I think that us veggies are lacking more in males than we are females
This is true, but I know quite a few men who are kind of open to being vegetarian
, or ex-vegetarian, but eat meat because their girlfriends/wives/mates insist on it. My old boss used to be veggie at work, but had to eat meat at home because his wife had him pussy-whipped!
My parents were in an omni/vegetarian relationship for nearly twenty years! My Mother insisted that I ate meat and dairy, and my Dad never really talked about being vegetarian
much: with hindsight I wish he had, because I would have probably become vegetarian
much sooner if I'd realised about meat! It must have been hard for him, watching me shovel down burgers and beef pies through the BSE crisis (NB at the time, politicians were telling us that beef was safe, and raising vegetarian children
was practically unheard of - vegetarianism was discouraged in teenagers because it was thought that it might affect their development). Our family were very unhealthy, because cooking different dishes was such a chore that we ended up eating processed convenience foods a lot.
My boyfriend has started talking about becoming vegan
. I've never asked him to - I think he just wants to eat a little healthier and it would be nice to share meals more. He also used to be vegetarian / into animal rights
when he was younger, so maybe he's kind of remembering it! I guess what I'm trying to say is that vegan/omni relationships can be tough, and someone's going to break sooner or later
With regard to children [biological clock is ticking...] they are going to be exposed to meat and dairy at school or when they go to friends' houses, and you can't realistically stop that happening. I would probably give them vegan food
at home - I certainly intend cooking and not feeding them processed junk - but I guess my philosophy would be to let them choose what they eat outside the home? I would have to explain where meat came from in an objective manner, to avoid them thinking people are 'good' or 'bad.' Otherwise they might rebel
Besides its more healthy to give a baby healthy food and that is normal mixed food and no vegan food
Well, my understanding is that a baby should be breastfed - both soy and cow's milk have been linked to health problems with babies, and it is psycologically better for them to have human milk at any rate. Baby foods for older babies seem to be largely vegan - processed veggie stew, farley's rusks, etc. - and I've heard that there is a high rate of lactose intolerance amoung teething children anyway?
I would be interested to read some impartial research - all the literature my doctor stocks is very pro- meat and dairy, but I suspect this is part of a government initiative to promote these industries (UK dairy industry is apparently in real trouble at the moment), or a hangover from wartime rationing? You can actually get free milk when you're pregnant!
Anybody had experience of a vegan pregnancy?