#1
After several years of being overweight, low energy, and overly tired and stressed out I've decided to make serveral serious changes to my lifestyle over the next spring-and-a-summer. I've decided to work out more, spend less time inside and mote time outside handing out with friends, playing, etc.

But the biggest desision I've made is to become a Lacto-Ovo Vegitarian. I will still eat milk and eggs but my diet will not contain any meat, other then ocasional seafood and very rare red meat and poltry on special ocasions (Easter and chrsitmas ham, Thanksgiving turkey, etc). As some one whos family has always been a "Kitchen Family", in the since that we all love to cook and love to eat, I've always liked meat. It was usualy my favorite part of the meal. But as of recent health issues I feel that I need to cut down on fatty substances (like meat and desert) nad strive for better health.

I Will be updating this thread with my progress every few days.

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good luck!
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#3
I don't think meat is such a big concern if you're going to loose weight unless you prepare it poorly (like frying it in motor oil or something weirder). Meat has proteins and other fun stuff.

But otherwise it seems like a great decision to make! Good luck mate, I hope you succeed!
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#4
Sounds like you'll be successful, seeing as how you recognize that its a life style change and not just about losing weight, per say.
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that sounds awesome!
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#6
Cutting meat out of your diet isn't the best way to lose weight. Meat and fibre is all part of a balanced diet. You're not overweight because you eat meat, you're overweight because you don't have a balanced diet. If you think that cutting meat out is gonna radically change your life then think again.

Work out, cut out on snacks, eat less (this one is very important), and generally eat a heathy diet, meaning salads, veg and cut down on deserts and sweets.

Good luck to you though
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Good luck man. I hope it goes well.
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Cutting meat out of your diet isn't the best way to lose weight. Meat and fibre is all part of a balanced diet. You're not overweight because you eat meat, you're overweight because you don't have a balanced diet. If you think that cutting meat out is gonna radically change your life then think again.

Work out, cut out on snacks, eat less (this one is very important), and generally eat a heathy diet, meaning salads, veg and cut down on deserts and sweets.

Good luck to you though


The cutting of meat out of my diet is not strictly for losing weight. While losing weight is part of my desires in this project, it is not the only reason, nor the only thing I'm doing in this.

I'm going to increas my intake of fibre rich foods, foods rich in antioxidents, nuteriants, etc.

I don't expect the removal of meat to radically change my life, but I expect it to be part of several things I'm doing to radically change my life.
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I gave up all meat about a month ago, I realised that besides the health consequences of eating meat (and there are many), the moral implications were just too large for me to consider myself both a good person and a pacifist and still eat meat.

I highly recommend that the TS, and anyone considering vegetarianism should read this book (it's free and pretty short)

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/lifecherish.pdf

TS, make sure to get plenty of eggs, cheese, nuts and other sources of protein (complete ones, like rice and beans, or rice and peas) and take a multi-vitamin just to be safe.
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#10
Good luck, sounds like a plan. Would it be mean in a few days to start posting pics of cakes and ice cream?


Jp dude, good on ya for doing that.
#11
Good luck, you'll have to take something to keep your iron levels up though, perhaps suppliments. I had to stop being vegetarian after becoming anemic, wouldn't help your health plans if that happened to you.
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Good luck, you'll have to take something to keep your iron levels up though, perhaps suppliments. I had to stop being vegetarian after becoming anemic, wouldn't help your health plans if that happened to you.


I should probally been taking suplements starting about three years ago, when my grandparetns moved to town and I started eating school food more and my parents stoped cooking so much.
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...So you're becoming a vegetarian who will still eat meat anyway?
Good for you I guess, though I don't imagine it'll really have an impact on your health unless you do a lot of hard work with it.
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...So you're becoming a vegetarian who will still eat meat anyway?
Good for you I guess, though I don't imagine it'll really have an impact on your health unless you do a lot of hard work with it.


As a special occasion food, yes. Things like the homemade sprial ham that my family only makes at thanksgiving, yes I will eat. But as a general, dayto day part of my diet, no it will not. I will, how ever be eating one piece of samon a week, as that is sopossidly good for you and helps prevent alzthimes, which runs in my family.
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I reccomend lots of jogging. Start off slow of course, but once you can jog 2.5 miles straight, you've pretty much made it. And avoid boredom/ television.
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