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Where can you find information for vegetarians on eating a healthy diet?

Where can you find information for vegetarians on eating a healthy diet?

Many sources: Internet, library, books, magazines, dietician, family doctor, county health department. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Vegetarian Diet (Definition)

It is a diet where the person does not eat meat (red meat, poultry, fish, etc.). It may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter, such as ...Read more


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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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Who can I contact to plan out a vegetarian diet?

Who can I contact to plan out a vegetarian diet?

Registered Dietitian: Look for local registered dietitians that can help you put together the healthiest meal plan. Please bare in mind that a vegetarian diet excludes vitamin B12 so you will need to get that from other sources. I recommend you consume wild fish like salmon if you are not completely opposed to fish. Otherwise, you will need to take a B12 supplement. ...Read more

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What can I do to begin a correct vegetarian diet?

What can I do to begin a correct vegetarian diet?

Many: Whole grains are a great source of protein, but the one with the highest protein content is quinoa. All beans, lentils, & peas, tofu & soy products, edamame, tvp and tempeh. Nuts, including peanuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts all contain protein, as do seeds like sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Store-bought meat substitute products & seitan are rich in protein, as are protein shakes. ...Read more

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What should I do to gain weight with a vegetarian diet?

What should I do to gain weight with a vegetarian diet?

Eat more: There are plenty of overweight vegans. Bread and potatoes included. Discuss with a nutritionist what foods are highest in calories that you like to eat. ...Read more

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Is there a way that I can live a healthy life as a vegetarian?

Is there a way that I can live a healthy life as a vegetarian?

Yes: If you're a vegetarian, take increased amounts of protein from foods like beans to make up for the loss from animal products. If you have kidney disease, check with your doctor first before doing this. Also, you need a B12 supplement esp if you also don't eat eggs. If you don't consume dairy, take a ca+d supplement as well. They come in pill form and a few candied forms like mini-chocolates. ...Read more

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How can I know if I'm doing something wrong with my vegetarian diet?

How can I know if I'm doing something wrong with my vegetarian diet?

Research: You need to be knowledgeable to be successful as a vegetarian. So - do your homework and get the basics down. Good luck ...Read more

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I wanted to know is being vegetarian causing me to have digestion pains?

I wanted to know is being vegetarian causing me to have digestion pains?

Vegetarian Diet: I understand your discomfort. Cauliflower, Broccoli and Beans — are can produce gas and bloating. For those who are sensitive but not totally intolerant to lactose, increasing dairy product consumption for the protein might also lead to discomfort ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I eat enough iron?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I eat enough iron?

Varied diet: Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron?

Vegetarian: In addition to dr. Baez's answer- you can open this site: www.Ironrichfood.Org for more information. The more crucial thing for you will be to make sure you take some vitamin B12 supplement as you are prone to have vitamin B12 deficiency. You can take oral tablet daily, or sublingual form vitamin b12. ...Read more

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