VEGAN DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST
Vegan Dietitians & Plant Based Nutritionists
Optimise your health through the power of plants
The Plant Nutrition and Wellness Clinic’s team has four passion vegan and plant-dietitians.
Our dietitians are all dual qualified Accredited Practising Dietitians and Accredited Nutritionists with Dietitans Australia. Our practice also has an Accredited Sports Dietitian with Sports Dietitians Australia.
The PNW Clinic is located in three locations around Brisbane – North Lakes, Springfield and Hamilton. We also offer Online Nutrition Services via telehealth using zoom or phone.
OUR VEGAN DIETITIANS CAN HELP YOU WITH:
- Transition to a vegan diet
- Meeting your nutritional needs on a vegan diet
- Developing a tailored supplement regime for your needs
- Eating disorder recovery for vegans
- Nutritional deficiencies (iron-deficiency anaemia, vitamin B12)
- Sports nutrition for vegan athletes
- Chronic disease prevention and management (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes)
- Plant-based nutrition for hormonal conditions (PCOS, endometriosis, adenomyosis, thyroid)
- Low FODMAP vegan diet for IBS management
- Gut health and digestive concerns
- Healthy plant based pregnancy
Who we are
Kiah is the founder of the PNW Clinic. She is passionate about vegan and plant-based nutrition and helping her clients build a healthy relationship with food and their body. She believes that eating should be easy and enjoyable – not the cause of guilt, stress and anxiety
*on maternity leave from March 2021*
Georgia loves working with her clients on the pregnancy journey - whether this be optimising their diets in preparation for pregnancy or helping them meet their nutritional needs through every trimester. She works in the areas of vegan/plant based nutrition, prenatal nutrition, optimising fertility and chronic disease management.
Vegan Dietitians & Plant Based Nutritionists
Why eat plant based?
WHAT IS A VEGAN DIET:
Vegan diets are a type of plant based diet where only foods derived from plants are consumed. This includes fruits, vegetables, grains, cereal products, nuts, seeds, legumes and plant-based milks such as soy, rice and almond. Vegans do not consume any animal products such as meat, chicken, eggs, honey, fish, milk and dairy products. In addition to this, many vegans do not wear or use products derived from animals such as wool or silk.
CAN VEGANS MEET ALL THEIR NUTRITIONAL NEEDS
It is completely possible to meet all your nutritional needs if following a well planned vegan diet. This is relevant for all ages and genders across the lifespan as well as those going through pregnancy and breastfeeding. As their are some nutrients that are considered more at risk on a vegan diet, it is beneficial to work with a dietitian who specialises in vegan, vegetarian and plant based nutrition such as the PNW Clinic Dietitians.
WHAT NUTRIENTS DO VEGANS NEED TO BE AWARE OF:
Iron: It is completely possible for people following a vegan diet to meet their iron needs through plant based foods such as tofu, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, seeds and wholegrains. However, plant based foods contain non-haem iron, which is not as well absorbed as heme iron from animal products. To increase absorption, vegans should pair iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods such as berries, kiwifruit, oranges and mandarins. Vegans should also limit tea and coffee with meals, as this contains tannins which reduce absorption. Read more about iron deficiency here.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is the one nutrient that is only naturally found in animal products. As vegans do not eat any animal products, it is important to pay particular attention to this nutrient. Vitamin B12 can be found in supplement form or fortified foods such as nutritional yeast and some brands of meat alternatives and milks. Read more about Vitamin B12 here. To ensure you are taking the correct supplement, book in with our dietitians for an express vegan supplement consultation.
Calcium: As vegan diets do not contain any dairy products, it is important to use other calcium-rich foods. Luckily, plant-based foods are rich in calcium. Good sources of calcium include fortified plant-milks such as soy, rice and almond, tofu, asian greens, soy yoghurts, unulled tahini and almonds. Read our article on what plant based milks contain calcium.
Omega-3 fats: Omega-3 fats are considered an essential fat, meaning that they body cannot create it itself, and it is required to come from the diet. Plant sources of omega-3 fats include linseed, flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds, soy bean oil and algae-based omega-3 supplements.
WILL WE MAKE YOU GO VEGAN?
It is never our goal to force anyone to go vegan. We believe it is a personal choice. However, we are here to educate you on the benefits of eating more plant based foods in your diet to help reduce your risk of long term chronic disease or manage your current condition.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEING VEGAN?
Our dietitians have transformed the lives of thousands of clients through the power of eating more plants. Some of the benefits our clients have experienced include:
- Improved satiety and appetite control
- Reduced cholesterol levels
- Reversal of chronic diseases (diabetes)
- Improved control of hormones
- Better blood sugar level and diabetes control and reduced HbA1c
- Increased recovery time
- Improved sporting/performance outcomes
- Increased energy levels
- Increased trust with their body