Heather Shenkman, MD, is a practicing cardiologist in the Los Angeles area. She's been vegan for several years and vegetarian for longer. She's also training for her first Ironman Triathlon. In this podcast, we talk about how to keep your heart healthly with plant foods and exercise.
Heather regularly blogs at her website: veganheartdoc.blogspot.com
Pam Boteler made USA Canoe/Kayak history in 2000 when she became the first woman in history to compete in sprint canoe at the USA Canoe/Kayak National Championships - against the men. Not only did she compete, she won Gold. She competed against men again in 2001, and won Gold. Heavily influenced by Pam's success on the water and lobbying off the water, in 2002 USA Canoe/Kayak changed its by-laws to allow women to compete in the Nationals in all events, with equal status as the men. Finally, women had a league of their own.
Boteler was undefeated in sprint canoe events in the U.S. from 2000 to 2008 and remains undefeated in the 1000m singles canoe event. She has also won numerous international medals. Additionally, she continues to hold the American Record in the 1000m and 500m singles event and is also part of the record holding C4 (4 person) crew for 1000 and 500 meters.
In her spare time off the water, Pam is President of USA WomenCAN, a driving force in the global campaign for gender equity in Olympic Canoeing; and she works full-time as a Management Analyst at the Department of Defense. Her competitors do not have a full-time job.
Michael Arnstein has been a competitive runner since he was 13 years old. His passion is peak performance, and that is what lead him to change his diet. Over a 15-year period, Michael slowly refined his standard American diet to what he now considers home base: 80/10/10. At 33 years old, having eaten a low-fat raw vegan diet for almost three years, Michael has set all new personal records from short distances all the way up to 100 mile ultramarathons. He recently ran 2:28 at the 2010 Boston Marathon, placing 55th overall. Michael runs upwards of 200 miles per week and hasn't experienced a single injury or illness since he adopted a diet consisting almost entirely of fruit. He blogs about his experiences transitioning to this way of life and how it has helped him reach all new levels of performance at his website: www.TheFruitarian.com.
Bradley Saul interviews Grant Campbell, AKA Raw Aussie Athlete, raw vegan ultramarathon runner.
Outside of most people's imagination, Grant not only regularly runs ultra distance marathons of up to 170km, but does them on a 100% raw food, plant-based diet. Raised on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia, Grant is father to two teenage boys, a musician, and surf lifesaver who, in recent years, received a pretigious bravery award for saving the lives of a family of 4 by swimming them away from rocks and back to shore in 12 foot surf at Soldiers Beach.
After a long hiatus due to technical complications, the OrganicAthlete audio podcast is back!
In our first interview in 2 years, Bradley Saul talks to OrganicAthlete member Kathleen Leonard. Kathleen finished her first Ironman this year. She's dedicated raw vegan and mother of 3.
In the podcast, Kathleen explains how she swam 2.4 miles, biked for 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles on fruit alone.
Bradley Saul interviews Cyrus Khambatta. Cyrus discovered he had type 1 diabetes in his early twenties, which changed his life completely.
Cyrus eventually learned about a raw vegan diet, and he now healthfully manages his disease by living an active lifestyle and consuming a raw vegan diet.
Cyrus is also an avid sportsman.
Hear Bradley Saul interview vegan athlete and cyclist Christine Vardaros.
In a previous interview, Christine comments on being vegan:
I rarely get sick, my bones are good, I build muscle easily, and I recover quickly from hard training and racing. I even recover from routine injuries much faster than animal-consuming co-workers. I have come to the top of my discipline of my profession on a non-animal diet seemingly without any negative effects. I don't feel that comfortable being a proselytizer, but I can certainly recommend it.
In this episode, Bradley Saul interview vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke.
Robert's website vegan bodybuidling and fitness is one of the most popular vegan fitness on the web.
Robert once told me in a previous interview:
I have been vegan for nearly ten years and a successful athlete over this decade of compassionate athletics. Believe it or not, but I always wanted to be big and muscular when I was younger and in high school and never attained desired results when I ate meat. Of course we have to take into consideration the fact that I was only 15 years old when I stopped consuming meat, but when I switched to a vegan diet, all of sudden I started gaining muscle and weight. It may not make sense, based on the image and reputation vegans have of being weak and skinny, but I gained amazing amounts of muscle over the years that I have been vegan and involved in a weight-training program.
In this episode, OrganicAthlete founder Bradley Saul interviews raw vegan athlete Tonya Kay.
Tonya Kay is a professional dancer and actress. She has performed worldwide and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her style is fun and groovy, and she actively promotes a raw vegan diet.
On becoming a raw foodist, she says:
First and foremost I notice a feeling of personal integrity. The raw food lifestyle is truly an expression of mySelf and my body is a mirror for that. We are what we eat, as they say, and I'd rather be a sexy young coconut than empty puffy pasta - even if it is whole wheat! As an athlete I notice that my body responds almost immediately to the requests I make of it. Recovery time, strength building, cardio capacity and flexibility are no longer mysteries, but givens.