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Mayim Bialik Explains Why She 'Forced' Her Kids To Be Vegan

The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, has always been open about her unconventional parenting methods, and in a recent YouTube video, she explains why and how she forces her children to be vegan.

Mayim Bialik has been known to apply some parenting methods that may be considered unconventional.

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But I mean, the woman has a degree in neuroscience — she's obviously smart, so maybe we should hear her out?

For example, she once revealed that she believes in breastfeeding her children for up to four years.

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For obvious reasons, this is a controversial belief that most parents aren't exactly on-board with.

She teaches her children that forcing manners is unnatural.

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"We talk about lowering other people’s expectations of when they will say it. Grandparents, for example, often expect pleases and thank yous. We had to have conversations with them that we believe in teaching natural expressions of appreciation," she told Health Land Today.

She enforced diaperless potty training.

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Mayim told TODAY that she believes in EC (elimination communication). She explained that children are born ready to use a toilet and that parents simply need to be committed to encouraging them consistently.

She added that she believes in this particular method because it worked on one of her sons, who stopped peeing in his cloth diaper by 12 months old.

She prefers co-sleeping as opposed to her sons sleeping in their own beds.

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"I chose to safely co-sleep with my sons, participating in the subset of co-sleeping known as bed-sharing," she said. "That means my sons and I shared — and still share on many nights — a sleeping surface."

The list goes on. But most recently, Mayim released a video to her YouTube channel explaining how she manages to force her children to be vegan.

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"I'm vegan and my kids are too," she said. "Why? Because I force them to be."

"I mean, that's what we get to do as parents, right?"

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"People ask more questions about what it's like to raise vegan children than what it's like to actually be vegan," she continued.

"You can raise vegan children who are healthy children."

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"Contrary to the meat and dairy lobbyists who decide what we should eat will tell you, children can thrive without eating meat and without eating dairy."

"The only thing that vegans can't get from the foods that we eat is vitamin B12, which you can totally take a supplement for".

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"Many vegan children take B12 supplements and that does the trick."

"My children are rosy-cheeked and alert, they have good endurance for sports, they are hearty, and they are hardly ever sick," she went on.

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"What about protein?," she asked. "People love to ask adult vegans about how we get our protein, so when they hear that my kids are vegan, that's what they ask."

"While meat is an easy way to get protein, we actually need a lot less protein than we ingest as a Western country."

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"There's protein in a lot of foods. There's protein in bread, in beans, in pasta, there's a ton of protein in quinoa — how do I get my kids to eat quinoa? One word. Ketchup."

"People also ask what do I do when other people care for my children," she said.

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"Well, I tend to do playdates with people whom I know, who know and respect me, and who respect the choices our family makes about food," she explained. "My kids are actually easy to feed if you think about it."

"They eat fruits, vegetables, nuts," she said. "Those are the easiest snacks".

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"And the fact is, our kids weren't left alone with other people until they were old enough to say 'I'm a vegan, is that vegan?'"

"I'll admit that there was a year or two where my kids didn't quite understand why they couldn't have the cake being served at the birthday parties that we went to."

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"My solution was I brought along a little vegan treat for them to have alongside the cake that was being served," she said. "My kids tend to hang back at birthday parties while the cake situation is happening."

"A lot of people have restrictions and ours is that we're vegan."

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"We choose to be vegan. That's not everyone's choice, and that's fine."

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