I have been plant-based since before “plant-based” was a commonly used label. I was eating this way before veggie burgers changed colors while cooking, before there was a plethora of vegan milks other than soy, before chain vegan restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, though, I welcome most of those changes.
The first time we visited a restaurant 8 or 9 years ago, my children distrusted everything. They all prefaced their order with, “Is that vegan?” We now visit that restaurant several times a year and it’s an outing that we continue to enjoy. In the beginning of our journey we were a soy milk family. Of course, that was all that the major grocers were selling at the time. We’re now regularly drinking almond milk. My point is that we embrace change, but this new plant-based burger boom frightens me. I’m still trying to figure out if it is real food.
“I don't like the taste!”
“I'll have to use the bathroom all the time.”
“I have a hard time remembering to drink it.”
Do you use any of those excuses, or any other excuses, for why you're not drinking enough water? It's time to consider the health benefits of chugging h2o before we utter another tired excuse:
We were all kids at some time, right? At certain points in our childhood, our peers became very important, and their opinions even more so. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who was tempted to do something that my mom explicitly told me not to do, or tempted to not do something that I knew I was ordered to do. At the time, it definitely seemed worth whatever consequences I would face. Oh, how wonderful it would’ve been if someone had given my mom some tricks to get me to follow her rules!
Well this is your lucky day. I’m going to give you some pointers on how to keep your children vegan in a non-vegan world. Getting them to obey you in other situations is up to you.
Looking Through Vegan Colored Glasses is a vegan lifestyle blog curated by a Black mom and four of her vegan raised kids, covering their opinions on health, food, and fashion.