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Embracing a Sustainable Lifestyle Philosophy That Transcends Diet

By June 29, 2014January 18th, 20244 Comments

Today we’re back with some heavy nutrition talk!

There is so much confusion out there about diet, food & optimal health. It’s enough to make even the most discerning, conscientious consumer’s head split wide open in frustration. Exasperated, we end up simply paralyzed — continuing to perpetuate unhealthy eating habits that enslave us to an inevitable future of disease, obesity and dependence upon the pharmaceutical industry.

My humble opinion? Last week’s Time Magazine cover story on the comeback of butter doesn’t exactly help matters. Seriously?

To help set matters to rights and slice through the wide swath of confusion, obfuscation and downright misinformation, I am pleased to host the lovely and sagacious Sharon Palmer RD. For the uninitiated, “RD” stands for Registered Dietitian. But a more apropos professional acronym just might be “PPRD” – for PlantPowered Registered Dietitian.

Sharon is the editor of the award-winning health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and a nationally recognized nutrition expert who has personally impacted thousands of people’s lives through her writing and clinical work. She is the author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan For Achieving Optimal Health, Starting Today*  and her new book Plant-Powered For Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes*  comes out on July 8 (available now for pre-order). These are books that empower everyone — whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous — to put that Plantpower manifesto into practice by adopting a largely or entirely whole-foods, plant-based diet and thereby reaping such benefits as weight loss, optimal health, and longer life.

Indeed, the Plantpower / Plant-Power meme isn’t just alive and well, it’s picking up steam.

What’s great about Sharon is her easy-to-grasp, personal approach to food and diet, an approach that marshals the most up-to-date findings in nutrition to explain both why you should eat more plant-based fare and exactly how to do so.

But more interesting that that (to me at least) is our dialog about transcending diet altogether. The idea that true wellness stems from adopting a more long-term, sustainable, holistic mind-body-spirit lifestyle approach to not only what you put in your mouth, but how you spend your time and actually live on a day-to-day basis.

This is the approach that changed my life. The approach I do my best to embody daily. And the approach I continue to rely and fall back upon to keep my life balanced and in check (with varying degrees of success I might add). So it was great to hear Sharon echo this perspective.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.  If you do, tell a friend!

Peace + Plants,



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  • Jordan Gumm says:

    I wish Sharon would have addressed the distinction between fermented and non-fermented soy and tofu. Yes, cultures have been eating soy and tofu for thousands of years, but isn’t the industrialized version of these products a bastardized (for lack of a better term) dead form of what traditionally has been eaten? From my understanding eastern cultures have eaten mostly fermented forms of these foods (natto, tempe, miso, soy sauce, mirin, etc.). Fermentation introduces probiotics and live enzymes along with increasing the amount and solubility of vitamins and minerals. This is something we’ve known at least since 1980 .

  • Will Kriski says:

    I enjoyed this, learned a few things about soy.

  • Monique says:

    Great chat, but I too am skeptical about the intentions of the ACS. Have a look at’s latest video on how the ACS fudges survival data.

  • Bri Tri says:

    I would like to know that as well. I wish Sharon or Rich would provide some more info here.

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