044 – Simon Hill on Human Health, Planetary Health and the Health of All Life on This Planet

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am very excited to share this incredible interview with Simon Hill from Plant Proof, recorded back at the beginning of May. Simon is the host of the very well known podcast The Plant Proof Podcast, Author of The Proof is in the Plants, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist and the content creator behind the wonderful Instagram account and blog of the same name @plant_proof.

For a quick wrap on todays podcast, Simon and I will be discussing:

– Simon’s Dad’s heart attack, and how it started him on his plant-based path years later
– outrunning a ‘certain fate’ of a future cardiac event and how it propelled the motivation to read the research into a plant-based diet
– realising we can take control of our health and why a diagnosis is not always the final word
– planning for longevity with a plant-based diet, without compromising performance and physical goals
– how the transition wasn’t all roses and how it requires an understanding of your ‘why’
– understanding the difference between delayed gratification and instant gratification, and why it’s so important
– where the best place to get started on your journey may be
– Simon on the most shocking studies he has found in his research
– understanding the planetary and hunger crisis on a larger scale and finding hope in our power to adapt quickly
– questioning vitamin insufficiencies with a plant-predominant diet, with a spotlight on iron and selenium
– uncovering the truth about soy and testosterone levels, the production of soy and GMO confusion
– coffee, caffeine and anxiety, is decaf still a nutritional powerhouse?
– how do we empower and teach our children to care for this planet

For many years Simon’s voice has served as a very large inspiration for me and was one of the main motivations behind creating my own podcast. Recording this interview together was a really humbling experience and an incredible opportunity to connect with a like-minded soul.

This is a really powerful episode. It is loaded with information and facts for you to head out into the world and to make more informed decisions about your health and your future.

Thank you for joining Simon and I today for this episode, we are very excited to share this one with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us on Instagram, and if you liked this episode we would love to see what you thought over on the Apple Podcast App.

Contact:
@plant_proof
@stephsanzaro

Happy Listening!

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am very excited to share this incredible interview with Simon Hill from Plant Proof, recorded back at the beginning of May. Simon is the host of the very well known podcast The Plant Proof Podcast, Author of The Proof is in the Plants, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist and the content creator behind the wonderful Instagram account and blog of the same name @plant_proof.

Simon has a thirst for knowledge and when he found himself questioning his future and the fate of his health years after his own fathers cardiac event, he knew it was time to dive into the research and to start planning for longevity, whilst still being able to pursue his physical and fitness goals. It was on this journey that he first found the plant-based diet.

Since then Simon has dedicated countless hours to sifting through the research and providing his podcast listeners and followers with unbiased and non-agenda based facts and information. He has deservedly found himself as one of the most trusted voices within the nutrition world.

For many years Simon’s voice has served as a very large inspiration for me and was one of the main motivations behind creating my own podcast. Recording this interview together was a really humbling experience and an incredible opportunity to connect with a like-minded soul.

For a quick wrap on todays podcast, Simon and I will be discussing:

  • Simon’s Dad’s heart attack, and how it started him on his plant-based path years later
  • outrunning a ‘certain fate’ of a future cardiac event and how it propelled the motivation to read the research into a plant-based diet
  • realising we can take control of our health and why a diagnosis is not always the final word
  • planning for longevity with a plant-based diet, without compromising performance and physical goals
  • how the transition wasn’t all roses and how it requires an understanding of your ‘why’
  • understanding the difference between delayed gratification and instant gratification, and why it’s so important
  • where the best place to get started on your journey may be
  • Simon on the most shocking studies he has found in his research
  • understanding the planetary and hunger crisis on a larger scale and finding hope in our power to adapt quickly
  • questioning vitamin insufficiencies with a plant-predominant diet, with a spotlight on iron and selenium
  • uncovering the truth about soy and testosterone levels, the production of soy and GMO confusion
  • coffee, caffeine and anxiety, is decaf still a nutritional powerhouse?
  • how do we empower and teach our children to care for this planet

This is a really powerful episode. It is loaded with information and facts for you to head out into the world and to make more informed decisions about your health and your future. I feel extremely lucky to have been able to be present for this conversation and to have walked away feeling more equipped with the knowledge I too needed with planning a well rounded plant-based diet, but also the environmental considerations of our food and our footprint too.

Simon’s new book literally blew my mind, and I don’t say that lightly. When I began reading the book I had a preconceived assumption that I would probably already know a lot of the content that was included in this book, but I was truly mistaken. I have been plant-based for 4 years and I read through this book and was so incredibly grateful because there was so much that I still hadn’t learnt or discovered yet. I definitely recommend heading out and sourcing your own copy, it is available almost everywhere you can find books right now, or you can follow this link.

I am so excited to see how the world adapts and changes with the gift that is Simon’s book. It is empowering the reader with all they need to know to make more conscious steps forward, and we hope to have accomplished the same mission with our conversation here today. If you would like to connect with Simon on Instagram you can find him here, or read through his wonderfully informative blog here.

Thank you for joining Simon and I today for this episode, we are very excited to share this one with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us on Instagram, and if you liked this episode we would love to see what you thought over on the Apple Podcast App.

Okay, its time! Get listening and load up on all you need to know today with the brilliant Simon Hill!

Happy listening xx

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020 – Resilience, Strength and Finding Wellness with Sarah McCarthy

A powerful episode, with the incredible Sarah McCarthy. Sarah is a Fitness and Wellness professional who is making a massive impact in the local community. This episode is something special, Sarah and I broach the hard, yet honest realties of life. We discuss Sarah’s early childhood in commission housing, her Dad’s attempted suicide, losing her father to terminal cancer, battling anorexia and disordered eating, living a purposeful life, breaking stigmas, movement as medicine and much more! This episode is a MUST listen and definitely not one to miss!

Hey guys welcome back for another week, with yet another incredible guest!

Today we are joined by the wonderful Sarah McCarthy, a fitness and wellness professional who is breaking down stigmas and making a big impact in the Geelong community!

Sarah’s story is one of resilience and I am so honoured to share it with you today.


Guys, this is one powerful episode that broaches some really hard, yet important topics.

Topics that yes we may find hard BUT… are so relatable in today’s world and I believe that Sarah sharing them here with us today is such an important thing in helping to raise awareness and helping to enrich the lives of others!!!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Her early childhood in commission housing
  • Her Dad’s attempt with suicide
  • Losing her father to terminal cancer
  • Getting into the fitness and wellness industry
  • Battling anorexia and disordered eating
  • Overcoming these hardships and battles
  • The importance of a support network
  • Strength training, rest and healthy eating
  • Volunteering and living a purposeful life
  • Movement as medicine
  • Breaking down the Mental Health Stigma
  • Men’s and Female only Projects
  • Becoming a Lululemon ambassador
  • Leading by example

This episode is filled with so much light and so much value. There are so many things in this episode that I founds so inspiring and so empowering and I really hope you do too!

The work Sarah has been doing surrounding Men’s mental health is so admirable and is such a testament to the person that she is!

It’s very exciting that Sarah will be running a Women’s only event on the weekend of International Womens Day! It will be held on the 6th of March at 5.30pm! Whilst I cannot share too many details I can share that it will be being held at one of the newest and most gorgeous new yoga spaces in Geelong and that there will be a very special guest speaker gracing everyone with their presence! It will be a night not to miss!


We have to say a massive thank you to Sarah today for being such an incredible guest and for being as honest and transparent as they come, a quality we know and very much love from our guests on the Plant Based Body Podcast!

If you found there was anything in today’s episode that you feel may have brought up something in you and you feel as though you may need to talk; I have listed a few services below that are amazing at what they do!

https://www.lifeline.org.au

https://www.beyondblue.org.au

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au


For more from Sarah, head to:

Instagram

https://www.wellnesswithsarahmccarthy.com

Be sure to keep an eye on her instagram for more details surrounding the Women’s only event, Yeah The Girls!


I hope you guys enjoyed today’s episode with the amazing Sarah McCarthy!

If you feel that her story and message need to be heard by more people, then share this episode to your story on Instagram and help spread her incredible journey of resilience, strength and finding wellness.

I look forward to seeing you again in my next episode!

For now,
Happy listening

Love Steph xx

014 – The ‘Food as Fuel’ Battle with Matt Sipala

In today’s episode I am joined by Matt Sipala from You4ia Health and Active Living. Matt is a fitness professional, who in this episode opens up about food addiction, calorie counting and calorie restriction, his mental health, transitioning to a plant based diet and much, much more. I can’t wait for you to listen!

Hey guys welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

In today’s episode I am joined by Matt Sipala of You4ia Health and Active Living.

This is a really great episode that I think lots of us out there can resonate with.

It has become an all too common thing for many of us out there to experience body image issues and Matt is no stranger to this.

In this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • Matt’s story
  • Mental health
  • Masculinity and femininity
  • Being a young teen at 100kg
  • Battling with calorie counting and calorie restriction
  • The ‘fun’ of fad diets
  • Finding sustainable health and fitness
  • Transitioning to a plant based diet
  • Becoming a podcaster and tips & tricks
  • Self care for Matt
  • The importance of breathing and meditation

What a jam packed episode! I’m so happy that matt joined us this week and shared his incredible story with us. Every week I am astounded by the incredible guests who join me and share so openly and vulnerably. It is incredibly inspirational and hopefully this episode has left you with a little clarity moving forward in your life.

You can find more from Matt here

Happy listening

Steph x


010 – Mind, Body, Plants with Tommy Moore

In this episode I speak with Tommy Moore of Mind, Body, Plants about plant based health and nutrition, the common myths of eating a plant based diet, competing as a plant based athlete and all things meditation and mindfulness. It truly is an info packed episode!

Welcome to episode 10 of the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Prepare to get your ‘nerd’ on in todays episode. Tommy Moore takes us through all of the science behind why you should adopt a plant based diet.

We start off discussing the science behind a plant based lifestyle and Tommy explains his experience with doing a fitness competition whilst eating this way.

We talk supplements, the big protein question, B12, DHA EPA Omegas, Iron.

What does Tommy eat in a day to fuel his workouts and his gym performance? We got you covered!

Tommy is the founder of Mind Body Plants a new podcast promoting all things the brain, mindfulness, nutrition and physical activity. It’s all about breaking down the science and clearing up the confusion.

We also discuss a 10 day silent meditation that Tommy was apart of. It is an incredible listen. Imagine not being able to speak, look anyone in the eye or read and meditating 10 hours a day… So intriguing!

Do you think you could do it?


– You can find more from Tommy on Instagram here

-Or find his Podcast Money Body Plants here


Happy listening guys!

Steph x

005 – Sustainable Food, Health and Fitness with Elise Carver

In this episode I am joined by Elise Carver (@littlebantamsurftrainer) as we discuss sustainable living, fitness and food. An incredible insight that I believe will change the way we think about our health and fitness forever. In this episode we also touch on social media, growing a business through Instagram, mental health, living with Gastritis and fueling and moving your body.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

In this episode I am joined by Elise Carver (@littlebantamsurftrainer) of Surf Style Training. This episode is jam packed with amazing goodies that I know you guys will love!

Today we talk:

  • her journey
  • fitness
  • social media
  • mental health
  • sustainability
  • fueling your body for optimisation
  • the gut and Gastritis

We discuss Elises early life, moving from place to place and the instability when she was growing up and the rocky relationship she has with her mother and her step father. She explains the work she has had to do to help her over come these issues and ultimately overcome a lot of her childhood trauma.

Elise found home within the Surf Coast, where she lives a sustainable lifestyle with her husband. Elise works as a trainer and online coach, provides active stretching and training tips to her many Instagram followers and is soon to be a published Author.

When ‘sustainability’ is the topic of conversation, we normally think of minimal waste living. But in this episode we talk about sustainable fitness; is your fitness routine a long term commitment or a short term quick fix that will burn you out? What about food? Are you dieting and doing crazy challenges that are unsustainable in the long run or are you eating to fuel your body best?

Elise shares amazing insights for those who have never heard of sustainability before and quick and easy tips that we can use to implement sustainability into our lives today.

I hope you have your pen ready because you are about to learn an abundance of knowledge that will help to change your life forever! 

If you would like to connect with Elise and provide her with some feedback you can find her here:

Instagram – @littlebantamsurftrainer

Website – https://surfstyletraining.com.au

I want to thank Elise for being so honest and so willing to help others, she is providing incredible content through her instagram teaching and inspiring others and truly wants to change other peoples lives but more importantly… change the world!

What a legend.

Steph xx

004 – Binge Eating to Boss Girling with Lucy Brennan

Lucy Brennan is the founder and directer of Luce Fit Australia. In this inspiring episode we discuss overcoming binge eating, anxiety, competing in fitness competitions, founding a successful business and cultivating self love. Have your pens ready because this episode is full of amazing and helpful tips!

Welcome back for another episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast! 🙂


This episode is truly wonderful and heart warming.

My conversation with Lucy is full of empowering messages and inspiring ways to help improve our relationship with food and our bodies.


In this episode Lucy takes us through her early life and into high school. We talk about where she headed after school and her experience with University and moving to Melbourne.

It was there she blossomed as a PT and worked the usual AM and PM fitness professional grind.

We talk about the positives but also the struggles of competing in fitness competitions and how this ultimately effected Lucy’s body image.

However, Melbourne was not for Luce and she ventured overseas where she really discovered her drive and purpose.


Upon her return Lucy knew exactly what she wanted to do… to create an all female gym that would empower women in her community to get their bodies moving and to help improve their relationship with their bodie’s.

This is where Luce Fit Aus was born!


In this podcast we explore mindfulness, self love, building a business, competing,  anxiety, over coming binge eating and poor self image and so many more precious goodies!

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did and fall in love with Lucy’s ethos and passion!


She is a wonderful inspiration for all girls out there wanting to make something of themselves and build their own business; and she proves that not everyone needs to go to University to be successful!

Luce Fit Aus is a warm and nurturing womens gym in Geelong, and it’s community continues to grow every day!

If you would like to be a part of it, head over and follow this link to explore their Instagram

Thank you guys for tuning in for another episode and we will see you next week!

Steph xx

002 – Building the Vibe Tribe with Bree Filippone

A very special episode about Bree’s journey, body image, creating your own business, self love, dating, starting a fitness journey, social media and building the ‘vibe tribe’. Bree is a qualified exercise sports scientist, graphic designer and co-founder of The HIIT Project and The Finishr.

Welcome to Episode 002 of the Plant Based Body Podcast.

In this episode I am joined by the beautiful Bree Filippone.

This episode is extremely special, we discuss some extremely valuable points that I think everyone out there should hear.

We discuss Bree’s journey to where she is today, over-coming a sports injury that derailed her basketball career, her experience with body image issues and her relationship with food. We talk about becoming a fitness professional and the ups and downs of starting your own business. We explore the world of dating and offer some seriously good advice for any single pal’s out there holding out for the ‘one’. She offers some incredible tips to anyone wanting to kick start their own fitness journey and we discuss her very exciting new projects!!!

You are going to learn a lot from this podcast, so wherever you are I hope you have a pen ready or your notes ready to type down the absolute gems of wisdom we discuss in this episode. I absolutely fell IN LOVE with Bree whilst recording this episode and I just know you will too!


Bree is a qualified Exercise Sports Scientist, Graphic Designer and qualified Personal Trainer, raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

She grew up as a sporty kid, playing basketball, volleyball and little athletics.

Basketball was where her heart really belonged though. All the way through to her 20’s she played the game competitively, until an injury derailed her career and she ruptured her ACL.

She was heavily involved in sports rehabilitation to get her back in fighting shape and to get back into the game. During this time she found a love for the gym and sports conditioning.

During high school Bree was the girl that loved her sports and was fit and lean. Until schoolies and summer holidays got the best of her and she became a little larger in weight, than her normal small frame.

After becoming extremely unwell with glandular fever, the weight disappeared. Her friends reaction was that of ‘Wow you look great! How did you do that?‘. This unfortunately led to disordered self image for Bree and this encouraged her to continue and seek-out ways to remain in this new small frame. This was a worrying time for her and her family.

Her ups and downs with her relationship to food and her body; whilst they didn’t lead her to her becoming a fitness professional, it did lead her to discovering the ‘proper‘ way to care and to look after her body. Her goals soon changed from being ‘thin’ to becoming ‘fit and strong’ and working out for performance.

She studied Graphic Design at university, before studying her second degree in Exercise Sports Science and doing her Personal Training degree.

This lead her to founding the HIIT Project; a high intensity, intentional, workout group fitness business.

And of course the Finishr; a ‘Vibe Tribe’ running group. It is a FREE run club, that runs every Sunday (pardon the pun). There is a surprise location every single week, announced on the Thursday before.

It encourages the community to get out and about early on a Sunday morning and to start their day off in the best possible way. It truly is a VIBE TRIBE. Anyone is welcome, of any skill level or any type of human/dog. You can walk, trot, run or just chat. It is a community.

Now, a Lululemon ambassador and an inspirational influence in the Geelong/Melbourne/Bellarine/Surfcoast community, Bree is honestly little pocket rocket.

She offers her ideas for self love, mindfulness and tips for anyone out there wanting to start their own fitness journey.

She shares her experiences and her stories with no hesitation. This girl simply wants to ‘give’ and you can just hear her passion and excitement for what she does in her voice.

I am so excited to see what is next to come from this girl, I just know it is going to be HUGE!

I hope you love this one just as much as me,

Happy listening ❤