Vegan for Beginners
Alexis Brill, Thesimplevegan.com
Dr. Milton Mills, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Part 1: Evolution of our Food System: This will include an overview of how US culture has adopted unhealthy eating practices since fast food was born, and thus is resulting in extremely high rates of heart disease, cancer & other degenerative diseases.
Part 2: What Science Tells Us About Healthy Eating: How adopting a plant-based lifestyle helps to drastically reduce your risk of these diseases.
Part 3: Plant-Based Eating – How to make the transition to a plant-based diet. This will be focused on nutrient-dense foods including tempeh, tofu, legumes, greens, & whole grains – and how you don’t have to give up your favorite foods (such as pizza, etc) – just swap out the dairy for delicious cheese alternatives that are either soy-based, tapioca-based, or nut-based.
About the Presenters
Alexis Brill is an animal-rights activist, vegan, and health & wellness advocate. Her latest project is TheSimpleVegan.com, created to help offer resources & tips for people interested in veganism.
Dr. Milton Mills is the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Whether internist Dr. Mills is practicing at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia or at free clinics in Washington, D.C., his prescription for patients is likely to include some dietary advice: go vegetarian. “Medical research shows conclusively that a plant-based diet reduces chronic disease risk, so that’s something I absolutely encourage my patients to move toward,” says Dr. Mills, a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Mills doesn’t limit his message to his patients. He takes it to audiences around the country as well, speaking at hospitals, churches, and community centers.