(Closed) Calling All Vegetarians/Pescetarians/Vegans!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013 - Home

Somethings that helped me immeasurably when I first became a vegetarian:

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

The veggie chart at greenleafy.org. It’s cute, too πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love steak too much to ever be a vegetarian, but I eat vegetarian about 75% of the time, I really love vegetables! I always try to eat more filling entrees – for example my lunch packed for work tomorrow is whole grain and wild rice topped with black beans and salsa.  I eat in with cheddar cheese in a tortilla that I assemble I work.  I love pasta salads too!

Good luck girl!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Some protein-rich foods that leave me feeling really satisfied…

Butter-fried eggs on toast.  (Or poached with hollandaise…oh, my.)

A burrito with beans, cheese, rice, guac, lettuce, pico, and chipotle salsa.

Ma po tofu or red thai curry with tofu and veggies over rice.

Giant dinner-sized salads with olive oil and LOTS of cheese.  A favorite is greek salad with fancy olives from the fresh olive bar and sheep’s milk feta.

Re: weight loss:  I’ve been veg for 20 years.  I lost about 20 lbs. 15 years ago and never gained it back.  I never dieted, I just became much more athletic and replaced my several smaller high-carb feedings a day with a just a couple of higher fat/protein meals and no snacks.  Sugar sends my blood sugar and insulin levels on a roller coaster ride that makes me feel hungry and sleepy in no time, so I stay 100% away from it.  A usual day for me is a rich, high-calorie lunch (burrito) and a BIG salad for dinner.  I try to have almost all of my food, except for staples like olive oil, be fresh.  A glass of red wine before/with dinner takes the edge off of my hunger before I have the chance to overdo it and leaves me feeling very satisfied with my meal.  Best of luck to you!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m not veggie, but was just curious.  I’m guessing you already know to watch your iron, but another thing to watch out for is B12.

I was B12 deficient even though I eat meat, and it wasn’t fun.  I’m guessing I’ve had problems with it on and off for years, I don’t know how many times I felt anemic, got my iron levels checked and sometimes they were low, but other times they were high.  It took years and other symptoms before a doctor suggested testing my B12 levels.

I’ll go back to reading since I’ve inserted my 2 cents Smile

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Good for you!! I have been veggie for 11 years now and I will never go back.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Make sure you are getting your B12! Nutritional yeast is yummy, you can add it to most food and it’s full of B12. I would definitely read The Kind Diet, it has so much yummy yummy recipes! It’s by Alicia Silverstone, she even has a website full of great advice by doctors and nutrionist. I believe it’s thekindlife.com. 

Tempeh has protein and you can make so many different dishes out of it. Make sure to get whole grains in your diet. 

Before I gave up meat I was always anemic. I stopped eating meat 2 years ago and I have not even once been anemic. In fact my doctor ran a blood test to make sure everything was on the up and she was so impressed! So needless to say I will continue my veggie diet, unless of course it becomes unhealthy for my body. Good luck and PM if you need to.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Pay attention to your cravings. Your body knows what it needs; it’ll send you signals when it’s not getting something important.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@linguo42:Agree!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just want to 2nd the rec for Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. It’s great!!

The best thing you can do base your meals around plant proteins. Chickpeas, beans, lentils, combined with whole grains, are SO healthy. If you like tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc., that’s good too.  Yogurt, though not a plant protein, is also really good. Cheese and milk are fine, but they’re not as good for you as the others. My favorite fast, easy dinner is to toss chickpeas with chopped veggies (whatever you have in the fridge – some combo of onions, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, garlic, cherry tomatoes…the list is endless) and olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any spices you like, spread on a baking sheet, and bake at 400-425 for 20-25 minutes. The chickpeas get nice and crispy, it’s filling, delicious, and there’s not a single thing bad for you in the whole meal.

For weight loss, the thing you want to watch out for is replacing meat with unhealthy carbs. I love me some pasta, but it’s not great for the waistline if it becomes a staple in my diet.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also, congrats on making the switch!! I’ve been vegetarian for 9 years now, and I can’t imagine going back.  It’s cheaper, healthier, and I just feel better physically. All my health numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, weight) are better at 31 than when I was 21.  I take a daily multi to make sure I get iron and b-vitamins.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years (I was a weird 8 year old!). There are so many amazing meat alternatives. Lentils and quinoa can be used in burgers and tacos and sloppy joes and are super healthy and satisfying! Good luck to both of you!

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