Vegetarians? And a question...

  1. Wondered in there were any vegetarians out there? I was ovo-lacto vegetarian for ten years, but stopped about a year ago, why I don't know. Anyway, I'm going to back to veggie eating. I'm a good vegan cook and enjoyed being a vegetarian.

    My question is after Thanksgiving I want to eat healthier and try to fit in a little bit more exercising (working OT and 12 hour shifts are hard to find time, but I was thinking of adding a power walk or two, more to what I already do).

    Should I go for a date right after the Thanksgiving feast. Or should not bother until after Christmas and New Years and just make it a NY resolution. I'm kind of itching to get started. But don't want to doom myself.

    I have about 8 to 10 pounds to loose. What would you do???
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  3. by   NurseDennie

    I'm not a vegetarian. I just don't eat meat. But I'm not a fanatic about it, and I don't worry about it.

    I've been dangerously anemic, so I've been getting all kinds of advice to EAT MEAT, and you get to where you just give it a try. But people who tell you that don't tell you how icky you feel after you eat meat. Yeuuuccchhhh

    So start going back to veggie-dom when it feels right to you. If you're itching to get started, then go. If it doesn't seem right at Thanksgiving (I could see if you were at somebody else's house and they'd spent all that time on the turkey it would be a little of a downer to have somebody announce "no meat for me." And potatoes with turkey gravey is one of life's pleasures, isn't it?

    Okay, well, I'll admit this: I'm NOT the one to talk to about being lean and mean and toned and in shape. Noooooooo, not I! But as far as meat, that I'll talk about. I've cooked meat for my family for years. My hubby's mum came from Germany, and he thinks that pork is the fourth food group! Pork, to me, is the most disgusting thing in the world (and this is from a woman who actually has tasted haggis!).

    So that's a long answer for a short opinion. It seems to me that the best way is to not make a big deal about it, and not stress yourself about it. I think that the most healthy thing in the world can turn against you if you end up resenting it.


  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I love meat but I have a hard time with store bought meat.
    I also do a lot of vegitarian meals.
    I was a veg for about 3 years but when I kept hearing how thin I was I went back to my old carnivorous ways.
  5. by   dianacs
    I went vegan last year right after the gluttony of the holidays. It was easier for me to do it at that point because I felt so fat, bloated, etc. after all the stuff I'd eaten. Now, with the holidays coming up again, I don't crave the holiday goodies I once did. Enough time has gone by that the thought of turkey, etc. turns me off. But if you're ready to do it now, do it now. Go for it!
  6. by   christianRN
    I would say, if you're itching to start, go ahead! Just be aware the holidays will be difficult, but if you work out even one extra time per week, it could make a difference!
  7. by   PennyLane
    I didn't eat meat for 5 years, now I eat it occasionally. I say don't wait to change your eating habits until after the holidays if you want to lose weight. You can indulge from time to time, otherwise your body will crave the bad stuff. I think moderation is the key.

    I would go back to veggie if I cooked more. I hate cooking! But I prefer not to eat meat whenever possible.

  8. by   monkijr
    Hey 3rdShiftGuy,

    No meat here, I do eat dairy products tho. I found it real hard to manage my protein intake on lentils and beans. I know the formula for total protein, but got bored with it.

    I also love to cook vegetarian, and there is so much that can be done with green chili, which is my fourth food group.

    As far as your question, I'd go back when ever you feel compelled and ready, listen to your body.

    I have a question for you as far as the weight, I am about 10 lbs heavier, since I became a non meat eater. There tend to be so many carbs in a vegetarian menu. Am I doing something wrong?
  9. by   Youda
    I don't eat red meat, but do eat fish and poultry (so I'm safe for Thanksgiving!) If you're feeling excited to get started, do it! Don't wait. The mood might pass and you never get started.
  10. by   adrienurse
    I don't eat meat very often, and I'd go vegetarian if I weren't so lazy. It's the conveniance foods that I'd miss the most. I also mostly eat meat as a treat when I go out to dinner somewhere. I can't remember the last time I actually cooked beef for myself.
  11. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by URSULA
    Hey 3rdShiftGuy,

    I have a question for you as far as the weight, I am about 10 lbs heavier, since I became a non meat eater. There tend to be so many carbs in a vegetarian menu. Am I doing something wrong?
    Don't know about the carb thing. I personally don't seem to be carb sensitive. What causes me to gain weight is excess calories, usually by eating too many fatty things.

    But there are people that swear that carbs make them fat. I think there are different body types.

    For me though, when I'm eating vegan I have to be mindful not to eat too many refined carbs like white pasta and rice. But whole grain pastas and rice, along with a protein source like tofu, tempeh or beans. Also, to include some healthy fat like olive oil, flax oil or avacodo.

    I think I've been inspired. My gut tells me to get it together after Thanksgiving!
  12. by   shygirl
    I'd say wait until after the holidays. That's when EVERYONE starts the new "me" life! Good luck