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Life after the Vegetarian Myth – Episode 47 with Lierre Keith


20 years a dedicated vegan … invested morally, nutritionally, and politically into this lifestyle … then a monumental shift back to an omnivorous life to try and rescue her failing health, after living, what she calls, the vegetarian myth! Lierre Keith wrote a book about this life change and discussed the flaws, from her perspective, on the underlying principles of vegetarianism and veganism. The praise for her book has been clear to see, but so was the kickback! Online criticism, attack on character, and even death threats followed from those who disagreed! A decade on from the publication of her groundbreaking book and we speak with Lierre about her life and experiences since.

Guest biography

Lierre Keith is an American writer, food activist, and an environmentalist. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (2009). She is co-author, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet (Seven Stories Press, 2011) and she’s the editor of The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012).

Episode content: Vegetarian myth

This episode is an instant classic! Lierre shares some great insights into her life since the publication of her highly influential book. We review some of the fundamental principles of the book and also the impact it has had on her life, including:

  • 1:18 Impact of publishing the Vegetarian Myth had on Lierre’s life
  • 3:55 What Lierre enjoyed about the vegan lifestyle
  • 8:00 Why the book was called the Vegetarian Myth and not the Vegan Myth?
  • 9:20 What is meant by the term moral vegetarianism?
  • 15:58 The political arguments for being vegetarian
  • 22:31 What is meant by nutritional vegetarianism?
  • 25:11 Nutritional components from animal foods that support health
  • 28:20 Lierre’s typical dietary practices
  • 32:41 Animal farming and the impact on the environment and carbon emissions
  • 35:08 A decade later, Lierre´s proposed changes to the Vegetarian Myth book
  • 41:51 Problems with industrial-scale plant food production

During the show, Lierre refers specifically to a study regarding brain size and dietary choices. We believe this is the study she was referring to

You may also enjoy our past interview in Episode 27 with Dr Natasha Campbel–McBride, titled The rise of Vegetarianism.

Connect with Lierre on social media

Lierre Keith profile

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Nutrient density helps weight management – Episode 21 with Dr Zoe Harcombe


This episode addresses the concept of using and applying nutrient density as an effective factor in the battle against obesity with expert diet and nutrition researcher, Dr Zoe Harcombe.

* Please note this is an audio only recording (but still worth a listen)

Guest biography

Dr Zoe Harcombe is a researcher, author, blogger and public speaker in the field of diet and health. Her key areas of interest/expertise are public health dietary guidelines (especially dietary fat), nutrition and obesity.

Zoe earned a BA and MA from Cambridge University and was the first pupil from her state school to have graduated from Cambridge. She was voted college student president by her peers while there – only the second female president in over 630 years.

In 2016, Zoe was awarded a PhD in public health nutrition. The title of her thesis was “An examination of the randomised controlled trial and epidemiological evidence for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in 1977 and 1983: A systematic review and meta-analysis.”

Zoe is the author of several best-selling books, including The Obesity Epidemic, The Harcombe Diet and Why do You Overeat? She is a regular speaker at leading conferences and is a sought after expert whose research capacity and ability to dispel dietary myths and fallacies has helped cement her excellent reputation.

Dr Zoe Harcombe

Episode content: Nutrient density

Episode 21 with Dr Zoe covers a fascinating range of dietary themes that will certainly bring greater understanding to your personal dietary journey, including:

  • The importance of our relationship to food in the weight management battle
  • A scientific definition of nutrient density
  • How do commonly marketed ‘health’ foods measure up in terms of nutrient density?
  • What metabolic effect do low nutrient, processed foods have upon the body?
  • Dr Harcombe’s views on isolated oils, such as olive oil and coconut oil, that are marketed as ‘healthy’.

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Podcast: Diet and Health Today available on iTunes

Connect with Zoe on social media 

Facebook @zoeharcombe

Twitter @zoeharcombe


Zoe has written and published a range of books on diet, nutrition and public health. To learn more about this, please view Zoe’s website Bookshelf. All Zoe’s books are also available on Amazon.

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