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Vegan childrens health<br><br>
I have recently had many struggles in trying to provide a balanced diet for my children. We were all vegan then switched some weeks to being veggie then me panicking about heart disease etc. and us going back to being vegan.<br><br>
I actually think I have some kind of food disorder as I carry a lot from my abusive childhood, but my 4 year old only eats : white pasta, carrot, broccoli, apple, rice cakes, tubes of pate, potatoes, burgers/sausages(specific ones) breakfast cereal , marmite sandwiches and bits of soya milk. I know this can't be balanced but she is healthy enough visibly, it's her future health I stress about.<br><br>
I guess I want a reassurance that me saying <you can't have that cheese it's cows milk> or <that cake is not vegan> is not gonna have any adverse affect on their adult eating habits. I'd value your opinions.<br><br>
Is there anyone on here who's kids - who know about why they are vegan- but still ask for ice cream when we are out, and cakes at parties even when a vegan alternative is offered? My friend is vegan but her kids have chosen to eat veggie stuff which she will buy and prepare for them. She says she has chosen to be vegan and you can't MAKE someone be a vegan, it has to be their choice. Any opinions on any of this? Thanks xx
 

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<a href="http://www.vegfamily.com/" target="_blank">http://www.vegfamily.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
Also, read up on Dr. Benjamin Spock's child-rearing suggestions.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck.<br><br><br><br>
PS - I'm in favor of offering choices, when someone is old enough to make them conscientiously.
 

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First of all, you are too stressed about this. Go have a bubble bath, a glass of bubbly (alcoholic or ginger ale w/ a lemon slice) and then we'll talk.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
ok back? ah good.<br><br><br><br>
I'm a firm believer in kids eating what I put in front of them or they don't eat. It is amazing how quickly picky eating disappears. It is magical. Sure, they fuss and cry for a couple days, but they get over it. They don't know how to starve themselves, so they'll give in and eat eventually.<br><br><br><br>
Telling them they can't have cow's milk is no different to me then saying you can't have candy. They may or may not sneak it when out of sight, but you won't know, so it doesn't matter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> They may grow up and remain vegan. They may not. You can't worry too much about it.<br><br><br><br>
Still, if you're having a hard time feeding them a vegan diet, perhaps a lacto-ovo diet would be better for your family.<br><br><br><br>
As for heart disease, consuming low fat dairy options in small quanities will not cause them to drop with a heart attack in 20 years. Heart disease, for many people, comes from a lifetime of improper living, including too much animal fat, not enough exercise, not enough fibre, and/or smoking. Even family members, who have had massive heart attacks, were told dairy is alright, in small quanities and low fat versions.
 
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