Beyond Impossible: The What, Why, and How of Implementing Plant-Centric Meals | Orgain Healthcare Professional Education Series

Beyond Impossible: The What, Why, and How of Implementing Plant-Centric Meals


Plant-centric meal patterns are a current hot topic, not only as it relates to nutritional guidance, but also as a trending theme in the food and restaurant industries. As recommendations and demand for plantcentric meals increase, practitioners need to understand how to optimize intake, broaden diversity, and discern the nutritional quality of different sources. This presentation will showcase how plants and many plant-based proteins can be food as medicine for disease prevention and offer a nutrient-dense option with a lighter environmental footprint. It will also explore the pros and cons of alternative proteins, and meat analogues and provide creative and culturally relevant strategies for incorporating these nutritional gems into everyday menus.

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Integrative Eco-Dietitian and Nutrition Educator

Mary Purdy MS, RDN is an award-winning integrative eco-dietitian and nutrition educator who is adjunct faculty at The Culinary Institute of America teaching Sustainable Diets and Public Health. She was in clinical practice for 13+ years using a personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach before transitioning into sustainable food systems and their intersection with climate change and human health. She taught at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA for 8 years, and lectures for numerous universities, institutions and professional educational platforms including UK's Future Food Movement. In addition to being the host of The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast, she had her own podcast, The Nutrition Show, with 100+ episodes, and has authored two books, Serving the Broccoli Gods and The Microbiome Diet Reset. Mary also is a nutrition and sustainability adviser for Big Bold Health, serves as the Director of Education for the Planetary Health Collective and is a sought-after speaker, consultant and community builder working with organizations to create a more sustainable, just and resilient food system. Learn more about Mary at


Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Integrative Eco-Dietitian and Nutrition Educator

Course Overview

Released: 1/18/24
Expires: 1/18/27
Duration: 1:02:23
Level: Level 2
Available Credit: 1.0 CPEU
Performance Indicators: 12.1.1; 12.3.3; 8.1.2

*This course has been approved for continuing education for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians, Registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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