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Vegetarian Diet Tips
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Vegetarian Diet Tips
For the next month I'm going to go vegetarian, to try it out. Partly because a flier-person caught me and I ended up seeing/hearing more than I ever wanted to hear, and partly because I've developed an interest in food totems, particularly Chicken and Cow.

I figured that since Lent was coming up and I was going to give up something, I might as well give up meat to honor the food totems. I would like to establish a working relationship with at least one of them, so maybe this'll be a good start.

So my question is this: Do any of you guys have any tips or suggestions of what to eat? Anything that worked out in your case?

(Note: I'm not allergic to anything, and I am going to continue eating eggs and dairy products...I already know local, free-range sources to get these from so that's covered)
2009-02-21 4:45
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I'm definitely not a vegetarian, but all I'll say is B-group vitamin supplements. If you're only doing it for a few weeks it's not so much of a big deal, but any longer and it is.

WhiteFox Wrote:I figured that since Lent was coming up and I was going to give up something, I might as well give up meat to honor the food totems.

As far as I am aware, Lent is a Catholic tradition - and totems are not. So what am I missing?

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2009-02-21 12:09
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Quote:As far as I am aware, Lent is a Catholic tradition - and totems are not. So what am I missing?

Totems are not any one tradition, they span traditions and cultures. I know some Christians who also work with totems. They're simply representative spirits, mostly animal or plant in the neo-pagan sense (but some still do work with ancestors as totems).

As I still live at home and still have to participate in services with my Catholic family, I'm going to have to participate in Lent as well. Besides, once I got past the whole "Catholic" part of it, and looked at the real meaning behind it, I figured it was a good idea anyways to give up something for a while.
2009-02-21 15:07
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i'm half-vegetarian, as in: i eat very little meat, usually only when i'm invited somewhere and they cook meat, or when the "veggie menu" in a restaurant is more of a bad joke. but if i try to go without meat for more than a month, i'll get all moody and aggressive. don't know why...

from what i know, it's important to get enough protein. egg and dairy products are good, soy products too, if they are cooked well.
archer already mentioned the vitamins.
apart from that... there are many forums for vegetarians, perhaps read those or ask there. i'm sure they have a whole section about how to successfully stop eating or craving for meat.

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Omelettes are good, full of protein and quick to prepare. Tinned black beans are also great--they make quick burrito filling mixed with some chipotle paste. Since you are in the States, you can probably get Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties. I miss those! They are delicious if you are craving something sausage like in the morning. Don't neglect curries, made with red lentils and/or meat substitutes. I used to be semi-veggie, but gave it up when I started running. The hardest thing is not falling into the habit of eating a lot of pasta. If you get really stuck and I can offer up some recipes and book recs.
2009-02-21 15:27
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A friend of mine will say eat eggs and such--even seafood (i.e. anything without a face). Tofu can be thrown in to make it a larger meal, I suppose--I don't really know, I"m not vegetarian and have not thoughts of becoming one.

(And it's good to see a fellow person who's doing lent and isn't Catholic ^_^.)

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2009-02-21 19:28
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I once overheard a hilarious conversation in line behind me at Subway. Two girls were talking about looking forward to the summer and barbecues. A mutual friend had turned vegitarian, and Girl 1 was concerned that she wouldn't enjoy the BBQ fun sans meat. Friend 2 chimed in with she''d be fine, because she could just eat pork.

I LOLed.

Shangrila Wrote:And it's good to see a fellow person who's doing lent and isn't Catholic ^_^.)

(I find it kinda weird people randomly doing rituals from religions they don't follow, but hey!)

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The way people talk, it seems like they think you're leaving the solar system. B-vitamins this, protein that, don't forget your toothbrush, pack clean unerwear, etc blah... hey, you're only going veg for a month. Don't sweat it. Fact of the matter is, it's hard to not get enough protein in your diet. I followed the numbers when I was vegan, and I had no trouble hitting the mark. If you're an energy drink addict, you've got your b's covered... if you like marmite, nom some of that, too. It's B12 heaven. But you don't need to worry about your b's since you're not going vegan.

If you want advice that's really practical, it's to indulge the part of your brain that demands comfort. If you get a craving for a meat-entree, eat all the side dishes that traditionally come with that cut. That's usually good at tricking your brain into satisfaction... and it makes you really realize how good those sides really are. Accept QUORN as your lord and saviour -- it's delicious. Don't fear the tofu -- it's not scary if you freeze it first (freeze it solid, let it thaw in the fridge for two days, then press out the water). Make friends with tacos (Morningstar Farms "Grillers" crumbles makes excellent taco 'meat'). And since youre still eating eggs... eggs. Egg sammich, omelette, scrambled with salsa on top... eggs. With waffles and hash browns.

Oh yeah, and pb&j. or pb&banana sammiches. on wheat bread? shoot... that's a faceful of heaven right there.

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Archer Wrote:I once overheard a hilarious conversation in line behind me at Subway. Two girls were talking about looking forward to the summer and barbecues. A mutual friend had turned vegitarian, and Girl 1 was concerned that she wouldn't enjoy the BBQ fun sans meat. Friend 2 chimed in with she''d be fine, because she could just eat pork.

I LOLed.

Shangrila Wrote:And it's good to see a fellow person who's doing lent and isn't Catholic ^_^.)

(I find it kinda weird people randomly doing rituals from religions they don't follow, but hey!)

I'd LOL at that too, lol.

(to each his/her own, right? lol)

^_^ peanut butter and banana sandwiches are pest!

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Quote:The way people talk, it seems like they think you're leaving the solar system. B-vitamins this, protein that, don't forget your toothbrush, pack clean unerwear, etc blah... hey, you're only going veg for a month. Don't sweat it

No worries, I'm not trying to make a big deal about it. My intention was more to get ideas from other people on things that are vegetarian and actually tastes good (I hate veggies), not necessarily a list of dietary needs <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> More like, "what has worked out in your favor in doing this" type of survey.

Though I do plan to try and stay "mostly-vegetarian" if I survive the next 40 days <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> Only eating meat at holidays and major family functions, and avoiding them the rest of the time. I could do without all the chicken nuggets from McDonald's anyway <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->

Quote:eat all the side dishes that traditionally come with that cut. That's usually good at tricking your brain into satisfaction... and it makes you really realize how good those sides really are
Oooh, mashed potatoes and gravy; second helpings, here I come! <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

Quote:Don't fear the tofu -- it's not scary if you freeze it first (freeze it solid, let it thaw in the fridge for two days, then press out the water)
What's the freezing and water pressing for? Gives it a different texture or something?

Quote:eggs. With waffles and hash browns.
Best breakfast ever...omit the hash browns and replace with freshly baked rosemary olive oil bread with butter seeping into the pores...

Dang people, now you're making me all hungry XD

Quote:(I find it kinda weird people randomly doing rituals from religions they don't follow, but hey!)

Better going the familial flow than dealing with the big lectures from mom and grandma <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> I'll never live the satanic cult references down. I'm already suffering from witch jokes...

Quote:Friend 2 chimed in with she''d be fine, because she could just eat pork.
The fuck? Fish I could understand, since people (wrongly) don't call it "meat", but pork??

Quote:and such--even seafood (i.e. anything without a face)

?? But seafood has faces *points to dead fish with head still on in the meat department* and it's flesh from an animal....

Quote:The hardest thing is not falling into the habit of eating a lot of pasta. If you get really stuck and I can offer up some recipes and book recs
Heh, I was thinking about that actually. I love pasta, especially cheese tortellini with pesto sauce. If I do get stuck I'll ask.
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