My name is Dr. Angie Sadeghi. I am double boarded in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, which is a specialty involving the diseases of the digestive system. My practice is in Newport Beach California, where I practice holistic medicine using nutrition over medicines to treat disease.
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
Great question- please read my story on Rise Of a Vegan.
How long have you been Vegan?
I have been a vegetarian close to 15 years and vegan for 3 years
Why is being Vegan important to you?
As a physician, I happen to have a very deep understanding of what happens when people eat the SAD diet (Standard American Diet). I encounter hundreds of people with sickness, disease, suffering, and I can’t begin to describe the pain involved in witnessing that. Most of us think the medical society has a magic wand to reverse disease, therefore eating badly, so let’s just “eat badly and enjoy life.” I am here to tell you there is no free pass. Eating unhealthy will lead to disease, and as a physician, I can tell you there is no magic wand. As doctors, we are very good at diagnosing disease, but we can only treat disease with pharmaceuticals, and in some cases only capable of prolonging a poor quality of life. The only way to reverse most chronic illnesses is eating a whole food plant-based diet. The only way to prevent most diseases is eating a whole food plant-based diet.
As a mother, I realize the importance of eating a whole food plant-based diet, because I choose to stay healthy and energetic to continue being a good influence on my son, watch him grow up, play with his children and perhaps grandchildren, and not be a burden to him as I age. Instead of him pushing my wheelchair from one doctor’s office to another in the future, I would rather go with him on hiking trips. I teach him the importance of eating a whole food plant-based diet because he has the opportunity to grow up with better nutrition than the previous generations who didn’t know any better.
Any recommended Vegan books?
How Not To Die by Dr. Greger & Forks Over Knives
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
I have started doing videos which I posted on YouTube about once every week. I would recommend watching the videos. Otherwise here are some other resources.
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
Yes of course! I promote eating a whole food plant-based diet every single day. As a physician, I have the responsibility of people’s health and ultimately lives on my hands. This responsibility cannot be taken lightly. I spend countless hours in the clinic educating patients about the importance of eating a whole food plant-based diet to improve their health and reverse disease.
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
Those IG posts about protein are all too funny! “When meat eaters ask you where do you get your protein?”
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it?
Myth: Vegans are hippies and too scrawny. There are just as many fit, muscular, well-dressed vegans, as hippie or scrawny vegans. I have personally noticed, however, that vegans tend to be more knowledgeable about nutrition and health than non-vegans.
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
A large salad with spinach, baby kale, tomato, cucumber, chickpeas, black beans, chia seeds, powdered flax seeds, hemp seeds, and sautéed portabella mushrooms and “Beyond Chicken” on top. Dressing: smashed avocado with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Yes! Congratulations and welcome to a life of health and vitality. Doesn’t it feel awesome to eat healthy and cruelty-free? You have chosen the type of nutrition that is superior and meant to keep you healthy.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Cruelty-free means conscious living, where you think about where your food source comes from, and where the products you are using come from. For me, I can’t eat an animal who was tortured and killed for my enjoyment, when it is completely unnecessary to eat an animal since my health dictates otherwise. It makes no sense to use an animal skin for warmth and fashion, when I know the alternatives are just as beneficial.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Beyond Meat makes it so easy for non-vegans to switch to vegan. Real Prolife Nutrition (protein powder)
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
It is very difficult to find vegan food when traveling outside of California or within California outside of the city limits. I would also like to see more grocery and retail stores dedicated to selling cruelty-free items only. That way I don’t have to research everything. I can walk into the store and I know everything is vegan and cruelty-free.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
I never personally struggled. It’s like one day I finally saw the light and I never looked back. It was very powerful and I am thankful every day. My struggle is when I see people around me killing themselves and ruining their health by consuming animal products. I struggle when I present them the data, yet they still don’t make a change and look the other way. I struggle when I show them documentaries like Earthlings yet they continue to eat meat and don’t care! Wow, that makes no sense to me?!?!