Take a tour
invite your friends
- Select Menu -
Invite your friends
I am 27yo with a 5yo and a 3yo.
I have been doing a lot of research on becoming a vegetarian. I have found that there are about 4 different levels. Can anybody offer any strong advice on beginning a quest like this? Is this a crazy goal? Any good shopping list guides or recipe guide? PLEASE HELP! I am serious about this, and just need a boost of help and encouragement.
Thanks to all in advance!
Fri. Aug 11, 5:58pm
This is not an unrealistic goal. Being vegetarian does not mean eating boring food. The most important thing is to make sure you're getting all of the nutrients that you would normally get from meat. Beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc.) are great for protein and fiber, as are whole grains like barley and quinoa. Soy protein is really good for you, and things like tofu and tempeh have a lot of it. If you are new to these things, experiment with different cooking methods so that you're not turned off from the start. For instance, the first time I tried tofu, it was the extra firm kind, cubed and baked in a delicious pizza sauce. This was MUCH better than the barely cooked stuff that has a mushy texture. And the obviously, lots of fruits and veggies are important. Veggies like spinach and broccoli are good because they give you the iron that you would normally get in red meat. Some vegetarian cookbooks that I like the Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites and Quick Vegetarian Pleasures (by Jeanne Lemlin). Also, www.vegetariantimes.com and www.wholefoods.com have some good recipes. Good luck!
Friday, August 11, 2006, 9:31 PM
i dont know if you are comfortable eating eggs, but some vegetarians are. They are a great source of protein. if you dont want to eat eggs but miss them in your breakfast, you can get tofu scamble mixes, that are pretty tasty.
Friday, August 11, 2006, 9:44 PM
Going vegetarian is very easy, if you don't already eat most of your meals centered around meat. Almost all restaurants these days offer a few veggie options on menus, from gardenburgers to portabello mushroom sandwiches. I posted a recent comment in the thread "vegetarian food" with some suggestions. Check it out.
Saturday, August 12, 2006, 10:24 PM
Why not just try to cook more vegetable oriented meals? ie, don't try to "become a vegetarian" and go cold-turkey so to speak, but just replace the meat in your diet with beans and tofu and vegetables... before you know it, you may become essentially a vegetarian without imposing rules on yourself. If you go too extreme at once, you are bound to drop it. I know exactly 2 long-term vegetarians, and almost everyone else I know was "vegetarian" for about 6 months (and insufferably self-righteous during that short period!). Better to just try to eat better longterm, IMO. Personally, I eat mostly "vegetarian" and have meat just a couple times a week. It's hard to avoid it altogether, I start craving protein. But if you discover great dishes you love with other sources of protein, you'll stop bothering with meat...
Sunday, August 13, 2006, 11:35 PM
Thanks to all for the good ideas! Keep them coming, I'm taking it all in!! I don't consume a lot of meat now, it's just a matter of not knowing what contains animal products. This is what I am concerned with, because I am determined to give it my all and I don't want to claim "vegetarian" then be eating something and not know. I like the ideas of the gradual process, and not cold turkey. Those are encouraging ideas.
Monday, August 14, 2006, 12:27 AM
Try PETA for some other vegetarian info if you want to learn more about what products come from animals. I was vegan for many years and am still vegetarian and I know that animal by-products appear in many foods you wouldn't even think of (there is gelatin in frosted mini wheats, for example... what the heck is that doing in there?).
Monday, August 14, 2006, 9:14 AM
In order to determine what kind of vegetarian you want to be, ask yourself why you want to be vegetarian. If it's about cruelty to animals, you might eat no meat, but still eat free-range eggs, or you might go completely vegan. If it's about health, you might decide to still eat fish (a good source of essential fatty acids). It just depends on why YOU want to be vegetarian.
Monday, August 14, 2006, 10:57 AM
How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight
How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer
How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources
Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner
How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition
New Diet and Fitness Articles:
Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:
Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule
Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions
Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?
Everyday Weight Loss Tips
How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge
Introducing The PEERtrainer Cheat System
How To Speed Up Weight Loss
How To Get Motivation To Lose Weight
Weight Watchers: The New Science!
3 Myths About Weight Loss With JJ Virgin
Related Article :
New PEERtrainer Articles :
Why Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight
How To Lose A Lot Of Weight, Fast
5 Things You Must Know Before Doing A Cleanse
New: How To Build Muscle
What Is The Best Kind Of Protein Powder?
The Master Cleanse
Will Removing Gluten From Your Diet Help You Lose Weight?
How To Obliterate Your Limitations
How To Get The Motivation To Exercise
How To Stop Feeling Tired
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Super Immunity Diet
The PEERtrainer Diet
Is Portion Control Keeping You Fat?
The Ultimate Guide To Dietary Fiber
P90X? Do Burst Training Instead
Weight Watchers Points Changes For 2012
Can Diet Soda Cause You To GAIN Weight?