I always see people comment on the making 2 meals thing and I just dont get it? I very rarely eat meat, because i dont like the taste. So I just make whatever we're having (say if its meat and veg for example) I just make extra veg for myself and have some pasta or something a bit filling as well. If DH wants curry for dinner I make the sauce then split some ibto a smaller pot for me and just add veggies/lentils/chickpeas etc to mine and the meat to the big pot for DH and the kids... my DS2 is a lot like me and rarely eats meat. He's not lacking in anything, he's quite healthy. You dont need meat to be healthy.
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I was 14 when I went to a Dairy farm for school and saw the fate of the bobby calves and I became a vegetarian the next day, I haven't eaten birds or mammals for now 29 years, I have never had a iron or vitamin deficiency and thankfully am extremely healthy at 43, my family were huge carnivores but thankfully supported my choices ( my mum and sister and now also non meat eaters) I've been vegan, vegetarian, laco ovo vegetarian and now have been a pescatarian for ten years ( but still eat. 75% of the time laco ovo veg) my rule is if I can't kill it I won't eat it , yes I've been torn with feeling hypocritical eating dairy and wearing leather but at the end if the day I do think I make a difference and I own my choices
It is definitely not hard to cook or help your daughter cook her meals, at 13 she is quite capable of cooking. , my advice would be for both of you to go and see a dietician/ naturopath/ nutritionist for a proper meal plan and to get the correct information that you both seem to need
Re bobby calves: A lot of animal welfare groups have been lobbying tirelessly to help the treatment of Diary bobby calves, they now have to be at least 5 days old before taken from their mother and slaughtered for veal and have to at least be fed colostrum from their mother within the first 24 hours and stronger regulations in the treatment/ transport/slaughter have been brought in , it's not ideal but so much better than the conditions years ago
Some basic vegetarian nutrition fact sheets. In young girls iron is the biggest issue (regardless of whether they're vegetarian or not), make sure she gets plenty o iron rich foods an talk to a GP or nutritionist. My vegetarian sisters get their iron checked via blood test every couple of years. So do I and I'm not vegetarian.
My 14 year old has been vegetarian since the age of 10. Mind you, we always ate "vegetarian" dishes as well as meat dishes. Actually, I talked her into being "pescitarian" (eating fish as well) so I could still use fish sauce! I have to admit it is quite annoying sometimes, and we end up eating more vegetarian dishes than I would prefer. A lot of the time I cook up meat separately and "the normals" as we call ourselves, just add the meat after. She has tofu and legumes and sometimes a piece of fish.
13 year olds are totally capable of deciding on and controlling their own diet but it needs to be in collaboration with the family.
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