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Welcome! If you're looking for plant-based inspiration, you've come to the right place! This podcast is here so you don’t have to feel alone on your plant-based journey. You'll hear from individuals who have taken the leap to go plant-based, why they did it, the struggles they faced, their words of wisdom for you, and how they're thriving now.

The Plant Centered and Thriving Podcast: Plant-Based Inspiration Ashley Kitchens: Plant-Based Registered Dietitian and Virtual Nutrition Mentor

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Welcome! If you're looking for plant-based inspiration, you've come to the right place! This podcast is here so you don’t have to feel alone on your plant-based journey. You'll hear from individuals who have taken the leap to go plant-based, why they did it, the struggles they faced, their words of wisdom for you, and how they're thriving now.

    Plant-Based FAQs: Meal Planning 101

    Plant-Based FAQs: Meal Planning 101

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    Welcome to the 4th episode of my education series! 

    Today's episode is all about meal planning! So many of the headaches involved around food stem from a lack of planning. Setting aside a little time each week in order to make a plan for your meals is going to help save you time and money and allow you to make healthier choices for you and your family.  The benefits to meal planning are so life changing that it is typically one of the first things I discuss with most clients to put them on the path to success. Get ready to dive into the following 5 tips.  Enjoy!

    1. Set Up Your Environment
    2. Identify Your Why
    3. How to Find Recipes
    4. Make a Grocery List
    5. Allow Yourself Flexibility

    If you want to connect with me, visit the following:
    Instagram: @plantcenterednutrition
    Website: plantcenterednutrition.us
    Facebook: Plant Centered Nutrition

    • 18 min
    How to take the shame and guilt out of your eating game by achieving Food Freedom

    How to take the shame and guilt out of your eating game by achieving Food Freedom

    "Restriction is one of the things that is going to sabotage your relationship with food" 
    Get ready for a fascinating discussion with Lucy Call. Lucy is an anti-diet and Health at Every Size dietitian who teaches the art of Empowered Eating. Her mission is to take guilt and shame out of your eating game and teach you how to trust yourself around food again.  

    Lucy and I discuss how to break the chains of diet culture and to stop restrictive thinking in order to achieve Food Freedom. If you are curious about brand new ways to have a healthier relationship with food then today's episode is for you.  
    Resources from this episode:

    Free Training with Lucy: Tap Into Food Freedom 
    If you want to connect with Lucy, visit the following:

    Instagram: @lucycall_rd
    If you want to connect with me, visit the following:
    Instagram: @plantcenterednutrition
    Website: plantcenterednutrition.us
    Facebook: Plant Centered Nutrition

    • 33 min
    Vegan Academy founder, Koen Vaessen, tells his story of how he healed years of self destructive behavior with veganism and intuitive eating

    Vegan Academy founder, Koen Vaessen, tells his story of how he healed years of self destructive behavior with veganism and intuitive eating

    "I often chose cigarettes over having a meal"
    After years of living a self destructive lifestyle, suppressing his emotions, and a negative relationship with food, Koen Vaessen burnt out. And he knew it was time for a change. He went vegetarian, started a course to become a personal trainer and got fit. However, he still wasn't happy. And that's when he knew he had to go within. He needed to change his relationship with himself and learn how to deal with stress. He went vegan and eventually started the Vegan Academy to help others thrive on a vegan lifestyle, but most of all create a healthy relationship with their body and with food.

    Resources from this episode:

    The Alchemist

    Colleen Christensen

    Favorite Recipe: Nice Cream! 
    If you want to connect with Koen, visit the following:

    Instagram: @theveganacademy
    Website: The Vegan Academy
    Podcast: The Vegan Academy
    If you want to connect with me, visit the following:
    Instagram: @plantcenterednutrition
    Website: plantcenterednutrition.us
    Facebook: Plant Centered Nutrition

    • 24 min
    "Noom" claims that it is not a diet program. Hear why I call B.S.!

    "Noom" claims that it is not a diet program. Hear why I call B.S.!

    "Weight and size are not indicators of health"

    I posted a Reel on Instagram several weeks ago and there was mention of the "Noom" program.  It sparked a TON of questions from my followers so I thought I would make a podcast explaining the research I've done regarding the program and why I think they are the same old diet dressing up as something new.  I go as far as to sign up for the program for the purpose of looking behind the curtain.  I wanted to know what a prospective "Noom" consumer went through. 

    What I found was shocking and upsetting.  Logging your food.  Calorie Counting. Weighing yourself.   Labeling foods good and bad.  Sure sounds like a diet to me.  I hope I can shed some light for some of you. 

    Resources from this episode:
    Article Link
    Reel Link
    If you want to connect with me, visit the following:
    Instagram: @plantcenterednutrition
    Website: plantcenterednutrition.us
    Facebook: Plant Centered Nutrition

    • 17 min
    How learning about the harsh realties of factory farming propelled this woman into veganism

    How learning about the harsh realties of factory farming propelled this woman into veganism

    "Educating yourself can really help with finding your why and sticking to it" 
    I LOVE reconnecting with former clients and Greta Heckmann is no exception.  Greta's vegan transition was fueled by learning more and more about factory farming and really struggling with the cruelty of the system.  She was also diagnosed with high-cholesterol even as a vegetarian.  She did not want to end up on blood pressure and cholesterol medication like other family members so that in conjunction with the ethical portion was all the motivation she needed go plant-based for good.  
    Resources from this episode:
    "Dominion" documentary 
    "What the Health?" documentary  
    Just Egg - egg alternative  
    Kroger - Greta's favorite plant-based cheese 
    If you want to connect with Greta, visit the following:

    Instagram: @unforgretabl


    If you want to connect with me, visit the following:
    Instagram: @plantcenterednutrition
    Website: plantcenterednutrition.us
    Facebook: Plant Centered Nutrition

    • 22 min
    How "Veganuary" helped this Brit transition to veganism when she had no one else to ask for help

    How "Veganuary" helped this Brit transition to veganism when she had no one else to ask for help

    "It's great to be in a supportive group because there are so many questions that you need the answers to when you start." 

    The popularity of vegan and plant-based lifestyles has EXPLODED in the UK over the last few years.  Laura, a colleague of mine, wanted to make the transition, but she didn't have anyone in her social or familial circle to help her.  That's where Veganuary came into the picture. 

    Veganuary is a non-profit organization that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. During the 2021 campaign, more than 500,000 people took their pledge to try a vegan diet.  
    Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering, and improving the health of millions of people.

    If you find yourself to be the only one in your circle interested in this way of living it can feel isolating, lonely and overwhelming.  Laura and I discuss the importance of finding a community in order to be successful.   Congrats to us for our 20th Episode! 

    Resources from this episode: 
     Website: Veganuary


    If you want to connect with Laura, visit the following:

    Instagram: @thepocketva


    If you want to connect with me, visit the following:
    Instagram: @plantcenterednutrition
    Website: plantcenterednutrition.us
    Facebook: Plant Centered Nutrition

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

[[katherine]] ,

The Title Says It All

I really believe living a plant based lifestyle helps anyone thrive who gives it a try! This podcast is raw and honest, allowing everyone an opportunity for growth! I’m so thankful to Ashley for all her hard work!

Chelsea S Ballard ,

Plant-Based Nutrition

This podcast is super inspiring and educational. I have been plant-based for over 5 years and her podcast channel is teaching me something new every week and it also provides some inspiration for days when I feel stuck. If you are plant-based, I highly recommended that you download this podcast and give her a follow!

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Great for beginners

This podcast is great for those who are just starting their plant-based journey, or long-time vegans who needs some guidance and encouragement!

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