Two years prior to pregnancy I was vegetarian. I didn’t eat any meat, fish and seafood. In addition to that i stopped eating store sauces, frozen food, processed and junk food. Do I have to mention that I felt great and was healthy as I’ve never been?
So now I am ready to start that journey all over again. But with just one amendment, I want to offer this lifestyle to my child to (I don’t even suggest it to my husband, the men loves and needs his meat).
For now I will keep fish in our menu but I will try out some vegan dishes. Especially excited to try out all those vegan cheeses, milk, yogurts and other animal replacements. Since me and my child love harvest produce and new food, I think it’s going to be fun!
Now about the cons, usually it comes in a face of society, grandparents, pediatrician, teachers, neighbors and you BBQ loving friends. When I went vegetarian for the first time, I was so naive and I thought I can prove my point and might open someone eyes, help them understand me…I think at some point we all get to that stage! Now I realize that there is no matter in answering all those question that people ask, (like “where would you get your protein”, “what are you going to eat”,”what about iron and B12″ and so on). People ask them not because they want to hear an answer, no, their intention is completely opposite. They want to battle you until they win and prove that there is no healthy life without meat and animal produce. Just 1% really wants to know and understand the philosophy and you can totally tell when you come across those people, and here you can share you knowledge and give your advice.
But now since I have a baby, I’ve got the most popular accusation of all, “How can you choose for her what lifestyle she will live and what she eats”.
There is not much I can say, but do you let your kids drink beer and smoke cigarettes? I don’t think so. I consider meat as bad for her health as all the above.
Yes it is my personal choice which is based on years of research, advises from long-term vegans and vegetarians, and I just want to live this way.
It doesn’t mean I don’t respect or don’t like people who eat meat, not my business really, I don’t separate people into groups based on there taste preferences. Most of my friends love hamburgers and pepperoni pizza and we get along just fine. Well, as long as there is no talk about “protein need”.
So here I will be posting recipes mostly of vegetarian dishes, but sometimes meat to. I still have to cook for my husband 🙂