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Upcoming talks and events; Harvest of Hope, Lifestyle Medicine, and Santa Cruz Vegfest

Hi blog readers! A quick note before we get to the event details.

Most of you probably know that in April I was hit by a car making an illegal left turn and suffered serious injures including 11 broken ribs, a broken-in-two-places clavicle that required surgery and two plates, 3 broken vertebrae, and a broken shoulder (which I’m still dealing with as it is the slowest to heal). You can read the details and updates on this series of instagram posts: one, two, three, four. I didn’t do a gofundme or similar, but if you are interested in helping out please get in touch and I can point you to some links.

 

Fall 2018

15 Sept 2018 | Modesto CA | Cancer Prevention talk

I’m working with the Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center on an event that brings together clinicians, farmers, and community members. I’m giving the headlining presentation on plant-based nutrition and cancer prevention. There are workshops and a full meal is included. Have any friends or family members who want to know more about the connection between diet and disease? This would be perfect for them. More info and registration here.

 

15 October 2018 | Rochester NY | Sports Nutrition

I’m honored to give a talk on sports nutrition as part of the Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series at the Rochester Academy of Medicine. In or near Rochester? I’d love if you could make this. Sign up here.

 

Spring 2019

06 April 2019 | Santa Cruz CA | Fueling Physical Activity

First ever Santa Cruz Vegfest! This is going to be super fun. Reed Mangels, PhD, RD is helping to put this on so you know it’s going to be good. Mark your calendars and I’ll see you there. Maybe we can do a group mountain bike ride that weekend?

 

18-20 May 2019 | Raleigh NC | Time for Public Health Nutrition to Shine

The 6th annual Plant-based Prevention Of Disease national conference returns to Raleigh and it’s going to be the best conference yet! As you probably know I’m a board member and put a lot of work into making this conference evidence-based and affordable. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event. If you haven’t been, join us in 2019! There’s walkable campus housing so no need for a rental car. We save you money every step of the way! I’m giving the opening address on why, now more than ever, we need to focus on plant foods in healthcare.

Are you part of an organization that puts on events or needs speakers? Let them know I’m available. That’s the most common way I get invited, so please don’t underestimate the power of your suggestion.

Since I post here infrequently, these are the best ways to stay in touch: newsletter | twitter | instagram

 

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Spring 2018 speaking events

Where have I been? Most of my energy these days goes to Nutrinic and some writing for publications, including Today’s Dietitian. Did you see my article on counseling vegan clients?

Also, I recently spoke at the excellent International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (here’s a nice summary, I’m quoted) at  Loma Linda University, my 4th time attending. When an event is only every 5 years that makes you feel old! I was invited to speak for the first time, which was an incredible honor. It also reminded me to share my upcoming talks.

Most of these are part of larger events therefore have a cost associated (sorry!). If you can’t make any, please pass them on to potentially interested parties. The power of sharing events with your friends and colleagues cannot be understated. Nor can my appreciation for helping out.

 

14 April | Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents, One Size Does Not Fit All: Promoting Diverse Perspectives in Dietetics. I’ll be presenting, “The Case for Plant-Based.” The sports talk before me focuses on protein, presumably animal protein, so I’m guessing this might be a bit of a debate? I’m looking forward to it! It’s at Children’s Hospital on Sunset Blvd, meaning I can walk there from my apartment, which is the best.

26 April | Rochester, NY

I’m honored to give a talk on sports nutrition as part of the Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series at the Rochester Academy of Medicine. In or near Rochester? I’d love if you could make this. More information and registration here.

27 April | Syracuse, NY

Not sure what exactly this will entail, beyond a sports nutrition talk, but I’m teaming up with Joel from Strong Hearts Cafe, the force behind the Strong Hearts Vegan Power running team. Mid-90’s bands from Syracuse were a huge influence on my adoption of veganism, and I haven’t been back in two decades, so I’m really looking forward to this. Most likely free or very low-cost.

07 May | Tarzana, CA  (this is postponed, stay tuned for the new day and time)

My friend and colleague Dr. Health Shenkman opened her own practice and is putting on Heart U – Classes to Empower YOU for Optimal Cardiac Wellness.  You may remember Heather from our Strong Hearts episode.  I’m speaking on how to overcome the barriers you may face when switching to a plant-based diet. Each session is $30, or all 8 for $150. Space is extremely limited, so if this interests you please sign up soon. Also check out her new book.

19-21 May | Raleigh, NC

The 5th annual Plant-based Prevention Of Disease national conference returns to Raleigh and it’s going to be the best conference yet. As you probably know I’m a board member and put a lot of work into making this conference evidence-based and affordable. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event. If you haven’t been, join us this year! There’s even walkable campus housing so no need for a rental car. We save you money every step of the way! I’m giving the opening address on why, now more than ever, we need to focus on plant foods in healthcare.

15 Sept | Modesto, CA

This isn’t finalized yet, but if you are an early planner, I’m working with the Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center to give the main presentation at this year’s Harvest of Hope. I’ll be tying in local farming with nutrition and the benefits of eating plant foods, and without powerpoint! This will put my story telling to the test, which is an exciting challenge. At least I have time to prepare. Will share details when I have them.

Are you part of an organization that puts on events or needs speakers? Let them know I’m available. That’s the most common way I get invited, so please don’t underestimate the power of your suggestion.

Since I post here so infrequently, these are the best ways to stay in touch: newsletter | twitter | instagram.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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The Lifestyle Intervention Program to Prevent Diabetes is finally here!

It has been a busy year! For long-time readers of my site, that would normally mean races and travel and adventures. Well, the adventure this year has been a new one: the building of Nutrinic. In my last post, I announced the establishment of our nutrition clinic in Pasadena. But the goal here has always been the creation of a nutrition program for disease prevention. And we finally have it! It’s called the Lifestyle Intervention Program to Prevent Diabetes, or LIPPD for short (my fellow nutrition nerds will appreciate the acronym).

 

 

 

It’s a 6-week program that guides people through the science of nutrition, the ins-and-outs of shopping and preparing food, and successful strategies for long-term change. So often I see people ask about making diet changes and are told to either 1) read a book 2) attend an expensive retreat or training. Our goal with LIPPD is to have an accessible, simple program addressing every challenge in dietary behavior change. In many ways it’s everything I have learned in my 15 years in the field of nutrition condensed into 6 weeks. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done and I implore you to check it out in detail on the website!

 

 

While we focuse on type 2 diabetes prevention and are working primarily with pre-diabetics (an incredible 1 in 3 US adults have pre-diabetes), I believe the program is useful for everyone who wants to learn about nutrition, the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases, or simply how to make the changes they’ve always wanted to make! If you know me, or have heard me speak in-person or on podcasts, I’m all about simplicity. And this shows, I think, in this program through our video lessons, handouts, recipes, and structure. Plus it’s available world-wide as it’s fully online and tele-health compatible.

 

 

Since it’s new, we have it for an incredibly low price right now, so please do check it out and share it with anyone you think would be interested or who could benefit from such a program!  All the info is at nutrinic.com.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more regular updates with the new site.

 

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Do some vegans exaggerate health claims?

A few months back the wonderful and prolific Bite Size Vegan invited me to be a guest on her YouTube channel to talk about my work and my diet as an ultra-athlete. We discussed exaggerated health claims in the second video and the reaction from her audience was so strong and negative that she invited me back to clarify my points.

My argument was, and still is, that there are many paths to good health- strict veganism is not the only one. There are many factors in determining health and multiple ways to measure it. While there is plenty of evidence that eating mostly plant food is beneficial, that is not the same as veganism.

I’ll let you decide if the point is made or not. The first video is more about me and then the second and third get juicy. Some colorful comments, as well, if you decide to click through to YouTube- including one where I’m told that I’m not a real vegan. 🙂

Let me know what you think and if there are better ways to make these points. Thanks for watching!

 

 

 

 

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Portland and Scotland Vegfests Coming Up!

I have a very exciting couple of weeks with talks at the Portland Vegfest this Fri, Sat and Sun (yes, 3 talks!) and then I travel across the pond to visit Glasgow and the Scotland Vegfest. I’ll be speaking there Sat and Sun, December 5th and 6th.

Any recommendations in either of those cities? Do you plan on going? Be sure to say hi!

While I’m traveling be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates and more.

 

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Boston Sports Nutrition talk Thursday night before Cape Cod Ragnar Relay

This Thursday I return to the difficult-to-spell state of Massachusetts to give a talk on vegan sports nutrition in Boston. It’s in collaboration with the Boston Veg Society and the Strong Hearts Vegan Power running team before they take on the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay! There’s a $15 vegan buffet option at the host restaurant, Walnut Grille. Please RSVP here for the dinner. The talk is free! There will also be a Q&A panel with some of the runners on the team. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about vegan nutrition- especially for curious friends who want to know how to eat plant-based and stay active. Can you still get enough protein? You sure can! Come learn how.

Plant-based and Powerful: How Vegan Athletes are Defying Stereotypes

Thur May 7th
5-7 buffet ($15)
7-815 talk and Q&A (free)
Walnut Grille
1203 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02461

617-964-1029

Facebook event page

Then on Friday and Saturday I’ll be covering three Strong Hearts Vegan Power teams (36 vegan runners!) racing the 200-mile Cape Cod Ragnar Relay. I’ll be there as Strongest Hearts, where no doubt there will be lots of confusion about our similar names! Like we did with the Plantbuilt Team at the Naturally Fit Games, we’ll be documenting their experience in our video series. Follow our Twitter and Instagram for photos and updates through the weekend.

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