Super Life

Kristel de Groot and Michael Kuech

Welcome to the Super Life podcast - an inspiring placeto fuel your health journey. Join us, Kristel de Groot and Michael Kuech, as we connect with vegan celebrities, athletes, change-makers, thought leaders and industry pioneers. We dive deep into topics like plant-based eating, mindfulness, methods of natural healing, parenting, and self development. Receiving exclusive insights from these experts, will inspire you to live your #SUPERLIFE! With every episode, our mission is to inspire and empower you along your health journey. Join us for a new episode every week!

Kristel and Michael recently published their newest book Your Super Life and have welcomed their first mini plant lover Leo to the family. You can keep up with them on the top-ranking Your Super Life Podcast, their site kristelandmichael.com, and on social @kristelandmichael.

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Episodes

Dispelling Health Myths with Sharon Palmer | The Truth of Plant Based Eating
Feb 22 2022
Dispelling Health Myths with Sharon Palmer | The Truth of Plant Based Eating
Known as a plant power dietitian, Sharon has established an award winning career in the field of plant based nutrition and sustainability. One of the most widely recognized registered dietitians in the world, Sharon is an accomplished writer, editor, blogger, author, speaker, professor, and advisor. Living in the sustainability mecca of Ojai California with her husband and two dogs, Sharon enjoys tending to her own organic garden and visiting local farmer’s markets, volunteering in local environmental organizations, and cooking plant based meals for friends and family. We talk about the many false beliefs people have about different foods and the nutrients they gain from them, and then we discuss the impact that plant based eating has on the world and our ecosystem. What sparked her going into this path 1:15Writing her first book and its core message 6:11Gut nutrition 9:45Issues with the keto diet 13:20Fruit and carbs 16:01Sustainability 20:15Nutrients 30:08Her special smoothie 35:16“What I like to recommend is if you were gonna do a vegan challenge, or start your vegan diet, take a week in advance to get prepared. At least a week. Start cooking some recipes, go to the supermarket, do some research in your neighborhood. What are some favorite resources like restaurants? Like if you want to eat out, this is where I wanna go next week. Look for some of these things that can help you be prepared so that your plant based diet is a success.” 12:52@sharonpalmerrd https://sharonpalmer.com/
The Power of a Plant-Based Diet | Dr. Gemma Newman
Feb 8 2022
The Power of a Plant-Based Diet | Dr. Gemma Newman
Dr. Gemma Newman worked in medicine for 17 years and is the senior partner at a family medical practice where she has worked for 12 years. She is a founding member and ambassador for Plant Based Health Professionals in the UK, PBHPUK, and a member of BSLM, British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and is very passionate about holistic health and lifestyle medicine. Dr Newman was trying to help her patients get better, but she was mainly only able to curb, or lessen the amount that people got worse with their illnesses and felt there had to be a better way to treat sickness and disease. It wasn’t until she came across the plant based diet that she began to realize people really could get better when they focused their diets on plant based nutrition. Her path to plant based life 0:55Gradually changing her outlook 6:34Did she feel any changes? 12:59Lifestyle medicine 14:30Breathing exercises 22:37First tips for new patients and getting started 27:44Myths and protein 30:27Has there been a shift in lifestyle medicine? 36:36“I was completely astounded to find that his blood pressure had completely normalized. It had gone to optimal levels. 120/80 millimeters of mercury in such a small space of time. Honestly I was more surprised than he was. I kept on rechecking it, and I asked him to come back and he came back 3 times, and then I did his medical and every single time his blood pressure was perfect. I knew then how powerful this could be.” 11:51https://gemmanewman.com/@plantpowerdoctor
One Animal at a Time with Kathy Freston | Plant versus Animal Based Foods
Jan 11 2022
One Animal at a Time with Kathy Freston | Plant versus Animal Based Foods
Today we have Kathy Freston, a New York Times bestselling author of multiple health and wellness books, notably The Lean, Quantum Wellness, and Clean Protein. Her advocacy for a more healthy, sustainable, and just food system is inspired by her concern for human health as well as animal and environmental welfare. Kathy appears frequently on national TV, including Ellen, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Talk, Extra, and Oprah, and her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, W, Fitness, and The Huffington Post. Kathy enjoys hiking and biking, is a self proclaimed foodie, will travel almost anywhere for a good plant-based meal, and is obsessed with her adopted mutt, Trixie. Join us in this episode to hear Kathy’s story and big reasons why it can benefit us so much to develop a plant based lifestyle. Her journey 1:08Being aware of animals and slaughter 6:50What changed when she switched 13:05Biggest reasons from her book of being plant based 23:06How you should start 28:16Feeling more clear and aware 33:31Her routine and diet 37:04“I know a lot of people cringe when they say, ‘But where do you get your protein?’ because we hear that all the time, but that’s a genuine question. People really do, they’re worried because Wall Street tells them, all these companies tell them they need to eat a lot of meat and dairy for protein. They really, truly believe that, so I honor that. I take them seriously, and I answer them with as much information in a friendly way as I can because they’re not just being rhetorical.” 22:33https://www.kathyfreston.com/
Julieanna Hever, The Plant Based Dietitian | How to Lose Weight on a Plant Based Diet
Dec 14 2021
Julieanna Hever, The Plant Based Dietitian | How to Lose Weight on a Plant Based Diet
Today we have with us Julieanna Hever, also known as the Plant Based Dietitian. She has helped millions of people lose weight and achieve optimal health by following a plant based diet. As a Registered Dietitian, Julieanna has authored 6 books, including The Healthspan Solution, Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiots Guide), Vegiterranean Diet, and two peer-reviewed journal articles on plant-based nutrition, so she is the real deal and as a dietitian and nutritionist, her new book, The Choose You Now Diet, will be published in December 2021. She also has appeared multiple times on TV, such as the Dr. Oz show and so on, so we’re excited to present this interview with you guys. How she got started 1:18The beginning and experiencing change 6:14Weight loss 14:09Why plant based is healthier 18:14Some of the main nuggets of how to lose weight 21:27Strategic times of eating 31:00Fasting 34:31Hydration 37:32Myths of plant based diets 40:13How to get started 46:10Learn more 51:00“People come to me and they say ‘Please can you write me a meal plan?’ No. Another way I’m gonna answer as a dietitian. I will not because it’s the whole either you give someone a fish or you teach them how to fish. I want you to learn the foods you love and how to eat them so you don’t ever have to lose weight again, and that’s why the subtitle of my book is lose weight for the last time, because I don’t want people to do this diet rollercoaster anymore, because it’s torture.” 19:32https://plantbaseddietitian.com/@plantdietitian@julieannahever
Plant Based and Strong with Robert Cheeke | The Vegan Bodybuilder
Dec 7 2021
Plant Based and Strong with Robert Cheeke | The Vegan Bodybuilder
In this episode we speak to the Godfather of vegan bodybuilding, Robert Cheeke. He is the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller The Plant Based Athlete. As a two time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of the VegNews Magazine’s most influential vegan athletes. He’s a regular contributor to No Meat Athlete, Forks Over Knives, Vegan Strong, he’s a multi sport athlete, entrepreneur, has seen everything, and has followed a plant-based diet for more than 25 years. Robert tells us how he was able to be vegan and win bodybuilding competitions, using plants to feed his body with protein instead of animals as all the other bodybuilders were doing. We discuss what you can do to change your habits through discipline and consistency rather than trying to find a quick fix to your health or weight. What shifted Robert’s mindset to veganism 1:03Was it hard to be vegan and a bodybuilder? 9:39The anti-inflammatory benefits of being plant based 22:41Just because you’re fit doesn’t mean you’re healthy 29:49Why do so many people persist in feeling they need animal protein? 35:36How one can change their habits 41:30What Robert eats during the day 54:25“When I started performing and doing well, winning bodybuilding competitions as the only vegan in the competition, people went, ‘What? I mean I ate 6 chicken breasts a day and this guy doesn’t eat any animal protein whatsoever and he beat me?? This is unbelievable. Beans? What is going on here??’” 17:39https://www.veganbodybuilding.com/@robert.cheeke @robertcheeke@veganbodybuildingandfitness
Be Well and Self-Aware with Yoga Expert Tara Stiles
Nov 30 2021
Be Well and Self-Aware with Yoga Expert Tara Stiles
Today we have Tara Stiles, the plant-based yoga instructor. Tara is a global yoga movement wellness expert, author and founder of Strala Yoga. She was named Yoga Rebel by The New York Times and she brings a revolutionary approach to being, moving, and healing to inspire millions around the world with her relatable perspective to yoga, meditation, exercise, awareness, nutrition, and every day well being. Yoga is a great way to connect every part of yourself together and if you find your style of yoga that helps you feel the most like yourself, then that’s the type you should stick with. How it all began 1:03Building her platform 10:59What yoga is all about 15:27Why breath is important 18:58The book: Clean Minds, Clean Body 26:01Detox 33:28What her day/routine is like 46:18“Everybody’s had that experience whether it’s running or yoga or gardening or doing something you love and you feel like that sense of space and time is just, whoa, it’s kind of expanded in a way and when you do these things that happens as well. You know, You feel like we don’t have enough time because our idea of time feels limited so therefore it is and when we do these things we realize, “oh I have time to do all these things and I’m moving myself more efficiently so I’m getting more done in actual less time and I’m not stressed, so I don’t feel this time crunch and I’m still achieving not just the same amount but actually more.” 37:39https://www.tarastiles.com/https://stralayoga.com/@stralayoga@tarastiles
Beating Cancer with Chris Wark | How Diet and Mindset Can Alter Your Path to Health
Nov 9 2021
Beating Cancer with Chris Wark | How Diet and Mindset Can Alter Your Path to Health
Today we have Chris Wark, the inspiring voice behind Chris Beat Cancer and his podcast of the same name. He is an author, health coach, he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003 at age 26 and had surgery, but instead of chemotherapy he used nutrition and natural therapies to heal himself. Chris has reached millions of people through his online platforms, such as his podcast, his book, and lectures around the world and has inspired people to take control of their health and reverse disease with a radical transformation of diet and lifestyle. He tells us his story of how he discovered an alternative path to healing his cancer, and then the various experiences he had and decisions he made to make some big changes that lead him to better health.  Some highlights of his cancer story 1:31 Moving into nutrition and dealing with doctors who care more about money 13:17 Chris’s diet and choosing to juice 22:22 Changing bad thought habits 30:49 Good habits 45:15 The health industry and choosing to change 51:59 About his book, Beat Cancer Kitchen 56:03 Find out more about Chris 65:02  “I started reading the book and he had started healing his colon cancer without surgery, or chemo, or radiation and had healed it in about a year by radically changing his diet. He adopted a raw food diet and started juicing. And I was just blown away by this guy’s story and I knew that this was it. I prayed, this showed up, this is the answer to my prayer, I’m doing it.” 14:32  https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/
From Frosted Flakes to plant-based (a how-to guide) | Talking nutrition with dietician Catherine Perez
Oct 26 2021
From Frosted Flakes to plant-based (a how-to guide) | Talking nutrition with dietician Catherine Perez
When it comes to going plant-based, there are SO many questions. And one of the toughest ones is how to talk about your new diet with friends and family (ESPECIALLY around the holidays). Well, we've brought in an expert to talk about this and MUCH more. Catherine Perez is a registered dietician and an expert in making the vegan lifestyle accessible through simple recipes and beautiful photography. Today, she's going to help us navigate how to talk about plant-based eating with our families, how to get your gut to adapt to your new diet, and some GREAT swaps for the holidays. On this episode of the podcast, you're going to learn:7:30 Simple tips for navigating family and culture when you go completely plant-based10:45 What Michael had a hard time giving up when he went plant-based (and what that can teach you on your journey)20:45 Why so many dieticians in training AREN'T plant-based (and why that's changing)26:15 The FIRST thing you should always do if you're struggling with low energy on a plant-based diet29:00 How to stop feeling gassy after eating beans and other fiber-rich foods31:15 One thing to NEVER forget when you're eating a fiber-rich diet (and almost ALL of us do this)32:30 Hot tips for enjoying a plant-based Thanksgiving and Christmas (plus, how to "veganize" your mashed potatoes) 36:30 The BEST way to make the perfect pot of beans40:00 How to transform "grandma's" classic recipes into plant-based recipeshttps://plantbasedrdblog.com/@Plantbasedrd
Alex & Whitney on Raising a Healthy Family | Plant-Based Diet During Pregnancy & for Kids
Sep 28 2021
Alex & Whitney on Raising a Healthy Family | Plant-Based Diet During Pregnancy & for Kids
Today we have with us Alex Caspero and Whitney English, both super moms, dietitians, and founders of the Plant Based Juniors community and authors of the book, The Plant Based Baby and Toddler. They’ve both been featured in Women’s Health as well as The Food Network. They are helping thousands of moms and future moms with plant based prenatal and pre dietetic nutrition all based on scientific evidence. Alex and Whitney tell about how they got into the plant based world, what they’re currently doing, and how your approach to diet and food can directly impact your children’s view of food, which they may carry with themselves throughout the rest of their lives. What led them to want to help people on their plant based journey 1:16What people need help with 8:37Benefits of going plant based 11:04Pregnancy and nutrition 14:40For people who aren’t ready to be plant based 20:47Go-to recipes 23:20Raising kids plant based 27:24Structure vs. restriction 36:57Knowing when to ease up 41:02A typical day with their families 45:15Find them on the web/social media 51:09“If we’re specifically talking about pregnancy, there are lots of studies that show that various different plant based eating patterns, not just vegan, not just vegetarian, reduce the risk of certain pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes, such as preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy, and maybe even have those cognitive benefits that we talked about before.” 22:18https://whitneyenglish.com/https://plantbasedjuniors.com/@plantbasedjuniors