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 nutritionfacts.org 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