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By Carleigh Bodrug
The PlantPod is a wellness podcast dedicated to opening up conversations about physical, mental and spiritual health. Each week, your host Carleigh Bodrug, founder of the popular plant-based food blog PlantYou, sits down with experts to explore a range of topics such as dietary health, meditation, skincare, veganism and more.
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Ditch Alcohol and Gain a Happier More Confident You
Have you ever considered ditching alcohol but don't know where to start? Are you worried about the social pressures around limiting your alcohol consumption, or curious about the impact it could have on both your mind and body? Well buckle up! It's the first episode of 2022 and we're delving into all things sober living with the amazing Karolina Rzadkowolska. Karolina is a certified alcohol-free life coach and bestselling author of Euphoric: Ditch Alcohol and Gain a Happier, More Confident You! In today's episode you'll learn about some of the reasons you might want to consider reducing your alcohol consumption, what to say to friends and family members who ask about your alcohol free journey, and some of the positive side effects that might occur when you make the decision to leave alcohol behind. I want to hear from you. Please DM me on Instagram and let me know what you enjoyed about this week's episode, and what you'd like to hear more about in the future. Get Euphoric and FREE Resources: Find Karolina here:
January 02, 2022
Everything PERIODS: Cramping, bloating, PMS and what's actually happening during your menstrual cycle
Cramping, water retention, mood swings and intense cravings for everything chocolate. If you’re one of the millions of human beings who get their periods each month, some of these side effects might be all too familiar to you. BUT why do our periods come with this long list of undesirable symptoms? Why for some and not others? And what’s actually happening to your body during your menstrual cycle and throughout the month? Today we’re talking EVERYTHING periods. I’ve had mine for well over a decade, and before this podcast, am a little embarrassed to admit I really had such a surface level understanding of what’s happening in my body every month and I’m so glad we’re talking about it. Nothing’s off the table.  I’m so excited to welcome Nicole Jardim to the podcast today, who is a Certified Women's Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor and the creator and author of Fix Your Period.  Find Nicole here: Preorder my cookbook, PlantYou:
October 12, 2021
So You Want To Be A Content Creator With Danielle Brown of @HealthyGirlKitchen
Have you ever wondered what it's like being a food blogger, content creator of influencer? In this episode of the PlantPod, I have on my blogging bestie Danielle of @HealthyGirlKitchen to spill all the tea about what it's really like to grow a platform. At the time of taping this, Danielle had 400,000 followers on TikTok, and just a few months later has an engaged community of 1.1 Million fans - so listen closely to her practical tips and tricks! Some of the topics covered: - How to grow a social media platform - How to monetize your social media - Some lesser known tips for getting blog readers - Danielle's vegan journey and how she went from health coach to full time food blogger Find Danielle on Instagram, TikTok and on her website: Preorder my cookbook and get a 101 easy snack idea ebook: Find me on social media: Meal Planner: 
September 28, 2021
Connecting With Spirits, Trusting Your Intuition and Living in Alignment With Medium Carly Pearce
Spiritual Medium Carly Pearce joins the PlantPod to discuss all things mediumship, intuition and living in alignment with your true self. We dive into how she got into mediumship, what she actually “sees” when she channels the spirit world and how you too can tap into your intuitive abilities as well. We ask questions including: - What exactly is mediumship? How does this relate to psychic, astrology and tarot readings? - Does everyone have psychic abilities? - How can someone tap into their intuition? - How do you deal with non-believers? - What do you see when you are channeling a spirit? To learn more about Carly, or book a reading, find her at: or @missintuition_ on Instagram Find Carleigh on Instagram: Plant-Based Meal Planner:
June 29, 2021
Botox, Filler & Butt Lifts?! Plastic Surgery 101 With Dr. Anthony Youn
All the pressing questions you ever had about plastic surgery answered in this no-hold back episode with one of America's leading Plastic Surgeons Dr. Anthony Youn. - How early should someone start botox? - What are the risks of plastic surgery procedures like a butt lift or breast augmentation? - Do you think Instagram filters are increasing the amount of people seeking plastic surgery? - What can someone do without going under the knife or needle to improve their appearance? And more... Known as America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon®, Anthony Youn, M.D. F.A.C.S is a nationally-recognized, board-certified plastic surgeon. Recognized as a leader in his field, he is the author of the best-selling books “The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger," "In Stitches: A Memoir," and “Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon.” His public television special, The Age Fix with Dr. Anthony Youn, has been viewed by millions.  Dr. Youn also hosts the popular podcast The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show.  He is a social media star, with over 2 million subscribers on his YouTube Channel and TikTok.  He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Oakland University / William Beaumont School of Medicine. Find Dr. Youn on Instagram: Visit Dr. Youn's website: Find Carleigh on Instagram: Weekly plant-based meal plans:
June 02, 2021
The Amazing World of Bees, Is Honey Vegan, and Why Are Bees Dying?
Let’s sit down with one of the globe’s leading pollination and bee experts to explore the fascinating world of honey bees. In this episode, we delve into the incredibly massive impact bees have on our food system and communities, lessons we as humans can take away from bee colonies, why bee populations are declining, and whether or not honey should be considered vegan. Mark L. Winston is a Canadian Biologist and Scientist, and one of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination. He is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive, and an Independent Publishers 2019 Gold Medal “IPPY” Award for his book Listening to the Bees. As a consultant and thought leader, Dr. Winston partners with universities, corporations, NGOs, governments and communities to advance communication skills, engage public audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions. As an award-winning writer and editor, he works with students, scientists, other professionals and writers to develop compelling non-fiction, from proposals and newspaper opinion pieces to manuscripts and books. He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, a Professor of Biological Sciences, and the SFU Library’s inaugural Nonfiction Writer in Residence (2020-2021). Purchase Bee Time: Lessons From The Hive: Purchase Listening To The Bees: Carleigh on Instagram:
May 19, 2021
Plant-Based For Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers
Is a plant-based or vegan diet safe for pregnancy, babies and children? This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Alex and Whitney, dietitians, authors and the creators of Plant-Based Juniors to answer all of your burning questions about plant-based eating and the impacts a vegan lifestyle can have on early life. Some of the questions answered: Is a vegan baby at risk for nutrient deficiency? What supplements should we be making sure our kids are getting? Why do so many people crave red meat when they're pregnant? What should I do when my healthcare provider believes a plant-based diet is harmful to me or my kids? Plant-Based Juniors (PBJs), is a community for parents and educators interested in properly implementing plant-based diets for children. Created by Alexandra Caspero MA, RDN and Whitney English MS, RDN - both moms and registered dietitian nutritionists – PBJs is dedicated to filling the gap in credible pediatric nutrition information for plant-based infants and children.  PBJs promotes an all-inclusive “predominantly plant-based” approach, supporting all families from vegan to vegetarian to flexitarian. Basically, if parents want to get more plants on the plate, PBJs wants to help! PBJs has multiple resources available to support the feeding journey including their new book, The Plant-Based Baby and Toddler (Avery, May 2021), The Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide, First Bites: The Definitive Guide to Baby-Led Weaning For Plant-Based Babies, and PBJ’s Batch Cook Ebook Order the Plant-Based Baby and Toddler: Plant Based Juniors on Instagram: Carleigh on Instagram:
May 11, 2021
How We Can Improve the Lives of Farm Animals
Right now, more than 70 billion animals are farmed for food each year – two-thirds in conditions that mean they can’t move freely or live naturally. Unfortunately, this includes animals like chickens, pigs and cows that are commonly farmed in both Canada and the United States. It’s an unfortunate reality that the world isn’t going to stop eating animal products overnight. With that in mind, in this week’s PlantPod episode, we delve into how we can lobby the government and industry to improve the lives of farm animals at every stage from farming to transportation to slaughter. For this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lynn Kavanagh who is the Farming Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection Canada. Here are some of the questions we delved into: What does factory farming look like in Canada? How can we help improve the lives of farm animals? What legislation does the government have in place to help improve the lives of these animals? Are farmers and industry open to change? What are Ag-Gag laws? Which animals are treated the worst? What are some of the health implications of this unfair treatment to animals? Lynn has been leading animal advocacy campaigns for many years. She is currently the Canadian Farming Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection, an international animal welfare charity with offices in 14 countries. She oversees the organization’s farm animal welfare and food systems campaigns to change government legislation, corporate policies, and people’s behaviour to improve protection for animals. She received an MSc degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Support World Animal Protection here: Learn more about farm animals here: PetSmart Campaign:
May 05, 2021
Imposter Syndrome, High Functioning Anxiety and How To Cope In A Fast Paced World
Have you ever felt like you simply weren’t good enough?  Maybe for that new job, as a parent or just as a human showing up in your daily experience? Or maybe you feel like a fraud, and you’re waiting for the shoe to drop and everyone to figure out that you’re just faking it. These are feelings I know all too well, and if you can relate, sit tight as today we’re delving into imposter syndrome, high functioning anxiety and how to cope in our fast paced world. Questions answered with Psychologist Dr. Kelly Vincent: What is imposter syndrome? What are some of the symptoms? Why do you think someone experiences imposter syndrome? What are some of the steps to overcome imposter syndrome? Do you think social media contributes to anxiety and imposter syndrome? What sort of boundaries should we put in place to protect our peace? Dr. Kelly Vincent is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Encinitas, CA. She obtained her masters and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA. She is an author, certified yoga teacher and Co-founder of Movement Therapy Spaces, a co-working inspired space for therapists and holistic providers. Her areas of clinical focus are helping to support and guide women who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, along with mamas who are managing the ups and downs of motherhood. She incorporates a mind-body and holistic approach, as she is deeply passionate about treating the WHOLE person. Website: Instagram: Imposter syndrome course: The plantyou community can use code PLANT for 15% off of the course. The course price is $47 USD Find Carleigh here: For weekly plant-based meal plans:
April 27, 2021
Could Environmental Toxins Be Making You Sick? The Toxins Hidden In Our Homes & How To Combat Them
Have you ever turned over the label of your favorite smelling body wash and were surprised at the lengthy ingredient list with a whole bunch of chemical names you couldn’t pronounce? Or maybe you’ve experienced ongoing symptoms like fatigue, insomnia and low mood with no source or explanation from your doctor?  In this week's episode of the PlantPod, I was fortunate to interview Dr. Vivian Chen about about the impact environmental toxins can have on our health and how they often hide in some of our favorite household products. We also discuss some simple steps to help offset the health consequences of toxic buildup. Dr Chen is a UK-trained medical doctor with 15 years of clinical experience. She is board certified in the UK in both internal medicine and family practice. Her world turned upside down when her daughter was hospitalized soon after being born with symptoms no doctor could figure out. Through doing her own research, she was able to help her daughter recover. She also realized that the many years of chronic fatigue, acne and brain fog she had was due to environmental toxicity. This opened the world of root causes she had never considered before as a conventional medical doctor. Today she lives in San Francisco with her family and coaches clients back to health by identifying root causes and implementing lifestyle solutions. She is also on a mission to help people reduce their toxin load because she believes environmental toxins to be one important root cause of many chronic health conditions. Before we get started, if you enjoy this episode while listening, take a screenshot and share it in your instagram stories tagging me at @plantyou and Dr. Vivian Chen at so that we can share in the love. And of course since this is a newer podcast your five star reviews literally mean the world to me. Thank you, thank you thank you. Follow Dr. Vivian Chen on instagram: Enroll in Dr. Chen’s Detox Right course: Toxins in chord blood of babies: Source:
April 20, 2021
How To Simplify Your Life and Your Closet
Have you ever felt like you were shopping and buying things just because you’re bored? Or maybe you feel like you need the newest style of jeans or workout machine to keep up with your favorite social media influencer? Well today we’re talking about breaking that cycle and living more with less. I’m super excited to be welcoming author Courtney Carver to the podcast who is an expert in this space. Courtney is the author of Soulful Simplicity and most recently Project 333, the Minimalist Fashion Challenge, featured in Vogue and Oprah Magazines, as well as her simplicity blog We discuss how reassessing our relationship with the things we buy or own can truly transform your life, igniting confidence, financial freedom and better health. If you enjoy this podcast, you can take a screenshot and tag me at @plantyou and Courtney at @bemorewithless on Instagram so we can share the love. And since this is a newer podcast your five star reviews mean so much to me. Thank you so much for your support. Find Courtney’s latest books here: Find Courtney’s Instagram Page: Find Carleigh here: For weekly plant-based meal plans:
April 13, 2021
White Veganism, Collective Liberation and Fostering More Inclusivity Within the Vegan Movement
In this week’s episode, we’re analyzing inclusivity within the vegan movement, and how we can better strive for collective liberation for both our fellow humans and non-human animals. I interview Social Justice Activist Iye Bako, touching on several important issues and questions including: What is white veganism? What is collective liberation? Do you think the vegan movement lacks representation of people of color? How can we be better activists? Do you find purity culture counterproductive? These are incredibly important conversations that you can find further information on by following Iye’s instagram page at @iyeloveslife. It is linked here. Iye is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature and International Business. She’s a Social Justice Advocate and believes in fighting for total liberations for both humans and non-human animals. She’s passionate about racial justice issues, and is an advisory board member of Plant the Power 614, which is a grassroots non profit that seeks to cultivate a caring plant-based community for people of color. As well, she is the co-found of V.A.A.O - Vegans Against All Oppression. Iye is originally from Nigeria, and was raised in the United States. If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot and share it in your instagram stories tagging me (@plantyou) and Iye (@iyeloveslife) with your favorite nugget of wisdom. We would love to share! Find Carleigh here: For weekly plant-based meal plans:
April 07, 2021
Is Soy Bad For You?
We’re delving into one of the most controversial nutrition topics in the vegan community: SOY. I interview Dr. Matthew Nagra to interpret the latest research on soy, and ask all the questions you had about this heavily contested food including: Is soy bad for your health?  Is soy estrogenic?  Will it increase breast tissue in men? Can it have adverse effects on women's hormones?  Does soy cause acne?  Is soy consumption linked to cancer?  Should we be seeking out non GMO soy?  How much soy is too much? We also clear the air on other highly controversial foods in the plant-based community including nutritional yeast, vegan protein powder and oil. Dr. Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor devoted to bringing the most up-to-date evidence-based nutrition information to his patients at his clinic in Vancouver. In 2018 he graduated with his naturopathic medical degree after completing his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Victoria. He’s certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and has written articles for Dr. T Colin Campbell’s Center for Nutrition Studies. He also volunteers for – a science-based public service providing free updates in nutrition research through bite-sized videos. Dr. Nagra is known for his social media platforms, where he often tackles misinformation around diet and nutrition, and deep dives into the latest nutrition studies. Dr. Nagra interprets the latest research studies on diet and nutrition on his Instagram page. Here are his posts on soy, and the references to the studies he talks about in the podcast are included within each caption: Post 1 on soy: Post 2 on soy: Post 3 on soy: If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot and share it in your instagram stories tagging me (@plantyou) and Dr. Matthew Nagra (@dr.matthewnagra) with your favorite nugget of wisdom. We would love to share!
March 30, 2021
Low Waste Living and How to Create a More Sustainable Planet
Wondering how to reduce your environmental footprint? Hint: It has less to do with you as an individual, and more about keeping the world's largest corporations accountable. This week I sit down with Environmentalist and Sustainability Content Creator Lauren Ferree to discuss the world's biggest polluters, how to approach low waste living, and most importantly, how to not lose hope in the midst of all. Some of the questions we dig into:  - How can someone start their low waste journey? - Why Lauren no longer uses the term "zero waste" - What are the world's biggest polluters? - How can we hold corporations accountable? - Are the introduction of paper straws more of a marketing campaign or actually relevant? - How do you hold out hope when it can feel so grim? Find Lauren Ferree here: Website: Instagram: TikTok: Links from our discussions: Bottom Trawling: Writing Companies About Their Packaging Script: If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot and share it in your instagram stories tagging me (@plantyou) and Lauren (@re.laurenferree) with your favorite nugget of wisdom. We would love to share! Find Carleigh here: For weekly plant-based meal plans:
March 23, 2021
Brain Health: Improve Focus, Prevent Cognitive Decline and Live a Longer Healthier Life
How to achieve better focus, a richer human experience and prevent cognitive decline with brain health experts Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, also known as Team Sherzai. Questions we answer: What diet is best for brain health? How can you optimize sleep for better cognitive function? Are alzheimer's and dementia related more to genetics or lifestyle? How can someone start taking better care of their brain? Can you improve your intellect through brain activities? Dr. Dean Sherzai is a behavioral neurologist/neuroscientist whose entire life has been dedicated to behavioral change models at the community and population level. He has revolutionized the world of public health nationally and internationally. Dean finished his medical and neurology residencies at Georgetown University with a subsequent fellowship in neurodegenerative diseases at the National Institutes of Health, followed by a second fellowship in Dementia and Geriatrics at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Ayesha Sherazai completed her medical residency at Loma Linda University. She subsequently completed a residency in preventive medicine and neurology and then received a fellowship in vascular neurology from Columbia University, and is currently finalizing her PhD in Epidemiology at Loma Linda University. Ayesha also has a culinary degree, giving her a unique understanding of nutrition as a powerful tool for disease prevention. Doctors Dean and Ayesha are releasing their second book, the 30 Day Alzheimer’s Solution. Here is the link to preorder: If you enjoy this podcast remember to take a screenshot, share it in your stories, and tag me at @plantyou and team Sherzai at @shersaimd on Instagram so we can share the love! A five star review would also mean the world as this is a new podcast. Find Team Sherzai here: Find Carleigh here: Weekly plant-based meal plans:
March 16, 2021
Manifestation: How To Start and Achieve Your Dream Life
How to manifest your dream job, dream partner and dream life. For this episode, I was fortunate to sit down with the amazing Payal Corley, who is the founder of Affirmation Addict and the app, Affirm It. She's been using the power of manifestation and affirmations since she was 12 and after quitting her corporate dream job, she's made it her mission to help people understand the power they carry within them daily. Her goal is to make affirmations accessible and understandable for the masses because everyone deserves to feel empowered and realize that they can create their own reality. Questions we answer: What is manifestation? How can someone start manifesting? How you can manifest your dream life, dream partner and dream job? What do you say to critics of manifestation? Can you truly manifest anything, like winning the lottery? How does hard work tie into the conversation of manifestation? Can negative thoughts manifest as well? Studies discussed during this episode: Study on positive affirmations and plants: Study on positive affirmations and its impact on water: Where to find us: Find Payal Corley here: Her app, Affirm It here: Find Carleigh here: Weekly plant-based meal plans: Take a screenshot of this episode, share it in your stories and tag me and Payal so we can share the love!
March 08, 2021
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Birth Control Pill - Dr. Jolene Brighten
In this episode we answer all your pressing questions about how the birth control pill impacts the body with Naturopathic Medical Physician Dr. Jolene Brighten, Author of Beyond The Pill. This includes: How the birth control pill actually works in our body The biggest risk to taking the birth control pill How the pill can impact our mental health and contribute to brain fog Whether or not the pill impacts fertility The way the pill can impact a person’s libido Non-hormonal alternatives to the birth control pill Why there isn’t a birth control pill for men Tips and tricks to coming off the pill effectively and limiting side effects And more! Dr. Jolene Brighten is a prominent leader in women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome — studying the effects of hormonal birth control on female health. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. We would love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Please take a screenshot and share in your stories! I can be found at @plantyou, and Dr. Jolene Brighten is under the tag @drjolenebrighten. Links: Beyond The Pill - Dr. Jolene Brighten One of the books Dr. Brighten mentions: This Is Your Brain on Birth Control - Sarah Hill Plant-based meal plans: If you’re wanting to eat more plants, but have no idea where to start, I release weekly done for you digital plant-based meal plans with easy meal prep friendly vegan meals and shopping lists to take with you to the store. Find them here:
March 02, 2021
PlantPod Trailer
Welcome to the PlantPod. I’m your host Carleigh Bodrug, journalist turned food blogger and the girl behind the popular plant-based lifestyle brand PlantYou. You’ve made it to a safe space where we’re going to be delving into all of your unfiltered pressing questions about physical, mental and spiritual health. I’ll be interviewing leading experts in a wide range of topics like dietary health, wellness routines, manifestation, veganism and more. So if you’re ready to Grow Your Mind, and Feed Your Soul, press that subscribe button, grab a tea or your favorite beverage, and let’s sit down for a chat.
February 25, 2021