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Good evening!<br><br>
I am a 31 year old 2-time open-heart patient, which (thankfully) forced me to examine my eating and exercise habits. I have always been at a healthy weight, but my heart conditions stem from a birth defect. I am on no medications and no dietary restrictions, but under orders to exercise regularly so I can see if my heart function drops (not complaining at all about that "order")!<br><br>
In researching heart-healthy diets and other long-term "diets" (way of eating, rather than lose-weight-quick) proven to extend one's life, I learned about the Mediterranean "diet". I tried a few meals, but found that we have little access to fresh fish in this area so I didn't really like the recipes.<br><br>
I have never been a big meat-eater, usually setting aside all but one or two bites.<br><br>
So vegetarianism is sort of a logical choice for me. I'd like to try some of the vegetarian Mediterranean dishes, and then look for protein elsewhere!<br><br>
This week I did a couple of days vegan and had a hard time with a few of the recipes. The milk and cheese substitutes were a little limiting for me, so I'll take it a little more slowly!<br><br>
I hope to find that I have more energy cutting out meat and a healthier life. Glad to be here and hope to learn a ton from experienced vegetarians and maybe find some support with some others transitioning!
 

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Welcome!<br><br>
I lived in the St. Louis area for several decades.<br><br>
You can easily add protein to Mediterranean dishes by simply adding some legumes. Chickpeas are a favorite of mine, and a staple of Mediterranean food. I add them to salads and pasta dishes. And hummus - yum. If you use whole wheat pasta and other whole grains, those will also add protein. Quinoa, for example, is a very nutritious grain and a great base for dishes where you might otherwise use pasta.
 

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Welcome!! we can help you with vegan recipes. there's tons of really tasty yet healthy vegan recipes out there.
 

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Thank you for the replies!<br><br>
We have a local Greek restaurant (run by an actual Greek family) and that have wonderful hummus. I am not big on legumes, and am considering some whey powder to fill in the missing holes.<br><br>
I do have one question! Is the USDA "Food Pyramid" and the nutritional guidelines (percentages of nutrients per day) still applicable to vegetarians (assuming we find different sources for said things), or are there modified ones that I should be following instead?
 

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Welcome to the veggie boards forum...I hope you will enjoy our company here and you will get a plenty of vegan recipes here..<br>
So always keep yourself active here and interact with other members of the forum... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
Regards,<br>
Mike.
 

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Hello and welcome.
 
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