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Season two of the Plant-Strong Podcast celebrates "The Heart of a Hero," showcasing both heroes in the plant-strong movement and also the everyday heroes who are going against the grain and making their health a priority.

We know that staying inspired goes a long way in keeping you on the plant-strong path and with our incredible lineup of experts, you'll, no doubt, level up your own journey. Remember, heroes don't always wear capes, but they are strong - Plant-Strong.

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Season two of the Plant-Strong Podcast celebrates "The Heart of a Hero," showcasing both heroes in the plant-strong movement and also the everyday heroes who are going against the grain and making their health a priority.

We know that staying inspired goes a long way in keeping you on the plant-strong path and with our incredible lineup of experts, you'll, no doubt, level up your own journey. Remember, heroes don't always wear capes, but they are strong - Plant-Strong.

    Transformation Tuesday: Karen Drexler - Find a Way to Make it Work

    Transformation Tuesday: Karen Drexler - Find a Way to Make it Work

    We know that when you’re seeking inspiration and motivation, it often comes directly from those who are living this lifestyle with passion and newfound purpose.
    Who better to feature than our Plant-Strong/Engine 2 advocate, Karen Drexler?!
    Karen started her plant-strong journey three years ago and, in the process, has lost over 80 pounds, recruited her family to get on board, and has even become an official advocate on the Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue groups, serving as speaker and moderator. 
    Today, this busy mom of three shares her seven tips for starting and maintaining a plant-strong life.
    Episode Resources:
    Register for the Plant-Strong Kitchen Primer on October 23rd-24th, 2020
    Engine 2 Meal Planner Use code: HEALTHNOW for $20 off yearly membership
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    • 23 min
    Transformation Tuesday: Daniel Shuman - If the Plant "Shu" Fits, Wear It!

    Transformation Tuesday: Daniel Shuman - If the Plant "Shu" Fits, Wear It!

    Daniel Shuman has been on his own plant-strong journey since April of 2017 when he started at 355 pounds.
    But, he actually reached out to us on behalf of a friend who was also struggling with their health. As he says, “If they can see that someone like me can do something like this - and the positive impact it has on every aspect of my life - medically, socially, emotionally, my relationship with my children and wife, my intimacy...It’s really unbelievable.”
    Daniel is obviously on a journey. He’s not perfect. None of us are. Remember, adopting a whole-food plant-based diet isn’t an “all or nothing.”  I can be all or something because it really does check every box.
    That’s what this episode is all about - sharing his story to propel others and getting people to reimagine what’s possible when you get out of your own way.
    He’s living proof that the possibilities are endless. 
    Episode Resources:
    Register for the Plant-Strong Kitchen Primer on October 23rd-24th, 2020
    Engine 2 Meal Planner Use code: HEALTHNOW for $20 off yearly membership
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    • 44 min
    Mark and Amy Papa - Taking Control of Their Health Destiny

    Mark and Amy Papa - Taking Control of Their Health Destiny

    In 2019, Mark Papa begrudgingly joined an Engine 2 Seven Day Immersions, which catapulted this former meat-eating triathlete back to fitness. 
    Mark and his wife, Amy, are the quintessential “normal” family from Pennsylvania. Mark is a Type 1 diabetic, he’s in the restaurant business, and he and his wife have five kids. So, if there was ever a family that had excuses NOT to change, this is it. And yet, they did and, as you can predict, the results have been remarkable. 
    We caught up with Mark and Amy last year at their home in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and we talked about what life was like before and after the immersion. It’s been quite an adventure and they are more than happy to share their success.
    Episode Resources:
    Register for the Plant-Strong Kitchen Primer on October 23rd-24th, 2020
    Engine 2 Meal Planner Use code: HEALTHNOW for $20 off yearly membership
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    • 53 min
    Transformation Tuesday: Nick Berman - As seen in "The Game Changers"

    Transformation Tuesday: Nick Berman - As seen in "The Game Changers"

    Welcome to a BONUS "Transformation Tuesday" edition of the Plant-Strong Podcast! Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to share this inspirational series dedicated to showcasing some of my new friends and their remarkable, plant-strong stories.
    It’s our hope that these bonus clips inspire and motivate you because, as you’ll hear, cutting out all the meat and dairy and adopting a whole food plant-based diet may not be easy at first, is massively life-changing from the inside out. Believe me when I say these people are just like you.
    You may recognize Nick Berman from one of the climactic scenes in The Game Changers. He, along with other members of the FDNY, had just completed the Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Challenge and Nick was blown away by how far his cholesterol had tumbled. These results ARE typical.
    Today, you won't believe how far he's come! I hope you enjoy this episode—and the surprise cameo by the one-and-only Jon Stewart!
     
    Episode Resources:
    Register for the Plant-Strong Kitchen Primer on October 23rd-24th, 2020
    Engine 2 Meal Planner Use code: HEALTHNOW for $20 off yearly membership
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    • 33 min
    Heart of a Hero - Fit for Duty. Fit for Life.

    Heart of a Hero - Fit for Duty. Fit for Life.

    Today, the Plant-Strong Podcast wraps-up Season Two with a special 'Heart of a Hero' finale featuring three of New York’s bravest firefighting heroes.
    Keith Mitchell was listening to Season One of the Plant-Strong podcast back in 2019, and following the transformation of fellow firefighter Joe Inga like thousands of others.
    As a triathlete, Keith already worked hard to keep himself healthy and in shape, but after listening to Joe's story, decided to go all-in and embrace the Engine 2 plant-strong way of life.
    Like Joe, the hurdles during mealtime at Keith’s fire station were difficult to overcome. Despite having seniority, Keith’s decision to eat differently shook the firehouse and created unforeseen tension. But then Keith heard Kevin Duffy’s story in Episode 19 of Season One. Kevin is another NYC firefighter, Ironman triathlete, and a true hero for his own health. Having the testimonials of Joe and Kevin only strengthened his resolve. 
    Today, this finale brings together all three of these heroes for a candid conversation about their jobs and the challenges they face within the firehouse culture. Despite the ridicule and pushback, they press on and continue to thrive against the status quo and they optimize their own health for the health and well-being of those they serve...That's what heroes do. 
    Thank you to Joe, Kevin, and Keith. At this time when firefighters across our nation are battling multiple blazes, we can think of no more appropriate way to wrap up our season than to honor you, our firefighting heroes. 
    Episode Resources:
    Support for this week's episode comes from Wild Earth Dog Food. Visit the episode page at plantstrongpodcast.com to claim their offer of up to 50% your purchase.
    Register for the Plant-Strong Kitchen Primer on October 23rd-24th, 2020
    Engine 2 Meal Planner Use code: HEALTHNOW for $20 off yearly membership
    The NutraMilk - Make Alternative Milks and Butters in Minutes Use code: PLANTSTRONG for $50 off
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    • 41 min
    An Open Letter and Call-to-Action to Emergency First Responders

    An Open Letter and Call-to-Action to Emergency First Responders

    Today is 9/11, a day that none of us will forget. As we wind down Season Two of The Plant-Strong podcast, which is dedicated to those with the heart of a hero, we want to honor those who serve on the front lines when we call for help. To commemorate this special day, I want to share an open letter to first responders.
    We all remember where we were that day when time stood still and the events that transpired across the United States imprinted on each and every one of us. I remember like it was yesterday, as I'm sure you all do. On this day every year, we think of you, emergency first-responders, and the sacrifice you make for others.
    Lately, with the endless firefighting in California and Oregon, first responders are being put to the test once again and I want to remind everyone that the #1 cause of death for in-the-line-of duty deaths among firefighters is heart disease...not fires or smoke inhalation, not accidents…...heart attacks. Think about that. In a job that faces potential risk and personal harm every time a call comes in, it’s the effects of the standard American Diet that are more dangerous to these everyday heroes.
    It’s our mission at Plant-Strong to educate and empower people to take back their health, to get in the driver seat and be their own hero. We want everyone to experience the benefits of living plant-strong and to learn that you do NOT have to accept type II diabetes, or high blood pressure, or high cholesterol as your fate. You can turn it around.
    We want this for everyone, but I especially want this for firefighters and emergency first-responders.
    So my letter to all of you is to be brave, take the plunge, and don’t wait until you are having chest pains to see the light. Make the change to put YOURSELF FIRST - you will be able to rescue so many more people when your own internal engine is in order.
    We honor you today and always. We will never forget.
    Peace, Engine 2, Keep it Plant-Strong.

    • 34 min

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