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05-08-2008, 08:24 PM
I know Storm and Jingee are raising their kids raw, and the Boutenkos have raw kids(although not as young as Storm and Jinjee). Here's my thoughts - it seems that children if gotten onto a raw diet really early in life and stick with it would just bypass all the issues that we elders have from years of cooked foods and addictions, not to mention the toxicity caused by the same. It also seems that people in their late teens and early 20's have not too hard a time transitioning as well into a raw diet because the toxicity hasn't built up over decades(even with a relatively healthy diet - we're not even talking fast food here). So we as relative elders have much bigger challenges than younger folks who either have no years of toxicity or only a few years of such. Anyhow, is anyone here raising raw kids, or know any? I didn't have any kids myself though.
05-08-2008, 09:58 PM
I'm not so sure the kids would stick with it. I suppose it would depend on their lifestyle. If they were homeschooled and only allowed to play with other kids on a raw diet, then they might stick to it.
If they go to public school or play with other kids in the outside world, it is only natural that they will want to be like the other kids. And that includes trying their food.
Some years back we had neighbors who homeschooled their kids. They weren't on a raw diet but a very strict one and the kids were allowed only limited amounts of food. The kids were often hungry but denied food. So they took to stealing it from the neighbor's houses and not necessarily stuff their mother would approve of.
But I really think it depends on the kid to what extent they might seek outside food. My daughter was in a dance camp one summer where they had to bring lunch. She has special meals because of food allergies. The other girls (all but one) were on strict diets by their mothers so they only eat healthy food. But one girl had been dropped off by her dad who took her to the store on the way there and bought her lunch. It was all prepared food and it included a package of Oreo cookies.
What unfolded was interesting to watch. The girl offered a cookie to everyone but my daughter, knowing she was allergic to them. One girl ate her cookie. She was not on a strict diet. The others all played with theirs. The owner of the package then wondered what to do with the remaining cookie. The girl who had eaten hers said, "Give it to me! I'll eat it!" The other girls squealed and got all upset upon hearing that. They all agreed since she already ate one *shudder* no way was she getting another. It was as though they considered them to be foreign objects and it never crossed their mind to eat them.
When my daughter was small, we lived in military housing and the ice cream truck came by every day. I had never bought her anything from the truck, but it was common for the other kids to get a treat on pretty much a daily basis. Other parents commented to me at how polite Angela was because she never asked for anything. She never asked because to her it was just a big truck that played music. She had no idea what was on it. Now she knows. But she also knows she is allergic to pretty much everything they have on there except for maybe a Snowcone. I don't even know if they have those any more or not. And in this area you'd have to be pretty speedy to flag down an ice cream truck. We hear them speeding by. Heh.
So really I think it depends on their age and their circumstances. And I think the older they get, the harder it is to control their diet. When I was in high school, I pretty much lived on trail mix that I made myself. If we dined out, I had salad bar. This was by choice. It wouldn't have mattered who said what to me. This was what I wanted to eat and I did.
05-08-2008, 10:22 PM
I have a wonderful story to relate. My eldest daughter, now 42, was not even a teen yet when she came home from school one day to tell me about this kid who had a chocolate bar and potato chips in his lunch. She was worried because she felt this kid's mother just did not love him enough to only give him good, nourishing food! I'll never forget that! You can tell that even then I really cared about eating right even though I did not know about vegetarianism or being vegan.
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