Choosing a Vegetarian diet

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Children need a lot of calories, particularly fat calories, and it may be difficult to provide enough calories with a vegetarian diet. Although it's possible to provide all the nutrients necessary for a healthy diet by eating vegetarian, it's wise to avoid this kind of diet with young children because their eating habits tend to be so erratic.

Your child with T1DM may decide that he wants to follow a vegetarian diet when he reaches his teens. At this point, I recommend that you meet with a dietitian to work out a program that provides the essential nutrients while avoiding meat. The fact that there are so many vegetarians who are doing so well and outliving many meat eaters suggests that the diet is a viable option, even for the person with T1DM who needs a specific balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat.

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