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[May. 28th, 2004|12:13 pm]


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This morning on the way to school my almost 6 yo told me that his reading partner at school told him that some hamburgers are made from buffalo meat. So he asked what others are made of and I told him cows. He asked how they got the cow meat and I ignored him. He wouldn't give up and made me tell him that they kill the cow for the meat but that's what the cow was raised for. I explained that food was this cow's purpose. He was not happy about that. He asked how they kill them and since I didn't know he was satisfied with "well, that's not nice". He's right. It's not nice and it's the reason I stopped eating red meat when I was 14. But now Shawny says he's a vegetarian. He's already stopped eating meat so I wasn't really shocked. But he doesn't eat any of the other stuff that I do eat to replace red meat. I was supplementing him w/ yogurt and smoothies but he wouldn't even drink the smoothie last night. I'm probably WAY overthinking the whole deal but how can I make him eat??? He won't eat at school. The only things he eats at home now are peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, oodles of noodles, rice, noodles, mac & cheese, yogurt, cereal, applesauce, hot dogs, some fruits when the mood strikes and assorted sugary snacks. I don't keep much sugary crap around the house now that I am eating better so there isn't too much for him to have. I just don't know what to do with him. I could just let him live on cereal until he gets sick of it!
I should add, I don't eat red meat. I only eat chicken and seafood. It was a decision I made as a teenager b/c I thought it was cruel to kill the pretty cows and pigs. I have always prepared meals for my kids that included all kinds of meats. When they would eat red meat, I would have a salad or a dish w/o the meat. I have NEVER told my kids that is the reason I don't eat it. I've always told them I am allergic and I will get sick if I eat it. Which isn't entirely a lie b/c if I were to eat red meat it would make me sick. So I'm really at a loss as to how Shawny can fathom reasons for not eating meat.

[User Picture]From: ladycakes
2004-05-28 04:34 pm (UTC)
Kids are kind of logical like that. I have been a mostly vegetarian for years and my daughter always liked to eat meat. I would generally not keep it in the house and she would only get fishsticks or the occassional hamburger inside the home. When she turned 10 she decided that she loved animals too much to eat them anymore so we are all veggie all the time at home now. It's been really hard to get her to eat proteins...she doesn't like tofu or eggs or most meat substitutes. I generally hide beans and TVP in soups and stuff and have experimented with different things. I understand how frustrating it is. If you want I can give you some recipes and tips for getting protein to your kid if you would like.
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[User Picture]From: ih8stupidppul
2004-05-28 04:38 pm (UTC)
I would love any proteiny recipes you can give! I'm out of ideas with him and I don't want him to not be healthy!! THANKS A BUNCH!
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[User Picture]From: ladycakes
2004-05-28 05:01 pm (UTC)
ok...first I started to make muffins and pancakes with soy protein powder in them and would give them to her for breakfast with peanut butter on them. I think that having protein in the morning really helps A LOT.

I also use Gimme Lean fake hamburger A LOT. I brown it and put it in spaghetti sauce, for tacos, sausage style for breakfast...

I think a lot of it is a texture thing and Boca burgers are the closest to real burger feel. I also LOVE Tofurkey's sausages. They are so good even the meat eaters will love them.

I also have made smoothies from tofu and have also made tofu sour cream and such vegerecipes has also been a HUGE help. Check their memories for ideas.

Just let me know if you have any more questions. I've been there.

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[User Picture]From: vivalasvacas
2004-06-11 06:49 pm (UTC)
i found this through a few degrees of separation from i believe the customers_suck journal

anyhoo i thought i'd randomly throw in a few cents about this =D when i was 12 or 13 i turned vegetarian and for a long time it was very hard to get a lot of good vegetarian things especially since animal products exist in a lot of foods (i.e. beef fat in hostess snacks)

what you can do is look into the organic frozen food section of your grocer. there's two companies: cascadian farms and amy's kitchen. the latter creates tons of healthy vegan and vegetarian meals for the freezer, as well as frozen pizzas and canned soups and whatnot. check out allrecipes.com in the veggie section as well if you're looking for some healthy veggie recipes that both your boys and you could enjoy. there are also tons of great little things you can find at the store, like organic mac and cheeses, and you can experiment with tofu/fake meat and vegetarian mediterrean food (like falafel, hummus, etc)

but please, please, if this is something he really wants to do, don't discourage him! it's really aggravating for a young person to find something they feel is right and only to be told, "stop being stupid, you can have this chicken soup" or something. perhaps this will be a very good health decision for your boy. that's a really amazing personal thought for someone who's not even 6!
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[User Picture]From: ih8stupidppul
2004-06-11 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! A few weeks into this and we are doing well with it. He's not eating meat and I am totally encouraging him. I think it's great that he made the decision himself and I'm working with him. I would never discourage it ... eating healthy is a great way to live. It may be a little more expensive but it's definitely worth it to me!
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