I often think about going veggie as well. It would be pretty easy to do at home, but a big barrier to me is eating with friends or at social events. I think it is something you can work into, like have no meat days during the week and see how it goes a little at a time. Best of luck to you!
One way to add more fruits and veggies to your food plan is through green smoothies. The basic recipe is water, greens (I mostly use spinach), bananas, frozen fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, cantaloupe, apples, etc. Visit the greensmoothiegirl.com website for more information.
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I would strongly recommend Vegan for Dummies. Alex Jaimeson's fiance is the one that went on a McDonald's diet and created the documentary Super Size Me. She is vegan and had a diet for him to help get rid of all the toxic things stored in his body after eating like that. She has another book out Detox Diet, I think. It recommends changing one habit each week. By the end of the 7-8 week program, you will be vegan. Week one is drinking a lot of water to help your body get rid of the built up toxins. I used it to lose weight and ended up getting a lot of good recipes, mostly for soups, stews that are soft. I have been vegan since following that book. I will eat meat on occassion for dinner because my family didn't follow my life style change and sometimes it is just easier.
Hi Lisa! Way to go, making a choice to be healthier! That's the first step in the right direction!
My first recommendation would be to look at what you're eating and make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need. If you're not eating meat or much in the way of fruits and veg, that leaves carbs/dairy. I would recommend using the sparkpeople nutrition tracker to make sure you're getting what you need. It'll tell you if you're low on protein or fiber or a whole host of other essentials.
Like yellowdahlia said, veggies soften up a lot when they're cooked. Even if you can't bite into an apple, you can slice it into bite-size pieces and chew on your back teeth. Maybe look into dentures?
One of my favorite things in the world is a fruit smoothie - no chewing required. I start with one frozen, sliced banana. Add 1/2 c. fat free vanilla yogurt, 1/2 c. skim milk, 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, and 1t almond extract. You can vary that A LOT. Sometimes I add strawberries. Sometimes all yogurt, no milk; sometimes the opposite. Find what flavors you like and what you have on hand. Gosh, I want one now but need to go do my run first! LOL
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If chewing fruits and veggies are a problem there are lots of ways around that. Cooked veggies are much easier to eat without teeth because they are softer. Lot's of fruits are soft to eat and some like apples can be cooked until soft in the microwave.
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I'm thinking about going Vegetarian for numerous reasons. I feel in my heart and soul that is what I should be doing. I already despise the taste and look of meat. And not to mention it was once a living and breathing creature. I'm already down to just eating seafood. But I must admit, I'm not eating any Fruits or Vegetables. And as much as I would like to, I really can't because, a few years ago, I got most of front teeth at the top and some teeth on both sides bottom and top removed. And I'm only 20. I would really like to become Vegetarian. I'm 338lbs, I would like to be 120lbs(recommended weight) and at that weight, I know I will feel more comfortable.
Are there any articles on free kits on being Vegetarian?
haha! I forgot to add the letter "a" in on my post. Silly me! haha!
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