|Anne and Clint petting a pig; both mother and son are vegan since birth|
|Soul, Age 4|
Soul and Eden Angel Rees - Soul is 4 and Eden Angel is 9 months. They live in the U.S. and New Zealand. Soul was walking and talking early and memorizing letters and words early. Both Soul and mommy supplemented with B12 and algae-derived DHA during birth and early years. Soul's mother; Golden, took a vegan prenatal vitamin supplement and eats a very healthy diet. Soul received mom's milk for 3 years. Soul is above average height and weight and has a beautiful physique and is physically fit. They get mild naked sunshine for their Vitamin D. Both children love food fresh and plain. Soul's favorites are gluten-free bread with avocado, gluten-free pasta (with olive oil and sprinkle as he calls it, which is B12-fortified nutritional yeast), cucumber, raw garden carrots, mango, fruit, Wholesoy strawberry yogurt, and tofu. Eden loves green drinks and any fruit and vegetable she can get her hands on. Golden remarks, "It's been amazing to see how much Soul understands about why he is vegan. Since 2.5, he decided on his own that he didn't want to eat anything non-vegan." Soul knows a few other vegan children, but would love to meet more. He is shy with people he doesn’t know, but personable. He doesn't want what other (non-vegan) children are eating; he is proud of being vegan and understands a great deal why he is. Both children love dogs. You can meet Soul (when he was 2.5) on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT1J5fts1C4
|Eden Angel, 9 months (left) and Soul, age 4 (right)|
|Marlie with a butterfly on her finger|
|Natasha (left), Gabe (center), and Mark Fox|
Gabriel - Age 6.5 from Queensland, Australia - Gabe was breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. Solid food was introduced at that time, such as pureed fruit, etc. and he continued to breast-feed until 3 years of age. His diet now consists of fruits, vegetables, lentils, beans, tofu, rice, rice noodles, the occasional mock meat of the Fry's range, TVP (texturized vegetable protein), chick peas, soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, cereals, grains, juice, and the occasional vegan pie, etc. Natasha, Gabe's mom, explains "Basically, anything that an omnivore eats we are able to have a vegan option if we so desire." Gabriel has reached all the normal milestones for his age and he is above average for his height. He is on the slender side, but he is extremely active. His doctor called him a ‘lean machine’. Gabe had not had Vitamin B12 supplements until about a month ago just as a precautionary measure. The only other regular supplement Gabe took was spirulina. Gabe is very good with not wanting to have things that contain animal products and always asks when we are out, if food is offered. ‘Is that vegan?’ He does wish it was vegan though. If there is a party, I will try to make him a cake. Gabe has a good understanding as to why his family is vegan and explains this to others. We are currently volunteering at a farmed animal sanctuary, which gives Gabe first-hand experience with these loving animals and instills even more so our reasons for being vegan. He does have a few vegan and vegetarian friends, and some that are not. If asked why he can’t eat something, Gabriel explains to other children why he is vegan; sometimes to other parent’s dismay.”
www.vegcomarket.com) When he goes to pre-school, Elijah will bring in treats all the time so that other kids can see just how much fun it is to be vegan!
|Adair and hubby at their vegan wedding|
|Kishema dancing with Ciruqe du Soleil|
|Henry, left playing with his friend.|
Justice - Age 10 - Location: Oak Park, IL. - Justice was born on June 12, 2002 after a wonderful and healthy vegan pregnancy. He was raised on mother's milk until he was 19 months old and he self-weaned. He's always been a food lover. His earliest food was rice cereal, then avocados and bananas mashed together. His mom, Marla, made almost all of his food: usually puréed sweet potatoes, squash, fruits, and so on, which she froze in ice cube trays; a very handy, inexpensive, and waste-free way of feeding babies. After that, the puréed foods stage, he pretty much ate what his parent's ate: rice and beans, vegan Pad Thai, etc. Justice has always embraced being vegan. From his earliest days, if he saw something at the grocery store being sampled that he had animal products in it, he'd simply ask if his mom could create a "vegan version" for him later, which Marla was always happy to oblige. Marla says "He has always "owned" his veganism. This was why he made his videos: to demystify it and help his non-vegan friends understand him a little better. Socially, he gets frustrated sometimes that other children don't "get it" about eating animals, especially as they're all learning now about slavery and the civil rights movement. The arbitrariness of whom we decide to exploit bothers him sometimes. I have to say that one thing that I am very proud of and grateful for is co-founding the Chicago Vegan Family Network. This way, he and his vegan peers will have a place where they are accepted and understood. Our monthly potlucks are a wonderful opportunity to bond and enjoy all the food for children and parents alike. We celebrate holidays together (for example, having a vegan Halloween potluck in October), go on an annual trip to sanctuary together, and so on. CVFN is a big part of our lives and I am so grateful for it. Right now, Justice is learning how to play the violin, and he's very creative and artistic. He creates incredibly original stories and has a very rich inner-world. He talks to his friends a lot about kindness to animals, and is just as likely to be fascinated by an ant-hill as he is our solar system. He's a big thinker but he also likes to have fun. He loves our dog (Romeo) and our cat (Clover) and he is currently obsessed with flying foxes." See Justice on YouTube, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdXbwFO3LT8, and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vmRadeUK8k&feature=plcp
Justice’s mom and dad run http://veganstreet.com
|Sophia and Raphael spend an hour a day playing chess together. |
They show great empathy towards
one another and good sportsmanship.
Sophia is vegan from birth and she is now 8 years of age, and Raphael is vegan from conception and he is almost 6 years of age. They take no supplements other than B12 tablet once a week. They don't have to worry about Vitamin D supplementation as they live in sunny Southern California. They love veggies, unlike their meat-eating friends from school. By the time they were age 3, they watched slaughterhouse videos and with no adverse effects. Sure they had a lot of questions, especially the one, 'if people eat animals, why don't they eat people too?' They don't think of animals as food, but rather as our friends. When they see meat they don't see food, they remember the horror the animals went through to get on that plate. Their dad says "We can trust them with any family or stranger that might want to feed them meat, because instead of being curious and wanting to try it based on the temptation, they will instead educate anyone who dares suggest they should eat meat, with a visual description of how the animals are treated. They make YouTube videos under my Account Name: Daniel Manahan. They speak regularly to their elementary school friends and show off our Vegan Doggies which we bring to school every day to pick them up."
2012 YouTube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dScYl0EYOIs&feature=relmfu
Their YouTube video on fishing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V8RVi76Ma0
Their YouTube video on gelatin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOtsx19tYaM
Sophia on Pet Stores - YouTube Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83lTjLaJZwU
Sophia's YouTube video on Eggs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jEsbS9mtwA
|Devon at 6 weeks|
Skylar Blake - Age: 2 years, 5 months - Location: South Florida, USA - She has been vegan all of her life, and so far there haven’t been any problems. She received soy formula that had B12 and DHA in it for the first year, and a brown rice formula for toddlers that was also supplemented for the second year. She is in the 90th percentile for height and weight and has always been at or near there. She reached every milestone within normal range. When she began solid foods, avocado and mashed banana were her first foods. She now has a varied, healthy diet. She eats better than most adults I know—even the ones who are paying attention. I’ve used Ginny Messina’s ‘Vegan for Life’ to plan meals and supplements, as soon as she began to eat. Her mom prepares all of her meals each day and does a lot of fun vegan baking and food prep, so there’s always something fresh and tasty in the house. She has never had fast food and eats few foods that are processed. She loves raw fruits and veggies. She takes a vegan multi-vitamin as well as some sublingual B12, vegan DHA for children, and a vegan D/calcium. She eats plenty of nut butters, legumes and tofu, so she has no problem meeting her protein need. Shoes and clothing have been easy, as well, although she and her family do live someplace very warm and don’t have the challenges of extreme cold. Mary, her mom, sometimes shops online to get non-leather shoes. On the social front, Skylar (sometimes called Sky) knows a few vegan children who are older. Due to her age, even though she knows her family is vegan, she doesn’t fully understand what that means. Mom tells us “We have the usual issues regarding birthday parties and being at other kids’ houses with her wanting to eat whatever they have. But she just wants it because they have it; she has no idea what things are made from. Sky loves animals and we live near a rehab center for sea turtles as well as a wildlife sanctuary, and we visit each at least once a week. This year we took a trip to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary for Thanksgiving, and it was a highlight of her life. We know that soon we are going to have to do a lot of explaining about how most people eat and live, and we’re not rushing to that day. We’re enjoying watching her love animals and taking her to parks. Sky loves animals and most of her books are based on animals, and when she can choose a toy or stuffy, she always chooses an animal. We have had greyhounds and a cat since she was born and she adores them.”
Zaedyn Tai - Age 19 months- born naturally in New Zealand, weighing 7lb. 3oz after a healthy vegan pregnancy. Avocados are still a favourite food which he began eating close to 6 months and he is still currently breastfed. Mom; Lindsay says "Our approach to food has always been similar to baby led weaning, allowing Zaedyn to make his own food choices and eat healthy whole foods from the start. He loves avocados, young coconuts, raw cauliflower, hummus, falafel, seaweed strips, vegan sushi, nut butters, green smoothies, and seems to be willing to try quite a range of any vegan food. He basically eats anything that we eat. We have been busy growing some of our own fruits and veggies to help Zaedyn learn about sustainability and know where his food comes from. He is very active and can run all day. His energy is unbelievable which was very noticeable even during pregnancy when my puku (stomach) was constantly moving. He has always been very healthy. Before he was crawling he used to do “push ups” and everybody still comments on his strength and his muscles. I believe that we have had supportive friends and family in raising a vegan baby because they can see how he is so healthy, strong, and clever. This has also made many people curious, and we have been able to share our views with others. Zaedyn loves nature and outdoors where he can spend all day playing with his lamb and bunny friend. When we come across other animals, it is truly apparent how much he loves them, too. He has always been surrounded by animals, starting with his jungle themed room. Whether in real life or books, Zaedyn is always pointing out animals along with a huge smile and saying, “dog, lamb or baa, goat, Kai (our bunny’s name), cow or moo, etc.” Zaedyn is extremely happy and sociable. He loves to make people laugh and smile, and he loves to tell people about his animal friends."