South Beach Diet - Hi and I Need some help

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04-08-2011, 08:17 PM
Hi I am new here
I have been on phase 1 for about a week now and getting ok results.I do feel alot healthier though and that is what matters most.:smug:

Anyway I am basically a vegetarian(I eat seafood every now and then). Because I can't eat most meats I need to get my protein from other sources therefore I have been eating alot of beans, lentils and nuts. I am worried that there are too many calories in beans and lentils and too much fat in nuts for me to be eating them everyday.

Is there something I can eat instead? Or do you guys think it is ok? Should I maybe start eating meat again while I am on this diet?

I would really appreciate it some advice.

04-08-2011, 08:35 PM
:welcome:, Charlie!

There are several of us vegetarians here successfully following this plan. The plan recommends that you start with 1/2 of beans as a serving, but you may have more than that if you prefer. I wouldn't be concerned about the calories in the beans, but you do have to limit nuts since they're high in calories. Check out the guidelines in the Phase 1 food list for the amount you may have for each type of nut.
I also get my protein from some vegetables, cheeses, and, occasionally, tofu.

I hope you join us in our Daily Thread, and look forward to getting to know you. Good luck!

04-08-2011, 10:31 PM
:welcome2: Charlie!

I've been eating primarily vegetarian, with very occasional fish or seafood, for almost a year now. I don't find quantities of either beans or lentils to be a problem, yet I limit my nuts. I don't use nuts for snacks but rather add them to my salads, especially at lunch. I don't do much cheese at all and often have yogurt for my snack. I rarely eat eggs. I have a vitamix and my daily breakfast is a grain based protein smoothie with a serving of fruit and lots of veggies-usually cabbage and spinach.

I never noticed any change in energy when I switched over...but I wasn't eating much meat anyway.

Best wishes!

04-08-2011, 11:28 PM
Thanks for Welcome:). It's good to hear that others have managed on a vegetarian like diet and I appreciate the advice.

04-09-2011, 02:22 AM
Cottage cheese! It's my go-to high-protein food. Yum!