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|08-24-2017 07:20 PM|
Some intervention is needed here, and I apologize to Jamie.
Children's dietary requirements are not "very similar" to those of adults.
Adults can benefit from low-fat diets, but low-fat diets are not recommended for children (vegetarian or otherwise). The Vegetarian Resource Group ( a reputable vegetarian/vegan advocacy group led by Registered Dietitians) states that dietary fat should not be restricted for children under the age of 2: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/kids.php. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees: Dietary fats should not be restricted for children under 2 years of age: https://www.healthychildren.org/Engl...olesterol.aspx .
This is why it is advisable to seek advice from a Registered Dietitian (Accredited Practising Dietitian in Australia), rather than seeking advice from the blogs of individual vegans.
We adult vegans can afford to mess up our diets here and there, but we need to be careful when it comes to the diets of vegan infants and young children. Childhood is a time of critical and rapid development, and nutritional deficiencies can cause lifelong problems.
|08-24-2017 05:02 PM|
|Jamie in Chile||
Hi welcome to the forum. Don't use a general doctor for this. They get very little training. Instead go to a nutrionist and a vegan one might be ideal but any should be OK I suspect.
https://whytryveg.wordpress.com/2017...gan-nutrition/ is a short blog I wrote for nutrition requirements. Check references 1 and 2 if you want more detailed requirements. For children, focus slightly more on calcium (for forming bones and teeth for instance) and protein than you would for an adult, but the requirements are very similar.
Make the change slowly and steadily, especially for children.
I don't really want to advise month for a 15-month old specifically, but I know it is possible and can be done healthily.
|08-23-2017 06:59 PM|
You and your family will be relieved to know that many mainstream health organizations approve (and even recommend!) properly-planned vegetarian diets.
The American Heart Association's statement on vegetarian diets: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Health...32_Article.jsp
The American Diabetes Association's statement on vegetarian diets: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...r-vegetarians/
The Australian Heart Foundation endorses legumes (beans, lentils, peas) as protein foods: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/h.../protein-foods
The Dietitians Association of Australia has stated that properly-planned vegetarian diets are healthy: https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-...ts-the-basics/
You might find it useful to make an appointment with an Accredited Practising Dietitian that is knowledgeable about vegetarian nutrition. In Australia, you can find a local Accredited Practising Dietitian through the Dietitians Association of Australia: https://daa.asn.au/find-an-apd/
|08-23-2017 04:54 AM|
I think one of the biggest hurdles is confronting just how brainwashed we are in what we're 'supposed' to eat. It's time now to explore nutrition, and other cuisines. It gets so much easier the longer you stick to it and like learning a new language, one day you'll find yourself doing it without thinking.
There is no one way to be veg'n. It's really as diverse as being omni-there's lots of processed food, junk foods, desserts, and there is the whole food plant based approach with all produce, whole grains, and unprocessed beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts seeds...and diets with both in mind.
Keep in mind that physicians are not required to have knowledge in nutrition, so yours may be prejudiced against veg diets. I will say that is really starting to change, but be forewarned.
A registered dietician may be a good bet
|08-22-2017 08:57 PM|
Newbie! Need support to stay motivated!
Hey everyone, I'm currently looking to transition to vegetarian and eventually vegan. I'm a mother to a 15 month old and I'm engaged to my long term partner.
I've been doing a lot of research and watching a lot of documentaries and fully believe and understand the benefits of a plant based diet, but my anxiety seems to be bringing down my motivation to stay on track.
My partner isn't fully into the idea but does give my recipes a go.
My daughter loves her fruit and vegetables! I'm still giving her meat every few days until I speak to the doctor regarding the transition for her.
Just hoping to find motivation and strength through this forum