Celebrating 10 Years of Vegetarian Zen!

In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast we celebrate 10 years of our podcast by reminiscing about some of our favorite guests! Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane revisiting 10 of our most memorable interviews.

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10 of our most memorable interviews

1. Gene Baur

In addition to being the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur is a national best-selling author who has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time Magazine. He was recently named to Oprah Winfrey’s list of SuperSoul 100 Givers.

2. Laura Theodore

Laura Theodore was a HUGE inspiration for us! She is the host of the show, The Jazzy Vegetarian and author of several books including Vegan for Everyone, Easy Vegan Home Cooking and her latest released last year, Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious.

3. Doug Hines

J. Douglas Hines is the founder of Atlantic Natural Foods, which produces sustainable, affordable, convenient plant-based products. Its award-winning Loma Linda Plant Based Meal Starters and Meal Solutions are shelf-stable and provide quick, heat-and-eat convenience, as they’re easily prepared in 60 seconds. Hines is a former 40-year seafood industry executive. Until recently, Hines was an investor in the largest distant water fishing fleet operating in the western Pacific under the U.S. Flag. This insight into the seafood industry is what drove him to develop TUNO, an innovative seafood alternative available in stores and online

4. Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is a Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita at New York University. Her passionate and clarifying insights into food politics challenge people to consider their own role in the global food chain, and to strive for a healthier, more sustainable, more equitable future.In our conversation with Marion we talk about her latest book, Let’s Ask Marion, which takes a conversational Q&A format with questions posed by environmentalist and food writer Kerry Trueman.

Let's Ask Marion: What You Need to Know about the Politics of Food, Nutrition, and Health

Let’s Ask Marion is a considered and thoughtful question-and-answer collection that showcases the expertise of food politics powerhouse Marion Nestle in exchanges with environmental advocate Kerry Trueman.

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5. Jenny Goldfarb

Also known as “Mrs. Goldbarb”, Jenny Goldfarb grew up on the Standard American Diet (SAD) and in her early 30s learned about the plight of animals on factory farms, which led her to adopt a plant-based diet. After much trial and error, she became a wiz in the plant-based kitchen and realized the thing she missed most after becoming vegan was premium NY-style deli meat so she created her own plant-based version!

6. Chef Skye Michael Conroy

Skye Michael Conroy began his journey to becoming a vegan chef as a hobby. He soon began studying the culinary arts in-depth and in 2014 received the plant-based professional certificate of completion from Rouxbe Cooking School taught by chef Chad Sarno. For more information about Skye, please visit thegentlechef.com.

7. Michele Olender

Michele Olender is a Certified Life Coach and podcaster committed to helping people limit or eliminate their consumption of animal products and build a vegan / vegetarian / whole food plant-based practice. 

Through her coaching business and podcast, Vedge Your Best, Michele presents tools and ideas that encourage you to pick a big goal and start right where you are now with what you’ve got. Whether it’s trying out a meatless Monday or taking on Veganuary, Michele is your coach!

8. Torrey Devitto

Torrey Devitto is an actress and advocate for women and animals incorporating consciousness into every aspect of her life, from her cruelty-free makeup choices to vegan fashion and eco-conscious sustainability.

Torrey recently wrapped up her incredible six-season run on the NBC drama, “Chicago Med.” Outside of her acting work, Torrey’s mission is to grant access and bring knowledge of wellness, spirituality, and philanthropy to as many people as possible.

9. Jonny Edwards

Jonny Edwards is the CEO of Nuzest-USA, a company specializing in plant-based protein. We talk to Jonny about how he became vegan, how he became CEO of Nuzest-USA, and what trends he sees in our plant-based future. 

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10. Gabriel Zhanay

Gabriel Zhanay is a vegan leadership and fitness coach. An expert on mindset and leadership, his story of transformation from a depressed, self-loathing man to an inspired and compassionate vegan leader has touched 1000’s of lives. He runs his online coaching company, Vegan Fitness Redefined, with his wife Anna Zhanay.

Together, Gabriel and Anna mold vegans into fit vegan heroes who empower and inspire others as positive examples of health, fitness, and leadership.

We hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane. Here’s to 10 more years of Vegetarian Zen!

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