Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the omnivorous family- a somber confession

This is probably one of the hardest and heaviest posts I have ever written simply because it is so personal. When I started this blog over two years ago one of my first posts was about raising vegetarian (technically pescatarian) children and why I was so certain I wanted to raise my children with the same food ethics I I held. 
Our little family thrived on vegetarian meals with fish once or twice a week to boost iron, Omega-3s and easily digestable proteins. I am sure we could have gone on like that forever not thinking or knowing any differently. But everything changed the day Indi was officially diagnosed with a severe fish allergy. Suddenly my children were vegetarian in the truest sense of the word. ‘OK’, I thought, ‘I can handle this- eggs, hummus, nut spreads, dairy, soy...’ Manageable. But Indi did not improve. Her eczema got worse and she often breaks out in red, itchy, blotches on her cheeks after eating eggs and sesame seeds (she doesn’t have them now). She has been diagnosed with multiple allergies and sensitivities and as a result cannot eat egg, cheese, milk, hummus, sesame and we are still cautious around nuts. 
I never intended to and never wanted to raise a vegan child. I just can’t do it. I’m not a huge fan of too much processed soy, I don’t like the idea of my child getting most of their nutrients from a vitamin or supplement and to be honest I think a strictly vegan diet just cannot give you everything you need to be healthy. TO ADD: Unless very carefully planned, monitored and constantly re-assessed and re-evaluated. Especially when you’re growing and developing at a rapid rate. I respect, honour and look up to those who choose the righteous vegan path. But in the end I do believe even they are choosing ethics over health. TO ADD: It is not an easy feat to plan well-balanced, wholesome and nutritious meals, even for omnivores and even more time, energy and effort is put into a very carefully planed vegan diet. 
For the sake of my littlies, after months of mental gymnastics, nutritional research, ethical questions, even abattoir clips and videos... for our family and given the host of allergies and sensitivities we are addressing I have chosen health over my ethics. 
Of course we are doing our best to make the most responsible and ethical decisions when it comes to meat consumption. Brad and I have agreed upon a strict set of family rules:
  • We eat vegetarian, often vegan meals 6 days a week- about 80% vegan, 10% vegetarian and 10% meat. 
  • We only eat ‘meat’  once a week on the weekend, consuming any left-overs the following day.
  • We will only eat meat (chicken, lamb, beef and game) that is ‘free-range’, ‘pasture-fed’, and ’organic’. I have called the farms of every brand we have bought and talked directly to the farmers themselves to get information about their entire operations from the animals birth to death and everything in between.
  • We don’t eat meat at restaurants, people’s houses or at parties unless we are certain of the source and know that is it free-range, pasture-fed and organic. 
  • We don’t eat pork.
  • We try to buy cuts that can have multi-purposes and try to use all of the parts (for example, bones for broths). We do our very best to minimize any waste. 
  • Before we eat we give thanks. We say a prayer for the animal. We take our time and try to stay mindful when eating.
  • We are honest about what we are eating to the children. We don’t cover anything up and we respect whether they choose to eat it or not.
  • We all eat the same foods as a family and we all abstain from eating animals we think weren’t raised with as much dignity and integrity as is possible.
 This decision was not made lightly. I also want to stress how deeply personal a decision is was. As for me personally, I didn’t like the idea of eating differently than my young children. I wanted them to feel supported and I wanted our family values to be strong and uniform. On top of that, I just haven’t been feeling 100% and my cravings for just a touch of red-meat have increased a lot over the past year. A plant-based diet is unbelievably healthy, but my body was craving something else. Not much, but something. 
I have had to mentally accept the fact that an animal’s death, no matter how ‘organically’ they were raised is not nice, cannot be filled with compassion and will never be peaceful. Raising animals for food will never be as environmentally friendly as being a vegetarian. And it’s a lot harder to embody a value like ‘world peace’ when you’re supporting an industry very far from this ideal. I am trying to forgive myself, and accept that this is the best choice I can make right now based on life’s circumstances. I would like to think that this change in our lives is a part of our, my dharma. Time will only tell if it sticks, who will remain an omnivore, and who might switch back to being vegetarian.
For those that are vegetarian or vegan and/or are raising your families that way, you have my deepest respect. You sacrifice so much more than your palette for the animals. Bless you and may we all be inspired by your example.
I hope that you will all continue to support our family and withhold as much judgement as you can, although I am open to your questions or comments. I hope our news has not disappointed or offended you in any way and hope that if you cannot find peace in this decision you can at least find peace in my honesty. 
With love and kindess,
Meagan.

43 comments:

Brenna said...

Meagan,

I completely understand where you are coming from, and am in true awe of your strength and understanding of what it means to change your diet. I am fully supportive of a meat diet that contains only ethically raised animals that are given an amazing life before they become our food. You are doing what is best for your children, and it sounds like yourself as well. It is so important to listen to our bodies and respond to what they are telling us, and you are doing just that. I wish you all the best in this new journey. Don't stress about it too much, or your food will suffer from lack of love and attention, and you will not enjoy your meals as much. Be thankful that you are doing what your family needs, and accept it as a new phase in life.

All the best,

Brenna

consciousearthveg.blogspot.com

Monkeys_inthe_Kitchen said...

You definately need to be a lot less harsh on yourself. You have made a difficult choice for yourself and your family with the wellbeing of your littlie being at the forefront of your mind. You should be giving yourself a pat on the back for being adaptable enough to make this huge change, not worrying about what others think. Goodluck with everything xo

Sunshine Mama said...

How great that you are making changes to support your children! My hubby is a meat and potato guy, and for the past few years, I've been eating mostly veg. It almost caused some issues between us, because for a while, I was making it an issue. I was also struggling with the whole labelling thing. I deeply wanted to be a vegan, but just couldn't do it full time. Once I realized that a label is not important, I focused on health. I am sure your internal struggle will go away once your family has settled into this new way of eating, and you see how great everyone feels (especially your daughter), and the kitchen table will still be a place where you are all united, not divided :)

Angie said...

You are making the best choices you possibly can for your children. Why would anyone judge you for that? Your daughter is going to grow up knowing that her Mama put everything she had into giving her the most nutritious, ethical food she could possibly find. Good for you. :)

So sorry about the allergies, though. That makes my heart sad.

Kate said...

Meagan,

I am inspired by the fact you have not blindly held onto belief systems or ways of being that do not fit into your life any longer. I've seen so many live their beliefs from their head, in absolute rightiousness at the expense of the what the body is clearly telling them. It is true love to listen to your body and that of your children. The mind can decieve us but the body never lies. I truly feel you are following your heart, how bold of you!
History tells storys of a whale, a beautifully inteligent creature, that knows in its heart there is no 'death' just the passing of the body. The whale that heard the prayers of a hungry tribe and happily and lovingly sacrificed its body on the beach where they lived to provide them with food. Gosh I am feeling so much love even writing this.
Its so beautiful to read the true love in your post Meagan.

With love, Kate

Rhiannon said...

Be proud of yourself Meagan, you are changing things for your family, to ensure they are not only healthy, but safe too.
Indi's allergies sound so severe, and the effort that you are putting into such a well balanced diet for her is beautiful.
Well done on a honest post, please try not to be so harsh on yourself, you are doing the best you can for your children and family.
Rhi xx

Sandi Ratch said...

M:
Absolutely be easier on yourself. Veganism is just not right for every body. I tried it for a very short time and found that my blood sugar just went completely out of whack. So it's not right for your kids. So you eat what they eat until they are grown - and then if you choose you can go back to the vegan thing. If anyone judges you for making the right decisions for your family, it means they have issues they need to deal with. It has nothing to do with you.

Tania said...

Thank you for sharing. I think you are going about the whole meat eating thing in the most ethical way possible. For there is a huge difference between supermarket meat and small farm grass fed meat. I can highly recommend the River Cottage meat book which taught me a lot about meat - the ethics, cuts and quality. For it is a very deep and complex subject.
We bought a whole sheep from a farmer quite a few months ago. He butchered it for us and it has worked our very economically, as well as being the tastiest lamb I have eaten. We eat meat about every second night in our house.

Bianca said...

Who has the right to judge? You do what is best for your family at the time, its not an all or nothing game. I've had a pretty hard time these past few months with my first pregnancy and I went back to eating meat temporarily after 2 years as a vegetarian as I just didn't have the energy to put into preparation and cooking and making sure my meals were balanced, and I've been feeling guilty about it, so thank's for your post, seeing it from someone elses perspective who's had to make a similar decision after being a vegetarian longer makes me realise it is ok. Living ethically is not a score keeping all or nothing game, though some would make it out to be. We still have to live healthy and happy lives, but if we consider the ethics of each decision we make, although each decision may not be the most ethical, overall, each positive combines to make a genuine difference in the world.
PS. Goldenseal balm (or manuka)for eczema is great -It doesn't treat the cause of course but really helps the rash and itch to heal.
xB

Ola said...

What courage you have to write this post. I applaud you for that! I made the decision to start eating meat again for the same reasons you described. I summed it all up in a blog post I wrote about a year ago:

http://olgastuff.blogspot.com/2010/11/eating-meat.html

Since that time, I am much more at peace with my decision, although I still try to avoid eating meat. And then I feel low on energy, bloated, all the stuff I mention in the post and I go back to eating meat again.

I have realised that no traditional culture feels guilty about eating meat. They go out, hunt the animal, give a prayer of thanks and eat the whole being in gratitude. There is no violence in the death. And, as a yogi, you know that, in fact there is no death. There is just a transformation of energy. So, we take on the nourishment from the animal in gratitude. How beautiful.

In yoga, we talk about ahimsa - non violence. And I think that is where a lot of us get stuck on being vegetarian or vegan. I had an insight that by not taking care of what my own body needs, I am actually harming myself, ahimsa to myself. The cycle of nature is there to nurture one another. We HAVE to take care of ourselves if we want to make a positive change on the planet. We cannot do it if we are not well.

Please don't feel that anyone judges you. I actually think most meat eaters feel judged by vegetarians! Maybe we should all just let go of the judgements and accept each other with love.

Blessings to you.

xxx

Catherine said...

Meagan I can hear how hard this decision was for you to make and you have done this for your family and I have total respect you for your choices. We still eat mostly meat with at least two non meat nights but it is hard with my hubby being a meat eating man. I have though been buying organic meats and feel much more comfortable about what we are consuming now. I think we are all individual and we should respect each other for our choices even if they are different. I hope that the change works well for all of you. xx

Jenifir said...

These kinds of decisions can be very difficult to come to terms with but give yourself room to appreciate how important it is to do what your children require for their best health. The fact that you are so mindful of your choices is what is key and, indeed, is a huge part of how to make the whole world a better place. Food allergies can really turn your world upside down and you appear to be riding that challenge with grace and creativity.

Jgee said...

No judgement at all here. I think we all just do what is best for our family. Kudos to you for making the change if that is what feels/is right. It sounds like you have been so thorough in any case. I think we all need to be supportive of other's choices in the real and virtual world. Here's to a new phase for your brood. x

One pair of Hands said...

I feel so sorry that your decision is causing you pain but it is characteristic of you to make this sacrifice for the sake of your little one's health. Little Indi depends on you and you have not let her down. You are approaching the problem ethically and are to be congratulated. Well done.

Mrs B said...

No Meagan you should be proud of your example. You are a proud mama doing what is best for you and your family.

I can fully empathise the depth and difficulty in feeding a child with multiple food allergies (and in our case chemical sensitivities as well). Our lifestyle goes up and down and in and out in balance with that. I'm wholeheartedly for organics but if I cant get organic pears and that's all Little B can eat, then that's what I buy.

You need to do what is best for Indi and that makes you a fabulous mum and a fabulous family.

PS Jude Blereau has some great views (as a previous vegan) on eating meat.

Emma Galloway @ my darling lemon thyme said...

Dear Meagan,
Oh I feel your pain. Growing up vegetarian myself I never ever would have thought I would feed my kids meat. But I too had to make the same hard decision when our eldest was around 18 months old and we had just cut out all dairy and gluten from our diet. Both our kids now eat free-range chicken and the odd bit off fish with their father who eats all meat. I applaud your commitment to your families health and whole heartily agree that health has to sometimes come first. I've lived with vegans in the past who lived off hot chips and cheese-less pizza and have always thought they would have been a millions times better off eating a little ethically raised meat and fresh vegetables than what they were feeding their bodies just for the sake of sticking to their beliefs. Don't be hard on yourself, your kids will thank you, seriously. And just like you said when they are old enough, they can make the choice of whether to continue eating meat or not. Ada has gone off eating chicken at the moment and I respect her decision and don't push it.
Thinking of you,
arohanui xxxx

Frogdancer said...

I think that anyone who raises their eyebrows in "judgement" needs to have a long hard look at themselves. Health (especially a much-loved child's health) comes first... humans are designed to be omnivores so where's the controversy?
(I was going to say 'live and let live' but then thought it might be a little ironic... but you know what I mean. People need to back off and let others make their own decisions.)

Tasha said...

My little man is allergic to EXACTLY the same foods,he was tested when he was 2 he is now 7.Please feel free to email me if you would like to chat cgng@exemail.com.au

Rebecca said...

You've found yourself in a difficult position, and are dealing with it just beautifully. Best wishes to you and your family xx

Buttons in a cup mama said...

I understand the allergie problem. I don't have the same view than you on meat, but I would really like to be vegetarian or almost. But I am allergic to soy. For me, being only vegetarian an not being able to eat soy, seems really difficult ! So you have all my compassion about the allergie problem you struggle with !

madewithloveuk said...

I used to be vegetarian too and it still feels strange eating meat (sometimes) after 8 years of doing so, but nobody can judge you on such a personal decision, it's yours and yours only.
Indigo is lucky to have a Mum so clued up on what to eat and what not to eat and all for being healthy too. Don't be so harsh on yourself! - Plus if you're anything like me - the very occasional bit of red meat after a craving for it is SO much more satisfying than other protein/iron foods so enjoy! x

rhiby said...
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rhiby said...

Meagan, you truly are amazing and the fact that your kids will grow up respecting where their food comes from, and mindful of the environment that surrounds them is the biggest gift in itself. Do not be disappointed in yourself, you made this decision as it was the best thing for all your family. You will reap the benefits. Lots of love Rhi xox

Miranda said...

I soo wanted to comment on your post when I read it last night but I was just too tired to form coherent sentences!! First of all, I am so sorry to hear about Indigo's allergies!! I can only imagine how stressful, frustrating, scary, confusing, etc it all must be. Secondly, I echo what everyone else has said before me - good for you for putting the health and interests of your family first and being willing to do something you had never imagined having to do, namely becoming an omnivorous family. There is no shame in that and no one can judge you for it either. It sounds like you are approaching meat eating like you approach everything you discuss on your blog; with extra care, research, consideration and good intention.
Just out of interest - why have you decided not to eat pork but to eat lamb, beef and chicken? I don't eat it myself either but I'm just wondering what your reasons are. Also, I'd love to hear about North's first few meat eating experiences. Did he like it? In being honest with him about where his meat came from and that it is in fact a dead animal, did he have any reservations eating it?
Sending you a big hug from Montreal :)

Star said...

I am a breast feeding vegetarian, and so are my children. But oh my, am I depleted, on the flip side you can find me floating up in the clouds, some days I really am a space case. Recently I thought maybe its time for some meat medicine, but I couldn’t go threw with it. My husbands mother is a nun and she only eats meat from animals who die naturally, funny enough a lot of animals drop dead around her, if you are feeling bad and only you can do this to you, maybe your family can find a way to save an animal for each meat meal you have, or sponsor an animal that has been saved from slaughter, I know a Buddhist centre in Victoria who saves sheep and appreciates contributions. If you would like details I am happy to pass on…In Love... Oh, I will be so bold and suggest raw milk, if you can come by it:)

MamaNatuurlijk said...

What a difficult time your'e family is going trough. Please don't be to hard on yourself. Your children come first and I think you handeld this respectfully and ethically. By the way I feel the same way about soy as you do.

Wish you and your'e family all the best.

Kayla Bird said...

Honey you're such an amazing Mommy!!! I can imagine this was hard for you to make this choice, (having been vegan and veg for several years of my life) but you have made the right one for you and your family. That's all we can do in life! Sending you love from The Big Apple sweetie. xoxo

Jo McBride said...

Hey ecoMILF - I know that kids come first and that you're doing everything in their best interest because you're a fantastic mama!

My children, aged 7 & 9, & I are strict vegetarians. We rarely eat processed soy products [or soy in general], have a ton of healthy protein from lentils, legumes & beans and get our omegas from ground flax seeds. Our family doctor uses our family as an example of health in his practice. If you ever need any support should you decide to transition back to a vegetarian diet, I'd be happy to help. The Toronto Vegetarian Association's website: tva.org is a wealth of information & a resource as to where to find information.

I hope little India improves <3

Catherine Lowe said...

Good luck with your new ventures Meagan, I can only imagine how hard and how much pondering you have done.
I have some questions too, knowing how passionate about vegetarinsm you have been, since you welcomed them :)
I'd like to hear more on what helped you come to the decision, maybe thats a whole other post! haha
is it purely based on looking for iron intake? What nutrients do you feel your family are missing out on by not eating diary & meat?
B12?
Have you compared to raw food diets & how they get these?
Gabriel Cousens probably covers children & vegism. Along with oww, actually, reading this article may well have answered my questions for you. :)
http://www.shazzie.com/life/articles/raw_vegan_children.shtml

Blessings and good luck xi

Catherine Lowe said...

PS My questions are because of late I have been leaning in the vegan direction, however know nothing about the health implications , so would appreciate any useful reading you have on the subject :)
Including from anyone else on the list -
cathlowe at iinet.net.au

thanks ladies.

dixiebelle said...

Hi Meaghan, That wasn't me (Rebecca) above, who did leave lovely comments. To be honest I haven't actually read your blog in a while, well, because you never really seemed to read mine, but mostly because I felt your life choices & mine (and the way you blog about them) were too different. Nothing wrong with that. In regards to eating meat, well, you were eating an animal before when you ate fish, so why be worried about eating other animals now? I am not judging you for your food choices, or having a go at you... I am just wondering. I think being Vegetarian or Vegan are lifestyle choices more than just what you do (or don't) eat. That is why I have always believed you can't be 'almost vegetarian' or have 'vegetarian meals' for dinner one night of the week. I have never understood why some people feel the need to claim they are vegetarian when they actually eat 'some fish' or 'only white meat'.

But of course you will do what is right for your children & your family, but it seems like it was still a hard decision for you... don't worry so much what others may think, it sounds like your concern should be about not judging yourself. I hope your family are healthy & happy soon...

ecoMILF said...

Miranda- pork- a few reasons- gut feeling, definitely not the most healthy or nourishing or meat, we don't really like any pork products anyway. North was definitely cautious and rightfully so. That was one of the hardest parts about making the switch- confusing the poor little soul But he is taking it in stride and as long as I eat with him he is willing to try some. We are but pressuring him either though.

Catherine- Yes that might be another entire post. I believe we can get all the nutrients we need as vegans and vegetarians but it is A LOT harder for our bodies to absorb a lot of minerals/nutrients when they are plant-sourced. Because the entire family is prone to allergies/has asthma and generally Brad and I have weak immune systems it's even harder for our bodies to get what they need just from plant-based sources. My goal in all of this is to really heal our immune systems and heal all of us from the majority of our allergies. I constantly have a compromised immune system and I am tired of feeling sick and rundown. I plan on doing a huge number of things to get us back on track.

Rebecca- sorry for the confusion and thank you for your thoughts. You are right- since Indi was born I just haven't been able to visit people as much as I'd like. I really enjoy blogging, writing, creating and taking part in such a loving, giving online community but there are only so many hours in the day and like you, I have a small number of sites on my reader and the rest I visit when I can. No hard feelings and best wishes. Oh, and my children ate fish but I didn't... but that's all very inconsequential now isn't it! : )

Thank you again to everyone for your amazing comments!

xx m.

ecoMILF said...

That should read NOT pressuring him either! x m.

Kory said...

I understand your struggle, I personally have a littany of allergies and intollerances (eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, peanuts, hazelnuts, avacado, banana, etc) and was already vegetarian when I was diagnosed. My older daughter also has food allergies (gluten, dairy, a few other maybes) and I've already noted reactions in my infant. My husband and I have re-thought diet again and again with each diagnosis/health issue and like you, did a lot of research. In the end our family is vegan, and we are all healthier than before because we have to be more intentional with our eating in order to make sure we're getting the nutrients we need. Both my girls are right around 80th percentile for height and weight and are bright and healthy and happy. It is a lot of work however, and I understand it's not for everyone. Luckily my two year old loves things like nutritional yeast and spirulina, lol.

I hope you're able to get things worked out with Indie's allergies, I know what a maze that can be, and that you're able to come to some peace about your diet.

ecoMILF said...

Also, Catherine, to follow up on what Star said- I felt like that all the time- floating in the clouds- it's actually a beautiful feeling. Very heavenly. The first time I ate meat (chicken) I came down so much and actually felt sad, low, dark, heavy. At first I was really turned off by this - I wanted to be ethereal again. But after further reflection I decided at this stage in my life I need to be more grounded. Chasing after the little ones, embodying a kind of earth mother role... this has nothing to do with nutrition.... more just a concept or feeling.

If you want to take the vegan plunge go for it. Perhaps get a blood test now and then in 6 months get a blood test and see how all of your nutrient levels are again. I imagine that would be a good indicator of what you're getting and/or not getting.

Lotte said...

You've demonstrated that not only are you a fantastic mother, you also give a damn about the world. Why anyone would judge you is beyond me :-)

More power to you!

messyfish said...

The vegetarian myth by lierre Keith could really help you find some peace with your decision.
I also like nourishing traditions by Sally Fallon for recipes. To your good health x

Carrie said...

Let me start by saying that I completely understand your decision in light of your daughter's many allergies. However, I am deeply offended by your comment that having a vegan family is choosing ethics over health. I am a nutritionist and I work hard at planning my family meals. The only "supplements" we take are DHA (it is basically algae in a capsule, that is where fish get their DHA we are just letting the middle man live) and B12 because our society is too clean. Babies can be healthy on a vegan diet (unless they have the allergies that your daughter does) as long as they are breastfed for an extended period of time, because they (certainly not us) need the cholesterol for their growing brains.
I lastly want to comment on the recommendation of Lierre Keith's book, The Vegetarian Myth. Keith believes that plants have feelings and the data she uses in her book is at best questionable. She ate a very unhealthy diet, and then blamed her poor health on veganism (even though she said that she ate eggs every chance that she got, hardly vegan). But the most infuriating argument that she makes in her book is that meat-eating is better for the environment than vegetarianism, that argument is just ludicrous and irresponsible.

Catherine Lowe said...

Hey all, I just wanted to share what was from the post by raw foodie Kazzie on what she supplements her little raw foodie with. The article talks openly about the myth of not needing to supplement when on a raw diet, i imagine vegan is similar. To be safe. And hey, I would imagine a lot of mainstream diet kids dont get everything with what they are eating!
Soya lecithin for choline (and egg for the same reason since turning four)
Viridian Vitamin D (sun exposure may be enough, depending on skin colour and location).
Vitamin K2 from Mercola.com (we can't synthesise enough K2 and it's essential for bones and teeth).
Ortho Bone Vegan (contains K2, but not enough, B12 and essential bone health co-factors).
Vegan DHA (long-chain fatty acid, essential for brain growth, especially up to two years of age).
Ionic iron (not always necessary to supplement but may be worthwhile up to five years due to faddy eating).

And thanks for the reply Meagan :) :)
I'm sorry to hear you guys all struggle with allergies, I have not had to deal with such issues. I imagine it would be most frustrating. Have you considered a raw cleans? I've heard interesting things about food allergies, and that some can be reversable ?? Not all. I didnt pay too much attention as it wasnt info I needed.
Your floating in the clouds comment makes me think that maybe you could have been missing out on some key nutrient? Is that really right to feel space cadety? Maybe thats DHA? Or were you tired as well? Anyway, dont feel the need to have to expose more personal stuff on that. Just got me thinking.
xxoo Big hugs.
(I imagine all these replys could feel somewhat inspiring, yet overwhelming too!!!)

Catherine Lowe said...

PS Great idea on the blood test! Err, now to drag myself in there! lol
No, we did it when pregnant, it wasnt THAT bad right! lol

ecoMILF said...

Carrie- I totally appreciate your comment and immediately withdraw the statement that a vegan diet cannot be health. I really don't believe that. I believe people can absolutely thrive on a vegan diet and if children are closely monitored/given the proper foods they can also thrive. Look at Joaquin Phoenix, for example. Born and raised vegan- big, beautiful, intelligent, healthy. What I meant to say and didn't get across well enough is that I don't think WE can raise our children healthily enough on a vegan diet. Indi is sensitive to so much of that plant-based wholesome food (seeds, nuts, soy, coconut, even some legumes) and I just can't get my head around it! I am going to cross out my original statement above and amend it as I do feel what you have said is very valuable to everyone out there who is a vegan or thinking of becoming one.

Catherine-
Thanks for all of that amazing information!! SO great to have t shared here. I actually recently did a raw juice cleanse and felt amazing during and after it, but my allergies have been afflicting me since I was very young and they have been rampant since North was born. I suspect that sleep-deprevation and chronic fatigue have to do with it. I have been breastfeeeding through the night for almost 3 years now (I had about 3 months break before Indi was born) and because Brad works 6 days a week often leaving at around 630am and arriving home at 10 or 11pm I am on my own with the children probably far more than is healthy with short and irregular breaks in between. I am sure I am low on many things and had a good chuckle when I read your comment because I thought- I should really take my own advice and get my blood tested to see where my deficiencies are. Last time I had them checked was when I was pregnant and I was low in B12 and extremely low in iron (had to take a supplement- anaemia runs in our family). I just started taking a vitamin D3 supplement so I hope this will pep me up too. I have an appointment with a trusted naturopath in a week or so for Indigo and I am sure we will get to talking about what I need as a breastfeeding Mum too.

Thanks again to everyone for leaving comments and creating such a lively, honest and varied discussion.

motherwho said...

For someone who is doing so much for their family, the environment and the well being of so many people, I would like to see someone even try to judge your choices! You have put the health of your children before all else, and what dedicated mother wouldn't make that choice. Good on you for sending such an honest post out into the ether. You're doing a wonderful job, and I am constantly in admiration of the snippets I see of your life through this blog. Much love, Lucy x

kelly said...

we are vegetarian. my daughter had TERRIBLE eczema on her face when she was a babe till about 3. she was/is allergic to soy, sesame, nuts, buckwheat and eggs. But we made it through and she seems to have outgrown most of her allergies; now she is only allergic to nuts. Hopefully your baby does too!
Do you know of the raw foodist Shazzie? She wrote about MSM and its power to reverse allergies in her book about raising raw children.

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