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Okay.... so my parents are starting to notice my pitifully unhealthy diet.... (yes, I know I'm not a new vegetarian.... but I'm slipping from when I used to try) I've been just eating the two or three veggies on the table at dinner (usually frozen htings my mom heated up quickly), and then besides pancakes for breakfast and some junk food as a snack (usually something healthy is thrown in there too), I don't really eat much. I realize I probably don't eat enough, though i lead a pretty sedentary life....<br><br>
but anyways, my parents are refocusing on the protein thing.... I tried to think of an argument.... but have none, my diet is horrible....<br><br>
anwyas, overall.... what on earth can a stressed out teenager living on sleep deprivation, and on the verge of an ED make that could provide the nutrients I'm lacking (hahaha, just about all of them.... but protein and iron especially)<br><br>
Yeah, I know, pasta and beans.... but frankly.... not looking forward to eating them every night...
 

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I think you know what to do with your diet, SB. I think you need to discuss some other problems you're having with someone you trust... I think other problems are playing a role in all of this. I know you don't really want to go to a counselor, or even better a psychologist, but you might want to give it a try. You could be feeling a lot better than you do now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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hmmm.... yeah, i haven't had that in a while actually! (overcompensating I guess..... I used to eat a ton of pb&j.... I think it's time to revert to the good old days)<br><br>
thanks for the reminder!
 

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froggy- ummm..... I'm not quite sure how to respond to that.... maybe you're mistaking me for someone else? I mean no doubt I could be ....'feeling' better, but so could everyone.<br><br><br><br>
edit- sorry for the double post.... I just saw froggy's thing.... and forgot to simply edit the one above this one. Sorry!
 

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nah, it's no big.... honestly- your post kinda scared me.... 'cause yeah, I have trust issues and yeah i have overall issues I should get help with.... but I don't think I've ever talked about them on this board... so, maybe you're just psychic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't eat a lot of fake meats, but I do have to admit that they are quick, easy, and full of protein. Maybe grab some boca burgers that can easily be microwaved and eaten with the veggies at dinner.<br><br><br><br>
Good (and healthy) snacks: nuts, soynuts, Luna or Lara bars, english muffins with peanut butter, fresh fruits, veggies with hummus, a bowl of cereal, dried fruit & nut trail mix, soy yogurts, crackers with salsa or hummus..
 

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Bean burritos!!!!
 

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Okay.... so my parents are starting to notice my pitifully unhealthy diet....</div>
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Glad that someone is looking out for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Maybe try coming up with 7 things and rotate them through the week. Beans and rice could be one night (just one so you don't get sick of it) and then come up with 6 more things. If you're lazy or busy, make extra beans and rice so that you can mix them with some salsa and veggies for a burrito the next night. You could have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich one night. Maybe a stir-fry with peanut sauce would work for another night? You can even buy the sauce in a jar and the veggies could be from the freezer. Add in some chili, split pea soup and veggie burgers for the other nights and your parents will probably be happier.
 

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Hummus and pitta breads, spinach, bulgar wheat (make a tabboleh!), soooo many kinds of beans, pb and banana/apple/pear etc (variety and variations on pb+j), add loads of spices you like to make your meals more appetising, tofu stir fry with noodles, soups filled with veggies and beans, and served with good bread. It has to be good bread, not sliced white crap.<br><br><br><br>
Look through some cookbooks with pictures for inspiration,<br><br><br><br>
Etc, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Don't go down this road. Please. I've ventured part the way myself, am currently trying to return, and it is tricky to traverse. If you want to pm or whatever, then go ahead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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First of all, I have a 15 yr old daughter who is venturing into Veg*anism with me so I have given this some thought and I will share with you some of the things that she eats.<br><br><br><br>
You are veg not vegan right? If so then skip the pancakes and try a hard boiled/ scrambled egg with toast and a glass of high vita C juice(orange, grapefruit...whateverit helps your body to absorb the iron) for breakfast. Or Whole wheat toast with PB and Juice. This will be a good start to your day ...those pancakes do not have enough nutrition to carry you thru the morning. My DD is not a breakfast eater so I pack her some whole grain dry cereal to munch on when she is ready...but if you are already making the time to eat, swap what you are having for something healthy.<br><br><br><br>
For lunch mine likes PB & J on whole wheat, some apple slices and pretzels/crackers/chips. I usually add either a handful of assorted nuts/ fruit leather/ dried peas as filler....she munches throughout the day.<br><br><br><br>
When she gets home from school she will grab junk food unless I have something out...bean dip and rice chips/wheat crackers, veggies & dip, fruit, edamame, hummus & pita bread etc.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner is usually some starch (I shoot for whole grain but not always) & veggies, bean burritos, quesadillas, chikn patty sandwiches, Boca burgers, pasta with veggies & red sauce, stir-fry.<br><br><br><br>
Here is what you need to consider....even if you are eating meat and filling in the gaps with junk food snacks, you are still not getting adequate nutrition...when you have the meat the only thing you are adding to you diet is protein, iron & B-12. Making sure that you have a few servings daily of whole grains, PB cheese, & yogurt...along with a vitamin supplement and you should be covered. But you also need all the other vitamins that you get from fresh fruits & veggies as well as other healthy foods.<br><br>
If you want your parent's support, then do some reading about nutrition...really learn what your body needs and help your mom to make up a dinner menu for the week. Get creative and come up with meals that can be done with meat for them and without meat for you....i.e.: Whole grain spaghetti & meatballs (separate out your sauce before the meatballs are added) w/ a spinach & strawberry salad and whole grain rolls. Veggie stir-fry (meat cooked separately) with brown rice and fruit salad.<br><br><br><br>
You can do it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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...If you want your parent's support, then do some reading about nutrition...</div>
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I totally agree. I would recommend that you and your parents both read 'Disease-proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right', which promotes a plant-based diet as the key to your future health. I also think that the focus solely on protein is misguided, and that this book will help to put that in perspective.<br><br><br><br>
Until such time that your parents get over their protein-phobia, I think that some of the protein heavy foods others have suggested may help to quell their concerns. On the other hand, I personally do not believe that the freakishly high levels of protein found in some of the fake foods can be healthy, and I think that they are an attempt to overcompensate for a problem that doesn't really exist.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, I'm 48 now, but went vegetarian at 15. Back then I used to eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches too! These days I no longer eat those.<br><br><br><br>
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If all you're eating is a few pancakes for breakfast, snack food during the day, and a couple servings of veggies at dinner, I would have to be on your parents side on this one. While protein panic is usually not waranted, you're certainly not eating a balanced diet. You're a growing person! Even if you never leave bed you still are expending calories on that process.<br><br>
Obviously I only have a very small picture of what you're eating, but from what you've said it sounds like you need to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains into your diet. Would your parents send you to a nutritionist? That would probably help you get an idea of how much food you need and what sorts to make sure you're healthy.
 

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haha, no, my parents would never send me to a nutritionist... nor would they buy whole grain bread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"> I prefer the good stuff, but since my mom likes the white junk that's what she gets.... no questions asked.<br><br>
I think my big problem right now is not knowing what to eat (wow... I've done a ton of research on this stuff), but convincing myself to make it. For instance, when i go to the store, for some reason, I can't get the words asking my mom to buy me some food to leave my mouth.... and then there's this feeling I have that I don't really need food... like I get hungry at school.... but by the time I get home and have an apple or something, the hunger's gone... and then I'll just forget to eat unless my mom calls me to eat, and if I remember, I have zero motivation to cook... like if it's between not eating and making myself some spaghetti.... I'll just simply not eat...<br><br>
I know this is horribly unhealthy... but I'm just explaining the mindset...<br><br>
thanks for all the suggestions. I'll definately be taking those into account <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
(Now i have to figure out how to figure out when my mom's making dinner so that I can make my own and eat at the same time... because naturally, she doesn''t say anything about cooking a dinner until it's "guys! dinner's ready!")<br><br>
thanks again! you guys are a great help!
 

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Bean burritos!!!!</div>
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Bean burritos rule my life and did so even more while I was in school. So cheap, easy, and let's not forget tasty. Explore the wonderful world that is a bean burrito. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:">
 

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(Now i have to figure out how to figure out when my mom's making dinner so that I can make my own and eat at the same time... because naturally, she doesn''t say anything about cooking a dinner until it's "guys! dinner's ready!")<br><br>
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OK, I think ALL moms love to have help in the kitchen...why don't you announce after school that you want to start learning some kitchen skills and for her to please let you know when she is ready to start working on dinner so that you can help.<br><br><br><br>
Part two of that thought is this, rather than asking her to buy specific food for you (since you are avoiding that anyway hehehe) ask her when she plans out the family meals and let her know that you would like to pick a few dinners to make for the family. I honestly can not imagine any mother not embracing those two ideas...and they put you more in control!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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If you aren't willing to take care of yourself, and you wont explain to your parents what foods to get for you, and you are on the verge of an ED right now, perhaps this is not the time to be vegetarian for you. You can't eat just fruit and white bread, and unless you put in some effort, you're gonna get sick and end up in a hospital. Please don't give people yet another example of the sickly vegetarian. Either take charge of your diet by getting a job and buying your own food, asking your parents for specific things, or stop being vegetarian.
 

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Okay... veggielove- look, there is no way I can just stop being vegetarian... that's just not possible for me. I stopped eating meat for the animals, and nothing can make me go back, nothing. And no, I can't go to 'help' for this, though I don't see how anyone could possibly tell me anything I don't already know...I was a vegetarian long before the true wakening of my problems.<br><br>
Never fear, I'm not going to taint the name of vegetarians (trust me, I've been fighting them same things -all vegetarians are anorexic etc- I'm not about to prove them right. I'm too stubborn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":angel:"> )<br><br>
I'm just in a slum with a bunch of other problems right now, and i caught myself falling down the road of an ED, and I need someone to show me where the break pedal is, or what I could do to stop the train before too much momentum gets built up.<br><br><br><br>
hmm, sounds like I need to figure out how to make a bean burrito <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
haha, Dace, those sound like great ideas... but my mom works and therefore isn't home when I come home... and I'm pretty sure she plans dinner when she looks in the freezer to see what we have. haha, overall, we're not a terribly healthy family... but since I happen to forgoe the carcasses on the tabels, everyone has to be concerned about me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
Thanks though, I think I'll talk to her anyways, you never know, right?
 

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Hey if you are lacto- you could eat cottaged cheese, milk shakes etc.<br><br>
if your not- soy lots and lots of soy! or ???????<br><br>
if your ovo (eggs) you could eat a lot of eggs!!!!<br><br>
But you really need to improve your diet, cause just because your veggie doesnt mean that you cant get overweight or have a heart attack from too much fat!
 
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