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On Becoming Vegetarian (or at least trying)

Monday, August 25, 2014

I have been transitioning into a more vegetarian lifestyle this past year. I gave up soda pop a couple months back and I'm very happy I did. I've been trying to give up cheese lately. That is a hard one, it seems to be hidden everywhere. Plus I sabotage myself every morning by taking a cheese stick with me to eat after my workout. I am always so hungry afterward and can think of nothing else that I can leave in my car for 2 hours. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to hear them.

Last Thursday I didn't have my daily dose of beans and by the evening I was missing them. Missing beans, how weird. It was late in the evening so I didn't go grab one of my premeasured containers but ate a tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter instead. I haven't had peanut butter on a spoon in years. Oh my how lovely it was. I logged it here on SP and it didn't seem to be a bad thing. So I might be buying a small jar to keep at school when we go back next week, for those days when I get hungry.

Anyway this started out about trying to become vegetarian. DH stumbled on a recipe for eggplant rollades a couple weeks ago. Slices of eggplant with a spicy cottage cheese filling. We have had it 3 times since the first time because I like them that much. We have discussed adding spinach but haven't yet, they are pretty close to perfect just as they are. I have been eating salads twice a day with my beans, which I dearly love. I try very hard not to eat meat, not because I don't want to eat someones mother or whatever but because I want to live a long and healthy life. I'm 56 and healthy now and I want to remain that way. I still need to lose weight but it is coming off so slowly that I think I need to take my attention off the weight loss and just concentrate on the being healthy part. Exercise, have fun, enjoy my life.

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WIZKEY 8/27/2014 1:00AM

    A granola bar or fiber bar is a great breakfast start. Also, it is much more difficult to be vegan (no dairy or eggs) and get all the nutrition you need. The occasional cheese stick or yogurt is filling and not too bad for you. Nuts are also a great item that will stay good in your car for a long time.

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 8/26/2014 7:45PM

    Wow! Salads twice a day. That's great. I hope to be able to get there one day. Excellent!

Well, you need cheese for the calcium for your bones and teeth. It's not so bad hanging on to it.

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HAZELFRUIT 8/26/2014 10:33AM

    I've been buying raw, unsalted nuts and making snack bags of 1/4 cup nuts. That's usually enough of a snack for me, but add a piece of ripe fruit and YUMMMM what a great reward for a hard workout!

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DS9KIE 8/25/2014 10:08PM

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I love eggplant

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2HAMSDIET 8/25/2014 8:10PM

    If you need more staying power maybe a bit more breakfast before you go and then have fruit after wards. I was just reading about putting green peas in a sweet smoothie or tofu scramble. I some times just eat dinner leftovers as I had to give up gluten and dairy. Those bean dishes get me through some long and hectic mornings. We also found dry roasted green soy beans and pumpkin seeds in the shell to be great as lots of chewing and fiber. My husband makes his smoothies the night before and then drinks them on his way to work.

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ALIIDA 8/25/2014 9:46AM

    It's great that you're healthy and it sounds as if you are eating an extremely healthy diet. I was reading about the benefits of zinc, especially for boosting your immune system after the flu - peanuts. I didn't have any, so like you, I ate a spoonful of peanut butter - yum.

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