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Old 05-31-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
 
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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?
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Awesome sites are engine2diet.com and happyherbivore.com also http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/

Plant strong sites but very good recipes.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ).
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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!
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Interesting I may have to become a flexirarian once/if I get this job appointment in South Korea
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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...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
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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...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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Two summer recipes you might like:

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema Recipe | MyRecipes.com

and for veggie nights

Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Oh. This is about her favorite of mine. Though I use canned fire roasted tomatoes. http://happyherbivore.com/2009/09/qu...xican-cabbage/
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Oh. This is about her favorite of mine. Though I use canned fire roasted tomatoes. http://happyherbivore.com/2009/09/qu...xican-cabbage/
The wheat drop biscuits were my weakness. Yum.
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I really like her pot pie with those http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/veg...scuit-pot-pie/ and her skillet green bean casserole on rice or potatoes. http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/ski...ean-casserole/

I served that to a very picky omnivore who loved it.
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