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Old 01-10-2006, 04:43 PM   #16
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I see much of myself and my past in these posts! I went lacto-ovo veggie at 14 (I’m now just shy of 26) and my grandma still “forgets” that I’m in this “ridiculous no meat phase” and tries to feed me some type of pork product every time I visit (gross!).

dona, I commend you for being receptive to your daughter’s decision and at the same time being concerned about her health! I got no such support and was on the solid carb and cheese vegetarian diet through most of my young adulthood as a result.

I never used to be all that into veggies, but now they make up the bulk of what I throw in my shopping cart. I would suggest lots of experimentation, both in type and preparation, with all kinds of veggies. I think your daughter will find some healthy things she likes. Lately I’m on a homemade soup kick, minestrone, miso, barley mushroom. I just buy the veggie stock in cartons or use canned tomato base, throw in your beans/veggies/etc. simmer and voila! Soup!
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:45 PM   #17
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What is the fake meat I keep reading about. I'm new to the website I found it when looking for ideas on losing more weight as of today I have lost a total of 134 pounds. Was just curious. Thanks
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Tell her cheese has rennet, which is made from calf stomachs, LOL!! (It IS true).

Seriously, though. Obviously she is not doing it right. She MUST add fruits and vegetables. Try the meat substitutes, they really are good! Try different veggies until she finds one she likes.
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What is the fake meat I keep reading about. I'm new to the website I found it when looking for ideas on losing more weight as of today I have lost a total of 134 pounds. Was just curious. Thanks
There are a variety of fake meats available--from GardenBurgers and BocaBurgers to Tofurky to Quorn (which, counter-intuitively, is not made from corn but a fungus). While fake-meats are comparatively healthier than their "real" variants, they are not always healthy across the board (e.g. fake chicken nuggets that are breaded, fake meatloaves bathing in a rich gravy, etc.) - but a lot of them tastes practically like meat (one that totally threw me off was morningstar farm's buffalo "chicken")

Likewise, there are lots of fake dairy product which tastes pretty good... Amy's Kitchen Mac 'n Soy Cheeze stands out in particular for me (I wrote a review on it at 3FC)
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I want to live in the US so much!!! It sounds like you have so much nicer soy based stuff, everything here has milk or milk protein imaginatively hidden somewhere in it!!! Even crisps (chips)!!!
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Old 03-18-2006, 06:19 PM   #21
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Hey!
Im A Fellow Vegetarian
I'm 16 and i've been a vegetarian for 2 1/2 years. The 1st year I was, i weighed in at about 160 Pounds. I ONLY at Cheese and Things of that sort (like your daughter). I gained 12 Pounds in 3 months! I started exersising and i TRYED to eat veggys and fruit. I found LOTS of fruit and some veggys that i liked. Being a vegetarian consists of a few things. You must be willing to try new things, if your not then your looking at gaining 40 pounds because cheese IS fattning. There are Meat Alternatives such as brands like "Boco" and " MorningStar Farms" they sell a varity of "Burgers" " Pepperoni and meat pizzas" and "Sausages". I've lost a total of 30 Pounds being a Vegetarian. Plus I Only Exersise when I WANT to. Yay. No More Dead Animals.

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Old 03-19-2006, 01:43 PM   #22
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hello,
Being a resent convert into the world of vegetarianisum let me tell you about this wonderful web site I found its fatfreevegan.com it has a lot of recipes, kid friendly recipes sloppy joes and the like all low in fat and 100% vegetarian. also the vegetarian resorse group has a wonderful web site and book. Good luck to you and your daughter. I can't tell what it will mean to her in the future to know you suported her with this.

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You must be so proud of her! I made the same decision when I was sixteen, and here I am, at the age of 45, still a vegetarian. In my case I didn't know any other vegetarians, but I was eviscerating a chicken for the family dinner and decided right then I would *never* eat chicken again. By the next morning, after thinking about it all night, I was a vegetarian and have not eaten meat or even meat broth for almost thirty years.

I just really want to congratulate you and your daughter.
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:46 PM   #24
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Well at the age of 10 I gave up red meat and pork. I recently this year gaveup all meat and became a vegetarian. The thing I would reccommend most is getting her to read read read! I have a pretty good grasp on everything but with every new book I read something new pops out. There is a book I checked out of the library written especially for teens going veggie. I think its called the teen's guide to being a vegetarian or something. She needs to read about this so she knows exactly why and how she is making this change. Knowledge is power!
I would just go to your library's website and search the catalogue for the book. Or head to amazon and type in vegetarian, and teenager. Maybe some things will pop up.

It might be easier for her to read about it than to have you telling her what she needs to do.

My faves are smartlife Smart Ground mixed with a can of black beans and a packet of vegetarian taco seasoning. Wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla and its great.
I also make veggie chili with tomato sauce, tomatos, onions, peppers, and beans.
I also make little pita pizzas. Take a whole wheat pita and split it in half. Then put some organic pizza sauce, and maybe a little cheese or whatever toppings and broil for a few minutes.

I also like to stirfry with Cascadian Farms Japanese style stir fry veggies (frozen) and Quorn tenders (they look and taste just like chicken) with some Tamari. Thats a fave.

Also maybe she can do some research on the internet.
There are things she needs to watch out for ( or whoever does the shopping). Things like gelatin (made with horse hooves) are found in a lot of things, even most gums! Also rennet, she should look for rennet free cheese's. Cabot makes rennet free cheese. Casein although I cannot remember exactly what that is. She can find a list of things to avoid in a book. Also Worstershire sauce often contains anchovies.

Okay well sorry for the rambling hope this helps somewhat! Good luck to your daughter!

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Actually some of the non-beef options I think might be good for our whole family as my DH has high blood pressure and high cholestoral..
It sounds like DH may benefit from going vegetarian. Maybe he should talk with your daughter (-:
I am trying to convince my mom to drop meat, as she has high blood pressure and heart disease runs in her family. She so far refuses. But veggies, whole grains, legumes, and fruit do not contain cholesterol or saturated fats.
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There are things she needs to watch out for ( or whoever does the shopping). Things like gelatin (made with horse hooves) are found in a lot of things, even most gums! Also rennet, she should look for rennet free cheese's. Cabot makes rennet free cheese. Casein although I cannot remember exactly what that is. She can find a list of things to avoid in a book. Also Worstershire sauce often contains anchovies.
I second the research, going veggie in a furthest-thing-from-veggie environment I didnít really figure out the hidden animal products till much later in college. I believe casein is a red food dye made from beetles. Caesar dressing often has anchovies.

Tampaquillowner, just out of curiosity, what made you decide to only cut certain animal products to begin with and how long was it before you decided to cut them all out?
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Tampaquillowner, just out of curiosity, what made you decide to only cut certain animal products to begin with and how long was it before you decided to cut them all out?
Thats a good question.

I havent eaten red meat since I was 10. That was when I found out that my family sent the cows we kept to slaughter for our meat. I had a pet cow I loved to death and it made me sick to think I was eating her relatives. My brother raised a pig for 4H and I never really liked the taste of meat anyway so I decided to cut out red meat and pork.

Last year I decided to become vegetarian and cut out chicken because I had been using fake meat products for so long I felt like I didnt need the meat anymore. I rarely ate it anyway. But when I started the SBD in Jan I began to eat meat again out of fear that I wouldnt have enough choices in Phase 1 to be able to stick with it. After the 2 weeks were up and I realized I really didnt need the meat I quit eating it again. Im sorry that I ever thought I needed it.

So ive been back on the wagon for a couple of months and have been reading everything I can get my hands on. Which isnt much because the library doesnt have a great selection. I have read Hopes Edge: The next diet for a small planet, Mad Cowboy, Vegetarian beginers guide from vegetarian times, and I want to go pick up some more soon.

So really I guess nothing specific made me decide to give up chicken. I am active in Animal Rescue and I think that made a difference.

I have so far cut out eggs and milk, and yogurt. I am working on cheese and I think it will take me awhile before I can give it up. I eventually want to go vegan but I am going to take it slow.
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Oh wow, I've bene planning to post about this very same situation for a week now and here someone (several someones) are experiencing exactly the same thing! I love this site!

My daughter is 14 and after watching a film about slaughterhouses at school, decided to go vegetarian. She has experimented with it in the past but never stuck to it. This time, she seems very committed. I applaud her for her dedication but I worry about her health. Thanks for all the great ideas and websites. They should come in handy. I've already decided to put her on a multivitamin. I will say that her face has cleared up nicely since she has stopped eating meat.

I've done alot of research for her so that I can be as supportive as possible. I've actually been cooking vegatarian meals for dinner at least three times a week for all of us and trying make sure that if I don't, it can be easily adapted for her. Luckily, she likes baked beans and will eat those but her veggie intake is limited to broccoli, carrots and...broccoli, basically. I love the soya textured protein and have discovered that if I disguise alot of fresh veggies in, say, a vegetarian chili or lasagna, she'll eat it. She also loves the Quorn "chicken" nuggets and "chicken" pieces. They taste just like chicken, hehe. I have yet to find a vegetarian lunch "meat", though, for sandwhiches. Maybe I just need to go to another store for more variety. We're gonna try the veggie sausages later this week.

Someone else mentioned peanut butter and banana sandwhiches. That's funny. That's my DD's favorite food!
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Luckily, she likes baked beans and will eat those but her veggie intake is limited to broccoli, carrots and...broccoli, basically. I love the soya textured protein and have discovered that if I disguise alot of fresh veggies in, say, a vegetarian chili or lasagna, she'll eat it. She also loves the Quorn "chicken" nuggets and "chicken" pieces. They taste just like chicken, hehe. I have yet to find a vegetarian lunch "meat", though, for sandwhiches. Maybe I just need to go to another store for more variety. We're gonna try the veggie sausages later this week.
She needs to be careful with things in a can. They like to disguise animal fat, broth, or other things in stuff like that. Make sure you are getting the vegetarian baked beans or they probably have some sort of meat in them. I would reccommend getting your daughter to read the books as well. Explain to her that if she really wants to commit to this lifestyle then she needs to learn as much as possible about it. And the only way she can do so is to read books or utilize the internet. Ive found a lot of good books about vegetarian diets. There are even books about how to raise your kids vegetarian which might help you out.
I just finished reading a vegetarian beginers guide and it mentioned that many teenagers are now becoming vegetarians.
I would worry about her health at all. Just think of all the saturated fats and cholesterol that she is losing from her diet. She can get everything she needs from a vegetarian diet (that still includes milk and eggs correct). If she decides to cut out eggs and dairy it gets a bit harder. But there is lots of information about that lifestyle.
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WOOW its seem all those who turn 16 just like a miracle decide to be vegans
same here , i just turned 16 and decided to become a vegan
as im new to this i would like to know what do vegans actually eat
i know that they dont eat all meat chicken fish etc
but cheese im not sure of that coz its animal stuff u know and u should a vegan eat cheese if hes a vegan PLS help me here im CONFUSED
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Hi Sarah!

We have a vegetarian and vegan forum here if you want to find out more about becoming one - nice people there with lots of info if you want to ask questions.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/vegetarian-chicks-121/
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