Q&A: Family hates eating vegetarian,advice?
Question by : Family hates eating vegetarian,advice?
I’m a seventeen year old girl who has been a semi-vegetarian for about six months, and I’m slowly becomming a full fledged vegetarian. Currently my family doesn’t have problems with my decision, but my mother gets angry any time I won’t eat something. There have been some other current changes in my diet lately, some that I couldn’t control for health reasons.
So I guess the problem that I am having is with the fact that my mother doesn’t really want to try and find new things to cook, she just gets frustrated. She wants me to cook all the time because I’m willing to find the recipies and make the effort, but I’m busy a lot of the time. I’m not really asking much, but she got really angry when I told her I couldn’t eat something anymore because it made me sick.
Suggesions? Advice? Opinions?
Anything is welcome.
Answer by atch
Help your mom out by offering to cook a vegetarian dinner for the whole family at least once a week. Find some good recipes and make a few different dishes that you think everyone will be able to enjoy, and make enough that you can have leftovers if you don’t like what she makes the next night. Think of stuff that even meat-eaters might like, but that are still healthy, like eggplant parmesan or vegetarian chilli. This will help take some pressure off your mom, while showing her that there are all kinds of new dishes to try.
Do not tell her that her food makes you sick. It’s rude, and it seems like the main reason she got mad. If you don’t want a dish, simply say, “No, thank you,” and don’t make a big deal of it so everyone else can enjoy their meal. Either eat salad/side dishes or get up and make yourself a sandwich. It seems like your mom is trying to accept your decision but you can’t expect her to make an entirely different meal for you every night if the rest of the family wants steak. That is asking a lot. Are you really busier than your mom? It takes no time for you to boil pasta and put some sauce on it, or to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese, yogurt…that sort of thing. Don’t treat your mom like your personal chef and I bet she will have a much better attitude about your food choices.
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