Thinking Of Going Vegetarian
Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:02 AM
My father likes to cook and to him it's not a meal without meat. He cooks once maybe twice a week. I'm wondering if it would be too much of a burden on him (the only gluten eater in the household) for me to also eliminate meat from my diet.
I'm also concerned because I keep reading posts from ex-vegetarians on this board. People who were meat free but because they went gluten free added meat back to their diets.
I've only been gluten free since November. I think this would be a good time to go Vegetarian as it seems all the pre-prepared food I eat says Vegan on the label. (I had to eliminate dairy also) On the other hand having limited my diet as much as I have because of the gluten my friends and family are very worried about the idea of my giving up meat.
Any thoughts? Advise? Etc..
Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:14 AM
Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:40 AM
Maybe help your dad do some of the cooking and show him some ideas. For me and my family I think vegetarian eating is the healthiest and the best. It isn't for everyone though. You might need to do some of your own cooking but if you are thinking about trying it I think you for go for it!
Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:34 AM
My fam has always been super supportive, both about me being veggie and gluten free (I'm the only one for both.) I don't ask them to fix anything special, but sometimes they do anyway. Generally, I just make my own meals, or I have what they're having minus the parts I can't eat. If I were you, I'd eat anything your dad cooks that you can (so as not to hurt his feelings) and then substitute other things if necessary.
Are you dairy free for good or just while you're healing? If it's just while you're healing, you might want to add small amounts back into your diet to see what you can tolerate. Personally, I'd have a very difficult time going dairy free as well, on top of the vegetarian and gluten-free restrictions.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:39 PM
Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:06 PM
If you're concerned about inconveniencing your dad, why not learn how to cook a couple of meals that you can freeze, that way when your dad is cooking you can defrost your food and eat any vegetarian part of his meal. Also, once you start making some tasty and filling vegetarian meals you might have a convert. Myself, my mum and sister are vegetarian, and my dad eats meat. He loves veggie meals like dhal and curries, he eats meat a few times a week only.
It is totally possible to be a very healthy vegetarian, just make sure you keep an eye on your nutrition. Your family and friends will come round when they see you eating well and being healthy.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:24 AM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:25 AM
if you can tolerate legumes (beans) vegan or vegetarian is totally doable . I would suggest caution with soy though,
this was one of my favorite recipe web sites when I was vegan
Thanks for the link.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:26 AM
I eat a vegan diet and am gluten and soy free. It is definitely possible, if you want any recipes message me. Chickpeas are probably the best invention ever. I've been gluten free for over two years now. It's nearly impossible to eat at restaurants while vegan (except for salad, always check the dressing) but vegeterian would be much easier, if you can handle eggs and dairy. It's fully do-able, and if it's what you want then go for it!
Thank you. I might just take you up on some recipes soon.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:53 AM
Also, pre made and frozen meals can end up being really bad for you, no matter how healthy they seem. Take some vegan cooking classes and get creative, freeze the leftovers and then you can always be sure what is going into your body!
Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:56 PM
I was a vegetarian for many years. I loved the diet. LOVED it! But I kept getting anemia. So now I find I have to eat meat a couple of times a week. Otherwise most of my meals are still vegetarian.
My mom never made special meals for me. She did cook pretty plain foods. So I would just eat the vegetables and then if the meal wasn't vegetarian (she did cook some vegetarian meals) then I would just eat some cheese or nuts for protein.
Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:06 PM
I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and a vegan for about 10 years. I was recently diagnosed celiac and even though I'm having a tough time with the gluten free diet so far, I will never (willingly) eat meat again.
I am vegan for ethical reasons, but I've also learned that it's better for the environment and for your health to not eat animal products.
Becoming a vegetarian was easy for me. I never really liked meat that much. And it's pretty easy to tell what has meat in it and what doesn't.
Becoming a vegan was harder at first, because you really have to read the ingredients, but after a while even that is not such a big deal. I think everyone has their usual groceries they buy and recipes they make and after I learned how to cook good vegan food, I started buying the same stuff and making my favorite recipes. Once in a while I try a new recipe but usually I make the same stuff: tacos, veggie burgers, lasagna, stir fry, etc.
Of course now I have to overhaul all of that now that I'm gluten free so it's back to the drawing board... I'm mostly worried about eating out.
Anyway, that was more than two cents, good luck on your decision!
Posted 16 May 2011 - 01:23 PM
Posted 16 May 2011 - 05:11 PM
I'm not a fan of gums in baking, though, so I depend on eggs there and will never be vegan.
It is very feasible, especially if you cook. Get something fortified with b-12 or take a supplement, and consider iron/calcium if they aren't too high in your diet. Especially while still in the "healing" range, extra nutrients are probably helpful. As always, consult your PCP/GP etc.
I'll also happily send links to blogs/recipe if you'd like them! Message me with the sorts of foods you like.
2/2010 Malabsorption becomes dramatically noticable
3/2010 Negative IgA EMA; negative IgA TTG
4/2010 Negative biopsy
5/2010 Elimination diet; symptoms begin to resolve on gluten-free diet round two (10 days)
5/2010 Diagnosed gluten sensitive based on weakly positive repeat IgA & IgG TTGs and dietary response; decline capsule endoscopy.
Now, what to do about my cookbook in progress? Make it gluten-free?
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