For those that are vegetarian...

how do you get all the nutrients in your diet without vitamins?

im worried i won't get enough b vitamins...but am not big on supplements.

ideas?!
Hm, why no supplements?

Start eating nutritional yeast. Don't be alarmed if your piss looks like Koolaid, that's just excess B vitamins.
i like the idea of getting my nutrients, on a regular basis, from food.

vitamins, imo, (certain minerals and nutrients) can cause health problems when taken in extremes.


ooo i havent heard about that yeast...thanks!
These are all good sources of B vitamins:

Bananas
Nutritional yeast or brewer's yeast
Tempeh
Potatoes
Lentils
Chili peppers
Molasses
Marmite
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B 12 is a tricky one, because it is more commonly found in animal products. Like Riot Crrl suggested, you can try nutritional yeast, or you can try buying cereal or soy milk that is fortified with B12.

I think that for most of the other vitamins/minerals, you just need to make sure that you eat a wide variety of foods (beans, leafy veggies, fruit, etc) at mealtimes.
how do you get all the nutrients in your diet without vitamins?

im worried i won't get enough b vitamins...but am not big on supplements.

ideas?!
Originally Posted by Sleigh
As long as you eat enough protein and don't overdo the carbs and starches, it shouldn't be any harder than with a diet that includes meat. If you are not vegan, eggs are a good protein source. Whether you are vegan or not, you can get protein from nuts and nut products, beans and lentils and tofu and soy products. You can also get the iron meat eaters get from meat from dark green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale etc. and it is in eggs and lentils too.
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ah ok -

b12 was what i was most worried about - thanks everyone!
Vegan Outreach has an excellent article on the importance of B12. I drink fortified soymilk but still take a supplement to be sure I'm getting enough.

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12

I'm vegetarian but avoid eggs and dairy most of the time.
I just eat.

I naturally lean towards whole foods, so that solves most of the problem. I rarely take supplements, but I do eat a variety of foods (seaweed, nutritional yeast, etc.) that have b12 in them.

I went to the doctor last January and asked the doc to check everything. All my bloodwork came out fine. Healthy as a horse (except for my horrendous allergies).

eta: My soymilk is also fortified. And most cereals are fortified. They are a lot of meat eaters that have trouble with b12, too.
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B 12 is a tricky one, because it is more commonly found in animal products. Like Riot Crrl suggested, you can try nutritional yeast, or you can try buying cereal or soy milk that is fortified with B12.
Originally Posted by CurlyCurlies
Yes, that's what I'm wondering, I'm a vegetarian and I don't have any idea where to get my vitamin b12 aside from eating animal products. Can you help me out? Thanks!

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