Photo by Nuraan Ackers

Why Plant-Based? 

As I explain hereI transitioned from being vegetarian to vegan. When I decided to be vegetarian in my mid 20’s, I did so because of animal welfare issues and the environment. However, I have always been passionate about nutrition and well-being and I am constantly seeking new information and educating myself on the latest nutritional science, diet and wellness practice to apply to my life.  The healing process of my son’s eczema was to me a proof of how powerful food is when it comes to health. Therefore, health is another important reason why I follow a plant-based diet. 

I am raising a vegan toddler as well and when I tell people that he doesn’t eat any meat, egg or dairy, the question that immediately comes up is: where does he get protein from? I make sure that his diet is rich in whole foods, lots of beans (all of them, lentils, black and red, chickpeas, peas, etc.) quinoa, hemp, spinach, kale, etc. If you follow my blog you will find many food recipes that are my favorites and I cook them in my house pretty much on a daily basis. 

Another question related to raising a plant-based vegan toddler that many people ask me is: What if your son decides not to be vegan when he grows up? I believe that all parents do what they believe is best for their children based on the knowledge and understanding they have. I am no different, I am raising my son in the best way I know how. I want my son to become a person capable of making choices that he thinks are the best for him based on knowledge and critical thinking. It doesn’t matter if I agree with his choices or not. So, if he decides he doesn’t want to be vegan when he grows up, I will be fine and I will respect his decision in the same way I do with anyone else. Ultimately, it is more important to me that he grows up into a person that is tolerant and compassionate. 


          Photo by Nuraan Ackers