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A Young Child’s Thoughts about Transitioning from Omni to Vegan

17 Jun

My son and I came up with this today.

Interviewer: A lot of parents out there don’t want to change their family’s diet because they think their children will have the hardest time. How long have you been eating a whole food plant based diet?

5 year old boy: Since I was 2. I had a lot of allergies when I was a baby and I was sick a lot.

Interviewer: Did you have a hard time changing your diet?

5 year old boy: I miss meat, but I don’t get sick like I used to. And when I do, not for so long. My Mama and Daddy also explain to me that we eat this way, so that I’m healthy when I’m older. Did you know my grandpa’s dad is 98 years old today? He eats a lot of veggies and he still has muscles!

Interviewer: Cool! What’s your fave fruit?

5 year old boy: Bananas with peanut butter and honey.

Interviewer: What’s your fave veggie?

5 year old boy: Raw kale salad with sunflower seeds.

Interviewer: What’s your fave plant dish?

5 year old boy: Avocado sushi.

Interviewer: What do you think a whole food plant based diet does for your health?

5 year old boy: When I have processed foods, I don’t feel well. Once, I ate candy on Valentine’s Day and I was sick for 4 weeks. I know it’s not good for me. When my Mama makes me food like Vegan Soup I feel well again. I also can sleep better at night. Did you know I’m already a world ranked indoor rower? I’ve got muscles to prove it!

Interviewer: What do you like most about eating a whole food plant based diet?

5 year old boy: I don’t get sick! (He really ought to have said “not so often” too… I think he got carried away!)

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A 3 year old's take on RAW

2 Jun
 Our son digging into Zucchini Chips today.
Same recipe as my Spinach Chips without the oil.  I prefer the spinach version, but he seems to prefer this.

It was fun to hear a 10 year old talk about eating RAW foods.  I wondered what my 3 year old would say.  Click here to listen!

Mama: How old are you?
Son: 3 1/2.
Mama: And do you like eating raw food?
Son: I like salad.
Mama (I must be dreaming!): How about fruit smoothies?
Son: Yes!  Of course I do… lots of times.
Mama: How about green smoothies? Do you like green smoothies sometimes?
Son: Yes…sometimes, just in all places.
Mama: What’s your favourite breakfast?
Son: You know! You guess it!
Mama: You like fruit?
Son: Yes.
Mama: You liked the raw oatmeal you had this morning?
Son: No I don’t!
Mama:  You don’t?  How about when you have salads with sprouts?
Son: Yeah!  I like lots and lots of salads in different places we go.
Mama: How about when I make you raw chips?  Do you like those?
Son: Some of those are pretty.
Mama: What other raw do you like?
Son: Kind of…
Mama: Do you like raw cookies I make for you?
Son: No!  I just like salad and potatoes.  (We hardly have potatoes, so I think he means sweet potatoes.)
Mama: OK. Thank you so much for talking to me today.
Son: I’ll now talk on a different line.  Thank You!