People turn to Vegan and Vegetarian dietary patterns for their bolstered health benefits or for
their humanitarian or environmental beliefs. However these diet choices have been in the news again with Meghan Markle announcing she is ending her Vegan lifestyle “for the baby”.
Whatever your reason, being vegetarian or vegan is considered a healthy alternative to the standard American or “western” diet. Many women who have been happily vegetarian or vegan for years are now worried if their preferred eating habits are meeting their new needs while pregnant. There is a lot of controversial information about the safety of a vegetarian or vegan diet during pregnancy. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has the position that vegetarian or vegan diets are healthy dietary patterns for all of life’s...
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I am often posed the question, “Which Diet is the Best
Diet?” This question usually comes with an agenda for weight loss. Because hundreds of fad diets have made their way into American culture, and some never die (Hello, Keto, former Atkins Diet), it has become increasingly difficult for consumers to distinguish fact from fiction.
So, how do we spot a fad diet? Here are a few red flags to look out for when choosing a diet.
It’s inflexible. Fad diets use inflexible approaches to drastically change your current diet and/or eating habits. Some diets insist that you cannot eat after a certain time of day which may not be feasible for someone who works, let’s say, third shift. Other diets require you to eat certain food groups at certain times, but there is...