Since you said a few people.. 1. What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?
Strict Vegetarian- usually vegan but I still eat honey (if it's in something) and occasionally something containing an animal byproduct
2. How is a vegetarian diet nutritionally balanced?
The same way any other diet is!
Make sure to eat a varied diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, proteins, and fats.. and take a multivitamin, I also take calcium.
3. What are your main concerns when menu planning?
Right now I'm really focusing on increasing healthy fats because I have a tendency to get wayyy too little. I also watch protein and calories.4. Do you need to take a nutritional supplement? Why? (If yes, what vitamins/minerals other supplements does it contain?).
I take a multivitamin (with B6 and B12) and calcium supplements5. What are the health advantages, as you see it, to being a vegetarian?
In a way you are almost forced to eat healthier- I mean you could subsist on fries but usually even meat replacements like veggie burgers or a grilled portabella mushroom are improvements from burgers. I think in general when people are forced to break from the fast food routine they find there is a whole world of variety and more nutrient dense food (often with less calories and saturated fat too).6. What are some of the disadvantages to following a vegan diet?
Eating in restaurants is difficult sometimes.. also you have to deal with the "hippie" stereotype.
Some questions on my own...How long have you been a vegetarian?
almost 10 yearsWhat made you decide to become one?
partially meat started to really gross me out (I was 9 and finally realized where it came from) and partially we had a move across country and I was mad at my parents. P
(If you're married and/or have kids) Do you let your family choose what to eat and incorporate what you eat in your meals? Or is your family also vegetarian?
I'm not married, but when I do I plan to cook veg* at home but allow them to choose their own food when they eat out.