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6/7/13 9:05 A

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Soy products are all in the cooking. I used to hate tofu until I learned how to cook it. If you freeze a block of tofu then thaw and drain it gets a meaty texture. Them you can slice it and bake in the oven.

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I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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6/6/13 6:37 P

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One thing I noticed (while I was doing medifast) is that your tastes will change... you said you don't like lentils or beans... wait a few weeks for your palate to change and then try cooking them in a different way... I recently discovered that I LOVE lentils, where I had previously hated them... also quinoa, which I used to think was awful and reminded me of bird food ... is pretty damn good. Its all in the preparations, maybe start out using half of what the recipe calls for, that has also worked for me as far as introducing things I previously thought I hated... I can now tolerate tomatoes using this method.... don't write them off completely just yet... give them a chance... although no matter how I try, I just cant learn to like soy...

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5/17/13 9:13 A

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Hello, I just also want to add that too much protein is hard on the kidneys. Those people on Atkins might regret is some day.


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4/14/13 10:10 A

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4/14/13 9:26 A

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When I explained it to my daughter who kept telling me "Mom, you aren't a vegetarian anymore, you ate a turkey burger!!": I said: "It's not a club you get kicked out of. You listen to your body and also what is going on it your life. If you just are in a moment where you can't avoid meat and have to, like at my in-laws, then it's ok and I'm not going to die or be kicked out of some club." I also told her that I will just go back to eating healthy vegetarian right after.

Good luck on eating how you want and lots of fruits and veggies. Trying new things is half the fun.

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4/10/13 9:59 A

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Flexitarian is a rule free zone. It can be someone that eats one meat free meal a day, a meat free Monday, or just trying to lower their intake of animal protein. Feel free to choose your own path to health everyone is welcome here.

Most Americans eat way to much protein so if you are still eating meat your protein is probable fine. If you are tracking your food on Spark People it will tell you how much protein you are eating. Even if you leave out beans, nuts and seeds are full of protein. A quarter cup of peanuts or sunflower seeds have 8 grams of protein; almonds, pumpkin, and sesame seeds have 7 grams. Don't forget your grains. There are so many to choose from and they range from 3 grams all the way up to 8 for a cup. All vegetables have protein a cup of broccoli has 4 grams of protein.

So you don't have to worry so much about protein, just enjoy yourself as you move into the flexitarian zone ; )

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4/9/13 5:07 P

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Draw away from a rule mentality and instead think of this as a big adventure of seeking to find new foods and ways to prepare things that you enjoy, save you Big! Money, help the environment, open your senses to color and smell and farming healthy gut bacteria that will help you live longer.

I consider you flexitarian just for flexing your mind to be here. That's a start. Think in terms of not saying no to meat rather saying yes yes yes to vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, healthy fats, cobalt rich veggies that allow you to make your own B-12....better yet turn off the switch in you brain that says I need to eat more because you body IS truly hungery and will keep eating until it gets what it needs.

If you are making a sandwich of course you could use a few thin slices of meat with tons of veggies...that's a great start, but then you can discover making sundried tomato and hummus spread with all those veggies, or thai peanutbutter spread (fish sauce, red pepper, lime with peanut butter) with sprouts, grated carrot, thin sliced kale and water chestnuts...that's a sandwich! Instead of curry chicken sandwich....cashews, curry, celery, apples, grapes with dijon and low fat greek yogurt instead of mayo... if I put that in front of you instead of a flat piece of cheese and meat...I think you might be grabbing for it. It takes awhile to adjust. Instead of mayo I use to think the only thing I could use was low fat mayo....but no there are so many great options with tons of flavor. Pureed veggies make great binders, nuts give rich creamy texture.

This isn't an overnight process. Read peoples food logs and recipes to get ideas. Mix your meat with other things until you feel comfortable making a totally veggie chili. Have fun flexing you flexitarian muscles!

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4/9/13 12:06 P

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I don't believe there are any HARD CORE rules for being flexitarian...
It is more a 'part time vegetarian'.....

I found this clever link ... to help ease your mind about that.... www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?t
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Welcome to SPARKS.. and welcome to the team. There is a lot of information and support on this site.



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4/9/13 11:43 A

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I'm new here and well new to flexitarianism and a mega carnivore. I decided to go flexitarian for financial reasons, weight loss and well I do love veggies. But how much meat am I allowed to be considered flexitarian? Is seafood included in meat? Am I allowed to substitute fish and other seafood for meat? Can I eat deli meat for lunch only as in a sandwich and still be flexitarian, if my other meals are without meat?

I am trying to go all natural as well so no soy crumbles and other manufactured fake meat just isn't going to work for me. The only soy I am buying right now is organic tofu, I'm trying to rid GMO's out of my diet all together. Also what other ways besides meat and beans can I get protein in? Are there any vegetables that contain protein??? I don't like beans or lentils so most vegetarian recipes I have been finding won't work for me.

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