Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Melbourne, Australia. A haven of a country! But my heart is where my earliest years were spent in California and Canada as well...
Seriously though. It's just so beautiful and walking is my favourite thing in the world. Even as a little kid. How do you limit that?!
But even when I eat heaps and heaps and compensate for it, it doesn't help my aching ankles etc. And extra weight would.
Does it have to be two hours a day of walking? You could still enjoy the beautiful outdoors in half an hour. And wear more supportive shoes or shoe inserts.
I had to put on a lot of weight too, and I have a medical condition (very low bone density and osteoporosis) that means it is imperative that I put on that weight. I have gained a good bit to a low normal range but could still gain more and be healthier (for me it's a psychological battle, not due to any diet restrictions). I know it is hard. What has helped me (especially when I was more motivated to put on weight) was eating a lot of small meals throughout the day so I didn't always feel so full and my body could digest food better.
I didn't have to avoid gluten, but there are quite a few gluten free vegan foods that can help with weight gain. Remember now, a lot of vegans preach low fat high carb, but when you NEED to put on a lot of weight, some fat is very helpful in that regard. Otherwise be prepared to eat enormous amounts of food.
Peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter were all my best friends lol. And tahini to make hummus. Even whole almonds are great to snack on. And cashews are great for making your own "cream cheese" or "alfredo sauce" if you have access to a good blender or food processor.
Avocado is great for pesto over your gluten free pasta, or in a salad.
I used coconut milk (full fat canned) for baking and for curries (think tofu or black beans, rice, broccoli, sweet potato, curry powder, coconut milk, garlic cloves).
Eat lots of beans (making them into a dip makes them more nutrient dense per serving and you can get in more before getting full...for example, 1/4 cup of hummus is about the same calories as 1/2 a cup of chickpeas).
Eat some dried fruits. Medjool dates are like dessert! and one fig is about 40 calories. A serving of three of them are LOADED with calcium. I can eat about six of them and be satisfied lol, with a glass of plant milk.
Buy the full fat plant milks. Hemp milk, almond milk, rice milk, and soy milks all have full fat versions and a fair amount of calories.
Add some blackstrap molasses or fruit compote to hot cereals (some gluten free grains that make great hot cereal are millet, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat groats). And throw in some nuts/seeds. You can also soak raw buckwheat groats or oat groats (if you can tolerate those) overnight and eat them as a cold cereal with fruit and nuts and plant milk.
In fact, MOST of the more calorific vegan foods are gluten free, save white or whole wheat flour products.
I also utilized protein powders from time to time to help with weight gain. And not going to lie, I also binged a fair amount because I had restricted my food intake hard for a long period as well as exercising and my body was literally starving and weight was very low (which in turn messes up chemical hormones that control appetite such as leptin, insulin, etc). You'd be amazed at how much I had to put away to gain weight though, and I am a 43 year old post surgically menopausal woman with hypothyroidism (I was 40-41 at that time).
I love this energy bar formula (which can easily be gluten free):
Personally, I could not give up exercise as it was a double edge sword for me. On the one hand I used it for controlling my body and weight, however, I also loved and still love exercise as a form of release, coping with stress, expressing myself, and generally feeling more energetic. In order to gain weight, I had to shift from a lot of cardio to far less of that and more strength training. I had to stop exercising at times when I was injured (I strained myself a LOT and had muscle and bone injuries from over exercising, undereating, and being underweight). And the strength training had to wait until I was a safer weight. I used to do cardio several hours per day and cut down to a half hour to make gaining weight easier. Of course it was not THAT hard for me to put on weight as an older adult in surgical menopause, but cutting back on the exercise really helped.
From what I understand, sore feet are a sign of low vitamin D. I hope you are working with some sort of doctor for your celiac disease as it can cause so many absorption/nutrient deficiencies. I work as a medical coder and see a lot of cases of celiacs needing B12 shots, iron infusions, and other supplements given directly into the blood via shots because they can not absorb vitamins through food. It is a terrible disease that can cause so many problems, including osteoporosis.
Please do cut back on the walking!