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KKLENNERT809 Posts: 7,629
9/28/13 12:43 P

As a vegetarian, just make sure that you eat a well balanced diet including some form of protein and fats

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
9/27/13 7:16 P

O, silly me, I didn't realize you were vegetarian. This makes so much more sense now.
Let me alter my suggestions then =): how about adding more nuts and nut butters, tofu, avocados, etc?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,614
9/26/13 8:43 P

I understand your past history with obsession and tracking---but I think you need to track from a nutritional standpoint for 1 week.

While I doubt that the fruits/veggies are an issue---you do need to see if you need to increase protein and fat. You may quickly learn exactly "how much" of these type foods to add daily to meals and snacks to be back to a healthy range. Then stop tracking and just assure yourself that you will have a 3 ounce piece of meat with lunch and dinner (or whatever is shown that you need to change).

Becky
Your SP Registered Dietitian

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,512
9/26/13 8:37 P

vegetarians don't eat animal protein and they seem to do fine so I think it's okay as long as you're meeting your macro nutrient goals

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (108,576)
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9/26/13 8:23 P

I eat a lot of fruit and veggies myself, which makes it extremely hard for me to get the much need protein. I am an a vegetarian, but I do not eat very much meat or dairy. I do love carbs such as popcorn and bread.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
9/26/13 8:19 P

It's great you eat so much produce! I'd say add in protein, like chicken, fish, beef, pork, eggs.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (3,758)
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9/26/13 7:48 P

It's hard to argue that anyone is eating too much of fruits and vegetables, but you do appear to be very low on fat, and maybe also on protein, depending on just how much and how often you're eating things like yogurt, chicken and tuna. Neither chicken nor tuna has a whole lot of fat to begin with as used by most people who are "eating healthy", and it doesn't sound like you're eating a whole lot of it by the way you write.

It's hard to tell, though. You might want to give more details on the total amount of everything (if you know it) or at least work it out for yourself and compare it to guidelines for healthy eating. Eating very little fat -- if in fact you are -- isnt' necessarily good for health.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (6,866)
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9/26/13 6:10 P

I hope you stick with the unlimited veggies, protein, and limited fruits. I encourage you to add healthy fats in there as well. If you aren't getting 3 servings fatty fish per week, I also encourage an omega 3 supplement.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,903
9/26/13 5:46 P

do you have a friend who would track for you if you weighed and measured everything out? i am not talking everyday, i am just talking once or twice to get an idea of what you are eating. because lots of [and mostly] fruit and veggies is one of those things that can be a very healthy, balanced diet or it can also be way too little and not good for you or way too much for you. and you can't know that without quantifying what it is that you are eating.
the only other thing that i can think of is to look at a breakdown of how many servings of food you should be eating [2-3 protein, 2-3 dairy, 3-5 fruits, 3-5 veg, 6-11 grains from the old pyramid or a vegetarian or diabetic pyramid or whatever you decide is a healthy, balanced diet] and just tick off by each item as you eat. so if you had a medium apple and an ounce of cheese you would mark off a fruit and a dairy from your list. if you had 3 oz of baby carrots you would mark off a veg from your list. if you only had half a cup of lettuce you would mark off half a veg from your list. so if you were marking off all the servings you needed you would likely be getting enough of what you need.

COWGIRLHEALTHY SparkPoints: (690)
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9/26/13 5:38 P

I went through an obsessive phase with counting that almost had me starving myself for results. I have finally broken free of this death clutch of numbers and have found peace in feeding myself when im hungry what im hungry for. I dont use numbers instead just healthy choices. Its too easy for me to go overboard with numbers

EXOTEC Posts: 3,220
9/26/13 5:24 P

Lots of non-starchy veggies are great. You can't overdo that. Fruits... well. They're full of sugar, and while they're good, you shouldn't be subsisting on a big quantity of them in your nutritional profile. All that no fat low fat reduced fat stuff is terrible for you though. Just eat REAL food. Whole foods. Good fats (yes, saturated *animal* fats). Don't skimp on your protein. If you're crunched for time, make a big bunch of hard-boiled eggs to take along as snacks.

I second the advice about the Tracker. Asking us is just an exercise. We can't see your food entries. Do you? do you track them? It's one of the most valuable tools SP has to offer. Don't ignore it!

NIRERIN Posts: 11,903
9/26/13 5:16 P

track it and that will tell you the answer. because we don't know if your go to grabs are celery and grapefruit or beans, nuts, and broccoli. if it's the former then you might not be getting enough calories and nutrients. if it's the latter you may be. but you can't know unless you track it because the generic what you do covers so much more than what you are actually doing. so track what you do and the numbers will tell you if you are where you need to be or not.

COWGIRLHEALTHY SparkPoints: (690)
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9/26/13 5:11 P

So since moving away from home to college i worried about maintaining my massive weight loss (about 100 pounds in a year). I slowly fell in the pattern of eating a diet consisting mainly of fruits and veggies, is this healthy? I have a bad habit of drinking a couple diet sodas a day and as a college student with less sleep than id like i need the caffine and coffee upsets my stomach. i use fat free cottage cheese, light string cheese, tuna, chicken breasts, and pure protein bars to get protein in my diet but mainly whenever im hungry i reach for fruits or veggies, this leads to me eating almost all day long to get enough calories in but overall is this ok health wise? i still munch on 100 calorie bags of popcorn, single servings of some dry cereals, the ocassaional yogurt, fat free pretzels, and my favorite pb2 and jelly on 12 grain toast.

Edited by: COWGIRLHEALTHY at: 9/26/2013 (17:12)
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