Does the NHS recommend a vegan diet AND can you follow a plant-based diet if you're pregnant?
As you may have read in previous posts, my decision to go vegan was an emotional one. It was based on watching a video about dairy-production; so I wasn't thinking about my health at the time. However, a great by-product of following a plant-based diet was that my health improved. I suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I found that it became virtually non-existent when I shifted to a plant-based diet. I also had more energy and I lost weight. I didn't need to, or want to lose weight, but it happened naturally, because I was eating better. As for being pregnant; this is a precious and often emotional period of time for mums-to-be, so I wouldn't feel comfortable telling anyone that they should be vegan whilst being pregnant. This is because I haven't done it myself, so how could I say it with conviction? This video has solved that for me; because there's a healthy mum-to-be who talks about how great she feels being vegan during her pregnancy, as well as, how she feels after the birth of the baby.
The video covers 2 main things. You'll meet someone who's worked for the NHS for over 15 years who recommends a plant-based diet to those who have health issues and you'll hear from a mum who was vegan whilst she was pregnant.
Whilst watching the video, can you spot any information that helps you answer the following questions?
- Which three conditions do vegans suffer from LESS?
- Do vegans need to worry about Calcium or B12 intake?
- Is Vitamin D something that only vegans need?
- Can mums-to-be remain on a plant-based diet without putting their unborn child/children at risk?
- What about infants? Will they get what they need on a vegan diet?
- Does being vegan help babies suffer less?
More about this film...
The entire film lasts 30 minutes. It explores the benefits of being vegan. Some of these are: -
- an exciting lifestyle
- eating delicious food
- consuming healthy food
- tackling the ethics behind making this shift
- global challenges that we face now and in the future.
It was produced by The Vegan Society. Will you make the connection and become part of the solution?
"I think and speak clearer since I cut the dairy out. I can breathe better and perform at a better rate, and my voice is clearer. I can explore different things with my voice that I couldn't do because of my meat and dairy ingestion." Common (hip-hop musician)