With the news of our baby, our priorities shifted. My husband and I want to be there for our children and that means living for as long as possible. We became hyper-aware of possible health threats that could compromise our well-being. I’d no longer treat getting the seasonal flu like a game of chance. I would take all preventative measures possible to not get sick. Preventative medicine and disease prevention is a main focus for veterinarians, so I used my knowledge to armor myself. Getting the proper sleep (easier said than done in the 3rd trimester), vaccinations, exercise, and nutrition were all top priorities. Educating ourselves about proper nutrition and food sourcing became part of our daily routine.
Nutrition. Diet. What to eat? Over the years there have been so many diet fads, most contradicting the one prior; it can be very confusing. With my medical education, I believe and trust science. Evidence-based medicine is how I practice, so why wouldn’t I live by the same standards? Deciphering the peer-reviewed literature, parenting blogs, nutritional guidelines, vegan forums, and so on, was challenging while caring for a newborn. But after several months, I had managed to accumulate quite a bit of information and met some interesting people/experts along the way. How Not to Die, written by Dr. Michael Greger, is based on the same philosophy and discusses an evidence-based diet. This book should be required reading for everyone! It is a fantastic summary of decades of research all pointing to the same conclusion- whole-plant based diets are best.
I feel passionately about parenting and good health, and believe most people want to do everything they can to be there for their children. Enter Raising Vegan. My goal is to share information, making the transition to a healthy vegan lifestyle as obtainable as possible. My intention is not to lecture, but to help. I believe there is a large number of people that really do want to make the transition, but are unsure how to start. It can feel overwhelming at times, not to mention the addictive nature of meat and dairy products. So, not only do people have to consciously change patterns and behavior, but they must also clear their body of addictive toxins. I hope my followers will enjoy learning from this blog and sharing their own experiences in raising vegan.