How to Help Your VEGAN Teen Succeed
Build your toolkit:
In the Expert's Area, you will find ideas and best practices that will set you apart. Here is where you sharpen your knowledge and skill.
🔧 Use these ideas to start building your Toolkit.
A toolkit is an essential need for you to be successful in anything that you do. A chef wouldn't try to cook without a pan or an oven. A runner can't run without the right shoes. A teacher cannot teach without books. An engineer can't build without formulas. A doctor can't heal without knowledge.
What tools to VEGANs need?
Knowledge to maintain their perspective. Nutritional awareness. Daily/Weekly habits that keep them on track. Quiet time to reflect. Willingness to improve. Communication skills - and more.
It's Good to Know...
Many teenagers have a high metabolism. Others not so much. Either way, the VEGAN diet helps to keep your body healthy and calm.
Microbiome = Gut Health
What is a Microbiome?
Every person has billions of beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses in their digestive tract! They protect your health. They make immune fighting molecules, they guard the lining of the GI tract, they make vitamins and ALSO help to make hormones!
Gut Health ➙ Brain Health
A balanced microbiome is able to help manufacture serotonin. Serotonin is our 'feel good' hormone. Over 80% of our serotonin is made in the gut.
When a person's diet is full of processed junk food and sugar, it feeds bad bacteria resulting in poor digestion, gas and fatigue. In other words, their microbiome gets sick. Their gut-brain connection is impaired and it can show through negative thinking and behavior.
A VEGAN diet is packed with nutrient dense foods, which nourishes the good bacteria in the microbiome. This make for a positive gut-brain connection -- so it is no mistake VEGANs are happy people!
Making Power Bowls
☀️ 5-minute meal
☀️ Surprisingly easy
☀️ Keeps your nutrient intake high!
☀️ Gives you staying power
Words of Wisdom
Bo is back with some more advice.
1) The Art of Humor:
Try not to take yourself too seriously. Life is much better when you make time for play.
2) The Art of Gratitude:
Be thankful for every situation both good & bad. You will learn from all of it. And if you play it right, you might get a reward.
3) The Art of Zen:
Observe & Reflect vs. React & Offend
People generally don't want you to bark at them.
🥬 Greens & Beans
You're not a meat-eater anymore!
VEGAN foods do no look like or taste like the Standard American Diet (SAD).
A smart successful VEGAN will learn to embrace real foods, rather than look-alike products.
Listen for a few minutes here. It should help you shift your thinking.