Ok, so I just got home from an epic weekend attending the inaugural Nutrition in Healthcare Conference held by charity organisation Doctors for Nutrition here in Melbourne, Australia. It’s fair to say my brain is completely overloaded with all the incredible presentations, talks and seminars I attended over the course of the three days and my heart feels full after meeting so many lovely and passionate people wanting to help educate, inspire and learn more about plant-based nutrition. It was also really wonderful to have so many listeners come up to say hello and to sign up so many inspiring future guests for the podcast! :-)
I recorded the introduction to this weeks episode before attending the conference so I didn’t get a chance to record some of my thoughts on the conference which I will do one day soon but in the mean time here are some of my take aways from the conference:
Dr Heleen Roex (co-founder of Doctors for Nutrition) & Dr Juliette Roex made many fascinating points about the what, why and how of whole food, plant-based diets, but one thing that really stuck out to me was when they mentioned that fatty streaks have been found in the arteries of feotuses whose mothers had high cholesterol!! (Wow!)
Dr Renae Thomas from Loma Linda, California and featured in Episode 77 of this podcast, again spoke about the 30 year difference in lifespan between those residing in the Loma Linda Blue Zone and those living across the tracks in the neighbouring town. 30 years!!
Dr Scott Stoll gave so many great insights into how to create real and lasting change in both individuals and communities, I’m paraphrasing a little but this really resonated with me:
‘If you have high motivation, you don’t need very much ability to make a lifestyle change but, if you have low motivation, you will need a higher level of ability to commit to making changes to your lifestyle.’
For me personally, I was highly motivated after loosing the ability to feel my legs and out of fear of becoming significantly disabled in the future however, not everyone wants to wait until a health scare motivates them to change, so prior to reaching the point when we are diagnosed with a chronic disease or have our first heart attack, we have to continue to educate ourselves on plant-based nutrition and disease prevention so that our ongoing education becomes a motivating force strong enough to invite us to change in a way that no longer feels incredibly difficult. I think for many people, it can also help to educate ourselves on the damaging impact animal agriculture has on both the animals and the planet, as an added motivating factor to help inspire us to overhaul our diets based on our ethics of compassion and kindness combined with our desire to reduce our impact on the planet for ourselves and for future generations.
4. Emma Strut (Dietician) gave us some staggering facts during her presentation such as that 90-99% of Australians are not eating enough vegetables and that olive oil has less polyphenols than chocolate milk and none of us would pour chocolate milk over our salads to increase our intake of polyphenols!
5. Dr Neal Barnard President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine gave us so much gold when he began is presentation by reminding us that ‘genes are not the cause of diabetes and nor is rice.’ I had never heard of ‘the after-meal calorie burn’ prior to hearing Dr Barnards talk and was fascinated to learn that after eating a diet containing saturated fats, we slow our metabolism down however, after eating a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet, our metabolisms work faster and are able to burn off more calories than those consuming a diet with a higher fat content. Basically, fat consumption interferes with calorie burning and thus, those wanting to lose weight have yet another reason to make the switch to a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet. Another takeaway for me from Dr Barnard was how when we consume dairy in our efforts to obtain calcium, we are merely getting this second hand from the cow who has obtained the calcium by eating whole, plant foods. When it comes down to it, why would we want to ingest the hormones of a pregnant and lactating cow, along with antibiotics, blood, pus, feces and potential pathogenic bacteria contained in dairy to get second-hand calcium when we could simply steam some Kale?
Dr Barnard also spoke about Type 1 Diabetes advising that Vascular disease usually kills people with Type 1 Diabetes which is why a low fat, plant-based diet is also beneficial for those with Type 1 Diabetes who typically find they require less insulin once they make the switch.
There were so many other incredible presenters including Dr Andrew Davies (New Normal Podcast) who shared a very moving presentation regarding his work in Intensive Care and the very sad passing of his father to Cancer last year, which had many of us in tears. There was also a fascinating talk by Gastroenterologist Dr Alan Desmond from Devon Gut Clinic who shared life changing information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease prevention which was followed by Shamiz Kachwalla and Tishani Grioli sharing their highly personal stories of recovering from Ulcerative Colitis - make sure you check out High Carb Health if you or someone you love has Ulcerative Colitis. Shamiz and his brother Shukul Kachwalla are doing incredible work supporting people such as Tishani from all around the world to heal from Ulcerative Colitis.
Did I mention all the delicious low fat, plant-based food we were fed during the conference?!! Rainbows of goodness were provided for us throughout the entire conference helping us to make it through Saturday’s epic 15+ hour day! It was all so delicious, fresh and vibrant and no one missed the standard conference fare of heavy cheese plates, sliced processed meats, lavish pastries and plate fulls of dead animals that leave you feeling like you need to take the worlds longest nap, whilst gaining 2kg and unable to poop for days! ;-)
Doctors For Nutrition co-founders Lucy Stegley (Raw Events) and Dr Heleen Roex did such an incredible job of making the Nutrition in Healthcare Conference so truly wonderful and the first of what I’m certain will become an annual event that will help transform the face of medicine here in Australia. Thank you so much Lucy and Heleen and all the other people involved in making this event one of the highlights of 2019 and no doubt the highlight of all the years to come. Double high fives to you all. :-)
On to Episode 78! This week I spoke with the amazing Adam Sud and he has overcome more than most. In 2012, Adam Sud’s life was completely out of control. Struggling with multiple addictions, serious chronic diseases and mental health disorders. Adam checked into rehab and with the help of his parents and a plant-based diet, he began a journey that led to a remarkable recovery. Adam is now a diabetes and food addiction coach for Mastering Diabetes. A program that focuses on reversing insulin resistance to master type 1, Type 1.5, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes using low fat, whole food, plant-based nutrition. He is an international speaker for the plant-based movement. He firmly believes that the simplest change on your fork can make the most profound change of your life.
I know you will be inspired by Adams story.
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Love & Great Health,