Plant Trainers Podcast - Plant Based Nutrition & Fitness

Adam Chaim & Shoshana Chaim: Dad & Mom, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant and Blogger

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, omni, a runner, into triathlon, ultra-marathon or ready to get off the couch, this podcast will help you along your path. Adam & Shoshana Chaim, The Plant Trainers interview experts in nutrition & fitness & share tricks & tips that busy people can implement into their daily routine leading to a more compassionate lifestyle & beyond.

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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Colleen Montgomery all about a plant-based diet for cardiac rehab patients and the importance of lifestyle on our overall health. Colleen breaks down some cardiology information for us like what cardiac rehab is, who should be getting it, and what lifestyle changes can be made to improve cardiac health. We discuss statins and why you would want to try to avoid them, how to cautiously get to exercising and we also discuss why children and teens need to start making smart decisions for their health now.  Colleen Montgomery is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Certified Plant-Based Health Coach, and owner of Wellness Within LLC. During her 12 years working with heart patients she discovered the powerful medicinal effects of food and other lifestyle choices. Now, her clients improve their heart health in big ways by combining the most effective behavior change techniques with the healthiest habits on the planet. Share this out with any cardiac patient you know.  In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based Dr Greger and Esselstyn  Didn’t wait till she was sick  Cardiac rehabilitation Cardiac risk factors and genetics  Preventing cardiac events Reversal  Marking small changes or being predominantly plant-based  Side effects of statins  Don’t stop medications on your own  What to look for to talk to your doctor about reducing meds  Exercise and precautions Tips for teens

Nov 30

36 min 27 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Jennifer Helene Popken about vitality plant-based foods and her stint on MasterChef. Jennifer Helene is a wealth of knowledge and always such a pleasure to connect with. I was excited to have her on the show to share her health and nutrition journey that started at such a young age. We talk a lot about vitality food, live food, unlikely breakfasts, and some Ayurvedic practices. We are certain you’ll come away from this episode with a new habit. Jennifer Helene was also a plant-based contestant on the very meat-heavy show Master Chef. She shares her experience and we know we are getting the full story as her non-disclosure contract is expired! So stay tuned to the end of the show for all the juicy details.  Jennifer Helene, M.S. is an international expert in health. She is immersed in cutting-edge nutrition, fitness, and spiritual thought leadership. She is a serial entrepreneur and builds programs for health coaching, lifestyle change, and mentoring programs; training the trainers. Former FORD model, MasterChef (FOX TV) cast member, mother, seeker of truth, she runs Purposeful Ventures a company that is helping Moms succeed in revitalizing their life, relationships, businesses, and health. In this episode we discuss:  Meditation  Practice  Finding plant-based Leukaemia  Pre-diabetes  Unlikely breakfasts Good food  Vitality food  Making Squash  Living foods  Ayurveda  MasterChef 

Nov 16

37 min 47 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Troy Akin all about creating eco friendly sports equipment and providing a healthier and more sustainable alternative. This guy really impresses us. He found a plant-based lifestyle as a young athlete and quickly devised a plan to make this lifestyle sustainable in order to recover and perform better as an athlete. He didn’t want to be one of those people who stopped doing what he loved because he got older and had to deal with aging wear and tear on the body. Then he was able to make the connection between what we put in our body and the sorts of equipment we use, its carbon footprint, and overall health for the planet. There is some cool stuff in this episode and you’ll want to share it with all the young athletes (from recreation to pro) that you know. Troy Akin was born the youngest of 3 boys in Northern California. Coming from an athletic family, all he did was play. After graduating from Chapman University where he played #1 Singles and Doubles for the Men's Tennis Team, he moved up to LA to pursue acting. With minor successes he started businesses in social media marketing and consulting, realty and modelling and more. Being a retired college athlete he thought he could play tennis and basketball and volleyball at the same high level forever, but each year it got harder to wake up, it got harder to recover, it got harder to get motivated. Troy was over that lifestyle, so after reading about a plant based diet, he started and now he has been fully plant based and Vegan for 2 years. Everything just got better. After realizing there was a lack of Vegan sporting goods, Troy went down the rabbit hole to realize not only are sporting goods a very leather intensive industry, but it is also toxic for earth. There had to be a better solution. So with Troy’s 7+ years of entrepreneurship and marketing background, Eco Sports was created. In this episode we discuss:  Becoming plant based Accidental burger Being a young athlete Recovery The vegan mentality Making the connection to the athletic gear Creating high quality vegan athletic gear

Nov 2

31 min 13 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dreena Burton all about her kind kitchen and pressure-free, no stress cooking. First, we catch up with her and see how she and her children navigated plant-based living over the last 6 years while they were teens. Then we talk about ways for making plant-based cooking pressure-free with batch cooking ideas, the use of sauces, and ideas for things to freeze you may not have thought about before. Dreena gives some ideas for home and school lunches as well as shares some of her favourite recipes from her new cookbook Dreena’s Kind Kitchen: 100 Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Every Day. Dreena Burton is the OG vegan cookbook author. Vegan for 25 years, Dreena is also a mom to three “weegans.” She has charted her journey as a plant-based cook and mother of three through five bestselling cookbooks. Dreena has also collaborated with renowned plant-based physician Dr. Barnard on The Cheese Trap and coauthored their most recent Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes. Dreena’s recipes have been featured with groups including PCRM, Forks Over Knives, Blue Zones, and The Food Network. Dreena was also the Culinary Coordinator with The Food Revolution Network’s Whole Life Club. Dreena also runs an online kitchen and community. In this episode we discuss:  Plant-based living for your teens Setting foundations  Taking the pressure out of plant-based  The imperfectness of the diet  Batch cooking  Sweet potato magic  What you can freeze - Surprise! School (or home) lunch ideas Dreena’s Kind Kitchen cookbook faves  Tips for newbies

Oct 19

33 min 11 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Tyler Mayoras all about how cool beans are and how they are not only good for your heart but also good for your health and the health of the planet. Today, over 9.7 million Americans eat a plant-based diet. That is up from only 290,000 in 2004. While Tyler sees a bright future for the plant-based movement, the triple threat of climate change, animal welfare concerns, and meat-associated health risks mean this culinary revolution can’t come quickly enough. We cover so many topics from climate change, gas emissions of vegetables, upcycling food, and freezing your own burritos! Tyler Mayoras is giving a glow-up to the world’s most under-appreciated superfood: the bean. A passionate impact investor and entrepreneur, he co-founded Cool Beans with a vision of bringing sustainable, whole-food goodness to the frozen foods aisle. Inspired by his journey to a plant-based diet, he’s making it easier than ever to eat clean, minimally processed food that's good for your body, your soul, and the planet. In this episode we discuss: How he found plant-based Climate change and animal agriculture 60% of the land being used for animals Food waste and gas emissions Upcycled food Losing 25 lbs Carbohydrates are necessary Lectins What we love about beans Freezing your own burritos Cool Beans

Oct 5

29 min 49 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Sophia DeSantis all about successful meal systems and how simple this lifestyle can really be. Plant-based food does not have to be difficult, but without experience or a meal system in place, it can sure feel difficult. We talk all about how to navigate meal time with children, picky eaters, or family members with food preferences as well as a system called component cooking. You will love the meal ideas you get in this episode. Sophia DeSantis is a health coach, meal systems expert and plant-based recipe creator who focuses on helping people feel empowered instead of overwhelmed when it comes to overall health and wellness. Small habits can lead to big changes. Being a teacher for 14 years, and getting her master’s degree in education, helped her understand that each person is unique in how they learn, and there is no one size fits all approach. She is now "retired" from teaching and runs a business full time while navigating life with 3 young boys. In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based Pregnancy Meal plan vs meal system Having an off day Picky and preferences Component cooking Success in the kitchen Photography insight Top 3 dinners Snacks lunches

Sep 21

33 min 58 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we share our Plant Trainers travel tips and back to school special ways to make your life easier. Some of you are back to traveling so we want to give you the best tips for making your plant-based eating super smooth while you’re out and about. The worst is when you spend more time trying to figure out what to eat than you do sightseeing or relaxing. And we have a major tip for you for organizing yourself with lunches, dinners, what to make and how to reduce your time in the kitchen. We know that is what it is all about so we put together a bundle that is hard to pass up now that we are all back to school. Shoshana is looking to talk to anyone who has been health coaching or has clients who are still not getting all the results they want to discuss a few ways we have helped our clients here and gotten great results so please email us and set up a time to talk. We are super excited for some of our upcoming guests in the next few months, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a beat! In this episode we discuss:  What we’ve been up to this summer Super sale on now our own Back To School Bundle What to expect from PTP moving forward Shoshana is looking to talk to anyone who has been health coaching or has clients who are still not getting all the results they want to discuss a few ways we have helped our clients here and gotten great results Any guests or topics you’d like us to cover please email us Tips for travelling Call ahead Use social Easy meals to make with just a microwave and a kettle 

Sep 7

29 min 32 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Never Give Up, we feature the transformation story of Jenni Williams and her path to a healthier lifestyle. She started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s Plant-Based Journey comes from Jenni Williams who was born and raised in small-town Iowa and relocated to the Peoria, Illinois area in 2009. She's a professional photographer and just completed her bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship. She looks forward to fulfilling her goal of being a trainer for the Dale Carnegie Program. Jenni was recently elected as village trustee for the Village of North Pekin. She and her husband have 3 girls, ages 8, 6, and 2. She is thrilled with how she feels. Jenni has fought weight her entire life and now doesn't have to because of this awesome side effect of being plant-based. Find out the impact that dairy and gluten have had on her family as well. Eating right and working out is transforming her body and she loves it! In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based Losing weight Feeling great Dairy intolerances

Aug 31

17 min 48 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Overcoming Ulcers and Anemia, we feature a transformation story from Marjorie Leon. She started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s plant-based journey comes from Marjorie Leon who holds a Master’s degree in psychology, is a doctoral candidate in psychology, and is studying obesity and cognition in women.  She has been plant-based for almost 11 years and teaches her community to approach the WFPB lifestyle both in mindset as well as hands-on cooking. Marjorie Leon studied with some terrific mentors, covering nutrition, physiology, habits, and mindset. She feels it is her duty to pass on the information that has helped me so much.  In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based The Atkins diet Ulcers Anemia Overcoming illness

Aug 24

13 min 21 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Reclaiming My Health, we feature Miranda Haes' transformation story. She started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s plant-based journey comes from Miranda Haes, who is a 46-year-old mother of two, stepmom to one, and married to her husband for just over 21 years. They live on a timber tree farm in SE Iowa, USA. She enjoys being in nature, walking, hiking, yoga, kayaking, camping, reading, and most of all, spending time with her husband and kiddos. Miranda works as a project coordinator for a local watershed in SE Iowa. In this episode we discuss: Finding -plant based Losing over 45 pounds Getting off all meds

Aug 17

14 min 30 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Overcoming Food Addictions, we feature John Brown and his transformation story. He started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s plant-based journey comes from John Brown, a high school history teacher. He also helps kids to improve in taking standardized tests. John has participated in National Novel Writing Month (where you write 50k words towards a novel in 30 days) three times since 2009. He also appeared on both Jeopardy (2008) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2011). So we guess he's not bad at trivia! He uses his experience as a self-proclaimed trivia nerd to coach his school's academic quiz team, and he is an aspiring wellness coach. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based Losing over 100 pounds Asthma

Aug 10

14 min 19 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Add More Veggies To Your Plate, we feature Angela Montanez who has lost 120 pounds through diet and exercise.. She started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s plant-based journey comes from Angela Montanez who has lost 120 pounds through diet and exercise. She was featured in People Magazine’s annual “Half Their Size” 2019 and 2018 issue, the Half Their Size 2017 issue, and their 2016 Special Edition. She was also on Good Morning America, ABC News, E! News, Inside Edition, Forks Over Knives success story, Huffington Post, and more. Angela Montanez has spent over 30+ years on a journey toward spiritual and physical healing. She has managed a chronic autoimmune disease for over two decades and was a former Make-A-Wish recipient. She is on the pre-med track focusing on nutrition and integrative medicine. Angela is a multi-sensory intuitive, Bio-Energy healer, and more. She utilizes her healing journey to inspire and influence others to integrate healing foods with an enriching and spiritually healing practice. In this episode:  Finding plant-based Losing 120 pounds Physical and spiritual healing

Aug 3

19 min 29 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, BBQ is Good For You, we feature Brian Rodgers’ transformation story. He started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s Plant-Based Journey comes from Brian Rodgers. Widely considered the world’s foremost expert on plant-based BBQ and creator of the first-ever complete line of BBQ sauces & rubs made specifically for this new, healthy food category. He’s a respected Pitmaster in the BBQ community dominating competitions with his award-winning recipes year after year. At only age 44, Brian was suddenly diagnosed with SIX life-threatening diseases and labelled morbidly obese. While determined to beat death, he refused gastric bypass surgery and instead relied on his 30 years’ BBQ experience and his unique knowledge of plant-based food to literally heal himself. Miraculously, within just 6 short months, Brian was off all medications, reversed all six diseases and had lost an astonishing 120 pounds! In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based Plant-based BBQ Losing 120 pounds

Jul 27

9 min 27 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Miracle Treatment For Migraines, we feature Dr. Leila Dehghan’s transformation story. She started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s plant-based journey comes from Dr. Leila Dehghan, a doctor-turned plant-based nutritionist. After overcoming health challenges through diet, she shifted her professional interests to focus on the power of nutrition. She pursued a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate at eCornell and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition from the University College of London. Dr. Leila takes a holistic approach to understand her clients’ needs and helps them optimize their well-being, and prevent or recover from lifestyle diseases. Dr. Leila is passionate about food justice and health equity and aims to find effective ways to address racial and socio-economic issues that affect health. Her project “Athletes, Food & Diversity” seeks to introduce a plant-based diet to people of the global majority. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based Chronic migraines Aches and pains are not part of getting older We all have access to good health Making better choices three times a day

Jul 20

9 min 58 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, Losing 77 lbs in 9 months, we feature Olivier Mankondo and his transformation Story. He started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s plant-based journey comes from Olivier Mankondo, a speaker, author, weight loss, and wellness coach with a passion for self-help books. He empowers people with the knowledge of plant-based nutrition so that they can make good dietary and lifestyle choices. Throughout his talks, he has been able to inspire and change a lot of people. On a side note, Olivier can speak 4 languages including French. He is the author of the book: The Plant-based Nutrition: How It's Going To Change Your Life. In this episode:  Losing 77 pounds in 9 months  Cured of chronic diseases Slowing down the ageing process 

Jul 13

9 min 17 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, ditching dairy, diabetes and 150 pounds, we feature Andrea Sereda and her transformation story. She started off like most of us in the beginning. They found the plant-based lifestyle at a time where it seemed like there were no other options. For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our summer episodes always provide great content, but are different from our regular show, giving us some downtime in the summer. So sit back and enjoy or get out there and exercise. We would love to hear your thoughts and how you can relate to their story over on Instagram. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Today’s Plant-Based Journey comes from Andrea Sereda, a plant-based, weight management wiz who has been featured on Global TV and in print (Impact magazine, Forks Over Knives, Chicago Tribune) for her work helping others achieve their Best Weight through the same evidence-based, sustainable, and health-focused practices that resulted in her losing over 150 pounds and keeping it off years ago. She holds an MSW, is a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer, group fitness fanatic, busy mom of four, author of Sprouts in the Kitchen: Plant-based Family Favourites, and founder of Journey Health Studio - a completely online health studio offering 1:1 health coaching, challenge groups, as well as live-streamed and on-demand group fitness classes. In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based What changed Ditching dairy Diabetes Challenges Words of advice

Jul 6

11 min 44 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Mike Farley about bringing animal protection into schools. If you have never thought of this before you are going to be blown away. We talk about history books, class trips, dissections, and more! Animals are being exploited right before our children’s eyes! You’ll hear about what you can do about it, how to make a difference and the Educators For Animals Conference Mike has created that takes place this August.  Mike Farley has been teaching middle and high school Geography for 20 years in Toronto. Over the past decade, he has explored animal protection with his students, including running virtual field trips to animal sanctuaries during the pandemic. Mike is a frequent presenter at conferences in Canada and the U.S. on topics such as human rights, environmental issues, and animal protection. He is currently finishing his graduate degree in Humane Education and working on curriculum projects for the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. Mike is also starting an organization called Educators for Animals Canada that is bringing together educators from across the country who are incorporating animal protection into their school communities. In 2014, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented Mike with the 'Innovation in Geography Teaching' award, the highest honour for Geography teaching in Canada. In this episode we discuss:  The journey Educators for animals conference Animal protection, wildlife and farming industry Backlash from admin Animal exploitation in schools The fur trade Animals in history Educators For Animals Conference Voicing your opinion Students Dissection 

Jun 29

33 min 58 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with the Plant-Based Juniors, Alex Caspero and Whitney English about plant-based babies and toddlers. We know people are concerned about their babies and toddlers when it comes to eating a plant-based diet. Will they get all they need? What can we give them instead of dairy-based formula? But I was waisted on whole milk. It’s almost like we know it’s the best thing for us adults, but we second guess ourselves when it comes to the children. Well, Alex and Whitney share some amazing information and tips for making it work...and most of all, what to say to others when they challenge you! These gals are great and you will want to share this show with all plant-based parents or parents to be out there. Alexandra Caspero MA, RDN, and Whitney English MS, RDN are both moms, registered dietitian nutritionists, and founders of Plant-Based Juniors. PBJs is a community for parents and educators interested in properly implementing plant-based diets for children. PBJs is dedicated to filling the gap in credible pediatric nutrition information for plant-based infants and children. They promote an all-inclusive “predominantly plant-based” approach, supporting all families from vegan to vegetarian to flexitarian. Alex and Whitney are co-authors of the new book The Plant-Based Baby & Toddler. We especially love their Instagram feed! In this episode we discuss: Finding plant based Meathead Plant-based Baby and Toddler Formula Moving to milk “Fight fear with fact” How to give information to others. Why soy over pea protein Iron Growth PB3 plate model

Jun 22

36 min 51 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Violette De Ayala all about how to network and grow your plant-based business. The truth is it doesn't matter if your business is vegan or plant-based or not, but you may be. We want you doing well so you have more money and time freedom to make a positive impact in this world. We talk about the need for failure to grow, how to meet people to network with, and the unique characteristics of Networking groups and what to look for. Violette is a personal friend and mentor and I’m thrilled to be having her on the show. Her ability to see the big picture, connect people together and really listen to her client’s needs is inspirational. I hope you find little nuggets today to help you connect with others and achieve more good in this world. Violette De Ayala is a Cuban American serial and social Entrepreneur, Female Founder of FemCity® women’s networking groups, and International Best-Selling Author of The Self-Guided Guru© Lessons for Everyday Humans. With a strong background in PR she also Served as part of The White House: Women Environmental Leaders Program and is a former Advisor for City of Miami Mayor’s Office for two administrations. She has been featured in various magazines and broadcasts including CTV and People’s Magazine and has been the keynote speaker at many widely known events. In this episode we discuss: Needing failure Vegetarian and plant-based Staring FemCity Tips for networking Strategies for meeting new people How to find one that’s good for you Where to look

Jun 15

38 min 11 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Representative Jeremy Gray all about football, leadership, and making change. Jeremy is shaking things up in Alabama being a young rep after exiting the CFL. He is making a change for good across the state but also in his own backyard. You’ll hear about how he uses his sports experience and newly found leadership skills to build a community centre to help Opelika children learn and grow in a way they otherwise would not be able to.  Jeremy Gray, better known in the community as Mr. EYG for continuous service to elevate his community and those around him. He is an African American politician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a former professional athlete. Rep. Gray is currently the Alabama State Representative of the 83rd District, where he serves on the Commerce and Small Business, Health, and Public Safety and Homeland Security committees. He was voted in by his peers as Minority-Whip, and he was appointed to the Alabama Statewide Health Coordinating Council and Innovate Alabama by Governor Ivey. More info: Rep. Gray was recently nominated and selected to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders). Witty and innovative at heart, Rep. Gray is also the founder of Elevate Your Grind (EYG), Inc., a motivational and clothing brand as well The Curtis House, a nonprofit organization which serves as a resource hub in one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in his hometown of Opelika, AL. Rep. Gray is also a current student at Auburn University with the College of Business pursuing his Executive MBA degree. He has sponsored legislation this year that would allow yoga into public schools, provide matching funds for high-risk high reward tech startups, {AND is a part of many more projects to make Alabama state inclusive for everyone} attract electric bike companies into Alabama, prohibit straight-party voting, make the expungement process easier for those who are seeking a second chance in life, and require schools to provide water stations as well as clean filtered water. Rep. Gray is committed to making Alabama a state inclusive for everyone. Jeremy Gray has received numerous accolades for his community service and leadership. When asked what his ultimate goal is in life, he simply stated “to inspire.” In this episode we discuss: Football career Finding vegan Yoga ban Yoga in sports Sports skills translating to life’s success Leadership Opelika Alabama Curtis House

Jun 8

41 min 45 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Vanessa Mendez all about the gut, inflammation, IBS and the future of medicine. People, we have got to tell you. This is one of the most information packed episodes so you're going to want to listen twice. This is a must share with anyone with IBS and anyone who has had COVID or the vaccine. You need to hear what she tells us about COVID and your gut bacteria. You’ll be blown away! Dr. Vanessa Mendez is a double board certified gastroenterologist and internist. She specializes in digestive disorders, which include liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and nutrition based-disorders, such as obesity and constipation. Her approach to patients and their diseases is holistic and comprehensive; her goal is not just to treat the symptoms, but to get to the root cause of an ailment and provide lasting relief. All her methods are evidence-based and she is a proponent of lifestyle changes first to promote wellness. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based Acne and dairy Crohn's and IBS What is gut microbiome How to eat veggies when you have IBS Food avoidance What feeds good gut bacteria Feeding bad gut bacteria What happens when you take antibiotics Fecal transplant Future of medicine COVID and gut microbiome

Jun 1

42 min 16 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Hollan Hawaii about good food gratitude and her personal experiences with her health journey. We love the ideas about how to take your favourite non-vegan foods and not only veganize them, but also healthify them along the way. If you are someone who can’t find a nut milk you like yet, you’ll want to hear what she has to say about finding the store-bought one for you and making your own. Hollan Hawaii is an expert in vegan plant-based food and cleanses. As a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, health advocate, former restaurant owner, and mom of three, she has worn many hats in this life. But she knows the one that matters most is her relationship with herself and her body. When those two are aligned, everything falls into place, and she can be a better mother and chef. Hollan has been on her own health journey for 13 years and loves sharing her perspective and experience with food that led her to be in charge of her own health. Good Food Gratitude is Hollan’s plant-based lifestyle cookbook that also encourages people to change the way to perceive healthy food. True to her family-friendly beach-inspired lifestyle and aesthetics, Hollan lives on the beautiful garden isle of Kauai and enjoys spending time in the kitchen, with family and friends, and in the rejuvenating waters of the Pacific Ocean. In this episode we discuss:  Coffee Finding plant based  Healing The kids  Listening to your body  Replacing standard American recipes for vegan ones  Addiction to cheese  How to find the milk you like  What you need to know about making your own milk  Good Food Gratitude 

May 25

33 min 21 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Sherri Greene all about Endometriosis, Epstein Barr, and a plant-based diet. Often, while being interviewed, we are asked what some of our favourite shows are. We absolutely LOVE when we plan a topic for a show and go in a completely different direction. Our Plan with Dr. Greene was to talk about inflammation, but we had no idea it would lead to going in-depth on Endometriosis and looking at Epstein-Barr Virus as a cause of illness. This one is a great one to share! Dr. Sherri Greene combines science, holistic medicine, and empathy gained from her own personal journey to heal chronic pain, to help people shift into optimal health. Classically trained as a podiatric physician and surgeon, Dr. Greene has experienced the miracles that occur when people use a holistic approach — body, mind, and spirit — to heal, rather than being treated for a named disease or condition. Witnessing people shift into better health by making changes to their diet, lifestyle and outlook led Dr. Greene to study complementary therapies, wisdom traditions and to hone her innate intuitive gifts. Her scope of knowledge and compassion offer people hope and confidence that they can heal. Dr. Greene integrates more than 30 years of scientific and clinical experience at top medical institutions with training in complementary medicine including functional nutrition, energy medicine, homeopathy and herbal medicine with Western medicine modalities to help restore peace of mind, body and sense of self. In this episode we discuss: Telemedicine Finding plant-based Endometriosis Signs and symptoms Inflammation Old infections Epstein-Barr Actionable tips

May 18

34 min 7 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Mari Mitrani about regenerative medicine, her plant-based journey and her upbringing in lifestyle medicine. Dr. Mitrani shares with us the key concepts that made her different from all her friends growing up and that brought her to be the picture of health now in her 40’s. You will be amazed at what she has to say about drinking water and where you should start today. Get ready for lots of great action steps! Dr. Maria-Ines "Mari" Mitrani is a Physician Scientist & Entrepreneur, she has been Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Organicell Regenerative Medicine, Inc and is on the forefront of Regenerative Medicine and passionate about Preventative Medicine. Dr. Mari has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FOX News, WSVN, Univision, Sun Sentinel, Newsnation, Bioprocess & BioSpace. Dr. Mitrani co-founded the American Cellular & Anti-Aging Center in Quito – Ecuador, one of the first Autologous Stem Cell centers in South America and was instrumental in opening additional stem cell clinics in Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. She graduated as a Medical Doctor from Universidad San Francisco De Quito and received her Ph.D. in Neural Therapy from S.O.M.A (Medical Society of Natural Therapies). She completed her Plant Based Nutrition certification from Cornell University a T. Collin Campbell program. She received her Doctor of Acupuncture degree from the Panamerican University of Natural Medicine and was appointed as a Missionary Medical Doctor by The Sovereign Medical Order of The Knights Hospitaller, her background and passion stem from providing international aid to underprivileged and underserved populations. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based 30 years ago Gas emissions Being a teen Questioning doctors on med school Weight training Mental health Regenerative Medicine Where you should start today Water! You’ll be surprised Actionable steps

May 11

33 min 8 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Daniel Shuman about his transition to a whole food plant-based lifestyle and losing 170 pounds. Dan is a busy dad, of 3 working full time and after years of dieting, he finally was able to shed a needed 170 pounds and keep it off. You will hear him talk about his motivations and inspirations. But maybe more importantly, why this time it was different. He shares the myths and challenges he was able to overcome and how it’s affecting his life today for the better. Dan Shuman is a Husband, father of 3, and Plant-Based professional cook/meal prepper. Daniel was able to regain his health and gain a new appreciation for food and life through adopting Whole Food Plant-Based ideals into his lifestyle. Dan often speaks publicly about his experience in the hopes it will inspire others. He has used Instagram to connect with thousands like himself from all across the world. He has been invited to speak on podcasts, live events, and SUNY Downstate Medical School. Dan is the moderator of the WFPB SOS free WhatsApp chat and the “Kosher WFPB” Facebook group. In this episode we discuss: Finding the plant-based lifestyle What changed? Losing 170 lbs Why this was different from every other diet Myths Biggest challenges Food delivery service

May 4

29 min 55 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Peggy Brusseau all about the power of a plant-based family, the 80/20 rule, and how to NOT become a white bread and jam vegan. And if you stick to the end you will hear Peggy’s secret to making a great soup every single time. Peggy’s story of how she became plant-based/vegan is unique and one we have never heard before on The Plant Trainers Podcast. Peggy Brusseau is a food writer, cook, and committed vegan. She has written or co-written 24 books on cooking and nutrition. THE CONTENTED VEGAN is an essential guide to transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, combining mouthwatering recipes with practical, inspirational, and reassuring advice on making the switch. Peggy has been a vegan for over 30 years, raising her two sons on her recipes. She is often asked for advice by people considering changing their diet. Beautifully photographed throughout, in this book she answers all these questions and more, as well as providing over 200 delicious recipes to inspire you in the kitchen, from breakfasts and snacks, through to easy midweek suppers and celebration feasts. Originally from Minneapolis, she is now based in London in the UK.  In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based/vegan Milking a cow 80/20 Rule White bread and jam vegan? Favorite easy recipes Tips for getting the most nutrients from your food The Secret to the BEST soup

Apr 27

31 min 9 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with General Hospital’s Réal Andrews about Plant-Based Hollywood. He shares the story of how his father extended his life by 15 years by becoming plant-based and how his family is adapting to his son’s new passion for a healthy plant-based diet. He lets us in on how actors are being fed and how popular plant-based a lifestyle actually is. We cover so much more from mindset, addiction, and social circles. Please share with anyone you know. Réal Andrews is an Emmy Award Actor from ABC’s General Hospital. He is a producer, podcast host of  “Getting Real with Réal”, a humanitarian entrepreneur, and has spent 42 years as a fitness expert. He is an action coach, mental wellness advocate, and network marketer. Réal is a cancer survivor, has been sober for 2 years, and is a loving husband, and father of 3. In this episode we discuss:  Diva Dogs When only the middle child is plant-based His dad’s 15 extra years of life The actors are vegan Mindset Being an addict Social circle Adjustment period

Apr 20

37 min 35 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk about my new book, I Am A Peaceful Goldfish that hits bookstores EVERYWHERE TODAY! This is super exciting as we are normally helping others share about their books and 6 years later, Shoshana’s book is finally here. We are hoping to get to #1 best seller on Amazon TODAY, or this week, so if you are looking for a gift for a 0-7-year-old, have an upcoming baby shower, or are simply a collector of amazing books, please head to Amazon and get your copy now. We know some people are donating copies to their local libraries or elementary schools. I Am a Peaceful Goldfish teaches kids and families about playful breathing techniques that we can use to overcome our anxiety and feel calm and grounded. When we are overcome with emotions, our breath—and a bit of imagination—can bring us back to a peaceful place. In this simple story, two children learn how to settle their feelings with imaginative breathing techniques, pretending they are elephants, flowers, even dragons! This charming book teaches even the youngest readers fun ways to be mindful, relieve anxiety, and regain control over their bodies and actions—an essential and easy-to-learn life skill. Stay tuned to hear Dr. Dean Ornish’s endorsement of the book!

Apr 13

24 min 14 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Saray Stancic about her documentary, Code Blue, her book, What’s Missing From Medicine and of course her personal journey with health and a plant-based diet. Her own journey with MS, feeling perfectly fine one day and waking up from a short hospital nap, not being able to move her legs is simply amazing. You’ll be at the edge of your seat hearing Dr. Saray Stancic speak. Saray Stancic, M.D. is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and after completing her fellowship, accepted the position as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley VA in New York. In later years, she served as Translational Medical Leader at Roche Pharmaceuticals where she led clinical trials in the field of viral hepatitis and HIV. In 2012, she left her work in Infectious Diseases to fully dedicate her time to the field of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Stancic's interest in Lifestyle Medicine is rooted in her personal story as a patient living with multiple sclerosis. She is the founder of one of the first Lifestyle Medicine practices in the country, and mentors the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Stancic seeks to spread the power of preventive Medicine on a global scale and bring needed change to how we train physicians. She is Producer of the documentary film; Code Blue, which made its global release on May 26th, 2020. Dr. Saray Stancic released her first book on January 12th, 2021 entitled, What’s Missing from Medicine; Six Lifestyle Changes to Overcome Chronic Illness. In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based  Multiple Sclerosis Adam’s story  Code Blue, the documentary  Pushback Lifestyle medicine  What’s Missing from Medicine?

Apr 6

39 min 24 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Sam Turnbull about how to be a fast, easy, cheap and healthy vegan! Her new book has easy recipes that don’t take long and all cost under $10. We’ve made some dishes and we concur...they are indeed everything she has intended it to be...even with organic ingredients most of the time. There are plenty of tips for new and seasoned home chefs. You’ll laugh at Adam throwing Shush under the bus a little here too! This show will inspire you to get out and make some new delicious dishes. Sam Turnbull is the creator of the brand and blog - It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken. As a face for the vegan community, Sam and her recipes have been featured on TV and radio, and in numerous magazines and newspapers. She is the author of the incredibly popular cookbook, Fuss-Free Vegan, published in 2017 and now her new book Fast Easy Cheap Vegan hits bookshelves today! In this episode we discuss:  Comfort food - can it be healthy? Tips for new home cooks and for seasoned vets How to get things creamy without it curdling! How to spend little and gain a lot Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas New book: Fast Easy Cheap Vegan

Mar 30

36 min 40 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Kate Kunkel all about improving and maintaining good brain health and dementia. She embarked on this journey after her mom’s illness and is on a mission to help with brain health and dementia prevention. We talk about everything from hips to waist ratio, to food, drugs, toxins, sleep, mindfulness, music, and more. There is something for everyone to learn and apply in this podcast, so please share. Kate Kunkel is embarking on what she considers the most important mission of her life - to make dementia a rare disease and to empower people to take control of their own health and future. As a vegan nutritionist, mindfulness practitioner, and sound therapist, Kate helps people improve their health, sharpen their minds and save their brains from the devastation of cognitive decline. In her workshops, through coaching, and in her latest book, "Don't Let the Memories Fade", Kate admonishes people to take control of their health because, she says, "It's never too early to look after your brain, but it can become too late”. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based Doing vegan right Her mother’s health journey Brain health Cancer and dementia Negative emotions Waste to brain ratio Tips for dementia prevention Is dementia only for young people Genetic component Tips to start with now Early Signs and symptoms

Mar 23

36 min 11 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we celebrate our 400th episode by sharing some amazing clips from some of our favourite plant-based doctors. There has been so much that we’ve learned and so many amazing people that we have interviewed. It was hard to choose a topic for this monumental time. We decided to go back and share 12 of our favourite clips from many of the plant-based doctors you know and love. We also wanted to make sure that we said thank you to every single one of you who has ever listened, downloaded, subscribed, and left a rating or review. A cool fact we’ve also discovered recently is that our podcast is in the top 1% of the almost 2,000,000 podcasts out there. All we do is put out the content, it’s you who consumes it, utilizes it, and helps improve your quality of life as well as that of people around you. So congratulations to you and thank you for allowing us into your lives. We hope you enjoy this one, as we take you back in time to a few gems from nearly 400 episodes. In this episode we discuss: Exercise vs movement Protein Erectile Dysfunction Feeding children What’s in our baskets Fibre Much much more!

Mar 16

22 min 26 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Victoria Moran about improving your health through the teachings of yoga. Many of us have had to pivot in our jobs, businesses, and personal lives in the last year. Victoria shares how she has pivoted both in her business and with her daily routines. We talk about Ayurveda and yogic ideas and how they overlap with other cultures can be incorporated with your cultural traditions and how there is also a disconnect at times. Make sure you listen through to the end if you are wondering why more yogis are not vegan. Listed among VegNews Magazine’s “Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors” and voted PETA’s “Sexiest Vegan Over 50” in 2016, Victoria Moran has written thirteen books, including The Love-Powered Diet, Main Street Vegan, and the international bestseller, Creating a Charmed Life. Featured twice on Oprah, Moran hosts the award-winning Main Street Vegan podcast on Unity Online Radio, produced the 2019 documentary, A Prayer for Compassion, and is director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators. A vegan of thirty-seven years, Victoria lives in New York City with her husband, Rev. William Melton, founder of The Compassion Consortium, a vegan Interfaith ministry, their rescue dog Forbes, and rescue pigeon, Thunder. In this episode we discuss:  Pivoting  Looking for the little miracles  Shifting to online  Whole person health  Ayurveda  Schedules and routines  Sleep  Incorporating Ayurveda with your own culture  Feeding a dog an omelette  Spiritualism without the religion Why Aren’t more yogis vegans  

Mar 9

40 min 41 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Sachin Patel, formally known as doctor, all about his 7 Core Principles For Healing. Sachin gave up his doctor's rights as he felt like the medical system would not allow him to practice the way he wanted which is giving the patient the tools for prevention and lifestyle as “medicine”. We had a great time talking about the intention of your actions, how important vocabulary is and the 7 core principles of the mind-body approach for healing. We think they are so basic, yet so profound and you will probably be doing some of these already and you will for sure think about how you can take it to the next level or even find something to start fresh with today. This is perfect for you to share with anyone in or outside of the plant-based world. Sachin Patel is a father, husband, philanthropist, functional medicine practice success coach, speaker, author, and plant medicine advocate. Sachin is convinced that “the doctor of the future is the patient” and he has committed himself to help others raise their consciousness, activate their inner doctor, and initiate their deepest healing through the use of lifestyle, breath-work, and respectful utilization of psilocybin. Sachin founded The Living Proof Institute through which he pioneered a revolutionary approach to patient-centered healthcare. Sachin coaches hundreds of practitioners around the world so that they are empowered to deliver affordable and inspired care to their communities through his Perfect Practice Mentorship Program. He is an advocate of transforming the healthcare paradigm and he has devoted his life to the betterment of health care for both patients and practitioners. In this episode we discuss:  Finding plant-based  “If you’re trying to beat disease, more likely your going to beat your body up in the process”  The vocabulary used to retrain the brain The intention Love labels on clothing  7 core principles to the mind-body approach for healing Teachability and coach-ability  Where to start today 

Mar 2

56 min 26 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Camille Labchuck and Jessica Scott-Reid all about animal protection laws in North America. If you have ever wondered if there are laws protecting wildlife, livestock, or even your pets, this is the podcast for you. We talk about the work Camille did with Animal Justice to “Free Willie” and what they are working on now. They both talk to us about transportation laws, fur farming, Ag Gag laws, adopting animals and so much more. Camille Labchuk is an animal rights lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice—Canada’s only animal law advocacy organization. Under her leadership, Animal Justice fights legal cases in courtrooms across the country, works to pass groundbreaking new laws, and ensures industries are held accountable for illegal animal cruelty. Camille has litigated to advance animals’ legal interests at all levels of court, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. She regularly testifies before legislative committees, and was instrumental in passing a precedent-setting national ban on whale and dolphin captivity in 2019. She has filed false advertising complaints against companies making misleading humane claims; documented Canada’s commercial seal slaughter; and exposed hidden suffering behind the closed doors of farms and zoos through undercover investigations. Camille also regularly defends and protects the rights of animal advocates. Camille is a frequent lecturer on animal law, co-host of the Paw & Order podcast, and a regular contributor to national publications like the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Jessica Scott-Reid is a journalist and animal advocate. She covers animal and vegan topics for media across Canada and beyond, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press, Sentient Media, Planet Friendly News, and Tenderly Magazine. She is also a co-host of the Paw & Order Podcast. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based PETA Animal Justice Animal protection laws Transportation laws of live stock Farming laws Laws for pets Adopt don’t shop Hot topics for upcoming laws Fur farming Mink farming and COVID Whale and dolphin band Ag Gag Laws Animal Justice Academy

Feb 23

42 min 22 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we share with you a beginners guide to a plant-based diet focusing on all the vocabulary you need to know when going plant-based or vegan. There are a lot of you out there who are just starting and have not had a ton of exposure to some of the staples or ingredients. So we are going to help you get on your way to feeling like a plant-based diet and lifestyle is eventually going to be easy...or at least easier. We promise, once you are at it long enough you’ll feel like it is easy. But with everything, there is a learning curve. This podcast was inspired by one of our listeners...so thank you, Kathleen! Please share this with every newbie out there as it will save them a lot of time in the grocery store and researching online.  In this episode we discuss:  Plant-based diet Food Synonyms  Kale Nuts and seeds Protein is everywhere  How do you pronounce quinoa Pulses, legumes, beans… Nooch  Potatoes Sea veggies How to know if it’s dairy? How to know if it contains animal products? Results may vary  B12 & Vit D

Feb 16

39 min 21 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Chef Lauren D’Agostino all about creating easy meals for date night, Valentine's Day, and other special moments. Many couples are staying in and taking less time to have a date night and Valentine's day is on its way. Lauren gives us some fun ways to “fancify” or up-level everyday easy meals without spending hours in the kitchen. You will love her pantry staples, batch cooking ideas, and Valentine's Day desserts. Lauren D’Agostino is a private plant-based chef, kitchen confidence coach, speaker, and author, helping veg-curious and plant-passionate people fall in love with plant-based food. Everything she does in the kitchen is infused with fun, familiarity, and high-vibrations of love, joy, and gratitude - and often essential oils, with recipes from her cookbook. When she’s not in her kitchen cooking, she’s in the virtual kitchen, teaching self-conscious and intimidated cooks the plant-based fundamentals so they can master the intuitive bliss of healthy and flavorful meals in the day-to-day. Inspired by her career as a professional vegan chef, the global consciousness awakening, and her graceful transition into living a delicious plant-based life, she is guiding others to create lasting habits by incorporating more plants, both on and off the plate.  In this episode we discuss:  Connection  Going plant based  Getting it right  3 categories of planted staples  Shopping  Batch cooking  Easy meals  Valentine’s Day up-level ideas Valentine’s desserts  Tips for plant-based beginnings

Feb 9

38 min 17 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Stacy De-Lin all about the COVID19 vaccine. This is a topic we have not talked about before. We were quite unsure about this vaccine when it first came out. So we have been doing our due diligence and we have been looking to those we trust to provide us with facts so we can decide as a family. And that is exactly what we wanted to do for you today. Have an expert we trust to put the facts in front of you. Dr. Stacy has no agenda here other than to educate on science and protect society from continuing to be like what she has witnessed over the last 11 months. We talk about the new strains, who should and should not be vaccinated, what is really going on with reported side effects of the vaccine, and long haul COVID19 symptoms. And there was one question we didn't ask on-air but wanted you to know. Just because you were already diagnosed COVID19 positive does not mean that your body is still resistant to the mutating strains. And we talk about the strains mutating. If you’d like to hear more about that you can head over to The Plant Trainers Podcast Episode 363 with Dr. Mehta where we talk about understanding pandemics. Dr. Stacy De-Lin, MD, is a board-certified physician whose specialty and area of practice is gynecology and family planning. She worked through the height of the COVID19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 in New York City, and one of her roles as Associate Medical Director at her clinic during that time was to follow all of the emerging evidence on COVID19 to keep staff and patients safe. Since then, She’s continued to stay up-to-date on the evidence and has used her Instagram account at @stacydelin_md to make science accessible. She has been a vegan for 10 years and is an athlete and animal-rights advocate. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based Working the front line Mutations Taking necessary measures How the vaccine came out so fast Long Haul COVID19 Symptoms Scepticism Vaccine side effects Does the vaccine change your DNA? Any animal products in the vaccine? Animal testing Who should not get the vaccine? Anaphylaxis Flu shot and COVID19 vaccine COVID19 and the flu What else we need to know

Feb 2

44 min 26 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Baxter Montgomery all about complex medical illness and a prescription for better health. While Dr. Montgomery has been practicing cardiology, he has many patients with so many other illnesses that all overlap. He is doing everything he can to encourage his patients to adopt a whole food plant-based diet but finds that there are so many who are not willing to go the extra mile or are still not getting all the results they expected by doing so. You will hear how childhood, past experience, and environment set many up for their health and what fundamental approaches can be taken. Dr. Baxter Montgomery is a Board Certified Cardiologist with years of experience in the latest medical practices and nutritional health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas in Houston, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the founder and president of the Houston Cardiac Association (HCA). Having seen many patients suffer the consequences of chronic heart disease, Dr. Montgomery founded the Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center in 2006 with the mission to reverse and prevent life-threatening illnesses. Located in Houston, Texas, The Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art wellness facility complete with all the technology and resources to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care. Combining his medical practice with a food-driven lifestyle intervention, Dr. Montgomery introduces patients to a novel food classification system that helps reverse chronic conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes without medications or surgeries. He has refined this process over the past 10 years with profound positive results in severely ill patients. In addition to running Montgomery Heart & Wellness, Dr. Montgomery also does other hospital procedures and teaches young physicians. He is also the author of The Food Prescription for Better Health, a comprehensive guide for reversing chronic illnesses. In this episode we discuss:  Family Becoming a doctor Becoming plant-based Complex medical illness Suppressing symptoms vs getting better Is plant-based the answer for everyone How environment affects us Other fundamental approaches Unhealthy childhood  Better bitter breakfast  Links to things we mentioned: Plant-Based Comfort Foods – eCookBook Paw & Order Podcast Dr. Baxter Montgomery - Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Dr. Baxter Montgomery's Nutritional Boot Camp Program Your Food Prescription For Better Health by Dr. Baxter Montgomery Healthy At Last with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams - PTP390 Fiber Fueled For Better Health with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz - PTP356 Colitis and Your Gut Microbiome with Dr. Angie Sadeghi - PTP339

Jan 26

47 min 31 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Jennifer Simmons about breast cancer basics. This episode is really a treat. Dr. Jenn is so knowledgeable and no nonsense. She recounts her story of overcoming Graves Disease, overcoming COVID and giving up her successful surgical career to help others with their health in a more natural and holistic manner. You will hear all about where soy, breast exams, mammograms and meditation have their parts. Both males and females will find this episode fascinating. Dr. Jennifer Simmons is a Functional Medicine Doctor and founder of Real Health MD. She attended Jefferson Medical College, completed a general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center, and was the inaugural fellow in breast disease in Philadelphia. Dr. Simmons was one of the leaders in breast surgery and cancer care in Philadelphia for 16 years. Passionate about the idea of pursuing health rather than treating illness, she has immersed herself in the study of functional medicine and aims to provide a roadmap to those who want to know real health. Dr. Simmons frequently speaks on her health journey, and on what she has learned in the course of healing herself. She continues to serve her breast cancer population by helping them and others to achieve hormonal health. When Dr. Simmons is not working, you can find her spending time with her family, at the dog park with her three dogs, perusing her local farmers market, on the tennis court, or in the kitchen with friends cooking up a storm. In this episode we discuss:  COVID is no different than other diseases Finding plant-based Graves Disease The cause of breast cancer Men and breast cancer Soy Testing food with heart rate  Breast exams Mammograms 

Jan 19

48 min 3 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Vesanto Melina about how to adjust your diet if you are living with hypoglycemia or often get the case of being hangry! We begin by looking into this 78 year old dietician’s run in with the dairy industry and how to get enough calcium and vitamin D without the dairy products too. Then we move into managing low blood sugar levels and talk about lots of ways to make small changes to meals to stay satiated longer. You’ll love the tips you get here for children and adults and you may even find you can begin going longer stretches between meals. And of course she gives some good seasonal meal ideas. Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian is co-author of books that have won awards in the U.S. and Canada and received star rating by the American Library Association as “the go-to books” on plant-based nutrition. Most recent are Becoming Vegan (Comprehensive and Express Edition) and The Kick Diabetes Cookbook, (all with dietitian Brenda Davis). Vesanto has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and at the University of British Columbia and is a government consultant. She is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets. She is an internationally known speaker. In this episode we discuss: Community The dairy industry getting shaken up Grumpiness Transitioning ideas for compromise with family Blood sugar level Understanding hypoglycemia How to adjust your meals to keep better levels What to eat if your sugar is low Legumes for kids Getting calcium and vitamin D Some nice meals Links to things we mentioned: Biofy Limitless Greens – Grab your coupon Plant-Based Comfort Foods – eCookBook Putting An End To Picky Eaters Vesanto Melina - Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Becoming Vegan Kick Diabetes Cookbook Nourish Your Plant-Based Pregnancy with Brenda Davis - PTP383 Optimizing Plant-Based Nutrition with Reshma Shah, MD - PTP379 Plant-Based Paediatrics with Dr. Reshma Shah – PTP270 The Paleo Debate with Brenda Davis R.D. – PTP210

Jan 12

46 min 35 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and author of the book Healthy At Last. Eric shares how after years of watching his mom suffer from type 2 diabetes he too was headed down that path and what he did was not LIVE with it, but REVERSE it. He has made amazing progress with schools and hospitals adopting more plant-based and healthy options. He also shares why it’s so important for communities to start changing the quality of black culture foods and how to do that. Please share this episode with any politician or leader in your community as Eric has an important message for them as well. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was born in Brownsville and raised in South Jamaica--one of six children raised by a single mom who cleaned houses. As a young man, Eric faced homelessness, hunger and brutality at the hands of police. But instead of giving into anger, Eric joined the NYPD and fought for reform in the department. He also put himself through school, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. From the NYPD, he was elected to the State Senate, where he pushed through measures to protect tenants and workers, and advance human rights. As Brooklyn’s first Black Borough President, he has worked tirelessly to grow the local economy, reduce inequality, improve public safety, and advocate for better government. In this episode we discuss: Being full of great Finding plant-based Genetics and trajectory Planting vs burials School and hospital projects Recommendations for politicians Helping change the quality of nutrition in black Americans culture foods Respect and change Links to things we mentioned: Plant-Based Comfort Foods – eCookBook Eric Adams - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Healthy At Last by Eric Adams - Instagram, Facebook,  Twitter A Forefather of Plant-Based Nutrition, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn – PTP208

Jan 5

28 min 52 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we offer you an opportunity to create your vision and to look back on 2020 and look forward to 2021. This episode is short, but we hope you will go through it and press pause to think hard, reflect within and answer the questions. We hope this will help you find more direction and create a plan to follow your internal compass moving you towards your 2021 goals.  How to reflect on your year: In 2020, What were some of your wins? What were some of the challenges YOU had control over? Where are the gaps?  How can you take action to fill in those gaps for 2021? How do you feel with overall satisfaction in your life? By December 31, 2021, Where do you want to be professionally? Think about where you want to be financially? Where do you want to be personally/socially? Think about where you want your health to be? Where do you want your fitness to be? Where do you want your nutrition to be? 1-2 hobby/lifestyle items, where do you want them to be? How do you want to feel with overall satisfaction in your life? Let’s break that down now to know what you need to do to achieve these goals: What do you need to do? How much time do you need to do it? What days will you do it? What particular tasks need to get done during that time? How will you hold YOURSELF accountable? Do you need to find an accountability partner? Will hiring someone to do something FOR YOU help? Do you need to hire someone or take a course to LEARN HOW to do it for YOURSELF? ARE YOU COMMITTED? Write your vision statement: I am happy and grateful that I --, --, --, --, --, --, on or before Dec 31, 2021.  Write out your vision, put it on your mirror, fridge, dashboard, and even screen savers. Links to things we mentioned: Support us on Patreon 💕Please use this link to discover more about FemCity, Heart Centred Networking for women, and it will give you a referral discount I Am A Peaceful Goldfish by Shoshana Chaim, coming April 13, 2021 Our Favorite Gifts For The Holidays - PTP384

Dec 2020

19 min 35 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we have Aaron Fisher back on to talk about motivation, inspiring others, and his new book Love Letters that is hot off the presses. Aaron has become a good friend since he was last on the show. While he was training and carrying out his COVID safe, self-supported IronMan, Adam was inspired to help him out on his runs and had an athletic endeavor of his own as part of Aaron’s I AM challenge. The way Aaron talks about helping others be the best they can is quite inspiring. We also get to dive into the story beyond Love Letters, Aaron’s new book. Aaron Fisher was born with an innate passion for helping others. In his 20's he had moved to China, created a charity to facilitate schooling for kids in remote towns throughout the country, spoken globally at motivational business development seminars, and has coached fortune 500 companies like Yahoo and H&M on leadership and personal development skills. In 2014, he co-founded Copper88 - a unique garment embedded with rehabilitation and health attributes. Aaron spearheads the company's research and development team, driven by a core value system to help people all over the world feel and live better, healthier lives. Aaron Fisher is also an established photographer, mindset coach, and recently released his new book “Love Letters” in 2020. In this episode we discuss: Finding plant-based Motivation Self supported COVID Ironman  I AM Have to vs Get to Judgement  Love Letters  Writing and mental health  Links to things we mentioned: Plant-Based Comfort Foods – eCookBook Get your “Plantpower” Toque Aaron Fisher - Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Podcast Peaces of Possibility The Book - Love Letters by Aaron Fisher Copper88 Setting Intentions with The Awakening Self Aaron Fisher – PTP284

Dec 2020

39 min 45 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Nital Jethalal all about food and nutrition economics, or plant-based econ as the cool kids are calling it these days. Have you ever wondered what the impact would be if everyone went 80, 90, or even 100% plant-based? What effect would that have on the environment, the economy, and even the healthcare systems? What about meat taxes? We take a deeper look at that in today’s show. Nital is a smart guy and you’ll be intrigued by this conversation for sure. Nital Jethalal is a Toronto-based nutrition economics researcher. He was introduced to the benefits and wonders of whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) living as a teenager. After working in strategic policy at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in 2008, he started to wonder what would happen if Canadians went largely plant-based. Over ten years later, Nital founded Plant-Based Economics, is one of three researchers behind Plant-Based Data, and is increasingly active in food strategy in Toronto. He sits on the Board of Directors for both the Toronto Vegetarian Association (acting president) and the Toronto Veg Food Bank. He is currently focused on initiatives that help the city achieve climate change emission targets and initiatives that foster greater adoption of plant-based foods throughout the city. Nital has a MSc in Economics from Queen’s University and an E-Cornell certificate in plant-based nutrition. He is also a certified reiki practitioner and ashtanga yoga teacher. In this episode we discuss: Community Finding plant-based What if everyone went plant-based? Plant-based Economics Health Economics Nutrition Economics Celebrating the rise of Veganism Rise in plant-based and changes in animal industry Meat tax Actionable steps Plant-based data TVA Links to things we mentioned: Plant-Based Comfort Foods – eCookBook Nital Jethalal - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Plant-Based Economics - Website, Instgram, Twitter Plant-Based Data - Website, Twitter, Medium Toronto Vegetarian Association Animal Agriculture and The Origin of Pandemics with Dr. Tushar Mehta - PTP363 Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases with Dean Ornish - PTP295 Effects of Food with The Creator of The Glycemic Index, Dr. David Jenkins – PTP266 Why You Should Grow Your Own Food with James Marin - PTP354 Animal Justice Beyond Animal - The Growth Of The Ethical, Cruelty-Free, Sustainable Economy Cruelty-Free Investing

Dec 2020

42 min 1 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Oren Epstein, owner of Bio Raw about the importance of supporting local and sustainable businesses. This has always been an important issue. We find it even more pressing these days due to COVID19 as more and more small, local and vegan businesses are shutting the doors temporarily or for good. You’ll hear about why and how to choose local and organic and how every small purchase can make a big impact. As a local Toronto food innovator, Oren Epstein is on a mission to usher in a conscious shift within the marketplace towards real, organic, whole plant-based foods. He is committed to producing vegan and organic nutrient-dense products that are designed by a nutritionist. He is also the founder of The Vegan Broker, a company that exclusively works with brands that produce the healthiest and cleanest products, and which are always free from animal products. Across Canada and the United States, Oren is aspiring to support global awareness in the retail market by dedicating his career to exclusively representing vegan brands. His vision is a cleaner, greener, plant-based society. In this episode we discuss: Challenges of small businesses Pivoting Voting with your dollar What has changed in small business Supporting local Why organic A message to other small businesses How to support local businesses What is Bio Raw? Finding plant-based and vegan Vegan and healthy Links to things we mentioned: Plant-Based Comfort Foods – eCookBook Get your “Plantpower” Toque Oren Epstein - LinkedIn, The Vegan Broker Bio Raw - Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Brain On Plants and Sustainable Clothing with Zale and Stacey - PTP347

Dec 2020

31 min 11 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Kartikeya Talreja all about Ayurveda, one of the oldest health systems in the world which originated in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurveda believes that most diseases originate with imbalances in the digestive system. We dive into the three different types of constitutions, or Doshas, and their characteristics. We also have a look at their elements and what each dosha should be eating. Kartikeya is a certified Ayurvedic nutritionist and lifestyle coach. He helps people eat wholesome nourishing food, in sync with their natural constitution, by nature's rhythms and seasons to enhance well-being and promote healing through the wisdom of Ayurveda. He offers unique customized nutrition plans, recipes, and helps with menu planning if needed based on every person's unique constitution and needs.  In this episode we discuss:  Vegetarian to vegan  What is Ayurveda? 5 elements  3 Constitutions  State of imbalance  What to eat  Links to things we mentioned: Plant-Based Comfort Foods - eCookBook Kartikeya Talreja - Website, Instagram, Facebook Meditation For Kids Meditation & Visualization With Harley Monte - PTP018 Setting Intentions with The Awakening Self Aaron Fisher – PTP284

Dec 2020

43 min 53 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we let you in on our favorite things that you should totally know about that can make great gifts for the holidays or you may even be able to get a hold of on Black Friday. We always appreciate you being here and we know you must enjoy the show. Some of these items that would make great gifts come with promo codes and discounts to you that help pay some podcasting bills. And when you click through our Plant Trainers Amazon site, you don’t pay a cent more, but we get a tiny gratitude from Amazon that helps fund our interns.  In this episode we discuss:  Small bits of algae and hush weighted blankets,  Bright Biofy smoothies and air fried Brussel nuggets, Black bean chilli boiled up in an instant pot,  These are a few of our favorite things to shop. Pink salt lamps and gel for your muscles, Kids books and cookbooks and bicycle trainers, Only what we use for ourselves is what we sing, These are a few of our favorite things. Links to things we mentioned: Biofy Limitless Greens – Grab your coupon Hush Blanket - get $35 off with code: PLANTTRAINERS35 ENERGYBits – use “planttrainers” at checkout for a discount! Find more at planttrainers.com/384 

Nov 2020

30 min 11 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Brenda Davis all about plant-based pregnancy and her new book Nourish. If you are wondering if a plant-based pregnancy is safe, what the risks are, and how to make sure you are getting all your micronutrients, then you will not be disappointed. Brenda gives scientific support on how to manage a plant-based pregnancy and if a raw food diet should even be an option. And of course, she talks about the best options for formula if breastfeeding is a non-option and what you need to know about solids, fats, and nuts when the baby starts eating foods. Please share this with anyone in childbearing years (or their parents), as this knowledge is very important for them.  Brenda needs no introduction as she has been a guest on the show before and is so widely known and respected... But here is what you should know in case she is new to you. Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a pioneer in plant-based nutrition and an internationally acclaimed speaker. As a prolific nutrition and health writer, she has co-authored 12 books with nearly a million copies in print in 15 languages. Her most recent works include Nourish with pediatrician Dr. Reshma Shah (to be released TODAY Nov. 2020), Kick Diabetes Essentials (2019), and The Kick Diabetes Cookbook (2018). Brenda has been the lead clinical nutrition specialist in lifestyle medicine research and demonstration programs in the Marshall Islands and Lithuania.  In this episode we discuss: Is the vegan and vegetarian diet safe for pregnancy? How to talk to your doctor  Omegas, conversions, choline, and protein Canada’s Food Guide  What about fish and eggs?  Raw pregnancy  Formula information  Fat and solid foods  Nuts and allergies  Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families

Nov 2020

48 min 41 sec

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Darin Olien about superfoods and of course the famous Netflix docu-series called “Down to Earth with Zac Efron”. It was a real treat having some deep conversations with Darin about the supplement industry, toxicity in our foods, and of course everyday superfoods. We asked a lot of questions about what built up towards creating Down To Earth as well as what may be next. We do cover the devastating fires that took Darin's home and burned down the trees on his land, and discussed if there is something we can do to prevent these fires in the future.  Darin Olien is a co-host with Zac Efron on the widely popular Netflix docu-series called “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” and host of the #1 Health & Wellness podcast The Darin Olien Show. Darin is also a highly recognized exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and author of the New York Times bestseller book, “SuperLife: The five fixes that will keep you healthy, fit and eternally awesome.” Darin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition and a Masters in Psychology. He has worked with numerous well-known health companies to create outstanding products and services. Darin is also the Director of Strategic Alliances and the Global Health Ambassador for APPICS, a revolutionary new social media platform monetizing passion and content through cryptocurrency and block chain. In this episode we discuss:  Finding superfoods and his journey to the health path  The supplement industry  Naiveté Toxicity  Small steps  His Book SuperLife  Everyday superfoods  Broccoli sprouts  Organic The driving force behind Down To Earth Losing his home to fire 

Nov 2020

49 min 15 sec