Fresh Leaf Forever

Fresh Leaf Forever

This podcast offers thought provoking ideas from thought leaders to overcome real world issues. We delve on eclectic topics surrounding: 1.Wellness, Lifestyle 2.Climate change 3.Education 4.Sustainability,Business 5.Mental health 6. Youth life, Sports Performance 7.Women empowerment 8. Healthier technology 9. Career 10. Pandemic and more. Tune in for actionable insights that'll transform your journey! You get to Listen, Ponder, Change - for the better.


November 8, 2023 53 mins

Ever wondered what it takes  for sustenance in athletics ?

Unlock secrets to endurance and peak performance with wellness enthusiast, Pilates instructor and book author Maria Angelova, a returning guest.

With a career inspired by early experiences in sports and academia, Maria emphasizes the body-mind connection, the need for personalized workout regimes, and the importance of considering variables such as diet,...

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Want to level up your sustainability game and reduce your carbon footprint?
Ever wondered how much waste our daily habits are contributing to the planet?

Join us for an enlightening chat with sustainability advocate Ann Marie Bonneau, author of Zero Waste Chef
Together, we’re lifting the lid on the alarming rate of trash production, the rise of convenience culture, and the wider implications of our economic sys...

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Ever pondered over the true essence of success? 

What if personal fulfillment resided not in a six-figure job, but in pursuing your passion? 

Our fascinating guest, Maria Angelova, will make you rethink traditional notions of achievement. She transitioned from a high-ranking position as a Director of Finance to follow her heart and become a Pilates instructor. 

Unravel her inspiring journey, where she dec...

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Ever wondered how  business leaders or athletes stay at the top of their game? It's not just physical prowess or business acumen. It's the unseen power of mental health. We have with us Dr. Jarrod Spencer, a clinical psychologist specializing in fostering emotional health in high performers.

We explore the 'clear mind, better performance' mantra that Dr. Spencer swears by(his famous book "Mind of ...

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Wouldn't it be phenomenal if you could decipher the world of youth sports?
Our distinguished guest, Kirsten Jones, is a hall of fame NCAA D1 volleyball player, amazing book author,  a peak performance coach ,and a motivational speaker.
As parents of collegiate athletes, we address the complex landscape of youth sports, a massive $20 billion industry, & explore the interplay between an athlete's dreams & ...

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Did you know that your plate holds the power to combat climate change?
Our guest, Glenn Merzer, a renowned playwright, screenwriter, and author, enlightens us with his compelling insights on the complex relationship between food choices and the climate crisis.
Merzer’s valuable transformational journey from a stand-up comic to a fervent advocate for plant-exclusive diets paves the way for an awakening discussion. Tune in ...

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Did you know that by prioritizing sustainability, companies can increase their positive impact on society? 
Meet our guest August Vega, a clean tech proponent, creator and  former CEO of MALK Organics. 
Her enlightening journey, which spans from sustainability to the consumer packaged goods (CPG) scene and further, is nothing short of inspiring. 

August's journey began with her work in water and energy efficie...

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In this episode, commemorating Plastic Free July, we encounter the inspiring journey of Hannah Testa, a young environmental activist, book author, Tedx speaker,  who didn't just read about plastic pollution, but made a monumental change.
Witness the transformative power of one determined voice as we traverse her path from a passionate youngster to a renowned international speaker, author of "Taking on the plastics cr...

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Understanding the challenges and complexities posed by climate evolution can be daunting.
In this episode on the podcast,  our guest Ashoke Mohanraj is a sustainability advocate and book author who is a Top25U25 Environmentalist from Canada.
He's an individual who isn't afraid to navigate the gray areas of complex issues surrounding sustainability, and helps guide us beyond the typical views on climate change.

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Do you know how crucial sleep is for your teenager's health, mental well-being, and overall success?
Discover the vital role of sleep in adolescents as I sit down with seasoned journalist, book author, and public speaker Lisa Lewis, who shares her personal journey and passion for advocating for teen mental health and the importance of sleep.

My guest was instrumental in CA's legislation on regulating school ...

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In this conversation, Science Technology Engineering Math(STEM) enthusiast, book author and Math SP founder Stephanie Espy talks to host Vai about how STEM is omnipresent in our lives and is not limited to just being forms of study. Vai delves deep into gender inequality in STEM and how our guest Stephanie is doing her part to address this and empower the next generation to take to more avenues in science, technology, engineer...
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    The state of mental well being amongst children, teens, young adults has become a topic of paramount significance in recent years; not that mental health wasn't an issue in the past- it's just that there's more of acceptance to bringing it out in the open more recently.
    My guest Vanessa Elias is a certified parent coach, a mental health activist, and a writer focused on helping parents realize the power they have...

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    In this opening episode of Season 3, eighteen year old Climate activist Sarah Syed emphasizes how small actions can lead to giant differences in preserving our planet and future.

    Sarah talks about her journey and how she started taking an interest in the preservation of the climate. As a fourth grade project presenter in school, she learned that it wasn't just about global warming but so many other things like our food systems,...

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    February 14, 2023 2 mins

    After thirty episodes of engaging content, Season 2 comes to a close. 
    Vai shares her thoughts on previous seasons and about upcoming season(s).
    Look for Season 3 to drop very soon !!!

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    Are you "hungry to learn,  innovate "?  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or STEAM(with Art included) has so much potential for anyone  to uncover and prove themselves in.
    Engineering ain't just for nerdy folks; instead, one can discover what facets of STEM might truly be of interest to you - as a student, young innovator, girls ready to get thinking hats on and those women, men looking to take tha...

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    In this fascinating interview with Jini Patel Thompson, founder of Listen to Your Gut and author of multiple publications, host Vai uncovers lot of impactful information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease(Crohn's , Colitis).
    A very personal topic to both guest and host, this episode takes listeners through a multi pronged approach to finding a balance and restoring the body's equilibrium. Listening to one's own bod...

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    Rohini Bajekal is a nutritionist and lifestyle medicine practitioner based out of London U.K,  and co-author of a wonderful book- "Living PCOS Free".
    Having experienced PCOS first hand in her personal health journey, she sat down with me on the podcast to unpack several intriguing and stigmatized topics surrounding multiple chronic conditions.
    This episode serves as a primer for anyone with the inclination to &quo...

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    My guest Emily Reed is an Ayurvedic health counsellor, senior yoga and meditation teacher, life coach and energy worker - to describe the multifaceted persona surrounding her expertise.

    In this wonderful conversation with me, Emily delves deep into her journey that transformed her life, bringing her immense well-being; and now being able to offer that to others. Overcoming health issues, or putting the brakes on progressio...

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    "Time Innovative teacher" Rachna Nath was recognized by the magazine as part of its 2022 List of Innovative teachers - an accolade conferred on stand out teachers who improve the learning experience for kids, or solve a problem faced by schools.
    With plethora of awards to her credit, my guest Rachna is also a
    - NASA Solar System Ambassador
    - National Geographic Educator
    - Grant writer, Fullbright Scholar<...

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    My guest Selina Van Orden is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, who has talked in the British parliament and European Parliament on integrating Ayurveda into the western system and living.
    I found it very appropriate that she come on the show to talk about adapting an Ayurvedic lifestyle in the Western World, or for that matter in other parts of the world. Getting better health outcomes is the most vital role for anyone in lif...

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