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    Sorry it took me so long to reply. I am constantly busy. I have a 3yo and a 5yo that keep me running. Plus I work full time. It has been really hard for me growing up not eating meat. I got into the habit of eating bread, potatoes and pasta. I gained a lot of weight over the past 10 years. Just recently I had Lapband surgery. Now I try to be a healty vegetarian. I eat a lot of beans(any kind), a lot of lowfat cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese. I have recently tried some marinated baked tofu and really liked it. Also try quinoa. It is a grain that I substitute for rice and it is full of protein. Hope this helps. Larissa
    2835 days ago
    Hi Donna! :-)

    It's definitely okay to drink water or heavily diluted juice, iced tea is okay if you keep the sugar to an absolute minimum. I am trying to give up juice, but for the past five years or more I've been using 1/2 cup orange juice in the bottom of a 32 oz container and filling it up with water. Since I can't always drink it cold, sometimes I use 2 1/2 cups of cold water and 1 cup of freshly boiled water and then chug the whole thing. Lemon juice or slices of cucumber in water is nice too. You can add herbs like mint to make it yummy, too. I'll send you some links!
    2838 days ago
    Hi Donna and welcome to the Calling All Vegetarians (and Vegans) team!!! I'm a relatively new vegetarian myself, and have been studying like crazy to make sure I do it right. The key seems to be to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables and whole grains and you'll do fine. The only thing we might get low on is B12, which is in multivitamins. Those who don't do well on a veg diet seem to be those who still eat a lot of refined foods such as white rice, white bread, and so on.

    I feel absolutely fabulous, and since going veg have lost a minimum of 1-2 pounds per week with no calorie counting.

    If you like to read, I can suggest "The China Study", which details tons of compelling research that a plant based diet is far healthier than an animal-based diet, and is cruelty free and far better for our environment.

    Again, welcome, good luck, and I hope you enjoy the team!!!

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    2841 days ago