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Please share some do's and don'ts when it comes to a vegan diet.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Regularly: Regularly consume blue or red fruits, such as raspberries or blueberries for long-term health.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Keep: Keep a very varied diet for optimal health. Be willing to try any and all natural non-animal foods.

Answered 5/25/2014

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Dr. Martin Fried answered

Specializes in Nutrition

Do: Do consume calcium from milk or soy milk, tofu and orange juice, turnip and bok choy.

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Dr. Steven Charlap answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

Make: Make sure you get enough vitamin B12 as not present in vegan foods.

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Can't: Can't have fish oil? Get your omega-3s from flaxseed oil! actually more omega-3/gram than fish oil.

Answered 10/18/2014

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Dr. Bettina Herbert answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Make: Make sure you get your nutrients: b-12, d, zinc, calcium, iron. Leafy greens and/or supplements.

Answered 8/19/2018

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Dr. Bettina Herbert answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Seaweed: Seaweed can help provide nutrients such as iodine and iron. Not too much though, it has toxins, too.

Answered 3/26/2014

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Do: Do include legumes, nuts and seeds. Don't use commercial substitutes.

Answered 12/15/2013

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Some: Some middle eastern dishes will spice up the diet! hummus, baba ganoush and falafel too name a few!

Answered 2/15/2014

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Dr. Terri Washington answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

Do: Do make sure you get plenty of protein and vitamin b12, don't eat too many carbs.

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Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Consult: Consult a nutritionist and doctor first to make sure you get necessary vitamins and protein.

Answered 5/27/2014

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Eat: Eat a variety of vegetables to get enough proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins & minerals; learn about veggies.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Peter Ihle answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Do: Do be sure it is not a problem for your partner. If you live alone, or just have roommates, you should be fine.

Answered 11/21/2013

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Dr. Peter Ihle answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

U: Myth: you will be unhealthy on such a diet & it is bad for you.

Answered 5/6/2014

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

O.K.: O.K. As long as it includes first class protein from nuts, seeds and legumes.

Answered 7/9/2014

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered

Specializes in

Vegan: Protein is a must! avoid sweets too.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered

Specializes in

Vegan: Protien source is a must for vegan diet, like nuts, almonds etc...

Answered 5/22/2014

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Dr. Daniel Schainholz answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Do: Do eat a colorful diet of fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts! don't be tempted to eat dead meat!

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Vikram Patel answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Watch: Watch the calories not the type of food. Oil, sugar and other carbs also exist in vegan diet!

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Andrew Reeves answered

Specializes in Neurology

Vitamin: Vitamin b-12 deficiency is rather more common in vegans. Consider oral replacement.

Answered 5/31/2013

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Pay: Pay attention to the protein content in your diet if you are a vegan. It is easy to fall short.

Answered 12/16/2013

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Take: Take a multivitamin because vegan diets lack many essential vitamins and minerals.

Answered 6/16/2018

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Dr. Wenjay Sung answered

Specializes in Podiatry

You: You can still gain a lot of weight from vegan diets. Calorie consumption count is still important!

Answered 6/16/2018

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

It: It is important to make sure to get adequate protein, calcium, and iron.

Answered 6/8/2014

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Almond: Almond milk is a good source of calcium without having to consume dairy.

Answered 2/18/2014

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Vegan: Vegan diets lack many essential vitamins and minerals. I suggest a multivitamin.

Answered 1/31/2015

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Vegan: Vegan diets are lacking some essential vitamins and minerals. May i suggest a multivitamin.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Not: Not all vegan food are low calorie. Some of them are packed with sugars and fats. Read your labels.

Answered 4/17/2014

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Dr. Libby Putnam answered

Specializes in Podiatry

See: See a nutritionist, don't just go by blogs and magazines. Vegan diets are tricky to get right!

Answered 9/16/2013

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Dr. Steven Charlap answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

Don't: Don't eat fried foods as part of a vegan diet because it is very unhealthy.

Answered 4/8/2014

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Vegan: Vegan means no animal based protein or products.

Answered 9/17/2013

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Do: Do eat lots of fresh vegetables & fruits. Don't go heavy on carbs and sugars.

Answered 7/22/2016

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered

Specializes in Periodontics

Being: Being a vegan is definitely more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

Answered 1/7/2015

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered

Specializes in Periodontics

A: A healthy vegan diet includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and grains.

Answered 5/16/2014

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Dr. Vikram Patel answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Substitute.: Substitute: almond milk instead or milk, soy instead of meat, fruits instead of eggs, etc...

Answered 3/31/2014

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Dr. John Michalski answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Develop: Develop a friendship with an established vegan to coach you.

Answered 8/30/2013

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Dr. Laurence Green answered

Specializes in

Be: Be sure to take a good multivitamin if you are 100% vegan.

Answered 8/6/2014

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Beans: Beans are a great source of protein.

Answered 8/7/2014

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Dr. Donald Jacobson answered

Specializes in

Don't: Don't act superior to those that don't.

Answered 8/16/2014

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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Remember,: Remember, a vegan diet is high in fat and can be high in sodium. It may not be for you.

Answered 8/25/2013

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Milk,: Milk, honey, eggs and other animal products are not part of the pure vegan diet.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Do: Do see your doctor if you are losing too much muscle mass on a vegan diet.

Answered 11/3/2020

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Dr. Scott Welker answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Quinoa: Quinoa is the only vegan food with complete protein, eat a lot of it.

Answered 9/29/2014

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Dr. Scott Welker answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Quinoa: Quinoa is the only vegan food that offers complete protein.

Answered 10/8/2014

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Dr. Scott Welker answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Vegan: Myth: vegan diets are always healthier. Fact: you must make sure they are nutritionally complete.

Answered 10/7/2014

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Dr. Scott Welker answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Do:: Do: plan your meals so you get complete protein and plenty of calcium. Don't: fry everything.

Answered 10/12/2014

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Do: Do take enough greens, proteins, B12 etc. Do not eat excessive fatty food.

Answered 7/1/2014

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Dr. Cynthia Anderson answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Focus: Focus on plant based choices - there are healthy choices out that don't label themselves vegan.

Answered 4/24/2015

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Dr. Zahid Niazi answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Surgery

Be: Be creative, add herbs and spices, makes it a different meal with the same main ingredient.

Answered 6/12/2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Many: Many regular (non-vegan) restaurants have options that are vegan. Check their menu.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Did: Did you know that there are app's that allow you to find the closest vegan/ vegetarian restaurants?

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: It is important to be certaiain your vitamin B12 an vitamin d levels are adequate . Have them checkd.

Answered 6/24/2014

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Dr. Harry Aronowitz answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Ignore: Slowly eliminate all animal products from your diet. Eat at a good vegan restaurant.

Answered 4/25/2015

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ignore: Ensure you are getting enough protein from vegetarian food sources.

Answered 1/20/2014

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Dr. Martin Fried answered

Specializes in Nutrition

Ignore: Eat plenty of leafy vegetables to get enough folic acid.

Answered 1/26/2014

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Dr. Fernando Juliao answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Ignore: Make sure to balance your protein and fats and carbs!

Answered 2/1/2014

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Dr. Martin Fried answered

Specializes in Nutrition

Ignore: Add a legume to a whole grain for a complete protein, such as lima beans and corn.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Malina Milan answered

Specializes in

Ignore: Make sure to get enough protein through beans, tofu, nuts and others.

Answered 2/8/2014

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Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

Ignore: You must consume sufficient protein to thrive on a vegan diet. Be creative avoid a diet "rut".

Answered 2/13/2014

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Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

Ignore: Discuss ; plan with a registered dietitian before embarking upon a vegan diet.

Answered 2/13/2014

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Dr. Robert Kent answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Ignore: Consider quinoa for a great source of protein!

Answered 3/3/2014

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Dr. Mark Soberman answered

Specializes in Surgery - Thoracic

Ignore: Make sure you get enough protein. Legumes (beans and nuts) are a good source.

Answered 3/4/2014

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Vegan diets aren't for everyone who have digestive issues.

Answered 3/31/2014

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Dr. Girish Kalva answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Eat fresh organic veg. Don't eat raw foods outside of home. Check-EWG dirty dozen full of pesticides.

Answered 2/2/2015

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