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Hi there, I'm Katie.<br><br>
I became a vegetarian after watching something in school about the meat industry that really bothered me, a few months ago. I joined this forum because I have some issues in finding good vegetarian food around me. I live in Illinois.<br><br>
My major problems mainly involve not getting enough protein and, in particular, not getting enough B12.<br><br>
Just introducing myself. If you can help me with anything here, please comment!
 

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Hi there, I'm Katie.<br><br>
I became a vegetarian after watching something in school about the meat industry that really bothered me, a few months ago. I joined this forum because I have some issues in finding good vegetarian food around me. I live in Illinois.<br><br>
My major problems mainly involve not getting enough protein and, in particular, not getting enough B12.<br><br>
Just introducing myself. If you can help me with anything here, please comment!</div>
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Hey Katie!<br><br>
I'm new to veg*n life, too, but I'm learning so, so much.<br><br>
As regards protein and B12, don't worry. Really. There is protein in so much tasty food out there.<br><br>
In fact there is protein in almost everything.<br><br>
The only thing you should worry about is in what order you should eat all the great food!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome!<br><br>
Getting B12 is an important issue to address. Fortunately it is available in many different types of vitamin supplements. If you are concerned about protein you might want to track your diet for awhile on a site like <a href="http://www.Sparkpeople.com" target="_blank">Sparkpeople.com</a> to see where you stand. If you are eating a variety of healthy natural foods, you may find that you are getting plenty.
 

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Welcome!<br><br>
Getting B12 is an important issue to address. Fortunately it is available in many different types of vitamin supplements. If you are concerned about protein you might want to track your diet for awhile on a site like <a href="http://www.Sparkpeople.com" target="_blank">Sparkpeople.com</a> to see where you stand. If you are eating a variety of healthy natural foods, you may find that you are getting plenty.</div>
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If you are a vegetarian and eat dairy products and eggs, you won't have a problem with B12 - B12 is in animal products.<br><br>
If you are vegan and don't eat any animal products, the best thing to do is to take a B12 supplement - although B12 is added to food like breakfast cereals and soya milk, its probably best to take a supplement just to be sure.<br><br>
Protein is not a problem for vegetarians or vegans, as long as you don't try to exist on just fruit and vegetables (and even then, if you eat enough of them, you should get enough protein). Make sure you are replacing the meat with alternatives - beans, nuts, lentils, soy protein etc.<br><br>
And welcome to veggieboards!
 

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Welcome, for my b12, I take a supplement to be on the safe side. Better to be safe then sorry with b12
 
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