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The Sonya Looney Show

Hey everybody! My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I’m a plant-based World Champion ultra endurance mountain biker. I travel the world and have met some incredible people with world class attitudes and ways of living that motivate me daily, and I want to share their paths of mastery with you. This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself.

May 1, 2017

Episode 2 with Brenda Davis RD


“Diet is the king pin, there is no debate about that. Diet is the king pin where chronic diseases are concerned. We see athletes who drop dead of a heart attack because they have severe atherosclerosis because they are eating garbage.”


Brenda Davis is a world class Registered Dietician and specialist in Plant-Based Nutrition. She is co-author of nine vegan and vegetarian nutrition books including Becoming Vegan as mentioned in this episode. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

Becoming Vegan is an incredible resource with everything you need to know about vitamins, minerals, calories, what to eat as a vegan.

In today's show, Brenda and I cover:

  • How much protein do you need as a sedentary person, athlete, or senior
  • How much protein is in plants?
  • Complete proteins and amino acids
  • Soy: is soy good for you and what types of soy to eat
  • Soy and estrogen
  • Diet and food for longevity as a lifestyle, not for weight-loss
  • Heart disease, cancer prevention, and reversal of diseases using diet and some of Brenda’s personal anecdotes fro her work
  • Processed meat: Group 1 Carcinogens (like smoking) and the most current studies
  • What about the Paleo Diet? Is Paleo Diet healthy?
  • Her trip to Saudi Arabia to consult with the Prince with Dr. Michael Greger of and his book, How Not to Die


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As Mentioned in the Show:

World cancer Research fund:

Latest study by World Cancer Research Fun: Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (published 2007)


Forks Over Knives


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