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Episode 2.3 - "American Drug Addict"

Brett Douglas wrote one of the most raw and unflinching drug memoirs I've ever read. His stories are as brutally insane as you would imagine, but what really made his memoir stand out among the rest for me was his relentless self-awareness and biting insightfulness into his own psyche. He brought that insight, as well as his over 2 years of sobriety, with him when he did me the honor of shooting the shit with me for 90 minutes. We get into the craziness, the sobriety, the infuriating nature...


Episode 2.2 - "Keto Kate"

Kate Jaramillo aka "Keto Kate" is the founder and owner of KetogenicLiving101, a website and lifestyle focused around the increasingly popular Keto Diet. Kate talked to me about the diet, its origins, and its somewhat cultish following. Kate answers all of the most common questions about the diet (is it sustainable? is it Atkins? is there such a thing as too much bacon?), discusses children's nutrition, and manages to achieve the seemingly impossible goal of being a Keto Dietician without...


Episode 2.1 - "Mudhustler"

Jonathan Giordano, aka Mudhustler, was an unassuming, socially-anxious, overweight owner of a concrete company in Massachusetts when he began posting his recipes on social media. Before he knew it, he was chatting with Oprah and quickly becoming one of the most recognized names in weight loss. His Big Ass Waffles and Bird Balls showed thousands of people, like yours truly, that you can eat like a fat kid and still lose weight. His positive attitude and transformation from a shy, reserved...


26 - "Bionic Bitch" feat. Jenny Bee

Jenny Bee returns for another bullshitting session. We talk about racism. We talk about addiction. We talk about how much weight we've both lost since having surgery, and how our lives have dramatically changed. But most of all, it's just a good, old-fashioned Jenny and Jay mess around. Sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care ( and Digital Effex ( Special thanks to


25 - "Bagetti"

For the 25th episode of The Lighter Side, I decided to take on my most difficult subject yet. She has gone from 4 lbs, 8 oz to 43 lbs in almost 6 years, and refuses to listen to anything I say to her. Of all the transformations I’ve had on this show, this one is the most brutal. Because it feels like it happened over night, and I’ve seen the whole thing first hand. Please join me and my daughter as we discuss such topics as why JoJo Siwa is trash, who sings the better lullabies at night,...


24 - "Douggles"

15 or so years ago, Doug Orleski and I sang and danced for a living. We haven't really spoken since, and 2 wives, four kids, 5 or 6 careers, and about 150 lbs has gone by. Now, Doug is a successful graphic designer and the owner and operator of RVA Coffee Stain, a custom art company, where he creates unique and charming prints, MANY of which have to do with food. (subconscious much?) Doug is fresh off of a 55 lb weight loss, and we talk about everything from how he dramatically changed...


23 - "Assels"

It’s not every day you get to talk to a self-indentified “basic bitch”, who covets Pumpkin Spice Lattes by day, and is the head of a Burlesque Troupe by night. Skylar Hansford is full of these contradictions, and that’s what makes her so completely bad ass. She’s the mother of a 2 year old, a pinup girl, a former addict, a survivor of abuse, and a diehard fan of Law and Order SVU. Join us as we talk about her post-baby weight loss, her affinity for baristas, and how she has worked...


22 - "Lamb Shank"

Joe Arcabascio returns to the podcast after his thrilling performance in Episode 2. We talk about what it’s like to be on maintenance, intermittent fasting, stealing porn from video stores, and, of course, Taylor Swift. Sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care ( and Digital Effex ( Follow the show’s instagram at


21- "Whoop Whoop"

When the conversation starts with, " I was raised in the circus", you know it's going to be good. Stacy Earl's experience living a circus did not end when the big top came down. As a recovering addict, her journey has been wrought with adversity, instability, and, thankfully, recovery. Oh, and she lost a bunch of weight too. Now almost 4 years sober, Stacy talks candidly about her past, and optimistically about her future. Sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care ( and...


20 - "Chalk and Cheese"

Liv Walde is, simply put, a true warrior. When chaos and tragedy struck at a young age, Liv turned to something she felt she could control. Her body. Unlike most of the stories I’ve had on the podcast, Liv didn’t overeat for comfort. Instead, she began a years long battle with anorexia. When she was 14 years old, Liv weighed 77 lbs. She was told she would not make it to 16. Today, she is a happy, healthy, intelligent 20 year old. Fully recovered, and working to become an advocate for...


19 - "Homes by Holmes"

Andrew Holmes is kind of an asshole. But, he's working on it. As a certified personal trainer, Andrew uses a tough love approach that is embraced by some, and hated with the fire of ten million suns by others. We discuss why his approach caused one of the biggest Facebook Group riffs in modern history. Andrew fields such questions as, "Why are you the way that you are?" and "How dare you?" We also manage to discuss fitness and nutrition, as well as Andrew's own journey to a healthy...



The always fabulous Jenny Bee joins me to discuss our lives after surgery, insect phobias, depression, addiction, and Roseanne. The Lighter Side Podcast is made possible through the sponsorship of C3-Comprehensive Cranium Care The Lighter Side Podcast is also made possible through the sponsorship of Digital Effex



Tammy Duncan's 150 lb weight loss is, by far, the least dramatic part of her journey. Tammy is a widowed mother of 2, living in Washington and working as a speech pathologist. She is also one of the most brave and honest people I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. She is a survivor of sexual assault. Her husband took his own life. She has persevered and created a wonderful life for herself and her children. This episode is slightly longer than some others because there was not...


16 - "Stretchy Pants"

I talk to Jennifer Tracy, a NJ transplant living in Las Vegas who has survived botched surgeries, partial paralysis, and extreme weight gain. Jennifer is a walking example of how you can never tell what is going on with someone, no matter how together he or she may seem. Check out Jennifer's instagram at sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care and Digital Effex


15 - "A Different World"

24 year old Whitley Clemente sits down with Jay to discuss her decision to have the duodenal switch at 21 years old and the (several) surgeries that followed. Whitley lived through doctors not believing in antibiotics or pain meds and managed to lose 175 lbs. One. Hundred. And Seventy. Five. Pounds. I loved talking to Whitley. She is a strong, intelligent woman who is wise beyond her years.



Charles Kwiatkowski talks to Jay about his massive weight loss. Charles is somewhat ambivalent about his decision to undergo the duodenal switch, and he discusses the good, bad, and ugly of his choice. This episode is sponsored by Team Elliot. Elliot is a 6 year old Superhero. He was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis as an infant, and has been fighting ever since. Please consider a donation to Team Elliot to help Elliot and the others afflicted with TS find a cure.


13-"Balls" (Bariatric Interlude)

I sit down with Nicole Perkins, badass mother of two who is rocking a lapband like it's her job. When she's not trying to keep her teenaged sons from walking around flapping in the breeze, Nicole is running 5Ks and maintaining a 100+ lb weight loss. Sponsored by C3- Comprehensive Cranium Care and DigitalEffex Music by Jared Mancuso and Remember Jones


12- Bariatric Bonanza Part 2: Bariatricker

Jay sits down with 3 Bariatric Patients who have had wildly different experiences: 2 Sleeves and a Bypass. Melinda Graham Rich, Jen Clemens, and Kerry Sweeney-Stein join Jay to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of Weight Loss Surgery. Such topics as excess gas, NSAIDS, and eating all of your son's popcorn. feat.Dr. Kashif Anwar Music by Jared Mancuso Sponsored by C3-Comprehensive Cranium Care-


A quick update

Just a short post-op update from Jay.


11-Bariatric Bonanza Part 1: Pre-Op

Jenny Bee and I are both getting bariatric surgery next week. We talk about the downs and downs of the pre-op liquid diet and field questions about the worst two weeks of our lives for your general entertainment. The next time you listen to this podcast, our stomachs will be 80-90 percent smaller. Thank you for all of your support and please tune in for the coming weeks to learn everything you ever wanted to know and more about bariatric surgery. Brought to you by C3-Comprehensive Cranium...