Eating Animals: Is it Ethical?

Here on Thought For Food so far, we have primarily focused on the health and nutrition side of living a plant based, vegan lifestyle. While that was initially our impetus for adopting this way of living, we quickly developed an awareness of greater social and environmental issues that are at stake as a result of our food choices. We now consider the three main tenets of veganism: Health, Ethics, and Environment. Today on the show, we focus on animal ethics and welfare, which is the primary reason we both continue living this way.

Like Jackson talked about in his conversation with Lisa Rimmert about activism, our goal with TFF is to provide information and education in a way that isn’t dogmatic or judgemental, and let our listeners come to their own conclusions. Neither of us are the type of person who feels the need to go out and picket at slaughterhouses or demonstrate in Whole Foods, but rather lead by example and express our concerns in a logical, mature manner through conversations and online activism.

Clearly, the conditions animals are faced with on factory farms and in other industries that capitalize on the exploitation of animals are horrendous and shocking. It’s an extremely debated question whether or not it’s ethical to consume animals and their products from a lot of different perspectives. Today, we aim to discuss our thoughts for the moral implications to consider about eating animals and touch on topics such as:

Statistics of what we’re actually dealing with on a global scale
The conditions that animals are subjected to in a variety of industries
Common arguments that are made to justify eating animals and our response
Animal experimentation
How the masculine ideal plays into this discussion
Why non-human animal suffering is actually a human issue as well

We feel extremely passionate about this subject, and hopefully you got something out of the episode and it made you think about food a bit more critically.

If you haven’t already, follow us on Snapchat! We are loving it and have a really sweet continuous story on there ranging from Jackson’s adventures at college, cycling, running, and his banana stash to Aaron’s work as a nurse and vegan dad. Our name is @TFFlifestyle. Be sure to follow us on our other social media platforms, especially Instagram and Twitter (all linked below). What do you guys think, should we add Periscope to the quiver? I think it could be fun to host some live hangouts or Q&A’s. It would also be awesome if you left a review on our iTunes page for the podcast so that we can gain some more momentum on the charts and reach more people. Hop on there from your computer and let us know what you think of the show! If you have any other questions regarding ethics, nutrition, environmentalism, or anything in between, shoot us an email at thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com or the contact page on the website so we can answer them on our next Q&A episode. We love the interaction with you guys so keep ‘em coming. Thanks to everyone from around the world tuning in to TFF. Have an amazing week, go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron

 
Show Notes:
 

Episode resources:

http://www.countinganimals.com/how-many-animals-does-a-vegetarian-save/

HOME

The Secret Reason We Eat Meat: Carnism

Common Arguments

Puppies, Pigs, and People Essay

Cowspiracy Facts

Meatonomics

Earthlings

Eating Animals

Mercy For Animals on Fish

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Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Strava

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www.theplantbasedrn.com

Jackson Foster on Plantriotic Productivity

Imagine filming, editing, and publishing a video chronicling your life…every single day. That's exactly what Jackson Foster of Plantriotic does, daily vlogging his everyday life in beautiful, extremely well crafted videos. Jackson is also a passionate animal rights and vegan activist, senior at Colorado College, a master potter, yoga teacher, and fellow podcaster. He's also a plant-based strength athlete, aspiring tattoo artist, and social media activist. Basically, this guy does more than the average twenty-something. He's a badass representative of the vegan movement, and is easily making the best videos on YouTube in the vegan vlog scene. Jackson has a huge personality that's filled with compassion and hard work, and we're proud to call him our friend. In the show we discuss:

Living the college lifestyle as a sober, passionate activist
How Jackson balances all of his commitments and his emphasis on productivity
A day in the life of the Plantriotic empire
Jackson's artistic outlets
Goals for his future and brand

This was a very lighthearted, fun conversation that hopefully inspires you work a little bit harder on your passions, regardless of what people think about it. We're really excited to continue collaborating with Jackson in the future as our brands grow, so definitely look forward to more action with Jackson!

We have been working super hard on TFF and what we want it to become. Let us know YOUR thoughts by leaving us a review on the iTunes store from your computer to help us out! If you have questions about anything and everything Thought For Food, please don't be shy and shoot us an email to thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com or through the contact page on the website. We are 100% dedicated to interacting with our listeners and the Q&A segment is one of our favorite ways to do that. We are also completely addicted to Snapchat at the moment so add us: @TFFlifestyle. Our story is pretty fun! We also want to give a shout out to all of our international listeners, such as Neusab, Germany, for tuning in. It's humbling to know we are reaching such a broad audience and spreading our message to so many people already. Hope everyone has an awesome week, go eat some plants, and what's your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron

 
Show Notes:
Jackson's stuff:

www.plantriotic.com 

Instagram: @plantriotic

Snapchat: @plantriotic

Facebook: Plantriotic

Podcast: Plantriotic Podcast

(Basically everything Plantriotic)

Twitter/Periscope: @TFFlifestyle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TFFlifestyle 
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
iTunes Page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thought-for-food-podcast/id1076175941?mt=2
Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Jackson’s site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Strava

Aaron’s site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn
Strava

Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by:
Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli
David Cutter Music – www.davidcuttermusic.co.uk

Liz Specht on Connecting Science and Compassion

When science and compassion towards animals, the planet, and ourselves are aligned, beautiful things happen. The world is largely devoid of compassion in recent times, and our goal is to help change that.

Today's guest, Liz Specht, is a rockstar in the science world: A Ph. D. and Post-Doctoral researcher in Biochemical Engineering at the BioFrontiers program at CU Boulder. Her focus is on developing diagnostics for public health and environmental applications. Liz is also interested in the intersection of scientific research, public perception, and public policy. In addition to her research, she is pursuing a science policy graduate certificate through CU Boulder's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. While Liz is not hard at work studying microorganisms and other crazy stuff in the lab, she’s an avid animal lover and activist, and an advocate for a plant based lifestyle for the welfare of animals, humans, and the planet. She's a super inspiring, passionate, compassionate, and engaging person that encompasses what TFF is all about. The science community needs more compassionate, open minds that are willing to take risks and break away from the status quo. We had a fantastic conversation that covered things like: 

How Liz became interested in science and eventually the connection between compassion and animals, and how that has impacted her career
What BioFrontiers is and her current research
How she approached her switch to a vegan lifestyle
Her thoughts on animal experimentation in the science community and how she navigates it in her own research
How to break the current paradigm of science iliteracy in this country, and change the public's perception of veganism and healthy lifestyles
Her take on GMOs

We hope you enjoy hearing from a high level academic who truly lives her values, we were honored to hang out with Liz and look forward to seeing where she goes!

If you're digging Thought For Food so far, definitely help us out by leaving a review on the iTunes store from your computer, it only takes about a minute. This helps us climb the iTunes chart and continue growing! If you have any questions related to nutrition, animal ethics, environmental sustainability, or anything else, send us an email to thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com or on the contact page on the website. Let us know what YOU want to hear on the show as well! One of our number one goals with TFF is to engage directly with you guys, the listeners. We are having way too much fun with Snapchat, where we have created a shared account so you can see what we're up to during the day by adding us: @TFFlifestyle. Follow us there for behind the scenes podcast stuff, day to day activities, exercise and food, and of course guaranteed cuteness from Aaron's daughter Lilah. Hope everyone is doing well, and thank you so much for tuning in.

What's your thought for food?

-Aaron and Jackson

Show Notes:
 

Connect with Liz:

liz.specht@gmail.com

www.lizspecht.com

Twitter/Periscope: @TFFlifestyle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TFFlifestyle 
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
iTunes Page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thought-for-food-podcast/id1076175941?mt=2
Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Jackson’s site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Strava

Aaron’s site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn
Strava

Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli
 

Your Thoughts For Food: Listener Q&A

Today marks the first edition of the Your Thoughts For Food series, where we answer listener questions for an hour. We both love Q&A parts of podcasts. Some of the questions we address include:

What to eat before an intense CrossFit workout
How to combat a family history of disease with nutrition
How to balance a plant-based diet as a college student
What our takes are on the exploitative banana industry
Our opinions on honey
How to ensure proper nutrient absorption on a vegan diet compared to a Paleo diet

Thank you for choosing the Thought For Food Podcast. It's amazing to know that we are reaching a broad audience around the world, and the feedback has been really positive. One of our big goals with this podcast is to have it be a dialogue and not just a monologue with you. Interaction and conversation is a beautiful part of the human experience. This is why we want to be doing regular Q&A segments on the show to get our listeners more involved, and hopefully help answer specific questions that we might not address in the regular episodes.

Big thanks to everyone that submitted questions via email, Instagram, or comments on the site. We hope we answered them well and that you enjoyed this format of episode. Let us know what you thought! Keep sending us questions for future installments, we hope to do these every 10 episodes or so. Check out our official TFF Snapchat account: @TFFlifestyle. We will be posting plenty of fun stuff on there like behind the scenes of the podcast, what we're eating and buying, and the incredible place we call home in Boulder, CO. Please drop us a review on the iTunes store from your computer if you haven't already, it would mean a lot to us. Really excited to have hit 10 episodes. It's honestly a dream come true for us to be putting out weekly content. It's pretty crazy to think that just a few months ago we were still trying to figure out how to get this thing off the ground, who knows where it's going to take us!

Thanks for listening, go eat some plants, and what's your thought for food?

Show Notes:
References and Resources:
NutritionFacts.org Omega 3

Phytates

The Real Paleo Diet 

Vegan Health Omega 3

How Not To Die

 

Jackson’s site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Strava

Aaron’s site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn
Strava

Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Craig Cary and The Link Between Penguin Poop and Climate Change

“Antarctica is the absolute key to maintaining stability of climate on this planet. The fact is that it is the motivating force for ocean circulation”

-Craig Cary

Today on the Thought For Food Podcast, Aaron and Jackson sit down with esteemed microbiologist and Antarctica researcher Craig Cary. Craig is a passionate microbial ecologist focused on studying the most extreme bacteria on the planet, called extremophiles. From the depths of the ocean in deep sea hydrothermal vents, to the slopes of Mt. Erebus (the southernmost volcano in the world), bacteria can exist in some fascinating places.

Craig started out studying marine biology in Florida, quickly developing a love of microorganisms and eventually landed in San Diego where he completed his PhD at UCSD. He became part of one of the first teams of researchers to study hydrothermal vents in the ocean and the bacteria that inhabit them. In 2001, he found his way to New Zealand on sabbatical with his family, where he was offered a job in Antarctica and developed a passion for the research opportunities on the continent. He's traveled to Antarctica 12 times, leading research teams and studies to understand the microbial communities that exist there. He is now a professor and researcher at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

We cover a lot of ground in our conversation and wish we had more time to go deeper down the rabbit hole of the topics we discussed. Some of the things we talk about include:

Craig’s education background and what led him to his current research
An overview of deep sea hydrothermal vents and thermophile bacteria
His research on Antarctica’s largest volcano, Mt. Erebus
The changes Craig has seen in Antarctica related to climate change, and misconceptions surrounding the realities of this topic
Why ocean circulation is related to climate change
How Antarctica is the key to maintaining climate stability on the planet

This is a pretty science-rich conversation (just how we like it), but Craig is an incredibly charismatic and engaging guest, and we kept it pretty lighthearted. We start off by talking a bit about penguin poop!

We hope you gain some different perspectives and insights into how our oceans, climate, and even bacteria can all be related. We didn't focus much on nutrition, exercise, or the topics we generally cover in the show. These interviews are meant to be a way for both the listeners and ourselves to learn something each week by having conversations with guests that are thought provoking, unique, and engaging. Everyone has a story to tell, and we like to push the envelope a bit and reach beyond food every once in awhile.

Thank you to everyone supporting Thought For Food so far, we're only 9 episodes in and already getting massive amounts of positive feedback. It means the world to us that you find this show helpful and entertaining, and we have big goals for the future. If you want to make us even happier, head on over to the iTunes page on your computer and drop us a review on the podcast page so we can get even more reach. We also just launched an official Thought For Food Snapchat account, where we will be posting behind the scenes content of things like: recording the podcast, what we eat and buy, and best of all, the amazing scenery we're lucky enough to call home. Add us: @TFFlifestyle

We've been loving your guys' questions and comments, so keep 'em coming! The first Q&A episode is coming soon so stay tuned.

Thanks for tuning in,

What's your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron

 
Show Notes:
References and Resources:
Connect with Craig: http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/about-us/people/caryc 

The effects of global warming on Antarctica 

Antarctica and climate change 

Keeling Curve explained: Scripps Institute of Oceanography 

Jackson’s site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Strava

Exercise Nutrition for Plant-Based Athletes

Nutrition is an integral component to any athlete's quiver of performance, yet it's often underestimated or neglected. One of the main goals of Thought For Food is to change the paradigm on nutrition in the sports world by helping athletes think about food to maximize performance, health, and compassion, while doing away with fad diets, misinformation, and disordered eating. The thought that going plant-based or vegan can't be done as an athlete is still a widespread myth. We both get a lot of questions regarding how to eat around exercise as a plant-based athlete.

 This episode covers the basics of what to eat before, during, and after training or racing in a pretty general manner. It's primarily dedicated to endurance athletes, since that's what Aaron and Jackson have the most experience with. However, a lot of the information we provide can be applied to most sports. There's no way we could cover everything on this topic in an hour, but we definitely plan on revisiting this area in plenty of future episodes. Some of the things we hit include:

Foods and practices for morning workouts
How to fuel properly during exercise
Does rinsing your mouth with carbohydrate increase performance?
Our hydration tips
How to recover properly in order to maximize adaptations

Thanks to everyone who have submitted questions, we're getting ready for our first Q&A episode coming soon! We'd love to answer yours so feel free to email us at thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com. We're so excited about all of the positive feedback. If you're feeling extra generous today, leave us a review on the iTunes page to help us rise higher on the rankings and reach more people! Keep spreading the love and the good word about TFF and it means a lot to see our fans growing all around the world.

Thanks for listening, go eat some plants, and what's your thought for food?

Show Notes:
References and Resources:
ACSM Position for Nutrition and Athletic Performance 2015

Skratch Labs

Can a Vegan Diet Work For Cyclists?

MySportScience 

No Meat Athlete

The Feed

Twitter/Periscope: @TFFlifestyle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TFFlifestyle 
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
iTunes Page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thought-for-food-podcast/id1076175941?mt=2
Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Jackson’s site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Strava

Aaron’s site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn
Strava

Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli
 

Lisa Rimmert on Nonjudgement in Activism

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Standing up for what you believe in is critical for change. But what is the best approach for actually catalyzing that change? There are countless ways to be activists, from nonviolent protest to radical and forceful activism. Feeling a passion for a cause can create judgements towards others and a need to voice our concerns and ideas to everyone around us. This is why the vegan lifestyle is often criticized as radical or extreme. Clearly, the conditions animals are faced with is disturbing and appalling, and it’s incredibly frustrating to figure out the best ways to address such issues. Like any social movement there are polarizing sides of the coin, and the more “extreme” side includes the examples most characterized in the media: PETA protesters throwing fake blood on people walking out of fur stores, marches in Whole Foods, etc. But not everyone is cut out for that method.

Today’s episode is all about practicing nonjudgement in activism. Jackson sits down with Lisa Rimmert, the Director of Development at the activism organization Vegan Outreach. Her approach definitely aligns with the mission of Thought For Food regarding activism. One that focuses on establishing conversations that are free from hostility or dogma, leading by example, and expressing compassion. Understanding that everyone is on their own unique path and that perfection is impossible. A huge theme of the podcast is providing information to our listeners by simply objective to educate and entertain, without expressing judgement or dogma.

It was a super fun conversation, Lisa is hilarious, and hopefully our discussion will provide you with a better perspective on activism in animal rights and beyond. We discuss:

Vegan Outreach and her job as Director of Development
Her approach to activism
Talking to friends and family about veganism
Her favorite foods and vegan restaurants

Hope you enjoy the episode, and definitely let us know what you’re thinking of Thought For Food so far by visiting the contact page on the website, or send us an email at thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com. Send us your questions! We are compiling a bunch of questions to address in a dedicated Q&A episode. Drop us a review on the iTunes page which will help us move up the charts and continue our world domination, and don’t forget to subscribe so you can get the latest episode as soon as it comes out on your iPhone! Thanks for listening.

What’s your thought for food?

Show Notes:
Vegan Outreach

Connect with Lisa: Lisar@veganoutreach.org

Jackson’s site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong

Aaron’s site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn

Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli

What’s The Deal With Protein?


In today’s episode, Jackson and Aaron go deep into the science of the controversial and extremely popular topic of protein.  Let’s face it, Americans have a love affair with this stuff.  As a society, we obsess over it. Protein has become synonymous with health, strength, and weight loss. It’s plastered on nearly every food item, and high protein diets are all the rage. Athletes of all types worship this nutrient as the secret to their gains and the more the better, drinking protein shakes like their lives depend on it. The media strangely makes protein seem like the most important macronutrient for both weight gain and weight loss. Sometimes it seems like you can’t have a conversation about nutrition, health or performance without mentioning this word.

Protein has also become synonymous with animal flesh and so when you make the leap to go plant-based, It’s no surprise the most common question you will get from people is where do you get your protein? It’s also a common excuse to not adopt a plant-based diet, in part a result of our culturally fueled fear of inadequate protein intake. To be fair, this is a legitimate question if you consider the importance of protein for our physiology, but the concern that plant-based diets will not supply you with enough or that plant protein is somehow inferior to that found in animal products is misguided.
So what does the science say? Our focus for this episode is to dive deep into the subject in quite a specific and reductionist way, and hopefully leave you with plenty of information to make educated, informed choices about food. We want you to finish this episode not worried about counting grams or obsessing about a single amino acid, but instead open your eyes to the fact that you really don’t need to worry that much about protein, even if you’re an athlete, if you are eating a varied, sufficient, whole foods plant based diet.  So grab yourself a pen and paper, sit back and get ready to take some notes because this episode is packed to the brim with data.
Aaron and Jackson dive deep into the scientific evidence to find out the truth on things like:
-Defining Protein
-The 9 essential amino acids (EAA’s) and why they are important
-Common food sources of EAA’s
-The difference between complete and incomplete proteins
-The three most common myths about plant-based proteins
-Why food combining doesn’t matter
-DRI for protein vs. the WHO recommendations and the science behind these numbers
-The microbiome’s influence on protein synthesis and why vegans are better at it
-The effect of too much protein on the kidneys and why plant proteins are a safer option
-The protein requirements of athletes
-Professional vegan athletes in all disciplines
-Why you shouldn’t waste your money on protein supplements
-Jackson and Aaron’s nutrition data showing total protein consumption for a typical day including how much protein the average fruitarian gets
-Protein deficiency and malnutrition
-6 take home lessons for you to remember
We managed to keep this puppy under an hour so we hope you can find the time to sit down and learn some really important things about protein, how easy it is to get on a plant-based diet and why you don’t need to worry about it, athlete or not.
If you have any questions for Jackson and I, please submit them via the contact form on thoughtforfoodpodcast.com.  We really want to interact with listeners as much as possible so don’t be shy! It would also be super helpful to us if you left a review on iTunes so we can move up in the fitness and nutrition category and gain some momentum. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. Thanks so much for listening!
What’s your thought for food?

Show Notes:
References and Resources:
Essential Amino Acids/Protein
DRI Intake tables
Methionine
Diet induced acidosis
Nutrient profiles of vegans/vegetarians
Myth of Complementary Protein
Slaying the Protein Myth
Microbiome and Kwashiorkor

Navigating College on a Plant-Based Lifestyle

College is an amazing time. Getting out of our comfort zones and going off somewhere new, meeting lots of different people, and learning a variety of subjects is terrifying. But college is also a significant time of growth, change, and development. It can definitely be exciting, stressful, and super fun. That's why it's really important to do our best to lead healthy lifestyles to set ourselves up for success. Diet is an integral part of that. But, for most, college is also equated with the requirement for frugality and budgeting.

Plant-based, vegan eating is constantly associated with elitism, privilege, and accessible only to those with a Whole Foods within reach. If you're subsisting on Goji berries and Acai bowls, then yeah, it's gonna be expensive. But it's 100% possible to exist on a plant-based lifestyle as a college budget.

It's also socially intimidating to be vegan in college. It's still a fairly fringe lifestyle (although growing very rapidly!), and as a result, there can be criticism, questioning, and misunderstanding. How do you navigate that?

In today's episode, Jackson goes into nearly everything you need to know as a plant-based eater in college. He's in his last semester of undergrad at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has made it a goal to help others figure this stuff out and learn to eat and live better. He hits on topics such as:

His experience of deciding to go vegan as a college student
Documentaries and books to check out
Being social: educating yourself and others, going out to eat, partying, making friends, and relationships
Buying and eating inexpensive but healthy food on a college budget and some of his tips for success with time management
Resources for making the transition with your favorite foods
Making an impact and being a good example and steward of this lifestyle

There is so much to this stuff, so not everything might have been covered. If you have any specific questions or concerns, definitely feel free to shoot us a question, Jackson would love to help out with anything related to college, nutrition, exercise, meal plans, recipes, whatever. We're also hoping to do some episodes where we answer listener questions and even address some criticisms, so don't be shy! Huge thanks to everyone that is listening from around the world, it's pretty incredible to see we're getting some love from places like Zambia, Spain, and Mongolia. It would also be super helpful to us if you left a review on iTunes so we can move up in the fitness and nutrition category and gain some momentum. Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes. Thanks so much for listening!

What's your Thought for Food?

 

Show Notes
Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Course
Documentaries: Forks Over Knives, Racing Extinction, Cowspiracy, Earthlings
Books: How Not to Die, Proteinaholic
Relevant websites: NutritionFacts.org, Cowspiracy Facts, Forks Over Knives, OhSheGlows (recipes), MinimalistBaker (recipes)
Some of my favorite recipes: Minimalist Baker No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies, Easy and healthy mac n cheese,
Jackson's site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Aaron's site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn
Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Allison Hartlage on animal behavior, vegan parenting, and dog training

In episode 4, Jackson and Aaron sit down with Allison Hartlage, the manager of Animal Training and Behavior at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Allison is also a Certified Nose Work Instructor, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), and holds her Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and CTC from the San Francisco SPCA.  She is a passionate advocate for force-free, science-based training and behavior modification. She also happens to be Aaron's wife and mother of their daughter, Lilah. We dive into topics such as:

Growing up as a vegetarian and animal lover
Her career in animal training and behavior
Common misconceptions about dog training
Why you should think twice about listening to Cesar Millan
Pros and cons of adopting pets vs. using a breeder
Vegan parenting

This is a fun conversation that will hopefully open your perspective to new information about the behavior of animals and how our actions towards food and animals are deeply connected.

While our overall focus of the podcast is discussing nutrition and lifestyle, we definitely find value in providing a variety of subject matter that may be useful to our listeners. There's a lot more to a healthy lifestyle than just food, so sharing engaging stories and perspectives of others is a critical goal for us, so we hope you enjoyed this episode! We have decided to move to releasing one episode every week moving forward, so look forward to some really cool content in the coming weeks.

If you enjoy what we've been doing so far, feel free to leave us a review on the iTunes store. We would also love to hear your feedback or questions regarding anything related to plant-based lifestyles and nutrition, exercise, environmental sustainability, or ethical concerns regarding food. Submit a question or concern via the contact page on this site or at thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com.

Show Notes:

Petfinder

Humane Society of Boulder Valley

How to Hire a Dog Trainer
Find an Academy Dog Trainer near you
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

Authors: Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller, Karen Pryor, Patricia McConnell, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Raymond Coppinger, Alexandra Horowitz

Allison's Beacon Profile
Jackson's site and social media:
www.JLendurance.com
Instagram: @jacksonlong
Twitter: @jacksonlong
Aaron's site and social media:
www.theplantbasedrn.com
Instagram: @theplantbasedrn
Twitter: @theplantbasedrn
Contact us: thoughtforfoodpodcast@gmail.com
Follow us on Snapchat! @TFFlifestyle
Music by Peter Kuli: www.soundcloud.com/peterkuli