Vegan TourGuide

The Podcast dedicated to bringing you all the information you need on the Plant Based - Vegan Diet and Lifestyle. If you are currently already on a Plant Based - Vegan Diet or just gathering information or easing your way into it, this show is for you. Plant Based - Vegan Athletes, Chefs, Students, Parents, Business Owners, Doctors and everyone in between will be brought on this show to share information, tips, and encouragement. Life is an adventure, so it's always great to have a solid TourGuide to help you on your journey. Pura Vida.
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Sep 18, 2017

Chef James "Jimmy" Corwell, Visionary Master Chef and Founder of Ocean Hugger Foods joins us on this edition of the Vegan TourGuide Podcast.  He discusses his "Aha" Moment that occurred during a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo led him to starting Ocean Hugger Foods and the first product launched: Ahimi which is a Tuna Sushi replacement using:  Tomatoes....YES, Tomatoes!  Listen to his incredible story and the passion he has for being instrumental in change.  As he states during our podcast: "Chefs need to be leaders in the industry of creating plantbased products to save the environment".

Chef Corwell is one of only a handful of Certified Master Chefs and a former instructor at the Culinary School of America and is leading the way for plantbased products replacing animal products.

Visit Ocean Hugger Foods at Click Here

Follow Ocean Hugger Foods on Facebook at Click Here

Order the Ahimi Poke Bowl from at Click Here

Sep 4, 2017

Ken Botts, the Food and Nutrition Director for the Humane Society of the United States stops by the Vegan TourGuide to discuss his journey and his journey through the food industry and the INCREDIBLE changes he and his team are making in Cafeteria's across the nation and now internationally!  He shares the incredible story of the University of North Texas Dining Hall and how they transformed an underperforming Dining Hall into a 100% Vegan - Plantbased Dining Hall and the results will blow you away.

We want to give a big shoutout to all you listeners that help us spread the message by spreading our podcast on to others and getting others to check out other podcasts and blogposts at and we want to thank our good friend John Cantrell and his team at H.B. Cantrell Insurance that have been so supportive behind the scenes of what we do and now are helping sponsor the show which allows us to deliver more to YOU.  If you're in the SouthEastern US, visit: and get ALL of your insurance needs in good health just like you focus on the rest of your health.

Jun 3, 2017

Ella Magers joins me on this edition of the Vegan TourGuide Podcast.  Listen to see how her journey includes Daniel Boone, Yes, THAT Daniel Boone, becoming one of the Top Fifty Hottest Trainers by SHAPE Magazine and winning the Bikini Division in her Fitness Competition and taking her drive to attain these accomplishments (and many others you'll hear about) and use this platform to instill drive in others and show them anything IS possible with a Plantbased - Vegan Lifestyle.  Check out her Post I've put up on the website: Click Here to find all her information and links to what we discussed.

May 28, 2017

Erin Fergus is busting onto the bodybuilding scene having won BOTH of her last Shows, each in a different category WNBF Fit Body and OCB Women's Physique AND she secured a Pro Card with EACH win!  As far as she knows, she is the ONLY Plantbased - Vegan  Bodybuilder to do this in these categories!  Erin has a tremendous amount of knowledge and passion that she shares in this episode of the Vegan TourGuide Podcast.  She comments on her journey, training advice, eating advice, her "WHY", also you'll find out she and I discovered that her being Vegan saved the lives of others.  LOL.  You can find all the show note information at: Click Here for Notes and Summary

May 21, 2017

Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN, author of the blog: stops by the podcast today to talk about her journey and also give her advice on why "Keeping Compassion Your Core" will give you the "why" that will keep you going.  Taylor discusses her approach to our pursuit of health and how she approaches "diets" and stopping the body shaming that still exists today.

Taylor gave us recommendations for a great book: Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina and she also suggests a a very informative website: with tons of great stuff about Vegetarian and Vegan - Plantbased.

May 13, 2017

In this VeganTourGuide Episode we welcome Shonda Caines to the show.  Shonda brings her incredible energy and passion as we talk about everything from her journey to dropping 90lbs in a year to running three (3) marathons, Two (2) 5K's and a Fifty Miler in only Thirty-three (33) days, YES, only Thirty-three (33) days!  Shonda shares her tips for training, foods to eat, in-race performance tips and she even shares her secret weapon: Green Marley!  Get all the show notes at VeganTourGuide Website

May 7, 2017

Diane came on the show to tell us about her company: The Naked Tart and you'll find out that besides having a way cool business name, she also has a cool story about her journey to a plantbased - vegan lifestyle.  You'll hear about the story of the motivation for her company and how the motivation came from a conversation she overheard while standing in line.  (A constant reminder for all of us to always be PRESENT IN THE MOMENT as we never know where inspiration and/or motivation will find us).  She saw a way that she could use her skills to make a positive difference and at the same time do something she has a passion for....isn't that what life is all about?  Thanks so much to Diane for sharing with us on this show and for exposing the world to...The Naked Tart.

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Apr 30, 2017

Theresa Longo joins us on this episode of the VeganTourGuide and discusses her journey to a Plantbased - Vegan Lifestyle, her passions and how she's taking a stand.  She also discusses her personal brand and how she balances her many passions of being an Actress, Former Ms. Italy N. America, Fitness Expert (Check out the cool stuff she's doing with Skype), Brand Ambassador and she stays true to her core of being Plantbased - Vegan while doing all of this and how she uses these principles to guide her decisions.

Check out her website: Click Here

Check her out on Facebook: Click Here


Apr 23, 2017

We welcome Dr. Pam Popper onto this edition of the VeganTourGuide Podcast.  Dr. Pam has been involved for twenty (20) years now spreading knowledge and information about our health and how to maximize our health and the pitfalls that await us if we don't follow a proper diet and educate ourselves.  

Dr. Pam's Wellness Forum (Click Here) is FULL of information, including online courses you can take on a wide variety of topics.  Dr. Pam answers commonly asked questions such as "Is there a certain food I should take for heart health, cognitive function, etc?" Dr. Pam tells us the story about transitioning her life from "Unintentional Living" to "Living with Intention" a MUST topic for all of us.  You can find links to all of Dr. Pam's websites and videos and books and social media at Pam's Blog On

Apr 23, 2017

David Benzaquen, founder of PlantBased Solutions stops by the VeganTourGuide Podcast to share his journey to Plantbased - Vegan and the path that led to starting his company.  PlantBased Solutions is a very innovative concept within this space because it focuses on assisting Plantbased - Vegan Companies in different stages of getting their company to the market, advising them and "making innovative plantbased products more accessible, desirable and affordable."

You can email David at David's Email

Find Out More Great Info about his company: Plantbased Solutions

Books Suggested by David:

Mission In A Bottle by Seth Goldman

Raising the Bar by Gary Erickson

Exciting Up and Coming Company:

Apr 18, 2017

This is a very fun podcast series that myself (VeganTourGuide) and my friend Danielle Reutter are doing to chronicle her return to the main stage (literally) as she prepares for her return to the IFBB Bodybuilding Stage, after a break for kids and life and this time with a "twist"....she's Plantbased-Vegan.  We will talk about what's going on, how her training is going, what she eats, the workouts she does, everything to give people a glimpse into the life of someone preparing for the Big Stage AND doing it all with the incredible benefits of a rocking Plantbased - Vegan Eating Regimen.  You can also follow her journey on her facebook group: Danielle's Facebook Page

Apr 5, 2017

Kacie Smagacz is a rockstar that the World needs MORE of in it!  She is the owner of Move That Dough Baking Company Move That Dough Baking Company, however she does SO much more.  She is constantly finding ways to give back and help others and her time on the podcast with us demonstrates that.  She has an incredible journey personally and it is only enhanced by all of her passion and energy she puts out.

Apr 1, 2017

So what do you do when you've just started on a new path in your life (in this case a plantbased - vegan journey) and you feel  like there is something missing in the market and you feel called to make a difference?  Well, that is the story of Brenden Fitzgerald and his company, Planet Protein.  Brenden discusses in this podcast episode his journey to plantbased - vegan, the inspiration for his incredible protein bars (I've had them and can attest that they are AWESOME) and his tips for eating, working out, etc.

Mar 12, 2017

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau joins the VeganTourGuide Podcast today to share her vast knowledge about a Plantbased - Vegan Lifestyle, how she found her passion and followed it.  Colleen stays ACTIVE, she has Seven (7) Books (so far) and is the host of the Food for Thought Podcast (Eleven Years of "Addressing all aspects of living healthfully and compassionately" and Animalogy Podcast which is her newest podcast that "discusses animal-related words and expressions we use every day and how they reflect and affect our relationship with animals."

Colleen discusses her "30 Day Vegan Challenge" Program that approaches this transformation in people in all areas of their lives, not just "here are some recipes". Colleen provides information on how to talk to co-workers, family members, what to cook for kids, and everything in between that people encounter on this new journey in their life.  You can find out more here: 30 Day Vegan Challenge

You can find out more about Colleen on her site: Visit Colleen

Colleen advises people to take the steps they're capable of, some people will transition right away to Plantbased - Vegan and others will make one (1) change at a time.  However what she doesn't want to happen is for people to do nothing because they can't make a lot of changes all at once.  Colleen shared a great statement with us that is so appropriate: "Don't do nothing because you can't do everything.  Do something.  Anything."

Mar 10, 2017

Amy Webster, a Food and Nutrition Coordinator for the Humane Society stops by the VeganTourGuide and it was a blast!  Amy talks about her journey to a Plantbased - Vegan Lifestyle and how volunteering in High School at a Wildlife Rehab Center laid the groundwork for what would eventually lead her to the career she loves with the Humane Society.  Amy also gave us some COOL tips on the ChickPea snack that she loves making (I tried making it after the show and EVEN I could make it, so it's definitely a simple and cool and delicious dish!)

Great work is being done with the Humane Society and their outreach program at Schools, Universities, Hospitals and other institutions to not only implement but TRAIN the kitchen staff on how to prepare and cook Plantbased - Vegan Meals ensuring they will taste GREAT!  Incredible concept and forward thinking by the Humane Society, LOVE IT!

Get more info at: HumaneSociety.Org/MeatlessMonday or ForwardFood

You can reach out to Amy here: AmyWebster@HumaneSociety.Org

Mar 7, 2017

Michelle Cehn stops by the VeganTourGuide and tells us all about her super cool journey to a Plantbased - Vegan Lifestyle and devotion to the spread of compassion and awareness to animals and their plight.  Michelle stays BUSY and she does it all so well because it is her core passion and so everything she is doing is never work, always fulfilling her "why" in life.  You'll find a lot more information in the Blog Post about her  View The Post Here and here are resources for her:

Youtube: World Of Vegan On YouTube

Michelle Cehn Website    World Of Vegan Website

Awesome Program she co-created: The Dairy Detox Program

PlantBased Meal Plan

Delish Book She Co-Authored: Friendly Vegan Cookbook

Instagram Accounts: or or


And some awesome organizations that she works with:

VeganCuts and VeganOutreach

Check her out, she is doing a LOT to spread the message and help many!

Mar 4, 2017

Shabaka Amen stops by the VeganTourGuide Podcast to talk about his one of a kind Fitness Bootcamps: PlantFit BootCamp.  He brings a holistic approach to working out, incorporating years of fitness knowledge and experience with his "Innercise Meditation" and extensive knowledge of PlantBased - Vegan Nutrition to bring maximum results.  Shabaka began exercising at just five (5) years of age and hasn't looked back since.  He has been a a large influence on many people, including myself when I was introduced to him when I first started on my Plantbased - Vegan Journey and wanted a Fitness Coach that was also Plantbased - Vegan.  You can get in touch with Shabaka on Instagram: @PlantFitBody and Facebook: shabaka.amen and email him at and Check Out his website: PlantFit Gym to learn more about his revolutionary PlantBased Bootcamp!

Mar 1, 2017

Curt Albright "had it all": Great Job, Great Income, Financial Freedom, seemingly what is the dream.  Yet, he felt "his insides just weren't right" and knew there was something missing.  Curt tells his story and how it led to a book that changed his life: "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman to a Video of a speech by Phillip Wollen that made a huge impact in his life: Phillip Wollen Speech and then his eventual involvement (BIG INVOLVEMENT) in the Humane League and being a major driving force of opening the Charlotte, NC location.  Curt then became heavily involved in the Charlotte VegFest and seeing the numbers grow in a few short years from hundred in attendanc to thousands.  Curt summed it up during our interview when he said: "His world was getting smaller and smaller (while he was centered on himself and how much money he was making with his job, etc) and now it's the opposite, his world is getting BIGGER and BIGGER".  Such great perspective and great things he is doing.

Feb 26, 2017

Toni Okamoto stopped by the VeganTourGuide Podcast to settle another MYTH that exists when people talk about a PlantBased - Vegan Diet: It is too expensive.  Toni has the awesome website: Plantbased On A Budget that breaks down into simple to make (100% Mike approved for their simplicity) and great tasting and VERY inxpensive!  As in $25.00 per week inexpensive!  She tells you how to do this, discusses her in life that lead her to a Plantbased - Vegan Lifestyle and why she decided to start her website AND talk about the MANY other things she has going on to spread the word.  Oh and did I tell you she was kind enough to do all of this on her birthday?  She rocks!  You can visit her on all social media at: PlantBasedOnABudget and she also has another website as well:  PlantBased Meal Plan.

Feb 21, 2017

Julieanna Hever stops by the VeganTourGuide Podcast and we learn what happens when you bring somebody that has appeared on multiple tv shows, has her own TV show (What Would Julieanna Do?), Best Selling Author, Awesome TedEX Presenter, Columnist for the VegNews Magazine and SO much more...what happens is you get someone VERY passionate about what she is doing and you get a LOT of knowledge.  You can check out more about Julieanna on her website: Julieanna's Website.  You will find out about the "B12 Question" everyone always asks and then about IRON and best ways to care for your skin, tips for fitness, you name it.  She talks about health, planstbased - vegan eating and how to gradually move to this type of lifestyle.

Feb 17, 2017

Kristie Middleton, Senior Director for Food Policy of the Humane Society stops by the podcast to deliver her story along with a LOT of knowledge!  She has a great new book coming out titled "Meatless" and you can Order Her Book Here .  She tells her story and you will find out how she owes it all to: Pete, Casey and Tinkerbell.  She tells us many cool facts including: Did you know that Meatless Mondays was actually started by the US Government?  Go see what Kristie is up to at:

Feb 9, 2017

So, Robbi stopped by the podcast and shared, she shared a LOT, a lot of knowledge, a lot about her journey and a lot of personal tough periods and how she overcame them.  I appreciated her sharing everything, especially her tough periods because I know in life it will resonate with some listening to this podcast and by sharing, she will be helping others.  She has a very cool website: (Go check it out) where you will see cool recipes (I mean she's a Rocking Culinary Chef ya know) and she brings great information, here is an example of the "intro" to one of her dishes:  

"Sometimes a dish is so delectable that it requires very little of an introduction.  So here goes: this dessert is packed full of Phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and plant based protein.  There is no refined sugar.  No dairy, No gluten. In other words, this dessert is actually kinda healthy!"

Enjoy this podcast and spread the word:

Feb 4, 2017

Francesca joins us on this episode of VeganTourGuide and she brings great positive energy and a great story that so many people can relate to and learn from.  She "puts it out there" about her life starting at an early age with medications and how those medications affected her and her journey to reclaim her true self.  She started researching (you'll tell from the podcast that she has self-taught herself a LOT of knowledge) and through this researching, she found the ways to reverse her ailments and in turn continues to pay it forward to others in conversation and also via her Blog at: and you can find her on Instagram: @YoungBrokeAndGlutenFree.  You'll love her story and not to mention you'll find out the story behind "Lil Avocado".

Feb 1, 2017

Anthony brings a great story about how he turned a lifetime of being as he describes "the biggest kid in class" and by biggest, he wasn't referring to The Rock.  Anthony is a listener to the VeganTourGuide podcast and was kind enough to reach out to send a message supporting the podcast and we started talking and once it was figured out that Anthony had a very cool story himself, well, I definitely wanted him on the show!  Anthony had been overweight practically his entire life, starting in childhood and discusses his "breakthrough moment" and when he decided to make changes and how switching to a Plant Based - Vegan Eating regimen helped him accomplish his goals then and still to this day.

Jan 26, 2017

I had an awesome time with Ellen Jaffe Jones on this edition of the Vegan TourGuide Podcast!  She brings an INCREDIBLE amount of knowledge (I mean she's up to four (4) books so far that she's written to relay her knowledge to put it in perspective) plus she's a frequent speaker at conferences all over the place, most recently at the Plant Pure Summit 2016 Conference.  She grew up surrounded by illnesses in her family and loved ones and seeing this made her determined to make positive changes in her life which set her on this path.

She can be reached at and her four (4) books are: Paleo Vegan, Kitchen Divided, Eat Vegan on $4 A Day and Vegan Fitness for Mortals and be found on her website for purchase.  

Many thanks for her coming on and joining me today and I know you'll enjoy this conversation with her!

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