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Any veggie bootcampers out there?

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ImSoOverIt Mon 05-May-14 13:06:29

I am veggie and doing bootcamp, was wondering if anyone out there was in the same boat?

Following a veggie low carb diet brings certain challenges so I thought we could have a thread of our own to share tips? smile

thereinmadnesslies Tue 06-May-14 21:44:49

Hey I'm veggie and bootcamping. I did a few weeks of the jean bootcamp. My favourite was the cauliflower and leek gratin from the recipe thread. And lots of omelettes ...
What are you planning to eat this week?

ImSoOverIt Tue 06-May-14 22:16:10


I seem to be eating eggs and mushrooms for breakfast at weekends, and Greek yogurt with coconut cream on weekdays. This morning I tried egg in a cup and bullet proof coffee for breakfast for the first time, and enjoyed both, but I had the morning off and reckon they would be too labour intensive for the average morning!

Lunches I've been tending to have omelettes at the weekends when I can cook at home, and today I packed a Greek salad to take to work. Tomorrow I plan to take leftover frittata that I made for dinner tonight - basically a load of roasted vegetable with an egg/feta/cream mix poured over, cooked on hob then topped with extra cheddar and browned under grill. I also plan to pack at some point a salad consisting of goats cheese with roasted pepper antipasti from lidl.

Dinners - last night had cauliflower cheese with Quorn burgers and broccoli and carrots. Your leek gratin thingy sounds lush! Can you give me a hint as to which thread and whereabouts I can find it?

I do have the odd Quorn product. The chicken pieces and fillets seem to be the lowest carb. I have also had some of the rashers and frankfurters this bc. The ordinary sausages are quite high in carbs.

What will you mostly be eating this week? smile

weaseleyes Wed 07-May-14 15:12:27

Eggs! I seem to get stuck on eggs. Quorn is handy, but a but pricey. Whilst I have lced successfully before, I'm feeling a bit anxious about the money side of it this time round. My daughter shuns things like cheese or yoghurt and would basically like every meal to be pasta, so it can be a struggle. When money's tight, I find it hard to justify buying lots of things that only I will eat, but me being fat is not doing either of us any favours. I miss lentils!

ImSoOverIt Wed 07-May-14 18:24:27

Weasel - I basically stopped living last time because of the cost. However I have tried a variety if diets since and just continued to gain weight and ended up heavier than ever, so I had to go back.

I am hoping once I am at the ketosis/suppressed apetite stage my food intake and therefore costs will come down!

My dd would also happily eat pasta at every meal. confused

ImSoOverIt Wed 07-May-14 18:24:52

Living = lc-ing!

antimatter Wed 07-May-14 20:46:19

I just made something nice - I had it with Slim Noodles but this would be good with noodles for those who aren't carbinating.

500g economy mushrooms chopped + one full bag of bean sprouts + 3-4 tbsp of dark soy sauce + lots of fat ==>> stew for at least 15-20 min as I don't like taste of raw beansprouts

at the end I added tuna and Slim Noodles but I think anything else could be added such as courgette
very filling are those slim noodles!
I think 1 bag would do for 3 portions or even 4!

antimatter Wed 07-May-14 20:49:50

forgot to add - also used smoked tabasco and smoked salt for flavour

RubySlippers77 Wed 07-May-14 23:33:32

Hi everyone, I don't eat meat so also find low carbing tricky! Usually I don't eat much fish either, but find myself adding in smoked salmon and peppered mackerel a lot, as they're convenient and a bit tastier than Quorn. I buy lots of stuff from my local Aldi which is super cheap and good for cheese :-)

Tomorrow's lunch is mozzarella, tomato & avocado salad and I have lots of olives for snacks. We don't have a proper kitchen at the moment so omelettes and even boiling eggs is tricky, thank goodness it's summer and salads aren't a bad option.....

VanillaHoney Sun 03-Aug-14 23:47:14

Are haloumi & paneer ok on low carb diets?

Thank you

SunshineAndShadows Fri 09-Jan-15 08:25:54

Any other veggie LC-era around?
I've been using lots of halloumi (fried in butter) and paneer.
Rose Elliot's veggie low carb book suggests it and it fits the high fat/protein, LC requirements
Also lots of smoked tofu
I'm using quorn hotdogs and chicken fillets - agree they're expensive but often on offer at 3 for 2 which helps

I'm worried about dairy impeding my weightloss as I've read that it can and I'm eating lots of cheese and full fat yoghurt!

I'd love to head what the daily diets are for other veggie LC-ers!

BeyondDoesBootcamp Fri 09-Jan-15 15:23:04

I'm not veggie, but v interested to know how to lc when i stay at my sisters meat free house (sister is actually a great big carnivore, but her dh and ds are veggie)...?

BeyondDoesBootcamp Fri 09-Jan-15 15:24:33

So yeah, umm to be specific, i need ideas for (main) meals when everyone else will be having carb loaded food (i think i can cope with breakfast and lunch)

SunshineAndShadows Fri 09-Jan-15 19:58:02

'Ve been eating lots of halloumi with salad or veggies, tikka paneer, baked Camembert , tofu and quorn fake chicken and hotdogs. Also goats cheese salad, scrambled eggs with cheese, field mushrooms with Stilton, mushroom stroganoff, veg chilli and courgette 'pasta'

Itscurtainsforyou Sun 11-Jan-15 21:18:30

Hi there - I'm doing low carb (back on the wagon after Christmas) and also trying to do at least one meat-free day a week.
I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it was fabulous! But now I'm concerned that it may have too many carbs in it (via the butternut squash, cranberries, onions etc) - any thoughts?

Fab41 Mon 12-Jan-15 14:19:33

Watching this thread, as my DH has decided to join me on the low carb. Great, but he usually takes sandwiches for lunch, and bread is out! What options are there for packed lunches, mainly veggie, and low carb?!

KittyB52 Thu 15-Jan-15 21:44:32

I am not bootcamping, but I did start a low carb diet at the weekend. I am finding it a bit tricky already, as I struggle with breakfasts and lunches (although have had some yummy teas, thanks to Rose Eliot and Celia Brooks Brown books). I had hard boiled eggs mashed with butter for breakfast, but I don't get hungry until mid morning and that delicious concoction is too stinky to eat in the office kitchen. grin We are lucky enough to have a free canteen at work, but the salad bar doesn't have a lot of low carb options for veggies, so I have been having salad (which I don't enjoy at the best of times) with grated cheese. Woop. hmm

I am going to experiment further with cauliflower rice and see if I can make something like this, which might work for packed lunches:

RubySlippers77 Sun 18-Jan-15 22:50:39

Hi all, I'm low carbing as well - I'd like to lose a stone or so, but also heard that high protein diets can help with IVF, which we're about to start! - but am finding it tough as a veggie. I've just got the Rose Eliot book and ordered the Celia Brooks Brown one which hopefully will help, and Sunshine, cracking idea about the baked Camembert :-)

So, for tomorrow I have:
- smoked salmon for breakfast
- halloumi and roasted veg for lunch
- olives and cherry tomatoes for snacks
- probably butternut squash with Quorn pieces in a tomato sauce for dinner.

Off to look at the recipes threads (and re-check the rules!) for now…..

ChippingInLatteLover Mon 19-Jan-15 10:22:55

Ruby. I don't know if you know or not, but Butternut squash is VERY carby. It's around 10g perv 100, whereas courgettes are about. 1.8 per 100g.

I'm veggie and I don't eat eggs. I love the concept of low carbing, I lost a lot of weight doing it, my blood pressure and cholesterol,were lower (however, I don't think cholesterol matters one bit) and my hba1c for diabetes was back to normal without meds.

However, I have to admit I find it very very difficult, especially out. At home it's ok, but a bit monotonous...but I hate cooking, so that doesn't help.

This time I'm trying to find some good blogs etc, so it would be great if anyone finds any, to link them here smile

ChippingInLatteLover Mon 19-Jan-15 10:24:48

Ruby. I presume you've got your kitchen back now smile

I presume you don't call yourself veggie if you eat fish?

RubySlippers77 Sun 25-Jan-15 19:11:59

Hi Chipping - sorry for the delayed reply - it's been a busy week with the IVF and we also had a family bereavement, which has thrown things out a lot :-(

I eat fish more for health reasons (it's highly recommended during IVF) than enjoyment, personally I could take it or leave it, but it's a handy way of getting lots of protein. Even then I can only do plain fish (cod, tuna, etc), can't stand shellfish, prawns, crab etc.

I like eggs but not in large quantities, again a shame as they're recommended too! Thank you for the butternut squash tip, OH enjoyed his dinner instead grin

Off to make some veggie-based lunches for the week - using up the contents of the fridge and freezer until payday…..!

ChippingInLatteLover Mon 26-Jan-15 01:08:48

Ruby. Sorry to hear about your bereavement sadflowers

Fingers crossed for the IVF. It's a tough thing to get through, but hopefully with good results.

Doing BOOTCAMP might help you in another way too. You have to be quite ficussed and prepared, organised, careful...all gives your brain something else to think about!

Have you read John Briffa - escape the diet trap? It's cheap on ebay or free at the library of course! It's easy to read & interesting. It explains how/why lc works & he does a lot of 'myth busting'.

RubySlippers77 Mon 26-Jan-15 22:09:53

Thanks Chipping. You're right about being organised, OH and I have just been to buy a mini fridge to take my medication with us on Thursday, when we travel to the funeral! It does say in the instructions that it's not suitable for medication but TBH I think that's more to cover themselves….. we don't have much choice anyway, I'll make sure it's cold before we set off, and there's snow predicted for the journey so it won't exactly be toasty out :-(

I'll give the Diet Trap a try - the Harcombe Diet book made a lot of sense - and I do feel better when I eat more protein and less carbs, but I really find it difficult to stick to when out and about. Not many veggie choices in most places!

ChippingInLatteLover Wed 28-Jan-15 07:20:39

Those fridges can be unreliable, but you know, it's not like there are a million other choices is it? Mind you, the weather as it is, it would probably be cold enough in the boot!

No, not many vegetarian choices. All you can do is your best. I found being a hermit helped grin. I'm meeting a friend at lunchtime on Friday, at a 'cafe'. I'll eat before I go and have a coffee. She'll moan, but get over it. Of I tell her beforehand that I'm back low carbing she'll only moan between now & then as well. Well have her two feral children with us, so a cafe is safest!!

I hope the funeral goes as well as can be hoped for x

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Wed 28-Jan-15 16:10:14


Any good veggie ideas? I had zero noodles with tomato sauce (high ish carbs at 10g in the sauce) and olives with grated cheese, almost like pasta, but not quite! And bloody pricy.
Total yoghurt is also steep, the lidl one isn't quite as low as total but half the price so am going to get some of that at the weekend.
Mashed cauliflower with Boursin is nice, and I made a lovely soup with mushroom, leek, celery and cauliflower with a bit of Greek yoghurt. Made one last night with broccoli and cauliflower that made me feel like boaking so that was less good.

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