Off The Gram
Is Being a Vegan Sexy-Cool? with Jacque Reid
What is Veganism?! Is it an expensive diet? A trendy way of life for “earthy, healthy” people? Does being vegan mean I have to give away all of my favorite designer handbags and shoes made of leather?! Can I still be a part-time vegan, or vegan-ISH and get some of the benefits? Why does it seem like there’s SO much dislike for this movement? And there’s so many new studies around plant based /whole food diets yielding higher immune systems, but where do vegans get protein? Can they get enough calcium?Seems there’s still SO many question marks surrounding this topic, but one thing we DO know is that there are SO many health benefits to having a plant based diet. A few MAJOR ones that we hear about: it can significantly reduce heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain cancers.So we are thrilled to welcome Jacque Reid (vegan), Emmy award winner, multi-media maven for NBC, and host of the Vegan Sexy Cool podcast & lifestyle brand which links eating vegan, wellness and social justice.She’s giving us the scoop on what caused her to become a full-fledged vegan, why this lifestyle has become sooo popular for some and how to live a healthier, kinder more fulfilling life, while having a whole lot of fun!
Back to School(?!?) with Teacher, Activist, & People Mag's "Sexiest Teacher Alive," Nicholas Ferroni
Going back to school is the topic hot on everyone's minds right now… and whether you're a mom or not, everyone seems to have an opinion. On one hand, we hear that we may be damaging our children (both educationally & emotionally) by restricting their socialization. On the other hand, we hear from experts and teachers across the country who say there is no possible way to return to school safely.We’re joined today by Nicholas Ferroni, a high school history teacher from Union, NJ who has a thing or two to say on the matter… and there’s no one whose opinion we value more. Why? Nicholas has been noted as one of the "100 Making a Difference” and one of the "Most Influential Educators In America;” he was named "Upstander of the Year" by the Human Rights Campaign for his work with LGBTQ youth; he designed a social experiment on the important of gender equality in politics that Whoopi Goldberg called “the best social experiment ever” (no big deal!)... oh and he was named the Sexiest Teacher Alive by People Magazine - CASUAL!!Nicholas is a walking, talking example of that which he preaches… he is a social activist who educates, mentors and inspires students causing them to not only BE inspired & to INSPIRE OTHERS. We’re grateful he’s here today to inspire us, and shed some light on this sticky topic from his view on the front lines of the conversation.
The F-Factor Drama Continues: When "Wellness" Goes Wrong, Pt. 2
Following the explosive controversy surrounding the F-Factor diet program, Tanya Zuckerbrot went on IG Live last weekend with a statement to… set the record straight? It left many feeling at best dissapointed & confused... at worst hurt, offended,& outraged. Off the Gram began covering this story last week when we interviewed whistleblower Emily Gellis along with a former client named Liz, and Lauren Slayton, founder of Foodtrainers and a renowned dietician.Today, we unpack all that's transpired this week - and pose the question “what now??” - as this story continues to blaze through the wellness community. First, we're joined by Erin Seidl aka @FoodScienceBabe and re-joined by Lauren Slayton of Foodtrainers to discuss the "guar gum" debate (#guargate!!).Next, we chat with a young woman known as @WellnessAlexis, who found herself an unlikely pawn in this week's "installment" of this scandal. And finally, we get an expert analysis of how this is all being handled from a PR perspective from Stacey Heuser, co-founder of leading PR agency, Narrative. This show's a doozy, friends... buckle up and tune in!
Emily Gellis & The F-Factor Drama: When "Wellness" Goes Wrong
When influencer & entrepreneur Emily Gellis posted a personal opinion about the F-Factor diet program to her 100k+ followers earlier this year, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening up… or that she’d ultimately pivot her entire life to that of a crusader. What started as an innocuous social post turned her into a modern day Erin Brokovich… Emily received thousands of messages documenting people’s adverse reactions - both physically & mentally - as a byproduct of the following the diet or consuming the products. So Emily started sharing it all… the good, the bad, and the ugly. The situation snowballed, and when the story landed in the New York Times and then the TODAY show, Emily vowed to see this through to the end for the victims.Emily shares her story with us on today’s episode, along with two other guests: Liz, a former client of the practice who shares a jarring & heartbreaking story; and Lauren Slayton, founder of Foodtrainers(™) a New York City consultancy dedicated to weight management and sports nutrition. Lauren holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and she helps us dig a little deeper into the question on everyone’s minds: what the hell is going on here??
“Wellness is Only for Rich White People” and Other Popular Lies with TV’s Nicole Young
Wellness and race. It’s a topic we could cover all day long and still only scratch the surface but we’ll continue to try. Today we’re joined by lifestyle expert, Nicole Young, who makes her living sharing tips, tricks & recipes for healthy living on TV but often times she found the she’d be overlooked for “healthy cooking” segments, or bypassed by brands for clean eating campaigns and she had to ask herself “why?”The result? Nicole uncovered a bias against Women of Color as it pertains to wellness, and has made it a personal crusade to change that narrative.
Eat Clean to... Play Dirty with Sakara Life Founders: Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle
We keep hearing that we should “eat clean”. But, what does that even mean? If we scrub our cookie boxes and chip bags with soap and water before we eat them, is that clean?! And... Why do we even need to “eat clean”? I thought a little dirt was good for the immune system? And, why is organic food so expensive? Sure, sure, we have all seen the models pictured eating their Sakara salads backstage at fashion shows in all the magazines, but do “real people” actually eat that stuff? Can a SALAD be filling?! Can it even taste good if it’s good for you? While team OTG is lucky enough to know first hand that Sakara makes the most delicious AND nutritious food on the planet, we realize the whole world doesn’t… YET.So, we are THRILLED to bring the RADIANT gorgeous mama founders, Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, on the show to enlighten us all as to how and why they founded their clean eating empire, Sakara Life. Tell it to us straight, ladies: WHY should we all be eating clean, and HOW can we learn to play dirty?!Whitney and Danielle have graciously offered all of our listeners a $50 gift towards your firstSakaraLife Organic Meal Delivery, valid for new customers only, through September 24, 2020.CODE AT CHECKOUT:PN_OFFTHEGRAMLINK:www.sakara.com/dwpartner
Olympian Rachael Adams on Putting Down Dairy to Pick Up Your Health
In 2018, Switch4Good - a PSA campaign aimed at informing people about the health risks associated with dairy products - launched with a commercial during the closing ceremony for the Olympics. Unbelievably, the ad was yanked from the air before it reached the West Coast following complaints by the dairy industry. Luckily, they fought their way back to become one of the foremost nonprofits advocating for a healthy plant-based diet, reaching more than 95 million people in just the past six months.We’re joined by Rachael Adams, Olympic Volleyball player and Switch4Good ambassador, to chat about the initiative and how nixing dairy changed her life… and how she’s inspired other athletes to do the same.
How to SAFELY navigate the new normal with Dr. Darria Gillespie
Dr. Darria is an ER doctor, CNN Medical Contributor, and all-around #bossbabe (her recent TED talk on “on How to triage your *Crazy busy* life” had over 1 million views in 1 month… #nbd! We asked her to join us to talk SAFETY: as cities move towards re-opening, how can we all start to “live our best lives” again (and ya know, like, maybe go to work!) but still manage risks?
Keeping Your Finances Healthy During a Pandemic with Trae Bodge
We’ve made it through a whole quarter in a pandemic, and many of us are left picking up the pieces. It seems like we get another closure notification of one of our favorite businesses every day (RIP POE Yoga in Short Hills, NJ and DanceBody in Williamsburg!), and so many laid-off or furloughed, we want to know what’s next, and what should we all be doing this month for the best chance possible at a financial come-back by summer’s end?We’re joined by the fabulous Trae Bodge, personal finance journalist & TV commentator, to help us work it all out. Trae was named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and FlexJobs. She is a contributor at CNN Underscored, and her commentary has appeared across media outlets nationwide… and we’re grateful to add Off the Gram to that list!