^ Don't forget beans! Beans are an excellent source of protein.
Since I'm not a vegan, I also eat greek yogurt to get protein. I've had no real problems getting enough protein in my diet. I think that's one of the myths of being a vegetarian. I initially gave up red meat too (for health reasons mostly) but I eventually took it all out of my diet. Meat just doesn't agree with my body so I don't miss it. I advocate a balanced diet more than a vegetarian one (though I think it'd be great if everyone went meatless at least once a week!).
Great to meet other vegetarians here! I know some vegans believe that it's wrong to own a cat or dog because you're still supporting the meat industry. Really depressing thought so I'm glad to see I'm not alone in being a cat lover as well as a vegetarian.
you know, the feline need for flesh is just nature, even if the pet food industry has morphed into something so far from nature it isn't funny. i know some people advocate a vegetarian diet for their cats but i don't fall into that category. so i'm not going to feel guilty about their food, also because i don't think pet food drives factory farming. well i don't know about the more holistic brands but i'm not really going to get into that because i'm sick of it.
but i think being vegan/vegetarian and loving animals kind of goes hand-in-hand.
i love beans. i've had carnivorous friends who were convinced that i wouldn't be able to cook them without a ham hock or pork butt and they were absolutely stunned. i was cooking some that were almost done, and a friend of mine said, "omg that smells so good," so i said, "eat some." she did and went back for seconds and she said, "i was totally prepared not to like these because i thought they'd be bland as **** but they're really good." and that's just using onions, beans and salt. i can get fancier but a lot of times i don't.
not sure what you mean specifically. if you are referring to calcium, vitamin d and b12 then yes, i agree. although if you do eat a somewhat diversified diet it really isn't an issue.
yes, i was specifically talking about b-12. after about 20 years of being vegetarian, i had a severe deficiency and my doctor thought i had pernicious anemia. the good news is that your body stores enough for about 10 years before that starts showing up. i took shots, no biggie
as far as balanced, you're a runner and you even know how many grams of protein you need a day, but you'd be amazed at how many people don't think about things like that. you need about twice as much as most people. i've had to double up to your range to heal from surgery, and seitan is very helpful for boosting pre-albumin. i've gotten low on that too, a normal range is 18 -35 and mine got down to 4, but i was in the hospital for a long time (2 months) and they weren't feeding me anything i could eat. you wouldn't believe how many doctors i've fought with over what i eat but the new ones are way more oriented toward animal-product free diets.
This isn't soy-based but have you ever tried Daiya? It seems to be the most popular "cheese" among vegans where I live. I have yet to try it myself but from what I hear, it actually melts, too. Daiya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I admit: I'm no longer vegetarian. I was for 8 years, but seafood eventually got to me. Mussels, crabs and shrimp. I know it's shellfish of me but what can I say.
hi! i haven't but i'll look into it. i was raised in a kosher household so i didn't eat seafood until late in my teens, (got that from hanging out with people who "used" lol) but i was never overly fond of it. that's for other reasons that i won't bring up because i'm not out to spoil your enjoyment of it.
and weirdly, i never ate bacon. i have a feeling that if you never eat it, you don't know what you're missing and you don't care.
there are a lot of other things on this thread i wanted to address but i can't remember who said what. what was the significance of a lamb liver on your car seat? the equivalent of throwing red paint on people who wear fur?
and when it comes to leather: this is how i see it but i've been wrong a couple of times in my life (<---more sarcasm). leather is a by-product of slaughter, and the animal was killed for meat so that's just using all of the animal. right? i mean, if they kill it for their hide and throw the meat away, that seems different because it wouldn't have been killed at all. but if it's already dead, it's just using something that would otherwise be discarded. (some people might argue that with pet food--however, rendering plants do so much to inedible garbage that it gets into a completely different area. some things are just supposed
to be thrown away and not eaten or used.)
i know in a perfect world, no one would eat cows and pigs and chickens, but i don't really foresee veganism ever being the norm. so in that world, leather would be an abomination but since it's already there, is it really so wrong? i know buying it is supporting animals who were probably killed from industrial cruel conditions, but if they were humanely butchered, would it be different? that would mean you can't have a down comforter (which i don't have anyway because i'm sure if i did, one or more of my cats would pee on it) either. it all gets so complicated. and i'm not going to start looking for vegan dryer sheets either (bounce and probably other brands use beef tallow and don't list it as an ingredient) because i have to draw the line somewhere. and that line comes somewhere around my lip balm, dryer sheets, leather jacket and cat food.