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I need your help im recovering from an eating disorder but have been veg for a lot longer than my ed the two are currently unrelated phenomenon. i am going to have to explain and defend my diet to the staff and nutrition department at a treatment center and i felt that the people at this board would be the best able to help me draft a succesful position paper of sorts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
here are the fact and hwat i have to say so far<br><br><br><br>
i dont eat meat or meat products including chicken and fish (duh)<br><br>
I dont eat hard cheeses (rennet)<br><br>
I dont eat eggs<br><br><br><br>
I dont want to comprimise these values and beliefs just because i am told i have to i and the ada believe it is entirely posible to eat sanelyand healthily on such a diet.<br><br><br><br>
I started this diet (or a variation of -lacto-ovo) in the fall of 1998 and have not wavered since this is a firm part of my lifestyle and belief system.<br><br><br><br>
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this alone works with people who know me who saw me make the transition to my current eating habits, but for these people who dont know me i dont think it will be enough i need more fuel for my fire. i relaly want to kick my problem but i dont want to kick my veg*ns into the fire with it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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You could do a little research from a well known doctor or something that everyone would know and quote them on something good they said about veg*nism. You could also tell them the reasons behind your change in lifestyle. If you changed for animals tell them what happens to those animals that made you want to help them live by not eating them. If that's the reason it will either work or make them sick and want to help too.<br><br><br><br>
Good Luck<br><br>
Ashley
 

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You shouldn't have to defend yourself for choosing a diet so widely and medically accepted as healthy, assuming B12 and other nutritional needs are being met. Visit <a href="http://www.pcrm.org." target="_blank">www.pcrm.org.</a><br><br><br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Well, I don't know very much about ED treatment centers ... but if they make a big deal about counting calories, you could include a list of all the higher-cal veg foods that you can eat. As I understand it, the physical problem with an ED is extreme calorie deprivation, with a <i>subsequent</i> result of deficiencies in specific nutrients. So make it clear that veggie diets are extremely -- even more -- healthy than ones that include meat. You may also want to include a list of which supplements (such as B12, as Epski mentioned) you plan to take.
 

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Ren, I'm not sure what you mean, of course they are related .... I meant that it should be clear that a lack of ALL nutrition (i.e. calories) leads to a variety of specific nutrient-loss problems (i.e. malnutrition) ... and that the problem is NOT necessarily a lack of meat, eggs, etc. I imagine it will be difficult for her to make that distinction clear.
 

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I would focus your paper on what you do eat rather then what you don't eat. Say that you are a vegetarian and then outline the foods that you will and do eat.<br><br><br><br>
The nutritionists already know what vegetarians don't eat. They will be much more concerned about what you will eat.
 

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Go into depth on all the foods most non-vegetarians are completely unaware of, or avoid. I'm sure that will make for at least an interesting table.
 

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I think ren asked if they were completely unrelated in that a lot of people with EDs will become veg*n as an excuse to eat even less, but JavaPrincess said she was veg longer, so um... yeah *didn't have a good way to finish that sentence* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> JP, I think it's great that you're getting help and working on getting yourself healthy again (as I've said on other threads <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">), and hopefully they see that this is what is working for you... My going vegan completely coincided with my decision to try and start eating/get healthy again, sort of a positive way of viewing food -- if I hadn't gone vegan, I still don't think I'd be eating, oddly enough. heh!
 

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thanks everybody i hope to be able to make a succesful case for myself because this is a really important part of my life.<br><br><br><br>
ive been avoiding the issue just pertending like they will go along with me for 5 months now but the crunc has come for me to show them that there is room for both recovery and veg*nism in the same sentence. hopefully your thoughts, the information from the link you provided epski (very interesting esp about the protein and milk stuff) and my own opinions, history and thoughts i will be able to make a case. dont hesitate to keep sharing and debating this id love to hear more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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