Local vegans Alison Ozgur and Derrick deLay teamed up to write Go Beyond Good:
The Trail to a Lifetime of Health and Vitality! Ozgur, a registered dietitian, and DeLay, a personal trainer, together have more than 26 years of experience in the nutrition and fitness business. Instead of focusing on weight loss, as many nutrition and fitness books do, Go Beyond Good wants its readers to gain health and happiness. It includes inspirational stories from the authors’ clients and addresses common challenges that people face when trying to improve their health.
“The response has been great, especially from our clientele,” Ozgur said. “As the interest in plant-based nutrition grows, many people are looking for as much information as they can to support their transition.”
Ozgur decided to try veganism three years ago after reading The China Study. Her New Year’s goal was to go vegan for a month. “As a dietitian, I ate a pretty healthy diet already, so I was curious to see if I would notice anything different,” she said. “After the 30 days, not only did I have more physical energy but also mental clarity…I felt great! I earned that radiant glow that only comes from eating a whole food plant-based diet.”
But Ozgur doesn’t try to force her diet onto her clients. “I think living by example and being a convincing role model is the key,” she said. “When you have a healthy body weight, increased vitality, mental clarity, and a radiant glow, it inspires others.” Many of her clients become interested in plant-based nutrition when she tells them that benefits include weight loss, prevention and/or reversal of diseases and the possibility of discontinuing their medications. “They may not always come around to a 100% plant-based diet, but they are inspired to eat a lot less animal-based foods.”
In addition to physical exercise and a plant-based diet, Ozgur believes that living with passion and purpose is paramount. “Having a positive attitude and outlook and a strong connection to others also contributes to overall health and wellness,” she said.
Ozgur’s professional achievements include being the Oregon and Washington state coordinator for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her role as state coordinator, Ozgur helps educate healthcare professionals, fellow dietitians, and the public about the benefits of plant-based nutrition.
Recently Ozgur became an online instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Foundation’s Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, which she called her proudest professional accomplishment. The course is offered through eCornell. “Every two weeks, I lead a class of highly motivated and inspired students,” she said. Her diverse students have included pilots, medical doctors and stay-at-home mothers, all of whom are eager to learn more about plant-based nutrition.
In Portland, you can get your copy of Go Beyond Good at Herbivore, or online from Vegan Essentials and Amazon.
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