Plant-Based Canada Podcast

Episode 21: Dr. Pamela Fergusson on How to Go Vegan for Beginners

November 30, 2021 Plant-Based Canada Season 1 Episode 21
Plant-Based Canada Podcast
Episode 21: Dr. Pamela Fergusson on How to Go Vegan for Beginners
Show Notes

In this episode of the Plant-Based Canada Podcast  we talk with Dr. Pamela Fergusson -- Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition, and more than 15 years of experience with changing lives through better nutrition. She earned her PhD at the University of Liverpool and her Master’s in International Health at Sweden’s Uppsala University. 

Dr. Fergusson currently has a private practice in British Columbia where she works with clients who want to transition to a more plant-based lifestyle. She is the busy mom of four children, and also a marathon and half-marathon runner and speed-walker.  She believes in the power of plants to promote mental and physical health.

Recently she published her new book, Going Vegan for Beginners: The Essential Nutrition Guide to Transitioning to a Vegan Diet, which explores what it means to be vegan, the movement's roots in social justice, and what makes the diet a healthy choice for the long-term. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Fergusson's work in Europe, Africa, and Asia for organizations such as UNICEF and the World Food program.
  • A day in the life as a Registered Dietitian.
  • Dr. Fergusson's new book Going Vegan for Beginners.
  • The nuanced conversation around the term 'vegan', and why Dr. Fergusson embraces it.
  •  The top nutrients of concern for people hoping to shift to a more plant-based diet.
  • The nutritional value for meat analogs. 
  • The history behind unethical nutritional experiments that took place in Residential Schools across Canada and the direct links between those experiments and the Canadian Food Guide.
  • Food insecurity and other issues facing marginalized communities in Canada.
  • The tips and tricks Dr. Fergusson wish she knew before going vegan.   


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Studies/Articles:
Going Vegan for Beginners: The Essential Nutrition Guide to Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

Canada's shameful history of nutrition research on residential school children: the need for strong medical ethics in Aboriginal health research

Canada used hungry indigenous children to study malnutrition

Nutrition researchers saw malnourished children at Indian Residential Schools as perfect test subjects

PROOF REPORT: food insecurity policy research 

This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich.