Monday, October 17, 2016

Why I feed my TODDLER on a VEGETARIAN Diet

Meat consumption is a widely-discussed topic among meat eaters and vegetarians alike. For most, the decision to not eat meat or meat products is a personal one. However, there are some instances where entire families follow the decision. Starting at a young age will provide a strong and healthy relationship between your children and their future.

Negative Effects of Eating Meat on Children

Toxic Shock
                Contaminates infect most if not all of available meat products that are sold in supermarkets everywhere. Antibiotics, hormones, and toxins are ingested by cattle and livestock constantly. The very use of hormones in animals are said to enable maximum growth for animals on farms and make for double or even triple the amount of available meat able to be sold. This however can harm our children by providing extra hormones and antibiotics that they normally would not be introduced to.
                Ingested hormones in livestock have multiple negative effects on children worldwide. Studies that have taken place in a variety of countries and cultures have all shown that the extra hormones present in our food have led to increased puberty and early sexual development. These children are forced into puberty at ages as low as eight years old.
                Children are constantly growing and for toddlers, they are in the prime time of life for education and growth. The American Health Association has even reported that the constant overuse of antibiotics can not only spread bacteria, but make strains resistant to antibiotics.

Benefits of Vegetarian Diet

Longer Life Span
                While most people would argue that life span has many factors other than a person’s eating habits, it is shown in several cases that individuals do live several years longer when compared to the average meat eater.
Healthy Decision Making
                One of the most important duty for a parent is to ensure that they teach their children to make positive and healthy choices during their lives. Starting early and introducing your children to a wide variety of foods will instill a strong ability to make positive choices.
Decreased possibility for Disease
                Multiple studies have found that in persons following a vegetarian diet show decreasing cases of diabetes, heart complications, and cataracts.
Decreased chance of health problems

Food Plans for a Growing Toddler

·         Whole Grains- Breads, Hot and Cold Cereals, Pasta, Rice and Barley
·         Vegetables- Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens
·         Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, and Non-Dairy Milks- Beans (Pinto, Kidney, Lentils, Split Peas, Black-Eyed Peas, Chickpeas)
·         Fruits- Apples, Oranges, Banana, Avocado, Cherry, Grapes, Lime, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, etc.

1-to 4 Year Olds
Whole Grains, Breads, Cereals
4 Servings
2-4 tablespoons Cup Dark Green Vegetables, ½ Cup Other
Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Non-Dairy Milks
½-1 Cup Legumes, 3 Servings Soymilk or Non-Dairy Milks
¾-1 ½  Cups

5- to 6 Year Olds
Whole Grains, Breads, Cereals
6 Servings
¼ Cup Dark Green Vegetables, ½ Cup Other
Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Non-Dairy Milks
½-1 Cup of Legumes, 3 Servings Soymilk or Non-Dairy Milks
1-2 Cups