Take Out With Ashley and Robyn
Summary: Grab Take Out with Ashley & Robyn weekly to discover the impactful and personal stories of game changers who through their work in food, fitness, fashion, sports, entertainment, politics, media, activism, and science enable better health in the world. As leading experts in the food industry, Ashley and Robyn interview thought leaders, asking provocative questions that lead to inspired conversations and the solutions needed to fix our our nation’s health. *music by Jason Shaw@ audionautix.com
With the government shutdown and no end in sight, the headlines could scare us all into a food panic. Join Take Out co-hosts to sort fact from fiction, for a menu of your better choices, and a discussion of policies, programs, and partners who can help keep our food safer for all.
Paul Greenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish, American Catch, and The Omega Principle. A regular contributor to the Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is the winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center. He has been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, TED and PBS's Frontline. For a Chance to win a copy of Paul's new book The Omega Principle click here! https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/omega-principle
With Master Degrees in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, Dr. Tommy John brings over 17 years of health experience to the table. At completion of his studies Dr. Tommy played professional baseball for three years with teams such as the Schaumburg Flyers, Tyler Roughnecks and the LA Dodgers. After his career was abruptly ended from a rare infection in his throwing shoulder, Dr. Tommy developed his own baseball performance company providing over 11,000 baseball training sessions for baseball enthusiasts from ages six to thirty. Additionally, he expanded his practice of personal training, sports performance training and rehabilitation of all types of soft tissue injuries. Dr. Tommy was drawn to chiropractic because he realized there was a higher element missing from the healing, performance process and proper function of the human body in the innate intelligence and the nervous system: brain, brain stem and spinal cord. That paramount observation led him to obtain his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University, (a 4-year program), in Marietta, Georgia, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. As the son of renowned Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John who played in the Major Leagues for 26 seasons and was the first person to comeback in 1974 from the revolutionary surgery named the Tommy John Surgery, it is not surprising that Dr. Tommy developed a passion for proper healing and physical function as he witnessed firsthand the outcomes of injury, innovation and principled healing. The primary goal of Dr. Tommy John Performance and Healing Center is to provide entire families with integrative, individualized care plans and treatment to improve their quality of life by reducing physical and emotional pain from injury and aging and minimizing the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery. Dr. Tommy John also has a book coming out in June 2018(Da Capo) which is a unique program: a diet, lifestyle, and movement plan (Rethink. Rebuild. Replenish. Recover) for injury- and performance-proofing young athletes in every sport. Beginning as early as age 6 and continuing through the teenage years and on into their twenties, both male and female athletes are more at risk of serious injuries at younger ages than ever before. Concussions are up 500%, ACL surgeries have increases 60% over the last 20 years in 6-18 year olds and are a public health issue, and Tommy John Surgeries are occurring 57% of the time in 15-19 year olds. The book covers all sports and discusses the specialization of sports, what’s happening to our kids today, and how they can correct the mistakes being done so they can grow up healthier. Not just from a physical standpoint, but from a nutritional and emotional standpoint as well. It’s about approaching the game the right way, no matter what game, sport, or activity a young athlete participates in. Dr. John’s book is a fusion of thousands of hours of research, clinical experience, and personal experimentation he has used with kids and clients alike for years, merged with the same simple philosophy of healing his Dad used 40 years ago. But his book isn’t just about injury avoidance—and it’s more than just sports. It’s about correcting the developmental deficiencies that are happening right now in youth athletes. It’s a return to traditional methods and techniques—through making the right diet, exercise and lifestyle choices—to reestablish the functional movements lost today. It’s not just about saving an elbow—it’s about saving a life. And it’s about finally attaching the name Tommy John to something positive again. Dr. Tommy John’s name used to be associated to a legendary pitcher, and now, it’s connected to a crisis. Soon, the next time someone says the name “Tommy John,” they won’t just think about injury. They will remember his Dad…and hopefully the son that showed them a set of principles that not only saved their own child’s arm, but allowed them to reach their greatest potential in life.
As President of the General Mills Natural & Organic Operating Unit, Carla leads both financial, strategic and environmental stewardship strategy for Natural and Organic brands in General Mills. The portfolio includes Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, EPIC, and Immaculate Baking. As a member of the North American Leadership team, Carla also provides long-term vision and strategic leadership to drive double-digit growth and environmental sustainability for the entire $1B General Mills portfolio of Natural and Organic foods. Prior to this role, Carla led the business strategy for a $1.5 Billion portfolio of snack brands including Nature Valley and Larabar. While in Snacks, Carla continued her track record of business turnarounds and growth acceleration by driving unprecedented results on Larabar, quadrupling growth from +16% to +70% in six months. She also restored growth to the $1 Billion Nature Valley brand (the world’s top selling granola bar brand) resulting in the highest level of unit sales in the brand’s history. Carla’s General Mills career has also included leadership on the Yogurt and Cereal Businesses, as well a role on the Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisition team. Outside of General Mills, Carla recently served on the national Board of Directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Advisory Board for the Wisconsin School of Business’s Center for Brand and Product Management. Carla loves to coach people reach their goals on the Whole 30 food program. And she is also an active volunteer at her church and her children’s school. Prior to joining General Mills, Carla worked for U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and The Nature Conservancy. Carla received her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin (as a Consortium Fellow). And she is a member of CAA Amplify Class of 2017 and is a Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Carla can be found on social media at: @CarlaInspired on twitter, Instagram, Snapchat Carla’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlainspired/
Errol Schweizerwas born and raised in the Bronx, New York and has nearly 25 years’ experience in Natural and Organic food, starting out in food co-op's, farmer's markets and community supported agriculture. He led the Grocery division at Whole Foods for nearly a decade and was responsible for the merchandising and product assortment for over 75 product categories. He consistently exceeded sales and profitability goals during his tenure by prioritizing ethically and transparently sourced products. His team launched thousands of products into household names (such as Justin's, Suja, Siggi's, Califia Farms and more), helped popularize trends such as Biodynamics and Fair Trade, and helped shepherd over 10,000 items thru Non GMO Verification. Errol was recently named one of the top 25 retail game changers in the USA. Over the years, he has also been an organizer on mandatory minimum drug sentencing, fair labor and environmental justice issues. He is currently a strategic advisor and board member for select retailers and manufacturers, and is on the Board of Directors of Demeter USA and the Non GMO Project.
Kris Carr is a multiple New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and wellness activist. She is the subject and director of the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and aired on TLC, The Discovery Channel, and The Oprah Winfrey Network. Kris is also the author of the award-winning Crazy Sexy book series. Her latest books, Crazy Sexy Juice, Crazy Sexy Kitchen and Crazy Sexy Diet, will change the way you live, love, and eat! Kris regularly lectures at hospitals, wellness centers, corporations such as Whole Foods, and Harvard University. Named a “new role model” by The New York Times, she has been featured in Glamour, Vanity Fair, Scientific American, Success, Forbes, People, Good Morning America, the Today show, CBS Evening News, The Early Show, Access Hollywood, The Doctors, Super Soul Sunday, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Kris inspires countless people to take charge of their health and happiness by adopting a plant-passionate diet, self-care practices, and learning to live and love like they really mean it. In Oprah’s words, “Kris Carr’s riveting journey started a revolution.” Visit her at Kriscarr.com.
Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Over the past eighteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets. In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea’s mission by becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world's largest beverage distribution system. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage. The brands are carried in more than 100,000 outlets in the United States, including all Wendy’s and Chik-fil-A restaurants. In 2016 Honest Tea’s distribution will be expanding to Europe. In 2016, Seth transitioned to a new role at Honest Tea as TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands business unit. This transition allows him to take on an additional role as Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, a privately held California-based enterprise where Seth has served as a board member since 2012. Beyond Meat is a company on the cutting edge of plant protein research and development, with a goal of providing plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat. In addition to offering a range of lower-calorie beverages, Honest Tea has been recognized as the first company to launch an organic bottled tea (1999) and a Fair Trade Certified bottled tea (2003). Today every Honest Tea variety is certified organic and Fair Trade. The company has initiated community-based partnerships with suppliers in India, China, Paraguay and South Africa. In 2015 Seth was named the #1 Disruptor by Beverage World, and Beverage Executive of the Year by Beverage Industry magazine; he was also inducted into the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame. Seth has also been recognized by the United States Healthful Food Council with a REAL Food Innovator Award for helping change the food landscape by providing options that are healthier for both the body and the planet. Seth serves on the advisory boards of Ripple Foods, the Yale School of Management, the American Beverage Association, and Bethesda Green (a local sustainability non-profit he co-founded). He graduated from Harvard College (1987) and the Yale School of Management (1995), and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Seth and Barry are the authors, along with graphic artist Soongyun Choi, of The New York Times bestseller Mission in a Bottle, which was published by the Crown Business division of Random House in September, 2013. The book, told in comic book form, captures their efforts to create a mission-driven business in a profit-driven world. Seth lives with his wife and three sons near Honest Tea’s Bethesda, MD headquarters in an eco-friendly house.
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents more than 2,000 farmers in 36 states. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic dairy milk, eggs, produce, and soy products, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. For further information visit www.organicvalley.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley. Logan Peterman Manager of Agricultural Research & Analytics From his roots growing up on an apple orchard in central Wisconsin, to his years working in the organic sector, Logan Peterman has attempted to merge a background in Ecology, Statistics, and Research design to aid and validate Farmer intuition and on-farm management. He has advised State, Federal, NGO, and private organizations and companies using an evolving set of skills in data analysis, and research interpretation/application, which has landed him several leadership opportunities in his young career, including a visit to the Obama White House. He also currently chairs the Science committee for The Organic Center, as well as serving as an active member of the Board of Trustees. At Organic Valley, Peterman applies his expertise to leverage fresh insights to inform strategy and operational tactics for the farmer-owned cooperative that is Organic Valley—2,000 family farms strong across the country, and its increasingly international supply chain. With development efforts spanning from product nutrition and identifying biological drivers, to on-farm management and conservation, the scope of his work can involve nearly any part of the modern organic food system. His primary goal, is to validate member intuition regarding organic benefits, nutrition, and resilience, using the research expertise of peer-reviewed academics and private research institutions. Improving nutrition, reducing externalities, and ensuring integrity of organic foods into the future. In his expertise as a young leader, Peterman will specifically bring breaking news and scientific findings about pasture and nutrition to the table at Food Tank DC. Jon Bansen Organic Valley Grassmilk farmer-owner and expert grazier Owner, Double J Jerseys in Monmouth, OR Was once told that it takes 20 years to become a good grazier. “Good graziers are generally good teachers,” Jon says. “When I went to New Zealand to study their grazing operations, every farmer I met was more than happy to show me around and talk about what works and doesn’t work. I like to give that back.” Now 25 years into the profession, he manages a successful 600-acre farm with over 200 cows, writes articles for Graze magazine and speaks to classes at Oregon State University. So you could say he’s finally earned the title.
Shep Gordon is known in the entertainment industry as having an eye for talent and an innate understanding of what people find entertaining. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, Shep moved to LA and in 1969 co-founded Alive Enterprises. Over the years, Gordon has been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, and countless others. He’s also credited as creating the celebrity chef, which revolutionized the food industry and turned the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. His clients that include culinary legends, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud and many more. In addition to the impact he’s had on the music, film and food industries, he’s also highly regarded for his philanthropic endeavors. Shep was named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine. He was the subject of Mike Myers 2013 documentary - Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon. Anthony Bourdain ECCO will be releasing his book - They Call Me Supermensch A Backstage Pass To The Amazing World Of Film, Food, and Rock ’N’ Roll in September 2016. Through Sheps efforts, The Maui Food Bank has been able to provide 994,000 meals to those in need.
Tony Horton is the wildly popular creator of the best-selling fitness series: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, and Ten Minute Trainer®, and most recently his 22-Minute military inspired workout, 22 Minute Hard Corps®. Tony is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of top-selling books “Bring It”, Crush It!” and his latest motivational book, “The Big Picture” 11 Laws that will change your life. He has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition. In keeping with Tony's passion for a healthy lifestyle, he's teamed up with the beauty experts at Ultimate Salon Professionals to create his new hair and skincare line, TH Care by Tony Horton, because he believes what goes on your body is just as important as what goes in it. Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle. Exercise, whole foods, and the right mindset is the formula that leads to a vibrant, productive and full life for anyone who focuses on being the best they can be.
Susan MacTavish Best is the founder & CEO of Living MacTavish. She hosts salons around the world on a diverse range of topics bringing together an eclectic array of influencers she knows into one room. At these salons Susan mixes cocktails and cooks for all of her guests, then interviews an expert or two on a specific topic followed by a live music performance. In an era of always-on one’s phone, always connected to technology, Susan brings people together informally and imperfectly, and encourages them to look each other in the eye and have a spirited conversation all the while tickling their senses with tasty food, yummy smells, interesting debates and live music. Susan sits on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for New Media at UC Berkeley and the Quantitative Biosciences Institute at UC San Francisco. Susan has been on the advisory board of a handful of startups, and has worked closely mentoring many entrepreneurs. When she was 24, Susan founded Best Public Relations, a firm that specialized in influencing the public, the media and the influencers themselves around the globe. She handled the public relations needs for dozens of companies including: Bankrate, craigslist, Esurance, Founders Fund, Hampton Creek, Klout, LaLa, LuLu, MainStreet.com, Olivia, Playfish, Quid, Smugmug, Spoonflower, VentureBeat and YouNoodle. Susan was an Executive Producer of craigslistTV, the TV series that originated out of craigslist. In the mid 90’s Susan went back to night school to learn how to code and, as a result, started Posthoc, one of the first online guides to San Francisco which she grew into a local resource managing over 100 volunteer editors and writers. Susan graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in History. During a one year stint at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, she was co-Editor of the UK’s longest running university magazine, The ISIS, following in the shoes of past editors Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, John Betjeman and Sylvia Plath. While a student at Oxford, Susan won an internship at The Sunday Times (London), where she sat on the Transportation Desk outside the office of editor Andrew Neil. Here, she lasted two weeks until she realized sitting behind a desk writing about transportation news was not her calling. She left one Friday lunchtime on a train to Europe abruptly ending her journalism career. Other early jobs included Soda Jerk during summers in Connecticut at a nuclear submarine shipyard and Pickle Packer at Emandal Farm in Mendocino County. Susan lives in Soho in NYC, SF, and on the Big Sur Coast. She is a long distance trail runner. Susan grew up in Scotland, and went to school at St. Leonards in St. Andrews. She was born on Prince Edward Island after her very pregnant mother, Laurie MacTavish, flew herself unexpectedly to Charlottetown in her Cesna to deliver her daughter.
I believe that education is a lifelong pursuit that occurs in and outside the classroom. I graduated from Duke University, earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University, and received my License in Clinical Social Work in both New York and California. But I didn’t stop there. I also received specialized training in working with families and couples from the esteemed Ackerman Institute, and finished a postgraduate program at Fielding University for Executive Coaching. Additionally, I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and have completed the National Institute for Psychotherapies psychoanalytic training. I also recently completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy as well as specialized instruction in TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model), a mind-body approach for treating affairs and trauma. My professional experience includes therapy for latency-aged children at Four Winds Hospital and group therapy for individuals who either worked in the World Trade Center or were nearby during the 9/11 attacks. Inspired by the remarkable women I met while researching Fortytude, I launched a discussion series called Wise Women of LA in which women of diverse backgrounds could meet, share and support each other in achieving their professional and personal goals. Of course, women don’t have a monopoly on hard-won wisdom. So recently, I created a podcast series called Shared Secrets in which men and women with wisdom to share graciously let us in on their secrets. I hope these enlightening discussions empower you to share your own secret wisdom. My work to help men and women harness their internal power and pursue their goals continues in my volunteer work, which has taken me to locations including Rwanda, Bosnia and Haiti. I serve on the board of Equality Now, an organization whose aim is to end violence and discrimination against women around the world.
An American author and politician, the founder of the anti-Trump resistance movement Daily Action. She is a candidate for the United States Congress in Texas's 7th congressional district for the Democratic Party. Moser published her first book, an "efficient, compact" biography of the actress Bette Davis, in 2005. With her friend Lauren Mechling, she co-authored a series of young adult novels about the experiences of a girl who moves from Houston to Brooklyn. She contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and The Jewish Daily Forward. She worked as the education columnist at Slate.com, where she explored many areas of policy. Following the United States presidential election, 2016, Moser founded an organization called Daily Action. In 2017, she moved back to Texas's 7th congressional district to run for Congress in 2018. In March 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) attracted widespread condemnation for funding opposition research against her, a move that was widely perceived as helping Moser make the runoff against the establishment favorite, attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. In that primary on March 6, 2018 she earned 24.3% of the vote after Fletcher's 29.3%, in the seven-candidate field. The run-off is May 22.  Tom Perez, who became the chair of the Democratic National Committee after the downfall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016, had broken ranks and criticized the DCCC's opposition to Moser.
Robyn has served as executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence) since 2006. Under her leadership, the Giffords Law Center has experienced a dramatic increase in the scope of its work—today, the attorneys at the Giffords Law Center represent the foremost experts in American gun policy in the nation. Her role is to advance the Giffords Law Center’s mission to bring smart gun laws and creative solutions to the nation's gun violence epidemic in every state. She oversees the development of state and local gun policy, and has testified at numerous public hearings in support of such laws. Robyn is also an expert on the Second Amendment and supervises the Giffords Law Center’s tracking and analysis of all Second Amendment litigation nationwide. She launched the Giffords Law Center's Impact Litigation Project, Urban Gun Violence Initiative and a number of other ground-breaking projects. Additionally, she authors op-eds and serves as a media spokesperson for the organization.
Robert is the passionate CEO of FoodState – a company that has been mastering the art of whole-food supplements since 1973. FoodState markets under the high-growth brands MegaFood, in the natural retail market, and INNATE Response, in the practitioner channel. Robert's mission & that of the company he is blessed to run is focused on improving lives & inspiring others. #ilio Robert has worked for Procter & Gamble, Boston Scientific, and The Hackett Group, where he was a lead business best-practices strategist. He entered the natural industry as CEO of Garden of Life twelve years ago, and led them to the #14 spot on the Inc. magazine list of fastest-growing private companies. He later partnered with natural industry pioneer Jethren Phillips, founder of Spectrum Organic Products, to successfully build a high-growth organic ingredients business. Robert joined FoodState in May, 2011 and is proud to lead a company so dedicated to doing what it takes to stay true to the intention of farm-fresh foods. Robert is dedicated to transparency & shares extensively on twitter @RobertUCraven.