IS POOR DIGESTION MAKING YOU SICK? What if foods like gluten and wheat aren’t the problem? Can you get rid of food sensitivities and digestive problems by changing HOW you eat, rather than what you eat? Join the author of the acclaimed book You Are NOT What You Eat for this fascinating presentation, and see if you can return to fearless eating!

*Limited seating. Contact the library at 250-762-2800 for more information.  Van will be available for questions and book signing. (Books will be available for sale.)

Kelowna Presentation of You Are NOT What You Eat

New Testimonial Interview

Just before my presentation in Campbell River last month I was approached by a vibrant elderly man holding a copy of my book who introduced himself and said (with a twinkle in his eyes), “I just wanted to thank you for this book and tell you that if I was gay I’d kiss you on the lips.”

Listen to an Interview recorded a few days later:

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I wasn’t quite sure what the ‘politically correct’ response to that was but we chatted for a few minutes before my talk began and tears started to come to my eyes as he told me his story.

About 90 minutes later as I was finishing my presentation the gentleman stood up and shared his story with the rest of the audience and it was clear he had the same effect on them as he’d had on me.

In fact, his story was so moving that I wished I’d had a video camera to record his brief talk (I don’t even carry a cell phone with me, let alone a camera 😉

But he readily agreed to share his story with others (although he admitted he was quite nervous about being interviewed and said he’d need to write everything out first) and we did a phone interview a few days later. And that’s what I’ve posted here. It’s about 8 minutes long and includes Jim (his name) reading his ‘script’ but mainly it’s just us chatting about his experience.

As I mentioned to Jim, these moments of hearing from readers touch me very deeply and are the greatest reward for my efforts writing You Are NOT What You Eat.

So I’d like to thank ALL of you now for the emails, kind comments, and phone calls you send my way.

And to congratulate you once more on what YOU have accomplished by making some of the changes suggested in the book. The steps I outline certainly changed my life, and it is wonderful to hear when they have changed yours.

As always, with every good wish,


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  • Wednesday, May 8, 3-4 pm on CFAX 1070 with Terry Moore. Call in with your questions!CFAX 1070 radio
  • Thursday, May 9, 7-8:30 pm, Nellie McLung Library FREE presentation BUT call the library to reserve a spot! (Had to turn people away from both presentations last time in Victoria.)
    3950 Cedar Hill Rd, (250) 477-7111
  • Saturday, May 11, Juan de Fuca Library, 2-3:30 pm (as above)
    1759 Island Highway (West Shore Recreation Centre Complex) (250) 391-0653
  • Two great independent Victoria bookstores that carry the book You Are NOT What You Eat: Bolen Books


and Munro Books


Vancouver Library Presentation & CKNW Interview

I’ll be in Vancouver all day tomorrow (Monday April 15th).

In the morning I have an interview with Bill Good on CKNW radio from 10:30 – 11:00 am.

Then tomorrow night I’ll be giving my first presentation in Vancouver (not sure why it’s taken me so long to get to Vancouver ;-)) at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, 350 West Georgia St.


The presentation is about an hour, then I’ll open it up for a Q&A. We’ll have some books with us for sale and I’ll be available for questions and signings afterwards.

Would love to see you! Come on out and say Hi.



Holiday Digestive Problems


Whistler, B.C– As the days grow shorter and the evenings more crisp, many of us look upon the fall as a season of transition, and change … and celebration! But the overindulgence of Thanksgiving dinners, the stockpiles of Halloween candy, and the decadent richness of Christmas fare can make the season an absolute nightmare for millions who suffer from digestive problems. And according to the author of a new book, we`re looking for solutions in the wrong place.

“We’re continually told that food is causing our digestive problems,” says Van Clayton Powel, author of You Are NOT What You Eat; Better Digestive Health in 7 Simple Steps, “but in many cases, nothing could be further from the truth – it is our damaged digestive systems that are at fault. So that’s where we need to direct our attention.”

Powel is a former registered psychiatric nurse and the founder of Mind Body Fitness Inc. who has combined his years of experience on the front-lines of patient care along with his own personal battle with digestive illness to pen an easy-to-understand, ‘how-to’ guide for achieving digestive health. And his light-handed, practical focus on how to eat, rather than what to eat, is being praised by professionals and laypeople alike.

The book teaches a series of simple steps meant to enhance and strengthen digestion to the point that “You can eat almost any food without a problem,” says Powel. And his passion comes from first-hand experience. “I had so many food sensitivities I almost dreaded holiday feasts,” he says. “Now all my digestive problems are gone, and I’m back celebrating with everyone else!”

Powel’s energetic, humorous interviews about You Are NOT What You Eat are increasingly popular on TV, radio and blogs, and he`s currently providing a series of free presentations on digestive health. You can learn more at

Van Clayton Powel on the River Afternoon Show with Warren Andrews

Had a wonderful time on Vancouver Island last week doing presentations for You Are NOT What You Eat. Now hiding out at our wee cabin for a few days R&R, then heading back into the fray next week, starting with a private corporate presentation in Vancouver.

Did a number of radio, TV and podcast interviews last week and will get the links up as soon as possible. (Have very limited power at the cabin – on solar and we’re not seeing much of that these days! ;-))

But here’s a short (5 minute) spot I did with Warren Andrews on The River Afternoon Show. (Thanks Warren!)

See y’all soon.

Click below to listen:

Van Clayton Powel on the River Afternoon Show with Warren Andrews

With Aamer Haleem on CTV News

Well that was fun! Got up at 5am Monday morning to drive down to Vancouver for an interview with Aamer Haleem on CTV News.

Had a few adventures … reached into my bag when I got there and came out with a hand covered with black ink – my pen had leaked all over my bag. “Permanent ink?” you ask. Yes. Squatting down at the curb on Robson Street, scrubbing away at my hand with tissues and water from my water bottle while the guy sweeping the street looked on.  A moment to remember.

But everyone on the team at CTV Morning Live was wonderful – Andrea, Teresita, Buffy, Kumud, Chris … and Haleem, of course. Who was just as warm and personable in ‘real time’ as he appears on camera.

You can view the interview here