I’m endeavoring to answer these questions, one post at a time. 🙂
Part I: The Highlights and What We Eat
Part II: Our Journey to Better Eating
Part III: We’re not THAT weird
Part IV: Recommended Reading and Watching
Part V: Recipe Finding
Part VI: Grocery Shopping and How Much We Spend
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I was trying to find a way to directly contact you but I can’t see an email. Hopefully this gets to you somehow. 🙂 About a year and a half ago, my husband and I decided to give a WFPB diet a go. I remembered you and your family’s diet from our time at Westborough in Columbus (though you probably don’t renemeber us – we were in the student family ward). I looked up your blog and I loved reading your posts. They were very helpful and showed me how such a diet could be achieved in a family (we have 3 kids: ages 6, 4, 3, and another on the way sometime in April). Recently we have been wanting to get more diligent about vitamins and supplements for B12 and vitamin D. I saw that you were giving amounts for vitamin D but I was wondering if you could be more specific in how much B12 you give your kids, based on their ages/sizes. We are wanting to do a better job in making sure we are covering all out bases! Thanks for the help.
So good to hear from you! I’m glad you’ve had success changing your diet. That’s fantastic.
Here are some good things to know about B-12: It’s water-soluble but it’s actually stored in the body for 6 months just fine. So you don’t need to worry about getting some every single day or week. Unlike most of the fat-soluble vitamins (which are stored in the body), there aren’t any known toxic effects from getting too much B-12. So with those things in mind, my approach is pretty relaxed: We buy the cherry-flavored sublingual B-12 supplements from Costco. They’re 2500mcg each, which is something like 41 days worth in just one pill. I hand them out and the kids stick them under their tongues while I count to 20. They taste like candy and they love seeing if they last until 20 so it’s pretty painless. We do this once or twice a month and we’re good to go. I hope that helps!
Hi there, we are looking toward fully transitioning our family to a pbwf diet. We have a little guy who turns 1 year in just a couple of weeks. Do you recommend a plant based milk or is there alternative that you have used instead of whole milk at this age?
Thanks for the great question. First, I want to just point out that the idea of nursing until 1 year is arbitrary. Babies do fine when weaned at a year, but you can nurse longer and it’s still good for them. Personally, I’ve weaned my three kiddos between 12 and 18 months and I wean just to plain water. Meaning, I give them water with meals but I don’t worry about them getting any milk at all once they’re done with my milk. Before I start weaning, I make sure they can drink from a cup (or a straw cup for one of them…) and then after I start dropping feedings, if they’re thirsty they get water.
It’s so counter-cultural where we live, but there isn’t anything magical in cow’s milk that humans need (obviously 🙂 but similarly there isn’t anything special about soymilk or almond milk or oat milk… I just feed my kids beans, almonds, oats, etc. and they do fine. The only accommodation I make for my kiddos that age is to snip up their salad since chewing leafies is tricky without all your teeth. They drink smoothies when we do and water the rest of the time, just like us.
Maybe it’s just my kids but on a pbwf diet they get lots of water in the food they eat and they naturally consume a lot less salt than kids eating processed food so they don’t drink a ton to stay hydrated. We have pizza and movie night once a month at our house and the sodium content is so high my kids guzzle water ALL night!
I hope that helps. I’m happy to answer any other questions as best I can from my own experience and reading.
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