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Former Vegan Mum Only Feeds Two-Year-Old Son Meat

Former Vegan Mum Only Feeds Two-Year-Old Son Meat

A mum who converted to veganism has now gone completely the opposite direction and only feeds her son meat and animal products such as raw steak.

Yup, that's raw steak for breakfast.

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Gloria Zasso, her husband Thomas, and their two-year-old son Isaac have now adopted a completely carnivorous diet, which means that they eat things like uncooked steak or offal for breakfast.

Dinner is cooked - they'll have something like slow roasted lamb shoulder.

Whilst the couple do sometimes give their son things such as fruit, it's a rarity. They don't regularly give him vegetables.

Two-year-old Isaac eats raw steak for breakfast. Credit: PA Real Life
Two-year-old Isaac eats raw steak for breakfast. Credit: PA Real Life

Despite all of this, Gloria was actually a vegetarian for many years of her life. The 30-year-old started on a vegetarian diet aged just 12-years-old.

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In keeping with her decision - made on moral grounds - she then switched to veganism later on. She claims that she thought eating meat was 'obnoxious' and that she never actually liked the taste anyway.

Well, it's fair to say she's getting into it now.

You're probably wondering why she then did this remarkable about face.

It's apparently because she started getting regularly ill during her 20s. She'd pick up flu, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections all the time.

So, she experimented with ways to boost her immune system. That led to her going vegan at 24.

Gloria explained: "It was at a time when lots of people were talking about veganism as a way to improve your health, and so I thought I'd give it a go.

"I'd been on antibiotics two or three times a year and I didn't want to do that anymore.

"And it worked. I didn't get sick as much, and just generally felt much more energised. I was happy and thriving."

Mum Gloria says she moved away from a vegan diet due to health problems. Credit: PA Real Life
Mum Gloria says she moved away from a vegan diet due to health problems. Credit: PA Real Life

That feeling didn't last. Once she gave birth to Isaac she was struck down with rheumatoid arthritis and started getting horrendous pains in her hands and feet.

She refused to take Methotrexate, a drug used in chemotherapy, for her condition, but did start to wonder about her vegan diet.

After a while introducing some animal products back into her diet and seeing improvements, she tried meat again in 2018.

To her surprise, it helped.

She continued: "It didn't sound particularly pleasant, but I wasn't eating meat for pleasure anyway, so I thought I might as well try it.

"The first time I did it, I really had to force it down and hold my nose while I ate it - but after that I began to feel better.

"I am still against the mistreatment of animals, but I don't hold the philosophy still that we shouldn't eat animals at all

"I make sure that everything we consume has been treated well and killed humanely, and on top of that try to eat 'nose to tail' so that there is as little wastage as possible. And I'm at peace with that."

Gloria thinks the health benefits of fruit and veg are overrated. Credit: PA
Gloria thinks the health benefits of fruit and veg are overrated. Credit: PA

She added: "I still don't love the taste of eating meat - I still see it as a kind of medicine, but one day it might be one I enjoy.

"I feel so much better now. I can live my life again and am able to function, which for a while I could not.

"Now, Isaac and Thomas eat almost the same as I do, and they seem to both enjoy it.

"Of course, I get a lot of criticism from people I know, and people on social media, particularly with regards to Isaac, telling me that it's irresponsible not to give a child vegetables.

"As a mother, you are always questioning your choices, and I do worry about what he eats - but so far he is healthy and active, and you have to listen to what the body is telling you."

Featured Image Credit: PA Real Life

Topics: Food, Weird, Health

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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