A podcast for plant-based moms seeking to incorporate all components of living a plant-based lifestyle, including food and far beyond.
As a mom, wife, and entrepreneur, I understand the challenges life can throw at you. That's why I believe so much in nourishing and energizing your body with whole plant-based foods. But the scope of living to your highest level of fulfillment goes way beyond what goes on your plate. That is what I will be sharing with you through this podcast.
Jennifer has worked as a fitness model, fitness competitor and stylist. She has obtained numerous health, wellness and fitness certificates including CrossFit Coaching, Olympic Weightlifting, Movement & Mobility, Muscle Activation Techniques and a certification in Plant Based Nutrition and Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell University. In addition to these courses, Jennifer has completed the Women’s Health certification through Dr. Pam Popper’s Wellness Forum Health.
After years of suffering from intense ‘stomach’ pain, Jennifer was diagnosed with endometriosis and was able to take complete control of her health, get strong, and achieve a state of well-being that she didn’t think was attainable.
Jennifer specializes in helping individuals with inflammatory conditions thrive through three powerful elements: Food + Fitness + Wellness. She knows first-hand how being dedicated to plant powered food, fitness and self-care can improve everything from inflammation, unbalanced moods, poor performance in the gym, low energy levels, and various skin conditions.
Jennifer is the creator of https://plantbasedmasterysummit.com/ an online summit with 20 world-renowned plant-based experts, from a 4 time championship basketball player and plant-based advocate to the world’s top cardiologists, all sharing their journey and insights on plant-based living with Jennifer Zee.
Jennifer leads by example and has created a sustainable, fun and happy lifestyle full of energy, passion and dedication.
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When it comes to diets, they are only focused on one thing-the physical result. Yes we all want to look good, but when focusing just on the physical we are missing some very key components that help us obtain these desirable changes and make them permanent.
In this Episode I talk about how mindset and finding your "Why" are the 2 key components that create LASTING DESIRABLE change. We often don't dig deep enough to discover the emotional attachments behind making a change, which is crucial to keeping you motivated on the path to long term success.
Unlike the million fad diets out there, a plant-based lifestyle ties in all elements to help you feel your best every single day for the rest of your life. My Plant-Based Superpower Mom Facebook Group focuses heavily on mindset, and if you haven't already requested to join, I strongly encourage you to do so HERE. The right support truly is key.
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I have always struggled with my weight. I can remember being slightly chubby from around the age of 5, but everything got worse when at the age of 8 we moved from the city to another local suburb. I struggled to make new friends, and began to be picked on. Like so many others, I found comfort in food. This lead to my highest weight of about 225 pounds by the time I was 20. On my small 5’1″ frame it looked worse.
Shortly after getting married to my ex-husband I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes! I went to the doctor for a checkup after having a miscarriage, and I walked out of the office with 6 prescriptions for pills, meter, strips, and not really knowing what Diabetes even was.
While I realize now my low/no carb approach was unsustainable for me, I did lower my A1c, lose 50 pounds and get pregnant with my son! But after my first pregnancy I struggled. I would yo-yo with both my weight, losing the same 20 pounds over and over again, but also with my diabetes. My A1c was all over the place, anywhere from 11 to 5.1! I tried so many different diets, shakes, extreme workouts, pink drinks, pills, etc, and nothing worked longer that a few weeks or months.
I went from Metformin, to insulin, to Victoza-until I got a lump in my neck from it. Around the same time I also experienced knee inflammation. I have an old knee injury and some arthritis from it, but now my knee was the size of a grapefruit, for no reason!
I couldn’t walk for a month. I was stuck on the couch, peeing in a garbage can! My husband was transitioning from his day job to a higher paying evening job, so he would get the kids on the bus, leave all day, come home for an hour, feed and bath our daughter, and then leave all night. My butt went numb from sitting and laying. I had tennis elbow from lifting myself, and then carpal tunnel in both wrists from switching to them. I was at ROCK BOTTOM!
This was when I knew I had to make a complete change. This just wasn’t working. Everyday I felt like I was slowly dying instead of living and thriving. We had watched Forks Over Knives, Hungry For Change, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 & 2, Food Matters, and so many other documentaries before but just never did anything. Now we were ready! We tried one day, a Saturday, eating a 100% WFPB diet. This was rebirth!
Immediately I noticed changes. I had to start lowering my insulin because I was having lows and waking up in the 50’s. I was sleeping better. I had energy. I was losing weight. And my knee was straight and normal after just 2 weeks. After 4 weeks I was completely OFF insulin! For the first time in my life I felt like I was living instead of dying. This is why I don’t cheat or why I haven’t “fallen off the wagon” Because no junk food is better than how I feel everyday! I have since lost a total of 82 pounds since switching to a WFPB lifestyle (or 107 pounds if you go off my highest weight of 225)!
From the start I made videos on my YouTube Channel and created my Facebook page: Plant Based Melissa. I’ve been reading book after book and just recently received my Certification in Holistic Nutrition. Food is powerful and can truly help so many ailments and diseases. It’s about embracing your “why,” educating yourself on this lifestyle and never looking back.
My husband, Tim, started on his plant-based journey in 2011 for his health. He was very sick and desperate—and honestly I was worried he wouldn’t live another year. But now he is in incredible health, and I have seen firsthand the lifesaving results from his new way of eating and other healthy habits.
When Tim made the switch, I fully supported him. I ate more plant-based foods, but for some reason I never went completely plant-based.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid that was bigger than a grapefruit. The fibroid was putting pressure on the ureter to my right kidney, so it had to be removed. In 2015 I had a total hysterectomy. During the surgery and hospital stay I had flashbacks to my mother’s long days and nights at the hospital as she battled leukemia. My dear mother had lost her battle with cancer, and I vowed the day after my own surgery that I would never set foot in a hospital again if I had anything to do with it. While I couldn’t control everything that happens to me, I could control what I put in my body. I flipped the switch and went 100 percent plant-based and never looked back.
As a result of making my health a priority, I have lost 90 pounds over the past three years, and I have become a competitive runner. The running began when my husband asked me to run a 5k with him. Then we did a 10k. After my first half marathon I really fell in love with running and being outside. Running makes me feel free. I love the time away from all the distractions around us, listening to my music, and reflecting on everything I’m blessed with. I love setting goals to become better and I never would have dreamed I would become an ultramarathoner. The finish lines and medals are fun, but the best part is spending time with my husband and enjoying the running community.
Now that Tim and I are both plant-based and active together, our marriage is thriving. We feel like teenagers, and we’re enjoying life to its fullest. We are passionate about showing others how to transition to a plant-based lifestyle through our classes, social media, and potlucks.
Check out Tim and Heather's new cookbook, Fat Man's Not So Fancy 40 Quick and Easy Plant-Based Food Recipes HERE.
Emily Kyle is an award-winning, nationally recognized media dietitian, nutrition spokesperson, and published author. She is the owner of the nutrition communications and consulting company Emily Kyle Nutrition located in Rochester, NY. On her blog and social media channels, Emily shares useful resources, nutrition articles, delicious and nutritious anti-inflammatory recipes, as well as her love for backyard gardening and modern homesteading inside The Millennial Garden. Emily Kyle Nutrition is also a private practice serving individuals in-person in Rochester, NY and virtually around the country specializing in MRT Food Sensitivity Testing and Medical Nutrition Therapy for autoimmune conditions. Her first book, The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto’s was released December, 2018. As a writer, speaker, author and media personality, Emily loves to share her nutrition knowledge with the public. You can catch her live every Monday morning on Good Day Rochester sharing her love for cooking delicious, healthy food. Outside of work, you can find her caring for her garden, flock of chickens, and young son Ransom.
Dr. Reed Mangels is a Nutrition Advisor for the non-profit, educational Vegetarian Resource Group as well as the nutrition editor and a regular columnist for the quarterly publication, Vegetarian Journal. She is a co-author of The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets (2nd and 3rd editions) and of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2009 and 2003 position papers on vegetarian diets. Reed has authored several books for the public including The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book (updated version coming out soon) and Simply Vegan.
Tatiana Amico is a mother who understands firsthand what life as a busy mom, who also has desires for more, looks like, is passionate about showing other mothers what is possible for them, and that they can create the lives they desire. She decided to leave corporate America and become a stay at home mom with her first son. Soon after, she realized she was meant to do more, and wanted to help her family financially. So, she decided to start a business from home, so she could contribute financially, while still being home with her son.
She is a certified Health Coach, successful entrepreneur, influencer, speaker, podcaster, and business mentor. She specializes in helping women gain clarity on what it is they want in their lives, realize their potential, take action, and see massive results.
Tatiana has been trained and mentored by some of the most incredible coaches in the world. She believes that creating a better world begins with individuals taking care of the health – body & mind, so she began business in 2014 by joining a health & fitness network marketing company. She built up a highly successful business quickly by helping hundreds of women with their health, and building a team of wellness entrepreneurs.
Tatiana believes every woman is deserving and capable of going after more, and living a life they desire and deserve. She is excited to now take all her skills to not only continue to help women step up in their lives, go after their dreams, and make money building businesses they love!
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Dr. Pamela Fergusson is a Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition, and over 15 years of experience with changing lives through better nutrition. She has worked as a lecturer in nutrition at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and Ryerson University, Canada.
She has her own private practice in British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Fergusson has been featured on the Food Heals Podcast, the Our Hen House Podcast and on the No Meat Athlete Podcast and Blog. She has also spoken at the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease conference, and the International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain, and Dietitians of Canada 2018 conference in Vancouver. She is also a member of the Dietitians of Canada Leadership Team on Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Team, and the advisory boards of Balanced and Concious Eating Canada. She loves to spread the message of plant-based positivity.
Dr. Fergusson has worked as a Dietitian in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia for organizations such as Unicef and the World Food program. She has broad and diverse experience as she has worked in research and teaching as well as public health and clinical practice. She is fascinated by nutrition and loves bringing wellness and fitness into her own life. She eats a whole foods, plant-based diet and loves to cook and bake with her four children. Fitness brings joy to her life; she is a runner and speed walker and she has completed five half marathons, one marathon, two ultramarathons and one self-styled Ironman. She believes in the power of activity to help improve our mental and physical health. Dr. Fergusson brings all of this joy and experience to her practice.
An Intro to the Plant-Based Superpower Mom Podcast-a podcast for plant-based moms seeking to incorporate all components of living a plant based lifestyle, including food and far beyond.
As a mom, wife, and entrepreneur, I understand the challenges life can throw at you. That's why I believe so much in nourishing and energizing your body with whole plant-based foods. But the scope of living to your highest level of fulfillment goes way beyond what goes on your plate. That is what I would like to share with you through this podcast.
Join the free mom group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/plantbasedlifestylemom