Vegan Deli

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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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Exercise

I was always the chubby kid in school who hated P.E. class. I would do anything to get out of it. The humiliation of moving my body in front of all the other kids in a pair of shorts was unbearable. I would try to move as little as possible, hoping that I might escape the taunting and teasing that was inevitable, especially by the boys. The teachers seemed oblivious to my suffering and didn't understand why I was so reluctant. They thought I was lazy.

For a long time, I thought I hated exercise. It wasn't until I was out of high school that I discovered the joy of movement. After reading a few great books on body acceptance, I started working on my body image and started to reject the ideals of a society that dictates that only one body type is acceptable for all women. I realized that there was nothing wrong with my body just because it was a little larger. This realization helped me focus on what my body could do, rather than on how it looked.

I started walking regularly and loved it. Before I knew it I was walking three miles a day and feeling great. I started weight training and really enjoyed feeling strong and confident. I also discovered my current joy, yoga. Yoga helped me finally feel totally comfortable and centered in my body. I became much more in touch with my body, and that led me to decide to improve my diet. I had been a junk food vegetarian for a number of years, and I knew my body wanted more nourishing food. I am now a vegan who makes an effort to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed food. I love and accept my body now, even though I still don't look like our society's ideal. I'm strong and healthy and happy, and that's all that matters to me.

Audrey W.
Washington

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