Today we talk to Kristie, a vegan mom raising her kids vegan on a healthy plant-based diet.
One of the biggest questions I get are from parents who want to make the change to a healthy vegan diet and have children that are used to a S.A.D. (Standard American Diet). I don’t have kids, and just know what I know about making such changes through various books and classes. So I thought in honor of vegan mom’s everywhere I would interview some awesome vegan Mom’s about the journey into being vegan and how they transitioned their children.
My interview with Kristie:
1. When did you become vegan?
I became vegan June 2008
2. Did you face any challenges personally in becoming vegan?
The challenges I faced were probably similar to others challenges. I had to make sure I was eating well and not just stuffing myself with french fries and ketchup with a dessert of vegan chocolate and thinking that was the way to go. Also, I had quite the negative reaction from family, that was a tough challenge to overcome.
3. What were your motivations for becoming vegan?
It started out as health reasons and now it’s a combination of health, environment and animal rights.
4. How did you introduce your child to a vegan diet?
My youngest son was a toddler at the time I switched our diets so he really didn’t pay much attention to the change.
5. How have you taught your children about being vegan? What is their level of understanding regarding a vegan lifestyle?
He’s only 3 so we talk about how we don’t eat cows and we are nice to animals. I am trying to teach him that we make different choices than others but that it’s ok to be different.
6. What do your kids eat? And, what do they really enjoy eating?
Jackson loves spaghetti, fruits, avocados, beans, salad and homemade vegan goldfish crackers. He really loves vegan ice cream!
7. What was the hardest part of transitioning your child?
The family judgment and lack of understanding was the hardest part.
8. What obstacles have you faced? (things like handling school, parties, other parents)
Going to parties is interesting. I bring food for Jackson and I, with enough to share, to most events to avoid having nothing but foods with animal products in them.
9. What would you tell a parent who would like to teach their children about becoming vegan, or making the switch to a vegan lifestyle in their household?
Take it one step at a time. It’s a life-long change that doesn’t always happen overnight. Allow for mistakes and do the best you can and be the example for others.
10. What are some of the resources that have helped you?
I subscribe to a TON of food blogs. The book “Raising Vegetarian Children” was invaluable when I needed science on my side and when I needed kid-friendly recipes.