and then you went away on vacation or simply took some time off because you felt like it. The truth is that the reason for the break doesn’t really matter (unless it was for an injury of course). You were functioning and moving on a schedule. Everything was set up in your schedule and you were following it so well.

It’s quite common to come back from time off and not know where to start or what to do. Getting back into a routine takes guts, takes you being able to put your foot down and get ready to start the grind. Just get started! That’s what we focus on in today’s question.

This week’s question: Ricky asks: “I was away for 2 weeks over the holidays and since I’ve been back, I just can’t seem to get into a routine again. Do you have any tips to help me get back into my fitness routine?”

69. Running Raw To A Compassionate Approach with Tim Van Orden - PTP161.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Tim Van Orden about a compassionate approach to life. Tim Van Orden is an elite athlete turned professional coach, speaker, and writer on a mission to bring peak performance to the masses.

As the founder of the Running Raw project, Tim has spent the last eleven years demonstrating the athletic potential of a simple, plant-based diet. As a result of his tireless engagement, Tim was named U.S. Masters Runner of the Year 4 times by USA Track & Field.

In addition, Tim has won ten U.S. Masters Mountain and Trail Running Championships, including the 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, Marathon and 50k Championships. Tim also excels in some of the world’s most grueling sports, placing 4th at the World Stair Climbing Championships up the Empire State Building, 8th at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and 12th at the World Snowshoe Championships. This journey to athletic success has not been an easy one. His story now serves as an example of what’s possible when one embraces their shortcomings. and uses them to full effect.

To accomplish this, Tim has created powerful, motivational tools that allow him to engage at a high level each day, regardless of his mental or physical state. He now teaches these methods to others looking to rise above their challenges and achieve peak results. As a coach, Tim has enhanced his practice with the latest research in biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, psychology, neuroscience and the importance of the mind/body connection as it relates to performance in any endeavor.  

Today we really dive deep into the idea of compassion being the key to change and what drives motivation. We learn more about Tim Van Orden’s journey and how he overcame his challenges in life. We discuss how hard it was for him to embrace his persona and the strength in letting it go. Tim has discovered that it is not your diet that trumps all else in life. If you live a life of compassion all else falls into place, brings you continued motivation and allows you to thrive, moving through the turbulence of life with more ease.


In this episode we discuss: National Championships Chasing your upper limits Dunning Kruger Effect Looking at you Mindset Vegan Fundamentalists It’s not about diet, It’s about compassion The brain Depression Baddest philosophy Biochemistry Actionable steps Kristin Neff

70. Connecting With Your Children After Chronic Illness Strikes - PTP160.mp3
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II have spoken with three separate families this month who have had illness take a parent out of commission. The ill parent want to be able to spend time with their children and just can’t show up to the same degree as they can’t leave their beds, lift the children or even walk around long enough to spend quality time. Doctors appointment or hospital stays take up a lot of time too. I personally know what it’s like to have a divider between my family and myself and to feel desperate to make up for that lost time. To be healthy we need to look beyond nutrition. We need to nurture our hearts and that is where my teaching and yoga experiences help mend families. Have a listen for my top 4 suggestions for connecting with your children after chronic illness strikes.

This week's question:

Elizabeth asks: “I have been ill and need to connect more with my daughter. What do you recommend?”


71. Eating For Your Body Type with Kathy Smart - PTP159.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Kathy Smart about eating for your body type. Kathy certainly lives up to her reputation as a triple threat in the health and wellness space. She is a registered holistic nutritionist who wrote the best-selling cookbook Live The Smart Way; which is a Cordon Blue approved cookbook and Canada's 2015 Fitness Presenter of the Year (along side her American Counterpart Jillian Michaels).

Kathy Smart is best known as North America’s Gluten-Free expert she is a popular speaker, health and fitness presenter and the go-to media expert in all things health and wellness. In 2015, Kathy launched the much-anticipated Live The Smart Way Expo, her personally branded Canada-wide consumer Expo to a rousing success and is now Canada's Largest Health and Wellness Trade Show. She was recently awarded the Leading Women Award by the Canadian Government for raising health awareness across the country and was also named a 2015 Winner of the Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award (Ottawa Business Journal).

Kathy Smart has been featured around the world as the leading expert in Healthy Gluten-Free living and is a Chatelaine Magazine recipe developer. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Social Media Tweeters according to the Huffington Post and has been seen on many TV talk shows.

Today we talk to Kathy about fruit. Wait...before you say “what? Fruit” hear us out. Kathy describes her system of comparing one’s body type to fruit in order to decide how they should best eat and exercise for optimal health. Find out what kind of body type category Adam and Shoshana fall into and find out a little more about what kind of fruit you are and what may be holding you back from your optimal health!

In this episode we discuss: Friends Dr. Abravanel How to eat for you body type How to exercise for your body type Pears Apples Bananas Papples! Back to the basics Eat vegetables like it’s your job White vegetables...white potatoes Live The Smart Way Expo Vote with your dollars 3 Actionable tips for a healthier you

72. Happy New Year From Plant Trainers - PTP158.mp3
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Normally on this segment we answer a listener's question, but today all we want to wish you all a Happy New Year! We are so grateful for all the listeners, the guests we’ve had on the show, our Patreon contributors and all the amazing things we’ve learned from podcasting with each other. This is the first show going into our 3rd year podcasting! Thanks for taking the ride with us.

We never need an excuse to take on a new challenge or make a change in our lives, but often new years seems like the perfect time to do that. So...Happy New Year!

Here are 5 tips for a healthier new year: Be forgiving to yourself. We are not giving you permission to skip every meal and eat bags of chips for lunches daily. We are just telling you to be mindful of your actions. See what you need to learn from that experience and then let it go. Holding on will only keep the negative energy flowing. Ramp up your F&V. If you are not eating 5 servings of fruits and veg a day, then aim for that number. This will keep you fighting off nasty viruses. If you are eating 5, find a few places you can add more in. I always add spinach to soups I have in the fridge. Move. It doesn't matter if you stretch in your living room while listening to this podcast, run a mile a day or simply walk to the corner or back. Find a way to move your body daily. It does not have to be a “workout!” Count your blessing. Take a look at your situation, family and fiends. Find as many amazing things in your life and be grateful for each and everyone of them. Share your knowledge. Find at least one person and without preaching, give them some inspiration for creating healthier habits themselves. Maybe it’s a meme, or a podcast or a conversation. Either way, spread the love. Happy New Year!

73. The 4Leaf Program, Vibrant Health and Sustainability with Jim Hicks - PTP157.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Jim Morris Hicks about the 4Leaf Program, achieving vibrant health and sustainability for our planet. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," Jim began to study what we eat from a global perspective and discovered many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority, exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.

Today we talk to Jim about his book The 4Leaf Guide To Vibrant Health, Using The Power Of Food To Heal Ourselves and Our Planet. We discuss how to easily implement the 4leaf guide and the effects a plant-based diet has on our health. We touch on how to get more people understanding the urgency of our planet’s future and how some of the small things we do everyday may not be enough.


In this episode we discuss:

Getting into the White House 4leaf Survey 80% WFPB Doctors Heal Thyself, Then Others Sustainability of our ecosystem Who can this planet support and for how long? Getting people to understand Recycling is not enough Big environmental groups who ignore the impact of our food choices when it comes to climate change Actionable tips to start with today

74. Hiding Ingredients in Kids' Foods - PTP156.mp3
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The question of hiding ingredients in kids’ foods is one that comes up a lot in our Facebook group, Healthy Plant-Based Families. A healthy family is more than just people who don’t get plagued by illness or who eat well. There is knowledge and life skills that go along with it. I know there have been tons of cookbooks written about being a sneaky parent and getting those greens in places the kids would never look. Give a listen and find out what I really think about hiding ingredients in kids’ foods.

Jessica asks “Should I hide ingredients in foods I make so my kids will eat them?

Don’t forget to contact us at info@planttrainers.com with your question for our “Hey Plant Trainers” segment!

75. The Secrets To Traveling On A Plant-Based Diet - PTP155.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about the secrets to traveling on a plant-based diet. People think we are nuts when we tell them we Travel 25 hours south on the highway with two young children. That may not seem like a holiday to some people, but for our plant powered family it’s a fun and healthy one! Sticking to our plant-based way of eating and exercise regimes are challenging, but completely possible on a winter vacation of this kind.

So today we are going to share our secrets to traveling on a plant-based diet that will help you as an individual or as a healthy plant-based family whose traveling on a plant-based diet, be ready for everything. If you aren’t fully plant-based, that’s ok! You’ll be able to pick up some great tips in this episode to help make your vacation a healthier and safer one. It’s hard enough packing for vacation, but making sure you stick to your values and health regime is a whole other thing!

Hopefully these ideas will give you something you can take away (literally) with you. Let us know what works for you in the comment section below.

In this episode we discuss: Our quote of the day: “I'm not perfect, but what's wonderful about eating a plant-based diet is I don't have to be.” ~ Victoria Moran Preparation Let go of imperfection Food Snack Car ideas Flight ideas Restaurants Making your own food Hotels Fitness exploration


76. Is Running In The Cold Outdoors Dangerous? - PTP154.mp3
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Running in the cold outdoors can be dangerous, especially if you're not prepared for it. Running and walking are great forms of exercise and actually getting our bodies moving is super important. With the increase of childhood obesity, we need to find more ways to get everyone moving. We can't afford to allow the weather to stop us. Yes we can run indoors, but what about running in the cold outside during the winter? That's what this episode focuses on.

Mason asks: “I enjoy running and prefer doing so outside. The weather is getting cold and I’m wondering... is running in the cold outdoors dangerous? Will it cause damage to my lungs?”

Don’t forget to contact us at info@planttrainers.com with your question for our “Hey Plant Trainers” segment!

77. Food Politics Responsibility & Education with Andy Bellatti - PTP153.mp3
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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Andy Bellatti, MS, RD about food politics, responsibility and education. Andy is a Las Vegas-based dietitian and health coach with a plant-centric and whole-food focus, who takes an interest in food politics, deceptive food marketing, and food justice. His work has been published in Grist, The Huffington Post, Today’s Dietitian, Food Safety News, and Civil Eats, among others. Andy is also a co-founder and strategic director of Dietitians For Professional Integrity, a group that advocates for ethical and socially responsible partnerships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Andy Bellatti talks to us about some of the wins and challenges the Dietitians For Professional Integrity experience. We tackle food politics and strategize on how we can make a change in our schools, health conferences and hospitals. Andy shares his thoughts on the influences big food companies and their sponsorship of athletes and sporting events have on younger generations.


In this episode we discuss:

Dietitians For Professional Integrity Success and challenges Sponsored athletes Making changes in schools Big Food sponsoring nutrition conferences… Educate our young ones to be advocates In-fighting among vegans How vegan advocates can shoot themselves in the foot Actionable tips to start with today

78. 5 Tips For Speeding Up Cooking Time - PTP152.mp3
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These 5 tips for speeding up cooking time could be a game changer for you and your family. Meal time can be a hard time for families. You finished your work day, your kids want your attention and you just want to get a healthy(ish) dinner on the table so you can get the kids showered and put them to bed. And most of all, you want to know your kids are actually going to eat the food you're working so hard to prepare.

Speeding up cooking time by 5 or 10 minutes can mean the difference between getting the kids in bed on time or having to deal with the consequence of overtired monkeys. No one wants that. That’s why I love Amy’s question about how to speed up the process of making dinner. Here are 5 tips that you can start to apply today that will improve your cooking time.

Amy asks “How can I decrease the amount of time I spend cooking each night. Even 10 minutes would help!”

79. Treating Drug Addiction Through A Plant-Based Diet with Adam Sud - PTP151.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Adam Sud about treating drug addiction through a plant-based diet. Adam, a 7th generation Texan, formally weighed over 300lbs, was a drug and food addict suffering from severe depression. Through his own journey he discovered how plants can help others like him overcome addiction. Today he is over 4 years sober and weighs 165lbs. He is a certified holistic lifestyle coach and developed a program using plant-based nutrition as a tool for addiction recovery and relapse prevention.

We take the idea of drug, alcohol and food addiction as well as depression to a deeper level with Adam. We've seen this pattern come up with many amazing transformational stories. All of us need to really understand why this is such a common theme and what role diet really has in the treatment and healing process.

In this episode we discuss:

Family Adam’s low point and how he got there ADD, ADHD and Adderall Addiction and Depression Which came first… Rip and Engine 2 My fault Make the change Sober Living Being comfortable being uncomfortable Arachidonic acid Addressing addiction Passion vs addiction Changing nutrition in rehab

80. Treating Asthma While Continuing To Exercise - PTP150.mp3
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Asthma is probably the most common chronic disease in children and the prevalence is increasing around the world. Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. Treating asthma is a very interesting concept.

While the environment can be the culprit to the cause many times, allergies to animals and foods can also be to blame. Some things, in fact most things, we can control in order to help in treating asthma. If you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma, a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs. But don’t get all caught up in the medication hype. There are other ways to treating asthma and today that’s the focus. If your asthma only appears during exercise, you may be able to make it disappear so you can feel awesome and take those deep breathes you really want to.

Dan’s question: “I have recently been diagnosed with asthma and it effects me especially during exercise. I have inhalers that the doctor prescribed to me, but I really don’t like using them. Is there anything else I can do? I don’t want to stop exercising!”

81. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn - PTP149.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we are honoured to talk about how to prevent and reverse heart disease with Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is known for being one of the founding fathers of the plant-based lifestyle and is the author of the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. He is widely recognized for his role in the documentary film, Forks Over Knives. Twenty-three years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn wanted his peers to do more in the way of preventing heart disease as he found the research on plant-based diets to be extremely strong. He and his family adopted a plant-based lifestyle and he is responsible for so many others following suit with tremendous results. He is 82 years old and he is his wife, Ann are full of energy and spirit.

During our talk with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn we cover a lot of the questions and uncertainties out there. So many people seem to hear the research, see others getting results, but just aren’t yet convinced that this is the time to hop on board. We are hoping this conversation today will help you or someone you care about cross that line from uncertainty to taking action. To be able to prevent and reverse heart disease and many other chronic illnesses is a gift that can change the lives of millions of people. Towards the end of the show we talk about an event in The Doctor’s life many people don't know about! 


In this episode we discuss:

Coronary heart disease Preventing heart disease Reversing Heart disease Why people who feel healthy should go plant-based All food groups in moderation Oils for brain function Egg whites Different plant-based camps Message to parents who are feeding their children cow’s milk Exercise Chelation therapy

82. Improving Diet and Clean Eating For Kids - PTP148.mp3
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Sarah’s question about clean eating for kids is one that is rapidly gaining traction. Adults have been playing with the idea of clean eating for a few years. Now that we parents have started to figure it out for ourselves and realize the long term and short term benefits we are ready to let our kids reap the benefits too. As you will hear, this answer is going to be a little bit different for each family depending on where you are in your journey today. There are some families who only use about 10 processed foods per week and others who rarely eat a veggie stick. No worries. No matter where you are in your journey, there are great tips in this episode to get you closer to your goals, help improve your diet and think clean eating for kids.

Sara Asks: Hey Plant Trainers, I want to know more about clean eating for kids. How can I improve their diet?

83. Over 15 Great Plant-Based Gifts For The Holidays - PTP147.mp3
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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about over 15 great responsible, vegan, sustainable, plant-based gifts for the holidays. This holiday season we are encouraging you to think outside the box. Reduce your carbon footprint, vote with your dollars and be creative. We know that this time of year can be stressful, so we put together a list of ideas we are considering giving as gifts this year, presents we would like to receive, or just items we think are a good ideas.

We’d like to reinforce the fact that not all gifts need to be tangible products. On our list that we share with you today, we provide examples and other options for people looking to help shrink our materialistic society. Open your minds, open your hearts and let’s get shopping to make our friends, family, loved ones and even strangers enjoy this holiday season!


In this episode we discuss:

Our quote of the day: “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom put food on the table, a dad pay a mortgage or a student pay for college.”  ~ unknown Reevaluating your gift giving rituals Plant-based gifts Voting with your dollars Big chains vs small business Donations - time & money Shopping online Subscriptions Gift cards Reading Materials Home & Kitchen Cosmetic & Beauty Food Supporting friends Fitness & athletics Education Make your own

84. The Difference Between Ceylon Cinnamon & Cassia Cinnamon - PTP146.mp3
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There are several types of cinnamon and so many benefits that accompany this fine spice. Having to choose the right kind of cinnamon is interesting as many people probably never even realized that there is more than one kind of this spice. That's right, there is more than one kind. What's in your pantry? Is it ceylon or cassia cinnamon? That's the focus of today's "Hey Plant Trainers" question. The benefits of each type and the differences is what gets covered in today's show. We also share which is our preferred type of cinnamon!

Here is Joey's question: “I’ve always really liked cinnamon and just recently found out there are different kinds of it. What’s the difference between ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon and which one should I be eating?”

85. Poor Sleep, Cortisol & Insulin with Rebecca Boulton - PTP145.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Rebecca Boulton about poor sleep and it’s effects on cortisol and insulin levels. Rebecca is a registered Nutritional Therapist and founder of Simple and Clean Nutrition. She works with women struggling with hormonal imbalances supporting them to improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She is registered with the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and a member of the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Today we address poor sleep in regards to men, women and children. We take a look beyond just how many hours of sleep we need and what time of night we should be sleeping. Rebecca talks about cortisol and insulin levels and how this pertains to adults sleeping patterns. We hope you have a great night's sleep after listening to this one!


In this episode we discuss:

What happens when we sleep Misconceptions about sleep Do different people require different amounts of sleep? Hours and range Man vs women circadian rhythm Insulin, cortisol and adrenal fatigue Shift work Bedtime routines Sleep apnea Children’s sleep Blue lights Foods and nutrients that promote healthy sleep Melatonin Actionable tips to start with today

86. Top 5 Tips for Eating Plant-Based in Restaurants - PTP144.mp3
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In this episode of Hey Plant Trainers, I uncover my top 5 tips for eating plant-based in restaurants that are really simple. Somehow when we are outside the home, it seems harder to make good decisions. So thinking about these tips and marking them down somewhere will help psych you up to continue with your plant-based or clean eating choices. Knowing why you really want to make good choices really helps too.

These tips are not just for newbies. They are tips even I still use and they really help me enjoy myself more when I’m out eating plant-based in restaurants and most of all it does not make me feel like I have a huge hat on with jingle bells that screams “LOOK at me, I’m the difficult vegan in the room”. No one wants that! So give a listen to my top 5 tips for eating plant-based in restaurants so you can relax and enjoy yourself next time!

Jeanann Ask: “Hey Plant Trainers, how can I make good choices while eating in restaurants if I don’t want to cause a fuss over ordering things that are different from the actual menu items?”

87. The Most Delicious Meals Made Easy - PTP143.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about some of our favorite most delicious meals made easy. Very often we find people don’t want know what they should eat, they want to know what we eat. Today you’ll get the lowdown. Life is busy and some families just don’t have time for homemade healthy delicious meals anymore. But it is so important because without nutritious food people may begin to become overweight or develop chronic diseases. That has an effect on our children as they see the adults in their family suffering and eventually that way of life becomes their children's destiny.

This is not acceptable. We are here to help you and others prevent that. That’s why we’ll give you some great tips for keeping it healthy, keeping it easy and keeping the time spent in the kitchen to a minimum. And best of all you’ll get to know our favorite delicious meals made easy.


In this episode we discuss:

Our quote of the day:”As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~ John F. kennedy How meal planning helps us How to avoid meal planning Getting meal planning support When we don't meal plan Tips for meal planning Typical meals for Adam and Shoshana in a day Our favorite easy meals The time we didn’t meal plan Tips for starting today

88. Remedy Food Atlanta Live Special Announcement - PTP142.mp3
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In today's episode of Hey Plant Trainers, we wanted to share a very special announcement and opportunity for our listeners from Remedy Food Atlanta Live.

The Remedy Food Atlanta Live Event is a weekend-long gathering, taking place November 11th-13th at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta. Returning for its second visit to Atlanta, this one-of-a-kind event features some of the leading researchers, physicians, dietitians, athletes, cookbook authors, and celebrity chefs in the world of plant-based nutrition.

In addition to 15 top-notch speakers, this exciting weekend offers early-morning ‘bootcamp’ with trainer-to-the-stars John Pierre (Ellen Degeneres, Pamela Anderson), six huge, delicious, low-fat, plant-based buffet meals, dinner-and-a-movie Saturday night featuring the Atlanta debut of the much-anticipated filmEating You Alive, and an exciting “24-Carrot Culinary Competition” wrapping things up Sunday afternoon.

At The Remedy Food Atlanta Live Event, you'll get to meet some of the awesome guests we've had on The Plant Trainers Podcast such as: Michael Greger M.D., The No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier, Brenda Davis, Chef A.J., Jason Wrobel, and Dr. Tom Campbell.

*Here's the BIG announcement! Even if you can't get to Atlanta, you can still participate with the Remedy Food Virtual Pass—all of the education, learning and fun of being at the Live Event—but from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else with an internet connection)!

Check out the new Virtual Pass which is a video live stream that allows you to have the best seat in the house—your own house—for the full weekend!

If you want to go to Atlanta, it isn't too late. Get your tickets here and use "PLANTTRAINERS" to get a discount at checkout. 

89. Food Choice and Sustainability with Dr. Richard Oppenlander - PTP141.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Richard Oppenlander. Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability consultant, researcher, and author whose award-winning book, “Comfortably Unaware” has been endorsed as a must-read by Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Jane Goodall among others. Dr. Oppenlander's most recent book, “Food Choice and Sustainability”, has won numerous awards including the 2014 International Book Award and the 2014 Green Book Festival Award and is being used by think tanks and strategists for developing initiatives to advance change.

Dr.Oppenlander is a much sought after international lecturer on the topic of food choice and sustainability. He has spoken to the European Parliament  and served as the lead consultant for the documentary films “Food Choices” and “Cowspiracy”. He also serves as an advisor to world hunger projects in developing countries and with municipalities in the United States. Dr. Oppenlander received an honorary award from the Hawaii Senate in April for his pioneering work regarding their food choice and environment connection.  Dr. Oppenlander has spent the past 40 years studying the effects that food choices and sustainability have on our planet and on us. He started an organic plant-based food production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary (with his wife Jill), and is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.  

Today's talk with Dr. Oppenlander should revolutionize the way you see food. We have a responsibility to ourselves, to others and to generations to come to start making better food choices and start doing it now. The predictions are startling. At the current rates, our planet is unable to sustain our eating habits. If we continue eating like this, we will see the fall of our ecosystems and further global warming, which means we are literally stealing food from our grandchildren and great grandchildren's mouths. This is an important message for everyone to hear, so gather your family and friends, give a listen and let us know your #1 take away.


In this episode we discuss:

The Hunger Games What the SAD diet doing to our planet Exceeding the tipping points Sustainable and Optimal Relative Sustainability Overpopulation and reproduction Thoughts on Dr. McDougall and what he said This is just another thing for us to do Taking control Actionable tips for making a difference today

90. Reducing The Risk of Injury and Staying Pain Free - PTP140.mp3
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In this episode of Hey Plant Trainers, I review my 4 most important things to remember when reducing the risk of injury and staying pain free. It doesn’t matter if you’re a triathlete, a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a cross-fit person, a weight lifter or any other type of athlete. There are many factors to take into account when it comes to reducing your risk of injury and staying pain free and in this short episode I reveal what I consider to be some important tips to remember to keep you at your peak performance levels.

Rob asks: “Hey Plant Trainers, what can I do to help reduce my risk of injury and keep myself pain free during my training and racing?”

91. The Paleo Diet vs The Vegan Lifestyle with Brenda Davis - PTP139.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian, who has been a featured speaker at international nutrition, medical and health conferences in over a dozen countries. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor.

She is the co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics with over 750,000 copies in print, in 9 languages: Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, Defeating Diabetes and Dairy-free and Delicious. Her most recent works, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition won the 2014 REAL Best of 2014 Book Award, and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition won the Canada Book Award and was a finalist and received honorable mention in the Foreword Book of the Year Award.  

Brenda Davis is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian and has authored numerous professional and lay articles. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands and in 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

Today we talk to Brenda Davis about the topics that keep coming up: Carbohydrates, the paleo diet and the vegan lifestyle. More and more paleo followers are finding their way to becoming plant-based advocates. Many doctors are scaring unhealthy people off of carbohydrates for illnesses beyond diabetes. There are so many people stuck in limbo, so we want them to hear the facts from one of our favorite researchers, presenters and dietitians.


In this episode we discuss:

Carbohydrates The Blue Zones Carbs - are they created equally? Sugars - are they created equally? Sugar and cancer What if we were ALL Paleo? The true Paleo diet Comparing today's Paleo diet to a vegan lifestyle Possible negative outcomes of a Paleo diet Possible negative outcomes of a vegan diet Important aspects of a vegan diet for optimal health Tips for a healthier you

92. What Can 4 Months of a Plant-Based Diet Do For Your Body? - PTP138.mp3
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We wanted to share Colleen’s story and talk about what 4 months on a plant-based diet or vegan diet can do for your body. Often when we begin to work with people we discuss the length of time we need to commit to each other. Depending on where a person is starting and their level of commitment, they will see different results at different speeds. So today we wanted to put things in perspective. Colleen’s life has changed in just 4 months of eating a plant-based diet and there is no looking back for her. So if you are still on the fence wondering what a plant-based diet or vegan diet can do for you, give a listen.

So many people Ask: "Hey Plant Trainers, can just a few months of eating a plant-based diet really make a difference?"

93. Deep Dark Depression & Eating For Eaternity with Jason Wrobel - PTP137.mp3
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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Jason Wrobel, or J-Wro, who dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor to help you live to 100. After graduating from the Living Light Culinary Institute and earning certification as Certified Raw Food Chef and Instructor, Jason went on to apprentice with the industry’s finest and most revered talents in New York City, Detroit and Los Angeles.

He was the executive Raw Food Chef at the award-winning Café La Vie in Santa Cruz, California. Jason won the inaugural World’s Best Raw Ice Cream Competition in Los Angeles and being the first vegan chef ever to present live at the prestigious Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival. Jason hosts the popular YouTube channel The J-Wro Show showcasing healthy recipes, lifestyle transformation tips and epicurean entertainment. His Cooking Channel television series, How to Live to 100, was the first primetime vegan cooking series in TV history, which taught people worldwide how to prepare easy and nutritious plant-based foods.

Jason Wrobel is the author of Eaternity: More Than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life and today we start off talking to him about the uniqueness of his book. Our intention was to talk about the culinary world, but we quickly called an audible just moments before hitting record. Jason and Shoshana have both suffered through incredible bouts of anxiety and depression. We haven't talked about this in depth on the show since PTP006. So today Shoshana and Jason go where most people dare not go and talk about their darkest moments and how diet and lifestyle help them thrive.

It’s important that you understand that what they talk about today is their own experience and they are sharing it to help fight against stigma and help empower others. Any decisions to make changes to your medication or other treatments should be made along side your professional practitioners and not alone.


In this episode we discuss:

Finding inspiration Layout of the book Bad, Better, Best Depression Living Libations Vit D Nutra-eval - nutrition assessment Euro-Screen - neurotransmitter screening Top 4 supplements to boost mood J-Wro’s Faves Rouxbe Vegan Chef Culinary Program Remedy Atlanta My Healthy Hustle

94. How "PCP" Got Me Through Ironman Louisville - PTP136.mp3
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In this episode of Hey Plant Trainers, Adam briefly discusses his experiences at Ironman Louisville last weekend and spends more time explaining how PCP (not the drug) helped him complete his most successful swim to date. Adam basically taught himself to swim in 2012 and has really become terrific in the water. From not being able to swim a 25-meter lap to finishing last weekend's 2.4-mile swim in 1:05 is pretty impressive.

The secret to his success in his Ironman swim lies in his PCP Principle. Have a listen and learn more about this principle and how it can be applied to virtually any aspect of anyone's life!

Many people have been asking: "Hey Plant Trainers, how did Adam get so fast at swimming long distances?"

95. The Rantings Of A Former Fat Man with Tim Kaufman - PTP135.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Tim Kaufman from Fat Man Rants. Tim started a journey to regain his health. At 400+ pounds he was unable to perform simple, daily tasks. He had many chronic health issues and was almost immobile. Tim had lost his interest in life and had almost given up. He started to change one small thing at a time. Tim is now an athlete that thrives on a plant-based whole foods lifestyle and leads a healthy, happy, productive, and very active life that is free of all medications he was once on. His passion is to spread the message that anyone can transition to a whole food plant-based diet and dramatically change their life regardless of their current situation or size.

During the show we talked to Tim about his story and the breaking point that got him to finally want to make a change. He describes his life from the point of not really caring if he wakes up in the morning to making changes just to get to tomorrow. Now, he is checking experiences off his list left and right. Find out what he has to say about getting started and staying committed.


In this episode we discuss:

Getting to 400+ lbs Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Not caring if you wake up The wake up call Perspective Shifting how you buy food Addiction Doing a little more each day Making it to the starting line Life as an athlete Community Actionable tips to start with today

96. 5 Tips For Newly Vegan Girls - PTP134.mp3
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In this episode of Hey Plant Trainers, we answer the 5th and last question in our series from April in New Zealand. Here we give 5 Tips for newly vegan girls. Girls just want to have fun, and I think that is exactly what they should do. Girls should feel empowered to make decisions for themselves and explore how fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and seeds make them feel. With the proper guidance and support, girls are able to learn young how to care for their body, mind and spirit in a healthy way that allows them to thrive. If you have a problem with that, I encourage you to take that up with our 6 year old vegan girl! Oh and by the way...this applies to newly vegan girls and newly vegan boys as well!

April Asks: "Hey Plant Trainers, If you were able to give 5 tips to girls thinking of consuming a vegan diet what would they be?"


Links to things mentioned:

Check out —> School Lunches – A Guide To Making It Easy and Healthy

Be sure to check in with us and tell us how this eWorkbook has changed your life!

Looking for a new and exciting Lunchbox? No problem. Order a Bento Box now from Bentology!

97. The Pillars of Health with Celebrity Trainer John Pierre - PTP133.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to John Pierre, a nutrition and fitness consultant who has devoted more than a quarter century to helping and improving the lives of others. His expertise is in the areas of geriatrics, nutrition, fitness, women’s empowerment, green living, and cognitive retainment and improvement. While sometimes referred to as a “Trainer to the Stars” because he trains celebrities (such as Ellen DeGeneres), rock-stars, and Fortune 500 Executives, JP has a wide range of clientele, including military personnel, hard-core athletes, and many people with diverse backgrounds and fitness levels.

As JP is a pioneer in the area of geriatrics, we take advantage of the conversation to talk about aging. How to slow it down and how to help our older generations age with grace.  He writes more about this in his recent and highly-anticipated published endeavour The Pillars of Health that was chosen by Dr. Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as a favorite reading choice.


In this episode we discuss:

Trainer to the stars, training long term and live-in training The Pillars of Health Nutrition for Anti-aging Stress Essential oils Zinc deficiency Movement Mental Acuity Compassion Living with Harmony - Animal Sanctuary


98. Is Veganism Right For Everyone? - PTP132.mp3
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In this episode of Hey Plant Trainers, we answer the 4th question in our series and explore if veganism right for everyone. Is there a difference between veganism and being plant-based? Naturally you can look on the internet and find conflicting results. But when you look at the science - the good research - there may only be one answer. During this show we take health, weight, sustainability and some personal experience into consideration. If you want to look younger, feel fitter and live the best quality of life for as long as possible, give a quick listen to find out why a veganism is probably right for you.

April Asks: "Hey Plant Trainers, How does someone know if veganism is right for them?"


Links to things mentioned:

Check out —> School Lunches – A Guide To Making It Easy and Healthy

Be sure to check in with us and tell us how this eWorkbook has changed your life!

Looking for a new and exciting Lunchbox? No problem. Order a Bento Box now from Bentology!

Andrea's Website: Veggie Craving


99. The Campbell Plan with Dr. Tom Campbell - PTP131.mp3
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In today's episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Tom Campbell medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and co-founder and clinical director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine. You may know him as co-authoring The China Study with his father T. Colin Campbell, PhD. He recently published The Campbell Plan, The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study's Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet.

During the show we talk to Tom and see what foods he is feeding his plant-based son and how he gets in all the good fats for brain development. He wanted us to be sure to let you know that, while it wasn't discussed on the show, Tom uses and recommends a B12 supplement as well. We also get into some of the hot topics in nutrition today such as gluten-free eating, paleo and mediterranean diets. I love how we basically ruined Tom's chances from ever running for a seat in the government as we ask him about how he would change policy in the USA.

This is a great show and we hope you enjoy it!


In this episode we discuss:

A plant-based toddler diet Soy Gluten-free The Campbell Plan Mediterranean diet Dementia Paleo CNN/JAMA T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Doctors and Nutritional training “If you were the minister of health/secretary of health...what steps would you take?” Some tips for starting on a healthier journey today


Links to things we mentioned:

21 Day Vegan Party

Tom Campbell's Website, Facebook, Twitter

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

The Campbell Plan by Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell

Meat-eaters May Have A Higher Risk of Death But Plants Are The Answer - CNN

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter

Wheat Belly by William Davis


100. Is The Plant-Based or Vegan Diet Extreme? - PTP130.mp3
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In this episode of Hey Plant Trainers and third question in this series, we explore the question to is the plant-based or vegan diet extreme? It’s a term that comes up over and over again when it comes to a vegan diet and it can be answered differently every time. Dean Ornish says it best “I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open.”

Extreme is subjective and values are personal. If you are in for listening to a bit of a rant, check out this show and see what Shoshana has to say about plant-based or vegan being extreme.

April Asks: "Hey Plant Trainers, Do you think the vegan or plant-based diet is extreme?"


Links to things mentioned:

Check out —> School Lunches – A Guide To Making It Easy and Healthy

Be sure to check in with us and tell us how this eWorkbook has changed your life!

Looking for a new and exciting Lunchbox? No problem. Order a Bento Box now from Bentology!