Last night I had one of those moments, where I felt like a complete and total hypocrite.
If Allessandra had been older, she would have undoubtedly called me out on it.
I found myself being angry with her for not finishing her chicken nuggets.
We bought Non GMO, all healthy, yadda, yadda, chicken nuggets, because I had this belief in the back of my head that the girls "need protein".
The same argument that gets tossed my way everyday.
Allessandra hates eating meat.
This morning, I had this epiphany, why am I forcing her to finish her meal, when she hates it?
I don't eat it, Josh doesn't eat it. WHY, am I making her?
There are plenty of other items that I can feed her, that carry much more weight nutritionally, and have plenty of protein.
“As long as the diet is carefully planned and well-balanced,” Bauer says, “vegan diets provide all the nutrition you need to fuel your growing child and typically contain higher amounts of the ‘good stuff’—vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, etc.—than the standard American diet.”
If I truly believe that this lifestyle supplies my body with everything it needs, then it is my responsibility to balance my girls's meals the same way.
This morning, I tried something different.
Both girls had sprouted bread with peanut butter and strawberries.
Soph had bananas laid out on her toast, sprinkled with coconut sugar.
Both finished a hemp seed/ green shake with vanilla drops.
It takes a little more effort, because, granted it is easier to throw Lucky Charms into a bowl or grab a pop tart- but if I won't tolerate that kind of garbage in my body, WHY would I allow it for my growing children?
I am not striving for perfection here, just progress. If 90% of their diet is vegan, I am happy with that.
I am anxious to see if we can ward off germs, improve sleep quality and improve their moods. I am also looking for them to establish a meaningful relationship with food.
I have noticed that Sophia is MUCH easier to manage this morning. She has been easy going and content.
Should be an interesting journey.