THE LENTIL INTERVENTION PODCAST.
Connecting various communities by common interests.
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.
Emma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition. Based in Boonah, south-east Queensland, Australia where she runs her private practice, she also serves as a member of the Doctors For Nutrition advisory council, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and is a 200-hour qualified yoga teacher.
Ben is a Triathlon New Zealand level 3 accredited and XTERRA certified coach, with a Vegan Nutritionist and Sports Nutrition Business Diploma. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand and has over 25 years of competitive triathlon, trail running and multisport experience.
Introducing our brand new podcast! Firstly, we give a quick introduction to ourselves and the story behind The Lentil Intervention. We then switch focus to discuss simple lifestyle strategies you can implement to keep yourself healthy and positive in these uncertain times. This episode is devoted to discussing easy actions to help optimise sleep, nutrition, movement, stress management, and keeping that human connection when it's necessary to stay physically apart.
(Part 1 of 2) Introducing the phenomenal Dr Luke Wilson. Luke is a GP based in Wellington, NZ and co-author of The Broad Study. In this episode we discuss Luke’s journey to a whole food plant-based diet, delve into the details of The Broad Study and why it was such a success and discuss Luke’s involvement with the health promotion charity Doctors For Nutrition. A pioneer of lifestyle medicine within Australasia, Luke has devoted his life to genuinely improving health outcomes and delivering transformational care. We are sure you will find value in this conversation. Connect with Luke through his website.
(Part 2 of 2) Picking up where we left off on the conversation about added salt and sugar, and calorie-dense foods. We discuss Dr Luke Wilson’s journey to a whole food plant-based diet, delve into the details of The Broad Study and why it was such a success and discuss Luke’s involvement with the health promotion charity Doctors For Nutrition. A pioneer of lifestyle medicine within Australasia, Luke has devoted his life to genuinely improving health outcomes and delivering transformational care. Connect with Luke through his website.
In this episode, we share Shamiz Kachwalla’s extraordinary recovery story. In 2012 Shamiz was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis; he was told he would be on medication for life, and the likelihood of surgery was high. After adopting a plant-based diet, Shamiz was able to completely turn his health around and has been fit and healthy for the last seven years. Shamiz and his brother Shukul now help countless others regain their health through their business High Carb Health.
A plant-powered Anaesthetic Registrar based on the Gold Coast, Dr Andrew Little devotes the majority of his workday putting people to sleep for surgery but spends the rest of his time trying to awaken people to the benefits of a plant-based diet. We discuss Andrew’s transition to a plant-based diet and his athletic endeavours, the use of social media to promote sound nutrition and environmental science, his business BeHumane and the environmental and animal welfare ethos behind it, plus so much more. This conversation is jam-packed with important takeaways!
In this episode, we sit down with Dr Portia D’Anverrs, a brilliant plant-based Radiology Registrar. Portia is also a qualified fitness instructor and has previously competed in powerlifting, INBA bikini and sports modelling – so it’s safe to say that she walks her talk when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. We get to chat about Portia’s journey to medicine, the untapped potential of medical imaging as a tool for lifestyle intervention, the importance of exercise and fitness not just for physical health but mental health also, nutrition for athletes, and key tips for implementing a plant-based diet for those that are time-poor.
Brad Dalrymple joins us for a chat about the impact of diet on climate change, ocean acidification and deforestation, the importance of keeping our waterways clean, and his athletic endeavours. Brad is a principal environmental engineer at Ocean Protect and also co-hosts the brilliant Ocean Protect Podcast.
Brad also has quite the sporting resume, having won both the Australian National Sprint and Olympic Distance AG Championships, as well as completing the gruelling Ultraman Australia event twice, with a best of 4th place overall! Brad touches on a number of crucial issues in our discussion.
In episode 8 we chat with Grant Dixon, the filmmaker behind The Big Fat Lie. Grant was motivated to produce this award-winning documentary after suffering a heart attack at only 58 years of age. The documentary depicts his health recovery and his journey for answers as to why a whole food plant-based diet isn’t more widely promoted in the medical and nutrition fields. Grant is now driving change through Evidence Based Eating NZ, an advocacy group he established to promote the benefits of whole food plant-based nutrition.
Episode 9 and we chat with two incredible humans; Jasmijn de Boo and Professor Andrew Knight. Jasmijn is a professional animal advocate and educator, currently working as International Director at ProVeg International. Andrew is a professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics and founding director of the Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester. Together they co-authored The Green Protein Report: Meeting New Zealand’s Climate Change Targets by 2030 Through Reduced Reliance on Animal Agriculture. New Zealand’s clean, green image has been impacted by its heavy reliance on agricultural practices, resulting in negative consequences for human and planetary health, and animal welfare. This comprehensive and vitally important dossier covers the current issues facing New Zealand while also providing a ‘greenprint’ for the country moving forward.
This episode is all about gut health for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, with the brilliant Robyn Chuter. Robyn is a certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner who specialises in helping people reverse serious and chronic illnesses using a plant-based diet and emotional healing. Robyn is a phenomenal wealth of knowledge when it comes to the topic of optimal gut health and she touches on a number of important principles for fostering a healthy microbiome, not only for reducing bowel cancer risk but minimising the risk of certain autoimmune conditions and mood disorders. This one is jam-packed with information so you may want a notepad and pen at the ready! Visit Robyn's website and download Emma's Gut Challenge resource here.
The brilliant Dr Shireen Kassam joins us for episode 11. Shireen is a Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London and is the founder and director of the non-profit organisation Plant-Based Health Professionals UK. Shireen is also a visiting professor at Winchester University, where she runs the UK's first University-based course on plant-based nutrition. We touch on many topics in this conversation including nutrition education for health professionals, cancer, the socioeconomic determinants of health and food justice.
The phenomenal Dr Mike Joy joins us in this episode to discuss the true cost of our current food and farming practices and the environmental consequences of the current system. Mike is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University, Wellington and holds a PhD in water ecology. Mike has received multiple awards for his work, is well known for passionately advocating for environmental protection, and has co-founded Better Futures Forum. To find out more about his important work, please visit Freshwater for Life.
Brad Dixon, owner and director of Everfit Physiotherapy and Coaching joins us in this episode. Brad’s enthusiasm for total wellness, through a holistic approach to health, is very evident in this conversation, as he runs us through his expansive wellness recommendations. Brad brings with him 20+ years’ experience as an athlete and physiotherapist and incorporates many important pillars of lifestyle medicine to his coaching work - so we are sure everyone will find value in this jampacked conversation.
Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop is the Executive Director of World Preservation Foundation. He worked until mid-2010 as Principal Scientist with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Resources Management Remote Sensing Centre, where he witnessed 4% of the world's deforestation for over 20 years. Following 37 years with federal and state government, Gerard is now engaged in communicating environmental issues such as deforestation, land degradation and biodiversity loss, and is full of optimism that together humanity and our natural environment have a bright future. This conversation covers some really vital issues and the consequences of not addressing these concerns soon are quite dire.