The Rich Roll Podcast



life + performance + spirit


  • From Eating Disorder To Olympic Glory: Dotsie Bausch On Defying Age & Championing Compassion

    23/03/2018 Duration: 02h23min

    “There truly is a way out. Once an anorexic, NOT always an anorexic.”Dotsie BauschWe tend to think Olympic athletes live perfect, charmed lives. Genetically gifted, they inhabit a world beyond mortal challenges — physical specimens oozing talent so rare, it effortlessly skyrockets them onto the global stage.I would stridently challenge such a notion. I don't think that is the experience of any Olympian. And it’s definitely not the experience of this week’s guest – an Olympic silver medalist with an almost unbelievably improbable story. A very human story of struggle and pain that underpins her athletic accomplishments, fueling them with a fundamental sense of purpose and meaning.A 7-time U.S. National Champion, former world record holder and two-time Pan American gold medal winner in track cycling, Dotsie Bausch earned silver in team pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics. Not only was she a long-time vegetarian at that time (she’s now vegan), she was almost 40 years old when she won that medal – the oldest

  • Rob Bell Is ‘The Heretic’ – Filmmaker Andrew Morgan & Christianity’s Most Polarizing Voice

    19/03/2018 Duration: 01h59min

    “We want a sense of wonder and awe in our lives.”Rob BellYou know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when two people you love, respect, and admire combine their considerable talents to create a work that exceeds the sum of it's parts?That’s the feeling I have right now.This week I'm proud to share a conversation with two friends, each of whom have graced the show in the past — filmmaker Andrew Morgan and faith provocateur Rob Bell.Several years ago, Andrew approached Rob with an idea to make a film about the former mega-church pastor's life and work. Rob agreed, ultimately granting Andrew unprecedented access to his world on one condition — Rob would have zero editorial input or approval over any aspect of the creative collusion.The result is the recently released documentary, The Heretic* – a behind-the-curtain deep dive into one of the most compelling and polarizing figures in modern day Christianity. With appearances by comedian Pete Holmes and author Elizabeth Gilbert, the film follows R

  • Zach Bush, M.D. On GMO’s, Glyphosate & Healing The Gut

    12/03/2018 Duration: 01h52min

    “The politicians are not the solution. You and I are the solution as consumers.”Zach Bush MDWhat if I told you that a vast number of physical maladies are caused by inflammation, the bodyʼs immune response to a multitude of stressors. The good news? If you lose the stress — hormonal, dietary, environmental, and psychological — you remove the root cause of illness.This is but one of many fascinating ideas proffered by Zach Bush, MD – in my opinion one of the most compelling medical minds currently working to improve our understanding of human health.The founder and current director of M Clinic in Virginia, Dr. Bush was President of his medical school class at the University of Colorado Health and later became Chief Resident for the department of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. Among the few physicians in the nation that is triple board certified, he completed training and certification in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, as well as in Hospice and Palliative care. Dr. Bush

  • Kathy Freston Is The Queen of Clean Protein

    08/03/2018 Duration: 01h48min

    “Wellness isn’t about deprivation and it’s not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth.”Kathy FrestonWhere do you get your protein?Notwithstanding rising mainstream awareness that a plant-based diet provides more than enough protein for optimal health and athletic performance, every vegan continues to constantly weather this refrain.So let's put the issue to bed, once and for all.To walk us through the myths, truths and half-truths when it comes to this hotly debated macronutrient, I sat down with the doyenne of all things vegan, my friend Kathy Freston.Returning to the show for a second appearance (Kathy first appeared in RRP #109 in the Fall of 2014), Kathy is a wellness activist and 4-time New York Times bestselling author whose books include of  The Lean*,Veganist*, and Quantum Wellness. Her newest offering, co-authored with former podcast guest Bruce Friedrich (RRP #286), is entitled Clean Protein*, a comprehensive primer on

  • Alex Honnold: The Free Soul of Free Solo Climbing On Fear, Risk, Mindset & What It Means To Be Truly Alive

    05/03/2018 Duration: 01h57min

    “No matter the risks we take, we always consider the end to be too soon, even though in life, more than anything else, quality should be more important than quantity.”Alex HonnoldLast week I asked you to imagine being attacked by a 9-foot bull shark.This week I invite you to envision climbing the storied 3,600-foot sheer vertical rock face known as El Capitan. The trick? You have to do it without any ropes, harnesses or any protective gear whatsoever. An astonishing prospect, even the tiniest mistake or unexpected intervening variable could cost you your life — a life that hinges moment to moment upon punctilious preparation, meticulous focus, and a preternatural relationship with fear.This is one small aspect of the life of Alex Honnold, a renown professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most masterful and compelling athletes of our generation.An global icon of athletic mastery, the lore of Alex Honnold transcends

  • Paul de Gelder On The Shark Attack That Saved His Life

    26/02/2018 Duration: 02h18min

    “Your greatest fears can actually become your greatest strengths.”Paul de Gelder Imagine being attacked by a 9-foot bull shark.One moment you’re swimming peacefully in Sydney Harbor. The next minute you’re being rammed and pulled underwater, your leg and arm hopelessly trapped in the shark’s jaw.The pain is unimaginable.Death is certain.But somehow, against all odds, you wriggle free.Ultimately you lose that arm and that leg. But that shark? It doesn’t claim your life.Instead, it gives you an entirely new one.This is the extraordinary and inspiring ‘never say die' story of Paul de Gelder.Truant and wayward throughout his teens, Paul left his Australian home town at an early age to start a new life. Despite some early success in the Australian music scene (he once opened for Snopp Dogg), he failed to find the purpose he so desperately sought. So he joined the Royal Australian Army as a paratrooper in November 2000 at the age of 23 — a defining moment that brought his life structure, discipl

  • Plant-Based vs. Ketosis: Diet Wars With Cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD

    22/02/2018 Duration: 02h22min

    “More produce and less loneliness keep the heart doctor away.”Joel Kahn MDRecent years have seen the ascendency of low-carb, high fat diets. Indeed, the ketogenic lifestyle has been heralded as a veritable health panacea.In parallel, we bear witness to mainstream acceptance of the plant-based approach to vitality, lifestyle disease prevention and reversal.The debate pitting these distinct approaches to nutrition is as emotional as it is divisive — an impassioned war for hearts and minds waged across the scientific literature, mainstream publications and the internet that can leave even the most intelligent and well-intentioned consumer utterly baffled.So who's right?To help divine the line between truth and fiction, Joel Kahn, MD joins the podcast for his third appearance.Dr. Kahn is an Interpreventional Cardiologist, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Michigan, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Univers

  • Preservation, Purpose & Pursuit of the Pacific Crest Trail with Environmentalist Jared Blumenfeld

    19/02/2018 Duration: 02h11min

    “We are part of nature. Nature is part of us. Stardust is in us and we are in stardust. We are all part of this same endeavor which is life and the Universe.”Jared BlumenfeldThe theme of this podcast is conversations that matter with thought leaders making a difference.My conversation with today's guest perfectly embodies the best of this ethos.A man who has spent the last two decades fighting to create tangible benefits for communities and ecosystems alike, Jared Blumenfeld is a former U.C. Berkeley-trained international environmental lawyer with an impressive resume that includes stints at the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) as well as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) before running one of San Francisco’s first city Departments focused entirely on the environment, where he was instrumental in helping transform San Francisco into the “greenest city” in America.In 2009, President Obama appointed Jared to serve as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator f

  • James Altucher On The Art of Thinking Differently — Adventures In Minimalism, Stand Up Comedy & Crypto-Currency

    12/02/2018 Duration: 01h46min

    “You can't write until you do.”James AltucherWhen someone fires off a long list of occupations in conversation, my instinct tells me that person probably isn’t great at any of them.James Altucher is not that guy.A hugely successful blogger, podcaster, public speaker, stand up comic, investor, entrepreneur and former VC & hedge fund manager with eighteen books to his name — including the Wall Street Journal bestseller Choose Yourself* (my personal favorite) — James is an abundantly talented polymath impacting millions of people across the world with his wry wit and often counter-intuitive ideas, all delivered with a perfect mix of intelligent insight, relatable self-deprecation and perfect comedic timing.Oh yeah, he’s also a nationally ranked chess master.Returning for his third appearance on the podcast, James is one of the smartest and most interesting intellects I know — a tremendously inspiring thinker with compelling, often controversial ideas on everything from college (don’t go), care

  • Dan Harris On The Power Of Meditation For The Fidgety Skeptic

    09/02/2018 Duration: 01h55min

    “Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It’s about feeling the way you feel.”Dan HarrisJoining the podcast for a second time is my friend Dan Harris, an ABC News correspondent who serves up co-anchor duties on both Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America.In one of the greatest side hustles of all time, Dan has distinguished himself in recent years as a leading voice in the advocacy of meditation as a means to live both happier and more fulfilled.For those unfamiliar, Dan’s journey is compelling. An embedded war correspondent covering everything from mass shootings and natural disasters to conflicts in Myanmar, Afghanistan and the Middle East, including six visits to war-torn Iraq, Dan's mental well-being began to suffer, his stress escalating with each overseas deployment. Depression, anxiety and PTSD ensued, followed by self-medicating with drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. Ultimately, these factors conspired to take a serious toll on Dan’s mental and physical heal

  • Ray Cronise & Julieanna Hever On Everything Plant-Based Nutrition

    05/02/2018 Duration: 02h39min

    “No one will argue against eating more fruits and vegetables.”Julieanna Hever & Ray CroniseWhat happens when a NASA scientist teams up with a plant-based dietitian? Today we find out, with the return of my friends Julieanna Hever (RRP #13) and Ray Cronise (RRP #212).Specializing in weight management, disease prevention & sports nutrition, Julieanna is one of the world's most respected plant-based registered dietitians. She is a sought-after lecturer, talk show host, TEDx speaker, VegNews Magazine nutrition columnist, and the author of numerous journal articles and books that include The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Plant-Based Nutrition* and The Vegiterranean Diet*. In addition, Julieanna has contributed recipes to both New York Times bestselling Forks Over Knives books and appeared on a myriad of television programs including Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey and E! News.Ray is a scientist-innovator focused on disrupting diet and nutrition advice. A former NASA scientist that spent

  • Danica Patrick is Pretty Intense — Life Lessons From The World’s Greatest Female Race Car Driver

    29/01/2018 Duration: 01h25min

    “The journey is to find your truth and know who you really are.”Danica PatrickImagine yourself the only female athlete in a very dangerous sport completely dominated by men.You don’t just hold your own. And you don't just break the glass ceiling. Instead, you obliterate it. Kicking serious ass, you make an indelible mark on the sport you love. Along the way, you inspire millions of women and young girls to rethink the limits of their personal potential.This is the extraordinary story of race car driver Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) — an athlete whose life-long love for speed turned her into one of the most successful, revered, and recognizable professional sports figures on the planet. Although her accomplishments are far too numerous to list, among Danica’s many notable glass ceiling explosions include:* first woman to lead the Indy 500;* highest Indy 500 female finish ever (4th);* first woman to win an IndyCar circuit race; and* first woman to win pole position at Daytona 500Off the track,

  • LIVE from NeueHouse: Rich & Julie On Creative Partnerships, Enhancing Productivity & Why It’s All About Consciousness

    26/01/2018 Duration: 01h16min

    “The most important relationship in your life is between you and consciousness.”Julie PiattToday’s podcast features Julie and I speaking at NeueHouse Los Angeles as part of their new series entitled Creative Couples, which examines powerful collaborative partnerships and what make them tick.A primer on how to communicate effectively, collaborate successfully, and ultimately elevate your creative output, this episode — which also features audience Q&A and a special cameo appearance by podcast favorite Guru Singh and his amazing wife Guruperkarma Kaur — is appointment listening for anyone looking to take their relationships and productivity to the next level.An exquisitely appointed work and event space occupying the landmarked 1938 CBS Radio Building on Sunset Boulevard, it was a true honor to present before NeueHouse's dynamic and eclectic community of creators, entrepreneurs, and cultural innovators.Major thanks to Meredith Rodgers, Brian Wanee, Alexandra Van Iden and everyone at Neue

  • What Is “Clean Meat”? Paul Shapiro On The Future of Food

    22/01/2018 Duration: 02h02min

    “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”Winston Churchill Unbeknownst to most, animal agriculture is the number one culprit when it comes to almost every single man-made environmental ill on the planet.Untenable amounts of land, water and feed are required to raise the number of animals necessary to meet demand. Creating more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined, our voracious appetite for meat and dairy products has produced the largest mass species extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Meanwhile, the primary driver of ocean acidification, water table pollution, rainforest devastation and a litany of other environmental abominations can be tracked to one primary source: our broken system of food production.Without a doubt, it's a system that's destroying human health, irreparably damaging the planet we call home and creating unspeakable s

  • Amy Dresner: Getting Dirty, Staying Clean & The Power Of Owning Your Truth

    15/01/2018 Duration: 02h10min

    “Stability doesn't create discipline, discipline creates stability.” Amy Dresner Shame can’t survive the light.I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.If you’ve been on this podcast adventure with me for a while, then you know well that addiction, alcoholism and recovery are recurring themes of the show — subjects very close to my heart as someone whose life has been spared by sobriety.These themes recur because millions of people from every cross section of life suffer in silence. Deeply ashamed and terrified to confront their truth, these lost souls dwell in the shadows. Paralyzed and powerless, addiction strips them of their humanity as they descend into darkness, wandering lost and alone in what author and addiction medicine specialist Gabor Maté (RRP #188) dubs the realm of the hungry ghost.As a culture we perpetuate the cycle of shame by judging those afflicted as weak, even sub-human. This creates a climate of fear and silence, further entrenching a deep sense of self-hatred tha

  • Mirna Valerio Is A Beautiful Work in Progress: Thoughts On Body Positivity, Self-Empowerment & Owning Your Truth

    11/01/2018 Duration: 02h40min

    “Instead of being ashamed of doing what you do or being what you are, I ask two important questions: Why not celebrate it? Why not be proud of the fact that the body you are in can do great things?” Mirna Valerio What is a runner? How do we define an athlete? What does it truly mean to be fit and healthy?Challenging stereotypes, today's guest demands that we broaden our limited definition of these terms.She may not be fast, but she runs. In fact she runs a lot, an impressive slew of ultramarathons to her name.She's also not skinny. In fact, she's big.250 pounds big.But Mirna Valerio is without a doubt a runner.In fact, the force of nature affectionately known as The Mirnavator is one of the most inspirational athletes I have ever met — a true ambassador of sport on a mission to empower women of all shapes and sizes to proudly embrace their bodies, expand their horizons, and own their truth.Carrying herself with grace, an intelligent self-confidence and a smile so gleeful it brigh

  • How Charlie Jabaley Lost 120lbs & Overcame a Brain Tumor To Become An Athlete

    08/01/2018 Duration: 01h57min

    “I knew I had to change everything in my life if I wanted to live.”Charlie JabaleyHe dreamed of being a professional athlete.But Charlie Jabaley was always the fat kid, picked last for kickball.No matter what, he just couldn't stop gaining weight. Resigned to this fate, he abandoned his athletic dream early.Throwing himself into business instead, it wasn't long before CEO Charlie was born — an alter ego he created at age 13 that would soon become a self-fulfilling prophecy.By his mid-twenties, Charlie had overcome tremendous odds to achieve extraordinary success in the music business, collecting Grammys and counting Benjamins managing a stable of major hip-hop recording artists like 2 Chainz.The very model of the modern millennial entrepreneur, Charlie's path provided the high gloss lifestyle of his wildest imagination — a world apart from his humble beginnings.What it didn't provide? Health, happiness, or an authentic sense of wholeness.On the outside, Charlie was crushing it. On the insi

  • The Best of 2017- Part II

    01/01/2018 Duration: 02h29min

    “Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope – a slight change, and all patterns alter.”Sharon SalzbergWelcome to the 5th annual Best of the RRP Anthology — our way of taking a moment to reflect on the year, express gratitude and give thanks for taking this journey with us.It's been an honor to share my conversations with so many extraordinary people over the course of 2017. Second listens brought new insights — and more reminders that that these evergreen exchanges continue to inspire and inform.For long-time listeners, this two-part episode is intended to launch you into 2018 with renewed vigor and intention. If you're new to the show, my hope is that this anthology will stir you to peruse the back catalog and/or check out episodes you may have missed.Links to the full episodes excerpted in this anthology are enumerated below.Thank you for taking this journey with me. I appreciate you. I love you.Here's to an extraordinary 2018. Join me, and let's do this thing together.Pea

  • The Best of 2017- Part I

    25/12/2017 Duration: 02h07min

    “When you think you're done, you're only at 40% of your total potential.”David GogginsThis is the time of year to pause. It's the time of year for reflection. For gratitude. And for giving back.So let's do all those things. Welcome to the fifth annual Best of the RRP Anthology — our way of taking a moment to reflect on the year, express gratitude and give thanks for taking this journey with us.I pride myself on bringing a wide variety of personalities, opinions and attitudes to the show. When I look back over 2017, it's amazing how many incredibly dynamic conversations and perspectives I was honored to share. Second listens brought new insights. Another reminder that this show is a gift that just keeps giving.For long-time listeners, this two-part episode is intended to inform and inspire your new year's trajectory. If you're new to the show, my hope is that this anthology will stir you to peruse the back catalog and/or check out episodes you may have missed.Links to the full episodes

  • Rip Esselstyn Is PLANTSTRONG! (And Why You Should Be Too)

    22/12/2017 Duration: 01h40min

    “The cleanest burning fuel you can get for the human body is from plants.” Rip Esselstyn Friend, mentor and original Plantstrong pioneer Rip Esselstyn and I go way back.Both swimmers, we crossed paths at many a meet — as young teens and later as collegiate rivals (Rip was always far more accomplished than I). During the early stages of my transition to a plant-based diet, I vividly recall perusing Facebook when I stumbled upon Rip, who just happened to be on the precipice of publishing his first book on the very subject I was attempting to master. From that moment forward, Rip became a lighthouse — illuminating my path as a generous friend and cheerleader always available to share his knowledge, experience and inspiration.Today, Rip (finally) joins the podcast to share that knowledge, experience and inspiration with you — a hotly anticipated master course on the incredible power of a whole-food, plant-based diet to prevent and reverse disease, promote optimal health, and fuel your athletic

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