Alana Settle

Sep 26, 2017

4 min read

We had eggs in our house up to the day we transitioned to being Vegan.

Our Vegan Journey with Kids

On September 1st, our family became vegan. We had eggs in our house up to the day we transitioned into veganism. So far, our kids haven’t noticed that our eating habits have changed. Yesterday, I told Miriam that Mama and Papa weren’t eating meat anymore. “But Ollie’s meat?” She asked because we have a friend who’s starting a barbecue food truck and we’d recently been enjoying samples from his menu. “No,” I said.

It’s a bit awkward thinking about this transition in terms of our community. How will our friends and family feel about us being vegan? Will it make it more difficult for them to have us over? I told a friend recently that we’ll probably be bringing our own food to most places we visit, which we have no problem doing, but I know some people really love providing food for their guests. It’s a new realm for us to navigate, especially because we don’t want to make others feel badly about the way they eat.

We began our health food journey a few years ago when we became pregnant with our first child. We had decided to have a home birth with a certified professional midwife, and that required that we make some intentional changes in our lifestyle in order for me to be as healthy and strong as possible for labor. We had never considered ourselves unhealthy before, but after making the slightest changes to our diet and beginning to visit a chiropractor, we realized how much room we had to grow. Our transition into veganism is a part of that for us.

Anytime someone asks me or I hear of someone asking what they can do in their life to become more intentional or focused, I say “change your diet.” I believe this 100%. The way we eat has so much to do with the way we feel — our mental and emotional motivation. It’s also a great way to begin thinking about life in a more purposeful way.

Shortly, after we began eating differently, we decided to go for this dream that we’d been talking about for a while — building our own tiny home. A few months after our second child was born, we bought a bus and have been converting it into our soon to be permanent home. We see the bus as a platform for other dreams we have of living more simply and sustainably. It’s literally a mobile home that can move with us anywhere, and we see that as being a huge benefit for us in this season of our life.

When we decided to become vegan, we felt that it was just a natural step for us towards this desire to live simply and sustainably. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been difficult for us so far. It feels very fulfilling to be living in this way. We didn’t become vegan because we felt passionately about not eating animals, necessarily. It was more an experiment, something we wanted to try out.

So far, it’s still an experiment, but we’re beginning to feel more passionate about this idea of finding sanctity in all life. It feels very meditative, and so much in line with our values. When it comes to our children, we’re not so certain how it will be the more we make them aware of our transition. As I said before, I don’t think they’ve noticed much of a change.

As far as those questions I’m sure many will ask about nutrition and being Vegan, especially as our kids are concerned, we’ve done our research. We feel comfortable about taking our kids on this journey with us. Humans can meet all of their nutritional requirements without eating meat or animal products. So, sure it will take some time and practice, but eventually, I think it will be more beneficial than detremintal for our health.

Since we’ve decided to eat vegan, we’re also going to transition all of our purchases and possessions into being vegan as well. We won’t throw away our wool blankets and socks or our leather shoes, but we won’t be buying those things any more. We really want to make the full transition into being vegan.

It will be interesting communicating to our children why we’ve decided not to eat meat and animal products as a family. As it’s a transition we want to do together, this is something we want to be sure our children participate in. They’re so young right now. Not feeding them meat is pretty simple, but at some point, we want to be able to tell them why. We’re still figuring that out. Hopefully, they can become passionate about it, too, one day, or maybe they’ll decide they want to eat meat. We’ll see how it goes.

The Jamisons are a family of four converting a 2001 Chevy Blue Bird bus into their tiny home. They use this publication and their YouTube channel to share their journey and others’ journeys towards more simple and sustainable living. Follow them here or on Instagram and Twitter @_thejamisons.