With Howard Jacobson at Vegetarian Summerfest, Johnstown, Pennsylvania


One of the best ways to advance your mission to becoming the healthiest, happiest person you can be is to assemble support.

Whether to get you moving your body, keep you eating better, make you  more comfortable and skilled at eating whole foods plant based – girding your loins and fanning the flames of inspiration will substantially advance your journey.

Five star resource:  Plant Yourself Podcasts

Always on the lookout for bringing you tools to advance your own journey, let me introduce to you Howard Jacobson’s Plant Yourself Podcasts.

You may recognize Howard as the co-author of WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, with T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, write his latest bestseller. You’ve met Howard before, right here at the Journey blog.

Humble as they come

Not one to polish his own badge of accomplishments, if you dig around on the Plant Yourself website you can unearth Howard’s impressive credentials and accomplishments.

Howard is also a skilled and highly sought after marketer, consultant, and performance coach. A marketing consultant since 2001, Howard has written three editions of Google Ad Words For Dummies, spoken at many international conferences, and in 2014 was named one of the 50 most influential online marketers by Entrepreneur magazine.

He’s also an ecological gardener – and creator of the Plant Yourself blog –  and podcasts.

If you haven’t already dived into this unmined gem, you are in for a treat. In the Plant Yourself Podcast archives you’ll discover dozens of interviews with inspiring and knowledgeable experts, movers and shakers who are making the world a much better place.

This week’s podcast: yours truly on Fuel for the Plant-Based Journey

This week I had the honor of being Howard’s Plant Yourself Podcast guest.

Officially titled  Plant Yourself Podcast 87: Lani Muelrath on Exercise and Other Fuels for the Plant-Based Journey.

As all of the Plant Yourself podcasts, my conversation with Howard this week can be played right on the page or downloaded for listening at your convenience.

In this hour long program, Howard and I dive into exercise, brain power, successful and unsuccessful change efforts, fighting wolves, walking shoes, and Louis CK. We cover, among other things:

  • the most important – and most neglected – benefit of exercise
  • the link between movement and brain biochemistry
  • why it’s not entirely “all about the food”
  • the “micro-change” strategy
  • the number one predictor of success in changing anything
  • the problem with vague intentions
  • the role of emotions in changing lifestyle
  • how exercises reduces stress
  • the similarities between exercise and some addictive drugs
  • BDNF – the magic brain protein that builds new brain connections and facilitates learning
  • how schools fool us into thinking that learning happens only when we’re sitting and using words
  • the evolutionary basis for the brain benefits of exercise
  • the remarkable effects of “zero-period PE” on school kids’ reading comprehension
  • the links between movement and literacy
  • three ways exercise improves mood – whether you want to feel better or not
  • the missing link in habit formation: neuroplasticity
  • the positive uses of patterns from our past
  • how to sprinkle Miracle-Gro on the brain
  • how exercise changes our neural responses to healthy and unhealthy foods
  • the tiny changes that can begin the beneficial cascade of transformation
  • Lani’s four simple steps to big change
  • the two words that most threaten our efforts to change
  • “put your walking shoes by the front door” – an example of a micro-change
  • the problem with laughing at tiny changes
  • what Lani learned from surveying 1200 people for her new book
  • how to change disappointment into hope
  • why perfectionism is a hindrance to change, and how to embrace “perfect enough”
  • the difference between satiation and satiety
  • the problem with the “eat until 80% full” strategy
    and much more…

Pop over to Plant Yourself  podcast #87 and tune in now or download for later listening.

Then, take a look around and mark other podcast gems  you’ll find there too:  Conversation with Susan Levin, RD, director of nutrition education at PCRM, Julieanna Hever, the plant-based dietitian, and a whole fleet of other fascinating peeps and topics.

P.S. I buried the lead

I’m very excited to announce, as you’ll see announced on the podcast page, that I have the distinct honor and privilege of having Howard Jacobson and T. Colin Campbell contributing the Preface to my new book, The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-By-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight

Holy wholy!



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