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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    Ryan Bulzan on The Humane League and Impact Squad

    Ryan Bulzan is the Regional Field Organizer for The Humane League - the non-profit organization that exist to end the abuse of animals raised for food. Ryan works with individuals and groups across multiple states in the Southeast US, and inspires volunteers to take on leadership roles for THL’s campaign initiatives. Ryan motivates others, fosters long-term relationships, and trains activists in effective grassroots animal advocacy and corporate campaigning. He resides in Decatur, GA.

    This one is specially dear to my heart. Ryan was the first guests ever on my podcast. Ryan has also been a long-time partner in crime for the Team Humane yearly campaigns that I partake in. Team humane is an athletic devision of The Humane League with amateur and professional athletes setting personal challenges and working to accomplish those while doing so on a vegan diet and fundraising for Humane League. This is how I ran my first half marathon 2 years ago, and a full marathon a year ago. We get into more details on how it works and our personal experience, but what you need to know is that the Team Humane 2019 season is now open, and if you want to support, participate or set your goals and join in the campaign - we need your help. Let Ryan or me know!

    For my challenge this year I am taking fighting for the animals quite literary. So I joined the kick-boxing gym. My goal is to hit 31 classes before end of year. If I can get 31 people to make contributions to my campaign I pledge to the ice-bucket challenge :). 100% of money raised goes towards efforts to end animal abuse. Ryan has also joined the kick-boxing gym. I think you should hit him up and see how he is doing.:) We are planning bunch of events in the community - we will have sunrise hikes followed by vegan brunches, WERQ fundraiser, bake sales, etc. Hope to see you there!

    For more information, please visit:

    To volunteer: https://thehumaneleague.org/take-action

    Sign up for Impact Squad: https://thehumaneleague.org/fundraise

    Atlanta Impact Squad FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629223770510472/

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    Leigh Saluzzi on Normalizing Vegan with Atlanta Veg Fest

    Have you wondered about the people behind Atlanta Veg Fest?? (Which, by the way, is coming up on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9th!!! - http://atlantavegfest.com )

    Meet Leigh Saluzzi!!!

    Leigh Saluzzi is an Executive Director & Director of Vendor Relations at Atlanta Veg Fest - Atlanta Veg Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support community and promote the benefits of a vegan and plant-based lifestyle founded in compassion for animals, people and the environment.

    Leigh has been vegan since 2001, and loves to show people how easy veganism can be. After operating a vegan business with her husband and exhibiting at festivals and conferences across the country, she decided to start Atlanta Veg Fest in 2012. Leigh also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta-based non-profit Tommy’s Holiday Fund, and is in the beginning stages of launching a new endeavor called Normalize Vegan, which seeks to encourage the general public to consider veganism a viable lifestyle option.

    In this conversation Leigh shares her vegan journey, her creative social entrepreneurship endeavors along the way, and the founding and growing of Atlanta Veg Fest! Tune in to learn more!

    Links:

    http://atlantavegfest.com

    http://www.tommysholidayfund.org

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    Bobby Sud and a Million Dollar Vegan Campaign

    Bobby Sud is a Film Director, Producer and Cinematographer. He is an Organizer and Board Member of LA Animal Save, LA Fur Save, and LA Health Save and Vigil Photographer.

    You may remember our previous conversation from episode 34, where Bobby shared his personal journey towards health that started in 2015, when he weighed almost 300 lbs and suffered from Type2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and everything else that comes with it. After transitioning to a whole food plant based vegan diet, Bobby was able to reverse and cure his diabetes in 6 weeks and have lost close to 100lbs.

    However, it wasn’t until he went to the first LA Animal Save pig vigil and met Shaun Monson (director of “Earthlings”) and Amy Jean Davis (founder of LAAS) that he truly understood what it meant to be a vegan. Today, Bobby is deeply involved in the movement.

    Bobby has worked with Shaun Monson as his cinematographer and producing partner, he has been an organizer for the LA Save Movement and official Vigil Photographer. Bobby also produced and directed a vegan travel show called “The Road Less Eaten” with episodes in Israel, Ireland, and London.

    Bobby's current project and focus is being the director and cinematographer of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, which we get into during our conversation.

    Million Dollar Vegan Campaign is a campaign seeking to raise awareness of some of the world’s most pressing issues, and to tackle them by engaging with world leaders, institutions and individuals, and inspiring positive dietary change. This year they are asking a politician (guess who!?) to go vegan for the month of January! In exchange, Million Dollar Campaign will donate a million dollars toward the charity of his choice. Intrigued? Tune in to learn more!

    And check out their website! There are tons of resources - suggestions for movies, books, videos of speeches, ways to get active locally, politically and globally, and suggested way to contribute your time and / or money.

    Links:

    https://www.milliondollarvegan.com

    Million Dollar Campaign IG: https://www.instagram.com/milliondollarvegan/

    Bobby Sud IG: https://www.instagram.com/bobbysud/

    Genesis Butler - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4ptaIDAIlY

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    Leah Garcés on Grilling the Chicken Industry

    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.

    You may remember our last conversation with Leah from Episode 24, where we talked about her journey right after she joined MFA. This conversation is about her new book - GRILLED: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry.

    GRILLED details Leah’s experiences working alongside farmers and food industry leaders—encouraging change through dialogue and discussion—to reduce animal suffering and shine a spotlight on the rapidly growing plant-based food sector.

    In this conversation we talked about what moved Leah to write the book, why she decided to focus on chicken and what she learned along the way. Tune in to learn more!

    For more information, please visit:

    https://mercyforanimals.org/grilled

    https://www.mercyforanimals.org

    Purchase the book here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Grilled-Turning-Adversaries-Chicken-Industry/dp/1472962583/

    Follow Leah on IG:

    https://www.instagram.com/leahgarces

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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!

    To learn more, please visit:

    Website: https://www.fullcirclefarmsanctuary.org

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FullCircleFarmSanctuary/

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/fullcirclefarmsanctuary/

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTGphWcJ8vj37E1ts1oEoSw/featured

    To help FCFS get ready for the cold season and gather hay visit this page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1317479981759370/2437474929673223/

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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.

    To learn more about FCFS, please visit:

    https://www.fullcirclefarmsanctuary.org

    The Game Changers Social tickets:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-game-changers-social-tickets-67898481185?aff=FYK

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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.

    Follow Amy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amyburkmanofficial/

    And check out her website: https://amyburkman.com

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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.

    To learn more and support Farm of the Free please visit:

    https://www.farmofthefree.org

    https://www.farmofthefree.org/donate

    Veganism & Spirituality - Ren Hurst:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVNSLlYc-d0&feature=youtu.be

    Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - Gary Yourofsky:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

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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.

    To learn more or connect with Aaron, please visit: https://www.aaronstuber.com

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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.

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/clorofila.vegan/

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/clorofila.vegan/

    Web: http://www.clorofila.rest/web/

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