While I doubt I'll ever go strictly vegan/vegetarian, I've been debating trying to shift over to a primarily vegetarian lifestyle. I do have one particular concern, though...I've been trying to lose weight lately, and I'm a bit concerned that I would find it hard not to eat too many carbohydrates on a vegetarian diet. Do you have any suggestions of where to look for protein-heavy/low-carbohydrate vegetarian recipes that will keep you full?
That's awesome! I am glad that you are in the process of making a life-changing decision.
If you plan to switch over to this meal-plan, don't expect for the results to happen overnight, this isn't a lose weight in under 2 weeks diet/lifestyle. It could take months, depending what you're looking to achieve. Your body weight might stabilize for a moment, as your body naturally removes the chemicals from said meat-products from your body. As you begin to eat more, your metabolism will begin to speed up, and the fat will shrink away. These won't be easy results, though. It takes time.
Carbs don't make you fat. Fat makes you fat. "The fat that you eat, is the fat that you wear." The plant-based Vegan diet by Dr. Esselstyn is based off of is a high-carb, low fat regiment. And lifestyle. Carbs will lean you out. Another misconception, or lie. Is sugar, sugar doesn't make you fat. Pure sugar is not fatty. While I recommend not eating tablespoons full of refined sugar, as it would still be unhealthy, but don't let it fool you. Eat starches, legumes, beans, grain, all containing high protein, and carbs. And especially fruits, and vegetables, as your body needs sugar to survive. I do know a few recipes that I can share with you, but I first want to share with you what I ate, yesterday; these are FDA recommended goals for daily life, based at 100%.http://prntscr.com/7ccuzthttp://prntscr.com/7ccvi3http://prntscr.com/7ccvr2
Dr. Esselstyn has a very good book on Vegan recipes that I have, that you might look into. And information on healthy living. His guidelines are very strict, though. You don't have to follow them to a T, it's mainly just no animal-based products.
I had a recipe last night, chopped green, and red bell pepper, chopped pineapple, tofu; cooked, with two cups of streamed rice, mixed with vegetarian Asian curry.
In morning I usually have a cup of cooked oat, with, or without a banana. Or sometimes pancakes.
And during the day, I just make whatever suits me. I enjoy eating rice often, potatoes are good. I look through that cookbook, and see what I want to make.
Also, how do you manage eating out at restaurants without inconveniencing your friends? This is a particular concern of mine, because I know it drives me nuts when I'm eating with people and they refuse to eat at a bevy of different restaurants because of non-allergic concerns (this isn't meant to be offensive, and I hope it's not taken as such, it's just a legitimate concern of mine).
Of course! No one wishes to be put anyone into an awkward spot. Most restaurants cater to Vegan, and Vegetarian diets. But if the problem was them not providing such meals, than you might have to bite the bullet for one night, or you can prepare your own meal, beforehand. Most restaurants I've went to have catered to my diet. Not limited to, but including fast-food chains.
Thirdly, on a vegetarian diet is it absolutely necessary to supplement your diet with vitamins? I've been getting plenty of vitamins from my current diet and haven't needed to take other supplements, and I have to admit that I have some concern about switching to a diet that requires outside nutritional supplements to be sustainable.
I only take two supplements, B-12, and Vitamin C. There is a lot of discussion over if you actually need B-12 in a healthy diet to survive. But I'd better be safer, than sorry. I'd say B-12 is the only supplement that you would need to be worried about. As you saw, it was my lowest consumed number. Aside from sugars, starches, I ate some candy later, and had some potato chips. All you need for those is fruit, and starched-foods.
Finally, what have your experiences been with traveling internationally and maintaining a vegetarian/vegan diet? I travel quite often and I would be concerned about the sustainability of such a diet when traveling.
Most countries cater to a Vegan, and Vegetarian diet, more than the United States does. So I wouldn't be too worried. But if this problem does occur, I would say you would have to bite the bullet. I know that animal-based products can be quite the addiction, so I would be careful. Most countries will definitely provide the Vegan diet, though. If not all of them. United States being the country you should be most concerned while sticking to a meal plan.
Good day. Good luck. And safe travels!
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