News Forums Nutrition Ask Nutritionist For a "Mostly" Vegetarian

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    Laura Jones
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    Hi There!
    I started the program about two weeks ago. I lost 5 lbs the first week and then struggled the second week. I am finding that I just don’t want this much protein! My husband and I really eat more vegetarian meals, and I cook mostly vegetarian for us. I eat more chicken and fish when I go out, but usually not more than a few times a week.

    I love eggs, so that is not a problem. I can’t do much dairy, as I have a mild allergic reaction. I make the protein shakes with Almond milk and that is fine. But I love these drops! They boost my energy and make me feel not very hungry. So I don’t want to give up!

    Is it possible to be on this plan without eating so much fish and chicken? Can I find other ways to get the 1000 calories without so much of these foods?

    Thank you so much for your support!
    Laura

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    Dear Laura, Welcome! Congratulations on the first five pounds! Wow! Nuts will quickly get you to the 1000 calorie mark and are a good source of protein. I throw some walnuts and almonds in with my salads or just eat them plain. I usually eat 1/4 cup almonds with 1 cup blueberries for my morning snack around 10 am. So that’s my answer! Hope it helps!

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    Laura Jones
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    Thank you, Stacie! I appreciate your input. But – do you still eat lots of fish and chicken for your main meals? I love nuts, but I know they also have fat, so I don’t think they will do as a substitute for 5 ounces of protein. If you have other ideas you have been using I am interested! Thank you so much!

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    Jessica Romeo
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    Laura,

    I would use more beans! Beans are a fantastic source of protein and a great swap for chicken/fish!

    #5984

    Laura Jones
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    Thank you!-:)

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    Lisa Coleman
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    I will be starting the program on Monday and I am also a vegetarian Hoping I can get some tips for meals. I think I am going to have to be really creative so I don’t get bored with the food

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    Jessica Romeo
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    Lisa,

    Yes it can be a challenge when a whole food group is eliminated, but definitely doable! Honestly even for us “meat” eaters there is still a lot of creativity that needs to take place to not get bored with the same foods.

    Beans are going to be your friend for protein source. When you say “mostly” vegetarian, what is it that you still eat? If In know this it will help me tell you specifically what you could eat in place of the traditional sources of protein. Tell me a little more and I can help you navigate this a little better.

    Filling up on fiber rich veggies is going to be integral to your success, so eat all the veggies! Don’t get hung up on “tracking” each lettuce leaf! Veggies are generally “free” foods in my opinion, of course starchier varieties do need to be taken into account (ie: carrots), but overall enjoy with reckless abandon!

    I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

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