More and more adolescents are eating a plant-based diet. As the only vegetarian in his family, he says adapting to this change and finding meat-free food in the house sometimes can be a challenge, but he wants to remain a vegetarian for the long haul. Western is part of a growing trend of teenage vegetarians who seem to be leading the way to a more healthful manner of eating in their age group.
Whether you've decided to go vegetarian for health or environmental reasons or you're of the animals-are-friends-not-food persuasion, sticking with a no-meat diet can be tough. There's a whole slew of things to consider, like how to make sure you're getting the nutrition you need to support your body and brain and how to find dietary substitutes that are satiating and satisfying. But you're not going to let a little hurdle or several get in your way once you've made up your mind, right?
Most vegetarians will tell you their decision to cut out meat came gradually, over a period of months or even years. Lauren Butts, a high school junior from Medford, Ore. At age 13, while traveling in France with her family, Butts, a horse owner, accidentally ordered horsemeat from a restaurant menu.
For much of the world, vegetarianism is largely a matter of economics: Meat costs a lot more than, say, beans or rice, so meat becomes a special-occasion dish if it's eaten at all. In countries like the United States where meat is not as expensive, though, people often choose to be vegetarians for reasons other than cost. Parental preferences, religious or other beliefs, and health issues are among the most common reasons for choosing to be a vegetarian.
Do you consider yourself to be a vegetarian? If you — like many teens — do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, you are! This article provides important information on why teens choose to "go meatless" — and how to be sure that you're getting the nutrition you need to keep you healthy today and into the future.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, BetterNutrition. If your kids don't eat meat, they're not alone. In a Harris Poll, 7 percent of 8—18 year olds said they never eat meat, and 12 percent of boys 10—12 said they don't eat meat.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. It's only natural to worry if your vegetarian daughter will get the nutrients she needs. Depending on the type of vegetarian diet she follows, there may be cause for concern.
Serving healthy meals for your family can be a challenge if a family member, particularly a teen, decides to become a vegetarian. To support your teen's food choice, you may need to find new ways to prepare some family meals. Involving your teen in making his or her own meals can help them learn how to cook and prepare a nutritionally balanced meal.