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    My husband has a co-worker who is way into Primal lifestyle. But she also says she is vegetarian. I think she does eat fish and eggs, but no chicken, beef, lamb, pork....??

    I don't know her well enough to ask tons of questions, but I guess I'm just curious as to how this might be done? And is it healthy? She looks lean and healthy....

    Anyone here vegetarian? What do you eat? Is there a healthy way to not eat meat?

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    I suppose it could be done but it seems like it would be a lot of effort to get the proper nutrients.
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    • #3
      Being Primal or Paleo is pretty easily done for vegetarians. You can get plenty of protein from raw dairy, eggs and nuts! If your friend eats fish, too (which is not vegetarian... she'd be more of a pescetarian) then she's bound to do just fine in the Primal world.
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      • #4
        Interesting!! I ask also b/c while I've always eaten meat and in my adult life really tended toward low starch, the food I really love are nuts, fruits, grains, and sweet potatoes. I know that grains don't do a body good, but man, I often feel like just don't want meat!

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        • #5
          Like, for example avocado rolled in nori wraps with sprouts and tahini... mmmmmm

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          • #6
            There are plenty of days where I don't eat beef, chicken or pork. Eggs, butter, veggies for breakfast... tuna salad for lunch... veggie-egg-hash scramble with raw cheese for dinner. Some days I eat tons of meat and no eggs/seafood. It all balances out in the end.

            Eat what you're in the mood for!
            >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
            >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

            >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
            >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

            Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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            • #7
              You have to eat a whole lot of nuts to get enough protein. Despite their vegetarian reputation for being high in protein, most tree nuts are relatively low in protein. Walnuts, for instance, are 90% fat and 2% protein.

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              • #8
                Vegans can't get B12 from their diet without supplementation, but vegetarians can. Pescatarians definitely can.

                Some non-fourlegged sources of B12: Clams, oysters, mussels, caviar, octopus, mackerel, herring, salmon, cod, sardines, tuna, trout, bluefish, crab, lobster, and eggs (goose and duck have more B12 than chicken eggs).

                Also, cheese. Think Swiss for B12.
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                • #9
                  Im basically vegetarian and i am worlds healthier then when i ate a meat based diet. My main calories come from frut, dairy and eggs in that order.

                  It can easily be done. You dont have to be a sstrict vegetarian or anything, just eat animal products when you feel the need and keep most of your calories coming from what you like, in your case, carbs.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                    You have to eat a whole lot of nuts to get enough protein. Despite their vegetarian reputation for being high in protein, most tree nuts are relatively low in protein. Walnuts, for instance, are 90% fat and 2% protein.
                    There is no such thing as a protein deficiency. Most people eat way more then they need.

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        Isn't Mark's wife a vegetarian?
                        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Zach View Post
                          There is no such thing as a protein deficiency.
                          False

                          Originally posted by Zach View Post
                          Most people eat way more then they need.
                          True
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Zach View Post
                            There is no such thing as a protein deficiency. Most people eat way more then they need.
                            Did you read that on a vegan site someplace? A person on a weight loss diet can easily get behind on their protein requirements, as can a vegan who is trying to get their protein from nuts. I know I did after I lost my first 30 pounds, and ended up madly craving meat for days.

                            But if you look at the standard American diet (admittedly on a bad day), 4 ounces of whole wheat flour, 4 ounces of corn flour, 4 ounces of sugar, and 2 ounces of canola oil, not an atypical bad day for many junk food eaters, provides 1740 calories and a whopping 24 grams of protein. But since people constantly hear that you can't get a protein deficiency because most people eat way more than they need, they would never consider the possibility.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                              Did you read that on a vegan site someplace? A person on a weight loss diet can easily get behind on their protein requirements, as can a vegan who is trying to get their protein from nuts. I know I did after I lost my first 30 pounds, and ended up madly craving meat for days.

                              But if you look at the standard American diet (admittedly on a bad day), 4 ounces of whole wheat flour, 4 ounces of corn flour, 4 ounces of sugar, and 2 ounces of canola oil, not an atypical bad day for many junk food eaters, provides 1740 calories and a whopping 24 grams of protein. But since people constantly hear that you can't get a protein deficiency because most people eat way more than they need, they would never consider the possibility.
                              Im sure you were craving meat for other reasons, most likely you were crash dieting. Yes is someone is eating all their calories from non foods and eating low calories then your protein requirements will go up. Im talking about someone who is eating a relatively healthy diet and hearing the eat 1g per lb mantra. 30-60g a day is plenty for most individuals eating fairly decently and no it all doesnt need to come from animal products. 99% of people will never have a protein deficiency even eating a vegan diet.

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