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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

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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.

    154 - Food is Climate with Author Glen Merzer

    154 - Food is Climate with Author Glen Merzer

    According to Glen Merzer, Al Gore needs to step it up. The comedian-turned-screenwriter has authored several books that center around the plant-based diet and its many benefits. Merzer’s first works focused on health after collaborating with Howard Lyman to write “Mad Cowboy.” In more recent years, Merzer has turned his attention toward animal agriculture and its disastrous effects on climate change. His newest release—”Food Is Climate—” stresses the fact that world leaders, corporations, and most individuals aren't doing enough. They’re not going plant-based, and the planet cannot breathe because of it. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly greenhouse gases are or how eating animals specifically contributes to climate change, this conversation is for you. Merzer has done his research, and it’s evident: we’re not fighting against science, we’re fighting against a culture ingrained in animal foods.

    What we discuss in this episode:
     
    - Glen’s latest book, “Food Is Climate”
     
    - Writing “Mad Cowboy” with Howard Lyman
     
    - How the plant-based diet affects the climate crisis
     
    - Why public figures are afraid to talk about animal agriculture
     
    - Understanding how greenhouse gases affect climate
     
    - Health benefits of plant-based foods
     
    - How to bring about systemic change
     
    - Science versus culture
     
    - Follow Glen on Instagram @glenmerzer
     
    - Use code SWITCH at maxinesheavenly.com/switch for 25% off your cookie order!
     
    Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg
     
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
     
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
     
    - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
     
    - Website - https://switch4good.org/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    153 - How Trauma Leads to Disordered Eating with Dr. Carolyn Ross

    153 - How Trauma Leads to Disordered Eating with Dr. Carolyn Ross

    Dr. Carolyn Ross, MD, is an eating disorder and addiction specialist. Her approach is unique—trauma, she claims, is the root cause of adult behavioral disorders such as addiction and eating disorders. Two-thirds of Americans experience at least one childhood trauma, and that can manifest itself later in life as binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, and/or drug and alcohol addiction. For Dr. Ross, it’s not about the food at all—it’s about the trauma and how to heal from it. This conversation breaks the accepted conventions of food addiction and recovery—what Dr. Ross has to say is different than any other eating disorder guest we’ve had on the show. Whether you’re struggling with one of these disorders or know someone going through it, you’re sure to glean some enlightenment from this deep discussion.

    What we discuss in this episode:
     
    - What qualifies as trauma?
     
    - How family dynamics play into a person’s reaction to trauma’
     
    - Defining intergenerational trauma and genetic expression of trauma
     
    - Prevalence of eating disorders among ethnicities 
     
    - The psychology behind anorexia and bulimia
     
    - Removing the stigma of behavioral health disorders
     
    - Taking action to change behavior 
     
    - Binge eating in men and women
     
    - Advice for people who know someone who’s struggling with disordered eating
     
    - Trigger foods, “permission to eat,” “food addiction,” and restricting
     
    - Dr. Ross’ The Anchor Program
     
    - The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook here
     
    - Use code SWITCH at maxinesheavenly.com/switch for 25% off your cookie order!
     
    Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg
     
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
     
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
     
    - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
     
    - Website - https://switch4good.org/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    152 - Revolutionize Your Gut with Gastroenterologist and Author Dr. Alan Desmond

    152 - Revolutionize Your Gut with Gastroenterologist and Author Dr. Alan Desmond

    Got gut issues? We’ve got a doctor on call. Dr. Alan Desmond is a general practitioner and gastroenterologist based in the UK. He incorporates whole, plant-based nutrition to treat the problem, not the symptoms, and he’s seen remarkable results with hundreds of patients. He’s also the author of “Plant-Based Diet Revolution: 28 Days to a Happier Gut and a Healthier You” and serves as an ambassador for Plant-Based Health Professionals UK. If you’ve got tummy troubles—from basic bloating to more serious conditions like IBS—to questions about probiotics and FODMAPS, Dr. Alan Desmond is in. 

    What we discuss in this episode:
     
    - How processed and animal-based foods affect digestive health
     
    - How gut health affects other diseases 
     
    - Practical tips to jump into the vegan diet
     
    - FODMAPS
     
    - Non-animal foods that could negatively affect gut health
     
    - Antibiotics and gut health
     
    - How to deal with constipation
     
    - Cravings and the gut microbiome
     
    - The myth behind the benefits of prebiotics and probiotics 
     
    - Lactose intolerance, IBS, and other gastrointestinal diseases
     
    - Alan’s book, The Plant-Based Diet Revolution
     
    - Follow Pen on Instagram @dr.alandesmond
     
    - Use code SWITCH at maxinesheavenly.com/switch for 25% off your cookie order!
     
    Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg
     
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
     
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
     
    - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
     
    - Website - https://switch4good.org/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    FLASHBACK FRIDAY - The Pleasure Trap with Dr. Jen Howk

    FLASHBACK FRIDAY - The Pleasure Trap with Dr. Jen Howk

    Your therapist is probably counseling you wrong. According to Dr. Jennifer Howk, Ph.D., your past experiences have little to do with the way you are. Dr. Howk practices evolutionary psychology which emphasizes the role of nature in the development of one’s personality. As a former staff member of the prestigious True North Health Center, Dr. Howk is an expert when it comes to the psychology behind weight loss. She challenges popular beliefs surrounding human behavior and makes us reassess our deepest thoughts and motivations. Prepare yourself to feel befuddled, enlightened, and empowered during this hour-long conversation. 


    What we discuss in this episode:
     
    - Reproductive instincts
     
    - What is addiction
     
    - Nature versus nurture
     
    - Practical tips for weight-loss goals
     
    - OCEAN Personality Test
     
    - The Moral Animal 
     
    - The Pleasure Trap
     
    - Dr. Jen’s website
     
    Connect with Switch4Good
     
    - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg
     
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
     
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
     
    - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
     
    - Website - https://switch4good.org/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    151 - Meet NYC’s New Vegan Mayor, Eric Adams

    151 - Meet NYC’s New Vegan Mayor, Eric Adams

    In this episode, we get political—in a good way. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins us to discuss his journey to the plant-based lifestyle, his meaningful work as a public official, and the responsibility he feels toward improving the wellbeing of his constituents. As a Black leader and former type 2 diabetic, Adams serves as an example that the plant-based lifestyle is not a “white person” thing, but an accessible choice everyone can make to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We also touch on his experiences while serving 22 years in the police force and get his take on the current social discourse surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. Adams is thoughtful, informed, relatable, and empowering. Get ready to improve your day and listen in to the conversation. 
     

    What we discuss in this episode:
     

    - How Adams overcame his severe type 2 diabetes
     
    - Healthy living tips anyone can do
     
    - Child nutrition and the issue of milk in schools
     
    - Meatless Monday in schools
     
    - Politics of food and regulation
     
    - Educating the government about healthy foods
     
    - Overcoming our “isms—” including racism  
     
    - Adams’ 22-year experience as a police officer

    Connect with Switch4Good

    - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg
     
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
     
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
     

    - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
     

    - Website - https://switch4good.org/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    150 - Evacuating Afghanistan with Animal Hero Pen Farthing

    150 - Evacuating Afghanistan with Animal Hero Pen Farthing

    “We knew the Taliban was going to regain power … we just didn’t know when,” Pen Farthing told us in this episode. A British-soldier-turned animal welfare hero, Farthing founded and managed Nowzad—an animal shelter and clinic in Kabul. He and his staff (many of whom were Afghani women) spent years rescuing dogs and cats, running animal education programs, and administering spay/neuter operations and rabies vaccinations for Kabul’s strays. Farthing made headlines when the Taliban took over, transporting over 60 animals out of Kabul and to the UK. In this episode, Farthing recounts the rescue effort and touches on the barriers Afghanistan now faces in terms of NGOs, women's rights, and more. His first-hand experience is eye-opening, and we hope it inspires you to seize any opportunities so often taken for granted.

    What we discuss in this episode:
     
    - The hurdles the Nowzad faced in rescuing the animals from Kabul
     
    - The status of the donkey sanctuary and animal clinic
     
    - Reunification stories of dogs, cats, and the soldiers that bonded with them
     
    - The new politics of Afghanistan and how it affects womens’ rights
     
    - The rocky future of NGOs under Taliban governance
     
    - Logistics of adopting out the rescued dogs
     
    - Meet-and-greet with Pen’s rescued dogs
     
    - Pen’s books: https://www.nowzad.com/the-store/c/books 
     
    - Learn more about Nowzad: www.nowzad.com
     
    - Follow Pen on Instagram @penfarthing
     
    - Use code SWITCH at maxinesheavenly.com/switch for 25% off your cookie order!
     
    Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg
     
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
     
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
     
    - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
     
    - Website - https://switch4good.org/

    • 1 hr 16 min

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