Sunday, November 25, 2012

Meatless Mondays

Ok so after a few failed attempts at becoming a vegetarian I am thinking of trying again.  I will just do it very slowly this time.  I am starting with something my friend Lorena has done for the past few years by going meatless on Mondays.




My problems are that I hate veggies and beans plus with a messed up thyroid I can't shouldn't eat soy....Pluses are that I work with Lorena so she can help me with the Mondays and I have some very close friends who are vegetarian and eat very well who want nothing more than to help me learn how to eat well.

Wish me luck!
Ice Cream all day Monday!!!
Are any of you vegetarians? Vegan? Meatless on Monday?  Got tips? 

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  1. I most definitely overdo it on dairy, but overall I haven't found it to be difficult at all to stick to the meatless Monday thing. Any time I've "cheated" it's been about not being rude to my Mom who just cooked something for a special occasion (and I always made it up the next day), I have never cheated because I just couldn't go a day without meat.

    I won't lie, I've definitely had my "peanut butter on a spoon for three meals in a row!" days, but I've also discovered foods I never would have thought to try beforehand and I've gotten better about reading labels all around.

    Gelatin is hands down the sneakiest ingredient. I'm not a huge candy fan but it seems like every time I get a yen for a particular sweet on a Monday it has some sort of gelatin in it :( Chicken flavor is another big one for me, especially given my love of soup.

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    1. Gelatin dries me crazy it is in everything even yogurt and there is rennet too in most cheeses...stupid.

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    2. Acid set cheeses (usually fresh "farmhouse style" cheeses like queso blanco and paneer) are made with an acidic catalyst like vinegar, whey, or citrus juice and should be totally vegetarian friendly (with the caveat of course that people like putting random things in food so labels are our friends). They are however all of the fat and all of the lactose so I tend toward the more aged cheeses to avoid temporary and permanent bloating.

      The amount of actual animal protein represented by the rennet in cheese is surprisingly low, while YMMV of course I don't personally know any vegetarians that are particularly fussed by it (much like white sugar). That being said, there are a great number of cheeses which use vegetarian rennet so if you choose to go hard line there really are plenty of delicious cheeses out there.

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  2. Meatless Fridays during Lent... so that'll include pizza, pasta, potatoes and eggs, but if you're going vegan, then you can't have the eggs. You can make your own pasta sauce and throw a lot of veggies in there and puree them! If you like ricotta that can be your protein. I don't know if they make an egg substitute that's not made from egg whites. I'm guessing it's out there and very expensive!

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  3. I agree to start with the meatless Mondays and go from there. I have to admit though, I'm not sure how successful I would be without eating beans! Find blogs to follow that you may find inspiration from?
    Try cooking your veggies, eating them raw, with dressings, etc until you find what you like. A lot of times it's a matter of changing your palate.
    Feel free to check my blog for ideas. I will be posting more with my upcoming training and trying to lose weight. I used to only eat corn, potatoes, peas and carrots. I now love almost all veggies.

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    1. Corn and potatoes are the only veggies I liked too....I have started trying new ones and I like asparagus depending on how it is made. It is going to be a lot of trial and error I think.

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  4. I've been a vegetarian for 22 years. I eat eggs & dairy products, no meat, poultry or fish. I too have a thyroid condition, (hashimoto's) but I do eat some soy, with the permission of my endocrinologist. It's a chore to incorporate protein at first, especially if you're limited on choices/preferences. (This is where eggs come in handy for me, thankfully I love them. I'm also not opposed to beans)Anyhoo don't beat yourself up if you don't catch on to it right away, it's a lifestyle change after all. Took me a few tries to finally do it permanently..and back then there were hardly any meat substitutes (no not-dogs, boca burgers, fakin bacon, etc) AND I chose the beginning of summer to finally quit- "BBQ" season. Why not torture myself, right. And here you are, in the midst of all the holiday noms, making a go of it. lol Timing isn't always everything. One day at at time, right? Good luck to you! :)

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    1. I was hyper then hypo as a kid and had the radioactive iodine at 16...the crazy amount of soy made it hyper again (but with out the fun weight loss) so I had to get the radioactive iodine AGAIN and the day before christmas....yay!

      Part of my problem is sheer laziness....i am sure i can find and try different recipes but going with what I know my husband and i like and know is so much easier.

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