I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, and gazing up at the stars. Joking....well not, really I like those things, but just being a bit of a wiseass.
I live in CA (hence the Cali in my username). I'm a yoga instructor, vegan, and an atheist. I also belong to a few other atheist/non-religious forums, although I have to say you have a lot cooler smileys here
Just looking to make some new friends and talk to some cool people.
I'm a suburban housewife in Chicagoland, who couldn't live without the occasional cheeseburger*. At least we agree on the important stuff: I'm a devout atheist.
*and, No, I'm not gonna say you're wrong about your choice of diet; vegan just doesn't work for me. I really enjoy being an omnivore, with a lean towards veggies.
(which is the word thumbup with a colon on each side, no spaces)
edited to add: the waving emoticon is the word wave with a colon [not asterisks] on each side, no spaces.
Um thanks for your input, but I thought this was the Intro thread and not the Food and Nutrition thread. I go to a nutritionist, so I'm fine, but thanks for caring. Unlike many Americans, I don't have any issues with high blood pressure, cholesterol, and am not overweight so I must be doing something right.
That's a myth.
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Vegetarianhe ... diets.aspx
Speaking with my biologist hat on, I'd probably argue that in the early stages of pregnancy, a tiny bit of fish would be quite helpful, but with care, effort and dedication even this can almost certainly be worked around.
I can move this to a more suitable place if any discussion takes off...
Vegetarian Society - Factsheet - Protein
The only problem is getting enough vitamin B12, but some vegetarians cheat a little-bit by being lactos (eating milk products), ovos (eating egg products), or both (lacto-ovos). That can provide enough B12. One can also get B12 from vitamin supplements or from fortified foods.Protein combining
Of the eight essential amino acids two lysine and methionine are given special attention in vegetarian diets. This is because compared with foods of animal origin such as eggs, milk and cheese various food groups of vegetable origin have an imbalance of either lysine or methionine. The food groups mainly in question are; cereals, such as wheat, oats and rice, and legumes; beans, peas and lentils. Wheat and rice proteins are comparatively low in lysine but better sources of methionine whereas beans and peas are relatively high in lysine yet in lower methionine. This has naturally led to the idea of cereals and legumes as complementary proteins. In practice this means that meals that combine for example beans and rice or houmous and bread will provide a biologically complete protein intake. It was thought until relatively recently that, as the body does not readily store amino acids it was essential for vegetarians to combine complementary proteins at each meal. There has been some debate over this which has concluded that this isnt strictly necessary, however it still has some advantages and seems a sensible way to approach a varied and complete diet.