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My mom is againist me being a vegetarian even though i consome enough protein to be considered healthy. it is way too hard to avoid telling certain people as they could tell em mom who would watch me eat the steak she prepared.<br><br><br><br>
please help!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
also i am looking for anyone to talk to. no one i knwo is a vegetarian and its a lot harder than you think.
 

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Hey there,<br><br><br><br>
Vegetarianism can be tough at first, especially when your family isn't supportive! I first became vegetarian in middle school, and went back and forth between being a veggie and an omni for a few years until it stuck my senior year of high school. A lot of my wishy-washyness had to do with my parents and specifically my dad not being supportive of my choices.<br><br><br><br>
Part of the opposition to vegetarianism comes from ignorance about what makes up a healthy diet. Maybe a good first step in getting your mom on board is to educate her about healthy vegetarian diets, perhaps give her some reading material that would support your claims. If you're new to being vegetarian, it's probably a good idea for you to learn more about this yourself too - there's more to eating healthy than simply watching your protein intake. I would also be clear and direct, and try to explain to your mom what your reasons are for deciding to go vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
After all that, your mom still might not be on board. At that point, you'll need to decide if you want to proceed without her support, or perhaps just minimize the meat that you eat until you are a bit older and more independent. Does your mom generally prepare your food? Do you have the ability to purchase your own food? Do you know how to cook? I learned how to cook for myself when I became vegetarian, and it's a great skill I'm so happy I have. When I was living at home, my mom would buy veggies and other food for me to cook with, but I was responsible for preparing it myself.<br><br><br><br>
It's a struggle, but ultimately, it's your body and you have every right to decide what goes into it. I don't think that anyone has a right to force you to eat meat, even if they are your parents (although I'm sure others on this board would disagree with me.)<br><br><br><br>
Good luck with things, feel free to pm me if you'd like to chat more.
 

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You can let your mom know that the ADA says the vegetarian diet is healthy:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/advocacy_933_ENU_HTML.htm" target="_blank">http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...3_ENU_HTML.htm</a><br><br><br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Approximately 2.5% of adults in the United States and 4% of adults in Canada follow vegetarian diets.<br><br><br><br>
A vegetarian diet is defined as one that does not include meat, fish, or fowl. Interest in vegetarianism appears to be increasing, with many restaurants and college foodservices offering vegetarian meals routinely. Substantial growth in sales of foods attractive to vegetarians has occurred, and these foods appear in many supermarkets. This position paper reviews the current scientific data related to key nutrients for vegetarians, including protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, vitamin A, n-3 fatty acids, and iodine.<br><br><br><br>
A vegetarian, including vegan, diet can meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients. In some cases, use of fortified foods or supplements can be helpful in meeting recommendations for individual nutrients. Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.</span><br><br><br><br><br><br>
It sounds like you are a teen. I think you might be able to find some friends in the teen forum here on VB. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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first off, be as non confrontational as possible. if you say things at you mom, she is more likely to be offended and defensive. Say things as they relate to you. Like, "To <i>ME</i> killing animals for food is wrong." Or <i>"</i>I feel healthier without flesh, and look even the ADA says that a vegetarian diet is healthy."<br><br><br><br>
As for the whole your mom about your vegetarianism, you have to tell her eventually, and if she tries to force you to eat meat, refuse.<br><br><br><br>
EDIT: i also recomend learning to cook.
 

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Hey RadVeggie...<br><br><br><br>
I hope you're still sticking to being veg? I noticed you haven't been back in a while...<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, if you're still around - this is a great place to be if you're looking for support! I don't know any other veg*ans in my area (Actually, I've lived in 4 different states and never knew any veg*ans...). I really don't think I ever would have gone back to being vegan if it weren't for the support of VB.<br><br><br><br>
I think a lot of us here can relate to having parents who didn't/don't support our diets. I actually went vegan originally for dietary reasons, with the support of my parents - but then they decided it wasn't healthy and I eventually cracked three years later, partly because of them, and for other reasons - mostly because I had no support system. But I've now gone back to vegan with the support of a lot of people here, and whenever I get discouraged, I hop onto VB as fast as possible!<br><br><br><br>
This is a great place for friends and support. You might even find someone in your area on here (I'm actually somewhat close - in Georgia - I'm sure there are people from Florida here). Good luck to you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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