Is there a way to eat lower-carb as a vegetarian with dietary restrictions?
May 17, 2012 12:30 PM Subscribe
Lowering carbs as a vegetarian with many diet limitations – this seems impossible and I'd love to hear how you navigate it.
posted by carbide to Health & Fitness (32 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to reduce my dependency on carbohydrates for a few reasons: to lose weight, to address feeling unsatiated by meals, and for better overall nutrition. Right now, the core of 75% of meals is carbohydrates – bread, pasta, rice. I am trying to up the veggie component but I wonder if I can do better.
There's two major restrictions that make this seem impossible. One, I'm a vegetarian and have been since I was a kid – I can't stand the texture of meat at all.
Two, I have a digestive disorder that requires extreme diligence to keep it at a level where I can maintain a semi-normal life. I can't eat the following without being ill, except tiny quantities: fruit, nuts, eggs, legumes, milk, textured vegetable protein, oats, coconut milk, fried foods, spicy food, and the worst trigger ever, barley. I can eat a small portion of potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, or quinoa.
On the positive side, I particularly love Japanese and Italian flavours, and I am not trying to go no-carb, just more in balance.
Have you dealt with similar restrictions? How did you handle it? Is there no other choice besides staying pastafied or learning to eat fish for the first time in 20 years?
Please don't give out to me! I find food extremely stressful to discuss and already feel like a terrible person over this.