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!