Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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  1. How to talk with an 18 year old about his newly adopted vegan diet?
    Our son in his first year of college has adopted a vegan diet. He’s a science/math type and very serious about it, but my sense he has too simple a view of the risks and benefits. Any suggestion about how to talk with him that will not get his defense mechanisms up? (at the beginning of the semester we had a bad scene when mom questioned him about it, but now we are finding some calm and acceptance).

    1. I’d start with why he decided to be vegan. If it’s for ethical or moral reasons, it’s going to be hard to convince him otherwise by talking about Iron or Omega 3 fatty acids. The truth is, most teens could use some work on their diet, vegan or not. I’d encourage him to eat as healthy as he can on a vegan diet – so lots of veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds, rather than relying on pasta and bread or meat substitutes to fill him up. Moving from a SAD (Simple American Diet) to a whole foods and plant based diet is a huge step toward better brain health, whether he is eating animal products or not.

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