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The mission of PLANTSTRONG is to further the advancement of all things within the plant-based movement;

We advocate for the scientifically proven benefits of plant-based living and envision a world that universally understands, promotes, and prescribes plants as the solution to empowering your health, enhancing your performance, and restoring the environment.

We welcome and support you wherever you are on your PLANTSTRONG journey and we hope you enjoy the show.

PLANTSTRONG Rip Esselstyn

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 1.8K Ratings

The mission of PLANTSTRONG is to further the advancement of all things within the plant-based movement;

We advocate for the scientifically proven benefits of plant-based living and envision a world that universally understands, promotes, and prescribes plants as the solution to empowering your health, enhancing your performance, and restoring the environment.

We welcome and support you wherever you are on your PLANTSTRONG journey and we hope you enjoy the show.

    Building a Golden Gut with Dr. B

    Building a Golden Gut with Dr. B

    Dr. B is back! That’s right. Everyone’s favorite fiber-loving broc-star, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, is back to celebrate the release of his latest book, The Fiber Fueled Cookbook: Inspiring Plant-Based Recipes to Turbocharge Your Health.
    Dr. B burst onto the scene just a few years ago when his book, Fiber Fueled, hit the New York Times Best Sellers List. This groundbreaking book was a guide to optimizing the gut microbiome and improving your health through a diet rich in diverse fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. 
    His new book, The Fiber Fueled Cookbook, goes the extra mile and tells you HOW to train your gut to take on more fabulous fiber with delicious recipes and meal ideas. He even lays out a personalized GROWTH strategy for understanding common gut issues and how to treat them effectively. 
    Don’t be one of the 19 out of 20 people who are fiber deficient. Train your gut the right way and stop fearing the foods that could help you the most.
    About Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
    Will Bulsiewicz, MD MSCI, (a.k.a. Dr. B) is a board certified gastroenterologist and gut health expert. Every day, he helps patients and members of his #plantfed community bounce back from restrictive and over-hyped diets, and into a whole new way of living and eating that produces the results they really want…permanently. At the core of his philosophy is what he calls “lifestyle medicine,” that uses food, exercise, and other lifestyle factors to optimize your gut, get you back in control of your health. Through Fiber Fueled and his free tools, Dr. B breaks it down for you, piece by digestible piece, so you can take the simple steps that will help you create incredible shifts in your digestion, symptoms, and life.
    Episode Timestamps
    14:40 Dr. B explains the Fiber Paradox
    18:00 Difficulties when you try to introduce fiber into your diet - empowering you with an understanding of what’s actually happening
    20:00 Understanding that your gut is adaptable - stop fearing the foods that could help you
    23:30 Dr. B’s insightful thoughts on a meat-only diet 
    24:45 The many benefits of fiber for health and disease prevention
    29:25 Why you need a diversity of plants in your diet 
    31:10 Addressing common food intolerances like celiac and constipation with a GROWTH strategy -
    G = Genesis - getting to the root cause of the issue
    37:10 Dr. B’s definition and symptoms of constipation 
    46:00 Symptoms of gall bladder issues
    48:00 If you have mild constipation, crank up fiber, drink water, and take your poop for a walk - fiber, hydration, and movement
    50:00 Getting things moving with magnesium
    53:00 GROWTH Strategy - R-O-W = Restrict, Observe, Work it Back In
    54:38 T = Train Your Gut - Like an athlete, you can train your gut to take on more fiber. When your gut is hurt, you can either restrict it completely, or you can build up to it
    1:00:00 Prebiotics - Fiber, polyphenols, resistant starches — legumes and whole grains have all three of these
    1:03:00 How many pounds of beans does the average American consume per year?
    1:04:00 How much cheese does the average American consume per year?
    1:05:00 GROWTH strategy - H = Holistic Healing
    1:07:45 Does exercise impact gut health?
    1:09:50 Dr. B wants you to become Mic Jagger - Eat at least 30 different types of plant-based foods per week
    1:15:45 Gut health game-changers:  fermented foods and sprouts - the many paths to a healthy gut and diet
    1:21:45 Rip previews some of Dr. B’s recipes






     
    Episode Resources
    Watch the Episode on YouTube
    Dr. B’s Website - The PlantFed Gut
    Dr. B’s Instagram
    Order The Fiber-Fueled Cookbook
    PLANTSTRONG Foods - shop our official unsalted broths- and our growing assortment of other delicious products made without oil, added sugar, or excessive sodium .
    PLANTSTRONG Sedona Retreat - October 10th-15th, 2022 - Our Sedona retreat has been approved for 21.5 CME credits for physicians and physician assistants. And 21.5 Nursin

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Chef AJ Shares the REAL Secrets of Weight Loss

    Chef AJ Shares the REAL Secrets of Weight Loss

    Rip sings, dances, and raps with the legendary Chef AJ as they celebrate the 10th anniversary and re-release of her book, “Unprocessed - Revitalize Your Health with Whole Foods.”
    Chef AJ shares:
    Memories of meeting the Esselstyns for the first time
    Her early TV appearances on Johnny Carson and the Gong Show as a comedian
    How she accidentally created a daily YouTube talk show at the start of the pandemic that is now nearing 1000 daily live episodes!
    Her own difficult health journey that is both gut-wrenching and inspiring for anyone seeking lasting change
    Creating sustainable weight loss and why every day should be a "treat day"
    Why calorie density unlocks the key to a healthy weight
    Her favorite kitchen utensils and meals
    Through humor, stories, and her gorgeous recipes, she knows how to educate about sustainable weight loss in a way that is both simple and yet so profound. 
    Episode Timestamps
    10:45 Chef AJ’s Pandemic Pivot into a YouTube Star
    13:40 Want to hear AJ's phone message?
    15:10 What was it like to appear on Johnny Carson and the Gong Show?
    18:50 Why Chef AJ prefers “plant-exclusive” over “plant-based”
    20:38 The 10th Anniversary of Unprocessed is now available! What's new? 
    25:30 Chef AJ’s emotional backstory
    31:20 Does she *really *love to cook?
    34:14 Her Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss and Calorie Density Explanation
    44:35 Rip and Chef AJ talk about The C’s of Ultimate Weight Loss Success 
    46:20 Finding the Why that Makes You Cry
    50:22 Consistency - “You don’t need a cheat day because every day is a treat day.”
    53:05 Compliance or adherence
    54:45 Community - finding a buddy or a coach
    1:01:10 What are Chef AJ’s must-haves for the kitchen?
    1:04:00 What Chef AJ eats in a day
    1:20:00 Her personal favorite recipes
    Episode Resources
    Watch the Episode on YouTube
    Episode Webpage
    Chef AJ's Website
    Chef AJ's YouTube Channel
    Order the new edition of "Unprocessed"
    PLANTSTRONG Foods - shop our official unsalted broths- and our growing assortment of other delicious products made without oil, added sugar, or excessive sodium.
    PLANTSTRONG Sedona Retreat - October 10th-15th, 2022 - Dr. Doug Lisle - the esteemed evolutionary psychologist and co-author of The Pleasure Trap - is attending our upcoming Sedona Retreat to give three of his paradigm-shifting lectures that help us understand all the forces working against us in our quest to live plantstrong. Once you SEE the system we live in - you can’t UNSEE it. And Dr. Lisle is a master in giving us language and tools to set ourselves on a permanent path to success. And great news! Our Sedona retreat has been approved for 21.5 CME credits for physicians and physician assistants. And 21.5 Nursing Contact Hours for nurses…. And 2.2 CEUs for other healthcare professionals as part of the registration fee for our PLANTSTRONG Retreat. 
    PLANTSTRONG Meal Planner - Save $10 off the annual membership with the code: PLANTSTRONG
    Visit plantstrong.com for all PLANTSTRONG Resources, including books, recipes, foods and the PLANTSTRONG Coaching Programs
    Join the Free PLANTSTRONG Community with over 26,000 members
    Theme Music for Episode
    Promo Music: Your Love by Atch License: Creative Commons License - Attribution 3.0

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Alan Goldhamer, D.C. - Is Water Fasting for You?

    Alan Goldhamer, D.C. - Is Water Fasting for You?

    We’ve created a society that makes everything so simple.
    With the push of a button, we can have highly-processed food, entertainment, and all of the excess we can handle (and even some we can’t). This has led to unprecedented levels of disease, despair, and death.
    We are caught in the pleasure trap.
    But there is good news. We DO have the power to override these temptations and allow our bodies to heal.
    In November 1984, Dr. Alan Goldhamer opened the True North Health Center. They create a health-promoting environment through an SOS-Free Diet (that’s salt, oil, and sugar) and water-only fasting.
    As you can imagine, this monitored approach to healing was once seen as complete quackery. Today? Because of the data, peer-reviewed studies, and astonishing results, fasting, and fasting-mimicking diets are now considered mainstream.
    Today, Dr. Goldhamer explains how and why it really is healthy to give your body a chance to rest, reboot, and break some of those physiological addictive behaviors that are keeping us sick.
    Episode Timestamps
    00:00-06:45 Introduction to Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of True North Health Center
    09:00 What exactly is intermittent fasting?
    12:15 Origins of True North and Dr. Goldhamer's friendship with Dr. Doug Lisle
    19:15 Emerging data showing benefits of fasting in healthy people as disease prevention
    19:56 What is an SOS-Free diet?
    23:10 93% of our food is WHAT???
    24:00 What is the pleasure trap, and why were we born to seek pleasure?
    29:24 What is The Law of Satiation and how does it affect our eating habits?
    36:15 Promising research of fasting implications on tumor growth
    37:10 Is there a special type of water consumed when fasting?
    37:56 Unique physiological effects of water-only fasting
    40:48 The Motivational Triad and how The Pleasure Trap still holds up today
    44:30 Why it's vital to rest when fasting
    48:00 Dr. Goldhamer's opinion on keto and paleo diets
    50:35 What really motivates people to make a change?
    53:00 How do you keep people on plan and remain compliant?
    58:00 Recommended supplements from Dr. Goldhamer
    1:00:48 Organic vs. Conventional foods?
    1:03:04 Does Dr. Goldhamer fast?
    1:05:18 Fasting impacts on Autoimmune disease
    Episode Resources
    Episode Webpage
    Watch the Episode on YouTube
    True North Health Center Website
    True North Health Foundation - Advancing knowledge and awareness of therapeutic water-only fasting
    PLANTSTRONG Sedona Retreat - October 10th-15th, 2022 - Dr. Doug Lisle - the esteemed evolutionary psychologist and co-author of The Pleasure Trap - is attending our upcoming Sedona Retreat to give three of his paradigm-shifting lectures that help us understand all the forces working against us in our quest to live plantstrong. Once you SEE the system we live in - you can’t UNSEE it. And Dr. Lisle is a master in giving us language and tools to set ourselves on a permanent path to success. And great news! Our Sedona retreat has been approved for 21.5 CME credits for physicians and physician assistants. And 21.5 Nursing Contact Hours for nurses…. And 2.2 CEUs for other healthcare professionals as part of the registration fee for our PLANTSTRONG Retreat.
    PLANTSTRONG Meal Planner - Save $10 off the annual membership with the code: PLANTSTRONG
    PLANTSTRONG Foods - shop our official plantstrong foods including pizza crusts, granolas, cereals, popcorn, soups, chilis, and broths!
    Visit plantstrong.com for all PLANTSTRONG Resources, including books, recipes, foods and the PLANTSTRONG Coaching Programs
    Join the Free PLANTSTRONG Community with over 26,000 members
    Theme Music for Episode
    Promo Music: Your Love by Atch License: Creative Commons License - Attribution 3.0

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef

    Ep. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef

    One of our favorite quotes on the PLANTSTRONG team is, “It’s the Food, It’s the Food. It’s the Food!” 
    Well, today, it really is all about the food with guest, Chef Stephanie Michalak White - Lead Chef Instructor of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Plant-Based Degree Program. 
    From an early age, Stephanie was inspired and motivated to make a difference in the food industry. She's worked in a variety of establishments, including small businesses, pop-ups, catering, and farm-to-table restaurants.
    Not only is she passionate about cooking plantstrong food, but she’s also equally passionate about sustainability, ending food insecurities, and optimizing self-care - which are things we at PLANTSTRONG care deeply about.
    Today, she shares with us some of her favorite grains, green leafies, veggies, must-have tools, and appliances for any kitchen, and she even shares a special recipe for her sweet potato brownies!
    It’s a fun foodie chat with one of the most sought-after chefs and culinary instructors in the plant-based space.
    Episode Timestamps
    04:15 Welcome to Stephanie and the origins of her unique maiden name
    06:05 How her love of plants started with her grandparents
    09:45 When and why Stephanie was motivated to become vegan
    19:08 Chef Stephanie’s area of focus on food insecurities in higher education
    24:50 How she landed at Escoffier and the genesis of their plant-based culinary program?
    26:55 How are the online courses being received and the many benefits of online education
    29:08 Diversity of demographics at Escoffier and the plant-based program
    30:11 Who was Auguste Escoffier? Father of Modern Cooking - History of the School of Culinary Arts
    32:22 Why do people become chefs?
    36:20 Chef Stephanie’s recommendations on basic cooking utensils for every kitchen
    39:40 Stephanie gives Rip eggplant-inspired ideas (his least-favorite veg!)
    42:41 Favorite squashes, rice, grains, and leafy greens
    51:50 How would Chef Stephanie cook for firefighters?
    54:00 Stephanie’s Sweet-Potato brownie recipe
    56:10 Mango love and how best to cut and peel those tough fruits
    59:45 Making Stephanie choose between chicken, cheese, or eggs!
    1:01:57 How to keep plant-based food economical
    1:05:00 Reducing excessive amounts of sodium in cooking
    1:10:10 Favorite sweeteners and sugars for baking and cooking
     
    Episode Resources
    Watch the Episode on YouTube
    PLANTSTRONG Podcast Episode Page
    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
    Email for Chef Stephanie: smichalak@staff.escoffier.edu
    Chef Stephanie's Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe
    PLANTSTRONG Sedona Retreat - October 10th-15th, 2022 - A lifetime and transformative vacation awaits
    PLANTSTRONG Coaching - Our PLANTSTRONG Coaching Program is designed to help you to apply the principles of whole food, plant-based nutrition: removing all animal products, oil, refined sugar, and excess sodium from your eating plan. In addition, we will provide dozens of tools to elevate and accelerate your success while surrounding you with one fiercely supportive and nurturing community. 
    PLANTSTRONG Foods - shop our official plantstrong foods including pizza crusts, granolas, cereals, popcorn, soups, chilis and broths!
    Visit plantstrong.com for all PLANTSTRONG Resources, including books, recipes, foods and the PLANTSTRONG Coaching Programs
    Join the Free PLANTSTRONG Community with over 26,000 members
    Theme Music for Episode
    Promo Music: Your Love by Atch
    License: Creative Commons License - Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    John Robbins - Ditching Gold for the Truth

    John Robbins - Ditching Gold for the Truth

    John Robbins is an absolute trailblazer whose story and mission really go beyond the kale. Imagine being born into incredible wealth - private schools, country clubs, a 14,000 square foot home with multiple three-car garages, and family yachts at your fingertips. Now, imagine walking away from that extravagant life on purpose and with a purpose.
    John Robbins followed the call of his conscience and walked away from the family business, the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream empire, and moved to a remote island seeking greater purpose and meaning in life. He knew he wanted to be in service to mother earth and the planet.
    His first book, the 1987 Diet for a New America was truly groundbreaking and decades ahead of its time. It was and is one of the quintessential books that tie together the impact of foods on your health, your happiness, and the planet.
    John has gone on to write nine books and, today, he shares stories about a few of those, including, The New Good Life- Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less. His life stories run the gamut of emotions from heartbreaking and joyful, to educational and inspirational.
    John Robbins has chosen compassion over consumption at every turn and, after today’s episode, you’ll be more than inspired to do the same.
    Episode Highlights
    7:50 John had polio as a child - how he adapted and 'muscled up' for vitality and strength
    12:05 John’s Baskin Robbins origin story - how he followed the call of his conscience
    15:45 John questions the link between the poor health of his family and the ice cream empire
    20:00 How a chance book recommendation from his father's cardiologist changed everything for John’s father’s health and their broken relationship
    33:50 Why he headed to a remote island with his wife to start fresh
    44:30 How Diet for a New America Launched the modern health food movement
    49:59 What happened when “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” wanted to interview John
    1:00:00 John’s Book - The New Good Life backstory and how John lost his own money in an investment nightmare
    1:08:15 Genesis of the Food Revolution Summit with Ocean and John Robbins - The Largest Gathering of Food Conscious People on the Planet
    1:36:10 Why and how John remains hopeful in these tumultuous times
    Episode Resources
    Watch the Episode on YouTube
    PLANTSTRONG Podcast Episode Page
    Join the FREE Food Revolution Summit - Starting Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
    Join the Free PLANTSTRONG Community with over 26,000 members
    PLANTSTRONG Foods - shop our official plantstrong foods including pizza crusts, granolas, cereals, popcorn, soups, chilis and broths!
    Visit plantstrong.com for all PLANTSTRONG Resources, including books, retreats, recipes, foods and the PLANTSTRONG Coaching Programs

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Chris Wark - Beat Cancer in the Kitchen

    Chris Wark - Beat Cancer in the Kitchen

    We welcome author, cancer survivor, and healthy-eating coach, Chris Wark, back for his second appearance on the PLANTSTRONG Podcast. 
    In 2003 at the age of 26, Chris was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. After surgery, he opted OUT of chemotherapy for treatment and, instead, turned to nutrition to promote his healing.
    Instead of pumping chemo drugs into his body, he pumped in as many anti-cancer foods as he could and turned his body into a nutritional powerhouse. It’s been almost 20 years, Chris and his family are doing great, and he's written three books about his journey and life's work.
    Today, Chris discusses the science, background, and some of those life-saving recipes from his latest book, Beat Cancer Kitchen, co-written with his wife, Micah.
    This gorgeous book features whole-food, plant-based recipes that appeal to the whole family, whether you are healing from cancer, are actively trying to prevent it, or just simply seeking a healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones.
    You’ll learn:
    The dangers and carcinogenic effects of meat and animal products
    The lack of evidence and results for experimental diets, like the carnivore, paleo, and keto diets
    Why weight loss is conflated with health
    Any foods in the plant-based space to avoid?
    Highlights of some of his cancer-fighting recipes
    As you'll hear, Chris’s life work is to:
    Inspire you to believe you can get well
    Provide the evidence and science to support it
    Give you the confidence to take action on sustainable change. 
    You have so much personal power over your health and it starts in the kitchen. Episode Resources Watch the Episode on YouTube PLANTSTRONG Podcast Episode Page
    Chris Beat Cancer Website and Resources
    Join the Free PLANTSTRONG Community with over 26,000 members
     
    PLANTSTRONG Foods - shop our official plantstrong foods including our new multigrain flakes, cereal that is going to knock your socks off. You know I love Rip’s Big Bowl for breakfast, but this new cereal is so crunchy and so satisfying, it just might steal the show! Go check it out - we’re offering two packs for a limited time
    Our PLANTSTRONG Sedona Retreat from October 10th-15th, has just been approved and accredited for 21.25 Continuing Medical Education hours for Physicians and Physician Assistants, AND 21.25 Nursing Contact Hours for nurses! Jointly provided by PLANTSTRONG and the Mountain Area Health Education Center - we are thrilled to offer these CMEs and CEUs as part of our October registration fees. If you are a healthcare provider, please join us in Sedona this fall and learn how you can level up with your nutrition both personally and professionally.
    Visit plantstrong.com for all PLANTSTRONG Resources, including books, retreats, recipes, foods and the PLANTSTRONG Coaching Programs
     

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

VFDirector ,

LOVE THIS PODCAST!

I’ve listened to EVERY episode and absolutely love everything I’ve learned here! My plant based journey began in January 2020, just before the pandemic, and while many people gained weight the past two years….going plant based helped me LOSE 50 pounds! I had been a pescatarian for the past 30 years and giving up dairy and fish and processed junk food really helped me shed the pounds. Thank you Rip for everything you do to promote this healthy way of eating! I’ve gotten off my statins and my reflux meds and my doc lowered the dosage of my thyroid meds. Listening to this podcast has turned me onto so many other great podcasts. What an amazing journey - Thanks!

montanatrucker ,

I’m not a pineapple

By far one of my most favorite podcasts! But would you please stop calling me a pineapple or a papaya? And have you noticed that your sign off at the end of the podcast makes most of your guests squirm in their seats? Other than my small quirks, keep up the great work!

DHCooks ,

The best plant-based podcast I’ve found so far

The only thing that would make this podcast better is if you put the newest episodes on top so I don’t have to scroll around to find the newest episodes.

I’m the owner of a business called VegeCooking that teaches, not just about plant-based cooking and lifestyle, but about positive mindset and joy. I’m constantly listening to podcasts centered on food and nutrition to enhance my knowledge of the benefits of this lifestyle to share with my students and clients.

I love Rip’s passion and open and honest dialog with interviewees. He has a genuine interest in learning more about people’s perspectives on this lifestyle and how we can grow this movement faster - together.

There’s a LOT of talk about the science in simple and easy to understand terms. This podcast is like a book I can’t put down.

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