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Your host Connor McDonald is a Health & Fitness professional and founder of Active Vegans. He created the active vegans to help spread awareness and inspiration about health, fitness, lifestyle and all things vegan.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Your host Connor McDonald is a Health & Fitness professional and founder of Active Vegans. He created the active vegans to help spread awareness and inspiration about health, fitness, lifestyle and all things vegan.

    AVP #26 Ft Chris Plowman & William Brown

    AVP #26 Ft Chris Plowman & William Brown

    On this episode I am joined by co-host William Brown as we dive into the world of Floating with Co founder of Floatworks Chris Plowman.

    Floatation therapy is the practice of lying back in one of our world-leading floatation tanks and experiencing a blissful, healing state.

    How floating works:
    The water in each pod contains half a tonne of Epsom salt, allowing you to float effortlessly. It matches the temperature of your skin and the air, giving you the feeling of complete weightlessness. It’s usually pitch black and silent in the pod too, unless you wish to have relaxing music, or the light on.

    Free from sensory input, the muscular-skeletal system and sympathetic nervous system wind down into a state of deep relaxation and serenity, in which your body and mind can heal and replenish - resulting in many benefits, like reduced stress and better sleep.

    A float lasts for 1 hour, with 10 minutes of ambient music at the beginning to help you relax – or longer if you request it. You have full control of opening and closing the pod, and of the light inside it. Music starts again to signal 5 minutes before the end of your float.

    Chris is the co-founder of the new Floatworks based in London. He’s a trained Breathwork practioner. When he’s not breathing deeply he’s usually in downward dog. Chris is mainly found at the float centres perfecting the Floatworks experience and laying a strategy for Floatworks future.

    William is close friend, Personal trainer, Visionary and co founder of the Active Vegans who has been residing in Australia over the past year.

    To find out more about float works head to: https://floatworks.com

    Chris Plowman: @chrisplow
    William Brown: william_brown_can
    Connor: connormcdonald_uk

    For more info on how you can join our online program head to: https://activevegans/onlineprogram

    Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy. If you did please share with your friend, like and leave a comment.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    AVP #25 Shireen kassam & Leila Dehghan

    AVP #25 Shireen kassam & Leila Dehghan

    In this episode I spoke with Shireen & Leila who are both Plant Based Health Professionals about the importance of a whole food plant based diet for human health and planetary health.

    To find out more about how you can join and support the plant based health professionals click this link. https://plantbasedhealthprofessionals.com/

    Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPATH, PHD, DipIBLMShireen is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system). She is also passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer.

    She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP; 2003). She then specialised in Haematology and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath; 2008). During training, she took time out to undertake a PhD (University of London, 2011). Her research investigated the role of selenium, an essential micronutrient, in sensitising cancer cells to chemotherapy. She was able to show that supra-nutritional doses of selenium could enhance the action of chemotherapy in the laboratory. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma.

    Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health, reading scientific papers and books, attending nutrition conferences and completing recognised continuing professional development activities to keep up to date in the field. She has completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition and in 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. With her medical and scientific training, Shireen is uniquely placed to interpret nutritional data and incorporate the latest findings into daily medical practice.

    Shireen founded Plant-based health professionals UK in 2017. Since then she has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University with the aim of producing high quality educational material and courses. She is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society.

    Leila Dehghan, MD, MSc (Nutr), AfN
    Leila is a doctor turned plant-based nutritionist and personal trainer. She received her medical degree from the University of Vienna and worked as a doctor in the UK before quitting because of her severe migraines. Her personal experience overcoming health challenges through diet shifted her professional interests to focusing on the power of nutrition. After earning eCornell’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate and transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet herself, she decided to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition from the University College of London. As a registered associate nutritionist with a deep understanding of the relationship between diet and health, Dr. Dehghan helps others optimise their well-being, manage their weight, and prevent or recover from lifestyle diseases. You can contact her via her public Facebook page or email: leila_dehghanzaklaki@yahoo.com. Leila is happy to travel anywhere in the UK if travel expenses are covered. Her areas of interest include: sports nutrition, all aspects of a plant-based nutrition, habit coaching for better health.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    AVP #24 - William Brown

    AVP #24 - William Brown

    On today's podcast I had William Brown. Will is a personal training and one of the original founders of the Active Vegans. As someone who appreciates overall wellbeing will is currently creating a mediation podcast to help people reduce stress & anxiety and live a happier life.

    We also talked about the Plant Based Games online programming and our exciting plans for next yeah.

    for more info about how you can join our online program, head to https://www.activevegans.co.uk/onlineprogram

    Thanks for listening.


    • 1 hr 19 min
    AVP #23 Matt Dickens

    AVP #23 Matt Dickens

    Matt Dickens is a strength & conditioning coach who has worked with elite athletes within different sports including MotoGP & Rugby.

    On todays podcast we talked about training during lockdown an how to get the most from what you are doing. We also covered topics on injuries, mindset and nutrition.

    You can find out more about matt and what he does via IG: @coachmattdickens

    For more information on how you can get involved in our online training program head to www.activevegans.co.uk/onlineprogram.

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10/10!! Great podcast- I’ve now subscribed!

Really love this podcast! So informative and helpful, especially when I was transitioning to veganism and wanted to learn more!

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Very informative podcast, great interaction and conversation between host and guests

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