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20: Olympian Unravels the Truth About Why Dairy Makes Us Sick | Dotsie Bausch

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If you are looking for some clarity around what the deal is with dairy, and why a professional athlete...or better yet, an Olympian would choose to ditch it, then this episode is for you.

Dotsie Bausch has become a powerful influencer for plant-based eating for athletes and non-athletes alike. 

In the Olympics while riding for Team USA while facing staggering odds, she produced a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, eight US national championships, two Pan American gold medals and a world record! You can find her triumphant story chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Personal Gold.”

Dotsie is one of the stars in the newly released film The Game Changers, which chronicles one of the world's most dangerous myths about protein, and has been named by VegNews in 2019 as one of the top 20 most influential vegans in the world. 

Her popular TEDx Talk titled “Olympic Level Compassion,” has garnered over 275,000 views and has been a catalyst of change for thousands of people.

Her latest initiative is founding the non-profit called Switch4Good, proving that cow’s milk is not part of a high-performance diet. 

In this interview, we chat about:

  • How Dotsie once struggled with an eating disorder that nearly claimed her life before choosing a vegan lifestyle, and she sets the record straight about some people’s concerns about whether or not veganism is an eating disorder.
  • She shines some light on dietary racism - one of the most overlooked food injustice issues directly affecting the livelihood of our African American, Asian, and Latino populations - and I think you’ll really feel like your eyes have been opened to this issue...
  • and she explains what milk is meant for, how it’s produced, and why it's not as healthy or even necessary as we’ve been taught to believe.

Plus Dotsie gives us fun and helpful tips during your vegan transition for the upcoming holidays.

You can find a Youtube link to Dotsie’s recap of the USDA 2020 dietary guidelines hearing posted by Plant Based News, which discusses food injustice particularly involving people of color HERE: 

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