Alisha, When I started making my transition from meat-eating to vegetarian, I used some of the meat equivalents, but we don't have them very often now. One of the big reasons is because I am cheap! When I compare the price of a frozen meat substitute to a bag of dried beans, my cheapskate side takes over. I also try to focus on whole foods and most are highly processed. Congratulation on your great decision. You will be amazed how much better you feel. I recommend getting some good cookbooks. Even though you are not interested in going vegan, I would recommend vegan cookbooks. First, if your son needs to eat vegan, they can give you good ideas for him. If you want to add dairy to a recipe, it is easier than working to get it out. After I went vegetarian, but before I went vegan, I bought some cookbooks that now annoy me. I don't want to have to double check each recipe for dairy and adjust it. Just thought I'd give you a heads up. I also said I would NEVER go vegan and ended up eating my words!
thanks ill check those out :). i pulled some recipes from sparkrecipes a lot seem to be pasta recipes. i tried my first morning star hamburger and it was really good. i wasnt expecting it to taste good at all lol. my dr actually suggested giving up meat. i am currently vitamin d deficient, and have very very high cholesterol and have issues losing weight. she said that a vegetarian diet is much healthier and would help me with my cholesteral, fat intake, that it would also help minimize the amount of ulcers i get by not getting as much fat. she seems to think it will be good for me. i am on a multi vitamin due to my vitamin deficiencys so im already covered there.
Hi & welcome. I just became a vegetarian in Aug. 08 so, I'm still learning as well. Eatingwell.com , Vegweb.com & Prevention.com have many great recipes. You will learn how to make up meals as you go along. Playing with different spices is a lot of fun for me because I love to cook. Many cultures use herbs & spices & when you start using them you will see why. I only take a multivitamin & vitamin d, no other supplements. I am not vegan so I do get protien from eggs & cheeses as well as beans, nuts & tofu. But the cheese will still put the weight on so, try not to make the mistake of too much pasta & cheese. I highly recommend VegetarianTimes.com. There is some great advice there & recipes as well. Good luck. I can honestly say that I have never felt better & my skin looks great since switching to a vegetarian diet. Oh yeah, I haven't lost weight very fast but I'm losing consistantly. Jeannie
Welcome to the team! I have been a vegetarian for about 25 years, but my concern is mostly to make sure I get enough protein. I use soy meats, eggs, dairy, beans, and nuts for this. I live in a house of 'Big Mac' people, so sometimes our meals are a little odd. I do try to manage to get a few extra vegetables into them, but I'm afraid we end up with way too many carbs (rice and potatoes). Check into some of the recipes on Spark. There are a lot of good ones to try.
Im new to the group and new to the vegetarian diet. I have 3 children and a hubby. one of my children have pku and is on a low pro diet which includes a very strict vegan diet. My new years resolution is to go vegetarian and to lose 100 lbs. Ive had issues dieting but feel that its time to stick to my goal. Ive thought about going vegetarian for a while now and thought now is a good time since im starting my diet also. :). giving up meat wont be hard for me as i didnt eat much and didnt care for it anyhow, the husband is backing me up on it and happy for me but wont follow, im just happy for his support. issue is knowing what to eat and what type of supplements to add. i know about the diet due to my son but he doesnt need protein. so am unsure what all i need. Im excited to be doing this and hoping that it will help my son along also as right now hes very picky and would rather not eat. so any advice would be great. I do not want to go vegan at this time and dont know if i will go that far or not. figure one step at a time :)
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