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Old 09-09-2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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I was thinking about this last night, and I'm thinking of trying it out. I'm a heavy meat eater, and I have horrible eating habits. I typically eat pork 3-4 times a week, beef once or twice, and one night of chicken (fried hot wings of course).

I absolutely HATE most vegetables - outside of taters in various forms - I'll eat peas and sometimes corn. I'll eat more beans if I do this, I just don't plan around having them anywhere in the house (except for baked beans).

I'm thinking of doing this 1) for my health 2) to test my willpower to see if I can really do it.

Could you do it? Any pitfalls I'm not thinking of?

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Old 09-09-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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Well, I could probably do it, but I probably wouldn't.

I don't eat as well as I'd like. But I'd probably switch to eating turkey or chicken or fish more, and less pork and beef, and lower the ratio to about half of what I'd normally eat, rather than go cold turkey, er bean...

But I like veggies, and not a big fruit person. I could eat half a plate of steamed broccoli, or zucchini and enjoy it.

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Can and have.

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More importantly than the veggies is replacing the proteins you wont be eating.

Soy, nuts, legumes are important part of a vegetarian diet.

I did it for 9 years..

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I plan on eating plenty of nuts (peanuts/cashews) and peanut butter + various beans for extra proteins.

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I was an anti-vegetarian for 26 odd years. Even as an infant, my mom says I refused (the best a child can) to eat fruits/veggies.

I had no idea what being constipated ment, but I was. allways. I would poop once a week, sometimes 3 times a month. I couldn't sleep, was pissed off all the time, etc. But I was unaware that it was food related.

in my mid 20's, I realized I had to make a change. But what? I hate veggies/fruits. I started by eliminated one thing from my diet. That thing was cow. It's been nearly 10 years now and I've probably had cow less then 3 times.

One problem I had was, eating fresh greens/veggies would make me sick. As in, throw up sick. Not long term, just once or twice to expell the food from my stomach.

I now am dating a lady who's been a vegetarian for 20 some years. That helps some, but I still don't like many veggies. (even though I've never tasted them, it's a serious mental issue with me)

for me, it was health. not pooping and pooping blood isn't healthy.

I'm sure you could do it. Try grilling your veggies on the grill(not in the oven, they suck).

We make these taco's that kick ass.

Shredded Red Cabbage
Shredded Carrots
Roasted peppers (jalapenos, poblano, anahiem, etc)
onions
cheese
extra firm tofu, marinated and grilled, then tossed back into the marinade
corn tortillias, also grilled.

It's a great way to eat veggies.

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More importantly than the veggies is replacing the proteins you wont be eating.

Soy, nuts, legumes are important part of a vegetarian diet.
A very important point!

Healthy eating is all about a balanced diet, and the same applies to adopting a vegetarian diet. If you're eating fresh salads, don't undo the good by loading on a crap-ton of processed cheese products, fatty salad dressings, etc. Just eat sensibly.
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Oh, I might add - a list of things I will NOT eat:

Salad (ie: lettuce)
Cabbage
Onion
Tomato
Pepper
Tofu

Yeah, so pretty much that whole taco thing except for the shells and carrot. :P

Besides, I'm not going to be a veggie head - I'm just replacing meat as the mainstay of the meal with other protiens and starches.

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I'm a dyed-in-the-wool omnivore, but when my cholesterol got high I went vegi for about 6 months to bring it down fast. Found lots of things that helped. The main thing is to try not to pretend. If you're going to have a garden burger, don't try to pretend it's hamburger. Don't try to trick yourself into thinking tofu is chicken. Just accept things for what they are and you'll do better. Some of the garden burger like products are actually better the less like meat they are. They have one that's kind of a potato and mushroom patty that I still like to have regularly even though I'm eating meat again.

Oh, and portabella mushrooms are amazing on the grill.

Go to some vegitarian/vegan restaurants to get some ideas. Those folks can take veggies and actually make them taste good!

Hummus is great for snacking. It's basically just greek bean drip. It's also good added to a sandwich. Comes in lots of different flavors from plain to hot and spicy styles.

Extra-virgin olive oil makes everything better.

Don't just take side-dish veggie recipes and try to make a meal out of it. Research some good meatless main dishes and you'll be happier with the results.

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Don't just take side-dish veggie recipes and try to make a meal out of it. Research some good meatless main dishes and you'll be happier with the results.
See, that's where I'm headed. I don't eat MOST veggies, and all those veggie dishes are all loaded with stuff I wont eat.

I just want to replace the main meat portion with something else - being pasta, bean something or other, potatos, whatevs.
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