We took the boys to a Mexican restaurant last week and I figured they would order a wrap or tacos without issue. I was wrong! All 3 of my son ordered a burger and fries. *shaking my head* I suggested some vegan options but when the protesting started, I quickly gave up.
Being their mother, I know I have the upper hand in meal decisions but I often wonder how that would play out long term. Will denying them a burger now make them want it more later? I try hard to respect other people's choices because I appreciate it when the same is extended to me.
With that being said, I feel very uncomfortable supporting the meat and dairy industries (see this post for more information on my views). I don't like giving these industries any of our money.
In a perfect world there would be many juice bars and vegan restaurants all over America. Unfortunately, that isn't the case....
For the time being, I'm willing to compromise. They can order what they want and I will continue to teach them about the food industry, health benefits, and hopefully they'll use that information. As you can see in the video above, Alvin (at 8 years old), made the connection between how we eat and how it affects our planet. I will take that as a step in the right direction.