I posted on Facebook, asking if you all had any questions about our Vegetarian diets, lifestyle, etc. The questions came rolling in.
FAQ About Vegetarians
Has it been a choice for each of your kids to be vegetarian or is it a current household rule?
We made the decision, as a family, to become vegetarians a little over a year ago. We discussed the reasons, the possibilities, etc and even though the kids are young they thought it was a good idea to try it out. We did, and stuck with it.
As a meat lover I just dont know about denying kids the chance to start with everything and then choose. But to each their own. As long as they are HEALTHY! Which you can do as a vegetarian. How do you make sure you’re kids are healthy? Vitamins? There’s lots of good stuff in meat that is hard or impossible to get in other foods or in the same quantities. Also, what if your kids came to you and said they wanted to eat meat? How would you handle that? Would you let them make that choice?
We were meat lovers as well. I used to call myself a “steakatarian” and made fun of vegetarians because I hated vegetables. :) However, after seeing how unhealthy meat was for us, and after seeing how cruelly the animals in the meat industry are treated, I could not sleep at night if I continued to have them eating it.
I’d like to know which “good stuff” is in the meat that you’re referring to, other than hormones and antibiotics.
If the kids want to eat meat, they can! :) When they buy and prepare their own food.
When and what made you decide to go vegetarian or has this been something you have always done? Also have your kids always been vegetarian and have they ever asked to have something non-vegetarian, if so did you let them have it?
I had a colon hydrotherapy session, and saw firsthand all of the rotten disgusting meat that had just been sitting in my intestines. I spoke with the hydrotherapist, as well as our chiropractor, and even though I loved meat with all my heart, I knew it had to go.
Sometimes the kids eat candy that is not vegetarian, at school or a friend’s house. I’m okay with that. I’m not a super strict vegetarian, really.
I am curious about what vitamins you give them since some would say they lack of certain vital foods.
I have a few friends who have done vegetarian with their kids. I am thinking about with my oldest because he will not eat anything meat wise. My question is how do they get all the protein they need?
Quinoa, avocado, peas, chick peas, peanut butter, nuts, greek yogurt, eggs, beans, brown rice, and oats all have protein in them. Those are just a few of the protein-rich foods we include in our vegetarian diet on a regular basis.
I wonder why you wouldn’t just give them organic meat from a local farm? I understand the objections to most of the junk out there but not that.
If my kids eat meat in the future I hope they choose locally raised meat. I personally have no intention of ever eating meat again. It doesn’t digest well in my body, and it doesn’t sit well with my conscience. However, if I raised my own meat to kill it, it may be different. Then again, I’d probably fall in love with the cows and wouldn’t be able to kill and eat them. :)
How do you handle the kids going to friends homes. This would be a concern for me raising children who are vegetarian. What happens if the parents completely disagree, does the friendship end? do you just make sure they do not go over during dinner/lunch time? do you pack meals for them?
None of our friends, none of our kids friends, are vegetarians. When we go to our friends houses, they either don’t serve meat or will serve something where the meat is separate. When we prepare food, they never miss the meat because it’s so awesome.
What DO you eat?
Some people get the impression that all we eat is veggies. That’s not the case. We do eat lots of healthy foods, but we make delicious unhealthy recipes, too! :)