Finding Balance and Reimagining Cardiology with Monica Aggarwal, MD: PYP 314

When I asked Dr Monica Aggarwal to join me on this podcast, I figured we'd talk about her plant-based advocacy at the University of Florida, where she is an assistant professor of medicine and Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention.We got there, eventually, but took a fascinating detour into the gender politics of medicine, and cardiology in particular.  Read more »

The Health Benefits of the “Poor Mans’ Meat” with Jeff Chilton: PYP 313

Today's a huge departure for this podcast. For the first time, we explore the virtues of eating something other than plants.No, don't worry. I haven't gone paleo or keto or carnivore (although one of my prior guests has (SMH)). I'm not into fish oil or organic beef liver or hummingbird tongue.Today we explore an entire kingdom that can boost our immune function, mood, and possibly bring us sanity: fungi. Read more »

Relishing the Struggle with Sarah Bofinger: PYP 312

Sarah Bofinger is an unlikely Olympic hopeful, a WellStart Health Coach, and a fountain of positivity. Today she returns to the podcast to update us on her Olympic dreams, and to share how becoming a WellStart Health coach has taken her training and life to a new level of awesome. Read more »

Self-care for Busy Professionals with Diane Randall: PYP 311

As a newly divorced mother of two small children and high-powered professional, Diane Randall had let her health take a back seat to all her responsibilities. Overweight, diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, she was jolted into action by a doctor's warning that her current trajectory was going to take years off her life. Read more »

The Six Words that Killed the American Health System with Josh Luke: PYP 310

Dr Josh Luke was enjoying his career in sports marketing when his grandmother got sick. He watched in amazement and frustration at the way she was treated when she didn't have the money for the treatments prescribed. He saw the lack of communication and coordination among different nodes in the system. He saw the avoidable pain and suffering, and decided sports marketing wasn't important to him anymore. Read more »

Charles Eisenstein on Climate Reductionism and True Planetary Healing: PYP 309

Charles Eisenstein has been challenging my thinking for about 15 years now, but never more so than with his latest book, Climate: A New Story. Basically, Eisenstein argues that focusing all our environmental activism on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming is a bad idea. As a card-carrying member of the enlightened, scientifically-literate, progressive wing of the American populace, of course I know that human-created climate change is the single greatest threat to our civilization, and that the biggest thing we can do to combat it is to reduce our carbon footprint, individually and collectively. Read more »

Healthy Plant-Based Pregnancy with Micaela Karlsen: PYP 308

When I polled my listeners about topics or guests they'd like to hear on upcoming episodes of Plant Yourself, I got a lot of requests for a show about plant-based pregnancy. I thought this might be a little too niche, until I reminded myself that every one of us is the result of a pregnancy, and that for the foreseeable future, all our descendants will continue to be born in this fashion. So no problem there... When I asked my Facebook Hive Mind who would be a great guest for this topic, Micaela Karlsen's name came up again and again. So here we are today :) Read more »

Andrew Taylor on Taking Radical Steps to Breaking a Food Addiction: PYP 307

Andrew “Spudfit” Taylor was tired of being out of shape, obese, and sick. An olympic hopeful in his teens, he had let his fitness and health slip away as his commitment to kayaking waned but his addictions to food persisted. His depression, largely fueled by the thought that he was far away from the person he wanted to be, always kept him returning to the trough for another supersized hit of vegan junk food. His relevation - and the spark of his transformational year of eating nothing but potatoes - was that he was treating food like an alcoholic treats booze. And so he would have to quit food. Read more »

Vanquishing Procrastination with Hillary Rettig: PYP 306

Hillary Rettig is both an activist and a productivity expert, two vocations that don't seem to have much in common at first glance. But as soon as I started reading two of her books, The Lifelong Activist  and The Prolific Writer, I got the connection. Unproductive would-be activists are disempowered activists. And in a world that systematically tries to disempower those who challenge its structures of power and privilege, the last thing we need is to get in our own way when we stand up to injustice. Read more »

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

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. Read more »