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Posted by: Berry | 2007/05/11

Vegetarian Diet

Hi
I have started going to the gym and i realise it won't do me any good if i don't have a good diet. The problem is most diet plans are for meat eaters and i am a vegetarian (i do eat eggs and drink milk)

I have a very unhealthy diet at the moment, i probably only eat veggies twice a week and the main reason is just not knowing what to eat with what.

Is it possible for you to give me a one or two day example of a vegetarian diet plan or where i can get one? I am a 22 year old female. (i don't have enough money to go to a dietician) or could i ask one of the instructors at the gym to make me a diet plan?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Berry

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Dear Berry
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.
Best regards
DietDoc

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