Vegan Kids: Danaé, Danya, Danielle – Growing Up Vegan Rocks!

Written by Angel Hall (Mother)

My girls are very strong, resilient and inspire me every day to be a better Mom and a human being. They have found activities they LOVE and that has helped them to be focused, young ladies. They have all tried different activities like dance, Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming to name a few.

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Danaé (the oldest) finally found her passion in dance and currently do ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro and hip-hop. She dances 6 days a week! Danaé is strong with a lot of muscle mass and has become stronger since she’s become full vegan, so she is a classic example that plant protein is better. Even her coaches have noticed a difference. She trains 22hrs a week which is pretty intense. She is also a very good student at school and her teachers admire her discipline to balance both.

Danya (the middle), has always had a passion for artistic gymnastics and loves that she can incorporate some dance into her floor routines. She loves the beam, bars, and vault as well. She does gymnastics 6 days a week too.

Danielle (the baby), being only 4 yrs old is still discovering things. She does rhythmic gymnastics which is more flexibility floor routines with various apparatus like a rope, ball, hoop and ribbon. She also does ballet and tap dancing. She does gymnastics 3 days a week and dance one day. The older two girls play the piano and the oldest also plays the flute. Danielle already started Kindergarten at her dual immersion program where she’s learning English & Spanish. She has also already started playing the piano too:).

I think being vegan at such a young age give their bodies and minds a very solid foundation. They are more energized and have focused minds that help them to maintain their grades in school. Danaé (oldest) has a lot of allergies and also has autoimmune disorders Fibromyalgia and Sjörgens syndrome. These are usually managed with pain medicine, steroids and other medicine that helps the neuropathy that sometimes happens with flare-ups. Since being strict vegan and gluten-free, we have definitely seen a HUGE improvement in the frequency of symptoms and a reduction in Flare-ups. Of course, they’re other things that cause flare-ups too like stress and not enough rest. Veganism has saved us from multiple flare-ups and taking medicines Every day. We also incorporate other forms of natural healing like acupuncture, cupping, and yoga. This maintains general health and wellbeing.

As a pediatric nurse, I’m very conscious of maintaining well-balanced nutrition for us. I do have their pediatrician check their labs every 6 mths to ensure their essential vitamins like B6, 12, D and minerals like Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc are within a normal level. I maintain these through raw juicing, and a combination of the right fruits, veggies, and a couple vegan supplements. I don’t use canned goods as they contain preservatives. Yes, I soak beans and then cook them. with fresh seasonings, not powdered, like ginger, turmeric root, cilantro, onions, mint leaves, garlic etc. It even tastes better! They are learning every day of the importance of a balanced diet to maintain a strong body and mind. They have also definitely become calmer and more patient kids which is very helpful for me as I am able to have many more rationale discussions than fights with them lol.

Questions answered by the girls.

What types of peer pressure do you feel at school for being vegan?

We don’t feel peer pressure about being vegan because a lot of my friends in high school don’t know I’m vegan so I don’t feel any peer pressure about it and Danya’s friends are 8,9, and 10 so they don’t really care about her being vegan.

Why type of advocating do you do at school?

We talk to our friends about why we are vegan and tell them that we don’t only eat salad. We also say that anything they eat we can eat vegan!

Are a lot of kids curious about veganism?

Kids are curious in the way of asking if all we eat is salad and they always ask where we get our protein from! We always tell them we get a lot of protein from raw nuts, green vegetables, raw protein bars, beans/lentils, vegan eggs and occasionally tofu!

What is the toughest thing about being vegan kids?

The toughest thing about being vegan kids is that when we get invited to parties or our friend’s houses there is usually little or nothing for us to eat.

What has been your best vegan moment so far?

Our best vegan moment has definitely been making our Instagram page and spreading our message of how growing up vegan rocks! We enjoy posting every day about our healthy lifestyle, working out, sports and being vegan sisters!

Do you believe children are the key to creating a vegan world? How can we make this happen?

Yes, because we are the youngest generation and the future so it is our chance to show the world how being vegan is fun and easy! We can make this happen by spreading vegan love and showing people how being vegan has helped us improve in our sports!

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