Flexitarian Diet

Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
So I have been debating for a while about going the vegetarian route. I had a gallbladder surgery a few years ago where the surgeon nicked my liver and my body just hasn't been right since, so I am seeking out alternative forms of naturally healing my body and trying to live/eat healthier. I know there are various types of vegetarian's and I think the flexitarian diet (mostly vegetarian with meat once or twice a week for me) is doable. Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations for good vegetarian websites or resources that can help out a newbie:icon_smile:?
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Awesome sites are engine2diet.com and happyherbivore.com also http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/

    Plant strong sites but very good recipes.
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  • Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
    chupie wrote: »
    Awesome sites are engine2diet.com and happyherbivore.com also Whole Food Vegan Recipes for Life! | Plant-Powered Kitchen

    Plant strong sites but very good recipes.

    Thank you very much Chupie:-). I appreciate the suggestions and am checking them out now!
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    Flexitarian? Never heard of that term lol. Some of my sites were already name. However some other sites I have found and used are:

    Simply Veganista
    K blog Lunchbox

    As the other posted also said these websites are "plant strong" and contain no animal products whatsoever. Good luck!!
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    Oh as for other resources here are some other resources:

    Forks over Knives
    The Get Healthy Go Vegan Cookbook

    Movies available for streaming on Netflix:
    Hungry for Change
    Forks Over Knives
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  • Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
    gagirl09 wrote: »
    Oh as for other resources here are some other resources:

    Forks over Knives
    The Get Healthy Go Vegan Cookbook

    Movies available for streaming on Netflix:
    Hungry for Change
    Forks Over Knives

    Thanks gagirl09, I appreciate it:-). I too had not heard of the term 'flexitarian' until recently either but it's just a combo of the words 'flexible & vegetarian' which is exactly what I'm shooting for as a beginner:-). I'm hoping to move completely into plant based foods eventually, but for now being a flexitarian will work for me:-). Thanks again for the resources!
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    (Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


    Loving:love10:: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's



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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Here is the Mayo clinic bit about it. They also have good recipes on their site http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/flexitarian/my00750
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I have the Forks Over Knives cookbook. The no cheese sauce with the bricolli rice casserole is a go to favorite of mine (though I add the juice of one lemon and 2 tsp. of curry powder ).
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • macluanmacluan Posts: 326Registered Users
    The first time that I saw the term flexitarian was in Nell Newman's book about how she eats. She explained that she thought it was more important to eat the best locally available food then stick to a particular diet. We eat mostly veggie, as local as possible and in season. There are many resources now to find locally grown and raised food on the web.

    On the loss of your gallbladder, which I've also lost before I realized I should do everything not to lose it, my nutritionist recommends lots of cultered foods. So Saurkraut, kefir(milk and water), kombuchi and/or jun, beets shredded with small amount of olive oil and lemon juice, other cultured veggies, etc. Also making a mixture of Slippery Elm powder and water, then refrig for eight hours is very good for your gut. This becomes very gelatinous and it takes a little getting used to but then it's just not a big deal.

    One thing that I didn't realized until a bit after my gall bladder was removed was that having it removed doesn't fix what was going on with your system to cause the issues with your gall bladder and more than likely your liver was gunked up prior to your surgery. Another good liver detoxer is milk thistle seeds. You grind them up in a coffee grinder and take a tablespoon am and pm. You can mix with water/juice or just chew it up. I also avoid most grains ~especially wheat. Try some things and see what works for you. Good Luck!
  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    Interesting I may have to become a flexirarian once/if I get this job appointment in South Korea
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  • Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
    macluan wrote: »
    The first time that I saw the term flexitarian was in Nell Newman's book about how she eats. She explained that she thought it was more important to eat the best locally available food then stick to a particular diet. We eat mostly veggie, as local as possible and in season. There are many resources now to find locally grown and raised food on the web.

    On the loss of your gallbladder, which I've also lost before I realized I should do everything not to lose it, my nutritionist recommends lots of cultered foods. So Saurkraut, kefir(milk and water), kombuchi and/or jun, beets shredded with small amount of olive oil and lemon juice, other cultured veggies, etc. Also making a mixture of Slippery Elm powder and water, then refrig for eight hours is very good for your gut. This becomes very gelatinous and it takes a little getting used to but then it's just not a big deal.

    One thing that I didn't realized until a bit after my gall bladder was removed was that having it removed doesn't fix what was going on with your system to cause the issues with your gall bladder and more than likely your liver was gunked up prior to your surgery. Another good liver detoxer is milk thistle seeds. You grind them up in a coffee grinder and take a tablespoon am and pm. You can mix with water/juice or just chew it up. I also avoid most grains ~especially wheat. Try some things and see what works for you. Good Luck!

    Macluan thank you for all the suggestions and the well wishes. I am pretty excited/motivated about starting this new way of eating and making it a lifestyle choice for myself and my child. I actually lost my gallbladder because I was on an extremely high dosage of medication for migranes which resulted in about a 60 pound weight loss in only 2 months (great for me but wreaked havoc on my body, especially on my gallbladder). Afterwards the gallbladder pain was non stop (which I had never experienced before the medication or weight loss) so it was removed and in that surgery the doctor cut my liver which I didn't find out about until a month later when I returned to the hospital again in pain and found out there was bile leaking into my abdomen.

    I had it drained out and not even 12 hours later it had all come back, so I was sent to DC to have a stent put in which stayed for 3 months and was then removed. I now have really bad acid reflux and gastritis as a result which I take medication for 5xs a day:sad1:...all I know is there has to be a better/ more natural solution and taking pills to solve a problem that was created by pills doesn't seem like the correct answer to me, so hopefully by making better and healthier choices regarding what I put into my body I can improve my health...at least that's what I'm aiming for;-)
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
    (Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


    Loving:love10:: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's



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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    macluan wrote: »
    The first time that I saw the term flexitarian was in Nell Newman's book about how she eats. She explained that she thought it was more important to eat the best locally available food then stick to a particular diet. We eat mostly veggie, as local as possible and in season. There are many resources now to find locally grown and raised food on the web.

    On the loss of your gallbladder, which I've also lost before I realized I should do everything not to lose it, my nutritionist recommends lots of cultered foods. So Saurkraut, kefir(milk and water), kombuchi and/or jun, beets shredded with small amount of olive oil and lemon juice, other cultured veggies, etc. Also making a mixture of Slippery Elm powder and water, then refrig for eight hours is very good for your gut. This becomes very gelatinous and it takes a little getting used to but then it's just not a big deal.

    One thing that I didn't realized until a bit after my gall bladder was removed was that having it removed doesn't fix what was going on with your system to cause the issues with your gall bladder and more than likely your liver was gunked up prior to your surgery. Another good liver detoxer is milk thistle seeds. You grind them up in a coffee grinder and take a tablespoon am and pm. You can mix with water/juice or just chew it up. I also avoid most grains ~especially wheat. Try some things and see what works for you. Good Luck!

    Macluan thank you for all the suggestions and the well wishes. I am pretty excited/motivated about starting this new way of eating and making it a lifestyle choice for myself and my child. I actually lost my gallbladder because I was on an extremely high dosage of medication for migranes which resulted in about a 60 pound weight loss in only 2 months (great for me but wreaked havoc on my body, especially on my gallbladder). Afterwards the gallbladder pain was non stop (which I had never experienced before the medication or weight loss) so it was removed and in that surgery the doctor cut my liver which I didn't find out about until a month later when I returned to the hospital again in pain and found out there was bile leaking into my abdomen.

    I had it drained out and not even 12 hours later it had all come back, so I was sent to DC to have a stent put in which stayed for 3 months and was then removed. I now have really bad acid reflux and gastritis as a result which I take medication for 5xs a day:sad1:...all I know is there has to be a better/ more natural solution and taking pills to solve a problem that was created by pills doesn't seem like the correct answer to me, so hopefully by making better and healthier choices regarding what I put into my body I can improve my health...at least that's what I'm aiming for;-)

    If you have Netflix I highly recommend watching Forks Over Knives. Riveting.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • CurlyCurliesCurlyCurlies Posts: 1,641Registered Users
    Mark Bittman has a new book out called Vegan before 6. The title basically explains the concept. You eat a plant based diet all day, and at dinner you add in a portion of meat/animal-derived food. He calls this being "Semi-Vegan."
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  • Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
    Thanks chupie and curlycurlies:-). I do have netflix and will look into this as well as the other movie gagirl suggested when I get back home later today.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
    (Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Mark Bittman has a new book out called Vegan before 6. The title basically explains the concept. You eat a plant based diet all day, and at dinner you add in a portion of meat/animal-derived food. He calls this being "Semi-Vegan."

    That should be doable.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Oh. This is about her favorite of mine. Though I use canned fire roasted tomatoes. http://happyherbivore.com/2009/09/quick-mexican-cabbage/
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    chupie wrote: »
    Oh. This is about her favorite of mine. Though I use canned fire roasted tomatoes. http://happyherbivore.com/2009/09/quick-mexican-cabbage/

    The wheat drop biscuits were my weakness. Yum.
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I really like her pot pie with those http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/veggie-biscuit-pot-pie/ and her skillet green bean casserole on rice or potatoes. http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/skillet-green-bean-casserole/

    I served that to a very picky omnivore who loved it.
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  • InissantAngelInissantAngel Posts: 173Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sheesh, sounds like terrible time you've had.

    For curiosities sake, what migraine medication were you taking?
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  • Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
    sheesh, sounds like terrible time you've had.

    For curiosities sake, what migraine medication were you taking?

    I was/am taking topamax. I'm still on the same medication but instead of taking 100mg, my new neurologist has me only taking 50mg and just at night time and added magnesium which has helped tons! I was hesitant about staying on the same medicine, however he said that the higher you go up in the dosage with the medication, the worse the side effects become and the benefits don't really change so there was no need for me to go above 50mg. I maybe get a migraine once a month IF that and most of the time it's just a visual one (spots w/no pain). However I think the one's I'm getting now are because I stay so busy/bc of my diet:-) lol.

    I did however officially start my flexitarian lifestyle change today:-). I went to the grocery store and got a WEEK'S worth of food for exactly $50.01, which I have never been able to do planning a week's worth of 'meat' meals. I can live on a $200 a month food budget, especially knowing that it's beneficial for my health and my body and I'll lose weight as well:-)
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
    (Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


    Loving:love10:: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's



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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Oh man. They tried to put me on that. I wouldn't let them.
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    sheesh, sounds like terrible time you've had.

    For curiosities sake, what migraine medication were you taking?

    I was/am taking topamax. I'm still on the same medication but instead of taking 100mg, my new neurologist has me only taking 50mg and just at night time and added magnesium which has helped tons! I was hesitant about staying on the same medicine, however he said that the higher you go up in the dosage with the medication, the worse the side effects become and the benefits don't really change so there was no need for me to go above 50mg. I maybe get a migraine once a month IF that and most of the time it's just a visual one (spots w/no pain). However I think the one's I'm getting now are because I stay so busy/bc of my diet:-) lol.

    I did however officially start my flexitarian lifestyle change today:-). I went to the grocery store and got a WEEK'S worth of food for exactly $50.01, which I have never been able to do planning a week's worth of 'meat' meals. I can live on a $200 a month food budget, especially knowing that it's beneficial for my health and my body and I'll lose weight as well:-)

    Very nice. Since it is just moi, I planned out 3 dishes for the week and I spent $29. That is the biggest plus buying less meat and dairy food cost goes down.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,408Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I never knew there was a term for this. I guess I'm one they way I eat. I find it amusing we have to label everything.
  • InissantAngelInissantAngel Posts: 173Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sheesh, sounds like terrible time you've had.

    For curiosities sake, what migraine medication were you taking?

    I was/am taking topamax. I'm still on the same medication but instead of taking 100mg, my new neurologist has me only taking 50mg and just at night time and added magnesium which has helped tons! I was hesitant about staying on the same medicine, however he said that the higher you go up in the dosage with the medication, the worse the side effects become and the benefits don't really change so there was no need for me to go above 50mg. I maybe get a migraine once a month IF that and most of the time it's just a visual one (spots w/no pain). However I think the one's I'm getting now are because I stay so busy/bc of my diet:-) lol.

    I did however officially start my flexitarian lifestyle change today:-). I went to the grocery store and got a WEEK'S worth of food for exactly $50.01, which I have never been able to do planning a week's worth of 'meat' meals. I can live on a $200 a month food budget, especially knowing that it's beneficial for my health and my body and I'll lose weight as well:-)

    Thanks, they tried to put me on that as well, but after a nasty run with high dose beta blockers I've been leery of anything but abortive migraine meds. I also take magnesium and riboflavin among other things. The mag. does really help.
    Anyone who lives within their means, suffers from a lack of imagination. ~Oscar Wilde

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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hey check out this new study published today. http://www.dailyrx.com/earlier-mortality-found-people-who-ate-meat-more-often

    More back up.
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    chupie wrote: »
    Hey check out this new study published today. Veggie Eaters Live Longer, Study Says | dailyRx

    More back up.

    Uh oh don't start that fire! LOL.
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It's not really a fire. (Unless one gets all righteous about it which is uncalled for IMO) Even Kaiser-Permemte recently advised doctors to recommend plant based eating for controlling disease. It's just kind of a matter whether you want to do it or not. No judging on my behalf. I haven't even been able to eschew meat, dairy or eggs entirely though I really want to. (And like all the plant based foods pretty well. )
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    For reference http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2013/spring/5117-nutrition.html

    (And of course include exercise. Another thing I have trouble with!! I have wished I could obsess about exercise as much as I do hair!)
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    So I have been debating for a while about going the vegetarian route. I had a gallbladder surgery a few years ago where the surgeon nicked my liver and my body just hasn't been right since, so I am seeking out alternative forms of naturally healing my body and trying to live/eat healthier. I know there are various types of vegetarian's and I think the flexitarian diet (mostly vegetarian with meat once or twice a week for me) is doable. Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations for good vegetarian websites or resources that can help out a newbie:icon_smile:?


    Just curious about how your body changed as a result of the surgeon nicking your liver.

    ***

    I was a pescetarian/mostly vegetarian in high school, and felt very healthy and had the most awesome body then. Not sure if that was due to the diet or just being a teenager. LOL

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