Dr. James Rouse on the Power of Plants, Gratitude, and Unlocking Your Flow State

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I’ve been super excited to share this episode with you for a long time. This week, I sit down with the charismatic, inspiring, and compassionate Dr. James Rouse. Dr. James is the co-founder and formulator of the plant-based nutrition company, Healthy Skoop, entrepreneur, athlete, champion of gratitude and wellness, and most importantly: the Chief Ruckus Maker. Dr. James is seriously one of a kind, and you’ll quickly feel his passion for everything he does in the conversation.

We covered an expansive array of topics, from his childhood to finding his spiritual path in the Himalayas to his thoughts on exercising by feel as an Ironman athlete. We delve into meditation, morning routines, doing epic shit, gratitude and above all: having the courage to follow your passion and make an impact on the world. This was easily one of the most energetic and inspiring conversations I’ve had in my life, let along on this podcast, so I really hope you enjoy it. I deeply respect this man, and consider him a mentor and a friend, and someone that pushes me to live more intentionally and compassionately, so it was an honor to have the chance to throw down on TFF. I originally recorded this interview for the Skoopcast, Skoop’s own podcast (which I also host), but felt compelled to share it with all of you on TFF. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to reach out with any comments!

I’m currently in the heart of the Italian Alps, in Bormio, riding bikes and doing epic shit with my friends Gruff and Ian. We’re crushing the mountains in an effort to raise awareness for the power of a plant-based lifestyle to not only avoid unnecessary suffering towards animals and our planet, but to fuel adventure and high level fitness. You can check out videos from the trip by subscribing to Thought For Food TV on YouTube! We are also raising money for Mercy For Animals so any donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has been tuning into the show. We just hit 200k downloads on the podcast, and we couldn’t be where we are today without your support every week. Hope you enjoy today’s episode, and see you back here again next week!

-Jackson


Are you enjoying the podcast? You can support our free content by sharing it 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!).

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

Follow Healthy Skoop:

http://healthyskoop.com

https://www.facebook.com/HealthySkoop/

http://instagram.com/healthyskoop

http://twitter.com/healthyskoop

Follow Dr. James:

https://www.facebook.com/DrJamesRouse/

http://instagram.com/drjamesrouse

Skoopcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-96005882-596705175

Vegan Alpletic: http://donate.mercyforanimals.org/veganalpletic

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

 

Cycling in the Alps for Mercy For Animals – Vegan Alpletic Announcement

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This week’s episode is something a little different. I’m incredibly excited to announce Vegan Alpletic: a collaboration between myself, Ian Moore, Gruffudd Pugh-Jones, Mercy For Animals, and Vegan Athletic Apparel. The first week of July, Ian, Gruff, and I are embarking on a fundraising expedition for Mercy For Animals by traveling through the French and Italian Alps in search of the hardest, most epic climbs to ride on our bikes. By raising awareness about the potential for a plant-based, vegan diet to fuel even the hardest athletic ventures, and educating others about the realities of factory farms, we are hoping to raise $10,000 for the animal rights organization MFA. Many people still believe that you cannot thrive as an athlete while on a vegan diet, that the consumption of at least some animal products is required to fuel the elite athlete. We are here to end that misconception. My friend Ian has been vegan since birth, and is an elite category 1 road cyclist. I have raced at the elite national and international level, and so has Gruff. The three of us are riding enormous mountains like the Stelvio Pass, Gavia Pass, Alpe d’huez, and even the grueling stage 9 of the 2017 Tour de France, which is 111 miles and climbs over 16,000 feet in elevation.

Mercy For Animals fights for ending factory farming and the mass suffering of animals through education and outreach, completing undercover investigations, and lobbying for policy change. Here at TFF, we tend to focus on education about the health and nutrition side of eating a plant-based diet, which we believe is an essential component to ending factory farming and the unnecessary exploitation of animals. But it’s also incredibly important to understand what is truly happening in our industrial food system and Mercy For Animals is at the forefront of that effort, so we felt compelled to raise money and awareness for this organization. I have deep passions for cycling in the mountains, doing epic shit, and getting out of my comfort zone, and documenting that adventure. Combining all of that with the education and awareness about the realities of factory farming and showing how we are fueling ourselves as plant-based athletes is an absolute dream come true. We are fully self-funding the trip, so all donations will go directly to Mercy For Animals. We need all the help we can get to meet our goal of $10,000, so please visit our awesome donate page over at donate.mercyforanimals.org/veganalpletic to help make a difference for farmed animals! And be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, where we’ll be posting regular vlogs about our adventures in the alps. We can’t wait to kick this thing off, and we are so grateful for your support! Learn more in the links below.


Are you enjoying the podcast? You can support our free content by sharing it 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!). New shirts are LIVE! But (awesomely) we are nearly sold out. We have a limited run of a few sizes left, so go check them out! We will be making another order soon, so don’t worry!

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

Vegan Alpletic:

Donate page: http://www.donate.mercyforanimals.org/veganalpletic

Mercy For Animals: http://mercyforanimals.org

MFA Blog: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/meet-the-vegan-whos-bike-riding-across-europe

Vegan Athletic Apparel: http://veganathleticapparel.com

Announcement vlog: http://bit.ly/2rcQ0qs

Ian’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChcIKnoaslB_hu3Kvb-CdGA

Gruff’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4PL_C4fTytNC3GQ77bwPw

Ian on Instagram: http://instagram.com/igmoore

Gruff on Instagram: http://instagram.com/gruffuddpughjones

Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Professional Triathlete Antoine Desroches on Fueling with Plants and Enjoying the Training Process

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You can’t be a professional athlete and eat a vegan diet, right? You’d be totally deficient in the important nutrients like protein and iron. Well, actually, you can not only thrive as an athlete, but also live in alignment of your morals and ethics, such as compassion towards animals and a focus on environmental sustainability. Today’s guest to Thought For Food is doing exactly this. Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches is a professional triathlete hailing from Quebec, Canada. He specializes in 70.3 or Half-Ironman distance races, and turned professional last year.

Antoine has been a big supporter of TFF from the beginning, and he is completely aligned with the TFF ethos of looking at lifestyle from a holistic and integrative approach. Enjoying the training process. Living in alignment with your morals. Fueling with an evidence-based, compassionate diet. And most important of all: having fun. We nerd out on all things plant-based athlete including:

  • Antoine’s athletic background and what led him to triathlon
  • Difficulties as an athlete
  • How and why he went plant-based
  • What a typical day of fueling on plants looks like during a training day
  • His advice for new athletes thinking about getting into triathlon or sport in general
  • His philosophy surrounding functional strength and training
  • Why it’s important to let go of the obsession of weighing yourself and counting calories
  • What his school and career goals look like
  • And more!

Antoine is one positive dude, inspiring us to push ourselves in training and in life. He’s also super vocal on social media, so be sure to give him a follow (links below). Antoine is changing the paradigm of how professional athletes think about food, lifestyle, and training.


We are gearing up for another Q&A episode, so send us some questions to tfflifestyle@gmail.com to get your question answered on the show!

Want to support what we’re doing with Thought For Food? Consider subscribing to the show on iTunes or wherever you consume podcasts, and on YouTube at Thought For Food TV. You can also do us a solid by leaving a review on the iTunes store, which helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners, so we can spread this message to a greater audience. If you want to go above and beyond, we are now on Patreon! Patreon is a platform for supporters of content creators to pledge anywhere from $1 per month up to however much you want to support the growth and content creation. By pledging a certain amount each month, you get rewarded with exclusive perks like a shoutout in the VLOG, special access to a Google Hangout Q&A, or even a private nutrition consultation with Aaron and Jackson. It’s pretty cool! And every single cent we make on Patreon goes directly back into TFF in the form of equipment upgrades to make the content even better for you. So, basically, you get to have a direct impact on making the content better and more frequent. Sounds awesome right?

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!

Enjoy the show, go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron

Show Notes

Follow Antoine:

Website: http://www.plantpower.co.nz/

Instagram: @antoinejdtri

Twitter: @antoinejdtri

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antoinejdtri/?fref=ts

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMx4L6PMZerRg4gOCs8krhg


Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Sid Garza-Hillman on Approaching the Natural Through Integrated Movement and a Small Steps Approach to Health

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Boy oh boy are we excited about this one! We’ve been huge fans of Sid for a long time, from the amazing commentary on his podcast, Approaching the Natural, to his hilariously brilliant YouTube VLOGS, Sid Garza-Hillman is perfectly aligned with TFF. A certified nutritionist, health coach, Programs Director at the Stanford Inn, 50k race director, and ultramarathoner, Sid is a straight up badass. He’s been in the plant-based scene for quite some time now, and is an advocate of the small steps approach, which we talk about in the show.

In this episode, we talk to Sid about things like:

  • his background in acting and music
  • approaching the natural through a small steps approach
  • why integrating exercise throughout the day is more effective than working out and then sitting
  • Sid’s thoughts on effective activism
  • much more!

If you haven’t already, definitely go subscribe to both Sid’s podcast and YouTube channel. They are amazing. Huge thank you to Sid for joining us on TFF, and we’re excited for future collaborations in the future. We will warn you, this was our first ever Skype interview, and was somewhat of a test run as we didn’t know what to expect. For some reason, Aaron sounds like he was calling in via satellite phone from the Gobi Desert, so we apologize for the bad audio quality in sections. Jackson and Sid sound great though.


We just want to say how grateful we are for each and every one of you tuning into the show each week. We absolutely love doing this and it makes it even better to know that we are reaching people all over the world and having an impact on your lives. It means so much when you send us a nice email or leave a 5-star review on iTunes, we read each and every one and it makes our day every time. Keep doing what you’re doing and living the Thought For Food Lifestyle. Jackson has been having a ton of fun on YouTube making a few VLOGS each week, so definitely subscribe to Thought For Food TV for regular videos, it gives a different perspective on TFF than the podcast! And keep sending us your questions on email for future Q&A episodes, we love answering your questions so don’t be shy. We will be in Los Angeles from October 22nd-25th, so if you’re around, give us a shout! We’d love to connect. Until next week,

go eat some plants. what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

 

Sid’s website: http://sidgarzahillman.com/

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/approaching-natural-podcast/id705700222?mt=2

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsU_Wof0HYUTehD34CKcIBw


Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Snapchat: TFFlifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli