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Most vegetarian diets are high carb, which surely can lead to weight gain, diabetes, etc. just to name a couple. India, where I grew up, I remember my grandpa's home, where traditions remained, they followed a beautiful system for meals. I ate lunch there one whole year when I was in a college near them. Every summer, we stayed there...despite the fact that I never saw my grand parents! It was my mother's brother's family. Anyway, there was always beans, chick peas or lentils - legumes or dal along with vegetables and red rosemutta rice. One had to either drink butter milk, or eat yogurt. They had a system of what bean was eaten on which day of the week!!! lol.
My Mom made us drink milk in the morning for breakfast with Idli, dosa, etc. prepared with plenty of lentils or dals for protein too. Some days, we would eat ripe jack fruit first thing in the morning.
Some healthy bean ( we truly believed it was real) coffee with jaggery as sweetener at tea with yummy foods like upma, phova, bread, etc. or light dosa.
At night, we had Indian flat breads ( roti, chappati) on rare occasions as a treat. But, mostly what was called conji ( red rosematta rice again in water) with ghee and freshly sauteed vegetables and a glass of milk for protein. Fruits at night before bed time...not sure if its a good idea... but, certain fruits like apple, pear, Papaya at night is great.
We had no issues of not getting enough protein or gaining weight...as a matter of fact, I was the black sheep of the family being way too skinny which is why I stayed at Uncle's home or at my father's sister's home to fatten me!! lol.
OK, long note shortened: Make sure you include enough protein in your diet, with brown rice, beans, chick peas, and whole lentils; along with other easily available tofu and variety. Never leave the table without eating 1/2 a cup of yogurt. Do not fill your belly with rice ( no more than 1/2 a cup - one serving), eat more veggies to fill up.
Now, if I can act on my own suggestions.....
Edited by: NITAINMN at: 7/28/2009 (22:06)
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