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A mother has spoken out about why she turned to a vegan lifestyle and of her decision to raise her 14-month-old son on a plant-based diet.
Emilly Sonsie, of Melbourne, explained she had struggled to get pregnant and claims her poor diet was the reason to blame.
The 26-year-old, who is now mum to 14-month-old Hunter, said it took the realisation her body needed proper nurturing from food in order for her to become a mother.
She has since banned all animal products from her home and has decided to raise her son to be completely vegan.
Emilly Sonsie, of Melbourne, (pictured with her son Hunter) says her poor diet was the reason why she struggled with fertility issues
Ms Sonsie (pictured left with her husband Michael pictured right) explained it took the realisation her body needed proper nurturing in order for her to become a mother
The primary school teacher and wellbeing enthusiast shared she found stability in a vegan lifestyle after being plagued for years with an eating disorder.
‘It was until I decided to turn to a plant-based diet that I felt truly liberated in what I was eating,’ Ms Sonsie wrote on her blog.
‘All of sudden I wasn’t eating certain foods for weight loss, but to feel great.’
Ms Sonsie (pictured with Hunter) shared she found stability in a vegan lifestyle after being plagued for years with an eating disorder
At the age of 16, Ms Sonsie began cutting out food and barely eating during the day after her insecurities drove her to make drastic changes to her diet.
‘I slowly started cutting out bread, pasta, all processed foods and then I cut out fruit… because you know… sugar,’ she said.
‘I feared everything. For a whole year, I didn’t eat anything during the day. It was easy to lie to my parents about not having lunch. I would eat next to nothing for dinner, or eat enough dinner for three people.’
Baby Hunter, aged 14 months ,(pictured) is being raised on a completely vegan lifestyle
Vegan falafel with avocado and beet dressing (pictured) is just one of the delicious vegan meals Ms Sonise makes for her family
Exercising was also a problem for Ms Sonsie who likened her obsession to ‘being like a machine’.
‘I ran and walked everywhere I could. I was thin, to say the least. The weight I went down to doesn’t matter now but I was far from healthy,’ she said.
It took the intervention of a knee injury, one that stopped her running for months, to put an end to her behaviour and for her to slowly start eating again.
Over the course of her pregnancy, Ms Sonsie (pictured) gave herself licence to eat what she wanted
Should you feed children a vegan diet?
* Vegans eliminate all animal products from their diet; dairy, eggs, and even honey are strictly off the menu
* Dietitians Association of Australia doesn’t recommend a vegan diet for children in the first years of life as children are most vulnerable
* The association recommends children in this age group consume at the very least dairy products and eggs
* It says that for older children a well-planned vegan diet with vitamin B12 and D supplements can be sustainable, but parents must be well informed about the dietary requirements of children
And while she slowly regained some weight, she said she was ‘far from happy’ and continued to do all she could to control her body size through various dieting methods.
‘I was always seeking out the next weight loss secret. Skinny tea, lemon water, diet pills. For a few weeks, I would reach what I believed was the “perfect” figure for me but it was unattainable and I would always regain the weight,’ she said.
Once her body gained some health, Ms Sonsie was able to fall pregnant.
She said during this time she gave herself licence to eat what she wanted and was shocked by the fact she never overate.
She said after giving birth to her son, she stopped craving sweet foods, and in a bid to help her body continue to heal she started to turn toward a plant-based diet.
Her son Hunter started eating solids at five-months-old and it would seem is thriving on a plant-based diet
Ms Sonsie revealed a vegan lifestyle helped changed her mindset toward food and that the food she was eating wasn’t for weight loss but to help her ‘feel great’.
‘I no longer count calories. I can trust that what I’m putting my body is full of nutrients and will make me feel great for the day ahead, she said.
‘I am finally at a place where I am not ruled by food. I love food. It’s a healthy relationship now and I couldn’t be happier.’
Ms Sonsie said her son Hunter is a keen eater and that ‘anything we eat, he eats’
Her son, Hunter, is also being bought up on a vegan lifestyle. At five-months-old he began eating solids and it would appear is thriving on the plant-based diet.
‘No food is off limits, he’s had curry, pickles, green smoothies, nut butters, olives, noodles, rice paper rolls, all fruits and vegetables, dip and biscuits (hummus wins every time) and all sorts of spices and flavour.
‘This list is endless. Anything we eat, he eats.’
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