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Hello all,<br><br>
My name is Rob and I am interested in learning more about vegetarian diets. I have been trying to learn how to optimize my diet for about 5 years now. I was 135 in high school, in shape, but not very muscular. Im also 5'6. After high school I got to 150. I have a 6 year old daughter and during her pregnancy I blew up to somewhere past 190 lbs. I stopped counting once I saw 190 and it was probably another 6 months before I decided to do something about it. I got the weight back under control, down to 150 - 160, and over the years of learning how to eat a proper western diet, I have learned much about the health of the food.<br><br>
Over the past year or so, I have watched many documentaries that have got me thinking about what I have put in my body over the years. King Corn, Fat Head, Fork From Knives, Food Matters and so on. All of them have some of the same topics in them, and I realize some of them are probably vegan advocate documentaries, but when you look through the propaganda, you can see the underlying truths.<br><br>
Over the last year I have recently taken up karate/MMA and since then have been trying out different diet effects to see how they play a role in performance. When I first started I can barely last 5 minutes, but dropping some weight, building some muscle and introducing more plant based foods into my diet has dramatically increased performance. I have also heard recently many professional athletes claiming how much better they perform under plant based diets.<br><br>
I have began to experiment with more plant based meals. A couple of months ago I also did 30 days of bolthouse green goodness and chicken. While this does not technically fall under vegetarian by any means, it has been the highest introduction of green foods and protein with no "junk food" in my diet for a period of 30 days straight as well as the only way to get almost all non GMO fruits and veggies. I have to say that my energy and performance doubled to tripled during that time frame, however closer to the 30th day I began to feel fatigued, possibly due to low calorie intake.<br><br>
That experience has made me want to learn how to eat purely or mostly plant based foods, well that combined with some research of low cancer rates in india (most vegi diets), low heart disease rate in crete (high fat diet from olive oil), and some low stroke rates in france (not sure exactly why as of yet). I believe all of these health effects are due to diet and more so, down to GMO foods and meats.<br><br>
I have started to read about vegan and the the different types of vegetarians. I will probably end up a lacto-ovo-vegi, since I love cheese, eggs and dairy products. Not really fond of milk however. I can go months without having an ounce of that, but cookies and cakes go really well with milk.<br><br>
I am not interested in going vegan due to animal slaughter... to be honest unfortunately, I really dont care. If killing the cow myself ensured a healthy diet, free of cancer, heart disease, and increased energy, I would do it myself. I enjoy a good filet mignon and if they served it to me right off the cows back, I would probably eat it. However I realize the meat we get these days is unhealthy, corn fed GMO and hormone induced cows that is reaking havok. Finding grass fed cows is virtually impossible or very expensive. Finding non GMO fruits and veggies is inconvenient but at least possible and affordable.<br><br>
What I am finding it hard to understand what to eat! or where to start. I have seen many recipes, but to be honest, Im lazy and dont have time to cook. My diet consists mostly of eggs, sandwiches, juices (such as bolthouse) and properly portioned fast food. Most of the vegetarian meals are exhaustive of prep time and ingredients. I need to be able to whip up something in seconds.<br><br>
What do I eat and where do I start. I need easy, lazy recipes and fast food that I can mostly eat on the run and dont take hours to prepare. I dont mind an occasional meal that take 30 to 1 hour to make, but I cant do that for every meal.<br><br>
Any guidance is appreciated
 

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I responded to your other post about quick meal ideas.<br>
This one I'm not feeling...<br>
It's fine to be transitioning to veg, but not to write about meat.<br>
This is a vegetarian forum (includes vegan).
 

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I make a meal that takes about 7 minutes and tastes great. Get a bag of your favorite frozen mixed veggies and heat them in a pan. Buy some Organic Brown rice from Trader Joes or somewhere similar that you can microwave for three minutes. Once the veggies are cooked, then toss in the rice and mix with soy or teriyaki sauce or cook plain and season with hot sauce.
 

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Welcome, Rob! I'm happy that you're interested in the vegetarian lifestyle. It's totally fine to be a vegetarian for health reasons; not all vegetarians are animal rights advocates. My boyfriend, for example, is a vegetarian purely for environmental reasons; compassion for animals is not one of his considerations. As long as you aren't eating animal flesh, you are a vegetarian and welcome to post here!<br><br>
I also responded to your other thread about quick meals. I am quite a lazy cook myself, so I totally understand where you are coming from!<br><br>
One tip: an easy way to instantly start eating healthier is to switch to whole grains if you haven't already. Whole wheat bread and pasta has more protein than their refined counterparts, and since you've started exercising a lot, this is very important!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>silva</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2992757"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I responded to your other post about quick meal ideas.<br>
This one I'm not feeling...<br>
It's fine to be transitioning to veg, but not to write about meat.<br>
This is a vegetarian forum (includes vegan).</div>
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Hey thanks for responding. Sorry, I dont mean to gross anyone out or anything, but I just wanted people to know that I am not interested in going veg to save the animals. I am purely here for the health benefits and the effects it seems to have the performance of my body. As well the research on lower cancer and heart disease of those on vegetarian diets.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ocrob37</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2992865"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I make a meal that takes about 7 minutes and tastes great. Get a bag of your favorite frozen mixed veggies and heat them in a pan. Buy some Organic Brown rice from Trader Joes or somewhere similar that you can microwave for three minutes. Once the veggies are cooked, then toss in the rice and mix with soy or teriyaki sauce or cook plain and season with hot sauce.</div>
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This does sound very good actually, minus the teriyaki or soy sauce (high sodium causes bloating and weight gain). I was thinking about mixing brown rice, black or pinto beans, pea, brocolli and maybe some other veggies. I feel its missing a sauce or some type of cream... hmmm any ideas other than soy sauce or teriyaki for a sauce?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2993386"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Welcome, Rob! I'm happy that you're interested in the vegetarian lifestyle. It's totally fine to be a vegetarian for health reasons; not all vegetarians are animal rights advocates. My boyfriend, for example, is a vegetarian purely for environmental reasons; compassion for animals is not one of his considerations. As long as you aren't eating animal flesh, you are a vegetarian and welcome to post here!<br><br>
I also responded to your other thread about quick meals. I am quite a lazy cook myself, so I totally understand where you are coming from!<br><br>
One tip: an easy way to instantly start eating healthier is to switch to whole grains if you haven't already. Whole wheat bread and pasta has more protein than their refined counterparts, and since you've started exercising a lot, this is very important!</div>
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Hi dormouse, yes exactly, I am not here for animal rights, however environmental reasons would be a good one. Less demand for oil requirements eating organic right (im all for that since Im against big oil, I want to buy a bio fuel car in the near future) =) Yes I am lazy and often very busy... even frozen dinners take a little too long for me sometimes. I made the switch from white bread to whole grain whole wheat years ago, I also eat brown rice pasta and brown rice tortillas to cut out flour from my diet as much as possible. Im still a sucker for a cookie and cake, but I can do without chips or tortillas in my regular diet.<br><br>
Thanks everyone who has responded so far, I really appreciate it!
 

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I've been tweaking peanut butter sauces for veggies. Today my lunch was steamed cauliflower with crunchy PB, thinned with soymilk, and a good bit of crushed red pepper (I'd have used siracha if I had it). Great with any veggies.<br>
Tofu takes on so many different forms, even if you don't think you like it now, you're likely to find ways you do. Silken tofu makes great dressing and healthy desserts and smoothies.<br>
You like Bolthouse? If you can budget for it, you may want to look into a Vitamix blender.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>silva</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2994072"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I've been tweaking peanut butter sauces for veggies. Today my lunch was steamed cauliflower with crunchy PB, thinned with soymilk, and a good bit of crushed red pepper (I'd have used siracha if I had it). Great with any veggies.<br>
Tofu takes on so many different forms, even if you don't think you like it now, you're likely to find ways you do. Silken tofu makes great dressing and healthy desserts and smoothies.<br>
You like Bolthouse? If you can budget for it, you may want to look into a Vitamix blender.</div>
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I have never really cooked much with tofu, I will have to give it a try. I really dont know the first thing about it.<br><br>
Yes I love bolthouse, especially over naked juice... green goodness and mocha protein are my favs. I have been thinking about getting a vitamix or brethel juicer... main thing stopping me is 1. cleanup from juicing all the time. 2. Finding non GMO fruits and veggies to put into my juice. I am highly concerned over GMO foods and finding non GMO fruits and veggies is nearly impossible without a long out of the way drive to a sprouts or other all natural food store. Bolthouse is already made with non GMO ingredients so it makes my life a lot easier, however like you said its a bit of a load on the wallet. If I drank 2 bolthouse servings per day, that would run me about $120 per month just in bolthouse alone
 
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