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Want a bit of fresh air? Want to hear someone who has all the beauty, celebrity fanfare and Instagram followers to take themselves super seriously, but instead is down to earth, kind and super smart? Then you are going to love, animal lover Daniella Monet.  On today’s podcast you will hear how this child actress turned social media star saved her pennies and worked hard every step of the way to turn her success into an entrepreneurial streak…and make a strong social impact for people and for animals along the way. Daniella Monet shares how she found her sense of purpose and we can all do the same.  #Inspiration doesn't even begin to cut it.  

For more information, visit http://ElysabethAlfano.com and a http://KinderBeautyBox.com .

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Long before it was trendy, there was a lone woman on Oprah touting the benefits of veganism and getting Oprah to try it. I remember that episode of Oprah like it was yesterday. That episode was one of five or six cues that registered in my brain and whispered, Elysabeth you should be vegan. 

That singular voice that day on Oprah was New York Times Best Selling author, health and wellness expert, Kathy Freston.  She has been talking about the benefits of a plant-based diet for people, our planet and our animals for almost a decade.  Kathy has written Clean Protein: The Revolution that Will Reshape Your Body, Boost Your Energy-and Save Our Planet, The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss, Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, The Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21 Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit, and Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness…and these titles are just to name a few. 

Now, sitting in my kitchen and chatting as if we had known each other for years, Kathy clues us in to the best ways to talk to those who aren’t yet vegan and how to make it as easy on them as possible. Vegan-ish?  Sure, why not! Along the way, we discuss the changing cultural zeitgeist around plant-based food and our planet that is in dire need. 

To this end, Kathy has just delivered a petition of over 200,000 signatures to the McDonald’s Hamburger Univeristy Headquarters in Chicago demanding a vegan burger.  Hundreds of thousands of people want MckyDs to have a MckyV.  If you agree, head to social media and tag me,Elysabeth Alfano, Kathy Freston and McDonald's and let them know you want a MckyV.

Plus, Kathy lets us in on a little secret called the Veto Vote. What is it and do you have it?

Upbeat and natural, informative and friendly, this is one episode of Awesome Vegans that will make you feel like you’ve had Kathy Freston as a pal forever. For more information, visit ElysabethAlfano.com 

 

 

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Ron Placone just kind of stumbled in to veganism. The stand-up comic, writer for The Jimmy Dore Show, ocassional guest on The Young Turks network and creator and host of Get Your News on with Ron dishes with me about how he tripped into veganism, never expecting to like, and hasn't looked back.

Going vegan isn't the only thing we get into. We also talk about our fav Italian dishes, how he curates his news on Get Your News on with Ron, being vegan on the road, his Net Neutrality passion and his cat, Lucy.

Expect to be entertained as Ron and I hang out at his place in Pasadena on this episode of Awesome Vegans.  For more information, visit http://RonPlacone.com and http://ElysabethAlfano.com.  To join Ron on June 11 to take back the internet and net neutrality, go to http://EpicLiveStream.com . 

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Ahhhh, the great Ed Begley, Jr!  Ed joins me on Awesome Vegans to give us a private tour of his Platinum LEED Certified house!  From the thickness of the walls to the refurbished floors and from the room specific heat thermostats to the solar panel heated pool with a the hidden underground tank to catch rain water, Ed has done everything to make sure his house is as green and eco-friendly as possible. 

It's not just on the set of film and TV that Ed stays busy. He explains that he loves to garden and cook...so after the house tour we share some tomato soup and talk cleaning products, appliances and his secret about working with director Christopher Guest! 

Join me for this special episode of Awesome Vegans in which you will not only get to know this kind and creative soul, but you will learn how to keep your gas bill to about $30 month! 

For more information go to ElysabethAlfano.com and EdBegley.com 

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Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund announces their Top Ten States for animal welfare laws. For the last 11 years, the state of Illinois has been number one.  Senator Linda Holmes is one of the main reasons for this. On this episode of the Awesome Vegans Podcast and Video series, Illinois Senator Linda Holmes takes a break from her busy schedule to join me by Skype. 

Senator Holmes and I discuss two current animal bills, both of which she proposed. Both bills have passed the Illinois Senate and are waiting for a vote in the Illinois House.  Specifically, Bill 61 deals with permits and fees for adopting and fostering animals and Bill 241 would prohibit the importation or sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that use animal testing after Jan 1, 2020.

We also discuss Senator Holmes’s fight to ban wild and exotic animals, such as tigers and bears, from traveling circuses and fairs.  In 2017, Senator Holmes was successful in getting Illinois to be the first state to ban elephants from performing. 

While Senator Holmes and I don’t see eye to eye on everything, our discussion is a vibrant and passionate and hopeful one and she is an incredible advocate for animals.  For more information and to see the video companion to this podcast, visit http://ElysabethAlfano.com. To contact your IL representative to voice your support for Bills 61 and 241, visit http://ILGA.Gov.

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My guest today is riding high…riding high atop some giant waves that is.  Champion Surfer, Tia Blanco is the 2015 and 2016 World surfing champion. She took the First Place Gold at the International Surfing Association Open Women's World Surfing Championship.  As one of the top 50 female surfers in the world, she is now training to compete for a spot on the 2020 USA Olympic team.  Gotta give to her, Tia Blanco is on fire.

Tia and I dish near her home in Southern California to talk about how this champion gets her protein, uses her nutrition to stay mentally and physically strong and on being a role model for others. Hang loose, y'all. Enjoy this podcast with delightfully badass, vegan power-surfer, Tia Blanco. 

For more information, visit http://ElysabethAlfano.com . 

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Well, it’s always a thrill to have the Voice Of American Idol on your podcast.  On today's Awesome Vegans pod, famed newscaster, radio host, Emmy Award winning producer and podcaster (The Edge), Mark Thompson joins me from his KFI-iHeart Radio studios.  We discuss how the mainstream media approaches  animal rights issues, his take, as a former weatherman, on our environmental crisis,  Mark's own reasons for going plant-based, and what he wished he knew ten years ago.  This self-proclaimed tofu lover holds nothing back. 

For more information, visit http://ElysabethAlfano.com . 

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You know the expression everything under the sun?  That’s exactly what I talk about with this episodes's guest: basketball legend, wellness master, media personality, chef and philosopher, John Salley.  Get comfy and settle in because John and I wax prophetic about our food and protein, John’s life vision, his many, many businesses and projects, and his time with Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson on the Chicago Bulls and then again with Phil Jackson for the LA Lakers. Plus, John gives us his take on religion and his tips for young athletes and... the rest of us.  This four-time NBA champion holds nothing back and it’s all the straight dope. Oh, and we talk about that, too!

Are you looking for a great source of protein? Check out http://Nuzest.US/Awesome  for Nuzest's Clean Lean Protein Powder. A trial pack of 10 with four delicious flavors is $9.99 and free shipping if you hit up http://Nuzest.US/Awesome . I don't just use it for protein on juicing days and in my breakfast bowl, I have been cooking with it, using it as a replacement for flour! Bonus! Yum, yum and more yum! Try it and let me know what you think.

For more information, visit http://ElysabethAlfano.com . 

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If you’re listening to this podcast, you are probably interested in change. But what does it take to create change?  Today’s podcast guest has the answers, at least some of them any way.  Brad Barbera is the Director of Innovation at the Good Food Institute in Washington, D.C. and he sure does know his stuff. We talk about climate change and animal agriculture, the plant-based meat arena,  the coming of clean meat. …and what people need to really change.  Enjoy this informative and hopeful-for-the-future interview with fellow Northwestern grad, Brad Barbera.

For more information, visit http://ElysabethAlfano.com and http://gfi.org . 

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Actor/Director Joel Murray and I go back a few years, connected by our love of our hometown Chicago, Second City, Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs.   In fact, our ties are tight enough that this meat eater was willing to go meatless...as long as I met the demand: make his favorite meat dish taste as if it had meat.  With a little help from Beyond Meat, I was up to the challenge!

Join us in my kitchen for this episode of Awesome Vegans in which Joel Murray and I make meatless Pasta Bolognese while talking sports, his brother Bill, his time with Jon Hamm on Mad Men, his years at Second City Chicago, plus his current work with Whose Live Anyway

Perhaps most importantly, we also talk cooking and drinking tips. How long should one REALLY cook pasta to get it 'al dente'? And what is Fernet Branca?  Listen in to hear classic meat eater Joel Murray wander into my meatless kitchen to dish on life, love, comedy, cooking and the Chicago Cubs. For the full effect, watch the video and get the recipe on http://ElysabethAlfano.com . 

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