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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Vegan Baby

So Blu doesn’t eat any animal products. And now that the laughter has died down, let me explain. I am not comfortable feeding my baby any animal products. I have been advised to feed him eggs, chicken, meat, etc. No can do. At least not before he turns one. And now the obvious question – am I a vegan? I wish I were but while I am gradually, painstakingly trying to reduce my own animal product consumption, I am trying to delay his consumption of said products for as long as possible. Seriously speaking, I am afraid, very afraid of what we’re eating in this country. I haven’t seen any of the scary stuff that I’ve heard people talk about. However, from what I understand about how poultry and beef are processed, I wish I had been raised vegetarian. Vegan, in fact. It really is scary.

How did this go from Blu to me? Typical. Anyway, so please for the next few months, don’t nobody try to feed my son any animal products. For real, I'm afraid someone is going to try to sneak behind my back and give him something on my contraband list. Let’s give him at least one year of ‘safe’ foods, okay? After that one year, we’ll see if we can go two, then three, then four. Maybe at four, he’ll decide he doesn’t want to eat meat and then he can convince his mom and dad to leave it alone. I know a little boy that did. Blu, please help us.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

um i don't know if that's a good idea but no be me get child. for someone who is just starting out in life, id say he needs all the help he can get and you can get your meat and dairy stuff from certified and local organic kind of ppl. when u are vegetarian talkless of vegan, its really hard to get some of the nutrients you need, so all the work you put into making nice tasting vegan ish can be put into finding nice meat stuff. as for Peta type mistreatment if thats what ur worried about, theres farms that kill their cows humanely lol.

but in all honesty, i know ppl who do it, but i dont think its the best. did you talk to your doctor?

2:27 PM  
Blogger KemiMamaLopes said...

As long as Blu is getting a balanced diet with the protein he needs. Check with the Medics though, just to be on the safe side. Lopes has probably eaten 5 eggs in her 4 years. She can't stand the stuff.

4:59 PM  
Blogger SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

lol! Hey, I don't blame you. I kept all my kids organic for a year. It was hard but I did it. And my first daughter prompty got an ear infection a few days after we switched her to normal food.

Anyway, it is easy to keep a child vegan//vegetarian as there are options. It just takes a lot of time and money. But, I am sure your baby will be better off for it. However, if the child grows up, comes home from a birthday party and promptly curses you out for never introducing him to barbecue and burgers - you will be in trouble.

=)

8:45 PM  
Blogger Gbemi's Piece said...

To all who commented: I responded but apparently blogger didn't save it. Let's try again, shall we?

@ Anonymous - I shared the same concerns until I found out that there were many veggie options for protein that he already liked. Another one of my concerns about animal products is the fact that very soon (if we haven't already) we'll be buying cloned animal products without even realizing it.

@ Kemimamalopes - He's getting the balanced diet he needs, met with a doctor and we're okay. How is Lopes???

@ Solomonsydelle - How ridiculously expensive is it to eat organic? It's too bad, really. I am hoping that the more people demand it, the less expensive it'll get. Your comment about him cursing me out is too funny! Unfortunately, I don't think he'll stay veggie for too long. His daddy is not really feeling me on this :-(

12:56 PM  
OpenID goodnaijagirl said...

I think as more people really get turned on to the organic thing, more farmers will be motivated to do what they have to do to get their farms certified as organic and then prices will go down.

(I hope)

I never used to worry about the genetically engineered or modified animals becoming the meat of the future but now I don't feel so comfortable with the idea...

Does this mean you have to prepare two different meals? My lazy self would have a hard time with this!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Gbemi's Piece said...

Hi goodnaijagirl - I'm intrigued by your name and have to check out your blog! Em no, I won't be preparing two different meals. There'll just be lots of options. Besides, when you think about it, a lot of our Naija food is veggie already so it shouldn't be a difficult transition.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just started reading your blog so i dont know how old your child is? having said that,, if you are still breast feeding him and you yourself eat animal products-meat, eggs and the rest...then you child is really not a vegan because he gets his nutrients from what you take in....however,if he is a toddler, how are you sure nobody has given him animal products to eat???
just wondering sha...

7:32 PM  
Blogger Living Pure Loving Life said...

Pt (2) I mean detox yourself your makeup lotions shampoos cleaning products. Go for it detox your life your home. we do not need all the harmfull chemacals. When we have alternatives that do not harm the enviroment or us. And before I forget vegans have only been found to be lacking vit B12. Those on a normal diet are found to be lacking 8 vitamins. So whos doing it right???? You should know by my stance in lifestyle my opinion on that. Also hun I do not worry about being fat. If you are eating a vegan whole food diet with as little processed food. You will be in great shape. Any way good luck dont forget to take your B12 make sure it is a good methylcobalamin b12. The other forms of B12 they sell to everyone damages your nurves. Be sure to never give your baby MSG they hide it under many names so look it up and be a wise shoper. No salt or sugar its too hard on developing kidnys. JUST REMEMBER MAMA KNOWS BEST. And thankyou for bring a openminded vegan in to this world full of mindless consumers. Hurrah for us. We have broken free of the sickness producing saturated fat in the very unhealthy mainstream diet. Yes us vegan have 0 saturated fat in out diets. No heat attacks for us. Also we are not consuming all the bovine groth hormones antibiotics and other nastys. We are making an effort to emprove the world we live in. And We are the change... I dont know you but I love you for making this chioce. And try not to judge the outher moms who question your childs much better diet. There is no vitamin meat. Dairy actualy takes calcium from us. Just give your child a good multi vit when they are older made for vegans. And rest sound at night that your child is stronger growing faster and smarter then the other childern. Sorry people its true our kids dont have all that junk to process so our childs bodys can focus on growing insted of dexoing all the excito toxins antibiotics hormones. Word of advice avoid soya. It is way to processed to be good for us. It also has hormones. And before any meat eatters try to use that as amo. You have animal hormones in you making you act like an animal. Sorry but its true. All that radge and blood comes at a price and that is your health. You suport the murder of our fellow beings without morning that is heartless. Thats why all the saturated fat in the meat dariy & eggs you consume will give you a heart attack. The number one cause of death in america... Have a heart go vegan. My body is not a grave yard. My body is pure. Blessed be and I wish you luck on your path to enlightenment.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Living Pure Loving Life said...

Pt (1) Ok I am vegan and I am raising my son vegan. Meat is too hard on little peoples tumm tumms. Here are some of the things you should be giving your lovely vegan super baby. For protien *Quinoa* other porradge oats are good but quinoa is a nutritional power house. With just as much protien as any meat and more vit and minarals. Hemp protien is so high in omega 3 and 6 a little a day will kepp your baby strong and healthy. Omega 3 & 6 are importiant for Building that powerful vegan brain. Milled flax seed everyday. Avocado high in good fat such as omega 3 & 6. Lots of seeds and baby loves smothies I give my son acai berry powder goji berry flax hemp and all kinds of fruit in his smothies. Remember the more kinds of foods the better when he is 6 months and older. At first when adding new foods give it time and make sure your baby has no reaction.. As you would do on a regular diet this still applys to a vegan diet. Get a dehydrator to make your child healthy snacks fruit roll ups banana chips and why not try going raw once a week??? When they are older. When they are 8 months old start giving them mellons they love nice cold melon straight from the fridge when they are teething. Dryed mango to chew when they are teething. I made breast milk hemp seed ice pops when Kieran was teething just blend it and freeze. Talk about a super food.... Healthy and soothing. Also go organic for the first year at least. Sweet potatos mango squash barley oat meal. "Lentals and pulses need to be eaten once a day." To maintain a healthy vegan diet. Raw cold pressed Coconut oil is the best for you and baby not only for skin but to eat.. It is the closest fat in the world to the fat found in our sacrid magical breastmilk. I call it this because thats what it is. It can be put on cuts ear infections used as a toner any way look in to it breast milk is amazing. And no doubt the only milk we have the right to drink is our mamas milk. Vegans have the cleanest milk in the world. Normal diets have so mant pestacides hormones antibiotics seriously how scary. also know that what you put on your skin goes to your breast milk so just go organic ok mama.

10:08 AM  

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