I'm Sadia, a Canadian foodie and Dietetics graduate currently living in the Netherlands.
Pick Up Limes
restoring health for a life full of zest
Regardless of where I am, my focus is simple: live a vibrant and uncomplicated life fuelled by plant-based foods. Pick Up Limes was created as a medium to share uncomplicated vegan recipes that are nutritious, delicious and visually appealing. It's as easy as that.
By learning more about Pick Up Limes you are joining the movement towards better health. On this site you will find uncomplicated nutrition articles, informative videos, as well as simple and delicious vegan recipes (many are also gluten free) made with natural ingredients, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, whole-food and healthy fat sources, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. By taking ownership of your life and learning how to love the process, results will surely follow. Let's get started.
What is a Plant-based Lifestyle?
A plant-based lifestyle excludes eating or using animal products; foods avoided include meat, chicken, fish, dairy, and eggs.
There are plenty of substitutions for these ingredients that are highly nutritious such as beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, soy products such as tofu, and plant-based dairy alternatives such as soy/almond/rice milks or yogurts.
People follow a plant-based lifestyle, or transition to a more plant-based lifestyle, for various reasons including personal health, environmental or ethical reasons.
For more about my story and transition to a plant-based lifestyle, click here.
What is Your Advice for the Veg-curious?
If you're considering a transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, my advice would be to go at your own pace. Some prefer to make the transition overnight, while others like to slowly transition away from eating and using animal products. There is no "right way" - only the way that works best for you.
If you choose to take it slowly, start with the easiest items to eliminate first. For some it's meat, for others it's milk. When eliminating, try experimenting with it's plant-based alternative such as lentils, textured vegetable protein, or soy milk/yogurt. And if you "slip up" by having it again after eliminating it - don't worry! Start back up where you left off.
What is a Dietitian?
A Dietitian is an expert on human nutrition. A Dietitian helps clients to alter their nutrition based on medical concerns and individual needs. Dietitians are healthcare professionals who assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.
What is your Education?
I attended the University of British Columbia, Canada where I completed a five-year program for a BSc in Dietetics and graduated with honours. This included a 10-month dietetic internship I completed at Vancouver Coastal Health including rotations at Vancouver General Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. All Dietitians must have this training to become registered to practice in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
What is Your Work Experience?
I worked as a Registered Clinical Dietitian at Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia's Children's Hospital, and British Columbia's Women's Hospital and Health Centres, in addition to working as a private-practice Dietitian. I have worked with clients facing various nutrition-related health concerns including osteoporosis, eating disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. I have also worked closely with clients transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, and clients with picky toddlers and children.
What Will I Find on Pick Up Limes?
Plenty of stuff! Ranging from food tips and tricks, to wellness advice, to recipes and more!
I try to incorporate as much of my specialities as possible into the posts which include, but are not limited to: