By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:52:18 PM.
A vegetarian diet that includes dairy products and eggs (lacto-ovo) is the best choice for growing teens. A more strict vegetarian diet may fail to meet a teen's need for certain nutrients, such as iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamins D and B12. If you are concerned that your child is not getting enough of these important nutrients, talk to your doctor, who may recommend a vitamin and mineral supplement. The good news for young vegetarians — and their parents — is that many schools are offering vegetarian fare, including salad bars and other healthy vegetarian choices. Schools publish lists of upcoming lunch menus; be sure to scan them to see if your child will have a vegetarian choice. If not, you can pack lunch.
The semi‐vegetarianism dietary movement, also known as flexitarian-ism, is rapidly growing. There is no strict definition of a flexitarian diet, but it typically involves eating at least one vegetarian meal a week. Introducing vegetarian meals -- and entire vegetarian days -- into your diet is a good first step toward vegetarianism. This also helps you to gradually become comfortable with replacing meat with vegetarian protein sources, such as soy products, and beans. The federal 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating a variety of protein sources each day, so this first step toward vegetarianism is also a great way to immediately improve your diet.
Replacing the flavors, textures and nutrition of meat, poultry, fish and seafood is one of the major challenges of beginning a vegetarian lifestyle. Gradually reducing your intake of these foods while substituting nutritionally similar vegetarian foods can ease your transition from meat-eating to pure vegetarianism. Although the challenges of a vegetarian lifestyle do not end with abstaining from meat, poultry, fish and seafood, the nutritional benefits outweigh the minimal costs.