Advice for newbie?

  • Jun 22, 2015 8:41 PM GMT
    Hey. I'm not sure if this is in the correct place (move it if not).

    I've recently become concerned about the amount of junk food I am eating and want to change my diet completely. I'm a vegetarian and I do eat a lot of Quorn but I find I'm just consuming too much sugar. Can anyone offer advice on what vegetarian foods are good to eat? I want to try and build some muscle, though I'm not interested in rushing into anything - just want to take my time.
  • metta

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    Jun 22, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
    I'm a vegetarian as well. When you buy your food, don't buy products that are bad for you. If it is not in your home, it makes it more difficult to eat that stuff.

    I have always had a sweet-tooth so when I want something sweet, I normally have some greek yogurt or fresh fruit.
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    Jun 23, 2015 2:08 PM GMT
    I've tried Quorn, having heard so many people rave about it. But I didn't care much for it. Morningstar is better if available.

    I allow for sweets, I don't care much about body fat percentages as long as I'm healthy and not obese. But sometimes I do go overboard and then I back off with a little trick that might work for ya. Just keep at least some honey in the house if you like that and when you have the urge for sweet take a teaspoon or a tablespoon of that. If you don't like honey, get something like real maple syrup, have a teaspoon of that, or any simple sweet flavor that you like that will take the edge off the urge.

    And for eating vegetarian, learn to cook Asian style but with as little oil as you can get away with. They have excellent flavors and then you'll be eating fresh instead of all the manufactured foods. And learn how to use tofu. I threw out many meals learning it but now I find it very satisfying.
  • transient

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    Jun 24, 2015 2:27 PM GMT
    there are a few threads if you search for them on this subject.

    Avoid any processed foods and cook from scratch.

    Avoid Soya products as these are processed to within an inch of their lives and are oestrogen mimicing hormones........ NOT what you want if trying to gain muscle.

    Eat nuts, legumes, lentils and as many varietys of seeds for protein....... cheese, milk and whey are good too - try to find raw dairy as its full of the good bacteria and enzymes required for good intestinal health.

    Search for the other threads though, as this has all been discussed.