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New York Times Best Selling Author, Kathy Freston

Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Release Date: 06/25/2019

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Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Vegan Cardiologist, Past President and trustee of the American College of Cardiology and Head of the Cardiology Department at Rush Medical Center, Dr. Kim Williams joins Elysabeth Alfano in Chicago. They dive into the scientific facts about plant-based diet. Dr. Kim discusses the four properties in animal-based products that cause heart disease, his 7 indicators for heart health, and his favorite party trick. Finally, Dr. Kim shares why it is “our patriotic duty" to be vegan. More ElysabethAlfano.com

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Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Fearless Vegan Evan, President of Animal Hero Kids, challenges President Trump to go vegan in the month of January. If he does, Evan and the organization that backs him and several other kids, Million Dollar Vegan, will donate $1million to veterans. I got the scoop live from New York!  More info: ElysabethAlfano.com

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What do Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix and supermodel Joanna Krupa have in common? PETA. And, over the years, PETA has stirred up quite a bit of controversy, usually drawing headlines about their unwavering intention to make the world a kinder place by encouraging human compassion to sentient animals that can feel pain and share with us a range of emotions.

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This podcast is a cross between Awesome Vegans and Marketplace. T.K. Pillan , co-founder of the largest vegan/vegetarian restaurant chain, Veggie Grill, joins me to dish on the numbers behind the plant-based traction in the marketplace. Veggie Grill has 34 locations, including a recent opening in Chicago. T.K. is also a partner in PowerPlant Ventures which invests in a growing number of plant-based businesses. For more information visit http://powerplantvc.com and http://elysabethalfano.com.

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What’s the best plant-based ingredient to cook with?  It is the one that has paved the way for the plant-based revolution that we have today. Dan Curtin, CEO of Field Roast and Lightlife, joins me on the pod to discuss my all-time favorite product: Tempeh and the history and future of the plantbased movement! 

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From rags to riches, John Paul DeJoria went from foster care as a child and a door-to-door salesman to one of the wealthiest men in America with one of the biggest hearts.

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The innovation of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives will be upending animal agriculture, impacting our climate crisis, changing our health care system and affecting our culture – all for the better. I will be giving you an overview of what I learned at the Good Food Institute Conference in September followed by a series of short interviews from the conference. I interview Lisa Feria, CEO of Stray Dog Capital, Lou Cooperhouse and Chris Dammann of BlueNalu and Thomas Jonas of Sustainable Bioproducts

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COO of Illinois’ Cook County Department of Public Health, Dr. Terry Mason,  sits down with Awesome Vegans Podcast Host Elysabeth Alfano to explain what our bodies need.  Comparing our bodies to machines that need care and upkeep, just like with a car, Dr. Mason explains that you need to give it the right inputs for it to run well. 

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Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Bonus Podcast! From the star-studded red carpet at the premiere of The Game Changers movie, I speak with 9-time NBA champion, Chris Paul who explains how he dropped the bomb on Lebron James that he is vegan! PLUS NFL star Tony Gonzalez, Academy Award-winning director, Louie Psihoyos, Suzy Amis Cameron and Dr. Dean Ornish. The movie follows over 20 plant-based athletes on their road to breaking records. Info: http://ElysabethAlfano.com and movie tix for the 9/16 public premiere http://GameChangersmovie.com

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It is a vegan’s night at the opera!  Grammy-Award winning Baritone and Animal Rights Advocate Lucas Meachem joins me just before he is about to perform on stage. Spanning his career, Lucas has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel, at the Vienna Opera House, the Paris Opera House, the Los Angeles Opera, the Washington National Opera, the Canadian Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera House. It is hard to believe that Lucas actually got his start in a Paris Karaoke bar where he was discovered!

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Long before it was trendy, there was a lone woman on Oprah touting the benefits of veganism and getting Oprah to try it. I remember that episode of Oprah like it was yesterday. That episode was one of five or six cues that registered in my brain and whispered, Elysabeth you should be vegan

That singular voice that day on Oprah was New York Times Best Selling author, health and wellness expert, Kathy Freston.  She has been talking about the benefits of a plant-based diet for people, our planet and our animals for almost a decade.  Kathy has written Clean Protein: The Revolution that Will Reshape Your Body, Boost Your Energy-and Save Our Planet, The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight LossVeganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the WorldThe Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21 Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit, and Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness…and these titles are just to name a few. 

Now, sitting in my kitchen and chatting as if we had known each other for years, Kathy clues us in to the best ways to talk to those who aren’t yet vegan and how to make it as easy on them as possible. Vegan-ish?  Sure, why not! Along the way, we discuss the changing cultural zeitgeist around plant-based food and our planet that is in dire need. 

To this end, Kathy has just delivered a petition of over 200,000 signatures to the McDonald’s Hamburger Univeristy Headquarters in Chicago demanding a vegan burger.  Hundreds of thousands of people want MckyDs to have a MckyV.  If you agree, head to social media and tag me,Elysabeth Alfano, Kathy Freston and McDonald's and let them know you want a MckyV.

Plus, Kathy lets us in on a little secret called the Veto Vote. What is it and do you have it?

Upbeat and natural, informative and friendly, this is one episode of Awesome Vegans that will make you feel like you’ve had Kathy Freston as a pal forever. For more information, visit ElysabethAlfano.com