16: #TBT John Salley on lowering cholesterol & how to detox


We’re back with Part 2 of John Salley’s interview from the film, Food Heals! Actor, NBA Star and Wellness Advocate John Salley talks about nutrition and why he believes in a plant-based diet, vegan diet.

In 1991 John was diagnosed with high cholesterol at only 26 years old. His doctor said, “If you stay on this path, you will be dead.” John chose to forgo his doctors’ cholesterol lowering medications and instead adopted a plant-based diet. “When I changed my diet, I no longer had a cholesterol problem.”

“Eat a plant-based diet, or don’t. A plant-based diet keeps you alive, the other diet keeps you in the hospital.” John Salley

John shares so many tidbits of information about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle.  He also shares some little known information about other famous athletes and the steps they are taking to eat healthy and stave off injury.  You won’t want to miss a minute of this interview!

John Salley takes Allison Melody shopping at WHole Foods

This episode contains a bonus snippet from Allison’s shopping excursion to Whole Foods with John Salley!  John shares practical advice for fueling your body with food, even if you are busy!


Our Favorite Moments:

@3:27 – What is a detox? The answer may surprise you!

@6:37 – John gives a list of all the products he uses for a detox

@7:05 – The secret to getting rid of wrinkles

@9:11 – Best. Quote. Ever.

@ 11:19 – The healing power of tea!

@12:15 – Insider info on celebrity athletes

@15:31 – Taking care of Mustang Salley

@16:08 – Arachnophobia – it’s too funny to miss!

@17:30 – Bonus clip!

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About John:

Most can achieve a goal and be pleasantly satisfied with their results but to continually create new tasks to accomplish and to reinvent yourself is the mark of a versatile and motivated individual.  It is the definition of father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, vegan and champion: John Salley.

NBA star and vegan athlete John Salley on this week's Throwback Thursday episode of The Food Heals podcast. Check it out at http://bit.ly/TBT2JohnSalley

John Salley was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams.

A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, John found a love for basketball at an early age.  He accepted a Basketball Scholarship to Georgia Tech to play for legendary head coach Bobby Cremins. From there Salley went on to become a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams.  During the 80’s, Salley was a member of the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys” squad.  Salley went on to Chicago playing with Michael Jordan as part of the Bulls 1996 championship team.  In 1999, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come to Los Angeles to provide experience and leadership to the 1999-2000 Lakers’ championship team.

After his retirement from the NBA in 2000, Salley explored several opportunities in both television and film.  John’s film credits include Bad Boys 1 & 2, Eddie and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Confession of a Shopaholic. John has served as host for numerous award shows and was also the host of The John Salley Block Party on 100.3 The Beat Morning Show in Los Angeles.  John recently hosted the Reunion Shows of VH-1’s #1 rated show, Basketball Wives.

John spent 7 years serving as the co-host of the Emmy nominated, critically acclaimed “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox Sports Net.  He was also the host of the sports talk show “Ballers” on BET.  John is also the head of his own production company, John Salley Presents, Inc., where John uses his uncanny ability to find unique and interesting people and projects for television, film and Internet. In April 2011 until recently, John hosted his own talk show Game On! airing on The Reelz Channel. In addition, John was also a co-host on The Car Show, which aired on Speed Channel.

John is actively involved with Operation Smile, PETA and the fight against Diabetes.  In addition, John is involved with PCRM and visited Washington in Nov ’09 and May ’10, speaking to Congress about the Child Nutrition Act, asking Members to support legislation that would increase vegetarian options in meals served in public schools.

John has adopted a plant based (raw vegan) lifestyle, and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle thru better eating habits. With a passion for real food, wine and spirits, John has contributed articles to Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential.  You can follow John on Facebook, Twitter @thejohnsalley.com and his website,www.johnsalley.com. John currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.


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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!

Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy host The Food Heals Podcast. 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! For more information visit, http://bit.ly/FoodHeals. In this episode the ladies interview NBA star, John Salley

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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