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#1 Old 09-15-2010, 11:28 AM
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I am new to the vegetarian scene. So far today I've eaten a bowl of corn flakes, two boiled egg whites and a bean burrito. Are there any benifits to eating the egg whites or no? The place I currently stay at serves alot of meat. So for dinner I can only eat the rice and bread that is offered there.
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#2 Old 09-15-2010, 11:32 AM
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Egg whites are a good source of protein, but lack the high amount of fat present in the yolk. Since you have so little to eat and you won't be eating meat anymore, it wouldn't be harmful to you to eat the yolk too. Vegetarians rarely have high cholesterol, since the main source of cholesterol is meat. (Unless, of course, you ate only eggs and cheese all day)
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Thanks dormouse! Oh also I had some milk with the cereal, hoping to use soy from now on.
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Thanks dormouse! Oh also I had some milk with the cereal, hoping to use soy from now on.

What is your living situation? You mentioned that food is pretty much provided for you and you have limited options? Why is that?
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Im away from home in a dorm and we're served the food that is given there.
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Don't they offer a vegetable side with dinner?? I rarely go hungry even when eating family-style with meat-eaters because I just have a double (or triple) serving of whatever vegetables are offered. If you're eating at a university cafeteria with no veggies you have cause to complain...
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Don't they offer a vegetable side with dinner?? I rarely go hungry even when eating family-style with meat-eaters because I just have a double (or triple) serving of whatever vegetables are offered. If you're eating at a university cafeteria with no veggies you have cause to complain...

I went to a state university in MA and they rarely served a veggie entree, let alone side dishes. Even if they did (or thought they did!), they used beef or chicken gravy, or it had fish in it, or poultry... lots of fruit and juices for breakfast, but not much for lunches and dinners for the vegetarians. complaining really didn't do any good, the gist of what they told us was 'you have money, order out or go shopping.'

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Sometimes you just have to do the best you can in a given situation. Personally I'd rather see you get 'most of the way there' than put your own health in jeapordy. If the 'vegetarian' dishes have some animal ingredients in them then you might just have to suck it up for now. Eggs are a good source of protein and as Dormouse said don't be afraid of the yolks either. They have a lot of nutritional content and if your options are that severely limited you may need the additional fat. The whole 'eggs raises cholesterol' myth has pretty much been debunked anyway. Surely they also have fruit available and some raw or steamed veggies of some kind? At any rate... good luck to you and welcome to VeggieBoards!
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#9 Old 09-16-2010, 03:46 AM
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I say if your food is truly limited to what they offer, then take whatever you can get to make sure your nutrition is adequate.
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#10 Old 09-17-2010, 08:37 PM
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yes I agree take what you are given maybe some more options will come your way soon. I sometimes eat hard boiled eggs but not alot. Its depending what we have in the house really.
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Hard-boiled eggs definitely rate low on the scale of "How would you like your eggs?" My host mom in Russia fed them to me everyday. I guess they are the least amount of work.
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