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Old 10-29-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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My DH has been a starch mouth for as long as we've been married (25 years in January). His weight has been going up, and he wants to try lowering his carbs. The problem is, he won't eat meat. Can you steer me to where I can find ideas for low carb vegetarian?
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
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My DD is a vegetarian and it can be difficult for a 'carboholic' to embrace a lifestyle that has been traditionally associated with meat eating. My suggestion would be to first back off of the OBVIOUS starchy foods: regular bread (sub LC bread), potatoes (sub fauxtatoes), rice (sub cauli-rice), pasta (sub zucchini noodles) as well as anything with honey or sugar. (I would suggest legumes and beans as well, but the protein, fiber and other nutrients would place those foods lower on the list of foods to avoid.) As you phase out those things, sub in more eggs and cheese (and if he eats it) fish. Just making these small changes may help him get started.

As far as cooking meals, always plan to have an extra vegetable, salad or vegetarian soup on hand. Make sure there is plenty of fat at each meal in the form of butter, coconut oil, olive oil, sour cream, cheese, salad dressings, etc. You will have to learn to be more creative because meat is not the focus of each meal. And because he is not eating meat, you should be able to take more liberties with the Atkins limits on cheese and cream.

Tofu can also be used to supplement meals, but everyone has to make their own judgments on whether or not to consume soy products. In our home, we limit soy products, but when we do eat it, it's always in the form of tofu that is organic and has been sprouted.

Place the emphasis on a more 'whole foods diet' rather than low carb. Hopefully this will make the transition easier.

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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I'm a vegetarian, and I've been happily eating LC (less than 20 carbs per day) for 7 months. A typical day goes like this:

Breakfast: Whey protein shake or scrambled / poached / boiled eggs (depending on whether I'm home or not)

Lunch: Big salad (lettuce) with tofu or cheese or pumpkin seeds

Snack: Mini Babybel or similar cheese (sometimes with LC almond flax seed crackers)

Dinner: Spinach or Brokkoli or Mushrooms or similar, mostly as a casserole or quiche
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