By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:14:39 PM.
If your vegetarian preteen or teen would rather make his or her own school lunch or opts to buy lunch, keep in mind that your child's idea of a healthy vegetarian meal may be much different from yours (e.g., French fries and a soda). Talk to your child about the importance of eating right, especially when following a vegetarian diet.Also be wary if your child has self-imposed a very restrictive diet. A teen with an eating disorder may drastically reduce calories or cut out all fat or carbohydrates and call it "vegetarianism" because it has considered socially acceptable and healthy.Even if preteens or teens are approaching vegetarianism in a healthy way, it has still important for them to understand which nutrients might be missing in their diet. To support your child's dietary decision and promote awareness of the kinds of foods your preteen or teen should be eating, consider having the whole family eat a vegetarian meal at least one night a week.
Including more vegetables and other plant foods in your diet is definitely a great idea. But there are also some disadvantages to vegetarian and vegan diets that you should be aware of. Below are the downsides to having a completely plant-based diet or one that includes only little amounts of animal proteins: Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They help form muscle and are important for cellular health and proper metabolism. Low protein diets might cause a lack in certain amino acids, although it depends on the specific diet.
Far too often people shrug off the idea of vegan‐ism for fear of missing a particular food, or they try vegan-ism but end up giving it up in it’s entirety for similar reasons. This is often the result of jumping into vegan-ism too quickly with too little preparation. That’s why it is so important to take the transition at a pace that works for you so that it’s sustainable. Learn the ins and outs of how the particular food is produced – this is often enough to turn you off the food for good. Cut out all barrier foods at once. Most people find that cravings for these foods only last a few short weeks and then they subside.