John Pierre on the Pillars of Health and Movement Over Exercise


“Think good thoughts, do good deeds”

Sometimes you meet someone whose heart is just massive and you can’t comprehend the amount of service they’ve done for the world. John Pierre, or JP as he’s known, is one of those guys. From animal activism to being Ellen’s personal trainer, geriatric physical therapy to rescuing victims of sex trafficking, building an animal sanctuary from the ground up to teaching women’s self defense classes, JP does it all. In this episode, we dive into JP’s background plus all of this stuff and have a really stimulating conversation that will hopefully leave you with something valuable to bring into your own life. Some of the things you can look forward to in the conversation:

  • JP’s early adoption of a plant-based vegan diet and how that culture has shifted over time
  • Some stories from his work as a celebrity trainer working with people like Ellen Degeneres and Emily Deschanel
  • Why movement is more powerful than exercise
  • Why the three Pillars of Health are so important to living a healthy and happy life
  • How to integrate more functional habits into your life
  • And much more!

JP has become a friend of TFF and like we talk about in the beginning of the episode, was very integral in us starting a project like this. The three of us went on a long hike about a year ago and discussed how we could get more involved in the plant-based nutrition space, and here we are! We also have a really cool project in the works which involved JP and his new animal sanctuary, Living With Harmony, so stay tuned on that!

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably on our new website! Super super stoked about how it turned out and we hope you do too! It’s definitely a work in progress and isn’t finished yet, so we seriously value your feedback and criticisms to how everything is looking, and let us know if something is wrong!

Also let us know what you thought of the intro to today’s podcast. Did you find it too long? What did you think of the gratitude segment? We want to hear what you think and if you liked it. Thanks guys!

One more thing: Massive thank you to everyone who has left us a review on the iTunes store, we read each and every one so it’s greatly appreciated! Really helps us grow. And thank you to everyone who’s shared the podcast and TFF content with your friends and family and on social media, this is how we grow a movement and change paradigms, so it’s awesome to see! Keep doing what you’re doing guys, you are all amazing. Alright, Jackson and Aaron over and out, enjoy the show.


Show Notes

JP’s stuff:


Living With Harmony 

His books: Pillars of Health and Strong, Savvy, Safe

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Welcome to the new!


Welcome! We are both really excited to finally launch our new website,! We’ve had a good friend, Mary Murphy, help us out and she’s done a fantastic job.  Since we have expanded beyond the podcast, it was time to create a centralized location where you can find and enjoy everything we do at TFF, including all of the services and upgrades we plan on implementing in the future.

This also marks the first major turning point for Thought For Food Lifestyle. We have some pretty lofty goals for the future and a lot of valuable services we want to roll out right away.

One of those services is Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching/Consulting. This is something we’ve been thinking about doing since the inception of TFF. Aaron, a cardiovascular nurse, has extensive experience with and formal training in Health Coaching (he’s a graduate of WellCoaches) after running his own private Health Coaching practice, The Plant-Based RN, LLC.

Jackson has a passion for science and helping people improve their diets and lifestyle for the better. He holds a degree in Integrative Physiology and Public Health, a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, and is a graduate student in Applied Nutrition with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention.

With combined athletic experience of over 20 years in competitive sports, we add value beyond the academic. Aaron has a background in competitive rock climbing and has been a sponsored trail ultramarathon runner for the last four years. Jackson has raced at the highest amateur level in road cycling, competing at the national and international level.

We’re confident that we have the expertise and experience to provide safe, efficient and high value coaching to a variety of clientele who are looking to improve their health and take control of their lives. So whether you’re an athlete looking for ways to improve performance and get an edge on the competition, are wondering how to excel and thrive on a plant-based diet or just want to balance out your lifestyle with simple, no-nonsense solutions, look no further.

We want to show the world that you can not only survive, but thrive, as a plant-based athlete. And if athletics aren’t your thing, no problem, we’ve got you covered. This is about changing paradigms. If you are interested in working with us, please reach out via the Coaching or Contact forms on this site and we will get back to you right away.

Other changes you should expect from TFF in the near future include: a Patreon page for our supporters (with exclusive content!), upgrades in podcast and video equipment, more frequent content, more livestreams and Q&A’s to stay connected with YOU and some useful and informative blogs.

We also just want to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. We are deeply passionate about this project and couldn’t have done it without the outpouring of support from YOU. It truly means the world to us and keeps us motivated to up our game and continue providing you guys with the best content we can.

The mission: Change the health paradigm with a global shift to plant-based and active lifestyles, save ourselves from a climate catastrophe and improve the lives of animals. We’re all in this together. Will you join us? Let’s go eat some plants.


Jackson and Aaron