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Help! My daughter's gone vegetarian

Karen GilmanHi, I am Karen Gilman and I am here to celebrate with you your daughter’s choice to ‘go vegetarian.’ You are here because you worry your daughter will not get the nutrients she needs or you are looking for tips on how to make healthy vegetarian meals. I can help put your mind at ease and give you the tools to support this vegetarian journey.

My daughter's a vegetarian... Now what?

Your daughter has declared she no longer wants to eat meat.  How is she going to get enough protein, calcium or iron? Can her growing body get enough of these nutrients and the calories its needs if she does not eat any meat?

Not to worry. She’ll be fine as long as she eats 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, though they don’t face the same nutritional challenges as girls.

You don’t want her to become dependent on multivitamins to bridge the gap. Ensure she gets the nutrients she needs from the food she eats.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Let's get started!

Taking the angst out of lunch making

Taking the angst out of lunch making

As summer comes to an end and we all have think about the amazing hiatus in lunch-making we’ve all had. Yes, nine weeks of no lunch preparation. Amazing! But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

My Favourite Cookbooks

My Favourite Cookbooks

As I am sure you have come to realize, I like to cook. I also love taking cookbooks out of the library, book marking the recipes I want to make and then if there are enough that I really enjoy, buying the book. To get my list of books I go to the local bookstore and write down all the books they have featured at the front of the store.

At any given time, I’ll have 3 or 4 books sitting on the kitchen counter with little pieces of paper sticking out indicating the recipe I want to make.   My criteria for choosing the recipes are as follows:

Why choose a vegetarian diet?

Why choose a vegetarian diet?

For me choosing to follow a mostly vegetarian diet did not happen overnight. However, the decision to give up meat was easy.  It lost its appeal. What really got me was the thought of chewing meat off of a bone or biting into a hard piece of fat.

I didn’t go vegetarian whole hog, no pun intended. For a few years I didn’t eat any red meat and then while eating barbecue chicken with my grandparents one night, it finally hit me. I decided I just couldn’t eat it anymore. I had no idea of the health or environmental implications. At the time, these issues were not topics the media followed.  Following a vegetarian diet was not mainstream at all.  Some people thought I was weird. There weren’t many cookbooks or resources available.