FAMILY AND PEER PRESSURE VEGETARIANS
It’s understandable that teens who become vegetarians face a certain amount of resistance from parents, grandparents, and peers.
Teens are often on the run. A poorly planned vegan eating pattern can set you up for nutritional deficiencies.
Quantity and quality of nutrients are the issuesand nutrients must be present in a form that is readily usable so that the body can absorb them effectively.
However, there’s no reason why you can’t win the support of your family and friends by becoming fully aware of the responsibilities that go along with adopting a vegetarian eating plan and making (and keeping) a serious commitment to achieving a healthy eating routine.
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During the second trimester, your baby’s bones and teeth are becoming denser, so your need for calcium remains double your requirement before pregnancy. If you do not consume enough calcium, your baby will draw from your own bones, which can lead to osteoporosis later on in life. According to the American Dietetic Association, pregnant women have the ability to absorb more calcium from food than usual as the body can sense the need from the developing fetus. Some sources of calcium are cooked kale, Greek yogurt, kefir, sardines with bones, canned salmon, broccoli, watercress, bok choy, okra, almonds, black-eyed peas, beans, and butternut squash. Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium, so while you are eating calcium-rich foods to assist with your baby’s bone and teeth development, adequate amounts of vitamin D will help with your calcium stores, which will in turn help your baby’s growth. Research also suggests that low maternal vitamin D is associated with unfavorable gestational outcomes such as preterm birth, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia.52 Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent worldwide, so it is imperative to get your levels checked and supplement accordingly.