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Hi - I'm a vegetarian who eats cheese and breads, I think that carbs combined with cheese have contributed to my weight gain, and I am not sure what to do? Has anyone tried a low carb vegetarian plan or know where I should look? P.S. I am not a very good cook either and would love some tips in that area too.<br><br>
thanks a lot,<br><br>
Tatum
 

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Personally, I think low carb diets are a bad idea. Just replace white bread with whole grains and cut down on the cheese.<br><br><br><br>
Some ideas: Spread hummus on a whole wheat bagel instead of cream cheese on a white bagel (more fiber, more filling, and more vitamins/nutrients)<br><br><br><br>
Make whole wheat pasta or couscous and top it with beans and vegetables (the traditional pasta e fagioli, or maybe a chickpea stew) instead of parmesan cheese
 

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Post this to <a href="http://www.vegsource.com" target="_blank">www.vegsource.com</a> to the recipes board. Chef Deb has recipes for everything and I am sure she has some lowcarb recipes for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Shannon/Zimma
 

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Slim Fast for breakfast<br><br>
Diet Sprite - No Caffiene<br><br>
for lunch pasta, pizza, big mac (no meat), or something along those lines<br><br>
Usually have a three p.m. snack - cheez-its<br><br>
dinner - either slim fast or one of the above<br><br><br><br>
I can't cook and, if I do, it usually ends up being made with real butter, bread and lots of cheese. I guess I have to use those b.c I don't really know how to cook. I can't even cook brown rice - it's all mushy and crunchy at the same time. I guess the problem boils down to the fact that I can't cook and when I shop, I don't really know what to buy. My parents only really taught me what to do with meat -yuck!!! It seems like the more preprepared stuff I get the worse off I am. I guess I just need more options.<br><br><br><br>
I also just read that carbs make your insulin jump up and I don't want to become a type II diabetic - there is so much to all this!<br><br><br><br>
thanks for all of your help,<br><br>
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The kind of carbs you eat make you insulin jump for sure. You need to slow down, step into your life, and be willing to learn how to care and nurture yourself. Yes, it's scary and takes a little time, but your worth the investment.<br><br>
A high protein diet is not your answer...real, unadultrated, unprocessed foods are.<br><br>
I'm going to gather some simple information, and post it for you tomorrow. You can do with it what you want.<br><br>
IMHO, there is no point in being a vegetarian if your busy harming yourself.
 

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Tatum, there are many myths about nutrition going around and one of them is that carbohydrates are especially fattening. The truth is that fat is the most fattening thing because it has 9 kilo calories/gram. Carbohydrates and protein are the second most fattening things because they both have 4 kilo calories/gram.<br><br><br><br>
Low-fat high-fiber diets are probably the best thing for people that want to loose weight. They tend to be lower in calories and the fiber tends to fill the person up without putting on weight.<br><br><br><br>
Eating more fruit and whole foods should help.
 

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I definitely agree about the carb thing. It's not the carbs themselves that are bad, just the kind you consume. Whole grains will do your body good so much better than white bread will.<br><br><br><br>
Also, from what you posted that you ate, I think it would help you out a lot if you made it a goal to get *at least* five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Here's a sample day that is pretty nutritionally balanced and never lets you get hungry. It also doesn't involve much cooking.<br><br><br><br>
Breakfast- oatmeal (use instant if it's easier for you), some melon wedges & a small glass of OJ<br><br>
Snack- Luna bar, piece of fruit (apple, kiwi, grapes, banana, etc.)<br><br>
Lunch- pb&j sandwich, baby carrots<br><br>
Snack- veggies (any kind you like) dipped in hummus<br><br>
Dinner- whole wheat spaghetti w/ sliced portabello mushrooms and lots of good sauce, romaine & spinach salad w/sliced veggies and a little bit of your favorite dressing<br><br><br><br>
You'll get plenty of good carbs, protein and good fat with each meal and snack. I'd also suggest ditching the soda in favor of lots and lots of water.<br><br><br><br>
I've read a ton of books and other information on nutrition. No matter what you are- veggie, vegan or omni, I think one of the best things you can do for yourself is to know nutrition and how to make it work for you. Go to your local library and find all the books you can on vegetarianism. You'll learn a lot.<br><br><br><br>
Also, if you don't already, try to get some exercise in every day, even if it's just a brisk walk. That could make all the difference.
 

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Flower, excellent post!<br><br><br><br>
Tatum, first off - if you need help with cooking ideas that will take under 5 minutes and are cheap and easy, send me a message and I'll help you out with that.<br><br><br><br>
The high protein diets work, technically. But, so does chemo therapy and you don't really want to do that for weight loss. There is only one way to be healthy and maintain a good weight - eat a minimum of 5 fruits and veggies daily (although, 8+ is best), get 1000mg of calcium daily (beans, dairy, soy milk, dark green vegetables, etc), get 25g or more of fibre daily (comes from whole grain foods, beans, lentil, veggies and fruit), assuming you are a veg*an eat good proteins (beans, lentils, soy, and small amounts of nuts and seeds) and moderate exercise.<br><br><br><br>
Now, excuse me for a moment while I make my public service annoucement:<br><br><br><br>
Have you been told by a doctor (and perferably 2) that you are overweight? Have you discussed your weight loss goals with a doctor?<br><br><br><br>
I ask as many people think they are overweight, but are indeed a healthy range. They just don't look like Iman or Britney Spears.<br><br><br><br>
If you are in fact overweight, message me anytime and I can help you with menu ideas, cooking tips, and anything else you need. I know my food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
My only problem is that I can't seem to lose these 10 pounds I've put on LOL Figures huh! But that's because I'm still being lazy and don't want to sweat it off like I should.
 

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Hey, I'm right here with you. I'm 5'4" and I weigh 228 lbs. BUT I've lost a lot of weight lately and I'm starting to feel really good about the way I'm eating. The best book I've ever read was "Eating Well For Optimum Health" by Andrew Weil. He gives it to you straight-with no hype or fads. Try to find it at your library for nutrition basics. Beyond that you gotta larn to cook. Eating all that processed stuff (esp. processed carbs) is really going to hold you back. e-mail me and I'll send you some recipes and more tips for getting started. My e-mail is <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>.<br><br>
For now, get some cans of beans. Don't bother with the dry stuff just yet. Get pintos, garbanzos, black, kidney...whatever looks cool. They can serve as a basis for quick burritos, soups, dips and salads. While you are in the canned foods section, pick up a couple cans of chopped tomatoes too, and maybe a nice jar of vegetarian marinara. Look for a lower fat one. Now you can make sauce to go on spaghetti or other noodles. Buy lots of veggies and slice/chop them the same day you buy them, so they're ready when you need them. Store them in the fridge in clear plastic containers, like Gladware. They say disposable but just wash them and reuse. Buy olive oil in a spray bottle or even better, buy a Misto, a cool pump spray bottle you can refill. It costs about ten bucks. Don't buy butter at all. That stuff will kill you eventually. If you must have cheese, get extra sharp sheddar. The taste is very strong and so somewhat self limiting. I could go on...but this is long already. Just eating lots of veggies and fewer processed carbs has helped me alot. Good luck.<br><br>
Brandy
 

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/shutter sharp cheddar /shutter I hate that stuff<br><br><br><br>
Am I the only person on earth who actually LIKES low-fat cheddar? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
FYI, 1 oz of solid cheese is about the size of your thumb or 1 golf ball (shredded cheese). It helps knowing that to size accordingly.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck brandymom! Congratz on your weight loss thus far and for trying to find balance in your life.
 

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Tatum - Don't have anything to add to the great suggestions already made. Just wanted to let you know that other veg*ns are "meaty" (yikes did I say that?) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. I am a veggie (no meat, dairy, or eggs), and I wear size 14 jeans. I don't stress it mostly because I could care less what I weigh. If I did want to lose - I'd just have to cut back on portions (I love food - I love to eat lots and lots of food...... give me food!!! *s*).
 

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DVM,<br><br><br><br>
Men like a little "meat" on their women anyways <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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excellent advice from everyone!<br><br>
i would like to add, learn to cook and then you will love it !!!<br><br>
let us know how you get on won't you tatum! good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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i suggest more whole grains, especially bread with more fiber..refined grains are bad..they have a high gluten count, and thats what makes your insulen jump, which in turn, turns into fat. less cheese too..try to combine protinese (beans, soy etc) with high fiber grains..and some veggies, that way you get a balanced meal on top of a lower fat one. You have to be careful with how you eat, if you cut out meat..do some research, and there are so many quick and easy recepes out there for vegetarains and vegans..its great! I had the same problem as you did, all I ate was bread and cheese..like white bread..then i cut back on the cheese and ate strictly whole grain, it fills you up longer, and i lost 20 lbs in the process with out going on any fancy diets.<br><br>
High protein low carb arent the best ways to lose weight, especially if you are vegetarian.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks for all of the great advice - I plan to become a permanent fixture on this site!<br><br>
on my way to the grocery store now,<br><br>
Tatum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Good luck!<br><br><br><br>
Others have mentioned this, but I noticed mostly that the diet you posted doesn't have much fiber. Few vegetables or fruit. Not only do they prevent disease, but the fiber makes you feel full sooner and longer. I also agree that these kinds of changes take time.<br><br><br><br>
I have just started to change my habits. It's happening slowly, but I already have seen results.
 

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Exercise is as, if not more, important than diet. Make sure you are getting plenty of exercise.<br><br><br><br>
Also, drink lots of water. Many people mistake thirst for hunger and eat. Anytime you feel like a snack, drink a glass of water first. Being well hydrated also keeps your metabolism up, making fat burning easier.
 

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I started buying bottled water by the case just because I'm much more likely to drink it that way.<br><br><br><br>
I am not much of a cook either so maybe I can help out. First, buy a rice cooker. You can do brown rice in a rice cooker you just have to soak it for an hour before you turn the cooker on. You should be able to find one for less than 20$ and it will make your life so much easier.<br><br><br><br>
It sounds like maybe you eat away from home alot, or at least need things that are fast and portable. I like to keep lots of finger-type foods around to snack on and things I can throw in a baggie and take with me. Stuff like baby carrots, almonds (the smoked ones are the best!), apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, strawberries, dried fruits, walnuts, whole wheat crackers. I also keep plenty of lowfat yogurt on hand. Sometimes I'll just grab a bunch of broccoli out of the fridge and break off pieces to eat. It took me awhile to get used to the taste of raw veggies and learn to enjoy them without sauces and dips, but now I love them! I also like to just cut an avacado in half and eat it with a spoon. There is nothing quite like pure unadulterated avacado.<br><br><br><br>
Sandwiches are really easy to prepare and don't require any cooking. I love PBJ, soy bologna with soy mayo lettuce tomato and mustard, hummus with cucumbers and red peppers, and an occasional egg salad. I also keep some veggie burgers and buns on hand. You can cook them quickly in the microwave (cover it with an upside down saucer so it doesn't dry out) or they also cook up nice and fast on an indoor grill.<br><br><br><br>
Smoothies are great for a fast breakfast or lunch and are so so easy! Combine in a blender 1 cup of plain lowfat yogurt, 1 small banana, a handful of frozen berries, and 4-6 oz. of milk or soy milk. Blend it smooth and enjoy! The banana makes it nice and sweet without added sugar.<br><br><br><br>
There are lots of easy things to cook as well. Just start slow and work your way up to the harder stuff. You can make a nice hearty chili just by mixing together canned beans, canned tomato sauce, veggie ground round, and packaged chili seasoning. It has some major fiber and protien, not to mention all kinds of antioxidants. Pasta is really easy with a pre-made sauce. Many of the conventional brands are veggie and all-natural. Just read the ingedients. Try out different kinds of pasta too like spelt and whole wheat to see which ones you like. Stir fry is also really easy to throw together as long as you keep a few basic ingredients around. For mine I use a few tablespoons of canola oil, minced garlic (comes in little jars in the produce section), powdered ginger, a little bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, vegetable broth and a few teaspoons of corn starch. Stir in whatver veggies and soy meats you have on hand. Somethings that are really good in stir fry are broccolli, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, snow peas, bell peppers, bamboo shoots, lemongrass, water chesnuts, onions, baby corn, mushrooms, asparagus, tempeh, firm pressed tofu, soy chicken pieces, cashews, whatever you like! Just fry it all together on high heat until the vegetables are cooked but still firm and serve it over rice or noodles or by itself.
 

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I also like to just cut an avacado in half and eat it with a spoon. There is nothing quite like pure unadulterated avacado.</div>
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