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26 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
NBSV 110: Chrissy King on merging social justice with the fitness industry
What are some ways we can approach diversity and inclusion within the fitness industry, and what work still needs to be done? Adapted from a Zoom conversation for an alive Magazine article (about how the COVID-19 pandemic, and recent discussions about diversity and inclusion, have changed the fitness industry for good), Chrissy King joins me to discuss her work as a writer, speaker, strength coach, and educator, with a passion for creating a diverse and inclusive wellness industry.
29 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
NBSV 109: Ren Jones on diversity + inclusion in the fitness industry
“Fitness is rooted in two things: patriarchy, and access.” Ren Jones is a certified trainer and certified nutrition coach in Charlotte, North Carolina. His personal philosophy toward changing behaviors is centered around self-compassion over discipline. Ren joined me for a crucial discussion about some of the most important issues facing the fitness industry today, a discourse that by no means can be contained to one podcast episode [and will be featured in many more to come.]
34 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
NBSV 108: Shawn Stratton of the International Vegan Film Festival: past, present + future
The International Vegan Film Festival [IVFF] and World Tour was founded in 2018. It is the largest vegan film festival of its kind in the entire world, exploring themes around animal welfare, environment, and health and nutrition. Shawn Stratton, director of the International Vegan Film Festival and World Tour, joins me to discuss the festival’s past, present, and future; his vegan story; and life as a plant-based endurance athlete.
77 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
NBSV 107: Veganism and abortion - a critical discussion
It is a comparison ever-present in the vegan community, though it is rarely critically addressed: veganism and abortion. In light of the recent legislation in Texas around reproductive rights [and lack thereof], my coaching colleague Zoe and I talk about the intersections between veganism and abortion, why the comparison may be problematic, and above all: why anti-abortion vegans are blatant hypocrites.
39 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
NBSV 106: Chef AJ & Glen Merzer on the science of low-fat, plant based diets
We’ve all heard the discussions around low-fat, plant-based diets [sometimes referred to as whole foods, plant-based]. The question remains: is it all hype, or are these sentiments true? Chef AJ and Glen Merzer, co-authors of the new book Own Your Health: How to Live Long and Avoid Chronic Illness, join me to discuss this lifestyle, answer the aforementioned question once and for all, and discuss how we can strategically move veganism forward in a culture that has normalized eating animal products.
38 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
NBSV 105: Demystifying [and mastering] vegan meal planning with Sophia DeSantis
Vegan meal planning: you’ve heard the term, and it’s one that can both inspire and elude. Sophia DeSantis is here to show us how to move from overwhelmed to empowered when it comes to vegan meal planning. The fun-loving mom behind Veggies Don’t Bite!, Sophia outlines how to break past traditional meal planning and create a meal system that is sustainable, will help you move from overwhelmed to empowered, and furthermore, how to successfully reach *all* of your wellness goals.
58 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
NBSV 104: Four Truly F*cked Up Parts of the Fitness Industry with Zoe Peled
What kind of messaging do we see in the fitness industry on a regular basis, and why are many parts of it so problematic? Alongside my coaching colleague Zoe Peled, we commit to calling out four falsities that need to be addressed, including the value assigned to the scale, the perverse need to have statements like "strong is the new skinny", and how the industry strategically markets itself to women based on shame and comparison. Time to kick the BS to the curb!
56 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
NBSV 103: Before The Butcher Founder Danny O’Malley on creating plant-based meat, veganism, + more
Is veganism really as difficult to implement as many folks say it is? Danny O’Malley, President and Founder of Before the Butcher, answers this question and many more, shares the story of his business, and shares crucial thoughts on plant-based food as a whole. Danny helped innovate the first line of diverse plant-based meat (burgers, chicken, turkey, sausage & much more) with an eye on taste, nutrition and sustainability.
43 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
NBSV 102: Alexandra Caspero of Plant-Based Juniors busts myths about vegan diets for children
Is a plant-based diet healthy for kids? Furthermore, is it safe for kids? Alexandra Caspero from Plant-Based Juniors joins me to answer these questions, address the benefits of a plant-based diet for kids, and break down some problematic (and false) myths prevalent within the dialogue. Alexandra is a registered dietitian nutritionist, mom, and (with Whitney English) the creator of Plant-Based Juniors, a community helping parents get more plants on the plate.
46 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
NBSV 101: Michelle Schwegmann of Portland's Herbivore on vegan parenting, business, and her new cookbook
Herbivore is one of the best-known vegan stores in the world. Co-founder Michelle Schwegmann joins me to share some of Herbivore's history, her view on vegan parenting, how her approach to veganism has changed over the years, and much more.
113 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
NBSV 100!! Ten listeners each have a 10-minute chat with Karina on veganism, fitness, and much more
In celebration of our 100th (!!) episode, I speak with 10 of our amazing listeners for 10 minutes each. You’ll hear from a farm sanctuary founder, a heavy metal vocalist, business owners, fitness coaches, professional organizers, and more. All vegan, and each with incredible insights to share. Thank you so much for supporting this show over the past 3+ years! Here’s to the next 100 episodes.
66 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
NBSV 099: Jess Peacock on the critical intersections of religion and veganism
How does veganism pertain to religion? There are blind spots intrinsic within religious communities, as veganism clearly pertains to the connection between suffering (animals, the planet, human health) and food choices. Jess Peacock is a researcher, adjunct professor, United Church of Christ clergy, author, and part of the K.I. team. A vegan for 16 years, Jess explores the above (and more), as we discuss where- and how- these two schools of thought intersect.
15 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
NBSV 098: “Cheat” meals and why I don’t use that term, there’s no “perfect diet”, & other BS-busting
A listener asked, “How do you feel about cheat days or cheat meals?” This is my answer. I discuss why I don’t use the term “cheat” in relation to food, why there’s no such thing as a “perfect” diet or “good” and “bad” foods, why rigid rules and restriction don’t work when it comes to nutrition, and how to break away from the all-or-nothing approach to dieting. I’ve also included powerful writing pieces from three fitness professionals on these subjects.
41 minutes | May 18, 2021
NBSV 097: Setareh Bateni on defining “veganism”, running a vegan jewellery business + more
How do we define “veganism”? Vegan business owner (One Thing Lockets) Setareh Bateni addresses the complexities of this answer, from a unique perspective holding a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Setareh speaks to the importance of showing the challenges and road bumps that may come up along the journey to veganism, being vegan in a non-vegan family, and how the ethical stance has been incorporated into both her personal life, and her business life.
49 minutes | May 4, 2021
NBSV 096: Actor Justina Adorno (Mayans M.C.) on veganism in the film industry, animal rights + more
Justina Adorno is an actor, long-term vegan, and committed to raising awareness through her social platforms about the abuse that animals endure. Justina currently stars on the gritty drama FX’s Mayans M.C., playing the role of ‘Stephanie’ aka ‘Nails,’ in the show’s third season. Having a passion for animal rights, Justina lives a vegan lifestyle, and is adamant about using only vegan makeup and hair products on set, and educates her followers across her social platforms on the abuse that animals endure. She shares her vegan story, talks about her current role on Mayans M.C., discusses using only vegan products on set, and much (much) more.
57 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
NBSV 095: Meredith Marin on mindfulness, how it can help us as vegans, and more
Mindfulness: what is it, how does one start with it, and how can it help us be happier vegans (and activists?) Meredith Marin is a vegan entrepreneur with a background in social work and community organizing. She's known in the vegan community for her work that transformed Aruba into the most vegan-friendly island in the Caribbean. We discuss her current projects, her background in vegan hospitality, and her strategies to support vegans all over the world in creating impact.
69 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
NBSV 094: "The Godfather of Vegan Bodybuilding" Robert Cheeke on his 100-pound gains journey, natural bodybuilding wins + more
Robert Cheeke, often referred to as the "Godfather of Vegan Bodybuilding", played a major role in growing the industry from its 2002 infancy to where it is today. Robert is a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, and founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness. Starting with his early farm roots, Robert shares his story of adding 100 pounds to his frame as a vegan bodybuilder, shifting the industry dialogue, and growing the vegan bodybuilding movement as a whole.
32 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
NBSV 093: Author + 30-year vegan Peggy Brusseau on The 12 Vegan Food Groups, the 80/20 rule and more
Peggy Brusseau is a food writer, cook, and committed vegan of more than 30 years. Peggy has written or co-written 24 books on food and health. Her most recent book addresses many key points about veganism: transitioning to veg life, living in a household where not all family members are vegan, nutrition for infants and children, the age-old "where do I get my protein?" question, and more. Heard of The Twelve Vegan Food Groups? After this discussion with Peggy, you'll be able to answer that question.
6 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
You're invited! Join our 3-day free online extravaganza, A Decade of Deadlifts: 10 Year Anniversary and Book Launch!
Announcing A Decade of Deadlifts: 10 Year Anniversary and Book Launch! Join us for our free, online extravaganza of three days of events (March 19 to 21), behind the scenes access, giveaways, and our main event featuring 5 incredible industry panelists. All folks are welcome to join the festivities as we celebrate 10 years of plant-fueled athleticism, badassery, an abundance of dark chocolate, and the publication of The Vegan Athlete (my fourth book!) Get your free ticket at karinainkster.com/booklaunch.
56 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
NBSV 092: Bill Muir (a.k.a. SGT Vegan) on veganism in the military, and being vegan for 28 years
Bill left a cushy job teaching English in Japan after 9/11 to join the Army as a Combat Medic. Vegan since 1992, Bill adhered to his plant-fueled diet throughout his rigorous Army training and deployment to Afghanistan. Bill now serves veterans as a registered nurse at the West Los Angeles Medical Center. In non-COVID times, Bill gives talks about being vegan, and appears at Veg Fests and Fitness Expos with the Vegan Strong team. We discuss how he survived as a vegan in the army, his two books, and more!
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