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Vegetarians and dieting: A nightmare?
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Vegetarians and dieting: A nightmare?

For those of us with a little or a lot of excess weight, there are several different programs available to lose weight. While exercise and healthy eating is the best method, the "healthy eating" part can be tricky. For most, it involves cutting on sugars, carbs, and lowering calorie intakes. Others prefer a low-fat and low-calorie approach.

Some are more restrictive than others. Some allow you to eat as much as you want, when you want, provided you follow the guidelines.

But they all share one thing: recipes are for omnivores.

So if you are a vegetarian/vegan person looking to follow a diet, with very specific guidelines, what do you do?

Let's take Atkins. I have personally tried it and found it was the best for me. Not only do they have a large amount of recipes, they actually have a vegetarian section on their website. It may be small, but it's something.

Otherwise, it's frustrating to try and follow a diet when everything listed on the menu of the day involves food that you cannot eat!

A recipe for a hamburger there, a roast beef here, and scrambled eggs in the morning with sausages and bacon... (yes, you can eat that in the morning on Atkins!)

This diet involves cutting back greatly on carbs. No bread, no rice, and no pasta for the first two weeks. Seems harsh, doesn't it? It is if you make up for lack of animal products by eating wheat products. But if you're creative, it can no longer be a nightmare to diet.

A recipe for scrambled eggs with sausages and bacon in the morning? No problem, use tofu for the eggs and buy meat-free bacon and sausages.

A juicy hamburger for dinner? Another meatless burger option that can be done.

For that roast beef and the chicken drumsticks, though, you may have to get even more creative.

There are options out there - but most diets do not think about it.

It's up to us to make the desire for vegan-friendly diets known and stop people from saying we only eat salads!

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  1. Anita Vegana
    I agree that creativity is the key here. Although I do have to say that if you cut down on processed foods instead of following a diet, you have just a much chances of losing excess weight. It's another way of doing it. I voted. Please come look at my article, 25 Years of Ozone Protection, and vote if you like it. Thank you.
    1. LordArkana
      Yes, that's true, processed foods is one of the hardest things to get rid of, like sweets and such. I could have mentioned it. Thank you for voting! I did the same on your excellent article.
      1. BuddhasDelight
        definitely on the processed foods anita! makes all the difference i think... at least to minimize them :)
    2. Anita Vegana
      I also wrote an article about The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. You may like that one, too.
  2. Veganara
    Voted. You are so right, most of the diet plans are geared towards omnivores, very frustrating! I think maybe a raw-food diet is the way to go, for weight loss and general health. Actually, avocados help in weight loss, and my latest blog is about them, Amazing Avocadoes, so do check that out, and please vote if you like it!
  3. Marita Gold
    Marita Gold
    I share your frustrations! I have voted, enjoyed this blog.
  4. Akanksha
    Firstly a very warm welcome to The Flaming Vegan. I live without grains for 18 days in a year and it is really awesome. I feel so light after the fasting period :) You might be interested in my post about habits that influence digestion. Vote if you like!
  5. BuddhasDelight
    great article! lol about the salad comment. voted! check out my latest two posts and vote if you enjoy them. blessings.. ;)


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