I've been feeling so frustrated and irritated. I should also mention that I'm veryyy picky!. So it's been hard for me, I really wanted to go vegan/raw but I don't like vegetables so I'm startling out small and hopefully I'll start liking veggies.
I just feel I've been eating way to many carbs and dairy (pastas, tortillas, cheese). I think I'm also frustrated because I am trying to lose weight, I've lost 30lbs so far but since trying to go vegetarian I haven't been able to lose and I'm wondering if its because of all the carbs.
Do any of you have any suggestions for a picky newbie? Even simple cookbooks that I can go out and buy. Also whats a good breakfast to eat? When I was losing weight I eat cereal for breakfast but milk disgust me now so I end up just feeling starved and lunch I used to eat lean cuisines but again I'm trying to get away from processed stuff so again I've been feeling so starved and haven't really been eating too much
I'm sorry I'm writing so much, I just feel so lost and don't know what to eat. Any help would be greatly appreciated
We already have a couple of green smoothie threads going with people posting recipes they have tried and liked. That would be my first suggestion.
My second suggestion is a little more, shall I say, dramatic? Doing a water fast is, in my opinion, a great way to "reset" your digestive system along with your taste buds.
I also tried almond milk for the first time and it was good but I still can't get past my mentality but maybe if I try it a few more times I will get over that. Hopefully.
Number of calories in a green smoothie? I'm terrible at that, however, I find that neutral tasting veggies (i.e. spinach, carrots) disappear taste-wise when paired with a fruit like a banana. In that respect you can weight a smoothie heavily with low cal veggies and very little fruit keeping it filling, nutritious, and low calorie.
There are also veggie protein shake brands such as VegaOne that are good ways to supplement your diet while you experiment with different dishes to find ones that suit your palate.
Today My bf made mexican rice and cheese enchiladas. So again with the cheese, haha. I'm feeling so frustrated, I'm not eating very healthy
Are there any other vegetarians who used to be picky but started off with certain foods?
I've never been a terribly adventurous eater and when I was starting out, I found recipes that consisted of vegetables that I already ate. Beyond that I relied heavily on processed foods like frozen veggie burgers/ground "beef" or mock chicken patties/cutlets etc.
After a while, when I started getting bored, I branched out with some new recipes that incorporated ingredients that weren't something I typically ate. And it continues to be an ongoing process 4 years later. Some new dishes were hits, others were misses, others still showed promise but needed refining.
I really think that becoming veggie is very much breaking out our shells, our comfort zones and starting to experiment with undiscovered aspects of ourselves.
Smoothies are a good idea. There are so many ways to make them so you can be certain to find something you like. Almond milk is good in cereal. It takes some getting used to after using cows milk for so long but it's definitely worth the switch. Also, look up recipes for soups, stews and chili. You can make a big batch ahead of time and store it in individual servings then heat it up when you're hungry.
As for you being picky, that's something you need to work on. Try new things a little at a time. If you can keep an open mind and stick with eating fruits and veggies you'll come to like them.
I've heard, when watching day time television don't judge me :P, that when you're dealing with a child who's a picky eater, they have to try something 3-6 times before they realise they might actually like the taste. I don't see why adults would be all that much different, so maybe you need to try things you don't usually like, in a few different ways.
Can you give us some ideas of the foods you don't like? Maybe the way you've had them served to you have been the problem, it could be that the texture has been the issue, not the actual taste at all.
As you're wanting to go vegan, you might want to look into some alternatives to cheese. Depending where you are, Toffutti cream cheese is a great alternative. It's vegan and tastes yum. If you're after something a little less processed, try avacado.
In general, the best advice I can give you to help you go vegetarian (and the rule would apply for vegans too), is to start thinking ahead when it comes to your meals. You seem to be getting caught out, like in the case of the enchiladas (that sounds like the best detective novel title EVER!), with your food. Don't be. It's normal to struggle a bit at the start, even for the adventurous eaters, so don't feel disheartened. As much as possible, plan ahead. You won't always have to, after a while, meals go back to being second nature. But while you're transitioning, it's a good idea to give your food extra thought until you get into the swing of things.
Oh and as far as my meal plan?
I'm probably a bit boring and haven't been eating exceptionally well of late (because life!). Yesterday was better than most-
Breakfast- Oatmeal and coffee.
Lunch- Leftover's from night before, which was a bolognaise style meal- chickpeas, lentils, mushrooms and chopped onions in a tomato sauce, with pasta (though, green beans work just as well if you want to cut some carbs. Though, I personally love carbs.).
Dinner- Shepherd's pie (vegan style).
All of that is vegan (go me!) and if I can cook it, anyone can :P
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I've always been picky and I get by just fine eating vegan, I hope you can find the support and inspiration on this site to gather a collection of recipes you enjoy. It's definitely a good idea to slowly experiment with new things, it all adds up in the end to help you with whichever path you choose.
OK, so you're vegetarian - I assume that means eggs and dairy is OK.
Eggs! My goodness, there are so many things you can do with them - fried, poached, omelette, frittata, quiche etc. Nothing better than a poached egg on toast. I miss my triple fried egg, chilli sauce and chutney sandwiches (a la Dave Lister)...
And for dairy, look at low fat cheeses & cottage cheese. My wife puts parmesan on everything because it has a nice strong flavour but you use so little that it doesn't add much fat or calories.
As for the carbs, they're not evil, just stay away from the refined ones. Try brown rice, wholemeal breads etc.
I gave up eggs and dairy a little over a month ago and now I have no idea what I'm going to do with the dozen or so eggs that are in my fridge. I'm quietly hoping that my wife and kids will eat them!
However, I have just discovered chickpea omelette so hopefully that's going to help. And, of course, scrambled tofu.
I'm not raw, but I think to be an exclusively raw person you probably have to eat a lot of vegetables. I think for most (not all) people raw is also not a sustainable diet, they just try to incorporate more raw foods in their diet. Raw is considered a more extreme diet.
However, neither vegans nor vegetarians have to be a big fan of vegetables to be vegan or vegetarian. You can (if you want) eat essentially eat the same type of diet you were eating as an omnivore as a vegan. I'm vegan and there are busy days when I've had few if any vegetables, although I'm always trying to get more and I think most people are best off to try to do so too.
As for food plans, I think there are threads devoted to that if you search, but I think putting it into google will yield more helpful results than I could do in a post :)
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You may be a supertaster... There are a subset of people who for whatever reason, taste bitterness in food much more than others. This tends to lead people to really dislike the taste of vegetables. If I remember from my schooling (I'm a dentist, we covered this topic for about an hour), supertasters TEND to be skinny, but also have increased risk of cancer due to the lack of "green leafy vegetables" in their diet.
I'm pretty sure I'm a supertaster, and I have to force-feed myself certain things. Olives are a no-go, I HATE raw tomatoes (although I force baby tomatoes down here and there), and the list of items on the wikipedia page that I've always hated lines up pretty well (grapefruit juice... just can't do it). I think it's gotten better for me, but when I was a kid, sometimes there was a certain type of vegetable that accidentally got thrown in our weekly family Pizza Hut pizza (not sure what veggie it was), and I literally would start to gag, my eyes would water, and I would have to swallow really fast or spit it out. It wasn't a pretty sight.
If this is the case, your solution may have to simply be a "mind over matter" type thing. You may not like veggies, but a good dose of cognitive dissonance about wanting to be healthy may persuade your brain to at least tolerate a piece of broccoli here and there. You may also find ones that are easier to eat than others. For me, raw broccoli is not bad, not great, but not bad. I can handle spinach, as long as it is mixed with other things. I like going places like Jason's Deli where you can get the salad bar and combine things you like with things that you know you should eat.
Anyway, good luck to you!
If you're trying to lose weight then don't fear a moderate amount of fat as fat can be satieting. Nuts, coconuts and avocados are good sources of unsaturated fats and nutritious, too.
Which vegetables do you dislike? Do you like mushrooms?
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