Originally Posted by smiling
I love veganism b/c I have to struggle to get enough calories. But that can also be a downfall for some people. You may have to make a real effort. I track my fat, protein, carbs, calories, and various nutrients on an online program. It helps a lot.
I track that stuff too, but only because I'm a nutritionist. I don't think the average person needs to track those things on a vegan diet, or even a RAW vegan diet.
For example, you could eat a salad like thus and get 600+ calories in one sitting easily:
1 bunch of kale (stems removed, leaves massaged and sliced)
1/2 cup walnuts (for flavor, texture, calories and fillingness)
1 Brazil nut (for selenium)
6 dates chopped (for magnesium and calories -- 6 medjool dates is 400 calories)
1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil or flax oil
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed (for omega 3)
1 teaspoon ground chia seed (for omega 3, calcium and iron)
1 apple, chopped into small pieces (for crunch and flavor)
This salad is filling, incredible nutritious, calorie dense, gluten-free, vegan, and even kids love it because it is sweet and fatty despite the large amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin K, and so forth.
For breakfast I like to have this:
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (by Nutiva's Naturals)
Mash up the bananas on a plate with the cacao powder with a fork and you have easy chocolate pudding. Each banana is about 80 calories. It is important to use really ripe bananas (brown little spots all over the peel and no green coloration) so that they are easy to smash and are sweet.
This is very filling, and for chocolate lovers this really hits the spot way better than any chocolate bar, without the artificial/"natural" sweeteners, powders and garbage that is in all chocolate bars (even organic dark chocolate).
If that is your breakfast and the kale salad is your dinner and you have some red quinoa for lunch with a side of carrot juice or a simple spinach salad you can easily be very full, get plenty of calories and nutrition and consume no GMOs, gluten, animal products, refined sugars, MSG, artificial colorings, and so forth.
Try it. You'll like it.