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Teaching Children About a Plant Based Diet

Posted Sep 01 2010 12:00am

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

I have a 5 year old daughter that my wife and I have raised primarily on plant foods.  We are confident that this will serve her well throughout her lifetime, or at lease until she is able to make her own food choices. It already seems to be paying dividends as she is very healthy and rarely gets sick. She also receives chiropractic adjustments.

Now that she is in school...and especially when she is around other kids and food is involved (or just watching TV), she gets to see first hand what most kids eat...and it's not pretty. So how do you teach the principles of plant based nutrition to a young child? do it the same way our meat and dairy industries (who provide much of the nutrition info to schools and run massive advertising campaigns) try to...with children's books, posters, videos, and pamphlets.

Of course this is probably not going to happen unless the parents are either primarily plant food eaters, or want to teach their children about vegan or vegetarian lifestyle so that they know the difference. I don't know too many parents who eat poorly who will sit down and read a book on plant based nutrition to their kids...unless they are ready for change themselves, and that would be great.

The principles behind plant based nutrition and vegan lifestyle are easily understood and parents can learn while teaching their kids. In fact...I came across a really good book just for this purpose entitled:

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things

I am going to order this book today, and get some extras as gifts. If you have read this book please let me know. Or if you buy the book and read it with your child, let me know what you think by coming back to this post and leaving a comment below. This post will be under the  "Plant Based Diet and Nutrition" category.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco

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