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From: Bryanna (
Subject:         Re: New Veg Lifestyle for Teens
Date: July 31, 2010 at 10:44 am PST

In Reply to: New Veg Lifestyle for Teens posted by karen on July 31, 2010 at 7:27 am:

Congratulations on taking this life-affirming step
in your life!

Did you know that vegsource has a vegetarian youth
discussion board too?

Also, click on the link below for a really good
article on teen nutrition that might reassure your
family, as well as help you plan your diet (it’s by
a registered dietician). You are in a really crucial
time of your life, nutritionally-speaking, so it's
really important for you to inform yourself about
good vegetarian nutrition.

Go to the end of this post for some ideas on
different ways to become a vegetarian. You might
like to read the book "Living Among Meat-Eaters" by
Carol J. Adams-- there is a letter to parents of
vegetarian kids at the end of the book.

There is also a book called “Help! My Child Stopped
Eating Meat” by Carol J. Adams (author of “Living
Among meat Eaters”) and registered dietician
Virginia Messina

Some essays by vegsource’s Jo Stepaniak on teen
vegetarians and their special circumstances;

At this url you’ll find lots of teen info, and about
books for veg teens, too:

The national Anti-Vivisection Society has a great
site with lots of info for students who don't want
to do dissections in school at:

They even have a "Dissection Hotline".

The Vegan Society of the UK (Great Britain) has a
"Teen vegan Info Sheet' at:

Check your library for books on vegetarian
nutrition, such as "Becoming Vegetarian", and
"Becoming Vegan" by registered dieticians Vesanto
Melina and Brenda Davis, and "The Vegetarian Way" by
registered dietician Virginia Messina. There are
books for vegetarian teens, too, like "Vegetables
Rock!" (can't remember the author) and " A Teen's
Guide to Going Vegetarian by Judy Krizmanic (a
former editor at "Vegetarian Times" magazine),
published by Viking Press.

Anyway, best of luck, and please keep posting and
asking questions!

There are many ways to become a vegetarian. Some
people like the step-by-step approach, or gradual
approach (some people give up red meat, then
poultry, then fish and seafood last), but others go
"cold turkey" overnight. There are no ill-effects
from that, as long as you eat a balanced diet.

Here is a website that has some good, simple ideas
for making the transition:

Go here for a Vegetarian Starter Kit by The
Physicians for Responsible Medicine, which includes
a 3-tep plan.

This is a very thoughtful 10-step plan:

If you want to just "go for it", here's ways to
kick-start the change from the UK Vegetarian

They also have a page for beginners with lots of

Here is a great Vegetarian Starter kit:

If you have a local vegetarian society, join it—
you’ll be able to participate in potlucks where you
can sample veg dishes and swap recipes.

You probably have some vegetarian recipes in your
repertoire already, and you don’t even think of them
as vegetarian!—four-bean salad; meatless spaghetti
sauce; lentil soup; etc. Often, recipes need just a
little “tweaking” to become veg-- like substituting
vegetarian “hamburger crumbles” for the ground beef.
Avoid using too much cheese as a meat substitute—it
is 75 percent fat! Instead, concentrate on soy
proteins (TVP, tofu, tempeh), beans, high-protein
grains, pasta, vegetables, seitan (wheat gluten),
eggs, and low-fat dairy products. Ask questions on
my board about anything you don’t know about.

Supermarkets are full of vegetarian meat substitutes
now, and health food stores have even more!
I urge you to read the book “Becoming Vegetarian” by
registered dieticians Vesanto Melina, Victoria
Harrison, and Brenda Davis. (Your library may be
able to get books for you through inter-library
loans if they do not have them.) In “Becoming
Vegetarian” there is a good chapter called “From
market to meals" that helps with meal planning.

Another good book is “The Vegetarian Way” by
registered dietician Virginia Messina. She also has
an excellent website with archives of Q&A at

A good, easy-to-follow vegetarian starter cookbook
(not vegan) is "On the Road to Vegetarian Cooking"
by Anne Lukin. It gets 5 star reviews on,
and is very inexpensive. The recipes are simple and
not weird, but not boring. There is also the old
standard, "Laurel's Kitchen". Other good books are
“The Clueless Vegetarian” and “The 5-Ingredient
Vegetarian Gourmet”.

For information about diet and cooking, check out
the vegsource’s FAQ's page at:

Try PETA's recipe site for easy recipes.


Visit my website at: for lots of
information and link to my blog for recipes!

Blog recipes:

Nutrition and Transitioning info:

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