October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, so our special guest is my friend and colleague Sharon Palmer RD! Sharon is the Plant-Powered Dietitian and on this episode she tackles meat alternatives, common myths and misconceptions, the What The Health documentary, and what research and science say about the plant-based diet. Tune in for this plant-powered bonanza!
Sharon has created an award-winning career based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a registered dietitian with a broad foundation in health care, she channeled her passion into journalism over the past 15 years, covering a variety of topics, such as health, wellness, nutrition, and cooking. Sharon is also an accomplished writer on food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, humane animal practices, and food security. In particular, Sharon has expertise in plant-based nutrition.
Sharon shines in culinary arts, focusing on globally inspired recipes featuring whole plant foods. She enjoys hosting culinary demonstrations and farm-to-table cooking classes. In addition, Sharon regularly appears in the media as a nutrition expert, and presents on food and nutrition at national venues, including California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, and Supermarket Symposium. She also serves as a nutrition advisor to Oldways Vegetarian Network and is a judge for the prestigious James Beard Journalism Awards and Books for a Better Life Awards. She was the proud recipient of the Loma Linda University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013. Currently, Sharon is studying for her Master Degree in Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College in Vermont.
Living in the chaparral hills overlooking Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, Sharon enjoys tending to her own organic garden, visiting the local farmers market every week, and cooking for friends and family.
To learn more about Sharon, visit her website at sharonpalmer.com.
Be prepared to fall in love with plants and embrace a healthy, plant-based diet with this cookbook-slash-handbook that will lead you one step at a time toward your healthiest self. In Plant-Powered for Life, dietitian and food and nutrition writer Sharon Palmer shares 52 simple steps, supported by globally inspired recipes, that illuminate all the benefits of plant-powered eating.
Her aim is simple: to show that anyone—from meat-loving omnivores to junk- food vegans—can benefit by replacing processed and fatty foods with whole foods: the fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, and herbs that are proven to be the most beneficial for our health. Palmer urges readers to start by setting a personal goal for eating more plant-powered foods, and to take clear steps toward that goal every week. (Going all-out vegan is an option, but not required!)
The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health empowers everyone—whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous—to put that manifesto’s message into practice by adopting a largely or entirely whole-foods plant-based diet and thereby reaping such bene ts as weight loss, optimal health, and longer lives.
Registered Dietitian Sharon Palmer marshals the most up-to-date ndings in nutrition to explain both why you should eat more plant-based fare and exactly how to do so. Everyone from longtime vegans to committed omnivores will discover the bene ts of lling more of their plates with the most nutrient-rich whole plant foods.