7 yo PA DS going vegetarian . . . . some ideas please

Posted on: Sat, 11/05/2005 - 2:48am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

I had a feeling this was going to happen. For the last year and a half or so DS has mentioned that he's uncomfortable thinking about where meat comes from. I told him a while back that there are people who don't eat meat for various reasons, that being one of them. At one point, I told him that if he ever decided to stop eating meat that we'd be okay with it and would support him. One of his big obstacles has been McD's mcnuggets--and that would be one for us. There is one day a week that we absolutely depend on being able to stop at a fast food place. Oh

On Thursday he announced that he was going to be a vegetarian. This was after a dinner containing meat.

He's not planning on going vegan it seems. Frankly, we've not really brought that up because it's in his and our best interst right now for him to continue eating yogurt and cheese. With our schedules, this is going to make our difficult family life much trickier, and I don't know what I will do if he goes vegan. But so far that's not an issue with him--I don't know if it's because he doesn't know it can be or what. But I don't feel the need to share that it can be right now. I'll wait on the full ethical extent of his decision.

Of course, I'm debating on whether to inform him of one thing: lard. If McD's is out (and I think he's willing to go the side salad and Apple Dippers route, but frankly, it won't be filling for him) we may need to consider Taco Bell's bean burrito as an option (now that we don't need to boycott Taco Bell anymore). I can't tell if the beans are vegetarian. Anyone know?

And my real question. I make a veggie cream cheese for lunch, and he takes Sun butter sandwiches, and we do fruit, veggie, and cheese skewers anyway, but do any of you have brilliant vegetarian ideas for PA kids? Not just for lunch, but cookbooks that aren't nut heavy? I have Moosewood, and I can use pecans and walnuts as long as we shell them, as DS isn't allergic.

The problem is that I don't cook with a lot of beans. I uh hmmmm personally can't eat them. I guess we can make some for DS, but I can't eat them much. So I'm worried about DS' protein intake. I know what it's like to count every protein gram (I did when I was preggers with DS, as I had a meat aversion--and I ate NUTS). I already feel so overwhelmed with our lives right now, and I can't imagine this is going to help. But if DS feels he can't eat meat, I can't ask him to. I've been there so many times in my life.

Anyway, your ideas would really help, and I haven't seen a post that seems to really address this.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Displaying 1 - 20 of 20
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:39pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:11pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:09pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by chicken Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:44pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:20am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:19am
Comments: 8
Latest Post by BD Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:18am
Comments: 5

More Articles

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

More Articles

More Articles

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

If you avoid peanuts, it’s likely you know the joy of cashews. Slightly sweet and smooth in texture, cashews provide not only relief to those with...

The prevalence of food allergy has dramatically increased over the past two to three decades, and not just among children. Preliminary results...

When someone in the family is diagnosed with a food allergy, a choice must be made whether to ban the problem food or foods from the home. The...

Looking for a fun way to share what you know about your own food allergies? Or are you hoping to educate the people around you in a fun way about...

According to the results of a new study, children lacking Vitamin D may be more susceptible to food allergies. Researchers working at the Albert...

If you or your child has a peanut or nut allergy, identifying the presence of nuts in food becomes a priority, but what if the written or spoken...

Soap allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and itching. If you suddenly develop a rash or bumps on your skin, you may suspect that you have an...

Even professionals can have difficulty keeping up with the constant flow of updated information available in their field. A survey study presented...

People with pollen allergies can develop allergic reactions to fresh fruits, vegetables and/or nuts. This is called the pollen-food allergy...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...