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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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!

Jan 19, 2017

Jason Rash is a great friend and someone that joins the podcast today to tell his story.  Jason talks about growing up in Alabama on traditional southern fried food and to his "dare" to eat a vegetable off the shoneys' salad bar (can we say tipping point in his life).  Jason then tells the remarkable story of his son's diagnosis of autism and the determination and COMMITMENT of Jason and his awesome wife Brooke to find a way to BEAT this and how the Plant Based - Vegan Lifestyle took away all of these parts of autism and they now have an incredible son (that loves to upstage them on their FB live shows, lol).  Jason tells about his daily meals that give him all the fuel he needs to complete ten (10) INTENSE workouts per week including his one of a kind salad invention.  There is a LOT of energy on this show today and you will feed off of it in your lives, I guarantee it.  You can reach Jason and Brooke Rash on Facebook at TheSocialCircle or or Jason Rash on Facebook.

Here is the recipe for his rockstar Raw Cacao Hemp Shake:


Almond Butter (if it doesn't slide out of the jar, you've got the wrong kind)

Chia Seeds

2 Bananas

Unsweetened Almond Milk


Raw Cacao Powder (unsweetened)

BOOM!!! Launch the Rocket!

Jan 14, 2017

David Clark's story is amazing.  Listen to how he overcame the obstacles in front oh him to go from not being able to run more than FIFTEEN Seconds to Running ULTRA-MARATHONS over ONE HUNDRED Miles! He tells how Plant Based -Vegan plays a role in his training and life.

Find out more about David at:

Check out his awesome cause that he is supporting:

Pick up his book: "OUT THERE: A Story of Ultra Recovery" on Amazon today.

Jan 12, 2017

Maddie stops by to tell us her journey to going to a Plant Based - Vegan Diet and even drops a little known fact about the "peta loophole". She does great work with spreading the word about plant based in addition to her phenomenal work as Grassroots Director the Humane League.

You can get in touch with Maddie at: or visit the site at


Jan 7, 2017

David Carter, aka the 300 Pound Vegan stops by the show.  He has an incredible story to tell about switching to a Vegan - Plant Based Diet WHILE IN THE NFL!  Wait, switching WHILE you are among the most elite athletes on the Planet and you play on the Defensive Line and need to be 300 pounds? Hear all about it.  He brings incredible knowledge about working out, his food staples for adding muscle mass and then he tells you about his Passion and Mission in life to help the Food Deserts in the US that need to be addressed.  He has a book coming out this year titled "Oppression In The Food System" so be on the lookout for it. You can follow him at: 

Dec 28, 2016

Lara Foldvari joined the podcast today and brought a great perspective of being a "newbie" vegan, since she has been following a plant based lifestyle for less than a year.  Listen as she gives her tale of being "tricked" into going to a Plant Based Vegan Diet (funny story) and even her ideas for "sneaky vegan meals" to serve to people. You can find Lara at:

She recommends the book:

WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell

She recommends this website for info on Vegan Cheese's:

She even provided us with the "word of the day" REJUVELAC which she describes how she uses this process.  

Here is her recipe for Vegan Mozarella she was kind enough to share:

1/3 Cup Raw Cashews (Soaked for about 4 hours in water)

1 Cup Water (filtered suggested)

3 heaping teaspoons potato starch (can use tapioca starch also)

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.  Pour into a saucepan and stir, stir, stir over a medium heat.  It will start THICKEN and STRETCH -much like mozzarella does. You're done!  Store leftover in a container in the fridge.  She uses this on her vegan pizza's and vegan poutine (a french fries/gravy/cheese dish from Canada).


Dec 17, 2016

Hailee stopped by the podcast today and shared a LOT of knowledge on how to juggle being a Full Time Mom (she has two (2) little girls, 4 1/2 and 1 1/2) AND she works in her business AND she balances time with her husband AND she maintains a Plant Based Diet for the entire family. WOW!  She talks about great plant based meals for kids, great "go to" meals for when you're having company over for dinner and they aren't plant based eaters and you want to prepare them a great plant based meal that will appeal to their tastebuds.  She has an awesome website: (yes, there is NOT an "e" in kitchen just to clarify).  She gives great advice on "hiding stuff" in the smoothies for her kids to ensure they love the flavor and get their nutrients at the same time.  She also recommends the book: "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Dec 15, 2016

Jenna and Jake (aka the corndog kid, explained in the show, lol) the rockstar husband and wife Health Duo stopped by the VeganTourGuide Podcast today and spread a LOT of knowledge.  Jenna gives great insight on Whole Foods and Free Radicals and everything we need to remember to get into our diet and the great news is that with a Plant Based Diet, we are getting many of these.  She does remind us that with the depletion of many of the nutrients in our soil over the years of factory farming, we have to be mindful to find ways to ensure that we are getting all the nutrient levels that we need (you'll be amazed when she tells you how many servings of fruits and veggies we really need every day to reach optimal levels due to the lowered amount in today's fruits and veggies versus a generation ago) so she talks about ways to do this including an incredible product called JuicePlus.  I've also been taking this product for over five (5) years myself and can attest to it's many great benefits.  Here is a link to more information:  Pura Vida Everyone!

Nov 23, 2016

In this episode of the Vegan TourGuide, Julia stops by to talk about her business: Nourish, a company devoted to making INCREDIBLE Plant Based Meals and then delivering them to clients.  She has a LOT of knowledge and great insight for people at all stages of their Plant Based Journey.

Nov 23, 2016

Hi, I'm Mike Knight and this is the "background" information on my journey to a plant based diet and lifestyle and why I created the Vegan TourGuide.  It doesn't matter if you're just gathering information, a long time vegan or somewhere in between, this show is for you.

Nov 23, 2016

Join us as we talk with Joel Johns about his journey from hearing from his doctor that he needed to make changes to his diet and lifestyle and how that turned into his journey to a Plant Based Diet and turning into an Ultra Marathon Runner (hint: that's a LOT of miles to run at one time).

Nov 23, 2016

Elle is someone that was there "in the very beginning" for my journey to a Plant Based Diet and developing the Vegan TourGuide.  Her pay it forward attitude to help others is a big part of why I'm doing this right now.  She has incredible insight, positive energy and knowledge about the Plant Based Diet and Lifestyle and shares it here with us.

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