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I have been overweight most of my life and decided to make a long term change. I went with surgery after trying pretty much everything to lose and keep weight off. In the process I have gone about a month without eating any meat and I dont really miss it. This really surprised me since I always liked (loved steak, bacon, etc)

My sister has been vegetarian for about a year and she loves it and I wanted to give it a try. I am leaning towards pescetarian (seafood and dairy allowed, couldnt give up sushi
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Just looking for suggestions for a noob giving up most meat products! Thanks in advance for any tips and ticks.
 

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I'm so glad to hear you are going vegetarain.
But can I suggest giving up the seafood? It would be so much healthier for you, plus so much more ethical. You wouldn't be supporting those cruel aquafarms where they pack fish by the thousands into small tanks.

Search the forums here, there is a ton of information.
Try the recipes area too. Can I suggest that you take a look at some vegetarian cookbooks? You can find some great tasty recipes.
 

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Welcome to the forums!

As someone already pointed out, there are lots of good recipes posted up around here. I would also suggest taking a look at the website Vegweb, which has tons of searchable recipes for lots of different meal ideas.
 

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Welcome to the forums!

As someone already pointed out, there are lots of good recipes posted up around here. I would also suggest taking a look at the website Vegweb, which has tons of searchable recipes for lots of different meal ideas.
Thanks for the idea about vegweb, I've never heard about it before.
 

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vegetariantimes.com has a lot of recipes, divvied up season, meal, cuisine, type of diet (low fat, low salt, vegan, gluten free, etc.) Also, go into the "Food Discussion" forums, and go through the food porn there.
 

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Just looking for suggestions for a noob giving up most meat products! Thanks in advance for any tips and ticks.
You may be interested in looking at this website that lists all the pre-packaged veggie meats currently available:
http://meatalternatives.org/

In addition, don't forget about tofu, seitan, tempeh, or even some veggies (like mushrooms or eggplant) that can work as good substitutes for meat in your favorite current recipes.

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I am leaning towards pescetarian (seafood and dairy allowed, couldnt give up sushi
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Just so you know, the word "sushi" actually means vinegared rice. It does not mean fish or seafood. That's why there are all kinds of sushi made from fish or other meats or veggies or even fruit. To use the phrase "I couldn't give up sushi" in order to mean that you feel like you have to allow some dead fishes into your diet doesn't actually make sense. It's like saying "I couldn't give up Italian food" to mean that you really like sausage.

Next time you get the urge for sushi ask the chef to prepare you some veggie sushi in addition to whatever else you normally order. Don't feel like you have to give anything up, just expand and experiment with other foods that are healthier, more eco-friendly, and most importantly more compassionate to animals.
 

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Best of luck in your new diet adventure. My success was attributed in not making a drastic change at once, but changing it in incremental steps. Eating fish for a while is ok. Don't be too hard on yourself, and don't set unrealistic goals....it's far too easy to break something unrealistic as opposed to a goal within reason. Once I stopped eating beef, I focused on poultry, then fish, and after while my complete diet changed. Good luck
 
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