I have increasingly cut back on the amount of meat that I eat. This is for several reasons, but mostly because I prefer to cook vegetarian meals. I would really prefer to become a vegan, as I just gravitate towards that type of food.
However, I am also trying out an eating plan that is pretty close to the Best Bet Diet. This diet basically has you eliminating:
- Refined sugar
I actually have been able to do this pretty successfully. Yes, food choices are restricted, but there is some pretty delicious and healthy food that doesn't contain any of the non-allowable ingredients.
However, when you eliminate meat, poultry and fish from this kind of diet, you are pretty strapped for sources of protein. When I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I relied pretty heavily on eggs and dairy to fill in for the meat. When I was a vegan, it was beans and tofu, both of which are not allowable on the Best Bet Diet, as they are legumes. Peanut butter is out, too.
So, I was wondering how others may handle this. I do understand that it might not be possible to embrace vegetarianism at this point in my life, as long as I am following the Best Bet Diet. I think this diet is helping my symptoms - at least, I know I feel worse when I consume some of the things on the list. So, I can go ahead and keep eating meat and fish without too being too bothered by it. I also supplement with a rice protein powder in my smoothies, so I am already getting some protein there.
However, I did think that maybe someone out there had the answer or at least some suggestions for someone following the Best Bet Diet (or the MS Recovery Diet) who would like to eat less meat. Please, share your experiences and advice in the comment section below.