Changing to veganism is difficult for some. There is a lot of peer pressure to just stick to tradition let alone the fact that being vegan doesn’t always mean that you are not tempted by the food you once loved to eat. It really is a story of motivation, dedication, education and resistance.
But what about when you have kids? Should you be in control of what they eat or should you let them tell you what they like? This is quite a big discussion among both vegan and non-vegan (as well as vegetarian). Some of you may have seen the movie “About a Boy”. A mother, Fiona, is against processed foods and is a vegetarian. She doesn’t allow her son Marcus to go to Mcdonald's and Marcus gets very upset and expresses that he is different.
This could happen to anyone and the complexity of the situation grows when children start to get older and develop their own opinion. However, research shows that parents are sharing their experience, tips and tricks online for everyone to read and comment on.
When you choose to raise your children in an atypical way, people naturally ask questions. You will encounter some criticism and misunderstanding, but most people are just curious. Inquiries may come from your pediatrician, your kid’s teachers, and your own family members. Your kids will get questions from their friends and classmates. The media will run with shocking anomalies and make veganism sound dangerous.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of resources becoming available to vegan families today including books, podcasts, and online communities with thousands of other supportive parents who made the same decision. Be conscientious, but rest assured that it is absolutely possible to raise vegan kids in a healthy and safe way.
Healthy vegan diets may contribute to lower rates of high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, type two diabetes and certain types of cancer. A move to a vegan diet doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can always start with a plant-based diet and then add steps towards your ultimate goal of vegan if that feels good to you.
Making sure children getenough energy (or calories) is key to meeting needs for growth. Regularly monitor your child’s growth. When feeding your vegan baby and toddler, here are some tips from Healthy Families to keep in mind:
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