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32 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
NBSV 128: Self-care for chefs, food insecurity, and more: a discussion with Chef Stephanie
It’s not out of the ordinary for us to hear about self-care, ideal ways to practice it, and why it’s so imperative. It is rare, however, to hear it discussed within the culinary world. Enter Chef Stephanie Michalak White, who developed and launched a plant-based program at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts [currently ranked as the #1 culinary school in the entire world.] Stephanie and I discuss her program development, what self-care means for chefs and folks in culinary worlds, and the major topic of food insecurity.
42 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
NBSV 127: Kids in vegan activism, self care for advocates [and more] with Kingston Zoom Walters
Many folks come to veganism later in life, but there are a select few who start slightly earlier. Kingston Zoom Walters, also known as King Zoom the Vegan Kid, has been vegan since birth. Kingston is an 18-year-old vegan, neurodivergent, feminist social justice activist and environmentalist. His early passion for speaking up against injustices towards animals, humans and the planet evolved into speaking at many events across North America. Kingston joins me to discuss what he’s learned as a child activist, self-care for vegan animal activists, and his brand new book.
44 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
NBSV 126: Healthy aging, lasting legacies, and more: a discussion with vegan legend Victoria Moran
What constitutes a “vegan legend”? Let’s start with almost 40 years of veganism, being listed by VegNews among the “Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors’, establishing the Main Street Vegan Academy…and more. Meet Victoria Moran. Victoria first joined me on the podcast for episode 46, and this is our second discussion. We talk about the Main Street Vegan Academy training and certification program [where she is Founder/Director], healthy aging, leaving a lasting legacy, and the intersection of compassion with both faith and spirituality.
32 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
NBSV 125: Why multi-level marketing is unethical, and why it's problematic for the fitness industry
"I've got a great opportunity for you to start your own business and earn extra income on the side!" -- most of us have received an MLM (multi-level marketing) pitch like this from a distant acquaintance after some small talk. Although they're declining in popularity, MLM is a business structure rampant in the fitness, nutrition, and health space. Beachbody, Arbonne, Herbalife, Younique, Amway...the list goes on. In this episode I share 6 reasons why MLM is unethical, and why it's problematic within the fitness -- and vegan -- realms. I also discuss why MLM decreases the brand equity of existing businesses, as well as the future of, and alternatives to, MLM.
49 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
NBSV 124: Food, vegan nutrition, the BS of diet culture, and more with Desiree Nielsen + Zoe Peled
It’s no secret that our podcast episodes often contain at least a few mic drops. This one may set the bar. Earlier this year, Registered Dietician Desiree Nielsen joined me to discuss all things food and nutrition. Our conversation was so expansive, we needed to bridge it into a separate discussion, and invite Coach Zoe [my fellow BS-buster] to join the talk. We discuss dismantling certain structures within the ‘fitness industrial complex’ [term coined by Fitness for All Bodies], the problematic components of the diet industry, nutrition, when veganism is used as weight loss incentive, and so much more.
49 minutes | May 24, 2022
NBSV 123: Why meal plans don’t work [and what does] with plant-based CSN Philip Bryden
We’re all relatively familiar with the term and concept of meal plans. For years, they’ve been offered to us as the fail-proof, non-negotiable element that will help you nail all of your nutritional goals. What if there was a completely different approach that didn’t involve meal plans? Furthermore, what if they actually have a detrimental impact? Certified plant-based sports nutritionist Philip Bryden joins me to talk about this- and much more! He also holds certifications in Integrative Nutrition, Nutrition Science, Nutrition Coaching, Anatomy and Physiology, Plant-Based Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, and he’s a certified Yoga Instructor and Ultra Running Coach. Philip works with international professional athletes across a variety of sports, including soccer, tennis, and ultra running; and he’s Club Nutritionist for the world’s first vegan rugby club.
37 minutes | May 10, 2022
NBSV 122: The unexpected relationship between climate action and fitness with PT Emily Kennedy
Climate action has been a longstanding subject, as we become more and more aware of the current, irrefutable climate crisis. However, while we discuss its connection to many parts of our lives, this may be one of the first times we’ve explored its connection to….fitness! Emily Kennedy is a systems thinker from Nova Scotia, a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and founder of resiliFIT Coaching. She uses her love of food and fitness to demonstrate the impact we have on climate change through daily choices, while connecting folks with nature.
44 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
NBSV 121: Gut health, “anti-nutrients”, and nutrition BS-busting with RD Desiree Nielsen
Maybe you’ve heard the terms; maybe you haven’t: gut health. Anti-nutrients. There are many terms, often elusive, that circulate within the nutrition realm. What do they mean, and which ones should we be paying attention to? Registered Dietician Desiree Nielsen joins me to discuss these terms, chat about anti-nutrients, where we find them, and answer the big question: are they bad for us? Alongside this subject and others, we dive into nutrition myth-busting, drop some mics, and discuss re-thinking the approach to nutrition as a whole.
38 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
NBSV 120: Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons on using veganism to manage M.S. and fuel training
When you hear the term marathon swim, it’s generally referring to a 10km distance [6.2 miles]. Our guest for NBSV #120, Susan Simmons, is an ultra-marathon swimmer. You do the math. Susan Simmons discusses how she uses veganism to manage multiple sclerosis, and fuel her training. In her own words: “My number one form of exercise is swimming and my diet is vegan. Both minimize the stress on my body, making it possible for me to live an active life.” Listen now via link in bio!
39 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
NBSV 119: Busting 3 vegan myths with RDN Nisha Melvani
We’ve all heard them, right? Veganism exists alongside a selection of myths, perpetuated by mainstream media, particular industries, and marketing [to name a few!] Do you want to know three of the most familiar myths out there, and promptly have them busted by truth and facts? Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Nisha Melvani joins me to do just that, alongside a discussion about her new book release, attending culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, and much, much more.
27 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
NBSV 118: Coach K's fundamentals of strength training + body composition goals on a vegan diet
It is one of the most important, and most inquired-about relationships, and we're diving into it: veganism and strength training. I outline how to fuel strength training efficiently, the special things vegans need to consider, 6-extra important nutrients, and much [much] more. Naturally, we'll also explore the infamous, favourite subject matter when it comes to talking about vegans and strength training: protein! The truths, the facts, the myths: this episode has them all.
58 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
NBSV 117: Fitness industry BS bustin' [and more] with Ren Jones
If you’ve listened to the No-Bullshit Vegan podcast before, you’ve heard his name. If you haven’t, it’s about time you do! Coach Ren Jones, one of my favourite humans with whom to “co-bust” industry BS, returns for another episode of mic drops and truth bombs. Ranging from the fitness industry’s take on body size, to celebrity weight loss, we present a freestyle episode: no agenda, however no subject stone left unturned. 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, methods which have helped his clients make permanent change and heal their relationship with food.
38 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
NBSV 116: Can dogs be vegan? A discussion with Laura Simonson of Virchew
You’ve heard the question before, you’ve seen all the opinions weigh in, and you’ve seen the spirited discussions on social media about it: can dogs be vegan? Laura Simonson of Virchew [which produces plant-based meals and treats for dogs], addresses this question, the myth that dogs are carnivores, and speaks to the expansive research that’s been done on dogs who eat vegan diets. Based in Vancouver, BC, Virchew is the first producer of 100% plant-based meals and treats for dogs powered by trail-blazing veterinary partnerships and nutrition programs: "Good for our dogs. Good for our earth. Good for our hearts” is the brand’s mantra, and Laura’s here to tell you why.
42 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
NBSV 115: Vegan bodybuilders [and VeganProteins.com cofounders] Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor
How do vegans get their protein? Vegan bodybuilders Dani Taylor and Giacomo Marchese of VeganProteins.com answer this question, and a heck of a lot more: long-term habit change, strength training on a vegan diet, and reaching big fitness goals. They travel with the Vegan Strong team and co-founded PlantBuilt.com, an NPO of vegan strength athletes who compete to raise awareness for veganism and money for animal rescue sanctuaries. Eat plants; lift heavy: this is how!
38 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
NBSV 114: A technological argument against animal products with Dr. Karthik Sekar
Where do technology and animal products intersect [and how do they?] Dr. Karthik Sekar offers a technological argument against animal products, their problematic relationship to the environment [and the animals], and how the future of plant-based replacements has the capacity to exceed animal-based products in every way. Humanity has great impetus to shift past animal products, and this is a part of the process that bears huge potential to help us do so. Tune in to find out how you can be part of it.
48 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
NBSV 113: Daniel Weiss on athletic performance, and how it relates to body composition and veganism
Daniel Weiss joins me to delve into how body composition and athletic performance intersect, how veganism affects athletic performance, how to improve your body composition and energy with your nutrition and training, and more. Daniel turned his passion for nutrition, food, exercising, and human behaviour into helping active people overcome mindset blocks, lose excuses, and develop healthy relationships with food while pursuing health, body composition, and performance goals.
45 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
NBSV 112: West African cuisine, the plant-based diet, and where they intersect
How has West African -specifically Ghanian- cuisine [and its plant-based nature], influenced US and Caribbean food cultures? Nana-Serwa Mancell is the Founder and chef of Veghana, a meal delivery and catering company based in Dubai that serves vegan West African cuisine. Nana believes that West African Food deserves a place among the popular global cuisines, and that it has an enormous amount to offer anyone on a plant-based diet. We discuss this crucial shift, and much- much more!
55 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
NBSV 111: Truly F*cked Up Parts of the Fitness Industry part II with Zoe Peled
What do noses have to do with weight loss? How do we talk about "problem" areas? Watch out: the holidays are coming + you best repent for your food choices! Back by popular demand for a 2nd edition, alongside my coaching colleague @zoemarg, we commit to calling out more falsities that need to be addressed, including the potentially problematic use of the word "goals", how we can dismantle the "good vs.bad" paradigm, and much [much] more. Time to kick the BS to the curb! Listen now via link in bio
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.]
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