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NBSV 009: The Plant-Powered Dietitian on B12, calcium, and staying vegan long term

The Plant-Powered Dietitian Sharon Palmer

I’m honoured to have The Plant-Powered Dietitian, Sharon Palmer, on the show today. Her award-winning career combines her 2 great loves: nutrition and writing. She’s authored over 950 articles for a variety of publications, as well as 2 books. Sharon serves as the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and nutrition editor for Today’s Dietitian. She blogs daily for her 35,000-member online community, and she serves as a judge for the prestigious James Beard Journalism Awards. She’s currently attending graduate school in order to obtain a Masters Degree in Sustainable Food Systems.

Sharon is here to bust 3 myths for us: 2 are about nutrition (specifically B12 and calcium), and one is more broadly about veganism - the myth that there's no point going vegan, because most people don't stay vegan.

Important topics and points you don't want to miss:

>> Why B12 is important, and how to make sure you're getting enough. (Get your annual blood test!)

>> How to make sure you're taking in enough calcium. (Use a food tracking app!)

>> Research that's been done on vegans and calcium intake. Did you know that vegans overall have a higher risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture than non-vegans? And did you know that when calcium intake is factored into the equation, our risk is the same as everyone else's? So make sure you get your calcium!

>> The myth that most vegans don't stay vegan. Sharon shares her thoughts on why this might happen, and staying vegan long term.

>> From a dietitian's perspective, the specific ins and outs of planning a vegan diet that fuels your health and fitness goals.

Sharon's favourite vegan meals [recipes]:

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