Saturday, 30 November 2013

Raising Baby Vegetarians

I have mentioned before that during pregnancy J and I discussed how we were going to raise Weston (diet wise). His daddy eats meat occasionally, usually fish and sometimes chicken. When he is dining out he will sometimes have red meat. I am vegan (except for some egg whites I ate in pregnancy during the height of my nausea).

We have reached an agreement that Weston will be raised vegetarian with low dairy consumption. There are a few reasons for this, mainly his transition to daycare next year and being able to partake in his Grandma A's baking which is actually more of a soft spot than I had originally imagined.

We have also discussed that if he chooses to eat meat or asks us about it as a later date, we will let him make that decision. This post by healthy tipping point was very helpful and reinforced some of our ideas on the vegetarian debate.  However in our home we won't eat meat. Our home will also probably have more vegan snack foods than vegetarian, and most importantly an emphasis on health and what foods make us strong and healthy.  I am thinking rainbows and "real food" concepts will come into play. After all, we could feed him french fries and oreos as a vegan and he could develop very unhealthy eating habits.  I also want food to be fun and not a battle zone.

In my opinion it is never too early to start thinking about how you will approach these things as a family. It is hard when you have well-meaning in-laws weighing in, and that old myth that it's hard to get enough protein as a vegetarian.  An informed rationale is all you need and some back pocket facts (i.e. there are many wonderful sources of non-meat protein!).

Are you raising (or plan to raise) your little one as a vegetarian (or vegan, paleo, gluten-free)?
Was it an easy decision or did you face some backlash??


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