I have been sharing the Rich Roll Podcast with friends and family so much that I really need to keep some notes to that I can easily share my list. Why Rich Roll you may ask? Well, in December of 2014 I read his book Finding Ultra. The story was of his transformation from being an unhealthy and overweight LA lawyer to becoming one of the world’s fittest men. Rich has completed countless ultra endurance races around the world and he really is working on breaking down the myths about plant-powered diets. His mission in life is 100% in line with my goals. So that is why I have dedicated over a year of listening to his podcast. Each and every episode is full of incredible knowledge. This is one of the reasons that I decided to bring Julie, his wife and him to Spokane for Spokane Vegfest 2016. Sharing Rich with the community was such an honor.
In the podcast, he has a way of engaging with people and getting the most out of a conversation. My favorite pastime is listening so each of these podcasts give me the chance to do my favorite hobby 🙂 I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. One fair warning is that many episodes include 5-10 minutes of a semi-commercial at the beginning. This is how he has figured out to make a living off of the podcast so I either skip forward or enjoy it.
Have fun listening to the RRP 🙂
Here it is, these are my very favorite RRP episodes so far. I started with episode 120 and I have been working backward. The only episode that I cheated on was for John Joseph. I listened to all 3 episodes back to back:
John Joseph (Living Life To Fullest | 41, 66, 95, 223) John Joseph has experienced one of the most insane lives I have ever heard of. It is truly remarkable that he is alive. He found a plant based diet and a much more compassionate lifestyle while he was into the hardcore punk scene in the 1980s. He lives life to the fullest and is really doing his best to change the world. You can also check out his game-changing book Meat is for Pussies.
Garth Davis ( Nutrition, Health & Life Transformation | 50 & 150) This episode is right now tied with my very favorite guest, John Joseph. Garth is a wealth of knowledge and has transformed his mediocre life into an inspirational life. He covers so many myths and gives us a peek behind the curtain of modern medicine. It is not a pretty picture. He has helped countless people get healthier.
Here is Garth Davis’ book, Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.
Neal Bernard (Nutrition | 242) How to prevent and reverse diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Neal Bernard is one of my favorite doctors and he is a truly profound authority on our health system. Neal is also the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine which is one of the only political bodies which as been working hard for years to help Americans rediscover health without drugs. They regularly lobby the government to correct health-related legislation which originally was written with meat/dairy industry ties. I had the chance to hear him speak at Portland VegFest in 2016 and was moved by his talk.
T. Colin Campbell (Nutrition | 79) The godfather of the plant powered movement himself!
Dr. Michael Klaper (Nutrition | 77)
Sharon Palmer, RD ( Nutrition | 93) This episode is really exceptional. Sharon really dives deep into plant-based nutrition and also covers the myths of soy and why it has been vilified so much.
Moby (Life, Healing, & Addiction| 226) Moby shares a glimpse of his rollercoaster life including years of being very religious to years of hardcore partying. He has decided to live a much more simple life now and I saw so many connections with his life and mine. I look forward to meeting him someday.
Josh Lajaunie ( Life Transformation and Nutrition | 63) Josh is one of my personal friends and his story is incredibly inspirational.
Chef AJ ( Life Transformation, Recovery, Cooking, and Comedy | 56) This is one of the funniest episodes I listened to.
Gene Baur (Overview of his life and covered how he got into saving animals | 35) This was a great episode. I have admired Gene for a long time and so it was really cool to learn more about him. He was on the top of my list to bring to Spokane VegFest and is one of our keynote speakers for 2016 with Rich Roll and Eric O’Grey.
PS244(New York Public School 244), Christian Ledesma & Bob Groff ( A public elementary which has a completely vegetarian lunch program!!! | 34) What they are doing at this school is so unique! I loved this episode! I cannot wait for more and more schools to follow suit. The research and studies that they have done on their students to compare to other similar schools is astounding. Much better grades because the students are receiving much better nutrition during the school day! 🙂
Khalil Rafati ( Life Transformation and Recover | 61)
Andy Bellatti MS, RD (Nutrition | 28) This is a great episode, he was a vegetarian and journalism major who decided to get a masters in Nutrition. His insights on how our health system is so painfully uneducated on nutrition is really eye opening.
Natasha Kufa (Nutritionist, personal trainer & mother of 4 | 22) I listened to this episode on a 20-mile bike ride on the fish lake trail. She covered a lot of great points that would help anyone who is wanting to change their life around and get more healthful. She loves to work with people who have huge goals like losing 2-300lbs. I admire her goals and I too would like to help people with transformations.
Durianrider ( Veganism, Frutarianism and Athleticism | 53)
Timothy Schieff ( Freerunning/Parkor Athlete & Paradigm Busting 86) This guy rocks!!! He has been able to bust so many myths of what people think is possible on a plant-based diet. I remember seeing him on Top Gear a few years ago but I had no idea who he was at that time. Below is a video to show what Tim does best!
Joel Kahn, M.D. (Cardiologist and nutrition info on how to reverse heart disease | 44) Another great episode from someone who is inside the health and nutrition world.
In-Q (Life | 81,118) Spoken word poet. I really enjoy just listening to him talk and philosophize 🙂
Slomo (Really cool dude | 94) He is a self-proclaimed asshole who woke up when his mind started giving away. The irony was that he was a neurologist. Here is a great little video that has won many awards about him. 7 I am a HUGE rollerblading fan so I loved his rollerblading meditation 🙂
Wude (Really Cool Dude & Tea | 87) Just a really cool podcast on the hidden art of Tea.
Dan Harris (Life Transformation)
Lewis Howes (Getting your life back on track | 23) Lewis has had a few things in his life shift his path but he went with the flow and has turned everything into a very successful career. He is now an entrepreneur who helps people get the most out of life. I felt the last 1/3rd of the episode was powerful.
Mark ‘Fightshark’ Miller ( Pure Vegan Badass! | 108) This guy’s story is really incredible. He is a total plant-based powerhouse!
Deborah Szekely (Godmother of wellness | 58) This was a really neat episode with a lot of great information. Sadly the audio was not the best and so it is hard to hear from time to time.
Osher Günsberg (Plant-Powered TV host | 76,30) This is just a fun episode.
Mac Danzig (Plant-Powered MMA Fighter/Photographer | 45) I am really not a fan of fighting but this guy is so interesting that it intrigues me. He seems very compassionate and intelligent. He won the 6th season of Ultimate Fighter. Very cool guy!
Ways Rich Roll and his podcast has influenced my life
My Life Itself: I honestly am not sure if I would have survived 2015/2016 due to the multiple back to back traumatic events that occured. The rest of this list helped me do that.
Green Smoothies: As many of you know, I am a green smoothie nut. I have been drinking them daily for over 500 days as of writing this. I am so obsessed with them that I teach others how to make them, I have a 2nd vitamix that I lend out to get people started on the green smoothie life transformation and I even travel with my full size vitamix. I do want to mention that a Blendtec is not a Vitamix and cannot provide the same results as a vitamix. Here is my current smoothie recipe:
My way of being: Almost every facet of my life has been influenced by the things I have learned or relearned on the RRP. I had a very unique upbringing which involved listening and going to hundreds of hours of talks and lectures by the brightest people of our age. I have squandered these gifts most of my life but the RRP reminded me so many things that I had learned yet never fully implemented in my thinking or life. Today I now live fully inline with my purpose of being on this planet 🙂
Helped me grow so I decided to stop thinking about money and just giving: This is a huge one! My entire way of thinking has been changed. I have stepped into living my life in a way which very few people do which is put monetary compensation for my time to the backburner and deciding to give freely to anyone who needs support. It is definitely a scary thing to think about doing but when you “Fall and then figure out what to do on the way down” – Del Close only amazing things happen 🙂 Two concepts which are related:
- Flowing with the Universe: I do my best to never contrain anything in life anymore. I simply flow with all decisions and actions in my life. I use my intuition to guide me in every way. The more you use this skill the easier life becomes 🙂
- Live To Give: I literally live to give. I am open to supporting any organization or person who is willing to do the work to transform. At the time of writing this I am helping over 20 companies and non-profits and countless people with transforming their minds and businesses to become their greatest selves 🙂 I gain about 1-2 clients a week so I must keep on things to stay ahead. 75% of my “work/play” is not paid. I have figured out a way to support for-profit organizations without the requirement of financial payment. I invest my incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to help them remove all limitations in their thinking and business 🙂 It is so much fun!!! 🙂 I went from wanting to find a job that I could do in less than 30 hours a week to maintaining 70+ hour weeks without loosing energy or stamina 🙂 It is so much fun to give!!! 🙂
My hair: I know this is a very silly one to have on this list but it is true. In 2015 about 1-2 months after I read Finding Ultra I was watching one of his Ultraman youtube clips and I noticed he had a beanie on in the middle of summer in Hawaii! A light bulb popped on and I finally understood. I have actually wanted long hair for my entire life but because I have curls in my hair I could never stand the 4-10 month period of growing it out. Anyways, a beanie naturally straightens hair without using a hair dryer. Pretty cool trick. Now today I have long hair 🙂
There are so many more that I will share at another time 🙂 My entire life transformation began with reading a single book 🙂 Thank you Rich!