Why It’s Impossible To Be A Vegetarian: Andrew Smith Interview


Last week, Andrew Smith’s article “Why It’s Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian” went viral.

The wildfire-like way in which it spread through every corner of the internet is a testament to Andrew’s articulation of a new viewpoint on a familiar argument.

Now, we interview Andrew – a vegetarian himself, and professor of Philosophy at Drexel University – on the Optimal Performance Podcast to explore his thoughts and the research on vegetarianism, food production, and our impact on the food cycle.

We discover that plants demonstrate intelligence, explore plant sentience and find out why Andrew has chosen to be a vegetarian despite all his arguments against the popular reasons for being vegetarian.

What you’ll hear from Andrew Smith in this episode of the OPP:

  • Why it’s impossible to actually be a vegetarian
  • The Food Web is cyclical, not linear (plants eats animals too)
  • How plants perform arithmetic to ration starch consumption overnight until they can resume photosynthesis when the sun rises the next day
  • Plants excrete their own pain-relievers…do they feel?
  • Hormone systems within plants, and decentralized “brains” that are biochemically similar to ours
  • Are coffee, chocolate, and cashews ecological terrors when produced on a massive scale?“Your grandparents didn’t have to worry about their food being laced with chemicals”
  • Learn how our food policies have changed in the last 40 years and what you can do about it
  • Ecoside = Genocide of the ecosystem: the bigger argument for Vegetarians…
  • With all this information, Why is Andrew Smith a vegetarian?
  • How our dietary beliefs can be more personal and closely held than our religious beliefs – and why our reactions to dietary challenges are so strong (sometimes negative)
  • Your overall health and wellbeing are far more important than your ties to certain beliefs or practices
  • One tip for success: Seek experts opinions and advice for your given pursuit
  • Andrew’s tips for vegetarians: (Lift weights & eat plenty of fat!)
  • Where you can find more of Andrew Smith
  • Andrew’s Top 3 Tips to #LiveOptimal

Links & Resources:

Why It’s Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian

Andrew’s Books:

Stefano Mancuso TED Talk: Plant Intelligence

Plants perform arithmetic to ration starch consumption

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Ann Louise Gittleman on Bile For Fat Digestion and Mind Altering Parasites

Ann Louise Gittleman is the “First Lady of Nutrition”.

A New York Times best-selling author with more than 30 published books, Ann Louise is internationally recognized as a pioneer in holistic health, top nutritionist, and one of the world’s foremost experts in functional and integrative medicine.

This week, we’re honored to have ALG on the Optimal Performance Podcast!

Expanding Our Nutrition Frontiers

A lifelong pioneer in holistic health and nutrition, Ann Louise Gittleman was one of the first to champion the detox movement with her lemon and cranberry juice prescriptions in her best-selling Fat Flush book.

She continues to work on the frontier of our nutritional knowledge base, pushing our collective understanding of health and optimal performance to new levels.

This time, that new frontier centers around bile production, parasitic infestation, and their effects on fat digestion and absorption, cognitive function, and quality of life.

Bile is The New Black – High Fat Dieters Beware!

As you’ll hear in this episode of the OPP, bile production has been negatively impacted by the Standard American Diet (SAD). Adequate and quality bile production is a prerequisite for fat digestion and absorption, making this a very important area for optimizers like us to focus on – especially for our high fat diets like the Paleo, Primal, Bulletproof diets.

As Many As 8 in 10 People Could Harbor Unwanted Internal Parasites

Yes, you read that correctly.

Ann Louise says that as many as 8 in 10 people could harbor unwanted parasites that disrupt our metabolic processes, steal nutrients from us, negatively impact our energy and compromise brain function.

Fortunately for us, she explains some dietary protocols that help reduce our odds of parasitic infestation and she maps out a plan for an annual parasite cleanse.

We cover all this and more, including some classic Ann Louise Gittleman diet tips and we’ll discuss her top supplements, favorite nutrition experts, and her Top 10 Foods to optimize your health.

Enjoy this podcast and let us know your thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Here’s what you’ll learn from Ann Louie Gittleman on this episode of the Optimal Performance Podcast:

  • Why you should start every morning with the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • The importance of daily detoxification strategies to ensure optimal functioning and health – and the #1 tip you need to know
  • Cranberries – The Native American secret to detox, removal of parasites, lymphatic cleansing and reduction of cellulite
  • Why bile is the new black – biohacking digestion and fat absorption for cognitive performance


  • Omega-7’s: the newest fatty acids (Hint: eat 2-3 macadamia nuts/day)
  • Why Bob Atkins refused to board a plane without macadamia nuts
  • How to tell if your bile production is not adequate for your high fat diet
  • Some of ALG’s favorite foods for Optimizers
  • Glutathione, Asea, and Ultra H-3 for increasing quality of life and longevity
  • The link between diet, parasites, and ADHD
  • Speaking of parasites…as many as 8 in 10 people have parasites – hear how they impact us and get ALG’s plan to eliminate unwanted guests (The Annual Parasite Cleanse)
  • Where can you find more of Ann Louise Gittleman
  • The First Lady of Nutrition’s Top 3 Tips To #LiveOptimal

Links & Resources

Ann’s Website

ALG on Facebook

Fat Flush – The book

The Legacy of Hazel Parcels (Weston A. Price Foundation)

150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden

Ann Louise Gittleman’s Top 10 Foods (from the book 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth)

  1. Ground flaxseeds
  2. Lemons
  3. Cranberry Juice
  4. Whey
  5. Grass-fed Meat
  6. Spaghetti Squash
  7. Jicama
  8. Peanut Butter
  9. Blueberries
  10. Organic Cream


Ultra H-3

Feingold Dietary Protocol

Mind Altering Parasites

Natural Stacks Tools for Performance and Health Optimization

Natural Stacks Krill Oil (Contains Anchovy & Omega-7’s!)

Natural Stacks Grass-Fed Whey & Collagen Natural Protein (ALG’s #4 healthiest food!)

CILTEP to help you think faster, focus better, and memorize more!

Parasites 101 from ALG:


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Why BDNF Is Miracle-Gro For Your Brain And 7 Ways To Increase BDNF Naturally

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor – or BDNF for short – is a naturally occuring growth hormone that is responsible for neurogenesis: the creation of new neurons. Higher levels of BDNF are associated with increased intelligence, mood, productivity, and memory along with decreased risks of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s. Keep reading to see why expert scientists call BDNF “Miracle-Gro for the brain” and to learn 7 easy ways you can increase BDNF naturally.

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Chickens Aren’t Vegetarians: The Truth About Inferior Grain-Fed Eggs

Chickens are vegetarians. At least, that’s what we would think if we believed the multitude of egg cartons on the shelves of our local grocery store. Hopefully you think for yourself, and upon doing so – you recall that chickens actually love insects, worms, and other non-vegetarian fare. Keep reading to see the real story behind those supermarket vegetarian-fed eggs.

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Olympian Dr. Josh Binstock on How To Use Visualization To Create Your Future

Chiropractor and Canadian Olympic volleyball player Dr. Josh Binstock is our guest on Episode #30 of the Optimal Performance Podcast, and he’s discussing the importance of a positive mindset, using visualization, dealing with travel and offering chiropractic insights on movement, posture and training.

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