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Karen GilmanHi, I am Karen Gilman and I am here to celebrate with you your child’s choice to ‘go vegetarian.’ You are here because you worry they will not get the nutrients they need or you are looking for tips on how to make healthy vegetarian meals. I am here to help put your mind at ease and give you the tools to support this vegetarian journey! Be sure to check out some of my programs and free resources.

My Teenager Has Become Vegetarian... Now What?

 

Your teenager has declared they no longer want to eat meat.  How are they going to get enough protein, calcium or iron? Can their growing body get enough of these nutrients and the calories its needs if they do not eat any meat?

Not to worry. They will be fine as long as they eat the right foods. I know only too well how challenging it can be to get kids to eat properly.  Boys, too, can be picky eaters, although they don’t face the same nutritional challenges as girls.

You don’t want them to become dependent on multivitamins to bridge the gap, which is why it is important to ensure they get the nutrients they need from the foods they are eating.

Feeling Overwhelmed With Where To Begin?

Check Out My Parent’s Guide To Raising Healthy Vegetarian Kids Without The Stress & Overwhelm

In this program, I will guide you through how to feed your vegetarian child healthy, nourishing meals. I will help you overcome your feelings of stress and overwhelm around shopping and cooking for a vegetarian diet. After 6 weeks you will have the confidence you need to start feeding your family, or even yourself, the right foods so that you can all thrive on a vegetarian diet!

It’s bound to happen.

It’s bound to happen.

I wanted to talk about something that inevitably is going to happen to your vegetarian at some point. Here is what happened to my daughter. She was invited to a birthday party. I told the mom my daughter was vegetarian and she advised that it would not be a problem. But when the pizza came, it had pepperoni. The mom told my daughter to ‘just take off the pepperoni and eat the pizza.’

Has anyone asked you this?

Has anyone asked you this?

When you told people your child had decided to become a vegetarian what was the first thing they asked you? 

Was it “How is she going to get her protein?” Hands down, this is the first thing people ask me. Sometimes I get frustrated and wonder how they can be so oblivious!  There are so many options out there it makes me sad to think people only see animal products as good sources of protein. In any case, though the question frustrates me to no end, I realize it comes from a place of concern and that they just need to be educated.  Right? What do you think?

Is The Easter Bunny Vegetarian-Friendly?

Is The Easter Bunny Vegetarian-Friendly?

Can Vegetarians Eat Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs?

As Easter approaches you can find lots of chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs on the shelves in the grocery store.  I am not going to address this from a moral standpoint just from an ingredient standpoint. If you have a vegetarian  or vegan at home you may want to take a close look at the ingredients just to make sure these treats don’t contain any animal-derived products.