WWE star and half of The Bella Twins, Brie Bella recently opened up to People about what she is feeding her 11-month-old, adorable, blue-eyed baby daughter, Birdie Joe. Bella said that as of now, she is feeding her baby a vegetarian diet.
Bella and her husband, Bryan Danielson (a.k.a. WWE's Daniel Bryan) have been strict vegetarians for years and decided to feed their baby a healthy vegetarian diet as well. When Birdie Joe gets a bit older, Bella plans to educate her daughter on the health benefits of not eating meat and substituting meat for other foods that have higher nutritional content. She also said, however, that she will not "push her beliefs" on her daughter.
"I’ll always let her know the things I believe in and why, but I’ll never push them on her" Bella said. "I was blessed to be raised in a family where they didn’t push a lot of stuff on me".
While Bella was pregnant with Birdie Joe, some fans criticized her for not eating meat while she was expecting.
"You almost can’t tell people you’re a vegetarian because they feel like you’re starving your baby," she says. "I birthed a 9-pound healthy baby. I ate so many vegetables, which is maybe why Birdie loves them too. I just think people have a misconception about what it means to be a healthy vegetarian".
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says that plant-based food such as veggies, whole grains, fruit, beans and nuts are the "optimal foods for children". Because these foods contain a wealth of complex carbs, protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, kids can get all of the necessary nourishment for healthy bodies and minds. If children develop healthy dietary habits from a young age, they will be able to thrive and flourish with a plant-based foundation for their lifetime. In 2015, The WHO (World Health Organization)'s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a statement warning that the consumption of red meat and processed meat is carcinogenic. It's clear that Bella is feeding baby Birdie Joe what she feels is the healthiest for her.
Aside from vegetarianism, this mama also voiced her feelings about the importance of vaccinations for babies and children. This was in celebration of World Immunization Day which is co-hosted by Rotary International and Red Nose Day.
"I was someone in the beginning who doubted vaccinations," Bella told People. "But I started educating myself and I started realizing how easy it is for kids to get different diseases and infections that they can’t fight off. As a mother, that really opened up my eyes," she adds. "The thing people are most scared about are vaccine injuries. I sat there and thought, 'My daughter can catch something and I’m either dealing with death or a vaccine injury. I’ll take vaccine injury over death.' ".
To your and Birdie Joe's health, Brie!