My nutritionist/doctor said I can’t be vegan

We obviously cannot comment on individual health cases but it is worth noting two things: one, doctors receive very little nutrition training, and two, there are many powerful health reasons for eating plant-based.

The majority of doctors and health professionals have not had any significant nutrition training. Despite diet playing a central role in many of the key illnesses and conditions that harm and kill our citizens, only 29 percent of U.S. medical schools offer med students the recommended 25 hours of nutrition education. On average, U.S. medical schools offer only 19.6 hours of nutrition education1 across four years of medical school.’2

If your trained and qualified nutritionist also says you cannot be vegan, then you will need to ask why. We know of no condition or illness, age or allergy that precludes people from being vegan so it may be that your nutritionist has brought their own views and values to play (there are nutritionists paid by meat, dairy and soda companies, so not all are as open-minded as you might think).

The bottom line here is that if you are keen to try veganism but haven’t done so because of professional advice, go back and speak to them to find out more about their reasoning. We do know of people with Crohn’s Disease who were told they could never be vegan only to find their symptoms disappeared entirely and they came off all medication once they had made the switch.3 4

Vegans suffer less heart disease, obesity, type diabetes and some cancers than meat-eaters,5 and they tend to live longer,6 so there would have to be an excellent reason for you not to at least trial it for one month. Talk to them, come up with a plan, and see how you feel after 31 days of eating a whole food plant-based diet.

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