I'm incredibly pleased with the fact that I've actually completed two days of keeping track of Pearyn's food, not to mention blogged two days in a row now. It's not that I don't have the time to do it, it's that I'm so scrupulous when it comes to my writing I feel like I need to have something crazy important to say every single time.
Which let's face it, my life just isn't THAT exciting.
Lately, the appropriateness of the vegan diet for infants and children has come under fire. Regardless how many times I cite the American Dietetic Association's views on veganism through every stage of life (just in case you still think I'm a nut job), more and more people question it.
Mainly, I blame the newspapers and stupid parents. (When in doubt, blame the newspapers. I used to work for one, so I'm allowed to say this). From awesome articles like Court examines whether vegan diet killed baby to some crappy European paper Vegan diet killed baby, is it any wonder we're getting a bad rep?
You want to know what more than likely killed most of the supposedly "vegan" babies over the recent years? Ignorant parents.
Take for example the most recent couple put on trial, the ones from France who fed their 11-month-old baby breast milk from her vegan mother her entire life. Breast milk is an awesome lifeforce drink, but really, didn't think maybe it was time to throw some actual food in there too? Not to mention they were "alternative" healers, which is a perfectly respectable lifestyle, but after taking the baby to the hospital because she had bronchitis they still refused to admit her after being told how sick she was. Shortly after, the just over 12lb baby girl was rushed in an ambulance and pronounced dead.
Seriously, you're 11-month-old baby weighs 12 pounds and you don't think anything of it? Just thin for her age? There are plenty of unhealthy ways to do vegan, but there are just as many unhealthy ways to do a meat and dairy based diet. In fact, more children following a "mainstream" diet make up the percentage of obese children than their vegan counterparts.
I'll readily admit that the vegan diet is not for everyone, but why then, can't the meat and dairy diet be viewed in the same light? I completely believe there is a responsible and healthy way to include meat and dairy in a diet, so why is it so hard to imagine that there is an equally responsible way to do without it?
(Little P is already making healthy fridge choices!)
And let's not forget my favorite "vegan" couple, the ones who fed their baby soy milk and apple juice and was seemingly shocked when their child was far underdeveloped and drastically underweight. Is it really fair to call this a vegan diet? Sure, it doesn't contain any animals, but do you know what else this "diet" is lacking? Common sense from a parent.
At any rate, let's see how Pearyn's Thursday menu stacks up to these other two "vegan" children (who suffered from more than a poor diet, but atrocious parenting).
We started Thursday morning off with some soy mixed berry yogurt with fresh raspberries,blackberries and a sprinkle of milled flaxseeds, in addition to a nice tall bottle.
After a rousing hike with a few other mommies and babies, we had lunch at a little cafe. Mommy packed ahead though, so Pearyn threw back some more applesauce green bean puree, falafel, white bean hummus and coconut milk.
Pearyn just couldn't contain herself before dinner, so she snacked on a few blueberry and banana mini muffins and a little H20. The mini muffins are a mix of oat, quinoa and whole wheat flours, because our growing girl is also an active one. So her carbs help give her the energy to keep mommy and daddy on their toes.
For dinner Pearyn had her favorite concoction: a banana, blackberries and almond butter smashed up and mixed together, in addition to some "cheezy" sweet potatoes (we added nutritional yeast to give it a cheesish flavor in addition to an awesome boost of B12). She washed all this down with a sippy cup of coconut milk.
For dessert, Pearyn had a zucchini plank from mommy and daddy's dinner (which consisted of grilled zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and potatoes). While she hasn't really been the biggest fan of smooshy zucchini, the grilled flavor made her positively giddy.
Just because a few "vegan" parents don't know how to adequately nourish their children doesn't mean the rest of us can't.