Whole food, plant-based eating is not just for adults! Children being raised in WFPB families have their own experiences with this way of eating and their own ideas about the Word of Wisdom. Here three young children from Oklahoma share their perspectives.
Heavenly Father wants us to eat bread and peas and cantaloupe. And we can eat pineapple and white beans. We should not eat cheese.
We don’t eat meat because meat is not good for us. It has sugar in it, maybe? My favorite thing to eat is peas, carrots, and cucumbers with hummus. I also like raw cinnamon rolls, snack bars, sweet potato fries, and kale chips.
I wish I could eat the treats in my nursery class. I should tell them it has sugar in it, and they could do a puzzle instead.
We are vegan so that we don’t get cancer and so we don’t get sick. The Lord wants us to eat things that are healthy. The Word of Wisdom says to not eat cows.
My favorite things to eat are beans, rice, and corn, enchiladas, barbeque tofu pizza, grilled cheez, and quesadilla [all made without dairy]. The hardest part of being vegan is I really like candy, and I don’t get to usually eat it. I’m glad we’re vegan because I don’t like cheese, and I wouldn’t like chicken and ham! I will be vegan when I grow up.
We are vegan because my grandpa got diabetes, and my grandma found out it was because of too much meat and dairy. Heavenly Father wants us to eat grains, fruit, and vegetables. I feel good when I follow the Word of Wisdom. My favorite meal is hashbrowns and French toast made with tofu instead of eggs.
When it is red ribbon week [a drug prevention campaign], I will tell my teacher that in my church, we don’t drink hot drinks such as tea and coffee— even grown-ups don’t do it! And I hope they are happy to hear that!
Mariah is 7 years old. She loves to draw, dance, and read.