Vegetable Only Diet Meal Plan

Vegetable Diet Meal Plans | Livestrong

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A vegetable diet meal plan can provide a variety of healthy foods for every meal. You can use vegetarian recipes or replace the meat in conventional recipes with a mock-meat product. Mock meat comes in many flavors such as imitation ground beef, chicken pieces, ham, sausage, bacon and crab. To maximize the nutrition of your vegetable diet meal plan, choose a wide variety of vegetables in different colors.

There are several types of vegetable diet meal plans that include fruits, vegetables and grains, but do not include meat, according to Kids Health. A lacto-ovo vegetarian eats dairy and eggs. A lacto-vegetarian eats dairy products but eliminates eggs. An ovo-vegetarian consumes eggs but eliminates dairy. A vegan does not eat dairy, eggs and other animal or insect-derived products such as gelatin and honey. Semi-vegetarians are people who have eliminated some animal products from their diet, or eat meat only occasionally.

A well-planned vegetarian diet adequately supplies all the nutrients you need, according to the official position of the American Dietetic Association. An evidence-based review conducted by Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, concluded that a vegetarian diet is appropriate for people in all life stages including infants, children, pregnant and lactating mothers, teens, athletes and seniors.

A vegetable diet offers many health benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website MyPyramid.gov. It reports a meal plan rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer in the digestive tract. Vegetables that are rich in potassium, such as sweet potatoes and beet greens, may reduce your risk for kidney stones, help decrease bone loss and maintain healthy blood pressure.

A vegetable diet is high in some nutrients but deficient in others unless you plan your meals carefully, according to researchers from the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University. They report in the February 2006 issue of "The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, " that vegetarian diets are usually rich in vitamins A, C and E, carbohydrates, fiber, folic acid and magnesium. However, a vegetable diet meal plan that completely excludes meat is often deficient in protein, vitamin B12 and zinc.

A meal plan based on vegetables might include a breakfast consisting of scrambled free-range eggs, or tofu scramble, served alongside tofu bacon and a piece of whole grain toast with organic raspberry preserves. For lunch, order a vegetarian bean burrito which usually comes with beans, rice, cheese, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole and sour cream. Cook yourself a spaghetti dinner with marinara or pesto sauce. Serve it with a side salad of organic mixed greens. Olive oil whisked with fresh lemon juice makes a tasty, natural salad dressing.

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2009-03-26 02:56:05 by PushPullRunBoy

Was not about americans getting too much protein - that is in all probability a truth - as protein can only be metabolized in 6 oz increments within any meal. that is approximately a small can of tuna with the water squeezed out of it. that is why high protein diets work - please note - i am not saying high protein diets are a healthy thing to do - but they do work because the body can only metabolize a small amount of protein at a time - which means a 20 oz steak makes one feel real full - and satisfied for a long period of time - but very little of such a meal will be metabolized and is mostly sent to waste

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2008-11-25 19:20:55 by LavenderWoodNymph

I do that too --
i open the fridge and i look at what i can just "grab" or think of the things that are available to me -- that are outside of planned or even -- allotted for -- meals.
once, i was really hungry, and i decided to eat some sweet potato. i cooked a few, cut them in half, and split them with my boyfriend...
i found i was SO FULL after eating only a portion of the sweet potato i thought i was hungry enough to eat... that i didn't want anything any more or anything else. the moral of the story is -- you need food fibers from real food


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