(US/tx) Living with the family's little vegetarian
- [San Antonio Express - opinion]
Lately I seem to be getting the same question over and over: “What do
I do when my child wants to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle?” For most,
it begins with powerful feelings about animals. I can relate: I
refused to eat meat at the age of 6 when I discovered the cows on a
neighboring New Jersey farm were my dinner. Those feelings of outrage
and empathy are real, so if your child feels strongly, it is safe to
support her; just ensure her vegetarian diet is nutrient-rich.
In fact, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that
“well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during
all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy,
childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
How you react to your child's vegetarian declaration is key. Although
the thought of making a separate meal for one child feels
overwhelming, responding to your child with a frustrated “when you
start cooking for yourself, you can eat anything you want” is probably
not the best idea, however tempting.
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