Marcus Watts was the epitome of health and "in-shape". He played professional basketball, sported an eight (8%) percent bodyfat and was chiseled in his appearance. All this looked perfect on the outside, then two (2) blood clots were discovered and Marcus suddenly found himself going through a near death experience. Marcus set out to find how he could regain his health, ensure continued health and leave behind the prescriptions that Doctors now wanted him to take the rest of his life, including blood thinners that left him subject to potentially bleeding to death should an accident occur. Marcus researched and discovered the healing effects of Plantbased - Vegan, instituted this way into his life, dropped all the medicines and continuous doctor visits and now he feels the best he's ever felt and has opened his own gym and trains everyone from youth athletes to professional athletes. You can find out more about him and his incredible wealth of knowledge at Click Here for his website: Www.VeganTransition.com
John Oberg takes MASSIVE action to helping animals. John is the Social Media Director and Rockstar for the Humane League and through the tireless efforts of himself and his growing group of dedicated interns, the knowledge is being spread to more and more people about the Health, Environmental and Animal Benefits of a Plantbased - Vegan lifestyle. John breaks down his journey, the impact of special people like his mother and how we can all help in a variety of ways. Check out all his information at: Click Here
Brenden Fitzgerald of Planet Protein and great friend of the VeganTourGuide stops back by the show to catch us up with all the great things going on with his company. He has a lot going on with the release of his AWESOME Protein Bars, he dishes on something secret he has in the works and tells us about the additions of great pro athletes Devin Fuller from the NFL and Wilson Chandler of the NBA. Brenden's passion is obvious and you will hear great insights to increase your knowledge as well as about the growth and goals of this company that is growing and giving in great strides! Check them out at Planet Protein Site and Find out more about the great charity organization he's involved with: 1% For the Planet.
Chef Wanda with the Humane Society of the US joined the VeganTourGuide podcast to discuss her amazing journey of two (2) transformations: Transforming a dining hall at the University of North Texas they named Mean Greens to a 100% Plantbased - Vegan Dining Hall and the INCREDIBLE success that resulted AND her transformation to Plantbased herself while going through this. (She was NOT plantbased when tasked with changing the dining hall over which adds an incredible aspect to this remarkable changeover at the dining hall).
"Our Health Is Our Greatest Wealth" is the mantra for Sandra. Sandra is the creative force behind her website and pathway to helping others: The Goodness Glow. She stops by the VeganTourGuide Podcast to share information about her journey and give great insight as to why we need to remember to focus on all areas of our life, remembering to put goodness IN and ON our body and in doing so our lives will be so much richer and healthier.
Renee Demarsh is a ROCKSTAR school teacher from Cape Cod that emphasizes to her students the importance of setting goals. Renee also wants to lead by example and so set a goal...a BIG Goal: Running the World Marathon Challenge which is: Seven (7) Marathons in Seven (7) Days on Seven (7) Continents, YES, you read that correctly! Renee discusses how her switch to a Plantbased - Vegan eating regimen aides her in her running and her recovery and how it even helped her beat race times in her fifties compared to race times on the same course twenty (20) years ago! You can find out more about Renee in our blogpost about her at: http://vegantourguide.com/2017/10/renee-demarsh/
Gabriella Luisa aka "Busy Vegan Life" (On Instagram) joins us on this edition of the VeganTourGuide Podcast to tell the awesome story of her journey. Gabriella was someone (like many people) that was very conscious of her appearance and weight. She then had two (2) life events: she lost her father due to health reasons and while on holiday/vacation in Australia, ran into some "Vegans" who shared knowledge with her about the plantbased - vegan life and so she made a change. She adopted the plantbased - vegan life and she joined a gym. Flash forward: she gets talked into entering a bikini competition and takes Second (2nd)!!! She now is preparing for the British Bikini FINALS that she qualified to participate in! You MUST see the pictures of her journey in her blogpost at Click Here to see exactly "where she started and where she is now". It is inspiring and more inspiring is to hear how humble she is about all these changes and now all the effort she puts into helping others because as she says: "If I can do this, ANYONE can do this."
Will Tucker, Four (4) Time Bodybuilding Champion, Fitness Trainer, National Speaker, Virtual Trainer and all around machine stops by the Vegan TourGuide Podcast to tell his journey about how he became plantbased - vegan and how he was able to become the bodybuilding champion that he is. He shares his regimen advice, insights into eating (he discusses fasting too) and he also shares what he's working on (spoiler alert, he's got a way to make sure there is NOWHERE you can hide from a Power Packed Will Tucker live personal training session!)
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Eddie Garza is the Senior Manager of Food and Nutrition for the Humane Society of the United States and he joins us today on the Vegan TourGuide podcast and you will INSTANTLY hear and feel his strong passion for what he does.
Eddie's journey to Plantbased - Vegan includes dropping 150 pounds when he changed his life and that number serves as a symbol in his new book with 150 recipes in his book to recognize those pounds dropped.
Eddie has implemented plantbased - vegan cooking programs all over the place and when I asked him how he was so successful in different types of areas at implementing, he told me that he always learned the demographic makeup in the areas and then create vegan dishes out of popular "traditional meat dishes" in those areas, essentially "meeting people where they are at" and this instantly prompted me to remark that he truly is the "Vegan Food Chameleon" for his unique ability to enter into these different areas, "morph" his meals to fit the area he's in and be successful.
You'll hear all about it in this episode and can read the full blog also at: Click Here for More of Eddie Garza
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Visit the Humane Society "Meat Free" at: Click Here
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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.
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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 Www.VeganTourGuide.com 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: Www.TheCantrellReview.com and get ALL of your insurance needs in good health just like you focus on the rest of your health.
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.
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
Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN, author of the blog: Www.WholeGreenWellness.com 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: www.VegetarianNutrition.net with tons of great stuff about Vegetarian and Vegan - Plantbased.
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
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.
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
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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 VeganTourGuide.com
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:
Exciting Up and Coming Company: Www.TomatoSushi.com
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
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.
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.
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."
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!
You can reach out to Amy here: AmyWebster@HumaneSociety.Org
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
Awesome Program she co-created: The Dairy Detox Program
Delish Book She Co-Authored: Friendly Vegan Cookbook
And some awesome organizations that she works with:
Check her out, she is doing a LOT to spread the message and help many!