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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    Jackson Long on #FiberFebruary and Finding the Middle Path Powered by Plants

    Jackson Long is a mountain athlete, a podcaster, videographer and photographer, co-founder of Thought for Food podcast and brand, TEDex speaker, beholder of Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, an animal activist and an incredibly funny humble caring person on a continuous path of growth and self-perfection. We start with conversation about fiber and it's importance, discuss his journey of finding plant-based nutrition, and dive in into how it folds into endurance sports. We talk about eating disorders and disordered eating and its prevalence in the athletic community. Jackson talks about the specific things endurance athletes should look out for and how their version of plant-based diet may look different. We discuss the modern vegan movement, the extremes, and finding the balanced approach that is inclusive, rather than ostracizing. Jackson also shares the projects he is working on and exciting things he has coming his way.

    To learn more or connect with Jackson check out the links below:


    Instagram: @jacksonlong

    TEDex talk:

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    Nichole Dandrea on Chocolate, Kindness and 53 Reasons to Eat More Plants

    Nichole Dandrea is a plant-based registered dietitian with a passion for the powerful healing properties of whole foods and the positive effects of plant-based eating for animals and the environment. Nichole shares her plant-based inspiration through Purely Planted website, blog and social media, she leads vegan grocery shopping tours, does one-on-one and group coaching and detailed diet analysis for her clients. Nichole has also founded and ran a vegan organic chocolate business for 10 years - Nicobella Organics. In this conversation Nichole shares her journey. We talk about chocolate, yoga, kindness and discuss 53 reasons to eat more plants! Tune in to learn more and reach out to Nichole via links below!


    Vegan Food Tour:



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    Robby Barbaro on Mastering Diabetes with Plants

    Robby Barbaro is a co-founder of Mastering Diabetes Program - an online coaching program that has changed the lives of more than 3,000 people around the world living with type 1 diabetes, type 1.5 diabetes, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Before that Robby spent several years working in Forks Over Knives - a documentary and a brand that changed so many lives revealing the truth about the health, ethical and environmental implications of consuming animal products. This conversation is a deep dive in understanding the nature of diabetes, the biggest myths surrounding it, the financial consequences of diabetes on our economy, and the power that plant-based nutrition offers in healing our bodies.

    To learn more, please visit Follow Robby on Instagram at

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    Dominick Thompson Challenges You to Eat What Elephants Eat

    Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community and founder of Crazies and Weirdos®, Eat What Elephants Eat® and the Running Herd. Because of this and his assertive activism, Dominick has received global recognition and has been featured in NPR News, ABC News,Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Veg News Magazine,, PETA and more recently, appeared on the cover of the Bright magazine in London. We talk about Dominick's fur-daughter - Scruff McFLy - and the role she played in his healing process. Dominick shares his reasons for going vegetarian and vegan, and what drives him to continue his work as an activist. He talks about about his work, new exciting projects he has lined up, such as his new wellness and nutrition program - Eat What Elephants Eat, the bigger vision behind it, and the upcoming podcast. Tune in to learn more!

    To learn more and connect with Dominick follow the links below:

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    Leah Garcés on Constructive Activism and Mercy For Animals

    Leah Garcés is a founder of Compassion in World Farming USA and, as of October 1, the first female President of Mercy for Animals (MFA) - an international nonprofit animal protection organization founded in 1999 by Milo Runkle. Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. Leah shares her vibrant journey in animal wellfair non-profits and what she has learned along the way. We talk about animal farming being a social justice issue, about the importance of stepping out of the “bubble” and bringing together many movements, thus finding their “intersectionality” and making them stronger. We talk about constructive activism, hope, and finding alternative solutions.

    MFA website:

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    Jacob Aqua Spreading the Ripples of Kindness

    Jacob Aqua is a wellness coach, a mindfulness advocate and a co-founded Good Vibe Tribe, a club at Emory that uses holistic wellness techniques to give students the tools to succeed emotionally in the college environment. Jacob shares his journey, the personal challenges and struggles he went through that ultimately led him to discovering mindfulness and meditation as a tool to peace, joy and serenity. We talk about self-care and self-love, different meditation technics and the role of technology, and the power of community and human connection. Jacobs gives 3 simple tips on how to start a meditation practice and what does it mean to "set an intention".

    To learn more please visit:

    @jaquawellness on Instagram

    Jacob Aqua on Facebook

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    "Go Out and Prevent Heart Disease!" with Lori Boyd, MSN, RN-BC, CVN

    Lori Taylor Boyd, MSN, RN-BC, CVN is a coordinator at Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Lori has been a nurse for over 40 year. 9 years ago she has been asked to start a heart resources center and was told to "go out and prevent heart disease"... No pressure! Lori shares her journey and her experience of learning and growing a plant-based program in her community to tackle a number one killer of people in America - Heart disease.

    Some of the resources and websites we discuss are listed below:

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    Rebecca Portman and Thinking Forward with Forward Food

    Rebecca Portman is a Food and Nutrition Coordinator at Forward Food, a program of Humane Society of United States. Rebecca assists school districts, hospitals, colleges, universities, detention centers, and the like to integrate plant-strong options into their systems. I first met Rebecca at the book signing of Humane Economy by Wayne Pacelle and our paths have crossed many times since then. We talk about Rebecca's path to discovering plant-based lifestyle and the amazing work she does today with Forward Food. You wish your institution would offer more plant-based options on the menu? Tune in, because Rebecca might be just the person you are looking for.

    For more information visit:

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    Empowering People through Living Food with Chef Zu

    Chef Zu is a Holistic Nutritionist, Urban Agriculturalist & Plant Based Chef who focuses on providing "Health & Wellness" to less fortunate communities through facilitating programs based around culinary arts, agriculture and nutrition. Chef Zu has a passion and love for studying the science of plant based foods and using the most nutritious ingredients to create amazingly flavorful vegan and raw cuisine. In this conversation, Chef Zu talks about his story, his passion and what drives him to do the work he does today. He talks about the concept of "living" food, and how educating people about the food they eat and how to prepare it, can empower them, gain confidence and experience abundance. He talks about the language of food, and ability to express love, unconditional love. We discuss the power of agriculture and the importance of buying food locally. And of course, Chef Zu talks about his food philosophy and shares some of the main tips and food staples for a nourishing, flavorful and living food options.

    To learn more, visit:

    Follow Chef Zu:

    The upcoming event Food Waste in a Food Insecure World:

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    Evelisse Capo and The Food Pharmacy

    Evelisse Capó, PharmD is a founder of The Food Pharmacy, Instructor and Spanish Outreach Coordinator at T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Certificate Program and Food for Life Instructor at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She holds close to a dozen of different plant-based certifications and has accomplished that while also raising 4 beautiful plat-strong children. Wonder where she gets all the energy? Tune in and learn for yourself!

    To learn more please visit:




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