How Do I Become A Vegetarian?

Hosted by Terese DiMercurio
Group active since Sun, Oct 09, 2011

Tips and Tricks To Helping Me Become A Vegetarian.

Sabrina Nichols
Aug 7, 2013

Well holy Carrots!

I found a group that I really need! I was going to write holy cow but Im vegetarian now,,well I think, because I still eat eggs and milk but no meat from animals. I need a lot of help. lol I have stopped eatn meat for a month now. I still cook meat for my family and its getn worse for me. Any advice?

L D
Oct 13, 2011

Veg Recipes

I went through my posted recipes and shared my vegetable or vegetarian recipes here,hope you enjoy them.

Heidi Hoerman
Oct 9, 2011

Some suggested web sites for high quality nutrition information

Vegetarian diets can be very healthy for you but you also must be an educated meal planner to make sure you get the appropriate nutrition. As with all things diet related, there are lots of folks with different ideas of what makes a good diet. Some of these are wise, some are actually dangerous. Most fall somewhere in between.

So, putting on my librarian hat, I recommend looking at the National Agriculture Library's list of web and book resources for vegetarian nutrition. This will lead you to consumer health information that from organizations that are likely to have nutritionally sound information.

nal.usda.gov/...vegetarian.pdf


NIKKI SMITH
Oct 9, 2011

Don't Forget The Details.

A vegetarian lifestyle can offer you many health benefits , but if you eliminate meat, you limit your sources of some vitamins and minerals, especially if you also eliminate milk products. Your body needs vitamin b12, calcium, vitamins d, iron and zinc for good health. Include foods rich in these micro nutrients in your meals and snacks or take a vitamins-mineral supplement.

L D
Oct 9, 2011

Great Idea!

This is a great idea,I used to be a vegetarian way back but I got bored with it and started eating meat again. It was because I didn't eat a large variety of foods as I do now. Now,I eat very little chicken.pork or beef, what has worked for me is eating whatever I want just portion control and walking everyday,because the minute I say diet,I automatically want to eat everything in sight,the minute I say I'm not going to eat this or that,I want it more than anything,. In the past 2 years,I have lost 130 lbs and have keep it off. I eat mostly vegetables,seafood,beans of all kinds and alot of ethnic dishes(all kinds) I just eat too many sweets! that's my downfall! trying to eat more fruits but cookies,pies and cakes find me!!
I say becoming vegetarian should be a gradual change. I try to make a vegetarian meal at least once a week and seafood 2-3 times a week. Thankfully,my husband is agreeable,he usually eats lunch out and he eats whatever he wants,he's one of those lucky people that can eat anything and as much as he wants without gaining weight and is very healthy.
Another thing that helps is to really season the food,make the food taste good so you don't feel deprived.
My brother has been a vegetarian over 40 years (he's a pescatarian,he eats no animal except seafood) To hear him talk about meat and chicken is enough to make anyone a vegetarian,but we won't go into that. He also eats all kinds of beans which are high in protein,he is 61 yrs old and you would not believe it to look at him,he's fit and very healthy,I have not known him to ever have a cold or flu,he doesn't take vitamins. I'm telling you this to say,it is a healthy way of eating.
So I am very interested to see some vegetarian ideas here too.

NIKKI SMITH
Oct 9, 2011

The group I was looking for...!

I use to be a vegetarian in 2002, such a long time ago..:) But i felt really good, at that time i use to be 315lb and in about 8 months time I went down to 220 so lbs... My Dr. told me that I wasn't eating enough meat, I was low in protein.. So I started back up with chicken very slowly.. We now my big butt is back up to 260 and I am just dying..( to fat to move) Yikes!!!:)To add to this I now have reflux, gout, HB, and Diabetes.. So my body is all jacked up..lol I think my body is telling me to go back, because the smell of meat is getting to me. So what should I do , I say to myself.. I saw this group and I said God is giving me a sign or at least Teresa is hehehe.. Thanks for this group..:)

Dale Masters
Oct 9, 2011

vegetarian Meals

I don't want to be a total vegetarian but would like to make vegetarian meals about once a week. I want recipes that will pass the "husband test". Thanks for starting this group Terese!

Terese DiMercurio
Oct 9, 2011

Help, Please

I'd like to become a vegetarian, except, I'm not quite sure how to do that. I like cheese WAY too much, so I don't think I could go Vegan (plus, where I live, there's no way I'd be able to survive). Anyway, what are some staples I should have in my house? Are there any good vegetarian stand-by recipes I should know about? How do you go about making a grocery list? I guess I'm a little clueless.