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Hey! I have been a vegetarian for three months and am lovin it!

Current Diet

Breakfast- Cereal, Donut, Toast, Other Junk from School, (one of those) and a Juice

Lunch- Pizza, PBandJ sandwich or (usually) nothing

Dinner- Microwave Food and Snacks or a quesadilla or easy to prepare things like a toasted cheese sandwich or (my favs!) lasagna, pizza, or spaghetti!

The Diet I plan to start trying to use

Breakfast- Water, Pack of Peanuts, Piece of toast with butter no jelly at home and/or soy breakfast pattie

Lunch- (packed) A pack of nuts (fresh pecans, peanuts, cashews) A fruit (apple, grapes, strawberries, etc) a few baby carrots and either a slice of bread or microwaved leftovers (spaghetti mainly or fruit salad) and Special K Protein water or for main course perhaps a chicken or burger soy pattie

Dinner- Water, Spaghetti, Pizza, Lasagna, Quesadilla, Fruit Salad (will try to cut pack portion sizes to) or on some occasions a chicken or burger soy pattie

Snack to tide over- Carrots, or Fruits and H2O!

What do you think of a. the old diet and b. the new diet? Any suggestions for the new one I am going to implement soon?? Of course there will be some deviation. See...thing is...I am a vegetarian..but the only vegetable I eat is carrots...raw. Ha. Luckily I LOOOVE fruit. Not to mention
 

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Congrats on going veggie! The old diet was, well, pretty crappy. Too much junk and not enough protein. The new diet is better. I still think you might be lacking in the protein departement. You should also try to switch to whole grains instead of the white bread and pasta. Try other grains too, like rice or couscous. I'm a little scared you're missing out on essential calcium too. Do you still consume dairy? If you do you could always drink milk. I would recommend soymilk, kale, sesame seeds and fortyfied cereal for great sources of calcium. Do you like beans? They're super yummy and filled with nutrients, like proteins. About the veg, are you sure you only like carrots? What other kinds have you tried? What is it that you don't like about them? If it's the taste or texture you could always use them in different dishes to make them more appetizing. I'm happy to see you drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruit. Keep up the good work!
 

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congratulations on going veggie



i really like both your diets because its sounds like you really enjoy food!

sounds to me like your veggie diet is extremely healthy. make sure you get carbs, protein and some veggies in every meal and make sure you eat enough.

and try and experiement with new veggies foods, new types of grains, legumes, proteins (seitan, tofu, tempeh, quorn, etc), milks (nut milk, grain milk, soya milks etc) there's loads out there. and get some good cook books and equipment.

Vegetables seem to be your weakness. if you like carrotts you'll probably like sweet potato and squash. or how about parsnips (sweet), pumpkin, yam, or sea vegetables like wakame or hijiki. Vegetable curries can often contain fruit which you might like. vegetables rock actually i think you'll pick up a taste for them.
 

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Couscous is derived from wheat too... But yes, different grains like wild rice, quinoa, oats, amaranth, or even just a bit of wholemeal spelt mixed into your pizza base are in order.

You can also try "hiding" lentils, bell peppers, other vegetables or mushrooms in your pasta sauce/lasagna/pizza topping in small amounts. You can always puree whatever you're adding and if the sauce is well seasoned, you'll hardly be able to tell the difference. The same goes for tomato-based soup. You might actually find that certain vegetables are edible if you prepare them a certain way - spices, herbs, sauces, stir frying, braising, grilling, and marinating are your friend. I'm pretty particular about vegetables myself, unless they're seasoned properly in which case I'll eat most of them.

As for soy patties - how about bean burgers, falafel, lentil burgers or carrot and nut based veggie burgers (I don't even like cooked carrots and I eat those things)?
 

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I am going to have to say that I agree with the others. Check on the food pyramid, and start to eat more! I became severely underweight very quick due to a lack of essential foods, and that is not a good state to be in. Start off smart, and it will be so much easier later on.

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I am not sure if you are Vegan or not, but the Protein water is made from Whey Protein... You probably knew, but just a tipper.

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Just noticed you are vegetarian, so please forgive my last comment.
Good Luck!
 
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