94: A Storyteller For The Animals
Ellen Ericksen, returning guest from Episode 88, dives a little deeper into the Del Mar Racetrack and exposes more of the hideous truths behind the business. With money being a key motivator, a lot of work is done to cover up what really happens on the track! Recently, there was some minor coverage for the death of horse, Bobby Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately rider Victor Espinoza has received much greater attention for his non-fatal injury. The last part of the podcast dives into the more widely known topic of Sea World.
93: Positive Choice Integrative Wellness
Kaiser Permanente's Dr. Raymond Berdugo, and Chris Heslin talk about the implementation of whole food plant-based nutrition into the doctor's office!
- "Of the top 15 causes of death, only one is NOT related to food, and that's accidents."
- "Our number one killer in the world, noone ever has to die from!"
- "We don't need animal protein. We don't need more protein at all. We need more energy; complex carbs in their whole form."
- "Heart disease has now climbed to be not only the #1 killer in the US, but also the world."
Today's episode focusses on all things health! From prevention to termination and even reversal of some of the world's deadliest conditions, all by switching to plants (in their un-processed, original form)! Oh, and by the way, Plants Have Protein; you don't need to consume animals to bulk up at the gym!
KP Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center: http://positivechoice.org
Dr. Raymond Berdugo:
92: The Travelling Vegan
Yogi, Jenna Carpenter went plant-based a little over 6 years ago, and has tried her best to be as vegan as possible. In this episode she discusses some vegan travelling tips, along with advice on how to still leave room for compassion for YOURSELF as a vegan (many of us forget about that)! Jenna first went plant-based because of auto-immunte complications, but has continued to follow the lifestyle for ethical reasons.
91: Two Guys Walk Into a Studio...
* This podcast is intended for mature audiences *
One day, at work, my two non-vegan friends stopped by the studio to check it out. Then they asked to do a podcast. No script, no format, no idea what was going to happen. This podcast is all over the place, but somehow we ended up getting on the subject of diet, exercize and body image (that exists in men too, ladies!)
90: Plant Based Fitness
Chris Moore is a fitness enthusiast, but he hasn't always lived this way; when Chris graduated from nursing school he was 235 pounds. In this episode, Chris talks about his journey through losing weight, eliminating stomach problems and anxiety while gaining a whole new outlook on fitness and nutrition! Chris goes into his own experience with how veganism has helped his post-workout recovery as well as his stamina while in the gym!
PS: Did you know Tulum is organizing a Cube of Truth for Anonymous for the Voiceless???
Chris' Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/moore__chris
89: Domaine Santé
Nutritionist Emily Josenhans founded Domaine Santé to offer a healthy, yet enticing sugar alternative. Wine not choose a sweetener that not only preserves health, but also tastes amazing and comes from a sustainable California crop?!
Recipe Blog with vegan focus: https://domaine-sante.com/blogs/the-sweeter-side
Can also be purchased in person at:
Little Italy Farmer's Market (Saturdays)
Specialty Produce (open 7 days/week)
88: Death Race
What is a protest? What goes into the organization of a protest? Who gets involved? What are the laws? All of these questions, and many more were definitely on my list for guest, Ellen Ericksen. Ellen has been vegan for a really long time, and has been fighting for animals since she can remember. She's extremely knowledgable of both sides of the law; the protester's side and the cruelty-promoting business' side. Ellen has earned a reputation for causing unethical businesses to shut down, but it has all come from a place of love for the animals!
With San Diego being the home of the deathly Del Mar Races, the Del Mar Fair, Sea World and once even a slaughterhouse, Ellen (unfortunately) has no shortage of people to talk to, regarding their financial contributions that encourage the prosperity of these businesses. Many of us know why Sea World has a bad reputation, but when Ellen told me what goes on at the Del Mar Fair, I was shocked!
Ellen's FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/ellen.ericksen
87: Dz Vegan Kid Athletes
Dz Vegan Kid Athletes are three sisters, Danaé, 14 years old, Danya 8 years old & Danielle 4 years old. They lead very active lifestyles; Danaé dances six days a week, Danya does gymnastics six days a week, Danielle does rhythmic gymnastics three days a week and dances once a week.
Danya was born vegan but at the age of four and a half, had tasted meat for the first time. She ate meat on and off but 1 year later, she stopped eating chicken and fish completely after learning how the animals were treated and killed.
Danaé was diagnosed with fibromyalgia eighteen months ago and was on four different medications to control her pain. She missed a lot of dance practices because of this. She was inspired by her Mom (who also has auto immune disease, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, thyroid disease and asthma) to go 100% vegan, after seeing her get off her medications and become much healthier! Danaé is now off her daily medication, drinks lots of raw green juices with turmeric to help reduce inflammation.
Danielle was born ten weeks premature and weighed just over 3 pounds. The doctors told her Mom that if she made it, she'd have life-long lung problems since she previously needed a ventilator to breathe. Doctors also said that she would have problems with her gut and not be able to digest foods properly which would require her to be on medication the rest of her life.
These girls are on a mission to share with others simple, fun ways to stay fit, eat healthy and be kind to the animals! They want to let the world know that growing up vegan rocks!
86: What's the Underlying Issue?
Remember Jim Chialtas from Episode 75? If you haven't heard it yet, I recommend you check it out! Today, we welcome back Jim to dive a little deeper into Functional Blood Chemistry, as well as review some of my personal blood and saliva tests that may have revealed something I would've never expected. After my last podcast with Jim, I had a consultation with him and mentioned that one of my biggest physical set-backs was EXTREME bloating combined with eczema.
I don't like to abuse the word "suffering", but I'm telling you; most days I would look like I was 4 months pregnant, and I would scratch my legs so bad in my sleep, I'd wake up with wounds. I don't eat meat, don't eat dairy, I've recently cut out gluten and I eat mostly whole foods. I was really confused as to what it could be.
The blood test showed I was low in iron, but there were other results that I didn't quite understand. The funny thing is, I track my macro and micronutrients, and get PLENTY of iron in my diet! So, what's the underlying issue? My first thought was that I may have developed Celiac, which could be preventing my intestines from absorbing the iron. So, I started eliminating gluten. But, it seems I may have been wrong!
Curious what may have happened? I think you may be as surprised as I was!
85: Spoiled Vegans
Todd Anderson, Brandy Espi and Cody Blake make up a group of influencers called "Spoiled Vegans". They created the group to show others that not all vegans are the same! Don't get them wrong, the name "spoiled" isn't coming from a pretentious, "better than others" attitude, it comes from the humility they've achieved realizing how spoiled they are to be in San Diego and have so many great vegan resources!
Spoiled Vegans: http://www.instagram.com/spoiledvegans