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I want to be vegan
I really want to be vegan. I believe its a healthy diet choice and I feel bad for eating meat. Unfortunately, my parents don't agree. They say that you need protein from meat and that I'm a "growing child." It sucks a whole bunch.
But hey, once I get out to college... I'm free. Give me a couple years and I'm on Team Vegan. :)
I feel your pain. Many of us decided to stop eating meat at a young age, and often parents simply don't understand that decision. What you need to remember is that your parents love you and want what they think is best for you.
Unfortunately, most people have no idea what food is actually best for us. We were all raised to believe that we need calcium from milk and cheese, protein from chicken and other animals, and that eating a diet without either of those nutrients would be deficient. We have come to believe that carbs are bad, that high-protein diets help us lose weight, and a bunch of other baloney. What stinks is that most doctors don't even know much about nutrition because they simply don't spend much time in medical school teaching nutrition. Instead, doctors are given lectures by pharmaceutical companies and learn to medicate diseases that could be cured with diet change.
Of course, with research, one can find that we easily meet and often surpass our daily needs for all the vitamins and minerals our body needs with a well-balanced vegan diet. In fact, many vegans actually get more calcium and protein than non-vegans. Also, many vegans are healthier, more energetic, rarely sick with even a common cold, lower in weight, and at a lower risk of illnesses like heart disease, obesity, cancers, and more.
But again, you have to realize that your parents are doing what they feel is best for you. Depending on your relationship with them and the amount of respect both parties have for one another, you might be able to ask them to at least read a little about veganism, or listen to you explain it.
If you want some pages off my site, I would recommend:
What do vegans eat?
Preventing Heart Disease with Vegan Diet
And, if your parents are readers, I would recommend The China Study and Food for Life.
You could also talk to your parents about allowing you to help in the kitchen with preparing plenty of vegetable side dishes as well as beans. Perhaps if they saw some of the recipes on our site, they would feel more comfortable with you eating a more plant-based diet.
I hope that helps! Keep us updated on how it goes with them.