hello. i am 17 years old and 5'9" and 130 pounds. i have never liked fruits or vegetables (to the extent that i almost throw up when trying to eat them) and do not eat any meat. lately my diet has consisted of nothing but ramen noodles, frozen pizza, bagels, and juicy juice. i am constantly tired and sick.. does anyone have any suggestions for me to improve my diet?
Very picky vegetarian
well try taking vitamin tablets to substitute for your missing nutrients
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try peanut butter,eggs,nuts for protein that you miss from meat.can you eat salad? berries? other juices? if nothing works you can try protein supplements lke the kind that builds muscle or try slimfast..stuff like that to get your vitamins. if you can't drink orange juice or other things with vitamin c then there are candy like vitamins you can take that are 100% of your daily valur for vitamin c that are normally by the coughdrops in stores. it'll help strengthen your immune system so you get sick less.and not eating enough protein makes you tired
It is very important that you get the vital nutrients in your body.
First of all, it is smart to take a multivitamin. My diet is pretty consistent of all food groups and nutrients, but taking Centrium multivitamin still helps.
Second, diversify your food choices. Sure, you may be picky, but there are so many different foods in the world that even the most pickiest person would be able to find the foods they like and gain all the nutrients they need. Just don't be afraid to try new things. You don't know if you don't like it until you taste it.
Third, your described health condition worries me. It is important that you take action now. It's good that you like ramen noodles ( college kids food of "choice" ), but it really is unhealthy for you if you eat it too often.
Ramen noodles often contain enormous amounts of salt, unhealthy oils, and other potentially unhealthy things. They are not a great source of nutrition.
Spaghetti with tomato sauce (read the ingredients if you buy it in a jar, and try to avoid nasty stuff!) is a lot healthier.
The original poster will almost certainly get sick if he sticks to the diet he described. Supplements are OK, but it's still very important to eat a diverse diet. There are nutrients in food that haven't been classified, so they can't be put into a pill.
It sounds like that diet is deficient in protein, unless a lot of pizza cheese is consumed.
[Dead thread, I know, but the info may be of use to someone in the future...there's an exercise thread that discusses how to change one's diet to lose weight, but not specifically the implications of poor eating habits.]
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Noodles have a lot of sodium
Honestly, you just need to shut up and stop eating junk food. Your killing your body right now. Forget about trying to enjoy the food you eat, instead focus on how proper nutrition will allow you to enjoy life. Multivitamins help but by no means are the a substitute for food.
dude, im going to be blunt. i am a vegitarian, a very strict vegitarian and i have been this way for all my life. if done right, a vegitarian can be more healthy than a regualar person (loma linda school of medicine, health survey - 2003* never argue with the facts). You, being a vegitarian without eating vegitables, are an absolute moron. your body is built to live off of vegitables on a vegitarian diet. hence, the phrase, vegitarian diet. no ammount of vitamin suppliments or anything like that is going to make up for the loss of spinach, brocoli, cabbage, ect. your diet now is nothing but starch, and of course that is going to make you sick. not to mention, in a year or two, a starchy diet like yours is going to add some serious weight to you (not the muscle type of weight).
i would strongly sudgest that you loose either your hate for vegitables, or that you reconcider your plan of being a vegi-hatting vegitarian (isnt that an oximoron?)
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By a good cook book and use it. You're probaby not cooking your vegetables very well if you can't eat them. It sounds like you're not a vegetarian - you're a junk-foodinarian.
There's a million different ways to use cook vegetables, in pastas, salads, stir frys with tofu (bean curd), vegetable and pasta bakes, vegetable lesagnes. Take some multivitamins, but don't use them in place of a good diet.
Good subtitutes for mean can be tofu, mushrooms and mixes of nuts.
One of the most important ingredients in good food is time. You need to spend some time learning, and then spend time preparing your meals.
very sound advice, silentRain
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These days we're very busy people, and often people eat whatever they can prepare in the quickest amount of time. Knowing how to cook helps, as when you know how to cook, it doesn't take as much time. I recommend that people do some type of cookery class, just a simple one. It builds confidence and speed. You'll be able to get a decent dinner together without it taking up your whole evening.
It also helps to grow some things at home - it means that you don't have the inconvenience of running down to the shops for a few basil leaves or whatever. Herbs are easy to grow and great sources of flavour in your food besides processed and chemical flavour enhancers.
I'm a big fan of grow your own type foods, and unprocessed foods. I'm still learning how to use lots of the fresh ingredients. These days we're brought up so much on packaged foods - if we want bolognese sauce, we buy it in a jar! Whatever happened to making it at home?
It's all about time and knowledge. I don't have too much of either but I do try!