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Talking to your parents can be really scary if you fear being criticized or scorned. I often dreaded bringing up certain subjects with mine for this reason. Sometimes they really dont react as badly as you think they would, or at least you find it wasnt as bad as you thought it was going to be. Just play it out in your head: Go ahead and pick out the wholegrain bread yourself and bring it to the cart. "Mom? Can you get this wholegrain bread for me? I mean, you dont have to eat it, but I know it is really good for me, which is why I want it." Take it one item at a time. Dont try to buy out the entire store until they become more used to the whole idea. You also dont want it to cost a lot of money (but you still need to eat!) and the cost of food might be one of the things on the forefront of your parents mind.
 

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kentanner- but you do need some fat... and thinking about it... I don't think I get too much fat... but since I have not many healthy sources of fat, it could become a problem once I start working on my diet again, thanks for the reminder!<br><br><br><br>
froggy- no kidding *shakes head* a while ago... like a year now i think... we were in a grocery store (my mom and I) and I've gotten into the habit of wandering the store to see what's yummy that I could ask for.... well, I decided to get beans or something.... maybe canned spinach (this was before the spinach scare at all), I can't really remember, but it was something really healthy... and so for the next twenty minutes I rehearsed in my head exactly what I would say to her, how I would say it, and when/how I'd bring it up... Finally I plucked up the courage and her response was a nice "whatever" *sigh* but yeah, "Talking to your parents can be really scary when you fear being criticized or scorned." yeah.... tell me about it...<br><br><br><br>
thanks again guys!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>steinbock</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Okay...<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?</div>
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OK... I get it, but really at some point in the week or month she has to think about what is going to be planned for meals so that she can buy the groceries to have in the house. You need to find out when that is and ask to be part of the meal planning & food prep.<br><br><br><br>
Also, if she is not home when you get home, why not ask her to leave you a note about what is for dinner and so that you can help prep things....clean and trim the broccoli, prep a salad...whatever.<br><br><br><br>
I really see this as your best option....you are going to need to involve yourself some how, some way in the meal planning/food prep if you want things to get better. You are committed to staying veg and you know that the way you are eating is not in your own best interest....only you can be the one to take control of this and fix it.<br><br><br><br>
To reiterate what I said before...Lack of meat in your diet is not the problem, your overall diet is the problem. You can fix it!
 

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My Ob/Gyn suggested Peanut butter and eggs (not at the same time, ha ha) everyday. Beans give me gas! I'm new to the veggie way, so someone else may have a good suggestion! La Tortillia Factory makes a very good whole grain tortillia, even my very picky 4 year old has been eating them this week! We thinly spread Peanut butter over the entire tortillia, then fold over, another layer on the half circle, then fold again. My daughter likes it cut into strips (use pizza cutter) then refrigerate. I'm also drinking slim fast optima for nutrition until I can normalize and learn more about being vegetarian. I'm making this choice because #1 meat has never been my favorite food, and #2 I'm sick of being sick all the time! I have lost 8 pounds already and have felt healthy for a whole month! yay! Good luck to you!
 

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steinbock, whether you like it or not, if you're starting to develop an ED, you need to see a doctor who can refer you to a nutritionist. You also need to sit your parents down (just the three of you) and talk about your problem. Being a vegetarian isn't the problem, it's the tendency to having an ED that is--in other words, if you add meat back into your diet, you still won't eat enough because of the ED. Seeing a nutritionist with at least one parent there could help to improve your entire family's eating habits, too.<br><br><br><br>
If you want to be healthy and you want to stay a vegetarian, you need to pull yourself up and start getting involved with the meal making process. Go get groceries with your parents, help make dinner several nights a week, and learn to cook. It's an active process. You can't expect somebody else to do this for you--it's something you need to get involved with. Eating healthfully and having a healthy mindset are very important and you don't get there by avoiding talking to your parents about your ED problem. Also, if your parents would buy junk food if you asked, they should buy a loaf of whole grain bread (or beans, tofu, vegetables, fruit, or other inexpensive healthy foods) if you ask. If I were your parent, I'd much prefer to buy my kid the healthier food than the junk food.<br><br><br><br>
To get help, you have to ask for help. Nobody is a mind reader and most folks I know strongly dislike it when being a mind reader is expected of them. Don't be shy. Your parents, I assume, love and care about your well-being and want you to come to them when you have a problem. I know it's not easy, but very little that's worthwhile in life comes easily. Go talk to them so you can get some help.
 

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When I'm stuck in a food rut I check out veg food blogs for inspiration and beautiful, drool-worthy photos of food.<br><br><br><br>
My favourites are:<br><br>
The vegan ice cream blog - <a href="http://veganicecream.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://veganicecream.blogspot.com/</a><br><br>
What the hell does a vegan eat anyway? - <a href="http://veganmenu.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://veganmenu.blogspot.com/</a><br><br>
yellow rose - <a href="http://yellowroserecipes.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://yellowroserecipes.blogspot.com/</a><br><br>
toasted tuna's livejournal - <a href="http://toastedtuna.livejournal.com/" target="_blank">http://toastedtuna.livejournal.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
They have me in the kitchen cooking up a storm and chowing down on something good in no time.
 

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Ahhhh! The teen veg life: been there (no, wate, I AM there)<br><br><br><br>
Before I start in, I'll admit my sins:<br><br>
-I just finished a handful of bbq potato chips<br><br>
-I don't eat many fresh fruits/veggies (I'm to poor)<br><br>
-I do eat a lot of expired/nearly expired discounted prepared foods<br><br>
And there's probally more... okay, I'll admit it, there is more, but for now, that's good enough...<br><br><br><br>
So, now you know my major downfalls. But since I'm kinda sorta in your shoes right now (though I dought that your a size 12.5 wide in womans) this is what I have to say:<br><br>
-On those busy/lazy nights, grab some mock meat or a prepared boxed frozen meal. Both of these can be heated up in the microwave, most of the time<br><br>
-Buy some allready packed nuts- those little plastic bags that planters has- that you can throw in your back pack in the morning before school<br><br>
-Get some bread and something easy to put on it: cheese, pb+j, cream cheese and jelly, mock sandwich meats etc<br><br>
-prepacked everything- I keep prepacked fruit jerkey, fig newtowns, chocolate (you know you want it), cookies, luna bars, juice etc etc all in one place, in the morning, I grab a fruit, something prepacked and make a fast sandwich, throw it all in my bag, and run out the door<br><br>
-if you take the time to make pancakes, then you can take the time to make soysauge. I think light life makes a great kind that you pan fry, you can shape it to be as big or small as you want and it tastes great. Or, for an even faster soysauge, get some boca soysauge patties- you can throw these in the microwave for less then a minute.<br><br>
-keep a stash of snacks in your backpack or car. I keep a can of corn in my car just in case I get really hungry and the house that I'm out dosn't have anything vegan... I know it's not a healthy meal, but it'll feel me up. You can find healthy snacks like this to keep with you for emergensies, such as canned soup, peanut butter pretzals, luna bars etc.
 

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It has to be good bread, not sliced white crap.<br></div>
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Agreed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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steinbock, whether you like it or not, if you're starting to develop an ED, you need to see a doctor who can refer you to a nutritionist. You also need to sit your parents down (just the three of you) and talk about your problem. Being a vegetarian isn't the problem, it's the tendency to having an ED that is--in other words, if you add meat back into your diet, you still won't eat enough because of the ED. Seeing a nutritionist with at least one parent there could help to improve your entire family's eating habits, too.<br><br><br><br>
If you want to be healthy and you want to stay a vegetarian, you need to pull yourself up and start getting involved with the meal making process. Go get groceries with your parents, help make dinner several nights a week, and learn to cook. It's an active process. You can't expect somebody else to do this for you--it's something you need to get involved with. Eating healthfully and having a healthy mindset are very important and you don't get there by avoiding talking to your parents about your ED problem. Also, if your parents would buy junk food if you asked, they should buy a loaf of whole grain bread (or beans, tofu, vegetables, fruit, or other inexpensive healthy foods) if you ask. If I were your parent, I'd much prefer to buy my kid the healthier food than the junk food.<br><br><br><br>
To get help, you have to ask for help. Nobody is a mind reader and most folks I know strongly dislike it when being a mind reader is expected of them. Don't be shy. Your parents, I assume, love and care about your well-being and want you to come to them when you have a problem. I know it's not easy, but very little that's worthwhile in life comes easily. Go talk to them so you can get some help.</div>
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This is what I was getting at. Thanks for saying it more gracefully than I did, tearsong2.<br><br><br><br>
To the OP - please get help before you go down this dangerous road. (((HUGS)))
 

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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></div>
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All right, I'll give you a hand with this, as it will be a reminder to me to do it soon. Right now I'm eating an Amy's bean and rice burrito (picked up a whole bunch on sale). Making them yourself is easy and much cheaper.<br><br><br><br>
I will make a whole bunch, maybe 10-12 at once and then freeze them individually in ziplock bags so they can be a grab and go meal, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.<br><br><br><br>
Start by putting some brown rice on to cook (if you have a ricemaker, use that).<br><br><br><br>
Finely chop an onion, and dice about 3 cloves of garlic. In a medium pot,<br><br>
sautee onions and garlic until translucent in some vegetable oil (or even water works).<br><br>
Then toss in a can or two of beans, anykind- I like a mixture of kidney beans and blackbeans, but I've also used navy beans, white kidney beans, adzuki beans, garbanzo's etc.<br><br>
Add a pack of burrito or taco seasoning from the mexican section at the grocery store, or you can just throw in some spices from home (Garlic powder, dried chilis, cayanne, etc)<br><br>
Once the beans are cooked through, add in the rice. The proportions of the mix are up to you. Sometimes I'll do more rice, sometimes, more beans, sometimes half and half.<br><br>
Mix it all together, and lay out some wholewheat tortilla shells.<br><br>
Spoon as much mixture into the shells as you want, then add some salsa if you would like.<br><br>
Fold up the burrito, eat a few and stick the rest in the freezer for later.<br><br><br><br>
To reheat, I do 1:30 mins on each side in the micro.
 

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Those sound good, Synergy.<br><br><br><br>
When I was in high school I practically lived on bean and cheese burritos. My version was super simple: Put the tortilla on a plate and spread refried beans (from a can) down the middle. Sprinkle cheese and salsa on top of the beans. Fold the tortilla in thirds, flip it over (so it doesn't unfold) and microwave for 45 seconds.<br><br><br><br>
If there was a bag of lettuce or some chopped up veggies, I might dump them in too.
 

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No DO NOT eat peanut butteer for protein and iron because you will get FAT<br><br>
I did this and I led a sedentary life and I gained 10 lbs so fast... had to stop<br><br>
I eat raw broccoli every night<br><br>
it has LOADS of iron<br><br>
that and spinach<br><br>
it's good
 
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