In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Brian Hart, M.Ed. About how culture influences health. Brian is a highly experienced educator with over twenty-five years in the field as a teacher, administrator, and advocate for school change in both the public and private sectors. He is currently working as an educational consultant and program designer for his own consulting company, EVOLV.ED. Specifically, Brian specializes in working with organizations to help them create immersive, hands-on, experiential programs designed to transform thinking and build problem-solving skills.
As well, Brian and his wife, Jane Esselstyn RN, conduct seminars across the nation that help people “wrap their head, heart, and hands” around whole food, plant-based eating. He is a former Outward Bound instructor, wilderness EMT, plant-based chef, teacher, middle school principal, and carpenter. When not carting his kids to and from swim practice or editing their papers, Brian is a committed ultra-endurance athlete with four Ironman finishes to his name, among other run, bike, and ski events. Brian also holds a Rouxbe Cooking School professional certification in plant-based cooking.
Today we talk about how culture influences health, why we choose the foods we do and how it inevitably affects our health. It is really quite fascinating to think about why different cultures and religions eat particular foods. Leaving behind the foods you grew up on is hard. Telling your elders you choose not to take part in those traditional dishes is even harder. Today we look at the connection between food, culture and why we make the choices that we do.
In this episode we discussed:
- Growing up SAD
- The culture of sports and junk food
- Religion, culture & socio-economics
- Why is it so hard to just make good choices
- Making good choices
- Training ourselves
- Culture of excess
- Just for one day
- Social and emotional challenges
- Our genes
- “But my grandma…”
- What about the Paleo people?
Links to things we mentioned:
Jane’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease for Women Conference – March 11th @ The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Center
The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue by Rip Esselstyn
The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn
The Progress Paradox by Greg Easterbrook
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sustein
The Pleasure Trap by Doug J. Lisle and Allan Goldhammer
Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You by Marc Shoen and Kristen Loberg
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