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MSV Podcast Feb. 22: Farm to Fable & One Good Mama Bone

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Novelist Bren McClainOne Good Mama Bone — and Free from Harm’s Robert Grillo with his new book, Farm to Fable.

Bren McClain‘s debut novel deals with an impoverished Southern widow in the early 1950s who learns the intricacies of motherhood from a cow and embarks on a suspense-filled saga to defend the bovine mom. Believe me, my description does not do justice to this incredible page-turner. Do yourself a great big favor, and treat yourself to a copy.

One Good Mama Bone on Amazon

  • “McClain’s first novel resists predictability and instead weaves together questions about poverty, class, violence, and religion. . . . A thought-provoking story about families and the animals who sustain them.”―Kirkus Reviews
  • “First-time novelist McClain draws on her family’s history in the rural South to create a cast of deeply relatable characters, both human and animal, who readers will find themselves rooting for until the very last page.”―Booklist (starred review)

Website: http://www.brenmcclain.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BrenMcClainAuthor/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BrenMcClain

Robert Grillo has written the most unique book about going vegan I have ever read. Rather than telling us how to do this, or even why, he addresses a much more crucial issue at this point in history: Why aren’t more people doing this? What is it in our animal-consuming culture that convinces the vast majority of us, generation to generation, that slaughtering our fellow beings needs to be the norm? This is a fascinating — and important — read.

Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture on Amazon

Website: http://www.freefromharm.org

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robert_grillo

Blast from the past! We talked today about cows and chickens and the genuine importance of animals in their own right, and this brought me back to the program we did almost exactly a year ago today. It was the interview with photographer Jo-Anne McArthurfeatured in the documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne’s work chronicles the experience of being nonhuman across North America and around the world. The interview with her is moving and profound. Do listen, or a re-listen: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_022416

MSV Podcast Feb. 15: Neal Barnard, MD + Cruelty-Free Shopping App

Listen (and subscribe) the Main Street Vegan Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or click here to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_021517

 Let’s go shopping and break our cheese addiction! That’s what’s happening on today’s program. We meet first with Dory Kurowski of the MyConscienceMyChoice shopping site and the new app. This serves this “Is it vegan?” function and also curates items as to their cruelty-free status, eco-friendliness, and how well they work.

Website: http://www.myconsciencemychoice.com

App: My Conscience My Choice from the App Store — 99 cents!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyConscienceMyChoice/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ConscienceMy

And the prolific, brilliant, and totally committed Dr. Neal Barnard:

Website: http://www.pcrm.org

Latest book: The Cheese Trap (pub date Feb. 28 — preordering will help catapult sales and get this book onto the NY Times Bestseller List — more cred for veganism!)

March 10, 2017, book launch at Sublime Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale: http://PCRM.org/Sublime or call 202-717-8762

Dr. Barnard’s rockin’ band, CarbonWorks: http://www.CarbonWorksMusic.com, or check them out on YouTube

Blast from the past! The recipes in Dr. Barnard’s book are from food genius Dreena Burton. Hear my interview with her on this episode — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_090215. The other guest is the bright, level-headed, and most informative health coach, Lauren Krohn. 

 

MSV Podcast Feb. 8, 2017: Life Without Envy + Sexiest Vegan Joel Kahn, MD

Find this episode on iTunes or Stitcher, or listen direct here from the Unity Online Radio site: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_020817
Vegan novelist Camille DeAngelis with her first nonfiction book, Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People, followed by Joel Kahn, MD, America’s Holistic Heart Doc and my fellow “Peta’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50″ this year, join me today for a totally delightful, inspiring, and mega-information-packed program.

Here are some stellar quotations from novelist, nonfiction author, and Main Street Vegan-certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator Camille DeAngelis:

[In writing Life Without Envy] ” I learned the difference between success and satisfaction.”

[Re: people who think they aren’t creative]: “We’re all creative…You create your life one decision at a time.”

[How to express your creativity]: “Find a need and fill it in a way only you can do.”

[Veganism/creativity connection]: “My creativity is no longer blocked because I’m not eating the fear of slaughtered animals.”

Website: http://www.cometparty.com

Amazon author page with all Camille’s fictional titles and her new nonfiction guide, Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People: https://www.amazon.com/Camille-DeAngelis/e/B001JS2GR2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymodern

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cometparty

Coming for Camille: (tentative title) Tender Heart: The Creative Benefits of Compassionate Eating. Don’t you love this? I’ll be sure to have her back when this new book is published.

And some ah-hah quotations from my interview with Joel Kahn, MD:

“Lifestyle medicine should be the first 5 notes on any prescription: diet, exercise, sleep, social support, stress management.”

[3 “Renaissance” worlds within medicine today]: “1. Plant-based/vegan medicine. 2. Lifestyle medicine. 3. Functional/holistic medicine. The second two aren’t necessarily plant-based, but they’re certainly plant-strong; any healthy diet has to be. There are times when a patient needs more than a plant-based diet alone. It’s the most important thing, the way an airbag is your best defense in case of a car accident, but sometimes it isn’t enough, and then acupuncture or certain supplements have a role to play.”

[On yoga]: “It’s known that the more flexible your spine, the more likely you are to have clear arteries.”

“We have 50,000 miles of arteries — that’s twice around the earth — and they are lined with endothelial cells that make nitric oxide. You can help this process by eating spinach, other leafy greens, and beets. But don’t use harsh mouthwash — it can kill the bacteria on your tongue needed for this process.”

“You want to extend your health span, not just your lifespan.”

Websites: http://www.drjoelkahn.com; http://wwwKahnLongevityCenter.com

Amazon author page: Dr. Kahn’s books include Your Whole Heart Solution, The No B.S. Diet, and Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses — 

Dr. Kahn’s beautiful, upscale restaurant, Greenspace Cafe and cocktail bar, Ferndale, Michigan: https://greenspacecafe.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjoelkahn/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/drjkahn

Other references made by Dr. Kahn during this episode:

  • The Telomere Effect, by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn
  • The 5 Tibetan Rites, a series of purportedly anti-aging exercises. One book that details these is Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth, by Peter Kelder and Bernie Siegel, MD

Blast from the past! If you loved today’s guests — what’s not to love? — they’ve both been on before. Here are the links to those episodes: Camille DeAngelis talking about her novel, Bones and All, about a teenage cannibal (the other guest that day was Miyoko Schinner, vegan cheese guru): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_022515; and Dr. Joel Kahn, sharing the mic with Jazzy Vegetarian Laura Theodore: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_072314

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSV Podcast Feb. 1: Sistah Vegan and GUNAS Bags

Sugandh Agrawal, designer and founder of GUNAS, stunning vegan handbags (my fabulous purple GUNAS tote in this picture of me with Sugandh at Peacefood Cafe Union Square, NYC) opens the program with the story of her “high fashion, zero cruelty” brand.

Website: http://www.gunasthebrand.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GUNAS.LUXURY.BAGS/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gunasthebrand

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gunas_newyork/

A. Breeze Harper, PhD, author of Sistah Vegan and 2016 Humane Party vice-presidential candidate, discusses feminism, intersectionality, and such intriguing topics as “black feminism,” “white fragility,” and the “ethical foodscape.”

Website: http://www.sistahvegan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreezeharper/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sistahvegan

10% off registration at the March 31-April 3, 2017, Marshall, Texas, Healthfest, go to http://www.healthfest.com and enter the code MAINSTREAM. I won’t be there this year, but amazing speakers such as Baxter Montgomery, MD, Ellen Jaffe Jones, Chef AJ, and Vegan Mainstream’s Stephanie Redcross are on the program.

Blast from the past! Dr. Harper was the Humane Party’s Vice-Presidential candidate in 2016. Hear my interview with their Presidential candidate, Clifton Roberts: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_081716.

 

MSV Podcast Jan. 25, 2017: Never Binge Again + Gentle Fitness

Link to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_012517 or find the program on iTunes or Stitcher

We finish our month of New Year, New Year programming with the kindest, gentlest, and most compassionate personal trainer you’d ever want to meet, the inimitable John Pierreand we move on to the program developed by vegan psychologist Glenn Livingston, Ph.D, Never Binge Again.

John Pierre:

Books: Strong, Savvy, Safe 

The Pillars of Health

Websites: www.johnpierre.com

www.livingwithharmony.org (John’s nonprofit the helps trafficked children, the homeless, and will open a        sanctuary for farmed animals in the Boulder, Colorado, area)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/peacelovejp

Dr. Glenn Livingston:

Book: Never Binge Again (If you go through the NeverBingeAgain.com website, you can get a free Nook, Kindle, or PDF of the book, plus additional free resources. If you order a hard copy of the book elsewhere, you can still available yourself of the website’s free information.)

Website: http://www.neverbingeagain.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NeverBingeAgain

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/neverbingeagain

Blast from the past! One of the most inspiring stories of binge eating recovery (and substance abuse recovery) I’ve ever heard is that of Mike Crockett“Big, Bald Mike” and “Bonebreaker Barbell,” the larger than life Texas strongman and bunny rescuer: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_052213. The other guest on this episode is Honey LaBronx, the “Vegan Drag Queen,” and host of Big Fat Vegan Radio.

MSV Podcast Jan. 18, 2017: McDougall’s Medicine + DIY Beauty

Link to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_101712

The legendary John A. McDougall, MD, headlines, following a put-some-sunshine-in-the-room interview with vegan beauty expert Sunny Subramanian.

OMG, I love this episode!

In keeping with out January pledge to support your health, beauty, vitality and wellbeing in 2017, we start the program with the delightful Sunny Subramanianthe world’s first vegan beauty blogger:

Website: http://veganbeautyreview.com

Book: The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VeganBeautyReview

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/veganbeautyreview/

Twitter: @veganbeautyreview

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/veganbeautyreview

And one of the first MDs ever to bring the animal-free-eating message to the world, Dr. John McDougall, who makes such amazing statements on the show as, “Exercise is dangerous,” and (re: climate change) “Nature doesn’t care if the meat, dairy, and fish industries make a profit,” and “Most diabetic drugs, heart disease treatments, and cancer treatments are unmitigated failures.”

Website: http://www.drmcdougall.com

Books (a selection): The Starch Solution

The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook

The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

The McDougall Program

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrJohnMcDougall/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnmcdougallmd

Color picture book with clear directions to his diet (66 simple pages): https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2014nl/jun/foodpoison.pdf

Article, “The Starch Solution,” explains why we need to center our diets around common starches such as rice, corn, beans, potatoes, and sweet potatoes: http://drmcdougall.com/misc/2009nl/feb/starch/htm.

Blast from the past! Dr. McDougall was one of my earliest mentors on the health aspects of being vegans. So were Michael Klaper, MD, and Alan Goldhamer, DC, of True North Health, featured here: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_101712

 

 

MSV Podcast Jan. 11: Rock Your Resolutions with Dr. Frank Sabatino + Allyson Kramer & Naturally Lean

Link to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_011117 or subscribe to the Main Street Vegan Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher

We’re devoting January to helping you reach your health, fitness and wellbeing goals. The January 18 show will feature the legendary Dr. John McDougall, plus beauty expert Sunny Subramanian; on the 25th, we’ll bring back fitness superstar John Pierre along with noted psychologist (and vegan!) Dr. Glenn Livingston who has developed a promising program for problem eaters, Never Binge Again. On today’s program, we jump in to rock those resolutions with two charming and very helpful guests, Allyson Kramer and Dr. Frank Sabatino.

Allyson Kramer is the author of the award-winning new cookbook, Naturally Lean: 125 Nourishing Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Recipes — All Under 300 Calories.  

Website: http://www.allysonkramer.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllysonKramersRecipes

Twitter: @Allyson_Kramer

Instagram: @allysonkramer

Frank Sabatino, DC, PhD, and my health guru, is the director of Ocean Jade Health Retreat on the beach in South Florida, a boutique health, healing, and rejuvenation center where guests can maintain or restore their health offering fabulous vegan food, yoga, chi gung, meditation, superb lectures from Dr. Frank and guest speakers, and supervised water fasting.

Website: http://www.oceanjaderetreat.com

Facebook: Ocean Jade Health Retreat LLC

Blast from the past! If you’re a Frank Sabatino fan like I am, you can’t get enough of his gentle wisdom. Listen here to his first appearance on the Main Street Vegan Show — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_082212 — and to his second show with us, when he shared the program with actress and raw food icon Esosa E — the topic was fasting; she covered the spiritual benefits and Dr. Frank talked about this ancient discipline as nature’s royal road to healing: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_041316.

MSV Podcast Dec. 21, 2016: Soy Facts & Feeding the Needy Vegan-Style

Link to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_122116

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Today’s live show happens on the magical day of the Winter Solstice, and we welcome you to a magical hour, whenever you listen. We open the program with Katherine Greenwho was inspired in meditation to open a vegan food pantry in Erie, Pennsylvania. Katherine is available to share information with others wanting start healthy, cruelty-free food pantries in their area, and she’s eager to connect with others who are already doing this, and with people in the Erie area who may want to be part of the Compassionate Actions Project Food Pantry: capfoodpantry@gmail.com.

Website: www.compassionateactionsproject.org

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/compassionateactionsproject.org

After the break, we welcome VegTV’s Marie Oser, author of The Skinny on Soyanswering every myth and rumor about this suddenly controversial bean.

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Skinny-Soy-Marie-Oser/dp/1940184355

Website: http://www.vegtv.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VegTV/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/vegtv

Blast from the (Recent) Past! . . . Some episodes from 2016 that truly bear repeating:

A Dog’s Life and Tomato Sushi — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_113016

Jewish Veganism with Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz & Richard Schwartz: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_112316

No Bread? No Beer? Well, Maybe… — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_083116

TV Chef Jason Wrobel & a 9-Year-Old Activist — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_081016

Hockey Great Georges Laraque & PlantPure Summit — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_090716

Unlocking the Cage with Chimps’ Champion Steven Wise — http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_090716

Minimalist Baker & Animals in Islam: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_042716

Veg Doc & Omni Doc in the Great Diet Debate: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_033016

Detox Dairy & Cooking Vegan in Kuwait

Link to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_121416

Oh my gosh, what a fun and empowering show! We start with home economist, author, and food stylist and photographer Linda Long, who’s just returned from six weeks in Kuwait, teaching vegan cooking classes there at the behest of the Kuwaiti royal family; and then introduce a dynamic young duo, Alison Rivers Samson and Michelle Cehn, whose new online course, 12-day, video course The Dairy Detox is making waves all over the place.

Links for Linda Long:

Books: Great Chefs Cook Vegan and Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate

Website: www.lindalong.com

Links for The Dairy Detox:

Website: www.thedairydetox.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedairydetox

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thedairydetox

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thedairydetox

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV-1zea-EUoYXaX5F_FMQfg

Blast from the past! If you’d like to learn even more about the dairy industry, check out this episode with charming Quebecer Elise Desaulniers, author of Cash Cow: Ten Myths About the Dairy Industry. Find it on iTunes or use this direct link: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_021716 — other guests that day were Brenda and Aaron Beener, the mom-and-son team behind Harlem’s cool spot for soulful plant-sourced dining, Seasoned Vegan.

MSV Podcast Dec. 7, 2016: Spiritual Veganism & Santa’s Vegan Christmas

Link to listen direct: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_120716

In the spirit of the season, we open today’s program with an interview with Robin Raven, author of the new children’s picture book, Santa’s First Vegan Christmas, a retelling of “The Night Before Christmas” with a heroic reindeer, Dana, who stands for kindness and converts St. Nick himself to veganism.

Website: http://www.robinraven.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobinRaven

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RobinRaven

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/RobinRavena

On the main stage, we present Judy Carman, vegan spirituality expert and author of Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Souland coauthor with Tina Volpe of The Missing Peace: The Hidden Power of Our Kinship with Animals

Website: http://www.peacetoallbeings.com (This where you can go for more information about the Animal Prayer Flag Project and order animal prayer flags.)

Website: http://www.circleofcompassion.org — a beautiful project developed by Judy Carman, Dr. Will Tuttle, and Madeleine Tuttle: go to the site and join — no charge, only a commitment to state daily, ideally at noon but any time, the affirmation: “Compassion encircles the earth for all beings.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/prayercircleforanimals/ — a page you can join to be a prayer partner for animals and request prayer for animals

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VeganSpiritualityCommunity/ — the Facebook page of VeganSpirituality.com, a group of individuals dedicated to exploring veganism as spiritual practice

Blast from the past! If your vegan spirituality has been inspired or enriched by the work of Will Tuttle, Ph.D, check out his very first appearance on the Main Street Vegan podcast: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_071112