Food for thoughtMy wife and I realized that simply trying to get our kids to fit in wasnt going to cut it anymore. Our kids, no matter how young, had to understand why we did what we did, and why we were different. We began talking with our kids about the differences between eating animals and eating plants. We began to play games at the grocery store like plant or animal, or all the time/some of the time/hardly ever as we looked at different foods. Our five year old has even go so far as to forego taking the usual toy to show-n-tell, instead taking a coconut to class, starting his presentation with this is just one of the crazy things that we eat in my family. My kids became connoisseurs of all things plant based.
It was then that we departed from packing our kids lunches to look like the many chips, brownies, chocolate milk, and other cancer causing crap that their friends were shoveling down their crusty mouths. We started packing lunches together with our kids, filling their lunchboxes with things like raw veggies, almond butter, bananas, trail mix, and super-juice (juiced kale, apples, carrots, and pears). And a funny thing happened; we began getting calls from other parents asking what we were giving our kids at school, because their kids had tasted it and loved it. Some of them didnt understand that you couldnt find super-juice on isle six at WalMart, but you cant win them all.