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    Vegetarian diet on days when you can't afford quality meat?

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    I'm a full-time student without the means to finance a yummy, perfect diet. I eat meat nearly every day. Trader Joe's has some affordable organic meats, but even that I can't do all the time. Would it be better to spend a few days a week eating a vegetarian diet than to eat lower quality meat from, say, Publix? If so, are there any suggestions for foods to eat on those days? How do vegetarians stay full? I can't see just veggies doing the trick!


    Thanks for all the great responses. I don't meat every day because I have to. I just really love all varieties of meat and seafood and find them very filling. I love eggs, sweet potatoes, bananas, and cottage cheese... maybe those things will be sufficient enough! Also, canned, wild fish was an great suggestion. You guys are awesome.
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    Part-time vegetarian works fine. Eat good eggs (try and get 50g of protein a day, but bear in mind your personal minimum may be higher [*even], mine is 90g). Tubers and butter for main energy. Fruit for breakfast, leafy greens to fill-up.
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    I recently ate at a vegetarian restaurant. I was more full than I have been since I ate pasta. How do they stay full? They simply eat huge portions. I was served an entire yam as appetizer, and and a huge plate for an entree.

    Vegetarian food will not fill you up unless you eat tons. If you can't afford the meat, buy a dozen high quality eggs and throw some eggs in with your vege meals. Even if you buy the best quality eggs at like $5/carton, it's still way cheaper than high quality steaks.
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    Yes, its best not to eat poor quality meats in my opinion. You might consider a can of wild salmon or sardines which are reasonably inexpensive and free range eggs would be good alternatives.

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    I believe the proteins in gelatin are complementary to meat, so having some bone soup/stew, pork rinds, or dessert made with plain gelatin might work well alongside dishes that use smaller meat portions like salad/stirfry/curry. "Meat" doesn't always need to be a 8~16 oz. slab.

    Eggs, canned seafood, strained yogurt, and cottage cheese are decent too.

    I would not pursue typical vegetarian proteins (i.e. seeds).
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    Most paleo "gurus" say don't let perfect be the enemy of food. I agree and feel that it's more important to eat meat than worry about quality. I can't afford organic or pastured meats hardly ever, so I just eat the regular stuff.

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    I'm with Namelesswonder. I still consider myself new at this, but grass fed isn't always in the budget, so better cuts of grocery store/butcher shop meat is a good alternative, IMHO.

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    I eat the regular meats. I just get leaner meats. I've never felt better in my life. Liver is pretty cheap. They had sole at the ethnic market yesterday for $3 a pound.
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    There are days when I only feel like eating vegetarian type food. Simply because every once in a while I get burned out on meat. It is okay not to eat meat every day.
    I also see nothing wrong with cafo meat, nutritionally speaking if most of the fat is avoided.

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    Also, white potatoes and bananas keep me full like nothing else ever before.

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