Healing Asthma with a Plant-Based Diet with Margot Freitag: PYP 347

Margot Freitag is a coach who helps people transition to a plant-based diet successfully and sustainably. Growing up in Northwest Ontario (cue "Helpless" by Neil Young), she suffered from asthma, and made constant trips to the ER throughout her childhood. As a teen, she became a yoyo dieter, trying every variation she stumbled across in an attempt to lose weight: the apple-only diet, the "don't eat for a week" diet, low carb, etc. One plan she tried allowed her to eat cheese but not carrots, because sugar. (Sigh...) As luck would have it, her nutrition instructor in massage school was none other than superstar dietitian Brenda Davis (who kindly appeared on this podcast's 18th episode to talk about defeating diabetes and debunking paleo). From Brenda, Margot learned that dairy was not her friend. Read more »

Reconnecting with the Healing Power of Plants with Joe Cross: PYP 334

Joe Cross was, in the words of his first film, "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead" when he embarked on a 60-day experiment to escape the pain and discomfort of a lifestyle-induced auto-immune disease. His transformation story, chronicled in that 2010 documentary, has inspired millions of people to start juicing, and to add more plants to their diets. In our conversation, we catch up on the decade since he became a famous wellness advocate. How has he weathered that kind of public scrutiny? Read more »

Honoring Tradition While Charting a New Course with Ramona and Dustin Lajaunie: PYP 325

Ramona and Dustin LaJaunie are part of a family that has lost over a thousand pounds through plants and running. The mother and brother, respectively, of Josh LaJaunie, Mona and Dustin are now the cooks in the family.  And one of their biggest challenges was abandoning all the classic southern recipes that they loved and took pride in making and sharing - gumbos, jambalayas, turnip stew, cabbage rolls, and all the delicious desserts - in favor of low-fat, plant-based fare. They decided that there had to be a way to have the best of both worlds - their cherished traditions, and their health. Read more »

Ketogenic Smoke and Mirrors with Robyn Chuter: PYP 289

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 boy, does the keto/paleo crowd have us beat on marketing! Read more »