Rich Roll Podcast – Recommended Podcast Episodes

Over the past 3 years, my friends and family have requested my favorite Rich Roll Podcast episodes so much that I created this page to help be a resource for anyone who wants to get stared. 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 as well as become one of the foremost authorities on living plant-powered. His mission in life is 100% in line with my goals. This is why I have spent nearly 1000 hours listening to his podcast. Each and every episode is full of incredible knowledge. This is one of the reasons that I decided to bring Rich and Julie, his wife, 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. One of my favorite pastimes 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. 

Have fun listening to the RRP 🙂

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 41 with John Joseph

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 66 with John Joseph

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 95 with John Joseph

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 223 with John Joseph

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 50 with Dr. Garth Davis

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 150 with Dr. Garth Davis

Here is Garth Davis’ book, Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.

Ryan Holiday (Healing From Our Ego Addiction| 168 ) Ryan’s Podcast may be the most important episode I have listened to thus far. His book, Ego Is the Enemy, is one of the most profound books I have ever read. To me it is the perfect sequel to the the book Good To Great by Jim Collins. Ryan takes off where Jim stops and provides an incredible suggestion to remove ego from the work place if one truly wants to grow exponentially. For me, this book and his podcast episode spoke to me because I spent every waking minute helping companies grow in my pro-bono Loving Cooperative  no-profit organization and I have spent years trying to find a healthy balance of ego in my work life. You can learn more about Ryan and see his incredible reading list at his website: RyanHoliday.net

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 168 with Ryan Holiday

Neal Barnard (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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 242 with Neal Barnard.

Here are a few of his powerful books: The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

Dr. Michael Klaper (Nutrition | 77) Dr. Klaper has been signing the praises of a plant-powered diet for most of his career. he is an expert on how a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease and diabetes. He joined me for my 2017 Spokane VegFest. 

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 77 with Dr. Michael Klaper

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 93 with Registered Dietician Sharon Palmer

Josh Lajaunie ( Life Transformation, Health and Nutrition | 63, 152) Josh is one of my personal friends and his story is incredibly inspirational. Another one of the amazing RRP guests which I have been able to bring to Spokane VegFest. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious! Such an incredible individual who has dedicated his life to helping others from the horrors of the Standard American Diet. His family has lost a total of over 1000lbs. He is so captivating because he truly is an everyman. There are many figures who do amazing feats but it is challenging to connect  with them because they are already superstars when they begin. Josh has a simple beginning and has become the extraordinary. 

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 66 with Josh Lajaunie

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 152 with Josh Lajaunie

Robynne Chutkan, MD ( Life Transforming Episode, Health, Nutrition, Gut Health | 192) Robynne’s episode really changed my life and the way I think about antibiotics. Robynne is an expert on health but specifically gut health. I have understood for a long time that having a healthy gut is important but I still had a lot to learn. She covers the importance of not using antibiotics except for very specific times and how our cultures extreme fear of germs have left us incredible susceptible to more diseases than before. The reason is that any time one uses a series of antibiotics they kill so many healthy bacteria in your gut making your overall body much less healthy. One thing I did not understand is the chronic use of anitbiotics for acne. Many are put on a antibiotic in their early teens and by the time they are in their mid 20s their gut is destroyed. Many have IBS or crohn’s disease as a result. This episode is a must listen! 

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 192 with Robynne Chutkan, MD

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 226 with Moby

Chef AJ ( Life Transformation, Recovery, Cooking, and Comedy | 56) This is one of the funniest episodes I listened to. Chef AJ joined me for the 2017 Spokane VegFest. He is one amazing powerhouse! Everyone absolutely loved her story and energy. If you have a chance to meet her, I highly recommend it 🙂 

Rich Roll Podcast Episode with Chef AJ

Gene Baur (Animal Welfare and Veganism | 35, 138) 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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 35 with Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 138 with Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur

T. Colin Campbell (Nutrition | 79) The godfather of the plant powered movement himself!

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 79 with T Colin Campbell

Michael Greger, MD ( Nutrition | 7 & 199) Michael is the force behind nutritionfacts.org which is one of the largest plant-powered health and nutrition resources of our modern age! During these episode they talk simply how not to die with the use of whole foods. You can check out his book here: How Not To Die.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 7 with Michael Greger, MD

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 199 with Michael Greger, MD – How Not To Die

Dominick Thompson (Health Industry, Veganism, & Animals | 304) In this episode Dominick covers his time in prison, life slinging drugs on the streets and how a few miricles helped him become the person he is today. Dominick now is on his own after working in the health industry for over a decade. He now has a clothing line called Crazies and Weirdos which has awesome organic shirts and outerware with slogans such as “Clark Kent Was Vegan” and EAT WHAT ELEPHANTS EAT! You can check out these awesome wears here

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 304 with Dominick Thompson

Patrik Baboumian ( VEGAN BADASS & Athlete | 201) Patrik is one of the coolest individuals on earth. His journey began as a small kid who fell in love with working out. He went vegetarian a little over a decade ago for the animals but expected it would hurt his gains. Instead he consistently increased his maximum output and so in 2011 he went all in vegan. Since then he has set multiple world records in lifting. You can check his website out: Veganbadass.com I hope I can help him out rebuilding it sometime. 🙂

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 201 with Patrik Baboumian

Here is an awesome video showing off Patrik’s brute strength!

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! 🙂

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 34 with NY Public School 244

Khalil Rafati ( Life Transformation and Recover | 61)

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 61 with Khalil Rafati

Bryant Terry (Cooking | 112)

You can also check out Bryant Terry’s Books: Afro-Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, The Inspired Vegan and Grub.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 112 with Bryant Terry

Landon Cassill (Athlete & NASCAR Driver | 147 ) Landon is the first openly plant-fueled NASCAR driver. He shares his experiences of living in a meat and sweat fueled industry and how he has been able to continue to thrive on plants at racetracks across the US. Some of the regular food joints have even started to cater to his diet. He also has become an triathlete to keep his body in peak shape.  Here is a fun article about when he drove all 600 miles of the Coca Cola 600 and then ran in the middle of the night 14 miles to the NASCAR hall of fame: Total Beast Of A Driver

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 147 with Landon Cassill

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode with RD Andy Bellatti

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 22 with Natasha Kufa

Durianrider ( Veganism, Frutarianism and Athleticism | 53)

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 53 with Duranrider

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!

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 86 with Timothy Sheiff

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 44 with Doctor Joel Kahn

In-Q (Life | 81,118) Spoken word poet. I really enjoy just listening to him talk and philosophize 🙂

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 81 with In-Q

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 118 with In-Q

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 🙂

SLOMO from Josh Izenberg on Vimeo.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode with Rollerblading Yogi Slomo

Wude (Really Cool Dude & Tea | 87) Just a really cool podcast on the hidden art of Tea.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 87 with Wude

Dan Harris (Life Transformation)

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 97 with Dan Harris

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 23 with Lewis Howes

Mark ‘Fightshark’ Miller ( Pure Vegan Badass! | 108) This guy’s story is really incredible. He is a total plant-based powerhouse!

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 108 with Mark ‘Fightshark’ Miller

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!

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 45 with MMA Fighter Mac Danzig

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.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 58 with Deborah Szekely

Osher Günsberg (Plant-Powered TV host | 76,30) This is just a fun episode.

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 30 with Osher Gunsberg

Rich Roll Podcast Episode 76 with Osher Gunsberg

 

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 occurred without the guiding light which the RRP is. Rich’s podcast was one of the most powerful sources of strength and inspiration through my darkest times. This is why I dedicate so much energy to sharing it with others. 

Green Smoothies: As many of you know, I am a green smoothie nut. I have been drinking them daily for over 2 years as of writing this. I am so obsessed with them that I teach others how to make them, 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. I have thoroughly tested a Blendtec and it simply could not blend my smoothies. 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!

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