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    Default Becoming vegetarian?

    Hi everyone, the more I think about this the more it appeals to me. I have never liked steak or anything with bones in it, I like meat in unhealthy forms such as sausages or hamburgers but can quite easily live without it. So how do I get started? I'm thinking you have to be careful to still get everything you need that you'd normally get from meat such as protein - do you eat lots of eggs instead?

    Is a vegetarian defined as someone who eats everything except red meat, or do some people exclude chicken and fish too? If you exclude it all do you have to be even more careful? I also need to lose weight so it needs to be healthy.

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    Strictly speaking a vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat anything where the animal had to die which includes chicken, fish, anything that contains gelatine and a few other things. I haven't eaten meat since 1991 but I've never been a 'good' vegetarian, I rarely eat lentils and I don't like tofu. The 2 main nutrients most people get mostly from meat are protein and iron. Protein is quite easy to get from other sources but iron can be a bit tricky. I usually take iron supplements. The other thing it Vit B12 but you can get that in mushrooms.

    Going veggie does not automatically make you healthy. Just be sure to replace the protein portions of your meals with protein, not more carbs.

    Perhaps by a pack of veggie sausages and start from there. I prefer the sanitarium ones but they probably taste quite artificial and plastic to a non-veggie person.

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    I don't eat red meat any more but do eat fish/chicken, I'm pretty sure that is called pescetarian?? Something-tarian anyway.

    The thing is, I think everyone needs to be careful iykwim. I know a lot of meat eaters who get nowhere near the recommended fibre intake nor their 5 veg/2 fruit. A lot of people assume vego = automatic unhealthy and meat = health conscious.

    I'd look up some resources to work out where best to get your nutrients.

    I saw a nutritionist when I was vegan and she said for my body and needs (because I had a healthy diet) all I required was a bit of an iron boost during my period.

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    I realise it doesn't automatically mean healthy But I do want to be healthy as well. Thanks guys.

    Any thoughts on dairy free and wheat free as well? So that'd mean no cheese or eggs or butter etc, substitute milk for soy or rice milk, and for wheat free no bread, flour, pasta etc? But they are two different topics I guess

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    I'd take it one small step at a time. Eliminate one thing and see how you feel. If you're used to lots of animal products and quickly switch to a dairy/meat/wheat free, high fibre diet the results could be explosive if you know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I'd take it one small step at a time. Eliminate one thing and see how you feel. If you're used to lots of animal products and quickly switch to a dairy/meat/wheat free, high fibre diet the results could be explosive if you know what I mean.
    Thanks, I'll do that. I can see I've got a lot of reading and learning to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by missybubble View Post

    Any thoughts on dairy free and wheat free as well? So that'd mean no cheese or eggs or butter etc, substitute milk for soy or rice milk, and for wheat free no bread, flour, pasta etc? But they are two different topics I guess
    Eggs isn't really part of dairy or wheat. If you are cutting out all meats (red, white and fish) and cutting out dairy and eggs are well, you would nearly be vegan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Eggs isn't really part of dairy or wheat. If you are cutting out all meats (red, white and fish) and cutting out dairy and eggs are well, you would nearly be vegan.
    Oh, I would've thought eggs came under dairy? Hmm I've been Googling it and it's all very interesting, amazing the products you can get now for vegans.

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