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Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within.

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating.

Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.

So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.

Switch4Good Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 368 Ratings

Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within.

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating.

Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.

So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.

    Healing Trauma with Wellness Guru Ella Magers

    Healing Trauma with Wellness Guru Ella Magers

    Our guest today knew her calling at a much younger age than most of us. A fitness enthusiast, environmentalist and outspoken animal rights activist before she was even 15, Ella Magers is today a fitness coach, an author, and the founder of Sexy Fit Vegan. She’s been on a personal quest to help people change their attitudes toward food and wellness, and she has the international following to prove it. Ella was named one of the top 50 trainers in America by Shape magazine and Trainer Of The Month by bodybuilding.com. Armed with a master's degree in social work, certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, extensive training in Muay Thai, and an inherent ebullience, Ella epitomizes what’s possible on a plant-forward diet.
    And there is SO much more to Ella’s story. This episode is packed with heretofore untold revelations and personal tales from her remarkable life journey! 
    “That grief felt so different. It was maybe the worst grief of my life, and at the same time, I let myself have it. I let myself be in it. I didn’t eat my way out of it. I didn’t turn to food. I didn’t turn to exercise. I didn’t turn to any of those old unhealthy coping mechanisms. And I say unhealthy because I would have over-exercised. Anything to run: drinking or drugs or anything like that. I just sat in it. And I cried, and I cried, and I cried.” - Ella Magers
    What we discuss in this episode:
    Ella’s battle with depression How she freed herself from dependence on pharmaceuticals Her experiences with DMT and how it changed her The pressures of being a fitness paragon Overcoming exercise addiction Her therapeutic experience at a spiritual retreat in Peru How she learned to cope with grief after suffering a monumental loss Resources:
    Ella's website: Sexy Fit Vegan Ella's Instagram: @sexyfitvegan Hogs and Kisses Farm Sanctuary: Hogs & Kisses The Plant-based Playbook IS HERE!
    Let the Plant-based Games Begin, the first-ever guidebook dedicated to optimizing athletic performance with plant-based fuel. We developed the Playbook in consultation with the IOC’s Office of Sustainability to help coaches, dietitians, and athletes understand how to embrace plant-based nutrition.
    Researched and written by a diverse group of highly credentialed researchers, clinicians, and athletes, the Playbook leverages peer-reviewed science and real-world experience to illuminate the physiological benefits of a plant-based diet. The Playbook also includes robust, field-tested tools and resources for meal planning and other practical implementation techniques. 
    You can download the Playbook here: https://switch4good.org/plant-based-playbook/
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Fighting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic with Pediatrician Dr. Leigh Ettinger

    Fighting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic with Pediatrician Dr. Leigh Ettinger

    With childhood obesity reaching epidemic proportions, our guest today, Dr. Leigh Ettinger, aka Dr. Herbivore, is a pediatric nephrologist who has seen firsthand the benefits of a plant-based diet for children. Dr. Ettinger is board certified in General Pediatrics and received his medical degree from Tufts University. He also received his certificate in plant-based nutrition from eCornell in 2016, and in 2019 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He has a telemedicine practice in New York and New Jersey, where he encourages a plant-centric diet and empowers families to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
    With so much to unpack regarding weight management and nutrition optimization in children, it’s an honor to have him here with us today so that we can pick his brain! 
    “By having the people fill up on whole plants, then they’re not hungry. They don’t hopefully feel the need to eat in secret, or they’re not reaching with a craving for something if they’re filling up on starches. I’m a big fan of Dr. McDougall’s The Starch Solution, so, potatoes and bananas especially. I had one dad call me up once, he wasn’t in the visit, and he called me up a week after I’d seen his teenage boy, and he asked ‘what are you doing? Why is my son eating all these bananas? He’s eating seven bananas a day.’ I replied ‘oh, oh really, that’s great. What’s your concern?’ He said ‘it just seems like a lot of bananas. What’s he doing with all those bananas?’ I replied ‘well, how’s he doing?’ He confessed, ‘well, he lost ten pounds.’” - Dr. Leigh Ettinger
     
    What we discuss in this episode:
    The reason he chose to become a pediatric nephrologist Why he prefers the term “herbivore” over “vegan” How he treats obesity in children The root cause of childhood obesity and why he recommends a plant-based diet The differences between being overweight and obese The risk factors that accompany obesity in children and teenagers How he guides and educates families regarding diet The benefits of telemedicine appointments Resources:
    Website: Doctor Herbivore Plant-based chef Rebecca Carucci: Powered by Plants Consulting Fitness expert Danielle Medina: Fitnplaymama The Plant-based Playbook IS HERE!
    Let the Plant-based Games Begin, the first-ever guidebook dedicated to optimizing athletic performance with plant-based fuel. We developed the Playbook in consultation with the IOC’s Office of Sustainability to help coaches, dietitians, and athletes understand how to embrace plant-based nutrition.
    Researched and written by a diverse group of highly credentialed researchers, clinicians, and athletes, the Playbook leverages peer-reviewed science and real-world experience to illuminate the physiological benefits of a plant-based diet. The Playbook also includes robust, field-tested tools and resources for meal planning and other practical implementation techniques. 
    You can download the Playbook here: https://switch4good.org/plant-based-playbook/
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Balance Hormones, Eliminate Toxins with Functional Medicine Doc, Dr. Koz

    Balance Hormones, Eliminate Toxins with Functional Medicine Doc, Dr. Koz

    Our guest today is functional medicine practitioner Dr. Peter Kozlowski, and for those who aren’t familiar with functional medicine, you’re in for a real treat. Dr. Koz practices getting to the root of disease rather than treating the symptoms, while also addressing mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Doesn't that make sense? 
    Dr. Kozlowski has authored two books: Unfunc Your Gut, in which he tackles gut health and the immune system, and his new book Get the Func Out, where he addresses detoxing from heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and mold. Before writing the books, he trained with luminaries such as Dr. Susan Blum, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. But what's also intriguing is that his path to where he is was not a straight one. Dr. Koz faced some serious adversity along the way, and we're looking forward to seeing how some of those experiences influenced how he practices medicine today!
    “We’re all born with a bucket, and we fill that bucket with sugar and bad food and stress and lead and mercury and mold and glyphosate. That bucket eventually overflows into disease. Right? And that’s where most people are presenting themselves to me - when their bucket is full. And then we’re trying to figure out what's in their bucket and what’s filling it." - Dr. Peter Kozlowski

     
    What we discuss in this episode:
    His personal story and journey to functional medicine His struggles with alcohol Hormonal imbalances, menopause, and toxins The primary toxins he sees and treats An explanation of chelation and heavy metal testing  The symptoms of mold toxicity and how Dr. Koz tests for it His thoughts on supplements and emphasis on diet Resources:
    Website: Doc-Koz Books: Unfunc Your Gut,  Get the Func Out Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doctorkoz/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doc_koz/ The Plant-based Playbook IS HERE!
    Let the Plant-based Games Begin, the first-ever guidebook dedicated to optimizing athletic performance with plant-based fuel. We developed the Playbook in consultation with the IOC’s Office of Sustainability to help coaches, dietitians, and athletes understand how to embrace plant-based nutrition.
    Researched and written by a diverse group of highly credentialed researchers, clinicians, and athletes, the Playbook leverages peer-reviewed science and real-world experience to illuminate the physiological benefits of a plant-based diet. The Playbook also includes robust, field-tested tools and resources for meal planning and other practical implementation techniques. 
    You can download the Playbook here: https://switch4good.org/plant-based-playbook/
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Combat & Compassion with Vegan MMA Fighter Mac Danzig

    Combat & Compassion with Vegan MMA Fighter Mac Danzig

    To talk to today’s guest, you may not guess he’s an extremely accomplished mixed martial artist. Modest, thoughtful, and incredibly insightful, Mac Danzig is a true maverick – a warrior poet and animal rights proponent who defies stereotypes and can wax philosophical about anything from human nature to photography, even skateboarding. A 2nd-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he came to prominence while winning season six of the Ultimate Fighter and made his mark in the ring as a dominant grappler and proficient striker. In addition to his success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he appeared in the revolutionary documentary Forks Over Knives, where he discussed the benefits of a plant-based diet and how it affected his health and his career as an athlete.
    Today, Mac has his own MMA studio where he passes on what he’s learned to a new generation, and we’re really happy to have him on!
    “When they were telling me that I needed a gram and a half of protein per pound of body weight to two grams of protein per pound of body weight, at the same time, they would be telling me that I could only absorb 20 to 30 grams per digestion cycle. Now how long is a digestion cycle? They say it’s like three to four hours, maybe five. Well, how many hours in the day do we have for me to get two grams of protein per pound of body weight if I’m walking around at 170 pounds? 170 times two. There’s no way I can absorb that.” - Mac Danzig
    What we discuss in this episode:
    His childhood and how removing dairy from his diet drastically improved his health The transformative impact working at an animal sanctuary had on him The ways a vegan diet improved his athletic performance His favorite sources of protein Insight into the world of MMA His insights into training for fights His experiences with concussions How he transitioned from MMA to opening his own gym How he approaches the topic of veganism with his students Resources:
    Mac Danzig gym: Danzig MMA Mac Danzig photography: https://www.flickr.com/photos/california4life/ The Plant-based Playbook IS HERE!
    Let the Plant-based Games Begin, the first-ever guidebook dedicated to optimizing athletic performance with plant-based fuel. We developed the Playbook in consultation with the IOC’s Office of Sustainability to help coaches, dietitians, and athletes understand how to embrace plant-based nutrition.
    Researched and written by a diverse group of highly credentialed researchers, clinicians, and athletes, the Playbook leverages peer-reviewed science and real-world experience to illuminate the physiological benefits of a plant-based diet. The Playbook also includes robust, field-tested tools and resources for meal planning and other practical implementation techniques. 
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Build Muscle, Lose Fat on a Vegan Diet with Pro Bodybuilder Natalie Matthews

    Build Muscle, Lose Fat on a Vegan Diet with Pro Bodybuilder Natalie Matthews

    Today’s guest is an example of how veganism can have a sweeping impact on your whole life. Born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Fit Vegan Chef Natalie Matthews began surfing professionally at the age of sixteen. But when she started experiencing hypoglycemia, extreme fatigue and severe acne from dairy consumption, Natalie and her husband George were galvanized to learn the transformational health benefits of a plant-based diet. In just one year they were both thriving and free from illness. A professional bodybuilder and graduate from the Living Light Culinary Institute in California, Natalie has published two eBooks titled Puerto Vegan Cookbook and Fit Vegan Kitchen. 
    Super excited to discuss her many accomplishments, how a plant-based diet has transformed her life, and the myriad ways she strives to inspire others to make positive changes in their own lives!
    “Having some muscle tissue is gonna improve your fat loss journey. If you have a lot more muscle tissue you can eat more, it’s easier to burn fat, and you’re going to see some shape when you lose that fat. You know, I often get people that are like ‘oh, I lost all this weight and I really don’t like how I feel or look still.’ And I’m like, ‘that’s because you don’t have any muscle underneath.’ So, people are so afraid to get in there in the weights, and I know it can be very intimidating, but, if you combine that with a good diet you can do some serious damage. It’s gonna be amazing!” - Natalie Matthews
    What we discuss in this episode:
    Her dietary background and evolution. How a vegan diet improved her health, her surfing, and other remarkable benefits she and her husband experienced. How she transitioned to bodybuilding and thrived on a vegan diet. An explanation of macronutrients and Natalie’s favorite protein sources. Advice on how to change your body composition. Details of her training regimen. Her favorite meal after a show. How she veganized her favorite recipes from her childhood. Her favorite snacks. Resources:
    Natalie's website and books: https://fitveganchef.com/ YouTube channel: Natalie Matthews - YouTube Instagram: Natalie Matthews IFBB PRO (@fitveganchef) • Instagram photos and videos The Plant-based Playbook IS HERE!
    Let the Plant-based Games Begin, the first-ever guidebook dedicated to optimizing athletic performance with plant-based fuel. We developed the Playbook in consultation with the IOC’s Office of Sustainability to help coaches, dietitians, and athletes understand how to embrace plant-based nutrition.
    Researched and written by a diverse group of highly credentialed researchers, clinicians, and athletes, the Playbook leverages peer-reviewed science and real-world experience to illuminate the physiological benefits of a plant-based diet. The Playbook also includes robust, field-tested tools and resources for meal planning and other practical implementation techniques. 
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    • 57 min
    Plant-Based in the Black Community with The Invisible Vegan Filmmaker Jasmine Leyva

    Plant-Based in the Black Community with The Invisible Vegan Filmmaker Jasmine Leyva

    She’s a self-starter, she’s an activist, she’s a multi-hyphenate. Today’s guest, Jasmine Leyva, made her directing debut with the groundbreaking documentary The Invisible Vegan, which highlights her own journey with veganism while exploring the unknown history of plant-based eating directly linked to African roots. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it immediately. 
    Vibrant, eloquent and no-nonsense, Jasmine has appeared in front of the camera, starring in commercials for such brands as American Express, Nissan, Apple and Sony, and behind the camera as associate producer of the NAACP award-winning docuseries Unsung, and producer/writer of the docuseries Being. She’s also producing the forthcoming documentary – Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids, which tackles the hard questions around fibroids and endometriosis, which we’re definitely looking forward to discussing today.
     “So I saw her and I was just like, wait, she has me by four decades, but I want to be like her, so I asked her what’s the secret, what are you doing? And she told me she eats a lot of raw foods, she follows a plant-based diet, so that’s when I was just like, oh, sign me up because I want to look good in booty shorts. But then after I did it, I got all these other benefits, and I was just like, oh, this is deeper than looking good in booty shorts.” - Jasmine Leyva
    What we discuss in this episode:
    Jasmine Leyva’s upbringing and diet as a child History and misconceptions of the African American diet What inspired her transition to a vegan diet and the impact it had on her health and well-being Her inspiration for making The Invisible Vegan Her wisdom on how to spread the plant-based message The impact of diet on fibroids Her exciting upcoming projects! Resources:
    Jasmine's website: Jasmine Leyva Jasmine's film: The Invisible Vegan  The upcoming documentary Jasmine is producing: Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids Jasmine's children’s books: Queen Vegana and Princess Apple: The Magical World of Vegetables & King Vegus and Princess Parsley: Creating a Healthy Kingdom The Plant-based Playbook IS HERE!
    Let the Plant-based Games Begin, the first-ever guidebook dedicated to optimizing athletic performance with plant-based fuel. We developed the Playbook in consultation with the IOC’s Office of Sustainability to help coaches, dietitians, and athletes understand how to embrace plant-based nutrition.
    Researched and written by a diverse group of highly credentialed researchers, clinicians, and athletes, the Playbook leverages peer-reviewed science and real-world experience to illuminate the physiological benefits of a plant-based diet. The Playbook also includes robust, field-tested tools and resources for meal planning and other practical implementation techniques. 
    You can download the Playbook here: https://switch4good.org/plant-based-playbook/
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4.8 out of 5
368 Ratings

368 Ratings

denisearts ,

This is a very worth while way to spend some time…

Lots of terrific health tips and information for this decades old vegetarian turned plant-baser, I’m very grateful for your work.

In particular, the show interviewing Diabetes Dietician Lauren Plunkett was terrific. Please continue in this vein, perhaps a Diabetes type 2 expert, a cancer survivor, etc. Hearing you two talk to people from other walks of life who can tell us how the plant-based diet has helped them manage their trouble spots is the best.

can’t thank you enough for all you do!

Ag1980 ,

Best Health Podcast

I’ve listened to pretty much every episode and they are the best interviewers! They do their homework asking the best questions, and make it fun with stories and real life scenarios. You’ll feel more well rounded knowing every episode is a different doctor or specialist! Love this show!!

Saoírxe Bell ,

Switch4Good

Powerful evidence-based support for health promoting plant-based eating.

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