Would You Raise Your Baby As A Vegetarian, Like Bethenny Frankel or Gwyneth Paltrow?

Wed, September 14, 2011 4:11pm EST by 4 Comments

All the world is a buzz with new Veggie babies. But what do our HollyBaby bloggers think about the new baby diet trend?

It seems as though celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and Bethenny Frankel have both come out announcing they are raising their kids as vegetarians and/or vegans. So will Neil and Sarah be doing the same? Read their opinion on the issue!

My first battle to get through is the battle of the boob, especially with the Brooklyn Mommy Mafia. My conversations will soon shift from “Where’s the best place to grab a drink?” to “How many times a day are you feeding?” The Breastfeeding Badge of Honor is probably handed out in Park Slope every quarter.

I highly doubt that once Baby Boy Eggleton moves to food we’ll head directly to BLT steak, however I think the most important thing to us is that the baby is eating enough and eating healthy. I’d also like to begin to expose the baby to as many foods as possible, I have very little tolerance for a picky eater. I don’t think there is any harm in raising your kid a vegetarian, but I’m not sure you’re broadening their horizons exactly either. What are they supposed to do when they head to a birthday Bar-B-Q and their options are hamburgers and hot dogs? Ask for a miso tofu platter?

I’m pretty sure it limits them while eating out as well. I’m not a huge fan of unruly children in restaurants, but there’s nothing cuter than a well-behaved child enjoying a nice meal out. Plus baby Eggleton better be prepared. I’m sure when him and Suri Cruise date she’ll only want to go to Per Se.

I am told by those in the know, that it is becoming increasingly popular amongst celebrities for them to put their children on vegetarian diets. For the sake of full disclosure, let me first state that I have nothing against vegetarian diets, and in the distant past have enjoyed a looser version of a vegetarian regime, allowing myself fish three times a week, and a cheeseburger after a long night in the college bar.

However, I have never been one to take nutrition advice from actors and reality TV stars, and even the preferred diet of rock stars, Jack Daniels, cigarettes and beer, somewhat passed me by. Though it is my preference that our child enjoy an omnivorous diet, I would not fight Sarah, or the child for that matter, if they decided that vegetarian was the way to go.

There is a lot to be said for vegetarian diets, especially as child obesity threatens to turn into an epidemic, and more information comes to light as to how meat is produced, processed and sold in this country. Nor do I buy the argument that vegetarian diets lack nutrients necessary for healthy development.

On this at least, Sarah and I are agreed, that we want to give our child a full range of food to enjoy, and let him make his own informed decisions as he grows older. Of course, we want our child to eat healthily, and we have switched to organic foods for many of the basics, and we don’t eat a lot of junk ourselves. However, probably my biggest concern is how to fight the marketing machines that are the fast-food giants, and instill in our child, healthy eating practices.

–Sarah Main and Neil Eggleton

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Posted at 9:26 AM on April 11, 2012  

it’s not that hard for the kid at bbq’s just get them to bring along vegan hotdogs and steaks & burgers – they don’t look different so it’s not like they’ll stand out and the ones i’ve tried have the same/pretty similar texture and taste to the real thing. Every chain supermarket stocks these things now in western society and even most smaller supermarkets do now as well. Many people don’t/can’t eat meat and other products at bbq’s because of gluten, wheat and dairy intolerences as well.

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Posted at 5:20 AM on December 3, 2011  

Okay, full disclosure: I am not a mom, nor am I pregnant, so this is but an opinion based on personal and observed experience, as well as intuition. I was one of those kids (raised in the ’60s and ’70s) who started off eating what was put in front of me. Little by little, though, I would ask my brother or sister for “help” with meat on my plate; they would eat some of it, and I could focus on remaining veggies, rice or side dishes. By age 15, I was a vegetarian, although dairy and eggs remained.
Similarly, my nephew expressed full distaste of meat from the time he was a toddler; my sister went with it. She, too, is a vegetarian, although she introduced some fish during her pregnancy.
I would hope that I would follow my body’s lead on what it needs during pregnancy. Then, while I would likely start my child on the path of my diet (simpler, for one thing), I would hope that I would be open to what his or her little body most seems to need. Then, we would go from there.
No two physiological systems are exactly alike; then, factor in the development of values and personal experiences, and one has to expect and respect that choices stemming from those things may differ.

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Posted at 11:33 PM on September 26, 2011  

I am raising my daughter vegetarian and she’s very healthy, happy, and extremely smart! My doctor told me she’s far more mentally progressed than most children her age, and she’s a perfect weight and getting all of the nutrients she needs without eating fatty foods or harming other creatures!!

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Posted at 4:27 PM on September 14, 2011  

news flash – there were vegetarian/vegan children before what you term the “baby diet trend.” vegetarian children are perfectly healthy and get all the nutrients they need from the foods that they do eat, assuming the parents don’t only serve french fries.

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