Post # 1
I’d like to hear from vegetarian parents about how they figured out what to feed their child(ren).
1. Did you feed meat from the get-go (following introduction of solids)?
2. If you feed your child meat, what kind of meat do you cook and how? And how often?
3. how do you feel about feeding meat and what is your longer term plan? Will it change over time?
4. If your child does not eat meat do they eat mostly the same diet as you and your partner. If not, how does your child’s diet differ?
I know that I for sure want to avoid processed meats for my child: she won’t be eating ‘chicken’ nuggets, sausages etc. if she’s going to eat meat she’s going to eat lean, good quality fresh meat, ethically-farmed where possible. (Well, I say that now, talk to me again in 5 years hah)
Background: we both eat seafood (So yeah not actually vegetarian but it’s easier to explain to people than pescatarian) but not a whole lot of it. My husband eats mainly vegetarian, although he will occasionally indulge his love of burgers. I eat vegetarian most of the time, about once a fortnight I’ll have some seafood, especially now in my 3rd tri). For both of us the rationale for choosing not to eat meat is around ethical problems of meat production, but I won’t eat meat in any circumstances.
Post # 2
Why would you feed your child meat if you are a vegetarian (or pescetarian)? There is no nutritional reason why your child should eat meat if you provide a balanced vegetarian diet for him/her.
Post # 3
Truffle-hunter: We aren’t vegetarian, but I cook meat about 4 times a year. So for practical purposes we are.
We will feed the kids what we are eating. We aren’t requiring them to avoid meat, but I’m not making a special meal for them either. I won’t be serving processed foods at all. Outside my house they can eat what they want, within reason. Meat is absolutely fine, but processed/fried foods (meat or veggies) are only for special treats.
Post # 4
For the love of god please don’t call yourself a vegetarian anymore unless you don’t eat meat at all. It drives me nuts the number of time I have to correct none vegetarians who will say “So you eat fish right” or “So you eat meat sometime like all other “vegetarians” right <insert snide look>” and you are the reason why.
If you want to choose not to feed your child meat then there is no reason why you shouldn’t. Just read up on diets for vegetarian children. My cousin has raised 4 happy and healthy vegan children.
Post # 5
If you don’t eat meat then I wouldn’t feed your child meat either unless directed by your child’s doctor. Do you eat wild game if you have ethical issues around meat?
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I would just feed them what you eat, not make them a special meal. If you want vegetarianism to be their choice, then let them eat meat outside your home if that’s what they want. ie. school lunches, dinners out.
If you want to pack grilled chicken or something for their lunches instead of them buying their lunches at school then just grill it up when you’re grilling vegetables or fish. I’d just cook them meat along side whatever your meal is. Maybe you make a veggie lasagna and a meat lasagna. Or grill marinated veggetables and grill them a marinated chicken breast. I wouldn’t go far out of the way to make them something different.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2015 - Bali
j_jaye: Pretty sure she did say ‘not actually vegetarian’
Post # 8
Not a parent, not a vegetarian, but wanted to say it’s really easy to make your own chicken nuggets. Buy chicken breast tenderloins, cut into chunks, dip in milk/ egg and then in panko. You can pan fry or bake. So easy and fast, and SO much better for the kid than the processed junky nuggets.
Post # 9
I don’t eat very much meat, but you will be surprised what your kids will pick up outside the home. My 3 year old visisted grandma and came home asking for ham. I hate ham. But I bought some so she can have it for a snack because she likes it and there is really no reason why she can’t have it just because I don’t care for it.
Post # 10
j_jaye: No that’s not why at all. The reason is people are ignorant and/or the definition of vegitarian is different in parts of the world.
I rather tell people I’m a vegitarian especially if dinner plans are in the works. I do eat fish, but not most fish and I also don’t like to bother explaining what a pescatarian is and then on top of them expalin all the fishes I don’t eat. What a chore. I’d rather not eat the fish.
Post # 11
Truffle-hunter: DH & I were pescetarian for a year, then I started having thyroid issues and just felt ravenous if I wasn’t eating at least some meat. If we go back to pescetarian – which we are interested in doing, we wont feed our future children meat. I think it’s silly to feed them something you are morally against. If they don’t have it, they wont miss it. Besides, in my experience in child care most kids are really picky about meat (unless it’s chicken nuggets, I’ve not met a kid yet who wont eat chicken nuggets) As they get older they can make their own food decisions and decide if your diet is right for them.
Post # 12
Lauren267: then why did she label the thread vegetarian parents. The OP also stated that it was easier to tell people she was vegetarian than explain what a pescatarian was. So it seems the OP does in fact by her own admission tell people she is a vegetarian.
Atalanta: and people are ignorant because they see people who have just declared themselves vegetarian chowing down on the flesh of an animal. What you and the OP are doing is being just as ignorant. People who do not eat the flesh of animals (which is what the worldwide definition of vegetarian is) for ethical reasons face enough lack of understanding in their choice without non-vegetarians spreading misunderstanding.
Is there something shameful about calling yourself a pescatarian? Because otherwise why not just call yourself that? If you did that instead of claiming you are vegetarian there would be a lot more understanding of what both choices are.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2015 - Bali
j_jaye: Perhaps because she wanted help and ideas from vegetarian parents? I don’t think OP was trying be inflammatory about it and certainly not ‘ignorant’, as you put it.
Post # 14
j_jaye: She labeled is vegetarian parents because they would have relevant advice. If she labeled it pescatarian parents nobody would probably answer or only a few people. Anyway she can call herself what she likes, I don’t see how it personally affects you. Her calling herself pescatarian will not educate the masses.
Anyway OP I am curious about this too and its an interesting thread. I used to be vegetarian, and am now slowly coming back to it mainly for ethical/processing issues. I won’t have the kid issue mainly because my DH is a carnivore and will never change lol, so our house will never be meat free so our kid can choose.
I would say don’t go out of your way to introduce meat. Your child will get introduced through grandparents and friends. Then they can choose how they want to live.
BTW I was vegetarian when I was a teen too and my parents didnt accommodate me really – I was responsible for asking for specific things on the grocery list and if my mom made something with meat I would just eat a meatless version of it. ( pick out meatballs in spaghettie, ect)
Post # 15
j_jaye: Is there something shameful about calling yourself a pescatarian?
Because otherwise why not just call yourself that? <br />
I explained why already.