My parents won't let me be veg*n anymore! For almost a year now, they are saying that I do not look as healthy as my pre-veggie days. They are convinced that if I start eating meat again, I will be healthier. They tell me that looking at my face, I look 'old' and not as vibrant and rosy and healthful as other girls my age. I am sixteen and I have been veg*n for a year and a half already. They have been constantly trying to get me to eat meat, even a little, and both my parents, my mom especially, are very worried for my health. They firmly believe that eating a veg*n diet is not healthy, natural, and good enough for optimal health. They also think that the people promoting veg*nism who claim that they do not eat meat really do in private and are misleading others to think that they can be healthy from a meat free diet. And they said I am brainwashed by all this veg*n propaganda about saving animals while compromising my health. They think that all the healthy-looking vegetarians secretly eat meat to maintain their health... That's what my mom said today. We have been arguing again and her trying to get me to eat some meat. I told her that I will propose a compromise by tomorrow.
I don't get it though. It's not like I am overweight, eat junk food, and don't exercise. On the contrary, I am slim, eat very consciously with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and I exercise a lot since I am on my school's varsity volleyball team. I even took a blood test and got my results a week ago, and every thing was pretty much normal. There was only one little thing, and that was my white blood count was a little low on the normal range, but it was still in the normal range. I even had low bad cholesterol and high good cholesteral and normal protein.
Why are they saying that I do not look healthy? They say that my skin has a yellowish tint to it, and that when compared to other girls, they can clearly tell that they look healthier than me. Even their friends agree with them, who are all Chinese.
What can I do? My parents believe that I am unhealthy and are trying to change the way that I think about killing and eating animals. They are putting all this blame on me; blaming me for making them worry, telling me that they have worked so hard to raise me and that I am being ungrateful for trying to lead a veg*n lifestyle because it is making me unhealthy. They think that I am undoing all the effort they have put into me to grow into a healthy adult.
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#$ with this whole thing. I could either persist in my veg*n lifestyle and ruin my relationship with my parents, ruin our family's happiness, and potentially ruining my mother's health because she worries about me all the time. Or I could give up being veg*n, but being veg*n means so much to me, though, and I hate the thought of consuming meat, again. What a choice I have to make.
So, tomorrow, my parents are going to force me to eat some meat. I told them I would make them a compromise. I was thinking that I would:
-only eat 'happy meat' (like from Whole Foods or something) a few times a week, not every day
-not make me eat anything else that is not vegan, including eggs and dairy (so I would technically be vegan if not for the meat that I would have to eat)
This kills me, it really does. But it seems like my parents won't give in. They just HAVE to see me eat meat.
So, please please PLEASE help me. I don't know what to do, and I don't know what will convince them. I live around the DC metro area, if anyone else here does. I don't know, show up at my doorstep and show my parents how healthy one can be on a veg*n diet, what ever it takes to convince them. help help help, i really don't know what to do and i am desperate.