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Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema Co-founder of Doctors For Nutrition and the Australasian Nutrition In Healthcare Confrence

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Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema

Adam Guthrie From I Feel Good Magazine interviews Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema about plant based nutrition.

Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema, paediatrician (non-practising), migrated to Australia from The Netherlands with her husband and three children in 2000. Eight years ago, Heleen stumbled across the abundance of well-executed studies on the influential role of diet in chronic disease causation. Not having been exposed to much nutrition education in her medical degree, Heleen was fascinated to learn that a healthy plant-based diet is not only preventative, but can also play a curative role in halting and sometimes even reversing numerous chronic diseases.

To formalise her knowledge, Dr Heleen completed the Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University, New York and trained with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington DC to become a Certified Food for Life Instructor. In this capacity, she conducts 5-week courses in Adelaide.

Heleen regularly presents on evidence-based health and nutrition for the general public, in hospital Grand Rounds, and for medical students both in Australia and Europe. This year, Heleen co-founded and leads the not-for-profit organisation, Doctors For Nutrition. The mission of this registered charity is to bring food back to healthcare.

In This Interview We Cover:

  • How Heleen become interested in plant based nutrition and why she decided to change her diet.

  • Why more doctors are becoming interested in plant based nutrition.

  • The difference between a whole food plant based diet and a vegan diet.

  • Doctors For Nutrition and the Australasian Nutrition In Healthcare Conference.

  • Why plant based nutrient is so effective in preventing and reversing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

  • Is it possible to obtain all nutrients from plants.

  • Tips for getting started on a whole food plant based diet.

  • Resources to help transition to a whole food plant based diet.

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