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Gabrielle Reece On Optimal Nutrition, Homeschooling & Life With Laird

By December 19, 2012June 14th, 202320 Comments

Today on the podcast, Rich and Julie Piatt sit down with uber-athlete and fitness / wellness advocate Gabrielle Reece to talk about health & fitness, the importance of good nutrition, Gabby’s general perspective on marriage and relationships (…and yes, sex), how she makes it work with her husband — famed big wave surfer Laird Hamilton— homeschooling her girls, female role models, failing “upward”, dealing with negativity, food & fitness tips for getting started in the right direction for the new year, and of course her upcoming book, My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life* (Scribner, coming April 2013).



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  • Jason says:

    Let Rich fly solo. Be cool if Rich did these interviews one on one. Julie is a good interview but I dont think she needs to be on every show. Maybe I’m wrong but a lot of people are here for Rich’s perspective and athletic expertise. Either way, great podcast and thank you Rich!

  • viii_ball says:

    Rich and Julie, love listening to your podcasts and was very disappointed to have to wait a whole week for this new one 🙂 One thing I’d like is to have an introduction to each guest. Maybe ask them to describe who they are, what they do, etc. You know these people but as podcast listeners we don’t. I knew the name Gabby Reece but I had no idea who she really was and why she would fit in with your podcast. Just a thought.

    And I do love the interaction of both Julie and Rich so I say keep it a tandem show.

  • Jason says:

    would anyone listen to the Julie Piatt podcast?

  • Jane says:

    By far the best podcast! Bring Gabby back! She was so great! Thanks for having her, she was so genuine and funny and spot on! Though I also agree with Jason below, would be good to hear Rich alone, or one on one with someone like a Gabby, or other athlete. As a plant powered triathlete, I’d really enjoy hearing your athletic perspective for sure Rich!

  • Wil says:

    I think they need to have their own podcasts, maybe just a Julie on her own, with Rich joining in, but would be nice to have just a rich roll podcast. Just another listener’s 2cents

  • Eldo says:

    Make it a solo “rich roll” podcast please. Julie can have her own podcast.

  • Dustin says:

    Thanks for having Gabby on today! I was disappointed with the interview however, I know very little about Gabby except that she was a volleyball player and neither Rich or Julie asked her questions about her journey.

  • keston says:

    I have to disagree with some of the comments below, I think
    Julie adds another dimension to the podcast. Judging from what I’ve heard rich
    say a couple times, is that his transformation wasn’t just athletic/fitness but
    also spiritual, in essence more holistic mind and body, which I believe is
    important in sport (for those tough Judo sessions). Just my opinion

  • Jackie says:

    He stated that this podcast wasn’t all about triathlon. This is about much more than that. So much of who he is and has become is due to Julie. I think they make a great team. Keep it up!

  • Kim Turner says:

    as a vball player I was disappointed as well. They didn’t get around to Gabby because as usual, Julie hijacked the podcast and needed to lecture and chime in on everything.

  • great podcast. However, I would like to point out that Walmart is actually our nations largest provider of organic foods. They also typically have a pretty well stocked produce section. Luckily for me, I live in Manhattan so I don’t have to support them, but contrary to what Julie and Gabby were suggesting, it is very easy to eat 100% vegan and still eat well at a walmart.

  • richroll66 says:

    Great point Anthony. Thanks for clarifying:)

  • eh says:

    Wow! So much to ask Gabby about and most of it was spent on Julie’s agenda. Would love to have Rich speak to these guests solo and focus in on nutrition and athletics. Spirituality is important but I thought this was the Rich Roll podcast?

  • Monique says:

    Once again, a fantastic podcast guys! My two cents: I love the dynamic between Rich and Julie so personally, I really love the combo deal. Gabby was a great guest too. I am looking forward to her book. I think she has a lot of wisdom to inpart, like Julie.

  • Chris says:

    I have really enjoyed all the podcasts but have got a lot from the last 2 sessions in particular (#007 & #008). Keep them coming Rich, you’re building it nicely and they are a great resource for people interested in improving themselves. It would be interesting to hear from a vegan bodybuilder or movnat coach if one is available

  • Lilian says:

    I loved this interview with Gabrielle Reece. It captures so much of what I have felt and thought about. Captured my view of the zeitgeist bang on the button. You have given me a lot of food for there were several solutions discussed also. Thoroughly enjoyed. You are both naturals with this media and I love the family approach.

    Lucky you being on Hawaii – a place I am getting more and more interested in visiting.

  • Rich, really great interview. These podcasts are blowing my mind. Health is so multidimensional and most of the work to achieve it is done on the inside. Thanks so much for the holistic perspective.

  • Oddwell says:

    Glad to hear the various perspectives on homeschooling and raising kids in our crazy world and within such a massive cultural transition into the digital realm. Couple things:

    1) FTE – Full Time Equivalent is a major part of the pull to have kids in school and likely the explanation for the truancy issue. No kid=No money. For each absence, the school loses money for that day, which can impact state funding etc…

    2) You might explore the literary work of James Baldwin, one of America’s best writers and thinkers. One of his main points that is threaded through most, if not all, of his work is exploring the true cost of denying yourself (so prevalent in our culture). He digs deep into true cost of not really discovering who you are and/or allowing others to control your vision or, from the other side, manipulating others to become someone they are not. The ramifications of such costs are immeasurable.

  • sasha says:

    so disagree with the Rich on his own ( but its 3 yrs later and i have listend to loads with Rich on his own!) think Julie brings so much to this, bring Gabby back though, very good, really liked the stuff Gabby and Julie connected with ( and Rich in the room) re guys being ‘present’

  • Catie says:

    What a cool, cool chick! Would love to hear more from her. Agree that these podcasts (which I LOVE!) are better with just Rich. He’s super empathetic and turns the conversation back onto the interviewee, which make these so awesome to hear. Love what you’re doing here Rich!

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