The Kalevangelist shares stories of lives--and bodies!--changed by adopting a plant-based / vegan diet. In addition to interviews with guests who've transformed their health and lives by ditching animal products, our shorter "Plate Full of Plants" segments feature delicious plant-based recipes that you can add to YOUR plate. Whether you've been a vegan for decades, are a newbie, or just want ideas for Meatless Mondays, you're sure to find inspiration on the Kalevangelist.
Episode 17: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Pat and Ruth Clifford
Married for over 50 years, Pat and Ruth Clifford are a delight. Their mutual respect, love, and fun-loving ways come through in this conversation. Years ago, Pat was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Yet it was what his doctor said to him after the diagnosis that changed the course of Pat's life and health. He said, "You're diabetic, but you don't have to be." He inspired Pat to remove all animal products from his diet and incorporate plentiful whole foods onto his plate. Pat and Ruth took on the challenge, and as a result, Pat has never had to take insulin, nor is he on any diabetes medication.
Resources mentioned on this episode:
"Eat to Live," by Dr. Joel Fuhrman: https://www.amazon.com/Eat-Live-Amazing-Nutrient-Rich-Sustained/dp/031612091X
"The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less," by Dr. John A. McDougall: https://www.amazon.com/McDougall-Quick-Easy-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0452276969/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=quick+and+easy+cookbook+mcdougall&qid=1621368104&s=books&sr=1-3
"How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease" by Dr. Michael Greger: https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Die-Discover-Scientifically/dp/1250066115/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=how+not+to+die&qid=1621368219&s=books&sr=1-1
"How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Prevent and Reverse Disease" by Dr. Michael Greger: https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Die-Cookbook-Recipes/dp/1250127769/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/143-3812159-5312909?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1250127769&pd_rd_r=a82278df-2ca5-413d-ade2-9bfcdc21198c&pd_rd_w=SscQd&pd_rd_wg=8I2YJ&pf_rd_p=fd3ebcd0-c1a2-44cf-aba2-bbf4810b3732&pf_rd_r=VKM7Z4TVG6CMTKDFPVMC&psc=1&refRID=VKM7Z4TVG6CMTKDFPVMC
"The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health," by Dr. T. Colin Campbell: https://www.amazon.com/China-Study-Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1941631568/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=china+study&qid=1621368339&s=books&sr=1-1
Episode 16: Maria Bahruth, the Vegan Restaurateur
Late one night two years ago, Maria Baruth, the owner of the High Note Café right here in Boise, Idaho, started watching the disturbing documentary, "Dominion." Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, “Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom.” Just 15 minutes into the documentary, Maria found herself in tears as she considered not only the disturbing images and information that were shared in just the opening minutes of the film, but also about what she saw as her contributing to animal exploitation by serving meat and animal-derived products at her restaurant.
And what she did from there was extremely brave and quite frightening for a business owner. Practically overnight, she overhauled her entire menu, gave away or sold all the animal products, and became the first all-vegan restaurant in Boise. The support from the community--and the world--has been nothing short of extraordinary.
High Note Cafe website: https://highnotecafeboise.com/
"Dominion" trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgMWqAuQDKs
"Dominion" documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQRAfJyEsko Viewer discretion advised!
Episode 15: The Incredible, Edible Cashew
Recipe links in show notes! When I went plant based and started looking for fun new recipes to prepare for my family, I was blown away by all the recipes that included cashews! Prior to becoming vegan, I just thought of cashews as a snack food to eat as-is. Boy, was I wrong. They have quickly become a staple in my pantry. Not only are there some impressive health benefits to including cashews in your diet, but they are CRAZY versatile and can be used for everything from homemade cream cheese to ranch dressing, soups to pastas. In this episode I quickly go over some of the nutritional benefits of cashews before diving in to some of my favorite recipes (and of course, my tweaks!) using the incredible, edible cashew.
To learn more about the health benefits of cashews, visit:
Vegan Cream Cheese by Loving It Vegan: I often leave out the onion powder and dried dill if I don't want a savory cream cheese...but with those spices it makes a delicious cheese dip or savory cream cheese! Without the onion powder and dill you can use this in any recipe that calls for cream cheese...including cream cheese frosting!
Vegan Mayo by Nora Cooks:
Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Salad Dressing Recipe That Tastes Like Ranch by Clean Food Dirty Girl:
Creamy Cajun Pasta with Vegan Chorizo Sausage by The Vegan Afterglow: I add chopped, baked cauliflower and use Vegan Soy Chorizo from Trader Joe's!
The BEST Vegan Mac and Cheese by Detoxinista: I add chopped, baked cauliflower!
Vegan White Lasagna Soup by Rabbit and Wolves: I love to add chopped kale before serving!
Cashew Parmesan Cheese by Courtney's Homestead:
Episode 14: Kadee Acree--Running on Plants
Kadee Acree and I worked together YEARS ago...and by years I mean decades! Twelve years ago, she was inspired to give plant-based eating a try. In fact, when she first made the switch, she went RAW! After experiencing amazing health benefits from a raw vegan diet, her husband decided he wanted to give the plant-based thing a try. Eventually they settled on a predominantly whole foods, plant based diet, and they've never felt better. Her running--and recovery--game is greatly improved thanks to her plant-based diet, and I have to say, while she was beautiful when we worked together 26 years ago, she looks amazing now...vibrant, full of energy, and loving her broccoli!
Kadee mentions a few resources that have been helpful to her:
"Finding Ultra" by Rich Roll. This book helped Kadee use heart-rate training to adjust to higher altitude running upon her move to Bend, Oregon:
"Fiber Fueled" by Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. I have heard several interviews with Dr. Will, and I think this book may be the next one to grace my Amazon cart. It's interesting, one of the most common--if not THE most common--question vegans are asked is, "where do you get your protein?" But nobody ever bothers to ask anyone, "where do you get your fiber?" Meanwhile, protein deficiency is almost unheard of in the United States, but a whopping 95% of Americans are not getting enough fiber.
"Peas and Thank You" by Sarah Matheny. Years ago--before I went plant based--a friend of mine gave me this cookbook. It has wonderful photos of the foods and some fun stories from the author, a vegan mom in an omnivore world.
The Game Changers: The documentary that started it all for me! Think you need meat and animal products to build muscle, and find optimal health and strength? Think again! While thoroughly entertaining, this documentary--presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul--was a major eye opener for me!
Episode 13: Lynda and Tom Pierce, the Happily Plant-Based Couple
It was so much fun interviewing Lynda and Tom! Not only did we make the switch to a plant-based diet around the same time, but we were also inspired to do so by the same person--my sister-in-law, Dr. DeOna Bridgeman. Lynda and Tom have sage advice for anyone considering a plant-based diet: just give it a month, and see the HUGE impact it can have on your health! They saw medical issues disappear, the pounds melted away, they are no longer on the brink of needing blood pressure medication, and they have never once felt deprived. In fact, they wish they'd made the switch to a whole foods, plant-based diet years ago.
Links to resources mentioned:
Forks Over Knives (documentary)
The Game Changers (documentary)
What the Health (documentary)
Dr. Michael Greger, How Not to Die (Talk at Google)
How Not to Die (book)
How Not to Diet (book)
The Engine 2 Cookbook (book)
The China Study (book)
Plant Based Gabriel (blog)
Episode 12: Lynn Byerley--Aging in Reverse
As a teenager, Lynn Byerley was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. While diabetes management in and of itself is a challenge, Lynn found herself struggling to find a way to just feel good over the years. As she will share in this interview, at just 50 years of age she didn’t think she’d make it to see 60. But now, over a decade later, she’s feeling better than she has in decades, and you can tell just by the way she sounds that she has boatloads of energy and feels terrific. I hope you enjoy listening to our chat.
Lynn and I both shared how much we enjoy the "walking workouts" by Rick Buehler. You can find them on YouTube (free!) and you will love his energy...and his accent! He has lots of videos available, but here is a sample:
5000 Steps in 36 Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OINA5_UtM0
3000 Steps in 23 Minutes / Disco funk 70s 80s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgzdDZ_Tz5g
Lynn also mentioned that she has found a new fitness channel she enjoys, with Brian Syuki. He has loads and loads of videos; here are some examples:
1 Hour Running in Place Workout at Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bsJ2fmcNc0
SWEATY Walking Workout for Weight Loss - 10,000 Steps in 1 Hour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfoNZO8SSZA
This has great relatable information for anyone wanting to start or improve you plant or vegan based eating.