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Becoming A Teen Vegetarian

Teenagers around the globe are jumping on the vegetarian bandwagon, declaring their distaste for meat. But while teens are making a stand against animal cruelty, are they neglecting their health in the process? Find out how you can be a healthy, veggie teen.

Vegetarian Diet - The Break Down

First you need to establish what kind of vegetarian you are. Are you going to eat dairy products, eggs or just plant-based foods? Check out what we are talking about.

  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: A Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian is someone who eats dairy products (like milk and cheese) as well as eggs and all plant-based foods (this is veggies, grains, fruits, etc.).
  • Lacto Vegetarian: A Lacto Vegetarian is someone who eats dairy products and plant-based foods but not eggs.
  • Ovo Vegetarian: An Ovo Vegetarian is someone who eats eggs and plant-based foods but no dairy products.
  • Vegan or Pure Vegetarian: This is someone who does not eat any dairy products or eggs and only eats plant-based foods.

Vegetarian Diet - Concerns

The biggest concern for teens (vegetarian or not), is getting all the right nutrients. When you cut meat out of your diet, you now have to be creative in the meals that you prepare for yourself. A common rut that first-time vegetarians fall into is having a diet that consists mainly of pasta, pizza and other convenience-type foods. While these meals are fine once in a while, the teen vegetarian has to get into the habit of including beans, tofu, lentils, nuts and other meat alternatives along with lots of nutrient-rich veggies into their diet. Often, a teen vegetarian that has a properly balanced diet is getting way more fiber, vitamin C and other essential nutrients than the average teen omnivore (someone who eats both meat and plant-based foods).

  • Click here to find out which nutrients some teen vegetarians tend to lack, and which foods you can eat to get 'em!
  • Stumped on what kind of meals you can make now that you're a vegetarian? Why not check out one of the hottest veggie cookbooks from Real Food Daily owner, Ann Gentry? Big stars like Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon dine at her three California restaurants and now you can make her dishes in your very own kitchen! Head to www.realfood.com to purchase your copy of the book.
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Family Issues:
My mom can be that way too. There's nothing like that, you're exagerating, you dont even know what you're talking about. When all tthaat time I was going through it. She didn't have a clue honestly.
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StarrChild
Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting
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Froggers
theres this guy that i really REALLY like, im not sure if he likes me back. i put my mobile # on a piece of paper and slipped it in his locker, he hasn't texted or called me yet. Today at lunch i asked his friend to ask if he likes anyone but his friend keeps lying to me and won't tell me if he said anything. The guy and I were best friends in 5th grade but now that we're in different classes we don't talk much anymore. My friends said that i have a chance with him and that we have a lot in common, but im pretty sure he likes this other girl but im also pretty sure he likes me. I want to make a move but i don't wanna end our friendship i don't know what to do.
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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
it can be anyone u want but it should be someone who has the true friendship qualities and trust-worhtiness :) :)
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
It's good to have both to talk too about things. But, what's the point of being with someone if you can't trust them enough to even tell them things?
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