Real Food. Real Conversations.

Real Food. Real Conversations.

Plant-based and vegan diet topics, and all things related to the controversial online food world.

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May 5, 2021 67 min
Mindfulness practices are not just for yoga! When you take them beyond the mat, you begin to feel better and live a life you thrive in. While many people think mindfulness is something you do while in yoga class, there are many ways to bring it into your life. It doesn't have to be complicated, but the results are so beneficial! Donna Jones is a senior leadership executive with nearly twenty years of experie...
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Diet culture is the thought that people are worth more or less based on their body size. Find out how we can move beyond this toxic idea! It is important that we as humans make moves away from the negative environment that is diet culture. With mental health needs on a huge incline, fighting the idea that our worth is tied to our body is so important. Breanna Danielle is the founder of the lifestyle and wellness s...
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What are the differences between being vegan versus vegetarian versus plant-based? Is one healthier than the other? Listen in to find out! These diets have become more and more popular in the food world. As people start to think more about the environment and overall health, they turn to things like how they eat to make a bigger impact in the positive direction. Faith VanderMolen is first and foremost a wife and m...
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The food nutrition label makes most people's head spin, but I am here to guide you through understanding it from top to bottom. A must know! How can we make smart choices in what we buy if we don't even know what the food labels mean? Not anymore! I'm here to help you understand what it all means from top to bottom! What is a Food Nutrition Label? Nutrition labels (or food labels) are required...
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April 7, 2021 68 min
Is there a healthy sugar? Sugar is one of the most controversial food topics out there. Listen to find out as we dissect the differences! Sugar is basically a carbohydrate. There are so many types, it's hard to figure out what is what and if some are better than others. Good thing we are chatting with a licensed dietitian to tell us the facts! Laura Burak is a seasoned OG registered dietitian for more than 17 ...
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Fear mongering on some types of carbohydrates is all over the diet world. Get the real answers on what they are and if we should eat them! When it comes to carbs, the answer is simple. Our body needs them. But is there a difference in the type you eat and what does your body use them for? Find out the science and facts so you can make an educated decision. Mary Ellen Valverde is a Certified Nutrition Specialist® a...
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March 24, 2021 45 min
Macros are the talk of the town in the diet world. But what are macronutrients actually? Listen to find out why we need them all! You know how I feel about macros, and why I don't discriminate. But what about the science behind it? Listen in as we hear from a registered nurse and nutritionist all about why they are so important! Mama Jenn is a registered nurse, has a dietetics (nutrition) degree and is passion...
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March 17, 2021 58 min
We know that body image and social media aren't the best mix. But what can we do about it? There is help and today's guest is telling us how! It takes a lot of strength and self confidence to battle the world of social media. From unrealistic body images to diet culture, it's brutal out there. Kourtney Thomas coaches us through the battlefield and helps us find our way! Kourtney Thomas is on a mission ...
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March 10, 2021 55 min
It feels strange to see the words "anti-diet" and "vegan" next to each other. Isn't veganism a diet? Listen to find out why it doesn't have to be. Just because you choose to eat a certain way, it doesn't mean you have to fall to the hands of the diet world. Today's guest spills all the info on how you can choose to be vegan and also be anti-diet! Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN, is a p...
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March 3, 2021 44 min
Have you heard of growing food indoors? You don't need to have a huge yard and ample garden space and today's guest shows us how! I love growing my own food but am lucky enough to have a garden. But what if you don't? Shouldn't all people have access to amazing home grown food? Not only does it save money, but the nutrients you get are amazing! Brittney Amey is a wife and mom of 2 who lives in Sout...
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February 24, 2021 33 min
Overall wellness has a huge impact when living with cancer. For my guest today, it has helped her live well beyond the years she was given. Wellness is not just the absence of disease, but a whole mind, body and spirit approach to the well being of a person. My guest today, Melanie Kabo, embodies the definition of true wellness. Cancer Diagnosis In 2011 Melanie had a seizure in the early morning. The init...
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February 17, 2021 46 min
When you aren't vegan and living with a vegan partner, it can be tricky. Just because you are a couple, doesn't mean you have to eat the same! Today's guest knows about this first hand. She is sharing her experience and all the tips and tricks to make it work! Molly Patrick is from Clean Food Dirty Girl, where her mission is to help people eat more plants while finding joy in doing so. Molly and her...
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February 10, 2021 18 min
Learning how to smoothly transition to a plant based diet is key for long term success. Many people go into it quickly and with strict rules. Whenever you take on something new, it's important to break it down into small reachable steps in order for the end result to be sustainable long term. What is a Plant Based Diet? A plant based diet is a diet with foods that come from plants. This means you don...
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February 3, 2021 18 min
Unless it is medically necessary, cutting out an entire macronutrient can be dangerous to your health. Our cells need them all to function. Diet culture tends to push us towards fear of one kind of macronutrient or another. With promises of looking like a model, we blindly follow what is being sold. What Are Macronutrients? When we talk about macros, we are referring to macronutrients. Macronutrients are ...
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A plant-based diet when you are an athlete is doable and can actually be helpful. Listen to find out why protein isn't your main issue! We worry so much about protein in our country. It seems to be the main focus in the diet world, especially when it comes to athletes. But Kayla tells us why we should focus on so much more! Kayla Slater is a plant-based online nutrition and run coach. She is a Registered Dieti...
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Life experiences can drag us down, or guide us to make a mark on the world. Listen to hear how this mom turned a problem into business! We all face issues and we go through life, some with solutions and some that leave us feeling empty handed. It's those problems we need to solve that drive us to create solutions of our own! KidsLuv: A Business Built through Life Experiences Ashi Jelinek is a Los Angeles-ba...
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January 13, 2021 50 min
Mindful eating is a start in the path to overall well being. The simple practice of being present with food builds our inner confidence. When we ignore our body's natural cues, we are essentially telling ourselves we aren't trustworthy and placing control into outside sources. Being present with food helps start that positive confidence cycle. Ashley Kitchens is a plant-based registered dietitian and nut...
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Mindfulness is more than just a passing moment. It's a practice that takes time to see results. With work, it can do wonders for your life! My guest today chats with us about the process of setting up a mindfulness practice, the positive effect it can have in our life, and how it can be woven into our everyday being. Lisa Druxman is a mom on a mission. She is the founder of FIT4MOM, the country's largest...
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Learning how to understand food labeling claims is so important for avoiding the marketing traps brands like to put on their products! It's so easy to fall victim to all the fancy marketing on the front of products. Brands know how to draw you in and get you to think a product is filled with wholesome ingredients when that's not the whole story. Food Marketing My husband is the first person to fa...
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December 23, 2020 71 min
The need to support teen mental health is on the rise, especially when it comes to body image issues. Listen in for some great tips! The behavior we model as adults, carries on to our children. The problem with body image, is that many of us adults struggle as well. So where does that leave our kids? Today I am talking to Julie Pullman from Rise Wellness Coaching, a wellness coaching program that focuses on teens....
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