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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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Aug 4, 2020

Socially responsible investing is a strategy where people choose to invest in companies that are environmentally and socially responsible. As well as align with their core values.

Today we welcome Stephan Kerby, author of the book "You Are The Change: A Beginner's Guide To Socially Responsible Investing." Stephan, a vegan himself,  is an expert on the topic of the effects of animal agriculture on the environment and ethical spending.

Furthermore, his book "You Are The Change" is dedicated to making complex information about investing more accessible.

Stephan shares his story of transitioning to a vegan diet and how his diet led him down a path of wanting to create change in the world. He spent 18 years as an Independent Advisor/RIA before partnering with long-time friend and founder of KMF Advisors, Brad Davis, to run the Socially Responsible Investment division. Stephan became the first financial advisor in the United States to earn the new Chartered SRI Counselor (CSRIC™) designation through the College for Financial Planning.

How we manage our money is one of the most direct ways we can contribute to positive change in the world. And it doesn't matter if you aren't sure where to start investing or if you already have a portfolio, Stephan inspires and empowers us to invest in companies who are socially responsible.

Links for Stephan Kerby:
Stephan Kerby
You Are The Change: A Beginner's Guide To Socially Responsible Investing

Thank you for joining me today. I hope today's podcast inspires you to invest responsibly.

For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Additionally, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" HERE and all my vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Smoovii Portable Blender for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Smoovii and use coupon code Ordinaryvegan20 for 20% off.

Also, please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion one plant-based meal at a time.

Please stay strong and stay well!

Jul 21, 2020

Hormonal imbalance may be to blame for a range of unwanted symptoms and diseases. Addressing the causes directly is the first step in balancing your hormones.

Today we welcome back Dr. Neal Barnard.

Dr. Barnard is one of the world's most respected authority on vegan diets. He is a best-selling author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes.

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventative medicine, proper nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.

In 2020, Dr. Barnard released his 18th book called "Your Body in Balance: the New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health. In "Your Body in Balance," Dr. Barnard describes how food and hormonal imbalance play a powerful role in common hormone-related conditions. These include infertility, weight gain, thyroid problems,  breast and prostate cancers.

This podcast is dedicated to how hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your health along with:

  • Infertility and ways to improve the chances of becoming pregnant
  • Menstrual cramps and hot flashes
  • Hormonal imbalance related cancers
  • Dairy products and cancer
  • Prostate and testicular cancer
  • How soy products cut cancer risk
  • The common cause of thyroid problems
  • Foods that change your hormones

You can find Dr. Neal Barnard's new book "Your Body in Balance" on Amazon, and there are links to his best-selling books and contact information below.

The Barnard Medical Center now offers online telehealth appointments. Call 202-527-7500 for more information.

Thank you for joining me today.

For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Additionally, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" HERE and all my vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Hover for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Hover.com/ordinaryvegan to receive 10% off your domain purchase.

Also, please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion one plant-based meal at a time.

Please stay strong and stay well!

Additional Resources:
The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy"
Dr. Neal Barnard 
Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs
Office on Women's Health
Barnard Medical Center
Thyroid.org

Jul 7, 2020

On this special episode, I speak to leading health expert, Dr. Michael Greger, on how to survive a pandemic.

It's hard to make sense of the scary reality we now live in. And fears about catching Covid-19 can take an emotional and physical toll. Furthermore, there is so much confusion about protecting ourselves from this pandemic.

This is why I am so happy that we have Dr. Greger here today to help clear up some of the confusion.

Today's podcast is dedicated to how to survive a pandemic along with:

You can find Dr. Greger's new book "How To Survive a Pandemic" here. Please pre-order.

The more pre-orders Dr. Greger receives, the better chance of his book landing on the New York Times bestseller list. The audio and digital versions are now available.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope today's podcast can help you survive a pandemic now or in the future.

For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Additionally, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" HERE and all my vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Hover for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Hover.com/ordinaryvegan to receive 10% off your domain purchase.

Also, please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion one plant-based meal at a time.

Please stay strong and stay well!

Additional Resources:

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol#products
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.0c03252
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7185834/

Jun 23, 2020

There are plenty of good reasons to include lots of physical activity into your life. Big ones include reducing your risk for heart disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes, or stroke.

Exercise can also cause changes in antibodies and white blood cells. White blood cells are the body's immune system cells that can help reduce your chance of becoming sick.

In addition, physical activity can help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, which adds another layer of protection against Covid-19.

Today's podcast is dedicated to how and why physical activity can enhance your immune health along with:

  • Why excessive sitting or reclining can affect blood sugar
  • Recommendations for physical activity amount for adults
  • How physical inactivity can impact your brain
  • Science-backed ways exercise affects the body

I hope today's podcast motivates you to start or continue an exercise routine that you'll enjoy and stick with.

For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Additionally, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" HERE and all my vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Hover for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Hover.com/ordinaryvegan to receive 10% off your domain purchase.

Also, please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion one plant-based meal at a time.

Please stay strong and stay well!

Resources:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254618301005#!
https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/45/12/987.long
nd_Immunity/links/00b49517060247b5c2000000/Psychological-Stress-Exercise-and-Immunity.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5911985/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254618301005

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Jun 9, 2020

Did you know the Food and Drug Administration does not require dietary supplements to be proven safe before they are marketed?

Furthermore, supplement use has reached an all-time high. So clearly, it is important to know how to purchase and wisely use dietary supplements safely.

Supplements are available without a prescription and usually come in pill, powder, or liquid form. Popular supplements include vitamins, minerals, and herbal products. People take these products to make sure they get enough essential nutrients to improve their health.

In 2019, the CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements revealed the highest overall dietary supplement usage to date. Among all the age groups, adults between the ages 35 - 54 have the highest usage.

Unfortunately, supplements can also cause problems, especially if you don't need them.

Today's podcast is dedicated to clearing up the confusion about dietary supplements along with:

  • Unlabeled ingredients in dietary supplements
  • Sourcing ingredients from China
  • How heavy metals affect your mitochondria
  • Taking higher-than-recommended doses of supplements
  • The un-natural fiber in high fiber supplements
  • Too much vitamin C side effects
  • Recommended doses of vitamin B12
  • Recommended doses of vitamin D

I hope today's podcast helps you make wise choices about your supplements. For recipes and inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Additionally, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" HERE and all my vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Hover for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Hover.com/ordinaryvegan to receive 10% off your domain purchase.

Also, please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion one plant-based meal at a time.

Please stay strong and stay well!

 

 

 

 

 

May 27, 2020

Experts have long been concerned about loneliness, and now social isolation has made the epidemic worse.

According to a 2018 national survey by Cigna, loneliness levels have reached an all-time high, with nearly half of 20,000 US adults reporting they sometimes or always feel alone. Sadly, one of our youngest generations, Generation Z, is feeling the most significant impacts of loneliness.

In an analysis conducted by The Pew Research Center, one-in-ten Americans say they feel lonely or isolated from those around them. Unsurprisingly, frequent loneliness is linked to dissatisfaction with one's family and social life.

And lonely people often crave human contact, but their state of mind makes it more difficult to form connections with people.

So America had a chronic loneliness problem before COVID-19. Consequently, now with social isolation, we all find ourselves experiencing the risk of feeling lonely.

Indeed loneliness is a normal human experience, but feeling lonely and isolated for too long can harm our physical and mental health.

A Newcastle University study linked loneliness to a 30% increase for the risk of heart disease.

Another study done by the Florida State University College of Medicine says loneliness is associated with a 40% increase in the risk of dementia. Other studies have indicated that loneliness is a precursor of cognitive decline in general.

As a social species, humans need a safe, secure social circle to survive and thrive.

Overcoming Loneliness In Social Isolation

So today's podcast is dedicated to overcoming loneliness while you are practicing social isolation along with:

  • Identifying the effects of social isolation and loneliness on physical, mental, and cognitive health
  • How social isolation can disrupt Circadian rhythms and cause insomnia
  • Evidence-based interventions for combating loneliness and social isolation

I hope today’s podcast can help you.

You can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Cookbook" HERE and all my natural vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Hover for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Hover.com/ordinaryvegan to receive 10% off your domain purchase.

Also, please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion.

Please stay strong and stay well!

Til next time.

Apr 27, 2020

"The single most powerful determinate of healthy gut microbiome is the diversity of plants."
~Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

Did you know that over 70% of the immune system lives in the gut?  And the Covid-19 virus can hit people with a weakened immune system harder. That is why I am delighted to have Dr. Will Bulsiewicz as our guest on today's podcast.

Will Bulsiewicz, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist in clinical practice in Charleston, SC. He is one of the leading gut health experts in the country and creator of the popular TheGutHealthMD Instagram account. In his new book, "Fiber Fueled", Dr. Bulsiewicz lays out a path to improving gut health that's accessible, inspiring, and, more importantly, achievable.

In this episode, Dr. Bulsiewicz breaks down why the bacteria in our gut influences all aspects of our health. From immunity to anxiety to disease. Along with

  • What is gut microbiome
  • How to improve gut microbiome
  • Dietary preferences of microbes
  • Fiber and microbes
  • Fad diets and restrictive eating
  • Good bacteria and bad bacteria
  • Bacteria vs. human cells
  • High fiber diet
  • Dysbiosis and disease
  • The connection between Covid 19 and gut health
  • and much, much more

I hope you enjoy today's podcast with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. You can find Dr. Bulsiewicz's new book "Fiber Fueled" on Amazon. Also, follow him on Instagram or visit his website.

Furthermore, you can find my new book "The Easy 5 Ingredient Cookbook" HERE and all my natural vegan CBD products from hemp on my website.

Thank you to Hover for sponsoring this podcast. Head over to Hover.com/ordinaryvegan to receive 10% off your domaine purchase. 

Please share this podcast so our community can grow. And if you have time, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The more reviews we receive, the better chance of spreading the compassion. 

Stay strong and stay well!

Til next time

Apr 27, 2020

“My mission is to empower people to take control of their own health, well-being and fitness using simple breathing exercises proven to improve body oxygenation”.
Patrick McKeown

Most people take their breathing for granted. Why shouldn't they? They have been doing it since birth without any effort.  But my guest, Patrick McKeown, takes breathing very seriously, and he is convinced that breathing correctly can change your life.

Patrick McKeown has written seven books on improving your body's oxygen use. His latest book, "The Oxygen Advantage," is a simple yet revolutionary approach to improving your body's oxygen use.

Furthermore, his book explains why chronic over-breathing can contribute to problems such as anxiety, asthma, fatigue, insomnia, obesity, and heart problems.

Today Patrick shares why one of the biggest obstacles to better health and fitness is how we breathe. Also,  he shares breathing exercises to help increase endurance, weight loss, and improve cardio-fitness.

I am very happy that Patrick was willing to share his expertise in lung health, breathing, and oxygen use.

Because,  as we all know, Covid-19 is a respiratory disease. The virus affects cells in the airways, from the nose and throat down to the lungs. Therefore,  learning techniques to help us breathe better during this outbreak is more crucial than ever.

Please welcome Patrick McKeown to today's podcast.

Free Buteyko Children's Breathing Program
Free Guided Breathing Exercises with Relaxation - 20 Minutes
Nasal Breathing During Exercise
Coronavirus Free Breathing Exercises by Patrick McKeown
Buteyko Clinic
Myotape 
Book - The Oxygen Advantage
YouTube - Buteyko Clinic International
Measure BOLT Score (The Body Oxygen Level Test)
Patrick McKeown's Ted Talk - "Shut Your Mouth and Change Your Life"
Book: Asthma-Free Naturally
Follow Patrick on Twitter
Follow Patrick on Instagram
Follow Patrick on Facebook
The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook
Ordinary Vegan all natural CBD from Hemp

Apr 14, 2020

People often significantly underestimate the quantity and value of the foods that they have stored in cupboards and pantries.  Today’s podcast will teach you how to make the most out of your pantry food.

The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus is the most challenging thing to handle. Unquestionably, food, and having enough of it is of the utmost importance. And seeing bare shelves at grocery stores is fueling that fear.

People are trying to minimize the risks associated with frequent shopping so they are buying in more significant quantities.

But experts do agree that there is enough food in the supply chain, grocery stores just weren’t prepared for this.

So my recommendation is to begin by doing a pantry, cupboard inventory. A thorough list will help make good use of what you have and perhaps calm your nerves about not having enough food.

Also, pantry food is often thought to be less nutritious than fresh foods, but research shows that is not always true. Actually, some canning can preserve most of the food’s nutrients.

Especially when it comes to canned beans and canned tomatoes. Today, we will learn lots of new ways and recipes to make the most out of our pantry food.

Thanks to today’s podcast sponsor, Osea Malibu. You can go to Osea Malibu to receive $10.00 off your purchase of $50.00 or more.

You can find me all my pure vegan CBD from hemp products at Ordinary Vegan. My new book “The Easy 5-Ingredient Vegan Cookbook’ is available on Amazon.

References:
Vegan Tomato Soup with Fire Roasted Tomatoes & Crunch Roasted Chickpeas

Mar 31, 2020

Did you know what you eat can benefit your lung function and improve your respiratory system health?

Today we explore food and exercises to improve conditions in the air passageways to make your lungs stronger. We often don't consider the important role our lungs play in keeping us well. It is not until we experience problems breathing that we take notice.

Recently there has been a lot of attention about lung function and the respiratory system. The new Covid-19 virus attacks the lungs and researchers are trying to understand why.  But until they figure it out, we need to protect ourselves as best we can.

Most people don't know this, but lung function starts to decline at age 30. After the age of 35, breathing becomes gradually more difficult.

The respiratory system does two critical things. It brings oxygen into our bodies, which we need for our cells to function properly. It also helps us get rid of carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide must be removed from the bloodstream before it reaches harmful levels.

When the air sacs become inflamed, we are unable to get enough oxygen to the bloodstream and it reduces the body's ability to get rid of carbon dioxide. This can cause severe pneumonia.

Lung and respiratory disease are some of the most common medical conditions in the world.

The goal of today’s podcast is to get your respiratory system and lungs in tip-top shape to reduce your risk of severe infection.

Ways To Improve Your Respiratory System Health

Thanks for joining us today, and thanks to my sponsor, Osea Malibu. Go to www.OseaMalibu.com/ordinaryvegan for $10.00 off any purchase of $50.00 or more.

Many people in the wellness world are turning to cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD Oil from hemp, for its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects.

Ordinary Vegan's pure CBD Oil from hemp is organically grown in the USA and carefully tested for any impurities. You can learn more about CBD oil from hemp here. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have at Questions@ordinaryvegan.net

Ordinary Vegan's new book, "The Easy 5-Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" is available on Amazon. Maximum flavor. Minimum effort. Totally vegan!

Please follow Ordinary Vegan on Instagram and join our large, compassionate community on Facebook for inspiration.

Thanks for listening.

Mar 19, 2020

Even in the best of times, many people struggle to get high-quality sleep.  So today's podcast is devoted to foods to help you sleep.

Since my last podcast, our life, as we know it, has changed drastically. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. The coronavirus has changed how we conduct our daily lives, and change is hard.

The first thing I would like to say is stimulate don't isolate. Meaning, take this downtime as an opportunity to do something different. So many of us rush through our moments in life because we are so busy. And now we have literally been forced to stop what we are currently doing.

If you are sick, I am sending you compassion. Here's to you getting steadier, stronger, and healthier every day. I know you can do it.

With big change, comes stress. When we are stressed, it is hard to sleep soundly. And sleep deprivation, weakens your immunity. Virus outbreaks are not the time for a weak immune system.

The good news is, there are foods to help you sleep.

Foods To Help Your Sleep and Strengthen Your Immune System

Not only that, these foods can help you build a stronger immunity to disease. Because, according to Mayo Clinic, the strength of your immune system is dependent on a good night sleep. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.

Thanks for joining us today, and thanks to my sponsor, Osea Malibu. Go to www.OseaMalibu.com/ordinaryvegan for $10.00 off any purchase of $50.00 or more.

Many people in the wellness world are turning to cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD Oil from hemp, for its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. Ordinary Vegan's pure CBD Oil from hemp is organically grown in the USA and carefully tested for any impurities. You can learn more about CBD oil from hemp here. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have at Questions@ordinaryvegan.net

Ordinary Vegan's new book, "The Easy 5-Ingredient Vegan Cookbook" is available on Amazon. Maximum flavor. Minimum effort. Totally vegan!

Please follow Ordinary Vegan on Instagram and join our large, compassionate community on Facebook.

Thanks for listening.

Mar 9, 2020

Given the heightened risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, today’s podcast is dedicated to the single best thing you can do to avoid it.

Unquestionably, I am not an alarmist, but sometimes we need to prepare for a possible disruption in our lives like the novel coronavirus. 

Also, as of today, March 5, the chances of contracting the novel coronavirus is very low, so please don’t panic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take precautions. 

First off, we are being inundated with new, unfamiliar words and phrases.

For example, SARS-CoV-2 is the official name of the novel coronavirus that is spreading. COVID-19 is the disease it causes. 

Most media outlets use the term coronavirus to describe SARS-CoV2. 

Coronaviruses CoV is a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease.

There are hundreds of coronaviruses, most of which circulate among animals including pigs, camels, bats and cats

As a result, the term novel coronavirus (nCoV), means this virus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. 

It should be noted, that odds are you won’t contract novel coronavirus. Especially if you know how to protect your body from the infection.

Learn today your best defense against the novel coronavirus and the best protection against any flu. 

Today’s podcast includes a recipe from “The Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook” available now on Amazon.

My sponsor for today’s podcast is Ordinary Vegan’s pure organic vegan CBD Oil made from Hemp.

In short, as more research comes in, we are learning that CBD is especially helpful for seniors with aches, pains, and overall wellness. You can find all of Ordinary Vegan’s CBD products made from Hemp here

Please follow me on Instagram and join our incredible community of like-minded, compassionate people on Facebook, over 310,000 strong. 

You can find me, show notes and all my recipes at OrdinaryVegan.net.

Vitamin C Salad - Kale, Blood Orange and Walnut - available in this week's show notes.

Feb 21, 2020

If you need more incentive to eat your leafy green vegetables, this podcast is especially for you.

Did you know leafy green vegetables are superfoods? They are rich in vitamins and minerals. Low in calories and high in fiber and calcium. Greens can lower your risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Dark leafy green vegetables can even help manage your weight.  Not only that, evidence keeps piling up that leafy greens such as spinach and kale can keep your brain sharp and save your memory.

Today’s podcast explores all the new and extraordinary breakthrough studies that could change the way you look at dark leafy green vegetables.

Furthermore, we discuss tasty ways to eat and include more greens in your diet.

I hope you enjoy today’s podcast. You can find all of Ordinary Vegan’s recipes and CBD Oil products at OrdinaryVegan.net.

My new book, “The Easy 5-Ingredient Vegan Cookbook”, is now available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition.

Over the years, my philosophy on cooking plant-based grows, and how I execute recipes keeps evolving. When I was presented with the challenge of developing 100 plant-based recipes with only five ingredients, at first, I was hesitant.

But then I realized that one of the most common barriers to eating plant-based foods was the learning curve and the time it took to cook. And I wanted to share my knowledge and everything I have learned to help make things easy and delicious for you.

Thanks for listening. Please follow me on Instagram @ordinaryvegan, and please join our Facebook community over 310,000 strong. Don't miss any of Ordinary Vegan's recipes by signing up here.

Additional thanks to Bone Char Free, Vegan Certified Non-GMO Zulka Sugar for being February's sponsor. Sugar as, mother nature intended it to be. Find out more here.

https://amzn.to/36YcAaq

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29263222

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-2018/vegetables-brain-health-fd.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436180/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6747195/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4553014/

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Feb 12, 2020

Are you looking to increase serotonin and dopamine naturally?

Maybe to fight the winter blues or perhaps to help with more serious mental health issues.

Let”s face it. People are feeling more and more anxious these days. Between the threat of global warming, the coronavirus, and every day news events being stressed and sad it at an all time high.

Feeling sad is part of being human and temporary. Depression is more than ordinary sadness. It can cause anxiety, fatigue, trouble with concentration, and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. 

Researchers have been studying the link between serotonin and depression for more than five decades. Their conclusion is that having too little of this neurotransmitter can cause or contribute to depression or mental health problems.

In addition, multiple studies now show a major correlation between decreased serotonin and the  food we eat.

Today we learn how the two neurotransmitters,  serotonin, and dopamine, stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. 

We also learn how these neurotransmitters work in our body and how we can increase serotonin and dopamine by the food we consume. 

Not only that, there is an exact serotonin formula that you can use whenever you are feeling sad or depressed. 

HOW TO INCREASE SEROTONIN & DOPAMINE NATURALLY WITH FOOD

I am constantly tapping into the vast pool of studies that connect food and disease, and I hope today’s podcast can help you. 

Thank you to Zulka Sugar for being today’s sponsor. It is sweet tooth February and a little sweet now and then won’t hurt anyone. You can find Zulka’s Bone-Char Free, Certified Vegan, Organic Sugar here. Follow them on Facebook to learn more.

Last but not least, my new cookbook, “The Easy 5-Ingredient Vegan Cookbook” is now available on Amazon. I was motivated to write this book because I wanted to make your transition to a plant-based diet easy as possible. Please pre-order because pre-sales on Amazon matter and will help me get my book into bookstores. Thanks for your support!

You can find me, my book and all my pure CBD products made from hemp on my website.  Follow me on Instagram and join our health community on Facebook, over 310,000 strong!

Until next time!

Resources for "How To Increase Serotonin Naturally with Food”
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0222768

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924977X19317237?via%3Dihub

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6455094/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6071228/

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180067

https://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/197465/depression/depression-increasing-among-american-teens-young-adults

Jan 28, 2020

We all have bad habits that we struggle with, from unhealthy eating to smoking.  Today’s podcast examines how to break a bad habit with psychiatrist and addiction expert, Dr. Judson Brewer.

Judson Alyn Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. had devoted his career to the mechanisms of habit, and his discoveries have been life changing for many people. His Youtube video “A Simple Way To Break A Bad Habit” has over 8 million views.

He has published numerous articles, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, NPR, and in multiple magazines. As director of research at the Center of Mindfulness, Dr. Brewer has developed mindfulness programs for the treatment of addictions.

He is also an author and wrote a book called “The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits.”

What we learn today is that the key to breaking bad habits is not white-knuckled willpower, but with mindfulness. And Dr. Brewer shares the steps you can take to implement mindfulness into your daily life.

I hope this podcast can help you break a bad habit.

In addition, I made a big announcement in today’s podcast. My new book, “The Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook” is now available for preorder on Amazon.

When I was presented with the challenge of developing 100 plant-based recipes with only five ingredients, at first, I was hesitant. But then I realized that one of the most common barriers to eating plant-based foods was the learning curve and the time it took to cook. And I wanted to share my knowledge and everything I have learned to help make things easy and delicious for you.

Please preorder on Amazon today because pre-sales matter. When you preorder a book, it's a clear message to Amazon that there is a demand for my book, and it will show up more readily in Amazon search.

As always, thank you for your support, kindness and for listening.

How to Break A Bad Habit Resources:

Dr. Judson Brewer’s Youtube Video

The Craving Mind

mindsciences.com

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“I try to encourage people to shift to plant protein. I think that’s the No. 1 thing that people can do in their lifetime to positively impact climate change.”
Ethan Brown, Founder Beyond Meat

Many companies are entering the plant-based meat business, and sales are booming. But is vegan meat healthy? And what about all the other plant-based products targeting meat-eaters? What does "plant-based" actually mean?

Simply put, plant-based is now the buzz-word for health, and marketers have seized the moment. But plant-based doesn't always equal healthy.

In today’s episode, we break down the nutrition and ingredients from the two best-selling plant-based meat companies, Beyond Meat & Impossible Foods.

“Every living plant or animal cell contains heme. From a food standpoint, what matters is that heme catalyzes very specific types of chemical reactions that transform abundant, simple nutrients into this explosion of hundreds of diverse volatile odorant molecules. When you experience them together, they add up unmistakably to the smell and taste of meat.”
Pat Brown, Impossible Foods Founder

Their vegan meats have become so popular they are now available in dozens of chain restaurants ranging from Burger King to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

While plant-based meat has taken the world by storm, most consumers fueling this market don’t know what they are eating. All they know is that it is an animal meat alternative and better for the environment.

Now let's get back to the question. Is vegan meat healthy?

What about the ingredients?

Every plant-based meat has different components, some healthier than others.

The brands who are capturing the imagination of people -- and I’m not going to name these brands because I’m afraid I will be associated with the critique of it,” Mackey told CNBC Make It, “but some of these that are extremely popular now that are taking the world by storm, if you look at the ingredients, they are super, highly processed foods.”
John Mackey, Co-Founder Whole Foods

In an ideal world, we would only eat whole foods. But, that often doesn’t fit our lifestyle. But, before you eat another plant-based burger, know what you are eating. I strongly encourage you to look at a label or research online to get a full picture of the food you are consuming.

In addition, we also discuss which food chains are offering complete vegan versions of those fast-food plant-based burgers now available everywhere.

Thanks for listening to Podcast #68: Is Vegan Meat Healthy and for being part of our healthy community.

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You can find show notes at Ordinary Vegan.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Ordinary Vegan Organic CBD Oil made from Hemp. Unfortunately, we live in stressful times, and stress often depletes our endocannabinoid receptors that produce serotonin or protects us from pain.

Experts are still trying to fully understand the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). But so far, we know it plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including sleep, pain, inflammation, mood, appetite, and memory.

Experts aren’t entirely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS, but many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. CBD also enhances those receptors.

I chose to create my Ordinary Vegan CBD so that you could always purchase a safe and reliable vegan brand. I hope it can help you.

Til next time.

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