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okay i've been researching vegan nutrition and health for months now (and yes, any 16-year-old doing research voluntarily is mad and should be removed to make sure she doesn't contaminate society, i know), and i'm convinced many times over that veganism is the way to go and can be perfectly healthy. but i have to come up with something - probably a 'project' copied off the internet, so to speak - to convince my parents. there's such a vast amount of information on everything and by the day i'm finding more links and more information to plough through. the question is, what parts do i leave in and what do i take out? is there some tricks you can use to convince omnis that vegans don't all die some soon, terrible and painful death?<br><br><br><br>
thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2FASIN%2F0929274237%2Fqid%3D1058470676%2Fsr%3D2-1%2Fref%3Dsr_2_1%2F102-4564992-8824929" target="_blank">This book</a> was very helpful when I was getting started. It even goes into comparing the digestive tracts of known carnivores and herbivores with that of humans. That's what really convinced me. I've not shown that to any omnis to convince them, though. It may not be exactly what you want. It's relatively cheap, though!
 

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You need the vegetarian starter kit from <a href="http://www.pcrm.org" target="_blank">PCRM</a>. You can either print it out yourself, or order it for $2. You can find it <a href="http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/index.html" target="_blank">here</a> along with other articles and whitepapers about the health aspects of veganism.<br><br><br><br>
PCRM is a organization of physicians, promoting the vegan diet mainly for health reasons (although they are also campaining against vivisection and animal experiments mainly on ethical grounds). All their material is well researched and footnoted. It's an awesome organization.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know the book christy13 recommended, but I'm also a big fan of Dr. Klaper, so it should be very good.<br><br><br><br>
p.s. of course the best "trick" to convince omnis is to eat well, take care of yourself, and be a healthy vegan!! Many will even ask you what your secret is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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"It even goes into comparing the digestive tracts of known carnivores and herbivores with that of humans. That's what really convinced me."<br><br>
But that won´t convince Tofu Rebel´s parents, who just have to ask how Inuit fit in.<br><br>
I agree with Oatmeal, just do, take care of yourself, and show your parents that health and spirits are imnproving instead of declining.
 

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Check out the American Dietetic Association's <a href="http://www.eatright.org/Public/" target="_blank">site</a>, and type in 'vegetarian' in the search box. Here's a sample <a href="http://www.eatright.org/Public/Media/16041.cfm" target="_blank">press release</a> that looks pretty good.<br><br><br><br>
I'm pretty sure that evidence from unbiased and traditional organizations such as that will get you much further with the 'rents than printing up a bulleted 'meat is murder' list from a PeTA site. And while it's tempting to bring a chart of facts and figures, statistics and rhetoric aren't probably your best bet.<br><br><br><br>
Another thought: Any concerns your parents may have about your conversion will likely be out of love and protective instincts. Dropping the vegan-bomb on them might come across as too extreme. How about just proposing straight-up vegetarianism until they get comfortable with that? After you demonstrate to them that you can get the nutrients you need with a vegetarian diet, they may be more affable when you approach them with veganism.<br><br><br><br>
Present your case demonstrating why vegetarianism/veganism is in YOUR best interests. That is likely their main concern.
 

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This will probably take a lot of work on your part, but how about writing down everything you eat for a 3 or 4 day period and write down everything a couple of your friends eat for the same period and present that to your parents. Maybe once they see that you are eating a lot more vegetables and fiber and a lot less saturated fat and junk food, they won't be so concerned.<br><br><br><br>
I find it weird that parents freak out when a child decides he/she wants to go veg*n, but often don't pay one bit of attention to their omni fast-food junkie. Have you asked your parents if they would be this concerned about the nutrition in your diet if you WEREN'T veg*n? That might open up some discussion and win them over to your side.<br><br><br><br>
I feel for you, Tofurebel. Seems like your parents are making a very hard time of this for you. Congrats on sticking to your guns! I wish I'd been as committed when I was your age!
 

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Good point, muppecow!
 

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I think that they're more worried about the wierd factor more than aything. They probably wouldn't worry half as much if you were eating mcdonalds every night.<br><br><br><br>
But check out all your sources. <a href="http://www.eatright.org" target="_blank">www.eatright.org</a> has plenty of info on it, and there's a lot of info on veg*n nutrition available.<br><br><br><br>
Check out <a href="http://www.vegetarianteen.com" target="_blank">www.vegetarianteen.com</a> - They have plenty of small essays on there, a few from the teens perspective, and some from the parents perspective.<br><br><br><br>
You'll have to tell your parents that you do know what you are doing. You'll need to know wher eyou get protein, calcium, iron and B12 from, because they're the ones that most omnis ask about. Also, make it clear that you're not just trying to cover up an eating disorder. State your reasons, and hopefully they should be fine.<br><br><br><br>
You've got a big task of actually talking to them about it. If they're like many parents, they'll try to lcose the conversation before its possible to actually point out your view. You'll need to find the right time, and ask to discuss the issue in an informed manner. You'll have to tell them that it's something which need to be discussed at great length, since it's very important to you, and you'd appreciate it if they'd listen.<br><br><br><br>
One thing is that your parents might not like the idea of cooking two meals, so you'll probably have to cook for yourself, which is no big deal, cooking is easy.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and make it clear that you'll respect their choices to eat meat, andthat you simply want them to respect your choice.
 
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