Diet help?

utter_insanity's picture

Okay, I'm a vegetarian. Yeah. And my mom's really worried about what I'm eating. She's worried about my protein intake. So if people could give me a list of what foods besides meat provide complete proteins, that would be awesome.

Plus, I have undereye circles, and my mom says that they're caused by a lack of protein. Is this true? If it isn't, then how do I get rid of them? Personally, I don't see how it could be true, since most of the kids at my school have dark circles under their eyes, and they eat meat. But that could be because nobody gets enough sleep at my school, since it starts at an ungodly hour of the morning. I dunno.

I've googled all of this stuff already, but give me all of the information you know, just in case you know something I don't.

If anyone has some menu ideas or anything for what I could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that I get enough protein all day, that would be great, too. Basically, give me any information about being a healthy vegetarian that you know.

Oh, and how can a vegetarian get all the nutrients he/she needs if he/she hates vegetables? Yeah, I know, I'm weird because I'm a vegetarian who hates vegetables. Ha ha ha. Anyway, does taking a multivitamin do the job, or do I need to do something else?

I think that's it. I'll post again if I think of anything else.

ReinbowGrl's picture

Hmm...I'm a vegitarian too!

Hmm...I'm a vegitarian too! Things like rice and nuts and soy products have lots of protein. But also, protein bars are a good thing...Granola bars will help with being hungry between meals...

Dark undereye circles are caused by either lack of sleep, as my school starts hellishly early as well, but mainly because the skin under our eyes is really thin, and the blue/black circles is just being able to see the blood underneath. I have dark circles too, and my protein intake is good...

Fish has lots of protein in it as well.

Veggies will always been the best bet though.

The thing with being a vegitarian is that you need to watch your iron intake or else you could end up enimic...Which just makes you look odd because you turn yellow. A multi-vitamin is definately something most people should take, but it's especially important for vegitarians.

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Leisa's picture

Dark circles under your eyes

Dark circles under your eyes are from a lack of iron, which you can get from proteins, but you can also get it from richly colored vegetables (spinach, purple cabbage, broccoli.) I would recommend taking daily supplements, veggie capsules, maybe some wheat grass. But supplements cannot replace your vegetables you know, that's why they're called supplements and not real food :)

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Iron is definitely a big

Iron is definitely a big thing you should think about, but I've heard a lot of different opinions about what causes undereye circles. The most common is lack of sleep, but I've heard "a mild allergy to wheat gluten" as well.
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jeff's picture

The protein thing...

is complete myth, but very prevalent. The meat and dairy industry have done a good number on people to make them think their products were essential to a balanced diet, so that's why three meals of animal products and the recommended amount of protein add up to the same number. No coincidence there.

As for information:

http://www.organicathlete.org/content/view/104/165/
http://www.drmcdougall.com/med_hot_protein.html

As for being a vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables, that usually means you need to learn how to cook. If your idea of veggie dishes are bland and sort of boring, that can be fixed. Best place to start for recipes is probably http://www.theppk.com/

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You're probably a little bit

You're probably a little bit anemic. It's very common for teenage girls to be especially if you don't eat meat. I recommend you take an iron supplement.

A multivitamin might be a good idea, but the best thing to do would be to find out what vegatables you do like. I took a quick look at that site Jeff linked and those recipes look unutterably vile.

So vegetables. Served as a side dish most people overcook vegetables or they have memories of overcooked industrial vegetables from school dinners: yellow broccoli, soggy cabbage. Don't boil green vegetables to death- less is more- and salt the water. And if you find the taste bland tart them up a bit. Try serving green beans with mint and lemon juice. A bit of lemon rind also works well with green cabbage, especially with lots of pepper.

But of course two veg minus the meat is very depressing, so learn to cook vegetarian dishes. But not from that website. Too much pinapple in a savory context.
There are lots of soups you could make. We had watercress soup last night. Very quick and easy to make.

What vegetables do you normally have in your house? Lots of people actually don't eat many delicious types of vegetable.

And since you're not a vegan you can of course get protein from eggs and dairy. And if you are also a vegan you can get protein from nuts.

Or you could eat meat.

jeff's picture

Hmm...

I have both her cookbooks and her stuff comes out amazing. She currently has the number one vegan cookbook in the country, I think. Of course, there are also a lot of USER-submitted recipes on there, so I can't vouch for them, only Isa's.

Yeah, need to learn how to make main courses. That's key. Or else it gets boring.

Other thing to avoid is all that fake meat crap at the store, if you're going veg for your health. If you're just doing it to save animals, it still seems silly to only practice cruelty on yourself then.

My friend also recently started his own vegan recipe site called http://www.myvegancookbook.com/ Just getting started but so far what I've tried has been really good. I made the vegan cheeseball to take to parties for the holidays. Heh.

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clarice123's picture

I'm a vegetarian too!

And I have been for the past 3 years... like loltaire said, taking an iron supplement would help with the eye circles.
the best protein source for you would probably be eggs. Also tofu, nuts, peanut butter, chickpeas...

As for the hating vegetables, that could be a problem. It's important to eat at least 2 servings of veggies a day, is there any veg that you like? Or try preparing them in a different way.

whateversexual_llama's picture

all of the above is VERY

all of the above is VERY true, there's little I can add except...
Just remember, the average person takes in WAY too much protien anyway. What you need is leafy, rich colored veggies, and something from every kind of food. A little wheat, a little protien, a little fruit, a little veggies, and you're good to go.

For the dark circles, it's all about sleep and nutrients... not protien.

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Ginger's picture

what kind of food do you

what kind of food do you like?

Fiona Rosge's picture

im not a vegitarian but i

im not a vegitarian but i dont like veggies or meat,i eat them because i have to. Ok when i say i dont like meat i should refrease i only like ground meat ie. meatloaf,tacos,potstickers,chicken and dumplings all soft stuff i guess. : D
how are you suspost to no if your animic? all i no is my diet is horrible-but it could be MUCH worse compared to say my cousin or the people at my school.
Jeff i will have to take a look at that site and tell you what i think.
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It's easy to know if you're

It's easy to know if you're anemic by doing a little blood-water test at home, but it involves pricking your skin and dripping blood into a glass of water.... So..... I doubt you'd want to. But fish generally has a lot of iron in it, so if you eat certain fishies... I'm not sure which, since I don't eat fish... But whatever.

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Boiled quinoa seeds with a

Boiled quinoa seeds with a lemon-garlic-olive oil sauce is pretty godly.

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Rice and beans? You can do

Rice and beans? You can do lots of interesting stuff with them.
Oh, and eggplant. It's especially good grilled, or in eggplant Parmesan.

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Fiona Rosge's picture

hmm...these are the ?s that haunt me LOL

do you not no me? dont you ever listen when i say i hate blood and needles???so pricking my finger HAHAHAHA YEAH RIGHT GET REAL! (all in good fun my darling im sure)
And fish! gross! fish is disgusting.
Now if i were to do this horrible in-humain torture practice of the blood and water test what happens when i do?
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Going up she goes up she goes
Balance yourself like a bird on a beam
In the air she goes there she goes
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Oh, my, the moon is on fire
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