Saw the Vegan Diet on Oprah, went to the library , found the Kind Diet, read the book & my new life began! No flirting for me as I just wanted to do it & do it right. It's a month so far & loving it considering previously I was a complete 'sugar addict'. Not missing a single thing.
Darling Hubby who is a body builder decided after my first week that he wanted to do it. So again, no flirting just straight into it. Bless him, he is starting to enjoy it, having been a 'meat man' for many years as body builders believe you need the meat to get the protein! But after doing his own reasearch he now knows - this is not the case.
Anyway, to be honest I need to find more receipes especially for children as we have a fussy 6yr old & an 18 month old. My aim is to make my whole family a Vegan one. Also looking to plant a vegetable garden this year. This will be interesting as I can't even maintain a house plant!
So watch this space, but in the meantime - Thank you for such a great website.
I am loving it too! As far as feeding your children, just feed them what you are eating for your meals. That way you are not setting the presidence for picky eaters.
Although I was not a vegan while my kids were little I never made anything different for them that the rest of the family was eating. I am a nutrition educator and research shows that children need an exposure of at least 10 times to a food before they can make up their mind if they like it. So a child may not like or say they don't like a new food the first or even the 6th time they are presented it, but may end up likeing the food eventually.
My oldest didn't like this cranberry rice that I just loved, I kept serving it to him anyway. Now when he comes home from college he asks when I am making that wonderful cranberry rice he loves.
It also makes your life easier because you don't have to come up with separte meals for the kids. One of the other soccer moms at my sons games said she made sparate meals for every member of the family because she started that way when the were young. Yikes!
Yes I was & sort of still am like your friend! I made different meals for everyone. Sometimes my picky eater would make me cook four different meals because he changed his mind! I know it's crazy but I just didn't want my son to go to bed hungry. It took me a while to learn from it & now he if doesn't eat it then he goes without.......well sort of!!
But I will definitely start to give them what we are eating.
Tracie! Congrats! Isn't it exciting to take control over your food! I can't tell you how much happier, more peaceful, more joyful my husband and I are since going vegan. We were vegetarians for a couple years, but the final step to veganism really made a huge difference for us. I don't have kids, but I think age 6 and a toddler are young enough to get them on the journey easily. Kids eat what they see their parents eat. You should be very proud of yourself!!! Keep us posted on your journey! And you'll love growing your own veggies. It's really fun. It's work, but it the "right" kind of work for your mind, body and soul.
Tracy....wonderful advise! It makes me so happy to read about mom's who are really invested in their kids food. It's so important and it's such a huge problem in our country. You are a true supermom!
Hi Tracie..I'm up north from you in Prince George,we are being buried in snow.Yikes I can't wait for spring.I have a 5 year old boy and my husband who are still eating meat..I will convert them.lol.Right now when i make my meals I make everything but, my husband is making his meat.I am trying new things with them.I am taking baby steps and I know once I find some things we like I can get them to change.How are you finding grocery shopping in Kelowna? In PG some things are difficult not alot of variety.Our Save on Foods is getting better,nothing at the Walmart,we have one bigger health food store.It's not really convenient to get to though.But, i will make it work.Any brands of meat substitutes you and your husband like?
I am going to plant some containers again this year.My son shocked the people at the plant store last year when he new all the herbs.They are his favorite thing.We did strawberries in a pot to...He loved them!!I tried tomato plants two years in a row,not the best for me.But, my little guy wants to try again.I bet your kids will love it..and you guys have a longer growing season..so jealous!! Keep us posted how your doing! and sorry about all the questions just seeing you were from BC got me excited.lolTanya
My family has been growing our own garden every summer for the past 4 years-we are in the US. And we have been adding new items to grow each summer. It is so nice to have fresh food from your own yard to eat. We have grown several different varieties of tomatoes and they are all great. We have now added herbs which are easy to maintain. We have also been drinking a protein drink from a company called Mix 1. They are a good way to add some protein to your diets. I have reviewed them on my blog:http://healthylivingnaturalbeauty.blogspot.com/. We are trying to use products without all the bad chemicals and also trying to eat more healthy as well. I have a few friends who are now vegan and they seem to be very healthy. I too have a sweet tooth and realize it's hard to cut the sugar out. I've been working on finding natural sugar substitutes like Agave nectar. Agave doesn't spike your blood sugar levels but it tastes good and adds just the right amount of sweetness to oatmeal, and teas. Once you get used to it, you really don't miss it as much as you thought you would. Good luck on your adventure! Hopefully, we can all one day be eating healthy and using healthy products. It's great to hear others think this way as well.
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