Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Welcome to This Little Piggy Had Tofu!

Why hello there! Fancy seeing you in these parts. Well, since you're here we may as well chat.

How's my daughter Anna, you ask? Well, she's fine. She just turned 1 a couple weeks ago and we had her in for her one-year appointment. Her health? It's friggin awesome. And she's adorable. I mean, just look at these pictures:

So what is Anna eating these days? Well, she has a varied diet of vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes and breast milk. We give her a little bit of soy milk now and then (but never as a substitute for breast milk). We've even given her a little soy cheese and she loves it.

Anna is on a vegan diet and has been since birth (if you consider human breast milk vegan ... and I do).

Other than that, she's your average little one-year-old.

So I've decided to start this blog as a way to tell the world about our adventures in veganism. There's going to be some comedy. There's going to be some drama. There's going to be some information. There's going to be some ranting. And if things keep going the way they have been, there's going to be plenty of bragging.

And there will always be plenty of photos of Anna. I can assure you that.

So there's your quick introduction to This Little Piggy. Check back often. Or if you want to subscribe just enter your email address into the field to the right of this blog. An email will be sent to you with a link to the blog whenever a new entry is posted.

Any questions? Ask! Suggestions? Give 'em! Anything you'd like to know about raising a baby on a vegan diet? Again, ask!


mindy said...

Yay! I can't wait to read more. Anna is such a cutie!

Stephanie said...

Confused About Soy?--Soy Dangers Summarized
-High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

-Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.

-Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.

-Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.

-Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.

-Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.
Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D.

-Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.

-Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.

-Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.

-Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

Soy Alert

Stephanie said...

How We Healed Cavities - With No Toothpaste Or Fluoride Treatment! -

My daughter was only 1.5 years old when she started to get cavities in her two front teeth. We were vegetarian/vegan at the time. The cavities resulted from a high carb diet rich in soy and refined grain products. I was pretty devastated at time because all my effort was going towards raising her in a healthy way…………


Stephanie said...

A lot of people say raw veganism is a healthy diet. But let me ask you something. If a diet requires synthetic supplementation in order to get adequate nutrients, how can it be healthy?


Stephanie said...

Vegan girl, 12, 'has spine of 80-year-old'
Degenerative bone condition thought to be a result of strict diet


Stephanie said...

How a strict vegan diet made my children ill



Stephanie said...

I was once a vegan. But well before I became pregnant, I concluded that a vegan pregnancy was irresponsible. You cannot create and nourish a robust baby merely on foods from plants.

Indigenous cuisines offer clues about what humans, naturally omnivorous, need to survive, reproduce and grow: traditional vegetarian diets, as in India, invariably include dairy and eggs for complete protein, essential fats and vitamins. There are no vegan societies for a simple reason: a vegan diet is not adequate in the long run.