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PYP 058: Janice Stanger on The Perfect Formula Diet and Trusting Our Own Bodies

janice-stangerIn college, Janice Stanger developed serious eating disorders to hide her binge eating from others. At 5'4″, she ballooned somewhere past 165 pounds (she admits to having stopped weighing herself when the news got too grim).

Even when she licked that disorder, she still tried pretty much every diet under the sun in an attempt to get thin. Nothing worked for long, leaving her with a closet full of “thin clothes,” “fat clothes,” and every size in between.

Furthermore, she was plagued by a slew of health problems, including chronic respiratory infections, severe endometriosis, fatigue, intense headaches, and ongoing bouts of depression.

At no point in her journey up to this point had she even considered that her food intake could be related to this issues.

Then… something happened that slowly, inexorably, changed everything.


Now Janice is a researcher, author, educator, and all-around promoter of the plant-based lifestyle. Her book, The Perfect Diet Formula, is a perfect introduction to the why's and how's of improving one's diet.

Listen to this hard-hitting interview to discover:

  • how Janice's two daughters' pre-teen rebellions led to her health epiphany
  • why the Standard American Diet is like trying to breath in a house on fire
  • the two dark sides of “superfoods”
  • the difference between “everything in moderation” as an excuse and true pattern moderation in food choices
  • why eating small amounts of “non-perfect” food daily keeps the body from ever healing
  • tips for transitioning to a healthy diet
  • and tons more…

Enjoy, let us know your thoughts, and please share!


The Perfect Formula Diet book

Janice's website: The Perfect Formula Diet

Additional recommended reading: WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (hey, Janice brought it up, not me 😉

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1 comment on “PYP 058: Janice Stanger on The Perfect Formula Diet and Trusting Our Own Bodies

  1. Thank You says:

    Great podcast, Janice Stanger’s story is very compelling. Lots of great information shared.

    Thank You, Howard keep up the good work.

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