Vegan Diet

Is it safe to put my children on a vegan diet?

A vegan diet is not only safe, but is often a far healthier alternative to the SAD (Standard American Diet), especially if done properly.

Being a vegan allows more calories to come from wholesome fruits and vegetables. Including all colours of the rainbow literally creates a nutritionally balanced diet. See your kids bodies thrive off of natural whole foods, check out the healthy eating rainbow to see which fruits and vegetables benefit which systems of the body.

If you are already a vegetarian, why not take that next step with your children? Not only is it healthier for your family, but it significantly reduces your carbon imprint, and saves many animals from suffering each year.

Find out about the diet that will make your kids healthy and happy again. Here is one mother’s touching story.Click Here to listen to “The Kind Cure for Childhood Obesity.”

If you don’t know what vegan foods to feed your family, check out the amazing variety of delicious organic whole foods by clicking on this image:

 

Gabriel Cousens (M.D., psychiatrist, family therapist, and licensed homeopathic physician) explains that dairy products should be avoided by children – especially after being weaned.

From 3 to 10 years old children are in the “Kapha” phase of their lives, according to Ayurveda. Their bodies produce a lot of mucus in this phase. Since dairy products also increases the mucus in the bodies, consuming it on a regular basis will tip the balance and make them sick.

That’s why children with ear aches, constant colds, flu, congestion, swollen adenoids and tonsillitis have been cured just by eliminating dairy from their diets! Dairy acts like a pathogen, aggravating existing health conditions in children.

So if you are questioning safety, it might be unsafe not to put your children on a vegan diet. Just like meat, dairy products contain too much fat and cholesterol, and contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. 


Cow dairy can be scary…

– Mad cow disease is still around (it has even been confused for Alzheimers in humans, only revealed in their autopsies).

– 60% of most cow herds carry the leukemic virus.

– Dairy consumers suffer 3 times more leukemia than those on a “vegan diet”.

– They also have 2-3 times more ovarian, prostate and breast cancer.

– Dairy consumers have twice as high lung cancer rates than those on a vegan diet.

– Casein is a protein that makes up 87% of the protein found in cow milk. It has been shown definitively to stimulate cancer.

– A Netherlands study found 11-15 times more juvenile diabetes developed among children of 3 months to 3 years who consumed cow dairy, compared to ones that didn’t.




More reasons to shift your kids to a vegan diet. 



But what about all that calcium?

More like all that protein. Cow dairy has too much protein – since it is meant for baby calves, for doubling their weight in 50 days, growing 4 stomachs, and weighing 300 pounds within a year! The excess protein causes our kidneys to overwork, in effect leaching calcium and other minerals from our bones. Studies have shown that Osteoporosis is (a bone weakening disease) particular to countries where people consume many dairy products. 



So how do my kids get calcium on a vegan diet?

1. Greens. Dark, leafy greens are the best source of calcium, iron and other essential minerals for your kids’ growth. Get them in every day, whether it’s a salad, green juice, or a green smoothie. 

2. Super foods like cacao also contain good amounts of minerals for bone growth, and healthy growth in general.

3. Seeds and aprouts. Read more about the health benefits of seeds. 




What about the protein we get from meat, eggs and dairy?

Stop! Your kids don’t need any more protein, they probably get too muchif they eat meat and dairy every day. As mentioned earlier, too much protein causes the body to want to neutralize it, drawing minerals out of the bones in doing so!

Meat, eggs and dairy contain much more protein than the body can handle, while natural plant-based foods contain balanced amounts. Skip protein bars – a super food like chia or spirulina is packed with protein. 



But dairy tastes so good, my kids always ask for it. I’ll never be able to cut dairy out of our diet!

If you want to commit to going vegan, you can do it! Instead of going hungry, replace the foods your family used to eat, with healthier, but also yummy alternatives. Taste is key! Also, change starts with you. If you change first, and stick to it, your kids will readily follow.

You don’t have to quit cold turkey, just phase it out. Try replacing cow dairy with more healthy alternatives: sheep and goat dairy(unpasteurized if possible).

Cheese can be the hardest to let go. When I was quitting dairy, a food that completely satisfied my cheese cravings was avocado. It is fatty and creamy, in a totally good way. There are lots of great ways to prepare vegan food. Click here for great healthy meals and recipes. 



I’ve heard of people getting sick when they went on a vegan diet. I don’t want to jeopardize my kids health.

Some people go from a “meat, milk and potato” diet, to just potato. That’s the worst way to go vegan. Instead of just cutting out foods, the key is replacing it with healthier alternatives.

The best vegan foods are raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. If you can give your family 60-80% raw food, you are on the path to optimal health. When you overcook food, it loses its enzymes and up to 70% of its nutrients.

Eating lots of processed foods, potatoes, white bread, pasta and rice, is not a healthy way to go vegan. Stick to plant-based foods, which is the natural human diet – mostly vegetables, with seeds, whole grains, fruits, etc. 



Should I give my children supplements?

With the quality of foods these days, it might be necessary to include supplementation on a vegan diet. It is worth doing some research if you will commit to it long-term. You can take the following vegan supplements:

– Vitamin D (which some people get enough of through sunshine – depending on location)

– Vitamin K2 (natto, a Japanese food, is also a vegan source of this)

– Vitamin B12 (available through fermented foods like natto, sauerkraut, miso, and water kefir)

– DHA (from algae)

Some people decide to supplement, or some choose to include free-range egg yolks, raw goat/sheep dairy once in a while. If you feed your kids fresh organic vegetables from your own garden – unwashed – they will get the vitamins and trace minerals that are missing from most vegan diets.