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The dos and don’ts for a healthy, happy and vegan pregnancy

Mamma Mia!

Having a baby is truly momentous – you want to do everything you can to give your little one the best start in life. So, suddenly your vegan diet is open to scrutiny in a way it never has been before, including by yourself, as the enormity of being responsible not just for yourself, but for this whole new person growing inside of you, hits. Some health professionals are well informed and others simply are not – they may even try to persuade you to give up on being vegan… Don’t listen! When pregnant, I was told I was the only mother of twins they had known not to be anaemic, I proudly responded: “It is because I have a healthy vegan diet, packed with foods brimming in iron.” They looked surprised but couldn’t argue. By allowing health professionals to praise your health status and afterwards telling them you are vegan, throws them in a very satisfying (and hopefully educational) way.

The truth is, a balanced vegan diet is packed with disease-busting, body-and brainnurturing nutrients and is ideal for a healthy pregnancy. Just as importantly, a vegan diet often eliminates many of the ‘nasties’ you need to avoid, including saturated fats, cholesterol-raising foods, concentrated pesticides, cancer promoters, dioxins and mercury. The latter two are in practically all fish.

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About PlantBased

Working on this month’s issue has definitely been a source of inspiration for me – it has given me a new drive to continue improving my vegan diet; not only for the welfare our animal friends, but for my own health, too. Delving into the deep waters of health and preventative dieting, for our health special (p.42), has allowed me to meet some incredibly inspiring people, who are fighting back against their life-altering conditions with bravery, determination and a change to a plant-based diet. Turn to page 50 to read about Dennis’ fight against MS and ataxia. And on the topic of health, we’ll also be looking at a condition which – due to its prolific rise – is catching the attention of medical professionals and the media across the world: type 2 diabetes. Read the raw facts and expert advice on how we can prevent, and even reverse, type 2 diabetes through the power of plant-based food, page 52. Then we’ll be talking to one of our absolute favourite plant-based chefs: the delightful Deliciously Ella, who herself turned to plant-based food to overcome illness, and is now medication-free and controlling her symptoms through a naturally nourishing diet. Ella will be giving us the lowdown on what she eats to stay fit, healthy and active every day. Turn to page 64 to see how she aces planning meals, staying healthy and still piling her plate full of flavour. But, with everything in life, there should always be balance… so after our host of healthy food, you can feel completely guilt-free when cooking up our delicious Halloween feast recipes! From savoury to sweet, we’ve covered all the bases in our spooktacular festive feature and are supplying you with some of the most decadently delicious vegan meals to date (I’ve made the cheesecake twice at home already – you’ve got to try it! P.36). Have a happy and healthy October!