how to explain lifestyle choices to family..?

Alura - posted on 11/15/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I became a vegetarian a few months ago.. i have a 9 month old who has yet to eat meat just because i dont trust baby food with meat in it.. i dont know how i feel about him eating meat.. we were gonna start thanksgiving with some turkey but the closer thanksgiving gets here the more i get nervous.. id feel like a hypocrite making my son eat meat while i dont. my family especially mother in law is very critical in how i raise my son. at the end of the day he is my son, but im just worried on how to explain this choice to family and what do i tell them when they ask me where hes gonna get his protien from? i havent done much research yet on baby vegetarians

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Denikka - posted on 11/16/2012

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So do your research and make your choices from there. I know baby vegetarianism is very different than the adult version, just because of the different nutritional requirements. It requires much stricter dietary research.



http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/m...



http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/startin...



Those two sites seem like a decent start.

Do your research and talk to your doctor. Some people are less suited to a vegetarian diet than others and, especially with a child, this needs to be closely monitored in case of problems.



As for your family, same thing. Research. Back yourself and counter any arguments with facts. If they ask, let them know that your doctor is on board. Offer to give them pamphlets with information if that would make them feel more comfortable.

But most importantly, do not waver. Hold absolutely firm. Do not let them pressure you into making your son eat meat. If this is something you firmly believe in, and is medically safe and approved, then feel confident in your decision and do not waver from it.

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Denikka - posted on 11/16/2012

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You'd be surprised.

Go in well researched. That's the key. Many people who choose to go vegetarian or vegan don't do it in the right way. You basically have to become a nutritionalist. It's a lot more than just cutting out meat and eating veggies (a lot of peoples thought). And with a child, it's even trickier to ensure that all the nutrients and whatnot are being included in the diet, especially the fatty acids and good fats the are essential for brain developement.



I would think that, if you go in with a list of foods that will replace what nutrients you get in meat (a lot more than just protein), and ask your doctor to recommend any changes you need to make or to inform you on any problems to look out for, they will usually be much more helpful than if you just go in and say *I need a doctors approval to put my kid on a vegetarian diet so my MiL gets off my back*.

You can also ask for a referral to a nutritionist. Since they're specialized in foods, they'll be able to give you the most information and may be able to help you improve your own diet (always room for improvement :) ) and be able to direct you to new recipes and whatnot to try out.

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