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10/17/12 8:12 A

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Hello Deb,

Welcome to the team!

Rob

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10/15/12 11:27 A

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Hi Deb and welcome!

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10/11/12 12:56 A

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First off, meat is overrated as a protein source and I say that from personal experience. This summer when I ate nearly completely from vegetables from a U-Pick farm, my protein increased rather that decreased.

Yet on of the reasons that you are part of the flexitarians...is that none of us will judge you if you still consume meat! Just gradually look over others food logs and blogs to of how others are eating. Experiment. Adjust to what works well for your lifestyle and what your body tells you. You don't have to do this all at once, it may take some time to discover what makes you body sing!

Did you know mushrooms are a great source of not only protein, but also minerals? I recently make a roasted medley of mushrooms, eggplant, red peppers and and onions and used it with a little goat cheese as a sandwich filling and a cold salad. It was so great that who would miss the meat. Or tonight I'm eating about three cups of steamed green beans with greek olives and a dust of walnuts (garlic and pepper for flavor) - more protein than a glass of milk. Three of this type of meat plus one meal that has a small amount of meat, fish, dairy, beans, or eggs will easily give you enough protein for the whole day.

Vegatables that will give you a great protein hit are (listed as grams of protein; per calories) nappa cabbage (1;12), cucumber (1;12), Summer squash (1;13), radishes (1;14), mustard greens (2; 14), asparagus (2; 15), string or snap beans (1; 15), tomato (1;15), red and green peppers (1; 16), celery (1; 16), cauliflower (2; 17), romaine lettuce (1; 17), Spinach (2;19), turnips (2; 21), white mushrooms (3; 22), eggplant (1, 24), green onion tops (2; 25), portabello (3; 26), pumpkin (1, 26), brocolli (3;26), onions (1; 26), Kale or brocolli leaves (3;28), Parsley (3; 36).......basic math show if you each half your daily calories from this type of food you can easily reach your protein needs even without meat. And this will give you antioxidants, fiber, more water content, minerals etc etc.

Hope this helps you gain confidence that you will not lack protein switching to more vegatables. Don't forget to drink things like coffee (1; 1), flavor your water with lemon (1; 20), spice your food with basil (3; 23), and eat the low cal grain winner oats (3; 40).

Change will happen when you discover how fun it is to eat this way! Best to you!

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10/10/12 3:32 P

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Greetings and welcome to the group. I've been a vegetarian for years, but I have added some ocean fish back into my diet.

I'm certain there are people here who can help you find a wonderful balance!

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10/10/12 3:24 P

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I have joined Flexitarians to help me promote eating less meat. I have no problem not eating meat most of the times. I am hypoglycemic though and find it a challenge to feel well only eating vege protein.
I look forward to learning.
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