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Mum reveals she only feeds her five-year-old daughter RAW fruit and vegetables.

Rhiannon Griffin, 27, from Hertfordshire, eats only an uncooked plant-based diet – and encourages daughter Molly, five, to do the same.

Rhiannon, who battled against bulimia in her teens and early twenties, adopted the raw vegan lifestyle after discovering YouTuber Danny Glass, better known as Sun Fruit Dan, in March 2015, reports Daily Mail.

While some may question whether Molly wanted to adopt the same diet Rhiannon says that after explaining the ethical implications of consuming animal products the youngster started to ask for more fruit and veg instead of meat or dairy.

Now the pair spend every meal devouring organic fruit, smoothies and salads and say the dietary change has transformed their lives, boosted their immune systems and given them a healthier attitude to food.

Rhiannon said: ‘I had tried for so many years to find a way of living that would make me feel healthy.

‘Everything I tried, my body never really felt like it was working the way it should but a year into raw veganism I felt absolutely amazing.

‘It’s only natural as a mum that if you’re feeling so wonderful then you want that for your little girl too.

‘As soon as I explained to Molly in an age appropriate way the ethics of eating animal products she wanted to be vegan too.

‘I never thought about the ethical side of things until I was a mother.

‘Then I was watching a documentary and I saw these cows having their breast milk and their babies stolen from them and I couldn’t do that to another mother.

‘As soon as I explained to Molly in an age appropriate way the ethics of eating animal products she wanted to be vegan too.

‘I never thought about the ethical side of things until I was a mother.

‘Then I was watching a documentary and I saw these cows having their breast milk and their babies stolen from them and I couldn’t do that to another mother.

‘Instead of asking for junk and sweets like a lot of kids do, Molly asks for fruit and vegetables and seeing other children eating vegan stuff makes her so happy too.

‘I love how excited she gets about fruit and veg. I want to give her the best possible start in life so knowing that she respects and loves her body is an amazing thing to see.

‘We’re both so happy and have loads of energy. Molly sleeps well unlike a lot of children and I can’t even remember the last time either of us were ill.’

She continued: ‘If I ever noticed any negative changes in her health, we would try a different diet but for now this is working.’

We recently shared a story on a proposed new law in Italy that could mean parents who force their children to eat a vegan diet could face prison

A healthy vegan diet

Vegans – exclude red meat, offal, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products. Obtain protein from beans, legumes, pulses, nuts and soy products like tofu.

To make sure your child gets enough of all the nutrients needed for a growing child, their diet must include:

•Protein alternatives such as nuts, legumes and tofu
•Energy for growth and development
•Iron to prevent anaemia
•Vitamin B12
•Vitamin D and calcium to prevent bone disease
•Suitable fats from non-meat sources
•Food in the correct form and combination to make sure nutrients can be digested and absorbed.

•Vegans, use non-dairy milks e.g. soya milk that are fortified with calcium, vitamin D2 and vitamin B12

•Spread breads with avocado, or seed/nut butters to increase calories

More info available on The Vegan Society page.

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  • Not sure that a child so young should be making this choice. A full balanced diet is essential for a growing child.

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  • Well this is certainly interesting, thanks for sharing.

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  • As long as regular check ups are maintained I guess each to their own.

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  • I think she made a wonderful choice. I don’t know if I would do it, but very good on her.

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  • So long as it’s a balanced diet in terms of getting protein and calcium (you can get both from pulses, legumes and green leafy vegetables) I don’t see anything wrong with it. The mother sounds like she is flexible if needed and is keeping an eye on her daughter’s health and not disregarding other options. I would hope her child is regularly being seen by a GP to ensure this though.

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  • It seems a healthy way of eating, but doesn’t her growing daughter also need dairy, meat, etc. for growth, strong bones, etc. As the parent, the responsible adult, shouldn’t she also make sure all the food groups are covered.

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  • I’m glad that this diet works for her but I hope she monitors her young daughter and gives her the extra supplements she may need. Ultimately it is their choice and she is not forcing her daughter to follow her own choice in diet.

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  • A brilliant diet fir an adult who wants to lose weight. Not so sure it’s too healthy for a growing child though. I hope the mum is keeping a close eye on things

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  • Raw vegan diet is completely different from a non-raw vegan diet. Non-raw vegan diets can often have too much sugar, processed meat substitutes etc. I have read many stories about people overcoming severe illness after going on a raw vegan diet but it has to be done properly. Protein is made up of essential aminos and all vegetables and fruit contain essential aminos.

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  • I wonder how Rhiannon prepares some of the fruit and vegetables she gives her daughter. Some are hard to bite/ bite and chew. Young children don’t have enough teeth to chew some products enough to swallow and diegest properly.

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  • If it is ok why not?

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  • As long as they’re happy and healthy it sIunds ok to me. This mum sounds more aware of nutrition then many mothers now a days are.

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  • Good fresh vegetables never hurt anyone – so long as her haemoglobin is OK I wouldn’t be worrying.

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  • She obviously wants the best for her and her daughter, and the fact she states that if it stops working out then changes can be made she is aware of ensuring her child is getting what she needs to remain healthy.

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  • Meat, vegetarian, vegan or any other food regime needs to be followed top with regular medical checks for young growing bodies.

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