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#1 Old 02-17-2019, 07:15 PM
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Help for mother

Greetings all,

So my 70 year old mom and I are new to the vegan community. We started on the whole food plant-based diet at the beginning of January. We did it because my mom has a lot of muscular skeletal diseases and I promised to do it with her for support.

I am doing very well on the diet. However, I am worried about my mother. Ever since starting the diet she is not eating enough. It is a fight for me to get her to eat 1000 cal a day. She is eating until she says she feels stuffed but from what I understand about nutrition it is not enough.

Do you all have any suggestions?!
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#2 Old 02-18-2019, 07:31 PM
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Greetings all,

So my 70 year old mom and I are new to the vegan community. We started on the whole food plant-based diet at the beginning of January. We did it because my mom has a lot of muscular skeletal diseases and I promised to do it with her for support.

I am doing very well on the diet. However, I am worried about my mother. Ever since starting the diet she is not eating enough. It is a fight for me to get her to eat 1000 cal a day. She is eating until she says she feels stuffed but from what I understand about nutrition it is not enough.

Do you all have any suggestions?!

Hi Kycl2012, and welcome to the forum,

Because your mother has some rather serious medical issues, it would be a good idea to have a Registered Dietitian (RD or RDN) help you to plan her vegan diet. If you live in a reasonably large city, there's a good chance that there are Registered Dietitians with offices near you. Be sure to ask the RD whether they have expertise in vegan nutrition.


In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.

In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/

In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/

In Australia, you can find a local Accredited Practising Dietitian through the Dietitians Association of Australia: https://daa.asn.au/find-an-apd/

In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx .

In the Nederlands, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at http://www.nvdietist.nl/ .


In the meantime, Kycl 2012, you can boost your mother's calorie intake by inviting her to eat some calorie-dense foods, such as nuts (700-1000 calories per cup) or peanut butter (100 calories per tablespoon). Unsalted nuts and nut butters are healthier than those with added salt and sugar.
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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
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#3 Old 02-20-2019, 11:04 AM
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Great advice from David.

I had similar issues with my mother some years ago. One thing that helped was shakes. You can blend dates, bananas, nuts, and vegan chocolate with plant milks and have that in addition to meals. Also bread and toast with Earth Balance vegan spread in addition to what's on the plate. And attention to grains and beans at meal time, not just veggies and salads.

Good luck!
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#4 Old 09-12-2019, 04:47 PM
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Great advice from David.

I had similar issues with my mother some years ago. One thing that helped was shakes. You can blend dates, bananas, nuts, and vegan chocolate with plant milks and have that in addition to meals. Also bread and toast with Earth Balance vegan spread in addition to what's on the plate. And attention to grains and beans at meal time, not just veggies and salads.

Good luck!
Plus one to this reply. Shakes can really do wonders to our health.
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