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Hope, Dave, and Matt had an amazing weekend at the Asheville VeganFest presented by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Though we were only able to spend one of the two days at the event we saw some amazing speakers, heard some inspiring stories, and our very own vegan renegade was called into action to speak on the vegan athlete panel.
We had some minor technical difficulties but streamed the event over Facebook, it was a great success with a lot viewers. If you somehow missed our streaming you can view them on our Facebook video page. A few of the speakers were able to make to the pre-party as well and we snagged them for a quick chat.
We were also honored to have a few of these speakers sit down with us for a quick "one on two" after their talks.
Renne from Rowdy Girl Sanctuary has an amazing story. She married into the Texas rancher way of life and in an attempt to find solidarity with her rancher husband she raised a calf. While doing so she became aware of it's sentience and began educating herself. Though she struggled to find balance with her internal battles and her marriage she hit a breaking point. Instead of he choice for compassion breaking down her relationship she turned her husband around and converted their cattle ranch into an animal sanctuary.
Matt Frazier is well known as the No Meat Athlete and has a popular podcast (just like us). Matt's transition was slow as he worked his way into a plant-based life. Our short chat with Matt ended up focusing on making small changes and working toward gradual improvement. He also shared how he raises his young children on a vegan diet but at the same time, not sweating the small stuff.
Patrik Baboumian is just as powerful as his name sounds. Considered the strongest man in German, one of the strongest in the world, and holding multiple world records you would assume he would be a meat eating powerhouse. Instead he's a plant eating vegan badass. After Dave fangirled we were still able to get a glimpse into Patriks view on diet, training, how his journey from a meat eater, vegetarian (eating 6lbs of cottage cheese), and finally a vegan was the best decision he's ever made.
We can't state how much we enjoyed our time at VeganFest and we look forward to working with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue more next year. From the speakers, to the vendors, to the companionship of other compassionate minded people we know you'll have a great time as well. We'll see everyone there next year!
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We have a double-delight for our listeners in this episode!
We are super excited to announce that Curiously Veg has partnered up with the Asheville VeganFest to bring you live coverage and interviews with the speakers! Your favorite hosts will be livin la vida veggie in Asheville this Friday and Saturday for the pre-party and a day of speakers and vendors!
Come out and enjoy Asheville VeganFest in person or watch the panels live on our Facebook page! Make sure you like our page and turn on the notifications so you don’t miss one minute of the fun! We'll also be streaming behind the scenes as well as getting personal on Snapchat and Twitter. If you can't make it to the event, like and follow us for the live stream.
For the second half, we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing one of Hope’s health heros, Dr. Howard Jacobson, or Dr. J!
We chatted about what put him on the plant-based path, being an evidence-based consultant, motivating people to take charge of themselves, and the journey to becoming an ultramarathoner. We delve in how our comfort has become our biggest enemy to our health, how to overcome that safe zone by getting your daily dose of vitamin P(ain). Dr. J fills us in with why we, as a society, needs to become comfortable with being uncomfortable if we are going to thrive.
Howard Jacobson, PhD is a health educator, author, and broadcaster from Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is host of the Plant Yourself Podcast and founder of TribeWell.us. He is contributing author to Proteinaholic, by Garth Davis, MD, and Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, by T. Colin Campbell. Howard coaches, consults, and speaks on health and fitness for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.