Sharon is a Mother of one who is passionate about recycling and does frequent rubbish picks up around her neighborhood. After eating a vegetarian diet for a brief period, she now eats a plant based diet and considers herself to be a herbivore rather than a vegan.
Why are you vegan?
That’s not something I consider myself. Although I do not consume animal products, which includes eggs, honey and dairy products. When asked, I just say I’m a herbivore. Why am I a herbivore? Because it just makes sense. Animal agriculture is a huge contributing factor to global pollution and excessive water usage. Also, the inhumane treatment of animals is a big factor.
What positive/negative associations/ interactions have you experienced that you would attribute to your vegan lifestyle?
Through open minded discussion with several friends and family, a few of them transitioned to vegetarianism. Helping them transition into a healthier lifestyle is a great feeling. But with the good comes the bad, and I find that ignorant or uneducated people are instantly defensive or rude about my eating habits.
What’s your favorite food?
My favourite food.. is it possible to have one? But I love veggie burgers soooo much!
What are your views on raising vegan children?
If the child’s nutritional needs are met: go for it!
Have you raised your kids vegan? Any struggles or triumphs?
I have a seven year old who only eats 1-2 meat meals a week. She does not eat eggs, honey or dairy products. This is her choice.
The only struggle I have is the judgment from others, I was once told that I should force her to eat meat. But how can I do that when I refuse to eat it?
What animal do you most identify with and why?
I most identify with the Grizzly Bear, for so many reasons.
Do you think it is ever too late to go vegan? Why/why not?
It is never too late to start a plant based diet, it’s much better to start doing your bit for humanity than nothing at all.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking of cutting animal products from their diet?
Start off small, if you just jump right in it can be overwhelming. Research online, read books and ask others you know about substitutes and supplements.
A Note From The Staff At ‘Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting’
Happy Vegan Eating! Do not forget to check us out on the Main Facebook Group, where we discuss kids, pregnancy, nutrition and veganism in general. There are over thirty thousand vegan parents in our, all of them raising little vegans.
There is also a Vegan Eats For Smaller Feet, where parents get together, share recipes, swap disaster stories, and generally learn the best ways to hide the broccoli in the food for kids. So it’s worth checking out, and know that even though your kids are vegan, it doesn’t mean they’re going to suddenly love those brussel sprouts and carrot soup.
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Happy Veganing, everyone! We are very happy that you have found us, and you’re raising little vegans. The world needs more people like you.
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