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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    Driven by Curiosity: Ultra Running and Plant-Based Diet with Jackie Merritt

    Jackie Merritt is a physical therapist and biomechanist, she has a PhD in Neuroscience, and has completed FOUR 100 mile races. She has finished F7 (seventh female) in Western States 100 mile Endurance Run in 2017. And she has done it all on a plant-based vegan diet! It is a conversation about her path to becoming vegan, what motivated her and how it positively impacted her running career. Jackie shares her tips for training and fueling, her experience with Western States, and addresses common concerns women may have about plant-based vegan diet being sufficient for endurance running...or pregnancy.

    To learn more about Jackie or to connect with her follow the links below:

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    Tara Kemp on Food and Feels: Bringing Self-Love to Your Relationship with Food

    Tara Kemp is a health coach, a plant-based nutrition expert, and a dear friend from P-POD. Her impressive resume includes working with titans like Engine 2, PCRM, Forks Over Knives and Mastering Diabetes, just to name a few. Tara has also started an interdisciplinary PhD program bringing together emotional, sociological and psychological aspects of food together with nutritional side of it, for a truly wholistic approach.

    Having struggled with eating disorder herself, Tara goes far beyond of what is on our plate. This is a conversation about healing, hope, empowerment, and nourishment that can come from food. A conversation about self-love and forgiveness. I couldn't agree more:

    “The way that we eat is an act of self-love”.

    To learn more about Tara or connect with her follow the links below:




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    Brittany Summerlin, Living with Type I Diabetes and Eat Well ATL

    Brittany Summerlin is an Atlanta-based, Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. She has just launched Eat Well ATL - her private nutrition practice that provides a balanced approach to nutrition and lifestyle. As someone who has been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 10, Brittany has found passion in sharing her knowledge and experience with living with and managing chronic disease, and how lifestyle choices, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness, affect our health.

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    Kathy Pollard, Sustainable Diet and the Upcoming "Climate Party!"

    Kathy Pollard, MS is a is co-founder, with Micaela Karlsen, MSPH, of the dietary transition program and website,, offering articles, recipes and support for a plant-based life. Kathy is a Member of the Board of Directors at Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc. and a faculty member for the University of New England graduate program in Applied Nutrition. Kathy also served for six years as an instructor for the renowned T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

    In this coversation Kathy makes a case for why whole food plant based vegan diet is the most sustainable diet benefiting everyone involved - you, me, people on the other side of the world, animals, and our planet. Kathy's approach is kindness and compassion, her message is filled with positivity. "Make it a party!", she says when talking about sharing this lifestyle with others. Hence, the name of the book she is working on - "Climate Party!".

    We talk about the wonderful program she started - at offering resources and support to help you make transition to the whole food plant based lifestyle.

    Kathy generously offered the listeners of this show The Sustainable Diet 30-day Vegan Starter Kit, which offers daily emails, exercises and support to meaningfully change your life. To claims yours today, please go to I really hope you take advantage of that! It is a perfect opportunity to try new recipes and receive daily motivation regardless if you are completely new to this, or have been vegan for years - there is always more to learn!

    So... Make it a Party!!!

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    Jim Corcoran: Environmentalism, Animal Activism and Vegan Diet

    Jim Corcoran, or JC, is a dear friend and a member of my PPOD Family. JC has been vegan for 30 years and is an engaged member of animal rights movement both locally and nationally. He is a Director of Plant Peace Daily, a VP of Animal Protection Voters, Business Developer of Root 66 Food Truck, and organizer of Santa Fe Veg, among many other things. We talk about his evolving journey from environmentalist to animal rights activist, what motivates him today, the stories that inspire him, and, of course, what kindness means to him.

    I love this quote from :

    "I think, therefore I'm vegan."

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    Lori Clark: For the Love of Fitness, Nutrition... and People!

    Lori Clark is a fitness instructor, nutrition and wellness coach in Atlanta, GA. She is a wife, mother of 6, grandmother of 4, and is CRAZY about fitness and nutrition! She also loves people, an it really comes through in everything she does. This is a conversation about her journey to finding her passion and becoming a fitness inductor, about discovering and adopting a whole food plant based vegan lifestyle and sharing it with her family, friends and clients. It is also a conversation about her making and staying true to her commitments and values. Lori shares many helpful resources on how to get started with whole food living and tips on how to make it easy and fun.

    Find Lori at and check out her awesome Youtube Channel here:

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    Jamie Dennis and Jamie's Cookie Dough: Always Vegan. Never a Compromise.

    Jamie Dennis is an owner of Jamies Cookie Dough - an Atlanta based cookie (and cookie dough) company that makes delicious vegan cookies and delivers nationwide. Her slogan is: "Cookies for all occasions. Always vegan, never a compromise." We talk about how she became vegan, how she started her business and the values that drove decisions behind it.

    If you are ready for some sweets after this - you can find Jamie here:

    Call (678) 926-8742

    FB and IG: @jamiescookiedough

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    November Project ATL with Alexa Lampasona

    November Project is a grassroots movement that promotes strong and fun community through FREE fitness. Atlanta is the 44th tribe to join 49 cities around the world! There are thousands of people who now are a part of this community around the globe. Their members vary from Olympic medalists, professional athletes, marathoners, triathletes, current and former collegiate athletes all the way to complete fitness rookies and recent couch potatoes just looking to kickstart their healthy life choices. In this episode Alexa Lampasona - one of the ATL tribe leaders along with Christian Lopez - talks about the concept and mission behind November Project, what they stand for, describes the history of origin for the recently established November Project ATL tribe, and how she finds meaning and purpose in the work (or should we say play?) that she does. Listen in, or even better - #justshowup ! Come out @ 6:27 am Wed- the North Ave bridge on the Beltline Fri - Piedmont Park at 12th St or Grady Stadium Rain or shine, they are #weatherproof

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    Ryan Bifulco, Cooker and Helping Atlanta Eat Healthier

    Ryan Bifulco is the mastermind behind - Atlanta based service that connects hungry eaters with local cookers (chefs) offering healthy home cooked meals. The concept is brilliant! We talk about the Ryan's story, what motivated him to look at food as medicine, what drove him to start the business, and the beautiful mission behind it. Listen up for a treat at the end:). Hungry yet? Check out the website:

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