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my daughter is currently vegetarian, and I just became vegan<br>
Im still deciding if I want my dd to go vegan, and I know it will be hard since my familly always try to give her some kind of cheese, I don't give her cow milk because she obviously doesn't need it, but I do give her yogurt, and now with the soy(good or bad?) articles are freaking me out, I just bought two cartoons of soy milk and I want to take them back, lol<br>
so what is healthier? vegan or vegetarian for a 15 month old!
 

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that's a hard one, mom. i'm always making my regimen just a BIT stricter...and yes, i impose that on my girls. once i explain my reasoning, they are right there with me. (like when we figured out that most cheese is made with rennet, we gladly gave up all restaurants that used it and all cheeses that are made with it.)<br><br>
i control all the food that comes into my house, and everyone knows not to give my kids stuff.<br><br>
either way can be completely healthy...many children are raised vegan with complete success. so it's up to you whether or not you wish to be in control of what she eats or let others help you with that. me, i'd rather be the one giving it to her.
 

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Cow's milk= pus and mucous. Not to mention unbelievable CRUELTY!<br><br>
I've read some "bad" articles about soy. I've went through periods where I was freaked out about soy too; so there is rice milk, almond milk, and calcium fortified orange juice. Also, greens and many other veggies have high amounts of calcium that are absorbed into the body much easier than cow's milk. We all take a multi vitamin in our family as everyone should; vegan or not. If she wants cheese you can buy, or make cheese that is vegan and does not necessarily contain soy.<br><br>
My vote: Vegan for the whole planet.
 

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If you want to you can be a vegan with little or no soy. there's recipes and books for that, too, since many people are allergic to soy. You could be vegan at your house, even if your inlaws and relatives aren't.. I don't know how much trouble you would have with them about the issue. have fun cooking!
 

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I'm vegan, dd eats some dairy, mostly yogurt and cheese. She's a picky eater, and on the skinny side, so I don't want to eliminate any calorie and nutrient dense foods that she will actually eat. We buy only small scale, local, organic dairy for use at home and I try not to think too much about restaurants.
 

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You can read many good and bad things about soy. There are many articles that you could read online. Honestly I go back and forth about how I feel. I just try to use common sense that too much of anything can be bad for you. The closer something comes from the ground the better it is for your body. However you can easily be vegan without soy. Check out the Hallelujah diet. Here are a couple links to get you started.<br><br>
Why soy is...<br><br>
Good:<br><a href="http://www.foodrevolution.org/what_about_soy.htm" target="_blank">http://www.foodrevolution.org/what_about_soy.htm</a><br><br>
Bad:<br><a href="http://www.mercola.com/article/soy/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mercola.com/article/soy/index.htm</a>
 

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I'm a vegetarian, but I completely believe that vegan is the most healthy and humane choice. I hope one day to switch completely over.<br><br>
I buy almond, soy, rice and hemp milk every week and alternate them. Makes me feel no one is getting too much of anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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