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Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health

A ''Flexitarian'' Diet Meets in the Middle


10/1/2009 12:47:08 PM

Yeah! Come and check out the Flexitarian Team!
10/1/2009 12:46:26 PM

I think a lot of people have the misconception that you can't get all of your nutrients without meat. Thank you for this article--it's helping to dispel some of those faulty beliefs. I'd also like to point out that eating a meatless diet is healthier for the environment as well!
10/1/2009 11:13:31 AM

My grandmother has been a vegetarian, except on holidays - she'll have turkey for Thanksgiving & Christmas, for pretty much her whole life. As a result I learned some great meatless recipes from her. And as a testament to the health benefits, she's in her early 90s & is amazingly fit for her age, though part of that is due to her physical activity level as well.

To the person who asked for non-soy protein options, there are tons. I'll admit it's too bad this article didn't delve into the possibilities. There is textured vegetable protein you can get - I'm not sure if it includes soy or not, but I think it doesn't. Also there are hempseed derived proteins you can get if you don't mind the flavor... & then there's my grandmother's favorite. It's derived from wheat somehow. I'm honestly not sure how it's done, but she makes wonderful "mock turkey" with gravy using it. I've also heard about rice derived protein options as well. It could help to go to your local health-food/organic market & ask about it. Usually when I do that I end up with some wonderful answers.
8/27/2009 10:03:57 AM

MOMMYSARA605's SparkPage
I'm definitely a flexitarian. I only eat meat maybe 3 or 4 times a month, and that includes fish. I prefer to fill up on vegetables and whole grains, sometimes a good tofu (which I'm still learning how to prepare myself), beans, and I keep my cheese to single servings of 1oz and try to not have it every day. It's a quick and easy protein, but I'm in a discovery mode to find as many quick vegetarian protein as I can for both meals and snacking.
8/27/2009 7:04:47 AM

KATELJM's SparkPage
Just remember, many of the older vegetarian cookbooks use lots of unhealthy fats.

On, many of my biggest surprise hits were vegetarian dishes (in which we actually preferred the meatless version to the carnivore version). I love to discover vegetarian recipes that carnivores request as repeats.
8/15/2009 2:49:02 PM

Try it you all. I tried it and so far its only been a week, but I've lost four pounds. I eat seafood, crab burgers, shrimp, baked fish, etc. I really didn't crave any meat. My stomach hasn't hurt in the week. Before, I was an avid meat eater and would suffer physically. Now, I have more energy and my digestive system feels great.
5/6/2009 5:54:32 PM

I am a total meat lover but after reading this article im gonna have 2 meatless days in the week..I guess it wont hurt to try
5/4/2009 9:20:12 AM

TTAYLOR13's SparkPage
I found that after a couple of days of eating more healthily and just happening to not have any meat, I stopped wanting any. I've found that whereas before I'd look at a steak or a burger and really want it, now it just doesn't look appealing to me any more! I don't know why, but I just don't want to eat meat any more - it wasn't even a concious decision. I do still eat seafood though, so I'm not a complete vegetarian, and I still eat eggs and dairy products (no cheese though because I've just never really liked it) so I easily get my protein requirements. I feel healthier without meat, and I don't miss it at all!
4/2/2009 4:48:11 PM

MOTHEREARTH2278's SparkPage
We are not totaly vegan at our home but, for any meal that requires ground meat we use Loma Linda Vege-Burger. Chili, Taco's etc. etc., if you eat at my table its not meat!!! Funny no one notices the diffrence. :)
3/27/2009 1:45:12 PM

I'm going meatless at least one day out of the week.
3/16/2009 12:27:58 PM

I feel so much better after having given up meat. I also really try to limit my dairy by using almond or rice milk and skipping the cheese in many recipies. The funny thing is that in many meals, taking out the cheese either improved the meal or didn't make a difference. A few soy free meatless dinner ideas:

Pita bread with falafal, hummus and spring greens
Grilled Vegetables with brown rice
Vegetable Quiche
Polenta topped with tomato sauce
Spinach Omelet
Vegetable or Lentil Curries

A lot of soups can become vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth. A book that I've really enjoyed using is How To Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. He is an omnivore but while writing this book he developed an appreciation for vegetarian fare.
8/30/2008 2:42:59 AM

Great article.

Take that "Skimp on cheese" thing to heart. The weight I am trying to lose right now is weight that I gained when I became a vegetarian, because I overcompensated with fatty cheeses. And that weight piled on quick.
8/8/2008 1:20:49 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article.
7/10/2008 10:34:17 PM

About half my days are meatless (no fish, shellfish, beef, poultry, etc). I have always been a real meat lover, so this has been a huge change for me. I was never very happy with replacing meat with soy products ... soy just is not the same taste, texture, etc as meat, so it never worked for my.

What I've found HAS worked is not trying to 'replace' meat, but rather eat dishes that were never meant to have meat. That way there isn't anything 'missing' or badly substituted. To do this, however, requires that I be willing to try new things and new combinations.

Getting a few good veggie cookbooks (or looking online) is a great way to come up with some vegetarian dishes that aren't trying to be meat dishes. Even trying a new dish once a week for a meatless meal can open up a lot of possibilities!
6/3/2008 3:26:49 PM

I agree with LJD209 that more non-soy options would be appreciated. My husband I tried to start eating healthier a couple of years ago, but he started feeling worse instead of better, apparently because of all the soy put into a lot of healthier processed foods. I know, we should be eating less processed foods anyway. Anyway, still a good article, and a reminder that we still need to keep trying. One thing I found was substituting chopped mushrooms for meat in chili really satisfies me, but not so much my hubby...back to the drawing board.

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