Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. As a prolific nutrition and health writer, she has co-authored 11 books with over 800,000 copies in print in 14 languages. Her most recent works include Kick Diabetes Essentials (2019), and The Kick Diabetes Cookbook (2018). She also authored Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014) and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), both receiving a star rating by the American Library Association as the “go-to books” on plant-based nutrition and winning Book of the Year Awards in the US as well as a Canadian Book Award.
Brenda is also co-author of several peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the lead clinical nutrition specialist for the diabetes intervention project in the Marshall Islands, and recently completed a lifestyle intervention demonstration program in Lithuania. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and in 2007, was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.
Keynote: Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Diets
Approximately 70% of North Americans will die as a result of a diet and lifestyle-induced disease. Yet, an estimated 90% of type 2 diabetes, 80-90% of heart disease and 40-70% of cancers are considered entirely preventable. This presentation examines the strength of the link between diet and disease, and explores current evidence as it relates to plant-based diets. Eating a whole-food, plant-based diet can dramatically reduce your risk of many chronic diseases, and can serve as a powerful treatment option. In this presentation, you’ll learn about the dietary components most strongly linked to these diseases, and the dietary components that provide the greatest protection. You’ll discover practical ways to construct a diet that is truly optimal for human health.
Cutting-Edge, Plant-Based Nutrition: Separating Myth from Fact
There is no question that plant-based diets are best for human health, but there is considerable controversy about the finer details of these diets. Can people eating plants get enough high quality protein from plants? How much protein do people need at various stages of the lifecycle? Don’t people who forgo meat end up anemic? Isn’t fish necessary for long-chain omega-3 fatty acids? How can we get enough calcium without dairy products? Doesn’t the lack of B12 in plant foods prove that people need meat? In this presentation, Brenda provides practical, evidence-based answers to many of the most pressing questions about plant-based eating.
Deconstructing the Keto and Paleo Diets
The keto and Paleo diets are currently viewed by many as the answer to our health crisis. Both have hit #1 on Google search for diets. The keto diet is the most extreme of all low-carb diets, with less than 5% of energy coming from carbohydrates, and over 75% from fat. The Paleo diet is the least extreme of the low-carb diets, with about 20% of calories from carbohydrates, and about 50% of calories from fat. However, it provides about 30% of calories from protein, with a huge emphasis on animal protein. Foods previously perceived as healthful, like legumes and whole grains, are eliminated in both diets. There is no question that keto and Paleo advocates get one thing right – the removal of ultra-processed starchy foods and refined sugars. But they have also gotten some things wrong. In this presentation, Brenda Davis, RD, examines the claims of the keto and Paleo movements – the pluses, minuses, and the broader implications of these dietary trends.