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9/2/14 8:28 P

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If you have type 2 diabetes I suggest you NOT take my word for anything. I suggest you read a book by Dr. Neal Barnard it is called "Program for Reversing Diabetes'. He will lead you on a journey to change your health through a plant based diet. You can also read The Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall.

Dr. Barnard has many introductory videos on you tube if you can't get to the library soon. He has helped thousands of people turn their lives around.

A healthy woman will set her protein at about 40-50 grams of protein and I set my carbs really high.. because I don't count them at all. I don't add any oil to any of my foods at all EVER so I generally get about 10-15% of my daily calories from fat . Those come naturally from the foods that I eat. For example a tomato is about 12% fat. (What! A tomato? Yes! How about that!) (surprising right... Broccoli is very high in protein too! Veggies will surprise you!) that is why You can get what you need from non animal based foods.. and be very healthy!



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9/2/14 12:30 P

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Thank you. I'm so glad we can alter the amounts, as I keep getting "nu-uh-uh" reminders on my nutrition report.
? -Is there a good resource to find out what to set carb, protein, and fat amounts to?
I'm diabetic also, so need to take that into account. Thanks.

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9/1/14 10:14 P

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Karmabel- Spark tracker does not accurately track for plant eaters either... They expect you to eat a SAD (standard American Diet) which is very high in animal protein and low in carbs...

People who eat a plant based diet have diets that are lower in protein and higher in complex carbs.. naturally.

The good news is: this is healthier. A woman only needs 40-50 grams of carbs a day and you can eat unlimited complex carbs.... so don't worry about them if the carbs you are eating are coming from beans (legumes) whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, In other words healthy plant based foods... NOT junk foods.

You can change the tracker to have the right numbers so it won't bother you by telling you, you are off every day.. We have all done this..

Good luck to you.

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Hi. I started with the vegetarian diabetic spark meal tracker this Thursday, (as they don't have a vegan option). I'm on 1500 cal plan, but keep going over in carbs, and cannot seem to get enough protein without the carbs. I know this is a common problem, but I do not use processed package foods, and can only have so many kinds of nuts, or then I go way over in fats.

Any suggestions for high protein vegan foods that are the lowest in carbs?




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8/22/14 11:30 A

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First off, Welcome Lana.

I agree with the others who have posted. That said, my DH is a carnivore. I use fake meats in meals that I don't want to cook in 2 batches. Or I use farro or cracked wheat in soups.

A non-soy fake meat that I like and DH says tastes like chicken is Quorn "Naked Cutlets". I make them like chicken parmigiana or in chicken cacciatore.

I eat fake meats (including the ones I make from scratch) rarely. There are so many dishes that I make that DH loves that are vegetarian and even few vegan ones he will eat occasionally. I'm thankful that both DH and I love veggies and fruit. He's transitioning to vegetarian without even knowing it. He doesn't miss meat in my Minestrone because of all the veggies I put in it and my vegan chili has 3 or 4 different beans in it. My goal is to come up with a total vegan Gumbo. That will be my ultimate creation.

Hope this helps.

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JANKENT Posts: 1,079
8/22/14 9:31 A

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No one actually needs fake meat and it should be used with caution as it is loaded with hidden things that cause weight gain. I do use tempeh and Tofu ( I make my own Tofu ) sometimes but most of the time my diet consists of good old veggies and fruits and I am very healthy at 76 .
Fake meat has its place in your diet only if you have been a dedicated carnivore and need something to help get you off the real stuff. I only use the fake stuff when my son visits as I have not been abe to completely convert him and he does like his facon and eggs. PersonallyI am vegan but I would never force my views on anyone bgut just hope that I can persuade them !!!!

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8/22/14 7:58 A

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you should try to avoid the fake meats. they are just as bad for you as real meat (minus the cholesterol). save the fake meats for an occasional thing. IMVEGAN's post is great advice. cooking things over the weekend to eat during the week.

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8/22/14 7:37 A

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I see that many of your meals "look like" conventional standard American diet meals... for example a meat a starch and a vegetable... You have replaced that model with a vegan/vegetarian meat a starch and a vegetable...

Can you maybe rearrange your plate? You do not need the meatless part at all for many meals.. I do not see beans in you menu plan. You can make things like soups/stews casseroles that are toss in the slow cooker or pressure cooker meals and are easy to make.

They are full of all the nutrition you need and fill you up. For example make a veggie 3 bean chili, or a lentil, potatoes and vegetable stew. Things like this are high in protein, high in nutrition, because you add lots of veggies and can add greens, you can add sweet or white potatoes which are high in iron, potassium, and magnesium and fill you up. You can make a few of these meals on the weekend and eat them during the week when you have less time.

Those vegan meats are pretty processed and are great on occasion but whole foods are better for you. Carbohydrates are food for your brain and fill you up and allow you to lose weight without being hungry.

That is how I reached my goal weight and am 15 lbs under my original goal weight.

Just a thought.. good luck to you.

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8/22/14 1:22 A

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Have you tried Seitan or Tempeh ? Or Tofu ? These are versatile and make quick meals that are both tasty and interesting . If you are pressed for time how about using a slow cooker ? I make my curry by using a slow cooker . I make enough for a few days and freeze what I don't eat so that I always have meals that I can just heat and eat . I marinate my tofu over night so that it takes on the flavours before cooking .

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8/22/14 12:17 A

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Thank you for your reply! I am on a 1200 calorie diet, and it limits my carbs to 5 servings per day. I eat all types of veggies, and one of my favorites is spinach. I eat so much meatless frozen options, because I do not have time to cook (work full-time) so I need something fast/easy that I can microwave and will be filling. I love whole wheat pasta, rice, and potatos---so, in order to fit those in on my plan I need the lower carb meatless options to pair with them to not go over my 5 starch/carb servings.

Lana

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8/22/14 12:12 A

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why are you eating so much veggie meat?

why are you trying to eat so few carbs?

What veggies are you eating?

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Hi,
My name is Lana. I am a busy 30-something, and I am vegetarian (originally vegan). I eat mostly Boca, Light Life, and Morning Star products; and I am on a 1200 calorie diet. The problem is that I have been watching my starch/carbs, and prefer my meatless meal options to contain low carbs so that I can add carbs in that I can see/have volume.

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I would prefer a soy/meatless option that is low carb, so that I can pair it with rice
I would prefer a soy/meatless option so that I can pair it with salad for a low-carb meal

But the problem I am running into is that the soy/meatless options all seem to have high carbs in them. I eat egg whites, and heard soy hotdogs are low-carb...but what are my other options?

Thanks,
Lana

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