I went to listen to a lecture about a vegan diet and i actually got a little irritated. The person holding the lecture was very anti vegan diet. I understand that not everyone can go vegan and some groups need to think extra about certain vitamins and minerals… aswell as all vegans need to take b12 supplements (and vitamin D is recommended as well.)
However the lecturers recommendation wss basically to not go vegan and that people need fish and dairy to be healthy. It wasn’t just me who got irritated over this… my friends got irritated aswell. And they all agreed that i could have held the lecture ans been more inspiring and given better advice and tips as well as meal inspiration.
As a vegan it is important to be aware of a healthy diet and to do research such as where to get calcium,iron, d vitamin, protein etc But also to make sure you replace meat, fish and dairy with vegan options… not just cut food out of your diet. The problem is if people don’t eat varied or just cut food out of their diet without finding replacements.
What this lecture made me realise is that yes, i can infact make a difference. There needs to be more vegans in the nutrition branch. Of course you need to listen to the individual and give advice based on their requirements and preferences.
But for people who want to eat more plant based or want more knowledge or inspiration about a vegan diet, then i am a good person to contact or ask for advice.
I want to inspire and motivate rather than criticize or make everyone eat 100% vegan. Instead promote small changes and increase awareness and knowledge that a vegan diet can be healthy.
Of course having nutrition knowledge helps as well as living in a country with lots of vegan options and having family and friends who are supportive and/or interested in a vegan diet.
Basically…. if you are vegan and want to work with nutrition, know that you are important and can make a difference.
I am not someone who wants to work only with vegans or aspiring vegans, but i know that i atleast have my niche and that vegans or aspiring vegans can always turn to me for advice or help!!!
A healthy vegan can make alot more difference than an unhealthy vegan!!
I thought I’d write a post about gluten intolerance, celiaki and IBS soon as well as i got some extra inspiration from one of the other lectures i listened to!!