I agree, 5-6 small meals a day help keep your metabolism active. The key is keeping close to the natural state of the food, so not over-processed. Also, good intestinal health will aid better absorbtion of vitamins and minerals in your food, therefore healthier bowel movements. Mid morning try natural tub set yohghurt with live cultures such as lactobacillius and acidophilus. Cut up some fresh fruit if you like.
Then the usual, avoid excess fats, additives and SIMPLE carbs (white flours, sugars). The complex carbs (whole grains, legumes) are good for protein absorbtion.
Remember 8-10 glasses of water daily especially after exercise.
Tell your parents you're trying to eat healthy. If they're concerned, share with them how you feel about fad diets and not wanting to wreck your body as it is developing.
They may need reassuring that you're not taking drastic measures to lose weight. It's just because there are a lot of horror stories of teenage eating disorders.
Keep open with them and explain how your eating good food.
[This message has been edited by ariesdragon (edited 12-02-2004).]