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I am seriously debating trying out veganism. Not because I have some burning desire to protect animals or a absolute aversion to eating anything animal-based. No, my curiosity about and consideration of the vegan lifestyle comes from a more practical place. You see, my son has food allergies. He has a dairy intolerance and is also allergic to egg whites and tree nuts. So my husband and I have already begun the process of transitioning some items in our house. We buy more soy milk than should be allowed (my son is only 16 months and still takes a bottle), along with soy cheese and yogurt. We have tried coconut dairy replacements, as well, and my husband now makes a mean soy mac and cheese.
This is why no one, including my conservative in-laws, balked at the vegan cookbook I received as a Christmas present (Plant-Powered Families, in case you are interested). I am actually excited to try out some of the recipes and have started reading the opening chapters about the benefits of being vegan. Of course, quitting all animal-based foods cold-turkey (pun intended) will be no small feat, and I haven’t even decided if I am that committed yet. And my son already shows a distinct liking for beef, so that could be a challenge, too. But I did discover that there is this website called veganuary.com, which promotes trying out veganism in the month of January. Any coincidence that we are just days away from January? I think not. So let’s see what dietary changes I can make… I’ll keep you posted on my progress (while attempting to maintain this blog as primarily NOT a dieting blog).
UPDATE: While my son has outgrown most of his food allergies, and is now three years old, my foray into veganism caused me to discover many healthy food options I otherwise would not have tried. Here are a few more resources I discovered along the way: