Are Our Kids Vegan?

This is a question I get a lot. Are my kids vegan. The answer is simple, but first let me explain my own choice.

I became a vegan primarily for health reasons. I researched the benefits and risks of both traditional and vegan diets and I sorted through all the piles of conflicting science, advice and food religion. In the end, nothing was (or is) conclusive and I had to place a bet on what was right for me.

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My own evidence that i made the right choice comes from how I feel and regular medical checkups that tell me I am well and strong.

Do kids need a different diet? My wife and I discussed this at length. Kids certainly need a different mix of nutrients since they are growing and vital internal organs are forming, in some cases late into their teens. Science agrees on this, but perhaps more importantly, kids haven’t yet developed the self awareness that I have, nor the ability to communicate everything they are feeling.

If my diet wasn’t working for me I would know from the way I feel (and from my testing) and I would modify and experiment with my diet until I felt right. But I am not growing an inch a month so my margin of error is huge. My kids don’t have that luxury.

So we never chose to make the kids vegan. Since devout vegans will charge that we are poisoning our kids, I will mention that they don’t eat a ton of dairy or meat, but they do get a more traditional diet – although my observations indicate that they eat more veggies and fresh foods than the average child (good thing too, considering it is not always easy to get organic meat where we live and the nasties in regular meat and dairy are insane …
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My wife and I believe in balance and moderation, at least where the kids are concerned and we leave the unconventional and extreme experiments to me.

We can report that our kids are also healthy and strong (backed up by our family doctor).

Me? I am nutty as crazy as ever and I am sure diet has nothing to do with it.

My own evidence that i made the right choice comes from how I feel and regular medical checkups that tell me I am well and strong.

Do kids need a different diet? My wife and I discussed this at length. Kids certainly need a different mix of nutrients since they are growing and vital internal organs are forming, in some cases late into their teens. Science agrees on this, but perhaps more importantly, kids haven’t yet developed the self awareness that I have, nor the ability to communicate everything they are feeling.

If my diet wasn’t working for me I would know from the way I feel (and from my testing) and I would modify and experiment with my diet until I felt right. But I am not growing an inch a month so my margin of error is huge. My kids don’t have that luxury.

So we never chose to make the kids vegan. Since devout vegans will charge that we are poisoning our kids, I will mention that they don’t eat a ton of dairy or meat, but they do get a more traditional diet – although my observations indicate that they eat more veggies and fresh foods than the average child.

My wife and I believe in balance and moderation, at least where the kids are concerned and we leave the unconventional and extreme experiments to me.

We can report that our kids are also healthy and strong (backed up by our family doctor).

Me? I am nutty as crazy as ever and I am sure diet has nothing to do with it.

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