Episode #12 A Simple Green Smoothie A Day With Jen Hansard

Jen Hansard is on a fresh path to health and happiness- deprivation not included. Her "healthy obsession" with green smoothies has taken her into classrooms to do green smoothie demos, lead entrepreneur workshops, speak on stage, and has been featured on The Doctors to spread the green smoothie love far and wide. Through the power of green smoothies, she’s seen the amazing health benefits firsthand – including more energy, which has been the catalyst to healthy living for Jen and her family. 

Her wildly popular website has changed the lives of over 1 million people and made them the #1 green smoothie online resource. The Simple Green Smoothies' lifestyle doesn't involve counting calories or eliminating an entire food group. Instead, it encourages you to make one simple change: drink one green smoothie a day. Jen lives in a small country town in central Florida with her husband, their two lil' rawkstars Jackson and Clare... and their chickens, duck and dog. 


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Episode #11 Changing Your Life and Carving Your Path with Sarah Goodenough, RN

Sarah's Story:

I am a mother of two boys. I am from Rochester, NY. I have a BS in Nursing, and have worked in a Medical Intensive Care Unit as well as Community Health. About 5 years ago, I was extremely overweight and sick with borderline high blood pressure, the beginning stages of fatty liver disease, among other things. I struggled for years trying to lose weight and exhausted just about every weight loss option that I could find. I managed to lose some weight but continued to feel sick. I read a book called The China Study, and changed my life forever. I began eating plant based and within weeks dropped weight and cured my fatty liver disease and everything else that ailed me. In 2015, I also completed The Campbell Plan. I have lost a total of 156 lbs since then. I have since began working on my certification in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. I have become a runner, and enjoy participating in races. This lifestyle has changed my life in so many incredible ways, and I feel it's necessary to help others improve their health and  quality of life. My goal is to educate others on the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet, and to provide the convenience and ease of having your meals prepared and delivered right to your door. 


If you are local to Buffalo, NY and want to try some of Sarah’s AMAZING dishes, you can use the coupon code Buffalo10 at checkout : )

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Episode # 10 Do You Have Time to Pay Attention with Katherine Conte, MA, C-IAYT

About Katherine:

For over 20 years I have been committed to natural health and personal development. My focus, whether teaching individuals or working with groups, is helping people regain health and discover and fulfill their innate purpose in life. I integrate the rich tools of lifestyle medicine, including breath training, mindfulness, yoga therapy, and a nutrient-dense diet into health care and research-based programs. Here are some of the ways I apply health and wellness coaching to varied populations and needs:

Stress Management for Heart Disease

As a trained Stress Management Specialist with the Dr. Dean Ornish Lifestyle Heart Reversal Program, I teach groups of medical patients about the impact of stress on heart health and how to use proven methods to break the damaging cycle of stress.

Yoga & Mental Health Research

I am honored to contribute to evidence-based research testing the efficacy of yoga as therapy for mental health. I serve as an expert consultant for two NCCHI funded research studies: lead yoga investigator for Treatments for Improving Mood Disorders in Teens and a consultant for Yoga for Chronic Pain in MAT Patients. Both studies are with Brown University and Butler Hospital, RI.  The outcomes of these trials could have valuable and far-reaching promise for the future of mental health.

Health Coaching & Yoga Therapy

Working with adults and adolescents I provide Stress Management, Yoga Therapy, and Lifestyle Training using evidence-based models that honor the integrity and strength of individuals and their readiness for change.  While mentoring private clients my focus is to guide with clarity and care that inspires self awareness and meaningful change along the health spectrum.

Lifestyle Program Development

From 2006-2015 I founded & directed Focus Yoga (East Greenwich, RI) where

I developed and led a wealth of lifestyle trainings including: The Science & Practice of Breath; Stress Management: a Natural Approach; and, Eat Life! Plant-Based Nutrition Made Easy. I provide professional training programs for corporate groups, healthcare workers and yoga teachers. 

My education and professional trainings include:

• MA, Art Therapy, Cal State LA

• MA, Religious Studies, Providence College

• Dean Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Facilitator

• International Association of Yoga Therapist,  Certified Yoga Therapist

• Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist (APA Approved)

• Unified Mindfulness Facilitator

• Natural Healers Counseling Program, with Tom Monte

• Certified Macrobiotics Counselor

• Overcome Anxiety Clinic Facilitator

• Hanna Somatic Yoga Instructor


For more info on the Embracing Plant-Based Mastermind Group click HERE:  https://emilywoodrd.com/work-with-me 

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Episode #9 Tackling Endometriosis and Inflammation with Jennifer Zee

In this episode I spoke with Jennifer Zee. Jennifer is a former fitness model, fitness competitor and stylist. She now runs a health coaching business specializing in helping individuals with inflammatory conditions thrive through three powerful elements: Food + Fitness + Wellness.  She knows first-hand how being dedicated to plant powered food, fitness and self-care can improve everything from inflammation, unbalanced moods, poor performance in the gym, low energy levels, and various skin conditions.  

Jennifer shares with us her own battle with endometriosis and how she was able to tackle this inflammatory condition and take complete control of her health, get strong, and achieve a state of well-being that she didn’t think was attainable.

As always thank you for listening and please enjoy this week’s episode.

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Episode #8 Finding Your Why with Emily Wood, RD

When it comes to diets, they are only focused on one thing-the physical result. Yes we all want to look good, but when focusing just on the physical we are missing some very key components that help us obtain these desirable changes and make them permanent. 

In this Episode I talk about how mindset and finding your "Why" are the 2 key components that create LASTING DESIRABLE change. We often don't dig deep enough to discover the emotional attachments behind making a change, which is crucial to keeping you motivated on the path to long term success. 

Unlike the million fad diets out there, a plant-based lifestyle ties in all elements to help you feel your best every single day for the rest of your life. My Plant-Based Superpower Mom Facebook Group focuses heavily on mindset, and if you haven't already requested to join, I strongly encourage you to do so HERE. The right support truly is key.

Thanks for listening and enjoy this week's episode.

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Episode #7 Reversing Diabetes and Ditching the Meds with Melissa O'Grady

In this week’s episode I spoke with Melissa O’Grady. Melissa shares with us her journey from being over 200# at 5’1” tall, on 70 units of insulin, and hardly able to move, to losing over 80#, being off all her medications, and discovering a love for running.

We talk about how this change is possible for anyone to make, and how knowing your big why and having support is key to making these changes last.

Melissa’s Story:

I have always struggled with my weight.  I can remember being slightly chubby from around the age of 5, but everything got worse when at the age of 8 we moved from the city to another local suburb.  I struggled to make new friends, and began to be picked on.  Like so many others, I found comfort in food.  This lead to my highest weight of about 225 pounds by the time I was 20.  On my small 5’1″ frame it looked worse.

Shortly after getting married to my ex-husband I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes!  I went to the doctor for a checkup after having a miscarriage, and I walked out of the office with 6 prescriptions for pills, meter, strips, and not really knowing what Diabetes even was.

While I realize now my low/no carb approach was unsustainable for me, I did lower my A1c, lose 50 pounds and get pregnant with my son! But after my first pregnancy I struggled.  I would yo-yo with both my weight, losing the same 20 pounds over and over again, but also with my diabetes.  My A1c was all over the place, anywhere from 11 to 5.1! I tried so many different diets, shakes, extreme workouts, pink drinks, pills, etc, and nothing worked longer that a few weeks or months.  

I went from Metformin, to insulin, to Victoza-until I got a lump in my neck from it. Around the same time I also experienced knee inflammation.  I have an old knee injury and some arthritis from it, but now my knee was the size of a grapefruit, for no reason! 

I couldn’t walk for a month.  I was stuck on the couch, peeing in a garbage can!  My husband was transitioning from his day job to a higher paying evening job, so he would get the kids on the bus, leave all day, come home for an hour, feed and bath our daughter, and then leave all night.  My butt went numb from sitting and laying.  I had tennis elbow from lifting myself, and then carpal tunnel in both wrists from switching to them.  I was at ROCK BOTTOM! 

This was when I knew I had to make a complete change.  This just wasn’t working.  Everyday I felt like I was slowly dying instead of living and thriving.  We had watched Forks Over Knives, Hungry For Change, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 & 2, Food Matters, and so many other documentaries before but just never did anything.  Now we were ready!  We tried one day, a Saturday, eating a 100% WFPB diet.  This was rebirth! 

 Immediately I noticed changes.  I had to start lowering my insulin because I was having lows and waking up in the 50’s.  I was sleeping better.  I had energy.  I was losing weight.  And my knee was straight and normal after just 2 weeks.  After 4 weeks I was completely OFF insulin! For the first time in my life I felt like I was living instead of dying.  This is why I don’t cheat or why I haven’t “fallen off the wagon” Because no junk food is better than how I feel everyday! I have since lost a total of 82 pounds since switching to a WFPB lifestyle (or 107 pounds if you go off my highest weight of 225)! 

 From the start I made videos on my YouTube Channel and created my Facebook page: Plant Based Melissa.  I’ve been reading book after book and just recently received my Certification in Holistic Nutrition.  Food is powerful and can truly help so many ailments and diseases.  It’s about embracing your “why,” educating yourself on this lifestyle and never looking back. 

Enjoy this week’s episode.

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Episode #6 Changing Your Life and Reclaiming Your Health with Heather Kaufman

In this episode I spoke with Heather Kaufman. Heather shares her incredible story of changing her life, losing over 90#, and reclaiming her health with a whole foods, plant-based diet. Heather and her husband Tim, who also has changed his life through the powers of the whole food plant-based lifestyle, voluntarily spend much of their time educating on and advocating for this lifestyle. They are truly two of the most caring people you will ever meet. Make sure to check out Tim and Heather’s new cookbook, Fat Man’s Not So Fancy 40 Quick and Easy Plant Based Food Recipes

Heather’s Story:

My husband, Tim, started on his plant-based journey in 2011 for his health. He was very sick and desperate—and honestly I was worried he wouldn’t live another year. But now he is in incredible health, and I have seen firsthand the lifesaving results from his new way of eating and other healthy habits.

When Tim made the switch, I fully supported him. I ate more plant-based foods, but for some reason I never went completely plant-based.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid that was bigger than a grapefruit. The fibroid was putting pressure on the ureter to my right kidney, so it had to be removed. In 2015 I had a total hysterectomy. During the surgery and hospital stay I had flashbacks to my mother’s long days and nights at the hospital as she battled leukemia. My dear mother had lost her battle with cancer, and I vowed the day after my own surgery that I would never set foot in a hospital again if I had anything to do with it. While I couldn’t control everything that happens to me, I could control what I put in my body. I flipped the switch and went 100 percent plant-based and never looked back.

As a result of making my health a priority, I have lost 90 pounds over the past three years, and I have become a competitive runner. The running began when my husband asked me to run a 5k with him. Then we did a 10k. After my first half marathon I really fell in love with running and being outside. Running makes me feel free. I love the time away from all the distractions around us, listening to my music, and reflecting on everything I’m blessed with. I love setting goals to become better and I never would have dreamed I would become an ultra-marathoner. The finish lines and medals are fun, but the best part is spending time with my husband and enjoying the running community.

Now that Tim and I are both plant-based and active together, our marriage is thriving. We feel like teenagers, and we’re enjoying life to its fullest. We are passionate about showing others how to transition to a plant-based lifestyle through our classes, social media, and potlucks.

Enjoy this week’s episode.


Episode #5 Food Sensitivities and Thyroid Health with Emily Kyle, RD

In this episode I spoke with Emily Kyle, an award-winning, nationally recognized media dietitian, nutrition spokesperson, and published author. She is the owner of Emily Kyle Nutrition-a nutrition communication and consulting company, and private practice specializing in MRT food sensitivity testing and Medical Nutrition Therapy for autoimmine conditions. Her first book, The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto’s was released December, 2018. You can catch her live every Monday morning on Good Day Rochester sharing her love for cooking delicious, healthy food.

In this episode Emily shares with us her expertise on food sensitivities and how an individualized approach to identifying these issues is the most effective way to feeling your best. She also gives us some insight on how to naturally manage thyroid dysfunction, which you can find out even more about through her new cookbook. Emily states that even though she in not 100% plant-based or vegan, that regardless of what diet you are following, eating more plants is the key to optimizing health.

Enjoy this week’s episode.

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Episode #4 What You Need to Know about Vegan Pregnancies with Dr. Reed Mangels, RD

In today’s episode I spoke with Dr. Reed Mangels. Reed is a Nutrition Advisor for the non-profit, educational Vegetarian Resource Group as well as the nutrition editor and a regular columnist for the quarterly publication, Vegetarian Journal. She is a co-author of The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets (2nd and 3rd editions) and of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2009 and 2003 position papers on vegetarian diets.  Reed has authored several books for the public including The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book and Simply Vegan. 


We start by talking about the meaning of vegetarian and veganism, along with the many definitions of plant-based. We spend a bulk of the conversation answering that big question “Can you have a healthy vegan pregnancy?”. We also touch on some special considerations for vegan infants, toddlers, and adolescents. We end with Reed sharing with us the many wonderful resources available through the Vegetarian Resource Group.


Enjoy this weeks episode.

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Episode #3: Mom After More with Tatiana Amico

In today’s episode I spoke with Tatiana Amico-a certified Health Coach, successful entrepreneur, influencer, speaker, podcaster, and business mentor. She specializes in helping women gain clarity on what it is they want in their lives, realize their potential, take action, and see massive results. 

She shares with us about how deciding to become vegan was the pivotal moment in her life that has led her to be the confident empowered woman that she is today.

She also shares with us her experience with raising a vegan family and undergoing 3 vegan pregnancies.

We end with her sharing her passion and belief that every woman is deserving and capable of going after more, and living a life they desire and deserve

Enjoy this week’s episode.