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I’m excited to announce that I was a guest on the Angriest Trainer podcast!  Check it out here…

Angriest Trainer 185:  The Vegan Episode!!!  (53:30 minutes)

According to my phone records, this experience was my “15 minutes of fame” (+2 minutes).  It’s crazy to think that “little old me” would end up rubbing shoulders with some influential names in Hollywood.  Pinch me!

I’m so very thankful that I was given this opportunity to “tell the world” my story of vegan transformation.  At the same time, I was completely outside my comfort zone and super nervous.  I’m extremely introverted!

Despite my fright, I wasn’t about to blow my chance to effectively speak up for the animals– especially considering that the vast majority of the Angriest Trainer’s fans are not vegan.

For this occasion, I did 100 Saadatjoo push-ups and I poured myself a little shot glass of Villa Cappelli olive oil.  I didn’t want a dry mouth!

Villa Cappelli is a sponsor of the Angriest Trainer Podcast.  It's the best olive oil and has the "Puglia pinch."

Villa Cappelli is a sponsor of the Angriest Trainer Podcast. It’s the best olive oil and has the “Puglia pinch.”

BTW– Do you even know about this podcast?  Let me explain:

The Angriest Trainer is Vinnie Tortorich… AKA “Hollywood’s Go-To Fitness Trainer.”  Vinnie’s simple, but effective approach to getting rid of unwanted body fat is…

“No Sugar, No Grains” – NSNG

I found out about Vinnie Tortorich and the Angriest Trainer podcast because I started listening to the Rich Roll podcast.  Rich had Vinnie on his podcast (RRP #12).  Vinnie is not 100% “plant powered,” but he is funny and informative.  Naturally, I started listening to Vinnie’s podcast, too.

Right away, I appreciated Vinnie’s acceptance of vegans.  And more– I realized that the NSNG dietary approach is quite accessible to vegans.  (NSNG does not necessarily mean “low-carb.”)

By following this approach for just a short time, I’ve become more lean than ever before, but without being hungry.  It really does work.  Check out my pages, “What I Eat,” and “#PPNSNG Kitchen” for more details.

"Put Life into Living and Do it with Enthusiasm!" - Vinnie Tortorich

“Put Life into Living and Do it with Enthusiasm!” – Vinnie Tortorich

A Facebook group called “Vinnie Tortorich’s No Sugar No Grains” was created for fans of the podcast.  This is a place for people to support each other, share recipes, and seek advice about all things NSNG.  Endurance runners and triathletes in the group discuss how NSNG improves athletic performance.  It’s all about becoming “fat-adapted.”

I know this might come as a shock, but in the Facebook group, vegans and omnivores actually co-exist without killing each other.  (GASP!)  It’s pretty refreshing.

I joined the Facebook group 6 months ago.  Initially, I admit it was a stretch for me to purposefully place myself where I knew I’d see animal-based food and read discussions about animal products on a regular basis.  Although it was difficult, I joined for 2 reasons:

  1. I wanted to add a vegan presence to the group.
  2. I wanted to demonstrate that NSNG can be done quite easily without consuming animal products.

Over these months, I’ve found that the vegan NSNG perspective is still needed.  I’ve observed that many former “plant-based” people end up going back to eating animal products as a result of listening to the podcast (in particular, bacon, eggs, and high fat dairy).  This is hard to witness and makes me very sad.

In order to support other vegan NSNG fans who prefer not to see animal-based food pictures or enter in discussions about animal products, I joined with 2 others (B.J. & Ciry) to create a dedicated “Plant Powered” Facebook group.  (B.J. was the happy-go-lucky Texan interviewed before me on “The Vegan Episode!!!”  Check out his blog, “Living Better.”)

Honestly, I’m hoping that the supportive environment of the PPNSNG group will help stop the trend of folks returning to eating animal products.  I do sincerely thank Vinnie for talking about the plant powered group and stating in his own voice that NSNG and vegan diets can go together.

Join me at “Vinnie Tortorich’s Plant Powered No Sugar No Grains.”  You don’t have to be vegan or 100% plant powered to be a member.

Finally…

Read “Fitness Confidential,” by Vinnie Tortorich and **Dean Lorey.  It’s really the best way to get to know Vinnie.  It’s part weight loss/fitness manual, part memoir, and part survival story.  (Literally, Vinnie survived cancer and then finished “The Toughest 48 hours in Sport,” the Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race.)

Who knows?– It might just inspire YOU to find out what you’re really capable of.  It had that effect on me!

"Fitness Confidential" - By Vinnie Tortorich & Dean Lorey

“Fitness Confidential” – By Vinnie Tortorich & Dean Lorey

(**Dean Lorey was in the opening segment of the “The Vegan Episode!!!” (although he’s not vegan).  He mentioned his upcoming new show on CBS this Fall called “The Crazy Ones.”  It stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.  I’m planning to watch it!)

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I can’t believe it took me this long to discover the Wayward Vegan Cafe.  I should have listened to my BFF sooner.  She and other vegan friends on Facebook seem to eat here regularly.  I finally had to see what the hype is all about.

O-M-G…The menu has so many choices that it’s nearly impossible to make a decision!

This is “vegan food” that could make a vegan out of any fast food-loving omnivore.  Don’t expect to lose weight eating here!

I’ll add pics to this post, while I work my way through the 100% vegan menu 🙂

FARMER’S HASH

Seasoned curry tofu scrambled together with chopped sausage, savory diced potatoes, peppers, and onions, then topped with a dollop of country gravy and sprinkled with cheddar cheese. Served with toast.

CHIGGEN IN A BISCUIT

A buttery, housemade herb biscuit topped with golden fried chiggen and drizzled with organic, light agave. Served with a side of peppery country gravy and very veggie smoked potato salad.

PULL NO PORK

Shredded seitan grilled with peppers and onions, tossed in tangy BBQ sauce and served on a bun.

VERY VEGGIE OMELET

Stuffed with sauteed broccoli, carrots, spinach, red onion, cheddar cheese, and topped with diced tomatoes. Served with homefries.

“FISH-ISH” TEMPEH FISH & CHIPS

Tempeh "Fish" & Chips - IMG_1296

Tempeh fish & chips with broccoli slaw, tartar sauce, malt vinegar and lemon wedge.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN A VEGAN RESTAURANT WHEN…

...there's nutritional yeast on the table!

…there’s nutritional yeast on the table!

(VEGAN) CHICKEN PARMIGIANA

Crispy fried chiggen covered with marinara, melted (vegan) mozzarella cheese and  (vegan) parmesan, over spaghetti noodles.  Served with garlic bread.

Crispy fried chiggen covered with marinara, melted (vegan) mozzarella cheese and (vegan) parmesan, over spaghetti noodles. Served with garlic bread.

MAC DADDY

Two no-beef patties, reuben sauce, lettuce, (vegan) cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-free bun.  Classic!

Two no-beef patties, reuben sauce, lettuce, (vegan) cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-free bun. Classic! Served with potato salad.

 

 

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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