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Conversations to guide you through three key pillars of health - movement, wholefood nutrition and environmental wellness. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics, combining evidence-based practices, their personal knowledge and experiences, and informative and inspirational stories from show guests. Connect with The Lentil Intervention community on Facebook and Instagram, and find more details including resources and opportunities to take action at www.thelentilintervention.org

The Lentil Intervention Podcast Ben and Emma

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Conversations to guide you through three key pillars of health - movement, wholefood nutrition and environmental wellness. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics, combining evidence-based practices, their personal knowledge and experiences, and informative and inspirational stories from show guests. Connect with The Lentil Intervention community on Facebook and Instagram, and find more details including resources and opportunities to take action at www.thelentilintervention.org

    Fuchsia Goldsmith - Feed Nutrition

    Fuchsia Goldsmith - Feed Nutrition

    In this episode, we talk about all things kidney health with Fuchsia Goldsmith, a dietitian based in Auckland. Fuchsia is the founder of Feed Nutrition and serves as Doctors For Nutrition’s lead dietitian for New Zealand’s North Island.

    Also working as a renal dietitian, Fuchsia is an expert on diet and kidney health. Kidney disease is a leading cause of premature death in developed countries and an estimated 1 in 10 Australian and New Zealand adults have biomedical signs of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), so this is an important episode for everyone!

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Fuchsia’s upbringing and motivations for adopting a plant-based diet
    • Her research in the growing area of epigenetics - and the marketing hype vs real-world application in this space currently
    • The services offered through Feed Nutrition
    • Contributing factors to CKD and importance of prevention and proper monitoring
    • Key nutrition tips for kidney health, including the vital difference between plant and animal proteins
    • The changing advice regarding potassium and phosphate for those with established CKD (it’s good news for plant-eaters!)
    • Acute kidney injuries and endurance sports
    • Fuchsia’s involvement in the upcoming public lecture series with Evidence Based Eating
    • Fuchsia's Pomegranate Summer Salad recipe submission to the Doctors for Nutrition Recipe Collection.

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    • 34 min
    Dr Martyn Williamson - Lifestrong Health

    Dr Martyn Williamson - Lifestrong Health

    Dr Martyn Williamson is a General Practitioner from Alexandra in Central Otago, achieving the honour of New Zealand’s Plant-Based Practitioner of the Year in 2019. In addition to his GP work, Martyn is a senior lecturer in the department of general practice and rural health at the University of Otago, is co-founder of Lifestrong Health with his wife Liz, and is a committee member of Evidence Based Eating NZ.

    After discovering the countless benefits of lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition, Martyn changed his approach to practice, integrating these strategies into his work, helping countless people lead healthier, happier lives by preventing, treating and reversing lifestyle-related conditions.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Martyn’s frustration with the limitations of standard medicine and his journey to embracing lifestyle medicine and wholefood plant-based nutrition
    • The important difference between simply managing disease symptoms and actually treating the root cause of disease through lifestyle changes
    • Understanding motivations for change and various intervention strategies for adopting a whole food plant-based diet – the benefits and potential pitfalls of the different approaches
    • Coaching young cyclists and ensuring they’re eating sufficiently; and dispelling the need for additional protein
    • The proven benefits of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)
    • Upcoming CHIP programmes in the Central Otago area
    • Future plans for Martyn and Liz in their business Lifestrong Health
    • The opportunity to join Martyn and Liz on a health retreat at Aro Hā just outside of Queenstown

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Lentil Express - Earth Day, Listener Q&A and Event Updates

    The Lentil Express - Earth Day, Listener Q&A and Event Updates

    In this express episode, Ben and Emma celebrate Earth Day and share some exciting news about joining the 50by40 network.

    We dive into some listener questions — Emma discusses tips and tricks for enhancing iron and zinc absorption on a plant-based diet and if oxalates are an issue; Ben delves into some strategies for overcoming shin splints.

    We discuss some upcoming events of interest by our friends at Doctors For Nutrition and Evidence Based Eating NZ, and given we recorded on Earth day, we unpack an important climate study released earlier this year titled ‘Greater Committed Warming after accounting for the pattern effect’.

    Ben finishes off with a fitting excerpt from ‘The New Climate War’, the latest book by American climatologist and geophysicist Michael E Mann.

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    • 22 min
    Dr Rebecca van Amber, Fashion and Textiles

    Dr Rebecca van Amber, Fashion and Textiles

    Dr Rebecca Van Amber is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne and an expert in clothing and textile science. Rebecca is passionate about textile and apparel sustainability, research and development and was the winner of the 2017 H&M Foundation's Global Change Award's innovation challenge.

    Typically, when people think about the industry and environmental impact, the fashion and textile industries aren’t top of mind. However, the ecological footprint of these industries is quite significant. Each year the average Australian buys 27kg and discards 23kg of textiles, with much of this ending up in landfill. 50-60% of clothing fibres worldwide are now petroleum-based, so production methods and product lifecycles are also important considerations. Dr Van Amber takes us behind the curtain as we discuss fashion and sustainability.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Rebecca’s background, interest in fashion and textiles and path to research
    • The surprising link between clothing and plastic in our oceans
    • Strategies to reduce microfibre shedding from clothing
    • The need for responsible product stewardship from industry
    • The pros and cons of various clothing fibres - have we been bamboozled by the magic of marketing?
    • The steps towards sustainability within the fashion industry
    • Rebecca’s involvement in an award-winning circular denim project
    • How to make the best sustainable fashion choices
    • Micro- and nano-sized plastics in teabags
    • And much more!

    We hope you enjoy this important conversation and would love to hear your feedback! Be sure to tag @TheLentilIntervention and help us reach more people by liking, reviewing, subscribing and sharing this episode with your friends and family.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Professor Corey Bradshaw, Global Ecology

    Professor Corey Bradshaw, Global Ecology

    Professor Corey Bradshaw is the Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology at Flinders University, where he leads the Global Ecology Laboratory and heads the Flinders Modelling Node of the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.

    Corey was lead author of a recent perspective article titled ‘Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future’. This paper discusses the major environmental issues that have regrettably received little attention but require urgent action. Anyone with a passing interest in the environment knows things aren’t great, but just how bad are they really? Professor Bradshaw is not here to appease the masses with a watered-down message, but rather gives us a well-needed reality check and urges us not to look away from the mess we have created. An overview of this research was published in The Conversation.

    We are living on borrowed time by taking more from the planet than it can take. Scientists are no longer talking about avoiding environmental problems, but rather how to best deal with them. Irrespective of what we do now, the future is going to be ghastly – but just how ghastly depends on the path we take moving forward.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • How Corey’s childhood shaped his relationship with the environment and inspired his journey to academia
    • The subject matter of Corey’s previous books Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie and The Effective Scientist
    • The silos in academia, lack of connectivity and why this model won’t deliver adequate solutions for the wicked problems we face
    • The catastrophic loss of biodiversity and the detrimental impact this is having on ecosystem resilience
    • How humanity is driving the sixth mass extinction
    • Why the rise of the right-wing populist movement, the weaponisation of environmentalism and ongoing political donations have led to political impotence on climate change
    • The ignorance of wanting unlimited economic growth in a finite world
    • The potential solutions we can all consider, individually and collectively
    • Corey’s must-subscribe blog Conservation Bytes
    • And a WHOLE lot more - there’s a lot of knowledge dropped in this one folks!

    We hope you enjoy this important conversation and would love to hear your feedback! Be sure to tag @TheLentilIntervention and help us reach more people by liking, reviewing, subscribing and sharing this episode with your friends and family.

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    • 46 min
    Professor Alan Brent, Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems

    Professor Alan Brent, Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems

    Professor Alan Brent is Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington. Alan also holds the position of Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University and is an executive committee member for The Sustainability Society, NZ.

    His research interests encompass engineering management and sustainable systems, and as an expert in systems thinking, Alan brings a wealth of knowledge to this conversation as we discuss the various pros and cons of the current renewable energy options.

    As always, things are not quite as straight forward as they first appear - renewable energies aren’t always sustainable options. So, should we all be putting solar panels on our roofs and buying Teslas? Take a listen to find out! We hope this episode helps our listeners become more critical, mindful consumers.

    In this episode we discuss:
    • Alan’s background and journey from engineering to sustainable energy systems
    • Renewable energy – what it means, what role it currently plays and where we are headed
    • The importance of systems thinking approach
    • Alternative energy options and the potential benefits and pitfalls of each
    • Storage issues of sustainable energy systems
    • Electric vehicles vs conventional vehicles vs hybrids – what’s the better choice? 
    • Renewable energies vs habit change
    • Solutions into the future

    We hope you enjoy this important conversation and would love to hear your feedback! Be sure to tag @TheLentilIntervention and help us reach more people by liking, reviewing, subscribing and sharing this episode with your friends and family.

    Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.

    • 1 hr 17 min

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Amazing content!!

A must listen for anyone that cares about the planet and their own personal well-being!

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