Eating Disorders and Veganism

Are you concerned about a potential overlap between veganism and eating disorders? While veganism is a social justice movement (extending far beyond food) that aims to eliminate animal exploitation and suffering as far as is possible and practicable, its dietary restrictions can be misused when someone is susceptible to or is already suffering from an […]

Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet

The popularity of plant-based diets has grown tremendously in recent years, due in part to claims of numerous health and environmental benefits. Clients who are interested in adopting a plant-based diet face several considerations. You can help clients determine whether these types of diets will be sustainable for them, understand their unique nutritional needs, and […]

Keys for Supporting Gut Health

Who knew that collectively, a group of tiny life forms in our intestines could have such an impact on our health? The gut microbiome, made up of trillions of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses (and their genes), not only plays a role in the digestion and absorption of our nutrients but actually may […]

FNCE® Food Trends 2019

More than 10,000 RDs gathered in Philadelphia this year for the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®). They attended educational sessions, networked, and tasted new and nutritious food products in the Expo Hall. For the third year in a row, I was there for Today’s Dietitian to bring you a rundown of the latest, […]

3 Common Questions From Parents of Vegan Kids

We know that well-planned vegan and vegetarian diets can be appropriate for all ages and stages of life. Plant-based living has gained mainstream popularity over recent years, especially among younger generations. In fact, one recent study found that 12% of millennials consider themselves “faithful vegetarians.” As such, many parents of young vegan families are seeking […]

Eating Vegetarian/Vegan On the Go

Just because your clients are vegetarian or vegan or trying to include more plants and less meat in their diets doesn’t mean they can’t travel stress-free. If they’re constantly on the go and need quick meal and snack ideas, plant-based options are plentiful. When eating vegetarian or vegan, encourage clients to get creative to balance […]

Nutrient Needs for Vegans

Have a client who wants to go vegan? Great! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, appropriately planned vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits and prevent certain diseases. Plant-based diets are safe and appropriate for all stages of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and older […]