Great advice, IMVEGAN! Another great plant based DR.= Dr. FUHRMAN .His book Eat To Live answers all your questions too. Young people are so wise and are catching on much sooner than our generation did on the importance of plant based diets. All 5 of our granddaughters are now vegetarians. We are learning from them!
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Welcome good mom.. The good news is if your daughter eats enough beans, veggies, fruits and whole grains (not processed foods mind you like potato chips and crackers and white rice but whole wheat bread and brown rice) she doesn't need to even worry about protein because all of these have protein in them. Yes veggies contain protein, beans too and whole grains. Fruits not so much but they have other great vitamins so don't leave them out....
The meat industry has done a GREAT marketing job over the years making you believe that protein is the MOST IMPORTANT nutrient in the world when actually is one of a hundred (maybe even a thousand we are learning about more every day) important ones. Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. McDougall, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Ornish, Dr. Barnard and others ( all brilliant doctors who write about vegan and vegetarian diets) all say that if you eat enough healthy calories you will get enough protein so don't worry about it.
If you want to read more about healthy eating and vegan/vegetarian diets please visit this website: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine PCRM.org. You can also google any of those names I mentioned above and get books by them out of your local library.
Websites for great recipes that I like are Postpunkkitchen.com, fatfreevegan.com, happyherbivore.com, Ohsheglows.com and there are great recipes here on Spark. I am sure other folks will chime in and offer websites and books that they like too.
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What a nice supportive mom! Welcome to the team! There are lots of books out there that will give you suggestions for vegetarian and vegan foods. You could start out at the library so that you don't have to buy a lot of books to find out which ones you like and which ones you don't like. The vegetarian menu with the calorie counter here on SparkPeople is what I've been using. I also like Dr. John McDougall's Vegan Cookbooks, I do have to add salt and pepper to his recipes, though. ; ) I also find eating like I use to but just leaving the meat out works. I started eating more beans for good protein, too. I like the old balanced diet charts the government put out in the 1960s and earlier instead of the triangle chart we have now that clumps all fruits and vegetables together as if they were all equal nutritionally. They are not. I found out from SparkPeople that I am not getting enough folate because I'm not eating enough GREEN LEAFY vegetables. I found that I need to eat more beans, also. I've always know, however, that we need to eat citrus fruits and other fruits high in vitamin C and not just apples and bananas. The "new" chart just makes it seem like ALL fruits and vegetables are the same nutritionally, which they are not.
Hi I am new to this team; I joined because my daughter is a new vegetarian and I would like to cook for her and I don't know how. I know 3 oz of meat is a serving; does 1 cup of rice and beans yield the same amount of protein? Things like that. She enjoys just about every food so that's not a problem. I hope you all can help me. Is there a web site that would give me a menu or something that I can look at just to see what it looks like? In other words, HELP!!! lol thanks
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