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Hi, I'm a mum to a young child whose recently decided to become vegetarian because she loves animals and doesn't want to eat them. Was vegetarian for a while in my early 20's, but still find the concept of ensuring that she has sound nutrition without meat a litle daunting.<br><br><br><br>
Would love any information on how best to support her and meet her nutritional needs. Also how to incorporate her meals with the rest of the family.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for any information<br><br><br><br>
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Hi and welcome to VB! What a great/supportive mom you are! Try checking out the 'What did you feed your kids today' thread in the 'Raising Vegetarian Children' forum. There should be a lot of tips there to help you with your daughter eating a vegetarian based diet. My kids are all grown and I"ve only been vegetarian/vegan for two years so I never had this problem. I understand your concern in wanting your daughter to be healthy while eating a veggie diet. Stick around, I'm sure you will get a lot of support here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to veggieboards! We have a 'raising vegetarian children' forum you're bound to find useful, and the 'recipes' section is good too.
 

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If she likes fruits and veggies, you shouldn't have a big problem. It's the picky ones who will only eat 5 things that give their parents fits.<br><br><br><br>
I suggest picking up a copy of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F1570671443%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fqid%3D1156689332%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_1%2F104-0284006-4347162%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank">Becoming Vegetarian</a>. Read it yourself, and if she's old enough, have her read it. I also found several guides for parents on Amazon. Hope this search link works:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2Fref%3Dnb_ss_b%2F104-0284006-4347162%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Dstripbooks%26field-keywords%3Dvegetarian%2Bchildren%26Go.x%3D7%26Go.y%3D11%26Go%3DGo" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/...&Go.y=11&Go=Go</a><br><br>
(I think these are mostly American-published books.)<br><br><br><br>
There are lots of ways to harmonize her meals with the rest of the family without making her feel like an outcast. If the family is having burgers, she can have a veggie burger. If the family is having tacos, she can have a bean taco instead of meat. If you routinely make dinners consisting of "meat and two veggies," I suggest upping your veggie count to three and having bread as well. Make her veggie servings a little larger if she'll eat them. You can also try serving her some meat substitute products such as Quorn patties, but they can be expensive, especially if she decides she likes them and she wants them all the time. If you're making some kind of casserole dish with meat in it, maybe you can make a smaller portion in a separate dish without the meat.<br><br><br><br>
And may I suggest that one or twice a week, the whole family eat a veg meal together? It won't hurt the rest of the family, will really help her feel supported, and will teach the rest of the family a bit of what it's like. And if you don't already, I'd suggest getting her involved in the preparation of her own food<br><br><br><br>
Thank you for coming here to ask for advice. You're a great mum!
 

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isowish stole what I was going to say...<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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And may I suggest that one or twice a week, the whole family eat a veg meal together? It won't hurt the rest of the family, will really help her feel supported, and will teach the rest of the family a bit of what it's like. And if you don't already, I'd suggest getting her involved in the preparation of her own food</div>
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This suggestion is really great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">. It totally makes a difference from the child's point of view. It will help make your child feel like his/her choices are accepted by the family and they will feel supported.
 

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^^ I totaly agree with the above, also if your buying crisps or cheese or pasta (or anything) check the back and if it's unsuitable for vegetarians, have a look at what other alternitives you can buy. It can be quite hard as a child watching your family eat all sorts of goodies and you can't. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Your whole life doesn't have to change, but the little things can make a big difference.<br><br><br><br>
Also I wanted to add you seem such a suportive mother! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Kudos to you. and my mum is exactly the same with nutrition. Have you thought about vitimatine pills specifcally for vegetarians? That could take a bit of your mind.<br><br><br><br>
Welcome! I am only a n00b myself but these forums are really good from what I can see.
 

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Welcome to Veggie Boards! As everyone has mentioned, you sound like a really supportive mom! Please don't freak out on your daughter or anything, like my parents did at first. Seriously, being vegetarian or vegan is a LOT healthier than being an omnivore, and basic research should give you peace of mind. She should get all the vitamins and minerals from what she eats, as long as she doesn't become a "junk food vegetarian". And, if you think about it, vegetarians get more vitamins and minerals than omni children because they MAKE SURE they are getting 100% of everything. Onni children never think (most of them, anyway) ,"Am I getting enough iron? What about the B vitamins? Calcium?" And most of them sure as hell NEVER get 100% of all the vitamins, as veggie children do. Omni child basic meal: Hot dog and potato chips. Maybe ice cream or Hostess cakes as a snack, macaroni and cheese for dinner, and eggs and bacon for breakfast. Is that honestly healthy? So, basically what I am trying to tell you is that your daughter is making a compassionate and extremely healthful choice and it isn't that difficult to support her. Is she vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian? if she is the latter, it is extremely easy, just make sure there isn't meat or gelatin (marshmellows, skittles and Jello included) in what she eats. Good luck, and sorry if I was just rambling, but I just woke up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
EDIT: LUNA BARS! As a morning snack or for breakfast, they are "nutrition bars for women", and they are soooo good! They are vegan and have 100% of almost every vitamin known to man. So, she might think it is just a tasty treat, but it also acts sort of as a multivitamin to give you peace of mind. It has only 180 calories, tons of fiber and protein, I usually eat one for breakfast and I'm full for the next 4 hours.<br><br>
Oh, and there are some veggi "shakes" that also are packed with protein, fiber and vitamins. My mom bought one for me called Spiru-Tein. They have a bunch of flavors, I got chocolate, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> You're a great mum for wanting to support your daughter's decision to go veg! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> I won't repeat what everyone else has said, but I agree totally.
 
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