Reasons to sign-up for Trisha's "7 Day Healthy Eating Challenge--Plant-Based Style" from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics releases an evidence-based position paper about vegetarian diets every few years.  Today I share a few exciting statements from The Academy regarding plant-based eating from their 2009 position paper (1).  

Here's what you'll learn from watching today's video...

  • what chronic diseases vegetarian diets have shown to improve or reduce the risk of according to the evidence compared to meat-based diets.  
  • if you have to complement proteins if you're not eating meat.  
  • if vegan eaters do better or worse in certain health and nutrient outcomes compared to vegetarians and omnivores.

Watch the video to learn what the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics thinks about eating plant-based.  Once you've watched the video, be sure to answer today's Take Control Question below.  

Here's a few quotes from The Academy's position paper on vegetarian diets...

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

The authors continue...

"Vegetarian diets are often associated with a number of health advantages, including lower blood cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure levels, and lower risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower overall cancer rates. Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, and have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals."

What does the Academy have to say about protein and plant-based, vegan diets?.....

"Protein Plant protein can meet protein requirements when a variety of plant foods is consumed and energy needs are met. Research indicates that an assortment of plant foods eaten over the course of a day can provide all essential amino acids... thus, complementary proteins do not need to be consumed at the same meal."

The paper also stated that "a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease" and that one study found that "the incidence of ischemic heart disease was estimated to be 24% lower in lifelong vegetarians and 57% lower in lifelong vegans compared to meat eaters."

If you think you'd like to try eating a healthy, plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diet but aren't sure how to get started or just need a restart to get back on track, considering joining my free "7 Day Healthy Eating Challenge -- Plant-Based Style."  Here's what you'll get for joining...

  • 35 free recipes,
  • a meal plan,
  • two free webinars where you can ask me, Nutritionist, Trisha Mandes, MPHN anything about eating a healthy, plant-based diet and
  • 7 days of tips and inspirational emails.  

Sign-up at and once you do, please ask 3 friends to do it with you.  Email them the sign-up link

Now I'd love to hear from you.  Answer today's Take Control Now Question and click 'comment' below to share your thoughts.

Take Control Now Question

What stereotypes or negative thoughts do you or did you have about eating vegetarian that may prevent you from trying to eat healthier?


1. Craig, WJ. and Mangels, AR. 2009. Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets. J Am Diet Association, Jul:109(7):1266-82.