12 episodes

The PlantPod is a wellness podcast dedicated to opening up conversations about physical, mental and spiritual health. Each week, your host Carleigh Bodrug, founder of the popular plant-based food blog PlantYou, sits down with experts to explore a range of topics such as dietary health, meditation, skincare, veganism and more.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 107 Ratings

The PlantPod is a wellness podcast dedicated to opening up conversations about physical, mental and spiritual health. Each week, your host Carleigh Bodrug, founder of the popular plant-based food blog PlantYou, sits down with experts to explore a range of topics such as dietary health, meditation, skincare, veganism and more.

    Plant-Based For Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers

    Plant-Based For Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers

    Is a plant-based or vegan diet safe for pregnancy, babies and children?

    This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Alex and Whitney, dieticians, authors and the creators of Plant-Based Juniors to answer all of your burning questions about plant-based eating and the impacts a vegan lifestyle can have on early life.

    Some of the questions answered:

    Is a vegan baby at risk for nutrient deficiency?

    What supplements should we be making sure our kids are getting?

    Why do so many people crave red meat when they're pregnant?

    What should I do when my healthcare provider believes a plant-based diet is harmful to me or my kids?

    Plant-Based Juniors (PBJs), is a community for parents and educators interested in properly implementing plant-based diets for children. Created by Alexandra Caspero MA, RDN and Whitney English MS, RDN - both moms and registered dietitian nutritionists – PBJs is dedicated to filling the gap in credible pediatric nutrition information for plant-based infants and children. 

    PBJs promotes an all-inclusive “predominantly plant-based” approach, supporting all families from vegan to vegetarian to flexitarian. Basically, if parents want to get more plants on the plate, PBJs wants to help! PBJs has multiple resources available to support the feeding journey including their new book, The Plant-Based Baby and Toddler (Avery, May 2021), The Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide, First Bites: The Definitive Guide to Baby-Led Weaning For Plant-Based Babies, and PBJ’s Batch Cook Ebook

    Order the Plant-Based Baby and Toddler: https://plantbasedjuniors.com/plant-based-baby-and-toddler/

    Plant Based Juniors on Instagram: https://instagram.com/plantbasedjuniors

    Carleigh on Instagram: https://instagram.com/plantyou

    • 54 min
    How We Can Improve the Lives of Farm Animals

    How We Can Improve the Lives of Farm Animals

    Right now, more than 70 billion animals are farmed for food each year – two-thirds in conditions that mean they can’t move freely or live naturally.

    Unfortunately, this includes animals like chickens, pigs and cows that are commonly farmed in both Canada and the United States.

    It’s an unfortunate reality that the world isn’t going to stop eating animal products overnight. With that in mind, in this week’s PlantPod episode, we delve into how we can lobby the government and industry to improve the lives of farm animals at every stage from farming to transportation to slaughter.

    For this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lynn Kavanagh who is the Farming Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection Canada.

    Here are some of the questions we delved into:

    What does factory farming look like in Canada?

    How can we help improve the lives of farm animals?

    What legislation does the government have in place to help improve the lives of these animals?

    Are farmers and industry open to change?

    What are Ag-Gag laws?

    Which animals are treated the worst?

    What are some of the health implications of this unfair treatment to animals?

    Lynn has been leading animal advocacy campaigns for many years. She is currently the Canadian Farming Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection, an international animal welfare charity with offices in 14 countries. She oversees the organization’s farm animal welfare and food systems campaigns to change government legislation, corporate policies, and people’s behaviour to improve protection for animals. She received an MSc degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

    Support World Animal Protection here: https://www.worldanimalprotection.ca/take-action

    Learn more about farm animals here: https://www.worldanimalprotection.ca/our-work/animals-farming

    PetSmart Campaign:

    https://www.worldanimalprotection.ca/petsmart-campaign-questions-and-answers

    • 54 min
    Imposter Syndrome, High Functioning Anxiety and How To Cope In A Fast Paced World

    Imposter Syndrome, High Functioning Anxiety and How To Cope In A Fast Paced World

    Have you ever felt like you simply weren’t good enough? 


    Maybe for that new job, as a parent or just as a human showing up in your daily experience?

    Or maybe you feel like a fraud, and you’re waiting for the shoe to drop and everyone to figure out that you’re just faking it.

    These are feelings I know all too well, and if you can relate, sit tight as today we’re delving into imposter syndrome, high functioning anxiety and how to cope in our fast paced world.

    Questions answered with Psychologist Dr. Kelly Vincent:

    What is imposter syndrome?

    What are some of the symptoms?

    Why do you think someone experiences imposter syndrome?

    What are some of the steps to overcome imposter syndrome?

    Do you think social media contributes to anxiety and imposter syndrome?

    What sort of boundaries should we put in place to protect our peace?

    Dr. Kelly Vincent is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Encinitas, CA. She obtained her masters and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA. She is an author, certified yoga teacher and Co-founder of Movement Therapy Spaces, a co-working inspired space for therapists and holistic providers. Her areas of clinical focus are helping to support and guide women who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, along with mamas who are managing the ups and downs of motherhood. She incorporates a mind-body and holistic approach, as she is deeply passionate about treating the WHOLE person.

    Website: drkellyvincent.com

    Instagram: instagram.com/dr.kellyvincent

    Imposter syndrome course:

    https://holistic-wellness-academy.teachable.com/p/impostercourse

    The plantyou community can use code PLANT for 15% off of the course. The course price is $47 USD

    Find Carleigh here: instagram.com/plantyou
    For weekly plant-based meal plans: https://plantyou.com

    • 1 hr
    Could Environmental Toxins Be Making You Sick? The Toxins Hidden In Our Homes & How To Combat Them

    Could Environmental Toxins Be Making You Sick? The Toxins Hidden In Our Homes & How To Combat Them

    Have you ever turned over the label of your favorite smelling body wash and were surprised at the lengthy ingredient list with a whole bunch of chemical names you couldn’t pronounce?

    Or maybe you’ve experienced ongoing symptoms like fatigue, insomnia and low mood with no source or explanation from your doctor? 

    In this week's episode of the PlantPod, I was fortunate to interview Dr. Vivian Chen about about the impact environmental toxins can have on our health and how they often hide in some of our favorite household products. We also discuss some simple steps to help offset the health consequences of toxic buildup.

    Dr Chen is a UK-trained medical doctor with 15 years of clinical experience. She is board certified in the UK in both internal medicine and family practice.

    Her world turned upside down when her daughter was hospitalized soon after being born with symptoms no doctor could figure out. Through doing her own research, she was able to help her daughter recover. She also realized that the many years of chronic fatigue, acne and brain fog she had was due to environmental toxicity. This opened the world of root causes she had never considered before as a conventional medical doctor.

    Today she lives in San Francisco with her family and coaches clients back to health by identifying root causes and implementing lifestyle solutions. She is also on a mission to help people reduce their toxin load because she believes environmental toxins to be one important root cause of many chronic health conditions.

    Before we get started, if you enjoy this episode while listening, take a screenshot and share it in your instagram stories tagging me at @plantyou and Dr. Vivian Chen at @plateful.health so that we can share in the love.

    And of course since this is a newer podcast your five star reviews literally mean the world to me. Thank you, thank you thank you.

    Follow Dr. Vivian Chen on instagram: instagram.com/plateful.health

    Enroll in Dr. Chen’s Detox Right course:

    https://www.platefulhealth.com/waitlist-detox-course

    Toxins in chord blood of babies:
    Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/newborn-babies-chemicals-exposure-bpa/

    • 53 min
    How To Simplify Your Life and Your Closet

    How To Simplify Your Life and Your Closet

    Have you ever felt like you were shopping and buying things just because you’re bored?

    Or maybe you feel like you need the newest style of jeans or workout machine to keep up with your favorite social media influencer?

    Well today we’re talking about breaking that cycle and living more with less.

    I’m super excited to be welcoming author Courtney Carver to the podcast who is an expert in this space.

    Courtney is the author of Soulful Simplicity and most recently Project 333, the Minimalist Fashion Challenge, featured in Vogue and Oprah Magazines, as well as her simplicity blog bemorewithless.com.

    We discuss how reassessing our relationship with the things we buy or own can truly transform your life, igniting confidence, financial freedom and better health.

    If you enjoy this podcast, you can take a screenshot and tag me at @plantyou and Courtney at @bemorewithless on Instagram so we can share the love.

    And since this is a newer podcast your five star reviews mean so much to me. Thank you so much for your support.

    Find Courtney’s latest books here: https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/

    Find Courtney’s Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/bemorewithless/

    Find Carleigh here: instagram.com/plantyou
    For weekly plant-based meal plans: https://plantyou.com

    • 43 min
    White Veganism, Collective Liberation and Fostering More Inclusivity Within the Vegan Movement

    White Veganism, Collective Liberation and Fostering More Inclusivity Within the Vegan Movement

    In this week’s episode, we’re analyzing inclusivity within the vegan movement, and how we can better strive for collective liberation for both our fellow humans and non-human animals.

    I interview Social Justice Activist Iye Bako, touching on several important issues and questions including:


    What is white veganism?
    What is collective liberation?
    Do you think the vegan movement lacks representation of people of color?
    How can we be better activists?
    Do you find purity culture counterproductive?



    These are incredibly important conversations that you can find further information on by following Iye’s instagram page at @iyeloveslife. It is linked here.

    Iye is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature and International Business. She’s a Social Justice Advocate and believes in fighting for total liberations for both humans and non-human animals. She’s passionate about racial justice issues, and is an advisory board member of Plant the Power 614, which is a grassroots non profit that seeks to cultivate a caring plant-based community for people of color. As well, she is the co-found of V.A.A.O - Vegans Against All Oppression. Iye is originally from Nigeria, and was raised in the United States.

    If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot and share it in your instagram stories tagging me (@plantyou) and Iye (@iyeloveslife) with your favorite nugget of wisdom. We would love to share!

    Find Carleigh here: instagram.com/plantyou
    For weekly plant-based meal plans: https://plantyou.com

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Sam Kap Comedy ,

Fantastic Pod!

I love listening to this podcast! It has an array of interesting and varied guests and I have learned so much. It has inspired and fascinated me. Great listen for vegans and beyond!

cbird13 ,

Love it!

Fantastic podcast! Tons of great information, and very professional :)

KaylaLos ,

Great Podcast!

I’ve been plant based for about 1.5 years and I really enjoyed listening to this podcast for the first time! Especially the soy episode! Very informative, easy conversation to listen to, and practical! I’ve shared it on fb to get and help this channel grow! Thank you Carleigh for all your time and great info!

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