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I want to become a vegetarian but....

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Hello, I'm G.J a 13 year old girl who would like to become a vegetarian, I told one of my friends I want to become a vegetarian but she said "Oh really. But your so skinny you need meat" Like i'm very skinny, and small for my age, and everyone is always giving me food and meat but I don't like meat for 3 reasons 1: They kill the poor animals for it and it just hurts me to think that! 2: seeing it before it's cooked makes me feel gross and 3: I'm not a fan of how it tastes anyway. The only meat I ever eat is: chicken, Turkey(only on holidays) and bacon for breakfast sometimes. But I don't want to eat meat anymore! Even if they tasted kinda good I just won't feel right eating an animal.. I've always loved animals! Also I don't think my parents will like the idea first we have my mom: She hates the environment and animal lovers :( She use to be vegan or vegetarian because she wanted to lose weight and I really don't need to lose any because i'm like 10-20 pounds under weight... (don't worry the doctor said it's fine because of my height and everything so i'm all good no need to worry) then there's my dad: He wants me to be strong and eat meat so I don't become a tooth pick as he says, now my dad might not be very happy about this and I don't want to hurt anyone because my family eats meat all the time and my mom might not let me so I was wondering if it would be okay not to tell them because i'm already a picky eater and maybe when I'm more confident I can tell them but I'm going to tell my friends because I almost always am there for dinner. So what do you think should I keep it a secret for a bit and what foods should I eat? BTW I cook my own food most the time and I'm deathly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts so don't say I should eat nuts please and thank you xox G.J
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Good for you for wanting to become vegetarian! It might not be a bad idea to pick a time to set aside and talk to your parents about why you want to become vegetarian, what it means to you. Don't make it just a conversation in passing, but really let them know why and how important this is to you. Use references from the library if you need to. Also, take the time to research what to eat so that you can show your parents this information. It will make them less worried for your health and so on if they see that there are so many healthy foods to eat as a vegetarian. Here are some resources for you to look into:

If you hide your vegetarianism from your parents and then they find out, they will only be more upset and think you have something to hide as a vegetarian. It would be best to be up front. You could also offer to pitch in with dishes and chores and cook vegetarian meals for your family on occasion. You could ask to come along to the grocery store and help pick out the foods you would eat.

Here are some vegetarian foods:

if you can eat sunflower butter (from sunflower seeds and not part of the nut/peanut butter families) it is really good stuff! It is made especially for people with peanut and nut allergies. Most larger chain grocery stores carry it.
beans...kidney beans, white beans, black beans, chickpeas, limas etc. Add them to salads, mash and make sandwiches with them, make bean and vegetable soups and so on.
grains like oats, rice, pasta, bulgur, barley, cream of wheat, cornmeal. They make great hot cereals with fresh or dried fruits or use them as a base for vegetables and beans and sauces to add to them.
snack on fresh fruits, dates, hummus and raw veggies or tortillas or on toast; homemade granola or muffins; make some tofu pudding (blend tofu with cocoa powder, maple syrup or another sweetener, a banana, and a splash of plant milk;

You can make tacos with refried beans (canned fat free refried beans do not have lard in them but full fat refried beans usually do) or with crumbled tempeh and add taco seasonings tomatoes and lettuce. You can eat spaghetti with tomato sauces simmered with vegetables (mushrooms, onion, green peppers, zucchini etc) and with red lentils cooked and mixed in for a protein boost.

Like you I was very tiny until I reached sixteen, and then filled out. But I became anorexic in my thirties and still suffer the aftermath of six years of being severely underweight. I have osteoporosis and am being treated for it, and have to sit on a donut cushion now because my tailbone is bruising from the gravity and weight sitting places on it (and I am not even underweight anymore). That is how bad my spine is. Not to scare you, but please make sure to take care of yourself and get enough to eat. Your growing bones need all the help they can get.
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