Raising Vegan Kids
Episode 5 - Raising Vegan Kids - Eric Lindstrom
There is still a lot of misinformation around vegan diets, particularly when it comes to children. There are many outdated views that children need calcium from cow’s milk, and animal protein, to grow properly. Because of this, the decision to raise children on a vegan diet still remains controversial to some.
But in fact, many experts and medical associations agree that a vegan diet can be healthy and suitable for people at all stages of the life cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence. This is a topic near and dear to my heart as I have had two healthy vegan pregnancies, and raise my children vegan. It was great to discuss this with Eric Lindstrom a vegan author and animal rights activist.
In this episode we discuss:
If a well planned vegan and vegetarian diet can be appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes
How our life choices, often starting with diet, impacts not only human health, but the environment, and ultimately saving animal lives
Helping your children understand where different kinds of food comes from in an age appropriate conversation
Eric’s experience raising children on both a Standard American Diet and Vegan Diets
Some major health benefits we have noticed since raising our children vegan
How to actually start making easy changes if you aspire to make a switch for your family
Different staple meal ideas for kids to eat a vegan diet, and how to easily sub out the meat and dairy
Tips for schools and birthday parties, which can feel daunting initially
Eric C. Lindstrom penned two best-selling books on veganism, The Skeptical Vegan and Raising Vegan Kids (Skyhorse Publishing) and resides in Ithaca, New York. Lindstrom started his career in the animal rights movement as the Program Director for Farm Animal Rights Movement (2016-2018) and served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing). Today as Executive Director of FARM, Lindstrom manages the 501(c)3's programs, personnel, budget, and operations.
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