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6/28/10 1:43 P

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I know I am a bit late to respond to this, but I would also keep in mind that good fats are REALLY important. Almost every time I feel particularly hungry or like I can't get full, I notice that my fat intake is super low.

Nuts, olive oil, peanut butter or other nut butters are great fats to have. One of my favorite snack/midday meals to have is a bowl of blueberries and strawberries with 1/8-1/4c of walnut halves and a lite raspberry vinaigrette or soy yogurt.

As others have said, grains are also important to get. Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat tortilla, etc.

Good luck and I hope you have found a balance of foods that work for you!

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6/22/10 3:58 P

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I looked at your tracker and you're getting very, very few calories. Yes, most days you're at your 1200 minimum, but for starters that might just be too low for you.

Also things like potato chips aren't going to fill you up - and even might make you more hungry.

You also have very little in the way of veggies (almost none), and I don't see a leafy green at all.

The things like cheese blintzes are very high calorie, and very low nutrition - not very filling.

Making a few changes like that could make a great deal of difference.


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6/14/10 3:59 P

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The Vegan Table is my cooking bible....

I really want to try that Engine 2 Diet! :)

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Yeah SP's protein counter is freaking BOGUS!

Perhaps we should start a thread on that...

What does a typical meal for you look like, PMWIGGI?

Do you have any cookbooks to go crazy with? I find it always fun and satisfying... but I guess that only works if a person likes to cook. :)

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6/13/10 11:00 P

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Thanks everybody!

Don't change our worries to your body. The burden soon becomes heavy and your health will give too much of itself to pick up the extra load. (Astrid Alauda)


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6/13/10 10:34 P

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When I became vegan I gave away so much food. I had many cans of cream of mushroom and chicken soup and boxes of Mac and cheese. I felt bad that I was not eating this food when we were on such a strict budget, but I gave the food to folks who really needed it so it was okay.


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6/13/10 10:12 P

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Quinoa is quite bland, but takes on the flavor of the other things in your dish. It's simple and quick to cook. Use 2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa. Bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and bring it back to a boil. Then cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Be careful not to let it burn. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. That's all.

Barley is a very easy grain to cook. I'll cook a lot of good stir fry type veggies (but without oil) with a little extra water and then at the end toss in a bit of barley (just toss it in dry, uncooked). It cooks very quickly and can make a soup more like a stew, or make a wet stir fry like a casserole.

Don't forget about sweet potatoes and yams. Full of nutrition and filling. You can just microwave them.

A great snack is air popped popcorn. I spray it with Bragg's Liquid Aminos (you will find it in the soy sauce section at the health food store and some regular groceries), then shake on nutritional yeast and maybe some other spices.

I usually make up my recipes, but good vegan cookbooks I know: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr, M.D., and the Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn both have extensive recipe sections. I love those. There's "Vegan with a Vengeance" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I know other people will be able to offer other good suggestions.

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6/13/10 5:13 P

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Thanks! Yes, I was going by the SP protein tracker. I think I might have even been convincing myself I was hungry because it was saying I wasn't getting enough protein (power of suggestion and a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous-LOL). I love rice and have been trying to finish off some white rice I've had in the house for a long time. I hate to throw it out but I think I'm going to give it away. I love brown rice so that won't be hard to incorporate. As for the other grains, I'll definately have to get a good cookbook because I don't know how to prepare them. I love trying new stuff so that shouldn't be hard for me.

Do you have any suggestions for a good cookbook?

I'm so glad to get both of your advice. It helped me calm down a little and rethink what I'm doing. Since I don't have any choice about being vegan, I think I better learn how to do it well! LOL

Thanks for the great advice.

P.S. What does Quinoa taste like? It's the rage here in Wisconsin. I don't know how to fix it but I think I can get something off the internet.

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6/13/10 3:51 A

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Do you eat whole grains? Barley, brown rice, whole grain breads and pastas, quinoa, etc. Adding them can add lots of variety to your diet. Find a good vegan cookbook or two and try new recipes so you're not so bored. It's easy to get into a rut with food unless you make a point to try new things. There are so many good vegan foods, you never have to be hungry or bored. I concur with what IMVEGAN says.

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6/12/10 11:41 P

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What do you mean you don't get enough protein. Please don't go by sparks numbers on protein. That number is meant for meat eaters. People do not need that much protein. I changed my protein numbers on the tracker to a max of 50 grams a day. I am not hungry because I eat when I am hungry. If you are hungry all of the time your body is telling you that you need more nutrients. Eat more vegetables. My meals consist of 75% vegetables and a split between beans/tofu and grains for the rest of the 25%. I only eat tofu about 3 times a month. I eat a meat substitute about 2 times a month. I do eat a fair amount of beans. But some days I eat none of those. Vegetables have protein in them. A good meal is a veggie laden tomato sauce (carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, peas) over whole wheat noodles.
That is a complete meal with plenty of protein and very filling even when the pasta is just one small serving. I eat that with a big salad. It is very nutrient dense compared to the calories yet keeps you from being hungry again for hours. That being said if I do get hungry again soon I will happily eat something. (A big bowl of vegetable soup that I always keep in my fridge, a salad, a smoothie made with just frozen fruit and a touch of almond milk.)

Eat more veggies when you are hungry. You never have to deprive yourself. Your body is telling you that you need nutrition. (If you felt short of breath would you deprive yourself of air?)

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6/12/10 11:13 P

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I went vegan about 2 years ago due to health reasons. Lately, I have been struggling. I eat lots of tofu and soy products. I eat beans. I eat fruit. I eat veggies.

I'm always hungry! I've been tracking and I know I don't get enough protein but I don't know what to do about it. I eat enough calories (most days) but I crave meat and cheese.

I have to admit I cheat sometimes. I get so hungry I can't stand it. But I always get violently ill! That's why I had to go vegan in the first place.

What can I do? I don't want to be sick but I also don't want to be hungry. I feel trapped. I eat the things I like. I guess it's not enough. I don't think I can stand to eat any more tofu, soy, or beans. In fact, I'm quite sick of eating the stuff I eat.

Any tips?

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