alternative styles of eating
Your country’s food guide is a great way to plan healthy, balanced meals… as long as your diet is fairly typical. But what if you eat an alternative diet?
Alternative diets such as vegetarian, vegan, and paleolithic diets can be healthy and balanced, but they do require some extra careful planning.
For example, vitamin B12 is only found in animal products. Individuals consuming a vegan diet must supplement vitamin B12 as they can not get it from their food choices.
If your family follows an atypical diet, I would highly recommend that you consult with a registered dietitian to ensure that your child’s nutritional needs are being met, especially since children are in a critical period of growth and development.
An adult can plan and make sure that they are meeting their nutrition needs on an alternative style of eating. An adult, motivated to adopt this new diet, will accept new foods faster. A child who has not decided to eat in an alternative manner does not have the same motivation to learn to like new foods. If a child has a limited range of foods that he will accept, it can be tricky to cut out a whole food group. Again, I strongly encourage you to seek the professional guidance of a registered dietitian if your child does not accept a wide range of foods from your alternative eating style.