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Vegan Nutrition: The Science is on Our Side, by Lita Dwight, VLCE


As a graduate of Main Street Vegan Academy, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Robert Ostfeld, a vegan cardiologist, explain the many health benefits of eating a vegan diet.   He delivered the information with such confidence and clarity I knew he was speaking from a vast wealth of clinical experience. But at the same time, I wondered, if these health benefits are so clear, why is it so difficult to get definitive dietary recommendations from the rest of the scientific community?

When I asked Dr. Ostfeld to explain the disconnect, he politely suggested that the scientific community is not always motivated by improving public health. For example, some of you may remember last year the media frenzy that ensued after an article, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, came to the conclusion that eating less saturated fat doesn’t actually lower your risk for heart disease. You may ask yourself: How can that be? Doesn’t that come up against 3 decades of studies to the contrary?

cowWell, it turns out that, the dairy industry decided they needed to boost sales and approached Dr. Ronald M. Krauss, a researcher funded by the National Dairy Council, who combined studies that were previously determined to be flawed and put them all together in a “new” meta-analysis study to show that saturated fat has no correlation to heart disease. And bingo! Research now showed you can eat all the saturated fat you want.

Following the release of the new study based on Krauss’ “research”, the Chairman of Harvard’s Nutrition Department, Walter Willet, said, the conclusions were “seriously misleading and should be disregarded.” And he even called for its retraction! Instead, The New York Times food writer Mark Bittman exclaimed—Butter is Back! and The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz became a New York Times bestseller. And we, the public, never got the truth. [Read more…]

Show Notes: MSV Podcast 092315, TreeSpirit Project & Comic Jamie Kilstein

Ancient Trees, Lots of Laughter: Environmental artist and activist Jack Gescheit, founder of the TreeSpirit Project, opens today’s show, followed by comedian Jamie Kilstein, host of Citizen Radio, discussing veganism, comedy, activism, and how his best friend, Robin Williams, helped him through depression before the same disease took Mr. Williams’ life.

For more on Mr. Gescheit’s work, check out

And find him on social media:

Book recommendation: The Nature of Prejudice, by Gordon Alport

Quotes: “Trees are in the background for us the way water is for fish.” … “30% of all land animals live in forests, and we’ve cut half of them down.”

Jamie Kilstein is at: — Jamie

Twitter: @JamieKilstein

Instagram: @veganmma

Influencers: Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Al Franken, Michael Moore

Quotes: “Humor is spotting the thing that doesn’t belong” and “I’m sober now. It’s easy and fun.”

Birds, by Greg Lawson, VLCE


When I was a young child, at the end of the street where I lived there was a pond which was inhabited by ducks and swans. I have happy memories of feeding bread to the waterfowl at that pond. When I was a young man in the army, there was a pond in the middle of Fort Richie, Maryland, which was populated by ducks. Of all my memories of being in the U.S. Army, some of the happiest are of feeding bread to the ducks of that pond.

In 1972, I was stationed at the Presidio Army Base in San Francisco. Just outside the base was the Palace of Fine Arts which had a pond where swans swam. I remember many nights of sitting atop the columns at that park, watching the swans.

I have a mental image which I consider to be the most beautiful sight I have ever beheld. Ten years ago I attended an animal protection conference in Orlando with a woman I loved. Just outside the hotel was a pond with ducks. She and I took some bread down to the pond and fed the ducks. I left her there for a few minutes while I went to a nearby store to buy another loaf of bread. When I returned she was sitting at the edge of the pond with baby ducks surrounding her, eating out of her hands. Words really can’t describe how I felt at that moment, but I will remember and cherish that memory forever. [Read more…]

Show Notes: Main Street Vegan Podcast 091615: Vegan UK & Lifelong Fitness


I’m writing this on a total high from spending the last forty minutes with Jim Morris, the 80-year-old vegan bodybuilder, Mr. America 1973, who is a testament to both lifelong health and fitness and to reverence for all life. Jim is the subject of an extremely inspiring short video called Jim Morris Lifetime Fitness; he’s also done this video interview for PETA. Our talk together deals with his story, his love for dogs (and his belief that we should phase out “pet ownership”), his path to veganism, and how he stays ripped at 80 years of age. I asked if he lost any strength or muscle mass when he went vegan. His response: “All I lost was fat.”

And we start this episode on a high note, as well, with a repeat visit from Tim Barford of VegFestUK. He shared that the festival this year – London: October 11 and 12 — is emphasizing health on Saturday and ethics on Sunday, and that veganism is so much more than a diet, although we have amazing food to eat and that’s part of the joy of this way of life. Tim also shares on the show about vegan Member of Parliament Kerry McCarthy, recently appointed to the Shadow Cabinet on Agriculture by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Mrs. McCarthy, along with such vegan luminaries as strongman Patrik Baboumian, Australian vegan biz whiz Katrina Fox, raw food luminaries Kate Magic, Karen Knowler, and Karen Ranzi; Dr. Melanie Joy; and Prof. Gary Frnacione; as well as such unusual additions as a debate on whether a raw or cooked vegan diet is better; a Kids’ Area, Teen Vgn Zone, and a Mature Zone; Comedy Hours; a Health Summit for vegan health professionals; and a Vegan Bodybuilding Contest. I’ll be there and if you can be, too, well, we’re both really lucky. (I’ll speak on “The Look Great, Feel Amazing Age Later Lifestyle” on Saturday, and on Sunday on “Attraction Activism and the Good Karma Life” – 3 pm both days.)

Blast from the Past: Raw vegan power lifter, the UK grandmother Pat Reeves: Podcast 040115

Vegan Edinburgh, by Camille DeAngelis, VLCE

I fall head over heels in love with a new city every seven years or so, and at the moment I’m going steady with Edinburgh. The romance of the winding closes of the old town, the drama of Edinburgh Castle and windswept Arthur’s Seat, the free Sunday-evening concerts at spooky St. Giles Cathedral: I relish every step I take on those time-worn cobblestones. On my first sojourn I rented a room in a block of flats so old that there’s a niche for the bed on one end of the kitchen, so you can pass the night in the warmest part of the house. My hosts still slept in that cozy little nook, behind a curtain, and I always felt a bit awkward coming into their sleeping space in the mornings to put my coffee on!

In those days I was still stirring cow’s milk into my morning brew, and my breakfast might include a slice or two of Cotswold cheddar. Like a longtime sweetheart, Edinburgh has watched me grow into veganism, and supported me every step.

My all-time favorite gratitude reminder, spotted above a doorway in Advocates' Close.

My all-time favorite gratitude reminder, spotted above a doorway in Advocates’ Close.

In the winter of 2013 I was fortunate enough to receive a monthlong writing residency at Hawthornden Castle, about six miles outside Edinburgh; this was my first time in the UK as a vegan, but given that the whole concept of veganism started in Britain I knew I had nothing to worry about. The castle chef often cooked up a special dish for me, and always made sure I had chocolate soy pudding or fruit sorbet for dessert when everyone else was having traditional bread pudding. The head housekeeper, bless her heart, often tucked a wax-paper parcel of soy cheese slices in with my peanut-butter sandwich and thermos of vegetable soup. (When I wasn’t working on my novel, by the way, I was reading The China Study in preparation for Main Street Vegan Academy.)

Upon “re-entry”—back into the world beyond the writing retreat—my dearest friend arrived on the train from London, and we treated each other to a relatively fancy meal at David Bann (which, along with Henderson’s is Edinburgh’s most well established vegetarian eatery). [Read more…]

Show Notes: Main Street Vegan Podcast 090915: A French Novel and Good Health American-Style!

This episode features two lovely women, one in Paris and one in northern California, veganizing this world in clever and creative ways. Elisabeth Lyman is an American living the dream in the French capital. She moved to Paris as a vegetarian and became vegan in her adopted country known for cuisine that is hardly plant-centric. Elisabeth is the translator of Armand Chauvel‘s enchanting novel, The Green and the Red, a love story between the owner of a vegetarian restaurant and a man who masquerades as a vegetarian in his quest to get her property for a pork museum. The book is published by Ashland Creek Press, a vegan-owned publishing house in Oregon.

And returning to the show for her second visit is Lani Muelrath, a longtime teacher and ethical vegetarian who lost 50 pounds after shifting to a whole-foods, plant-exclusive diet. Her brand new book, The Plant-Based Journey, has a preface by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D,  a foreword by Neal Barnard, MD, and endorsements from a slew of impressive people, including Academy Award-winning film director James Cameron. Based on hundreds of interviews and Lani’s own process (over 40 years lacto-vegetarian, 10 years vegan), the book is a 5-step process of moving toward full dietary veganism: Awakening, Scout, Rookie, Rockstar, and Champion. The book is also spiced with easy, tasty recipes: Pumpkin Muffins, Game Changer Chili, Country Comfort Corn Bread, Portobello Pot Roast, Cranberry Sauce with Dates & Oranges, and Rice Cooker Baked Apples. You can find Lani on Facebook and Twitter @LaniMuelrath.

I also bring up on this show the vintage book — actually the first book on vegetarian living I ever read, back when I was seventeen — that I’m rereading now: Why Kill for Food? by Geoffrey L. Rudd. The book was published in 1956 and the explanation of its preface is: “The need for reason a philosophy of life.” It’s a look at compassionate living we don’t often see nowadays. If you can get hold of a used copy or if your library can search out a copy for you, you’d be a richer person for having read it.

Blast from the Past: If Lani’s weight loss story inspires you, you’ll enjoy the February 6, 2013, show with Ryan Andrews, MS, MA, RD, author of Drop the Fat Act and Live Lean. Ryan “gets it” about food and weight issues in a way few professionals do; he has very helpful insights. Listen here:

Top Ten Reasons Vermont’s Mad River Valley is a Vegan Paradise, by Diana Goldman, VLCE

The Mad River Valley encompasses the towns of Waitsfield, Warren and Moretown in north central Vermont. “The Valley” is a popular tourist destination with spectacular scenery and a multitude of recreational opportunities. It also happens to be a paradise for vegan food lovers! Here are the top ten reasons vegans love visiting:

1) Sweet Pea Market Cafe is the first vegan market cafe in New England and the food is AMAZING! It is located in the heart of historic Waitsfield, a lovely spot with both indoor and outdoor seating.


The market offers a variety of vegan staples and a wide selection of organic produce. And then there’s the prepared foods. Sweet Pea serves some of the yummiest vegan food I’ve ever eaten including dishes such as homemade moussaka, spanakopita, pizza, and burritos.



Sweet Pea also offers outrageously inventive cold and hot pressed sandwiches made to order. My favorite is The Jamaican assembled with slow roasted seitan, cilantro pesto, jerk sauce, mango and red onion.


My husband, Dan, is crazy about The Cubano layered with savory tofu, onions, pickles, house BBQ and chipotle sauce and cheeze.


Quench your thirst with one of their health promoting organic fresh pressed juices or smoothies.

2) The charming Mint Restaurant is located in the heart of old Waitsfield Village. On a warm summer evening, enjoy your meal with a glass of vegan wine on the outdoor patio.


On our last visit, the vast majority of appetizers, entrees and desserts were vegan. Everything we tried was phenomenal.



3) American Flatbread, famous for pizza baked in a primitive wood-fired earthen oven, is located on the property of Lareau Farm nestled in the valley along the bank of the Mad River.


This is not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, however, the kitchen is very accommodating. There is one appetizer on the menu, The Evolution Salad, and it does happen to be vegan. The ginger-tamari homemade fruit vinegar vinagerette is divine.  Specials change nightly depending on the availability of local produce. [Read more…]

Show notes — September 2, 2015: Plant-Powered Families & Holistic Nutrition

Sometimes I finish the live show and feel that it would take only a slight breeze to get me airborne. It’s like that today, having just spent an hour with two remarkable women, cookbook author Dreena Burton, and Certified Nutrition Consultant Lauren Krohn. Dreena is the author of four bestselling cookbooks, the newest being Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes. Its companion website is, and there’s a Facebook page especially for vegan families and families transitioning to plant-based eating, also called PlantPoweredFamilies. Dreena’s general Facebook page is Dreena Bruton Plant Powered Kitchen; she’s on Twitter @dreenaburton and on Instagram the same way.

My second guest, Lauren Krohn, is one of the most inspirational people ever to grace the program. A doctor’s daughter who developed a little known neuropathic condition, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), after an orthopedic procedure, was forced to give up her career as a red carpet photographer and learn to live as a person with a disability. Once over the shock — she speaks beautifully on the show about this process — she adopted a vegan diet which, although not a cure for the condition, helped some in dealing with the pain. (She explains in the interview how the anti-inflammatory nature of a diet high in fruits and vegetables can be helpful when dealing with pain.) She switched careers and became a Certified Nutrition Consultant though the 700-hour Certified Nutrition Consultant Training program of Bauman College; she specializes in plant-based nutrition. Lauren is also social media manager for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, whose November 1-4, 2015, conference in Nashville will feature such luminaries as Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, Michael Greger, MD, and Dean Ornish, MD.

You can find Lauren at; on Instagram @lauren_a_krohn; Twitter @lkrohnnutrition; and Facebook: Lauren Krohn Nutrition.

Oh — a little goof on the show. The correct url’s (we confused our .coms and our .orgs) for finding a physician who’s cool with your being an eater of plants and not animals: and — separate sites, so check both for the greatest selection.

Blast from the past: If you enjoyed Dreena’s wisdom on plant-powered families, check out the podcast with Chloe Jo Davis of Widely known as a major arbiter of vegan chic, since becoming the mother of three adorable vegan boys (Dreena has three lovely vegan girls), Chloe Jo is also a spokesperson on the forefront of attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and all things motherly. Our show together from July 3, 2013, may be heard at

The Desire Beneath the Desire, by Victoria Moran

I get a lot of stuff. People tell me that sometimes. “You’re a ‘manifester’.” Or “You have a prosperity consciousness.” When they’ve said that, I’ve said thanks, all the while wondering why I could have such a stack of the proverbial “cash and prizes” and still feel that something was missing.

I traced it back. What did I want the most for the longest time? That would be to get thin. To stop dieting. To stop hating myself and living part-time when I’d lost some weight and felt presentable, figuring I’d better do all the fun stuff as quickly as possible before I cycled into binge-eating and fatness again.

Then I got what I wanted. It took a major plunge into recovery principles and a total psychic overhaul, but the result was being able to go vegan after years of wishing I could. (It’s inconvenient to binge-eat when you’re off anything containing eggs and dairy products.) By then, I no longer craved thinness. I got thin anyway and it lasted. But it wasn’t enough.

Me in 1989, living in Camdenton, Missouri, and wishing for lots, lots more.

Me in 1989, living in Camdenton, Missouri, and wishing for lots, lots more.

I wanted to be married. I’d been married, but my first husband died young and suddenly and unfairly. Our daughter was four. After that, I needed so much to put our family back together, to restore the missing piece. Not surprisingly, nobody was volunteering for the missing-piece role! After nine years, I realized one sunny afternoon that I was okay as I was: I had my daughter and my work and the spiritual adventuring that was central to my being. Two days later,  I met my current husband in a coffee shop.

It was, and is, a good marriage. He loves me so much it’s embarrassing. But I still wanted more. I wanted to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show. That was certainly a legitimate goal at the time for an author of self-help books, which I am. I zeroed in on that aspiration with the single-mindedness that tends to result in earthly miracles, but can also mean missing out on life in the meantime. Finally it happened. And a few years later, it happened again. [Read more…]

Show Notes ~ Aug. 26, 2015: A Hot Spot in LA, a Hot Doc in DC!

This week’s Main Street Vegan podcast — click here to access — opens with Amy Rebecca of the new Venice, CA, hot spot Vegan Scene —, and @VeganScene on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It’s a retail, event, educational (cooking and fitness classes), and soon-to-be noshing space — “a vegan Studio 54 with more quinoa.”

Our MainStage guest is Milton Mills, MD, and I apologize for an extra-long break (it’s the only break so we don’t actually miss showtime), but Dr. Mills was working the overnight shift the night before and, simply, slept through his call time. (My dad was a doctor. They do stuff like that. It’s part of saving lives and delivering babies….) Anyway, once he’s on (at 22 past the hour, if you keep track of such things), it’s an amazing interview, about the real Paleo diet, the diet-and-health concerns of minority communities, and the epidemic of digestive disorders affecting even young and otherwise healthy people. Happy listening.

Blast from the past: If you enjoyed hearing Dr. Mills, check out the March 19, 2014, show with Joel Fuhrman, MD, New York Times Bestselling author of Eat to Live.