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I gave up all dairy and red meat first for health reasons. My family totally understood because it was making me sick. Now I have decided to give up fish and white meat because of what I have learned about the animals and the health benefits. My mom is totally disgusted. I don't understand why chemicals and animal meat is o.k. but healthy organic fruits and veggies are not. She swears I wont be healthy and keeps questioning "Your not going to make my grandchildren eat this way are you?" How do I explain to her? My husband as well. He is o.k. with me eating healthy but he makes comments all the time and doesn't want the kids to be vegan. What are some good facts or ways to explain my choices to them and explain how good this could be for our kids. (We have 3 great kids)
 

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Kelly, first of all, you are an adult. You don't have to answer to your mother anymore.


Isn't it funny how you're expected to "explain" yourself to them, yet if you asked them to explain themselves to you (in terms of the specific health benefits of the foods they eat) it would be considered absurd?

As far as what to tell them... why don't you verbalize for US why you want to be vegan, and perhaps that will help you with figuring out how to explain it to your family? I do think your husband has a right to this sort of information.

Here are a few links (of many!!) for you to read/print out and have them read.

http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...3_ENU_HTML.htm

http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/adapaper.htm

http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/WhyVegan.pdf

http://www.vegfamily.com/

http://www.vegan.org/about_veganism/environment.html

http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...3_ENU_HTML.htm
 

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Thanks for the pep talk. I printed some stuff out for my mom to read. I don't need her permission but she is one to never let it go. My kids know it is there choice. I plan to teach them more information (I have hope) but I want it to be there choice. At this point my husband is far from going animal free! I hate cooking for him GROSS!
 

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Sounds like you are almost on the same path I was, dairy first, red meat second, eggs, third, and finally all meat, all for my health, vegan was the final path for my conscience.

I'm healthy, more than ever. And now I am bodybuilding. No reason not to go vegan, the rest of the food (animal products) is totally unnecessary.
 

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To me veganism seems like the most natural diet -full of fresh fruit and veg (as much raw and unprocessed as possible) and loads of nuts and seeds. The 'gorilla diet'! Ive been brought up pretty much vegan all my life (almost 23 now), along with my two brothers, and no health complaints as of yet. Infact two of us have are very sporty, we're all healthy weights (which seems so difficult for the average meat eater facing almost certain obesity these days) and I have just graduated from uni with a first. I also feel so proud my mother made the strong, almost un-heard of in those days, decision to bring us up this way. All three of us have chosen to continue this diet into adult-hood and I will certainly bring my children up this way. I feel I have been given the healthiest start to life with my risks of cancer, heart disease etc etc significantly reduced. And there just seems to be more and more research coming out each year proving my mothers common sense correct. Admittedly it is all a bit of a balancing act as veganism takes much more thought and planning about what you are eating each day to ensure youre getting everything you need, especially during teenage years. But its worth it. Our secret is hemp seeds! Theyre packed full of essential fatty acids with the perfect balance of omega 3, 6, 9 the protein stuff you need for growth, skin, and brain development etc. Basically better than any fish oil!!! I like the Yaoh dehulled ones and eat them pretty much every day. Theres more info on their website too

yaoh.co.uk

Good luck with it all stick to your guns! Your children will grow up conscious beings with a responsible attitude to food to be proud of. x
 

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I very strongly second the recommendation about 'Disease Proof Your Child'. It is a book about feeding kids right in order to promote their optimal future health. It is definitely the answer to anyone who is worried about what a vegan diet 'will do' to young children. This is the book that I give to expectant mothers at their baby showers. I only wish that every parent would read this book.

Claudia
 
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