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The Best Podcasts and Movies for Healthy Plant-Based Vegan Lifestyle: 2017 Holiday Travel Edition

With the holidays soon approaching, maybe you have a long ride in the car coming up or  a couple of airports to navigate.  After getting lost in the hundreds of Halloween photos of your coworkers new puppy, pull yourself out and enjoy some plant-based inspiration.  These are some of my favorite podcasts, movies, and articles with a healthy vegan theme. 

Please share your own recommendations below in the comments!

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Best Podcasts and Movies for Healthy Plant-Based Vegan Lifestyle


Best Plant-Based Podcasts

1) Rich Roll:

Chef Rocco Dispirito's Plant-Based Embrace

Listen about why this classically-trained Italian chef decided to give up meat and dairy to take control of his health.

As a fellow chef, I appreciated hearing Chef Rocco address the moral responsibility we have, as chefs, to promote food that improves health and environmental sustainability.  You will definitely appreciate this reminder that we are constantly learning.  We can use our skills and talents to adapt to change and improve our lives.

Listen: Chef Rocco Dispirito on the Rich Roll Podcast
October 15, 2017


2) Plant Yourself with Howard Jacobson

Rip Esselstyn: Growing a Movement and Being Open to Opportunity

Rip Esselstyn is the name and face behind the Engine 2 Diet, a food brand dedicated to plant-based eating.  You may have seen Engine 2 grain bowls in the frozen section of Whole Foods or seen their oil-free crackers while walking down the aisles.  The "Engine 2" reference comes from Rip's Fire Fighter days, when he challenged his entire crew to go plant-based to improve their health.  

This podcast would specifically appeal to men, athletes, and those skeptical of how a kale can be healthier than steak.

Listen: Rip Esselstyn on Plant Yourself

For a throwback, check out my own podcast episode with Howard.  I spoke about how a Vegan Dare started my plant-based transition.  We touched on the universal language of food, a passion that drives me as a chef.

Listen:  Chef Katie Simmons on Plant Yourself


3) Colleen Patrick-Goudreau 

What's In a Name?  The Soul of an Animal

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an animal-lover whose award-winning Food for Thought podcast has shared a passion for animals for over 11 years.  She has launched a new podcast, looking at some of the language behind animals, connecting us humans to our furry company. 

This podcast is recommended for all of you science buffs and animal lovers.

Listen: What's in a Name?  The Soul of an Animal

Recommended Plant-Based Movies, 2018

1) What the Health

If you've moved on from Forks Over Knives, I recommend checking out the new movie, What the Health.  This is from the same guys who made Cowspiracy.  WTH takes a closer look at the weave of big corporations that are in the business of keeping us sick.  I've heard so many personal accounts of "I went vegan overnight" from people after watching this movie.

You can watch it on Netflix or download it for offline viewing.  Perfect for a 3-hour flight.


2) Chef

I know, I know. Chef is not a movie about vegans.  Or healthy eating.  Or even kale!

As a fellow chef, though, I love "Chef's" message that food should bring us together.  This movie captures the reality of a chef's life -- it is incredibly hard work, but there is nothing quite like the joy of feeding others. 

John Favreau plays a character who must rediscover his passion.  He has lost his voice and his creativity, stifled by a need to please his boss.  This is a fun tale that we can all relate to -- how empowering it can be to connect again to your inspiration.  

Even though this film came out a few years ago, I highly recommend it as a feel-good film for all ages.  


3)  Eating you Alive

Are we living longer?  Or are we just dying longer?

Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at what's making us sick and what we can do to change that.  Somewhat alarming, this straight-forward view on health is meant to take it away from hospitals and put it in your own hands.  Rather than fear drawn-out death, you can improve your quality of life right now with a healthy, plant-based vegan diet.  

About the Author

 Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons.

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons.


Chef Katie Simmons

Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago.  She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue.  Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry, and a blogger for Kuli Kuli Foods.  For fun, she loves to travel, with her favorite trips including 4-days on the Incan Trail, 10 days of hiking in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, 5 months backpacking in New Zealand, and exploring the fascinating flavors of Northern India.  She loves Curry spice almost as much as warm hoodies and running along the Lakefront.