Originally Posted by talk de jour
How about looking up the best veggie combinations that will still give him complete proteins (i.e. -- combine legumes and soy?) I think that might be more comfortable than sneaking/fibbing to him.
It's usually not a protein issue that makes people go from veg*n to omni. He may need more B12 than he's getting, more zinc, more retinol. Who knows.
What I didn't appreciate in the OPs initial post is that this is a former vegan family who has begun to incorporate meat into the diet. Everyone in the family who has done so appears to be healthier. The six-year-old recalcitrant was taught to eat a vegan diet and his parents have now changed their minds and have seen health benefits as a result. Since he is six and not sixteen, OP needs to take over parental responsibility to ensure his health.
OP could have him tested for allergies, she could have a mineral panel, a fatty acid panel, a B vitamin panel. She could consult a nutritionist who could offer little but the lab work. She would be at least $1,000 out on that and she still may not have answers. Go to the Healing the Gut tribe to see how much moms struggle for answers even with a lot of lab work. The fact is, even something as seemingly simple as a mineral panel, it is not so simple.
These are all options for OP and if she or anyone would like suggestions on lab work, I can make suggestions on all but the allergies. I don't have a lot of experience there.
OP has found that the rest of the family has started to do better on meat. Six year old would benefit from meat as well, it would appear. If I were in such a position, I would feel bad about it, but I would make sure he had what he needed to be healthy.
This is also a good lesson in talking to children. Around here, why we eat something is "because it is healthy." End of story. If something previously considered healthy ends up in the dog house, so be it, we'll discuss why.
Good luck MomiEilis.