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Contemplating a green diet? These Sunshine Coast residents want to help you out

Deborah and Gerry Pageau will be the featured speakers at a 45-minute workshop titled How to Eat a Plant-Based Diet, taking place in-person and over Zoom, on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. 
Close up of hands cutting vegetables on a wooden board in cooking class. Food like beans, carrots and mushrooms are getting ready to be cooked on a kitchen desk.

Two longtime Sunshine Coast residents and educators will share their expertise on deep-rooted nourishment during an upcoming talk at St. Hilda’s Church in Sechelt. 

Deborah and Gerry Pageau will be the featured speakers at a 45-minute workshop titled How to Eat a Plant-Based Diet. The presentation will take place in-person and online, via the Zoom web conferencing platform, on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. 

“Many people aren’t actually aware,” said Deborah Pageau, “that the latest version of Canada’s food guide, which was revised in 2019, focuses on a plant-based diet. While it’s not 100% vegan, it does recommend plants as the primary food source.” 

The presentation will help those who are curious about greening their eating habits or are just starting to incorporate more plants into their meals.  

The Pageaus plan to address practical questions related to plant-based eating. They anticipate queries about the source of iron and protein if meat is not on the menu, and how it’s possible to bake successfully without using eggs. 

The session will feature a question-and-answer period, during which the Pageaus will share tips and insights gleaned during 35 years of eating a whole-food and plant-based diet. 

“If people can take away one thing from our presentation,” said Pageau, “it would be to walk away feeling confident that they can eat a plant-powered diet and that they are armed with the resources that will help them do it.” 

The 45-minute illustrated talk is part of St. Hilda’s Green Forum series, which creates opportunities for discussion of environmental issues and how individuals and communities can take effective action. 

Deborah Pageau, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and Gerry Pageau, who is a professional engineer with a graduate degree in the field, each have more than 40 years’ experience in adult education and are certified with the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition program.  

They assist people around the world to improve their quality and quantity of life by embracing a plant-powered lifestyle. 

St. Hilda’s Church is located at 5838 Barnacle Street in Sechelt. COVID-19 protocols are still in place and masks are required at the event.  

To attend the presentation by Zoom, pre-registration is urged by emailing greenparish@sthilda.ca to receive the event link.