Dr. Greger in the House

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of attending a conference by Dr. Michael Greger, renowned expert on nutrition and public health, physician, author, and public speaker, at the Université de Montréal, sponsored by the Montreal Vegetarian Society.

Dr. Greger’s conference is not your average sit back and be lulled to sleep academic presentation. He presents his annual review of peer-reviewed articles on clinical nutrition in a humorous, interactive, quiz-show format: like this. There were also information tables set up and some yummy samples, including sushi from Crudessence, that I didn’t even get a chance to taste since the table was swarmed like bees to (vegan honey-substitute).

I didn’t win any rounds, but I did come back with a wealth of information and a strengthened resolve to eat low on the food chain and to get my 6-year old son to do the same (uphill battle there). My only concern about the whole event was that it was largely a case of preaching to the converted. Yes, there was new information presented and it was great fun and inspiring, but the sell-out crowd were mostly members of the Montreal Vegetarian Society, and a healthy-looking bunch we were! I will hazard to guess there were no obese meat-guzzlers in the house.

Speaking of getting kiddies to eat their veggies, here’s the result of yesterday evening’s effort: chili fries. Chili made with two types of tomatoes, onions, garlic, kidney beans, soy ground, green, yellow and red peppers, corn, carrots, broccoli, and the usual chili spice arrangement (how’s that for a non-recipe?). A great day to you all!

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