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I have never really needed much meat. Pork is a definite no-no. I am not particularly vegetarian, but adapt meals that could be considered such. I like the idea of substituting part soy for beef. There was a time I used many soy substitutes. However, I had some difficulty getting in the calories I was supposed to have if you can believe that one. I am going back to more of a vegetarian style as I have mentioned many times. I do think I will try the combining method. I must add, however, that when I have stayed away too long, something in my body craves a plain old hamburger.
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I'm not a vegetarian either. Ever since starting WW I've had very little beef (maybe twice a year if that). I enjoy pork maybe 3-4 times a year and the rest of the time it's chicken, turkey and fish plus LOTS and LOTS of beans/nuts/soy/and veggies! So, I'd say I'm about 50/50 with animal/plant protein. Any time I try to eat beef I get a stomach ache. It just doesn't sit well with me I guess.
I am not a vegetarian either. I have cut back on my meat and I now eat more vegetables for lower calories or points. I love veggies. I eat a lot of soups and salads with veggies.
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I'm also not a vegetarian by any means, but I love vegetarian foods and we eat many vegetarian meals.
You had great suggestion on how to strech the meat.
I'll make today a tofu dish with vegetables for today's challenge.
Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 2/12/2009 (07:30)
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Not a vegetarian by any means, but because of the price of meat and the added hormones in a lot of them, we are eating less. I buy tvp (textured vegetable protein) from a food coop and add it with black beans for a black bean burrito. I also half my meat in soups and casseroles and add in the tvp. No one has ever realized I do this and I've been doing it for a year! lol
Because of perimenopause, I had to add soy to my diet, so I do eat Boca Burgers, drink soy milk, etc. Seems to help.
Dh is an avid hunter, so we enjoy venison, we raise a couple of pigs every year and we have a source for grass fed beef - it's expensive, so I half it with the tvp.
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Ok...so what do you do if you're a vegetarian or just want to change up what you're eating? Here's some good places to start:
LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas
GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice
VEGETABLES: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon
NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black)
Vegetarian Protein Sources:
Another good article with Charts:
Today's Challenge: Eat 1-2 servings of VEGETARIAN protein, 2 tsp of healthy oil PLUS 6 (8oz) glasses of liquid, drink/eat 2-3 servings of milk products and consume 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables. I know it sounds like a lot but you've been doing most of this for awhile now. Should becoming second nature to you!
Question of the day: Do you consider yourself a vegetarian? In general do you find yourself eating more vegetarian protein or animal protein?
For those of you who are new to this workshop, each day we have a little assignment and or question/task to do to help you better practice and understand the Healthy Guideline that we are working on. On the last day (Day 5) your task for the day will be to try a new source of protein that you never had before. I am telling you this NOW so that you can start thinking about it and have plenty of time to go shopping and purchase whatever it is that you're going to try. Please refrain from talking about it here on the boards until you see it listed as the day's assignment. That way nobody will feel lost or confused as to what we are working for the day.
Now, go eat your 1-2 servings of vegetarian protein, enjoy your oil, drink your liquids and eat your fruits and veggies as well as drink your milk and other dairy products! I look forward to hearing your thoughts/ideas on this subject.
Edited by: INKYINPA at: 2/11/2009 (22:50)
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