The Attenborough Challenge: Tips on How to Go Vegan with Francia

Updated: Feb 8

Pt. 2 of this challenge is for people who would like to take plant-based eating a step further!

A decade ago, I was the young mom of a 10-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 2-year-old. One day, out of nowhere my 7-year-old asked me if what he was eating was “pluck-pluck chicken or... what?”

I found myself confused by the question and quickly responded - “yes mi Lindo, it’s chicken nuggets.”

“Like the ones that have feet and feathers and a heart?” he asked.

*gulp* I hesitated for a moment “yep... just like that.”

He then proceeded to ask me, “Why do we eat chickens? Where’s the rest of him?”

I felt terrible and didn’t know how to answer his inquiries, so I did what most moms would do. I told him the same thing I had been told by my mom as though it was unequivocal truth.

I said “we ​need​ to eat animals, it’s ​healthy​ for us, that’s ​why​ they exist, for us to eat” but as the words came out of my mouth they triggered a deep feeling of unease.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this very innocent conversation morphed into a challenge to prove to my son, and myself, that all of these statements were indeed true and that we were doing nothing wrong.

Kendrick around the time we had that life-changing conversation--he's now 17.

I began to research--I read books and watched videos on the subject. I always knew there were vegetarians and I knew that animals m