Monday, January 21, 2008

New vegetarian, advice?

I read the book Skinny B*tch and it made a huge impact on me. I'm been doing more research into this whole vegan thing, and have decided that my diet was in need of a major overhaul. I'm 21 and have a 2 year old, and she had cavities which I'm sure are from too much sugar.

Anyways, I've decided that red meat is the first to go since I've never been a big fan of it anyways. Unfortunately, I LOVE chicken and it's going to take me a while to find a good replacement. I did make some tofu nuggets the other night, which, dipped in Wendy's ranch sauce, tasted almost like the real thing =)

This new diet is only a few weeks old, but so far it's included lots of fruits and veggies, which in itself is already an improvement. I'm having a hard time with food preparation and trying to find ways to replace the junk I used to eat. I've found a few good recipes already, but I don't have a whole lot of money to spend on veggie burgers and soy cheese and natural sweetners (I am slightly lactose intolerant, I'd like to cut out dairy altogether anyways. I love my soy milk and soy icrecream!)

I also sort of believe in the blood type diet, it has done absolute wonders for my mom. Will I be able to be a vegetarian AND follow the blood type diet? That means I can't have tomatos, bananas, oranges, cashews.. to name a few (it already tells me to cut out red meat and dairy anyways). I know some people think that the blood-type diet is a load of crap, but I've seen how many people its helped and wouldn't mind giving it a try.

Does cutting out red meat classify me as a vegetarian or do I have to have chicken and turkey cut out first? Vegetarians still eat fish don't they? I'd like to eventually work on becoming vegan, meaning no animal products period, but that'll take some time to work up to.

I guess I'm just looking for some good meal and snack ideas. Any advice is apprectiated! Thank you!

Answer on New vegetarian, advice?

Sounds like you're doing great, the hardest part is having the mindset and willpower to attempt it. No, today if you eat any animal flesh at all, you are not considered a vegetarian, but it is a step in the right direction. People who only eat fish are called pescatarians I believe.

I haven't heard of the blood type diet, but I'm sure it can be done simultaneously. Depending on what is restricted, you may need to take supplements to meet your nutritional needs.

Here is a sample 2 week vegan menu to get you started. Most of the dishes are cheap and call for ingredients you probably already have on hand. http://www.vegcooking.com/veganMenus-1.a…

My favorite chicken substitutes are okara "courage" burgers (https://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/store… and seitan (http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=329.0)… both of which have very meaty textures. Both can be made from scratch, or bought pre made. There are also breaded chicken substitutes, but I don't eat too many of them to recommend any.