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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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A comprehensive resource for parents on how to bring up vegetarian children

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Raising Vegetarian Children is the ultimate guide for fit healthy families. It should be required reading for every parent—whether vegetarian or not!

—Jay Gordon, M.D., F.A.A.P., I.B.C.L.C

. . . a must-have for anyone who understands that how we feed our children says a lot about who they will become. This is THE book for anyone wanting practical and down-to-Earth help in performing the most important job in the world.

—John Robbins, author of bestsellers Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

Here parents will find responsible, caring advice on how to:

  • Respond to criticism from family and friends about their choice or their child's choice
  • Respect and support their child's decision to go vegetarian even if they themselves will remain meat-eaters
  • Prevent their child from feeling isolated from family or friends because of his vegetarian lifestyle
  • Insure that school officials and caregivers understand and respect their child's dietary wishes and needs
  • Cope with dining out in non-vegetarian restaurants
  • Celebrate holidays that traditionally involve eating meat

If parents who live a vegetarian lifestyle choose the same for their child, other family members may shake their heads in disapproval. It's no easier if a kid announces he’s sworn off meat and his family members are confirmed carnivores. Using the strategies in Raising Vegetarian Children, readers can ease family tensions and learn to accommodate the nutritional and emotional needs of their vegetarian off spring. This all-inclusive title also includes tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy.

About the Authors

Jo Stepaniak, M.S. Ed., is the author of The Vegan Sourcebook, Being Vegan and nine other vegetarian cookbooks. Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian and the coauthor of Becoming Vegetarian, Cooking Vegetarian, and Becoming Vegan.

Table of Contents

Part One: Approaches to Vegetarian Living
Chapter 1 Charting the Journey:
Contemporary Vegetarianism
Ethics and Ideology
From Principle to Practice
Changing Directions
Encountering the Unexpected
Mountains and Rivers
Chapter 2 The Inner Landscape:
Psychological Perspectives
Family Unity
Emotional Isolation
Deflecting Guilt
Sibling Interaction
Team Building
Chapter 3 The Beat of a Different Drummer: Family, Friends, and Culture
Being Different
Dealing with Relatives
Teaching Teacher
Interim Caregivers
Eating In, Eating Out
Celebrations and Holidays
Chapter 4 Returning Home: Nourishing Spirit
Establishing House Rules
Communication and Respect
Setting the Example
Creating a Nurturing Environment
Expanding Compassion
Building Community
Chapter 5 An Ounce of Prevention: Food Safety for Vegetarians
Sharing Responsibility
Keeping it Clean
The First Line of Defense
Under the Microscope
Learning Good Habits
Brown Bagging It
Picnic and Potluck Protocol

Part Two: Nourishing Our Children
Chapter 6 Vegetarian Nutrition 101
Are Vegetarian Diets Nutritionally Adequate?
Are Vegetarian Diets Risky? Am I Depriving My Child?
Total Vegetarian Food Guide
Beans and Alternates
Fortified Soymilk and Alternates
Great Grains
Fabulous Fruit
The Incredible Vegetable
Vitamin B12
Vitamin D
Supplements: Yes or No?
The Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acid: Alpha Linolenic Acid
Balancing Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrate
Water and Fluids
Jump for Joy
Chapter 7 Getting a Great Start: Nutrition During Infancy
Nature’s Formula for Success
Nutrition for Nursing Moms
Breastfeeding Concerns and Questions
Diet for Role Models
Infant Formula
Preparing and Giving Formula
Chapter 8 Baby’s Big Adventures: Introducing Solid Foods
Cautionary Notes for Infant Feeding
How Do We Know How Much to Feed Our Baby?
Finger Foods
How Do We Prevent or Deal with Allergies?
In One End, Out the Other
Ages One to Three
Meal and Snack Planning
How Can We Get Our Children to Eat More?
Optimal Growth: The Middle Path
Shall We Limit Use of Bottles?
What’s a Treat?
Will I Ever Have Enough Time?
Chapter 9 Children from Two to Twelve
When It Comes to Food
Together: Creating Health
The Weaning Period
Fast and Slow Growth Periods
Providing Enough Calories
Picky Eaters
Keeping it Simple
Top Ten Meals for Children
The “Perfect” Day
Vitamins—Essential to Life
Eating Away from Home
School Meals
Restaurant Eating with Children
Travel Tips
How “Normal” Do We Want to Be?
Chapter 10 The Unique Needs of Teens
Nutrition and the Teenage Growth Spurt
Good Nutrition: Authority and Responsibility
Social Life, Independence, and Mealtimes
Nourishing Healthy Skin
Prementstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Weight Management: Controlling Gains
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Weight Management: Bulking Up
Nutrition for Athletes

Part Three: Recipes for Every Occasion
Kitchen Magic: Harmonizing Good Health and Great Food
Four Keys to Enjoying Cooking
Making Healthful Changes
Working with Herbs
Use of Oils in Food Preparation
Nutritional Analysis of Recipes

  • Beverages
  • Breakfast
  • Quick Breads
  • Spreads and Sandwiches
  • Soups
  • Dressings, Dips, and Sauces
  • Salads
  • Entrées
  • Vegetable Side Dishes
  • Celebrations
  • Desserts

    Where to Find Information
    Where to Find Products
    Making the Most of School and Camp
    Recipes Index

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