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Rip Esselstyn

  • 1 hour 10 minutes
    Ep. 257: Niki Davis, MD - The Doctor That Loves to "De-Prescribe" Meds

    Rip welcomes Dr. Niki Davis, a former rocket scientist-turned-lifestyle medicine physician.

    Dr. Davis discusses her transition from engineering to promoting a plant-based lifestyle at Love Life Telehealth. She reflects on the influence of a plant-based diet on her career shift, and the impact of whole-food, plant-based nutrition on patient care.

    The conversation explores "de-prescribing medications," empowering patients through lifestyle changes, and the transformative effects of a plant-based diet on health outcomes.

    She also shares some of the lessons and wisdom she gleaned working under the late, great Dr. John McDougall. 

    Her second career has really "taken off" and we're thrilled to share it.

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    11 July 2024, 6:00 am
  • 1 hour 6 minutes
    Ep. 256: Richard Hubbard - From Morbidly Obese, to Plant-Based Athlete and Advocate

    After college, Richard Hubbard felt hopeless. It was a stressful time looking for a steady job, he wasn’t moving as much as he did in college, and he loved candy and junk food - not a great combination for a web and graphic designer who would spend hours sitting at his desk during the day. 

    Rich also avoided doctors because he didn’t need a doctor to tell him what he already knew. He was nearing 350 pounds and destined to a life of medications if he didn’t make changes. 

    Ironically, it was a doctor and a mandatory physical that changed everything. Well, it wasn’t the doctor as much as it was Rich’s desire to research the best way to reverse his hypertension. That solution? You guessed it…a plant-forward diet.

    In one year, Richard lost over 120 pounds. Since then he has gone on to lose at least 30 more and he’s become a lean, mean, muscle machine with a whole foods, plant-based approach.

    Today, he shares his formula for lasting weight loss with nutrient-dense meals, batch cooking, and reducing sodium intake for optimal health and blood pressure. He is passionate about giving back to the community and has even become a nutrition coach and an author. His book A Plant Based Journey To Health: From Morbidly Obese To Plant-Based Athlete is available now.

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    4 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 16 minutes
    Dr. John McDougall - Health and Healing on a Starch-Based Diet

    This episode originally aired July 7, 2022. We reshare it today as a tribute to his work and legacy.

    Dr. John McDougall was drawn to medicine because of his own health “fate.” At 18, he suffered a massive stroke and was an anomaly to the doctors in Michigan who wanted to explore “why” and “how” this could happen to someone so young.

    This health scare inspired his own journey to become a doctor, which eventually led McDougall and his wife, Mary, to Hawaii to practice medicine on a sugar plantation in Hawaii and service over 5,000 residents. What he saw there changed the course of his medical practice forever.

    The healthiest people on the island, the first-generation elders who had come from China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, were the healthiest and most vibrant people…still active, with no medications, and still in bodies fit for movement. It was their children and grandchildren, however, those second and third generations, that were struggling.

    Why? They had adopted a western diet of meat, dairy, and processed foods. 

    The secret, Dr. McDougall discovered, was STARCH. Those healthy islanders subsisted on a diet comprised mostly of rice, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits and THAT inspired the work he does today through his McDougall programs and education.

    Beyond diet, the McDougalls are also dedicated to informing citizens about the positive effects of dietary therapy on chronic disease and our Planet. Animal agriculture, as we’re learning, is also one of the main culprits contributing to climate change and we discuss all of his “four deadly dietary deceptions” outlined at mcdougallfoundation.org.

    It’s an inspiring conversation from one of the legends and it was an honor to sit down with Dr. John McDougall.

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    1 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 21 minutes
    Ep. 255: Alan Goldhamer, DC - Can Fasting Save Your Life?

    In 1984, True North Health Center opened their doors in Santa Rosa, California offering an alternative way to heal from disease and lose weight. Since that time, Dr. Alan Goldhamer and his team have supervised over 25,000 water-only fasts – with results that are astounding - disease reversal, weight loss, and a return to metabolic health. 

    The term “fasting” is all over the place, with intermittent fasting and fasting mimicking diets in the mainstream media. Dr. Goldhamer gives us a quick primer on all of the differences and talks candidly about the importance of diet and lifestyle changes to lifelong health.

    As he stresses, a water-only fast – or any fast for that matter - will do no good if you go right back to eating the salty, oily, and sugary foods that destroyed your health in the first place.  

    Dr. Goldhamer and his colleague, Dr. Tashia Myers, just released the new book Can Fasting Save Your Life? – and this is what we discuss today. 

    So, is fasting a good choice for you? Let’s find out with Dr. Alan Goldhamer. 

    27 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 32 minutes
    Ep. 254: Robert Cheeke - Become an Impactful Vegan

    For over 30 years, Robert Cheeke has made a profound impact on the vegan and plant-based lifestyle, both as a champion bodybuilder and a NY Times bestselling author of the book, The Plant-Based Athlete.

    His latest book, The Impactful Vegan: How You Can Save More Lives and Make the Biggest Difference for Animals and the Planet is a blueprint for how we can use our time, energy, skills, talents, and resources to make the greatest impact in our daily lives. 

    Cheeke discusses his definition of effective vegan altruism using your "STRONG-V" to affect change. The episode explores entrepreneurship challenges in the vegan industry, the impact of women and minorities in veganism, capitalizing on your personal strengths, and the importance of progress over perfection.

    Yes, this book is about becoming a more impactful vegan, but the pages and the examples translate into anything that holds our hearts. 

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    20 June 2024, 6:00 am
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    Ep. 253: Men's Health Matters - Broccoli Rob's Victory Over Testicular Cancer and Mission to Raise Awareness

    June is National Men’s Health Month and we’re honored to feature today's guest, Robert Klein, aka "Broccoli Rob." 

    In June of 2017, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with testicular cancer, throwing his young family and career into a tailspin.

    Research led him to the The China Study and the undeniable benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet, which he adopted virtually overnight.

    Today, he is an avid athlete, health coach, and vocal advocate for men's health. He is a licensed Food for Life Instructor teaching and you can learn more about his upcoming classes HERE.

    We hear a lot about the importance of self-exams for women’s breast cancer, but we just don’t hear enough about men’s health and prevention.

    Thank you, Robert, for being so open and honest with your journey. It will save lives! 

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    13 June 2024, 6:00 am
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    Ep. 252: John Mackey - The Former CEO of Whole Foods Market Shares The Whole Story

    In 2009, John Mackey, the then-CEO of Whole Foods Market, gave Rip Esselstyn the shot of a lifetime to showcase Engine 2 products and tour around Whole Foods Market stores as a healthy eating ambassador extolling the virtues of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

    This opportunity and vision truly put PLANTSTRONG on the trajectory that exists today and has allowed Rip to live out his life’s purpose.

    Today, Rip speaks with John about his new book, The Whole Story - Adventures in Love, Life and Capitalism. Mackey describes it as a gift to past, present, and future employees of Whole Foods. It’s also a gift to entrepreneurs and dreamers who dare to envision something unconventional in a conventional-minded world.

    John may be one of the most successful CEOs in business, but he’s also a philosopher, thinker, and teacher. 

    Mackey vulnerably shares his ideas around competition, authenticity, leadership, and overcoming obstacles in business and life. He delves into his difficult family dynamics, the importance of love, community, and acceptance, and his experience with psychedelics and spiritual awakenings. He also shares his experiences with “play” - something we all need to embrace a little more of in this life. 

    It’s so rare to get such an authentic glimpse into the mind and heart of a CEO, but John Mackey graciously opens his heart and his playbook for all to see. The Whole Story - Adventures in Love, Life and Capitalism is out now wherever books are sold.

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    6 June 2024, 6:00 am
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Ep. 251: Manish Vora - Reconnect with Play and Bring Out Your Inner Child

    Are you ready to rediscover the kid in you and rekindle some of that lost joy? If so, you’ll love today’s fun interview with Manish Vora, Co-Founder of the extremely popular Museum of Ice Cream. 

    Manish shares insights into the process of testing over 125 exhibits through pop-up locations in various cities before establishing the flagship museum in New York City. Despite facing challenges and setbacks due to COVID, the company expanded to multiple locations, embracing the fusion of museum experiences with ice cream nostalgia.

    Rip and Manish emphasize the importance of human connection in a technology-driven society and interaction away from digital distractions.

    As we kick off summer here in the United States and you look for activities and places to go with your family, this episode will inspire you with a little lighthearted play, nostalgia, and good old-fashioned FUN.

    Whether it’s an immersive art experience like the Museum of Ice Cream, or even just getting out to an adventure of your choosing, the message of today’s episode is this – don’t forget what makes you happy!

    PS - And, if you’re wondering, the museum has plenty of plant-based ice cream options :) 

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    30 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 1 hour 14 minutes
    Ep. 250: Michelle Jacoby - Secrets to Successful Relationships from a Matchmaking Expert

    Whether you are looking for a romantic partner or an authentic friendship, you’ll love this chat with relationship coach and matchmaking expert, Michelle Jacoby.

    Today, she’s here to teach us how to go ALL IN on finding and navigating new relationships. And, don’t worry if you’ve been married for a long time. This also can apply to new friendships (and, trust me, you’ll get some good tips on how to rekindle a marriage or partnered relationship).

    Michelle is a leader in the matchmaking industry and shares her advice and wisdom on “finding the one,” what not to do when you’re looking for a new partner, how to navigate your differences, how to know when you’ve found a great match, and how to make deep connections with others. Yes, we even talk about dating people who are not plant-based. Should you only look for a plantstrong partner?

    Michelle has been helping others since 2009 and we’re lucky enough to have her with us today to give her advice on finding healthy, happy, and sustainable relationships.

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    23 May 2024, 7:00 am
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    Ep. 249: Tim Kaufman - From Booze, Food, and Fentanyl to a Life of Lasting Freedom - How to Escape Self-Made Prisons of Pain

    Imagine a life where you are trapped…imprisoned…in a cycle of addiction to alcohol, fentanyl, and food. Now imagine escaping that prison for a life that is far better than you can ever imagine. This is the story of today’s guest, Tim Kaufman.

    At just 38 years old, Kaufman’s doctor essentially left him for dead. His weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides were through the roof, and his self-esteem and self-worth were…well…practically six feet under.

    He was ready to give up on himself, his family, and his life. That is, until one day, he started making the smallest of changes. For him, it was getting out of his chair two times. That was it. One small change at a time.

    This eventually led to a little research and he found Forks Over Knives, The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead… documentaries he credits with changing his life and his diet to a whole foods plant-based diet. Today, he is an accomplished athlete training for an IRONMAN triathlon and he just released his memoir, Escape-Breaking Free From A Self-Made Prison

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    16 May 2024, 6:15 am
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Ep. 248: Say "Yes" to Your Healthiest Healthy with Samantha Harris

    You may know Samantha Harris from her eight seasons co-hosting Dancing with the Stars, or her years of reporting for Entertainment Tonight and other media outlets.

    You may also know her as an author and breast cancer survivor and advocate. In fact, this year she honors her 10-year breast “cancer-versary” by launching her new podcast, “Your Healthiest Healthy.” (Her book title of the same name)

    Today, you’ll also get to know Samantha Harris as a PLANTSTRONG woman warrior who champions lifestyle change, self-care, and becoming your own health advocate in the face of adversity.

    As a person who was constantly on stage and in front of the camera, Samantha thought she was doing all of the “healthy” things for herself. She ate well, she exercised, she went to the gym. After her cancer diagnosis, however, she realized that there was so much about the whole food, plant-based nutrition lifestyle she didn’t know - from the foods she eats to the makeup she puts on her face.

    Today, she continues to make adaptations and tweaks to improve her health and well-being, and she teaches others to live their “healthiest healthy” by empowering them to make better choices in, on, and around their bodies.

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    9 May 2024, 7:00 am
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