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I'm asking this in case you guys have a few suggestions to give me. I have a hard time trying new food and diversifying my meals, the food I eat. I really don't like a lot of stuff, I think I could count down on my fingertips the food I like.

I hate that because when I get invited over at someones's house, I eat like near nothing most of the time cause I don't like trying new things (and a lot of the time it's new things which I'm not used to eating) and also because most of the time the majority of the meals consists of meat which I just don't eat. And that kinda happens often.

And I'm often the only vegetarian there so pretty much everyone is like looking at me and thinking I just don't like the meal or that I have some sort of eating disorder since I'm not eating much and it's kinda really weird. Like most of the time I'll only be eating the salad or vegetables or so. So I was wondering how you, others vegetarians out there, deal with situations like that ?

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Well, half the time, my friends are also either vegetarian or vegan, or just very thoughtful when it comes to being sure to make food everyone can eat. Alas, being a good host does tend to be a skill that improves with age!

But when I don't know if that'll bring the case, I usually simply bring something myself to also share with everyone else, preferably a protein, since it's often easy to get veggies and starch even at meat-eating households. Seitan barbecue is one common bring-along of mine when need be, or seitan gyros, or some baked tofu or something like veggieburgers are super-easy to bring and prepare.

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I tend to be fairly bold with this sort of stuff- I'm not a vegetarian, but for religious reasons I'm often fasting from certain foods (not to mention my tummy troubles mean I have a restricted diet as it is!). Usually when asked over for dinner, if I'm not sure there'll be food I can eat, I simply say "Just so you know, I can't eat ___, is that going to cause you extra trouble?" ...and then I usually offer to bring something, much like Heather suggested. Most people aren't offended by this stuff as long as you bring it up ASAP, in my experience.


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Ok. Thanks. I'm just a really really picky eater and on top of that I'm a vegetarian (I could even say vegan), so it's always kinda chalenging for me when I'm inviter over for dinner or so.

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hey cool87 [Smile]
ive been a vegetarian since i was 8, and i am a picky eater to! to top it off i have contracted anorexia nervosa. I would really recommend trying new foods, as it really does help enormously. dont worry, not evryone is looking at you, being vegetarian/vegan is completely accepted, and very popular! but i would seriously recommend starting to try new foods, as i belive my ana has been aided by my fussiness of food. If you think about it, whats the worst that could happen? you dont like something. i know its daunting, but give it a go. good luck [Smile] and really try because im in a horrible position now, which is terribly tricky to get out of.

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