Amanda Just is a freelance writer who contributes to This Dish Is Veg and other websites. She also teaches cooking classes and works with at-risk youth. Read more about Amanda on her blog, Hungry Vegan Traveler.
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Aurora Leon, M.D and Joaquin Carral, M.D.
Aurora Leon, M.D. and Joaquin Carral, M.D. have helped thousands of Latinos around the world switch to a healthful vegan diet through the Vegetariano en 21 Dias program. Dr. Leon is a resident at St. Luke´s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and Dr. Carral is currently undergoing a fellowship in preventive cardiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The pair adopted this lifestyle in 2010 and believe all physicians should be required to master the topic.
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Brian Wendel is the creator and executive producer of Forks Over Knives.
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Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is the creator, executive producer, and host of The Healthy Voyager website. A holistic nutritionist, plant-based vegan chef, cookbook author, and T.V. spokesperson, Carolyn helps people live well, one veggie at a time! Visit HealthyVoyager.com for updates from Carolyn.
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Cathy Fisher is a plant-based cooking instructor who teaches at TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California. Visit StraightUpFood.com to view her healthy plant-based recipes.
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Chef AJ is a culinary instructor in Los Angeles who has followed a plant-based diet for more than thirty years. She is author of Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. Chef AJ’s passion is teaching people how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet in ways that are easy, delicious, and fun. Visit EatUnprocessed.com for updates from Chef AJ.
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Christine Waltermyer is the co-owner of The Natural Kitchen Cooking School, an all-vegan cooking school, and author of The Natural Vegan Kitchen. Christine has developed recipes for Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Super Immunity as well as for Dr. Neal Barnard's book Power Foods for the Brain.
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Christy Morgan, known as The Blissful Chef, is a private chef and cooking instructor. Christy is author of Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet. Visit TheBlissfulChef.com and WellnessReboot.com to learn more about Christy and her online wellness program.
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Darshana Thacker is a well-known vegan chef in the yoga community of Los Angeles. Her recipes have been published in L.A. Yoga Magazine, the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and the New York Times Bestseller, Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook. Darshana, who learned the art of cooking from her mother in India, specializes in international cuisine that is flavorful and healthy. For updates on Darshana, visit her website Darshana's Kitchen.
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Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
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Doug Lisle, Ph.D.
Doug Lisle, Ph.D., is the staff psychologist and director of research for TrueNorth Health Center and psychologist and speaker for the McDougall Wellness Program. Dr. Lisle has published numerous articles in the scientific literature and is co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness.
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Dreena Burton has written four cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the "vegan basics" (beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) to create dishes that are healthy but also very satisfying and delicious! For more on her plant-powered recipes and newest cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan, visit PlantPoweredKitchen.com.
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Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming. His book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, was published by Touchstone in March 2008.
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Heather McDougall is the director of the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California. Heather also develops healthy, family-friendly recipes for the McDougall Newsletter.
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Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Isa Chandra Moskowitz has been cooking up a vegan storm for the past two decades. She is the author of seven cookbooks, including Veganomicon and Appetite for Reduction. A Brooklyn native, she now lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where she spreads vegan cooking love and does feral cat rescue work.
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James Loomis, M.D.
James Loomis, Jr., M.D. practices internal medicine at St. Luke’s hospital, where he also serves as director of prevention and wellness. He has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Cardinals as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Loomis, who enjoys cooking and competing in endurance races, lives with his partner Elise and has three sons.
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Janice Stanger, Ph.D.
Janice Stanger, Ph.D., author of The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now with Six Kinds of Whole Foods is a nutrition myth buster and frequent conference presenter, radio show guest, blogger, educator, and health industry/wellness expert. She has a Ph.D. in human development and aging from University of California, San Francisco, an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, and is certified in plant-based nutrition. Visit PerfectFormulaDiet.com for updates from Janice.
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Jason Wyrick is the executive chef and publisher of the magazine The Vegan Culinary Experience. In 2001, Chef Jason reversed his diabetes by switching to a low-fat vegan diet. He is a New York Times best-selling author, has catered for companies such as Google, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and Farm Sanctuary, and has been a guest instructor in the Le Cordon Bleu program at Scottsdale Culinary Institute.
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Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.
Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D., serves as VP of health promotion for EHE International and lectures at the McDougall Program and Engine 2 and Farms2Forks immersions. For almost a decade, Jeff served as the director of nutrition at the Pritikin Center in Aventura, Florida and as VP of the board of directors for the National Health Association. Jeff’s Fast Food DVD series demonstrates how anyone can create healthy, low-cost, delicious and easy meals in under ten minutes.
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Jill Nussinow is a culinary educator, registered dietitian, and author of three cookbooks. She has been teaching people how to eat more vegetables for more than 25 years. Jill’s goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better cooking and eating. She loves to share her passion and joy for plant-based eating through cooking demonstrations, recipes, presentations, and writings. Visit TheVeggieQueen.com for updates from Jill.
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John Joseph is lead singer of the Cro-Mags, which he co-founded in 1981. He is author of The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon and Meat Is for Pussies. John is writing a new book and a screenplay and is training for an Ironman triathlon.
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John McDougall, M.D.
John McDougall, M.D., is medical director of the McDougall Program, a 10-day residential program located in Santa Rosa, California. Dr. McDougall uses a low-fat, starch-based diet that results in dramatic health benefits and can reverse serious illness, such as heart disease, without drugs. He is co-author of The Starch Solution, McDougall Quick and Easy, and author of The McDougall Program and many other books. Visit DrMcDougall.com for more information.
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Jon Hinds is the founder of the Monkey Bar Gymnasium, an NBA strength coach, and an inventor of several functional training tools. He’s also a plant-based athlete and yogi. Click here to view Jon’s blog.
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In 2002, Judy Micklewright set out on a path of discovery into plant-based living and found vigor in her mind, body, and soul. Now a mother, Judy continues to dedicate herself to unearthing tasty, plant-based good-for-you cuisine.
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Kathleen Leonard is a mother of three children, an Ironman triathlete, and an utlra-marathoner. She is an outdoor enthusiast who loves gardening and watching her children play sports.
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Katie Mae is a plant-based nutritionist and culinary instructor. Her passion is supporting people to nourish and revitalize their bodies, minds, and spirits via a plant-based diet. Katie works at TrueNorth Health Center and Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center, and she is the nutrition educator at Sonoma State University. She holds a master's degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. Visit PlantBasedKatie.com to see more of her recipes.
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Lani Muelrath, M.A., helps people who struggle with health, weight, and energy levels transform their bodies without going hungry or doing grueling, excessive exercise. She is the author of Fit Quickies: 5 Minute Targeted Body Shaping Workouts and creator of the Plant-Based Blueprint. Visit LaniMuelrath.com for more.
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Lindsay S. Nixon
Lindsay S. Nixon is the author of Happy Herbivore Abroad, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, and Everyday Happy Herbivore. She creates quick-n-easy, no-fuss, low-fat recipes using wholesome everyday ingredients. Visit HappyHerbivore.com for recipes and updates from Lindsay.
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Meg Wolff is a two-time cancer survivor, plant-based chef, and author of A Life in Balance: Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post's Food and Living sections. Visit MegWolff.com for updates from Meg.
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Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M.
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., is author of the acclaimed Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Dr. Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a celebrated speaker. Dr. Joy has written numerous articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, and she has been interviewed extensively by international media venues. She is also the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network.
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Micaela Karlsen, M.S.P.H.
Micaela Karlsen is a PhD candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Micaela received her master's degree in human nutrition and public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has a BA in psychology from Cornell University. She formerly served as executive director of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and is a contributor to the NYT bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Micaela maintains the informational website PlantBasedResearch.org.
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Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker. Dr. Greger has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and testified before Congress. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the director of public health and animal agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Visit NutritionFacts.org for updates from Dr. Greger.
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A few years ago, Natala Constantine was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She decided to take her life back by adopting a plant-based diet and has since lost over 200 pounds and no longer needs medication. Natala became passionate about nutrition, received her certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University, and now works with Rip Esselstyn and The Engine 2 Diet team.
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Neal Barnard, M.D.
Neal Barnard, M.D., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, Breaking the Food Seduction, and others.
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Pam Boteler, president of WomenCAN International, is a global voice for equality in Olympic canoeing and a competitive plant-based athlete. She coaches health, wellness, and high-performance athletics. Visit WomenCAN International for more information.
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Chef Ramses Bravo is the executive chef for TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California and author of Bravo! Health-Promoting Meals from The TruthNorth Kitchen. Ramses has worked in numerous hotels and restaurants over his 14-year career, including a position as executive chef for the renowned Kenwood Inn and Spa in California.
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Richard Oppenlander, D.D.S.
Author of the award-winning book, Comfortably Unaware, Dr. Richard Oppenlander is a consultant, researcher, and lecturer on the topics of food choice and sustainability. He started an organic vegan food production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary, and is the founder and president of Inspire Awareness Now. Dr. Oppenlander has written numerous articles and serves as an adviser for organizations, municipalities, and institutions. Visit the Comfortably Unaware website for more.
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A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich Roll is an author, world-renowned ultra-endurance athlete, a wellness advocate, husband, and father, and an inspiration to people worldwide as an example of courageous and healthy living. He is the first of two people to complete five Ironman triathlons on five Hawaiian islands in under a week. Visit RichRoll.com to receive updates and learn more about his book, Finding Ultra.
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Rip Esselstyn, son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, was a firefighter in the Austin fire department when he discovered dangerously high cholesterol levels among his firefighter comrades. He led a stationwide revolution of dietary change that resulted in markedly better health, which he detailed in his bestselling book, The Engine 2 Diet. Visit Engine2Diet.com for updates from Rip.
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Robert Ostfeld, M.D., M.Sc.
Cardiologist Robert Ostfeld, M.D., M.Sc. is the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where he encourages patients to embrace a whole-foods, plant-based diet. He earned his M.D. at Yale and his M.Sc. in epidemiology at Harvard, and he is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D.
Ruth is a six-time Ironman Triathlon finisher who has won more than 900 medals in races around the world, including more than 60 marathons. Now in her seventies, Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer in her forties, which has been in remission since she began a plant-based diet. She is the author of A Race for Life, CHEF, and Senior Fitness, all available through her website, ruthheidrich.com.
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Saray Stancic, M.D.
Saray Stancic, M.D., is the founder of Stancic Health & Wellness in Ridgewood, NJ, an innovative medical practice whose mission is to educate and empower patients to achieve optimal health via lifestyle modification. Her focus is shedding light on the building body of scientific data supporting the importance of optimal nutrition in disease prevention. The concept for this practice came in response to her experiences as a physician for nearly 20 years and as a patient with multiple sclerosis.
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Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.
Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., is director of nutrition education at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine. Ms. Levin researches and writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
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Susan Voisin is a food blogger and photographer who loves sharing her delicious, low-fat recipes almost as much as she does eating them. Follow her cooking adventures on her popular blog, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.
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T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, project director of the acclaimed China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project, coauthor of The China Study, and author of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. Dr. Campbell has conducted original research in both laboratory experiments and large-scale human studies and authored more than 300 peer-reviewed research papers. For more information visit the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website.
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Veronica Grace is a chef and photographer. She is passionate about teaching people how to make delicious oil-free vegan recipes from scratch. Visit LowFatVeganChef.com to find Veronica’s self-published ebooks and keep up to date with her latest recipes.
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Victoria Fiore is a professional photographer and co-owner of Naked Core. She is a plant-based chef who teaches cooking online via YouTube and helps individuals transition to a healthy diet. Victoria's focus is on simple recipes made with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Read more about Victoria on NakedCore.com.
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Wendy Solganik's blog, Healthy Girl's Kitchen, is about the trials, tribulations, and joys of living life on a delicious whole-food, plant-based diet. Wendy enjoys creating flavorful recipes to surprise family and friends with the wonders of plant-strong living.
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