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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to John Lewis, also known as, the Bad Ass Vegan about self-empowerment. We look into some of the adversity John faced in his life and explore how self-empowerment or mindset helped frame the situations that made him the man he is today. John is a charismatic, passionate vegan who has a good understanding of the need for self-compassion in the ways of nutrition and fitness. We really enjoyed that John was an open book and hope he can inspire you or someone you love to take control of your goals and make some changes, so please share this episode with someone you know will benefit from it.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1977, John grew up in St. Louis, MO. At a young age of 13 John found himself at 315 pounds, but through hard work and dedication he lost the weight and excelled in football and basketball. He continued his streak of athletic excellence throughout his high school and college years in McCluer Senior High in the heart of Ferguson, Mo. and Harris-Stowe State College. Graduating with a Bachelors degree in marketing, he later went on to pursue his MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. John’s education in business coupled with his love for health and fitness gave him the ability to start his venture – Bad Ass Vegan – a health and nutrition company that strives to educate individuals on plant-based nutrition. John’s love for his community brought forth the brainchild of “VeganSmart”, a plant-based protein shake company with a foundation whose mission is to prevent obesity through education, physical activity and plant-based nutrition. He is really excited about his upcoming documentary Hip-Hopocrates…or as you will hear, another name…possibly, in which he is teaming up with the makers of Cowspiracy and What The Health. The goal with their new documentary film is to speak about food injustice through the lens of Hip Hop.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Bad Ass Vegan
  • Getting to 315 lbs at 13 years old
  • Solving the high school obesity epidemic
  • Letting self-empowerment make your choices for you
  • How self-empowerment effects your goals
  • Changing mindset before disaster
  • Dealing with the non-supporters
  • Is mindset innate or learned?
  • Parenting kids to eat well
  • Making choices when you know better
  • Creating a shift in mindset
  • Knowledge is not emotion
  • Upcoming documentary


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