Random Show #17

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Today’s randomness includes social media talk, the importance of in-person community in the future of TFF, and more.

 

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Paul Shapiro on the Status of Animal Welfare in 2017 and the Power of the Clean Meat Revolution



Listen on Google Play MusicThere exists a grand order of elite animal rights advocates that have quite literally been changing the game for how animals, from chickens to wolves, are treated in this world. Like the Justice League for animals, these plant-based superheroes often work behind the scenes on changing policy or technology, creating a powerful ripple effect that has improved the lives of billions of animals in recent years. You might have heard my conversation with Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy For Animals, who is one of these heroes. And today, I’m beyond excited to bring another animal rights superhero to your ears, the one, the only, Paul Shapiro.  

Paul is the vice president of policy at the Humane Society of the United States, one of the organizations leading the way to a better future for animals through animal rescue, care, protection, and advocacy. Paul focuses on shifting the political landscape towards advancing animal welfare in this country. He began his career for animals in high school, becoming vegan after learning about the way industrially farmed animals were treated, and founded the animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing. While there, he took part in innumerable actions and campaigns to improve the lives of animals. In 2005, he started with the Humane Society of the US as head of farm animal protection, and was integral in reducing battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates in a variety of settings and states. Paul has authored a forthcoming book on the clean meat movement coming out in January 2018, and is an inductee into the animal rights hall of fame. Hashtag legend.

Paul and I sat down for this conversation the evening before he delivered a powerful talk at TEDx Sun Valley on how we are better than how we treat animals. We talked about how his early days as an activist have led to the work he does now, the current state of animal welfare policy, effective altruism, and of course, clean meat technology and what that means for saving animals. It was incredibly inspiring to hang out with Paul and his girlfriend Toni Okamoto (who was also recently on the podcast!) in Idaho for a couple of days. I’m honored to call these two friends and to bring you their wisdom, and hope this conversation with Paul gives you the hope and energy to join us in improving the lives of animals. We must take action. We must make a difference. Go follow Paul on Twitter @PaulHShapiro and definitely be sure to stay tuned for the release of his upcoming book. If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you probably think I sound like a broken record when it comes to my thoughts and feelings about plant-based and clean meat technologies, but honestly I can’t stress their importance and potential for changing the world enough.


Our friends over at Plant Positive Running have an awesome new cookbook out for anyone new to the plant-based lifestyle and specifically for endurance athletes and runners. They are generous enough to offer listeners of the pod a special discount. Visit plantpositiverunning.com/cookbook and use the code EPICDUMPS to receive 40% off! And to be clear, this isn’t a paid advertisement and we aren’t getting anything in return for this offer, just helping out our fellow plant-powered athletes up in northern Idaho spread the message of eating more plants. Check ’em out!


Show Notes

Connect with Paul:

Instagram: Instagram.com/paulshapiro1

Twitter: twitter.com/paulhshapiro

Humane Society: humanesociety.org


Relevant articles and resources:

Compassion Over Killing

Mercy For Animals

Dominion

Gardein

Sophie’s Kitchen

New Wave Foods

Finless Foods

What a Fish Knows

Effective Altruism Talk

Jobs @ The Good Food Institute


Related episodes:

Nathan Runkle

Toni Okamoto


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What’s The Deal With Fasting?



Listen on Google Play MusicIntermittent fasting. Water fasting. Time restricted eating. Juice cleanses. Many of us have heard about these things, often knocking them as fads or extreme ways of living. However, there seems to be a lot of buzz lately about the benefits of fasting. So what does the science say? Well, you’re in the right place.

After hearing about the evidence behind time restricted feeding or intermittent fasting on Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s podcast and elsewhere, Aaron decided to try it out for himself. Alongside a regular sauna routine combined with an overall healthy, whole foods plant-based diet, he has seen profound benefits. From sleep quality to endurance gains, we’ve both felt the positive effects of eating our food within a 9 or 10 hour window during the day. But how does this actually work? What’s happening metabolically and physiologically to stimulate these effects? In true TFF What’s The Deal fashion, we set off to find out.

It’s been quite some time since we recorded a WTD episode, and that’s due to the immense amount of research and time it requires. With Aaron’s new kid on the block, changing jobs and moving, along with Jackson’s travel and school schedule, we simply didn’t have a ton of time to focus on this. But it’s definitely worth the wait; we covered everything from how fasting can potentially prevent disease at the cellular level, to how we feel it should be implemented in a practical fashion in everyday life. We zoom in to zoom out, and discuss this through an objective and evidence-based approach, so we hope you learn something new! It’s a bit of a longer episode, so hang in there, take a break if needed, and enjoy.

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

Studies/resources referenced:

Found My Fitness (Dr. Rhonda Patrick): https://www.foundmyfitness.com/

Dr. Ray Cronise: http://hypothermics.com/home/

382 Day Fast:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2495396/pdf/postmedj00315-0056.pdf

 

Intermittent Fasting Meta Analysis:

http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-nutr-071816-064634?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&

 

Circadian Biology:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12015613?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3946160/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5388543/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20228939?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19255424?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23899596?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24360271?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7985925?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23817841?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22811066?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805428?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11405333?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19271347?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23899596?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24360271?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20228939?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12015613?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19255424?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7985925?dopt=Abstract

Gut Microbiota:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1528953?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20122134?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24009397?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21633181?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17183312?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25498959?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24009397?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21633181?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17183312?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27188904?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23847095?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22378797?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24687809?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22717075?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23159341?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21633181?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27208092?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25417104?dopt=Abstract

 

Modifiable Lifestyle Behaviors:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26411343?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26819200?dopt=Abstract

http://cel.webofknowledge.com/InboundService.do?mode=FullRecord&customersID=atyponcel&IsProductCode=Yes&product=CEL&Init=Yes&Func=Frame&action=retrieve&SrcApp=literatum&SrcAuth=atyponcel&SID=2BSZLrGIiYTKfgPpU7t&UT=WOS%3A000369691500017

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24950157?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24898236?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24918187?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21664632?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23199168?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24451608?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22608008?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27832862?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22608008?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27062219?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26864365?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24394729?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23945417?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20621406?dopt=Abstract

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20558/abstract;jsessionid=F5827D6CE2A9E32339B5CF3364DB56C2.f02t04

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19645960?dopt=Abstract

http://www.smrv-journal.com/article/S1087-0792(09)00072-0/fulltext

http://cel.webofknowledge.com/InboundService.do?mode=FullRecord&customersID=atyponcel&IsProductCode=Yes&product=CEL&Init=Yes&Func=Frame&action=retrieve&SrcApp=literatum&SrcAuth=atyponcel&SID=4EOY7NjjuEeUBDwdlOV&UT=WOS%3A000253823400020

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16227462?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21127246?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26864365?dopt=Abstract

 

Autophagy, Muscle Mass and Endurance:

http://genesdev.cshlp.org/content/21/22/2861.full

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24560926

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21030235

http://www.cell.com/abstract/S0092-8674(13)00645-4

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/abstract/S1934-5909(14)00151-9

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27032109

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26774472

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2402168

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25957282

http://jap.physiology.org/content/86/2/479.short

http://jap.physiology.org/content/110/1/236.short

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2990190/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27737674

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27550719


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Dr. Kristin Keim on Exercise Addiction, Eating Disorders in Athletes, and the Mental Side of Sport

Listen on Google Play MusicWe have spent a considerable amount of time discussing things like exercise addiction and the mental side of sport on this podcast, but we’ve been searching for an expert on the subject to come talk about it from their professional perspective. After learning about Dr. Kristin Keim through some mutual friends and other podcasts, she seemed absolutely perfect for this. Dr. Keim received her doctorate in clinical psychology and her master’s in sports psychology from JFK University. She’s a certified consultant in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. She’s done research on traumatic brain injuries in athletes, athlete identity, depression in athletes, and the transition out of sport. Her philosophy towards working with athletes is integrative, focusing on things like meditation, motivational interviewing, stress management, and beyond. She has a history as a competitive cyclist and dancer, and has combined those experiences with skills in mental health to work with Olympians to young athletes.

We discussed so much, including:

  • Her background and how her experience as an athlete has influenced her practice
  • Exercise addiction, and how to address it
  • Eating disorders in athletes
  • Why happy racers go faster
  • The traits of the most “successful” athletes she’s worked with

There was so much more to talk about with Dr. Keim, so we will definitely be having a part 2 party with her (so Aaron can also attend). I really enjoyed this conversation, and hope it’s valuable to you if you’re an athlete or know an athlete that struggles with these things. Thank you for listening, and enjoy the show!

-Jackson

 

Show Notes

Connect with Dr. Keim:

http://www.keimperformanceconsulting.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thek2

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thek2

Facebook: http://facebook.com/keimperformanceconsulting 


Relevant articles and resources:

Exercise Addiction: http://bit.ly/2zzlhYv

Eating Disorders/Body Image in Athletes: http://bit.ly/2zzlhYv


Related episodes:

Exercise Addiction: https://www.tfflifestyle.com/tff036

Exercise Addiction Update: https://www.tfflifestyle.com/tff074/


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Optimizing Epic Dump Frequency, Lowering Resting Heart Rate With Diet, and More! | Q&A 010

 

Listen on Google Play MusicLet’s face it. We love answering questions. We don’t claim to know everything, but we’re obsessed with trying to parse out some truths in science, nutrition, exercise, and beyond. This is why we started this podcast. And Q&A’s have always been an integral goal to helping us help the world. So behold! Q&A #10. We have started getting more questions than we can answer at one time, so we apologize if yours didn’t make the cut. We really appreciate everyone that provided questions, and we hope we answered them without being too obnoxious. There’s a lot of great stuff in here, including:

  • best foods and practices for preventing and managing osteoporosis and arthritis
  • how many epic dumps per day is optimal, and what foods lead to the most epic of the dumps?
  • how to talk to young kids about plant-based lifestyles
  • how did we get into exercise?
  • lots more!

Any relevant information or links will be linked below. We hope this episode helps you in some way, and makes you think of other questions to ask! If you want to ask a question, leave a comment on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), in our Facebook group, or by sending us an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com. Bathe yourself in knowledge, nerds.

Thank you for listening, now go eat some plants.

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

Osteoporosis/Arthritis info:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/almonds-for-osteoporosis/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/why-do-plant-based-diets-help-rheumatoid-arthritis/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/potassium-and-autoimmune-disease/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/turmeric-curcumin-and-rheumatoid-arthritis/

Pulses for Your Pulse:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/slow-beating-heart-beans-vs-exercise/

Epic dump frequency:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-many-bowel-movements-should-you-have-every-day/

Rhonda Patrick:

Website: http://foundmyfitness.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWF8SqJVNlx-ctXbLswcTcA

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How to Eat Plant-Based on a Budget with Toni Okamoto

Listen on Google Play MusicOne of the main factors that we take into account when making food choices is price. The other two major factors are taste and convenience. When you optimize all three into a healthy, compassionate, and sustainable paradigm, an amazing way of living occurs. However, one of the biggest misconceptions about plant-based or vegan diets is that they are extremely elitist and expensive. You have to shop at Whole Foods. You have to eat goji berries to stay alive. You must get all of your produce at the farmer’s market, and it better be organic, damn it!

Well, we disagree with these sentiments. And this episode has been highly requested for quite some time. After mulling over how we wanted to formulate this episode for a while, we decided to invite on the master of this realm, Toni Okamoto of Plant-Based on a Budget to share her wisdom. Toni started Plant-Based on a Budget in 2012 in order to help people eat more plants without breaking the bank, and has since evolved into a huge platform that has everything from recipes to meal plans to how-to videos. She was also featured in the recent documentary What The Health. Suffice it to say, she knows her stuff on the topic of eating well and frugally.

The three of us sit down to share our very different perspectives and advice for eating plants on a budget. We debunk some of the major misconceptions on this topic, share tips, and talk about our favorite meals and ideas. We think it’ll be a very helpful guide for anyone looking to tighten up that food budget or new to the plant-based lifestyle, so share the episode with your friends and family! We’d also love to see where you guys are listening to the show this week, so tag @tfflifestyle and @plantbasedonabudget on your Instagram stories/posts and share the love!

Definitely check out Toni’s work to learn much, much more on this subject with more in depth guides and recipes, and look out for her new book coming soon! And if you have questions for us, send us an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com or jump into our private Facebook group and maybe we’ll do an exclusive Q&A with Toni in the future.

For those of you new to Thought For Food, we have a really awesome eBook geared towards the plant-based endurance athlete, called Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? It’s available for $10 on the store, so click here to check it out. It features a bunch of budget-friendly, athlete-focused recipes that are delicious and simple. It clears up all the misinformation about protein for plant-based athletes, something we didn’t cover in today’s episode. #alwaysbelearning

Finally, could you do us a humungous favor? If you enjoy the show, please write us a review on iTunes to help us grow and to share what you think of the show. It helps so much, and we really appreciate everyone that has done so already.

Enough from us, enjoy the show!

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

Connect with Toni:

http://plantbasedonabudget.com/

https://www.plantbasedmealplan.com/

Sweet Potato Toast: http://plantbasedonabudget.com/recipe/sweet-potato-toast/

Social Media:

http://instagram.com/plantbasedonabudget

https://www.facebook.com/PlantBasedOnABudget/

Twitter: @plantbasedblog

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGvPMfeZRjr39xGTnIm0dmg

Slow Cooker Book: http://amzn.to/2fRZ93a


What The Health: http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/

Brendan Brazier’s Thrive: http://amzn.to/2yISosv

Dirty Dozen: http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214

Instant Pot: http://amzn.to/2wXoE8W

World of Vegan: https://www.youtube.com/user/VeganBreak


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We’re Changing the Podcast…



Listen on Google Play MusicOur only goal with this podcast is progress over perfection. Making improvements over the course of time to learn, experiment, and create a show that we are deeply proud of. We want to make an impact on the world through education and inspiration surrounding the Thought For Food Lifestyle. Of course, we have to listen to ourselves and understand what we like and dislike about the podcast, but we also need external input and feedback to make this happen. So, we created a podcast survey that covered the main questions we wanted answered by our listeners, and you delivered! We had 126 responses, which is significantly more than we were expecting. We’re incredibly thankful for everyone that participated in helping us in the future of TFF and have a say in how we’re going to change the podcast.

We decided it might be helpful for listeners to go over the results and discuss how we’re going to implement these changes to better improve the podcast. So in this episode, we sit down and go through the main takeaways of each question posed in the survey, and then finish with how we plan on changing things. This podcast has become so much more than a fun side project, it’s very much our passion and we hope to make it something really, really great. We also hope you’ll continue providing feedback and criticism so we can continue evolving. It’s pretty amazing to see how much we’ve changed and improved since the beginning of this project. THANK YOU! Enjoy the show.

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

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Nathan Runkle on Mercy For Animals, The Future of Food, and Finding Your Voice



Listen on Google Play MusicWhile the majority of discussion at Thought For Food is rooted in our strengths in nutrition science and adventurous, healthy lifestyles, there is something much greater at stake than increasing our performance as athletes. The reason that both of us live a completely plant-based, vegan lifestyle is due to the fact that 60 billion animals are unnecessarily slaughtered for human consumption every year. The conditions of factory farms are absolutely and utterly abominable. Once the two of us became aware of the realities of industrialized animal agriculture and the toll it takes on both the conscious, innocent beings that are a product of the system and the planet at large, we simply couldn’t support it any longer.

This week’s guest is a visionary in leading the charge towards changing this. Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals, an international animal rights organization that has over 120 employees and has been integral in changing policies, hearts, and minds towards making the world a more compassionate place for animals. He started the organization at 15 with zero resources and no real strategy – except one mission to save animals. Nathan just released a new book, titled Mercy For Animals, which chronicles his journey of starting MFA, stories of heroic undercover investigations and open rescues, the future of food, and more. It’s a fantastic look into the reasons behind ethical veganism and the plight that farm animals face in today’s food system.

We talk about the moment that catalyzed the birth of Mercy For Animals, the realities of “humane” animal operations, ag-gag laws, the role of clean meat in transforming our food system, and plenty more. It was truly an honor to have Nathan on the podcast, and I found him as articulate as he is compassionate. I’m also incredibly inspired by the work of MFA, and very proud to have contributed through my Vegan Alpletic campaign earlier this summer. Nathan and his team are changing the world, and I hope this conversation inspires you or your friends and family to choose the more compassionate path.

-Jackson


Show Notes

Nathan’s Book: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/book

Mercy For Animals: http://www.mercyforanimals.org

MFA on Social Media: @mercyforanimals (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

Nathan on Social Media: @nathanrunkle (Instagram)

The Good Food Institute: http://www.gfi.org

Related Episodes: Alastair NorcrossEmily Byrd, Christie Lagally

Circle V: http://circlev.com/

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Why You Should Stop Working Out



Listen on Google Play MusicHere in the West, we live within a culture that emphasizes certain body types, #fitnessgoals, and if you’re ain’t first, you’re last. Working out, exercise, and fitness are a means to an end – weight loss and muscle gain. We say f*ck that. Sure, weight loss and improved health can be added bonuses from exercise, among a myriad of other benefits, but here at Thought For Food, one of our goals is to shift the mindset away from exercise as a chore and towards a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. This is all about perspective, though. “Exercise” is a huge part of both our lives, and we’ve both been those performance and results obsessed freaks. We still struggle with exercise addiction. Finding a healthy relationship with exercise is all about understanding when to go deep when needed and when to chill when it’s time. Finding something that you love doing, and that allows for a sense of fulfillment and adventure. Because exercise is supposed to feel good (okay, maybe not always). It’s supposed to be something you look forward to, not dread. So, for those of you looking to begin an exercise routine and establish positive and healthy habits, or maybe you’re a veteran that wants to reconnect with why you started in the first place, this episode is for you. We hope this helps you rethink what exercise means to you, and it’s helpful for us to discuss these issues. It’s a process that we are going through as well. So, go outside, move your body, do epic shit, and enjoy the journey. Because if you don’t, then what’s the point?

-Jackson and Aaron


Want to support the show and what TFF is doing? You can share our content with friends and family if you feel like they could get something out of our message. It would also help us out a ton if you left a quick review on the iTunes store, it really helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners (and it only takes 5 min)! If you want to go above and beyond, you can kick us some change by pledging your support on Patreon each month, which is a recurring crowd funding site dedicated to creators like us! It allows us to keep putting out the free content that you’re used to, but helps us to invest more money into improving the quality of the show through better equipment (every penny we make on Patreon goes to bettering our setup to make the content better for you!). You can also visit tfflifestyle.com/support to learn more and make a one-time donation. We also have a few shirts over on the shop page, so get ’em while you can! More are coming soon.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV.

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

 

Show Notes

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19136507

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23245609

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7823386

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20630992

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22039197

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20630992

Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, Powers & Howley

http://www.acsm.org/

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Clean Meat & Plant-Based Food Tech 101 with Christie Lagally


Listen on Google Play MusicIf you’ve been following the podcast for a while, you know we’re big fans of the idea of using a combo of education and market-based solutions to end factory farming and shift towards eating a more healthy, compassionate, and sustainable diet. We’re also extremely fascinated with the idea of ‘clean meat,’ which is meat created by growing animal cells in a lab to absolutely transform the agricultural system. The Good Food Institute is on the cutting edge of supporting the burgeoning plant-based and clean meat food tech industries. Their mission is to create a more healthy, humane, and sustainable food system and to end factory farming by 2050. We like that goal.

For more on the Good Food Institute itself, definitely go back and listen to our episode with Liz Specht (episode 31) and Emily Byrd (episode 63) or visit gfi.org. This week on the podcast, Jackson sits down with Christie Lagally, senior scientist at GFI, to talk all things clean meat. Clean meat is such a new idea and even newer technology, so there are a lot of questions. We thought it would be helpful for people to get a sort of “clean meat 101” primer episode and talk to Christie, who is an expert in this field. As someone who works directly with the companies starting in this space, Christie is seeing first hand where this is currently, and where it’s going. You may have heard about the deal involving Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and other investors bringing $17 million to the clean meat company Memphis Meats, which is huge. This technology quite literally has the potential to change the world.

Christie drops some knowledge on all things clean and plant-based meat, including:

  • the use of fetal bovine serum in clean meat technology
  • the current status and future of this industry
  • the process of how this technology works
  • plant-based food tech innovation
  • a discussion about the new plant-based class at UC Berkeley that Christie designed
  • plenty more!

Hopefully this episode gives you a stronger, more in depth understanding of market based innovation and its place in ending our reliance on factory farming, or gave you something brand new to think about. We believe this is such an important piece of the puzzle for solving the problems of animal welfare, climate change, and human health. It’s a pretty in depth episode, so bust out that notebook and take notes! Huge thank you to Christie and GFI for the work they are doing and for joining us on the show.

-Jackson


Want to support the show and what TFF is doing? You can share our content with friends and family if you feel like they could get something out of our message. It would also help us out a ton if you left a quick review on the iTunes store, it really helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners (and it only takes 5 min)! If you want to go above and beyond, you can kick us some change by pledging your support on Patreon each month, which is a recurring crowd funding site dedicated to creators like us! It allows us to keep putting out the free content that you’re used to, but helps us to invest more money into improving the quality of the show through better equipment (every penny we make on Patreon goes to bettering our setup to make the content better for you!). You can also visit tfflifestyle.com/support to learn more and make a one-time donation. We also have a few shirts over on the shop page, so get ’em while you can! More are coming soon.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV.

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

 

Show Notes

Learn more about the work of GFI: www.gfi.org

Follow GFI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegoodfoodinstitute/

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoodFoodInst

Companies mentioned:

Memphis Meats

Hampton Creek

Beyond Meat

Impossible Foods

Field Roast

Further reading:

Mapping the Clean Meat Industry

More on Clean Meat

Details on the Memphis Meats investment deal

“How Startups and Nonprofits are Collaborating to Build the “Clean Meat” Industry

Vegan Mafia

More on the Berkeley class

Sutardja Center @ Berkeley Class

Christie’s talk at IFTNext

Related episodes:

Liz Specht (episodes 11 and 31)

Emily Byrd

Ethan Brown

 

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