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heya VB,<br><br>
i gave up meat 6 days ago and i am slowly giving up gelitine and changing my tooth paste etc to be a proper veggie.<br><br>
one thing im worried about is not having a balenced diet, ive never really been a great eater and many people think im silly for cutting meat out.<br><br>
any ideas how i can have a balenced diet? is planning meals in advanced a good idea when your first starting out?<br><br>
thanks in advance<br>
Mai x
 

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If planning meals out seems too arduous a task (I'm kind of lazy, so it is for me), I'd get yourself an account with fitday or calorie-count or some other food tracking site. Then just enter what you're eating every day. After a few days, you should be able to get a general idea of whether or not you are getting enough protein, fiber, nutrients, etc. And whether you are getting too much of anything like fat or sugar or sodium.<br><br>
You'll want to pay attention to the types of food your eating. The amount of fat and calories in a serving of Lays potato chips is about the same as the amount of fat and calories in 1/2 cup of avocado, but they aren't nutritionally the same, yanno?<br><br>
A good multi-vitamin probably wouldn't hurt, and if you are drinking fortified beverages or eating fortified cereals, you probably don't have to worry about things like iron and B12.<br><br>
I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, though, so feel free to ignore me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well I've taken classes on nutrition and what not so I kind of have insight on this topic, but I'm not expert.<br><br>
I don't know how old you are or if you cook for yourself but assuming you do, a balanced diet starts at the grocery store. Spend lots of time in the veg*n section picking up soy dairy products (Silk Light Soy Milk is a gift from the gods haha) and tofu or veggie "meats", I particularly like gardein brand since they have more natural ingredients and less processing than for example Morningstar. But if you live in a place where it's hard to get a variety of veggie products do what you can. The beauty of these products is you can throw them in practically any meat recipe or meat based meal you used to enjoy (if you were a picky eater before, it will make the transition easier to have your favorite foods in veggie form) All pasta/bread/wraps/etc you buy should be whole grain, they are a million times more nutritious than white bread (which is pretty much garbage). I also always like to have lentils and beans I like (for me, black & garbanzo beans) stocked in my cupboards, so I can throw them in a recipe at will. Then just buy lots of fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables are my life blood, they can be an entire meal, a snack in between, or a healthy dessert. Try some fruits you've never had before, the beauty of produce is you can just buy one for like $1 or less and if you don't like it you haven't really lost out on much money. Use veggie oils and fats sparingly and you'll be on your way to a healthy diet!<br><br>
Also, like Semicharmed said there's lots of diet tracking websites you can use like myplate.com and even cell phone apps I have one called My Fitness tracker that will actually just scan the packaging of the food and automatically loads up the nutritional info for one serving. Pretty awesome.<br><br>
Don't worry, eating healthy as a vegatarian is quite simple, just make sure you have lots of variety in your diet and a multivitamin probably wouldn't hurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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thank you for your replies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Qourn is pretty east to get hold of and i just made bolonaise with qourn mince and peppers & mushrooms, was very yummy! (am gonna have whats left for my dinner tomorow)<br><br>
I am 18, so can cook for myself yes. Im gonna go shopping with mum i think, because theirs no veggie food here at the house as my family think im being silly! I walked to the shop to get stuff for my dinner today and for tomorow.<br><br>
I think im going to be doing a nutrition course through work im not sure yet though.<br><br>
I need to be adventurous and try more foods as im pretty fussy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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What kind of food do you already like? It'll be easier to give you suggestion if I know what you like to eat. (ex: I'll eat anything spicy and I love all types of soups)
 

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i like pasta, rice, curry (but not spicey), eggs, some veg (carrots, parsnips, brocali, cauliflower, peppers etc, fruit (grapes, apples)<br>
Toast is a fave off mine!! - i practically live off toast and pasta! hehe!
 

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I find it easier to have a plan. I think it depends on your lifestyle. I work 12 days, so it's pretty much a necessity to plan what to take with me, but on days I don't work I am spontaneous. Also, I live in a very small town (500 people) so I have to have a plan before I go to the supermarket (65 miles to one with any kind of selection. I am fairly new at all this as well, but you can always count on everyone on the "boards" for ideas/support. Also, I think you will find it easier to fall into a routine as you go along. Best of luck and Welcome!!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pebbailey</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2837636"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
i like pasta, rice, curry (but not spicey), eggs, some veg (carrots, parsnips, brocali, cauliflower, peppers etc, fruit (grapes, apples)<br>
Toast is a fave off mine!! - i practically live off toast and pasta! hehe!</div>
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this is a pretty good pasta:<br><img alt="" src="http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/files/2009/10/beet-spaghetti-pasta-sfoglia-004b.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
its whole grain and made with lentils & flaxseed. You can find it at Walmart, Hannafords, etc. I think it tastes better than traditional spaghetti and it's got 10g of Protein per serving. if you top that with sauce and some veggie chicken you'll have a protein packed chicken parm plus a serving of vegetables from the sauce. then if you steam some veggies and throw that on top, phew. you'll be set for the day. haha<br><br>
I also like making homemade sweet potato fries using curry powder (though I've never heard of non-spicy curry?), red pepper, garlic, and onion powder.<br><br>
Whole grain toast with all natural peanut butter and some bananas or apples on top<br>
Quesadillas loaded with the vegetables you like, some veggie chicken, cheese, and a side of salsa.<br>
A couple hardboiled eggs for breakfast with a orange or grapefruit.<br><br>
Basically my advice is use the foods you like, and maybe make them the center of your meal and experiment with adding different fruits and veggies into them or as sides to make sure you're getting all the servings you need.
 

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thank Heather, thats great advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ill lookout for wholemeal pasta, dont think we have that exact brand here in the UK, but i knew wholemeal pasta is easy to get.<br><br>
haha - not all curry is spicy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Thanks again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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heya guys!<br><br>
im doing really well and today i went shopping with mum to get me food! lol.<br><br>
I also told the person i waas most scared of telling! Beleive it of not i was most scared of telling my Psych that ive gone veggie as she always goes on about my eating habits being not great etc. But she was happy about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> She is veggie herself! and she talked to me about getting the right nutrition etc. and i told her that its really excited and i cant wait to try new things... and she said this is good.!<br><br>
wooO! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> i was so scared of telling her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> silly me.<br><br>
*hyper*
 

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Aww yay! I'm glad it went so well, its great to get support from people we're close to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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