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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Colleen Poling about nutrients, mitochondria and a plant-based diet. We discuss how to know if a plant-based diet is right for you and some common pitfalls people have when they go plant-based. Many people can eat a balanced diet and thrive, but some people need to pay closer attention to the nutrients they are taking in. And finally, we talk about mitochondria…if your thinking mitoWHAT? Then it’s imperative you find out what it is and why you need to optimize it. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to optimize their mitochondria, so share this podcast on social media or send it through email to a few friends. You can find it at or by downloading it anywhere you love to listen to podcasts! Want to be a part of the conversation? Find us on social media and comment on the posts.


Colleen Poling is a Registered Dietitian and Vegan Wellness Educator. Colleen has spent the last decade as a leader in the plant-based nutrition space. She is a professional plant-based translator converting vegan nutrition concepts into an easy to digest way, and cracking the code on vegan nutrition for optimal health. Colleen’s transformational workshops and 1:1 nutrition counseling sessions teach individuals how to optimize their health by understanding the hidden and often overlooked components of plant-based nutrition for a vibrant, healthy, long life.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Is a vegan or plant-based diet for everyone
  • How can you know if the vegan diet is for you?
  • The body’s ability to create and absorb nutrients
  • Vitamin K2
  • Taking time to heal
  • Sometimes needing outside help outside food
  • Mitochondria
  • Foods to help your mitochondria
  • Who is fat good for
  • Risk of not optimizing the mitochondria
  • Actionable tips for making a change in your life


Links to things we mentioned:

Contact us for a free consultation

Support us on Patreon

Colleen Poling: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Veganalysis: The Most Comprehensive Blog Post Available on Examining and Optimizing Your Vegan Diet

Get Chlorella and other algae – Energybits – use code “PlantTrainers” for 20% off

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen – PTP069

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

A Forefather of Plant-Based Nutrition, Dr. Caldwell Essylstyn – PTP208

Busting The Protein Myth with Dr. Garth Davis – PTP212

The Plant-Based Solution with Dr. Joel Kahn – PTP231

A Special Episode on The Truth About Superfoods – PTP262

Effects of Food with The Creator of The Glycemic Index, Dr. David Jenkins – PTP266


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Michele Olender

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7 thoughts on “Optimizing Your Mitochondria with Colleen Poling – PTP271”
  1. Avatar millie

    If you’re considering mitochondrial donation/donor eggs, then, for example, one of the clinics in Kiev offers different packages (found this on fb):4900 EUR – 1 att of donation. 6500 EUR – 1 att with mitochondrial replacement.6900 EUR – 2 att of donation.9900 EUR – 2 att with mitochondrial donation
    11900 EUR – 5 att of donation. 14900 EUR – 5 att with mitochondrial donation.
    VIP package is 64900 EUR. The waiting time for the 1st att at a VIP package is 4 months, and at a Standard package – up to 1 year.

  2. Avatar Mayflower

    Sounds good if you are young and have time to think about your diet. I’m afraid it isn’t going to work out for elder people. How to face this problem?

    • Avatar Adam Chaim

      Thanks for connecting…maybe listen to episode 326 of our podcast as what we talk about there is impacting people of ALL ages no matter how old. This could be your answer.

    • Avatar GG

      I’ve heard about mitochondrial donation, but for reproductive purposes. I think it might help

    • Avatar Jenny_

      Mitochondrial donation is known to be effective for 40+ women, who aren’t willing to conceive through ivf with donor egg. It is also designated for patients who have faced numerous IVF failures. Mitochondrial disfunction can lead to multiple failed IVF cycles. That’s why taking them from the donor’s can be so beneficial. A mitochondrial donor in this case is not a genetic parent of a future baby as donated mitochondria account for less than one per cent of the baby’s DNA. A friend of mine who has MRKH type 2 is currently undergoing surrogacy & mitochondrial donation treatments in Ukraine. Am going to update as soon as possible. Good luck with your further research!

      • Avatar Clara

        Maybe you know why did they choose Ukraine? I’ve heard that Greece is also good for mitochondrial treatment.

      • Avatar GG

        Why did your friend choose Ukraine? Suppose that it is cheaper than here in the UK, but was it worth it?

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