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Have you read this book? It's hilarious and awesome. I already believed and knew alot of the info, except how factory farms really are. I always heard bits and pieces, but probably didn't really want to know the truth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> was already only buying meat from a local farm (when I was in TX) that I know weren't like that and buying raw milk and cheese from another local farmer, but still! They go all into how inhumane these places are and why meat and dairy really is not good for us.<br><br>
So, I got the little push I needed to be a Vegan! It's kind of exciting actually. I do need to ask you mamas a few questions though, so here goes.<br><br>
1. How do you feed your kids on a Vegan diet? What are some of their favorite foods?<br><br>
2. How do you afford a Vegan diet for a family? What's your budget, where do you shop, etc?<br><br>
3. What are staples that are a must in your house? Favorite foods and snacks?<br><br>
4. Are you all organic?<br><br>
5. So, now dairy obviously includes milk and butter, etc. No honey too though, right? Anything else other than the other obvious things?<br><br>
I think that's it for now. I appreciate any insight. I'll check out the links and threads for favorite cookbooks and such as well. I'm afraid for the next week or so our diet will be pretty basic until I get a better understanding about a Vegan diet and learn how to cook differently!<br><br>
Thanks mamas for your support and input!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you read this book? It's hilarious and awesome....<br><br>
So, I got the little push I needed to be a Vegan! It's kind of exciting actually. I do need to ask you mamas a few questions though, so here goes.<br><br>
1. How do you feed your kids on a Vegan diet? What are some of their favorite foods?<br><br>
2. How do you afford a Vegan diet for a family? What's your budget, where do you shop, etc?<br><br>
3. What are staples that are a must in your house? Favorite foods and snacks?<br><br>
4. Are you all organic?<br><br>
5. So, now dairy obviously includes milk and butter, etc. No honey too though, right? Anything else other than the other obvious things?</div>
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Hello there!<br><br>
I Haven't read the book but I can tell you how it works in our house.<br><br>
1. DS isn't vegan outside the house. We made the choice to go vegan a little over a year ago and for us and our parenting switching DS' diet without any input from him wasn't something we were OK with. We talked a lot about it with him and about why BF and I were switching and that we accepted he's on his own journey. He was OK with vegan in the house but when we eat out or he's at a friend's he decides whether to eat dairy or meat. Had we made the switch when he was a babe or before he was born we'd just have fed him what we were eating (nuts, seeds, beans, veggies etc.) Oh I will add DS did not receive any dairy for the first four years of his life because even though we were eating fish and chicken we weren't consuming dairy at all. He did almond milk once he was a weaned toddler.<br><br>
Some of his fave meals are the mini-wellingtons from The Vegan Lunchbox and he loves them paired with salad and steamed broccoli.<br><br>
He loves a simple red lentil dhal and rice.<br><br>
Tomato soup and oh, the walnut, mushroom broccoli pasta sauce from Vive Le Vegan (the recipe is for a phyllo pie and he likes that but his fave is to use the filling as a pasta sauce.)<br><br>
Hummus and other dips are huge with him too.<br><br>
2. I actually find it cheaper to be vegan than it was to have meat and dairy on the food bill. But I don't buy a lot of convenience and pre-packaged foods. Vegan junkfoods (cookies etc) are made by me so that keeps costs down too. Cutting out dairy and meat dropped our food bill by about $100 a month. We mostly shop at our health food store, from our buying co-op and in the spring, summer and fall at our local farmer's market.<br><br>
3. We can't live without hemp seeds, walnuts, almonds and lentils <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. They are always in the house. And green veggies. One of our fave meals/snacks is a raw nut pate rolled up in a collard leaf or large leaf of kale. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It's crazy addictive.<br><br>
4. We are as organic as we can be in Canada in the winter. I'm not at all a fan of shipping organics half way around the world so I buy local garlic over organic from China. I have a problem with big business organic farming (like President's Choice for one) so if it's a question of local apples or big business organic apples from California I'll buy organic. But not all things (nuts etc) are available local organic or not and when ti comes to fats I only use organic.<br><br>
5. What you eliminate really has to do with whether you identify as strict vegetarian or vegan. Strict vegetarians consume no animals products but may wear wool, silk etc. Vegan is about not just health but focusing on ending as much suffering and exploitation as possible so it's not just about what you do or don't eat but what you use and wear. Vegans watch what's in all their beauty products (no Burt's Bees for me), what's on their body (no leather, silk, wool, etc - some will keep a warm sweater from pre-vegan days but some empty all animal products from their home) and what's in their food. Animal products and by-products are in everything and sometimes under different names so eliminating everything can be a process of learning and unlearning.<br><br>
6. Instead of honey get some Agave nectar. Sooo good. I'm addicted to it.<br><br>
Hope this helps. I know lots of other people will send great info your way.
 

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can you tell me what the book is about?
 

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Gunter, here's the website for the book: <a href="http://www.skinnybitch.net/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.skinnybitch.net/index.html</a><br><br>
I haven't read it because I hate that girlfriend style they're championing. And I also think it belittles veganism to make it about weight.
 

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Wow Nicole...thank you!<br><br>
My dc are 4, 2 and 7 weeks, so I we can start to change things for them. I like your perspective on making it your dc's choice for when mine are older. Forcing them to eat that way may only make them rebel later.<br><br>
You favorite foods sound very good, but I really need to relearn how to cook, huh? It's a little overwhelming...at least if I let it get that way. I probably just need a good cookbook to start with and start playing with new foods/ingredients<br><br>
The book...I saw it a couple times and never wanted to read it. Then I went to the book store w/my aunt and we glanced and it's quite funny, so we decided to read it together. I guess I just take it with a grain of salt per se. However, just for the record, they don't talk about being vegan just to lose weight. The title and they way they come across is a marketing tool and quite honestly not a bad idea, b/c women who may have never read some of the info in there before will now. They talk about being vegan b/c of what meat/dairy does to your body and the ethics of (not) eating meat. Honestly they do.<br><br>
Thanks for the info...anyone else?<br><br>
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1. How do you feed your kids on a Vegan diet? What are some of their favorite foods?<br><br>
2. How do you afford a Vegan diet for a family? What's your budget, where do you shop, etc?<br><br>
3. What are staples that are a must in your house? Favorite foods and snacks?<br><br>
4. Are you all organic?<br><br>
5. So, now dairy obviously includes milk and butter, etc. No honey too though, right? Anything else other than the other obvious things?<br><br>
I can not say much to 1. because my little one is only 7 weeks old, however he is doing very well with my " vegan breastmilk" , he almost doubled his weight since birth despite the opinion of most people here that vegan babies do not thrive.<br>
Most likely you are going to save some money when you are vegan, we spent hardly any money on food because we grow most of it ourselves.<br>
Our diet is very simple and basic, we eat mainly: brown rice, whole grain pasta, potatoes, lentils, chickpeas, beans and whatever fruit and vegetables are available. Usually we try to have a variety of colors on our plates and always something green. We also eat almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds and sesame of course all raw. Our diet also include many wild vegetables commonly known as weed, like stinging nettles, those are generally much richer in nutrients than cultivated veggies.<br>
My favorite food is stir fried veggies, ratatouille and soups.<br><b>And now a word about organic food</b><br><b>organic is not vegan</b> (with exceptions of course)<br>
conventional organic fetiliser includes: whatever rubbish the animal industry produces: blood meal, bone meal, feathers, any kind of manure, horn meal, guano (excrements of sea birds), dead male chicks, .......<br>
however conventional agriculture may also do this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
I know it is hard<br>
that's why the best thing is to grow your own if you can, several things can also be grown indoors if you do not have a garden !!!!<br>
If you are lucky you may find a local grower who tells you what fertiliser he uses.<br>
I only buy organic if I want to make sure it is not GMO, however not even this can be guaranteed anymore because of contamination otherwise it is far too expensive (at least here)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">1. How do you feed your kids on a Vegan diet? What are some of their favorite foods?<br><br>
2. How do you afford a Vegan diet for a family? What's your budget, where do you shop, etc?<br><br>
3. What are staples that are a must in your house? Favorite foods and snacks?<br><br>
4. Are you all organic?<br><br>
5. So, now dairy obviously includes milk and butter, etc. No honey too though, right? Anything else other than the other obvious things?<br><br>
I can not say much to 1. because my little one is only 7 weeks old, however he is doing very well with my " vegan breastmilk" , he almost doubled his weight since birth despite the opinion of most people here that vegan babies do not thrive.<br>
Most likely you are going to save some money when you are vegan, we spent hardly any money on food because we grow most of it ourselves.<br>
Our diet is very simple and basic, we eat mainly: brown rice, whole grain pasta, potatoes, lentils, chickpeas, beans and whatever fruit and vegetables are available. Usually we try to have a variety of colors on our plates and always something green. We also eat almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds and sesame of course all raw. Our diet also include many wild vegetables commonly known as weed, like stinging nettles, those are generally much richer in nutrients than cultivated veggies.<br>
My favorite food is stir fried veggies, ratatouille and soups.<br><b>And now a word about organic food</b><br><b>organic is not vegan</b> (with exceptions of course)<br>
conventional organic fetiliser includes: whatever rubbish the animal industry produces: blood meal, bone meal, feathers, any kind of manure, horn meal, guano (excrements of sea birds), dead male chicks, .......<br>
however conventional agriculture may also do this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
I know it is hard<br>
that's why the best thing is to grow your own if you can, several things can also be grown indoors if you do not have a garden !!!!<br>
If you are lucky you may find a local grower who tells you what fertiliser he uses.<br>
I only buy organic if I want to make sure it is not GMO, however not even this can be guaranteed anymore because of contamination otherwise it is far too expensive (at least here)</div>
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wow, that sounds awesome. i wish we were in a place where we could grow all our own food. we are renting a house. i guess that doesn't mean we can't. how would i know it would be clean though. who knows what's been in that backyard. i guess i could research it. if i had some "gardening" inside....maybe i'd set up a table by the large kitchen window and try to find good soil and go from there???? what are some easy things to grow indoors? tomoatoes, herbs???<br><br>
thanks!
 

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1. How do you feed your kids on a Vegan diet? What are some of their favorite foods?<br><br>
Favorites - Pizza without cheese, hummus and crackers, bagels with tofutti cream cheese, vegan pancakes, sesame butter and jelly sandwhiches, for desert they love Toffuti cuties<br><br>
2. How do you afford a Vegan diet for a family? What's your budget, where do you shop, etc?<br><br>
Vegan food is much cheaper for us than an omni diet was. We use a lot of beans and lentils which are cheap. We do grow most of our own veggies so that makes things cheaper but even if we bought them I suspect it would still be cheaper than meat. Pasta, rice and other grains are also dirt cheap of course.<br><br>
3. What are staples that are a must in your house? Favorite foods and snacks?<br><br>
Chick peas, all kinds of beans, lentils, brown rice, pasta, nutritional yeast, soy milk, vegetable broth, different kinds of nuts, peanut butter, Earth Balance, olive oil. I also always have some Amy's vegan soups on hand for quick meals.<br><br>
4. Are you all organic?<br><br>
Mostly organic but again we grow most of our own produce so that's kind of easy for us, if we didn't we might not be able to afford all organic. We try to buy local products as much as possible. Never of these are really vegan issues though.<br><br>
5. So, now dairy obviously includes milk and butter, etc. No honey too though, right? Anything else other than the other obvious things?<br><br>
Cane sugar is often processed with bone char so make sure it's either beet sugar or check to make sure the brand you are buying is not processed that way (you can do a quick search online). Geletin is not vegan so no marshmallows or jello for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Some of the labels can be confusing - stay away from whey, try to stay away from the ominous "natural flavorings", etc. If you stick to whole foods and specifically labelled vegan products it will make things a bit easier.<br><br>
Get yourself some good vegan cookbooks and a subscription to VegNews, it's got great articles and recipes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hello Kitty. Thank you for more ideas! BTW I do know that organic does not equal vegan. I was just curious how into organic you vegan mamas are.<br><br>
Where do you all buy your products like soy cheese and Ener-G?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I thought that's what you meant - just making sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I shop a local health food store for the stuff I can't find at the supermarket - I also get good quality tofu and things like that there. Watch out though, some are like vegan playgrounds and you will spend a ton <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: There is this vegan specialty store in Boulder that I am dying to go to, but I'm kind of glad it's so far away because I know I would spend WAAAAAYYYYY too much money there!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm not vegan, but I essentially eat dairy free, so I thought I'd go ahead and answer your questions anyhow!<br><br>
1. How do you feed your kids on a Vegan diet? What are some of their favorite foods?<br>
apples and peanut butter, peanut butter smoothie (soymilk, peanut butter, banana, dates, vanilla, ice), salad (believe it or not!), guacamole, oat/pecan patties, sweet and sour soup, tofutti (ANY of their products), Whole Soy yogurt, tofu (stir fried, baked, blended, grilled, breaded- my kids love, love, love tofu - I could probably bribe them with tofu!), steamed broccoli<br><br>
2. How do you afford a Vegan diet for a family? What's your budget, where do you shop, etc?<br>
We actually spend quite a bit on food - I budget $300 every two weeks.<br><br>
3. What are staples that are a must in your house? Favorite foods and snacks?<br>
avocados, greens, beans (canned and dry), frozen fruit, bananas, raw cashews, peanut butter, grapes, salsa<br><br>
4. Are you all organic?<br>
We eat a lot of organic and I try to buy organic, but if I see something I want - I buy it whether it's organic or not usually.<br><br>
5. So, now dairy obviously includes milk and butter, etc. No honey too though, right? Anything else other than the other obvious things?<br>
Well, like others said, agave nectar is a great substitute for honey. You also have to be careful with different supplements - make sure that calcium sources are from plants and that the capsules aren't gelatin.
 
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