Types of Vegetarians

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Vegetarians are not one homogeneous group that just doesn’t eat meat. There are different categories of vegetarians as diverse as the reasons for going vegetarian in the first place.

A Vegetarian is generally defined as someone who doesn’t eat meat. But someone who is vegetarian could conceivably eat dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese.

  •  Lacto-ovo vegetarians doesn’t eat meat, fish or poultry, but does consume eggs, milk or cheese.
  •  Lacto vegetarians consumes milk and cheese products, but doesn’t consume eggs.
  •  Vegans are people who don’t consume any animal or animal by-products, including dairy food. They eat only vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes. They also don’t use animal products, such as leather. Vegans don’t use white sugar because it’s often processed with a substance derived from animal bones that whitens the sugar.
  •  Fruitarian vegetarians, eat only fruit. Their rationale is that fruits, including fruits such as tomatoes, are self-perpetuating and don’t need to be planted to create the food source. They consider it a way of eating that’s most in balance and harmony with the earth, the most natural.
  •  Raw vegetarian (or living food) diet is based on the assumption that cooking food takes most of the nutrients out of it, and to get all of the nutritional value, vitamins and amino acids from food, its best consumed raw, or juiced. If cooked at all, it should only be cooked to slightly over 100 degrees, so the nutrients are still retained.
  • Sproutarian vegetarians eat only sprouts. Sprouts are very nutritious because they contain all the elements a plant needs for life and growth. The endosperm of seed is the storehouse of carbohydrates, protein and oil.

Then there are the vegetarians that I can’t get a grasp on – lets see if it makes sense to you:

  • Pesce-vegetarians include fish in their diet
  • Pollo-vegetarians eat fowl, such as chicken and turkey, but avoid red meat and pork
  • Flexitarians mainly eat vegetarian food, but will occasionally make exceptions

The more restrictive you become with your diet, however, the more educated you need to become to be sure you’re getting all the necessary proteins and vitamins that you need to support good health, especially muscle and heart health.

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Sproutarian

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Vegetarians and raw food enthusiasts fall into various groups with different theories of what kind of natural foods are best. Most vegetarians eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Vegans eat no animal by-products at all, including dairy or eggs. Fruitarians eat primarily fruits. And some vegetarians eat only sprouts.

Sprouts are very nutritious because they contain all the elements a plant needs for life and growth. The endosperm of seed is the storehouse of carbohydrates, protein and oil. When the seed germinates, these become predigested amino acids and natural sugars upon which the plant embryo feeds to grow. This life force we eat is filled with energy which is capable of generating cells of the body and supplying us with new vigor and life. For this reason sprouts can retard the aging process.

Sprouts contain goodly amounts of male and female hormones, as well, in their most easily assimilated form. Research shows that sprouts are among the highest in vitamins. They are not only a low cost food, but are also tasty and easy to grow. Children and the elderly can make sprouting a profitable hobby. All of us can profit from the boost to health they provide.

Almost any seed, grain or legume can be sprouted though some are tastier than others. You may try mung beans, alfalfa, wheat, peas, fenugreek, chickpeas, radish, fennel, celery seed, etc. These are most readily found in natural food stores. Remember to soak small seeds only for 4 hours and beans for 15 hours. You also can mix these seeds.

Get a 2 liter wide-mouth jar and a piece of cheesecloth or old nylon stocking to fasten as a cover with a rubber band. Put seed into the jar as follows:

  • 2 Tsp alfalfa,
  • 2 Tsp radish or fenugreek,
  • 1/4 cup lentils, 1/2 cup mung beans.

Soak these seeds for 15 hours and drain the water. Afterwards rinse and drain well twice daily for about 3-5 days.

If you wish to make larger amounts of sprouts, so you may share with others, place 2 cups of mixed seeds into a large porcelain pot, in the bottom of which holes have been drilled for easy rinsing. Simply place underneath the faucet and rinse morning and evening with warm water. Cover with a plate. The seeds grow beautifully and abundantly in a few days.

Why did Homo Sapiens start eating meat?

Basashi (raw horsemeat) from Towada.

It must have felt unnatural at first, to eat animal flesh. After all, we’re not so far removed from animals ourselves. Perhaps it even felt cannibalistic. There might not have been that much intellectual distinction between humans and other animals. When humans were pure vegetarians, they were living in harmony with the earth and with the other creatures co-habiting the planet with them. Their closest animal relatives, apes, were vegetarians. Eating the products of the earth, like plants, grains and fruits that they could gather and eat would have seemed the natural order of things.

But necessity is the mother of invention. Prehistoric men who lived in frozen geographies, or who lived in an area that became devastated by fire, would have eaten anything to survive. Just like the soccer players whose plane crashed in the mountains of Chile, and were forced to eat the flesh of other players who died in the crash, earliest man at some point had to make the choice for survival, and that could have consuming meat for the first time and changing human history – and health – forever.

We can imagine that men first ate meat that had been charred or cooked by virtue of being caught in a natural forest fire. They might have then eaten raw meat, if necessary, but we can also imagine that our earliest digestive systems rebelled against eating raw meat.

Imagine having eaten raw foods and vegetables for ages, and all of a sudden, incorporating meat products into your system. You may have heard friends who were vegetarians tell stories of trying to eat meat and becoming violently ill afterward.

Biologists will tell you we’re really not designed to eat meat, but we adapted to it. However, in the time-line of human history, eating meat is a relatively recent evolutionary development.

Smoked Portobello and Horseradish Panini

From Peta National Sandwich Day

 

Smoked Portobello Panini and Horseradish Panini

 

You can find the recipe here

 

 

 

Seriously I like Taste

I am starting to think that many non-vegetarian Chefs believe that meatless people have no taste bud.  I actually don’t blame this on the chefs – just on my veterans and elder vegetarians who accepted the tasteless crap that is presented to them as vegetarian food.

For example I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant Monday and it still bothering me. I know the cook and everything that she cook is great.  Her Sous Chef and Line Cooks are well-trained and constant. The food preparation is always pleasing to the eyes and taste bud. The place is a 4.5 Stars in my book. If they would fix that ugly men comfort room they would get a solid 5 Stars.

Back to the point here. I have not been in the restaurant since I decided to change my dietary lifestyle. The waitresses and owner were happy to see us and the Chef herself even came out to see how we were doing. Wow, we felt like honored guests.

I think I can write about two pages about what happen next but that would be “venting.”  Simply put I really don’t have time for wasting your or my time.

The lesson I learned is that if you don’t talk to the Chef you are going to get what they think taste good to vegetarian.  When I asked her why was my rice non-appealing and my vegetable dish was over cooked while my wife rice was delicious to my eyes.  I quote, “No one else every complained….I thought that is how….”  I am not going to vent, I am not going to vent….

Tell me how can a 18 year with no professional training can bet a twenty-eight years veteran chef?  Easy because no one has ever said anything to that twenty-eight year experience chef.  I know there are good vegetarian meals out there because I have been reading blogs like the Fat Free Vagan, Seitan is my Motor, or Cooking Vegan with Soul and other blogs and websites that prove it.

So the next time you go to ‘any’ restaurant and they present you with not so appealing and tasteless food.  Corrected them because they have been mislead into thinking we as a group have no tasted buds or appreciation of good food.  If you can’t do this for yourself do it for me because I can assure you that if you walk into a restaurant that I have eaten in they will know.  I can’t promise you that they will do anything about it but if enough people say something I think we will be seeing more tasty food.

Stop being passive and starting being passionate with your life – enjoy it and live it.

Different Types of Chinese Noodles

with Charli James

There are many different types of Chinese noodles, and they are used in different dishes. Learn more about the different types of Chinese noodles, including how they’re made and what they taste like.

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Don’t…

Okay, let be honest and/or truthful.

I don’t like Soy Milk.
I don’t like Cottage Cheese – anymore.
I don’t like boring foods.
I don’t like over cooked vegetable.
I don’t like being overloaded with broccoli.
I don’t like foods that taste is not justified by that funny texture/feeling in my mouth.
I don’t like burning heat but I love spicy – BIG different macho men…

So what do I like?

I don’t know I am still in new territory here. That is why I am eating everything that is suggested or looks safe to eat. After I try to eat it or drink it a couple of times than I can tell you if I like it or don’t like it.

And so far I am pretty much liking “almost” everything I tried.

 

Stop being passive and starting being passionate with your life – enjoy it and live it.

Foods Highest in Protein

#1: Cheese Of all cheeses low sodium Parmesan cheese not the canned stuff provides the most protein with 41.6 grams per 100 gram serving. It is followed by regular whole Parmesan at 35.8 grams of protein per 100 grams. That is 10 grams of protein per ounce, and 3.6 grams per cubic inch. Other cheeses like Romano, Mozzarella, and Swiss provide around 28-30 grams of protein per 100 gram serving. Softer cream cheeses, or spreadable cheeses, provide the least protein with only 16 grams per 100 gram serving.

#2: Mature (Large) Beans  The older, larger, and more mature a bean gets the more protein it carries. Mature roasted soybeans (Edamame) have the most providing 39.6 grams of protein per 100 gram serving, or 68 grams per cup. They are followed by mature Lupin beans which provide 15.6 grams per 100 gram serving. That is 25.8 grams per cup.
#3: Roasted Pumpkin, Squash, and Watermelon Seeds  A popular food in the Middle East and East Asia pumpkin and squash seeds provide 33 grams of protein per 100g serving, that is 74.8 grams per cup and 9.2 grams per ounce. Watermelon seeds provide slightly less at 28 grams of protein per 100 gram serving. If you can’t find these seeds in your local supermarket you will surely find them in Middle Eastern or East Asian specialty stores. Alternatively, you can also save any pumpkin, squash, and watermelon seeds you have and roast them in your oven. The seeds are typically consumed by cracking the outer shell and eating the seed inside.
#5: Lentils, Pulses, and Peanuts Lentils, Pulses (dried peas and beans), and peanuts (a legume) are a great vegan source of protein. Research data shows these foods can reduce blood cholesterol levels, help to regulate blood sugar and blood-pressure readings, and legumes are a clear winner as a meat substitute. Peanuts provide the most protein with 23.7 grams per 100 gram serving or 6.6 grams per ounce, 0.2 grams per peanut. Lentils provide the most protein when consumed raw at 25.8 grams per 100 gram serving, and 9 grams per 100g serving cooked (17.9 grams of protein

#6: Lobster and Crab Crab and lobster are most commonly served baked, steamed, or in bisque. A 100g serving of lobster contains 26.4 grams of protein, or 43 grams per lobster. Crab provides a little less with 19.4 grams per 100 gram serving.

#7: Yeast Extract Spread (aka: Marmite) Yeast extract spreads are a good vegan source of vitamin B12, the spread also packs a lot of protein. One hundred grams provides 27.8 grams of protein, that is 1.7 grams per teaspoon.  (Read More)

 

 

Sources: healthaliciousness.com Health-Tips Marmite

Quickest Meal Yet…

Buckwheat noodles with Soba sauce – I am so happy that it tasted better than it looked. LOL

I know there are some men out there that can burn water but if you have progress pass that stage I am sure you can handle cooking this.  FYI Buckwheat is gluten-free.  I didn’t know that until a friend at work told me today.

This was a good quick meal or snack in my case. Prep and cook time combine took less than 7 minutes.  Next time I am going to add nuts, green onions and whatever I can find to it.  I am thinking peanuts or almonds.

What do you think?

Rough Weekend…Seitan Wins

I had stopped counting the days of being meatless awhile back.   But this weekend was a killer because I grilled some meat and veggie for my wife.

That meat was looking and smelling good. My eyes wanted “just a taste” but my mouth and brain was screaming “NO!!!”  So, I took a photo instead.

I don’t know if I am a Vegetarian but I do know that I am meatless.  I can not honestly write that I will never put a piece of meat in my mouth.  I can write honestly that I have no taste for meat.  I don’t crave meat. What I am craving is for a nice big slice of a New York style cheese cake with strawberries or blueberries.

I guess I am going to have to learn how to eat mushrooms and seitan.  I wonder if I can get some good grill marks on them?

 

 

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