Funny how as my children are in their first week of back to School- I can't help but notice that on all my social media pages everyone is talking about school lunch programs, and the lack of nutrition thereof, and how our children are 'targets' to poor eating choices.
It really bothers me that most school lunch programs do not include Vegan/Vegetarian menus.. they cater to meat eaters and peanut butter allergies, as if those issues are more important then my children's heartfelt, health conscious choices and their allergies to dairy and gluten.
As far as targeting children.. to not give a vegan/ vegetarian option on the school menu is more damaging to our children's future health then we realize. Children are targeted at a young age and these are the habits they are going to form for the rest of their lives.
My husband and I are Vegans by a God-led convictions, which started with a simple fast in honor of my dying step father; this turned into a lifestyle that has benefited our health in MANY HUGE ways. Out of this fast, I have one vegan daughter, one vegetarian daughter and one flexitarian daughter. Not to mention the passion and desire it gave me to see others be healed by lifestlye and health choices, Hence; My health coaching journey!
Since my children have made lifestyle changes it has shown us what foods they are actually allergic to.. (one daughter's ADD, anxiety, and poor focus is under-control; another's bed wetting an anger issues have lessened); all this by removing or minimizing meat, dairy and gluten and we now have healthier, happier children for it.
Here is my biggest grip; When a child is allergic to peanuts.. the school goes out of their way for that child; So, why is my children's allergies and eating habits being treated any different?
Why... Ignorance that's why!! Traditions, cultural brain-washing and plain an simple stupidity! Excuse my out-right annoyance, but MY children are being bullied (even by the school lunch program)- because the schools do not make effort to 'TEACH' children that there are other eating habits out there that don't always include the eating of animal proteins and that may actually benefit our health. As a community we need to 'TEACH' our children for goodness sake to eat in good health and not bully the other children for making deeper and healthier lifestlye and eating choices.
The vegan and vegetarian diets should be offered EVERYWHERE and should be encouraged to try. At least have a Meatless Monday menu- or vegan/ vegetarians days. Lets have some fun with it for goodness sake! I mean really what are people afraid of? Change? Their children might just appreciate a choice. I know my kids did. I never forced this lifestyle on them, (contrary to many's belief) I just simple asked them to try it for a short duration in honor of their grand dad, and now they made up their own minds to eat what makes them feel best, complete, healthy, and spiritually whole in "body, soul and spirit!"