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Ep. 143: Chef AJ Shares the REAL Secrets of Weight Loss

Ep. 143: Chef AJ Shares the REAL Secrets of Weight Loss

Update: 2022-05-121


Rip sings, dances, and raps with the legendary Chef AJ as they celebrate the 10th anniversary and re-release of her book, “Unprocessed - Revitalize Your Health with Whole Foods.”

Chef AJ shares:

  • Memories of meeting the Esselstyns for the first time

  • Her early TV appearances on Johnny Carson and the Gong Show as a comedian

  • How she accidentally created a daily YouTube talk show at the start of the pandemic that is now nearing 1000 daily live episodes!

  • Her own difficult health journey that is both gut-wrenching and inspiring for anyone seeking lasting change

  • Creating sustainable weight loss and why every day should be a "treat day"

  • Why calorie density unlocks the key to a healthy weight

  • Her favorite kitchen utensils and meals

Through humor, stories, and her gorgeous recipes, she knows how to educate about sustainable weight loss in a way that is both simple and yet so profound. 

Episode Timestamps

10:45 Chef AJ’s Pandemic Pivot into a YouTube Star

13:40 Want to hear AJ's phone message?

15:10 What was it like to appear on Johnny Carson and the Gong Show?

18:50 Why Chef AJ prefers “plant-exclusive” over “plant-based”

20:38 The 10th Anniversary of Unprocessed is now available! What's new? 

25:30 Chef AJ’s emotional backstory

31:20 Does she *really *love to cook?

34:14 Her Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss and Calorie Density Explanation

44:35 Rip and Chef AJ talk about The C’s of Ultimate Weight Loss Success 

46:20 Finding the Why that Makes You Cry

50:22 Consistency - “You don’t need a cheat day because every day is a treat day.”

53:05 Compliance or adherence

54:45 Community - finding a buddy or a coach

1:01:10 What are Chef AJ’s must-haves for the kitchen?

1:04:00 What Chef AJ eats in a day

1:20:00 Her personal favorite recipes

Episode Resources

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Chef AJ's YouTube Channel

Order the new edition of "Unprocessed"

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PLANTSTRONG Sedona Retreat - October 10th-15th, 2022 - Dr. Doug Lisle - the esteemed evolutionary psychologist and co-author of The Pleasure Trap - is attending our upcoming Sedona Retreat to give three of his paradigm-shifting lectures that help us understand all the forces working against us in our quest to live plantstrong. Once you SEE the system we live in - you can’t UNSEE it. And Dr. Lisle is a master in giving us language and tools to set ourselves on a permanent path to success. And great news! Our Sedona retreat has been approved for 21.5 CME credits for physicians and physician assistants. And 21.5 Nursing Contact Hours for nurses…. And 2.2 CEUs for other healthcare professionals as part of the registration fee for our PLANTSTRONG Retreat. 

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Promo Music: Your Love by Atch License: Creative Commons License - Attribution 3.0

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Ep. 143: Chef AJ Shares the REAL Secrets of Weight Loss

Ep. 143: Chef AJ Shares the REAL Secrets of Weight Loss

Rip Esselstyn and Chef AJ