Our expert says:
I must admit that I am rather puzzled because you say that you are a vegetarian, but you don't eat vegies??? So then what do you eat?? I would recommend that you do try to see a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), so that she can check what you are eating at the moment and make the necessary changes. I don't have an example of a vegetarian diet at the moment, esp for someone who is going to be doing some strenuous exercise. So please do try and see a dietitian, it should not be too expensive. Otherwise you can perhaps check at a good bookstore (like Exclusive Books) for a Vegetarian diet. It is good that you are still eating eggs and drinking milk. As a very basic rule you should be having about 3 cups of milk or 2 cups of yogurt or cottage cheese a day, plus 8 servings of wholewheat or high-fibre grains and cereals, 6 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, eating 4-6 eggs per week, and having 1-2 portions of legumes (dry, cooked or canned beans, peas, lentils or soya) and 3 tablespoons of
margarine or oil that is rich in poly- or monounsaturated fatty acids.
If I get a chance, I will compile a standard diet for vegetarians and publish it on the DietDoc Website in the not too distant future, so keep an eye on the Diet section on this Website.
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