Brand new to vegetarian diet
Hello all, i am hoping to find some help with my new diet choice. Due to a health issue, i have opted to move to a no meat type diet. Being a red meat person all of my life, this is new and going to be tough. My biggest concern is finding enough food that offers protein. Any suggestions and thoughts are greatly appreciated.
with a vegan or vegetarian diet protein will never be a problem like many believe!!! google it i swear u can find it in vegan meat substitutes (tofu, tempeh, seitan), beans and even some veggies!!! this site is a life saver with so many awesome recipes as well as awesome people to help... do not rule things out u haven't liked before because for the most part it is all about how u cook it (tofu for example)... good luck u will def not have a problem with protein TRUST ME! total myth!
Welcome, Jeff! As Amy said you'll have no trouble getting your protein. And I bet you'll find all kinds of amazing new dishes to try. May I suggest you start small by adding red lentils to a tomato pasta sauce? :)
Hi Jeff. Welcome to VegWeb!
I think baby steps in your case sounds like a good approach and I'm happy that you are staying open minded to new things.
Once your health is up to par, the "golden rule" for vegetarians and protein is that "if you're eating enough calories from a wide variety of foods, you're getting enough protein".
Two key ideas "adequate calories" and "variety". So get your nutrition from whole grains (whole grain cereal, breads, and pastas, as well as brown rice, try quinoa which is a 'complete' protein by itself), fruits and vegetables (variety, variety, variety to include green leafies and fruit like berries), legumes (beans of all sorts, including lentils), nuts and seeds (enjoy a wide variety, but in moderation, nuts are some of the most healthy vegetarians foods there are) soy products (not overly processed meat analogs(which have their place, but shouldn't be a staple) but tofu, miso, soy milk (unsweetened and in moderation) and tempeh) and finally healthy fats like avacodo, olive oil, hemp oil, flax and nuts/seeds.
For extra protein boosts try non-soy powders found in health food stores such as rice protein or hemp protein.
It's a process. The above diet describes me, but certainly not me 20 years ago when I started. I also enjoy junk food from time to time (see my avatar of me eating coconut ice cream).
I'm quite confident that if you eat a variety of whole foods, you'll not only get enough protein but you'll thrive and your health problems will diminish.
Great advice from Tweety as usual :)
Jeff -- good for you, looking to get healthier! An easy tip I learned when I first went veggie was to look for lots of different colors in my diet. If everything is GBD (golden brown and delicious) then way too much is deep fried! Nowadays, a lot of my protein comes from the organic canned beans from Whole Foods -- I make sure to rinse them before I add them to whatever I'm making, like kidney beans in my salads, or garbanzo beans steamed with kale and onions, or adding black beans to salsa. --ss