The arena of sustainability is a complex one – and oversimplifying it by encouraging our clients to eat less animal foods and more plant foods is not always the answer. Instead of nitpicking single foods or food groups, the most powerful ways our clients can eat more sustainably are by avoiding overconsumption and minimising food waste. In this podcast, Dr Joanna McMillan dives into new sustainability research that combines the environmental and nutritional qualities of different foods in the Australian diet into one score. Jo highlights that it is more than possible to have a sustainable, nutritious diet that incorporates foods from all food groups, so we can make real, meaningful inroads to better the health of our clients and the planet.



Dr Joanna McMillan is one of the country’s favourite and most trusted health and nutrition experts. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with La Trobe University and Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Joanna is an experienced TV presenter. She has worked on The Today Show for over 15 years, is a host for ABC’s science show Catalyst, and is a regular on radio and in print media. She is a TEDx and international keynote speaker and MC and is the founder of Get Lean, an online lifestyle change program. She has authored several books including her latest The Feel-Good Family Food Plan and audio book Gutfull.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why defining a healthy, sustainable diet is so complex
  • The many different factors that contribute to sustainability
  • New research that scores foods based on environmental and nutritional qualities
  • Tips for dietitians to communicate sustainability messages
  • How dietitians can make the biggest impact with their clients



Ridoutt B. An Alternative Nutrient Rich Food Index (NRF-ai) Incorporating Prevalence of Inadequate and Excessive Nutrient Intake. Foods. 2021; 10(12):3156.


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