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Changing your eating habits when you're living with your parents is always going to be tricky. Even if they're uninformed or don't understand your motivation, they're ultimately in charge of your health. Just do the best you can and look forward to being out of the house and able to buy your own food.

And yeah, if your parents make you go to a psychiatrist, that might not be a bad thing. You'll have someone to talk to about your feelings and motivation and they might be able to convince your parents and doctor that you don't have an eating disorder.
 

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thanks for all the great advice, everyone! i think i will see a shrink. it just sucks because i have to sacrifice precious time for homework. i'm in honors&ap classes, work at a farmers market, take a 4 hour lifeguarding course 3 days a week, and take oil painting lessons outside of school.

that is why i'm not happy about wasting time i need for something i DON'T need but my doctor thinks i do.

sigh, i gotta do what i gotta do.
 

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The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada approve of well-balanced vegan diets. Show your parents/physicians this, if they think it's a health issue...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract

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My cousin is a pedetrician and we were talking the other weekend about vegetarianism and how I've become one and he and his wife are eating less meat. He told me that he had a situation where he was backing a patient's claims that veg*nism is healthy to her parents, but then it turned out she was using this as an excuse for an eating disorder and, unfortunatly, because of this experience he's going to be much more cautious with future patients.
I'm really sick of people using veg*nism to screw around with their eating disorders. The animals have NO choice about what happens to them in the food industry. People with eating disorders DO have choices about how to manage their lives.
 

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In your situation I'd flat out refuse to eat the dairy products, no matter what. If my parents made me see a shrink, I would go to that first appointment armed fully with information (including graphic pictures) to share with the person about exactly *why* I was making the choice I was- to not participate in egregious animal cruelty through my diet. A shrink would have to be pretty screwed up to think it emotionally healthy to squelch one's compassion and instead do something so psychologically self-damaging as to participate actively in what one considers to be unnecessary infliction of horrendous abuse upon innocents. I would also bring a few days' worth of a log of the foods I eat to demonstrate that a choice for a healthy balance vegan diet was consciously made- one that includes adequate calories and nutritious foods.
 

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I wouldn't flat out refuse to eat dairy. It will only add to the power struggle goign on and it will just make everyone more stressed out, especially if your parents wrongly interpert your refusal as a sign you have an eating disorder.
 

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How about meeting in the middle. Take a parent with you and go see a dietician and get an eating program from them. You're happy that your not eating animal products and your parents would be happy you are getting good nutrition. WIN/WIN
 

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if you have to eat dairy, get stuff from organic companies like horizon that have a good history with animal rights.

i think, however, that you seeing the shrink in order not to compromise your moral standards is the best way to go- just make sure that if your shrink ever asks you if you are unhappy that you list off all the things you are missing because you are sitting in the office discussing something you are very well informed on rather than making a difference in the world.

and hon- don't worry about losing weight unless it is an issue of personal health- we are all built differently and so long as we are happy with ourselves and our lifestyles then we shouldnt need to fuss over weight. love yourself!

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the elastic is shot in Pamela Anderson's underwear. and she's wearing rollerskates.
Oooh, so that's a butt. I thought they were boobs. Still nice though.

~Wonder
 

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if you have to eat dairy, get stuff from organic companies like horizon that have a good history with animal rights.
What? Did you get your info from their advertisements (like the dancing cow on their packaging)? Horizon does factory farming.

http://www.mindfully.org/Farm/2005/D...nic16feb05.htm

Also, to talk about any commercial dairy farming being animal rights friendly is ridiculous. The best organic/"humane" dairy farm still removes every calf from his/her mother at or soon after birth, sells the male calves to become veal or cheap meat, impregnates the females about every year, sends the females to slaughter when they stop being fully productive, and all the other crap that goes along with the industry.
 

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Wow you sound very busy!

You could insist on getting dairy from a farmer's market, where you can ask questions and ensure the animals are treated humanely. At the very least the farmers that sell at small farmer's markets are not going to be running large-scale factory farms. And hey, you said you work at a Farmer's Market, so there you go!

However, I'd choose to see the psychiatrist also if you can swing it! (well, I eat moderate amounts of dairy, but if I was vegan...) It can be helpful anyways, cuz you'll have someone to air your frustrations with.
 

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The best organic/"humane" dairy farm still removes every calf from his/her mother at or soon after birth, sells the male calves to become veal or cheap meat, impregnates the females about every year, sends the females to slaughter when they stop being fully productive, and all the other crap that goes along with the industry.
I sincerely doubt "the best" ones do all of that stuff. The "average" ones probably do, but let's not generalize all of them.
 

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Oooh, so that's a butt. I thought they were boobs. Still nice though.

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I thought they were boobs, too, and the rollerskates were some sort of weights.

We could make a thread dedicated to purpelle's avatar and what we think it is.
 

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I thought they were boobs, too, and the rollerskates were some sort of weights.
I thought so too. And even after reading what the avatar is really about, I still couldn't figure it out.
 

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I thought so too. And even after reading what the avatar is really about, I still couldn't figure it out.
it's pam anderson, laying on her stomach, wearing rollerskates and her knees are bent.
 
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