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#1 Old 11-28-2015, 01:05 PM
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At what time should I eat a cooked dinner?

Hi, I want to start a Raw till 4 diet, but I come home from school around 4pm and then I have to work at 5 or 6 pm depending on the day. I usually get home from work at 8.30/9.30 pm.

Should I eat a cooked dinner before or after work? I usually get very hungry after work so if I eat a cooked dinner before work what can I still eat after work?
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#2 Old 11-28-2015, 01:16 PM
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You should eat whenever you are hungry! When you're eating a low-fat vegan diet, you need to eat plenty, in order to get enough calories. This is especially true for fruit-focused diets, because fruit is so low in calories.

Here is an easy-to-use website that quickly estimates your daily calorie needs. Be sure to select the option appropriate for you: "gain weight", "maintain weight", or "lose weight":

Then, just remember this calorie rule-of-thumb:

One cup of fresh fruit is 40-100 calories
One cup of boiled beans / lentils is about 230 calories
One cup of boiled grains / pasta is about 200 calories
One cup of non-starchy vegetables (kale, spinach, etc.) is 5-40 calories
One cup of nuts or seeds is 650-1000 calories

If you need 2000 calories per day (use the above calorie calculator to determine your actual calorie needs), you can see how much food you'll need to eat! If you are hungry, don't wait to eat! Allowing yourself to become hungry is not good, because one can become tempted to gobble down high-calorie junk food.

Mercy For Animals has a free, beautifully-written Vegetarian (actually vegan) Starter Guide. The nutrition part of the guide begins on page 7:


Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
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#3 Old 09-05-2016, 12:38 AM
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You could get a crockpot and then put dinner in the crockpot. It can cook while you are at school, then when you get home, you can eat it. Another idea is to make all your dinners for the week ahead of time and then nuke them in the microwave. I would plan on having it all ate on the 5th day. You can freeze the foods too, but they will take longer to microwave, thus I would take out what I wanted to eat 24 hours before I wanted to eat it. Certain recipes might take longer to unthaw enough for it to be a quick microwave fix. Just experiment here.

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