I make two meals a day nearly all vegetables, then I don't need to "fill up" on soup or salad first. It's nothing for me to eat 4 cups of mixed lettuce on a plate, topped with one bag (1 lb) of cooked frozen vegetables and then top it with a dill tahini dressing - 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill.
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One recommendation that I find very useful (it came either from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine or one of the speakers at the seminars Dr. McDougall puts on) is for dinner (or whatever is your largest meal during the day) start with a serving of vegan soup (whatever you like) and then have a salad before eating the "main course" of your meal. If you do this on a pretty regular basis, it should make weight loss a lot easier. The liquid from the soup will help to fill you up, and you'll be getting healthy greens before you're too full to eat them. Good luck to you -- I'm cheering for you.
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Actually it is not essential to add smoothies or juice for nutrition. Dr. Esselstyn actually recommends that people not drink their calories but eat them because chewing them blends your saliva with the food to get all of the nutrition out of it.
If you eat a varied and colorful plant based diet with whole fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains, you do not need anything else.
Welcome to the team mammaw. I am glad you decided to join us. In my first week an even now i have found the best way to balance my vegan diet is first choisen foods i enjoy that is vegan. Every week trying somthing new an formost for balance i work around a vegan food pyramid. I have a link of one to sharw if that one doesnt help use goggle search theres dozen more pryameds to help you balance you food. www.chooseveg.com/vegan-food-pyramid .a sp
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Happy Herbivore is a cookbook author and blogger who follows a low fat vegan lifestyle like Dr. Esselstyn's. She has meal plans that you can get weekly (for a small fee.) Her books are Happy Herbivore and Everyday Happy Herbivore.
Welcome Mammaw! Eating vegan is just like eating any other way...balance. I try to shy away from processed carbs (bread, chips, pretzels etc.) that's where you get a lot of unnecessary calories. I love green smoothies for breakfast and big salads for lunch and then will do some sort of grain/veggie combo for dinner. I probably eat about 3-5 lbs of greens a week then throw in the other veggies/fruits, I'm just full of fiber. LOL
Anyway, this is a really great team that is here to help answer any questions you have. Search the previous threads too for a lot of information.
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Became interested in Vegan after reading Dr. Esselstyn "Reverse Heart Disease" Husband just had open heart surgery and I gained a ton of weight during that time. I'm 5' - 170lbs.
So glad to have discovered a Vegan team on Spark People! I started Vegan a month ago just to eat healthier and lose weight. Happy to be free of cravings but Shoulders and hips started hurting with arm and leg aches. (comes and goes) I assumed I wasn't getting enough correct nutrients but haven't found a direct/simple food plan online. Just like non-vegan dieting I want to know what to eat and how much. A vegan food plan. I suspect I'm eating too many carbs....love Hummus and Ezekiel bread and not enough vegs.
I am 72yo with obesity/craving struggles since 13yo. That means a 60 year determination to be craving free. Vegan seems to work in that respect but the subsequnt pains means I'm not doing it right. I surfed the web looking for a vegan RD/physician. No luck.
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