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My parents are worried that I am not getting enough nutrients, so they took me for a blood test. I am pretty confident that my protein, vitamin A, B and D are OK but I am worried about iron because:<br><br>
- I am a pretty big fan of tea and coffee, and I heard that can negatively affect iron absorption<br><br>
- I do not eat many green leafy veggies<br><br><br><br>
My only streak of hope is the fact that I do not show any iron deficincy symptoms.<br><br><br><br>
However, if I turn out low on iron (or any other nutrient) my parents will force me eat a large amount of greasy bloody vile steaks thinking that will improve my health. They seemingly cannot understand that making me eat an unhealthy diet filled with dairy and meat will only make things worse. They also seemingly cannot understand that eating a healthy blanced diet full of leafy green vegetables will replenish my iron. Hearing about some stories on here about some doctors' ignorance about nutrition, I am afraid the doctor will take the same stance as my parents. My test did not come back yet and thus I am not sure about my iron (or any other nutrient) status, but if something is wrong, how do I convince my parents into not making me eat meat and inform them that veggies can be a great source for iron and other nutrients?
 

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Tell them that you know what you did wrong, and how you can get more iron on a veggie diet. Tell them to give you one more chance, and you will eat a better diet. If they can give you another chance, and you seem to know what you are doing wrong, maybe you can turn things around? Just remember they're doing it because they care.
 

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when you do eat iron rich foods or supplements, take vitamin c at the same time, it increases absorption.<br><br><br><br>
also, if you're working on calcium, iron inhibits calcium absorption, so don't take both of those at the same time.<br><br><br><br>
good luck with the blood tests... I've been tested for iron deficiency more times than I can count, and it's never been too worrisome, and that was when I was barely eating.
 

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If you would like some support from your parents I strongly suggest you go out and buy the book "Disease Proof your Child".<br><br><br><br>
Just get them to read it!<br><br><br><br>
Who wouldn't want to Disease Proof their Child?<br><br><br><br><a href="http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0312338058&id=o2SwL-zK6O0C&pg=PP1&lpg=PP1&ots=aI8IddQJ-J&dq=disease+proof+child&sig=9PrGtO5ZuCgP11TlWeBrxFK3hm0" target="_blank">http://books.google.com/books?vid=IS...1TlWeBrxFK3hm0</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>animallover7249</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Tell them that you know what you did wrong, and how you can get more iron on a veggie diet. Tell them to give you one more chance, and you will eat a better diet. If they can give you another chance, and you seem to know what you are doing wrong, maybe you can turn things around? Just remember they're doing it because they care.</div>
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thats what i was gonna suggest just explain that you know that you made a mistake and to ask for another chance.
 

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I don't have any advice, but I do have some ressurance. My iron levels have always been fine when giving blood, once as a lacto-ovo and once as a vegan, even though I am quite a big coffee drinker (~ 3 or 4 mugs a day) and female (females are more likely to be iron deficient). I don't eat that many greens except salad greens which are mostly water (iceberg lettuce, etc). So although I think this planning is great, don't panic too much unless your results come back bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i hope you're able to find the information and support you need. forcing someone to eat meat is the last refuge of the truly desperate. encourage them to visit this forum. yes, we're skewed to one side of the argument, but that doesn't make us wrong.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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My parents are worried that I am not getting enough nutrients, so they took me for a blood test. I am pretty confident that my protein, vitamin A, B and D are OK but I am worried about iron because:<br><br>
- I am a pretty big fan of tea and coffee, and I heard that can negatively affect iron absorption<br><br>
- I do not eat many green leafy veggies<br><br><br><br>
My only streak of hope is the fact that I do not show any iron deficincy symptoms.<br><br><br><br>
However, if I turn out low on iron (or any other nutrient) my parents will force me eat a large amount of greasy bloody vile steaks thinking that will improve my health. They seemingly cannot understand that making me eat an unhealthy diet filled with dairy and meat will only make things worse. They also seemingly cannot understand that eating a healthy blanced diet full of leafy green vegetables will replenish my iron. Hearing about some stories on here about some doctors' ignorance about nutrition, I am afraid the doctor will take the same stance as my parents. My test did not come back yet and thus I am not sure about my iron (or any other nutrient) status, but if something is wrong, how do I convince my parents into not making me eat meat and inform them that veggies can be a great source for iron and other nutrients?</div>
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I think it's very stupid how people react to vegetarianism. Seriously, it's healthier. I'd rather have an iron decifiency (which I did when I ate meat) than have heart disease or other illnesses from fatty meat.<br><br><br><br>
I hate the myth that just because you eat meat, you're healthy. That's crap!
 

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Make sure your storage iron has been tested. A low iron count may mean you lack iron, but it might have another cause, like a current infection. It's like having the money on the bank instead of having it in your wallet. If iron was low, low first for your ferritin count. Insist of having this test done before you wart off the menace of the blood-dripping steak!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> - Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the advice. I will keep it in mind when the results are back.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I don't mean to judge a book by its cover, but the doctor seemed knowledgeable about iron, etc. For instance, when my mom said that she was concerned about me being so underweight (I am only slightly underweight, btw) the doctor said that I am better off skinny than fat. So I guess he knows that bloody greasy steaks=unhealthy, it's just my parents who seem to be unaware. So it seems my odds are good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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