My Vegan Child | A Resource for Parents, Educators & Carers of Vegan Kids
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A Resource for Parents, Educators and Carers

My Vegan Child is an online resource for parents, teachers and caregivers of vegan children, as well as families transitioning to a plant based, vegan lifestyle.

 

The My Vegan Child booklet is a free printable resource for parents to give to the teachers of their vegan children.  Our aim is to communicate in a positive way that will inform our children’s teachers on veganism and to navigate potential sensitive areas such as food, nutrition and animal welfare.

 

Veganism is much more than just a diet. The information provided both in the booklet, and on this website, will help create a more inclusive learning environment for vegan children, as well as inspire parents on how to raise healthy, happy, vegan kids.

 

Why Vegan?

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Protecting the Planet

Animal farming is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of global transportation. Dairy and meat producers are polluting both the land and waterways. Current commercial fishing operations could see fishless oceans by 2048.

 

Up to ten times more land and water is needed to support a typical diet of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy than a plant-based diet.

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Health

Naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, high in fibre, and low in saturated fats, a well balanced vegan diet provides all the nutrition we need in all stages of life. This includes adequate amounts of protein, iron, calcium and omega 3’s.

 

The only mineral that needs supplementing is B12, which can be easily sourced from vitamins or fortified foods. In addition, people on a vegan diet are at a reduced risk of the number one health disorders, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer and obesity.

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Compassion for Animals

In all animal agriculture industries, innocent, sentient animals are bred to be killed. Dairy cows are separated from their young shortly after they give birth, so that humans can take their milk. Male calves are either killed immediately or raised for veal or beef.

 

The egg industry kills all baby male chicks as they do not produce eggs. Even animals raised free range and organic end up in the same slaughterhouses. Vegans choose not to participate in this.

Veganism is the fastest growing social justice movement of our time

As well as teaching our children compassion for animals, we also teach them to be patient and non-judgemental about their peer’s food choices and culture, just as we hope to be respected too.

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What is Vegan?

A Vegan lives a lifestyle of Veganism.

 

Veganism is defined as: a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

 

There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including seafood), dairy, eggs and honey, as well as products like leather and anything tested on animals.

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What is Vegetarian?

Vegetarians are similar to Vegans in that they do not eat meat. They also share many of the same ethical beliefs as vegans. Vegetarians may or may not include eggs, dairy and honey in their diets. A Pescetarian is someone who abstains from all animal flesh except fish.

 

A plant based diet is very similar to a vegan diet, but the person may not actively embrace a vegan lifestyle or hold the same ethical beliefs as a Vegan.

A Vegan Child’s Diet

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Vegans choose not to eat:

  • Meat (pigs, cows, lambs, chickens, fish, shellfish, any other animals)
  • Dairy (cows milk, dairy ice cream, butter, cheese, milk powder, whey, rennet, milk products from any other animal)
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Gelatin (Most lollies have gelatin in them.)
  • Non-vegan stock powders, animal fats, animal-based flavourings in snack foods, etc.
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Vegans Love to eat:

  • Fruit and Veges
  • Beans, lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds
  • Pasta, potatoes, grains, rice, wheat, polenta, couscous
  • Plant based meat-alternative products (tvp, vege sausages, vege burgers, chicken style strips, etc)
  • Soy products such as tofu and tempeh
  • Plant based milks (soy, rice, oat, almond, coconut) and vegan cheese
  • Vegan nachos, pizza, burritos, shepherds pie, stir fries, curries, chips, burgers, pies
  • Baking and sweets using vegan ingredients