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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

Dr. Judson Brewer’s Website

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Jan 14, 2020

“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.

If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please let me know by leaving a review on iTunes.

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.

Resources:
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Dec 14, 2019

Unlike diets that tell you what to eat, time-restricted eating focuses on when to eat.

Today’s podcast is devoted to the latest studies on time-restricted eating and the recently revealed health benefits. 

Time-Restricted eating is becoming an increasingly popular way to lose weight. Furthermore, this fasting technique is showing a lot of promise. 

In the past, many of the studies on time-restricted eating have involved animals rather than people. 

For example, one study in 2014 found that mice that only ate food during an 8 to 9 hour period each day lost weight and had improved metabolic fitness.

Also, another highly touted peer-reviewed 2015 study in PLOS One, examined a possible interplay between the frequency of eating and metabolic health like low-grade inflammation. They found that more extended fasting periods and less food consumption in the evening may lower inflammation.

This study is essential because low-grade inflammations are an underlying contributor to numerous cancers and insulin resistance.

Both of these studies involved mice, not human beings. 

Finally, in November 2019, a new comprehensive study was done on humans, and the results were very favorable.

Learn more about how you might benefit from time-restricted eating by listening to today’s podcast.

Lastly,  today’s podcast was sponsored by Ordinary Vegan’s CBD from hemp. 

Ordinary Vegan provides all-natural vegan, organically grown, non-gmo, gluten-free, and tested to ensure the best quality CBD Oil available. 

I am proud to say, Ordinary Vegan’s CBD was featured in Retirement Magazine.

Getting older is a fact of of life, but aches, pains and anxiety don’t have to be. CBD would make a great present for your mom or dad. 

If you are not familiar with CBD, CBD oil from hemp is a plant-based natural additive containing cannabidiol, or CBD. While CBD is not intended to treat or cure any specific conditions, it is becoming more recognized amongst the medical community as a key component to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Just go to ordinaryvegan.net to learn more. Hope CBD oil from hemp can help you. 

Thanks for being here everyone!

Til next time.

Resources:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acel.12966

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0136240

 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413114004987

https://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/pdfExtended/S1550-4131(19)30611-4

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2019-12-05/time-restricted-eating-intermittent-fasting-metabolic-syndrome

https://www.niddk.nih.gov

https://ordinaryvegan.net/cbd-hemp-oil-questions-answered/

https://ordinaryvegan.net/shop/

https://retirementlifemagazine.com

 

 

Nov 14, 2019

Every November, we commemorate World Vegan Month.

What better way to celebrate than welcoming long-time animal advocate, author, and all-around inspiring vegan, Colleen Patrick Goudreau. In addition, she is an acclaimed speaker, and her award-winning Food for Thought podcast has been changing hearts and minds for over 14 years. 

Colleen is also a recognized expert and leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living compassionately. She is the author of seven books, including her newest book, The Joyful Vegan: Everything You Need to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Keep Eating Meat, Dairy, and Eggs. 

I was first introduced to Colleen back in 2011 when she was a speaker at Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon. At the time, I was only plant-based for three months, and I was pretty clueless about what embracing a vegan diet really meant.

After hearing Colleen speak about the bigger picture, the true meaning, and spiritual journey of not eating animals, I knew there was no going back.

In today’s podcast, we discuss Colleen’s practical advice and wisdom on how to live a compassionate lifestyle. 

She will inspire you to find your vegan voice and how to share that voice with others. In addition, her boundless devotion to protecting animals will motivate others to do the same.

You can find all her books, including The Joyful Vegan on Amazon and on her website. 

Please welcome Collen Patrick Goudreau!

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Ordinary Vegan’s organic, vegan CBD Oil From Hemp. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments  without the side effects of commonly prescribed drugs. If you have any questions about CBD, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at questions@ordinaryvegan.net .

Please follow me on Instagram @ordinaryvegan. And join our health and wellness community on Facebook, over 310,000 strong. 

Don’t forget to subscribe, so you never miss any of Ordinary Vegan’s podcasts. If you get a minute, please leave a review on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite pod-catcher. 

I appreciate all of you so much. Thank you for listening. Always remember, every plant-based plate of food you eat impacts humanity on a global level. 

Nov 3, 2019

Combined drug intoxication (CDI), also known as multiple drug intake, is an unnatural cause of human death. This shouldn’t be confused with drug overdose because CDI is due to the simultaneous use of multiple drugs. 

CDI is becoming more common in recent years because mental health problems are on the rise, and many people are taking some kind of anti-anxiety or depression medication. What many of these people don’t know is that these prescribed medications can interact badly with common over-the-counter medications or other prescribed drugs. 

Not only that, cough syrups, antihistamines, cold, and flu medications can be utterly confusing. Often people are using the same ingredients just in different packaging, thinking they’re different when in reality they have the same ingredients.

Today’s podcast is dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of mixing medications and thinking twice about what you put in your body. 

We are also heading into flu season so before you reach for your go-to medication, make sure you listen to this podcast. 

Above all, to be safe, read the active ingredients list before you buy any over-the-counter medication, and if you are on prescribed medication, talk to the pharmacist before combining any medications.

Thanks for listening. I hope today’s podcast information helps you live a long and healthy life.

Please visit my sponsor, Osea Malibu, for their incredible plant-based skin care. And use coupon code Ordinaryvegan for $10.00 of your purchase of $50.00 or more.

You can find all of Ordinary Vegan’s organically grown CBD products made from hemp here. CBD is helping people with an array of health problems, and they could possibly help you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask at questions@ordinaryvegan.net.

Sep 29, 2019

In Podcast #63 "How Not To Diet", Dr. Greger discussed fat burning foods to help lose weight. Today's podcast is a follow-up to a few of the foods he mentioned.

First, we discuss which foods contribute to weight loss and why it works.

For example, there are certain foods that increase energy expenditure. Meaning, they have metabolic boosting properties.

Metabolism is the process by which our body converts what we eat and drink into energy. Often when we diet, our metabolism slows down because we need less energy to maintain our body.

Having a high metabolic rate not only burns calories but also gives us more energy.

There are also ingredients in foods that increase fat oxidation, which can increase fat burning by as much as 10-15%.

Furthermore, many scientific studies now show when a person adds these fat burning foods to their diet, they can lose weight permanently. You can learn more information in Dr. Michael Greger's new book "How Not To Diet."

Thanks for listening.

Please support today's sponsor Osea Malibu. Check out all their plant-based beauty products and use coupon code ordinaryvegan for $10.00 off your purchase of $50.00 or more.

Hope you can join Dr. Michael Greger, Ocean Robbins and myself for a 5-day, all-inclusive retreat at Balance For Life in Deerfield, Florida.

The program, the speakers, the all plant-based food menu, and the beautiful beachfront location will make this a life-changing wellness retreat you will not want to miss. The event takes place February 28 through March 3, 2020.

Use the code ORDINARYVEGAN when you make your reservation, and you will save an additional $100 per guest.

You can find the Red Chili Sauce recipe here.

Last but not least, you can find all my recipes and vegan CBD products on the Ordinary Vegan website.

Sep 24, 2019

The primary cause of weight gain and disease is what we eat. Dr. Greger's new book "How Not To Diet" empowers us with the knowledge on how to live a healthy, obesity-free life without dieting.

If you are not familiar with Dr. Michael Greger, you should be. He is a physician, best selling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important health issues.

He is the founder of the non-profit NutritionFacts.org and the author of the New York Times bestseller "How Not To Die."

In a nutshell, Dr. Greger relies on the gold standard of medical research and devotes his life to the science of nutrition so we can live a long and healthy life.

It is a great honor to have him on my podcast. Today, Dr. Greger discusses his new book "How Not To Diet," being released on December 10, 2019.

"How Not To Diet; The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss" explores all the cutting-edge science behind long-term weight loss success.

In addition, Dr. Greger hones in on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss while considering how these foods affect our health. And he lays out the key ingredients of the ideal weight-loss diet.

He also reveals the twenty-one weight loss accelerators available to our bodies. All included in "How Not To Diet."

Above all, topics covered in today's podcast include fasting, time restrictive eating, metabolic boosters, and exercising.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Greger.

Please pre-order "How Not To Diet" here.

All pre-sales help Dr. Greger spread the plant-based message on the New York Times bestselling list.

If you would like to join Dr. Greger and I on a 5-day, all-inclusive retreat called Balance For Life in Deerfield, Florida, click on this link. And use coupon code OrdinaryVeganfor $100.00 off for each guest.

The program,the speakers, the all-plant based food menu, and the beautiful beachfront location will make this a life-changing wellness retreat. So, please join us February 28 through March 3, 2020.

You can find all my recipes, my vegan CBD products, and all the resources you need to live a long and healthy life at OrdinaryVegan.net.

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Sep 14, 2019

Today's podcast explores the root of all disease, chronic inflammation. Also, the anti-inflammatory foods that can help reduce and fight inflammation. 

Inflammation is part of the body's response to infection and tissue damage, and it is crucial to the healing process.

But over the last 15 years, studies show that when chronic inflammation lingers, it leaves your body in a constant state of alert.

This can lead to chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer's disease.

Preventing chronic inflammation and knowing the signs is crucial.

Inflammation may be associated with general flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, headaches, loss of energy, and muscle stiffness.

Inflammation can also cause redness, joint pain, joint stiffness, or a swollen joint.

It can also affect organs like the heart and cause shortness of breath or fluid retention.

Chronic inflammation can also lead to weight gain.

Protect yourself by learning the causes, symptoms, and treatment of inflammation.

Discover all the anti-inflammatory foods you can consume and how to include them in your diet.

Today's recipes include 5-Ingredient Broccoli Soup and Walnut Pate

Thank you to Osea Malibu for sponsoring this week's podcast. Please go to www.oseamalibu.com to check out all their plant-based beauty products and use coupon code ordinaryvegan for $10.00 of your purchase of $50.00 or more.

You can find Ordinary Vegan's all-natural, vegan, organic, American grown hemp products here.

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References:
https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/lignans
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2685155
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1091581815584918

 

Aug 17, 2019

Is your tap water safe to drink? 

Contaminated water has become an alarming issue not only in the United States but all over the world. 

Uncontaminated water is essential for human survival, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable development. 

The tap water we drink isn’t just coming from your local stream. It comes from lakes, rivers, reservoirs, or underground sources like aquifers. And any kind of water can become polluted with chemicals, regardless of its size or location. 

According to a new report by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, as many as 43 states expose millions of people to dangerous chemicals in their tap water. 

Residents of Newark, New Jersey recently faced a lead water crisis which put 30,000 residents at risk of lead poisoning. 

And in 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source to the Flint River which led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other chemicals. 

Children are particularly vulnerable to unsafe tap water. Lead exposure in children can impact brain development and the nervous system. 

Water is such an important topic, and today, we explore how to make sure your tap water is safe to consume. 

Sources cited for:  Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink:

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/health-effects.html

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/search-results.php?zip5=90041&searchtype=zip

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11978586

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10228189

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072821/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19590124

https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/drinking-water-quality-2

https://www.ewg.org/research/report-110-million-americans-could-have-pfas-contaminated-drinking-water#.WwgkkC-ZPBJ

Here is the link to the Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database.

Thanks so much for listening and thank you for making the Ordinary Vegan Podcast a top 100 podcast for Alternative Health in iTunes.

Please keep those reviews coming. It definitely helps spread the plant-based message. 

You can find all my vegan, organically grown CBD products from hemp here. CBD is helping so many, and I hope it can help you. If you have any questions about CBD or any topic, you can send me an email at questions@ordinaryvegan.net.

Til next time.

 

Jul 30, 2019

In today's podcast we focus on the healthiest beans you can eat from my legumes list.

Legumes provide a magnitude of essential nutrients that can help you live a longer and healthier life. And science proves that beans contribute to longevity because they cool down systemic inflammation.

Inflammation contributes to many long-term diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Chances are legumes, such as beans and lentils are not part of your regular diet.

This legumes list provides you with my favorite legumes, and some easy ways to make them part of your regular diet.

Legumes List includes:

Chickpeas- Also known as garbanzo beans are low in calories, rich in protein, and contain 71% of the RDI for folate. Folate is one of the B-vitamins that is needed to make red and white blood cells. Folate also converts carbohydrates into energy (metabolism) and maintains the genetic building blocks of the body.

Chickpeas are an excellent base for sandwiches like this Vegan Chickpea Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Lentils- Lentils are low calorie, high fiber, high protein and contain 90% of the RDI for folate.

They can be used to create almost anything from veggie burgers to soups, stews, and salads. My favorite is my east meets west Black Lentil Salad with Apples & Toasted Coconut.

Black Beans- Are three times less expensive than beef and chicken and are much more nutritionally dense. They can be the base for any veggie burger or as the perfect taco filler.

Cannellini Beans-Make a great salad. Drain some cooked beans, add some chopped sun-dried tomatoes arugula. Top with some fresh lemon juice.

Or you can make one of my all-time favorite recipes, Hemp Seeds, Cannellini Beans and Spinach.

You can find today's Three-Bean Longevity Soup recipe in this week's show notes

Hope this legumes list inspires you to add more beans to your diet! Thanks for stopping by.

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Jun 20, 2019

Today, I want to encourage the pursuit of imperfection. 

It's called wabi-sabi, and accepting imperfection is the fundamental principal. 

That does not mean to embrace failure. It means to embrace learning and to be willing not to get it entirely right. 

“Wabi means simplicity, humility, and living in tune with nature." It describes someone content with little and makes the most of whatever they have.

 “Sabi” refers to transience, beauty, and authenticity of age." The term has its roots in Buddhism but eventually evolved into a distinctly Japanese ideal.

The Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi offers an inspiring new way to look at your entire life. It celebrates cracks, crevices and rot and all other marks that time and weather leave behind.

So what does this have to do with a vegan diet?

Because eating vegan is not about being perfect. And I never want to perpetuate that. 

There is no such thing as a perfect human or a perfect vegan.

It is time to celebrate and accept the beauty of imperfection of a vegan diet through wabi-sabi. 

Always remember; when nothing is certain, everything is possible.Hope you enjoy today’s podcast.

A big thanks goes to Nuzest Clean Lean Protein for sponsoring today’s podcast. Here is the link to their special offer for the Ordinary Vegan community.

Here are today’s recipes : Lettuce Leaves with Healthy Peanut Dipping Sauce and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.

Organically grown, non-GMO, vegan, pure CBD Oil made from hemp is available from Ordinary Vegan.

The Endocannabiniod System (ECS) is a self-regulating system of receptors that are located throughout the entire body. These receptors work in a lock & key relationship.

This vital system is primarily focused on supporting balance (homeostasis) in the body. If the ECS is not functioning correctly, additional nutrition may be necessary for proper support.

That is where CBD oil comes in. It balances and enhances the endocannabiniod system.

Ordinary Vegan's pure CBD oil is tested for the highest purity and potency. Hope it can help you. 

References Cited:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi

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