“I think that’s why professionally I do both: so, I’m in that sweaty dark studio with the music blaring and then at the other part of my day, I’m looking at what scientifically is going on in your body during those times. So, its a really nice balance.” * In this episode, Rachele Pojednic, research fellow at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, doctorate in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, spin instructor at Flywheel Sports, and creator of Strong-Process, reflects on the lessons she learned as a coxswain for Northeastern’s DI Men’s Varsity Rowing Team. She discusses how she balances spin instructing at Flywheel Sports with her full-time research fellowship at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. Rachele explains the numerous research studies she is involved with that are devoted to the intersection between food and movement. She also provides insight on how America can make behavioral changes that will transform the nutritional and lifestyle landscape. Rachele reveals her perspective on the numerous fad diets and discusses the science behind what really works. Lastly, Rachele previews exciting upcoming projects and research.
In this episode, Joe Holder, health and wellness coach, creator of the Ocho System, and community manager for Health Warrior, discusses his background in athletics, from playing track, football, and basketball in his youth to focusing solely on football during his time at the University of Pennsylvania. Joe reflects on how the Ocho System’s wellness philosophy was born out of his experience healing two injuries during college. He offers advice on how to overcome mental barriers in changing one’s relationship to exercise. Joe explains his role as the Community Manager of Health Warrior and the importance of traveling in his work-life balance. He reveals how he unplugs from his busy schedule and provides insight on eating healthy on a budget. Lastly, he shares details on his own training and exciting developments for 2015.
In this episode, Jenné Caliborne, vegan chef and creator of Sweet Potato Soul, reflects on her transition to a vegan diet from her journey from vegetarian to vegan and the importance of community in making the change. Jenné shares stories from cooking with her biggest inspiration, her grandmother. She discusses how her Southern roots impact Sweet Potato Soul, her blog. Jenné reveals when she knew she wanted to be a teacher of food/nutrition and the actual logistics of having a personal chef business. She recounts her experience as the Disney Princess Tiana in a live NYC show. Jenné provides insight on traveling as vegan, drawing upon her international travels. Lastly, Jenné previews whats ahead in 2015 for Sweet Potato Soul, including projects in vegan footwear.
In the episode, Ellen Fitzgerald, cofounder of Mother Juice, and Will Jackson, manager of Mother Juice, discuss why they started Mother Juice from its beginnings as a juice and smoothie food truck in Boston to the logistics of turning it into an actual storefront. They both reveal how they got into juicing: Ellen’s grandmother’s influence on her and Will trying to pursue his now girlfriend. Ellen and Will explain Mother Juice’s recipe and menu development and the challenges of starting a business. They reflect on who has inspired Mother Juice’s food philosophy. Ellen shares her perspective on why Boston has a surprisingly few amount of vegetarian/vegan eating spots. They discuss how Mother Juice is cultivating a community that is changing lives. Ellen provides insight on why people are afraid of food labeled as vegetarian and vegan and how Mother Juice is trying to overcome this. Lastly, they preview Mother Juice’s plans for 2015.
In this episode, Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, founder and president of Nuttzo, cofounder of Project Left Behind, and mother on the podcast, shares why she started Nuttzo, the only seven nut and seed butter on the planet. She discusses her journey adopting her sons from the Ukraine. Danielle explains how risk taking is essential in starting one’s own business. She reflects on Nuttzo’s biggest breakthrough when it was featured on the Dr. Oz show. Danielle reveals why her mantra is “Live Like You Mean It.” She captures what inspired her to found her nonprofit Project Left Behind that works with orphaned and neglected children around the world. Danielle describes her favorite way to eat Nuttzo and the most unexpected place she has come across Nuttzo. Lastly, she previews upcoming projects for Nuttzo, Project Left Behind, and her family.
In this episode, Jackson Foster, plant-based advocate, yoga teacher, creator of Plantriotic, environmental activist, artist, and student at Colorado College, explains how became vegetarian at the age of 14. He describes his time biking across the country where he witnessed first-hand the health and diet epidemic across the country. Jackson discusses his travels to Borneo, Indonesia where he volunteered at an orangutan orphanage and saw how a plant-based diet created a healthy and strong population. He details his transition to veganism and cooking balanced plant-based meals. Jackson shares what it is like to be a Vegan college student and his founding of CC Plant Strong, a plant-based club at Colorado College. He reveals how the mental focus of yoga and meditation balances his activist work. Jackson describes the transformation he has undergone in building muscle on vegan foods. He explains why he is experimenting with a fruitarian diet now and what he eats on a day-to-day basis. Jackson pays homage to his numerous mentors and inspirations. Lastly, he reveals upcoming projects for CC Plant Strong, and his Plantriotic Blog and YouTube Channel.