Go from plant-based concerns to confidence.

My family became plant-strong in 2014. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. This eCourse shares my expertise and experience as a father of 3 and pediatric subspecialist so that you too can optimally nourish your plant-based child(ren) and confidently respond to the dietary concerns of others.

No recipes here. You will, however, learn how to select the best recipes for your family to optimize their nutrition.

  • Be the parent or guardian who ensures that their vegan/vegetarian child is meeting their nutritional needs.

  • Be the vegan hero for the voiceless young animals AND your own offspring.

  • This eCourse is NOT about feeding an infant or about baby led weaning. It is for families with children ages 2 and up.

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. No hassle full refund within 7 days if not completely happy with this eCourse.

Course curriculum

    1. The Doctor Herbivore origin story

    2. The Legal Stuff

    3. Share about your family

    1. Definitions

    2. What is in our food

    1. Processed Food vs Whole Food

    2. Who should not eat plant-based?

    3. Let's talk about eating disorders

    1. Some reassuring words

    2. Salad Days

    3. Where do you get your Protein?

    4. Don't forget your Vitamin B12

    5. Other vitamins and minerals

    6. The vegan heart

    7. The plant-based athlete

    1. How to use Cronometer to track nutrients

    2. Cronometer set up instructions

    3. Blood tests to discuss with your pediatric primary care provider

    4. Does my child have obesity?

About this course

  • $523.00
  • 27 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

Instructor Bio

Leigh Ettinger, MD, MS, ABOM, FAAP


While in medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in the mid-90s Leigh Ettinger was a paid research study participant in a nutrition study. He recalls spending overnight in the hospital for blood tests after two weeks of drinking a lot of Sprite. After graduating in 1998 he continued his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology (Kidney Disease) and then joined the hospital staff at Hackensack University Medical Center in 2004. He first learned about the plant-based diet in 2014. Changes in his own eating yielded great results. He has earned a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from eCornell and Board Certification in Obesity Medicine. After 23 years of treating serious childhood diseases he turned his focus on wellness and prevention. In 2021 he founded the Doctor Herbivore telemedicine practice to teach families how to thrive on the plant-based diet. [post name initials are Medical Doctor, Master of Science, American Board of Obesity Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics]

There is so much free stuff about the plant-based diet on the internet. Why pay for this eCourse?

  • Unlike other nutrition gurus, Dr. Ettinger has extensive experience on the subject of deficiencies and metabolic derangements in childhood. As a pediatric kidney specialist he diagnosed and/or managed the following in children:

    Rickets due to Vitamin D resistance
    Low protein due to the Nephrotic Syndrome
    Low calcium due to Chronic Kidney Disease
    Failure to Thrive
    Metabolic Acidosis
    Iron Deficiency Anemia
    Low magnesium level due to a rare genetic condition
    Low magnesium level due to a side effect of a kidney transplant medicine
    And more...

    Most pediatric providers only see a few of these rare diagnoses in their whole career. For Dr. Ettinger this was a typical clinic day problem list for the 16+ years he was an Attending Physician at a major metropolitan area tertiary care center children's hospital. He shares his expertise here so that you can learn how to avoid similar outcomes due to a poorly planned diet.

  • Yes, there is information of varying quality about this topic scattered around the internet. Dr. Ettinger brings to this eCourse a curated collection of stories and research studies that has taken him years to gather.

    Since the 90's Dr. Ettinger has been compiling and interpreting medical studies to keep up to date in his own practice and to teach student doctors. Since 2017 he has been delivering presentations about the plant-based diet to community groups, nurses, medical students, and doctors at local and national conferences. Those talks and more appear in these lessons.

  • Most of the plant-based information available online and in books is for adults seeking better health. This eCourse is a rare gem focused on the plant-based diet for children.

    There is a saying in Pediatrics: "Children are not just little adults." The plant-based diet can help an adult lose weight, prevent and reverse chronic disease, and even get their mojo back, but the plant-based diet for children has different purposes. In this age group, the plant-based diet's goals may be to prevent diseases (including obesity) but also must ensure expected growth, avoid deficiencies, and energize a child for school and for sports.

  • The Cronometer tutorial within is unique.

    There are just a few Cronometer tutorials online. Cronometer is a nutrient tracking app. Thanks to Mic the Vegan there is one tutorial available for plant-based folks on Youtube from 2017. There are none made for feeding plant-based children...so Dr. Ettinger made one. And, when Cronometer updated in November of 2022 Dr. Ettinger updated the tutorial in the eCourse as well.

  • This eCourse may suit your learning style.

    If reading books filled with text, listening to podcasts, or talking to your own pediatrician are not meeting your parenting needs then you may be more of a visual learner who will better absorb the explanatory imagery found in these short and repeatable video lessons.

  • But the cost....

    This eCourse is an investment for the future. Those who complete these lessons are likely to gain a newfound nutrition mastery that will last a lifetime. And graduates will earn peace of mind that their child's nutrition is optimized despite what others may say about the dangers of the plant-based diet.

    Did you (or will you) get braces for your child? That one time investment usually gives a young person a nice smile for the rest of their life. Likewise, this one time investment will hopefully give your youngster excellent nutrition through their growing years and beyond.

In New York or New Jersey? Have a child age 2-21?

Have your vegan/vegetarian child's nutrition individually evaluated and fine tuned in this premium 4-week program, which includes this eCourse, a telemedicine evaluation, and a one-on-one virtual cooking class with a professional plant-based chef.

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