Advice requested for making transition

aakashpradhan

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Hi everyone,

I am 34 years old and I have been a vegetarian most of my life. I started eating non-veg food 10 years ago.

If I do not eat meat for a while, I don't feel fulfilled from within. But again eating meat also makes me feel heavy and lethargic. Usually, I take 2 non-veg meals a week.

I am looking forward to being a vegetarian again.

So, I request you if you can help me by telling me what kind of food should I eat so that it makes me feel fulfilled.

I would highly appreciate your help.
 

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welcome to the forum, Aakashpradhan

I would recommend that you eat lots of very tasty and spicy whole foods with lots of rice and potatoes and root vegetables and beans/lentils/peas as they are very filling and beneficial for you. Lots of greens and fruits and if you are active then don't be shy about the amount of food as you can eat lots of whole foods like vegetables and fruits and feel satisfied.

All the best with your choices and congrats for being aware and making the attempt.

Emma JC
 

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When you say that you don't feel fulfilled do you mean a physical hunger sort of emptiness or is it an emotional longing for meat dishes you enjoy?

If it's the first, I agree with @Emma JC, who gave you excellent advice. If it's the second, perhaps you can replicate those non-veg meals using plant sources like jackfruit, mushroom or cauliflower as well as the more common soy and seitan. I've found a lot of adapted recipes end up being more delicious than the originals.

Good luck and welcome!
 

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Have you tried eating beans and lentils, they are quite filling. Maybe try going down to one meat meal a week. I am transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle which is going well although I sometimes still eat fish. I find fish is a lot lighter than meat.
 

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When I went vegetarian, I found that what I missed was the chewiness of meat. I ended up filling that need/desire with whole grain artisanal bread, grilled portobello mushrooms, textured vegetable protein chunks added to various dishes - things with a certain toughness and chewiness.

Could it be that it is this aspect of meat that you are missing?
 
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Hi there.

I've never been a vegetarian, only a semi vegetarian, then took the plunge and went vegan late 2017
and have not looked back since. My anecdote should be thus considered in this light.

In the first few months I had some issues with feeling satisfied and with hunger. Not all the time,
sometimes. I quickly learned a couple of things:

1) I needed to up my calories

2) I needed to up my fiber/resistant starch

Calorie requirements vary based on one's baseline + the amount of physical activity one does.

Fiber, however, is necessary to help fill you up (as a vegan in particular). The reason for this
is that the gut microbiome changes with the food one ingests. Eat more fiber rich/resistant starch
rich foods, and the bacteria needed to process them in the gut increases, and they, in turn, help
you to feel satisfied.

Meat, dairy and eggs, however, are metabolized by a different set of bacteria, and when those
bacteria are fed, they produce similar (although somewhat less) feelings of satiation.

You've stated you want to be a Vegetarian, and as you're from India, I'm going to assume (correct
me if I'm wrong) that this will include things like dairy and eggs.

There is basic consideration you might want to consider in this matter. All flesh products,
including dairy and eggs, require flesh eating bacteria to eat. The flesh eating bacteria
and the fiber eating bacteria are antagonists - they do not reside in the same areas together,
and they do not get along well.

As a vegan, I never have a problem feeling satiated provided I'm getting enough of the 2
basics above, Calories and Fiber, and I typically get these from more whole foods
in the greater part of my diet, so I get vitamins, minerals and aminos to go along with
them.

As an aspiring to be vegetarian (eating eggs and dairy) this might be an issue for you in
the way you describe and other ways, in part from the fact that the two different types
of food one is looking to fill up require two different, antagonistic bacteria to digest.
 
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I would suggest that you get a couple of vegan mentors from PETA. They are very careful about matching someone up with your needs.