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3/29/13 12:21 P

Skinny Bitch is the most enjoyable, but The China Study, The Lean, and Slaughter House are all excellent starts!!!

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3/29/13 11:08 A

The Lean . by Kathy Preston
you can have a 'look inside' at
Great book for beginners who want to eat vegetarian the healthy way.

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3/28/13 10:26 P

Thanks for all the recommendations! Will definitely check them out :)

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3/26/13 2:08 P

"Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman is about as close as I get to vegetarianism. I REALLY like his presentations re. "nutritarian" and the the need to maximize the nutritional benefits of our food choices.

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3/26/13 1:20 P

A couple of vegetarian cookbooks I love:

Plenty by Ottolenghi

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Nixon

The Complete Idiots Guide to Plant Based Nutrition by Hever

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3/26/13 1:01 P

You can also research Gabriel Cousens and David Wolfe. They have some awesome recipes. I think they are more vegan than straight vegetarian, but you can get some great ideas from them.

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3/26/13 12:43 P

For recipe ideas, I've always been partial to the "Moosewood" series of cookbooks.

They have some of their recipes online now, too, so you don't have to commit to buying a book (also - the local public library is a good source of cookbooks; you can give them a trial run before committing to own one).

I agree with what has been said about "difficulty meeting protein requirements" - not so bad when eating at maintenance but trying to get 60 grams of protein out of 1200 calories-worth of strictly-vegetarian foods can be QUITE a challenge.

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3/26/13 11:50 A

Vegetarians eat carb-heavy diets. This is not a bad thing. Vegetables are carbs. Make no mistake about that. And whole grain breads and brown rice - all carbs, carbs, carbs! However, consider that vegetarians as a group are a healthy bunch, slimmer on average and enjoying good health (better than average, in fact, depending on the study you pull). What is challenging is getting enough protein within the guidelines of vegetarianism. But of course it is done! Seventh Day Adventists incorporate vegetarianism in their lives, so there you have a population that walks the walk through a lifetime. With carbs, carbs, carbs.

It's not just the absence of meat. There's quite a lot of thought that goes into the vegetarian diet choice.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 3/26/2013 (11:51)

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3/26/13 11:48 A

I went vegan for Lent this year, and I bought Betty Goes Vegan. It's essentially a meat-, fish- egg- and dairy-free remake of classic Betty Crocker recipes:

I'm not sure about informational books, but here's a good link to get started:

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3/26/13 6:05 A

I like Forks over Knives for good balanced food ideas, and I highly recommend reading Eating Animals if you're considering becoming vegetarian. I finally stopped eating meat about a year ago- best decision ever!

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3/26/13 4:25 A

I can't recommend any books, but I CAN recommend these links:

This one doesn't cover vegetarianism, BUT it doesn't focus on meats so there are lots of healthy alternatives:

Here is a link to Vegetarian Main Course Recipes - they all have their nutritional content so you can pick and choose from there.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 3/26/2013 (04:30)

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3/25/13 11:31 P

Hi! I have been seriously considering becoming a vegetarian for some time now; however, I need some education on how to eat properly (sufficient protein, not having excessive amounts of carbs, etc). Can anyone recommend a good book as a starting point?


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