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The Plant Yourself Podcast features interviews with guests who are healing the world in various ways. From plant-based nutrition, to joyful movement, to evidence-based healthcare, to gardening, to environmental action, to social justice, to spiritual common sense - basically, all the folks I want to be friends with. Listen to a few episodes, subscribe if you like, and meet my friends.

The Plant Yourself Podcast features interviews with guests who are healing the world in various ways. From plant-based nutrition, to joyful movement, to evidence-based healthcare, to gardening, to environmental action, to social justice, to spiritual common sense - basically, all the folks I want to be friends with. Listen to a few episodes, subscribe if you like, and meet my friends.
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The Plant Yourself Podcast features interviews with guests who are healing the world in various ways. From plant-based nutrition, to joyful movement, to evidence-based healthcare, to gardening, to environmental action, to social justice, to spiritual common sense - basically, all the folks I want to be friends with. Listen to a few episodes, subscribe if you like, and meet my friends.

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Episodes

“If You Want Real Change, Make Real Change” with Joseph Alexander: PYP 305

1/15/2019
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Joseph Alexander is a nurse and park ranger in Minnesota. He's always been interested in health, and has always loved the outdoors. Knowing just those facts about Joseph, if you were to close your eyes and picture him in your imagination, you probably wouldn't see him as a 438-pound diabetic who had started - and given up on - just about every diet and weight loss strategy known to man. The post “If You Want Real Change, Make Real Change” with Joseph Alexander: PYP 305 appeared first on...

Duration:01:40:34

Veggies, Opportunities, and the Gold Rule of Improv with Tess Masters: PYP 304

1/7/2019
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Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, is a powerful spokesperson for a healthy plant-based lifestyle, and a force of nature. Growing up in Australia on a "meat and three veg" diet, she was plagued at age 14 with extreme lethargy. A naturopath suggested that she eliminate gluten, meat, and dairy, and within 48 hours she felt dramatically better. The post Veggies, Opportunities, and the Gold Rule of Improv with Tess Masters: PYP 304 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:25:37

Howard Jacobson on Procrastination, Cocoons, and the Unfinished Office: PYP 303

1/1/2019
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Happy New Year! I come to you today from the cab of my truck, in my driveway, to talk about the fact that my new office isn’t ready to move in, and it’s January 1, and it’s kind of driving me crazy. I don't even have access to my studio, my computer, my completed interviews - nothing. Everything is in tight storage, because I thought the new office would be ready for me by New Year's Eve. I turn for solace and wisdom to the poet David Whyte. In today's episode, I read and discuss with you...

Duration:00:48:42

“Give us This Day Our Daily Plants” with Tina Ahern: PYP 302

12/26/2018
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Tina Ahern is a long-time Plant Yourself Podcast listener and supporter. When she reached out to share her inspiring story, I knew I wanted to share it with you. Long story short, Tina and her husband Brian opened up a partially plant-based restaurant in Perry, Oklahoma, as part of their mission to serve their community through their Christian faith. The post “Give us This Day Our Daily Plants” with Tina Ahern: PYP 302 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:03:51

Defeating Distraction and Living Powerfully with Chris Bailey: PYP 301

12/18/2018
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When you're doing a video podcast with the guy who wrote the book on focus and mastering our attention, you don't take lots of notes. Instead, you look at your guest and stay present to the wisdom and insight he's dropping left and right. Which explains why I don't have a lot of show notes for today's guest, Chris Bailey. Chris and I got on Skype to discuss his latest book, Hyperfocus: How to be More Productive in a World of Distraction. The post Defeating Distraction and Living Powerfully...

Duration:01:20:46

Unleashing Nurses to Revolutionize Patient Care with Caroline Trapp, DNP: PYP 300

12/11/2018
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Caroline Trapp, DNP (that’s Doctor of Nursing Practice to you and me), is the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), as well as a nurse practitioner with Premier Internists in Southfield, Michigan. The post Unleashing Nurses to Revolutionize Patient Care with Caroline Trapp, DNP: PYP 300 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:16:49

The Strategic Passion of a Bunch of “Lonely and Powerful Vegans” with Darina Bockman: PYP 299

12/4/2018
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Darina Bockman is a business mover-and-shaker; a Senior Finance Director at CBRE, and a long-time vegan activist. She felt split; on the one hand, committed to helping her organization succeed and achieving personal career success, and on the other hand, representing her views on animal rights, human health, and environmental stewardship through plant-based advocacy. And it occurred to her that there might be others like her; leaders in corporate management who happened to be vegan (or, if...

Duration:01:13:23

Thriving Despite Chronic Pain with Emily Skamla: PYP 298

11/27/2018
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While leading the morning run groups at Engine 2's Plantstock this August, I met a young woman named Emily Skamla. She was fit and speedy - easily pounding out 6-minute miles, and smoking me during the hill repeats. I figured that the combination of youth, a Plant Strong diet, and a commitment to training were the whole story. Instructive, mildly inspiring, but certainly not Plant Yourself Podcast material. Boy was I wrong. The post Thriving Despite Chronic Pain with Emily Skamla: PYP 298...

Duration:00:51:45

“People Are Ready to Heal” with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams: PYP 297

11/20/2018
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2016. Unwilling to surrender his health destiny to the medical profession, Adams did some research, adopted a plant-based diet, lost 30 pounds, and reversed his condition. And he didn't stop there. Instead, he committed to making Brooklyn into Ground Zero for healthy living. The post “People Are Ready to Heal” with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams: PYP 297 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:00:40:56

Feminism, Veganism, and Activism with Carol Adams: PYP 296

11/13/2018
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Carol J. Adams is the author most recently of Burger and Protest Kitchen, and a self-described "feminist-vegan." The post Feminism, Veganism, and Activism with Carol Adams: PYP 296 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:20:57

Launching Your Next Chapter with Sanyin Siang: PYP 295

11/6/2018
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Sanyin Siang is a CEO Coach, Author, and the Executive Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) at Duke University. In other words, quite a big deal. The post Launching Your Next Chapter with Sanyin Siang: PYP 295 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:06:06

Community Innovation and Global Solutions: PYP 294

10/30/2018
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This past Saturday, I set up my portable recording studio in Cary, North Carolina, to live-podcast the PCRM Kickstart Your Health NC Triangle event. I chatted with Neal Barnard, MD (not pictured, because he moves too fast to photograph ;), Eric O'Grey (PCRM donor coordinator and elegant man-about-town in a fashionable sweater and gold tie), Whitney Sewell of Farmer Food Share (not pictured), Delphine Sellars of Urban Community AgroNomics (top center), attendee Carol Thibodaux of...

Duration:01:34:04

A Community Effort: PCRM Comes to the North Carolina Triangle: PYP 293

10/23/2018
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This weekend, the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is bringing its big guns to my neck of the woods, the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). Neal Barnard, Suzie Amis Cameron, Eric O'Grey, and others will be bringing their messages of hope and inspiration and information to my community. But PCRM also highlights local heroes - the folks who do good work in this community every day. The post A Community Effort: PCRM Comes to the North...

Duration:01:27:03

Harnessing Positive Emotions to Defeat Bad Habits with David DeSteno: PYP 292

10/16/2018
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Why do 92% of New Years' Resolutions fail, one year on? Why has the current cultural obsession with grit and willpower failed to move the needle on our behaviors? And why do long-time Buddhist monks demonstrate more self-control than the rest of us? Today's guest, David DeSteno, PhD, has been studying these and related issues for a long time. David is a psychology superstar, and I was amazed when he agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to chat. He's a professor of psychology at...

Duration:00:48:32

Neal Barnard, MD, on Not Eating, Testing, or Exploiting Animals in Pursuit of Health: PYP 291

10/9/2018
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Neal Barnard, MD, is the president and founder of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) - an organization far too large and influential to still be called a "committee," but who among us hasn't outgrown our childhood name? - and the founder of the Barnard Medical Center in the DC area. He's also the author of a crazy number of books, including the recent The Cheese Trap - which you should give to all your vegetarian dairy-loving friends just to gross them out and blow...

Duration:00:41:12

Healing through Hypnosis with Grace Smith: PYP 290

10/2/2018
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When Grace Smith resolved to quit smoking in 2011, she began with the most common approaches: nicotine gum, the patch, going cold turkey (is there a vegan equivalent to that phrase?). When a single hypnotherapy session led her to quit that same day, she turned from a skeptic into a avid promoter. The post Healing through Hypnosis with Grace Smith: PYP 290 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:06:11

Ketogenic Smoke and Mirrors with Robyn Chuter: PYP 289

9/24/2018
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There's so much buzz about keto these days, there must be something to it, right? I mean, if it didn't work to help people lose weight and feel better, they wouldn't be doing it. I admit, despite my years of research and practice; despite having co-written three books on nutrition; despite seeing the positive effects of a plant-based diet on people's health and vitality every single day - I still have this little voice in my head that's incredibly susceptible to really good marketing. And...

Duration:01:17:42

Brian Wansink on Tricking Ourselves into Eating Better: PYP 288

9/18/2018
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Brian Wansink is hiding behind a tiny plate for a very good reason. He's the researcher behind some of the most surprising findings in recent behavioral science, the most famous of these involving the interaction between plates and bowls and eating behavior. The post Brian Wansink on Tricking Ourselves into Eating Better: PYP 288 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:00:28

The Art of Fitness and Transformation with Gary Whitaker: PYP 287

9/12/2018
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Gary Whitaker is the founder and owner of Plant-based Fitness, a transformation gym located in Oakland, CA. The post The Art of Fitness and Transformation with Gary Whitaker: PYP 287 appeared first on Plant Yourself.

Duration:01:04:20

Crazy Adventures and Looking at the World Differently with Jeff Seal: PYP 286

9/4/2018
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Jeff Seal is a comedian, documentarian, adventurer, and undercover clown operating out of New York City. One of my son Elan's favorite YouTube artists, Jeff points out the hilarity, absurdity, and injustices of life through art and comedy. When Elan shared Jeff's work with me, I was particularly struck by his videos on dumpster diving and train-hopping. Both shared a common theme: finding freedom by questioning assumptions about what is and isn't "OK" to do in a consumer society where our...

Duration:01:07:00