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
Founder, Audrey Sanchez, along with her Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Lorna Ciccone make up part of the team at Balanced; a non-profit public health and nutrition advocacy organization focused on improving the healthfulness of institutional menus. Audrey and Lorna run and support meat-reduction and healthy menu campaigns in communities across the country, with a common goal to hold the food industry accountable for designing menus with health in mind - rather than corporate profits. In this episode, the ladies talk about how they can help those of you out there (vegan, or not), that are looking to reduce the amount of animal products being served in schools, hospitals and the like.
To Donate: https://www.balanced.org/donate
83: Aztec Supplements
You've caught me saying this on other podcasts, "You can't cleanse your way out of a bad diet"! However, if you're transitioning into a healthier, plant-based lifestyle, it may be worth a try!
Meet Jered Landreth and Chris Singleton of Aztec Supplements! Jered has been in the fitness industry successfully for over 10 years and has been operating Full Force Fitness/Aztec Supplements since 2012. Chris has been working alongside Jered at FFF since the spring of 2014 and has overseen the company's manufacturing of goods, services and distribution.
Neither Chris or Jered are vegan... yet... but both are transitioning to a diet that is more plant-rich and towards the end of the podcast I give them a little challenge of my own!
Chris' Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charismatic_survivor/
82: It's All About The Booch!
Bootstrap co-founder, and SCOBY-wrangler, Susan McMillion is a chef. Along with her business partner James Farnworth, both have enjoyed kombucha for many years, and after making it for themselves at home, they knew they had to find a way to brew more and share the enthusiasm with others! Their common passion for kombucha, as well as overall health, nutrition, and the environment, led to their vision of what is now Bootstrap Kombucha. They have been brewing organic kombucha in small batches ever since! (When we say organic, we mean every step of the process is organic!)
San Diego Tasting Room:
4085 Pacific Hwy #105b
San Diego, CA 92110
81: San Diego Coffee Training Institute
Meet Savannah Phillips, the woman behind San Diego Coffee Training Institute. The original idea for SDCTI was to be a training space inside Cafe Virtuoso where they could teach classes to wholesale clients on coffee prep. Savannah came up with the idea to make it a nonprofit, which was inspired by a desire to work directly with marginalized individuals in the surrounding community, including homeless, youth aging out of foster care, and individuals recently released from incarceration. #givingback Plus, have you ever heard of the World Barista Championship? I seriously had no idea this kind of thing existed, but Savannah tells us all about it!
80: Viva Glam
Katarina Van Derham is no ordinary supermodel, she's one bad ass babe! Not only is she absolutely gorgeous, she's got a heart as big as her beauty! She came to America and faced many obstacles before she became who she is today. Now, she's a super successful model with her own Vegan Fashion Magazine, Viva Glam, which shows women that it's not only easy to eat vegan, but to wear vegan as well!
Also, forget about the "Eating for Your Bloodtype" nonsense because Katarina is blood type O+, which recommends a heavy meat diet, yet she hasn't eaten meat in 25 years!
Kat Lash: https://glamourgarden.com/
Katarina Van Derham:
79: Wonder Woman is Real
Meet Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter. The gorgeous woman behind the character "Wonder Woman is Real". Aside from Cosplaying as the character Wonder Woman, Victoria is a real-life superhero every day! When she is not dressed up, she is a lawyer and advocate for children with disabilities. About a year ago, Victoria adopted a fully vegan lifestyle, not only because she felt she was living principled as Wonder Woman, but because her own son was suffering from terrible seizures which she helped reduce with a plant-based diet!
The Real League of Justice: https://www.instagram.com/realleagueofjustice/
78: Rawsome Delights
Meet Barbara Zeiß (it's Zeiss for all you non-German speakers out there). Barbara moved from Germany to Australia, then to the USA to persue her passion for creating! She now owns a raw vegan dessert business, and just celebrated one year of success!
If you're interested in special ordering cakes for any occasion, please email Barbara at Barbara@RawsomeDelights.com