Vegetarian Weddings

Vegetarian weddings are the latest fad afflicting modern couples. Planning a vegetarian wedding is labor intensive but exciting. Wedding couples veering from conventional customs are highly common.

Vegetarian diets contain no poultry, shellfish, fish or meat. Most vegetarians are comfortable with both eggs and dairy products. Strict vegetarian weddings also shun refined sugar and honey.

Vegetarian wedding is the same as other weddings, except that it involves more labor and plenty of choice.

Coping with Non-Veg Guests

Offer regular vegetarian foods to non-veg guests such as sweets, pasta bars, breads, soups, salads, potatoes and cheeses. These are familiar items and would make the guests comfortable. Better inform the guests in advance about the vegetarian reception.

Find good caterers who are experts in preparing vegetarian food. Vegetarian cuisines come in wide range. So, there is no reason to settle for stir fried veggies or pasta primavera.

Another option is to book at a vegetarian restaurant to host and cater to the wedding reception. Couples who have eaten at a restaurant would be sure of the food quality. Limit exotic ethnic dishes to accommodate the guest’s palate.

Vegetarian cake

Ordering a large vegan cake is the most difficult aspect of vegetarian wedding. Many bakers unfortunately don’t know how to prepare a delicious cake without milk, butter and eggs.

If you are unable to find a vegan cake, prepare your own. Use flaxseeds as substitute for eggs. However, some people are allergic to flax. For such cases, use EnerG egg replacer available at various departmental stores.

Many vegetarian cookbooks have simple and easy to make recipes for white cake and vegan chocolate cake. You can even try applesauce cake, vegan carrot cake or tofu cheesecakes. Little effort and time pays off and you would be surprised in the end when guests would leave the hall with a long lasting smile on their faces.

Vegetarian Diet

There is more than one vegetarian diet. If someone tells you that they are a vegetarian that could mean many different things. With each style of a vegetarian diet there are certain foods that are restricted. With each food that is restricted it is important to consider what those foods do for your body so that you can find other ways to get the nutrients they used to provide. Any of these ways of eating can help you to lose weight and more importantly keep it off and be healthier.

Here are a few categories of vegetarianism:

· Vegan – a vegan diet is one that does not have any animal products in it at all. There is no meat, diary, fish, poultry, eggs, or any products that contain any of these items. Many times vegans will also not eat honey.

· Lacto-vegetarian – a lacto vegetarian consists of a diet that cuts out meat, fish, poultry, and egg, but diary is allowed.

· Ovo-lacto-vegetarian – an ovo lacto vegetarian will not eat meat, fish, or poultry, but they will eat eggs and dairy products.

If you are considering switching over to a vegetarian diet for weight loss there are a few things that you can do to slowly change you meals. It might not be a good idea for you to completely cut out the meat, especially if you have had a diet heavy in meat for a long time. Instead slowly change what you eat. Start this process by increasing the meat free meals that you already eat. For example if you make a vegetable stir-fry make this more often.

Once you are comfortable with a few more meat free meals during the week add in substitutions. For example there are many meat free versions of faux ground beef, or fake chicken. Some of these are really great and much healthier for you than their fleshy counterparts. Try to substitute a few meals with these alternatives. Even with this simple switch you will start to see a change in your waistline.

Finally try new menus. There are hundreds of great vegetarian cookbooks and the internet has a never ending supply of interesting recipes that you can try. There are also many vegetarian restaurants or restaurants that offer vegetarian options. Try some of these places and when you find foods that you enjoy ask for the recipe so that you can try to make them at home.

It has been proven that people who eat a vegetarian diet, no matter what style of that diet eat fewer calories than people who eat meat. A vegetarian does need to be more careful with their protein choices. It is easy to pick high fat proteins on a vegetarian diet, like cheese. But there are many low fat proteins that are good for you and have less negative dietary issues and less fat. Many of the protein foods that you love can also be found in low fat options. So feel free to eat the cheese if you want it, just try it in low fat.

How you cook your foods can also affect their nutritional value. If you are changing your diet for weight loss it is important to know that foods that have been fried are the least good for you. If you enjoy fried foods try to bake, grill, or steam instead. Often these cooking styles can make your food taste better and they are much better for you. If you do a lot of stir-fry cooking try to use less oil which will help make that cooking process healthier as well.

For any type of healthy eating diet, it is a good rule of thumb to always choose whole foods. This means eating foods that are natural. If you have the choice between French fries and an apple, go for the apple. If you have a choice between spaghetti with canned tomato sauce or roasted vegetables, go for the vegetables. This way you are making the healthy choice with foods that are fresh and natural.

5 Steps to Becoming a Vegetarian

So you’ve made up your mind to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. Good for you! Vegetarianism is a much healthier form of eating but in the beginning it may be difficult to find enough variety to stop you getting bored. I’ve listed a few ideas that may help as you take your first steps to becoming a vegetarian.

1. Do your research
Buy vegetarian cookery books and magazines. Surf the net for vegetarian websites and join forums where you can get advice and swap recipes.

2. Build a portfolio of your favourite recipes
Try out recipes and if you like them paste them into a folder or scrapbook. Soon you will have a list of about 15 to 20 of your favourite recipes which you can cook on a rotation basis. Find ones you can freeze too for a quick fix when you’re in a hurry.

3. Eat out!
That’s right, I said eat out. Find where your local vegetarian restaurant is and go, simple as that. You don’t have to go on your own either many mainstream restaurants have great vegetarian selections these days. Just ask when you book. If you find something you really like ask if the chef will let you have the recipe. They’re not all Gordon Ramsey so you won’t get shouted at.

4. Take it easy!
Don’t go cold turkey (if you pardon the pun). Ease yourself in to the vegetarian lifestyle. A good way to start is by replacing some of your favourites like burgers and sausages with the vegetarian substitute kind. All supermarkets stock these nowadays. In the UK Quorn and the Linda McCartney ranges are very popular and very tasty.

5. One day at a time
This is a big lifestyle change for you so take it slowly. After you have integrated your substitute items into your diet why not and you’re feeling OK with this, why not have one day a week that is totally vegetarian with no substitutes at all. Slowly build this up to every other day until you’re finally totally vegetarian.