Rich Roll

 Photograph taken from Google Images

Photograph taken from Google Images

There’s no doubt in my mind that this guy is a legend and my friends know how much I bang on about his podcasts. Rich's aim is to educate, inform and inspire people through the conversations in his podcasts and it’s hard to put into words how much they have inspired me to make changes in my life. Thank you, Rich.

I found the Rich Roll Podcast (RRP) when I was googling information about the microbiome (gut health) and the first podcast I listened to was ‘Live Dirty, Eat Clean’ by Dr Robynne Chutkan. I think this was back in November 2015 - the podcast was fascinating and I felt like I understood some of the reasons why I have allergies. I like to listen to the podcasts when I'm driving home from work and if I'm travelling on the train. Over the past year I've learnt so much from Rich's podcasts and the interesting people he talks to.

So, who is Rich Roll? He’s an ultra-athlete, bestselling author, podcast host, plant based wellness advocate, husband, father and is also in sobriety from alcoholism. He talks about his story in his book, Finding Ultra, which I am reading at the moment. From what I can gather from his podcasts, Rich struggled with drugs and alcohol in his early years, he then attended rehab and speaks very highly of AA. He began his fitness journey when he was 40 years old, overweight and struggling to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath (I know how that feels and I'm 28!). Following this, he changed his diet (with the help of his wife, Julie) and started to train hard for ultraman events. In 2008, Rich became the 3rd fastest American (and first vegan) to complete the 3 day Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii. That’s 320 miles, powered solely by plants! Although Rich’s journey into veganism was formed due to health reasons, he does acknowledge the damage that animal agriculture is causing to our health, the planet and the animals.

Rich is my number one inspiration as he has opened my eyes to the importance of plant based nutrition. If it wasn't for the RRP, I wouldn't have heard about The China Study, reasons why butter isn't back, myths about protein, the links between animal products and chronic illness, carnism and of course... the other legend that is John Joseph. John has some really interesting things to say about GMO's and the pharmaceutical companies in the US. Little old me was very naïve to the corruption, chaos and immoral things that go on... all in the name of money.

Go and give the RRP a listen, you might be surprised what you learn! I am definitely putting the information into practice and hope to begin my fitness journey too. I like Rich's words about motivation and purpose - you need to have that passion for what's important. As I'm approaching 30, my health is extremely important and I want to live a long and healthier life.

"Take the action and the brain and mood will follow" - Rich Roll.

To date there have been 264 episodes of the RRP and I've not even listened to 50 yet. Here are some of my favourites so far:

  • Dr Robynne Chutkan  - Live Dirty, Eat Clean & Everything Microbiome (RRP, 192)

  • Dr Michael Greger - Omega 3's, Antioxidants and Protein (RRP, 7) & How Not to Die (RRP, 199)

  • Dr Neal Barnard - The Power of Nutrition to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes & Dementia (RRP, 242)

  • Dr Garth Davis - Our Misplaced Obsession with Protein (RRP, 150)

  • John Joseph - Punk Icon, Spiritual Warrior and Plant Power Icon (RRP, 41); GMO's and the 'V' Word (RRP, 66); & Wake the Fuck Up (RRP, 223)

  • The Happy Pear - Creating a Mainstream Movement to Inspire Healthy Living (RRP, 233)

  • Steve-O… Yes the dude from Jackass & his dad - Fame, Reinvention & The Journey To Finding Fulfilment From Within (RRP, 227)

  • Moby - Transforming Electronic Music, Elevating Consciousness & Saving The Planet (RRP, 226)

  • Dr Melanie Joy - Going Beyond Carnism: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows (RRP, 240)

You can find Rich on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, his website and via the RRP which you can listen to on the website or via a podcasts app on your phone. Recently, Rich has been doing weekly Q&A's live on Facebook and it made me smile to know that Rich loves Joy Division, New Order and The Smiths! I always knew he had good taste in music!

Happy listening!

Definitely Vegan x

Photograph taken from Google Images via Rich's youtube channel.