Global Diet and Lifestyles

This week we brought on Deepa Deshmukh to talk about her experience as a plant-based nutritionist. Deepa has a unique background that includes training in food science and nutrition. She is one of only a handful of dietitians nationwide, who are Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES) and holds a certificate in Adult Weight Management.

Why You Want to Trim the Fat This Holiday Season

Giving thanks in November is an American tradition that dates back to 1621 when, as the story goes, a harvest feast was shared between the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people, the native people of North America, who were here in America long before any Europeans arrived.

Over the next 300 plus years, while there were many giving thanks declarations by Congress and presidents, it wasn’t until 1942 that President Theodore D. Roosevelt issued a formal proclamation designating the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

As the country became more urban and family members began to live farther apart, Thanksgiving became a time to gather together and feast. In modern times, Thanksgiving Day observations include football games and stuffing ourselves with the traditional fare of turkey, butter-infused stuffing and mashed potatoes, cheesy macaroni and pie, pie, pie!

AMA Resolution 203

This past weekend I had the pleasure to support American Medical Association resolution 203 to remove the requirement for a child to have a physician‘s note to receive a non-dairy milk alternative in school and to reword the Dietary Guidelines for Americans stating that meat and dairy are “options“ but not necessary or required while supporting whole plant foods as sources of protein, calcium and iron. As a plant based cardiologist I find this absolutely crucial.

I stood along side Dr. Neal Barnard of PCRM, Dr. Kim Williams, Dr. Michael Klaper, and Dr. Terry Mason among others as I represented Chicagoland’s Plant Based Nutrition Movement.

The AMA Board approved the resolution paving the way to a stronger recommendation towards a plant based diet.

At the meeting, so many physicians approached the microphone to speak in support of the resolution that the chairman had to cut off “pro” statements and asked for “con” statements…no significant “con” arguments were presented. GO PLANTS!