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#1 of 6 Old 08-06-2006, 06:20 PM - Thread Starter
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but can't use soy products. Can I get some ideas of how to get started?
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Are you planning to go vegan or will you still eat eggs and dairy?
I still eat eggs and dairy but no meat and I try to avoid soy. It isn't that hard. I eat lots of grains especially quinoa since it is high in protein. I eat lots of beans and lentils. Nut butters and raw nuts and seeds.

What kinds of meals/food are you used to eating now? We could help suggest similar types of meals that are vegetarian.
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Planning on still using milk and dairy. Our meals now are a mess, lots of premade stuff that I'm desperately trying to break out of. We use ground beef, especially for meatballs and chicken as well. My goal is to eat healthier and fresher.
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Do you have a trader joe's near you? They have some raw nut butters for good prices, and low sugar jams that I love.

Breakfasts: Oatmeal would be easiest. Throw in any chopped dried fruit, and a few chopped walnuts. Vegan bagels (Alvarado Street makes great bagels) with nut butters would be a good way to go if time is more of an issue than money is. Pancakes, if you have the time. Ground flaxseeds (1 tbs ground flaxseeds + 3 tbs water) can substitute for eggs in many baked goods. Cold cereal would be easy, now that I'm seeing that you still plan on using milk. Lots of fruit.

Lunches: PBJs, hummus and tomato (and cheese) sandwiches, lentil soup, fake hot dogs (I like Smart Dogs - short ingredient list!), there are some good Mac & Cheese's out there, like Annie's, or Simply Organic. More fruit.

Dinners: Rice, sauteed/roasted/grilled veggies, can of beans. Can be great if you know your way around the spice cupboard! I do lots of crockpot soups (see other threads that have been posted recently). Lasagna occasionally. I tend to do one-pot meals, with a salad on the side. This all gets much trickier if your kids are picky! More fruit .

One way to get started, if you want to wean yourself off of meats rather than doing it all at once, would be to make sure that you eat at least two of the three meals as vegetarian. (I do that with vegetarian vs vegan - two of the three meals are vegan, the other could be vegetarian. It helps make sure I don't end up relying on dairy too much.)

If you had more specific questions, we could be more helpful.

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I have only been vegetarian for about a month now. And I avoid soy with a passion. I'm just too worried about the phytoestrogens. I figure if I can get enough nutrition wihtout why risk using it. I eat lots of beans and fresh veggies. For breakfast I eat oatmeal muffins or yogurt with granola. For lunch it's either a sald or leftovers from the night before. Dinner is usually pasta or rice with beans and or veggies. I do use dairy and eggs so that helps.

So far since making the change I have lost ten pounds, my blood sugar is in normal ranges for the first time in over 3 years, and my eyes are improving so much I can't see with my glasses anymore. My doctor says that for distance stuff I don't even need to wear glasses. And all that is in just one month.


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I like Jeanne Lemlin's cookbooks. This is 3 of her books compiled in one volume. Her recipes tend to be easy and quick, which is helpful if you are trying to wean yourself off of premade food.

This is her latest book. I am sure it is good--I haven't seen it IRL though.

I second the recommendation for oatmeal. We eat oatmeal for 1 meal per day. I make a big pot of it at night (I am not a morning person) once or twice a week using thick, organic oats that I get for 65 or 69 cents a pound (I forget which it is) in bulk at my natural foods co-op. Then I keep it in the fridge and hack off a hunk and nuke it in the morning.

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