124: Breakfast Republic
What happens when a vegan has the Owner and the Corporate Executive Chef of an egg-dominant restaurant on her show? It's not what you think, guys; Breakfast Republic is doing big things here in San Diego! Not only have they added a few vegan items to the menu (they're friggin' amazing; I've had them!), but they even removed a lot of the animal products from their non-vegan items (by replacing the butter with oil, etc), to create less of a chance of contamination.
Let's give a big round of applause for (in my opinion) one of the most vegan-conscious, but otherwise non-vegan breakfast joints for taking the extra step to create an environment for vegans to feel safe to eat in!
123: Van Life, Sloth Sex & Bath Bombs
Lauren White aka "Vegan Life by Lauren" joins us in studio today to share her #VanLife experience along with Amber Bath; the natural, handmade, plant-based, cruelty-free bathing essentials company. SQUIRREL! (or should I say "sloth"?) We totally change gears and talk about mating rituals in the animal kingdom.
For more Lauren:
Sloth Sex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31mQTp51PSc
122: Direct Action Everywhere - DxE
Born and raised in Iowa, Matt Johnson grew up with plenty of farmers, hunters and fishers in his family. As a kid, he made a decision to not eat animals after making the connection that they were sentient beings, but it wasn't until 2013 that he went fully vegan.
Since 2015, Matt has been the press coordinator, as well as an open rescue investigator with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere, also known as DxE.
In this episode, Matt shares what it means to be involved in "direct action" as well as the legality of open-rescues under our current system.
Animal Liberation Conference, May 29th 2019; Berkeley, CA:
121: Understanding Rett Syndrome
Janelle Noble Donovan, creator of ANSHI, developed a product literally at her daughter Raegan's hospital bedside. Raegan has a genetic condition called Rett Syndrome and according to RettSyndrome.org, the unique postnatal neurological disorder is often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy or non-specific developmental delay.
Rett Syndrome is caused by mutations on the X Chromosome on a gene called MECP2. Common medical concerns may include, but are not limited to: epilepsy, disrupted sleep, orthopedic dysfunction, osteoporosis, spasticity, anxiety and/or early-onset puberty.
For more information on Rett Syndrome: http://www.rettsyndrome.org
ANSHI Website: http://ANSHIheals.com
ANSHI FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/anshiheals/
ANSHI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anshiheals/
120: The Purple Mint
Jay and Crystal, owners of the Purple Mint Vegan Bistro share their stories about how and why they went vegan as well as their journey from New York to California, raising vegan kids, and opening an all-vegan, cruelty-free nail salon..!? Whaaaaat??? Yes, it's true!
The Purple Mint:
Jay's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allstarvegan/
Nailstalgic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nailstalgicsalon/
119: Jule's Vegan Foods
Founders Julie Van Dam and Stephen Janke are passionate about Vegan Cheese. After years working in upscale fine dining restaurants such as LA's Patina, San Francisco's Aqua and The Waterfront, and later, running a successful catering company, Julie and Stephen underwent a life-changing event; in 2014, Julie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colo-rectal Cancer! After two surgeries and eight months of chemotherapy, Julie knew they needed to make a change, which is when the their transition to veganism began!
In this episode, we talk all about the couples' experience, strength and hope and how veganism ties into their story!
Also, shout out to their super cool "Kid", Carson! (Sorry, Carson, I know you're not a kid anymore!)
118: Let's Talk About Sex (Hormones)!
Returning guest, Jim Chialtas (from Episodes 75 and 86) is back, and today we're talking all about Sex Hormones! What is a hormone? What is it's function? What kinds of foods can impact hormone production and utilization? What can happen if hormones are imbalanced? These and many other questions, answered!
Paige Parsons-Roache aka "Vegan Rama Mama" shows up as a surprise-visit guest after her and I filmed Jane-Velez Mitchell's Lunch Break Live at Mission Square Market. This episode was also recorded on FaceBook LIVE (10/31) and contains some interaction with the audience.
Paige is one of the few people I've talked to that went vegan for the environment, which leads to our topic of "eco-veganism"; the concept of not only appreciating and respecting animal life, but also the plant kingdom and the environment. We talk composting, recycling, minimalism and so much more!
Find Paige on Wednesday's Lunch Break LIVE show as she pops up all over town on Jane-Velez Mitchell's FaceBook and Instagram!
Cowspiracy (mentioned in podcast): http://www.cowspiracy.com/
Brands and friends mentioned in this podcast:
Turnip Vegan | Trevy James | Mingalicious | Bootstrap Kombucha | Coco Straws | Joy Cafe | Specialty Produce | Beau Broughton | James Aspey | Art by Melanie | Brianna Baer | Rachel Derose-Hosler | Botko | Marina Qutab
116: The Vida Method
Vida Weinstein has been working as a clinical psychotherapist for over 30 years. She has experience with individuals with both eating disorders and drug abuse in inpatient, hospitals, psychiatric wards and rehab facilities. In this episode, Vida talks about her work in her private practice as well as the expansion of her patient population, which includes people from all walks of life.
115: Married to Health
"Our tax dollars are both funding and fighting obesity!" GMO's, Microbes, Infertility, Environmental Toxins... What do all of these have in common? Tune in to find out as Registered Dietitians and Plant-Based Nutritionists, James and Dahlia Marin explain that sometimes just going vegan isn't enough for some of us to live our most optimum lives.
Also, learn how this power couple has not only had an all vegan pregnancy, but has been raising their child vegan as well!