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« on: November 03, 2010 08:39:34 PM »

For parents who are vegetarian or vegan, do your children have the same diets as you do? I have friends who are not vegetarians, but ironically, one of their sons is.  From toddler age, he just do not like the taste of meat.  Up to now that he's 10 years old, he just continue with his vegetarian diet.  No matter how his parents lure him to eat steaks and other meat dishes, he just do not like them.
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 12:04:21 PM »

The vegetarians I know have veggie kids. I am in the opposite situation, like you mentioned. My DD is a vegetarian and the rest of us are omnivores. I usually make either veggie food (sometimes with a meat option on the side) or a meat dish with a veggie option on the side. My other DD doesn't eat cooked vegetables or stuff with sauces, so I'm always leaving something plain anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2010 11:44:48 AM »

I was similar to this kid, I never really liked the taste or texture. Would occasionally eat chicken or turkey, but no red meat.  And I wouldn't eat fish that looked like fish!  (so I would only eat fish fingers or fish cakes).  By the time I got 11 I was really interested in animals, so officially became vegetarian (all my family eat meat).  This actually made meals times easier as I wasn't trying to be forced food that I didn't like.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010 07:58:44 PM »

I became a vegetarian when I was about 10 years old.  No one in my family is vegetarian and at the time, I didn't have any friends who were either.  Like the boy you mentioned, I just didn't like the taste of meat.

It was hard for my mom to make foods for me at first  (I had cereal for dinner a lot) but it got a lot easier.  Now it's just natural for my family to leave a little bit of sauce or whatever without meat for me.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011 12:33:24 PM »

My parents were meat eaters and I was vegetarian. It was pretty tough since my mother was not down for buying or cooking veggie friendly things. My husband recently went vegetarian, so we are all vegetarians now.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011 03:41:50 PM »

I'm vegetarian, but my daughter is not. Her dad and I are not together, and he eats meat, so she eats it there. She will also eat it with my other family members. I will often make her a piece of chicken to have with dinner, and I am guilty of buying her the occasional Happy Meal.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011 06:02:08 PM »

My son is 5 and really doesn't like meat either.  I offer it, but he mostly lives off veggies and bread and cereal.  he will eat eggs, and the occasional meat, but i mostly have to sneak protein in the bread he eats.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011 09:30:10 PM »

Does anyone have an explanation to this?  Why does a child become vegetarians without a cause?  I mean, they didn't know anything about animal rights yet, as adult vegetarians do.  Is it just simply a difference in taste buds? Maybe. Huh
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011 03:47:26 AM »

Both my husband and I are vegetarians (and I'm mostly vegan) but our son will be raised eating meat since we have access to locally raised animals who have lived healthy, ethical lives.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011 06:20:59 AM »

Does anyone have an explanation to this?  Why does a child become vegetarians without a cause?  I mean, they didn't know anything about animal rights yet, as adult vegetarians do.  Is it just simply a difference in taste buds? Maybe. Huh
so far as I know, there is no explanation for it.  all I know is it is quite common.
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011 08:23:40 AM »

Does anyone have an explanation to this?  Why does a child become vegetarians without a cause?  I mean, they didn't know anything about animal rights yet, as adult vegetarians do.  Is it just simply a difference in taste buds? Maybe. Huh

Maybe a texture thing? Even today (at 32) I can't eat yogurt. I just can't stand the feel of it in my mouth. Same with jello and pudding. Blech. Ground beef? Weird texture.

Also, even when I ate meat, I couldn't touch it before it was cooked. Nasty, slimy, raw muscle. Sooooooo gross. Or maybe I'm just really weird. Okay, I'm really weird.
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2011 10:01:03 PM »

I say a texture thing. I actually became more bothered by textures as an adult (I went veg at 15) than I was as a child (I was the most non-picky child on the planet). It could also be a flavor thing. My mom remembers when my sister was a baby, her screaming bloody murder when given baby food chicken. I guess it just depends on the kid.

I was and still am the only vegetarian in my family, and it was weird at first, but now we have it figured out and we just go with it.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2011 12:06:19 PM »

I grew up wuth a vegetarian mother but she cooked meats for us...she always made the comment that vegetarianism is a personal choice and that she'd not force it upon us...i didnt change my eating habits until i just couldnt take being sick anymore, and i mean literally sick.  Redmeats have me in the bathroom for hours (sorry to be graphic).  But when i became pregnant i changed my diet completely...cooked meats were the first things i could not be around while PG...When my son was born i made the same decision as my mom, let him make his own decisions.  He tends to just mimic me and will choose veggies over meat.  He will actually spit out his chicken and eat my salad instead or his veggies (nothing im advocating here!) ..they test his protein lvls @ the docs and it's perfect... Again, i think with children most of the time they are a product of their enviroment and will tend to mimic their parents..and no, i dont spit out my chicken lol...
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2011 06:18:03 AM »

This was an issue that I stressed over during my pregnancy.  I am a strong believer that vegetarianism is a personal choice and that it would be wrong to force it on my child but at the same time how can something so important to me be cast aside?  Eventually I started polling everyone I knew, vegetarians and meat eaters alike, just to get their input.  Oddly enough, the only person who told me to feed my daughter meat was a vegan!  (We carefully avoided asking the grandparents for their opinions because they still give me a hard time for being veg).So were a vegetarian household, except for the cats.  My daughter is 7 , only a foot shorter than I am and as healthy as anyone could hope for.  She loves food and begs to help in the kitchen and seems to have a real grasp of nutrition.  I think that I made the right choice.

As for kids who wont eat meatI was one of them.  Long before Id even heard the word vegetarian or understood where that meat on my plate came from, Id eat around it.  It was a combination of taste and texture.  I did eat sausage, but dreaded chicken and simply would not touch steak or pork.  Apparently that aversion didnt hurt me, despite the fact that my parents didnt know what to do to supplement my protein, but I did resent my parents attempts to force me to eat foods that I really disliked.
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2011 07:50:33 AM »

In my chef days, I found more people who couldn't stand the taste or texture of veggies than meat. Legumes? Yuck, for most people. Soy? If they could stand the taste they couldn't stand the gas. It's not just a one-way street. There are plenty of vegans who don't like every vegetable, too. There's one of everything round the dining table!
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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2011 04:10:18 PM »

My husband and I very rarely eat meat, typically only if we are out to eat, and have many vegan meals a weeks. My son is 2 and I was torn like a few of you personal choice or make him.  In our case when he turned 2 I decided I'd let him try some meat and he won't touch it.  I'm fine with that, as he gets older if he chooses to eat meat I will let him. I won't touch raw meat though, so we never cook with it, and that's not going to change.  I don't know that he will ever eat meat at home.  I've never really ate any meat either.  I honestly don't think I've ever ate hamburger.  When i was younger the only meat I would eat is chicken breast and still if I do eat meat that's all I will eat. 
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