If the thought of carrots are making you gag because they are a high volume food and are really filling, I can relate.
I have to WORK to eat all my calories just to get to the lower end of my calorie range, it's hard because it's a lot of food and it's filling, plus I have to be careful not to OD on fiber (my body doesn't do good on a lot of fiber).
Nuts are a great way to get extra calories with little volume. Sunflower seeds (unsalted), too. Greek yogurt works good for me, too. Oh, and I find I can stand to eat more in the morning before I get really stuffed from my veggie snacks & higher fiber lunch. I've started adding a 275 calorie smoothie to my regular breakfast and it seems to really be helping.
I think I understand where you're coming from. Over a year later, I still have days where the idea of eating healthy food over the salty/sweet/whatever stuff I'm really craving just makes me want to scream. There are workarounds, though! Figure out what you like, and go with it. If I have to have salty, I'll do something like tofu in lite soy sauce. If the volume of food is tripping you up, you can try substituting some higher calorie options, like peanuts.
I agree with everyone else, don't eat carrots, or whatever other veggie/fruit you don't like. It all can be switched out with another option like cucumbers, pepper strips, sugar snap peas, etc. If you eat foods you don't like it will feel like you are punishing yourself, being overly restrictive, and be really difficult to maintain.
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My suggestion is to use the calorie range that SP has set - it may be that you need to start a bit higher and work down rather than take a sudden drop in calories.
Secondly if you don't like a food, why would you eat it? I eat a myriad of fruit and veges - and firmly believe in eating a couple rainbows a day :-) I just choose whatever I want out of those colours. My 17yr old grandson doesn't like carrot unless it is raw. I often give him orange capsicum, or make a coleslaw with the carrot grated in, and some finely chopped red capsicum, too. If I make a casserole I puree the carrot (even for a pizza) and add tomato paste to the mix as well.
Finally, just as SP recommends baby steps, I would also recommend using baby steps with your nutrition. Sudden changes to WHAT you eat could set you up for falling off the wagon. You need to enjoy your food (just not too much - LOL!) and you need to eat sensibly. By eating carrots when you don't like them puts what you are doing into the 'diet' mentality. Diets don't work. People feel really restricted and/or get very bored, so fall off the wagon - a lot don't pick themselves up after :-(
The first question...what is your calorie range?? SP Dietitian Becky
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There is nothing that says you have to eat carrots or any other food that makes you want to gag. If you don't eat foods that are appealing you aren't going to succeed. It's not a diet but a lifestyle change.
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