Ve­gan Fam­ily Spot­light

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Meet the Simp­sons

“I can’t imag­ine teach­ing our chil­dren to love one an­i­mal but eat an­other. if we can en­cour­age this type of un­con­di­tional love and ac­cep­tance - won’t we be rais­ing a bet­ter gen­er­a­tion?”

Meet Danielle and Ryan Simp­son, and their three girls, Emma, Is­abelle, and Nora! They are rais­ing ve­gan in Van­cou­ver Is­land, Canada, where they also own a small- scale an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary. In June, the fam­ily of five cel­e­brated two years of be­ing ve­gan. What be­gan as a move to­wards a health­ier diet ul­ti­mately be­came a life­style change to bet­ter the lives of an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment. Af­ter watch­ing the doc­u­men­tary “Forks Over Knives,” they pur­chased a few ve­gan cook­books and af­ter a cou­ple weeks on a plant- based diet, they were hooked.

When it comes to rais­ing ve­gan kids, what’s not to love?! Danielle and Ryan love hav­ing the abil­ity to teach their chil­dren how to em­brace their nat­u­ral com­pas­sion and love for an­i­mals. It has also given them the op­por­tu­nity to teach their kids about the value of food: how im­por­tant it is to re­duce waste, the power of be­ing able to grow their own food, and how nu­tri­tious plants are.

No mat­ter how one chooses to raise their chil­dren, there are al­ways hard­ships. Rais­ing ve­gan is no ex­cep­tion. Danielle said the only real chal­lenge they have en­coun­tered is feel­ing a lack of nor­malcy, kids can feel like the odd ones out when they are at par­ties and the ta­ble is filled with an­i­mal prod­ucts. It can be dif­fi­cult for chil­dren to un­der­stand why their friends get to eat cer­tain foods, es­pe­cially at fun gath­er­ings where there are a lot of things go­ing on. Show­ing up pre­pared with ve­gan op­tions is one way the fam­ily nav­i­gates tricky food sit­u­a­tions. Not only does it pro­vide cru­elty- free snacks for the chil­dren, but it al­most al­ways opens a con­ver­sa­tion about ve­g­an­ism and al­lows them to share their ex­pe­ri­ence.

One of their din­ner time fam­ily fa­vorites is mac ‘ n’ cheese, Danielle makes a “cheese” sauce with cau­li­flower, plant milk, turmeric, nu­tri­tional yeast, salt, gar­lic and onion. All three of their girls gob­ble it up! To all the ve­gan par­ents out there, Danielle wants you to know that you’re do­ing a great job! “What we are do­ing con­nects us all and it’s a beau­ti­ful thing, we are chang­ing the world one meal, one so­cial me­dia post, one con­ver­sa­tion at a time. We have this in­cred­i­ble gift and re­spon­si­bil­ity of rais­ing the next gen­er­a­tions and we are equipped with the knowl­edge and and the voice to make a dif­fer­ence!”

Fol­low Danielle and her fam­ily’s jour­ney on In­sta­gram

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