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My name is Julia and I live in SoCalif. I am 46 yrs old and a SAHM to 3 boys.<br><br><br><br>
I have always been a meat eater, well, up until I hit my 40's. It seemed then that the 1st thing I ate was my veggies. Then the meat portions became smaller and smaller. At times, I would forget the meat and just eat the veggies and salads.<br><br><br><br>
Recently, when I cooked any type of meat, I would look at the end result and just couldn't bring myself to eat it. I was actually repulsed by it. It was then, I decided to stop eating meat. After some internet research, it seems I am an Ovo-lacto vegetarian. I still consume dairy products and eggs.<br><br><br><br>
This all came about 3 wks ago and I bet I have lost about 8 pounds! I feel better, though would like some vegetarian resources on how to include meat-equivelent protein into my diet.
 

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Hi Julia and welcome!<br><br><br><br>
I'm in Southern California too and your journey sounds a lot like mine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> This board is a great resource.
 

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WELCOME!<br><br>
I'm also a 40-something Mom to three kids!<br><br>
It's great that you're here!<br><br><br><br>
You're probably still getting far more protein than you actually need, with the dairy and such in your diet. Even so, it's nice to get other ideas...<br><br><br><br>
So tell us what you like to eat, (or ate as a meat-eater) protein-wise? Burgers? Chili? Spaghetti and Meatballs?<br><br><br><br>
Just about anything you ate as an omni you can easily eat as a lacto-ovo with the substitutes out there - OR by using beans instead (like in tacos or burritos) OR by simply making the recipe and leave the meat portion out... (like lasagna).<br><br><br><br>
Take time to read the other threads here, you'll find some great stuff... and feel free to PM if you have any specific questions you can't find answers to.
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"> 8 lbs in 3 weeks is amazing cogratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"> (assuming you wanted to lose the weight, that is).<br><br>
Congratulations on going vegetarian <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My name is Julia and I live in SoCalif. I am 46 yrs old and a SAHM to 3 boys.<br><br><br><br>
I have always been a meat eater, well, up until I hit my 40's. It seemed then that the 1st thing I ate was my veggies. Then the meat portions became smaller and smaller. At times, I would forget the meat and just eat the veggies and salads.<br><br><br><br>
Recently, when I cooked any type of meat, I would look at the end result and just couldn't bring myself to eat it. I was actually repulsed by it. It was then, I decided to stop eating meat. After some internet research, it seems I am an Ovo-lacto vegetarian. I still consume dairy products and eggs.<br><br><br><br>
This all came about 3 wks ago and I bet I have lost about 8 pounds! I feel better, though would like some vegetarian resources on how to include meat-equivelent protein into my diet.</div>
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i've been OL V for over 27 years now solid and the only thing i've done is make sure I have a bag or two of nuts each month.<br><br><br><br>
Thats the only thing I have ever taken, it just seems to be required to me, I don't really know why.
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm also in Southern Cal.
 

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Hi, Julia! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Way to go on the weight loss! I also lost a bit after going veg. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:">
 

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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Welcome to VeggieBoards and congrats on your switch to vegetarianism! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 
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