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Sid Garza-Hillman On Approaching The Natural

By February 20, 2013June 15th, 202322 Comments

Musician, author & health philosopher king Sid Garza-Hillman joins the podcast to chat about all things PlantPower, including his new book, Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto*.

More than just another book about plant-based nutrition, “Approaching the Natural” is a passionate and insightful primer on how we can achieve a more grounded, holistic, happy & gratifying existence — physically, mentally & spiritually — by connecting better with ourselves and the natural environment that surrounds us all.

Sid is a breath of fresh air and it was a pleasure to have him on the show.  Hope you enjoy the episode.

Also, if you are in Los Angeles, this evening (Wednesday, February 20) at 7:30 p.m. Sid and I will be speaking at BOOKPLATES, an ongoing series of exclusive insights from the literary world, at the Park la Brea Theatre.  For more information & ticketing, click HERE.

Thanks for listening and enjoy the program.


Book: Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto* by Sid Garza-Hillman

Sid’s Website Transitioning to Health

The Sid Hillman Quartet

The Stanford Inn Mendocino Center for Living Well

Sid on Twitter: @sidgarzahillman

*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.


  • FloRider- Ft luaderdale says:

    wow… men taking their wives names.. Adam Carolla would have a field day with this guy.. Love most of podcasts but this was a bit to “progressive” for this conservative vegan at times but as always, I learned a lot. I respect everyone and glad the plant based diet is getting more and more diverse but the liberal minded still dominates. I’m the minority inside of a minority group.

  • CMW says:

    I had the same experience with asthma as Sid. Gone within one of week of dropping dairy. I owe this 100% to Rich…in 25 years no doctor across several states did anything besides give me more and more inhalers. A joke. Last night I had Liberty State Park (and Lady Liberty) all to myself for 2 hours…while listening to your last podcast. Not a single other runner or biker out in the 15 degree/20 mph wind night…but I put in my 10 miles in zone 2 with a big smile on my face…no inhaler. At no other point in my life could I run more than a few minutes without an inhaler…inside or outside. Have a 50 mile ride planned for tonight. Rich thank you for changing my lfie…asthma is just one small part of everything you helped me with. Getting my B12 right now.

  • ned says:

    likewise, I was taking advair for ” seasonal asthma” which was my Dr.’s way of saying ” i dont know why you can’t breathe at times”… started juicing , then went mostly veg then now mostly vegan. Naturally lost weight that I never could before. I always worked out but still had a bit of a gut. Plant life works. So simple and healthy… amazing that more dont at least give it a chance for a week. Instead they will instead risk putting a chemical in their bloodstream to circulate through their entire being.. Insanity rules the day in 2013

  • It is so hard to pick a fave podcast so far (who doesn’t love Vinnie!), but this was an amazing podcast Rich! I loved listening to you two share your passion for health and wellness – mind, body, and spirit. It was inspiring and it assured me that I am on the right path. Namaste.

  • awffp1890 says:

    Great podcast. My wife and I have chosen The Stanford Inn as our yearly anniversary spot. Excellent place. And the restaurant is awesome. I encourage all who can to stay there. A great place to disconnect from the everyday hustle and bustle and just relax.

  • Jill Poon says:

    I really enjoyed this podcast! Off to click thru and order the digital version of the book off of Amazon. Thanks!

  • Rachel says:

    I seriously cannot get enough of your podcasts! You have such a natural interview style that really really works. I love how you gently lead the discussion while getting into a deep meaningful discussion with your guest. I really appreciate your willingness to listen to those with different opinions. I wish more of us could do the same in all aspects of our lives. I find myself thinking about your podcasts a lot. I’d love to hear from your chiropractor. I was shocked to read in your book how he (she?) didn’t just give you an insert for your shoe to balance your leg length. I’ve seen chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopaths, and have always been told that I just have to live with it. I’d love to hear your chiropractor’s view on health and wellness. Best wishes to you…

  • Lisa says:

    I wish Approaching the Natural was on! Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of books in the car and in the kitchen.

  • Sarah says:

    I agree completely with Rachel’s comments about your podcast Rich, I really enjoy listening to them, too. I heard some great conversation today between you and Sid. Knowledge about something and then not taking action (like changing your diet) does create a low grade disharmony. I speak of my own experience when I say that food affects our emotions, our actions and our words. And yes, I agree that hearing this for the first time may sound foreign to some because it hits them “where they live” because for some, food occupies a distorted place in their lives. Food is for nourishment and is our medicine- excellent points-you guys rock! Have you started “The Artist’s Way” program? I had started writing my morning pages when I heard you mention it on one of your first podcasts-with Julie 🙂 !

  • David Max says:

    Thanks for the wonderful podcast. I’ve just recently discovered your webpage after reading “Finding Ultra” so I’m really enjoying getting to listen to all your old podcasts. Really loved the aside about manifesting a BMW a la ” The Secret.” My favorite quote about manifestation actually comes from The Artist’s Way: “Pray to catch the bus, then run like hell!”

  • JR says:

    Enjoyed listening to this podcast while swimming this morning. I am a triathlete investment banker so got a good laugh. Love the podcasts – keep my mind engaged during my training. 4 months plant-powered.

  • Tim Harrell says:

    Lisa, this book is text-to-speech enabled on Kindle. I know it’s a bit robotish, but you get used to it after a bit. 🙂

  • Gina Fletcher says:

    I am a new listener. I absolutely loved this podcast. I think it will be on your greatest hits album.

  • Jo says:

    Working my way through the back catalogue and listening to the podcasts in random order. This is my absolute favourite so far. Great interview, great hearing the two of you talk about these topics. I’ve just subbed to Sid’s podcast. Thanks!

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