Author: Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

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Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within.

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating.

Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.

So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.
92 Episodes
Need a boost? Tara Heaton’s personal story and can-do attitude will rev your motivation and pick you up. Tara is a communications expert and relies on her knowledge of the human brain to help everyone from corporations to non-profits get their message across and achieve success. She believes in taking responsibility, so when her daughter was suddenly diagnosed with a permanent brain injury, she hit the books. Tara explains the interworkings of the brain and offers advice on how to use this knowledge for effective communication. Listen in to this fascinating episode and learn how to up your communication game.    What we discuss in this episode: - Tara’s personal story and dealing with her daughter’s health crisis    - Tips you can use now for more effective communication    - How to help others make the switch to plant-based   - How your brain affects your food choices (and vice versa)   - Tara’s business, En Pointe Communication   - Tara’s book, Talk to the Brain Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Your therapist is probably counseling you wrong. According to Dr. Jennifer Howk, Ph.D., your past experiences have little to do with the way you are. Dr. Howk practices evolutionary psychology which emphasizes the role of nature in the development of one’s personality. As a former staff member of the prestigious True North Health Center, Dr. Howk is an expert when it comes to the psychology behind weight loss. She challenges popular beliefs surrounding human behavior and makes us reassess our deepest thoughts and motivations. Prepare yourself to feel befuddled, enlightened, and empowered during this hour-long conversation.  What we discuss in this episode:   - Reproductive instincts   - What is addiction   - Nature versus nurture   - Practical tips for weight-loss goals   - OCEAN Personality Test   - The Moral Animal    - The Pleasure Trap   - Dr. Jen’s website   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Society has perpetuated the idea that masculinity is connected to animal consumption and preying on the weak.   Luckily, there are men like Dominick Thompson actively challenging that belief.   After going to prison more than seventeen years ago, Dominick had an epiphany about what it means to cause harm in the world.   He is now a social entrepreneur and activist with an online wellness program, vegan clothing line, and upcoming food product line.   Dominick joins us today to discuss the realization he made in prison, the similarities between our culture’s treatment of prisoners and animals, and why we must redefine masculinity as a compassionate trait.   You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode.   What we discuss in this episode:   - How films like The Game Changers and men like Dominick are challenging the connection between meat and masculinity   - The story of Dominick calling out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram: Why it’s important to be assertive and come from a place of love   - Why society celebrates preying on the weak as being manly   - Our experiences with family members in prison, and how Dominick was able to stay optimistic   - The memory that came to Dominick during his first week in prison: How it encouraged him to stop eating meat and inspired his new mantra   - How conditions faced by prisoners compare to our treatment of animals   - The treatment of dairy cows: How researching the dairy industry led Dominick to quit all animals products “cold tofurkey”   - Eat What Elephants Eat: Dominick’s online food program that seeks to make plant-based eating accessible no matter who or where you are   - The transformation Dominick saw after switching for good that made him feel like a real-life superhero   - Follow Dominick on Instagram at domzthompson or on Twitter at @DomzThompson. Check out Eat What Elephants Eat at and Crazies and Weirdos at   Connect with Switch4Good
If everyone had a pediatrician like Dr. Yami, the world would have a much healthier relationship with food. Board-certified Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster is a plant-based physician that brings practical advice and her sunny personality to her private practice in Yakima, WA. She was so generous with her knowledge and time—think of this as your complimentary one-hour consultation on childhood nutrition. But we talk more than just food. Dr. Yami offers advice on how to build healthy relationships with food—for adults and children alike. Whether you have a child or not, everyone will benefit from this joyful and informative conversation. What we discuss in this episode:   - Instilling healthy habits early in life   - How to meet families where they are and transition to plant-based slowly   - Osteopathic medicine and the body’s ability to heal itself   - Prenatal nutrition    - Milk, meat, and child nutrition   - How to foster a healthy relationship with food in your children   - Dr. Yami’s website, Veggie Fit Kids, and her practice, Nourish Wellness   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:
Brendan Brazier is a pioneer when it comes to plant-based sports nutrition. A professional Ironman-turned-serial-entrepreneur, Brendan discovered the connection between plant-based eating and optimum performance as a teenager in the 90's. In the decades since, he has shown the world what plants can do. Brendan has authored several books under his Thrive brand, launched one of the most recognized vegan sports nutrition companies (Vega), backed dozens of other innovative vegan efforts (such as Beyond Meat), and recently co-founded a zero sugar, probiotic cider (Pulp Culture). His work has educated the masses, and we are honored to have him as a guest. From essential nutrition to stress management and overall self-improvement, listen in to learn from this legend.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The Thrive book series   - Brendan’s famous Blender Drink (the beginning of Vega)   - Holistic approach to health and performance   - How to manage stress—both physical and psychological    - Brendan’s involvement in Beyond Meat   - The Game Changers documentary   - Pulp Culture ciders   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Eric Jackson is a force for good. He is standing up against systematic oppression and empowering the Black community to take ownership—ownership of land, ownership of business, and ownership of their situation. What begins as a conversation about food apartheid in a suburb of Baltimore builds into a larger conversation on the history of class-based inequity and how it is up to the oppressed—not the oppressor—to create social change. In times such as these, it is the actions of people like Eric that will incite systematic change.  What we discuss in this episode:   - Eric’s childhood and how it shaped his current endeavors  - History of food disparity and housing segregation   - What is food apartheid? How is it different from a food desert?   - Baltimore’s Strange Fruit documentary   - Black land and business ownership   - Dietary racism   - Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire   - Papal Bull of 1452 that allowed the enslavement of certain groups of people - Womanist theology   - How non-Blacks can support the Black community without taking away Black sovereignty    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Lindsay Rubin is setting the record straight—dogs aren’t carnivores, they’re omnivores, and they can thrive on a plant-based diet. As the Vice President of V-dog, a vegan dog food company, Lindsay employs both science and strong anecdotal evidence to help us understand what kind of foods nourish our canine companions the best. Anyone skeptical about feeding their dog meat-free food will definitely walk away from this conversation with a changed perspective—especially after hearing what’s in meat-based dog food. Alexandra even gives the minty treats a try, and her reaction may surprise you. Tune in to learn how nutrition can change your dog’s life for good. What we discuss in this episode:   - How dogs are different than wolves   - Lindsay’s personal vegan journey   - What’s really in meat-based dog food    - How to transition dogs to a plant-based diet   - The evolution of V-dog   - V-dog website:   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
What are we really ingesting when we drink cows’ milk?   What are mothers passing through their bodies to their children? What in the world is a dairy allergy?   Dr. Vivian Chen dives into the dangers of dairy and her story of transitioning to a plant-based diet after a battle to diagnose the root of her infant’s feeding problem.   As a double-certified physician, Dr. Chen has seen a host of improvements in her patients when they cut dairy and address their lifestyle.   She’s going to tell you the sneaky ways dairy might be affecting you -- and your children.     What we discuss in this episode:   - Defining dairy allergy, and distinguishing it from lactose intolerance.    - The top four allergies Dr. Chen says mothers should look for.   - Ethnic diversity in allergy prevalence and the difficulty in testing for allergies.   - Delayed vs. acute symptoms and allergies in adults vs. babies.   - Elimination diets to discover the root of your symptoms.    - The effects of casein metabolizing into casomorphin.   - Follow Dr. Chen at and, or on Instagram at   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:  
Growing up as a white male in South Africa during apartheid, Michael Schwarz developed a strong sense of right and wrong from an early age. Over the years, this sense of justice found its way into all aspects of Michael’s life—including the way he ate. The result was Treeline Cheese—a luxurious French-style cashew-based cheese company now available in Whole Foods and Kroger grocers nationwide. Michael offers his unique insight on a broad range of topics—from ethics in business to the delicious evolution of his brand and its upcoming products (slices and shreds are coming!). Cheese-lover or not, everyone can take a bite out of this exceptional conversation. What we discuss in this episode:   - Growing up in the times of apartheid    - Business as a form of activism   - The art of fermenting vegan cheese   - The issue of saturated fat and vegan cheese   - Responsible sourcing of cashews   - How the coronavirus affected business   - Treeline Cheese website. Be on the lookout for Treeline slices and shreds! Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Jessica Strathdee worked on a typical dairy farm in New Zealand. The animals were not intentionally abused, and they had access to the open green fields so often associated with the pastoral practice of dairying. However, Jessica’s retelling of her experience on the farm is horrifying. It’s not the farm she worked on—it’s the system. There is no way to obtain cows’ milk for human consumption without participating in truly exploitive acts. Jessica is not an animal-lover, nor is she a bleeding-heart emotional activist. She’s a regular person who thought cows’ milk was perfectly normal, noble even, until her work experience revealed the truth. Now the founder of Mothers Against Dairy New Zealand, she’s using her knowledge of the industry to fight back against the cruel system she was once part of. What we discuss in this episode:   - The process of dairying in detail   - A day in the life of a dairy farm worker   - The challenges faced by the dairy community   - The moment Jessica realized dairying was wrong   - The slaughter that results from the dairy industry   - Jessica’s unique form of activism   - Mothers Against Dairy New Zealand   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
What really happens every time you put food into your body? What is the microbiome? How does it affect us? How important is fiber? What about pre and probiotics? Dr. Will Bulsiewicz answers these questions and more in this riveting episode all about the gut. Think of it as Microbiome 101. Understand the science behind this multifaceted system then learn how to put it into practice by picking up a copy of Dr. Bulsiewicz’s new book, Fiber Fueled. What we discuss in this episode:   - Dr. Bulsiewicz’s new book, Fiber Fueled   - Prebiotics versus probiotics   - The science of how to heal your gut   - The gut/brain connection   - Benefits of fermented plant foods   - The American Gut Project   - Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s nutritarian philosophy     - Diet Rapidly and Reproducibly Alters the Human Gut Microbiome 2014 study    - Dr. Bulsiewicz’s website: Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
How does a young finance professional pivot careers and establish three successful plant-based restaurants without an ounce of traditional culinary training? Hard work, a can-do attitude, and an unrelenting belief in oneself and one’s mission. It’s been a decade-long journey, but Stephanie Morgan—founder of Seabirds Kitchen—has certainly proved herself as a respected chef and restauranteur. Her food is both familiar and creative—from the plant-based pesto-schmeared grilled cheese to the wonderfully curious pairing of almond butter on housemade beet burger. Stephanie uses her food to advance the plant-based message without even a mention of “vegan” on the menu. After months of begging, we were honored to interview and feature this humble unsung hero. What we discuss in this episode:   - Stephanie’s journey to a plant-based diet (it all started with a Wheat Thin box)   - Seabird’s rise from humble food truck to three successful brick-and-mortar locations   - Behind the scenes of Stephanie’s season of The Great Food Truck Race   - What it’s really like to run a food truck   - Being a leader others respect   - Food as activism   - Check if your alcohol is vegan at   - Seabirds Kitchen Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Indra Lahiri is a renowned communicator with a resume that boasts senior-level communications positions at global companies from PNC Bank to Coca-Cola. However, she’s using her superior communication skills to foster a relationship between humans and animals. The founder of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, Indra saves and cares for hundreds of rescued farm animals while teaching children and adults alike about the need for compassion, communication, and respect for all lives. Indra is both articulate and grounded, loving and insightful. We learned so much about connection during this discussion, and we could all use a bit more of that right now.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Indra’s background in communication and how she translates that to running a sanctuary.    - The need to listen and respect others—both human and animal.    - Personalities of animals   - The difference between a sanctuary and a zoo.    - Hopeful Heroes program   - Animal Penpal Program   - Indraloka’s website   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
More than 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for consumption every year, just in the United States.    The more people consume meat, the higher the demand, and the more animals are exploited and slaughtered.    But why do we tend to only eat certain kinds of meat? Why are more of us investing in premium pet products at the same time the chicken slaughter rate is continuing to increase?    Today’s guest shares some insight into this phenomenon, which she has coined carnism.   Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, author, and vegan advocate behind the concept of carnism. She’s also a TEDx speaker and recipient of the prestigious Ahimsa Award.   Tune in to hear Dr. Melanie Joy as she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss how carnism is woven into the very fabric of our society. She explains that it’s both institutionalized and internalized, and held up by our social powerarchy.    Learn how carnism creates a defense mechanism that distorts perception, disconnects us from empathy, and how you can fight against it.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Why do we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows? Dr. Melanie Joy explains what carnism is and how it affects all of us   - The experience that made Melanie become vegan   - How people who practice carnism defend themselves   - Veganism isn’t an overnight change: Why awareness is key   - What Beyond Beliefs teaches us about non-vegans’ roles in the solution to ending the consumption of animal products   - The Powerarchy phenomenon, and how people compartmentalize their thoughts toward certain individuals or groups   - Be one of the first to get Melanie’s next book, Getting Relationships Right, coming February 2020   - Follow Melanie Joy on Facebook at @MelanieJoy or at @beyondcarnism, on Instagram at @beyondcarnism, and on Twitter at @BeyondCarnism. Check out her website at   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:   - Support Our Cause:  
Looking at Dahlia Marin now, you never would have guessed she grew up unhealthy. Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, polycystic ovarian syndrome, obesity, high cholesterol, and prediabetes at 17, Dahlia’s overwhelming health issues led her to pursuing a degree in nutrition and ultimately healing herself. She met her husband, James, in school and together they developed a plant-based practice to holistically treat their patients. Dahlia is an expert on gut health and raising healthy children from infancy onward. In this episode, we take a scientific deep dive into gut health, managing the microbiome, and infant and early childhood nutrition.     What we discuss in this episode:   - How her unhealthy early lifestyle led to her pursuing a degree in nutrition.   - Comprehensive explanation of what goes on in your gut (and how it may lead to disease)   - The downside to antibiotics   - How food can help or hinder your gut   - How to retrain your gut to digest fibrous foods   - How to raise an infant, dairy-free   - James Marin’s Switch4Good interview    - Dr. Angie Sadeghi Switch4Good interview    - Dahlia’s website   - Michael Pollan    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Growing up, Heather Mitts Feeley juggled soccer balls. Now, she’s juggling three kids under the age of 6 and just as many advocacy projects. A three-time Olympic gold medalist for Team USA, Heather talks in detail about getting into soccer, her Olympic experience, and how she was part of the first wave of professional women soccer players who began pushing for equal pay. We also dive into her home life—what it’s like raising three young kids and navigating a marriage when your spouse isn’t vegan. Whether you’re a sports fan or need some family-friendly meal tips, everyone has something to gain from Heather’s knowledge.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Heather’s rise to the Olympics   - The inequality between men and women in professional sports   - How to raise a family when one spouse isn’t vegan   - Healthy, kid-friendly meal ideas   - Heather’s advocacy projects, such as her work with Victoria’s Law    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -
Charlie Engle has run across the Sahara. He’s served time in prison. He’s remained sober from a debilitating alcohol and drug addiction for 26 years. Most of us can’t relate to the feats Charlie has accomplished, but we can all learn from his experiences and his wisdom. In the time of COVID-19, we could all benefit from a bit of self-evaluation. Charlie’s advice is sound, attainable, and immensely helpful for anyone who is struggling to overcome a challenge or is simply stuck. Life is a collection of highs and lows and the space in between. It is both beautiful and painful, but we decide how we react to each of these experiences. This episode is exceptionally timely given our current uncertain circumstances, and we hope it inspires you to harness your individual power in dealing with situations not in our control. What we discuss in this episode:   - How our passions and our work remain relevant in the time of COVID-19   - Is running trading one addiction for another?   - The mindset of an addict, how to stay sober, and how to finish when the goal seems impossible   - How going plant-based changed his athletic performance   - The story of his first ultramarathon   - Charlie’s memoir: Running Man   - 5.8 Global Adventure Series   - Running the Sahara film   - Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl    - Free Solo is the Oscar nominated doc with Alex Honnold   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube -   - Facebook -   - Instagram -   - Twitter -   - Website -  
Dr. Neal Barnard is back! Repeat guest (Episode 22), new information. We probe him for the groundbreaking and life-altering information included in his new book Your Body in Balance. It’s all about managing your hormones through plant-based nutrition because it turns out, our hormones affect our health way more than we ever imagined. Man, woman, adult, or child, this information is applicable to everyone. Listen in to start your journey to better health and to simply feel good again in your body.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Dr. Barnard’s latest book, Your Body In Balance   - Recent Harvard review, “Milk and Health”   - Why milk doesn’t build strong bones   - Thyroid issues   - The soy controversy   - Erectile dysfunction   - Dairy complications in children’s health   - Nutrition and its effects on depression and anxiety   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:  
If a simple dietary change could limit the destructive effects of cancer, reverse chronic conditions, and heal your body, how quickly would you make the switch?    We’ve all been touched by chronic disease, whether we’ve been personally diagnosed or watched a loved one struggle through an illness.    Dr. T. Colin Campbell has dedicated his career to proving that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that prevention is possible.    Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, where he also founded the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program.    He’s the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, has been featured in several documentaries including Forks Over Knives, and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide.    You’ve likely heard of the China Project, a comprehensive nutritional study lead by Dr. Campbell which was dubbed “the Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times. The study is the basis of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, a book Dr. Campbell co-authored with his son, and which has sold more than 2 million copies.    In this episode, Dr. Campbell joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the link between animal products and chronic disease, as he has been doing for more than six decades.    You’ll hear the surprising effect of animal protein on cancer cells, why animal protein is detrimental to our bodies, and the truth behind “low-carb” fad diets.    He shares the evidence he’s accumulated over a lifetime of research to show that making the switch is the most effective way to better your health, fight illness, and prevent chronic conditions.     What we discuss in this episode:   - How Alexandra and Dotsie’s interview with Chef AJ encouraged Alexandra to ditch processed foods, and how she’s feeling one month later   - How Dr. Campbell went from trying to promote animal-based protein to proving himself wrong, and the biggest takeaways from The China Project   - The makeup of animal protein that leads to more cancer, and how we know we can turn cancer cells “off” by switching to plant-based protein   - What do people mean when they call animal-based protein “high-quality protein”? Is it really better for humans?   - The self-fulfilling prophecy of doctors assuming patients won’t comply with a plant-based diet   - How animal protein leads to higher cholesterol, and cholesterol’s role in heart disease   - Dr. Campbell explains the two types of fats and the correct way to incorporate fat into your diet   - Why Dr. Campbell considers low-carbohydrate diets the greatest scams in nutritional science and some surprising facts about the doctor who coined the term “carb”   - Why a whole-foods plant-based diet is ideal, regardless of whether you’re looking for short-term weight loss or long-term health   - Follow Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Twitter at @TColinCampbell, on LinkedIn, and on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:
We’ve heard a lot about COVID-19, but instead of panic-driving headlines, we wanted to get the clear, concise facts from an expert. Dr. Michael Klaper has 40 years of patient experience under his belt, and he offered a comprehensive explanation of the current situation—what it is, who is at risk, how to protect ourselves, and its link to animal agriculture. Beyond that, we dive into nutrition strategies for long-term health and why some omnivores may feel less than optimal after making the switch (don’t worry, it’ll get better). Entertaining and informative, this episode is just what we need right now.    What we discuss in this episode:   - COVID-19 and its link to animal agriculture   - How to protect yourself from COVID-19   - Foods to eat for long-term health   - Dr. Klapper’s journey to a plant-based diet 40 years ago   - Why omnivores say they lack energy when first making the switch    - Moving Medicine Forward   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube:   - Facebook:   - Instagram:   - Twitter:   - Website:
Comments (2)

Deepak Singh

awesome podcast guys. Loved every bit of it. I've also done a similar post on the topic

Jun 18th

Amalia Zimmerman

Amazing first episode. It's fun, informative, eye opening and engaging. I am so excited for more episodes to drop!

Feb 11th
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