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September 19, 2011 7:53 AM
Hi All,
My boyfriend has been goading me for nearly a year now to try the Body-for-Life challenge with him, but I'm nervous about joining since I'm a vegetarian. I've read over the FAQ section on the BFL website, and there is a query about doing the program on a vegetarian diet, but it doesn't give any suggestions or meal plans.
I'm curious to know if any vegetarians or vegans have done or are doing the Body-for-Life challenge, and if you have, what your meal plans were or what kind of success you've had. I'd be really interested in discussing some possible meals and snacks and learning more about the program. My boyfriend isn't a vegetarian, but we don't keep any meat in the house, so we would both more or less need to work on eating more healthy protein without the carbs that some plant-based foods have.
Please help!...rachel
September 19, 2011 8:32 AM
I haven't done a BFL challenge in almost 10 years, but as I recall, the eating portion was multiple small meals, combining a protein and a carb, low fat and lower calorie, right? So....you have the old standby, brown rice and beans (you can switch out the beans for variety). Quinoa and any vegetable you like (add up the total carbs to come to your number, whatever that might be). There are some vegetarian protein shakes out there - I think they have hemp in them. Edemame is one of my favourite high protein low fat standbys. If you are ovo-lacto, throw eggwhites in with it and you should be golden.
Hope that helps some!
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October 4, 2011 7:36 PM
I am currently doing the plan as a vegetarian. I get over 100 grams of protein a day, but am doing this lacto-ovo. I am not sure how it could be done vegan. Here is my sample day, which I pretty much follow every day.

B - 1 veggie sausage & fruit (pear, apple, etc.)

S - myoplex lite bar

L - 1 plain veggie burger (low-carb boca, etc.), 1/2 cup plain oatmeal w/splenda & 1 cup green vegetable

S - EAS advantage low-carb shake

D - 4 scrambled egg whites, carb (1/2 cup ww noodles, 1 piece of bread ,1/2 cup rice) & 1 cup green vegetable

S - 1/2 cup fat free cotttage cheese & 1/2 cup yogurt mixed together.
October 4, 2011 7:39 PM
Beans count as your carb, so you can't do them as your protein.

I am in my second week, down a couple of pounds. I feel really good though - not hungry - good energy levels, etc.

Normally, my diet is too high carb, so I feel good when I am have more protein.
October 14, 2011 9:44 AM
I did BFL as a mostly vegan and then continued eating in the BFL style as a vegan for 2 years. My nutrition plan went roughly like this:

High protein cereal
light soy mymilk

"sausage"
waffle
banana (needed the potassium!)

Whole wheat wrap- mesclun mix, fake beef strips (morningstar), grape tomatoes,sprouts in a whole wheat tortilla

Protein shake

Very simple dinner:
rice or pasta
tofu, tempeh, fake meat protein
TONS of green veggies to fill me up

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