Is It Possible to Eat Ethically? (eating plant-based series part 1)

Want to start living in a way that’s better for the environment? Lost on how to start your plant-based eating journey? 

In this episode of the Live Your Personal Best podcast, I speak with Izolda Trakhtenberg, a proud vegan for 15 years and the host of The Vegan Life podcast. 

Listen to this episode as we dive deep into why eating plant-based foods is more ethical than traditional foods.

Episode Timeline

[3:38] Izolda talks about her roots and why she started her vegan journey

[5:40] Izolda revealed the massive effects of shifting to a vegan diet

[8:51] Izolda shares her thoughts on why plant-based eating has become more popular, especially nowadays

[10:56] Izolda chats about the element of convenience in restaurants and what you should do if there are no vegan options on the menu

[14:56] Izolda shares if her attitudes and relationship towards food changed when she started her vegan journey.

[18:51] Izolda debunks the most common myths revolving around veganism.

[20:01] Izolda describes what she feels when surrounded by people who still consume meat and animal products.

[25:15] Izolda shares her advice for those who’d like to start their vegan journey. 

Key Takeaways

  • Agriculture, especially animal farming and food production, takes a lot of the resources like energy and gas.
  • The fewer spaces for farms intended for animal production, the more spaces we could have for trees and places where people could stay and live.
  • You’ve been fed food authorities recommended that might not be best for you.
  • You should take a step back and assess the food recommended by the authorities that you consume.
  • When you start eating vegan, you become more conscious and thoughtful of your food choices.
  • Many people have the stereotype that vegans are smug or arrogant. Vegans are perceived to be like this because they don’t want animals to suffer in the animal slaughter system.
  • When you want to start your vegan diet:
    • Go slow and start small.
    • Consult with your doctor if going vegan is right for you.
    • Be aware of how much you’re eating and the quality of your food.
    • Consider having a food diary on what you ate and what you felt after you ate them.


“We’ve been fed a steady diet of what we should eat that may or may not be the best for us.” – Izolda [9:37]

“We can be very mindful and very purposeful with our choices if you really keep in mind why you’re becoming vegan.” – Izolda [27:32] 

About the Guest, Izolda Trakhtenberg
About the Guest, Izolda Trakhtenberg

Izolda Trakhtenberg believes innovation isn’t just about the latest fad, it’s about creative thinking and mindful, ethical actions. This refreshing approach has made her a sought-after speaker, educator, and coach for creatives and business leaders.

For years, Izolda traveled the world as a NASA Master Trainer transforming people’s perspectives on planet Earth. She’s released four books on communication, collaboration, and self-improvement. Nowadays you’ll find her speaking at conferences, looking for the next great ocean beach, or singing for hundreds of people — all while interviewing peak performers on creative leadership, ethical innovation, and mindfulness on her hit podcasts, The Innovative Mindset and The Vegan Life.

About the Host, Emily Coffman
About the Host, Emily Coffman

Emily Coffman is the fastest-growing advocate for athlete wellness in life after sport. She is a former NCAA Division I Athlete at the University of Oklahoma in rowing.

Now, she is the creator of the top 1% health and fitness podcast, Live Your Personal Best which has over a quarter of a million downloads and best-selling author of Elite to Everyday Athlete.

Her research and focus on the health of athletes after they leave the field, has led her to become one of the leading experts for athletes to learn how to live a healthy life, enjoy working out, and find their new love of sport.