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Practical Tips and Strategies for Plant-Based Eating with Diabetes

Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. CT
Room 355
Level 3, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center


Streaming: On-Demand (after session)

Q&A with Lauren Plunkett, RDN, LD, CDCES

Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Education Specialist,
LP Nutrition Consulting LLC and Included Health

Lauren Plunkett, RDN, LD, CDCES
Lauren Plunkett, RDN, LD, CDCES

What is your presentation about?
Practical Tips and Strategies for Plant-Based Eating with Diabetes connects the whole person to strategic nutrition for long-term health. Food can be both the problem and solution in life with diabetes, and it begins with the way we think and talk about nourishment. This presentation focuses on aligning values between educators and PWDs to understand how and why plant-based nutrition connects all systems of the body for optimal outcomes.

What makes this topic important in 2022?
Having the opportunity to discuss a method of nutrition that connects the whole-person is both personally and professionally monumental for me. Plant-based nutrition connects physical, mental, and emotional health together, in support of the whole person. Humans and environmental health must be in partnership as we move into the future of culturally relevant nutrition education.

How did you become involved with this area of diabetes research or care?
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993; growing up in the health care system was difficult and very challenging. As a dietetics student, research in nutrition and sports physiology completely uplifted my attitude about life with diabetes. Today, I’m fortunate to share my experiences to help others and in particular, how plant-based nutrition saved my life.

What are you most looking forward to at the 82nd Scientific Sessions?
The energy of in-person education and the passion of my fellow presenters on plant-based nutrition! I’m also excited to introduce my award-winning book, Type One Determination: Transforming Life with Type 1 Diabetes through Personal Experience, Scientific Evidence, and a Dash of Disobedience.