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Conversations to guide you through the two most pressing issues of our time - the climate and health crises. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics regarding personal and planetary health; including the environment, conservation and lifestyle medicine topics such as nutrition and physical activity. Find more details at www.thelentilintervention.org

The Lentil Intervention Podcast Ben and Emma

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Conversations to guide you through the two most pressing issues of our time - the climate and health crises. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics regarding personal and planetary health; including the environment, conservation and lifestyle medicine topics such as nutrition and physical activity. Find more details at www.thelentilintervention.org

    Josh Uluilakeba - Maoli Chef

    Josh Uluilakeba - Maoli Chef

    In this episode, we’re chopping it up with the inspiring Josh Uluilakeba, AKA the Maoli Chef. Josh is a plant-based chef and entrepreneur, who’s on a mission to bring more plant-based cuisine to Fiji! Like many other Pacific Islands, Fiji has undergone economic and nutrition changes that have contributed to a dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases over the last few decades. In fact, over the last 30 years, the prevalence of these health conditions has risen faster in the Pacific region compared to the rest of the world.

    And this is where Josh comes in! Raised in a plant-based family and having successfully overcome a chronic health issue of his own, Josh now keeps incredibly busy educating his fellow Fijians about plant-based cooking via his social media platforms and supplying vegan products locally. Josh’s goal is to inspire fellow Islanders to embrace healthy, plant-based lifestyles, one meatless dish at a time. And with his infectious positivity and zest, it’s a goal we’re pretty sure he’ll be ticking off his checklist in no time.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Josh’s background, being raised in a plant-based family
    • Dietary ‘rebellion’ during his teen years and consequent health problems
    • Josh’s family pioneering the plant-based movement in Suva, opening one of the first vegan cafes
    • Fiji’s Covid lockdown and the impact on local food supply
    • The inspiration behind Maoli chef and Josh’s typical workday in ‘the lab’
    • The move away from traditional dietary patterns and coinciding sharp rise in non-communicable diseases in Fiji
    • Josh’s advocacy of healthy plant-based cuisine in Fiji
    • Josh’s tips for making his tofu taste good! (Maoli Chef tofu is now stocked at Kundan Singh Supermarket for anyone who is local!)
    • Plans for the future

    Josh has also very kindly agreed to contribute one of his delicious traditional Fijian recipes to our Plan(e)t Cuisine campaign. Be sure to check it out on our website!

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    • 41 min
    Chris Darwin - Behavioural Change And The Darwin Challenge

    Chris Darwin - Behavioural Change And The Darwin Challenge

    Chris Darwin’s mission is a life of love – and what a life he’s led so far! With a background in advertising and a career as a mountain guide, Chris is what you would call a certified adrenaline junkie, having been involved in two world-first expeditions: The world’s highest dinner party on Peru’s highest peak and the first round-Britain windsurfing expedition.

    Chris is also an enthusiastic nature conservationist, with the audacious goal of preventing the global mass extinction of species.  Chris is working towards this goal in a number of ways. Firstly, he acts as an Ambassador for Bush Heritage Australia, has raised millions for charities, and was instrumental in establishing the Charles Darwin Reserve in Western Australia.

    More recently he became a founder and CEO of The Darwin Challenge charity and its associated (award-winning) app. Oh, and did we mention he’s Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson?! Talk about honouring a family legacy…

    In this episode we discuss:
     • Chris’s adventurous background and work in advertising
    • The importance of working out your purpose and emotional resilience
    • Chris’s path to conservation
    • Keys to sustainable behaviour change
    • The Darwin Challenge App, for making meat reduction easy
    • The multiple benefits of plant-based eating for people and planet
    • Consumer motivation for choosing meat vs plant-based foods
    • Chris’s passion for conservation and work with Bush Heritage Australia
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Summer Wright - Food Sovereignty and Tikanga Māori

    Summer Wright - Food Sovereignty and Tikanga Māori

    Summer Wright (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pākehā) is a dietitian, Co-Convenor of OraTaiao, and current PhD candidate at Massey University. Passionate about food sovereignty and social justice issues, Summer’s PhD will investigate the social and economic opportunities for Māori businesses in plant-based foods, under the umbrella of the Future Foods Catalyst Programme.

    Her research will also assess overseas demand for these products and generate insights for alternative land-use decisions for Māori businesses and landowners. Summer’s research will help carve a path forward, moving us towards a brighter future – one where food systems aren’t so exploitative of people, planet or animals!

    In this conversation we discuss:
    • Summer’s background and interest in nutrition
    • Motivation behind Summer’s PhD thesis; ‘Unique Value Proposition of Māori Plant-based Foods’
    • How Summer’s research aligns with Tikanga Māori
    • Land as vital to Māori prosperity and history of land alienating policies
    • Key concerns regarding consumer choice of plant-based proteins
    • The need to better integrate education around sustainable food systems into the nutrition and dietetic curriculum
    • The disconnect between food system intensification and impact on planetary health
    • Opportunities for plant-based foods to foster social and environmental justice
    • Summer’s role as co-convenor of Ora Taiao; NZ Climate and Health Council
    • Summer’s hope for the future

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    • 42 min
    Dr Peter Johnston - What Is The Perfect Human Food

    Dr Peter Johnston - What Is The Perfect Human Food

    Dr Peter Johnston is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, lifestyle medicine practitioner and wellness coach with a PhD in Human Genetics. Peter is also a fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine acting as a facilitator with Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine and running his private practice; Perfect Human Food.

    We chat with Peter about the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet and the common learning curves experienced as people transition. Peter brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation and rounds out our chat with a sombre look at the ecological impacts of our current food system and what needs to change to secure a prosperous future for people and the planet.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Peter’s background working in shearing gangs and venturing into slaughterhouses
    • Peter’s previous research, his ‘obsession’ with not aging and his motivation for transitioning to a plant-based diet
    • The changes in plant-based offerings in supermarkets and cafes in the last 30 years and what that has meant for health outcomes
    • Processed foods, cravings, and weight management
    • Salt, sugar and fat and their role in our diets
    • The importance of cooking skills and learning to enjoy foods as grown
    • Peter’s private practice work and his facilitator role with Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine
    • Peter’s involvement in educating the next generation of health professionals about the benefits of plant-based nutrition
    • The current food system’s immense impact on the planet and risk to long-term food security

    Please note: In our conversation we mentioned the Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine upcoming July immersion, however, due to a change in scheduling the next available immersion runs 4th-11th September.

    To view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Professor Diana Sarfati - Understanding Cancer And Its Challenges

    Professor Diana Sarfati - Understanding Cancer And Its Challenges

    Professor Diana Sarfati (MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM) is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher. Serving as Tumuaki, Chief Executive and National Director of Cancer Control New Zealand, Diana discusses the goals of the Cancer Control Agency and their aims to both assist and challenge the cancer care sector to achieve fewer cancers, better survival and equity for all.

    Professor Sarfati brings her wealth of knowledge to the conversation and provides us with an understanding of cancer and its many challenges, including an important discussion around the unequal burden of disease within our society.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Diana’s background in medicine and her passion for public health
    • Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency
    • An overview of cancer statistics in Aotearoa and elsewhere
    • Heath disparities between population groups
    • Key drivers of health inequality
    • Cancer prevention and modifiable risk factors
    • The importance of both individual and systemic changes for cancer prevention, treatment and management
    • What we can all do to reduce cancer risk for ourselves and our loved ones

    To view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.

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    • 51 min
    Dr Jack Santa Barbara - Ecological Cost of Renewable Energy

    Dr Jack Santa Barbara - Ecological Cost of Renewable Energy

    Jack Santa Barbara, PhD is a retired CEO, academic, philanthropist, author, and environmental and peace activist. Jack has long been writing and educating on environmental and energy issues and the consequent impacts on people and the planet.

    Here Jack discusses the current predicament we find ourselves in regarding energy use and our limits to growth. We have within reach an opportunity to carve a new and better path forward and Jack argues that for our future to be truly sustainable our thinking needs to be bigger and bolder…but that our economy should not be. To seriously engage with the overshoot issue, we need to think differently.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Jack’s background - from conflict resolution to business to ecological economics
    • Reconceptualising economics to acknowledge biophysical limits to growth
    • The role of fossil fuels in the development of our civilisations and economies
    • The importance of understanding net energy and the changing net energy return of our current energy sources
    • Our carbon ‘tunnel vision’ with a tendency to overlook other aspects of living sustainably within planetary boundaries
    • The pros and cons of current renewable energy options
    • The framing of needs vs wants in a lower energy future
    • Individual and community actions to accelerate change

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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