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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    "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:

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    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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    Plant-Based Myth-busting with Dr. Pamela Fergusson: From Raising Kids to Running Marathons

    Dr. Pamela Fergusson is a Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition, and over 15 years of experience of working in the field. She is currently in private practice in British Columbia, Canada. Pamela has been featured on many podcasts, spoken at Plant-Based Prevention of Disease conference, the International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain and Dietitians of Canada 2018 conference in Vancouver. She has worked as a Dietitian in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia for organizations such as Unicef and the World Food program and has a broad and diverse experience in research and teaching as well as public health and clinical practice.

    Pamela is a mother of 4 beautiful children, has done sevaral half-marathons, marathons and ultras, and is a wonderful and kind human being with a passion for spreading the message of plant-based positivity.

    In this conversation we address some of the concerns that are often brought up around plant-based diet being sufficient for pregnancy, raising healthy children and endurance training.

    To learn more or to work with Pamela please visit:

    For many wonderful recipes, article and healthy living tips follow Pamela on social media:

    @DrPamelaRD on Facebook

    @drpamela.rd on IG

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    Jen Foley and the Power of Individual Activism

    Jen Foley is an amazing, fun, kind and educated person, who embraced a vegan lifestyle 24 years ago and has been dedicated to sharing her message and experience with others ever since. Jen is one of the admins for Vegan Atlanta group, which has more than 8000 members and is in the heart of the vegan movement in Atlanta. Tune in, as Jen talks about the power that each of us has as an individual to stand up for what we believe and how to be more effective when sharing your message. Jen also talks about her journey to becoming vegan and some of the mental strategies she employed when transitioning. Fun facts: Jen was a member of Vegan Atlanta group 10 years ago when it only had 30 members and met regularly for lunch; she also worked with Nathan Runkle in Ohio when he was 14 and was just starting Mercy for Animals. Please check out show notes for many useful links Jen kindly provided.

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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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