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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Andrew “Spud Fit” Taylor, commonly known as that guy who ate potatoes for a year. We talked to him about the Australian diet, how he grew to 300 lbs despite his active lifestyle and of course why he chose potatoes. Andrew tells us about the physical and mental health changes he experiences and how he was able to continue with this one food for so long. This is a great episode for anyone with food addiction or anyone interested in the story behind Spud Fit.

Andrew Taylor is known as the man who embarked on a quest to eat only potatoes for the entirety of 2016. The former junior Australian Champion Marathon Kayaker’s journey started in late 2015 after another failed attempt at dieting. Heavier than before, with clinical anxiety and depression, Andrew realized he was a food addict. The former high school physical education and health teacher with a degree in Applied Science (Human Development) spent six weeks researching ‘the perfect food’ before settling on the humble spud.  Here ‘The Spud Fit Challenge’ was born. Andrew would eat only potatoes for an entire year. The world watched through mainstream media as his weight melted away, health improved and the dark clouds of depression lifted over the course of a year.

Andrew’s first book, The D.I.Y. Spud Fit Challenge: A How-to-Guide to Tackling Food Addiction with the Humble Spud, was co-authored with his wife Mandy van Zanen and has helped many people to break the shackles of food addiction. Andrew now spends his time coaching others through food addiction, speaking, making YouTube videos, working on his own podcast and currently writing his second book.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Getting bigger
  • The Australian diet
  • Mental health & depression
  • Unable to change
  • Parent-teacher night
  • 1 slice of pizza
  • Quitting food
  • Potatoes
  • Overcoming depression
  • Food addiction
  • Failing
  • Tips for overcoming food addiction


Links to things we mentioned:

Get 10% off your Healthfest 2017 Tickets by using the code “PlantTrainers” at checkout

ENERGYBits – Use “PlantTrainers” at check-out for 20% off your order

Amrita Bars – Use “PlantTrainers” at check-out for 15% off your order

Andrew’s Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube


Thank you to this month’s Patrons for supporting us on Patreon:


Miriam Selick

Millie Pearson

Stu Dolnick


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