96: Leslie Durso on the Healthiest Diet and Eco-Entrepreneurship


If you haven’t already, check out the first part of our interview with Leslie and find out why she is our favorite guest!


What diet do you follow? It seems that every week a new fad diet is launched – there’s even, believe it or not, a taco cleanse right now, no kidding! It seems many people thrive on extremes, but what can heal you is actually being moderate. For Leslie, moderation is key. She takes a gentle, non-threatening approach to convert mainstream omnivores to a more plant-based way of life. If you want a vibrant, healthy body, the key is to include the huge variety of nutrients available from Mother Earth.


Do you dream of starting your own business and leaving the 9 to 5? Then this episode is for you! Leslie’s passion and drive is a real inspiration—she overcame difficult times in her life and built up her business from scratch. Her work is motivated by love and the desire to make a positive change in people’s lives. Beautiful, successful, vibrant—Leslie’s really got it going on!


What you’ll discover:

  • What kind of diet Leslie recommends for vibrant health.
  • Leslie’s ULTIMATE smoothie recipe.
  • Why smoothie cleanses can be just as good, if not better, than juice cleanses.
  • Why low calorie diets don’t work.
  • The importance of fat soluble and water soluble vitamins.
  • The healing properties of powdered ginger vs fresh.
  • The lowdown on Humane Society’s gala dinners!
  • You have the power to change your mindset and be the outrageously amazing person you truly are!
  • How to create your personal style without resorting to disposable fashion.
  • Tips to keep your dog healthy and happy!


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 sunshine sophistication and girl next door reliability. 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

Fab 5 Friday Series – Leslie reviews her favorite products on YouTube!






Leslie’s Ultimate Smoothie:

  • Coconut water
  • Chia seeds
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Carrot
  • Apple
  • Cayenne
  • Lemmon
  • Black Pepper
  • Avocado
  • Spinach / Chard / Kale
  • Baobab
  • Macca
  • Japanese Fleece Flower
  • Pineapple


Our Favorite Moments:

@6:47 I’m dying for some greens right now!

@9:44 My smoothies are intense!

@15:50 I live in the real world.

@19:38 Preach it Leslie!

@22:45 Outtakes and doggy health info

@37:12 OMG I have chills!


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Links from show:

Advanced Style documentary – for all you fashionistas out there 🙂



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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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