Arrrggg..I hear your frustration. My daughter is vegan (she is 21). She is so unhealthy and about 100 lbs overweight. Her life is a mess and she thinks that everything is just fine. Doesn't help that her favourite auntie (my sister), is also vegan and promotes the lifestyle. My sister's 3-year old boy is also now vegan -- I have a hard time to keep my damn mouth shut through all of this.
Originally Posted by AFishOut
And Friday, a good friend of our family announced that her 14 year old daughter is going vegan. I told mum, be prepared for your daughter to gain copious amounts of fat and for her muscles to atrophy into nothing, within a short period of time. I know -- the words were out before I realized it. The mom was shocked at what I said, and then asked me why. I replied that although there are a few that do vegan very well, it takes a great deal of discipline, time in the kitchen, and time being able to shop properly. All 14-year olds do not have the time, nor the discipline to eat vegan properly and thus she will resort to carb eating. Again, the mother was floored and her mouth was openly gaping. I asked her: Does your daughter currently eat 5+ lbs of vegetables daily right now? Because if she wants to be vegan, that's what she's going to have to do every single day. Again, mother was aghast.
I said, you should try to do all in your power to discuss ethical farming and maybe take your daughter around to the farms here in our province and speak with some of the farmers. There are options to becoming vegan if 'killing animals' is difficult to accept.
Anyway, I have resigned myself to the fact that my daughter is likely to pre-decease me, unless she changes her lifestyle. In the meantime, she just spent 10 days in the hospital with a severe asthma attach, and a collapsed lung. She will not listen to me when it comes to dietary advice and that she must get off wheat -- which is directly related to inflammation and asthma.
It's very frustrating when you love your kid, and there's nothing you can do to alter the path they are currently on.
Oh, one other question for those who have been very obese --- what are the odds of my 5'6, 250lb daughter ever being hired for a job? I mean, we all know that biases exist in the workplace, and I just don't know who would hire her, particularly in this difficult job market. I'm I just worrying unduly, or have any of you been in the position of being 'kindly turned away'?
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.