95: Leslie Durso on Meatless Mindset for Easy Sophistication


So, you’ve decided to go vegan, but where do you begin? Going cold-turkey can be tough, and navigating through the complicated online recipes and lists of unfamiliar ingredients can be frustrating! This is where today’s guest, actress turned celebrity chef and healthy living educator, Leslie Durso, steps in.


Leslie has been walking the plant-based path since the age of 8! Her love of cooking began as she veganized her family’s traditional Italian dishes. Despite being a gourmet vegan chef (and we testify to her talents – the cupcakes she brought us were divine!), Leslie focuses on providing easy, accessible and tasty plant-based recipes that anyone can make.


Leslie has combined her love of food and education to bring the message of healthy living to the world, one cupcake at the time. Her approach is inclusive; her goal is to get everyone to simply eat more vegetables and to help people find their food-spot, the diet and lifestyle that works for them. Leslie doesn’t believe there are any incurable diseases—what you put into your body is exactly what you’re going to get out.


What you’ll discover:

  • Why Leslie ate 32 cupcakes in one sitting.
  • What makes Leslie a vegan chef with a difference.
  • The way food perception can change what the food does to your body.
  • Why certain studies can’t be trusted, and how to get the full story.
  • How to convince and promote positive change through love.
  • The only question you need to ask to find out whether your cosmetics are safe.
  • How to make your own vanilla extract (it’s amazing in cupcake frosting OR cocktails!)
  • Why hybrid cars may not be that sustainable after all, and a more eco-friendly option.
  • How your diet can make a bigger impact on the planet than anything else.
  • Leslie’s favorite vegan make-up brands.


Leslie Durso’s Bio

A vegan che and healthy living educator, Leslie Durso is the glowing face of a fresher plant-based movement that refuses to compromise style for sustainability.  Walking the plant-based talk since the age of eight, this Southern California native has always been well ahead of the times with her meatless mindset, but the greater populace is now embracing her teachings more than ever.  She currently broadcast her farm fresh recipes and warmhearted sensibilities to an extensive audience spanning more than 130 countries via LeslieDurso.com.


After establishing herself as a private chef for the NYC and Hollywood elite, Leslie emerged as a public persona, hosting cooking segments on television and healthy living content online.  Determined to inspire beneficial life-long eating habits for everyone, she has appeared on The Food Network, The Discovery Channel, The doctors, The Hallmark Channel, Everyday Health and Mother Nature Network4 and written for MindBodyGreen, VegNews, CNN.com, Redbook, Glamour, Maxim, and dozens more, evangelizing the benefits of a mindful lifestyle, delivered with her trademark blend of sunshiney sophistication and girl next door relatability. Leslie’s persona captivates everyone from carnivorous young men to granola blogging grannies.  Maxim Magazine wrote: “We want to hire Leslie as our own personal chef! We’ll even eat vegetables for her.”


Through her multimedia engagement and numerous upcoming initiatives, Leslie plans to spread the love of a plant-based lifestyle to an even broader swath of fans, including mainstream omnivores and fellow millennials.  An established animal advocate, Leslie lends her personality through appearance and promotional support to number of animal welfare organizations including The Humane Society of The United States, Best Friends Animal Rescue and Farm Sanctuary.


Leslie Durso’s Links

Website: lesliedurso.com





Our Favorite Moments:

@5:45 She brought her own cupcake platter!

@6:20 Officially our favorite podcast guest.

@8:13 “Mum I’m a vegetarian!” – “No you’re not.”

@24:10 I sing like a deaf cat.

@26:50 Girl, you’re a badass!

@48:15 That’s a WTF moment!


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Links from show:


When Wine Tastes Best app

The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness – an eye opening document about animal intelligence

Intelligent Nutrients

Lippy Girl

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 11.01.29 AMThere are No Incurable Diseases by Dr. Richard Schulze





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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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