October 16, 2019
Is it possible to make massive muscle gains without any animal products? How can you shed those last few pounds without relying on boring meals high in animal protein and low in carbs?    The guest in today’s episode can teach you how to do both.   Derek Tresize made the switch over a decade ago when his now-wife took a break from her role as Guild Master in their World of Warcraft game to school him on the evidence supporting a plant-based diet.    As a B.S. in Biology, he dug into research and was convinced by the works of Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Joel Fuhrman to try a thirty-day plant-based challenge. Now he’s a certified plant-based nutritionist, personal trainer, competitive vegan bodybuilder, and author of Vegan Muscle and Fitness.    Derek joins Dotise and Alexandrea today to share the science behind both building muscle and getting lean with the help of a plant-based diet.    He busts the protein myth, breaks down the fear of soy and estrogen, and gives excellent advice for anyone looking to cut animal products from their diet.    Plus, you’ll hear this fitness and family fanatic’s secrets for gaining weight, dropping fat, and raising two healthy vegan children.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s top three dairy-free coffee creamers you have to try, including her favorite Silk Vanilla Soy Creamer   - The one piece of scientific evidence that was most convincing for Derek to make the switch   - How Robert Cheeke encouraged Derek to compete in bodybuilding competitions as a vegan   - Are you afraid of the estrogen in soy? Check out this biologist’s perspective   - Derek’s secret weight gain weapon, and the plant-based alternative to chicken and rice   - Why you need to be weight training, even if your goal is to get lean -- plus, hear how it can help your bone health   - The two pieces of advice Derek gives his clients who are looking to go plant-based   - Busting the protein myth: Why you don’t need to worry about protein when you eat plant-based whole foods   - Tips for feeling full while cutting calories, plus Alexandra’s secret to thick, creamy smoothies   - Follow Derek on Instagram at @veganmuscleandfitness, on Facebook at @veganmuscle, on Twitter at @veganmuscle, and grab the How to Gain Muscle and Lose Body Fat on a Whole Food Plant Based Diet ebook at   Connect with Switch4Good
October 9, 2019
Fighting for justice on our plates goes beyond fighting for the rights of animals.    Between the implications of the USDA dietary guidelines for people of color, the disparity in food access and education, and gentrification pushing low-income neighborhoods deeper into food deserts, we have to confront the food injustice faced by our human neighbors too.    John Lewis, also known as the Badass Vegan, didn’t see a mango or fresh avocado until he moved from Furguson, Missouri to Miami to pursue his MBA. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he threw himself into research that revealed a troubling connection between animal protein and the illness.    While he’s joined his love for health and fitness with his business savvy to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein shake company, he’s also digging into the darker side of food.    John has teamed up with Keegan Kuhn of What the Health and Cowspiracy to confront food racism through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture in the upcoming documentary, Hungry for Justice.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explore how communities are being left behind in the fight for health and wellness.    You’ll hear how certain populations are being underserved and overlooked when it comes to autonomy over their health -- and what you can do to help.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie’s trip to Washington, D.C., where she spoke to encourage the USDA to remove dairy from the food pyramid   - Are we confusing what’s normal with what’s right? How John’s perspective of food evolved between his move to Miami and meeting with the doctor who encouraged him to try vegetarianism    - The diagnosis that rocked John’s world and challenged him to research lifestyle versus genetic diseases    - John’s journey ditching dairy for good and how he’s encouraging others to make the switch   - The impetus for creating Hungry for Justice, the documentary exploring food deserts, racism, and injustice through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture   - Food racism and dairy: Racial disparities in our ability to digest cows’ milk, and why more people of color are “lactose normal”   - Category Killers: How chain store giants are proliferating the effects of food injustice   - Understanding the intersection between race and food, and why it’s so important for more privileged voices to speak up against food injustice   - Follow John on Instagram at @badassvegan and on his website at, or email him at   Connect with Switch4Good  
October 2, 2019
Once you’ve experienced true fear and suffering, it’s hard to ignore the agony and trauma of others.  James Aspey was diagnosed with cancer at only 17 and was told he’d be dead in six weeks if he didn’t start chemotherapy immediately.  After three years of treatment, he’d gained 50 pounds and developed a severe binge eating disorder.  As he worked to find peace and healing through the principles of Vipassana meditation, he was exposed to the realities of the meat and dairy industries.  James made vows to resist the impulses of his bulimia, to never consume animal products again, and to stay silent for 365 days to raise awareness and promote peace over violence.  He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to share how making the switch has been spiritually liberating and has allowed him to live truly aligned with his values.  You’ll hear how he broke out of his food addiction, his tips for transitioning to veganism, and why it’s so important to be part of animal activism outside of your personal plate.    What we discuss in this episode: The article recently published in a New York university’s Women’s and Gender Studies journal that’s calling out the sexual abuse of dairy cows James’s story of being diagnosed with cancer at 17 and dealing with three years of treatment How eating out of boredom and a need for pleasure led to a serious binge eating disorder How a Vipassana meditation course and a book by Jennifer Taitz gave James the tools he needed to break free from his bulimia  Why James took a vow of silence, a vow to stop purging, and a vow to never consume animal products again James’s tips for anyone wanting to cut animal products out of their life The four must-watch documentaries James recommends if you want to understand the importance of going vegan: Forks Over Knives, What the Health, Cowspiracy, and Dominion Why it’s important to have compassion for people who have been socialized to reject plant-based diets, and how to be empathetic to anyone who has yet to make the switch If you want to liberate animals you must first liberate yourself: Hear how to free yourself by accepting negative sensations  Follow James on Facebook at @JamesAspeyActivism, on YouTube at James & Carly, on Instagram at @jamesaspey, and on his website at Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
September 25, 2019
We know that food can play a huge role in healing our bodies and spirits, but what about exercise?  Finding yourself in a new professional sport in your 40s might not be as simple as changing your diet, but Joshua Stevens did it and hasn’t looked back. Joshua is an ultra-marathon trail runner who ran his first 50K on his 44th birthday after being told he wouldn’t ever run again.  Before he was spending 24 hours on a treadmill for charity, he spent 24 years in the army, which led to two spinal surgeries and opioid addiction.  After reading Eat & Run and watching the documentary Unbreakable, Joshua tapped into his competitive nature and hasn’t stopped running since.  He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share the painful journey that led him to finding peace on the trails and fostering empathy on his plate.  You’ll hear how he pulled himself out of addiction, went all-in on running, and went down the rabbit hole of plant-based eating.  Plus, hear how his performance has gotten even better since making the switch.  Don’t miss this inspiring episode!   What we discuss in this episode: What you can do if you were disappointed in the April 24th episode of the Amazing Race The tragedy that led to multiple surgeries and the Purple Heart for Joshua How Eat & Run and Unbreakable: The Western States 100 inspired Joshua to start ultra running when he wasn’t sure he’d be able to run again What happened to land Joshua dealing with opioid addiction, and what we’re getting wrong about the opioid conversation   Did Joshua replace his addiction with running? Hear how he was able to quit cold turkey and why he says you must always be running toward something How eating plant-based fosters your empathy and why Joshua says it’s a way to “pay rent” back to the planet The amazing results Joshua saw in his performance and injuries after making the switch, and why he started by cutting out dairy Why Joshua ran on a treadmill for 24 hours to benefit the Herren Project and their film The First Day Joshua’s advice for anyone struggling with depression and addiction, including to read the powerful book What Made Maddy Run Follow Joshua on Instagram at @tumbleweedultra. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
September 18, 2019
When the hold of sugar addiction and habits are so strong, how can we support people through breaking out of their harmful diets?  Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia, Doctor of Quantum Chemistry and former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, is proving that it's never too late to change your path and create an impact.  She is the founder of Plantable, a meal service that goes beyond food delivery and takes a holistic approach to coaching clients through their transition to a plant-based diet.  Her program is helping people lose an average of 8.9 pounds, regulate their elevated cholesterol and blood sugar, and gain confidence in only four weeks.  In this episode, Nadja joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share the impetus for Plantable, how she’s integrated her academic background to create the menus, and why a plant-based diet is optimal for your health.  You’ll also want to tune in to hear some of her fantastic recipes that you can try at home today and how you can save 10% on any of Plantable’s programs.    What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie and Alexandra’s favorite cruelty-free cosmetics brands, including Gabriel Cosmetics, Beautycounter, and Fresh How Nadja convinced a paleo trainer to go plant-based and the awesome results he saw in only four weeks The illnesses Nadja’s family members were facing and how The Anticancer Diet encouraged her to dig deeper into nutrition, the Standard American Diet, and food addiction Why a service that approaches diet holistically is so important to help people transition their eating habits How Nadja integrated her science background, the creativity of a chef, and the experience of a cardiologist to help create the food for Plantable The Plantable coaching philosophy, how they onboard clients to prep them for success, and how they help you handle the 2 and 10 p.m. cravings What Nadja recommends for a nutrient-rich, savory breakfast and why she encourages people to stay away from smoothies The empowering psychological effects of taking care of yourself and finding your sense of control  Recipes you can try today, and a sneak peek to their upcoming bowl inspired by Dotsie Follow Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia on LinkedIn at Nadja Pinnavaia, on Instagram at @plantable, on Twitter at @Plantable, and on where you can enter code S4G to get 10% off any Plantable program!  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
September 11, 2019
The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled in less than fifty years.  If we are more informed about potential health consequences than ever before, why are more and more adults choosing unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease?  Dr. Stephan Guyenet, who has spent more than a decade studying the neuroscience of body fatness, argues that most of us aren’t choosing our eating habits at all. His book, The Hungry Brain, dives into the idea that eating behaviors aren’t a result of weakness or poor willpower, but of an evolutionary mismatch between our brain’s ancient programming and our current environment.  Today he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to explain how our brains are hardwired to seek the high-calorie, dopamine-releasing foods that our ancestors relied on, and why that works against us in modern society.  You’ll hear what your neurochemistry is influencing your eating habits, why you’re suddenly hungry for dessert after being satiated by dinner, and what you can do to overcome some of these neurological triggers that make it difficult to change the way you eat.  If you’ve ever been frustrated by a craving or your habit of second helpings, don’t miss this episode to hear why, if you want to change your stomach, you need to focus on your head.     What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie’s experience at the Plant-Based World Conference & Expo How convenience, cost, and the palatable seduction of food have contributed to higher rates of obesity Why do we have a greater eating drive than we did only a century ago? Dr. Stephan Guyenet explains how our ability to concentrate dopamine-releasing ingredients is qualitatively similar to the creation of crack cocaine  The evolutionary mismatch: How our ancestors' drive to survive is working against us today What genetics have to do with our body composition and our penchant to overeat Why you should focus on diet before exercise if you’re hoping to lose weight Understanding the two systems of our brain and why activities like exercise require overcoming the effort barrier of System 1 and thinking with System 2 The fat regulatory system, the starvation response, and why “calories in, calories out” is not as simple as counting numbers on a nutrition label The two things that slow your metabolic rate and what you can do about them Simple things you can try to overcome your body’s starvation response and limit your habit of overeating  Follow Dr. Stephan Guyenet on Twitter at @whsource and on his website at  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
September 4, 2019
  There are tragic similarities in the trauma of abused children and animals raised for slaughter.  Seeing her own pain in the lives of animals being tortured and killed for food is what lead Gianna Simone to make the switch and never look back.  Before Gianna was an activist, model, and actress, it was all she could do to survive. After years of violence, she bounced between foster families and ended up in a group home where she found herself sleeping with a knife and skipping school to find solace in the gym.  She was able to forgive after being saved as a Christian, but she could not disconnect what she suffered from what she was seeing animals forced to endure.  Now, the actress known for her roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, Mother’s Day, and Unbroken: Path to Redemption is an outspoken champion of animal and human rights, an avid aerialist, and the host of Love Gianna, a YouTube series recently picked up by Amazon Prime.  In this episode, Gianna joins Dotsie and Alexandra to tell her harrowing story and share her perspective on the intersection of Christianity and veganism.  You’ll hear why this plant-based powerhouse sticks to whole foods, how she stays cruelty-free on the red carpet and the sweet love story behind her engagement to the Christian vegan bodybuilder of her dreams.  Plus, don’t miss what Alexandra has been up to that landed her in jail with 70 other activists this summer.       What we discuss in this episode: What happened to land Alexandra in jail with dozens of fellow activists after a six-hour talk she gave on animal cruelty The start of Gianna’s obsession with fitness as a way to cope with consistent childhood abuse How one woman acted as a rock for Gianna and planted a seed that eventually led her to God Gianna’s journey from living in a group home to living in Los Angeles as a top model, and how she found recovery from her eating disorder The documentaries that put our treatment of animals into perspective for someone who has suffered from abuse  Should every Christian be vegan? Gianna explains why veganism is the only lifestyle that is truly compatible with Christianity How Gianna stays cruelty-free on the red carpet with Self Portrait garments and this interesting fruit-based makeup Gianna shares her favorite cookie recipe and chats about her aerial skill, both of which were featured on her Jane Unchained Lunchbreak Live    Follow Gianna on Twitter at @GiannaSimone1, on Facebook at @GiannaSimone, and on YouTube at Gianna Simone.  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
August 28, 2019
With global demand for meat being expected to rise by more than 70% by 2050, and the average American’s beef consumption already generating almost 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses annually, we have to find an alternative that people will readily adopt.  Non-animal meat products are growing rapidly in availability, but there’s still work to be done. David Welch, Ph.D., is a plant biologist, ultrarunner, running coach, and the Director of Science and Technology at the Good Food Institute.  His work focuses on creating clean meat and advancing the cultured and plant-based meats industries.  He’s here today to explain exactly what goes into creating “clean meat”, to answer your ethical concerns, and to share the benefits of adopting clean meat and dairy alternatives.  Although an entirely plant-based diet is optimal, you’ll hear how clean meat will eliminate the need for industrial farming and why it might be the best immediate answer to our environmental and animal cruelty worries.  This plant-powered runner is working to make cruelty-free diets more accessible and research less biased. Tune in and hear how he’s doing it.     What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie’s lobbying adventure in Washington, D.C. calling on Senators to vote for the removal of dairy from the 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines How Eat & Run by fellow runner Scott Jurek inspired David to make the switch, and how making the switch improved David’s running performance and his family’s health The suspect nature of research driving the dairy industry Climate change and greenhouse gases: The greenhouse effect is the way in which heat is trapped close to the surface of the Earth by “greenhouse gases.” These heat-trapping gases can be thought of as a blanket wrapped around the Earth, which keeps it toastier than it would be without them. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides Montreal Protocol: The Montreal Protocol, finalized in 1987, is a global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). It is the first treaty to achieve universal ratification by all countries in the world. David’s transition from academia to developing research tools to working with the Good Food Institute to turn stem cells into tissue for clean meat How taking one small biopsy from an animal can generate thousands of kilograms of meat What the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is going to cost us in our health and dollars by 2050, and how clean meat is working to mitigate that damage The future of clean dairy and plant-based gelatin, and how this science is different from traditional GMOs The Good Food Institute’s free online course teaching the science behind plant-based and clean meat Follow David on Twitter at @orthostichy, on Instagram at @orthostichy and @plantpoweredrunning, and at  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
August 21, 2019
If we are what we eat, what kind of person is your food creating? Luke Tan is an author, educator, and fitness coach on a mission to help people reach their ultimate physical and mental potential by using the A.W.A.K.E. Method to live an authentic, plant-based lifestyle. The former bodybuilder is the founder of the Plant Fit Summit, a free online event showcasing plant-based trailblazers, including some of your favorite doctors, athletes, and nutritionists who have been featured on Switch4Good.  He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to share how he went from eating 1kg of meat every single day to making the switch with his wife overnight.  You’ll hear how he’s not only maintained his fitness, but also improved his performance and massively increased his energy while eating in a way that aligns with his ethics and identity.  If you’re curious how the A.W.A.K.E. method can work for you and how you can reserve your spot for the nine-day expert-packed summit, don’t miss this episode.   What we discuss in this episode: Luke’s childhood health problems that started his protein journey at an early age The Facebook post that inspired his wife to go vegan, and how The Food Revolution and Earthlings inspired him to join her overnight The awesome results Luke and his wife saw in their fitness and energy after making the switch After trying several vegan diets, Luke explains why he’s stuck to eating plant-based whole foods How this former bodybuilder splits his macros What actually is the “food chain”? Are humans really at the top of it? We really are what we eat: Luke shares how the A.W.A.K.E. Method and veganism can help change people, and why our food affects us at a cellular level How the Plant Fit Summit can act as a reset to shift what’s on your plate so you can thrive and be the best version of yourself Follow Luke on Instagram at @iamluketan and @awakemethod, on Facebook at @awakemethod, and on YouTube at Awake Method. Register for the Plant Fit Summit, starting August 29th, by going to  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
August 14, 2019
During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Switch4Good aired a commercial featuring dairy-free Olympians to fight the dairy industry’s propaganda that that says milk is the key to performance.  One of the world-class athletes featured in the commercial was Kara Lang Romero.  Kara is the youngest woman to have represented Canada on their National Women’s Team. She competed in two FIFA World Cups, at the Beijing Olympics, and is now a Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductee.  She has also been vegan since her teens. Today the plant-based foodie is a certified holistic nutritionist specializing in plant-based health and pre- and post-natal care.  Kara joins Alexandra and Dotsie in this episode to share her journey and the realities of being a plant-powered mom.  She digs into how motherhood expands your empathy for mothers of other species, how she got through two vegan pregnancies and is raising two plant-based boys, and how she navigates relationships with family members who have jobs in the dairy industry.  You’ll also hear how she equips her patients with the tools they need to go plant-based and the benefits they see after making the switch.  Kara is proof that milk is the last thing you need if you want to level up your performance.    What we discuss in this episode: How Kara found her ‘why’ and went from being the youngest person to the youngest vegan on the Women’s National Soccer team The bond of breastfeeding, how emotions change the composition of breast milk, the pain of mastitis, and the new level of empathy Kara found for cows after having her first child The odd disconnection people have with drinking milk meant for baby cows How Kara’s coaches responded to her going vegan and the number one thing she noticed in her performance The impact switching for good made on Kara’s inflammatory markers and ability to “flush out the gunk”  The two most common culprits of IgG food sensitivity that Kara sees in her nutrition practice and how one of her patients got rid of a 20-year skin issue under her care Organizations that are helping animal farms switch to sustainable crops and how Kara handles having family in the dairy industry Kara’s favorite meals to cook for her family and how she’s learning to navigate vegan parenting Is it healthy to be vegan while pregnant? Kara shares her experience after having done it twice Follow Kara on Instagram @karaelise, on Twitter at @kara_Lang, and on her website at Download her recipe ebook at her website under the Work with Kara tab. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
August 7, 2019
It’s sometimes hard for people to change what they don’t know, and one of the best ways to spread an educational message is through the power of inspiring films.  Marc Pierschel is a documentary filmmaker who has been advocating for animals personally and professionally for decades.  He created an online vegan store, which still operates today, in 2002 and wrote a German vegan cookbook in 2009.  Most recently, he’s the plant-based pioneer behind the films Live and Let Live and The End of Meat and their production company, Blackrabbit Images. Today he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to talk about his journey from vegetarian to vegan to animal rights activist.  He also shares some of the important insights from his films and chats about the vast cultural differences between the U.S. and Europe when it comes to embracing and expanding the reach of veganism.  Tune in to hear how this vocal supporter leads by example and education and, after this episode, check out The End of Meat on Amazon Prime.     What we discuss in this episode: Marc’s journey to becoming a straight-edge vegan with the help of punk rock and the film Baraka How Marc started Roots of Compassion, the vegan store, in 2002 Why Marc chooses to lead by example when encouraging people to go vegan and how his background in sociology informs his film-making  Marc’s film Live and Let Live, the history of the Vegan Society, and the ironic timing in the rise of veganism and industrial farming Marc’s advice for navigating conversations around veganism and why he doesn’t recommend talking about food around the dinner table The End of Meat and the intersection of politics, ideology, economic business, and meat The cultural differences in how veganism is treated in America compared to Germany, and the all-vegan Germany grocery store chain, Veganz How animal abuse impacts the people who work in animal agriculture and the industry’s history of human rights violations Other inspiring films Marc recommends, including Earthlings, Baraka, and Baraka’s sequel, Samsara Follow Marc on Facebook at @blackrabbitXimages, on Instagram at @blackrabbitimages, on YouTube at blackrabbitimages, and at Be sure to check out The End of Meat on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Amazon Prime.   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
July 31, 2019
If a simple dietary change could limit the destructive effects of cancer, reverse chronic conditions, and heal your body, how quickly would you make the switch?  We’ve all been touched by chronic disease, whether we’ve been personally diagnosed or watched a loved one struggle through an illness.  Dr. T. Colin Campbell has dedicated his career to proving that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that prevention is possible.  Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, where he also founded the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program.  He’s the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, has been featured in several documentaries including Forks Over Knives, and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide.  You’ve likely heard of the China Project, a comprehensive nutritional study lead by Dr. Campbell which was dubbed “the Grand Prix of epidemiology by The New York Times. The study is the basis of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, a book Dr. Campbell co-authored with his son, and which has sold more than 2 million copies.  In this episode, Dr. Campbell joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the link between animal products and chronic disease, as he has been doing for more than six decades.  You’ll hear the surprising effect of animal protein on cancer cells, why animal protein is detrimental to our bodies, and the truth behind “low-carb” fad diets.  He shares the evidence he’s accumulated over a lifetime of research to show that making the switch is the most effective way to better your health, fight illness, and prevent chronic conditions.     What we discuss in this episode: How Alexandra and Dotsie’s interview with Chef AJ encouraged Alexandra to ditch processed foods, and how she’s feeling one month later How Dr. Campbell went from trying to promote animal-based protein to proving himself wrong, and the biggest takeaways from The China Project The makeup of animal protein that leads to more cancer, and how we know we can turn cancer cells “off” by switching to plant-based protein What do people mean when they call animal-based protein “high-quality protein”? Is it really better for humans? The self-fulfilling prophecy of doctors assuming patients won’t comply with a plant-based diet How animal protein leads to higher cholesterol, and cholesterol’s role in heart disease Dr. Campbell explains the two types of fats and the correct way to incorporate fat into your diet Why Dr. Campbell considers low-carbohydrate diets the greatest scams in nutritional science and some surprising facts about the doctor who coined the term “carb” Why a whole-foods plant-based diet is ideal, regardless of whether you’re looking for short-term weight loss or long-term health Follow Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Twitter at @TColinCampbell, on LinkedIn, and on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
July 24, 2019
The woman behind Switch4Good is a force of compassion who has lifted herself out of pain, into greatness and is now working in pursuit of a kinder world.  Dotsie Bausch is an Olympic medalist, two-time Pan American Champion, world record holder, mentor, renowned speaker, and founder of the Switch4Good non-profit.  In this very special episode, she steps to the other side of the microphone to be interviewed by her co-host and friend, Alexandra Paul.  Dotsie shares her incredible journey from the rock bottom of her struggle with anorexia to the Olympic podium as a plant-powered athlete.  You’ll hear the inspiration behind Switch4Good’s work, what convinced Dotsie to make the change herself, the amazing results she saw in her performance, and the aftermath of her groundbreaking anti-dairy commercial.  She also explains how her therapist, KRS Eckstrom, finally made her feel heard as a young woman and the principles of Krs’s “blue dot method” that Dotsie still applies in her life today.  Dotsie’s story is one of healing yourself and, in turn, working to heal the world. Don’t miss it.   What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie’s childhood, her experience in journalism, and the precursor to her eating disorder What is life like when you have and are trying to hide an eating disorder?  Dotsie’s rock bottom and the moment that made her want to give healing a try How KRS Eckstrom changed Dotsie’s life, and the “blue dot method” that Dotsie still taps into today The origins of Dotsie’s professional cycling dream and how she went from being a bike messenger to an Olympic athlete The exposé that encouraged Dotsie to research animal agriculture and convinced her to stop eating animals overnight The incredible changes in her performance and recovery after making the switch Dotsie’s groundbreaking commercial and what happened after she rocked the boat for truth Switch 4 Good’s Undeniable Truth Tour and other big things they’re doing to advocate for animals and expose the realities of the dairy industry Follow Dotsie on Instagram at @veganolympian, on Twitter at @DotsieBausch, and on her personal website at   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
July 17, 2019
Like a lot of interesting stories, Matt Frazier’s begins in a bar. A fun challenge between friends to run a marathon, made over a beer, incidentally turned into the start of a lifelong journey for fitness and health.  Seven years after his first long-distance run, Matt cut meat out of his diet, hoping that it would give him the final push to qualify for the Boston Marathon -- and he was amazed by the results.  Struck by the lack of information available to athletes looking to go vegetarian, Matt decided to create the resources himself. Almost a decade later, he’s an author, blogger, podcast host, and the face of No Meat Athlete, a brand dedicated to educating athletes about the benefits of making the switch.  Today he joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share his story of going vegan and making 2019 his fittest year yet.  He gives his best tips for creating lasting habits, sharing your message without feeling pushy, and raising a vegan family.  His advice stretches beyond athleticism and will give you the practical information you need to make the switch, stay healthy, and encourage your family to join the journey.    What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie’s trip to Napa Valley with world-class chefs The origins of Matt’s Boston Marathon dream and how it eventually led him to make the switch How a lack of resources at the start of his journey inspired Matt to found No Meat Athlete Why are some people able to make the connection between their pets and slaughtered animals, and some people aren’t? Matt’s food philosophy and why he takes an inclusive approach to education Why you need to focus on incorporating whole foods into your diet The health scare that encouraged Matt’s parents to make the switch Top tips for empathetic and effective conversations with loved ones about going vegan Matt’s number one strategy for building habits and avoiding burnout as you make positive changes How Matt has created a culture of awareness in his home for his two vegan children -- plus, what do vegan kids do on Halloween? Follow Matt Frazier on Instagram at @nomeatathlete_official, on Twitter at @NoMeatAthlete, or on Facebook at @NoMeatAthlete. Check out his website at Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
July 10, 2019
What can Americans learn from the diets and lifestyles of other countries?  Football prodigy Chris Manderino played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and, later, for the Kansas City Chiefs. During his time as a fullback, he was told he needed to gain 40 pounds to stay competitive -- and eating became another full-time job.  In 2009, Chris signed with the Bologna Doves, an Italian football team, and considers the dietary culture shock a pivotal point in his health journey. Now the founder of Lyfe Fuel, a plant-based protein brand, Chris is a vocal advocate for simplifying your diet, eating intuitively, and fueling your life with plants.  In this episode, Chris shares how he is healthier and more fit than ever without the typical supplements suggested to athletes.  He also shares the science behind Lyfe Fuel, his rules for buying food, and information about “grass-fed” beef that likely no one else has ever told you.    What we discuss in this episode: Alexandra’s appearance at George Washington University’s Tackling the Population Taboo forum Chris says eating in the NFL can feel like a full-time job. What were they eating? The drastic difference in the lives of Italians compared to Americans and how it encouraged Chris to rethink his diet What’s the first step to eating a healthier diet? What do you look for when you go grocery shopping? Chris shares his criteria for purchasing food The dangers of whey protein and how Chris replaced it with plant-based Lyfe Fuel The difference between plant- and meat-based proteins  If you still eat meat because you think it’s “grass-fed”, you might be in for a surprise. Chris explains the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished How the Standard American Diet has a problematic Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 ratio, and the benefits of algae Chris’s favorite plant-based meal Follow Chris Manderino on Instagram at @cmanderino or on Facebook at @manderino.chris, and check out Lyfe Fuel at  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
July 3, 2019
Developing a healthy relationship with food is imperative to properly nourish your body and live a fulfilling life.    So what happens if, instead, you spend your formative years coping with loss and chaos through restriction and deprivation?   Mandy Gill is a super athlete, ultra-marathoner, and has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Vegan Athletes.    After overcoming her eating disorder and finding joy in exercise, she turned to a plant-based diet and got in tune with what her body truly needed to survive.    Now she’s helping others do the same.   As the founder of the Mandy Gill Fitness & Nutrition Apps, she advocates for healthy living through a life of motion, thoughtful choices, a plant-based diet, self-love, and respect for all beings.    In this emotional episode, Mandy gets vulnerable with Alexandra about her food and fitness journey, her work confronting the dairy industry, and what she eats as an endurance athlete who has made the switch for good.   What we discuss in this episode: The family circumstances that made Mandy face a choice between caring for herself or her family, and how that choice lead to adolescence of restriction and low self-esteem How fitness transformed Mandy’s life and health, and her journey from Paleo CrossFitter to plant-powered ultra-marathon runner The spiritual, mental, and performance transformations that happen when you make the switch for good Why Mandy hasn’t counted a calorie since going plant-based Canada’s Food Guide versus the U.S. Food Plate, and Mandy’s article on this year’s Food Guide changes Confronting the Dairy Council as an athlete, and why humans do not need to consume dairy How Mandy helps her clients eat healthfully vegan Energy Balls, smoothie bowls, and other things this endurance athlete eats for protein Dotsie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast (watch the video here) Follow Mandy Gill on Twitter at @MandyGill, on Instagram at @mandygilldotcom, and on her website at  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
June 26, 2019
If you died tomorrow, what adventure would you regret not taking? As the host of The Amazing Race, a bungee jump world-record-holder, and a cyclist who has ridden across the US for charity, Phil Keoghan walks the walk of his philosophy: “Tick it before you kick it.” When Phil isn’t interviewing guests like Dotsie on his podcast BUCKiT, he’s crossing experiences off his own list, including dining atop an erupting volcano and renewing his wedding vows underwater while hand-feeding sharks. His latest adventure? Ditching dairy. He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share what’s happened since Dotsie convinced him to make the switch three months ago. Phil shares his new favorite cheese alternatives and non-dairy milks while giving insight into how you can stop living your life on the sidelines. You’ll hear how he stays healthy and active while traveling the world and the near-death experience that drove him to tap into his eight BUCKiT themes. Don’t miss this inspiring episode on living adventurously while eating ethically.   What we discuss in this episode: What it takes to change your habits, how latte-loving Phil ditched dairy, and the awesome effects he’s noticed since What Dotsie said to Phil that convinced him to stop consuming dairy and the heartbreaking story of Nestle encouraging African mothers to stop breastfeeding their infants in favor of cows’ milk formula Phil’s new favorite almond milk, Barista Blend, and Field Roast Chao cheese (try their alternative meats too!) Neuro taste adaptation: The taste buds in our mouth play a critical role during eating. Our tongues have approximately 2,000 to 8,000 taste buds divided into four basic tastes: sour, sweet, bitter and salty. When eating a specific food, the initial taste is very distinct and identified by the tongue's sensory neurons. As you continue eating the food, the taste is not as strong and does not have the same impact, which is due to sensory adaptation. What it’s like traveling as a vegan What is the Reducitarian Solution? Can the gradual change of our choices make a positive impact on the world? Phil’s 8 BUCKiT themes and the near-death experience that pushed him to live a life without wasted opportunities Phil’s experience funding cycling teams and raising over a million dollars for multiple sclerosis charity Why we struggle to rediscovery our childhood, how children see “mistakes” differently, and why you have to practice an optimistic attitude How to stay healthy and active while traveling around the world Connect with Phil Keoghan on Instagram at @philiminator, on Twitter at @PhilKeoghan, and on his website at Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
June 19, 2019
  Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, was vegan long before she was thin.   She struggled for thirty years with her weight and, more importantly, a destructive relationship with food.   Even after dedicating herself professionally and personally to compassion for animals, she was still missing compassion for herself.   She says it was only after she turned her objective from vanity to self-care, and traded vegan snacks for juice fasts, that she was able to get to the root of her food addiction, lose 100 pounds, and finally heal her spirit.   Jasmin is the co-host of multi-award-winning podcast Our Hen House, the digital director of VegNews, and a TEDx speaker who wants you to know that compassion is the only path to living in our authentic selves.   She joins Alexandra and Dotsie to share how she broke through her emotional eating, why we should all strive to see ourselves through our grandmothers’ eyes, and why she is unapologetic about not eating anyone who has a mother.   While telling her stereotype-defying story, Jasmin will teach you how to speak a little more nicely to yourself and drop your toxic habits for the ultimate freedom.   What we discuss in this episode: How our parents can unintentionally warp our relationship with food and why we turn to toxic habits to fill emotional voids The realization that pushed Jasmin from vegetarianism to veganism, why communities are important for your transition, and Jasmin’s advice for finding a “vegan family” of your own Unpacking food addiction and why what we consume must align with our authentic selves Veganism is not a diet! Jasmin shares how she takes the guesswork out of people understanding veganism and how the show Explained gave her hope that people are leaning into plants How Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead and Eat to Live changed Jasmin’s life after an eyeopening appointment with her doctor What happens to your worldview when you drop 100 pounds? How people reacted to Jasmin’s weight loss and why it made her angry Changing your mindset from vanity to self-care: Jasmin’s TEDx Talk, and why we need to try to see ourselves the way our grandmothers see us How juice fasting or a similar change in routine can help break food addiction The one investment Jasmin recommends if you think you don’t have time to be vegan Connect with Jasmin Singer on Instagram at @jasminsingerauthor, on Twitter at @jasmin_singer, and on her website at and check out her interview with Dotsie on Our Hen House Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
June 12, 2019
Few illnesses are met with as many misconceptions as eating disorders.   They’re often over-simplified with one four-letter word: just.   Just eat a cheeseburger. She’s just doing it to lose weight.   Dr. Ron Thompson is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and he joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explain that it really isn’t that simple.   Dr. Thompson has served as a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University and as a consultant on eating disorders to the NCAA. He’s known for broadening the awareness of athletes as a special interest group with unique treatment needs and for trailblazing the path for athlete-specific treatment options.   His publications include Bulimia: A Guide for Friends and Family, The Exercise Balance, and Eating Disorders in Sports, and he coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the NCAA Coaches Handbook.   In this episode, Dr. Thompson discusses the multidimensionality of eating disorders and their treatment. He explains why effective treatment relies on an understanding of the patient as a whole, why certain factors make someone more likely to develop problems with food, and the unique challenges that contribute to eating disorders in athletes.   You’ll also hear why eating disorders rarely have to do with thinness and what you need to do if you or a loved one is struggling.   What we discuss in this episode: The difference between disordered eating and eating disorders, and why both often require treatment What it means to eat intuitively Is an eating disorder an addiction? Can you ever truly be free of problems with eating? Genetic predisposition, trauma, and other factors that make someone vulnerable to an eating disorder Weight loss as a symptom: Dispelling the myth that a desire for thinness is the cause of an eating disorder The surprising rate of male athletes with eating disorders, why we can’t get distracted by “high risk” sports, and the role gender plays in seeking treatment How eating disorders manifest for men and how it’s changed over time Why effective treatment relies on understanding the multidimensional functions of eating disorders Advice for parents of children with eating disorders, and resources for treatment including the National Eating Disorder Association, The Academy for Eating Disorders, and Gurze Books If you have more questions for Dr. Thompson, send them over to Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
June 5, 2019
Is your diet keeping you sick? Dr. James Loomis is a whole-foods plant-based internal medical practitioner spreading the message that food is the best way to combat illness and disease. After experiencing a decline in his own health, Dr. Loomis made the switch and saw miraculous results: a significant drop in weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in under three months. He says that most problems that walk into his office can be traced back to inflammation and stress, often resulting from the Standard American Diet. The former internist for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams now serves as the Medical Director of the Barnard Medical Center and advocates for using food -- over prescriptions -- as medicine. In this episode, Dr. Loomis joins Alexandra and Dotsie to explain exactly how what we eat works to either heal or harm our bodies. You’ll hear why whole foods are the best way to combat inflammation, why manipulation by the dairy industry is so dangerous, and how you can get empowered to critically evaluate medical research on your own.   This is a must-hear episode to understand why eating whole foods is as important as eating plant-based for your health.   What we discuss in this episode: Dotsie and Dr. Loomis’s experience presenting to athletes in Atlanta and some good signs of progress The health crisis that encouraged Dr. Loomis to make the switch and the amazing benefits he saw within three months Chronic disease can often be traced back to inflammation and stress. How is the Standard American Diet keeping us sick? How a whole-foods plant-based diet will heal your gut The lies behind “bro science” and how athletes are working to lead by example Busting myths around the obsession with protein and calcium: IGF-1’s connection to cancer, over-consumption of protein lowering the PH of our blood, and why most people become lactose intolerant by age 5 The science behind inflammation: Why you need to decrease your Omega-6 intake, increase your Omega-3 intake, and eliminate highly-processed foods The truth behind the popular Chocolate Milk and Butter studies How to better critically evaluate medical and nutritional research, plus suggested resources from Dr. Michael Greger and David L. Katz Follow Dr. James Loomis on Twitter at @jfloomismd, read his writing on the Forks Over Knives blog, and find him on the Barnard Medical Center website. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
May 29, 2019
  Traditional medicine often prioritizes symptom-relief over addressing the underlying cause of illness.   But if we look beyond symptoms and approach our wellness holistically, can our bodies begin to provide their own relief?   Naturopathic medicine challenges the traditional standard by working on whole-patient wellness and concentrating on the treatment and prevention of disease by understanding systemic causes.   Dr. Christian Gonzalez is a naturopathic doctor who earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University and his Medical Doctorate at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and is currently working at a holistic and integrative medicine center in California.   Dr. Gonzalez joins Alexandra and Dotsie to discuss how you can take control of your health and give your body favorable conditions to thrive.   You’ll hear how environmental toxins and stress are affecting your wellness, how naturopathic medicine helps cancer patients, and what you’re really consuming when you eat GMOs.   This episode will empower you to see the whole picture of your body’s well-being and help you take effective action to change the course of your health.   What we discuss in this episode: How naturopathic and integrative medicine is different from traditional treatment methods Where the real work begins: What Dr. Gonzalez tells cancer patients being released from treatment, and why he views cancer as a means of protection for the body What you must be eating to give your liver some love, plus the benefits of detoxing and fasting Empower yourself after a cancer diagnosis: Questions you need to ask The dangers of glyphosate and how to lessen your exposure How the Environmental Working Group is empowering the public: The EWG’s Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen, Skin Deep Cosmetic Purity Ratings, and what to look for in the ingredients of what you put into or onto your body Detoxify your air with plants Life influences our genes: How trauma and stress are stored in our bodies, what you must do to take care of your emotional and mental health, and how can take action against cancer by eating well and exercising What it really means for food to be genetically modified, and how companies manipulate how we see GMOs Teaching compassion from day one: Why it’s important to foster our innate compassion to avoid the moral disconnection between our truth and our plates Follow Dr. Christian Gonzales on Instagram at @doctor.g_ and listen to the Heal Thy Self podcast on iTunes, YouTube, or Spotify.   Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
May 22, 2019
We know that eating plant-based is great for our bodies and the environment, but what about eating fruit-based?   Can we really thrive on a raw food diet consisting mainly of fruits?   TJ Long is a certified personal trainer, health coach, and fruitarian who says that a diet of living plants is optimal for gut health.   After a long journey through addiction to substances and unhealthy food, TJ found himself a junk food vegan replacing alcohol with other vices.   With some help from a new companion, and the resilience to slowly climb out of the hole he’d dug, he found freedom in health through transitioning to a raw vegan diet.   He joins us in this episode to share his inspiring path to health, why uncooked food is ideal for your digestive system, and how you can try going raw yourself.   What we discuss in this episode: Raw Veganism vs. Fruitarianism: What are they? Is there a difference? What effect does cooking your food have on its enzymes? TJ’s own A Street Cat Named Bob story: How he overcame addiction and found purpose in caring for his best friend, Brooks How TJ transitioned from unhealthy to healthy veganism, and eventually raw veganism Finding freedom in healthful living, and what we can learn about addiction from The Pleasure Trap The physical benefits of eating raw food, and advice for making the transition yourself Everyone’s favorite question: What about protein? Hear what TJ eats every day and how much protein is in his diet Where to start learning more about eating raw or fruitarian, including The 80-10-10 Diet and The Mucusless Diet Healing System Follow TJ Long on Instagram at @wholeconnection, on Facebook at @wholeconnection, on YouTube at Whole Connection, and on his website at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
May 15, 2019
How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease?   Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions?   Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine.   As the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement.   When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and Forks Over Knives, you might find him performing music with CarbonWorks.   In this episode, he joins us to discuss the science behind diabetes, how the Barnard Medical Center helps patients go plant-based, and diet’s role in the prevention and reversal of poor health conditions.   What we discuss in this episode: How medical school, political movements, and rebellion influenced Dr. Barnard’s worldview How addictive food and the power of culture keeps people resistant to dietary change The process the Barnard Medical Center goes through to educate patients and encourage them to try a plant-based diet as part of their treatment What is really causing diabetes? Dr. Barnard busts myths about sugar, fats, and symptoms vs. the cause of disease The surprising connection between diabetes and dopamine activity The Cheese Trap and the dangers of dairy: Why casomorphin is in dairy, and why cheese is addicting The connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease Do you need DHA? Is fish oil your only option to get it? Dr. Barnard’s role in the McLibel trial Follow Dr. Neal Barnard on Twitter at @DrNealBarnard, on Facebook at Neal Barnard, M.D., and on his blog at the PCRM website. Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
May 8, 2019
When meat is considered to be an integral part of athleticism and masculinity, how can you convince a team of football players that a plant-based diet is best for their health and performance? Chef Charity Morgan holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and is leveraging her artistry in the kitchen to feed dozens of NFL players plant-based, nutrient-rich meals every day. Once players got a taste of the lunches she was making for her husband, Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan, they realized they didn’t have to sacrifice taste or results on the field to be vegan.   Today Chef Charity joins us to discuss how she’s fueling a team with plants, how she creates culturally-diverse and delicious meals, and what switching for good has meant for her family’s health.   What we discuss in this episode: The impact of growing up in a multicultural household, and how it ignited Chef Charity’s passion for cooking The chronic health issue that led her to switch for good, and the amazing changes her body went through How the switch helped her husband, Derrick Morgan, drop his blood pressure, better his cholesterol, and get rid of inflammation Why there are ethnic differences in lactose intolerance, and how dropping dairy can better your health and increase your energy How Chef Charity collects data on the players she feeds, and how she keeps them plant-based on the road Her process for preparing food in high quantities, and how she gets families involved Chef Charity’s secret weapon to getting people to go vegan Chef Charity’s tips for meal prep that will save you time in the kitchen How athletes are changing the culture of food from inside the industry Follow Chef Charity Morgan on Instagram at @chefcharitymorgan or on Twitter at @ChefCharity, and on her website at Check out her cashew ricotta recipe here! Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
May 1, 2019
Activism is often marked by speaking up for the voiceless, and that starts by bearing witness to suffering.     These are two of the cornerstones of Jane Velez-Mitchell's mission with Jane UnChained, a digital news network dedicated to reporting on animal rights, climate change, food justice, and living cruelty-free.     Jane is a former news anchor, two-time Emmy winner, and four-time author with two New York Times Best Sellers to her name, including iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life.     Her news network has grown to 70 global contributors who provide breaking animal rights news, live coverage of demonstrations, and daily Lunchbreak Live recipes.     She joins us today to dig into the social conditioning of our diets, her story of overcoming addiction, and the importance of breaking social contracts for a more compassionate world.     What we discuss in this episode: How social conditioning impacts our diet The power of bearing witness and Anita Krajnc’s Save Movement The two words from Howard Lyman that convinced Jane to make the switch for good Jane’s story of addiction and overcoming alcoholism The cycle of addiction, why we attach our happiness to what we consume, and why diets don’t work How animal agriculture affects climate change, and why the media is afraid to cover it The origins of Jane UnChained and how it grew to over 70 contributors Why you need to tune into Lunchbreak Live and an absolutely delicious vegan cheese and cranberry pastry recipe Breaking the social contract by confronting a lack of compassion when you see it Follow Jane on Instagram at @janeunchainednews or on Twitter at @JVM, and on the Jane UnChained website at   Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
April 24, 2019
Society has perpetuated the idea that masculinity is connected to animal consumption and preying on the weak.   Luckily, there are men like Dominick Thompson actively challenging that belief.   After going to prison more than seventeen years ago, Dominick had an epiphany about what it means to cause harm in the world.   He is now a social entrepreneur and activist with an online wellness program, vegan clothing line, and upcoming food product line.   Dominick joins us today to discuss the realization he made in prison, the similarities between our culture’s treatment of prisoners and animals, and why we must redefine masculinity as a compassionate trait.   You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode.   What we discuss in this episode: How films like The Game Changers and men like Dominick are challenging the connection between meat and masculinity The story of Dominick calling out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram: Why it’s important to be assertive and come from a place of love Why society celebrates preying on the weak as being manly Our experiences with family members in prison, and how Dominick was able to stay optimistic The memory that came to Dominick during his first week in prison: How it encouraged him to stop eating meat and inspired his new mantra How conditions faced by prisoners compare to our treatment of animals The treatment of dairy cows: How researching the dairy industry led Dominick to quit all animals products “cold tofurkey” Eat What Elephants Eat: Dominick’s online food program that seeks to make plant-based eating accessible no matter who or where you are The transformation Dominick saw after switching for good that made him feel like a real-life superhero Follow Dominick on Instagram at domzthompson or on Twitter at @DomzThompson. Check out Eat What Elephants Eat at and Crazies and Weirdos at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
April 17, 2019
How does compassion play a role in ecological conservation? In what way does our treatment of animals impact the way we treat ourselves and the planet? Marc Bekoff is an animal behaviorist who argues that turning away from human exceptionalism and theoretical prejudices are the keys to expanding our compassionate footprint and making our conservation efforts more effective. As the author of more than 1,000 essays and 30 books, Marc is a leading voice in the fields of ecology, animal behavior, and cognitive ethology. Among his many accomplishments, he, with Jane Goodall, is a co-founder of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and he was the first American to win his age class at the Tour du Haut Var bicycle race. Marc joins us in this episode to discuss empathy, dissonance and connecting with who nonhuman animals are. What we discuss in this episode: What it means to rewild yourself, connect with nature, and acknowledge nonhuman animals for who they are How overstimulation has made us discontent and disconnected from the natural world What happens to your brain when you go outside? How nature affects your mood and mind It’s who we eat, not what we eat: How diet impacts our connection to the world How we use convenience and nonhuman animals’ perceived utility to create cognitive dissonance Is there a connection between intelligence and suffering? What cognitive ethology teaches us about animals’ emotional lives The importance of spending time with “food animals”: animal personalities, Kappurot, and a story from Marc’s Animal Manifesto Do bees get depressed and do elephants mourn? Marc explains animal emotions and why they act the way they do Marc’s insights about domestication, animal advocacy, and diet Follow Marc on Twitter at @MarcBekoff or on his website at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
April 10, 2019
Not many people can say they’ve played the flute for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, worked as an executive pastry chef, and been vegan for more than 40 years.   Chef AJ, a culinary instructor, YouTube host, and author of Unprocessed and The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss, can say all of that and more.   Although she has a background in comedy and a long track record of ethical eating, there’s nothing funny about food addiction.   Even as a vegan, Chef AJ struggled with overeating sugar and under-eating vegetables.   She joins us in this episode to share how she turned to whole foods, lost 50 pounds, managed her addiction to sugar, and changed the course of her health.   What we discuss in this episode: Chef AJ’s experience with disordered eating and treatment Chef AJ’s philosophy of eating and the difference between fullness and satiety What makes processed foods more addictive? How Chef AJ turned her discovery of pre-cancerous polyps into a health opportunity What makes a food addict and what are cravings? How anxiety and sugar are connected What is taste neural adaptation and how long does it take for taste buds to adjust to new diets? Why you need to be eating vegetables for breakfast How you should be eating the fat in your diet Follow Chef AJ on YouTube at ChefAJ, on Instagram at @therealchefaj, on Facebook at, or on her website at Watch her Tonight Show appearance here! Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
April 3, 2019
Despite the growing acceptance of plant-based nutrition in the mainstream, there are still major disparities in health, food access, and nutrition education for certain demographics. Thirty-year vegan, best-selling author, and public health nutritionist Tracye Lynn McQuirter has spent decades teaching people how to be vegan for life while advocating specifically for African American women and girls. The author of By Any Greens Necessary and Ageless Vegan joins us to discuss health inequalities, food justice, and some of her delicious vegan recipes. You’ll learn the connection between food and racism, how chronic disease is exacerbated in black communities, and this nutritionist’s tips to switch for good. What we discuss in this episode: The plate of black America and how Dick Gregory, comedian and activist, started Tracye on her path to veganism Why Tracye decided to start filling the gap in nutrition literature for black women What’s in Tracye’s Vegan Starter Guide? Health disparities between races, and what exacerbates them What is food racism? How the USDA pushes dairy products onto people of color despite their higher rates of lactose intolerance The mental shift you need to make to start eating plant-based Follow Tracye at, on Twitter at @byanygreens, and on Instagram at @byanygreens. Download her free guide at Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
March 27, 2019
Our diets are forever evolving and never perfect, but if we allow ourselves to have compassion and understand the journey, we can get to a healthier place.   Nik Tyler lives this philosophy daily.   He’s an actor, vegan, and the Celebrity Relations Manager for Mercy for Animals, the leading farm animal protection non-profit organization.   Nik was raised as a vegetarian, taught to honor the Jainism belief of ahimsa or to do no harm.   However, he still struggled with sugar and vegan “junk” food, and it took time for him to practice compassion toward himself and his body.   A once outspoken animal activist in college, Nik continues to advocate for the vegan lifestyle, but with a bit more tact.   He has come to understand that compassion is inherent in all of us, but we each need time to realize and act upon it.   The most effective traits of an activist are patience and the ability to listen, according to Nik.   Nik is both insightful and playful, and this conversation was a true gem. We hope you find inspiration from this episode, but enjoy a few laughs as well! What we discuss in this episode: Jainism & Ahimsa Growing up as a vegetarian Sugar addiction & reboots Most effective forms of activism Follow Nik Tyler on Twitter @niktyler Follow Mercy for Animals  Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
March 20, 2019
How can a vegan lifestyle help heal your mind, body, and spirit? Before becoming a personal trainer certified in plant-based nutrition, Bianca Taylor started her fitness journey as a bikini bodybuilder. Searching for purpose and a sense of control, she instead found herself dealing with depression and a broken relationship with food. One small realization started an avalanche of change. Bianca used the power of plants, with some professional guidance, to reignite her passion for food, health, and strength. Now she helps other women do the same. She has trained with a range of different athletes and uses her platform to coach plant-fueled fitness. You don’t want to miss this emotional episode about purpose, compassion, and self-love. What we discuss in this episode: The childhood tragedy that left Bianca searching for purpose. Busting the myth that happiness and worth are tied to your appearance. The realization that lead Bianca to a vegan diet and a lifestyle of compassion. Bianca’s physical and spiritual transformation after switching for good. Gaining muscle and building confidence as a vegan. What Bianca tells her clients who are struggling with their relationship with food. Follow Bianca Taylor on Instagram at @biancataylorm or @biancataylorfitness, find her on the Bianca Taylor YouTube channel, tune into her podcast on iTunes, or check out her website at Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
March 13, 2019
When you hear about the rapid decline of our resources, coupled with the growth of our human population, do you wonder what you can do to help save the planet? Matthew Prescott, author of Food is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World, joins us to talk about a very convenient truth: the world can be saved with every bite. As the Senior Director of Food and Agriculture of the Humane Society of the United States, and as a speaker invited to TEDxUCLA and Talks at Google, Matthew’s advocacy has lead to changes on individual plates, and in major food companies. You’ll learn how we can all do more with less, how eating locally is not always eating ethically, and why we need all forks on deck to save the world. What we discuss in this episode: The inefficiency of our food system. Why saving the planet is easier than you think. Busting the myth that we need to get our protein through animals. The resources that really go into making a breakfast sandwich. Why locally-sourced foods don’t cut it. Why changing your diet is more convenient than limiting yourself to the same bland foods. Matthew’s suggestions for the first steps toward going vegan. Follow Matthew Prescott at, on Twitter at @MatthewPrescott, or on Instagram at @MattPrescott. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
March 6, 2019
You’ve heard all the myths surrounding plant-based diets: it’s not sustainable as an athlete, or easy when you travel, or fun if you’re a foodie. Robbie Balenger is about to bust all of those myths in one 3,000-mile run across the United States. Robbie first laced up his shoes six years ago to alleviate his stress as a restaurant manager. Since then, his career and running paths have coalesced into a passion for endurance athleticism powered by plants -- and vegan ice cream. He joins us to chat about his journey to plant-based wellness, how he plans to fuel his body over the seventy-five-day excursion, and how he hopes to inspire other people to thrive while eating ethically. He hits the pavement March 15th in Huntington Beach, sponsored by Switch4Good and NadaMoo!  What we discuss in this episode: How Robbie turned to running to deal with stress. Robbie’s journey to a plant-based diet with an ethical focus. The motivation behind Robbie’s transcontinental attempt. Slaying myths about travel, being a foodie, and being a plant-based athlete. Robbie’s nutrition plan. How Robbie suggests people transition from one lifestyle to another. Follow Robbie Balenger at or on Instagram at @robbiebalendger.You can also track his progress at and Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 27, 2019
What are we really ingesting when we drink cows’ milk? What are mothers passing through their bodies to their children? What in the world is a dairy allergy? Dr. Vivian Chen dives into the dangers of dairy and her story of transitioning to a plant-based diet after a battle to diagnose the root of her infant’s feeding problem. As a double-certified physician, Dr. Chen has seen a host of improvements in her patients when they cut dairy and address their lifestyle. She’s going to tell you the sneaky ways dairy might be affecting you -- and your children.   What we discuss in this episode: Defining dairy allergy, and distinguishing it from lactose intolerance. The top four allergies Dr. Chen says mothers should look for. Ethnic diversity in allergy prevalence and the difficulty in testing for allergies. Delayed vs. acute symptoms and allergies in adults vs. babies. Elimination diets to discover the root of your symptoms. The effects of casein metabolizing into casomorphin. Follow Dr. Chen at and, or on Instagram at Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 22, 2019
Everyone experiences the occasional food craving, but for some, certain foods become a true addiction. Why are some people wired to crave certain types of food so intensely, and how can we break free of it? Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, founder of Bright Line Eating, answers these questions and explains her strategies for managing food addiction and achieving sustainable weight loss. We are fascinated by her method and believe everyone can gain from her knowledge and establish a healthier relationship with food. What we discuss in this episode: The science behind food addiction. Strategies to cope with food addiction. Dr. Peirce Thompson’s food philosophy and weight loss barriers.   The Compensation Effect Find Bright Line Eating’s white paper. Google “Likelihood of an Obese Person Achieving Normal Weight With Bright Line Eating.” Find Susan at Bright Line Eating, pick up her book, Bright Line Eating: The Science of Eating Happy, Thin, and Free, and take the food addiction quiz at Connect with Switch4Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 21, 2019
What actually is diabetes? How is it caused? What’s the difference between type 1 and type 2, and is sugar or fat to blame? Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta answer these questions and more during our chat today. Both were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and manage it with a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet. They’ve teamed up to create Mastering Diabetes, a coaching program to help others feel their best while managing their symptoms. They even tried to help our audio engineer, Michael, move away from his meat-heavy diet! Get out your keyboard–you’re going to want to take notes during this fun yet informative conversation. What we discuss in this episode: Defining the 5 types of diabetes. The difference between natural and refined sugar. How a plant-based diet can reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Robby and Cyrus’ low fat, plant-based whole food philosophy. How to eat for longevity and to lower your risk for chronic disease. Recommended reading: 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Doug Graham and Whole by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. Follow Robby and Cyrus at or on Instagram at @masteringdiabetes You can also find their personal profiles on Instagram: @mindfuldiabetic (Robby) and @mangomannutrition (Cyrus). Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 20, 2019
Giacomo Marchese is a successful natural bodybuilder and coach, but he wasn’t always the epitome of perfect health. After discovering the sport of bodybuilding at a young age, Giacomo became severely anorexic, forcing him to step away from competitions for several years. After overcoming his eating disorder and harnessing a healthier mindset around food and exercise, Giacomo eventually made his way back to what he loves and now coaches others in bodybuilding and general weight loss and fitness. His secret weapon? Sleep, hydration, and a plant-based diet! In this episode we discuss: Giacomo’s struggle with anorexia. How to get enough protein (spoiler, everything has protein) Society’s misplaced obsession with macronutrients Giacomo recommends a blend of pea and rice for the optimum, easy-to-digest protein powder. Giacomo’s go-to meals Dinner: Baked potato, Beyond Meat burger patty, side of broccoli Breakfast: Bowl of oats with fresh fruit Giacomo’s tips to lose weight on a vegan diet: Get enough sleep (7 - 9 hours) Hydration is crucial (¾ - 1 ½ gallons, daily) Eat plenty of vegetables Keep a food journal Follow and support Giacomo on Instagram @muslesbybrussels and visit his website, Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 19, 2019
Actress. Photographer. Ballerina. Influencer. Agnes Muljadi has an impressive resume with an even more impressive Instagram following—530K. But she’s not after followers. She’s interested in ethics and serving as a positive role model for young girls. We dive into a number of wide-ranging topics in this episode, from her overnight transition to veganism after a health scare to using her social platform to create positive change and mentor others. We also discuss the raw vegan lifestyle, sustainable fashion, and how to navigate brand collaborations. You’ll love Agnes’ real, down-to-earth philosophies, and also gain some insight to improve your health and your social media game. What we discuss in this episode: Increasing stamina with a mostly raw, plant-based diet. Being mindful of what you eat. Being a vegan role model for young dancers. Being an influencer and partnering with brands in line with your ethics. Sustainable fashion and consumerism (for Fair Trade fashion, shop Agnes’ favorite restaurant: Au Lac in Fountain Valley and DTLA. Look up your local Pig Vigil at Follow Agnes @artsyagnes on Instagram. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 18, 2019
Bill Muir, also known as SGT. Vegan, doesn’t make excuses. A vegan since 1992, Bill has traveled to 47 countries, served in the army, and was deployed to Afghanistan, all without breaking his commitment to his cruelty-free diet. Bill completed the brutal basic training on a plant-based diet and went on to become a medic and paratrooper, never wavering from his mission to help others.  He now works as an RN at the VA Center of Los Angeles and wrote a book, “Vegan Strong,” to dispel the “hippie” myth surrounding a vegan diet. Bill proves that you can maintain your health and your ethics no matter your circumstances, and he is working to help others realize this fact. What we discuss in this episode: Bill’s travel tips: Always have a plan, and use the Happy Cow app to find vegan options near you., a care package website for soldiers. Surviving Army basic training. Bill’s concern with the low-quality food provided at VA centers. Making vegan options more accessible through fast-casual concepts, rather than high-end restaurants. Follow Bill by visiting his website,, on Instagram @sgt_vegan, and pick up his book, Vegan Strong, on Amazon. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 15, 2019
You might know her as Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on the smash television hit, “Bones,” but today, Emily Deschanel is just playing her cool, laid back self as a mom, friend, and vegan. Learn what goes on behind the scenes of a film set as Alexandra and Emily discuss their experiences as vegan actresses and where they found red carpet-ready and vegan-friendly fashion. Emily also talks at length about her experience raising two young vegan kids and living with a not-quite-vegan husband. We had a blast chatting with Emily; despite her fame, she’s so down-to-earth and real. Grab a plant milk latte and join in our fun conversation! What we discuss in this episode: Adrienne Shelly Foundation - nonprofit supporting women filmmakers Finding quality vegan fashion, including shoes, accessories, and formal wear Navigating the acting world as a vegan and speaking up for yourself Raising vegan kids and living with non-vegan significant others “How I Became an Elephant” Documentary Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 14, 2019
Keep your bulk but drop the dairy. Vegan bodybuilder and influencer Brian Turner don’t suffer any loss of gains since switching to a plant-based diet. He attracted social media following after documenting his horrific acne experience as a teen on YouTube. After intense Accutane treatment that ultimately failed, Brian cured himself of his chronic skin condition by ditching dairy, and eventually, all animal products. He’s an animated guy with a can-do attitude, explaining everything from nutrition and eating patterns as a vegan bodybuilder, to “Bro Science,” to where, exactly, he gets his protein. He also shared his favorite mass gainer shake recipe. For the gym newbies and gym rats, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. In this episode we discuss: How Brian cured his severe acne by ditching dairy. The serious side effects of Accutane and the issue with Big Pharma. How a vegan bodybuilder (and everyone) can get plenty of protein. Unhealthy bodybuilding eating habits, like binging and experiencing cravings. “Bro-xplaning” and debunking bro science Brian’s restaurant picks: Plant Power Fast Food or Donna Jean in San Diego Brian recommends the HappyCow app or website to find vegan food anywhere you are in the world. Brian’s Mass Gainer “Humerus Smoothie” Recipe: 3-4 frozen bananas, 2 cups other fruit (mix of pineapple, mango, strawberries), a couple handfuls of spinach, splash of almond milk, 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, 1 scoop of Vivo Life protein powder. Get in touch with and support Brian by shopping at his fitness apparel line,, listening to his podcast, Beyond the Podcast, and watching his workouts, recipes, and helpful tips on his YouTube channel. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 13, 2019
Poop. It might not be dinner table conversation, but there’s no denying it’s on everyone’s minds. If you ever feel bloated, constipated, or experience more serious digestive issues, it could be due to your diet. Plant-based and board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Angie Sadeghi walks us through all our burning questions about our gut including colonics, enemas, probiotics, and more. Learn how to become more “regular” and diversify your gut microbiome, so get a pen and paper ready; you’ll want to take notes! What we discuss in this episode: How dairy negatively affects the gut microbiome How to diversify the gut microbiome with plant-based foods The importance of fiber Everything you want to know about your colon How to start feeling better by gradually transitioning to high fiber foods “Dairy Is Scary” video by Erin Janus Follow Angie on Instagram @angie.sadeghi or visit her website Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter  
February 12, 2019
“If there’s something about your life that you don’t like, and there’s something that you can do about, then it’s not a problem. I realized that if I’m the problem, I get to be the solution.” - Adam Sud You don’t need to experience trauma to feel depressed. You don’t have to grow up in a certain zip code to be a drug addict, and you don’t have to have obese parents to develop a food addiction. Adam Sud grew up in a comfortable household with a loving family, yet he experienced all of these things. After years of Adderall abuse and excessive consumption of fast-food, Adam tried to commit suicide. Unsuccessful in his attempt, he finally committed to seeking help and discovered the healing powers of the plant-based diet - not just the physical effects, but the mental benefits as well. Adam lost 160 pounds and titrated off all of his medications, including his antidepressants. Now healthy and medication-free, Adam devotes his life to helping others, proving that no matter how far one has fallen, there is always a way out. What we discuss in this episode: Coping with food as a child Adderall addiction Steps to recovery Losing 160 lbs and becoming a fit marathon runner Perseverance and trusting the journey Benefits of whole foods, plant-based diet How to change your perspective and set a positive mindset The Save Movement (@thesavemovement) The Pleasure Trap Connect with Adam Instagram Facebook Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 11, 2019
“It is absolutely unnatural and unnecessary for adult humans to be consuming the milk of another species. It’s unnatural and it’s unhealthy.” - Dr. Milton Mills, MD Most doctors receive less than 24 hours worth of nutrition education during their four years of medical school; they prescribe pills and surgeries without first looking at their patients’ diet. For Dr. Milton Mills, this is not the case. A critical care physician working at an ICU, Dr. Mills is no stranger to patients suffering from advanced stages of chronic disease. His first recommendation? Ditch dairy. He is on a mission to educate the public about the consequences of dairy - to both individual health and that of society. He supports his claims with medical evidence, and we take a deep dive into exactly why dairy is so harmful. He is truly passionate about this topic, and it was a pleasure to sit down with him and learn so much. What we discuss in this episode: Health risks of consuming dairy, including acne, digestive problems, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Lactose intolerance and people of color. Government involvement in the dairy industry and dairy promotion. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Blue Zones YouTube for science-backed, easily digestible, and subject-specific videos on health and the benefits of a plant-based diet. Connect with Switch 4 Good YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
February 3, 2019
Switch4Good is a strong and growing coalition made up of dairy-free athletes, trainers, doctors, nutritionists and influencers. Some of us have won Olympic medals and some of us simply take the stairs instead of the elevator. We have all learned that cow’s milk is not a health food and understand that ditching dairy is a straight path towards living a longer, more fulfilling life. Join the movement at Or in Instagram Discover more athletes who have made the switch for good Our mission is to empower people to take control of their health by eliminating dairy. We employ athlete success stories and indisputable facts to educate the masses about the health hazards of the dairy industry. We are a united global team of dairy-free athletes, trainers, physicians, nutritionists, and inspirational leaders paving the way for superior health and unparalleled athletic performance through a dairy-free future for all.
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