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"I'm vegetarian/lactose intolerant/on a gluten-free diet. Can this diet work for me?"
We recommend you follow the diet as closely as possible, but substitutes for certain foods are an option. For instance, if you're a vegetarian, you can get protein from beans, tofu, or similar. If you eat fish, salmon and shrimp are great sources of protein.
Most of the meals on the diet (and most of the fat releasing foods) are already gluten-free. For those that aren't, you can just substitute any gluten-free equivalents for the gluten-containing ingredients.
If you're lactose intolerant, sub milk with lactose-free milk. You can substitute coconut milk, soy milk, or almond or other nut milks for milk in the shakes and snacks.
Similarly, you can substitute yogurt made from coconut milk, soy milk, or almond milk.
You can substitute soy cheese for any cheeses or just leave out any recipes that call for cheese (just sub in an alternate recipe from the same phase).
And be sure to load up on other calcium-rich foods such as almonds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, bok choy, broccoli, kale, spinach and other dark greens (like collard, turnip, dandelion, and turnip), and watercress.Some
people with lactose intolerance issues are able to eat yogurt.
Overall: Be sure to consult your doctor or a nutritionist about specific concerns. With the variety of food in this plan, it's easy to avoid certain foods that don't work with your diet.
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