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Plant-Based Canada Podcast

Plant-Based Canada

Welcome to the Plant-Based Canada Podcast. Join us as we talk with experts to explore the field of nutritional sciences and how our food choices impact our health and the environment. We sit down with Canadian doctors, dietitians, athletes, climate experts and others/more, to break down the evidence behind a Whole Food Plant-Based diet, and discuss the practical steps you can take in your efforts to shift toward a healthier lifestyle.The Plant-Based Canada Podcast is an initiative of the group Plant-Based Canada, which aims to educate the public and health professionals on the evidence-based benefits of plant-based whole food nutrition for individual and planetary health. To learn more about the show, visit our website www.plantbasedcanada.org and stay up to date by following us on Instagram and Facebook @plantbasedcanadaorg, and our Plant-based Canada YouTube channel. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. PBC is not responsible for any errors, omissions or opinions related to the content stated by the guests interviewed. All information in this podcast is provided "as is", with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the conclusions obtained from the use of this information. The podcast should not be considered professional advice. Listeners should seek their own individual healthcare advice as needed.

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Episode 35: A Deep Dive into Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Sheila Lakhoo
Jun 14 2022
Episode 35: A Deep Dive into Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Sheila Lakhoo
Dr. Sheila Lakhoo is our special guest for this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast on Lifestyle Medicine.Dr. Lakhoo studied medicine at the University of Alberta and completed her residency training in family medicine at the University of Calgary. She moved to Toronto in 2008 to complete a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences in Family and Community Medicine with a concentration in global health at the Dalla Lana School of Public health. In 2010 Dr. Lakhoo started an academic family practice at St. Michael’s Hospital. During her 10 years at St. Michael’s Hospital, she treated many individuals facing poverty, marginalization, significant mental health challenges and addiction.After recovering from postpartum depression, herself, Dr. Lakhoo decided that it was time to change directions in her career as she first hand realized the importance of holistic care and healthier lifestyle choices to help support her own recovery. She recently received her diploma with the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their optimal health and wellbeing through proven lifestyle changes. Dr. Lakhoo is also involved in teaching, research, and advocacy for Lifestyle Medicine within Canada. In this episode Dr. Lakhoo covers:What is “Lifestyle Medicine”?Overcoming challenges related to Lifestyle MedicineLM curriculum development6 Key Aspects of Lifestyle MedicineLifestyle Medicine program at Emkiro Episode Resources:What is Lifestyle Medicine?: is Lifestyle Medicine? (article):  Physician Burnout & LM:  American College of Lifestyle Medicine Certification: website: Sheila Lakhoo’s Socials:Website: Canada’s Socials:InstagramFacebookWebsite  Thank you for tuning in! Make sure to subscribe to the Plant-Based Canada Podcast so you get notified when new episodes are published. This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD.
Episode 35: A Deep Dive into Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Sheila Lakhoo
Jun 14 2022
Episode 35: A Deep Dive into Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Sheila Lakhoo
Dr. Sheila Lakhoo is our special guest for this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast on Lifestyle Medicine.Dr. Lakhoo studied medicine at the University of Alberta and completed her residency training in family medicine at the University of Calgary. She moved to Toronto in 2008 to complete a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences in Family and Community Medicine with a concentration in global health at the Dalla Lana School of Public health. In 2010 Dr. Lakhoo started an academic family practice at St. Michael’s Hospital. During her 10 years at St. Michael’s Hospital, she treated many individuals facing poverty, marginalization, significant mental health challenges and addiction.After recovering from postpartum depression, herself, Dr. Lakhoo decided that it was time to change directions in her career as she first hand realized the importance of holistic care and healthier lifestyle choices to help support her own recovery. She recently received her diploma with the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their optimal health and wellbeing through proven lifestyle changes. Dr. Lakhoo is also involved in teaching, research, and advocacy for Lifestyle Medicine within Canada. In this episode Dr. Lakhoo covers:What is “Lifestyle Medicine”?Overcoming challenges related to Lifestyle MedicineLM curriculum development6 Key Aspects of Lifestyle MedicineLifestyle Medicine program at Emkiro Episode Resources:What is Lifestyle Medicine?: is Lifestyle Medicine? (article):  Physician Burnout & LM:  American College of Lifestyle Medicine Certification: website: Sheila Lakhoo’s Socials:Website: Canada’s Socials:InstagramFacebookWebsite  Thank you for tuning in! Make sure to subscribe to the Plant-Based Canada Podcast so you get notified when new episodes are published. This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD.
Episode 34: Drs. Shireen & Zahra Kassam with Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions!
May 17 2022
Episode 34: Drs. Shireen & Zahra Kassam with Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions!
Bonus Episode! In this Plant-Based Canada Podcast episode we are joined by two special guests, Dr. Shireen Kassam & Dr. Zahra Kassam, two medical doctors, sisters, plant-based organisation founders, & authors of the new book Eating Plant-Based: Scientific answers to your nutrition questions!Dr. Shireen Kassam MB BS, FRCPath, PhD, DipIBLM is a Consultant Haematologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London, with a specialist interest in the management of lymphoma. She is a certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, as well as Founder & Director of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, a community interest company whose mission is to provide evidence-based education on healthy plant-based diets. In 2021 she co-founded Plant Based Health Online, the UK's first Care QC-regulated, lifestyle medicine healthcare service.Dr. Zahra Kassam MB BS, FRCPC, MSc, DipABLM is a Radiation Oncologist at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre, a certified Lifestyle Medicine physician, and an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto.  In 2019, she co-founded Plant-Based Canada, a non-profit organisation with the mission to promote plant-based whole food nutrition that is healthy and sustainable & which supports the well-being of the planet & all its inhabitants. In this episode:Why did they become “Plant-Based”?Their medical practices Their new book: Eating Plant-Based: Scientific answers to your nutrition questionsTheir foundation of Plant-Based Communities & ResourcesNew Initiatives to stay tuned forFamily Connections & Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways forward?Episode Resources:Plant-Based Health Professionals UKPlant Based Health OnlinePlant-Based CanadaBOOKS: Eating Plant-Based: Scientific answers to your nutrition questions Available here. Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways forward? Available here. Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice Pre-order here.COURSE: Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester UniversityDr Shireen Kassam:Facebook InstagramTwitter Dr. Zahra Kassam:WebsiteFacebook InstagramThank you for tuning in! Make sure to subscribe to the Plant-Based Canada Podcast so you get notified when new episodes are published. This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD.
Episode 33: Using Technology for Plant-Based Practice with Dr. Laura Chiavaroli
May 10 2022
Episode 33: Using Technology for Plant-Based Practice with Dr. Laura Chiavaroli
Dr. Laura Chiavaroli is a Clinical Trialist & a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. Laura has 15 years of experience in the field of nutrition & cardiometabolic health. Alongside her MSc & PhD mentor, Dr. David Jenkins, Laura became skilled at conducting randomized controlled trials & working with dietary patterns, including the Portfolio Diet which is a cholesterol-lowering plant-based diet. Laura also has extensive experience in nutritional epidemiology, specifically in the conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analyses (SRMAs), from her work with Dr. John Sievenpiper. In the past few years of her postdoctoral fellowship, Laura has expanded her experience in knowledge translation strategies, including patient- & physician-facing resource development and web-based mobile app development. Laura also has a great interest in education & elucidating how important public health concerns regarding dietary patterns and cardiometabolic health interconnect with planetary health, while highlighting the importance of equity, diversity and inclusivity. Laura is a member of the Plant-Based Canada team, & we are all currently working on organizing the upcoming virtual conference. Tickets are now available for the upcoming virtual Canadian Plant Based Nutrition Conference on May 28-29, 2022. This annual conference provides evidence-based education by experts on plant-based nutrition for individual health, as well as highlighting the environmental and social concerns of our food system. Sign up to our newsletter on our website or stay tuned on our social media to be kept up to date on the content and ticket sales. In this episode Laura covers:What does “Plant-Based” mean?A sneak peek at a novel new research project A Portfolio Diet mHealth Application (Note: given the research on the mHealth Application is ongoing, details are not fully available at this time to ensure the trial is conducted without bias, but stay tuned to ClinicalTrials.gov, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, & Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis and Clinical Trials Unit websites for future details.)Dietary Patterns in Health GuidelinesDietary Values & Needs of University StudentsUniversity of Guelph Plant-Based Nutrition CertificateProcess of Designing a Virtual CourseHow to Evaluate EvidenceBeing Eco-conscienceEpisode ResourcesPortfolio Diet InfographicCanadian Cardiovascular Society Research Trial Registration Site (ClinicalTrials.gov) Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis & Clinical Trials UnitPortfolio Dietary Pattern & Cardiovascular HealthDASH Dietary Pattern & Cardiometabolic HealthDietary Patterns & Cardiometabolic Health in DiabetesForward FoodUniversity of Guelph, Plant-Based Nutrition CertificatePlant-Based Canada’s SocialsInstagramFacebookWebsite  This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhDThank you for tuning in!
Episode 32: How Diet Impacts Our Mental Health with Dr. Ian Gillespie
May 3 2022
Episode 32: How Diet Impacts Our Mental Health with Dr. Ian Gillespie
Dr. Ian Gillespie is a consultant psychiatrist, with a practice in his hometown of Victoria since completing specialty training at UBC and Mayo Clinic.His role at Aroga Lifestyle Medicine is to provide consultation services to the team and assessments focusing on the role of how Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), ADHD, and PTSD may contribute to the chronic illnesses people may have experienced. He also provides compassionate Motivational Interviewing concepts, CHIP training principles, and current information about the evolving field of Lifestyle Psychiatry treatment.He’s also passionate about the role diet plays in mental health and mood, and is a proponent of a whole foods plant-based eating pattern. With continuing education in Lifestyle Medicine since 2013, he was among the first 7 physicians in Canada to earn the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine diplomate certification in the 2017 inaugural examination. Dr. Gillespie is also a founding member and current Secretary of the Canadian Lifestyle Medicine Advocacy Group.In this episode we discuss:Dr. Gillespie's path to psychiatry and role at Aroga Lifestyle Medicine His experience in Lifestyle PsychiatryHow he incorporates Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-based eating into his practiceWhat kind of evidence we have when it comes to dietary patterns and depressionHow certain foods can impact moodThe six pillars of lifestyle medicineFood insecurity and other socio-economic obstacles to eating betterStudies/Articles/Books:Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change (Harvard Program) Lifestyle Psychiatry (Noordsy, 2019)The Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine A meta-review of "lifestyle psychiatry"Diet and depression: exploring the biological mechanisms of action Dr. Michael Greger's Daily Dozen Challenge Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome (Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, 2020)Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure (Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, 2008)  The role of inflammation and the gut microbiome in depression and anxiety The Gut Microbiome and Mental Health: Implications for Anxiety- and Trauma-Related Disorders commentThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 31: Benefits of Plant-Based Diets in Athletic Performance with Dr. Jules Cormier
Apr 18 2022
Episode 31: Benefits of Plant-Based Diets in Athletic Performance with Dr. Jules Cormier
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast we  chat with Dr. Jules Cormier. Dr. Cormier is based out of Dieppe, New Brunswick where he practices Family Medicine. He completed his premed training in Moncton, New Brunswick, and then went on to earn his Ph.D in medicine at the Universite de Sherbrooke medical school.In 2007, he was offered a spot at Dieppe's Unite de Medecine Familiale -- a group and teaching practice where interns and medical students do their training.  He also teaches part-time at his local medical school, where he’s taught everything from endocrinology, lifestyle medicine, and medical interviewing skills to skin surgery techniques.Dr. Cormier chose family medicine as his specialty because it gives him the opportunity to form lifelong relationships with his patients, as well as the time and resources to discuss plant-based diets and lifestyle medicine.Dr. Cormier has an active online presence, where he writes blog posts about the benefits of plant-based eating, weight loss, plant-based diets for athletes, and even his own passion for fitness by documenting his workouts on Instagram and YouTube.In this episode we discuss:Why Dr. Cormier chose family medicine as his specialtyWhy he chooses to identify as vegan How he approaches the topic of plant-based eating with patientsHow documenting his fitness journey helps him engage with patients onlinePlant-based diets and kidsEating for different types of training: endurance vs. body buildingDr. Cormier's path to qualifying for the World Ninja ChampionshipsProtein quality and plant vs. animal proteinSocials/Links:Website InstagramFacebookYouTubeStudies/Articles:THE PROTEIN PANICPROTEIN- THE BASICSWHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?ARE PLANT-BASED MEATS HEALTHIER THAN REAL MEAT?PERFORMANCE ENHANCING FOODSFOODS THAT ACCELERATE RECOVERYBUILDING MUSCLEThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 30: Dr. Marianne Trevorrow on Supporting Women's Health on a Plant-Based Diet
Apr 5 2022
Episode 30: Dr. Marianne Trevorrow on Supporting Women's Health on a Plant-Based Diet
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast we interview Marianne Trevorrow. Marianne is a naturopathic doctor registered with College of Naturopaths of Ontario who has been in practice since 2006. She focuses on the care of identified women with chronic complex pain and reproductive issues, including patients with endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, and problems associated with menopause, as well as pelvic pain pre and post-menopause.She supports and practices plant based eating as a foundation to good health, as well as being more sustainable for our planet. Since 2018, Marianne has also taken on a new role as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors Journal (CANDJ) -- the professional journal of the Canadian ND Association. She has published in her areas of clinical expertise in several peer-reviewed Integrative Medical journals, and maintains an active social media presence and blog.In this episode we discuss:Dr. Trevorrow’s path to naturopathic medicine.How she incorporates evidence-based medicine into her practice.Her work with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors Journal.CANDJ’s mission to promote conversations around plant-based eating.How diet can impact menopause, PCOS, fertility, and pregnancy.Advice for identified women interesting in adopting a plant-based diet. Misinformation in the health and wellness space.Socials/Links:WebsiteCANDJInstagramTwitter Studies/Articles:Eat Lancet ReportSeventh Day Adventist Health StudyHarvard Fertility Study The Crossroads of the Planetary Health Paradigm: An Indigenous PerspectiveThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.
Episode 29: Meet Dr. Plant-Based!
Mar 22 2022
Episode 29: Meet Dr. Plant-Based!
Meet “Dr. Plant-Based”! Our latest Plant Based Canada Podcast episode is with Muzammil Ahmad, a fourth year medical student with a masters in psychology, certification in nutrition and a bachelor’s in business. He believes more times than not, we should be prescribing our patients with a healthy lifestyle over prescribed medications. And he believes a healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy diet rich in whole plant-foods. On his Instagram (@dr.plantbased) and on his website (www.drplantbased.ca), he shares evidence-based nutrition and showcases what a healthy diet looks like, how to incorporate a healthy diet in one's lifestyle and the role of diet in prevention, treatment and in certain cases reversal of chronic lifestyle diseases. He is also passionate about living a sustainable and conscious life that reduces our carbon footprint on the planet and living with compassion and kindness.We also have an exciting update to share, Muzammil will be speaking at our upcoming virtual Canadian Plant Based Nutrition Conference on May 28th and 29th 2022 where he will be sharing more about a #plant-based #lifestyle in relation to #athletics.Our annual conference provides #evidence-based education by Canadian experts on plant-based nutrition for individual health, as well as highlighting the environmental and social concerns of our food system. Sign up to our newsletter on our website or stay tuned on our social media to be kept up to date on the content and ticket sales. In this episode Muzammil covers:His plant-based experience and lifestyle as a medical studentHow “Dr. Plant-Based” beganBlue ZonesTransforming a reactionary approach to medicineCurrent and surprising plant-based evidenceSocial Media Use as a PlatformContent developmentFuture plansEpisode Resources (Articles):Blue Zones: Lessons From the World’s Longest Lived Dietary Patterns and Longevity: Expanding the Blue ZonesTen Years of Life: A Matter of Choice? Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2Vegetarian, vegan diets and multiple health outcomes: A systematic review with meta-analysis of observational studiesVegetarian diets, circulating miRNA expression and health span in subjects living in the Blue ZoneDeterminants of All-Cause Mortality and Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease (2009 to 2013) in Older Adults: The Ikaria Study of the Blue ZonesMuzammil Ahmad’s Socials:IG handle: @dr.plantbasedTikTok: @muzammil_medWebsite: www.drplantbased.ca Plant-Based Canada’s Socials:InstagramFacebookWebsite  Thank you for tuning in! Make sure to subscribe to the Plant-Based Canada Podcast so you get notified when new episodes are published. This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD & Cassandra Carey, MSc, and edited by Clint Stamatovich.
Episode 28: How Kate McGoey-Smith Overcame the Odds
Mar 8 2022
Episode 28: How Kate McGoey-Smith Overcame the Odds
Diabetes. Blindness. A Terminal Disease… Our guest on this episode of the Plant-Based Canada podcast is Kate McGoey-Smith. Faced with a very rare, no cause-no cure terminal diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, described as high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries of the lungs) along with type 2 Diabetes, Kate McGoey-Smith became legally blind and on continuous oxygen within months. Dizzy and fainting spells left this mother of three school aged children out of work, immobilized and recording good-bye stories to her kids, who were unknowingly destined to live without her within 2-5 years. Find out how Kate, a former registered nurse and a clinically trained social work therapist became more psychologically flexible to turn this imposed tragedy into triumph - re-gaining her sight, reducing her blood sugar to no longer having diabetes, and even reversing her fatal disease from level 3 to level 1! Most importantly, giving her now adult children the legacy of better health!In this episode Kate covers:Her life-changing story of overcoming a very rare, no cure terminal diagnosis.Her  insights related to  behavioural change around plant-based eating.Psychological flexibility and how it can be incorporated into everyday thinking.Episode Resources:If you would like to hear more from Kate, you can find her talk from the 2021 Plant-Based Canada Conference on the Plant-Based Canada YouTube Channel: et al., 2019 article in International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention titled, “Reversal of Pulmonary Hypertension, Diabetes, and Retinopathy after Adoption of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet”: read about how psychological flexibility is defined and measured: learn more about the impact of psychological flexibility on psychological well-being in adults with obesity: ACT model of health and treatment processes that is a way of thinking about and engendering psychological flexibility. Kate McGoey-Smith is also a Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.Plant-Based Canada’s Socials:InstagramFacebookWebsite  Thank you for tuning in! Make sure to subscribe to the Plant-Based Canada Podcast so you get notified when new episodes are published. This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD.*Please appreciate that the views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. PBC is not responsible for any errors, omissions or opinions related to the content stated by the guests interviewed. The podcast should not be considered professional advice. Listeners should seek their own individual healthcare advice as needed.
Episode 27: Nicholas Carter on Combating Climate Change with a Diet Change
Feb 22 2022
Episode 27: Nicholas Carter on Combating Climate Change with a Diet Change
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada podcast we interview ecologist and co-founder of PlantBasedData.org, Nicholas Carter. He is the Communications Lead for a Canadian Centre for Climate Services data hub & serves as an advisory board member to several food- and environment-focused organizations. He's also a science writer on the interconnections between agriculture and planetary health. He completed a Master's degree in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University, where his research focused on the global greenhouse gas emissions that are attributed to animal agriculture.Nicolas will be speaking at our upcoming virtual Canadian plant based nutrition conference on may 28th and 29th. In this episode we discuss:How our food systems contribute to carbon and methane emissionsWater and land use required for animal agricultureEnvironmental runoffs and dead zonesCalories in versus calories out: why animal agriculture is not an efficient systemBig meat disinformation campaignsThe outcome of the COP26 Climate ConferenceThe lack of evidence behind the holistic grazing movementAlternative farming practices versus traditional The impact of industrial fishing on the oceans and sea life How a shift to plant-based diets can help ameliorate many environmental issues we face todaySocials/Links:PlantBasedData.orgTwitterInstagramLinkTreeStudies/Articles:Food is responsible for 25-42% of all global emissions Animal Agriculture's contributions could be as high as 37% Animal agriculture & methane The key to reducing biodiversity lossToday, only 4% of mammals are wild animals, 34% are humans, & 62% are livestockFood systems have caused: 70% of biodiversity loss on land, 50% biodiversity loss in water, & 80% global deforestationHuman impact on oceansTyson has spent double what Exxon has on political campaignsChicken: calories in, calories outLivestock exclusion increased abundance and diversity of animalsA critical review of Allan Savory's grazing method Beef cattle use ~60% of the world’s agricultural land but account for less than 2% of global calories & 5% of global protein consumedOxford University: Grazed & ConfusedBeyond Burger water, land, energy usageThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 26: Zehra Abbas on How to Inspire Empathy and Advance Social Justice
Feb 8 2022
Episode 26: Zehra Abbas on How to Inspire Empathy and Advance Social Justice
What is holistic empathy? Do you know how the arts can bring awareness to social justice issues? Hear from Zehra Abbas in the latest Plant-Based Canada Podcast episode to find out and more!Zehra has had a keen interest in exploring how to make the world a kinder place ever since her time volunteering for organizations like War Against Rape and The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture in her youth. Zehra is the Executive Director of Umano.org, a US-based organization supporting initiatives worldwide that foster holistic empathy for humans, animals, and the environment.Zehra is also the founder and volunteer President of Youth Troopers for Global Awareness and its social enterprise, Studio.89, a non-profit community hub and fair trade vegan cafe providing a free space for events, workshops, and resources with a specific focus on social justice activism and youth leadership development. Studio.89 also aims to benefit humans, animals, and the environment. Zehra has extensive experience in operating and developing non-profit initiatives, building organizational capacity, and establishing social enterprises.While travelling, Zehra enjoys narrow cobblestone streets, ancient architecture, cuddling street animals, and volunteering with various charity organizations to advance her knowledge about community care from a holistic lens.In this episode we discuss:   *Social Justice*Holistic Empathy*Storytelling to Spread a Message*Umano International Short Film Festival*Starting a Business & Outreach / Building Organizational Capacity*Take Home Message #plantbased #health  #socialjustice  #socialjusticeactivism#holisticempathy #storytelling #storytellingtospreadamessage#Umano #UmanoInternationalShortFilmFestival #Startup #CommunityCare#StartingaBusiness #Outreach #NonProfit #youthleadership#Studio89 #YouthTroopersforGlobalAwareness#evidencedbasedplantbased #evidencebasedhealth  #vegan #vegetarian #plantbasedlifestyle #podcastZehra Abbas´ SocialsInstagram: @zee.hraStudio.89UmanoUmano International Short Film FestivalPlant-Based Canada´s SocialsInstagram : @plantbasedcanadaorgFacebookWebsite  Podcast EpisodesThis Podcast was edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 25: Jo-Anne McArthur on the Fight for Animals Through Photojournalism
Jan 25 2022
Episode 25: Jo-Anne McArthur on the Fight for Animals Through Photojournalism
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada podcast we interview Canadian photojournalist, animal rights activist, and author Jo-Anne McArthur.She is known for the We Animals project, a photography project documenting human relationships with animals. Through the We Animals Archive, she provides photographs and other media for those working to help animals.Her first book, We Animals, was published in 2013; her second, Captive, was published in 2017; and a third, Hidden, which featured a foreword by Joaquin Phoenix, was published in 2020. McArthur has won several awards for her work, including the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice award for a photo of a lowland gorilla rescued from poachers… And more recently 3 of her photos made the top 10 in the Earth Project’s COP26 photography competition. She has been working as a photojournalist for decades… and sometimes navigates extremely dangerous environments – from bushfires in Australia to factory farm operations in Turkey and Italy – to help shine a light on the plight of a wide-range of animals, as well as the downstream effects our treatment of animals has on out environment.  In this episode we discuss:Jo-Anne’s interest in photojournalism and her path to animal rights activism. Her work documenting our relationship with animals and how we exploit them.Her photography awards, including her winning images in the Earth Project’s COP26 photography competition.Her work as the founder of the “Unbound Project” and her photography project We Animals.The oftentimes dangerous situations she finds herself in her line of work.Her focus on protecting mental health and staying hopeful while documenting difficult subjects.How to get involved in animal rights advocacy work.Studies/Articles:tEP COP26 Competition UpdateCOP26 Earth Project photography competitionNature under threat: a Cop26 photographic competition – in picturesCanadian photojournalist wins COP26 photography competition Socials/Links:Jo-Anne’s WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterWe Animals Media Unbound ProjectThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 24: Drs. Arjun & Shobha Rayapudi and the Gift of Health
Jan 11 2022
Episode 24: Drs. Arjun & Shobha Rayapudi and the Gift of Health
Drs. Arjun and Shobha Rayapudi joined the Plant-Based Canada Podcast (@plantbasedcanadaorg) to share their plant-based medical insights for this episode. They are co-founders of Gift of Health, a nonprofit organization based in Newfoundland, Canada, dedicated to revolutionizing lives through lifestyle medicine. Through in-person and online workshops, they have helped hundreds of people prevent and reverse chronic diseases, end the frustrating dieting cycle, lose weight and get off medications.Both Drs. Arjun and Shobha Rayapudi obtained their medical degrees from Rangaraya Medical College and are certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and hold Plant Based Nutrition Certificates from Cornell University. Dr. Arjun Rayapudi is also certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He did his surgical residency training at University of Florida and University of Illinois. He is working as a General Surgeon at Burin Peninsula Health Care Center.Dr. Shobha Rayapudi is a physician, epidemiologist and researcher. In addition to her medical training, she holds a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rayapudi says she loves helping people discover the power that they have within themselves, in their own kitchen to revolutionize their health completely.Through the Gift of Health their mission is to raise awareness about the connection between food/lifestyle choices and health. Help you reach your highest health. Create and Foster healthy environment for our children. Decrease unnecessary suffering on our planet. In this episode we discuss:   *medical and research training*cultural practices*healing with a chef's knife vs a surgical knife*lifestyle coaching program*Gift of Health *Take Home Message#plantbased #health #diet #lifestylemedicine  #nutritionresearch #medicalpractice#Newfoundland #PlantBasedNutritionCertificate #CornellUniversity#lifetylecoaching #chefsknifevssurgeonsknife #giftofhealth#evidencedbasedplantbased #evidencebasedhealth  #preventativemedicine #vegan #vegetarian #plantbasedlifestyle #podcastDrs. Arjun & Shobha Rayapudi´s SocialsGift of Health WebsitePlant-Based Canada´s SocialsInstagramFacebookWebsite  This Podcast was edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 23: Jessica Scott-Reid on How to Protect Animals from a Systemic Approach
Dec 28 2021
Episode 23: Jessica Scott-Reid on How to Protect Animals from a Systemic Approach
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast  we talk with Jessica Scott-Reid. She is an award-winning freelance writer and animal advocate covering animal rights and welfare, plant-based food topics, the environment and vegan culture for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Sentient Media, Planet Friendly News and others. She is also a co-host of Canada's animal law podcast, Paw & Order.   In this episode we discuss:·       Jessica's path to journalism and covering animal welfare topics.·       Her focus on the legal side of things and how to protect animals from a systemic approach.·       The work she's done highlighting laws and policies that are detrimental to animals in Canada.·       The thousands of animals affected by the recent flooding in regions of British Columbia.·       Jessica's advocate work with the Animal Justice Academy.·       The outcome of the COP26 Climate Change Conference.·       The most exciting future plant-based/vegan trends Jessica is following.  Studies/Articles:Animal Justice Files Legal Challenge to Ontario "Ag Gag" LawOntario’s ag-gag law hides animal cruelty and must be overturnedDrowned animals in B.C. are a further facet of a flawed farming system Socials:TwitterInstagramPodcast LinkedInFacebookAnimal Justice Academy Nation Rising  This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 22: Dr. Silvia Odorcic on Eye Health and Empowerment
Dec 14 2021
Episode 22: Dr. Silvia Odorcic on Eye Health and Empowerment
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast we speak with Dr. Silvia Odorcic about eye health and empowerment in a plant-based lifestyle. Dr. Silvia Odorcic is a Toronto-based double board certified MD, certified in Lifestyle Medicine & Ophthalmology. She is also an author & speaker whose soul mission is to revolutionize the current healthcare paradigm through plant-based nutrition & healthy lifestyle habits. Dr. Silvia transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle 4 years ago after feeling burned out and it completely changed her life trajectory! She is a conscious leader who believes that health is our ultimate portal into spirituality & self-fulfillment. In this episode we discuss:   *what is ophthalmology?*lifestyle medicine & eye health*lifestyle coaching programs*empowerment & our health*take home message   #plantbased #health #diet #lifestylemedicine  #eyehealth #ophthalmology #empowerment #inspiration #lifetylecoaching#evidencedbasedplantbased #evidencebasedhealth #preventativemedicine #vegan #vegetarian #plantbasedlifestyle #podcast #dietetics   Dr. Silvia Odorcic's SocialsInstagramWebsitePlant-Based Canada´s SocialsInstagramFacebookWebsite  This Podcast was edited by Clinton Stamatovich
Episode 21: Dr. Pamela Fergusson on How to Go Vegan for Beginners
Nov 30 2021
Episode 21: Dr. Pamela Fergusson on How to Go Vegan for Beginners
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast  we talk with Dr. Pamela Fergusson -- Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition, and more than 15 years of experience with changing lives through better nutrition. She earned her PhD at the University of Liverpool and her Master’s in International Health at Sweden’s Uppsala University. Dr. Fergusson currently has a private practice in British Columbia where she works with clients who want to transition to a more plant-based lifestyle. She is the busy mom of four children, and also a marathon and half-marathon runner and speed-walker.  She believes in the power of plants to promote mental and physical health. Recently she published her new book, Going Vegan for Beginners: The Essential Nutrition Guide to Transitioning to a Vegan Diet, which explores what it means to be vegan, the movement's roots in social justice, and what makes the diet a healthy choice for the long-term.  In this episode we discuss:Dr. Fergusson's work in Europe, Africa, and Asia for organizations such as UNICEF and the World Food program.A day in the life as a Registered Dietitian.Dr. Fergusson's new book Going Vegan for Beginners.The nuanced conversation around the term 'vegan', and why Dr. Fergusson embraces it. The top nutrients of concern for people hoping to shift to a more plant-based diet.The nutritional value for meat analogs. The history behind unethical nutritional experiments that took place in Residential Schools across Canada and the direct links between those experiments and the Canadian Food Guide.Food insecurity and other issues facing marginalized communities in Canada.The tips and tricks Dr. Fergusson wish she knew before going vegan.   Socials:WebsiteFacebookInstagramStudies/Articles:Going Vegan for Beginners: The Essential Nutrition Guide to Transitioning to a Vegan DietCanada's shameful history of nutrition research on residential school children: the need for strong medical ethics in Aboriginal health research Canada used hungry indigenous children to study malnutrition Nutrition researchers saw malnourished children at Indian Residential Schools as perfect test subjects PROOF REPORT: food insecurity policy research This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.
Episode 20: Dr. Kathleen Kevany on How Our Food Systems Impact Our Environment
Nov 16 2021
Episode 20: Dr. Kathleen Kevany on How Our Food Systems Impact Our Environment
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast we talk with Dr. Kathleen Kevany -- Associate Professor and Director of Rural Research Collaboration with Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture. Dr. Kevany is a certified counsellor, psychotherapist and offers free webinars on living with greater health, happiness and mindfulness through her virtual office of Eating a vibrant life.In her book, Plant-based Diets for Succulence and Sustainability (2020), Dr. Kevany and her co-authors detail the first systems analysis of plant-rich living. She applies her knowledge of social psychology and decades of experience in business, government and community development to fostering conscious consumption and compassionate leadership for the highest quality of life.She applies her knowledge of social psychology and decades of experience in business, government and community development to fostering conscious consumption and compassionate leadership for the highest quality of life.In this episode we discuss:Dr. Kevany's path to studying human relations & environmental sustainability.How our food choices impact the environment both directly and indirectly.Environmental racism and issues of animal welfare with our current food systems.The role regenerative agriculture can play in the fight against climate change.How a plant-based diet can help lower carbon emissions and elevate well-being.Dr. Kevany's book Plant-Based Diets for Succulence & Sustainability, & strategies for achieving sustainable food systems.Socials:WebsiteDalhousie FacebookTwitter Studies/Articles:Dr. Kevany's book - Plant-Based Diets for Succulence & SustainabilityEAT Lancet ReportThe Climate Emergency: a Last Chance to Act?Scientists 'potty train' cows Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future by Darrin QualmanThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.
Episode 19: Dr. Linda Plowright on Minding our Minds, Mental Health and a Plant-Based Lifestyle
Nov 2 2021
Episode 19: Dr. Linda Plowright on Minding our Minds, Mental Health and a Plant-Based Lifestyle
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast (@plantbasedcanadaorg) we speak with Dr. Linda Plowright about mental health and a plant-based lifestyle. Dr. Plowright is a psychiatrist working in London, Ontario. She completed her medical training and psychiatry specialization at McMaster University and completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Western University. She is on staff at the Child and Parent Resource Institute with the Dual Diagnosis Behaviour and Anxiety Clinic. She also provides telemedicine consultation to children and adults and works closely with a group providing humanitarian medical care in the Dominican Republic. Her professional interests include Dual Diagnosis, Integrative Medicine, mindfulness, clinical hypnosis, and cross-cultural health. In this episode we discuss:   *impact of a plant-based lifestyle on mental health *mental health in Canada *nutrition and mental health *the microbiome *take home message   Resources Canadian Mental Health Support  Provincial and Territorial Helplines and Websites Plant-Based Canada´s SocialsInstagramFacebookWebsite
Episode 18: Lauren McNeill, RN, MPH on Making Sustainable Choices on a Plant-Based Diet
Oct 19 2021
Episode 18: Lauren McNeill, RN, MPH on Making Sustainable Choices on a Plant-Based Diet
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast we talk with Canadian Registered Dietician Lauren McNeill. Lauren has a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics and specializes in plant-based nutrition and women’s health. She graduated from the University of Guelph, and completed her dietetic internship with the Nova Scotia Health Authority where she gained experience in acute-care, nutrition education, public health, diabetes, and much more.Lauren runs her own private practice, Tasting to Thrive, where she offers both one-on-one virtual nutrition counselling sessions anywhere in Canada…. and her online program, Thriving on Plant-Based Fundamentals. Her goal is helping people from all walks of life succeed on a healthy, whole foods diet -- whether they’re vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to incorporate more plant-based foods onto their plate. She also has a dedicated social media following where she shares healthy and affordable recipes, busts nutrition myths, and provides evidence-based nutrition information.In this episode we discuss:Lauren's path to becoming a Registered Dietician with a focus on plant-based diets.How Lauren helps clients make health, sustainable choices for the long-term.How a healthy, whole foods eating pattern can help cut the risk of all-cause mortality.Tackling misinformation about vegan diets, but also in the health and wellness space. How diet and lifestyle can impact women's health issues like PCOS and endometriosis.What Lauren eats in a day and how she takes a plant-based diet on the go. The issue of food insecurity and food justice in Canada. Socials:WebsiteFacebookYouTubeInstagramTikTokStudies/Articles: The Adventist Health StudyEPIC-Oxford study (iron levels and other nutrient intake among vegans and vegetarians)Iron Deficiency Anemia: A Common and Curable Disease (iron deficiency is concern for everyone – not just plant-based eaters)Dietary intake and iron status of Australian vegetarian womenThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.
Episode 17: Amy Symington sharing Chef Secrets for being Plant-Based in the Kitchen
Oct 5 2021
Episode 17: Amy Symington sharing Chef Secrets for being Plant-Based in the Kitchen
Looking for new plant-based recipes to try? In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast (@plantbasedcanadaorg) we speak with Amy Symington (@ameliaeats). Amy is a nutrition professor, researcher and plant-based chef at George Brown College (@gbcchca @gbcnutrition) in Toronto, Canada. In addition to having a Masters in Applied Human Nutrition with a focus on functional foods and their health benefits, Amy has 20+ years of experience in the food industry including in restaurants, cafes, large quantity and catering, private events and galas and as well as volunteering in community kitchens. Amy is the Culinary Nutrition Program Coordinator at Gilda's Club Greater Toronto (@gildasclubtoronto), a not-for-profit cancer organization, she is the Culinary Specialist for Humane Society International Canada (@hsi_canada), she volunteers with the Toronto Veg Food Bank (@vegfoodbank, check out our interview with Matt Nobel for more on this initiative!) as a chef and nutrition consultant and does recipe development and food writing for various publications in Toronto and worldwide. Amy believes in the evidence-based health and environmental benefits of plant-based diets and is the recent author of The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based recipes for optimal health (@the_long_table_cookbook). In this episode we discuss: *plant-based from a culinary perspective*Cancer Nutrition Guide & Nutrition Programming at Gilda's Club*The Long-Table Cookbook: Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health*plant-based recipe development #plantbased #health #diet #lifestylemedicine #nutritionforcancer #plantbasedcookbook #plantbasedrecipes #plantbasedchefs #GeorgeBrownCollege #GBCChefSchool #evidencedbasedplantbased #evidencebasedhealth #preventativemedicine #vegan #vegetarian #plantbasedlifestyle #podcast #dietetics Amy Symington´s WebsiteAmeliaeats Plant-Based Canada´s Socials Instagram Facebook Website
Episode 16: Emma Levez Larocque on Empowering Communities with a Plant-Based Diet
Sep 21 2021
Episode 16: Emma Levez Larocque on Empowering Communities with a Plant-Based Diet
In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcasat, we talk with Emma Levez Larocque. Emma is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a Certified Plant-Based Chef, and a Food For Life instructor with the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine. She specializes in working with people who are interested in a plant-based diet as a means to improve their health, lessen their impact on the environment, and reduce the suffering of animals. She runs Plant-Based RHN where she meets people wherever they are on their health journey and finds common ground to build from.In this episode we discuss:Emma’s path to a plant-based diet and what it means to be a Registered Holistic NutritionistHow Emma works with communities through Plant-Based RHNWorking as a Food for Life instructions with the Physicians Committee for Responsible MedicineDebunking common health and nutrition misinformation as a holistic nutritionistTips on sticking with a whole foods plant-based diet for the long-termHow the pandemic has impacted Emma’s community outreach workSocials:Plant-Based RHNFacebookInstagramTwitterThis Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.