I haven't consumed a large amount of processed veg*n foods/ fake meats, so when I switched to eating veggie I never had that as a reference. My feeling was kinda like most junk food it is addictive and i won't explore more healthful, whole ways of eating. I started making several homemade burger recently and enjoy them a lot more than the few frozen ones I have has. Black bean burgers, mushroom and bulgur patties, those kind of things. There are literally 1000s of recipes online for these.
Pounds lost: 44.6
Fitness Minutes: (70) Posts: 1 7/21/13 1:01 P
I have been eating dairy, egg and redmeat-free for the past 2 years. My favorite book is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. She has some great recipes and meal plan. Whenever I feel myself slipping or need some new things to try I re-read the book and am always inspired by something.
Fitness Minutes: (182,881) Posts: 2,066 7/5/13 8:03 P
I like the interface of this one. When you click on one of the 30 days, the menu comes up in the left bar. Then you can go to any of the recipes. Drawback is they seem to rely a lot on processed vegan products (ok, it is called VeganEasy, maybe that's what they see easy in the convenience of faux chicken, etc.): www.veganeasy.org/30-Day-Menu How are you getting on CaityJane?
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (300) Posts: 131 7/2/13 4:14 A
Thanks! After you pointed that out, I'm now starting my day with a smoothie instead - unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup raspberries/blueberries, handful of spinach, half an avocado, chia seeds, and a tsp of agave to sweeten it up.
The only feedback I'd give is to possibly add more fresh produce. As others have mentioned, leaning toward a plant-based diet tends to be healthier, even though those processed foods are so tempting! Fresh produce can really help satisfy both your hunger and appetite. I usually eat at least 8 servings a day (from your sample menus it looks like closer to 5 or so), but know we're all different!
Pounds lost: 46.2
Fitness Minutes: (300) Posts: 131 6/26/13 5:11 A
Here is a great vegan meal planning option. www.theveganmenu.com. They do all the meal planning for your weekly dinners and put together your shopping list based on the weekly menu items. This has saved me so much time and money! Awesome website!
As you adapt to eating whole foods, the vegan sausage should not be purchased in the future. Processed and refined foods need to be replaced with natures whole foods for "best" results. Eat up what you have on hand, then make the attempt to do without and see how it goes.
Edited by: AC7881 at: 6/24/2013 (11:57)
current weight: 188.0
Fitness Minutes: (300) Posts: 131 6/24/13 4:19 A
Thanks everyone! I had a week of eating vegan junk last week to make the adjustment easier, and to my surprise I hadn't gained any weight. So I'm interested to see what eating less sugar and more whole foods does to the scale. Today's plan is homemade granola and almond milk for breakfast, Amy's soup for lunch, a jambalaya I made yesterday for dinner, with vegan sausages and lots of vegetables, and a slice of wholewheat bread with peanut butter and a banana as a snack later before my dance class. Today is the start of my second week, and I'm so surprised at how easy it's been. I haven't felt like I'm missing out at all.
As I just started myself, I have found that the Happy Herbivore menu plan is working great or the McDougal plan. The McDougal has a free 8 day menu plan while I pay for the Happy Herbivore. But to me, it's worth the money because it's an individual plan with shopping list, menus, directions, etc. I love it. I do stray from it though. I still have my morning coffee and creamer :p
current weight: 178.4
Fitness Minutes: (17,045) Posts: 368 6/21/13 11:16 A
It's definitely a step in the right direction! Eating whole foods is ideal, or as close to whole as possible. It's easy to get into trouble when we start incorporating processed vegan foods into our daily meals. Eating whole foods generally allows our body to take in more nutrients and less calories at the same time. It's a win-win! Good luck and have a great weekend!
It sounds like you may have eaten too many processed vegan foods in the past? Try sticking to whole plant foods and avoiding the processed vegan foods. You could drink nothing but sodas and eat nothing but potato chips and be vegan - but not healthy.
What has worked superbly for healthy vegan eating myself and my wife is the McDougall way of eating. The basics are here: http://www.drmcdougall.com/free_1.html
current weight: 188.0
Fitness Minutes: (182,881) Posts: 2,066 6/21/13 10:28 A
Looks like a great start. I'd say with summer coming on you have many opportunities to work salad in. It's filling, has plenty of nutrients and fibre and won't blow your calorie budget (as long as you steer clear of heavy dressings). So I'd probably suggest swapping the soup/leftovers lunch for salad a few times a week. Hope it goes well for you, Alan
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (300) Posts: 131 6/21/13 9:12 A
I've been flirting with veganism for a whole year, and recently I just woke up and started. That was a week ago. However, I've been vegan in the past, twice, and I wasn't a very healthy one! There are so many tasty vegan products out there!
So with this in mind, after getting past the first week allowing myself to just go a bit crazy whilst settling back into veganism, I've devised a meal plan.
I'm hoping it ticks all the boxes, and is nutritious while allowing me to lose weight. I would love to hear what you think, and if you would change anything.
Breakfast: homemade granola with nuts, oats and maple syrup or oatmeal with no added sugar peanut butter and cacao. Snack: apple Lunch: Amy's soup or leftovers Dinner: Vegan jambalaya, or mushroom risotto, or vegetable stir fry etc. Snack (after dance class): wholewheat bagel with olive spread and nut butter, banana Weekend treat: soya mocha light frappuccino, Chinese takeaway: stir fried vegetables, bean sprouts and rice, glass of wine.
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