Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: The house of mouse
I certainly am not around your sister to observe her diet, but as a vegetarian and, from the three things she mentioned she had to eat; there are certainly things with less protein she could be eating.
Beans, nuts, cheese, grains and eggs (depending on the kind of vegetarian she is) can provide enough protein for a person to have a balanced diet. I've been a vegetarian for the last 9 years, and was vegan for five of those years and am still alive. However, when I made the decision to become vegetarian, I also made the decision to become employed and did all my own grocery shopping from that point on.
Assuming that your parents do most, or all of the grocery shopping- Maybe suggest that she make a list of items she wants or needs for them to pick up when they go shopping so this doesn't happen again. Also, maybe it would help to do some research of foods you like, that can be made vegetarian and maybe have one vegetarian dinner per week; to help her see how easy a balanced diet can be to maintain.
I hope none of this sounds like I'm being critical of the way your or your parents are with your sister. It's just kind of easy for me to see things through your sisters eyes; and it sounds to me (more than likely, through no fault of your own) That she doesn't feel supported in her dietary choices. It can be hard to be the only person eating Tofurky at Thanksgiving dinner; but when it's something you believe in, you just do it. I just know how touched I feel whenever someone thinks of something vegetarian to add to a meal for me. However, her diet is in NO way your responsibility (and want to make sure it doesn't sound like i'm insinuating it).
Once again, I don't live with you or know your sister personally and sorry for rambling. I hope the tensions ease between the two of you.
[QUOTE=Pataflafla;960213]So my sister made the decision to be vegetarian a few years back. Now this was against my parent's wishes since they were concerned about her getting a balanced diet in terms of protein. She continued anyway and has had an diet with little protein.