Ordinary Vegan Podcast



Ordinary Vegan Podcast - Are you sick of being sick? Do you want more energy? Do you want to treat yourself with more compassion? Ordinary Vegan addresses all aspects of eating and living healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including food, cooking, recipes and nutrition. This unique podcast empowers and inspires the listeners to live a long, healthy life that is also kind to the planet and animals.


  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #99-Mark Bittman - How To Eat More Sustainably

    14/07/2021 Duración: 35min

    As many of us know, the food we eat impacts everything. Current food systems are failing us in terms of livelihoods, inequality, human health, and the environment. Today’s guest, renowned writer, Mark Bittman, is one of the most successful food writers of all time. Over the past 30 years, he has penned over 17,000 recipes and countless books, including the best-selling book “How To Cook Everything.” In the past, he wrote mostly about the pleasures of cooking but has shifted gears to become a food activist. Today, Mark Bittman inspires us to eat a healthy diet that is also sustainable.  In this episode, Nancy and Mark Bittman touch on numerous food subjects including: Sustainable diets The synergy between human health and the planet’s health How to shop ethically and sustainably Equitable access to healthy, safe, and sustainable diets Reduction of food waste The business of agricultural production and the USDA Sustainable farming practices “What’s wrong with what we eat” Ted Talk The Bittman Project Mark’s n

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #98- Kathy Freston & 72 Reasons To Be Vegan

    05/05/2021 Duración: 35min

    If there's one person who put the vegan lifestyle on the map, it would have to be Kathy Freston. For over 10 years, Kathy has been part of the plant-based movement. She has written nine books including Veganist, The Lean, Clean Protein, and Quantum Wellness. Her newest offering, co-authored with Gene Stone, is entitled "72 Reasons To Be Vegan - Why Plant-Based. Why Now" which was released on March 30 of this year. Kathy's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey show inspired Oprah and her entire staff to go entirely vegan for 21 days. In addition, Kathy appears frequently on national TV, including Ellen, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Talk, Extra, and Oprah, and her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, W, Fitness, and The Huffington Post. In this episode, Kathy Freston and Nancy touch on numerous subjects including: Kathy's personal journey to veganism Faux meats and processed food How to reduce our environmental impact Soy and breast cancer Dairy intolerance Better sex and glowing skin K

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #97- Mushrooms: The Health Benefits with Jeff Chilton

    17/04/2021 Duración: 43min

    Mushrooms are one of the hottest wellness trends of 2021. From weight management to cognitive health, the mushrooms' health benefits are abundant. Today's podcast is dedicated to exploring the magic and the mystery of mushrooms with mushroom guru, Jeff Chilton. Jeff Chilton has been deeply steeped in mushrooms since 1973. In the late seventies, he was a founder of Mycomedia, which held 4 mushroom conferences in the Pacific Northwest. These educational conferences brought together educators and experts in mushroom identification, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation. During this period Jeff co-authored the highly acclaimed book, The Mushroom Cultivator. In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a business that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the US nutritional supplement industry. Since 1989, Nammex has pioneered the development and manufacture of mushroom extracts for the health and wellness industry. Nammex specializes in mushroom products and is the premier supp

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #96-Vegan Swaps & Recipes for Animal Products

    23/02/2021 Duración: 19min

    Are you thinking of adding more plants to your diet in 2021?  Today's podcast shares some easy vegan swaps to ease the transition.  Finding substitutions for animal products is perhaps the most difficult part of vegan cooking. But it can also be the healthiest thing you can do. For example, when you switch one tablespoon of aquafaba for one egg, you cut out 5 grams of fat and 75 calories.  So if you are looking for equally delicious and healthy vegan swaps, look no further. Podcast #96 will introduce you to many vegan swaps and recipes along with: Healthy Eating Checklist Oil Substitutes Best Vegan Banana Bread: Oil-Free & Super Moist Whipped Cream and Meringue  Egg Replacements Quick Black Bean Veggie Burgers (recipe below) The Best Vegan Binding Agents Cream and Sauce Substitutes Sunflower Pasta Alfredo Sauce (recipe below) Gelatin Precautions I hope today's simple vegan swaps helps your transition to a plant-based diet. For recipes and inspiration, please follow me on Instagram and Facebook. You can

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #95-Alcohol and Cancer Risk - Should You Be Concerned?

    09/02/2021 Duración: 39min

    In today's podcast, Dr. Noelle LoConte discusses the relationship between alcohol and cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, alcohol use is one of the most preventable risk factors for cancer. They further state that alcohol use accounts for about 6% of all cancers and 4% of all cancer deaths.  For many cancers, the more alcohol you drink, the higher your cancer risk. But for some types of cancers, in particular breast cancer, consuming even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk. Furthermore, BreastCancer.org warns women that as little as three alcoholic drinks per week give you a 15% higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers. Most people don't realize that tipping back a beer, wine, or a cocktail could increase their cancer risk. Noelle LoConte, M.D., specializes in the relationship between alcohol and cancer. She is the first author on the American Society of Clinical Oncology policy statement on alcohol and cancer and has served on the ASCO prevention Committee. Dr. LoConte

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #94-Arsenic In Rice - Should You Be Concerned?

    20/01/2021 Duración: 19min

    The questions about arsenic in rice have been floating around for many years. Mainly because studies have detected high levels of arsenic in rice. So should you eat rice? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, but today I present all the evidence so you can make an informed decision. Podcast #94 will answer all the critical questions about the amounts of arsenic in rice and how to avoid it along with: Maximum levels of arsenic allowed in drinking water Forms of arsenic Why rice absorbs arsenic Determining arsenic content of rice Arsenic and disease Food safety and rice products Which brands and sources of rice have the least arsenic Rice milk and rice syrup Tips for reducing arsenic content of the rice you eat I hope today's podcast helps you decide how much rice and rice products you want to consume. Thanks to Wholier for sponsoring today's podcast. You can receive 25% off your first order by using the coupon code ordinaryvegan. Just go to Liveholier.com. Additionally, you can find my organic vegan CBD pr

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #93-Raising Vegan Children Safely with Pediatrician Reshma Shah

    28/12/2020 Duración: 36min

    It is more and more common for parents to discuss raising vegan children.  But, is a plant-based diet nutritionally adequate for kids? Today we ask an expert. Reshma Shah, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical instructor at Stanford University of Medicine. Along with her colleague, Brenda Davis, RD, they are the authors of a new book called "Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families." The book answers many of the common questions that often worry parents about raising vegan children. Podcast #93 will answer all the critical questions and misconceptions about plant-based food and children along with: Nutrition specifics for every stage of childhood The best plant-based milk for babies and toddlers Is soy safe for children Protein requirements for kids of all ages How parents can get their children excited about eating healthy foods Most reliable sources of vitamin B12 and Vitamin D Avoiding food anxiety Strategies to follow to help a child meet their calcium needs Tips and

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #92-Dr. T. Colin Campbell: Protein, Cancer and COVID-19

    04/12/2020 Duración: 01h18min

    In this episode of the Ordinary Vegan Podcast, I talk with a man who needs no introduction. His name is Dr. T. Colin Campbell and he is one of the most famous people in the plant-based movement. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD has dedicated his life to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for the China Study--one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted, and recognized by The New York Timesas the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”--Dr. Campbell’s profound impact also includes extensive involvement in education, public policy, and laboratory research. He also wrote the bestselling book Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. Several documentary films feature Dr. Campbell and his research, including Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, and PlantPure Nation. Furthermore, he has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and  is the founder of the T. Colin Cam

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #91- Turning Your Passion Into A Plant-Based Business Part 2

    24/11/2020 Duración: 43min

    Is it time to turn your passion for a vegan lifestyle into a plant-based business? What was recently a radical lifestyle choice, eating plants, is now rapidly moving into the mainstream. And if there was ever a time to open a plant-based business, now is the time. According to Meticulous Research, the plant-based food market worth will be 74.2 billion by 2027. Clearly, the growth in this market is due to the nutritional benefits offered by plants and for the sake of the environment.  These statistics open a significant opportunity for vegan entrepreneurs. Our podcast guest, Björn Öste, is a seasoned plant-based business owner and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of Good Idea Drinks. Good Idea is a flavored sparkling water with a blend of five amino acids and chromium that cuts the blood sugar spike after a meal. It's all-natural, un-sweetened, and contains zero calories. Prior to Good Idea, Björn co-founded Oatly.  Oatly is one of the most popular non-dairy milks in the world and is sold in over 25 coun

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #90-Turning Your Passion Into a Vegan Business

    10/11/2020 Duración: 27min

    Starting a vegan business is not for the faint of heart. Building a new business can be scary and risky, but every successful entrepreneur will tell you that it’s worth it. Today’s podcast is part 1 of a vegan business series focused on plant-based entrepreneurs.  You might be saying why now? Because the coronavirus is sparking a plant-based sales explosion, and this could be a good time to turn your passion into a vegan business. Additionally, many big successful businesses started in a downturn like Netflix.  Legend has it that Netflix founder, Reed Hastings, was motivated to start an online DVD rental by mail after incurring a $40.00 late fee from Blockbuster. So, in my opinion, anything is possible. In Podcast #90, we speak with a first-time vegan business owner Emily Edwards about her entrepreneur journey along with: How to start a vegan business focused on food Testing the viability of a new product Business plan Costs to create a new business Sourcing ingredients Pricing Social responsibility You can

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #89-Answers To Common Vegan Questions

    27/10/2020 Duración: 25min

    Today, Ordinary Vegan tackles some of the most common vegan questions asked by our community members. And more than likely, all vegans have been asked these common vegan questions at some point. Furthermore, if you’re thinking about becoming vegan, you may find the answer to something that’s troubling you right here. Podcast #89 is dedicated to common vegan questions asked by the Ordinary Vegan community along with: Oil or no oil Oil-free salad dressing recipes A typical day of food for Ordinary Vegan Time-restricted eating Not feeling full on a vegan diet How to improve gut health Cooking sprays, yay or nay Plant-based protein Safest cookware Processed vegan food Coffee creamers, dairy production, and climate change Vegan Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower Béchamel Vegan Beef Stew Thank you for joining me today. For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Sign up, so you don't miss any of my vegan recipes.  Additionally, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" HER

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #88-Soup Enhancing Tips To Liven Up Your Vegan Soups

    14/10/2020 Duración: 19min

    Several studies that have tested the effects of consuming soup on a regular basis found that routinely eating soup can reduce energy intake, enhance satiety, and promote weight loss. Vegan soups are especially satiating because high fiber vegetables are high volume foods. This is called energy density. Energy density is the number of calories in a particular weight of food. It means you can have satisfying portions of low-energy-dense foods with a relatively low-calorie content. Such high fiber foods like broccoli, squash, peas, cabbage, spinach and sweet potatoes are high volume foods. They add bulk to your meals and fill up your stomach without a lot of calories. They also keep you full longer. And vegan soups don't have to be boring. There are a lot of ways to liven them up, so today's podcast is dedicated to vegan soup enhancing tips along with: Using aromatics to add depth and flavor Why soup is only good as your broth Using seeds to add flavor Whole grains to elevate heartiness Umami flavors Crunch and

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #87-Why Environmentalists Don't Vote with Nathaniel Stinnett

    26/09/2020 Duración: 35min

    In the 2016 US Presidential election, over 10 million people who listed the environment their top priority didn't vote.You might be asking, how can you be an environmentalist and not vote? Today, Nathaniel Stinnett provides the answers. Nathaniel Stinnett is the Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan nonprofit that uses big data and behavioral science to identify non-voting environmentalists and then get them to vote. Dubbed “The Voting Guru” by Grist magazine, Stinnett was named one of America’s 50 environmental visionaries, and he is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques at top universities and campaign management training. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Nathaniel Stinnett will provide fascinating, insightful, and jaw-dropping reasons on why environmentali

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #86-: Reversing Diabetes & Inspiring Change with BP Eric Adams

    15/09/2020 Duración: 35min

    Today I sit down with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams. Eric is in the running to be the next mayor of New York City and he is using his platform to spark real change and spread the plant-based message. Here is some background. At 15 years old, Eric Adams was beaten by police. The traumatizing incident inspired him to become a police officer to help reform New York City policing from the inside. He co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, and after 22 years on the force, retired as a captain. Eric served in the New York Senate for seven years and was elected Brooklyn Borough President in 2013. He is now serving his second term. In 2016 when Eric was out of the country, he experienced stomach pains and feared it was colon cancer. When he returned to America, he went to the doctor and found out that his colon was fine, but that he had an ulcer and was in the late stages of type-2 diabetes. This caused him to lose sight in his left eye and was slowly losing it in his right eye, making him legally

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #85-Cultivating Happiness in Stressful Times

    01/09/2020 Duración: 25min

    News flash: 2020 has been a rough year on everybody. And according to a recent happiness study, people in the US are more unhappy today than they've been in nearly 50 years. The study found that just 14% of American adults say they're very happy. This statistic is down from 31% who said the same in 2018. Furthermore, in other parts of the world, the health and economic impact of Covid-19 has been significant. So stress and unhappiness isn't just an American problem. Obviously, it's easy to cultivate happiness when life is going our way. But what about the darker times? How can some people remain happy in troubling times? As it turns out, scientific data suggests there are particular reasons why some people weather the storm better than others. Today's podcast is devoted to evidence-based studies on how to be happy along with: Happiness Study 2019 World Happiness Report Harvard College Study on why some people live longer and happier The secrets of people who remain happy in stressful times The importance of

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #84-Building T cells for Immunity & Protection Against Covid-19

    18/08/2020 Duración: 19min

    T cells are the most important cells in adaptive immune response because these immune hunters can seek and destroy an infected cell. Unquestionably, building an army of these cells is the single most important defense we have against Covid 19. And although a robust immune system will not totally prevent us from getting the virus, it will offer additional protection. Furthermore, a strong immunity can lessen symptoms if you contract the disease. As we all know, this pandemic has been distressing, frightening, and disruptive. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus, so the best way to prevent illness is to wear a mask, social distance, and maintain a healthy body. My number one goal is to keep you safe and well, and I hope today's conversation adds to your health and longevity. This podcast is dedicated to building, boosting and increasing T cells along with: Why T cells are the most critical defense against Covid-19 How to improve, boost and increase immunity cells How immune cells can protec

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #83-Podcast #83: Socially Responsible Investing For A Green Planet

    04/08/2020 Duración: 37min

    Socially responsible investing is a strategy where people choose to invest in companies that are environmentally and socially responsible. As well as align with their core values. Today we welcome Stephan Kerby, author of the book "You Are The Change: A Beginner's Guide To Socially Responsible Investing." Stephan, a vegan himself,  is an expert on the topic of the effects of animal agriculture on the environment and ethical spending. Furthermore, his book "You Are The Change" is dedicated to making complex information about investing more accessible. Stephan shares his story of transitioning to a vegan diet and how his diet led him down a path of wanting to create change in the world. He spent 18 years as an Independent Advisor/RIA before partnering with long-time friend and founder of KMF Advisors, Brad Davis, to run the Socially Responsible Investment division. Stephan became the first financial advisor in the United States to earn the new Chartered SRI Counselor (CSRIC™) designation through the College for

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #82- Hormonal Imbalance: Causes & Cures with Dr. Neal Barnard

    21/07/2020 Duración: 43min

    Hormonal imbalance may be to blame for a range of unwanted symptoms and diseases. Addressing the causes directly is the first step in balancing your hormones. Today we welcome back Dr. Neal Barnard. Dr. Barnard is one of the world's most respected authority on vegan diets. He is a best-selling author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventative medicine, proper nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. In 2020, Dr. Barnard released his 18th book called "Your Body in Balance: the New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health. In "Your Body in Balance," Dr. Barnard describes how food and hormonal imbalance play a powerful role in common hormone-related conditions. These include infertilit

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #81-How To Survive a Pandemic with Dr. Michael Greger

    07/07/2020 Duración: 33min

    On this special episode, I speak to leading health expert, Dr. Michael Greger, on how to survive a pandemic. It's hard to make sense of the scary reality we now live in. And fears about catching Covid-19 can take an emotional and physical toll. Furthermore, there is so much confusion about protecting ourselves from this pandemic. This is why I am so happy that we have Dr. Greger here today to help clear up some of the confusion. Today's podcast is dedicated to how to survive a pandemic along with: Dangerous hand disinfectants and ethanol Efficiency of common fabrics used in respiratory cloth masks 600 thread masks with two layers of silk or chiffon without a gap The connection between animals and viruses H7N9 aka bird flu How to make disinfectant Who is at highest risk of Covid-19 Covid-19 testing Body mask index Simple foods to boost your immune system Medications to avoid during the pandemic Mutation and herd immunity Dr. Li Wenliang You can find Dr. Greger's new book "How To Survive a Pandemic" here. Ple

  • Ordinary Vegan Podcast #80-Why Physical Activity Reduces Your Risk of Disease

    23/06/2020 Duración: 14min

    There are plenty of good reasons to include lots of physical activity into your life. Big ones include reducing your risk for heart disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes, or stroke. Exercise can also cause changes in antibodies and white blood cells. White blood cells are the body's immune system cells that can help reduce your chance of becoming sick. In addition, physical activity can help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, which adds another layer of protection against Covid-19. Today's podcast is dedicated to how and why physical activity can enhance your immune health along with: Why excessive sitting or reclining can affect blood sugar Recommendations for physical activity amount for adults How physical inactivity can impact your brain Science-backed ways exercise affects the body I hope today's podcast motivates you to start or continue an exercise routine that you'll enjoy and stick with. For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Additionally, you can find my new book "

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