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hi! im laura =), im 23 years old.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
ive felt bad for eaten meet since a very long time ago, but didnt have the stength to quit, mainly cuz i amost dont like vegetables hehehhe, and hate cooking, and besides i live in venezuela, where there arent much choises for vegetarians, but i met some people that live near me, that are vegeteriams, and got motivated =), i havent eat meat for 5 days now, but i dont have to much knolwlege on nutrition, ive eat the things that my mon does, exept for meat, like beans, pasta, soups, salads, rice, fruts, chees, milk, cereal..and so on, but i havent been feeling too good, today the salad had tuna, and so i ate it, it was to hard to take out.. well the thing is, my stomach hurts like a burning sensation, and feel like i was gonna get a feber, i dont know if it could be related to the change of my eating habits, what do you think? and where can i find info about the proteins of the food<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">.<br>
thanks im very happy to have found this site <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome, Laura! Glad to have you on board!<br><br>
It sounds like you need to do two things: Learn about nutrition and learn more about cooking. Don't worry that these are skills that are not learnt overnight exactly. Also don't be discouraged if you can't go all vegetarian right away. It's a learning process, that for some of us it's harder due to circumstances, but in the end you will succeed.<br><br>
Proteins are found in most foods, but in very varying amounts. To increase you protein intake you should especially eat foods like beans, lentils, chick peas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), peanuts and products made from these, and soya bean products. There are also proteins in grains, so rice, pasta and breads are also good sources. Eggs and to a lesser degree dairy products also have protein (but some vegetarians don't eat these foods for ethical and other reasons). Make sure you eat both legumes (beans, lentils and so on) and grains (rice, pasta and so on).<br><br>
You may want to be careful not to eat too much sweet / sugary foods and drinks, even fruits, as these can make you feel a bit bloated. Some fruit is good for you, but don't overdo it either. Maybe this is why you're not feeling too well at the moment?<br><br>
Please ask us if you have any more questions. Just start a new thread in one of the other sections (e.g. the New to vegetarianism sub-forum).
 

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