Btw, loose tool - maybe you should send the kid to a dietician. As a parent, he won’t listen to you, but he might listen to someone else. Not to get too personal, but he may also be using this vegetarian thing as an emotional expression of some struggle he is going through, maybe due to your separation. Anyway, he probably at least needs iron, B-12, and folic acid.
I’ll keep that in mind. His older brother who is 17 used to be a vegetarian. He runs track in school (the mile). Early last year he was training harder and his times were getting worse.
I explained to him that if he wants to improve his time, he needs to get adequate sleep, get his diet in order - especially adequate protein - and have a good training program. He tried to get more protein but its hard to do that when you’re a teenager and not in control of the food in the house.
Well last summer he went to southwestern France. Before he left he asked what foods he should avoid. “Avoid?”, I said. “You’ve got it backwards. You should try every food that you possibly can. Not everyone your age has this opportunity.”
To make a long story short, he came back a sausage loving carnivore. He’s put on some muscle and his mile times have improved dramatically. So maybe if #2 son won’t listen to me, he’ll listen to his brother.