Originally Posted by mzjazz2u
What do you eat for protein? When you're on a vegetarian diet you still have to have complete sources of protein. I'm not totally up on it but it includes whole grains + vegetable proteins such as peanut butter, soy beans and other legumes.
This is key. You can't go into that type of diet without really understanding what a well balanced diet of that type is and following that. Beans, legumes, soy, fresh dark vegetables, whole grains like quinoa, barley, spelt, etc. nuts and seeds, etc. these things are critical. You can also get pure protein powder if you are having trouble meeting your requirements for you.
Everyone is different in their dietary needs and what they need will vary on many factors.
There are lots
of ways to get proper amounts of healthy protein and iron in a vegetarian or non red meat (or pork, turkey, and chicken) diet.
I haven't eaten red meat or pork in decades and have been very healthy, I get full check ups, including blood yearly but when I gave up turkey and chicken, all processed meats be it at home or eating out, and all forms of soda (which I didn't think I ate much of those things anyway!) I noticed all my blood values became even better consistently.
I am not a vegetarian, most of my meals are though, but I still eat fish several times a month, at least once a week, and then some eggs,milk, and cheese in small amounts. Fruits and vegetables are eaten daily of course and are a large significant part of my diet.
The reason I am able to have such good results from my diet I believe is first of all I am healthy to begin with thankfully and to maintain that health for me and my family I have extensively studied up closer on my diet and the choices offered and was even healthier than before and had a better balanced diet.
I suggest anyone that is changing their diet or eating habits go to speak with a qualified dietitian or at least a nutritionist and read everything they can get their hands on, research and knowledge are the keys. I think everyone, regardless of diet they have chosen, would benefit from doing all of that anyway.
Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
I eat meat (burger or Chinese food) on occasion if I'm out, but I don't buy it or cook it at home.
My hemoglobin is only 97 (normal is 130), so that explains why I've been feeling tired and short of breath more than usual.
Is there anyway you can go talk to someone like this, because you shouldn't be feeling the way you do and I am worried for you.
I wouldn't really call yourself vegetarian Natalie_Ca if you still eat red meat, as you said you do.
It just doesn't make any sense for the true definition of a real vegetarian. You are still buying and consuming meat sometimes when you are out.
I don't even call myself vegetarian, even though the only meat I eat is fish, I still eat some dairy and eggs.