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Meeting Dr. Pam Popper

Posted in people, places, production notes on February 24, 2010 by plantsrus

Last week “Going Veg” took a day trip to Seal Beach to meet and chat with Dr. Pam Popper, founder of the Columbus, Ohio-based Wellness Forum. Like so many others, her work has been inspired and influenced by T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study and she is actively involved with Dr. John McDougall‘s program in Santa Rosa, California. She appears in the upcoming documentary “Forks Over Knives” and has written a book with T. Colin Campbell about the experience and the film’s themes.

We had a great time with Dr. Popper, shooting our extensive interview on the beach and the pier before taking in a great vegan lunch at the Good Mood Cafe in Huntington Beach.

Dr. Popper graciously wrote about the experience on her blog HERE and we thank her for participating in our project.

Julieanna and Jesse at Seal Beach (photo by Dr. Pam Popper)

Julieanna with Dr. Pam Popper and "Forks Over Knives" filmmakers Brian Wendell and John Corry


Once More Into the Plant-Based World

Posted in news releases, people, places, production notes on December 9, 2009 by plantsrus

The second round of interview travels took the Plant-Based Dietitian to Beverly Hills and Northern California. In Beverly Hills, Going Veg met up with Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier, author of Thrive and co-founder of the Vega line of food products.

From there a hearty itinerary was put in motion (almost as hearty as the pea soup at Pea Soup Andersen’s in Santa Nella) and included two stops in Santa Rosa where Going Veg sat down with Dr. John McDougall, author of The McDougall Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health, and the founder of the McDougall Program, a ten-day intensive live-in course for those seeking better health and nutrition.

The next stop was at TrueNorth, a residential care facility founded by Dr. Alan Goldhamer specializing in water fasting and whole food plant-based nutrition. Over 7000 people have been brought to better health by Dr. Goldhamer and his staff of medical professionals including DrT. Colin Campbell whom Going Veg visited in Ithaca, New York.

In Orland, California Going Veg stopped by Farm Sanctuary and was given a personal guided tour of the entire farm thanks to Leanne. Thanks, Leanne! Farm Sanctuary rescues animals from factory farms and other situations, nurses them back to health and provides a safe, peaceful place for them to live out their days. Cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits all live on the farm in north-central California. It’s an inspiring place for not only is a whole food plant-based diet good for you, it’s good for the environment and other living creatures on the planet.

After leaving Orland, and following the usual sage advice of GPS specialist, GiGi:

Julieanna and Jesse took the Plant-Based world out for the evening at Milennium, a vegan restaurant on Geary St. a few blocks from Union Square. The food was excellent: a black bean torte, pumpkin curry, Carribean jerk tempeh, sea vegetable and avocado salad and house-made hummus… The next morning on the way of out town, a last stop was made at Cafe Gratitude for yet another meal of incredible raw vegan food. For the uninitiated, ‘raw’ in this case doesn’t actually mean ‘raw’ but rather cooked at lower temperature to best preserve the food’s natural nutrients instead of cooking them right out.

Going Veg returned to Los Angeles with five hours of exquisite footage. We know you can’t wait for what we’re cooking up in the Plant-Based world!

Veg-ing Out in Loma Linda!

Posted in news releases, people, places, production notes on November 21, 2009 by plantsrus

Friday, November 20th – Going Veg trekked out to Loma Linda and the medical center/university there to meet up with two more prominent vegan doctors. Both Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Neal Barnard were there as part of the CHIP conference – no, that’s not an Erik Estrada fan club gathering! Founded by Dr. Hans Diehl, CHIP is an acronym for Coronary Health Improvement Project, you can read more about it HERE.

The Plant-Based Dietitian was thrilled to meet both Doctors Esselstyn and Barnard and they graciously gave of their time before the Going Veg cameras.

Doctor Caldwell Esselstyn is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. He has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968 and he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease.

Doctor Neal Barnard is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the author of Doctor Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

As the Plant-Based Dietitian stated, it was “another amazing day in the plant-based world.”

Plant-Based Potluck, Presentation and Mike Anderson!

Posted in people, places, production notes on November 17, 2009 by plantsrus

Last Saturday, The Plant-Based Dietitian co-hosted a vegan potluck at the Lake Sherwood home of Elena and John Dwight where a cornucopia (no pun intended) of vegan dishes and delights were prepared and set out for the guests, many of them not vegan… yet.

After a nosh session that rivaled a frenzy of blood-thirsty Great White sharks, Julieanna took the stage and presented her Plant-Based approach to nutrition and dietary excellence.

Also on hand for the evening was Mike Anderson, author and filmmaker (see Healing Cancer from the Inside Out and Eating).

Julieanna extended the invitation for Mike to share a few words with the folks on hand and he gladly accepted, delving into the serious issue of Free Markets or lack-thereof when it comes to producing food in America. The evening was captured on camera for Going Veg with The Plant-Based Dietitian as we continue on Julieanna’s mission to save the world.

Book Review

Posted in people on October 29, 2009 by plantsrus


Actress and vegan activist, Natalie Portman, wrote an eloquent and compelling review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals which she says “turned me vegan.” Natalie is a hero to us here at Going Veg and we’re hoping to get a chance to chat with her for our series in the near future.

You can read her review of the book HERE