I just read Eat to Live at my midwife's recommendation and it made so much sense. Hubby and I have eaten a vegetarian diet for two day now. I wouldn't consider myself vegetarian completely because I am not opposed to occasional meat, like tonight we are having split pea soup with just a little diced up ham. I really do feel great eating like this, but cutting out salt has been hard! And I'm having to get creative so we don't get bored.
Anybody else eat similarly?
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I'm not pregnant now but was mostly vegetarian (occasional fish) before and throughout my pregnancy. Since having DS I've maintained a vegetarian diet though I have been trying to eat more vegan (cutting out all animal products including milk, eggs) on some days. A helpful book for me was Your Vegetarian Pregnancy by Holly Roberts DO, FACOG. It really helped me with improving the nutritional quality of my vegetarian diet (even when not pregnant) and provides good sources for nutrients needed especially when pregnant and nursing. Other good resources are books by Christina Pirello though she tends to do more vegan recipes. But her information on nutrition is great because she is all about the healing benefits of whole food that make you feel great. She also has cooking shows on public television, she is fun to watch because she makes jokes throughout the demos while she explains the preparation and takes audience questions.
I'm not vegetarian, but we've cut out red meat (mostly, DH still has a steak a couple times a year). We've also cut out as much salt as possible. If you want tips to help with that...
Go slowly (unless it's really important that you cut it for the pregnancy). You'll adjust over time. My parents always used a lot of salt, but I've gotten so used to low salt now that I have trouble eating out because everything tastes too salty!
Maybe start getting unsalted butter (or better yet cook with olive oil and use it for dipping bread), other things are available with low or no salt like pasta sauce, pickles, crackers. Get the low sodium or no salt added when you can. especially if you're mixing with other things, you might not notice the low salt. And our biggest cut came from completely getting rid of the salt shaker. And be cautious using spice mixes because most of them have a lot of salt. We really like Mrs. Dash (salt free spice mixes) but we usually use them with chicken.
And be sure to explore other spices. Pepper, ginger, garlic, they're all good and strong. And look into the possibility of growing your own herbs in pots or a garden since summer's coming. They have a lot more flavor fresh.
A few recipe ideas (some of our favorites):
1. whole wheat pasta with sauteed vegetables (zucchini, peppers, bean, asparagus, eggplant, whatever you like cook in a little olive oil) and topped with a little Parmesan and plenty of fresh basil
2. eggplant parmesan with low/no salt sauce (you can put in plenty of basil, oregano, parsley, etc)
3. a stir fry with lots of veggies, ginger, garlic, a little soy sauce (really salty) and some chicken or tofu. If using chicken cook it then add the veggies.
4. stuffed shells. Get the jumbo shell noodles and you stuff them with a mix of ricotta, mozzarella and garlic or parsley. I'm sure there are tons of recipes online.
5. veggie soups. We make our own chicken stock from the bones after eating a roast chicken, so it has no added salt. we really like this one Butter Bean Soup with Parmesan recipe | BigOven. We usually put in a lot more carrot and celery and a few extra cans of beans so we'll have leftovers. You can find low sodium beans, too (sometimes).
6. pasta with pesto. I've never looked for low pesto, but you can make you own with fresh basil, some toasted pine nuts, and olive oil.
You can check things like weight watchers recipes and modify the salt/meat. My mom does weight watchers and I remember really liking a wild rice and asparagus pilaf recipe. Unfortunately, DH hated it.
Good luck, diet changes are hard! If you want to talk more, I can always look through our recipes and see what else I find. I know how hard it is to make good home cooked meals with a bunch of little kids around, but it's so worth it for you and for them. I'm always amazed when our kids sit down happily to unsalted roast chicken or grilled salmon with a side of steamed asparagus (nothing on it) and happily eat everything. And the stuffed shells recipe is a huge favorite that they often request.
Wow. I can't believe I typed all that after skipping dinner because the m/s was bad. Hope it helps.
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I read Eat to Live last year and totally believe in it. I ate vegan for 2 weeks last year and dropped 9 lbs and felt so good. I lost the momentum when I became pregnant and have been wanting to start again. I found a "nutritarian" blog with recipes. I'm sure you could find one with an Internet search. I made lots of fresh fruit/veg smoothies, which the kids loved and ate LOTS of salad. Also I just steamed veggies and ate them by the plateful. I would suggest making sure you are eating plenty of beans and a serving of nuts everyday to get the protein and fat you need. Good luck!