Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to eat plant-based?
A plant-based diet is a spectrum. We support a range of different dietary patterns including vegan (100% plant-based), vegetarian and semi-vegetarian futures and expecting mums. All plant-based eaters are welcome, without judgement.
What are the benefits of a plant-based pregnancy?
For mum, the science points to multiple health benefits including plant-based mums being less likely to develop gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and postnatal depression. This comes from eating a diet that heavily consists of vegetables, fruit, grains and omega 3’s. Some small studies have also shown that vegan women that choose to eat vegan during pregnancy have fewer caesarean sections.
Plus, plants are shown to be protective against some female cancers.
Good for Bub
The first 1000 days can make a pretty big difference to the health and development of your unborn child. From preconception, right through to toddlerhood, this window of time has been termed ‘early life programming’ where the environment (including diet) around your bub impacts their health as not only a little chickpea, but also as an adult.
Good for the Planet
According to the United Nations, the world’s population will grow to 9.8 billion people by 2050, and the way we currently grow and collect our food is unsustainable. So how can changing to a plant-based diet change this?
For example, something as small as replacing beans for beef in general diets could achieve a reduction of cropland by 42% and 46%, as well as a 74% reduction of GHGEs.
Overfishing is also a major source of toxins including dioxins and N-nitroso compounds, so reducing these numbers will reduce the toxins put out into our planet.
Vegan diets have been proven to produce the lowest levels of GHG emissions.
It’s a no brainer; help the planet, and feeling amazing doing it.
Why choose a plant-based pregnancy?
Choosing to eat plant-based is a safe and healthy option before, during and after pregnancy and has multiple health and environmental benefits.
A 2019 report published in the Lancet journal titled ‘Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT- Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food sources’ shows that by simply adopting their dietary recommendations of which include eating more plants and basically little or no animals foods, as estimated 10-11 million deaths per year can be saved by the year 2030.
Choosing to eat plant-based during pregnancy is the greatest gift you can give your unborn child as you are not only supporting their health but ensure they inherit a kind and sustainable future.
What is Tree's for the Future?
Trees for the Future is our charity of choice, so for every digital product sold, we plant a tree on your behalf.
Trees for the Future are a not-for-profit organisation that teaches farmers sustainable practices to put nutrients back into the soil and cultivate forest gardens that provide nourishment for their families without degrading the local ecosystem. It’s true sustainable farming.
How do the meal plans work?
Our meal plans are 100% vegan and ‘partner proof’.
You may be thinking – what does ‘partner proof’ mean?
Partner Proof = minimal steps and easy to follow measurements
A plant-based pregnancy doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead, enjoy a 7 day meal plan designed for each trimester, without worrying about counting calories or measuring serving sizes.
Our meal plans include recipes and a grocery list, delivered to your inbox every Thursday for the following week and are available in our membership program.
Are your guides and meal plans vegan?
A 100% plant-based diet is our foundation and we tweak from there.
Do you cater for vegetarian and semi-vegetarian eaters?
Yes! All our digital guides are vegan unless otherwise stated. You will find both lacto-ovo vegetarian and pescatarian guides available.
Do I have to eat tofu?
Tofu is a great source of plant protein and soy has been shown to be protective against some cancers. You don’t have to eat anything you don’t want to eat. Our guides include soy.
How long before wanting to fall pregnant should I start preparing?
A 3-12 month period is recommended to boost your own nutrient cup before trying to grow a little chickpea. This will help your body prepare for a plant-based pregnancy and reduce the risk of common nutrient deficiencies, including iron. It will also help optimise your egg health so you are ready to create a baby. Research shows that the lead up to pregnancy is imperative in the health of your future chickpea.
Frequently Asked Questions for Bec
What do you do?
I help the next generation of mums feel confident choosing a plant-based pregnancy that is good for Mum, Bub and the Planet.
Through my digital products and meal planning membership, I replace worry and overwhelm with easy, done-for-you recipes, tools and resources so you can focus on feeling good during pregnancy and spending more time doing what you love.
Who do you help?
Plant-based women (vegan or vegetarian women) that want to have a healthy plant-based pregnancy, care about the environment, are interested in sustainability and understand food choices can make an impact on not only their health but the health of the planet. They often don’t know where to start to implement these choices, but that’s where we come in!
What makes my customers unique? What attributes do they share?
When we first take on clients, they are often feeling overwhelm, self-doubt, confusion, are spending time trying to do the research, they care about the environment and care about their babies health. Once given some guidance and an easy-to-follow meal plan, these feelings settle and they flourish through their pregnancy and beyond.
What results do they get?
They feel empowered to make the right choice for their bodies.
Our clients report feeling confident growing a healthy baby on a plant-based diet and feeling proud of the impact they are making on the health of their bodies, bub and the planet.
How do you do what you do differently?
We give women the information they need to make an informed decision, paired with easy to use digital resources and guides. Our programs are flexible with no judgement and an intergenerational impact.
Soon-to-be and expecting mums come to us because unlike traditional Dietitians and Nutritionists, we make filling your pregnancy plate with plant goodness not only a whole lot of fun, but keeping things easy, healthy and nourishing for mum, bub and the planet.
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