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When all else fails, eat meat.

As a lifelong vegetarian, I can tell you that when the vegetarian option has failed, the temptation to eat a piece of something is high. However, if you are doing well on your vegetarian diet, you can save yourself all that trouble. My advice: if you are eating vegetarian food, do not over-compensate by eating meat; instead, try to not eat too much at one time—just enough to maintain a reasonable weight and keep the nutrients you receive from meat. If you over-eat more than you would like to, reduce your intake by eating smaller amounts of food, while trying to maintain your normal calorie and carbohydrate intake. In general, you have little ability to control the quantity or quality of the nutrients you consume, especially if you are eating a Western diet. However, you can control the quantity if you follow the advice given in this article. A study by the Department of Nutrition at the University of Colorado in Boulder, indicates that the optimal amount to consume may be around 1.5 servings of fruits and 1.5 servings of vegetables per day, though you may be able to eat more in certain situations.

When all else fails, eat meat. It’s much more important than your body weight, and so the amount you eat is less important.

The good news is that you really can use this strategy to eat a few servings of meat, even if you are strictly vegetarian, and still retain the nutrients you would normally get from a small serving of veal. In fact, even if you are a strict vegetarian with a very low calorie and low carbohydrate intake, and the protein, fat, and carbohydrate you have come to eat were provided by meat (the exception being fish and shellfish), you have no reason to be concerned. The problem with this strategy is that it works best for leaner, more meaty-fat women and not so well at all for men or children with leaner, more egg- and dairy-based diets. But if your goal is to eat meat, and not just avoid it when it seems like a bad idea, then this strategy definitely can work. I’ve often wondered why eating lots of meat or meat products as part of a vegetarian diet doesn’t work for women more commonly used to eating eggs. I believe it’s because most women are accustomed to their diet being based on egg whites, so when they try to adopt another, it seems like they would have a difficult time eating it—but that is not the case whatsoever with the meat-free strategy.

This post is about an issue that comes up from time to time, but I don’t know if I really made this a big deal or not. It’s about eating vegetarian but not vegetarian in one single meal. I know this sounds kind of weird, but I do it all the time, and it gives me an excuse to eat a lot of food.

You may be concerned about this situation. You do not actually have to “be vegetarian” or eat meat on anything: you can avoid eating meat in one meal. So what are the alternatives? Well, you can skip breakfast, skip lunch, or just skip it altogether. So what does one do on day one? Skip breakfast, of course! Why? Well, what you’re getting for breakfast is a sandwich and/or pancakes. I think it’s the best option you’ve got. A few words of caution: if you are a breakfast eater, or don’t like breakfast, this may not be the best idea. I don’t know why this is, and it’s a point that I’m sure is a little controversial, but I think not skipping breakfast is probably a mistake. If you don’t want pancakes, or just you don’t like eggs, you can swap them for anything else. I’d argue that anything other than bread is probably more than adequate. If no bread is in your cupboard, try to substitute something with a lot of filling power, such as a wrap, a hamburger, or a fish sandwich. I always recommend eating something before lunch if you’re not familiar with the flavor of meat, or the texture it usually has, because it can make the meal better. So here’s what you eat: 1/2 c. oatmeal (or 1 T.