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Hi everyone,<br><br><br><br>
I can't help but feel that being vegetarian for the past few years has had an affect on my immune system. I get many more colds than I used to and often feel weak-- like I'm just not getting enough of the rights foods.<br><br><br><br>
I admit I'm a bad vegetarian since I eat the same few things all the time: mexican food, pastas, pizza,... I guess that's pretty much it. I'm not an experienced cook and don't have a lot of time to learn at the moment. Can someone help? What should I be eating to help boost my immune system and leave me full/satisfied after meals? I would like to make the jump to vegan but I want my body to be prepared first. At this point, I can't imagine getting by as a vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I should also note that I am looking to actually GAIN some weight. Thank you all in advance for any help you may be able to provide!<br><br><br><br>
-J
 

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For weight gain:<br><br>
Nuts and, nutrition drinks and weight gain supplements made for body building. If you don't mind that something tastes awful, weight gain supplements really do work. There used to be this great vegan weight gaining drink and they don't sell it anymore<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">.<br><br><br><br>
Nutrition drinks are made for people who cannot eat. They are an easy way to get calorie loaded. They are also quite expensive.<br><br>
Nuts are great when you are either at home doing something or keep them on hand in your pocket.<br><br><br><br>
I find mock meats the most filling vegetarian meal. Usually not recomended to eat a lot of mock meats and they an expensive way to eat too.
 

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you might not be getting enough fruit and veg. If you're not a great cook, you can get these things into your diet the ways I do (I'm not either):<br><br>
* store bought or homemade veggie soups. Lots of store bought ones are vegan if you look enough. And homemade ones are very easy to make, I'm just often too lazy.<br><br>
* raw fruit and veg. Snack on cut up raw veg like bell peppers, carrot sticks, etc. Dip them in hummus or some other dip if you want more taste. Snack on fruits too. Everyone likes fruits. If you have cereal for breakfast, add fruits or berries to it.<br><br>
* those things that trick kids into eating veg - I love buying pasta sauces etc 'for kids' where they already have something like 2 portions of veg blended into them.<br><br>
* veg for breakfast - I love fried (this also adds calories, since you're interested in gaining weight) or grilled aubergine for breakfast. Fried tomatoes are good with whatever you're eating too.<br><br>
* salads - if you are trying to gain weight, you don't want to eat them as a meal. Eat them IN ADDITION TO your normal meals. And add avocado and dressings.<br><br>
* add extra veg to things you already eat - have burritos with refried beans and sweetcorn in place of the mock meats or as well as them. Add extra veg to your pasta sauces. Have a pizza with a ton of veg on. If you want to move closer to vegan, skip the cheese. It doesn't stay together as easily but it tastes even better.<br><br><br><br>
I hope this was of some help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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