87 episodes

Life is always easier and more exciting when you have friends to share in your journey, and the path to plant-based living is no exception! On the Plant-Powered People Podcast, you’ll hear from folks who’ve embraced plant-based living while they share their experiences overcoming obstacles in the most graceful (and sometimes not-so-graceful) ways.

Join hosts Michelle Cehn (founder of World of Vegan) and Toni Okamoto (founder of Plant Based on a Budget) every other week as they tackle challenges like being the only vegan in the family, what it’s like to be plant-based while working at a non-veg restaurant job, and more!

Plant-Powered People Podcast Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn

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    • 4.9 • 266 Ratings

Life is always easier and more exciting when you have friends to share in your journey, and the path to plant-based living is no exception! On the Plant-Powered People Podcast, you’ll hear from folks who’ve embraced plant-based living while they share their experiences overcoming obstacles in the most graceful (and sometimes not-so-graceful) ways.

Join hosts Michelle Cehn (founder of World of Vegan) and Toni Okamoto (founder of Plant Based on a Budget) every other week as they tackle challenges like being the only vegan in the family, what it’s like to be plant-based while working at a non-veg restaurant job, and more!

    85. Blue Zones & How to Add 10 Years to Your Life with Dan Buettner

    85. Blue Zones & How to Add 10 Years to Your Life with Dan Buettner

    Dan Buettner is an award-winning journalist and producer at National Geographic who has spent most of his life identifying and studying “blue zones” - the 5 areas of the world where people live the longest, with the lowest disease rates. Today he’s telling us all about how a plant-based diet ties into their health and longevity.
     
    Show Notes:
    Dan’s unique stories from his many quests and expeditions with National Geographic Dan’s experience with archeological expeditions What is a blue zone? How Dan discovered the 5 blue zones and why they got the name “blue zones” The characteristics the people in blue zones Carbohydrates: the confusion and why you shouldn’t be afraid of them The difference between good and bad carbohydrates How the Standard American Diet came to be How the Standard American Diet ended up including so much added sugar Why it can be so difficult to make diet changes even when we know something is bad for us The role our environment and community play in our health Blue zone-like habits that you can incorporate into your life without travelling anywhere Why Dan transitioned into a plant-based lifestyle as a result of studying blue zones How to make it easier for others to make more plant-based diet choices The importance of surrounding yourself with people that inspire your health goals Some simple guidelines for adopting a healthier, plant-based lifestyle A little challenge for you to start incorporating healthy, delicious recipes into your life long-term Evidence-based tips to get young, picky eaters to eat vegetables Healthy cultural ways of eating that we should take note of About Dan’s new book Thank you to our sponsors Caraway Home and Yai’s Thai (use code PLANTPOWER at checkout for 20% off at yaisthai.com)  
    Resources:
    Dan’s books Dan’s Instagram Dan’s Website Plant-Based On a Budget Holiday Resources World of Vegan Holiday Resources

    • 49 min
    84. Mastering Diabetes with Robby Barbaro

    84. Mastering Diabetes with Robby Barbaro

    Robby Barbaro is a diabetes coach, educator, author, and international speaker who has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than twenty years. He now helps countless people improve their insulin sensitivity and gain more control over their metabolic health through Mastering Diabetes, and we’re excited to chat with him today!
     
    Show Notes:
    Robby’s journey with type 1 diabetes Robby’s experience with acne, plantar fasciitis, and more How Robby decided to turn to nutrition and lifestyle to help his diabetes Robby’s experience with the ketogenic diet and other diets The plant-based diet that helped improve Robby’s insulin sensitivity by 900% Why it is so important to improve insulin sensitivity The 4 components of the “Mastering Diabetes” plant-based method How to set yourself up for long-term success What you can do to become more insulin sensitive A simple explanation for what insulin resistance is How does eating different types of fats affect our bodies? Suggested ratios of carbs, fats, and protein in an insulin-sensitivity-improving diet What you should know about coconut oil How animal products impact someone who is living with diabetes The difference between insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes The tests that you should get if you’re living with any form of diabetes The importance of accountability for the things that matter to you Robby’s tips for how to start making positive changes Examples of plant-based shifts to make in your breakfast and lunch meals How removing foods from your diet can change your taste buds How physical activity impacts your insulin sensitivity The signs of type 1 diabetes and when to get checked out Thank you to our sponsors Caraway Home and Yai’s Tai (use code PLANTPOWER at checkout for 20% off at yaisthai.com)  
    Resources:
    E65 Preventing & Reversing Diabetes with Cyrus Khambatta Robby’s Famous Reel on Coconut Oil Robby’s Instagram Mastering Diabetes Website The Mastering Diabetes Podcast The Mastering Diabetes Book Mastering Diabetes YouTube

    • 1 hr 5 min
    83. Introducing Season 5!

    83. Introducing Season 5!

    Get a sneak peek at what’s to come this season on the Plant Powered People Podcast, plus get to know Michelle and Toni beyond podcast interviews!
     
    Show Notes:
    Learn the new direction Toni and Michelle are taking with the podcast A sneak peek of who to expect on the next episodes! Exciting and in depth updates from Toni and Michelle How Toni and Michelle have been growing their businesses Proud friend moment- what Toni is proud of Michelle for Knowing when to get support in your business The benefits of therapy, business coaching, and self-care The importance of learning new things, and what Michelle and Toni are learning Toni’s exciting gardening updates How Toni is creating healthy habits What Toni and Michelle are loving lately We’re going there: bidets and reusable toilet paper Why you should pick up some passionfruit and rambutan Toni’s favourite recent musicals How Fitbit is helping Toni stay active How Michelle has been making bubble tea at home Thank you to our sponsors Caraway Home (carawayhome.com/plantpoweredkitchen or use code plantpoweredkitchen at checkout) and Yai’s Tai (use code PLANTPOWER at checkout for 20% off at yaisthai.com)  
    Resources:
    EP #50: Guide to Preparing for the Holidays EP #5: Surviving the Holidays Vegan candle guide Buy vegan boba

    • 50 min
    82. How to Organize Your Fridge & Pantry Like a Pro With "Fridge Love" Author Kristen Hong

    82. How to Organize Your Fridge & Pantry Like a Pro With "Fridge Love" Author Kristen Hong

    How do you reduce food waste, motivate yourself to cook healthy food at home, and keep your kitchen clean? Kristen Hong, author of Fridge Love and expert at organizing fridges and pantries is on the show to share her best tips for making food storage easy and fun!
     
    Show Notes:
    How Kristen got into organizing fridges and food saving What is a nutritarian? The amazing benefits that you can expect once you start organizing your kitchen How setting aside 15 minutes per week to organize your fridge can change the way you eat and reduce food waste How you can unlock a new way of thinking about food and your fridge How to get started with organizing your fridge How to bring intention into your fridge How to start organizing with what you already have at home When to upgrade your storage containers The benefits of “buy nothing” groups What to think of and do before you get started organizing your fridge Tips for deep cleaning your fridge The importance of showcasing your produce & avoiding putting it in the crisper drawers Best ways to store produce for maximum shelf life Container recommendations for fridges and freezers How Kristen navigates having an omnivore fridge while being vegan Tips for organizing your pantry & creating one if your kitchen doesn’t have pantry The importance of recognizing what works best for you when organizing your kitchen Thank you to our sponsors Maxine’s Heavenly (use discount code PLANTS25) and AMARA   
    Resources:
    Kristen’s Instagram  Kristen’s Website

    • 1 hr 10 min
    81. How to Turn Your Dad Vegan With Harley Quinn Smith

    81. How to Turn Your Dad Vegan With Harley Quinn Smith

    How can you convince your family to go plant-based with you? Harley Quinn Smith is an actress and outspoken vegan lifestyle advocate who did just that through leading with kindness and compassion, and she’s here to share her story with us!
     
    Show Notes:
    Harley Quinn’s journey from being a musician to becoming an actress How Harley Quinn gradually went vegan and started to bring her father on board What it was like adopting a bunny from the shelter & helping her heal from trauma How Harley Quinn’s dad went vegan after suffering a heart attack Sharing graphic images of animal cruelty vs. leading with compassion when talking about veganism How Harley Quinn’s dad inspired others to make lifestyle changes after his heart attack The importance of knowing your audience when you’re talking about becoming plant-based What it’s like to have a family that is also vegan Why and how Harley Quinn started her podcast with her dad The journey of Harley Quinn’s boyfriend going from eating a lot of meat to becoming a pescatarian The power of going to farm sanctuaries Thank you to our sponsors Maxine’s Heavenly (use discount code PLANTS25) and AMARA (use discount code PLANTPOWER)  
    Resources:
    Harley Quinn’s Instagram  

    • 54 min
    80. Theme Parks as a Vegan & How to Navigate Them

    80. Theme Parks as a Vegan & How to Navigate Them

    How do you find the best vegan snacks at a theme park? Russell Heiman, aka @rollercoastervegan travels the world adding to his 590+ list of roller coasters ridden, and they find the best vegan snacks in the process. They’re on the show to talk about their best theme park tips!
    Podcast website: http://plantpoweredpodcast.com
    Show notes: https://plantbasedmealplan.com/ep-80
    Show Notes:
    How Russell conquered their fear of heights through roller coasters and unlocked a new passion Russell’s journey to becoming plant-based How to find good vegan food at theme parks How to plan out a trip to a theme park, near or far Vegan food options at Disneyland Maintaining vegan values &  theme parks that have live animals What to do when your family plans a trip to a theme park with live animals Some of the best theme parks to visit worldwide The different types of rides and roller coasters around the world Tips for staying safe & healthy during theme park visits Tips for sticking to a budget while on a theme park trip How to find discounted admission & bulk deals for theme parks Tips for making waiting in line fun & productive Spooky abandoned theme parks & what happens to them Russell’s Instagram Thank you to our sponsors Maxine’s Heavenely and Caraway home/plantpoweredkitchen or use plantpoweredkitchen Thank you to our sponsors Maxine’s Heavenly (use discount code PLANTS25) and Caraway Home (use discount code PLANTPOWEREDKITCHEN)  
    Resources:
    Vegan Disneyland Guide Best Vegan Food at Disneyland (Video) Toni’s YouTube Video: What I Ate Vegan at Disneyland + Food Prices

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

mooofie ,

Encouraging and fun podcast for a new vegan!

I became vegan recently after being vegetarian for 10+ years. This show encouraged that change and has kept me motivated and positive on this journey. I absolutely love the hosts, guests, and all the useful info I get from them!

hania12 ,

My new friends!

Michelle and Toni are the only good thing about my commute! I actually look forward to my drive knowing I get to listen to a new episode. I found this podcast in 2021 and have been loving it since. Michelle and Toni are so welcoming and friendly and warm. I love every guest they bring on. Their discussion topics are super diverse and relatable. I’ve been vegan for 9 years now and have never had a friend who was also vegan. The way they share their stories makes you feel like you’ve known them forever. It’s my dream to have a career in something plant-based and they make me feel like I can make my dream a reality. They’re truly an inspiration for their listeners.

Bennyb12345 ,

Great content with cool guests!

I’m very happy I found this show. They bring in some really interesting and unique guests and ask great questions. Vegans come from all backgrounds, and these hosts get it!
They also bring new content frequently and consistently, which I very much appreciate. Thank you!

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