In this episode of the DOSE podcast we speak to BOSH founders Henry Firth and Ian Theasby about veganism, at-home fitness and mental health…
Henry Firth and Ian Theasby are the creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing plant-based platform, BOSH! With 5 cookbooks under their belt, their online channels have amassed millions of fans worldwide. Their mission is to make a positive impact on reducing climate change by showing the world just how easy, delicious and life-changing plant-based eating can be.
In this podcast, we talk about their journey to becoming vegan, their experiences of stress and founder’s burnout and how they’re keeping fit and entertained at home with Peloton workouts and dance raves. We also discuss mood boosting recipes from their latest book Speedy BOSH! which is out now, speciality vegan cakes available in most supermarkets and collaboration with Kallo for Blue Monday…
BOSH founders on depression
Henry admits that being the founder of a business is really tough. “I was a founder of a business before and it was relatively difficult. There is such a thing as ‘founder depression’ and ‘founder anxiety’, and I would definitely say that I had that in the past.
I think the vegan choice was really powerful because what it gave me was a cause to fight for, a purpose in life and that helps with getting up in the morning, to power on through. It gave me a reason to live and exist, which I think is really powerful, but in terms of how to daily manage the mind, I think exercise is the best thing to counteract those negative tendencies that can fly around in your head”.
On favourite vegan hangouts
The BOSH founders are big fans of Gracias Madre and Café Gratitude in Los Angeles. In Amsterdam, they speak enthusiastically about Vegan Junk Food Bar, which they say does “the most incredible, realistic vegan fish, like shrimps, tuna, salmon”. In Berlin, they’re big fans of Soy, while closer to home in London, they enjoy going to Club Mexicana off Carnaby Street for their delicious tacos and Omkara, which they say does the best vegan Indian food, and can be found at Vegan Nights Festival. As for vegan pizza, they love going to PickyWops, an authentic pizzaria, run by a couple of Italians, known for their speciality doughs.
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