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Vegetarian Nutrition Counselling

Get a vegetarian diet assessment and personalized recommendations from a vegetarian nutritionist.  This vegetarian diet counseling will help you get the reassurance you are looking for!

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Hi, I’m Alyssa, I’m a dietitian and I offer vegetarian diet counselling. 

Did you search “vegetarian nutritionist near me”? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Services are provided online across Canada, and I offer insurance receipts for online registered dietitian services.

Whether you are new to a vegetarian diet or have experience, my diet counselling as a vegetarian nutritionist I will help you achieve a balanced vegetarian diet.

Vegetarian nutrition can be confusing, and my online nutrition counselling will allow you to clarify what is important for you. I can create the best healthy vegetarian diet plan for you!

A personalized vegetarian nutrition program adapted to you

Vegetarian diet assessment

A dietary assessment from a nutritionist with a practice focusing on vegetarian diets will help you quickly achieve the balanced vegetarian diet you are looking for.

Vegetarian diet planning

Vegetarian dietitian counselling will help you get reassurance that you are taking the right steps to improve your vegetarian diet.

Get your questions answered

Get all your questions answered with the help of a vegetarian nutritionist. A vegetarian diet shouldn't be complicated!

Why work with a vegetarian registered dietitian for a balanced vegetarian diet?

Get a personal assessment

Getting a vegetarian diet assessment with a registered dietitian will help you instantly know what to change. Don’t waste your time trying to do research online and have me provide you with the vegetarian diet menu plan you’re looking for.

Get practical and personalized advice

Knowing the problem is half the battle, you must make changes to get the desired results. I can provide you with vegetarian diet advice to help you act and make beneficial changes.

Get reassurance and support

Changing a habit comes with many obstacles, there is no one size fits all program that will help you eat well. Vegetarian diet advice will allow you to overcome these obstacles and achieve your goal quickly.

Book a free discovery call with me

What are you waiting for? Get a vegetarian diet nutritionist on your side and start your balanced vegetarian meal plan today.

Book your FREE 20-mintute discovery session with me!

Frequently Asked Questions - Balanced Vegetarian Diet

What is the true definition of vegetarian?

A Vegetarian is a person who abstains from eating meat. People often adopt a vegetarian diet for health or ethical issues, such as animal rights.

What is a balanced diet for vegetarians?

A vegetarian nutritionist believes that a balanced vegetarian diet consists of a variety of healthy plant-based foods including whole fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts, and whole grains. Check out my ultimate vegetarian grocery list for a guide to a balanced vegetarian diet.

How do I start being a vegetarian?

Becoming vegetarian is not an overnight process and can take time. A vegetarian dietitian recommends adding more grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits to your diet, and start eliminating meat from one or two meals a week or leave the meat out of one meal every day. Of course, this highly depends based on each individual.

If you feel like you could benefit from some extra support in making this lifestyle change, reach out for your FREE 15-minute discovery session with a vegetarian dietitian today.

What are the 5 nutrients to focus on for vegetarians?

5 important nutrients for vegetarians include calcium, iron, protein, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. A vegetarian nutritionist can work with you to build a vegetarian meal plan when starting your journey.

What are the 4 most common vegetarian diets?

Vegetarian diets vary in what foods they include and exclude:

  • Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, and eggs, including foods that contain them. However, dairy products, such as milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt are included.
  • Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products, but allow eggs.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, and fish but allow dairy products and eggs.
  • Pescatarian diets exclude meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs but allow seafood.

What’s the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

A vegetarian does not eat any animal flesh including meat, poultry, or fish. However, a vegan does not consume any products derived from animals such as dairy, eggs, and others.

What are some reasons people become vegetarian?

According to studies, vegetarianism is constantly growing in Canada with 2.3 million vegetarians in 2018. There are several reasons people are vegetarian, some include: maintaining a healthy weight, reducing animal cruelty, saving money, improving gut health, decreasing chances of chronic diseases, and helping the environment.

Can a human survive without meat?

Yes! Eating meat isn’t necessary for your health or survival as with appropriate planning and supplements, plant-based diets can provide all the nutrients your body needs. Elimination of meat consumption has shown benefits of lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

How do vegetarians get protein?

Vegetarians should obtain protein from a  variety of vegetarian protein sources, including legumes, soy products, grains, nuts, and seeds. Eggs and dairy products also provide protein for those following a lacto-ovo-vegeterian diet.

How do vegetarians get B12?

A vegetarian nutritionist recommends a daily vitamin B12 supplement, especially for those who are starting their veganism journey to prevent deficiency. Foods such as fortified breakfast cereal, nutritional yeast, fortified plant-based milk, tempeh, and natto are also great vegan food choices that contain B12.

What are 3 vegetarian choices for protein?

Some vegetarian protein sources include seitan, tofu, tempeh, lentils, beans, and many other delicious foods you can incorporate into your vegetarian meals.

What are good vegetarian snacks?

Vegetarian diets have become increasingly popular over the years, with restaurants and grocery stores catering to this diet. Some vegetarian snacks include nut butter with fruit, popcorn, nuts, kale chips, roasted edamame, and homemade energy bars.

What is the best plant protein?

A list of the best plant protein that a vegetarian dietitian recommends includes tofu, tempeh, edamame, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, almonds, and quinoa.

Does a vegetarian diet cost less than a similar diet containing meat?

Yes! In general, plant-based food is less expensive overall than meat based on what you can usually buy in large quantities of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, or lentils for what it costs for a much smaller quantity of meat.

What are the best Omega-3 vegetarian sources?

Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats that provide health benefits such as reducing inflammation, decreasing blood triglycerides, and helping prevent heart disease and stroke.

The most well-known source of omega-3 fatty acids is fatty fish. However, a vegetarian nutritionist recommends brussels sprouts, chia seeds, algal oil, hemp seeds, and walnuts for vegetarian sources.

What are the best vegetarian iron sources?

It is important to eat foods high in iron as a vegetarian as it plays a role in energy production and low iron levels can lead to iron deficiency and anemia. Some excellent high-iron foods for vegetarians include soy products, lentils, beans, and cashews. Check out my article on 13 vegetarian foods high in iron!

What are the best vegetarian iodine sources?

Iodine is an essential trace element that helps regulate hormone and cell production and you need a relatively small amount of iodine-rich foods in your diet to get a sufficient intake.

A vegetarian dietitian recommends an intake of 2ml of iodized salt for adults, 1ml  for toddlers, and an iodine supplement for babies.

Some vegetarian iodine sources include dried sea vegetables such as kelp, fruit plants high in iodine such as strawberries and prunes, and leafy greens.

What is the best way for a vegetarian to receive calcium?

Calcium is a mineral that plays an important role in maintaining bone health. A vegetarian nutritionist recommends taking a calcium supplement to receive this mineral through foods such as figs, kale, soybeans, broccoli, and bok choy.

Do you recommend a protein powder for vegetarians?

You don’t need a protein powder but you do need adequate protein for good health! Protein powders are great in addition to a well-balanced vegetarian diet and there are many great vegetarian protein powders on the market you can use to supplement your diet. If you feel like you are having a hard time meeting your protein needs just through diet, implementing protein powders into your diet can help. Consult a vegetarian dietitian to see if this is a good option for you.

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