Adopting a Plant-Based Diet: How it Helped this Course Instructor and How it Can Help You

Posted on Friday September 02, 2022

Being diagnosed as prediabetic was a turning point for Dr. Subhas Ganguli, Implementing a Plant-Based Diet at Home course instructor. Not only was he worried about the potential complications that diabetes can cause, but he was also desperate to find a way to prevent himself from even reaching that point.  

So, the Hamilton-based gastroenterologist started reviewing the literature about plant-based diets and found in several studies that adopting a plant-based diet was an effective way to get healthier.  

“With a degree of reluctance—I didn’t want to give up meat and animal products—I adopted a plant-based diet and, to my surprise, I lost 20lbs. I was no longer prediabetic and I felt great,” says Dr. Ganguli.  

He then went on to build a website, Food as Prevention, got certified in lifestyle medicine in the U.S., and started running a food as medicine clinic—all with the goal of sharing what he learned with his patients.  

With his upcoming course, Implementing a Plant-Based Diet at Home, he’s able to further share his knowledge and expertise about plant-based diets and how they can help prevent and even treat diseases in a natural way. “I think a plant-based diet can pretty much benefit anyone, no matter what stage of life they’re at,” says Dr. Ganguli. “For adults, it can prevent or even treat things like obesity, high-blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or type 2 diabetes, and in children it can serve to prevent those things.” 

From children all the way to retirees, Dr. Ganguli notes that plant-based diets have no age restrictions as long as people are equipped with the correct knowledge to follow them safely and intentionally; for example, it’s important to do your homework and know that children need more fat in their diet than adults, so a plant-based diet can be adapted and adjusted for different health situations.  

Taken as part of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, this elective course will build on the other units and enhance one’s practical knowledge of plant-based diets. Specifically, students will learn about influence on food choice, selection and preparation of plant-based foods, and the potential benefits of plant-based nutrition. 

“This course is primarily trying to be practical. It’s going to try and connect students with an awful lot of resources out there that can help them transition to a plant-based diet, [such as] recipes, etc. And it’ll give students the practical considerations, like, for example, that it’s essential to take a vitamin B12 supplement, that it’s also very important to make sure you’re getting enough iodine, and also getting your vitamin D status checked,” says Dr. Ganguli.  

When asked about something he wished he knew earlier about plant-based diets, Dr. Ganguli shared: “I wish I had realized sooner how powerful lifestyle and plant-based diets are in addressing not just one, but many aspects of health.”  

Implementing a Plant-Based Diet at Home starts Monday, September 12, 2022.