"Could you please suggest me a good book about vegetarianism for
women, women in pregnancy, and children from early ages?"
Jasmina, Zagreb, Croatia
Thank you very much for your letter!
I asked a friend of mine, L. D. from Tampa, Florida, who is an
active healthy mother, a vegetarian and a big reader, and she gave
me this information to pass on. I think you will find it substantial.
Thanks for visiting my website. Feel free to keep in touch.
"As a matter of fact, I have a great book to recommend called
The Vegetarian Baby by Sharon Yntema. It's my all-time favorite!
It includes chapters on pregnancy and lactation (if she plans to
breastfeed) and contains sample menus for kids from birth through
A new edition is called, New Vegetarian Baby: An Entirely New,
Updated Edition of the Classic Guide to Raising Your Baby on the
Healthiest Possible Diet by Sharon K. Yntema, Christine H. Beard
and only cost $11 in the US.
Oh, and this one too: Vegetarian Children: A Supportive Guide
for Parents by
I always give these books as a gift to my friends who have new
babies and want to be feel more confident about raising them on
a vegetarian diet. It's a very vulnerable time because many grandparents
suddenly voice concerns about a veg diet when babies come into the
picture. Well-meaning friends and family members often pressure
veg parents and try to convince them that vegetarianism is not healthy
during pregnancy nor is it safe for newborns. Of course, this is
simply an uneducated fear.
I believe there is a series of these books by the same author
though I've never read any others. You may want to check at www.amazon.com
I'd also recommend books from the "What to expect..."
series. "What to
Expect When You're Expecting and What to Eat When You're
Expecting" by Arlene Eisenberg & Heidi Murkoff were
very helpful during my first pregnancy and
though not exclusively geared for vegetarian families, I found a
lot of other good info there.
The newest (Third Edition) of What to Eat When You're expecting
is by Heidi Murkoff and is currently available at Amazon.com.
It includes great recipes and lots of info on microwave exposure,
pollution, etc etc. Amazon also sells another book called Eating
for Pregnancy: An Essential Guide to Nutrition with Recipes for
the Whole Family by Catherine Jones, Rose Ann Hudson. It's not
all veg as it does contain recipes for chicken and tuna dishes,
but it has many other worthwhile recipes and important nutritional
info. I haven't read it myself, but looked through the table of
The best thing I did was to copy the pregnancy nutrition charts
listed in the Veg Baby book. I printed out multiple little sheets
to take to work with me every day. I made columns showing each food
group at the top. This way I could stay aware of the servings I
needed to eat in each of the food groups on daily basis and check
them off in each column as I ate so I knew I wasn't missing anything.
I was working at a design studio then AND going to college at
the same time. I was very busy and needed an easy way to keep track
so I'd always be sure to get enough protein, Vit A, Iron-rich foods,
Calcium, etc. It appeased my concerned family members, kept me confident
and made my midwife happy too. It's not hard and doesn't take a
lot of extra effort to be conscious of eating a well-balanced veg
diet when pregnant. Moms who eat a vegetarian diet are often more
healthy than non-veg Moms and have fewer complications going to
term and giving birth too.
Meat and meat products are always the last food introduced to babies
anyway as they are difficult to digest (and of course we know they
are ultimately entirely unecessary). Meat - eating is a learned
behavior and is not required for completely good health for anyone.
I'd recommend these too: Your Vegetarian Pregnancy : A Month-by-Month
Guide to Health and Nutrition by Holly Roberts and Raising
Vegetarian Children : A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony
by Joanne Stepaniak, Vesanto Melina. You can read more about
them and see the reviews too online at www.amazon.com.
Best of luck Jasmina !
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