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From 400 LBS to Climbing Mountains with Tim Kaufman

Mar 23, 2022

Watch Episode 170 with Tim Kaufman:

How does a 400-pound cripple living in constant pain become an avid mountain climber and a triathlete? Here to tell his story and inspire everyone that change is possible is Tim Kaufman. Tim was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) in his early twenties and lived in chronic pain most of his life. By the time he was 37, he had a prescription drug addiction and was also addicted to alcohol and fast food. Weighing over 400 pounds, Tim could not perform simple daily tasks and was almost immobile. He had lost his interest in life and had almost given up. Losing two people close to their hearts to deadly diseases, Tim’s wife feared that he would be the next. That was the turning point for Tim. 

He started a journey to regain his health, changing one small thing at a time. As a result, Tim is now an athlete who thrives on a plant-based whole food lifestyle and leads a healthy, happy, and active life free of all medications he was once on. He now helps others find health and happiness with the firm belief that change is out there for anyone.” 

Tim also wrote the following books:

  • Fat Man’s Essential 40 Plant-Based Recipes: Quick and Easy Plant-Based Food (Fat Man’s Recipes Book 1), 
  • Fat Man’s Not So Fancy 40 Plant-Based Recipes: Quick and Easy Plant-Based Food (Fat Man’s Food Book 2) 
  • Triathlon Training Journal: 90 Days of Journaling

Tune in to hear Tim’s powerful and transformative journey in today’s episode.

 

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Fuel Your Body Right with Badass Vegan Athlete, Author & Entrepreneur John Lewis

Fuel Your Body Right with Badass Vegan Athlete, Author & Entrepreneur John Lewis

Today’s guest was on episode 43, and we’re so happy he’s on again to talk about his upcoming book and new documentary! From the rough-and-tumble streets of Ferguson to the tropical shores of Miami, Vegan Badass John Lewis has an inspiring story. Growing up on a diet practically devoid of fresh fruits and vegetables, and weighing in at over 3oo pounds when he was just thirteen, John decided to make a change. He immersed himself in basketball and football excellence and changed his diet and his life. 

Healing Trauma with Wellness Guru Ella Magers

Healing Trauma with Wellness Guru Ella Magers

Our guest today knew her calling at a much younger age than most of us. A fitness enthusiast, environmentalist and outspoken animal rights activist before she was even 15, Ella Magers is now a fitness coach, an author, and the founder of Sexy Fit Vegan. She’s been on a personal quest to help people change their attitudes toward food and wellness, and she has the international following to prove it. Ella was named one of the top 50 trainers in America by Shape magazine and Trainer Of The Month by bodybuilding.com. Armed with a master’s degree in social work, certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, extensive training in Muay Thai, and an inherent ebullience, Ella epitomizes what’s possible on a plant-forward diet.

Fighting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic with Pediatrician Dr. Leigh Ettinger

Fighting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic with Pediatrician Dr. Leigh Ettinger

With childhood obesity reaching epidemic proportions, our guest today, Dr. Leigh Ettinger, aka Dr. Herbivore, is a pediatric nephrologist who has seen firsthand the benefits of a plant-based diet for children. Dr. Ettinger is board certified in General Pediatrics and received his medical degree from Tufts University. He also received his certificate in plant-based nutrition from eCornell in 2016, and in 2019 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He has a telemedicine practice in New York and New Jersey, where he encourages a plant-centric diet and empowers families to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

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