There are a lot of myths about living vegan or vegetarian that are used as a stick to beat it with. With guests including Timothy Shieff, Mark Bittman, John Joseph, and James Aspey, we explore the common misconceptions about veganism and vegetarianism, especially when it comes to health and physical performance.

How to Live a Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Lifestyle

Becoming vegan or vegetarian isn’t reserved for a specific type of person. We talk to nutritionists, physicians, actors, and endurance athletes, all of whom have seen their lives change for the better after making the switch to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. They prove that you can live your life to the fullest, and use your body to the limits of its capabilities all without the need for a meat-based diet.

At London Real, we’ve had the privilege of sitting down with some huge names, but they don’t come much bigger than a star of one of the biggest film franchises of all time. Evanna Lynch is an Irish actress and podcaster, best known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies. She talks to us about the impact that the movies had on her life, as well as why she not only turned to veganism but also started a podcast all about her vegan lifestyle.

What Does the Science Say?

Dr Michael Greger is a physician and bestselling author who advocates a plant-based diet to prevent fatal disease and illness. His New York Times bestselling book “How Not To Die” examines the top causes of death in America. We talk to Dr Greger about how his research showed the best way to avoid the causes of death was to adopt a plant-based diet. He also discusses why he doesn’t call himself a vegan despite advocating the benefits of eating vegan.

We also talk to Dr Neal Barnard, an American nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate who was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame in 2011. We ask Dr Bernard the question that many people have asked: is being vegan healthy? As well as advocating a plant-based diet, Dr Bernard makes some thought-provoking claims, including his belief that a meat-based diet is comparable to smoking or alcohol addiction.

The Vegan Athletes

We were fortunate enough to get to pick the brains of Nimai Delgado, a vegan bodybuilder and influencer. He’s the first Vegan IFBB pro bodybuilder in history and was featured on the cover of MUSCLE AND FITNESS magazine. You may also recognise him from Game Changers, the documentary film about high performing vegan athletes that was executive produced by James Cameron. Nimai tells us what he eats to get that all-important protein and carbs, as well as why he advocates veganism in bodybuilding and other elite endurance sports.

We also talk to Rich Roll, who as well as being an author, public speaker, and plant-based nutrition advocate, is also a vegan ultra-endurance athlete. Men’s Health named him as one of the 25 Fittest Men in the World. He completed the EPIC5: five IRONMANs on five different Hawaiian islands in a little over five days. You can hear him talk about the EPIC5 challenge and how it gave him a different perspective on the human experience and our capability in general. He also discusses his approach to living vegan and being part of the vegan movement.

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