My youngest is toying with the idea of adopting the vegan lifestyle. She came to me at 11pm last evening with a strict list of what she wanted me to purchase for her as soon as the store opened this morning. Her enthusiasm could easily have been mistaken for "preaching".... and I'm afraid it didn't foster a very receptive spirit in me.
My main concern is her having adequate nutrition. When I talked to her about her motivation to adopt this lifestyle, she expressed that she felt it was "healthy" and that she thought it would be a very efficient means of weight loss/maintenance. She's still in the growth phase - early teens - and I'm worried that if she restricts her protein intake severely, it might stunt her growth.
Today, she was still interested, and we did a bit of online research together, but her preachy-ness had mellowed significantly. At this point, she wants to gradually adopt the vegan lifestyle. She realized that her cool new patent leather shoes weren't vegan-friendly.
So my question is this: What's a good way to go about accommodating a teen who wants to go vegetarian/vegan when the rest of the family wants to remain omnivorous? Since I'm the chief cook and bottle washer in the family, I can imagine that the bulk of the work (from purchasing, preparing and clean-up) is going to be left to me too, and I'd like for her to take some responsibility in the lifestyle she wants to adopt rather than having it all fall on my shoulders. Does anyone have any experience with this?