34 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

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.

    Episode 34: Drs. Shireen & Zahra Kassam with Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions!

    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 UK
    Plant Based Health Online
    Plant-Based Canada
    BOOKS:
    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 University
    Dr Shireen Kassam:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Twitter 
    Dr. Zahra Kassam:
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    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.

    • 49 min
    Episode 33: Using Technology for Plant-Based Practice with Dr. Laura Chiavaroli

    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 Resources
    Portfolio Diet Infographic
    Canadian Cardiovascular Society
    Research Trial Registration Site (ClinicalTrials.gov)
    Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis & Clinical Trials Unit
    Portfolio Dietary Pattern & Cardiovascular Health
    DASH Dietary Pattern & Cardiometabolic Health
    Dietary Patterns & Cardiometabolic Health in Diabetes
    Forward Food
    University of Guelph, Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate
    Plant-Based Canada’s Socials
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Website  
    This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD

    Thank you for tuning in! 

    • 44 min
    Episode 32: How Diet Impacts Our Mental Health with Dr. Ian Gillespie

    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 Psychiatry
    How he incorporates Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-based eating into his practice
    What kind of evidence we have when it comes to dietary patterns and depression
    How certain foods can impact mood
    The six pillars of lifestyle medicine
    Food insecurity and other socio-economic obstacles to eating better

    Studies/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 comment

    This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich

    • 38 min
    Episode 31: Benefits of Plant-Based Diets in Athletic Performance with Dr. Jules Cormier

    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 protein
    Socials/Links:

    Website 
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Studies/Articles:

    THE PROTEIN PANIC
    PROTEIN- THE BASICS
    WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?
    ARE PLANT-BASED MEATS HEALTHIER THAN REAL MEAT?
    PERFORMANCE ENHANCING FOODS
    FOODS THAT ACCELERATE RECOVERY
    BUILDING MUSCLE


    This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich

    • 56 min
    Episode 30: Dr. Marianne Trevorrow on Supporting Women's Health on a Plant-Based Diet

    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:

    Website
    CANDJ
    Instagram
    Twitter 
    Studies/Articles:

    Eat Lancet Report

    Seventh Day Adventist Health Study

    Harvard Fertility Study

    The Crossroads of the Planetary Health Paradigm: An Indigenous Perspective


    This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.

    • 56 min
    Episode 29: Meet Dr. Plant-Based!

    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 Zones
    Ten Years of Life: A Matter of Choice? 
    Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2
    Vegetarian, vegan diets and multiple health outcomes: A systematic review with meta-analysis of observational studies
    Vegetarian diets, circulating miRNA expression and health span in subjects living in the Blue Zone
    Determinants of All-Cause Mortality and Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease (2009 to 2013) in Older Adults: The Ikaria Study of the Blue Zones
    Muzammil Ahmad’s Socials:
    IG handle: @dr.plantbased
    TikTok: @muzammil_med
    Website: www.drplantbased.ca 
    Plant-Based Canada’s Socials:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Website  
    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. 

    • 55 min

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Inspiring, with lots of helpful information

Guests interviewed on this podcast have switched to plant-based eating and describe the impressive benefits they’ve experienced. But no one seems to want to push their views on others, and they work with many clients who don’t follow a completely plant-based diet. The friendly, effective host and the solid information shared by guests make this podcast worth following.

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