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Old 09-30-2004, 01:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am not a vegetarian. Yet. But I am trying to get there.

My questions:

* I hear a lot about complex protiens. How do I make sure I get that?

*What about cheese? Is there something I can combine that with, to get the complex proteins?

*Or eggs?

*My son HATES beans. Really, really dislikes them. (He will not be "forced" to become veg, but I would love to try and get him to eat less meat and more other healthy stuff.)

Any other great protein sources other than beans, that I can try to give him?

*I have always heard that fish is very healthy. That everyone needs fish oils, omega so and so e.t.c. How does a vegetraian get these things?

Stupid questions, I am sure.... But becoming a vegetarian in Norway is kinda hard. It`s not very normal here. And I constantly have to tell people that it IS possible to be healthy without eating meat...

Thanks for any help you can give me!

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Flax seeds/oil for OMEGA's
Quinoa for Protein

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Regarding protein. It used to be believed that each food or meal you ate needed to have complete proteins. But that's not true. Eat, and the protein in the food will wait until the rest of what it needs comes to it, then it will combine to form a complete protein.

Other great protein sources: tofu, soy beans (edamame, which is fun to eat), nuts, and grains. Don't worry too much about protein. It's easily obtained unless all you eat is fruit and nothing else.

People think fish is healthy because of the Omega fatty acids. Well where do you think fish get those? From plant sources of fatty acids like algae. For omegas you can eat walnuts, canola oil, avocados, flax oil, and hempseed.
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Hi Tamara,

Congrats on trying to get veggie in such a fish-happy country.

[QUOTE=CrunchyTamara]I am not a vegetarian. Yet. But I am trying to get there.

My questions:

* I hear a lot about complex protiens. How do I make sure I get that?

There are only a few veggie foods that are complex proteins in and of themselves. But as Erin says, you don't need to combine food in each meal to get complex protein. Just eat a variety during the day of grains, proteins, fruits and veggies.

*What about cheese? Is there something I can combine that with, to get the complex proteins?

*Or eggs?

If you are eating cheese and eggs, then you'll be getting plenty of protein along with your other veggie foods.

*My son HATES beans. Really, really dislikes them. (He will not be "forced" to become veg, but I would love to try and get him to eat less meat and more other healthy stuff.)

There are SOOOO many ways to serve beans. I bet you haven't tried them all. Hummus, falafel balls, refried beans in Mexican food, mashed and mixed up in tomato sauce, sweet baked beans

*Any other great protein sources other than beans, that I can try to give him?

Nut butters - all kinds have different tastes and textures. We like almond butter and pumpkinseed butter (which is really rich in omega oils.) Tahini (sesame seed spread) mixed in sauces and spread with jam on toast. Soy - you can use the fake meats or tofu or get energy bars like clif bars which have a very high serving of protein (10 g) and they now make one for kids. You can also use Seitan (wheat gluten) in place of meat which has high protein content.

*I have always heard that fish is very healthy. That everyone needs fish oils, omega so and so e.t.c. How does a vegetraian get these things?

You can get the oils from plant sources. We take flaxseed oil (liquid in salads or sauces) or capsules, borage oil, and pumpkinseed oil. You can also eat pumpkin seeds or pumpkinseed butter. And all nut butters have some. And make sure that the oil you buy is cold-pressed, or expeller-pressed so that it retains the natural omega oils in the plants.

Stupid questions, I am sure.... But becoming a vegetarian in Norway is kinda hard. It`s not very normal here. And I constantly have to tell people that it IS possible to be healthy without eating meat...

Have you looked online? There are vegetarians and vegans in every country, even places like Mongolia and upper Alaska. I'm sure there are some in Norway - perhaps even some groups that have meetings or dinners and can give advice. I'm not sure what veggie products are available in Norway but I'm sure there must be.

Good luck!
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