Michelle is a mother of four, a personal trainer, an accountant, and a counselor. She does not have much spare time! After being vegetarian for most of her life, Michelle switched to an entirely plant based diet ten years ago. We asked her a few questions about her personal experiences and views on veganism.
Why are you vegan?
I’m vegan for ‘all of the above’ (compassion, health, environment etc.).
What interactions and reactions (both positive and negative) have you experienced that you would attribute to your vegan lifestyle?
Reactions? It’s hard to say. I think some (omnis) are reluctant to get to know me because “she’s different” and there’s always the questions about ‘why’ and ‘what do you eat’? which seem to be more sparked by fascination and disbelief than any real interest in the topic. I also get people openly talking about their uncle who has a farm and slaughters his own animals (what the?). Positive – so many people comment that I look too young and too fit to have 4 kids. I tell them it’s my lifestyle but I’m not sure they make the connection.
What’s your favourite food?
Fav food – too hard, next question (provided it is plant based and healthy there’s not much I don’t like).
What are your views on raising children on a plant based diet? Have you raised your kids vegan and how did you find it either way? Any struggles or triumphs?
All of my kids are vegetarian (their choice) and my baby is so far vegan. I view it as fantastic provided they get the right nutrition. All good so far – just need to remember to advise parents at kids parties that my child is vegetarian.
What animal do you most identify with and why?
I identify with cats and dogs because I have both living with me.
Do you think it is ever too late to go vegan? Why/why not?
(It’s) never too late to go vegan. With the right knowledge it is easy, especially as there are so many options now compared to 30 years ago when I went veggie.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking of cutting animal products from their diet?
Arm yourself with knowledge so you can have a healthy diet, don’t be afraid to try new things, don’t be discouraged if you don’t like something, there are plenty of options. Stick with it, it will get easier when your body adjusts and you will feel good for it.
A Note From The Raise Vegan Staff
Don’t forget to check out the Facebook Group Vegan Eats For Smaller Feet, for some great ideas on easy peasy meal ideas for that amazing plant based family! If you’re looking for other like minded parents, we have the main group, Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting, over thirty thousand parents, all Raising Vegan! From homeschooling, to food and everything in between. We have you covered for every over asked question that may come your way. Check out articles such as Support Versus Judgement, How To Deal With It and Nature Related and Botanical Baby Names.
Raising children vegan is sometime wrought with worries about nutrition, and doubts from outside influences. You are doing an amazing thing for your kids, the planet, and most importantly, the animals. We thank you, we are grateful to you, and we admire you! Keep on rocking vegan parents, we are changing the world together!
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