Follow Your Kind

Follow Your Kind

Conversations with heroes of plant-based nutrition, activism, conscious capitalism, self-discovery and passion hosted by Krystyna R. - an Atlanta resident with a mission to build a community around kindness and healthy living.

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    For the Love of Animals with Andie Thompkins, PhD and the Executive Director of Full Circle Farm Sanctuary

    Andie Thompkins, PhD, is the Executive Director at Full Circle Farm Sanctuary - non-profit located an hour south from Atlanta and a safe haven for rescued farmed animals who otherwise would be lost, suffering, and forgotten. FCFS provides a loving, forever home for over 170 precious individual animals desperately in need of refuge. 

    Dr. Thompkins completed her education at Auburn University with a doctorate in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, having studied animal cognition and the dog-human bond. In this conversation she shares her path to becoming vegan, getting her doctorate in cognitive and behavioral science, and "coming full circle" to become and executive director at FCFS. Stay around for a special announcement about the upcoming event at Full Circle Farm Sanctuary in November! Hope to see you there!

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    Kayla Swope on Being Kind to Animals and the Power of the Personal Story

    Kayla Swope is the animal care manager and the main caretaker of the 170 residents of Full Circle Farm Sanctuary (FCFS) - a non-profit located in Warm Springs, GA, dedicated to countering the undeniable cruelty and exploitation inherent within animal agriculture, providing loving lifetime homes for individual farmed animals who otherwise would face horrific suffering and premature deaths.

    Kayla is a wealth of knowledge about animal healthcare and and amazing hard worker truly following her passion. Kayla is also the most humble person you meet. One of my favorite things about Kayla is her ability to learn from animals. In this interview Kayla shares her journey, and what led her to the work she does today. She talks about the personal stories of individual animals she met along the way who inspire her. She talks about what veganism and kindness mean to her.

    Kayla is originally from Pennsylvania, where she spent many years working at a cat and dog rescue. In 2016, she interned as an animal caregiver at Animal Place, in California, which eventually led her to start working at Full Circle. She currently resides right in Warm Springs with her dog, Bentlee, her pig Nora, and her cat, Callie.

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    Amy Burkman on Doing Art for Good

    Amy Burkman is an amazing muralist and live performer who creates these beautiful paintings. In the matter of minutes. On stage. To music. With paint flying everywhere... And you have no idea what is happening until she lays a final stroke, flips the canvas and reveals to you a beautiful face of an animal. Human or not. Amy is an activist in her heart. Her motto that she so joyfully and intentionally embodies is "Art For Good". And "Art For Good" she does! Some time ago Amy set a goal to raise $1 million for charity. Ambitious? Well, she is more than half way there. When the heart is pure the universe conspires... Tune in to learn Amy's full story and what inspired and empowered her to dedicate her whole live to art for good. Amy talks about several different projects that she worked on, charities she contributed to and shares her vision for the future. Amy is also friends with some of the other people you now know from this show - Bobby and Adam Sud, Greg and Carmen Pope from Farm of the Free, our friends from Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, Dominick Thompson, and many other passionate activists in Atlanta and beyond.

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    Farm of the Free, Land of the Beautiful Beasts with Carmen and Greg Pope

    There are different kinds of activism. Some people give up meat, some give up leather, some... give up their house and start a farm sanctuary! How? That was my question exactly! How DO YOU start a farm sanctuary? Ask Greg and Carmen Pope and they will tell you. These two are the founders of the Farm of the Free - animal sanctuary, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located on 10 acres, 60 miles east of Atlanta in Good Hope, GA. Farm of the Free Animal Sanctuary's mission is to create a space where all beings feel safe to be exactly who they are.

    It all started with two young animal lovers, Carmen and Greg Pope. They met in 2007 and married in 2009. One of the reasons why they connected and fell in love with each other was because of their love for animals. Since they got married in 2009, they've rescued cats, dogs, fish and rats. The two love animals so much that they both decided to stop eating them, wearing them, and supporting places that exploit them & products that test on them. They've both been vegan since 2012, but they didn't want to stop there! SO they founded an animal sanctuary.

    In this conversation, Carmen and Greg share their journey toward veganism, what motivated each of them to make a switch, and how their activism shaped into starting a farm sanctuary.

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    Aaron Stuber on Stepping Down from Cardiac Unit and Stepping Up to Life Fueled by Plants

    Aaron Stuber, RN, BSN, DipACLM has worked in a variety of in-patient, acute care settings from cardiac step-down to Behavioral Health as well as out-patient Urgent and Primary Care. Aaron is a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner and a graduate of the Wellcoaches online program for Health and Wellness Coaches. From 2016 to 2019, Aaron co-hosted the Thought For Food Podcast, a show dedicated to public education around nutrition science, Lifestyle Medicine, athletic performance and critical thinking.
    His academic and clinical interests include nutrition science, Lifestyle Medicine, behavior change science, cardiovascular disease and sports performance as well as the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome with evidence-based lifestyle interventions.

    In this conversation Aaron shares his journey of exploration and experimentation with various diets and the discovery of plant-based lifestyle. Aaron talks about his experience working in cardiac step down unit, we talk about healthcare and how lifestyle medicine fits (or should fit) into equation. Aaron also shares some of the most common barriers to behavior change he has seen in his patients and how to overcome them.

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    Christian Klamroth, Owner of Clorofila, on Being the Lighthouse of Conscious Healthy Plant-Based Living

    Christian Klamroth is an owner of Clorofila - a beautiful vegan restaurant located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The restaurant is truly a full package - it is cozy and hip, it has welcoming staff and beautifully prepared food that is extremely nutritious, yet doesn't not sacrifice the flavor, the ingredients are sourced locally and the walls are covered with animal rights and environmental messaging. This is really unique for the area, certainly not driven by demand, so I wanted to talk to Christian about his motivation for opening the restaurant. Christian shares his journey - he is an architect by education and IT guy by training - his transition to vegan diet, living in a jungle, deep self-reflection, and resolving to a new lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose and rooted in servitude.




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    Bobby Sud, Filmmaker and Activist, on Getting Up Close and Personal with Animal Suffering

    Bobby Sud is an accomplished filmmaker and a recognized vegan activist who is closely involved with the movement. Bobby is currently working with Shaun Monson (the director of “Earthlings” and “Unity”) on a new documentary called “Overhaul”, which we discuss during the interview. Bobby is also a creator, producer and director of the new vegan travel food show called “The Road Less Eaten”. Bobby works closely with LA Animal Save and The Humane League. To say he is passionate about animal rights does not even begin to describe the person that he is. Bobby is incredibly courageous, determined, kind, and completely selfless in his approach. We talk about his personal journey of finding health and wellness, his activist journey and the work he does today, including vigils, non-profit animal right organizations he works with, his filming career and much more. Some parts of the conversation may be hard to listen, but I ask you to stick with us. My hope is that you hear what Bobby has to say, and walk away with a unique new perspective only you can experience.

    “When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help him.” – Leo Tolstoy

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    Sujit Sharma, MD & CEO of Chuice, on Solving Health Crisis through Food Innovation

    Dr. Sujit Sharma is a Harvard-trained pediatric ER doctor in Atlanta, Georgia who is also the CEO at Chuice, an innovative food company, and a member of the board of directors of Georgia Organics. I met Dr. Sharma at Forward Food conference a few months ago where we clicked immediately as I asked away about his passion in food innovation after trying for the first time Chuice - the awkwardly delicious juicy super salad drink. After many conversations with Dr. Sharma what still stands out the most to me is his dedication to underpromise and overdeliver in everything he does. Dr. Sharma is a powerhouse of knowledge in microbiome, he is also limitlessly passionate about creating functional solutions for addressing the health-crisis in this country. The more I learn the more respect I have for this knowledgable, dedicated, passionate and hip doctor who I now consider a friend. If you have not tried it yet, please check out the website at to get an idea of what we are talking about.

    We talk about the current state of healthcare and childhood obesity, we discuss what constitutes a healthy microbiome, and dive in in the story, evolution and plans for this lifestyle brand that Chuice is quickly becoming. Tune in to learn more and follow Chuice and Dr. Sharma on social media.

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    Becky Streipe on Making Kale Magic and Plant-Based Fairy Dust

    Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”) is a vegan food writer and cookbook author with a passion for making deliciously easy vegan meals. At her blog Glue & Glitter, you’ll find simple vegan recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor. If you have been waiting on a conversation on "how to" - this is it. Becky shares a ton of tips and trick on how to make vegan plant-based cooking fun, fast, delicious and reasonably healthy. What to eat for breakfast? How to make it fast? What utensils to buy? How to add a flavor boost to any vegan meal? How to get your kid to eat his veggies? Favorite sauces, dressings, party pleaser and... how to make a plant-based fairy dust? Becky is your girl. Tune in to learn more!

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    Photocredit: Bonnie J. Heath Photography

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    Palden Beri on Living as a Tibetan Monk and the Art of Sand Mandala

    Palden Namgyal Beri is a Tibetan monk and an Assistant Professor at Drepung Loseling Monastic University in India. Palden was one of the lamas participating in "Healing and the Arts" exhibition that took place at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA - the first stop on the tour of more than 30 stops to take place on this international tour. During the exhibition week at the Emory hospital a number of lamas worked on creating a beautiful sand mandala of Medicine Buddha. The following Saturday a closing ceremony including lecture and chanting took place after which the mandala was dismantled and part of the healing sand was distributed between the patients of the hospital.

    Palden speaks about the history, ritual and meaning of sand mandala. He shares his story of growing up in Tibet, escaping to India and becoming a monk. Palden also talks about fundamental concepts of Tibetan buddhism.

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