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#97 Emotional intelligence, Ego & Becoming Plant Powered with Dr Gemma Newman


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Today I had the pleasure of spending time chatting  with my good friend Dr Gemma Newman. GP with over 17 years experience in medicine, whole food plant based advocate and now best selling author of  the book “The Plant Power Doctor”, A simple prescription for a healthier you.

I’ve  known Gemma for a number of years and she is one of the most kind hearted and knowledgeable individuals, not only on the subject of nutrition but also on how to empathise and coach behaviour  change with patients. She is a founding member and ambassador for PBHPUK, she has a specialist interest in holistic health, plant based nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Through her practice she has come to understand that body, mind and soul are not separate, and that it is only in addressing the root causes of stress and disconnection that we can truly heal, from the inside out.

Another passion of hers includes the promotion of no-till conservation agricultural techniques in order to bring health back to our soil and our farming systems, so as to allow healing of the ecosystems that sustain human life. Planetary health is inextricably linked to human health, and she has spoken on this topic to other health care professionals at a debate at Imperial College as well as during the Extinction Rebellion events.

Today we touch on a range of these subjects including:

  • Gemma’s journey to plant based eating
  • Food prescriptions and how Gemma coaches patients
  • BLEND IT – an acronym for behaviour change
  • How hard GP life is
  • Regenerative agriculture and the current 6th mass extinction event
  • Ego and how to detach from one’s perception that the world revolves around them
  • How Gemma overcame negative events on social media

Do check Gemma out on social media @planntpowerdoctor and her website gemmanewman.com which is full of fantastic free resources too along with Gemma’s book – The Plant Power Doctor which is a super read!  All website and social media links are noted below.

 

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Summary

What a treat to be able to chat with my good friend Gemma on the show and to be able to share all this amazing insight from Gemma on a number of subjects today.

I really hope you enjoyed this episode and do check out Gemma on the social media and website links below and Gemma’s book – The Plant Power Doctor really is worth a read too!


Guest: Dr Gemma Newman

Dr Gemma Newman has worked in medicine for 17 years and is the Senior Partner at a family medical practice where she has worked for 12 years. She studied at the University of Wales College of Medicine and has worked in many specialities as a doctor including elderly care, endocrinology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, general surgery, urology, vascular surgery, rehabilitation medicine and General Practice. She gained additional qualifications in gynaecology and family planning. She is a founding member and ambassador for PBHPUK and a member of BSLM.

Dr Newman has a specialist interest in holistic health, plant based nutrition and lifestyle medicine. In her practice she has come to understand that body, mind and soul are not separate, and that it is only in addressing the root causes of stress and disconnection that we can truly heal, from the inside out. Dr Newman is regularly invited to teach other doctors and the general public via training programmes, podcasts and conferences about the benefits of plant-based nutrition.

Dr Newman has contributed content on the topic of Diabetes for the Winchester University Plant Based Nutrition Course, content on the topic of Mental Health and Nutrition for The Diploma of Culinary Medicine by The Medicinal Chef and she has written a chapter for the first edition of ‘A prescription for Healthy Living, a guide to Lifestyle Medicine’ a textbook for Clinicians published by Elsevier Academic Press. Dr Newman has also written a section for two books on alcohol-free living; Janey Lee Grace’s ‘Happy Healthy Sober’ and Millie Gooch’s ‘The Sober Girl Society Handbook.’

She is passionate about the study of psychology and meditation, and is also interested in the field of energetic healing. Dr Newman is a qualified Jikiden Reiki practitioner, having studied this as well as Western style Reiki for the purposes of pain relief. Another passion of hers includes the promotion of no-till conservation agricultural techniques in order to bring health back to our soil and our farming systems, so as to allow healing of the ecosystems that sustain human life. Planetary health is inextricably linked to human health, and she has spoken on this topic to other health care professionals at a debate at Imperial College as well as during the Extinction Rebellion events.

As a broadcaster she has been featured on ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News Sunrise as well as BBC Radio. She has contributed to articles for magazines including Glamour, Zest and Health magazine, and was featured in The Daily Telegraph for her work in plant based nutrition. She is an expert for the Healthista Collective. She has spoken on many podcasts including The Rich Roll Podcast, Deliciously Ella podcast, and the ‘Feel Better Live More’ podcast by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. She is also host of the popular podcast by Holland and Barratt ‘The Wellness Edit’ podcast.

If you want to make a start on your plant powered journey – then the wait is finally over! Dr Gemma has written an accessible and friendly step by step guide just for you – to help you live the Plant Power Way. ‘The Plant Power Doctor; a simple prescription for a healthier you’, is her first book with Ebury Penguin-Randomhouse Publishers, and was published in January 2021.


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