What is a plant-based diet?

by | May 18, 2021 | Podcasts | 1 comment


Podcast Episode 94

What is a plant-based diet? Does it mean no meat ever? It is about sprouts? Join us to find out why including more plant based proteins in your diet is not only healthy for you but also better for the environment!

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Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, dishes out easy-to-digest information and tips about nutrition, lifestyle, and sustainable foods, backed by over 12 years of clinical experience, a passion for sustainability, and a healthy sense of humor.


      • What does “plant based” mean?
      • Are nuts “plants?”
      • How do plant based diets support the environment?
      • How does cutting down trees affect the climate?
      • How is industrial animal agriculture affecting the environment?
      • What does “less meat, better meat” mean?
      • Can animal poop benefit the land?
      • How can you reduce meat but not completely avoid it.
      • How do you make beans more flavorful?
      • Do you have to be all or nothing?
      • How do I adopt and maintain a plant-based diet?
      • Do grains have protein?
      • What does it mean to be a “nitrogen fixer?”


1. 50by40: A coalition of organizations dedicated to cutting the global production and consumption of animal products by 50% by 2040

TEMPEH RECIPES from a collection of fellow dietitian nutritionists :

1. Tempeh Tacos by Ginger Hultin MS RDN IG/FB 

2. Easy Skillet Tempeh with Caramelized Onions and Grapes By Laura Yautz, RDN FB 

3. Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Sweet Potato Sandwiches by Kelli McGrane MS, RD. IG

4. Roasted VegetableBowl by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN IG

5. Buddha Bowl with Mango Tempeh Crumbles by Kim Hoban, RDN, CDN, CPT, IG

6. Thai Peanut Tempeh with Rice by Melissa Altman-Traub MS, RDN, LDN FB

7. Tempeh Pumpkin Hash by Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, owner of Kara Lydon Nutrition and The Foodie Dietitian Blog, IG

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ABOUT MARY: Mary Purdy is an Integrative Eco- Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University where she is Adjunct Faculty and a Clinical Supervisor at their teaching clinic. She writes, consults and  speaks at conferences throughout the year,  and was the Keynote speaker at the 2019 Bastyr University Commencement. Past experience includes:

  • 4 years as Coach and Clinical Education Lead at Arivale, Seattle
  • 8 years in private practice
  • 5 years Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health

Mary takes an integrative/holistic approach to diet, health & wellness, promotes plant-based and sustainable eating habits and believes that food is medicine!

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is intended for entertainment purposes only. Please consult your doctor before following any information you hear here. The opinions expressed here are those exclusively of Mary Purdy, the Show’s producers, and guests.

1 Comment

  1. Stacia Nordin, RD

    I shared this podcast today here in Malawi and edited the phrase a bit as most people in Malawi don’t eat a lot of animal products, and many people eat none – not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t have it. It doesn’t make the diet ‘healthy’ as the balance is still way off – way too much starch and too little of everything else. Here is what I shared:

    This is one of the podcasts I listed to today while working out – this one could be very useful to you. I like her approach to plant-based diets – she is from the USA and says “less and better animal foods” – but for Malawi and most of the world I’d say “balanced and better animal foods” as we don’t eat as many animal products as other nations do.

    What is Balanced?
    – I’ll attach a 1-page flyer on the balance of the food groups – each of us are different, and we eat differently every day – this is an approximate guide.

    What is Better?
    – Animals are produced and processed in a high quality manner that cares for the animal, the people raising the animals, and our natural environment.
    – That uses our resources fairly and efficiently and doesn’t waste or poison.
    – That provides high quality milk, meat, eggs, and other products.

    Enjoy the podcast!


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