Dr. Reshma Shah, a board-certified pediatrician, mother, and co-author of the award-winning book, Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families, joins Michelle and Toni to talk all about raising vegan babies and children. She has over two decades of experience caring for children and currently serves as an instructor for Stanford’s Healthy Living Program and oversees the nutrition curriculum for the Stanford University Pediatric Integrative Medicine Fellowship.
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With so many progressive parents choosing healthy plant-based and vegan diets for their children, we thought it was about time to bring on an actual practicing plant-based pediatrician. We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Reshma Shah onto the podcast.
If you're a parent, you may be a parent in the future, you know a parent who is leaning toward plants, or you just like to learn, we hope you will find this podcast helpful!
Dr. Reshma Shah, a board-certified pediatrician, mother, and co-author of the award-winning book, Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families, joins Michelle and Toni to talk all about raising vegan babies and children.
Join us as we explore what it's like to raise vegan kids and how we can support little ones on this exciting and fruitful journey!
As a mom of a vegan toddler myself, this episode is especially near-and-dear to my heart.
♡ Michelle & Toni
2:11 This episode’s sponsors: Cariloha, soft and sustainable bamboo bedding, towels, and other home and clothing products.
03:44 This episode’s sponsors: Livbar organic superfood energy bar
06:07 Introducing Dr. Reshma Shah
06:38 Dr. Shah’s professional background
07:10 Dr. Shah’s Journey to plant-based living
08:36 Veganism: right approach to optimize health
10:36 Is a Plant-Based Diet Good for Kids?
12:13 Gap in Nutrition Education (not to mention vegan nutrition)
15:42 Plant-Based Diet on Kids: Safe and Appropriate
17:06 Veganism: Protection against chronic diseases
18:45 Veganism as a boost for Child’s Growth and Development
20:47 Protein Source for Vegans
21:54 Vitamin Supplements for Children
26:29 Nutrient Deficiency on Children
29:13 Effects of Nutrient Deficiency on Children
31:55 Breastmilk alternative
36:07 No perfect diet
37:45 Plant-based fortified milk for toddlers
39:09 Potential Harm of Cow’s Milk
43:43 Calorie-dense food for children
45:36 Soy: Safe for Children
47:03 Negotiating and bribing, enforcing and bargaining: ineffective in the long run
49:46 Involving kids in their meal prep
51:08 Making Food Fun
52:57 Shifting to plant-based diet: start small
58:57 Dr. Shah’s Instagram: @reshmashah
1:01:22 Support the podcast on Patreon
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