By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:52:12 PM.
Give up all of the animal ingredients and foods that you won't miss, and allow yourself the occasional exception whether it’s a food, holiday meal, or favorite restaurant. I advocate following a fully vegan diet and I encourage you to strive towards that as a goal, but it’s just silly to abandon vegan-ism in it’s entirety because you love bacon or cheese too much. Don’t let yourself get caught up in trying to label yourself based on your diet, this is a sort of all-or-nothing thinking that’s simply not constructive. If allowing a little flexibility is what will help you sustain a mostly vegan lifestyle then that's exactly what you should do! This also serves to make the vegan lifestyle a lot less daunting and more approachable to others.
A vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice for all kids, as long as it's properly planned. The principles of planning a vegetarian diet are the same as planning any healthy diet — provide a variety of foods and include foods from all of the food groups. A balanced diet will provide the right combinations to meet nutritional needs. But be aware of potential nutrient deficiencies in your child's diet and figure out how you will account for them. With a little exploration, you may find more vegetarian options than you realized. If you are not sure your child is getting all necessary nutrients or if you have any questions about vegetarian diets, check in with your family doctor, pediatrician, or a registered dietitian.
Religious beliefs also can play an important role in vegetarianism. For instance, followers of Jainism practice nonviolence (also called Ahimsa, meaning "do no harm"), and do not eat meat or certain vegetables, such as onions, potatoes and garlic. Hindus also believe in Ahimsa and are the world's largest vegetarian population. They believe in the dietary customs of self-control and purity of mind and spirit. Seventh-day Adventists practice a vegetarian lifestyle, while Buddhists also support the concept of Ahimsa (although some eat fish or meat).