48 - From Binge Eater to an Ultra-Runner with Ryan Duff
Release Date: 11/13/2019
Breast surgeons often don’t rise to celebrity fame, but Dr. Kristi Funk gained celeb-worthy attention as both Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow’s breast cancer surgeon. Dr. Funk has infectious positive energy and over two decades of experience in this field. She’s a firm believer in taking control of your health through nutrition and lifestyle, but she’s also incredibly well-versed in the research and science behind this disease. We had her on to chat about her book, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual, confusion about soy, the benefits of a plant-based diet, hormones, and more. Check out the...info_outline 124 - 72 Reasons to Be Vegan with Kathy Freston & Gene Stone
Kathy Freston is the vegan spokesperson, Gene Stone is a ghost-writer for humane causes, both are best-selling authors. What happens when they decide to put their brilliance together? A new book—72 Reasons to Be Vegan. Both Kathy and Gene have been on the show before (episodes 83 and 100, respectively), so we dedicated this episode to catch up and chat exclusively about the book. With 72 reasons, there was plenty to talk about. Meant to be an advocacy tool for those already eating a plant-based, we were delighted by the book’s fun-loving nature and fact-based evidence. From dismantling the...info_outline 123 - Living the Sanctuary Life with Gene Baur
Gene Baur is a pioneer in the farm sanctuary movement. He began his work in the eighties and eventually developed bicoastal farm animal rescues that save over 1,000 animals a year. Farm Sanctuary does more than just rescue, though. The multi-pronged organization is working on systematic change to find solutions that will not only improve animal welfare but eventually put an end to factory farming. In this episode, Gene enlightens us on the origins of Farm Sanctuary, shares heartwarming stories of animals he has saved, discusses progress and challenges within the animal welfare movement, and...info_outline 122 - Feeding your Family without a Fuss with Dr. Reshma Shah
Dr. is a pediatrician, author, and mom who champions healthy food relationships and a plant-based diet. Our conversation spans a number of topics relating to both kids and adults including the 2020 revised US Dietary Guidelines, parenting modeling behavior, family meals, inflammation, and of course, her latest book, Nourish. Dr. Shah is a delight and makes for an educational yet inviting conversation. Enjoy! What we discuss in this episode: - Dr. Shaw’s take the revised US Dietary Guidelines - Parenting vegan kids - Nutrition for children with ADHD - The...info_outline 121 - Go Raw with Restauranteur Karyn Calabrese
Karyn Calabrese isn’t your typical raw foodist. She built a vegan restaurant empire in Chicago—the first raw vegan restaurant in the country, in fact—and gained fame both through her food and her holistic approach to wellness. At 74-years-young, she maintains her youthful vigor and appearance. She’s not going to tell you to go raw overnight or drop everything and start a juice cleanse. Karyn is all about evolution and progress, not perfection. Even the raw skeptics will finish this episode with an open mind. It’s fun, informative, and opens the door to a healthier way of...info_outline 120 - Body Building & Living a Moral Life with Nimai Delgado
It’s not often you come across a person who has graced the front cover of Men's Fitness magazine, and it’s even rarer when that exceptionally chiseled person happens to be vegan. In fact, today’s guest, Nimai Delgado, is the only one. Nimai is a former IFBB Pro in the Men’s Physique category, but there’s more to him than just muscles. Raised in a Hari Krishna farming community in the South until he was eight years old, Nimai is insightful, compassionate, and surprisingly relatable. He’s garnered nearly one million followers through his multiple Instagram accounts and uses his fame...info_outline 119 - Olympic Bobbsledder to Vegan MD with Dr. Scott Stoll
Dr. Scott Stoll, MD, has a unique perspective when it comes to the medical profession. He views doctors as salespeople. Most can sell you on a prescription or procedure in under ten minutes. He’s selling his patients on prevention. Dr. Stoll advocates for a whole food, plant-based diet to both prevent and reverse common ailments that dramatically affect his patients’ quality of life. Optimum health isn’t a gamble—for the large part, it’s determined by what you put into your body. As he says, “You have to fight with every bite. Every bite matters.” This conversation dives into a...info_outline 118 - Prevent Alzheimers with Drs. Ayesha & Dean Sherzai
Can you prevent Alzheimers, or are some of us powerless to stop it? Neurologists Ayesha and Dean Sherzai believe you can, and it all comes down to lifestyle. In this episode, the power couple defines preventative neurology so we all can take the necessary steps to avoid crippling diseases such as stroke, Alzheimers, and dementia. And they’re not talking Sudoku puzzles—the foods we eat have an immense power over the health and longevity of our brain. Fortunately, there’s no need to take notes—all of this information and more is available in their new book, The 30-Day Alzheimer’s...info_outline 117 - Harry Potter Actress Evanna Lynch on Kindness
Buckle up, this conversation is an exhilarating, hour-long ride with plenty of twists and turns to make you think. Evanna Lynch is widely known for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, but today, we get to know Evanna as a person, not her childhood character. She’s a kind but powerful animal activist, eating disorder survivor, podcast host, stage/film actress, and soon-to-be author. Yes, we open with Harry Potter talk, but we also dive into her teenage struggles with anorexia, the idea of perfection, manifestation, cruelty-free beauty, the abundance of veganism,...info_outline 116 - Betting on Vegan with Poker Champion Daniel Negreanu
The sunglasses are coming off. Pro poker player Danieal Negreanu is unapologetically transparent from his game strategy to his vegan diet. He’s won over $42 million in two decades of poker playing, and he’s not even close to folding. Daniel made the switch first to a vegetarian and eventually to a vegan diet in his early twenties when his casino lifestyle started to catch up with him. He claims the way he eats now gives him the focus and stamina to endure twelve to fourteen-hour games and multi-day tournaments. He also challenges others to shift their perspective about eating animals—why...info_outline
According to ANAD, at least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States.
No matter what type of addiction you have, it’s difficult to confront when you’ve hit rock bottom and are in desperate need for a change.
Today’s guest is Ryan Duff, the winner of Switch4Good’s recent contest that asked listeners to submit their own stories of overcoming personal challenges.
Ryan is a medical student and a recreational ultra-endurance runner, but more impressive than his academic and athletic achievements is his story of overcoming an eating disorder.
Dotsie and Alexandra talk with Ryan about his struggle from anorexia to binge eating, and how he’s overcome those hurdles by shifting to a plant-based diet.
They discuss the underlying causes of eating disorders, coping mechanisms, and the holistic impact of veganism for your physical and mental health.
After you listen to Ryan’s inspiring story, check out the Switch4Godd blog to read more about his path to recovery.
What we discuss in this episode:
- What inspired Ryan to fully commit to a plant-based diet
- Ryan’s relationship with food growing up and how he succumbed to an eating disorder
- Ryan’s path to recovery, his daily nutrition plan and meal tips for runners
- The status of the medical field in terms of knowledge about nutrition and how Ryan plans to shift people’s mindset about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet
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