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1/24/08 9:09 P

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I have never tried those 100 calorie snacks. Any processed foods just make me grouchy and irritable and hungry all day and I never eat healthy stuff afterwards. It's always junk food. I haven't taken the quiz yet but I know I crave carbs. One candy bar or a bag of chips without something healthy to go with it is all she wrote.

Had a period of 3-4 months when I first started vege (getting back into it after 4 years) when I did the "potato chips and candy bars are vegetarian, I can eat those" mentality. I suffered for it weight wise, but now I want healthy stuff. Love fruit, just can never buy enough of it. Oranges are the fruit of choice in the house right now.

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1/22/08 12:00 P

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Eddamame is fresh soy beans. And you eat them with Salt like Popcorn (at least that's what the Japanese do.. ) I get mine at the whole foods because for that they are cheaper (I get the 365 brand) you boil them like on the package directions. strain the water out and rince in cold water so you don't burn your fingers. Salt and eat.

Warning to people with thyroid problems. Soy, does mess with you levels. I only have soy for dinner and take my pill in the a.m. If you have hyper-thyroid I'd eat them 3 times a day!




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1/22/08 11:58 A

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Im allergic to soy so probably not.

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1/22/08 11:36 A

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Edamame are big soy beans. Can you tolerate soy?
If you can, Edamame can be found dried/roasted like nuts as well as canned for use in salads, etc - and there are even Edamame salads at the store. They are a good source of protein and really fill you up.
As with anything, I eat soy products in moderation as was discussed earlier in this thread. And don't forget that cereals - hot or cold - aren't just for breakfast! Kashi, Nature's Path and Bob's Red Mill make some absolutely wonderful cereals. I like mixing the cold ones - a bit of Kashi Go Lean, Nature's Path Rebound, etc, etc - in a big rubbermaid container and having a bowl when I'm hungry. I also love John McCann's Irish Oatmeal. I cook up a big batch, refrigerate it and when I'm famished, I'll heat up a bowl full, sprinkle on some cinnamon and a bit of almond milk and have myself a filling, high fibre snack. Same with Bob's Red Mill Wheatless 8-Grain or 10-grain cereals. Why relegate these super healthy, whole grain cereals to breakfast??? Just make sure to read the labels, as some are high in calories and/or fat, etc.

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1/22/08 11:21 A

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Girl i dont know what Edamame is!?

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1/22/08 11:04 A

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How about veggies with Hummus? A good Hummus recipe can be your very best friend! Hummus is great to use on sandwiches and wraps, instead of mayo. It's great as a dip for baked tortilla chips.
And as a dip or topping for raw veggies, it is divine! You could also make your own healthy, low-fat, whole grain snack bars with flaxseeds and hempseeds, etc for added fibre to fill you up. Fibre is a great way to fill up without filling out.
And there are all sorts of great non-dairy yogurts out there to make a dip for fruit with. It's tough when you can't eat nuts, as they're a staple in my diet. But, there are so very many foods out there.
Check the Spark recipes for tons of ideas. Can you eat Edamame?

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1/22/08 7:20 A

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Stay away from the 100 calorie snack packs. You really have no clue what goes into those - or any packaged food for that matter. You've been given a lot of good advice about fruit as a healthy carb - choose the ones you're able to eat and don't worry about the rest. Sprouted lentils and grains are very filling and not so high calorie. Beans and legumes supply protein and carbs and also fill you up for a long time.

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1/22/08 12:07 A

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Im not sure, i just know that we are the only species that continues to drink milk and eat other dairy by-products from animals and if you think about it, it's sort of gross. Cheese is addicting but there are some delicious subs. Im allergic to soy so i eat rice cheese and rice milk. You can check more soy/rice products out at your local health food store!

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1/21/08 11:51 P

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I just started eliminating meat from my diet, but now I'm craving more cheese. Is the cause of this cheese craving similar to the carb craving thing?

 
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1/21/08 10:50 P

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Thanks for the info guys. As far as osteoporosis, too much or not enough of anything regardless of the lifestyle whether it be SAD, veg, vegn, or raw can have negative effects on the body. Supplements are always an option though.

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1/21/08 6:52 P

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I would try to steer clear of the 100 cal packs as they basically do nothing for you nutritionally. If you can't eat raw nuts, can you do veggies with peanut butter? Another trick I've learned recently is that spicy food kills cravings. I am in love with curry right now and like it with garbanzos and lentils. You can eat about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of that (i.e. channa masala) for about 100 calories....

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1/21/08 6:23 P

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I would recommend caution, because there have been reports of people on an all raw diet are at high risk for osteoporosis. Also, people who are nursing are not recommend to have an all raw diet. There are some other precautions too. Here are some reports on it:

www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/gu
ide/20061
101/more-osteoporosis-seen-wi
th-ra
w-foods-diet


altmedicine.about.com/od/popu
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diets/a/Raw_Food.htm?p=1


health.dailynewscentral.com/c
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1/21/08 6:05 P

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[I don't have any of the problems I used to have ie. headaches, heartburn, cramping, moodiness, etc.]
Well i cant wait till i can say the same!

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JAT1986, Not crazy at all! I know exactly what you go through.
There are a lot of foods I cannot have or can tolerate very little of due to an allergy. I eat better now than I ever have though and my body is even more sensitive to it and to the junk foods. I wouldn't go back though. I don't have any of the problems I used to have ie. headaches, heartburn, cramping, moodiness, etc. It's been well worth the efforts.

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1/21/08 5:27 P

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I totally know what you mean, Titalady! If I can stay away from processed snacks I don't fall victim to those cravings. I love nuts for a snack and have taken to buying those little snack-sized ziplock bags and putting a single serving of my favourite nuts in each - 18 cashews, 24 almonds....that way I know I'm not eating way too many nuts. I also love popped corn. I buy the organic kernels and pop them in coconut oil on a pot on the stovetop. That way there's only 1 - 2 Tbsp. of a good fat, and some salt and/or herbs - no extra butter is needed. I stay away from the microwave popcorn, as it just makes me crave more junk like chips. Carrot sticks are another favourite snack, as are fresh apples, pears, and nectarines. I also love homemade flaxseed/hempseed bars - not very sweet at all, not processed to death, full of fibre and Omega 3's and very filling. I also love eating a grapefruit as I would an orange. Or another fave is a bowl of oatmeal with lots of cinnamon. If I can stick with these kinds of healthy, unprocessed carbs, I generally feel satisfied and don't crave more (or worse) carbs. If I succumb to the 'easy' route and buy some low-cal, 'diet' snacks like brownies or bars or what have you, I can easily eat the entire package in one sitting - and still crave more! The longer I can resist and replace these convenience snacks with healthy, unprocessed ones, the easier it gets. It's kinda like flying, I imagine - it's really hard at first, but the higher you go, the smaller the earth beneath you gets until you no longer see it or think about it. So, soar above the temptation until you can look down and not see those things any longer!

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* Waist - 33"
* Hips - 40.5"
* L.Thigh - 23"
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1/21/08 5:25 P

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fruit is the BEST carb. And you stay full after and it's low call and NO fat. What's wrong with switching to some nice cherries or strawberries or A banana. Fruit KILLS the craving. The regulars carbs just exacerbate!




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Im allergic to all raw nuts. I can have some fruits but not many. The fruits i can eat are bananas, berries, grapes, melons sometimes, but no apples, pears, plums, etc. Its strange but i can only eat certain fruits in certain forms like i cant eat apples but can eat applesauce. Cant eat fresh pears but can eat canned. Crazy huh, i just think my body needs a cleansing.

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I've never eaten the 100 cal. snacks, but it's been my experience that the unhealthy foods make you crave more unhealthy foods. They also create a false hunger, thereby making one eat even more. It's a vicious cycle. Healthy foods fill the true hunger and leave you full longer. As I'm sure you already know this, since you've mentioned being vegan and trying raw. Try to avoid any processed stuff. Good luck.

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hey lady, here's what I found. The more processed foods I eat, the more I crave. So in the past when I have tried those 100 cal snacks and little cakes they make me practically into some crazed beast! I can't stop eating them! I've been raw before and NEVER had cravings at all. I am trying to get back to that state of eating but it's tough. I feel that when I eat a diet of foods in their natural state I'm less likely to become possessed by the food demons!
Have you tried snacks made of whole foods? Like nuts (high in calories but super satisfying) or fresh fruit? Good luck to you, hang in there!

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1/21/08 4:40 P

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Just took one of the spark quizzes and my results said i was a carb craver which is totally true. For a long time i have been craving sweets and salty foods and not many healthy foods. It seems like if i have something sweet earlier in the day i want something salty later in the day vice versa. I could start out good for about 1/2 a day then my cravings hit me in the afternoon. I tried buying 100 cal snacks and the weight watchers debbie cakes but i overeat those too. Does anyone have any advice on how i can kick my cravings? I read "12 steps to raw foods" a while back when i was faithfully vegan and trying raw. (this was also before i gained the 40+ pounds i lost) and it explained alot about cooked food addictions and how overeaters should try that type of lifestyle to cure it. Like i said, any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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