(ABC News) – Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Hallmarks of a Thanksgiving feast.
And quite possibly, the foods that your teen will refuse to touch on Thursday, if they have announced they are on any number of diet regimens.
Not medically mandated — but by choice.
IF your teenager is on some sort of special diet, they are not alone.
As many as one in six parents say their teen has tried going vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan or paleo at some point in the past two years, according to a new poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.
What effects does this have on the family?
More than half of parents surveyed their child’s special diet caused some type of family conflict.
The good news — workarounds do exist.
More than half of parents say they did their homework when their teen started their special diet, learning ow to make adjustments while still delivering nutrition.
And about half of parents ultimately believed the diet had a positive impact on their teen’s health.
So instead of a recipe for strife, parents may need to get a recipe for tofurkey.
And remember that it’s the people and conversation, not just the feast, that everyone can savor.