A growing number of parents are turning to a new method of dietary advice: veganism.
For those who have been living a vegan lifestyle for years, this is a daunting challenge.
“It’s very difficult, but you have to do it,” said Dr. Dolly Miller, a pediatrician in California and co-founder of the advocacy group Parents on Veganism.
“I’ve been a vegetarian for over 30 years.
I have a lot of respect for vegans.
I do not consider myself a vegan.
I’ve been vegetarian for 30 years, and I’ve never had an issue.”
The challenges are few and far between for those who choose to follow the new dietary recommendations, but Miller and her colleagues believe the growing awareness of the vegan lifestyle is an opportunity for parents to be more engaged and to educate their children about the benefits of a plant-based diet.
They’re hoping the message will have a positive impact on young minds and improve the health of the world’s population.
“You can do so much with a plant food,” Miller said.
We’re not here to make sure that everything is going to be perfect. “
We’re very excited to have parents in the room and the kids in the rooms with us.
We’re not here to make sure that everything is going to be perfect.
Miller believes the vegan movement is changing the way the public views food, and parents are just beginning to catch on. “
If we can show them that we’re not all going to have the same experiences and that we can learn from each other, we can make a difference in the world.”
Miller believes the vegan movement is changing the way the public views food, and parents are just beginning to catch on.
“People who don’t eat animal products are more aware of how important it is for them and what they can do to improve their health and well-being,” Miller told NBC News.
“As more people become aware of the benefits, we’re seeing more and more people who are eating more plant foods.”
Miller and other parents are trying to instill in their children the value of plant-Based diets, and have developed a curriculum for parents on veganism that they are using to educate children about what it means to be a vegan and how to improve the world.
“The more that parents understand the health benefits of this diet, the healthier the kids are going to grow up to be,” Miller added.
“This is a time when we’re going to see a massive increase in kids going to school and taking the ACT test.
That’s a really big shift in how we teach children.”
Miller’s curriculum includes a lesson on how to get kids to eat a plant meal, a meal they can eat without chemicals and other toxins, and a daily practice of not eating animal products.
“One of the best things about this is that it really is a way for parents and kids to get to know each other and get to understand each other’s point of view,” Miller explained.
“They can have a conversation about it.
It’s not about them trying to convince me that I’m right or wrong or against them or against veganism or anything like that.
They can just sit down and talk about it.”
“This way, we start to understand and respect each other,” Miller continued.
“Then, we have this dialogue and this learning curve and that’s really exciting.”
The lesson also includes a checklist that can help parents determine if their child is eating enough animal products to support their lifestyle.
“These foods are not healthy for them,” Miller noted.
“A lot of people who have kids say, ‘I’ll just cut down on meat and dairy and eggs, and then I’ll be OK.’
But if you have a healthy diet, you have the ability to be vegan.”
Miller is hopeful that the vegan diet will help children grow up healthier, more independent and happier, but she also believes it is crucial for parents.
“My hope is that this is not a trend for kids to do vegan for the rest of their lives,” Miller remarked.
“But it can help in their teenage years and in their young adult years.
We have to make them understand what’s important to them and why they need to eat this.
We need to teach them how to have a plant based diet, and it’s so important that we do it now.”
Miller has already seen an improvement in the way she teaches her children about veganism over the past year.
“When we started the curriculum, I was shocked to see how many parents we were speaking with said, ‘Oh my God, I never thought I’d be speaking with parents like this about vegan foods,'” Miller said, “but it’s been incredible.
I feel that we’ve done more than I thought we would have.”
“The first time we were talking about it, it was like, ‘Holy cow, this was really scary,'” Miller added, “and I said, you know what?
I’ve got to stop and take a