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9/24/13 3:35 P

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I agree nuts are a great way to add calories and valuable nutrients. Walnuts and almonds are especially good for you, and you can make some awesome smoothies with nut butters. Also i like to add soy milk or almond milk to flax seeds and let it soak for a while, add a little sweetener if you like. I find it pretty tasty and it's nutritious too!

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9/20/13 8:49 A

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I am so glad I live in Scotland where all my medical care is free. I do hope all is well for you and do keep posting here on Sparkpeople as we care.

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9/20/13 3:46 A

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I'm very lucky to have good health insurance the means to pay for such things so I'll definitely go. I always had a very healthy appetite (how else could I have gotten so big to begin with? LOL) and at first it was so hard for me to eat only 1600 or 1700 calories, so it does seem very strange to me to feel satisfied after so little. That's great advice, thank you!

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9/19/13 11:24 P

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Flax seed meal, chia seeds, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin seeds are good

Also beans, starchy veggies are good.

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9/19/13 9:09 P

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Hi I too like coconut oil. I put 1/2 a tsp to a tsp in a kale and fruit smoothie; it is YUMMY!

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9/19/13 8:24 A

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I would go get some blood tests done if you are able to just to make sure your endocrine system hasn't gone bonkers. Your gall bladder might be acting up, you might not be getting enough exercise... there are too many factors here to just leave alone. Obviously, if you can find ways to get more good calories into you that is excellent as well. However, taking in so few calories takes a big toll on your system and you might want to make sure that everything is still in order.

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9/19/13 6:42 A

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Hello Again, I am glad you are getting the advice you need as this is a great info site. You say you do not use oils . We all need fats in our diet and these are best obtained from something like avocados that can be used as a basis for smoothies. I too dislike using some oils, apart from a little olive oil, but I do use coconut oil at times. It may be quite expensive but if you use it sparingly it is worth buying. Nuts and seeds like cashews, shelled hemp seeds and chia seeds , all of which can be incorporated in a smoothie, also provide the good fats and zero cholesterol . I also grind up flax seeds and use these both in a smoothie or as a replacement for eggs in baking. There is fantastic benefits from green smoothies ( I use kale, romaine lettuce, cabbage , spinach, broccoli , bok choy and even dandelion leaves . The possibilities are endless). I live in Scotland UK and as the weather is never very good I also grow sunflower greens, alfalfa, snow pea shoots, wheatgrass, mung beans shoots ,and lentil sprouts and cut and come again micro lettuce greens on my windowsill indoors. I hope this helps.

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9/19/13 5:19 A

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I'm so glad I posted, I got two pieces of absolutely perfect advice! Thank you!!!

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9/19/13 5:14 A

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Wow. I am floored by the fact that even though I own a very nice, brand new juicer, and even though my favourite kale juice is very calorie dense, that it never occurred to me to just drink a jar of veggies when I'm too full to eat a meal. I don't have a desire to be hungry before I drink something. the same way I do to eat. What an elegant, simple solution!
As for eating nuts, that's perfect for me too. It would be really easy for me to simply blend cashews into more things. I'm not a big fan of oils, I avoid them even when cooking, but nuts I can do. Especially because my husband is addicted to raw cashews.


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9/19/13 2:50 A

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I have similar problem, I was getting less then 1500 kCal per day with about 500 kCal workouts daily. I wasn't hungry or anything.
But problems can strike you rapidly, like gold bladder and irreversibly.
I suggest more oil in your salad and nuts, you can mix and match them to your taste.

Unfortunately not being hungry is not enough, cause other organs are kinda stupid and when you hurt or you feel discomfort - maybe already too late and you need medication.
To be on the save side I do blood testes every couple of months, that's very important while losing weight.

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9/19/13 2:32 A

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Hello there, I do believe that you have trained your stomach to accept less food unwittingly. There is a way to make sure you are getting enough of the nutrients you need and that is by making green smoothies each day . That is what I do. It is quick and easy to do and tastes wonderful too. If you need some basic guidelines for smoothies please ask.

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9/18/13 11:20 P

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Howdy folks! Three years ago I began eating less and working out, then I began eating better. Two years ago my husband encouraged me to adopt a plant based diet. I became lactose intolerant so now we're pretty much vegan with very few exceptions.
So after a year of normal calorie restriction and about two years of eating plant-based I now find myself with a new troubling habit. I only eat when I'm hungry, and I stop when I'm satisfied, but many days I don't break 1,000 calories. Once I have noticed a trend, once I hit a certain range of protein, fat, carbs and calories I stop eating for the day.
Why is my appetite so low? Is it the combination of getting used to smaller portions with the sheer volume of 1,000 calories of veggies?
I'm don't want to sabotage myself in my weight loss goals, but I also don't want to eat a bunch of food after I'm satisfied.
Has this happened to anyone else?

Thanks for your time!

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