Funny you mention that! I have reserved a copy of Eat to Live at my Library. I love beans and yes I know they are starchy, however, they are also an excellent source of protein. Frankly, I'd prefer to get more of my protein from beans and nuts than tofu/soy/mock meats. :)
My understanding is Fuhrman allows a limited amount of fat as well? I had also looked at McDougal's plan, but then realized he's more pro-starch and no fat...
Amanda, I know you want to limit grains, but where do you stand on legumes? The Eat to Live plan includes just one grain serving daily, but encourages a cup or more of beans, etc. So if you are only going to restrict the former, you might want to check this one out. (It's available pretty cheap on Amazon.)
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I believe the message from the jocks is to have carbs in the am, not the pm. Oatmeal for breakfast works!
P.S. When I visit my folks, we have different hot grain mixtures for breakfast everyday. I thin mine way out, making a hot soupy mess with a nut milk. I add lots of nuts, seeds, coconut, hemp, a bit of fruit & raisins, ... Very little grain and lots of other stuff is the idea.
Edited by: PETALIA at: 9/26/2012 (10:09)
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Thank you Petalia! This is very helpful! Perhaps the hardest place for me to cut my carbs down is breakfast. I like my oats, and I don't think I'll get rid of that. Especially in the winter! Although I have a friend who is vegan and she eats a half avocado and handful of nuts each morning and swears by that. She's rather trim too.
I honestly don't think I'll be indulging in brown rice, quinoa or whole wheat pasta often.
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I was raised on a plant-based, complex-carbohydrate oriented diet. Some years ago I made some major shifts in my eating which my body seems to like more. I still eat a plant-based diet but with a fat/protein inclination rather than a carb/sugar one. I still get plenty of carbs mostly via fresh vegetables. I hardly ever eat grains (Too much fossil fuel used in grain production anyway). I keep an eye on my fructose consumption. Legumes also have lots of carbs. Alas. I eat lots of dark leafy greens, fresh and raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, coconut and olive oils, fermented soy foodstuffs, spirulina, hemp seeds and powder, chia seeds, flax seeds.... I sure don't have things figured out. I eat protein powder and homemade protein bars, too. But, I've been feeling healthier and stronger than I ever have before. For a plant eater, I guess my carb consumption is kinda low. According to SP, I fit into my allotment. I suppose that means that for an omnivore, I'm not eating low carb.
Edited by: PETALIA at: 9/26/2012 (06:36)
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Anyway, I was referring to complex carbs. I seldom eat processed foods. I lost over 150lbs eating a healthy diet. Life happens and so does age and I gained about 40 back. My body could metabolize complex carbs much better in my late 20s-30s.
Sorry, I can't help you. I eat tons of veggies, fruits, whole grain and legume carbs every day. That is what I attribute my successful weight loss and finally reaching and maintaining my goal weight to. I don't eat processed white junk food carbs at all if that is what you mean by carbs
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I have decided that once I finish off the meat in my freezer (don't want to waste it). That I will be going back to being veggie. While I don't plan to eat a lot of dairy or egg, I don't plan to have it as a staple.
My other issue is carbs. As I have become older, I just can't handle carbs as much. So I plan to only have either a portion of oats or another grain/day. Obviously this limits my options, so I wanted to ask, are there any veggies/vegans out there that practice a lower carb lifestyle? Any advice?
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