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Why Wednesday – Why I Sucked at Being a Vegetarian

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Sierra

    I sucked at being a vegetarian, too. My best friend asked me to do a vegetarian fast with her for 40 days. We learned that it is entirely possible to gain a pound a day if you just eat cheese pizza, pasta, and caramel sundaes.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ha!! That’s awesome. And sooo true. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    I gave up eating meat in February, so its been about 7+ months and I do believe I do it right. I try to be really creative with my meals so I change it up often and also get a lot of protein through beans, tofu, tempeh, and other sources.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Being a reader of your site Beth I think you do it the right way!

  3. Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous

    I don’t eat meat but I do eat eggs, so I make a lot of egg white scrambles. I also eat a lot of beans, lentils, quinoa and tofu/soy products. I think the most important thing about being a vegetarian is a varied diet…if you just eat salad and carbs/pasta/etc., then you run into problems.

  4. Dharma Mom

    I was a bad vegetarian for 7 years… and took it a step further and became a bad vegan for the last 2 of those 7. I gained a lot of weight the first 5 years because I basically had an all starch low protein diet. (Never had any cholesterol problems though!)

    I did lose weight when I became vegan, simply b/c of the low caloric intake… but when I became pregnant, I discovered that McDonalds Happy Meals were the only things that “cured” my morning sickness… and that was the end of that. Ha!

    I haven’t been vegetarian since…. I’m not a big meat eater… so I probably eat half the amount of meat as the “average” person – however, I do feel healthier and more balanced as an omnivore than I did as a vegetarian – simply because I did not balance my diet properly.

  5. Carbzilla

    I loved seeing Beth’s pics and reading her story!

    While I definitely eat some vegetarian meals, I can’t eat soy because of my thyroid so I don’t ever think it’d be the right WOE for me. I also don’t lose weight very easily when I eat low protein so there’s that. Of course, I’m on the side of the animal rights issues, but I can’t make myself sick or unhealthy at the same time. Hey, life’s unfair like that.

    Meanwhile, my laptop is currently resting on no fewer than 3 vegetarian cookbooks so you can’t say I don’t try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    I think I do it right – I have more energy then ever so something must be working. I do still eat fish occasionally, probably 4-5 times/month so I guess technically I’m a “pescatarian”.

    Anyways, I eat lots of the following for protein:

    – chickpeas and other forms of beans, lentils
    – greek yogurt
    – almond butter and peanut butter
    – cheese and eggs

    I don’t know if I could ever be Vegan because I LOVE cheese and yogurt. I could give up milk and eggs probably, but not cheese and yogurt…

  7. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    I think you have touched on a very important point here. I am trying to increase my protein intake at the moment !

  8. kalin

    one of my brothers is a vegetarian. and he’s definitely the least healthy of all of us kids (i have three brothers). why? because he chooses to replace meat with carbs and fat (so for thanksgiving he has a GIANT serving of vegetarian stuffing that is full of butter, covered in gravy that is also full of butter). you mix that with low amounts of exercise? not good. (although, my youngest brother manages to both eat fast food to his heart’s content and run 8 minute miles. but he’s just an anomaly)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yep that sounds like me! Lots of carbs and fat back in the day!

  9. Rebecca

    It’s so interesting how different people develop healthier eating habits in nearly opposite ways. I was always a big meat-eater and never imagined–never–that I would become a vegetarian. Early this year, after doing some research, I decided to try it for a couple of weeks, and it felt like the easiest change in the world! I never imagined I would be able to stick with it, much less enjoy it.

    I cook a wider variety of foods now, including more vegetables and whole grains. I’m careful to include protein in the form of beans, nuts, and veggie burgers.

    Being vegetarian isn’t for everyone, and it certainly isn’t synonymous with healthy eating, as you pointed out, but it’s been a wonderful change for me.

    Thanks for such a balanced, interesting post!

  10. shelby @ eatdrinkrun

    I am NOT a vegetarian now, but I was for a few years when I was a preteen. I basically ate plain pasta. It was NOT a healthy time in my life. I probably had some sort of borderline eating disorder at that time in my life. I was scary thin and basically used being a “vegetarian” as an excuse not to eat. Bad stuff. Thankfully, when I started running in high school, I realized I needed to EAT in order to run well!

    How interesting about your steak cravings. I think I get them too – red meat and SALT – when I’m running higher mileage!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sounds familiar…. vegetarian = eat lots of carbs. LOL

  11. marie

    I’m like you — I love meat too much to be a full-on veg. But I do eat veg more than meat – probably about 70/30. I consume a lot of beans, seeds/nuts and almond milk, yogurt, tofu, tempeh and nut butter!

  12. Lori

    Finally! Another person whose attempt to go vegetarian when horrifically wrong! I gained 70 pounds going veggie back in college. Apparently pasta with cheese sauce, Taco Bell bean burritos, and candy coated peanuts aren’t healthy fair. Because there *is* this misconception of vegetarian = healthy.

    No… no no no. I”m so sorry we had to learn the hard way.

    I do think that being a vegetarian can be very healthy so long as you sneak in a B-12 supplement. So many more choices are out there now, and “clean eating” is up there on the trend scale. Keep it clean, and chances are you’ll do a body good. One thing I’m trying to incorporate more in my life is: if I know where it is from, the chances are it’ll be better for me.

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