EP 21: Rich Roll on recovering from addiction to becoming a vegan ultra-endurance athlete, leading podcaster and bestselling author

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In this episode, Aarthi and Sriram talk to Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete who is vegan, a chart-topping podcast host and author of multiple bestselling books, on his journey from being in college at Stanford, becoming an alcoholic, and then at the age of 40, recovering from his addiction, finding purpose and becoming an ultra endurance athlete. We talked about his early life, recovery, resurgence, role of spirituality in his life, what a typical week of diet and exercise looks like, why he champions plant based nutrition, how to get started with making lifestyle changes, what makes people like Andrew Huberman and Robin Arzon so successful and what it means to him to find so much success later in life.

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00:00 – Trailer

00:45 – Introducing Rich Roll

1:56 – Rich’s early life, alcoholism, recovery and resurgence

6:45 – Feeling of alcoholism, struggling with demons

13:45 – Finding success later in life

16:55 – Ultramarathons and being drawn to extremes

20:30 – Role of spirituality

23:50 – Mood follows action

26:15 – Typical week of training, diet and fasting

30:00 – Going vegan

35:00 – How to make a change with fitness and diet

39:30 – Podcast – good guest and bad guest

41:50 – Preparation for a podcast guest 44:00 – Mike Fremont

49:45 – Andrew Huberman

51:55 – Robin Arzon

55:05 – Rich Roll’s legacy