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Vegetarian, but what kind?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

There is a lot more to being a vegetarian than simply not eating meat. I'm learning as I go along. I've been a lacto-vegetarian so far. Eating cheese and using some bovine milk to cook with.

Now, as for eggs...I haven't been able to eat an egg since discovering some of the cruel things those birds are put through. However, I have had a couple Tbl. of miracle whip salad dressing and there is a trace of egg in there. So, technically, I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian.

I have to work on a food list that has a low glycemic index, rich in potassium, fiber, protein and B12. (Yeah, eggs...right? I just can't stomach them right now.) I think I'll do better once I've educated myself more on the foods that have the nutrients I'm searching for and that are in season.

It will also help when I can lick this tummy bug I picked up from the kids. When my tummy gets crazy I tend to lean on the carbs. Not a good way to be healthier for me...too many carbs has been an issue but I'm taking it easy on myself in light of the fact that we've all been attacked by this virus.

Looking forward to a new week on my vegetarian journey.

Goals for the coming week?

1) Research foods and start a list of high nutrient foods in my area markets

2) Meal plan with the foods on my list

3) Add exercise daily to my routine, even if its only 5-10 minutes at first, doing something in small amounts is better than doing nothing and feeling guilty for it

4) Work on positive thinking

Let's see what the week will bring. Facing it with SMiLES! emoticon
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    We eat primarliy vegetarian .... but sprinkle in some chicken/fish a few days a week

    I just wanted to let you know that if you buy "pastured" eggs (not to be confused with "pasturized" eggs .... they are treated humanily. It means that the chickens roam free in pasture ... and eat worms, bugs, grass, etc as nature intended

    They are easiest to find at a farmers market where you can grill the farmer and ask lots of questions.... Whole Foods carries one brand that is "pasture" raised .... for desperate times .... just a thought.

    You dont have to eat eggs, but if you want to - you have options.

    I also look fro the same in milk ... pastured cows ...
    1892 days ago
    1893 days ago
  • KELLY122581
    As far as I know, there is only one nutritional yeast that has B12 (Red Star brand - not available hear in Europe - boo). But most cereals and soy milks are fortified with B-12, and I add an extra B-12 vitamin (Solgar, vegan friendly) once a week.

    Fibre, protein, and potassium are all no problem on a veggie diet!

    Good luck with your journey to learn more!! :-)
    1895 days ago
    LM is right: nutritional yeast is a boon to vegetarians (especially vegans) because we need to supplement our B12. Other than that, if you are eating plenty of green veggies, fresh fruit, and true starches like legumes and whole grains, you shouldn't have any problem meeting any of your nutritional needs. (Yes, even protein. The stereotype of the protein-deficient plant-eater is a myth perpetuated by those who want to push meat on us. Don't fall for it!)
    You're doing great!
    1897 days ago
  • NOT2L82BME
    LMiller - thanks for the suggestion. I'm brand new to this and I have no idea where to find it in my area. I'll give it a little research and see where I can find it and what I can use it in. I did hear in one documentary that it was good, especially for women to use in their diets.

    Thanks again!

    1901 days ago
  • LMILLER1978
    Have you ever tried nutritional yeast? It is high in protein, b-vitamins, and quite yummy on or in the right dishes. You can also put it in a smoothie, although on popcorn is my favorite way.
    1901 days ago
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