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From: vegan girl (
Subject: Re: newbie needs help
Date: March 11, 2003 at 7:38 pm PST

In Reply to: newbie needs help posted by Meryl on December 24, 2002 at 11:21 am:

First of all vegetarianism/veganism does not necessarily mean gastric distress for life!:-) I don't know your eating habits were in your carnivorous days but typically people feel a little funny in the tummy for a few days when they go veggie because their bodies are not used to all of the fiber from the new high consumption of beans and veggies.Try these meal ideas for adequate protein plus they're friendly on your stomach
breakfast: cereal with soymilk/cows milk, topped with wheat germ and nuts or seeds, toast/bagels spread with peanut/almond butter, fresh fruit, scrambled tofu or scrambled eggs
lunch: peanut butter and jelly, hummus and veggie pitas, pasta salad, bean salad, lettuce salads topped with nuts, seeds, tofu, chickpeas whatever
dinner: rice with veggies and tofu, tempeh, pasta and sauce with tofu, veggie "meats," veggie burgers, lentil soup and toast, etc etc

there are lots of things to eat that are vegetarian/vegan and don't invovle beans. sometimes dinner can be as simple as cooking some veggie dogs, popping open a can of vegetarian baked beans, and tossing a vegetable salad. Or stir frying some tofu and steaming some veggies. One tip though from personal experience. Eat lots of raw veggies and fruits!!! Good luck and consult a nutritionist for help if you have any more doubts. They're always willing to help.

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