A wide array of fantastic speakers presented at this year's Veg Fest last weekend! Thanks to the San Francisco Vegetarian Society for all the work necessary to host this event! While I couldn't hear all of them, below is a short recap of the talks I attended.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman spoke on the causes of the obesity epidemic and the weight loss that his patients and adoptees of the Eat to Live food plan have achieved. He had numerous unique insights that are especially helpful to people who have hit a weight loss plateau.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau explored communication techniques that help when introducing friends and families to healthier food choices. Her compassion and engaging style created a compelling presentation.
One of my all-time favorites is another giant in the field of lifestyle medicine, Dr. Michael Greger. Dr. Greger updated the nutritional data from last year's 5000 plus peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature. With an incredibly entertaining quiz show format, he made you laugh as you learned about the seriousness of our food foibles. The 2009-2010 data reinforced what we have learned over the last 30 years:
1. Supplements are hype and hope - none have been scientifically proven to extend life - while many have shown to be detrimental. The scientific data suggests we get our nutriments as Mother Nature packages them ... in whole foods.
2. Vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains are health protective.
3. Meat (including poultry and fish), dairy, and eggs (especially as produced in the toxic environment of factory farms) are harmful to health.
Dr. Gregor again stressed that vegans and vegetarians need to take adequate B12 - (100 mcg per day, 500 mcg three times a week, or 2000 mcg once a week as a sublingual tablet).
Any opportunity that you might have to hear any of these wonderful presenters is well worth it. To have them all available for $7 at the same venue was incredible.