The Founderz Lounge
By Clean Eatz
Welcome to the Founderz Lounge! This podcast will give you an inside look at Don & Evonne Varady. The Founderz of Clean Eatz. Clean Eatz as a brand is two companies. Clean Eatz Franchising is a Nation Wide Cafe Quick Service Brand with close to 100 Franchise locations in 35 States. As well as Clean Eatz Kitchen, which is a distribution model that ships meals in all lower 48 states. It services military installations, pro sports teams, college sports and much more. The Founderz Lounge podcast is going to give you a look into what it takes to run these two giant companies. The good. The bad. And the ugly. Don & Evonne are still in the driver's seat and manage the day to day operations. This is where you will get a sneak peek at what that is like as they share their knowledge along the way.
Episode 6: The Perfect Balance Doesn't Exist
After taking a few months off, The Founderz Lounge is back! In this week's episode Don & Evonne talk about their opinions on the perfect "work/life balance" and why they think it doesn't exist. That, along with finding the perfect morning routine, has become a cliche phenomenon that the two of them have pretty strong opinions on.
January 17, 2023
The Founderz Lounge Episode 5 - So You Want to Franchise Your Business...
In Episode 5 Don & Evonne talk about key things any business owner should ask themselves before they decide to Franchise. If you own a business and have thought about going the Franchise route, you may not want to miss this one. They also give valuable nuggets on what to do once you make the decision. This is a very insightful episode in a growing industry. Check it out today. Don't forget to subscribe and share the show for us. We do not have paid sponsorships for the show so the only way for us to grow organically is for you to spread the word. We appreciate you guys and Thank You for the support.
October 25, 2022
The Founderz Lounge Episode 4 - Who can you trust?
In Episode 4, Don & Evonne share past experiences with Coaches, Advisors, Consultants, and Mentors. They give bits of advice on what to look for when looking for help or being approached by someone offering their help and services. Pretty good information packed into a short 30 minute conversation. Don't miss this one!
October 04, 2022
The Founderz Lounge Episode 3 - We Make it Look Easy!
In Episode three, Don & Evonne talk about the trials and tribulations of working with your spouse. This was a topic of conversation on an older episode of Clean Truth. Don & Evonne get into a little more detail before and talk about things they do to make it look easy. But trust us, It's NOT!
September 13, 2022
The Founderz Lounge Episode 2 - The Early Days
In this episode, Don and Evonne pick up right where they left off in the first episode, getting into all the stories of the early days of business. There's no playbook, no instruction manual, no coaching, no mentoring that will compare to you just doing it. Figuring it out, messing it up and learning from your mistakes.
September 06, 2022
The Founderz Lounge Episode 1 - The Founderz
Welcome to the very first episode of The Founderz Lounge. Don & Evonne introduce themselves and the new show. We say a farewell to Clean Truth as we start a new journey. In this first episode Don & Evonne share their background story. Where they came from. And how Clean Eatz came to be. Buckle in, it's a wild story. Don't forget to subscribe to the show and please share it with your friends. We would really appreciate it!
August 16, 2022
Episode 84: Bevin Prince
In this episode Don and Evonne talk with Entrepreneur Bevin Prince. While a student at UNCW, Bevin was cast on One Tree Hill and spent 6 seasons as a recurring guest star on the show while continuing to act in both Los Angeles and in NYC. Bevin then attended and graduated Excelsus Laureate with an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design before transitioning into the world of fitness. She now owns her own successful business in Wilmington NC called Recess by Bevin Prince!
November 30, 2021
Basic B*tch Season
In this Episode, Don and Ben get into their list of activities to do in the fall that will keep you active and off the couch eating potato chips!
November 23, 2021
Episode 82: Supporting Your Spouse's Hobbies
In this Episode of the Clean Truth Don and Evonne talk about each others hobbies and how it's important to be able to support the other's endeavors outside of work. They also talk about how impactful it can be on a relationship to support the other's hobbies.
November 16, 2021
Episode 81: Johnny "Utah" Mulligan
In this Episode Don and Ben are joined by Johnny "Utah" Mulligan. John is a bad ass who has his own hunting youtube show called ArrowWildTV. He talks about his training regimen for staying in shape for all outdoors sports, talks about his background in undercover narcotics operations, and how he is a self taught photographer.
October 26, 2021
Episode 80: The First "Official" Clean Truth
In this Episode of the Clean Truth, Don realeases the Clean Truth or Dare Playing Card Game! Its a fun little card game we put together based off the original "Clean Truth or Dare" we started early on in the podcast! And if you want to grab on they are up on the website in limited quantities. Other than that this episode Don and Ben get into a bunch of topics and even swing a few political topics around too. Its good episode with some good discussion!
October 19, 2021
Episode 79: Brett Bauer
In this Episode of the Clean Truth, the infamous Brett Bauer who always keeps the office supplied with energy drinks and caffiene makes an apperance. Don and Ben talk with her about supplements, energy drinks, the fitness industry and have a good time doing it.
October 05, 2021
Episode 78: Q &A, Business Advice and Drinking Stories
In this episode, Don and Ben sit down and go over some questions from Instagram. They talk about business, working with your spouse, and even some drinking stories.
August 24, 2021
Episode 77: Stephanie Mock
In this episode Don is joined by Stephanie Mock the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance at the University of Pittsburgh. They talk about her journey through the Strength and Conditioning world, how she has navigated and strived in a business filled with primarily men, and what the most valuable things she has learned along the way are.
August 03, 2021
Episode 76: Brian Teach and Jeremy Mullins
In this Episode of the Clean Truth Don goes to St. Louis and gets a quick podcast in with Brian Teach and Jeremy Mullins. They talk about everything from Fitness and Nutrition to Bourbon.
July 27, 2021
Episode 75: Be Nice!
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don is running solo for a short episode to give everyone a message for the holiday weekend that will be going to restaurants, as well as a message for restaurant owners.
July 02, 2021
Episode 74: Mike Bianco | Ole Miss Baseball Head Coach
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don and Ben talk with Ole Miss Baseball Head Coach, Mike Bianco. It was a fun conversion especially since Ben trained under Mike at Ole Miss. They talk about the current season, culture and coaching.
June 29, 2021
Episode 73: Scott Volquartsen | Volquartsen Firearms
In this Episode of the Clean Truth Don and Ben are joined by Scott Volquartsen, owner of Volquartsen firearms. They discuss how to go about running a small business when you have competition with much larger corporations and they discuss what separates Volquartsen Firearms from larger manufactures.
June 22, 2021
Episode 72: Andy Moeckel "The Flip Flop Guy"
In this episode of the Clean Truth Don and Ben get to talk with Andy Moeckel, also know as "The Flip Flop Guy" for his incredible cooking style of venison and elk. He has an incredible story of perseverance and we hope you enjoy listening to the podcast as much as we did getting to talk with Andy!
June 15, 2021
Episode 71: Luke Day | South Carolina Football Head Strength Coach
In this episode Don and Ben talk to Luke Day, the University of South Carolina's Head Football Strength Coach. They discuss what drives people to do what they day and truly motivates them through their Love Language.
June 08, 2021
Episode 70: Gabe Frank
In this episode Don is joined by Gabe Frank of the Frank Institute. They go over and discuss the importance of HRT for men and women and how having a hormonal imbalance can be extremely detrimental.
June 01, 2021
Episode 69: Preparedness
In this episode of the Clean Truth, with the recent gas shortage in NC Don gets into his list of things everyone should have to be prepared for survival. Most of the items are basic things that everyone should have access to and should always have in case of emergency.
May 18, 2021
Episode 68: If You Are Sucking The System, You Are A Leech. And You Are Going To LOSE
In this Episode Don shares his thoughts on the current situation with people deciding to stay at home and collect unemployment checks instead of going out and working jobs. There are plenty of jobs out there and along with them, opportunities.
May 11, 2021
Episode 67: Joe Solecki and John Salter
In this episode of the Clean Truth Don is joined by professional MMA Fighters, John Salter from Bellator, and Joe Solecki from the UFC. They talk about what its like preparing for a fight, the in's and out's of training for MMA, and they talk about Joe's recent win.
May 04, 2021
Episode 66: F Off Friday, WeChangeLivez Challenge Recap
In this episode Don Ben and Evonne talk about the challenge and how they all individually did on their goals, and then what their goals are moving forward.
April 30, 2021
Episode 65: The Universal Cycles of Change
In this episode Don goes into what he and Evonne have been taught by their life coach, the Universal Cycle of Change. He explains where in the cycle he and Evonne have been and shows how you can evaluate where you might be and how to continue moving through the cycles.
April 20, 2021
Episode 64: F Off Friday, Highly Motivated and Highly Caffeinated
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don Evonne and Ben are talking about finally being motivated again, fitness wise and business wise. It is a fun hang out session filled with laughs so check it out and let us know what you think!
April 16, 2021
Episode 63: F Off Friday, Looking Good Naked and "We"
In this episode of the Clean Truth we get into another F Off Friday where Don evonne, and Ben get into goals for the summer to look good naked, and how Don is always talking about "We" and how that works differently with Evonne and Ben.
April 09, 2021
Episode 62: Energy Suckers
In this episode Don goes over a few things that have been bugging him lately with people sucking out your energy. Your time and energy are valuable, don't waste it on energy suckers!
April 06, 2021
Episode 61: F*ck Off Friday, Texas Barbeque and Hall Passes
In this new segment of the Clean Truth, Don Ben and Evonne get together to shoot the shit and just hang out for a fun episode talking about all the recent things happening in their lives and at Clean Eatz.
April 02, 2021
Episode 60: Paul Eric | Black Rifle Coffee Company
In this Episode of The Clean Truth, Don and Ben are joined by Black Rifle Coffee Company's Paul Eric. Paul and the guys talk about the origin of Black Rifle Coffee Company, how Paul got involved. They also get into the do's and donts of coffee making and what makes a good cup of coffee.
March 23, 2021
Episode 59: Hanah Rae Jones
In this episode Don and Ben are joined by social media influencer Hanah Rae Jones. They talk about what its like to be social media influencer and how you can make money from a social media following. They also talk about the difficulties of how to seperate yourself from social media, especially when it is your job.
March 16, 2021
Episode 58: WeChangeLivez Challenge Winner | Wendell LeSueur
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don, Evonne, and Ben sit down with WCL Challenge winner Wendell LeSueur and talk with him about the challenge and his story. Wendell is the embodiment of what the Clean Eatz Lifestyle is all about and we are so excited he is our first winner from this year's challenge.
March 09, 2021
Episode 57: Food Labeling Bullsh*t
In this episode Don and Evonne are joined by a former USDA inspector to go through all the misconceptions and overall bullsh*t of food labeling. They clearly separate all the differences between the "weasel words" used to draw people to buy food.
March 02, 2021
Episode 56: Training Modalities
In this episode, Don, Ben and Scott talk about the differences between performing the same exercises for different goals. Don talks about how your training will change based on what program you are running and what your goals are.
February 23, 2021
Episode 55: Blood Origins
In this episode Don and Ben sit down to talk with Blood Origins founder Robbie Kröger. They talk about what Blood Origins is, how it came to be and their mission of educating people on the real reason hunters hunt.
February 16, 2021
Episode 54: The 2021 #WeChangeLivez Challenge
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don is joined by Evonne, Ben and Scott as they discuss the new 2021 WeChangeLivez challenge and what is different about it this year.
February 02, 2021
Episode 53: Rob Rivera
In this episode Don sits with Rob Rivera. Founder of SOF Way. A Great initiative and great cause doing amazing things for our men and women in the military.
January 26, 2021
Episode 52: Free Stuff
In his episode Don sheds some light on his thoughts about people constantly trying to get free stuff from business.
January 19, 2021
Episode 51: Kyle McClellan, Brace For Impact
In this episode of The Clean Truth, Don and Ben sit down and get on a call with Kyle McClellan and talk about Kyle's charity with Brace For Impact. They discuss all the work they do in Haiti and in St. Louis area.
January 12, 2021
Episode 50: Matt Drury, Drury Outdoors
On this episode we were joined by Matt Drury from Drury Outdoors. Matt was awesome and gave a ton of knowledge on his experience in the outdoors. The world of hunting today and much more. If you are an outdoor enthusiast you won't want to miss this one!
January 05, 2021
Episode 49: A 2020 Recap
In this Episode of the Clean Truth, Don is joined by Ben and Red in the new podcast studio! They do a recap of all the positive things that have happened in 2020 and have some fun while doing it!
December 16, 2020
Episode 48: KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)
In this episode Don is joined by Ben and Evonne, and they get into why Don has always followed the KISS method and why it worked for him. He talks about how he incorporates the Clean Eatz meals to his method and how they help him keep it simple!
November 17, 2020
Episode 47: Ryan Jeffers Minnesota Twins Catcher
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don is joined by Minnesota Twins Catcher Ryan Jeffers, and they discuss his first season in the MLB. They also talk about how the MLB has been reacting to the Covid restrictions and how the next season may look moving forward!
October 27, 2020
Episode 46: Free Flowing Hostility
Don pays homage to George Carlin in his own version of "Free Flowing Hostility". Pet Peeves and nuances that really grind his gears and gets under his skin. This episode comes right at ya! Enjoy a good laugh with this one!
October 13, 2020
Episode 45: Squatober!
Well it's that time of year again! Don and Ben talked about Squatober. What it is, how it came to be and reminisced about previous years. We get questions all the time asking what Squatober is and how to participate. Check out this episode for all of your answers!
October 09, 2020
Episode 44: Couple's Therapy
Red is back! After a little hiatus, Red joins Don to talk about their struggles being business partners. They discuss how they manage that with their marriage, and let others who deal with the same thing know that they are not alone.
September 22, 2020
Episode 43: The Four Horsemen
In this episode, Don is joined by Ben Fleming, Jon Dones, and Kyle Gilbert. They all get together to talk about culture, friendship, and the future as Jon gets ready to move across the country and start something new in Seattle.
September 15, 2020
Episode 42: Dude's Dude with Brian Teach
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don is joined by the Silver Fox again as well as his good friend Brian Teach. They shoot the shit, hang out, drink some bourbon and talk about what their favorite drink, handgun and cigar is.
September 08, 2020
Episode 41: Hybrid AF!
In this episode, Don is joined by the Silver Fox (Ben) and Producer Scott, for a fun discussion on training Hybrid. All 3 enjoy the process of training like athletes and give their advice and input on why they believe it is the best method and the most po
September 01, 2020
Episode 40: Discipline!
Don & Ben shoot the shit and talk about the importance of discipline, the lack thereof in today's world, and give some insight on their own self discipline practices.
August 28, 2020
Episode 39: Can You Talk About Politics & World Events?
There is a status quo that you "can't talk about politics or religion"! We think it's bullshit! You want to create change? You want to make a difference? How about opening your mind and your heart to other people's views and opinions. Ask them WHY they feel that way. Try to understand something from someone else's POV instead of judging them for it. We hope this spreads. We hope you see what we did here today and go and do it yourselves with someone you know. Let's start communicating and working together instead of hating each other for a difference of opinion.
August 18, 2020
Episode 38: Summertime Grilling
In this episode of the Clean Truth, we had a little bit of fun with the truth and dares, and Ben and Don talk about grilling in the summertime and the best grill options that are out there! We would love to hear from all the master grillers out there what you all think are the best grills on the market and the best way to grill!
August 07, 2020
Episode 37: Jason Barclay | Franchising
In this episode Don is joined by Jason Barclay, who is part of the franchise development team at BrandOne. He has had a long career in franchising and is a very reputable source for any and all things franchising.
July 17, 2020
Episode 36: Aaron Summers | Leadership and Company Culture
In this video Don is joined by Aaron Summers the Director of Sales for 1stPhorm. They discuss how Aaron got started at 1stPhorm, how he originally was not a good salesman, and how he learned to talk with people to become the current Director of Sales. They also talk about the development of his role within 1stPhorm and how leadership has played a huge role in the company.
July 10, 2020
Episode 35 : The Clean Eatz Kitchen
In this episode, Don and Evonne are joined by their partner with the Clean Eatz Kitchen, Jason Nista. They discuss the birth of Clean Eatz Kitchen, the issues that have come up, how it has progressed and the plans for the future.
July 02, 2020
Episode 34: 10,699 Days | Interview with Matt Lynch
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don is joined by Matt Lynch a former NCAA Division 1 Asisstant Basketball Coach at UNCW. They discuss the trials and tribulations that Matt has faced on his journey to coming out as a gay male in the NCAA and what it will take to normalize more men being comfortable with their sexuality in Division 1 sports.
June 25, 2020
Episode 33: Mike Mayers | MLB pitcher
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don is joined by Ben again with special guest Mike Mayers. Mike is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Anaheim Angels, and he goes over the current issues going on arounf the world and how they are going to affect the 2020 MLB season. It is a very interesting perspective to get and fun episode to listen to so be sure to listen all the way through!
May 28, 2020
Episode 32: Branding
This episode Don and Ben go into branding and importance of specific qualities of brands that makes them stick out. Don also hammers home the importance of having impeccable customer service.
May 21, 2020
Episode 31: Civil War
In this episode, Don and Ben talk about current events and give their thoughts on what has been happening lately with the restrictions on business and life in general.
May 13, 2020
Episode 30: Sal Frisella
In this episode Don give Sal Frisella a Zoom call to talk a little bit about accountability within their respective teams and Don asks Sal for a little help in accountability with himself.
April 17, 2020
Episode 29: Home Gyms
In this episode Don and Ben get together in Don's home gym to go over all the ways you can start to build out your home gym and get an effective workout with what you have. Its not always about how much you have. Its about how creative you can get with what you have.
April 08, 2020
Episode 28: Living Through the Chaos
In this episode of the Clean Truth Don and Evonne talk about the current events that are effecting most of the world and how they are dealing with it.
March 26, 2020
Episode 27: Seth Feroce
In this Episode, Don is joined by Seth Feroce and they shoot the shit. They talk about the crazy events that are happening, about the current state of bodybuilding as a sport and how Seth got into bodybuilding and business.
March 17, 2020
Episode 26: Youth Athletics
In this Episode, Don is joined again by Ben Fleming, and they both dive into the topic of youth athletics. They discuss why it is important to play multiple sports for as long as you can, how to prevent injuries, and when you should start getting your kid into weight training.
February 21, 2020
Episode 25: Top Ten Valentine's Day Gifts that are Bad Ass as F**k
In this Episode, Don is joined again by Evonne, and he goes down the list of his top 10 gifts that "won't revoke your man card" and Evonne gives her opinions on his gift ideas.
February 08, 2020
Episode 24: Bert Sorin | 10 Points to be a Legendary Human
In this Episode of The Clean Truth, Don interviews Bert Sorin, owner of the very successful company Sorinex, a leader in the exercise equipment market. They provide exercise equipment for the MLB, NFL and top level division one colleges. Bert and Don discuss a presentation that Bert gave at their annual Summer Strong event that will likely give you a new outlook approaching business and company culture.
February 03, 2020
Episode 23: Laura Burkey Returns!
In this Episode Don is joined by Laura Burkey who had previously been on the show in the past Episode titled Control Freak! She is Don and Evonne's life Coach and is giving some advice about how to make positive lifestyle changes in your life. She makes it clear that changing things the way that works for you is very important.
January 25, 2020
Episode 22: The Big 3
In this Episode Don is joined by former head of Strength and Conditioning Coach for UNCW, Ben Fleming. They disucss the importance of utilizing the big 3 (Squat Bench, and Deadlift) in training and how it has helped them.
December 29, 2019
Episode 21: Pros and Cons of a Home Gym
In this episode Don and Evonne discuss the pros and cons of working out at home vs working out in a commercial gym.
December 20, 2019
Episode 20: Should You Franchise?
In this Episode, Don and Evonne discuss and debate the positives and negatives of franchising. They give their incite to how things went when they franchised Clean Eatz, and also give tips and recommendations to anyone who might be thinking of franchising.
December 12, 2019
Episode 19: Q&A with Don Varady
In this episode of the Clean Truth, Don goes over the list of questions he got from a recent Instagram Q&A. He gets into his new journal the Alpha@40, which you can download free on the website, along with a few other topics such as; Organic food labels, keto dieting, and how he and Evonne are planing to do a triathlon.
November 08, 2019
Be a Good Human
In this episode, Don and Evonne go over the ten traits that they believe make up a good employee, a good business partner, and a good friend.
October 11, 2019
Balance Over 40
In this episode, Don and Evonne open up about their current struggles staying dedicated to a training program in the gym or committing to a new hobby without being all-in like they used to be with bodybuilding. They also talk about the balance they need to maintain with work, fitness and new hobbies.
September 29, 2019
Working With Family
In this episode, the special guest is Don and Evonne's daughter, Gracie. They get into her perspective of working for her mom and dad, as well as having a backseat view of the growth of Clean Eatz.
September 21, 2019
In this, episode we have another awesome guest on the show, Tony Cowden. He is an ex-Army Special Forces Vet, successful business owner, and all-around great guy. We talk about what Tony has recently been up to business wise and what he has been doing outside of that with training and life.
August 29, 2019
In this episode, we have a very special guest on the show. Brandon Lilly, a world-class powerlifter, is an awesome and interesting guy! He gives us some insight into his life and story.
August 18, 2019
Law of Attraction
Don & Evonne talk about the application of a vision board in their lives and how helpful it has been to have one. They explain the benefits of creating a vision board, along with the power of the law of attraction.
August 08, 2019
Don & Evonne talk about the competition in the meal prep industry and how often they see other companies that copy meal ideas. They talk about the difference between the companies you should "kill" and the ones you should ignore.
July 25, 2019
Don & Evonne talk about the mistakes they had in their first marriages and how they learned from them and applied that to their relationship. They give insight on why you shouldn't be against a second marriage if your first fails.
July 18, 2019
Don't Be An Asshole
Don goes into something he is very passionate about – BULLYING. He gives two perspectives on the topic, and explains how big of a role it played in shaping his life.
July 11, 2019
Don & Evonne go through a session with their life coach, Laura Burkey. They delve into areas of their lives that need improvement, including how to start slowly giving up control on some aspects of the business as they grow.
July 05, 2019
Don shares how spending a week volunteering in Haiti became one his most life-changing experiences.
June 27, 2019
Three Foot Game
Don & Evonne go over the most important aspect of running a restaurant business: Customer Service.
June 20, 2019
Stay in Your Lane
Don & Evonne get into the topic of working with your spouse or significant other. A big hint is that you need to stay in your lane! It's an episode full of banter but also has some great takeaways.
June 13, 2019
Don & Evonne go over learning to weed through all the motivational fluff out there and shortening your laundry list of info (aka don't sniff too many unicorn farts).
June 07, 2019
Know When to Check Your Ego!
Don & Evonne talk about how your ego can get you in trouble. They give advice on how to know when you are in a room with someone smarter, and when to shut up and listen!
May 30, 2019
Don & Evonne give advice on growing thick skin as you grow your business and on how to deal with reviews.
May 23, 2019
Don & Evonne discuss the trials and tribulations of growth. They share some of ups and downs of expanding from one cafe to more than 60 franchises.
May 16, 2019
The Clean Truth
Don & Evonne discuss the re-launch of the Clean Truth Podcast and why they decided to start over. They also tell their story of how they got here and how Clean Eatz came to be.
April 29, 2019