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Oct 24, 2023

Is all plant-based eating actually healthy?  On this episode of the Live Greatly podcast Kristel Bauer sits down with Kerry Song, the CEO of Abbot's Butcher which is a 100% plant-based meat alternative made from all Real Food and no filler, to take a close look at how to incorporate plant-based options into your diet in a safer way.  Kerry shares how some plant based meat alternatives and other products can actually be unhealthy, and what are some ingredients you should be looking out for.  Kerry also discusses how having an autoimmune disorder led her down the path of creating Abbot's Butcher and some big takeaways from her entrepreneurial journey.  Tune in now! 

Key Takeaways from This Episode:

  • How Kerry's autoimmune disorder led her down the path of creating Abbot's Butcher
  • Are all plant based foods healthy?
  • What ingredients to look out for when you are eating plant based
  • What does natural flavors really mean?
  • What sets Abbot's Butcher apart from other plant-based meat alternatives
  • Some big life lessons Kerry has learned on her entrepreneurial journey

Kristel Bauer recieved some complimentary products from Abbot's Butcher prior to recording to sample and she enjoyed them!


Kerry Song is the founder and CEO of Abbot’s Butcher which is a 100% plant-based meat alternative  made from all Real Food and no filler. Kerry earned a bachelor’s in economics from Princeton University and worked as a Derivatives Analyst at Morgan Stanley, but after several years in corporate finance, it became clear to her that this wasn’t the right path. She wanted a career where she could make some sort of social impact.  She’d been a long-time proponent of animal welfare and made a commitment to leading a life that honored the lives of all living beings. Adopting a plant-based lifestyle was a core component of this decision.

She left finance and joined the marketing team at Tony Robbins where she spent five years working as a Content Strategist, the Executive Producer of The Tony Robbins Podcast, and eventually his Brand Strategist. During this time she learned a lot about being an entrepreneur and was also diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that turned her life upside down. It forced her to take a step back and really start to think hard about what could control and what changes could she make to help alleviate this situation. All roads led to her diet - what she was putting into my body.

Naturally, when you’re plant-based you tend to think “I’m eating healthy” - but the reality was when she looked at the ingredients that were in the meat alternatives she was eating - it was anything but healthy: additives, synthetic chemicals, gums, natural flavors….

She decided to adopt a whole food plant-based diet, but it wasn’t long before she really started to miss having some of her favorite dishes like Spaghetti Bolognese, chicken & rice, hearty salads, tacos and thought there absolutely needs to be a plant-based meat made with ingredients that you can trust and feel good about eating and good after eating. So that’s how the idea for Abbot’s Butcher was born. 

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About the Host of the Live Greatly podcast, Kristel Bauer:

Kristel Bauer is a corporate wellness expert, popular keynote and TEDx speaker, and the host of top-rated podcast, “Live Greatly,” a show frequently ranked in the top 1% for self-improvement. Kristel is an Integrative Medicine Fellow & Physician Assistant with clinical experience in Integrative Psychiatry, giving her a unique perspective into optimizing mental well-being and attaining a mindset for more happiness and success in the workplace and beyond. Kristel decided to leave clinical practice in 2019 when she founded her wellness platform “Live Greatly” to share her message around well-being and success on a larger scale.  With a mission to support companies and individuals on their journeys for more happiness, success, and well-being, Kristel taps into her unique background in healthcare, business, and media, to provide invaluable insights into high power habits, leadership development, mental well-being, peak performance, resilience, sales, success, wellness at work, and a modern approach to work/life balance.

Kristel is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur and she is an influencer in the business and wellness space having been recognized as a Top 10 Social Media Influencer of 2021 in Forbes. A popular speaker on a variety of topics, Kristel has presented to groups at APMP, Bank of America, Commercial Metals Company, General Mills, Northwestern University, Santander Bank and many more. She has been featured in ForbesForest & Bluff MagazineAuthority Magazine & Podcast Magazine, has contributed to CEOWORLD Magazine & Real Leaders Magazine, and has appeared on ABC 7 Chicago, WGN Daytime Chicago, Fox 4’s WDAF-TV’s Great Day KC and Ticker News. Kristel lives in the Chicago area with her husband and their 2 children.  She can be booked for speaking engagements worldwide.

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