June 25, 2014 12:05 PM

Jeff Lipsky

She’s a very healthy vegan. He’s a former Sexiest Man Alive meat eater.

And their 1-year-old daughter has yet to decide for herself what makes it on her plate.

But actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum says the decision will eventually belong to their baby girl — and the couple will support Everly either way.

“I don’t believe in forcing anyone into anything, but I’ll do my best to introduce her to healthy eating habits,” she tells the July/August issue of Natural Health magazine.

The first-time mom’s main priority is ensuring she creates a positive — and fun — approach to good nutrition.

“We have a little garden so I’ll say, ‘Let’s go pick the vegetables we’re going to eat tonight,'” the Witches of East End star, 33, shares. “My pediatrician believes it’s completely healthy and possible to have a vegan child and I think that’s amazing.”

She adds, “But when Everly gets older, I think we should allow her to be her own person.”

Dewan-Tatum is hopeful she will inspire her daughter in other ways, too. The former backup dancer — who is guest judging on So You Think You Can Dance this summer — makes it a point to embrace even the hardships of being a working mother.

“My mother worked and I was so grateful to see an independent woman going after her dreams,” she explains. “I think kids learn way more from your actions than from your words. So if you’re looking at work like, ‘Ugh, I don’t want to be here, this is so boring,’ that’s so much less inspiring than, ‘I can’t wait to do this thing that I love!'”

And while she’s proud of the work she and husband Channing Tatum do and wants Everly to see her parents are “going after what we want and enjoying what we do,” any time spent away from her baby girl is harder than she ever imagined.

Courtesy Natural Health Magazine

“I expected the emotional bond, but there’s a physical connection, too — if I’m away from her for too long, my body literally feels it,” she says. “Or if she’s not well, I take it on. The fact that I channel all my energy into caring for someone 24/7 and still have time to do other things shocks me!”

Her body may be doing double the work now, but Dewan-Tatum is ready to really challenge herself. She is looking forward to expanding her family with Tatum — but not before the couple can catch up on some much-needed rest.

“I need us to start getting more sleep first. I was an only child until I was 19 and always thought it would be nice to have a sibling closer in age, so I don’t want to wait too long,” she says.

“But I give it up to the universe! Whatever is meant to be will be.”

Witches of East End returns for its second season July 6 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

— Anya Leon

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