Mum of a Vegan Part 2 – by Ann

Following on from last week, I would like to use the next few weeks to look at some of the practical solutions we have come to for my vegan son to ensure he minimises the risk of deficiencies.  If you are a vegan the nutrients that you might be low in  include beneficial oils, protein, iron,  Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, iodine and calcium.   As a nutritional therapist I have learned about the importance of omega 3  for many aspects of health and the fact that the most biologically available omega 3 comes from fish and seafood.   Benefits of a good omega 3 status include good mood, hormone health and brain development in terms of cognition, memory and focus.  It is also protective of the heart and reduces inflammation.  There is even a suggestion that one of the contributors to the evolution of human intelligence is because our ancestors ate a lot of fish.  Dolphins (considered the second most intelligent species) also have a diet dominated by saltwater animal seafood, fish and shellfish.  These food groups have a very specific range of micronutrients, specifically DHA and EPA omega 3 fatty acids and iodine. Without access to that exact combination in their food over hundreds of generations, a mammal species seemingly can’t evolve a large brain. E.g. sea cows haven’t evolved large brains, because they are aquatic herbivores and not carnivores. Because of this, I had spent all my children’s formative years feeding them fish and giving them fish oil supplements when fish was less palatable to them.  So a lack of omega 3 was my biggest single concern when my...

Mum of a Vegan by Ann

My son became a vegan overnight in January 2018, whilst in his final year of a psychology degree in Bath.  Even though he lived away from home half the year and I am a nutritional therapist, I still found it a challenge to manage.  As a very considerate boy and the oldest of 4 children he had always been the peace maker in the family, the one who would take one for the team and would compromise so that his more vocal younger siblings got their way. However, prior to becoming a vegan he had a lot of research and had concluded that this was an entirely necessary step to save the planet and became quite evangelical about it. This caused some issues in the family as the others were not initially convinced by his views, felt a little judged by him and were surprised by the change in him.  In addition to my children, I had a young lodger staying and had to give a lot more thought towards what we would all eat to make sure everyone was eating a balanced diet and I wasn’t tearing my hair out.  As my son is so well informed and so passionate, other family members began to consider his arguments. There was also a lot in the media about the need for a plant-based diet and some of their friends were also making changes.  After this, different members of the family started to give up different foods. My husband and youngest daughter gave up all red meat mainly due to its impact on the environment.  It is due to the...

Supporting Brain Health

On 7th of February we gave a talk on how to protect your brain as you age. We received very positive feedback from those who attended and plan to run the event again on 21st March 2018. If you have anyone in your family or circle of friends who has been affected by cognitive decline or dementia then you will know how debilitating these conditions can be. This talk would be of particular interest to you. During the talk we explain what goes on in your brain as you age and provide dietary and lifestyle advice to help reduce the risk of dementia and associated conditions. If you would like to attend email Ann Souter...

Spring Weight Loss Offer

 Try the Prodimed Diet and get £20 off the Starter Pack Sign up and give it a try – Offer ends March 31st 2018   Personal weekly support from expert in nutrition No loss of muscle mass No yo-yo effect – advice on maintaining weight loss Well established and medically substantiated Easy to follow Contact us on 07747 791587 or 07947 026366 for more a no obligation chat. Visit www.prodimed.co.uk for more...

Reducing Sugar

There is a lot of coverage in the media about how much sugar we are now eating and how this is contributing to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It is not difficult to see that products such as cakes, biscuits, soft drinks and sweets are high in sugar. However, there are also relatively high levels of sugar contained in products such as savoury ready meals, soups and healthy cereals. We have put together some recipes for home made versions of these dishes which are lower in sugar  and there will be more to come – see our recipes...