The recent report from the EAT Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems makes an excellent case for substantial dietary shifts needed to support both human and environmental health. According to the recommendations, “consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and…foods such as red meat and sugar will
need to be reduced by 50%.” Integrative practitioners are in an ideal position to help patients make diet and lifestyle changes that could greatly benefit planetary health. The key is HOW. While education is essential, it is the practical and personalized implementation of these critical shifts that is the secret sauce to enabling sustainable and meaningful change. This presentation, led by Integrative and Functional Registered Dietitian, Mary Purdy, who has worked with 1000’s of patients and given 100+ workshops, will not only present compelling research behind the necessity for a more plant based diet, but also provide flexible ways that patients can easily begin to put healthier strategies into play without needing to be all or nothing. With a focus on whole foods, she will provide realistic and creative ideas for alternatives to animal protein and sugary foods aimed at meeting a variety of dietary preferences. She will also highlight behavioral change counseling techniques to improve a patient’s motivation to change.
- Participants will be able to describe the positive impact of consuming more plant based foods on planetary health.
- Participants will be able to discuss easy and palatable ideas for how to incorporate healthy and mostly plant based foods into a patient’s diet.
- Participants will be able to strategize with and counsel patients on how to make realistic behavior changes to improve human and environmental health.