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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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My Mum

My Mum has always been slightly overweight, not obviously, but it has always worried her. She has tried dieting over the years with no real effect until about eight years ago when she joined a slimming club. She lost about two stones over a period of around eighteen months and got down to her target weight. She was absolutely delighted, and so were we. In fact at one point she weighed less than I did, and that was the first time she had ever weighed less than me (I wasn't so delighted at this bit!).

For a few years she stayed at around her target weight, but then her weight started to creep up again. Not as much as before, but she got to the stage where she felt that she needed to lose a bit again. She has been trying unsuccessfully to lose this weight for a while and was getting pretty annoyed that it wasn't shifting. She said that she was having cravings for carbohydrates and felt this was one of the reasons that she couldn't lose weight. So she decided that she needed to switch to another diet.To my horror she started following a high protein diet.

She began eating lots of meat and fats and hardly any carbohydrates and is now losing weight. When she first told me, I tried to tell her how bad this diet is for her. I searched the Internet for information in the hope that I could get her to change her mind. I did give her some information about high protein diets, and she did admit that any diet that requires vitamin supplements couldn't be a particularly healthy one. However, because she is losing weight, she is sticking to it.

After the initial worrying, I started to think more rationally. I realised that I had been trying to push my vegan beliefs on her, even though I hate it when others do this to me, regardless of what beliefs they are promoting. I know I did it because I am worried about my mother's health, but that doesn't excuse it. Forcing beliefs on others is not veganly, in my opinion. I realised that what my mother eats isn't really important. What matters is that she is happy with her life. She is my mother, and I love her. The love I have for my family is always there no matter how different our beliefs may be. I have learnt a lot from this experience and realise that first and foremost I should treat others with respect, especially with regard to their decisions about what to eat. After all, isn't that what we as vegans hope for ourselves?

Pamela M.
England

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