Rich Roll podcast

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Rich Roll has been our favorite podcast ever since we read his book ‘Finding Ultra’. In this book, he talks about his transformation from entertainment lawyer and recovering alcoholic to ultra runner, health advocate and podcast host.

His story began on the eve of his 40th birthday. Not being able to climb a flight of stairs without stopping for a breath has put him on the journey of changing his eating habits and starting to exercise more.

In 2008, he became the first vegan that finished Ultraman (he was in top 10).

The Ultraman World Championship is an athletic odyssey of personal rediscovery. Covering a total distance of 320 miles (515 kilometers), on the Big Island of Hawaii, it requires that each participant completes a 6.2 mile (10 K) open ocean swim, a 261.4 mile (421 K) cross-country bike ride, and a 52.4 mile (84 K) ultra-marathon run.

In 2009, he went back and finished it again, despite his injury (6th place overall).

His other book, ‘The Plantpower Way’, is also a part of our library. It has more than 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare whole food recipes, including hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus healthful and delicious smoothies and juices, and decadent desserts.

In his podcast he has a wide range of guests, from ordinary people and their success stories of personal transformation to celebrities like Jack Canfield (author of’ Chicken soup for the soul’ and number of other self-help books), Arianna Huffington (CEO of Huffington Post), Russell Simmons (Hip-hop mogul and CEO of number of fashion and music companies) and Dean Karnazes (one of the most accomplished ultra runners in the world).  We really love his non-militant, laid-back and down to earth approach to food, spirituality, fitness…

In every new episode “Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking, paradigm-busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship and spirituality.” In his own words, his podcast is “designed to provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to discover, uncover, unlock and unleash your best, most authentic self”.

We highly recommend it.

We made a selection of food-related episodes:


RRP7, 199: Micheal Greger MD – medical doctor and vegan diet advocate. Runs that provides free updates on the latest in nutrition.

RRP26: Fruitarian Ultra-Runner Michael Arnstein

RRP041, 066, 223: John Joseph:  Punk Icon, Vegan and Ultraman

RRP044: Interpreventional Cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D.: How to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease on a Plant-Based Diet

RRP45: Vegan UFC Fighter Mac Danzig

RRP047: Joe Cross from “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”

RRP54: Matt Frazier: The No Meat Athlete

RRP56: Chef AJ – From Junk Food Vegan to Whole Food Plant-Based Chef

RRP62: David Simon, Author of Meatonomics

RRP63: How Josh LaJaunie Lost 200 lbs on a PlantPower Diet

RRP79: T. Colin Campbell, Author of The China Study

RRP109: Kathy Freston, author of The Lean, Veganist, Quantum Wellness  and  Quantum Wellness Cleanse

RRP112: Chef Bryant Terry on Food Justice

RRP113: David Clark: How One Man Overcame Alcoholism, Lost 150 Pounds & Conquered Badwater, The World’s Toughest Footrace

RRP129: How We Can Change The Food Industry with “Food Babe” Activist Vani Hari

RRP128: Is Butter Really Back? Heart to Heart with Cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD

RRP150: Our Misplaced Obsession With Protein: Garth Davis, MD On High Fat, Low Carb Diets, Bad Science & How To Separate Nutritional Fact From Popular Fiction

RRP160: The NFL’s David Carter On How A Plant-Based Diet Made Him A Better Player & A Better Human

RRP164: How Chef Seamus Mullen Leveraged Holistic Lifestyle Medicine To Heal Himself

RRP175: How Adam Sud Lost 100 Pounds, Kicked Adderall, Reversed His Diabetes & Found A Life

RRP176: Cowspiracy: How Animal Agriculture Is Destroying The Planet & What You Can Do About It

RRP192: Live Dirty, Eat Clean: Robynne Chutkan, MD on Everything Microbiome

RRP201: Patrik Baboumian: The World Record Holding Vegan Strongman On Why Compassion Is His Greatest Strength

RRP220: Crafting The Future of Food With Matthew Kenney

RRP223: Stephen & David Flynn Are The Happy Pear: Creating a Mainstream Movement to Inspire Healthy Living

RRP240: Dr. Melanie Joy on Going Beyond Carnism: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows

RRP242: Neal Barnard, M.D. On The Power of Nutrition To Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes & Alzheimer’s

Vegan guide to Split, Croatia

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When people think of Croatia , especially Dalmatia, vegan cuisine is not the first thing that springs to mind. Usually, first association is fish and meat generously drizzled with olive oil and served with a glass of wine. Although these options are prevalent, you will not exactly starve. There is a growing vegan and vegetarian scene with health food and organic stores opening every day while more and more restaurants are offering vegan and gluten-free options. These are some of our favorite places:




One of the first vegan/vegetarian places in Split. They are preparing fresh food from organic and seasonal ingredients every day.The true guarantee of the freshness of their food is the fact that they don’t even have a freezer. They serve house specials every day but you can always order “classics” as a vegan burrito, veggie hemp burger, tofu and tempeh sandwiches… If you follow a particular diet, for example gluten-free, staff is well-informed and more than happy to help you choose a dish for you. The restaurant is alcohol and smoking free so it provides the calm oasis in the heart of the town.

Visit their website on for more info.



This is our favorite place. It is managed by the same team as Makrovega. The quality and service are on the high level as well and the staff is very kind and friendly. To experience the full richness of choice be sure to come between breakfast and lunch. There are many options here to choose from like sandwiches, burritos, pizzas, amazing vegan and vegetarian desserts, main courses like their delicious Protein meal with tempeh, seitan, and tofu, swiss chard, and millet.

Visit their website on for more info.



It is located in the center of town, just next to the green market. This is a small place where you can sit for a quick bite or you can order a takeaway and sit by the seaside just a couple of minutes from here. They have vegetables, basmati rice, whole-grain pasta, veggie burgers, soy steak, tofu and seitan sandwiches, burritos, pancakes, fruit salads, juices, and ice tea. It is open from late April until late September.

Here is a map so you can find it easily.

Superfood Juice&Smoothie Bar


Newly opened place in Split. It is located outside of city center. It is not 100% vegan because they have fish options, but rest of the selection is pretty good. They offer raw cakes, pancakes, sandwiches, main courses, salads, desserts, breakfast, smoothies, and juices.

They don’t have a website yet but you can find out more on their Facebook page

Wok bar Split – That’s all Woks


Situated right on the promenade, this is a wok place that offers a “Make your own wok” option. Although it is not a strict vegan or vegetarian place, it offers enough ingredients for you to choose from like tofu, seitan, and vegetables so you can create a decent dish for yourself.

Visit their Facebook for more info



Another non-vegan place but we thought it deserves to be included because they have vegan and gluten-free options, like lentil muffins, a salad made with peanuts and dried pears, other vegan salads, home-made green pasta and some vegan desserts.

Visit their website for more info.

Health food stores and markets

If you have access to the kitchen there are number of health food stores across the town. They offer a great selection of products like grains and beans in bulk, tofu, tempeh, gluten-free products and so on.



Health food store chain operating at three locations across town: Morpurgova poljana 2 in the town center, Ruđera Boškovića bb and in City Center One shopping mall. They have a number of high-quality organic products and a wide range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The staff is very friendly, helpful and very well informed.

Visit their website for more info on



In the basement of the Joker center shopping mall, there is a small but well-equipped shop with well-informed staff. They offer a selection of beans and grains in bulk, and also a nice selection of products like gluten-free flours, vegan cheeses, superfoods, …

For more info check out their Facebook page



Another health food store chain with an amazing selection of products in bulk and affordable prices. Great choice if you are on a budget. It operates on five locations in Split: Dinka Šimunovića 2a, Matoševa bb, Varaždinska 53, Kralja Zvonimira 24 and Vukovarska.

They don’t have a website yet but you can find out more on their Facebook page

Zdravi đir


Small health food store with the decent selection of food in bulk and some packaged products. They are situated close to the center, a couple of minutes walk from the green market.

They don’t have a website but you can find out more on their Facebook page

Zdravi bili


Small health food store with a great selection of supplements and packaged products. Very close to the town center and green market.

You can find more info on their website

Split Green market or, as we call it, Pazar


One of the iconic and a must see places in Split. It is located right next to the east wall of the Diocletian Palace and next to the church of St Dominic. If you want to feel the true spirit of this town, this is a place to be. It is opened 7 days a week from 6.30 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. Here you have a great variety of fresh produce like all sorts of seasonal fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, flowers etc. It is a vivid and a charming place, full of life and interesting people. It is just the right place to blend in with locals.


Salt, Sugar, Fat

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Michael Moss is a New York Time Pulitzer prize awarded investigative journalist. In this book, he is on the path of opening our eyes to the strategies of processed food industry.

Vegan pantry part 1

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When you become interested in the plant-based diet, you will surely run into a couple of main concerns that everybody runs into when they start: scarcity of choice

Vegan pantry part 2

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Nuts and seeds

Flax seeds are one of the greatest plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.They help you improve digestion, give you clear skin

Vegan pantry part 3

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Frozen fruits and vegetables

Raspberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, are super high in fiber, low in calories and supply you with a good dose of folic acid.

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