Ordinary Vegan Podcast

Ordinary Vegan Podcast - Are you sick of being sick? Do you want more energy? Do you want to treat yourself with more compassion? Ordinary Vegan addresses all aspects of eating and living healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including food, cooking, recipes and nutrition. This unique podcast empowers and inspires the listeners to live a long, healthy life that is also kind to the planet and animals.
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Apr 7, 2017

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. 

31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time and low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. 

Back pain also has wider financial implications to patients and society. In the United States alone $50 billion a year is spent on low back pain treatment. 

Most low back pain is short term and lasts few days to a few weeks. Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer and can be more than just physical. It can have a profound effect on every aspect of your life. 

Erectile Dysfunction can also have a profound effect on someone's life. Many people think ED is just an old person's problem or psychological problem, and roughly 40% of men in their 40s suffer from ED. 

Today we discuss underlying conditions that can predispose people to low back pain and erectile dysfunction.

The good news is a common underlying condition can be treated with food and nutrition.

Learn more on today's podcast.

We also share a delicious plant-based recipe - Brown Rice and Beans With Ginger Lime Chile Salsa - recipe here.

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Feb 7, 2017

Do you want to begin a plant-based diet full or part-time but don't know where to start? Are you tired of all the confusion around what to eat on a plant-based diet? Do you worry about all the planning, hunting and gathering needed to create a vegan grocery list?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place. 

Since becoming vegan in 2011, I have learned a lot about plant-based shopping and cooking. Many hits and many misses. In today's podcast I am providing a vegan grocery list to help you avoid the mistakes I made.

My best advice would be to keep it simple, and always have some cooked whole-grains, veggies and beans on hand for easy and delicious meals. I try to stay away from all processed foods, but when I can’t avoid it, I read the ingredients carefully. 

While this food list offers substitutes for everything you eat on a standard American diet, I don’t recommend eating a lot of processed food. But often people need substitutes to help them transition, and there is nothing wrong with putting a little vegan butter on whole-grain toast or using foods that mimic the taste or texture of animal protein. It is about compassion. Compassion for your body, compassion for the environment and compassion for animals. 

Thanks for joining us today!

**I have not been compensated from any brands that I mention in this podcast. It is just my personal opinion and I am sure I haven't tried everything available, but I certainly have come pretty close**


Dec 17, 2016

If you are one of the 43 million Americans who plan to go on a diet in 2017, there is some very important information you should know. Scientists are now zeroing in on the real reason that yo-yo dieting is not working and you can learn how to implement this important information in your everyday life. 

Hot and sour cabbage soup recipe for a healthy gut. 

Visit our health and wellness sponsor Khroma Herbs here

Nov 23, 2016

Telomeres are a DNA sequence at the tip of a cell's chromosome in human beings. Think of them as little caps that protect our chromosomes from deterioration which is associated with aging and disease. 

In recent years, shorter telomeres have been associated with a broad range of age-related diseases including some forms of cancer, dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis,and diabetes.

So how can we protect and affect the size of our telomeres? 

Learn how in today's podcast.

Also, we visit Ordinary Vegan's kitchen for a recipe that is my #1 strategy to healthy holiday eating.

Oct 18, 2016

What if you could add five healthy foods to your plate and make an improvement in your health and longevity? 

Today's podcast explores what ingredients can play a role in controlling blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and boost energy.

We also provide easy tips and recipes on including these extraordinary ingredients into your diet.

Simple and fun ways to spice up your health.

This week's podcast recipe is a delicious, easy to prepare authentic Indian cuisine recipe called "Chole" from chef Rema Gopinath's kitchen.

There are many different versions of this dish but today's recipe is the perfect blend of chickpeas cooked in a gravy made of tomatoes, onions, cilantro and Indian spices. I like to serve it over rice with fresh lemon wedges.

Hope you enjoy today's recipe and podcast. Never forget, every plant-based meal you prepare shows compassion for yourself, the environment and animals. And it is never too late to take back your health!

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Aug 16, 2016

We can consume foods that can heal us or we can consume foods that can kill us. Once we know the difference, we are on the road to a healthy, happy, long life.

Today's podcast is devoted to longevity and some of the foods that have played a role in the cultures of people around the world who enjoy healthy lives into their 80s, 90s, and some well into their 100s.

Listen to today's podcast to unlock the secrets of longevity from the longest-living people in the world: Okinawans. No only do they enjoy the world's highest life expectancy; they stay active well into their 80s and 90s. They also have one of the lowest rates of dementia in the world. Food is the #1 contributor to their longevity, and you may be surprised by what they eat.

Next, we visit the Island of Sardinia where scientists have been trying for years to discover the secrets of why Sardinia is the home to the longest-lived men. A study was done called AKeA, an acronym for "A Kent Annos", a traditional toast in the Sardinian culture that means "may you live to be 100 years old." That study found that their diet was crucial to their longevity, and nearly half of their diet comprises one food group.

Lastly, we visit Loma Linda, California. What sets Loma Linda apart from the rest of the country is that it is home to a large population of Seventh-Day Adventists. Studies have found that Adventists have the Nation's lowest rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity because of their diet.

We also cook up some longevity muffins in Ordinary Vegan's kitchen. Here is the recipe.

Thank you for listening.

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Jun 29, 2016

Today's podcast discusses the benefits of a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet for children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.

Gut disorders are one of the most common medical conditions associated with autism. The CDC found that children with autism are three to five times more likely to suffer from chronic gastrointestinal disorders. 

Researchers also found a link to gut disorders and autism severity in children. Toxins produced by abnormal gut bacteria may trigger or or worsen autism in children.

The good news is that some autistic and ADHD children's gut bacteria problems can be helped with diet and eating the right food is essential.

Learn in today's podcast what foods and chemicals to avoid for gut disorders, and what foods can help repair the gut lining.

We also discuss the role of glyphosate, one of the most commonly digested chemicals and how it can affect your health and the health of your child.



Jun 17, 2016

I'm extremely excited to welcome Gene Baur to the Ordinary Vegan Podcast! Gene is the co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection organization. Gene is an activist and author known for his work in the animal rights and food movement.

Gene Baur has been hailed as "the conscience of the food movement" by TIME magazine. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farms.

What I love most about Gene Baur is his non-judgmental approach. He gently pries our eyes open with his compassionate message and teaches us to be an expression of what lives in our hearts.

Gene Baur will take questions from the Ordinary Vegan community on Facebook. We will cover a plethora of topics including his best-selling book "Living The Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day," which has been described as "a beautiful picture of how we can all thrive without eating meat and harming animals." The book also includes practical advice as well as 100 delicious plant-based recipes. 


May 27, 2016

Today's podcast explores the role of vitamin and mineral supplements in a plant-based diet. Find out here the most worrisome vitamin deficiencies and how to make sure you include them in your daily diet. 

We will also prepare a delicious plant-based recipe that is centered around the food that is eaten by the people who have a life expectancy among the highest in the world.



May 3, 2016


"Sandy Gooch single handedly pioneered a natural foods revolution
for everyday people."
~~~~Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey

Sandy Gooch was experiencing seizures and chest pains at too young of an age. Upon investigation, Sandy Gooch found that what she was eating was making her ill. She made an immediate change in her eating choices.  Little did she know, in her own quest for health she would pioneer the nation’s natural food movement. 

Sandy Gooch discusses her illness, her recovery and what it took to open the first Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Grocery Store in Los Angeles in 1976. 

She discusses how she revamped advertising and the grocery business by offering product knowledge.

She believed when you empower people with the knowledge needed to make an educated decision in their food choices, they will learn for themselves that natural foods is a natural choice. 

Sandy also shares her thoughts about food safety, Mrs. Gooch's eventual merge with Whole Foods and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

…and much more. I’m very excited for you to meet this inspiring woman, Sandy Gooch.

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Apr 10, 2016

“Letting go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us”

~~Joseph Campbell

I love Joseph Campbell’s quote about life. Is it genuinely possible to have the life that is waiting for you if you have a job, family, and obligations? If you could imagine the perfect life, what would it look like? Do you do what you want or what is expected of you? How can you change your life?

Since becoming vegan, I have stepped outside my world and opened myself up to a new community of vegan people who are smart, compassionate, encouraging and enthusiastic. I have learned a lot about nutrition, pesticides, animal abuse, exploitation and having a reverence for life. I will never be a perfect vegan because simply living means I affect the lives of all creatures, but I will do my best. 

Today I share my stories of letting go and taking chances, and the rewards I experienced because of those actions.

I also share letters from our listeners who have decided to make the plant-based leap and their results.

One of our listeners asked for a book recommendation to learn more about compassion and the connectives of being vegan and the world. I highly endorse “Living The Farm Sanctuary Life” by the incredible Gene Baur. Here is a link to the interview I did with Gene.

Looking for a healthy, plant-based barbecue recipe. Today's plant-based kitchen featured a delicious option - here is a link to today’s recipe - No Bones Baby Jackfruit Barbecue Sandwich.

Thanks for listening to today’s podcast and thanks for being part of our healthy community!

Mar 28, 2016

Don't feel guilty. Most people don't understand the connection between food and climate change. But how we feel about climate change in the future is very important right now. Because it plays a large part in what's going  to happen to our planet next. 

Here are some facts:

New research warns that without radical changes to our diets, the food industry alone is likely to cause an 80% increase in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

These greenhouse gas emissions cause a man-made greenhouse effect that traps us inside and changes the temperature of the earth's surface. 

Shifting the temperature of the earth even a couple of degrees can throw an entire ecosystem into chaos and create extreme weather events.

Learn how you can fight for our planet's environment beginning today. It is easier than you think!

We also share a decadent and delicious plant-based whipped cream topping. You'll never want the whipped can cow's milk stuff again. 

Mar 11, 2016

The beauty of seeds is that they contain all nine essential amino acids our bodies cannot produce. This is called a complete protein. Since we can't produce them, it is crucial we acquire them through dietary sources. Various studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to deficiencies or imbalances of amino acids in our body. Seeds are also packed with dietary fiber, protein and many antioxidants, and each seed has its own unique qualities and health benefits. Learn how to work seeds into your everyday life with tips and recipes. Also, learn why all vitamin supplements are not created equal and which vitamin supplements are safest to consume.

Feb 12, 2016

Take a new approach to your diet by understanding calorie density. Calorie density is the simplest approach to healthy eating and lifelong weight management. Learn how to eat more food for fewer calories. 

A food high in calorie density has a large number of calories in a small amount of weight. Whereas a food low in calorie density has much fewer calories in the same weight of food. 

Foods low in calorie density also tend to be higher in satiety. Satiety is the state of being completely satisfied with less calories.

Learn more about calorie density in this week's podcast. 

We also discuss the connection between childhood trauma and chronic disease.

Today's Ordinary Vegan recipe is a rich and delicious vegan gravy over cauliflower mash.

Jan 24, 2016

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and cancer rates are expected to surge 57% worldwide over the next 20 years. Curing cancer is complicated and there are many times of cancer and many ways to be exposed. But many cancers are preventable and can be tackled by addressing lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and what we discuss in this podcast - nutrition. Discover how cancer can be turned on and turned off with certain foods. 

Jan 5, 2016

There are now over 450 million people globally suffering from some form of mental illness. Most are treated with pharmaceutical drugs and therapy. But drugs and therapy aren't the only answer. Food can be your first line of defense against mental illness.  There is compelling evidence that healthy gut bacteria plays a crucial role in anxiety and depression.  Learn the right foods to eat and the foods to avoid for a healthy gut and brain. We also explore ways to get B12 on a plant-based diet.

Dec 10, 2015

Most vegans will agree that the first question we are ever asked about our diet is “where do you get your protein?” I don’t know how the vegan protein myth got started, but getting enough protein on a vegan diet is simple. Somehow we've been misled and protein became synonymous with animal products like meat and dairy. That's the brilliance of advertising. Learn all the available sources of plant-based protein on today's podcast. A full protein list is also available on Ordinary Vegan's website. Looking for a a delicious, 15-minute vegan meal for energy. Today's show features one of Ordinary Vegan's favorite recipes - Cannellini Beans, Greens and Hemp Seeds. Here is the recipe link. Hope you enjoy today's podcast episode. Our goal is to teach you how to improve your health and wellness with a plant-based diet and give you all the tools you need. Thanks for being part of our healthy community! 

Nov 21, 2015

Are you sick of being sick? Do you want more energy? Do you want to treat yourself, animals and the world with more compassion? Unlock your best self.  Getting started on a plant-based diet full or part-time is easier then you think. Today's episode focuses on the why and the how you can get started. It includes one of Ordinary Vegan's most popular recipes that only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Our goal is to help you create powerful, healthy lifelong habits.