July 31st, 2012 | By Alicia Silverstone
Kind Lifer Michelle Lacroix and her husband made being vegan a family affair, and they have never felt better. Check it out:
“First of all I want to say thank you so much for writing The Kind Diet. My husband and I read it over the May long weekend two years ago, and were inspired to go from omnivore to fully vegan overnight. Our girls were very small at the time (Eloise was 2 1/2 and Adele was 16 months old) so in addition to your book I also did a great deal of research into vegan health and nutrition to make sure that everyone was getting their nutritional needs met. Over two years later, I am glad to report that we are all thriving, and in all honesty, it is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
We recently welcomed a new addition to our family, Armand Gabriel arrived on May 12th, 2012. This was my first vegan pregnancy, but I was very lucky to find a group of doctors who supported our food choices wholeheartedly. I was wondering if I would have any meat cravings, but far from it – I craved apples and chocolate (as I had with the girls) but instead of the ground beef I couldn’t get enough of in my last two pregnancies, I craved all of the kale, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, lentils, broccoli and cauliflower I could get my hands on. And interestingly enough, I was not iron deficient with this pregnancy (although I had been in my last two pregnancies), and still managed to gain the requisite 25 pounds. Armand was a big, healthy baby (at 8 lbs 2.5 oz, he was almost two pounds bigger than either of the girls!) and at just under 6 weeks he is now 12 lbs 4.6 oz! I have been exclusively breastfeeding and am pretty excited that I grew (and continue to grow) such a healthy baby boy on a completely plant-based diet.
I believe our transition to a vegan lifestyle has allowed us to live our lives more consciously, and from a place of much deeper awareness. We were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the transition ended up being, and the abundance of vegan choices available at our local super markets. We have lots of energy, and have never felt better. We have managed to maintain our healthy pre-vegan weight, and our children continue to grow and thrive.”
Congrats Lacroix family! Your story is inspiring!
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