Tips on How to Stay Healthy in Stressful Times
July 2, 2020
At the start of 2020, ProVeg SA was gearing up to host exciting plant-based braais, and tasty vegan nugget sampling. None of us anticipated the stressful wave that flooded the planet, forcing many of us to stay indoors, and become acutely aware of our physical health. ProVeg is part of a movement that is already empowered with information on how supportive a plant-based diet can be for our well-being, and so we decided to gather our best plant-powered experts to share this information online.
On Saturday 22 June, we hopped onto Zoom to host our first online webinar, How to Stay Healthy in Stressful Times. I encourage you to watch the replay to receive all of the valuable insights that were offered during the online event. Otherwise, continue scrolling through to receive key takeaways from our esteemed panelists.
Find out what our panelists had to say about staying healthy in stressful times
Dr Yesheen Singh
MBChB MBA, plant-based physician based in Cape Town, South Africa, with extensive experience in both private and public health systems. He received postgraduate education and training in Functional Medicine, Public Health, and Health System Engineering.
“Given that stress triggers are an inevitable reality, how then do we modify how we experience stress? Does stress always have to be a negative heavy weighted harmful expression of action, or is there an opportunity for us to convert the trigger into something that can build, and transcend and provide change for a positive and healthy outcome?”
During the webinar, Dr Singh shed light on the dimensions of stress, and how it impacts the physical body. He also gave great recommendations of a holistic approach to supporting the whole self during stressful times.
Registered Dietition and advocate for well balanced plant based lifestyle. Her specific areas of interest include dietary intervention for diabetes and heart disease, by providing nutrition advice, education and guidance on plant based diets to support over all health.
“We can confidently say that, a plant based diet that is planned, and well thought through, is safe and healthy to use in all cycles of life.”
Michelle successfully highlights plant based sources of micro and macro nutrients, as well as the intricacies of balancing a whole food plant based diet, in order to support our body to stay healthy in stressful times.
Dr Paul Palmer
Registered Chiropractor and Plant based nutrition expert. He works in the employee wellness and managed care sectors, and has been involved in the remote management of musculoskeletal conditions since 2008. He has also run a successful plant-based nutrition program that helped patients reverse diabetes type 2, lower cholesterol, lose weight and address body acidity issues. He strives to educate all his patients about the importance of a healthy lifestyle incorporating chiropractic principles, evidence-based nutrition and consistent exercise.
Dr Paul Palmer is well equipped with resources on how to stay healthy in stressful times. He presented a wealth of valuable information about relevant topics including physical pain, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
“None of this is a miracle, it takes time – but it can be done.”
Professor Andrew Robinson
Deputy Dean for Strategy and Business Development at the North West University Health Science Faculty, and Extraordinary Professor, African Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR). Before moving the North West University, he held numerous positions relating to the treatment and management of epidemics and communicable diseases.
“South Africa is sick, with a quadruple burden of disease, many orders of magnitude greater than other countries in the world… At the AfriHealth conference in Lagos late last year, the health educationists that come from the medical schools across Africa, recognise that non communicable disease; diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, allergies, have far eclipsed HIV as an epidemic.”
There was ample time for questions and answers, such as
How healthy is ostrich meat?
Which plant based milk is the healthiest option?
Can a plant based diet help to reverse rheumatoid arthritis?
Top tips for transitioning to a plant based diet?
Our panelists confirmed that a whole food plant based diet can help you to stay healthy during stressful times. If you are curious about transitioning to a plant based diet, we encourage sign up for our 30 day veggie challenge.
We consider our first ProVeg SA webinar to have been a wonderful success. We extend thanks to everybody who shared the event, and joined in on the discussion.