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PYP 132: Jay Oliveira and Michelle Muench on Thriving Through Plants, Passion, and Consistency

Jay Oliveira and Michelle Muench are pretty much poster children for an athletic, plant-based lifestyle. YouTube and Instagram stars, with tens of thousands of followers, Jay and Michelle share their philosophy, their fitness and food strategies, their often-salty opinions, and the ups and downs of their lives in a public and powerful way.

Both began their journey by watching Forks Over Knives, and they haven't looked back. Jay practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitively, while Michelle engages in daily yoga as a practitioner and instructor.

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Our conversation covered many topics, including:

  • their transitions to a plant-based lifestyle
  • how Michelle got her two kids to change how they ate
  • being real and authentic online (including swearing, sharing vulnerabilities, and expressing genuine emotions
  • on using sexuality to promote plant-based living and yoga (“there's no wrong reason to start a whole food, plant-based diet”)
  • why Michelle is a role model to so many girls, and the messages she shares with them
  • not selling out as an Instagram star (and the Essena O'Neill controversy)
  • the importance of consistency in fitness, food, business, and life (and why it's such a crucial concept in this age of quick fixes)
  • the two pillars of health, summarized in six words
  • an invitation to find our passion rather than settle for something we don't love
  • and much more…

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.

Links

Thriving Plant-Based website and membership portal

Forks Over Knives

Alan Watts video: What If Money Was No Object

Music

The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

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Music

The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

Gratitudes

Thanks to Plant Yourself podcast patrons – Kim Harrison – Lynn McLellan – Brittany Porter – Dominic Marro – Barbara Whitney – Tammy Black – Amy Good – Amanda Hatherly – Mary Jane Wheeler – Ellen Kennelly – Melissa Cobb – Rachel Behrens – Tina Scharf – Tina Ahern – Jen Vilkinofsky – David Byczek – Michele X – Elspeth Feldman – Leah Stolar – Allan Kristensen – Colleen Peck – Michele Landry – Jozina – Sara Durkacs – Kelly Cameron – Janet Selby – Claire Adams – Tom Fronczak – Jeannette Benham – Gila Lacerte – David Donohue – Blair Seibert – Doron Avizov – Gio and Carolyn Argentati – Jodi Friesner – Mischa Rosen – Michael Worobiec – AvIvA Lael – Alicia Lemus – Val Linnemann – Nick Harper – Bandana Chawla – Molly Levine – The Inscrutable Harry R – Susan Laverty the Panda Vegan – Craig Covic – Adam Scharf – Karen Bury – Heather Morgan – Nigel Davies – Marian Blum – Teresa Kopel – Julian Watkins – Brid O'Connell – Shannon Herschman – Linda Ayotte – Holm Hedegaard – Isa Tousignant – Connie Haneline – Erin Greer – Alicia Davis – Heather O'Connor – Carollynne Jensen – Sheri Orlekoski of Plant Powered for Health – Karen Smith – Scott Mirani – Karen and Joe Crabtree – Kirby Burton – Theresa Carrell – Kevin Macaulay – Elizabeth Rothschild – Ann Jesse – Sheryl Dwyer – Jenny Hazelton – Peter W Evans – Dennis Bird – Darby Kelly – Lori Fanney – Linnea Lundquist – Emily Iaconelli – Levi Wallach – Rosamonde McAtee – Dan Pokorney – Stephen Leinin – Patty DeMartino – Mike and Donna Kartz – Deanne Bishop – Bilberry Elf – Marjorie Lewis – Tricia Adams – Nancy Sheldon – Lindsey Bashore – Gunn Marit Hagen – Tracey Gulledge – Lara Hedin – Meg from Mamasezz – Stacey Stokes – Ben Savage – Michael K – David Hughes -Coni Rodgers – Claire England – Sally Robertson – Parham Ganchi – Amy Dailey – Brian Tourville – Mark Jeffrey Johnson – Josie Dempsey – Caryn Schmitt – Pamela Hayden – Emily Perryman – Allison Corbett – Richard Stone – Lauren Vaught of Edible Musings – Erin Hastey – Sean Owens – Sagar Naik – Erika Piedra – Danielle Roberts – Michael Leuchten – Sarah Johnson – Katharine Floyd – Meryl Fury – for your generous support of the podcast.

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4 comments on “PYP 132: Jay Oliveira and Michelle Muench on Thriving Through Plants, Passion, and Consistency

  1. Jay Oliveira says:

    This was a lot of fun, Howard. Thanks for having us and let us discuss our passion and purpose:)

    Jay

  2. coral says:

    They are so nice.. 😉 I’m sure that if I were to listen to this kind of interview before I went vegan- I’d probably go vegan right away…!

  3. Thank You says:

    Howard, Thank You for another information packed podcast. Keep them coming 🙂

    Thank You

  4. Bobbie says:

    I am beyond inspired!

    Bobbie

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