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Giving up meat for Lent?

TheMadHuntsmanTheMadHuntsman Registered User regular
edited February 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm a growing but deeply spiritual teen who's considering dropping meat during Lent. I could use some advice on how to stay healthy whilst this is going on- anybody know much about this kind of thing?

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  • ComahawkComahawk Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Schnieder's meat imitation products are really good, they have a high amount of protein and taste amazing. Otherwise you should look for food with high protein content and iron content.

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  • Joe ChemoJoe Chemo Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    All you need to know. Probably more, actually.

    If you're just dropping meat and not other animal products, you really don't need to put much thought into it.

    Been vegan 3 years, feel free to pm me with questions.

    EDIT: if that link is tl;dr, then you probably just want this, no? (pdf)

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  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Beans, man, beans. Get some dried lentils and look up some recipes. You can make soups, tacos, all kinds of stuff.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    http://vegweb.com/

    But since you're a teen I assume you live with your folks. Who does your cooking?

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  • Matt_SMatt_S Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Hey, I did this one year.

    My only tip is to eat a wide array of vegetables, fruits and grains. While I did like my diet, my only regret is that I mostly stuck to things like microwaveable meals and veggieburgers as my staple.

    Buy all sorts of things and really experiment with your cooking. Not only will you be learning how to make incredibly delicious and healthy food, but you'll also be getting a wide array of nutrients in each meal. You can't go wrong with that.

    Good luck! I enjoyed mine so much that I continued eating a mostly-veggie diet (maybe salmon or tuna once a month) for quite a while after Easter.

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  • radroadkillradroadkill MDRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Meat subs are quick and easy but it's best to not overkill on them for dietary purposes. It's better to mic them with lots of beans, mushrooms, and leafy green vegetables.

    Whole grains and wheat are good to look for as well.

    Quinoa is another great food food that contains all complete nutrient chains.


    Other than that eats lots of veggies and fruits and you'll be good to go.

    Oh, and if you're not giving up dairy and other animal products, eggs are another good protein source.

    I've been a vegetarian for 5 years or so, and this has served me well.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    It's a month and a half, as long as you're not eating weird stuff just to avoid meat (i.e. you're just eating side dishes and avoiding full meal foods) you'll be fine whatever you eat.

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  • MulysaSemproniusMulysaSempronius but also susie nyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Traditionally, fish is not considered meat by the church. From what I recall, my church also urged growing children and teens not to fast due to health concerns. But eating healthily as a vegetarian is entirely possible.

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  • HoovesHooves Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    Beans, man, beans. Get some dried lentils and look up some recipes. You can make soups, tacos, all kinds of stuff.

    also nuts

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  • corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Yeah you're not going to die of malnutrition by becoming vegetarian...

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  • CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Lent is only 40 days. You are not going to get malnutrition in such a short time. Your body stores nutrients for moderate periods of famine. Eat a varied diet (i.e. not all junk food) and you will be OK.

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