Vegan or Vegetarian?
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Ok so Vegan or Vegetarian? Which one will help me loose the most weight? I've decided to try both out & see which works best for me. I rarely ever eat red meats & other types of meats (with the ocassional fried chicken & burger) & hardly any dairy I feel I can easily adjust to a new way of eating. I believe it will make it easier for me to make the transition because I won't miss what I hadn't been eating. So I've planned my menu for the week & the foods they don't seem all that bad I actually like a lot of the foods that have been incorporated into the plan. I just hope I loose a lot of weight with this new approach. Please feel free to give me any advice if you're a vegan or vegetarian on reliable resources I know there's so much info out there it's kind of overwhelming!
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I am a Vegan want to be myself. I have been studying it for some time now. I really need to transition into it. ( I am a serious meat lover, but I see the health benefits of a vegan diet). From my research, I can only say, watch you fat intake! You can get as much or more fat on a Vegan diet, than on a SAD diet. If you eat too much avocados, nuts, and seeds, or use a lot of olive oil, the fat will add up. Try more rice, and other whole grains to transition. Good luck with your transition, and wish me luck with mine!
1555 days ago
Vegan. Dairy contains Pus, gross. You have to read about the facts on notmilk.com and other sites. The processed soy meats while they taste great are made of GMO soy, MSG and other not so nice stuff. I love morningstar, but it's not health food.
1557 days ago
For vegetarians, I love the cookbooks by Mollie Katzen. My favorite is "Still Life with Menu." She doesn't just give you recipes, she gives you entire menus with the recipes organized by menu, instead of by entree/side/dessert.
I also love the Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet by Nava Atlas. Nice simple recipes that are quick and surprisingly delicious! (Nice side bennie: she gives you the nutrition counts with her recipes!)
1561 days ago
*disclaimer: I am not in favor of a vegan lifestyle, which seems to be full of unnatrually/uber-processed foods, unhealthy fats and LOTS of sugar/bad carbs*
I'm about 80% vegetarian since I can't eat beef or chicken, and I eschew processed meats and foods (meaning no extruded soy products). I am also lactose intolerant, although I can eat yogurt.
My meals are centered around vegetables and healthy whole proteins - eggs, fish/shellfish, lean pork - with smaller sides of starches or carbohydrates. Seeds, nuts, legumes typically round things out. I snack on almonds, apples, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and fresh veggies. Indian food is especially suited to a non-processed, vegan-ish diet.
Today, my meals look like this:
2 eggs, a whole-wheat English muffin, whole-fruit jelly, fresh strawberries & blackberries, iced coffee with soymilk
An ounce of almonds
A salad with lots of veggies, salsa and a teaspoon of olive oil
Cottage cheese (I rinse it to get the milk and salt out) with mixed fruit & cinnamon
A granola bar
A small apple
A tin of sardines with whole-wheat crackers
A bunch of mixed veg with 3oz of lean pork and a cup of mashed potatoes
Greek yogurt sprinkled with sunflower seeds
Good luck - eat the best, least processed food you can find and you'll be on the right track!
1561 days ago
HA...I'm the veggie team leader and I still consider myself a newbie vegetarian....I never cooked ...I'm actually starting to use my kitchen..my husband is boggled I know but he has yet to mention it LOL. I don't use any meal plans on spark and never did. I eat what I feel like at that moment...I know my calorie range and what I track nutrient rise..I found that as soon as I planned out what I was going to eat I always wanted something I hadn't planned for that day. Just goes to show all people need different strategies...the first week I went 100% veggie..not vegan, I lost 6# I don't miss meat either, but the dairy I'm working on...my thing is cheese. I started with some really simple books like living vegetarian for dummies and becoming a vegetarian...the lifers in the team have awesome advice but overwhelmed me a little with all the serious reading..I'm just getting into "Forks over Knives" there's a book and a Video...the video is super informative.
1562 days ago
Hmm. I am sort of that way.
1563 days ago
There are so many good websites that will help you. I consider myself a Flexitarian. I do eat fish and chicken once in a while.
See if your town has a Whole Foods store and Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants.
There are some Sparkteams that may give you some good information and support as well. Here are a few:
Eating Whole Foods
Eat Real Foods
Flexitarians/Part Time Vegetarians
Engine 2 Diet
Hope this helps!
1563 days ago
There are many creative dishes you can eat that support your choice. My husband and I use MorningStar Farms products (made from soy) and they taste similar to meat. I enjoy the veggie crumbles, which are similar to ground beef. We use it to make tacos (add taco seasoning to the crumbles) or put it in lasagne. Their products support our desire for meat taste/texture. Good luck!
1563 days ago
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