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    Default Question for vegetarians - Carbs

    I'm working on eating less meat and adopting more of a vegetarian type diet. I've bought a couple vegetarian books to help with what I should and shouldn't eat. I already eat a healthy diet with whole grains, veggies and fruits. I buy organic where I can.

    I've always tried to limit my carb intake to help maintain my weight. But with the vegetarian diet it seems very carb oriented.

    As a vegetarian how do you maintain your weight?



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    Vegetarian diets that make an attempt to simply replace the meat are carb loaded because they rely heavily on pasta. For me, the trick is not to replace the meat with anything. If you do have pasta or potato, think of it more as a condiment. I think that the staple of any vegetarian diet should be beans and legumes. Full of fiber and protein and you don't need much to fill you up.
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    Get a book or two on veggy diets for diabetics. They minimize the "bad" carbs.
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    Ditto the legumes and beans. I've also started using a lot of quinoa instead of rice or pasta in dishes. It took me a few tries to cook it right, but now I prefer it to rice (still love a good pasta dish though).

    Probably not the healthiest, but I also really like the Morning Star Farms Chik'n products... I always keep a box in the freezer for nights I just don't feel like cooking.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic Horseman View Post
    I think that the staple of any vegetarian diet should be beans and legumes. Full of fiber and protein and you don't need much to fill you up.
    This. I've been an "almost" vegetarian for a couple years now (my SO is a vegetarian, but sometimes I slip and have a hamburger). I really like tempeh, it's made with soybeans and/or various whole grains. I like it a lot better than tofu, and I just make the same healthy recipies I would make before, but substitute tempeh for meat. I find that I stay fuller for longer than when I eat the same amount in meat. Tempeh and tofu have a lot of protein per serving, are low in cholesterol and high in fiber.

    Don't be put off by some of the strange recipes you might find online for vegetarian diets either, but like Frank said, a good cookbook can help you get on the right track.
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    The trick is to not use carbs to replace meat. If you can, use different kinds of beans instead of rice or pasta. I know a lot of people who like to use spaghetti squash in pasta dishes as a replacement for pasta. Quinoa and potatoes are also good replacements for simple carbs like pastas and rice, when done in moderation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faybe View Post

    Probably not the healthiest, but I also really like the Morning Star Farms Chik'n products... I always keep a box in the freezer for nights I just don't feel like cooking.
    Me too, mmm...

    My best tip is not to think about "replacing" the meat but entirely revision your meals. Start with lots of proteins (beans, green leafy veg, etc.) and add to that.
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    Be careful of depending on soy for protein. Omega 6s are not the same as Omega 3s. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA40014...d-omega-6.html

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