The words ‘meat’ and ‘vegetarian’ were not in the name of the group.
Its purpose was to help those with the disease, as well as to educate the public about the importance of eating organic and sustainable foods.
“It’s important to be very careful in terms of not getting into this trap where you think that if you can just eat more fruits and vegetables, you’ll be cured,” said Dr. Michael Haffner, who runs the group’s food bank program.
“And you’re not.
If you’re doing the right thing, you’re going to get better.
So the best thing to do is just eat food that’s rich in the nutrients that you need.”
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Mr. O’Brien said he was motivated to set up the group after seeing the negative impact that certain foods and supplements can have on the health of people with the food allergies and asthma that can lead to hospitalizations.
“People are very, very sensitive to what they eat,” he said.
“They have these triggers, and it’s really important that we help people to be better informed and have a plan to be more sensitive.”
The group is currently recruiting people who are currently living with food allergies, and is also seeking volunteers who want to donate their body weight to the group and help people with food sensitivities.
“We are a very active group, and we have people that come from a variety of different walks of life that come together and are very supportive,” said Mr. Haffson.
“A lot of times when you get a lot of people together, it becomes like a cult, and I think that’s one of the things that we want to help people get out of that cult.”
To find out more about the group, go to www.eatorganic.ca and www.vegetariansforhealth.ca.