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Hi, i love animals from dogs to lions. I have recently decided to become a vegetarian and i wanted to know what i should expect ,like peoples opinions especially because no one in my family is a vegetarian . thanks
 

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Welcome to VeggieBoards!<br><br>
It is difficult for us to tell you what to expect - it is different for all of us. It depends on your personal circumstances, and how old you are, and how your family feel about you being a vegetarian.<br><br>
If you can share a bit more info other board members can then chime in with their personal experiences.<br><br>
Great decision though, to go veggie - we're behind you all the way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Im 15 yrs old and my family probably eats meat everyday. I have always loved animals and i always feel guilty at dinner after eating meat and have decided to stop eating meat. MY friends think its weird and dont understand why i am a vegetarian. I am not sure how to answer their questions without becoming defensive. Also since my mom makes my meals everyday, how can i still feel apart of the family at dinner when im eating something else and with out making my mom make separate meals? THANKS SO MUCH N SORRY IF ITS CONFUSING<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It's not confusing, it's a very common scenario. I don't have much personal advice for you, but if you look in the 'Teen Forum' on the boards you will find lots of others who have faced/are facing similar situations to yours.<br><br>
Good luck, we're with you all the way!
 

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Thank you very much<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to veggie boards and congrats on your decision to be a vegetarian <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I don't have any personal experience relating to your situation because I had already moved out by the time I stopped eating meat. I can make a suggestion though..do you ever cook? Or do you want to get into cooking? Maybe you can look up recipes that you can make or you and your mom can make together. Maybe that way your family will see that they don't need meat at every meal because there are so many yummy veggie things you can make.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> and welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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Thanks i looked up some vegetarian recipes and plan to show them to her tmro<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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^That's a great idea! Go for common foods that won't need to be called "vegetarian", but can be served without anyone noticing.<br>
Egglpant parmasean, vegetable lasagna, bean soups, veggie soups and stews, hummus with pitas and veggies, chili.<br>
Congrats! And keep it on low side if you know what I mean...
 

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Im 15 yrs old and my family probably eats meat everyday. I have always loved animals and i always feel guilty at dinner after eating meat and have decided to stop eating meat. MY friends think its weird and dont understand why i am a vegetarian. I am not sure how to answer their questions without becoming defensive. Also since my mom makes my meals everyday, how can i still feel apart of the family at dinner when im eating something else and with out making my mom make separate meals? THANKS SO MUCH N SORRY IF ITS CONFUSING<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Hi TTT15,<br>
I have just joined this forum because my 15yo daughter has just decided to become vegetarian after viewing some videos about the slaughter of animals that grossed her out a bit. Although, as a family we are not particularly close to animals, and have only had goldfish as pets in the past, I am trying to understand and respect her decision. I do remember once when she was about 8 she lifted one of the goldfish out of the tank and was trying to pet it, and as a result about 2 days later it died and she was devastated. So I think deep down she has some genuine compassion and empathy for animals.<br><br>
I have asked her to do some meaningful research on the subject as well as try to find some recipes that she likes to make mealtimes easier as, how it affects me is that it has caused a bit of chaos at dinnertime, and I have, once or twice, let an insensitive comment slip due to my frustration at having to spend twice as much time in the kitchen.<br><br>
Give your family time and help them along with it by having some answers ready at mealtimes and by providing some recipes that will please the whole family. You never know ...<br><br>
And good luck.
 
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