115: Plant-Based Goodness and Animal Welfare with Lauren Pitts


How many of us keep ourselves in the dark when it comes to where our food comes from? We turn the other way because we don’t want to learn about male chicks being tossed into a grinder because they’re not “profitable”, we don’t want to see pigs suffering and immobile in their tiny birthing pens. But thanks to the work of animal activists and organizations like the Humane Society, more and more people are waking up to these practices and opting to go plant-based.

We met Lauren Pitts at the amazing Humane Society Annual Gala, where we bonded over animal welfare, celebrities and all things plant-based!

Lauren always had a passion for animals, but she also ate them. Then three years ago she decided to stop keeping herself in the dark about where her food was coming from. After watching a video by Dr. Melanie Joy, she threw her lunch in the trash, and embarked on a plant-based lifestyle. But she doesn’t stop at her own diet: through her work with the Humane Society, she’s getting plant based meals into schools, universities, and hospitals!

Cows can live to 20 years old, but they will be slaughtered by the time they’re 3. And then we eat them. Yet we can completely survive on plant based foods. For Lauren, the easiest, cheapest, best thing to do for the environment and animals is to reduce your meat consumption. Try a Meatless Monday, or go plant-based a couple of days a week, or be vegan before 6pm – whatever works for you. Just go for it, give it a try – you might surprise yourself.

We’re also joined by surprise guest Kari Jean Glosser, a certified financial planner and adviser who’s recently joined the plant-based movement. She’s 3 months into her plant-based lifestyle and loving it!

Whatever brings you to plant-based – environmental, ethical, animal love, health – every step towards lowering your meat consumption is awesome, that’s how Lauren Pitts sees it.


What you’ll discover in this episode:

  • Why plant based is actually cheaper than eating meat
  • How much you can save when you go meatless (even just three times a week)
  • How you can go plant-based without the fancy stuff
  • Why protein is the last thing you need to worry about when going plant-based
  • What’s missing in a high-protein diet
  • How to balance supplements with a healthy diet
  • Kari Jean’s aha moment
  • How to train your taste-buds to crave plant-based foods
  • The easiest way to make a low-calorie tasty breakfast shake!


Lauren’s Super Salad:

  • Chickpeas mashed up with a potato masher
  • Celery
  • Green onion
  • Peppers
  • Pickles
  • Just Mayo (plant-based mayo)
  • Mustard
  • Garlic
  • Dill
  • Lemon salt pepper

Mix it all up and DEVOUR!


Lauren’s Links:





Our Favorite Moments:

@7:23 I threw my lunch in the trash

@7:50 So you’re vegetarian now?

@13:15 Go crazy and do it every day!

@15:00 Who the hell doesn’t know what quinoa is?

@17:55 Karaoke moment!

@19:42 It comes from the mayo plant!

@24:11 Naked dating with quinoa!

@27:55 Without fiber we would die.

@28:20 Just eat a goddamn salad!

@37:30 Mushroom bacon, it will change your life!

@39:39 They are changing the face of plant-based.

@49:20 I’m obsessed with Brussels sprouts.

@52:10 You don’t eat meat? Its ok I’ll get you lamb.


Listen NOW on iTunes!


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Links from the show:



Kari Jean Linkedin, or check her out at Abacus Wealth

Why we love our dogs, eat pigs and wear cows by Dr. Melanie Joy

Proteinaholic by Dr. Davis


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Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

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