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« on: November 06, 2008 07:31:14 PM »

So,
for my list of "101 things in 1001 days" (see:http://www.triplux.com/dayzero/default.asp?view=gettingstarted) i am going to be vegetarian for two weeks to see if i could do it full time. i can't decide, however, if i should get a book or research online or just wing it!
if you could post your opinion and a suggestion, that would REALLY help me;)
thanks for reading!
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008 07:36:18 PM »

my sister has been a vegetarian for years
she checks the ingredients in... everything for like beef flavoring or whateva. i guess some veges eat fish but she doesnt. um make sure you get enough protein. it shouldnt be that hard to wing it especially for so short a time, but it might help to look up vegetarian recipes.
sounds like an interestimg thing (the list) to try/experience new things
good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008 03:38:30 PM »

Thank you for your help!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2008 05:29:15 AM »

You could just wing it without research, but it might be easier to do some research first.  Especially if your diet is very meat-centered.

If you're interested in doing some book research, there are quite a few books on the topic of becoming vegetarian.  Here's a search result from Amazon to give you some ideas: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=becoming+vegetarian&sprefix=becoming+ve&sprefix=becoming+ve.  "The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet" would probably be a great place to start (maybe you can find a copy at your local library).  My mom bought me the old version of this book shortly after I became vegetarian, and I remember finding it helpful/informative.

My advice is to replace the meat in your diet with veggies, grains and beans.  Try to avoid loading up on cheese, which can be convenient but not very healthy.

Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008 10:13:15 AM »

I really didn't find it to be a hard transition, personally. Now going from vegetarian to vegan... THAT was a challenge! Don't forget to read the labels on everything, and make friends with foods you may not normally eat like beans, quinoa, tofu, etc. That was my favorite thing about becoming veg-i learned to cook so many different types of ethnic cusine like indian and thai. Yum!
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2009 10:22:34 PM »

I found the transition really simple!  I think it would almost be harder to try a trial run and be itching for the day I could go back.  I just turned the page to a new chapter, and have hardly had a craving since.

 A lot of people think vegetarians can only eat salads, but there are so many amazing (and easy) options, even for eating out.  I often search the menu for dishes that include meat, and then order it sans the chicken/beef or what not.  Also, places like Denny's offer Veggie burgers (really great with cheddar, grilled onions and bbq sauce for a "western style" burger).

This is also a great time for you to experiment with recipes to cook at home.  Vegetarian chili is quite filling and tasty this time of year.  I've even made an enchilada casserole using Morningstar Farm's "meal starters" ground "beef" and some taco seasoning.  Expand your horizons to new types of food, like Indian and Mediterranean cuisine!

Craftsters seem to have a lot of wonderful ideas and websites such as allrecipes.com have helped me immeasurably.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009 07:57:16 AM »

I would just wing it.  It's not hard being a vegetarian.  Just make sure at every meal you get a good source of protein and a good source of carbs.  Definitely switch to whole grains if you haven't already, because refined carbs have so little nutritional value.  Whole wheat bread has a good amount of protein in it, so I even consider it as a small serving of protein.  Protein doesn't have to mean just tofu or meat substitutes either!  Beans, hummus, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and especially cottage cheese have a lot of protein in them.
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