Hi, I'm a new veggie who is also new to these forums. I've been reading threads, but haven't posted anything until now.
Earlier this year I was pescatarian, after being pollo vegetarian for a few months. I finally managed to convince my parents to let me become full vegetarian in late October. I feel so much happier and healthier. Prior to becoming vegetarian, I never actually planned my diet very well. Realising my mistake, I did a load of research when I became a veggie to make sure I was getting a balanced diet. I even put on some weight (I was underweight before, without knowing it).
I don't think I've ever felt so amazing. I feel not only healthier, but also generally happier about not eating animals. And to be honest, I've never really liked the taste of meat, which has made the whole thing easier. And possibly part of the reason why my omnivorous diet was not very fulfilling, as I generally did not eat much meat, but I wasn't really making much of an effort to get nutrients/protein from other non-meat sources either.
I suppose the silver lining to previously having a poorly planned diet is my ability to quickly shut down anyone who makes uneducated comments about how vegetarian diets are, apparently, nutritionally poor; I can explain how much healthier I am as a vegetarian.
I do wish to become vegan, but my parents will not allow it, sadly. My breakfasts (and usually lunches) are vegan though, because I have full control over what I eat during those meals.
So, back to my question... Does my diet looked balanced enough? I'm still a relatively new veggie, so I'm pretty sure I have a lot to learn. This is what I generally eat on a day to day basis:
Breakfast: Muesli with almond milk, a sliced banana (or pear, if there are no bananas in the house), a tablespoon of cold milled flaxseed, and two different types of nut/seed (e.g. sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts, pecan nuts). I also have a cup of smoothie with added zinc and Vitamin D, and a vegetarian-friendly multivitamin which includes Vitamin B12.
Lunch: Usually a wrap or sandwich with houmous, salad leaves, and a few things including: olives, a sliced up pickle, tomato, falafel, avocado, bell pepper. Or I just have toast with peanut butter or avocado (although I normally just put peanut butter on one piece of toast, and avocado on the other). If I'm very hungry, I have the toast in addition to my sandwich or wrap. I also tend to have a packet of crisps, or some fried spicy Indian chickpeas.
Dinner: Depends on what my parents cook. In the past I've had things like red bell peppers stuffed with rice and goats cheese, with beans and on the side; vegetable soup with grated cheddar cheese; tomato and vegetable pasta. Sometimes I've also had various vegetarian ready meals such as vegetarian Thai noodles, or maybe a salad/sandwich from M&S.
Advice would be very much appreciated. Apologies for my long post.
P.S. I am 15.
Edit: Forgot to add - I often include an Alpro soy yoghurt with my lunches, they are so delicious!
Last edited by Ember Ruby; 12-09-2015 at 05:47 PM.
Reason: Changing some wording very slightly