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Jun 9, 2020

If you’re an addict, it’s a part of who you are. Addiction doesn’t go away with recovery, but it doesn’t have to continue to be a source of negativity in your life. 

Welcome to The Darin Olien Show.

On this podcast, you’ll hear me, Darin Olien, “the superfood hunter,” have inspiring and enlightening conversations with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same- to save the planet one conversation at a time.

If you’re interested in expanding your view of the world by learning new perspectives on health, nutrition and healing the planet, and want to learn more about society’s Fatal Conveniences™- the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to, even though they may be doing harm- then this is the podcast for you.

This episode features my plant-based bro, the amazing Rich Roll. In addition to being a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich is a world-renowned ultra-endurance athlete and host of The Rich Roll Podcast. He’s a wellness advocate, a sought after speaker, successful author of the mega-popular book Finding Ultra and devoted husband and father. He’s also a recovering alcoholic.

Rich is extremely open about his journey with addiction, and we get into some uncomfortable territory in this episode. But you don’t grow when you’re comfortable, right? Rich gets into how acknowledging his obsessive and addictive mindset has helped him fuel new, healthier goals. He also shares some cool plans for his podcast and how being plant-based has changed his relationship with food.


Other highlights from my conversation with Rich:
  • The childhood trauma Rich suffered that contributed to his alcoholism
  • How my relationship with my father parallels Rich’s stories
  • How Rich balances his addictive tendencies when it comes to health and fitness
  • The link between empathy and addiction
  • Why Rich packed up his family and moved to a former Guava farm
  • How The Rich Roll Podcast started
  • Why Rich often tries to think in the perspective of a 24-year-old
  • Why Rich has never had a 5-year plan
  • This episode’s Fatal Convenience™: Single-Use Plastics


Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

The Rich Roll Podcast

Rich Roll on Instagram

Rich Roll on Twitter

Rich Roll’s YouTube Channel


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