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Monday, April 09, 2012

We have a challenge called the Healthy Living Challenge. One of the challenges is asking for and accepting support. Sometimes I really feel alone in my house. I was determined to get a 20 minute walk in today. My mom had other ideas...she didn't want to go outside, because it was too cold for her, and she encouraged my nephew to plead with me to stay. So I had to walk up and down the stairs for 20 minutes. I need to get my exercise in, but I'm made to feel like I am neglecting people. It is also boring taking cheese sandwiches to lunch every day. My mom is vegetarian, so I can't prepare any meat at home. Does anyone have any vegetarian recipes that I can cook and bring with me for lunch?
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    Good for you for getting that exercise in anyways! as to the vegetarian meal problem, I'm not vegetarian myself but have a friend/neighbor who is and I often cook meals with her. We use a lot of the "beaf crumbles", tofurkey, seiton ect... I also use veggie burgers as the "meat" in my sandwiches for lunches semi-frequently out of convenience. Some definitely taste better than others through personal experience.. but it is something that you figure out which you like by trial and error. Chick peas, lentils, and quinoa are also good sources of protein that can be worked into every day meals fairly easily.
    2264 days ago
    Stair-walking burns more calories than regular walking. It uses more muscles. It's great that you were able to get that in today.
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    There are a lot of options out there for vegetarian food. One thing you might consider is bringing leftovers, if there are any. You need balanced meals, so have a source of protein, some carbs, and a little bit of healthy fats like monounsaturated fat. Beyond cheese, for protein, you have nuts and seeds, beans, peanut butter, eggs, tofu, and veggie sandwich slices (looks like meat, but is vegetarian). Also, you could bring soup, salad, or a casserole. One easy way to make casserole is to make some noodles, and pour soup over it.

    I'm a vegetarian myself, and totally sympathize with you over this. Keep trying new things, and you'll find it can be fun to make a lunch and eat it. Do you have your nutrition tracker set for vegetarian options? That would really help you if you customize that, so that you can get recipe ideas through that.
    2265 days ago
    Sounds like there is some unconscious sabotaging going on in your family. It is very common and happens to everyone at one time or another. Stand your ground like GoosieMoon says. Do this for you, not for them. They won't die if you leave for 20 minutes. And if they will, then that is a whole different issue we need to deal with.

    I LOVE eating vegetarian lunches. Here are a few I do besides cheese sandwiches.

    Peanut butter and banana..either on a sandwich or just alone...I LOVE IT.
    Peanut butter and apple ..bring a few crackers and you have a great lunch.

    pasta with marinara sauce- non meat sauce is GREAT
    Spaghetti squash with marinara sauce.
    Soup and crackers
    Today I ate a hard boiled egg with an orange and string cheese. Yum!

    Big ol' green salad with lots of veggies and cheese for protein.

    Don't let vegetarian be an excuse. And don't let your family guilt you into anything. You are your own person and you are worth it. You are worth it.

    2265 days ago
    If there's no reason why you can't walk by yourself, maybe you should do just that. You can use that time to meditate and actually relax while burning calories. I agree with GOOSIEMOON, you can check out SP for vegetarian recipes or just google it. If you can't prepare meat at home, maybe you can do it at a friend's house and freeze it for later.
    2266 days ago
    First of all, stand your ground when it comes to building these new healthy habits. You need to take care of you first, or you won't be able to care as well for others.

    There are tons of vegetarian recipes on with ratings and nutrition info.

    Good luck!
    2266 days ago
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