Healthy Plant-Based Nutrition 101 with Kristina DeMuth

Kristina DeMuth is a Registered Dietitian and a Master’s of Public Health Nutrition student at the University of Minnesota. Kristina is a blogger at Moxie Musing and her Facebook page, where she advocates for a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Kristina spent the first-part of her career volunteering as a dietitian in Haiti, where she focused on the growth patterns and dietary intake of malnourished and undernourished children at an orphanage. Over the course of her time living in Haiti, her role as a dietitian greatly transformed as she started to realize the many social and political influences on the foods being served at the orphanage’s feeding center. Throughout Haiti, highly processed foods (candy bars, chips, sweetened beverages, high sodium seasoned packages called “Maggi”), refined carbohydrates, fried food, and processed meats and animal products were displacing the rich, plant-based native Haitian cuisine. Kristina was determined to help the Haitian people preserve their health with their native foods, and spent much of her time revamping the meals at the orphanage’s feeding center and exploring underutilized plant-foods. Kristina has written a nutrition chapter for “In the Pursuit of Orphan Excellence” by Phil Darke and Keith McFarland.

In 2013, Kristina returned to her life in Minnesota to attend school for public health, where she has learned about social injustice and health disparities here in America and abroad. Kristina recently returned home from Uganda—where she conducted her Masters research project, a qualitative research study exploring the use of the Moringa tree for children’s nutrition. Though much of Kristina’s work is involved in international nutrition, she promotes a plant-based diet as a way all Americans can reclaim their health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce the impacts of climate change on the global population. Kristina recognizes that our eating patterns in America influence the rapid shift of eating patterns around the world.

Kristina became a vegetarian 12 years ago, and became a vegan in March 2013 while living in Haiti.

Kristina will be speaking about Healthy Plant-Based Nutrition 101. There are many reasons to adopt a whole foods, plant-based diet, including the countless health benefits! Plant-based diets are associated with lower rates of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, a variety of cancers, and obesity (Lee, 2014). Despite the benefits of going veg, no dietary pattern will provide optimal protection against chronic diseases and provide you optimal energy unless it’s well-planned. Eating ultra-processed vegan food and skimping on whole- foods, may very well result in a nutrient-deficient, sluggish vegan. Make the most of your plant-based diet, reach your optimal health potential, and learn the tricks and tips of eating a balanced, whole-foods, plant-based diet.

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