To add value to your next conference or association meeting, email to book this best-selling author, award winning speaker, and Registered Dietitian for an informative, compelling, and entertaining seminar. Presentations are continually updated, and are adapted to suit specific audience interests. Each is typically one hour long, followed by questions and discussion. However the length and range of topics are adjusted to suit specific events.
Speaker Biography
Vesanto Melina is an award winning speaker whose invitations have inspired audiences from Barcelona to Reykjavik and from Dresden to Honolulu. She teaches at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California and has been on the faculty of the University of British Columbia and of Seattle’s Bastyr University. She is co-author of ten bestselling books on plant-based nutrition and foods; now in twelve languages and with over 750,000 copies in print. She is author (with Brenda Davis) of the award-winning Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, and of Becoming Raw, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet (also with Cherie Soria) Vesanto is lead author of the current position paper on vegetarian diets of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   Websites: and

1. Plant-based Nutrition for Superb Health
Join award winning Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina, co-author of bestselling books: Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegan, Raising Vegetarian Children, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, The Food Allergy Survival Guide, Cooking Vegetarian, and Cooking Vegan, for a comprehensive overview on how to keep yourself in superb health on a plant-based diet. Enjoy an update on protein power from plant foods, bone building without a drop of dairy, getting reliable sources of vitamin B12, including the good fats in your menus, and keeping your blood sugar level between meals without resorting to vegan junk food.
2. Update on Vegetarian, Vegan, and Raw Nutrition
Enjoy recent highlights in the world of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food nutrition and a few of the topics people wonder about. These include, on a plant-based diet:
  • Where will I get my protein?
  • What are iron rich plant foods for babies, children, (and everybody else)?
  • Are carbs good or bad?
  • Is soy good or bad?
  • Will a vegetarian diet make me healthier?
  • Can I get tasty food?
3. Staying Healthy: Plant-based Diets to Protect Against Chronic Disease
Can a plant-based diet help you live longer and in good health? Yes!
In this presentation we review current evidence regarding how plant-based diets can protect against, and in some cases reverse:
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • And (briefly) other conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, diverticular disease, endocrine disorders, gallstones, and renal disease
4. Raw Food Diets: What`s True; What`s Not?
Can we survive–and better still, thrive–on a raw food diet? Do our bodies need the enzymes from plant foods? Are cooked foods toxic? Is food combining important for optimal digestion and health? Should we be eating buckwheat greens, sprouted legumes, raw mushrooms, and seaweeds? What do we learn from the major scientific studies about the health benefits of a diet composed entirely, or mainly, or raw plant foods? For maximum benefit, must our diet be 100 percent raw? What does a nutritionally adequate raw food diet look like?
6. Surviving and Thriving Despite Food Allergies
In this informative, engaging presentation, Registered Dietitian and best selling author Vesanto Melina presents research and practical tips related to food sensitivities. Learn about: improving intestinal health; meeting nutritional requirements (adult and child) despite one or multiple sensitivities; recent research on diet and arthritis, asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Candida, depression, dermatitis, digestive disorders, fatigue, headaches.
The Food Allergy Survival Guide, by Dietitians Vesanto Melina and Dina Aronson and chef Jo Stepaniak gives 180 pages of delicious recipes that are free of the top eight allergens (dairy, eggs, soy, wheat/gluten, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts), including outstanding baked goods for those with gluten sensitivity.
7. Cohousing: Living in Community
Across North America, cohousing communities, the 21st century version of the village, are providing a new and heart warming way to live. These communities express many ideals such as trying to leave a lighter ecological footprint, share meals (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), learning to live with compassion for other beings, and finding safe and happy ways to live in community.
WindSong - north atrium
In this beautifully visual presentation, Vesanto Melina will introduce you to the concept of cohousing, touch on existing communities and present features of WindSong Cohousing Community near Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lived for almost 2 decades   (click link to see) and Vancouver Cohousing, where she and Cam are part of the community (click link to see).


Email or phone: Vesanto Melina at  778-379-5377 (Pacific time zone)
Quotes about Vesanto as a speaker

“It is beyond simple words of thanks to you for an outstanding speaker series.  Your sessions were heard by hundreds of dietitians across Canada and the evaluations that have been returned continue to show how well received you were as a speaker. Kindest regards and many thanks! ”
Corinne Eisenbraun, Dietitians of Canada“
“An extra thank you to Vesanto for her presentation—we are truly privileged to have such an acclaimed author speak to our group!”                Patricia Tallman on behalf of the Langley Herbivores
“Thank you for making the finale of the festival a huge success.”
Chris Gay, Raw on the Rawk Festival, Salt Spring Island
 “Informative, educational & inspiring.”
“I thought this session was great! There was so much to learn about the vegan diet”
“Very informative. Vesanto was very clear on all points and very easy to follow. She also made it enjoyable and was a pleasure to listen to.”
“Very interesting. Great speaker. Taking useful information back with me to apply to my work & family.”
“Very interesting; the speaker was so knowledgeable”
“Very fact based; I learned about websites to learn from and research. Convinced me to explore vegan options”
“Very informative. Vesanto was very clear on all points and very easy to follow. She also made it enjoyable and was a pleasure to listen to.”
“Very good session. There was so much information and presented in a comprehensive manner.”
“Was happy to learn about the health benefits of a vegan diet in relation to heart health and other chronic illnesses.”
“Very informative, very knowledgeable on food, good speaker, easy to understand and listen to”
Evaluation comments from Executive Chefs, Nutrition Managers, and Supervisors, CPS Clinical Day, Aramark


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