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Hello.

At first, when I stopped eating meat. I wasn't sure about what to eat. Now I feel like I have many more options than before. I have more variety in my diet and I am discovering new foods I like all the time. I ate a lote of vegetables before, but it was pretty expensive to buy both a lot of "good" meat and vegetables. The things that cost the most now are the occasional soy sausages.

I have a few questions:

Is it possible to maintain a vegetarian diet without eating meat substitutes like quorn, tofu and the like? Which one/ones of the existing meat substitutes are most and least processed?

At first I was pretty much always hungry, and I have realised I need to eat more often and with more variety than before. Some things make me really full fast though. What foods do you find to be really filling?

I wanted to have an English breakfast today, so I made scrambled eggs, with baked beans (from earlier this week), an avocado and some rye bread. I managed to eat a slice of bread, the avocado and a few bites of baked beans and eggs. Normally I need to eat more to get full. Did you notice that here was a period of adjustment when you started a vegetarian diet?
Maybe that you needed to eat more at first but as you found the foods that worked for you, you found som sort of balance?

I guess I sound like a broken record, but I don't have many vegetarian friends, and I just feel like sharing the fact that I feel amazingly good not eating meat. I feel lighter and just happy with my choice
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Thanks for your answers and all the links!I feel like I'm getting a hang of this now. I've been reading up on nutrition and I seem to get a lot of info on how people who used to be vegetarians feel like they have done a lot of damage to their bodies. Is malnutrition really that common among vegetarians or does this just apply to people that eat pasta with tomato sauce for every meal
? Will I not get all the vitamines I need if I don't eat meat substitutes?

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Personally, i would suggest that you start the day with a raw food breakfast, it's less taxing on your digestive system and can make you feel more satisfied, quicker.

Did you eat full English breakfasts before you became vegetarian? Those things are a heart attack waiting to happen.
I normally eat sandwiches or so for breakfast, and eggs very often. Sometimes I eat porridge of some sort. I like scramblede eggs, and I guess I used to eat an English breakfast once a month or so before. Since I'm not English it mostly consisted of bacon and eggs and some vegetables with that, sometimes baked beans. This is the first time I have made baked beans from scratch though. I'll have to check out som raw food recepies, but I like to eat some sort of warm food for breakfast to last a while.
 

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Malnutrition isn't common because of the vegetarian diet, malnutrition is common because of a person not eating a proper vegetarian diet. Many people who have told me that being veg wasn't good on their health either won't tell me what their eating habits were like OR when they tell me I realize their habits weren't healthy...many times they weren't eating enough calories or relied heavily on faux meat products. In your original post you asked if a person can eat this way without faux meats or things like tofu: yes! I have never been big on faux meats (I eat them maybe once every couple of months) and soy like tofu/tempeh does a number on my stomach. I'm a beans and seitan kind of girl. Just don't do seitan if you are gluten free
I tried seitan yesterday actually. I used to love Italian tuna pasta with tomatoes, garlic and baby spinach. I made the same thing with Mock Abalone instead of tuna and It came out great. It tasted pretty much the same as with tuna and I always thought it was the tuna that made the dish so good. I'm happy I was wrong. I still have to find a vegetarian parmesan, I don't know if I can find that in Sweden. I was thinking I could use nutritional yeast instead.
I hate quorn and I'm not that big on tofu, I like soy sausages but I feel like I have to eat a lot of those to get full. I still have to try tempeh and another meat substitute I heard of, I don't remember what it's called though.
 
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