Switch4Good

Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within. Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating. Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life. So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution. read less
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Should You Care About Farmed Animals? with Lewis Bollard
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Should You Care About Farmed Animals? with Lewis Bollard
Around the world, there are tens of billions of non-human animals trapped in the barbaric system of industrial animal agriculture. And unfortunately, that number is increasing. It’s a severe problem, not just for the suffering animals, but for human health and the health of our planet.    Fortunately, there are people dedicating their lives to tackling this issue. And today, we’re joined by one of these remarkable individuals.   Lewis Bollard is a dedicated animal advocate making meaningful change on a global scale. He is the Farm Animal Welfare Director at Open Philanthropy, which is a philanthropic funder addressing important and often neglected causes. Prior to working there, Lewis was the Policy Advisor and International Liaison to the CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.   Join us to hear our illuminating discussion with Lewis as we shine a spotlight on his quest for a more ethical world and his efforts to end factory farming once and for all!    “We chose farm animals just because of the sheer numbers. I mean the sheer scale of factory farming globally in terms of tens of billions of animals suffering. And as you say, I mean it is definitely especially neglected because people don’t pay attention to them. I think that’s partly, I mean, people will say yes because they’re not smart, but I’m skeptical that’s what’s really going on. I think it’s just convenient to not care about them, and it would be really inconvenient to take seriously their interests. I mean, as with you, I think that what ultimately matters is whether they can suffer. You know, I think across all these species, I suspect there’s a lot more going on. I suspect they’re smarter than we give them credit for. But I ultimately think that debate doesn’t even really matter to our moral obligations. We just, shouldn’t torture them. We shouldn’t cause suffering to a being who can suffer.” - Lewis Bollard   What we discuss in this episode: - The eye-opening family trip that changed Lewis’s life.  - Why do people fall off the vegan wagon? - Lewis’s thoughts on alternative proteins and plant-based meats. - How the animal rights movement has evolved. - The most abused farm animals in the world. - Positive changes in the animal rights movement and the potential threat AI poses. - How governments around the world are promoting plant-based diets. - The work Lewis is doing to effect positive change. - Lewis’s advice to those who want to make a positive impact but don’t know where to start.   Resources: - Open Philanthropy: Lewis Bollard | Open Philanthropy - https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/team/lewis-bollard/ - Lewis’s Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/Lewis_Bollard - Vote for the Switch4Good podcast here: https://bit.ly/s4gpodcast   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Netflix’s You Are What You Eat: A Twin Study Director Louie Psihoyos
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Netflix’s You Are What You Eat: A Twin Study Director Louie Psihoyos
We are very excited to welcome back to the show one of the most visionary minds of our time. He’s an Oscar-winning filmmaker, an award-winning photographer, and a passionate environmental activist. Through his lens, he has captured not only the beauty of our world but also the urgent need to protect it.   From his groundbreaking documentary “The Cove,” which exposed shocking animal abuse in Japan, to his awe-inspiring projects like “Racing Extinction” and “The Game Changers,” Louie Psihoyos has consistently pushed the boundaries of storytelling to inspire action and ignite change in all of us.   Today, he’s here with us to discuss his new documentary series “You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment,” which chronicles the recent Stanford University study that put a group of genetically identical twins on different diets – plant-based and omnivore – for two months to explore how the foods we consume impact the body.   So tune in to this must-listen episode to be inspired and empowered as we explore how what we eat dictates who we are and even what we can become.   “I want to know the truth because I want to defend the truth. I can defend a lifestyle choice of my own, you know, but I’ve been to CAFOs – these, you know, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations –  myself. I’ve been there. I’ve smelled them. You look at these animals; you’re in that horror show that most people can’t get to, but people aren’t making an informed decision about where their animals come from. They’re doing it emotionally. They’re doing it by this bro science. And I want to find out the truth.” - Louie Psihoyos   What we discuss in this episode: - The inspiration for You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment.  - Blue zones and longevity. - How telomere length dictates how we age. - Challenges presented during the study. - The exciting health transformation the vegans experienced as a result of the study. - Exposure to and impact of endocrine-disrupting plastics. - Clothes and the environment. - Louie’s exciting upcoming projects.   Resources: - Watch You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment | Netflix Official Site - https://www.netflix.com/title/81133260 - Oceanic Preservation Society - https://opsociety.org/ - Instagram: Louie Psihoyos - https://www.instagram.com/psihoyos/ - How to be a Conscious Consumer with Healabel app creator Adriane Marie - Switch4Good - https://switch4good.org/how-to-be-a-conscious-consumer-with-healabel-app-creator-adriane-marie/ - California Cloth Foundry - https://clothfoundry.com/   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
How Big Food is Making You Fat & Sick with Nutrition Legend Marion Nestle
Feb 14 2024
How Big Food is Making You Fat & Sick with Nutrition Legend Marion Nestle
Our remarkable guest today is scientist and acclaimed author Dr. Marion Nestle. She’s a Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University and founder of the field of food studies. She’s THE authority on food politics – in fact, she wrote the book on it – and for decades, she has been a transformative figure, working to improve our dietary choices while exposing corporate greed and injustice inherent in the food industry.   Dr. Nestle is the author of a dozen books. She appears in the hit documentary Super Size Me and the new Netflix doc You Are What You Eat, among many others. In 2023, she was awarded the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for Science and Humanities.   So tune in for an illuminating conversation with a crusader who’s dedicated her life to changing our broken food system!   “I finally caught on to agriculture, that you cannot understand why people eat the food they do unless you understand how the agricultural system works. And now everything is a food system. How does the whole system work? Everything about food, from how it’s grown to how it’s transported to how it’s sold to how it’s marketed to how people buy it, eat it, waste it, and all of the sociology that goes with that. So, I went from being a splitter to a lumper. Splitters are – the world divides into splitters and lumpers – and in the beginning, I was a splitter. I was interested in every single nutrient; I cared a lot about every single one of them. And now what I’m really interested in is what the whole system looks like. Because I think if we’re going to encourage people to eat more healthfully, we need system change.” - Dr. Marion Nestle   What we discuss in this episode: - Why Dr. Nestle chose a career path in nutrition. - How, when, and why the obesity epidemic started. - How food companies try to get people to eat more. - The role ultra-processed junk foods play in poor health outcomes. - How the tobacco industry deceived and manipulated the public, and how food companies have adopted the same tactics. - Debunking food myths. - The importance of eating a whole food plant-based diet. - How the food industry influences the dietary guidelines of the United States. - Why you should be discerning about the food you feed your pets. - Dr. Nestle’s lifestyle and diet.   Resources: - Bulletproof coffee review: https://switch4good.org/press_releases/new-review-shoots-holes-in-bulletproof-coffees-health-claims/ - Marion Nestle’s Food Politics blog: Food Politics - https://www.foodpolitics.com/ - Her books: Marion Nestle: books, biography, latest update - https://www.amazon.com/stores/Marion-Nestle/author/B001ILIEEY?ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true - Twitter/X: Marion Nestle (@marionnestle) / X - https://twitter.com/marionnestle?lang=en - Instagram: Marion Nestle (@marionnestle) • Instagram photos and videos - https://www.instagram.com/marionnestle/   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
The Pill that Changes Your Sex Life, Your Sexiness, & Your Partner Choice with Dr. Sarah Hill
Feb 7 2024
The Pill that Changes Your Sex Life, Your Sexiness, & Your Partner Choice with Dr. Sarah Hill
Over 150 million women around the world are on the birth control pill. And while “the pill” has given women the ability to control their fertility, there are things that every woman should know about its effects, short-term and long-term.    Our guest today - professor, research psychologist, and author Dr. Sarah Hill -  is here to discuss her must-read book This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: How the Pill Changes Everything, where she sheds light on all the ways hormonal birth control affects women – the good, the bad, and the unsettling.    So if you’re interested in learning the truth about how the pill could impact your - or someone you love - brain,  sex life,  choice of partners, or even how it’s shaping our society and culture, tune in to be blown away by the information we discuss in this episode!   “I was at a research talk, and one of my colleagues was giving a research presentation on the effects of early life trauma on the stress response, and he’d mentioned in the presentation that they only looked at the men and their sample from all these people that they collected because most of the women in their study were on hormonal birth control. And everybody knows that women who are on hormonal birth control don’t have a cortisol response to stress. Then, I went up to him after his presentation. I was like, ‘What is it that you said about women on birth control not having a cortisol response to stress?’ And he said, ‘Oh yeah, you know, surprised me too, but they’ve been publishing on this for a really long time and nobody really understands why.’ I felt different when I went off of hormonal birth control. Women have a different stress response when they’re on hormonal birth control compared to when they’re not. Because when you take the pill, it’s gonna change your hormones, and when you change your hormones, that changes everything.” - Dr. Sarah Hill   What we discuss in this episode: - How Dr. Hill’s life changed after she stopped taking hormonal birth control. - The birth control pill and cortisol response.  - The birth control pill’s effect on body weight. - The neurobiological effects of the pill.  - How attraction to your mate is altered by the birth control pill.  - How the pill affects libido and sexual function. - Why testosterone levels are lower in men than at any time in recent history. - Adolescents and the pill.   Resources: - Dr. Hill’s website: Sarah E. Hill, PhD - https://www.sarahehill.com/ - Instagram: Sarah E Hill (@sarahehillphd) • Instagram photos and videos - https://www.instagram.com/sarahehillphd/?hl=en - Twitter/X: Sarah E. Hill (@sarahehillphd) / X - https://twitter.com/sarahehillphd?lang=en - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahehillphd2/ - TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdwLAyWHBVs - Her book: This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: How the Pill Changes Everything: 9780593713914: Hill, Sarah: Books - https://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brain-Birth-Control/dp/0593713915/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1707092772&sr=1-1   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Actor Ed Begley Jr. Overcomes Addiction, Survives Charles Manson, and Kicks Parkinson’s Ass
Jan 31 2024
Actor Ed Begley Jr. Overcomes Addiction, Survives Charles Manson, and Kicks Parkinson’s Ass
Today’s exciting guest is a pioneer whose name is synonymous with environmental advocacy – he’s truly the godfather of celebrity environmental activists. In fact, he’s been fighting for the planet for 53 years, and he really practices what he preaches.    Ed Begley Jr. came to prominence as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in the groundbreaking hit series St. Elsewhere, which earned him six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. He has appeared in high-profile films like Goin’ South, Best in Show, Pineapple Express, and hit television shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Better Call Saul, and as college professor Dr. Grant Linklater in Young Sheldon.   Today, this acting icon with a passion for protecting our ecosystem has joined us to discuss his revealing and humorous memoir To the Temple of Tranquility… And Step On It, his on-the-set adventures, his struggles with addiction, his health journey, and his extraordinary commitment to our planet.    “People at that point, after I’d been stabbed and found a body in the trash, all this other stuff that happened, people were starting to say what I really wanted them to say when I thought about it later. ‘Poor Ed. All this stuff that’s happened to him. You know what? I don’t blame him for drinking. I don’t blame him. What he’s been through with his mother, finding it out that way, and all this stuff. Let him drink. Let him drink as much as he wants, for God’s sake.’ That was heaven to me that I now had a free pass in my mind to drink more. And, of course, it didn’t work out that way. There’s a price to be paid for that kind of addiction. And I paid for it. For as long as I could tolerate it. One day I couldn’t.” - Ed Begley Jr.   What we discuss in this episode: - His childhood growing up in Hollywood. - What inspired Ed to become an actor? - What was behind Ed’s addictions, and how his addictions affected his life and career?  - How his gambling addiction put his life in peril. - What he went through while trying to get sober. - What inspired Ed to become vegan, and his tips for aspiring vegans? - Treatments he’s undergoing for Parkinson’s. - What inspired him to commit to being an environmentalist, and what measures he’s taken to make the environment better?   Resources: - Begley Living: https://begleyliving.com/ - His book: To the Temple of Tranquility...And Step On It!: A Memoir - https://www.amazon.com/Temple-Tranquility-Step-Memoir/dp/0306832100/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2IX4WD45EUXR4&keywords=to+the+temple+of+tranquility&qid=1706485157&s=books&sprefix=to+the+temple+of+tranquility%2Cstripbooks%2C141&sr=1-1 - Instagram: Ed Begley Jr. (@ed_begley_jr) • Instagram photos and videos - https://www.instagram.com/ed_begley_jr/?hl=en - Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/edbegleyjr    ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
What To Live For with Chef and Influencer Erin Ireland
Jan 24 2024
What To Live For with Chef and Influencer Erin Ireland
Our guest today, Erin Ireland, is a legend in the Vancouver food scene, first as a food reporter and purveyor of good taste and now as the owner of a renowned vegan bakery in East Vancouver.    When she learned about the cruelty and environmental destruction caused by animal agriculture, she dared to convert her successful nonvegan business – To Die For Foods – into the thriving vegan storefront bakery – To Live For Bakery & Café – with a loyal, passionate following. Now, she’s showing the world how amazing plant-based eats can be and why we should all be eating slaughter-free food.   If you’re interested in learning what it’s like to open and operate a vegan bakery or if you just want to bring your plant-based baking skills to the next level, this episode is certainly for you!   “I was probably the fittest girl on my team, not the best volleyball player, but I was really into the weight room. I knew nothing about nutrition, and I thought that eating animal protein would give me– would help grow muscle. One of my biggest memories of that time was never feeling full. Like, I wondered what it would feel like to be full. I was literally a garbage gut. So I would go out with my team, you know, we’d have pre-meals and post-meals, and they nicknamed me the garbage gut because I would eat everybody’s leftovers. Like, if anybody had some leftover pasta or steak or anything, I wanted it. I was always hungry. And I always look back to that, and I wonder if it’s because I just wasn’t eating– I wasn’t getting enough nutrients. I wasn’t eating very many vegetables. I was eating this, often processed meat, and, you know, I didn’t feel good. Flash forward 10 years; it’s been 20 years now, but I feel so satiated most of the time. I’m full after a whole food plant-based meal.” - Erin Ireland   What we discuss in this episode: - How Erin felt as a college athlete eating a diet high in animal protein. - Her journey to becoming a food reporter and her transition to highlighting vegan and vegetarian dishes. - Erin’s eye-opening experiences on a dairy farm. - Her favorite stories interacting with customers. - How Erin changed her nonvegan recipes to vegan. - Baking tips to veganize recipes and Erin’s secrets for delicious treats. - Her experience opening a vegan brick-and-mortar bakery, and the stellar public response.   Resources: - Erin’s website: Erin Ireland - https://erinireland.ca/ - Instagram: Erin Ireland (@erinireland) • Instagram photos and videos - https://www.instagram.com/erinireland/ - To Live For Bakery & Café: To Live For - https://tolivefor.ca/   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Weight Loss Success Story with Alishea Basson
Jan 19 2024
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Weight Loss Success Story with Alishea Basson
Our guest today is living proof that anyone can change their life. Alishea Basson was a mom of four and creeping into dangerous territory in regard to her health by the time she was 30 years old. Severely overweight and plagued with seizures and high blood pressure, Alishea decided she couldn’t live with her emotional eating self any longer. She educated herself on how to eat healthfully and exercise, eventually adopting a whole food, plant-based diet. While her family didn’t support this choice, Alishea stuck with it.   Now 125 pounds lighter and full of energy, Alishea is an inspiration to anyone who thinks they can’t. Listen in to learn how this everyday hero made the switch for good, and how you can, too.   “Feelings are fleeting. They only come back stronger if you ignore them or push them aside with food. I pushed my feelings down for 30 years and it almost killed me.” - Alishea Basson   What we discuss in this episode:  - Alishea’s journey to her rock bottom - How binge eating stretches your stomach - How to deal with feelings without food - Learning what foods are actually healthy - Transitioning to a plant-based diet - How to not feel deprived of a whole food, plant-based diet - Discovering new foods - Finding a fitness routine that stuck - How to maintain a healthy lifestyle and parent 5 kids - How to navigate diet change when your family doesn’t support you - How to cook plant-based efficiently  - Sample of what Alishea eats in a day - Physical improvements Alishea experienced after going to WFPB   Resources: - Instagram @alisheabasson   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
How a Plant-Based Diet Helped Beat Stage 4 Cancer: Dr. Ruth Heidrich's Story
Jan 17 2024
How a Plant-Based Diet Helped Beat Stage 4 Cancer: Dr. Ruth Heidrich's Story
At the age of 47, our guest today, marathoner, author, and world record holder Dr. Ruth Heidrich, received the terrifying news that she had stage 4 breast cancer. After answering an ad to participate in a cancer and diet research study conducted by Dr. John McDougall, she immediately chose to adopt a whole food plant-based diet and forgo chemotherapy and radiation. Two years later, she was in remission and became the first vegan to complete the Ironman Triathlon.    Dr. Heidrich has since been named one of the ten fittest women in North America, and you might recognize her from her appearance in Forks Over Knives. So, if you want to learn what trailblazing at 88 years young looks and feels like, you definitely want to tune in to this juicy episode as we talk running, cancer, sex, aging, breasts, and, of course, food!   “He says, ‘Okay. I’m going to prove that it’s diet that can either prevent cancer, prevent recurrence, or treat it if you’ve got it.’ And so he explained all this to me, and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, you know. What am I going to do?’ And I thought, ‘Well, I can always get the chemo-radiation.’ He said, ‘No. No, because when it works they’re going to say it was the chemo and radiation that did it. You cannot have, so you have to make a choice. No chemo. No radiation.’ He pulled out a file drawer and he said, ‘You’re welcome to spend as much time as you want looking at the research that I based this on.’ And he spent a full two hours with me. You know, when was the doctor ever going to do that? Two hours later, I walked out of there a vegan.” - Dr. Ruth Heidrich   What we discuss in this episode: - The importance of movement.  - How Dr. Heidrich discovered she had breast cancer.  - What inspired her to start running competitively? - Why Dr. Heidrich chose a whole food plant-based diet over chemotherapy and radiation. - The immediate positive health changes she experienced when making the sudden switch to a vegan diet. - Dr. Heidrich’s alarming experience with breast implants. - Diet and total sexual fitness for women and men. - Dr. Heidrich’s daily diet and the importance of eating leafy greens.   Resources: - Dr. Heidrich’s website: https://ruthheidrich.com/ - Her books: Ruth Heidrich: books, biography - Forks Over Knives: https://www.forksoverknives.com/contributors/ruth-heidrich/   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Let's Get Uncomfortable with Dr. Faraz Harsini
Jan 10 2024
Let's Get Uncomfortable with Dr. Faraz Harsini
Today’s guest is Dr. Faraz Harsini. He’s a cultivated meat bioprocessing scientist at the Good Food Institute and the founder and CEO of Allied Scholars for Animal Protection – a nonprofit that supports and mentors student advocates and future vegan leaders for the abolition of cruelty to humans and nonhumans. Dr. Harsini appeared on the podcast in episode 256, in which we discussed his upbringing in Iran as a member of the LGBT community, his advocacy work on college campuses, and a myriad of social justice issues, but the conversation was so powerful, and there was so much ground we didn’t get to cover, especially about his current work, that we had to have him back.    So whether or not you listened to the first part of our interview with him, you definitely want to stay with us as we tackle some serious topical issues that pertain to everyone.   “I guess the reason that I promote a plant-based diet and veganism full-time today is because I did my entire master’s on cancer, and I worked on proteins involving cancer. And the fact that nobody ever mentioned diet at all, like I'm not talking about my research, no one, even those textbooks. And it had to come as a surprise to me when I like had to learn it by myself, and then you looked at it and you realized that every single Cancer Institute in the world says the less meat you eat, the better. Every single Cancer Institute in the world, and some even include Dairy and other types of meat, but when it comes to processed and unprocessed red meat, every single Cancer Institute in the world says the less meat you eat, the better.” - Dr. Faraz Harsini   What we discuss in this episode: - The complete protein myth and why plants are such a powerful source of protein. - What happens when you cook and eat red meat? - The benefits of cultivated meat production. - The dangers posed to humans from animal experimentation. - The cruelty Dr. Harsini witnessed while visiting a dairy farm in Texas. - Dr. Harsini’s thoughts on changing our food system. - The importance of speaking up as a vegan.   Resources: - Dr. Harsini’s website: Dr. Faraz Harsini - ASAP’s website: Allied Scholars for Animal Protection - Good Food Institute: Faraz Harsini, M.Sc., Ph.D. - The Good Food Institute - Dr. Harsini’s Instagram: Dr. Faraz Harsini (@dr_faraz_harsini) • Instagram photos and videos - Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrFarazHarsini - YouTube: Dr. Faraz Harsini - YouTube - Animal Activism Mentorship - https://animalactivismmentorship.com/   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here ★☆★ https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide ★☆★SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD★☆★ https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Your Eating Habits Are All In Your Head With Dr. Stephan Guyenet
Jan 3 2024
Your Eating Habits Are All In Your Head With Dr. Stephan Guyenet
The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled in less than fifty years.    If we are more informed about potential health consequences than ever before, why are more and more adults choosing unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease?    Dr. Stephan Guyenet, who has spent more than a decade studying the neuroscience of body fatness, argues that most of us aren’t choosing our eating habits at all.   His book, The Hungry Brain, dives into the idea that eating behaviors aren’t a result of weakness or poor willpower but of an evolutionary mismatch between our brain’s ancient programming and our current environment.    Today, he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to explain how our brains are hardwired to seek the high-calorie, dopamine-releasing foods that our ancestors relied on and why that works against us in modern society.    You’ll hear how your neurochemistry is influencing your eating habits, why you’re suddenly hungry for dessert after being satiated by dinner, and what you can do to overcome some of these neurological triggers that make it difficult to change the way you eat.    If you’ve ever been frustrated by a craving or your habit of second helpings, don’t miss this episode to hear why. If you want to change your stomach, you need to focus on your head.   “The greater variety of the types of foods that we have available to us, the more calories we will tend to eat at a meal, and we won’t even necessarily feel any more full.” - Dr. Stephan Guyenet   What we discuss in this episode: - Dotsie’s experience at the Plant-Based World Conference & Expo - How convenience, cost, and the palatable seduction of food have contributed to higher rates of obesity - Why do we have a greater eating drive than we did only a century ago? Dr. Stephan Guyenet explains how our ability to concentrate dopamine-releasing ingredients is qualitatively similar to the creation of crack cocaine  - The evolutionary mismatch: How our ancestors' drive to survive is working against us today - What do genetics have to do with our body composition and our penchant for overeating - Why you should focus on diet before exercise if you’re hoping to lose weight - Understanding the two systems of our brain and why activities like exercise require overcoming the effort barrier of System 1 and thinking with System 2 - The fat regulatory system, the starvation response, and why “calories in, calories out” is not as simple as counting numbers on a nutrition label - The two things that slow your metabolic rate and what you can do about them - Simple things you can try to overcome your body’s starvation response and limit your habit of overeating   Resources: - Website: StephanGuyenet.com   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
How Kraft Could Kill Veganism with Entrepreneur Michael Schwarz
Dec 27 2023
How Kraft Could Kill Veganism with Entrepreneur Michael Schwarz
Growing up in South Africa to a family of activists and witnessing the devastating effects of apartheid, today’s guest, Michael Schwarz, had his moral compass set to true north at an early age.    Driven by a profound sense of justice and a desire to combat the deleterious effects dairy has on our planet, he decided to step away from a 25-year career as an intellectual property lawyer and change the food industry by launching Treeline cheese – an independent vegan cheese company.    Michael also appeared in episode 76, where we learned all about his remarkable upbringing, the incredible work his father did as a defense attorney – including the trial of Nelson Mandela, where Michael’s father defended Mandela’s co-defendant and won – and how he made the transition from being a lawyer himself to a vegan cheese entrepreneur.   So if you’re interested in learning what it’s like to run a small vegan cheese company in an era where conglomerates want to take over the industry with cheap knockoffs – and powerful entities like the dairy lobby of Canada are after you – you definitely want to tune in!    “If you look at the products that these larger companies are making, they just aren’t good. Take a look at Kraft’s so-called plant-based Philadelphia cheese. It is basically almost entirely saturated fat. It has no protein. It’s calories and saturated fat. And that’s the bad fat. It’s not olive oil or anything like that. It’s stuff your cardiologist tells you you need to cut down on dramatically, right? I mean, you can eat an entire tub of that stuff and get zero protein. So what does that do to the public’s image of vegan food? Is anyone who’s a nonvegan gonna say, ‘Oh, I’d far rather eat this stuff with no protein, no nutritional value.’ So is that really helping the vegan movement when people look at it and say, ‘This is vegan food?’ Come on. The image of vegan food, I think, is being harmed.” - Michael Schwarz   What we discuss in this episode: - How the Canadian dairy lobby is trying to block Michael’s trademark. - The threat vegan products pose to Big Dairy. - How meat and dairy conglomerates are hurting vegan brands and working to inhibit progress. - Tips for consumers to navigate making purchases that align with their ethics.  - How Michael makes Treeline cheeses more environmentally friendly. - Why it’s important to support smaller vegan brands. - Treeline’s delicious new products and plans for the future.    Resources: - Treeline Cheese: https://www.treelinecheese.com/ - Switch4Good podcast episode 76: Ethics + Business with Treeline Cheese Founder Michael Schwarz - Switch4Good - Steven Colbert clip   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Beating Food Addiction with Chuck Carroll
Dec 22 2023
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Beating Food Addiction with Chuck Carroll
You don’t get to be 400 pounds overnight. You also don’t completely reverse your diet and become a plant-based expert overnight. Chuck Carroll has experienced both of these extremes, and today he joins us as a health and nutrition advocate and host of the Exam Room podcast. This is for everyone who has an addictive behavior—when moderation simply does not work. Whether it’s an addiction to Taco Bell—like Chuck—or to alcohol or heroine, it’s Chuck’s belief that you can’t cure it, but you can overcome it. His story is powerful, and despite its extremes, everyone can relate.   “Food addiction is like any other thing. If you’re not ready to change, you’re not going to change.” - Chuck Carroll   What we discuss in this episode: - Food and other addictions - His experience at 400 pounds - Weight loss surgery and what comes after - How to eat slow - The public perspective of obesity   Click the link below and support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ Send us a voice message. We want to hear from you!  Switch4Good.org/podcast Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good
The Next Girl Exposes Dairy’s Secrets with Filmmaker Lisa DeCrescente
Dec 20 2023
The Next Girl Exposes Dairy’s Secrets with Filmmaker Lisa DeCrescente
Our guest today has done whatever it takes to grow the vegan community by working tirelessly in many different avenues. A vegan for over 20 years and a former restaurateur, Lisa DeCrescente is now the director of special projects at Farm Animal Rights Movement, she’s a board member for Sustainable Earth Eating, AND she’s the writer of the powerful, heart-wrenching short film The Next Girl, which has already received a plethora of awards and has a twist of an ending that will leave you floored.   You definitely want to stay with us as we talk about this profound film and hear Lisa’s thoughts on how to be the most effective difference-maker possible!   “I think it’s important to address that there are two purposes here. Yes, this movie is for vegans. This is for people who already know because once they see it, they realize this is another tool they can use to share with people who are just on that edge or who are curious or really need to understand something. And maybe this is a way to approach them differently than other ways they’ve attempted to. Friends, family, coworkers. But it’s also for people who are not vegan because they won’t see a documentary or a film about animals because, at that moment in time, when they think about it, it’s not on their radar. They don’t care, or they think it’s not true. Or they just don’t want to know. They know but they don’t want to know. We find that a lot. Or they’re in denial. Exactly. And I don’t know if we’ll get to those people with this film because if they’re in denial even showing them footage, they’ll say, ‘Well, you know, this is a very, very random thing.’ They don’t realize that this occurs every day all over the world, all the time.” - Lisa DeCrescente   What we discuss in this episode: - How Lisa came up with the concept of The Next Girl. - The conditions dairy cows live in and the abuse they endure. - The fates of male and female calves. - How the treatment of dairy cows is woefully overlooked. - The importance of having a “why” when adopting a vegan lifestyle. - Why Lisa decided to become vegan. - Lisa’s advice for vegans in relationships with non-vegans. - Events Lisa is planning in 2024 and how you can see and support The Next Girl.   Resources: - UnchainedTV link: The Next Girl - The Next Girl website: https://thenextgirlfilm.com/ - Farm Animal Rights Movement: The FARM Team - Planet Series Events: https://planetseriesevents.org/ - Lisa’s contact: lisa@farmusa.org   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
She Lost 70 lbs & You Can Too with Health Coach Becca Serenity
Dec 13 2023
She Lost 70 lbs & You Can Too with Health Coach Becca Serenity
Our guest today is certified Health Coach and Chef Becca Serenity. Becca specializes in helping professionals transform their health so that they can live their best lives.    As a college athlete, Becca suffered from depression, anxiety, and a crippling eating disorder, but after five years of yo-yo dieting and binging, she changed her mindset and took control of her own healing journey. She lost 70 pounds and reclaimed her life. Now, Becca guides others to take their mental, emotional, and physical well-being to new heights.   Becca was also a superstar basketball player at her Arizona high school and was inducted into the Tolleson Basketball Hall of Fame, among many other accolades.  She got a full scholarship to the University of Nebraska, and when she transferred to San Jose State, she set 3-point and free throw records. Today, she’s an assistant basketball coach at Yavapai College in Arizona.     So, if you’re ready to take control of your health and change your relationship with food, you’re definitely going to want to tune in to hear our conversation with the next rising star in the wellness space!   “In the black community, a lot of it you want to be thick. Think of Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj. That’s like the image of a lot of black girls, not speaking for the whole community, but that’s oftentimes what people are striving for. I didn’t strive to be thick, and I didn’t have this aspiration to be super thin. I was really just like, I want to be strong, I want to be lean, you know. And I think that kind of just stemmed from me being an athlete at the time, too. Like it was always having that validation that my body was good enough to be able to play. Because I grew up in West Phoenix, which was, you know, more middle class, lower class, I remember when I would have liked club games out in East Phoenix. There’d be white moms, I’d be like, wow they look so healthy, so vibrant, and like so young, and I didn’t really understand why until I got older. And then I realized, I was like, well, it comes down to, you know, the education, the income, awareness of nutrition and health. And I think that because that is lacking in the black community, then there’s naturally this, maybe not an aspiration to be a certain way.” - Becca Serenity   What we discuss in this episode:  - Becca’s upbringing and diet.  - How a basketball injury in college set the stage for Becca’s struggles. - How Becca counsels players struggling with weight. - Becca’s tips for achieving a healthy weight.  - The importance of removing processed foods from your diet. - How whole foods reignited Becca’s relationship with food. - The importance of mindfulness and how to be more mindful every day. - Becca’s approach with clients and the tools and tips she provides in her 90-day program. - The importance of your environment in achieving lasting change.   Resources: - FREE PDF - How To Never Have to Count Calories Again: https://beccaserenity.com/gift/ - Website: www.beccaserenity.com - Instagram:  Becca Serenity (@officialbeccaserenity)   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Dotsie & Alexandra Get Real on Health, Love, Books, Sex, & More
Dec 6 2023
Dotsie & Alexandra Get Real on Health, Love, Books, Sex, & More
Ever wonder what an Olympian does every day to stay fit, or how an actress with a storied career navigated Hollywood? In today’s fun and insightful episode, Dotsie and Alexandra decided to interview each other for a change, and open up like never before, tackling everything from their successful marriages to health struggles, from activism to surviving the holidays with family. Nothing is off limits as this dynamic duo shares their personal stories, triumphs, and regrets, with something for everyone to take away from in this very special, must-listen episode!   “You were a bike messenger, weren’t you? That was a little bit later. Like, I literally just got a bike and started riding and just fell in love with riding my bike. Then what kind of started it all I just said, ‘I’m riding my bike so much I want to do something good with riding my bike.’ So, I decided to sign up for the California AIDS ride, which at the time, you had to raise $1,200 to enter it, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. And it’s a 500-mile route. They don’t take a direct route. I think it’s actually 600 miles. And so I did that California AIDS ride, and it’s on the road, so everybody had a road bike, but I was on a mountain bike and I guess I was staying with some of the fast men throughout the journey. And so at the end a couple of them said it’s a little odd that you’re on a mountain bike and that you just started riding and that you’re able to stay up there in the front of the peloton with us. I think you should try a race or something. And it was just like, ‘I don’t know. Where do I do a race?’ Long story short, I tried to race and then I fell in love with cycling as a sport, and as a competition.” - Dotsie Bausch   What we discuss in this episode: - How Dotsie and Alexandra stay balanced, fit, and happy. - What Alexandra does to sleep well.  - Habits they’ve learned and adopted from past guests.  - How Dotsie and Alexandra cope with stress. - How Dotsie started cycling, and what she overcame to become a champion cyclist. - How Alexandra launched her career as an actress. - Dotsie and Alexandra share daily practices that keep their marriages strong.  - Their experiences and tips for surviving the holidays with nonvegans. Resources: Switch4Good podcast episodes referenced - Episode 121: Karyn Calabrese - Episodes 74: Dr. Will Bullsiewicz - Episode 177: Dr. Will Bullsiewicz - Episode 246: Dr. William Li  - Episode 222: Darcy Gaechter - Episode 253: James Nestor   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
How to find your ‘Why Power’ with Dr. Brooke Goldner
Nov 29 2023
How to find your ‘Why Power’ with Dr. Brooke Goldner
Dr. Goldner was resigned to living out her life in the clutches of lupus—she expected to become disabled by her forties, deal with chronic pain, and never have children. Her perspective changed after meeting her husband and attempting to get trim for a Maui honeymoon. She shocked herself by healing her disease simply by eating a high-raw, whole-food, plant-based diet. For Goldner—and the hundreds of seriously ill patients she has treated since then—it really is that simple. Food can heal.    This episode is for anyone who struggles (or knows someone who is struggling) with a health issue doctors say they can’t cure, only manage. The message is eye-opening, inspiring, and attainable. It might just save a life.     “Willpower will fail, but “Why power” doesn’t. ” - Dr. Brooke Goldner   What we discuss in this episode: - Autoimmune disease basics - Dr. Goldner’s self-healing from lupus - What foods to eat to heal disease - How to build a healing smoothie - How to find your “why power” - Defining hyper nourishment Resources: - Dr. Goldner’s best-selling book, “Goodbye Lupus” - Smoothie recipes at smoothieshred.com   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
What Beating Cancer and Amazing Holiday Recipes Have in Common: Chef & Nutritionist Lauren Kretzer
Nov 22 2023
What Beating Cancer and Amazing Holiday Recipes Have in Common: Chef & Nutritionist Lauren Kretzer
Our guest today, Lauren Kretzer, is a vegan chef, recipe developer, and holistic nutritionist. She has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and cooked privately for celebrities. Her work has been featured in magazines like Vogue and New York Magazine, PLUS her recipes are in some of your favorite vegan cookbooks.  In 2020, while the world was being forever altered by a pandemic, she was forced to square off against a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Rather than undergo formal treatment, Lauren chose to fight back with a holistic approach. Today, Lauren is cancer-free, and she has a message – food can be our greatest healer.  Tune in to learn from this renowned chef and cancer survivor what foods we should all be eating more of!   “Being plant-based around the holidays is not as difficult as people anticipate. I think in terms of the menu, speaking about Thanksgiving specifically, but also true for the December holidays as well, most people are excited about the sides. So, when you think about Thanksgiving, even meat eaters will tell you that turkey is probably not high on their list of things that they really love. It’s just part of the tradition and part of the centerpiece of the table, but you can have lots of beautiful centerpieces for a table that aren’t a bird. You know, I personally splurge for a beautiful floral arrangement that day, which I normally don’t do, but I will, you know, go all out on that. And then I’ll make sure that I have gorgeous dishes of lots of other abundant things on the table. So, we still have mashed potatoes in my family, we just make them plant-based. We have vegan stuffing. We have vegan green beans. We have cranberry sauce, of course, which is naturally vegan. All the traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be made plant-based.” – Lauren Kretzer   What we discuss in this episode: - Switch4Good’s efforts to remove dairy from the dietary guidelines.  - The events that led to Lauren receiving a cancer diagnosis.  - How she overcame fear and negativity after receiving her diagnosis.  - Why Lauren chose a holistic approach rather than conventional therapy. - The changes she made to remain cancer-free. - Lauren’s list of anti-cancer foods. - The importance of reducing stress and the stress reduction techniques Lauren employs. - What she does every day to stay healthy. - Lauren’s tips for raising vegan children. - Her plant-based holiday tips.   - Lauren’s work as a recipe developer. Resources: - Lauren’s website: Lauren Kretzer - Instagram: Lauren Kretzer | Plant Based Chef & Culinary Nutritionist (@lauren_kretzer) • Instagram photos and videos - Substack: Lauren Kretzer | Substack - Wall Street Journal article: Does Milk Do a Body Good? Two Olympians Race to Influence the Answer   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Cruelty Free Shopping with Kim Paschen
Nov 17 2023
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Cruelty Free Shopping with Kim Paschen
How do you know if a product is cruelty-free if you can’t trust the label? According to Kim Paschen—Program Manager for Leaping Bunny—there is no regulated definition for cruelty-free. That means companies who use this label are not held accountable and may very well include ingredients that have been tested on animals. When it comes to compassionate cosmetics that are truly animal-free, things get complicated, but that’s where Leaping Bunny comes in. The certification organization upholds companies to rigorous standards to ensure every last ingredient is free from animal testing. Kim walks us through all the nuances of cosmetic testing, what’s going on with China, and shares a few of her favorite Leaping Bunny-approved products. Listen in before your next trip to the cosmetics counter.   “Since cruelty-free has no definition by law, a company could put that on their product label and not back it up.” - Kim Paschen   What we discuss in this episode: - Leaping Bunny standards - Alternatives to animal cosmetic testing - New testing regulations in China - The difference between “cruelty-free” and “vegan” labeling - Countries that have banned cosmetic animal testing - What kinds of tests are required for specific cosmetic ingredients - The nuances of cosmetic labeling - Leaping Bunny favorite products   Resources: - Leaping Bunning app click here  - Leaping Bunny website: https://www.leapingbunny.org/ - Follow the Leaping Bunny on Instagram @leapingbunnyprogram   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Changing Hearts & Minds About Eating Animals with Dr. Faraz Harsini
Nov 15 2023
Changing Hearts & Minds About Eating Animals with Dr. Faraz Harsini
Born and raised in a country where being true to himself is a crime punishable by death, our guest today, Dr. Faraz Harsini, is familiar with oppression and brutality. Dr. Harsini is a senior scientist at the Good Food Institute, where he works to bring the world sustainable, cruelty-free protein. He is also the CEO and founder of ASAP, which stands for Allied Scholars for Animal Protection. It’s a nonprofit that supports student advocates and future vegan leaders to abolish cruelty to humans and nonhumans.  Tune in to hear how this highly accomplished scientist, activist, and outspoken member of the LGBT community is applying his knowledge and passion to raise awareness about animal rights as a social justice issue to reach his goal of ending speciesism.   “I always encourage people, especially vegans that you know, to say something. I know so many people who are dedicating their lives to animal rights and veganism today just because some random person said something in the past. So, every little action, every time we speak up it matters. Just because somebody gets offended and sad doesn’t mean that you did something wrong.” – Dr. Faraz Harsini   What we discuss in this episode: - Dr. Harsini’s upbringing in Iran.  - His harrowing experiences as an activist in Iran.  - His journey to veganism. - Why animal rights is a social justice issue. - How Dr. Harsini empowers people to change. - What inspired Dr. Harsini to start ASAP. - The difference ASAP is making on college campuses. - Why humans aren’t meant to eat meat. Dr. Harsini with Mr. Happy.   Resources: - Dr. Harsini’s website: Dr. Faraz Harsini - ASAP’s website: Allied Scholars for Animal Protection - Good Food Institute: Faraz Harsini, M.Sc., Ph.D. - The Good Food Institute - Dr. Harsini’s Instagram: Dr. Faraz Harsini (@dr_faraz_harsini) • Instagram photos and videos - Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrFarazHarsini - YouTube: Dr. Faraz Harsini - YouTube   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good
Meatless Meat and Dairy-Free Milk with Food Tech Whiz Dr. David Welch
Nov 8 2023
Meatless Meat and Dairy-Free Milk with Food Tech Whiz Dr. David Welch
Though we live in a time when lots of alternative proteins are available to consumers, industrial animal agriculture continues to thrive and wreak havoc on the environment through deforestation, biodiversity loss, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, brilliant minds are working hard to find solutions to these pressing issues, and our guest today is one of them. David Welch, Ph.D., is a plant biologist, running coach, and the Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder of Synthesis Capital – a global food technology and alternative protein investor aiming to transform our food system and remove animals from the equation.   Tune in to hear our illuminating discussion with Dr. Welch about his work with new food technologies and alternative proteins, and on a personal level, how fitness and a plant-based diet played a key role in his preparation and recovery from heart surgery.   “I really believe that most of the products on the market today just don’t taste good enough to help most consumers shift their dietary patterns, and I think as these new technologies come out, that’s really going to change. Things are going to start tasting more and more like the actual meat and dairy products that most people like to eat.” – Dr. David Welch What we discuss in this episode: - How being a plant-based athlete helped Dr. Welch recover from open heart surgery. - His experience recovering in the hospital as a vegan. - The importance of recovery time after workouts.  - The foods Dr. Welch eats daily.  - Different types of alternative proteins. - Synthesis Capital’s work to help consumers turn away from meat and dairy products.  - The truth about genetically modified food. - How cultivated meat is made Resources: - Website: Synthesis Capital - Website: Plant Powered Running   ★☆★ Click the link below to support the ADD SOY Act! https://switch4good.org/add-soy-act/ ★☆★ Share the website and get your resources here https://kidsandmilk.org/ ★☆★ Send us a voice message and ask a question. We want to hear from you! https://switch4good.org/podcast/ ★☆★ Dairy-Free Swaps Guide: Easy Anti-Inflammatory Meals, Recipes, and Tips https://switch4good.org/dairy-free-swaps-guide SUPPORT SWITCH4GOOD https://switch4good.org/support-us/ ★☆★ JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ★☆★  https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastchat ★☆★ SWITCH4GOOD WEBSITE ★☆★ https://switch4good.org/ ★☆★ ONLINE STORE ★☆★ https://shop.switch4good.org/shop/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM ★☆★ https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ★☆★ https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ ★☆★ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ★☆★ https://mobile.twitter.com/Switch4GoodNFT ★☆★ AMAZON STORE ★☆★ https://www.amazon.com/shop/switch4good ★☆★ DOWNLOAD THE ABILLION APP ★☆★ https://app.abillion.com/users/switch4good