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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Australia and Canada’s influential animal rights activists, James Aspey and Carly Taylor. This was a fun one since Adam had just hosted James and Carly at his school a few months ago. So we got to talk about the impact that one speech has made so far amongst the staff and students. We cover a lot from Australia’s “heart-healthy” recommendations to how they each became vegan. We spent some time talking about eating disorders and how a vegan diet actually helped heal James from his. Of course, we talked about James’ year-long vow of silence and a few other myth busters. 

Carly Taylor is an animal rights activist originally from Toronto, Canada. After studying biology & psychology in her undergrad, she now travels around the world with her partner organizing activism events and speeches, and creating online content to help spread the vegan message & inspire people to live more conscious lifestyles.

Ranked #3 among the “Top 25 Most Influential Vegans” by Plant Based News and motivated to raise greater awareness for the planet’s voiceless victims, in 2014 James Aspey took a 365-day vow of silence. After an entire year without uttering a single word, he first spoke on Australia’s most popular morning show in an interview viewed by tens of millions and inspiring countless people to make more conscious and compassionate lifestyle choices, cementing him as a charismatic new force in the fight for the ethical treatment of animals.

James Aspey has gone on to cycle 5000 km across Australia to prove that vegans can be fit & healthy. He transparently shares his life and campaigns online to a massive tribe of global followers. Online, his speeches have reached tens of millions of people. And his most popular speech has been viewed over 12 million times. Enthusiastic, accessible and highly skilled behind a podium, James is inspiring a new generation to change how we eat and live in communion with the animals that share this home we call Earth.

This is a great episode for anyone who is considering being vegan, wants to know more about the vegan movement or wants to hear a more in-depth interview with these amazing well-known activists. 


In this episode we discuss:

  • Milk is liquid meat 
  • Australia’s heart-healthy recommendations
  • Carly becoming vegan
  • Starting the vow of silence
  • Violence behind every single animal product
  • James’ eating disorders
  • Overcoming an eating disorder
  • Impact of the vow of silence and breaking it
  • The traveling and impact
  • Costa Rica
  • Amazon rainforest
  • How to respond to “used to be vegan but it wasn’t healthy for me”
  • The blood type diet
  • Advice to people who want to change but think they can’t
  • James and Carly at Adam’s school


Links to things we mentioned:

ENERGYBits – use “planttrainers” at checkout for a discount!

Vegan Podcast Academy

Host your own podcast with Libsyn – use promo code “plants” and get a month free!

James Aspey – Instagram, YouTube, Facebook

Carly Taylor – InstagramFacebook

Eat cheese, eggs and drink full-fat milk but limit meat, Heart Foundation says – The Guardian

Challenge 22

How Not To Die with Michael Greger M.D. – PTP206

Nutrition Facts

Compassion Over Killing with Undercover Investigator, Scott David – PTP222

Plant Trainers Amazon Storefront

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