I have seen this response many times when teenagers visit the abattoir. It depends how drastic she wants to become. Many teenagers will still eat fish and eggs which makes ensuring she gets all her nutrients much easier. Different people follow different forms of vegetarianism. A true vegetarian eats no meat at all, including chicken and fish. A lacto-ovo vegetarian eats dairy products and eggs, but excludes meat, fish, and poultry. It follows, then, that a lacto vegetarian eats dairy products but not eggs, whereas an ovo vegetarian eats eggs but not dairy products. Teens need to be sure their diets include enough nutrients to fuel growth, particularly protein and calcium. She can help you design meal plans that include adequate vitamins and minerals. Getting enough protein isn't tough with a well-planned vegetarian diet, especially if you include eggs and dairy. It's when a vegetarian diet isn't planned at all that nutrition trouble can start. All too often people give up eating meat but end up eating more carbohydrates and snacks. Look for alternative sources of protein, including beans (kidney beans, chickpeas, and lentils, etc.), nuts, soy, and low-fat dairy products. If you're a vegan, you can still get protein from eating beans and soy products, but it may be a little harder to get enough, and you also have to pay attention to other important nutrients like B vitamins, iron, zinc and calcium. If you're on a restrictive diet or are concerned about any aspect of your nutrition, set up an appointment with an accredited dietitian.
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