Fussy vegetarian

Vicki - posted on 03/22/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 12 year old daughter has made the decision she wants to be vegetarian and although we fully support her decision she is extremely fussy and most of the time only eats salad and chips! I have tried cooking her delicious meals from cookbooks using quorn meat or other vegetarian replacements but she does not like it. She will pig out on what I call junk ie crisps and biscuits just to fill herself up. When she ate meat meal times were never a problem but now it's hard to get anything in her and I am worried that it's a cover for some other problem. Even though we have talked about this with her she denies it and says we are not supporting her (which we are). I am at my wits end because she can't just live on salad and chips for the rest of her life! I would appreciate and help please. She will only eat a few vegetables and no fruit!

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Sarah - posted on 03/24/2014

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Are any of her friends vegetarian? Maybe you could contact the other parents and see what their view is.
Maybe you could drop her to a vegetarian cooking classes if there are any near you, some places run school holiday classes for children and I imagine they discuss proper nutritional sources and plans etc. She may accept the information more readily and have fun as well, and also meet other people of similar views.
Also if you have your own friends that are vegetarian perhaps there is one who could come over and share a meal with the family on a regular basis and share why she is vegetarian and what it means for her - not necessarily to discuss nutrition but to discuss and share ideals.
I have also heard that many vegetarians don't like meat substitutes, some due to the taste and others because to them it defeats the purpose of not eating meat.

Vicki - posted on 03/22/2014

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She just says she doesn't like meat anymore! And that is it! Kayla I was worried about an eating disorder as last year she kept saying she was fat but she is far from it! But I'm not so sure as she eats cakes and stuff when ever she can and she doesn't rush off to the loo or anything after. I've been thinking and I'm starting to wonder if she's rebelling so she can have all the junk if I stop giving in maybe it all might change!

Jodi - posted on 03/22/2014

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I think I'd be asking WHY she wants to be a vegetarian, because like Kayla said, this is sounding quite concerning. Has she explained her reasoning to you?

Kayla - posted on 03/22/2014

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It sounds a little bit like something more serious. I would try and talk to her again about what made her decide to become a vegetarian. My youngest sister decided around the same age if I remember correctly that she wanted to be a vegetarian. My mom is also, so she never thought anything about it. Well my sister was the same way, she would eat some salad at dinner time, but then binge eat cookies, chips, anything junk like that, later on in the night. It turns out her choice to become a vegetarian was a cover for bulimia. I am not saying that is case with your daughter, I only wanted to point that out, because of the similarities I saw.

Vicki - posted on 03/22/2014

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I feel like I'm fighting a loosing battle when we try to encourage her to sit down and really look into what being a vegetarian really means and all the things you need to eat she puts up brick walls today I'm preparing a meze style dinner for her and us meat eaters and I'm encouraging her to help me but everything I suggest I just get "I won't like that" or "no thanks" I'm still going to make it all and hopefully if she sees us try it it may encourage her to do the same!

Michelle - posted on 03/22/2014

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I think you need to get her some information on what vegetarians need to eat to be able to get protein and other nutrients into their diet.
She still needs to have a balanced diet but needs to have plenty of nuts and other things to make up for not eating meat.
Maybe see a dietician or nutritionist to show her.

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