Can anyone help me, a vegetarian, GAIN WEIGHT!?

Canada
April 6, 2009 9:33am CST
i'm 31, 5'8, and maybe 103 pounds i'm seeing if anyone here knows of any good methods of GAINING weight while being vegetarian. i havn't eaten meat in like 5 years, and don't wish to start either. i am VERY active, with 2 young children. i do a lot of walking, heck i'm ALWAYS on my feet lol. i will be consulting doctors soon, but until then, here i am. i think i'm too active for the amount of calories i am consuming a day. and i dont really eat fatening things. should i just start stuffin my face with cakes/cookies? lol my main diet consists of eggs/veggies/fruit with caramel dip mmm/peanut butter/seeds/nuts
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
6 Apr 09
There are actually overweight vegetarians. In any case you need to add protein and starches to your diet. There are excellent soy bean products, like ground soy which I use for chili and vegetarian lasagna. There are also delicious concoctions made with phylo dough and stuffed with spinach and cottage cheese. There are pirogies stuffed with potatoes, cheese, mushrooms or sauerkraut, eaten with fried onions and dollops of sour cream. There are cream soups made with fresh cream, mushrooms or celery. There are vegetarian pies with layers of cornmeal mush (polenta) beans, spinach and kernel corn, onions, shredded mozzarella, topped with a crust of polenta and baked in the oven. There are lentil soups and lentil meat loaf. There are egg custards, like sabayon and creme brule to die for (my mouth is watering) and of course any kind of cheese cake that adds calories and also nutrition. I agree you could do with a few more pounds on you.
• United States
12 Apr 09
I say you have consistent salads with avocado, or try gaucomole and lots of good extra virgin olive oil. Raw nuts I have read are a big hit among raw food lovers for keeping on the pounds and stabilizing weight. I know they make almond butter, soy butters, etc.
@kprofgames (3099)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I agree with the first poster. I think you need more protien and beans is an excellent source of that. Eggs and peanut butter are sources of protien too, but eggs don't stay with you enough. It's about like eating rice. Do you eat any carbs? I didn't see bread or rice mentioned. Potatoes are a good source too. If you are active, I think carbs are important. Not that you should stuff your face with them, but they need to be present in your meals too, especially your noon meal. To be honest, if this is a concern then do call your doctor. See if he can set up you with a dietitian to go over more opions for you.
• Canada
6 Apr 09
i do eat whole wheat brown breads daily usually my mornin meal with peanut butter/bananas i think i AM lacking in the carb department, thank you!!!!!!! and beans? don't do much of them either..i have my lentil soup every now n then though. i did make an appointment for tomorrow to see my doc who'll hopefully get me a dietician..if i can get someone to write down a daily meal plan for me that would work for me, i'd be so happy..because along with being vegetarian, i'm also lactose intolerant, and have a hiatal hernia..meaning a LOT can set off my stomach :( fun fun lol
• United States
15 Apr 09
Your diet sounds similar to how I eat anymore. I can't eat dairy too much though because it makes me sick. I eat tofu cheese and veggies,fruit,beans,peanut butter,honey and whole grain foods. I do eat meat still but very little and when I do it's mostly fish and sometimes chicken and turkey. It's rare that I eat beef..I have a strange diet but I have to otherwise I get sick if I eat things I'm not suppose to eat. If you want to gain some weight eat doughnuts like crazy..LOL.. those are the most fating things any human can eat, or you can eat a lot of protein and start some type of weigh lifting ( a weight lifting program for women) not only will you gain some healthy weight but you will probably feel great. Just don't do it to where you lose your feminine shape..
• United States
14 Apr 09
Where I live, we eat a lot of mexican food. You can have enchiladas which are fried corn tortillas with refried beans and cheese. You layer the tortillas flat with the beans in between each tortilla. Top the whole thing with shredded cheddar or mozarella cheese and red or green chile if you like. Then put an over easy fried egg on top. Yum! You will get fat with those. It is probably harder to get good tortillas and chile where you live, but it is so good. Bean burritos are good too, and stuffed chiles (rellenos). Fried ice cream, flan. Tacos with beans and avocado.
• India
6 Apr 09
You can gain weight still being a vegetarian and you don't need to go for cake and all junk foods. Just start your day with breakfast of banana and milk. Be regular with your diet plan and include a little of soyabean in it.
• United States
6 Apr 09
a friend of mine swears by hummus. supposed to be pretty good for you,and no meat as far as i know. she eats a lot of bean meals as well,such as 3 bean salad.