I've been vegetarian (ovo-lacto) for about a year and a half. I think my diet is okay but there is definitely room for improvement. I am by no means fat but I think i've been putting on a little weight recently (not all of it muscle). At the moment I have a very active physical job working in a factory , I burn a lot of calories and use a lot of muscles in both my lower and upper body, there's a lot of very heavy lifting and pulling involved. I'd like to modfy my vegetarian diet so I put on more muscle and less fat. At weekends i'm very lazy with food and will eat pizzas and vegetarian chinese/thai/indian takeaways, and I do like my chocolate a bit too much at the moment too! So I think i'd like to be able to learn how to make decent vegetarian snack food especially so I cut out the processed junk (crisps) and chocolate. I'm quite a good cook but with my job i'm feeling too exhausted to spend loads of time cooking a decent dinner. I'd also like to try some of the detox diets on offer. On weekdays I generally eat: Breakfast: Toast with chickpea pate or mushroom pate. Lunch: Egg and mayoniase sandwhiches (homemade and free range) and 4 wraps with rocket, lettuce, kidney beans in a mild chilli sauce. Afternoon snack: Pasta with green and black olives, tomatos, cucumber, in a sauce like pesto. Sometimes also a chocolate bar and/or paket of crisps. Dinner: Really can be anything (from nutroast to mushroom rissoto). But usually includes 3 portions of vegetables. Often includes potato, mashed or boiled. Pudding: Usually don't bother, but sometimes have a cake or chocolate. Supper: Again usually don't bother but if I do i'll just have something very light like a banana or some toast. My overall health condition: I'm over 11 and a half stone, my height is 5'10. Generally feel quite healthy and fit. But there are a few health problems: One underlying medical problem is tinnitus in my left ear. This is made worse with stress or tiredness or with stimulants like caffiene (Only caffiene I now drink is from green tea). Generally it's a well managed condition though. Buddhist meditation has had the advanatge of helping with the stress and thus the tinnitus. Another problem I have is poor circulation. I feel the cold very easily (my sister is the same so I assume it's genetic) and this doesn't help with my joints (family has history of both the forms of arthritus). In conclusion recently i've really started listening to and being in tune with my body a lot more and I do value my health a lot more than I used to as a result.