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Hello everyone!<br><br><br><br>
I've been a vegetarian my entire life and have done it successfully and loved everything about it. I used to get a little made fun of growing up in a smaller town in Ontario for being different but that was a long long time ago - 25 years! I'm now teaching English in South Korea which actually isn't very veg friendly but I've been doing OK and making a lot of home made meals - with the FRESH tofu I can get at the local market a true blessing.<br><br><br><br>
However, with my parents and support team so far away I'm looking for some support. I'm with my partner here and we went out to dinner with a couple that we work with. My boyfriend and I brought up that we would raise our children to be vegetarians. The girl went to TOWN on me...asking what my mom did for nutrients while she was pregnant and even going as far as to ask how my brain properly developed due to not eating meat. Claiming that tofu was high in fat and that I couldn't possibly be getting enough protein ect. I was shocked! I felt like I was in middle school again. It was sooo frustrating.<br><br><br><br>
Aghh....trapped with the mean kids in middle school...again!!
 

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That must be really frustrating. Some people just don't understand. All you can do, I think, is explain (if they want to hear it), that you are perfectly healthy and how/ why you are. She is probably just misguided.<br><br><br><br>
The important thing is that YOU know that you are healthy. And that YOU enjoy what you eat, and that YOU keep your beleifs.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sorry it was annoying - I'm sure that it'll get better.<br><br><br><br>
Best of luck,<br><br><br><br>
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Welcome to VeggieBoards! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Welcome! I've been in Korea for the past several years too, only I'm now pregnant. :p<br><br><br><br>
Along with tofu (which I'm not overly fond of), I eat LOTS of legumes. Chickpeas, lentils, and various other beans are all readily available at the Middle Eastern supermarkets and are chock full of nutrients. Sprouted brown rice (available at the larger supermarkets) is another good source of protein nutrients, as is the ubiquitous dwenjang paste.<br><br><br><br>
As for convincing the average Korean that vegetarianism is healthy, I've reached the point where I simply try to avoid food debates. (Case in point, my ob/gyn hasn't asked what I eat, and I haven't bothered to tell him.) There is a growing acceptance among the younger generation, though, in part due to a major information campaign by one of the veg societies over here a couple of years back. The couple of times people have gotten in my face, so to speak, I'm simply looked at them and said, "Let me guess ... you think plain white rice is an essential part of any healthy meal. Am I correct?" When they answered in the affirmative, I simply laughed and said, "In that case, we have nothing further to discuss."
 

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

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"> I'm sorry I can't help with the rest of your post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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