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10-25-2010 07:03 PM
Doktormartini Eat foods that are higher in calories or foods that are nutrient dense. For example, leafy greens are low in calories but high in nutrients. Also, eat foods higher in healthy fats like avocados, coconut products, nuts and seeds.

For a quick filling snack whip up a smoothie. You can add whatever you want in it and can make it healthy. Do some fruit, some green leafy veggies (if you can), maybe some flax, spirulina, hemp seeds...etc.
10-23-2010 06:21 AM
~~v~~ When I need to lose a few pounds I cut out all processed foods and foods containing gluten. I try to eat as many raw foods as possible. Breakfast might be rolled whole oats soaked overnight in almond milk with fruit. Lunch, giant bowl of veggie soup (winter) or giant raw veggie salad (summer), snack = green smoothie, dinner is the same as lunch, giant portion of veggies. Maybe a spoonful of raw almond butter afterward to ward of night time hunger. Nothing pre-packaged, nothing with a long ingredient list. Also, I like Chia Fresca as a between meal drink.

Exercise is an important part of this too. I am an endurance athlete so I exercise more than most people probably, but you want to make sure you are active for at least an hour a day almost every day, walking, swimming, biking, yoga, whatever floats your boat.
10-23-2010 06:03 AM
hebejeebies
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Originally Posted by Earthling View Post

My meal plan is:

Breakfast (10ish): Porridge with fruit & 2 rice cakes

Midway: Piece of fruit

Lunch (2ish): Something like potato and cabbage bhaji, vegetable curry, dal and rice, etc. Lots of vegetables, some kind of grain.

Midway: Piece of fruit

Dinner: (6ish): A smallish meal. Tofu scramble, noodles, tempura, something like that. Doesn't have to be highly nutritious but not complete junk.

A few hours after dinner: Another piece of fruit, and then no more until breakfast again.

I'm not calorie counting, just trying to stop ED-related behaviours, but it's working for me.

LOL my veganism helps me with my ED too. Its like I don't feel as bad when I eat really healthy, therefore I don't need to use any of the bad habits to control what I am putting in my mouth. My food guilt went way down since I went vegetarian 6 years ago and now incorporating Veganism make me feel even better. I think its because its a set of rules so I still have a control but its for healthier foods maybe?
10-23-2010 05:16 AM
recipes4me Don't let yourself to be hungry just because you are on a diet, to tell you frankly i have experience that too i have been in that stage. If you think that making yourself hungry and not eating makes you loose weight I'm telling you ,you are wrong! You don't realize that the more your making yourself hungry the more makes you greedy it's useless right? To overcome that, i do some techniques to don't feel hungry and greedy. I eat every 3hours but i what i eat is small only and healthy you can try that also.You don't need to suffer on that diet you can be healthy and sexy without feeling hunger...-recipes4me
09-30-2010 08:16 PM
peacefulveglady I am not hungry that much no more and I eat small things. I am readjusting my meal plans this coming weak to get more healthier .
09-27-2010 01:32 PM
Kellye Hey, if you have problems getting hungry on your diet I have a couple of weight loss supplements to suggest to you. These are what I'm using in my attempt to get slim and trim for my upcoming beach vacation in October...and I've had pretty good success with them so far:

Special K protein water packets - The pink lemonade one is more delicious than the strawberry-kiwi, but both are total hung pang killers. All you have to do is pour one into a 20 oz. bottled water, shake it up, and drink. It's a tasty way to get your water, and it's only thirty calories. The Special K protein shakes are really good too (they come in a four-pack).

Fullbites - These are great for when you're craving something salty/savory, but don't want to pig out on a bag of chips. They have dietary fiber and protein to fill you up too. The Bold Cheddar bites are yummy - they're actually what I'm having for a snack right now!

As for where to get them, I got both of these things in the weight loss section of Walgreen's.
09-27-2010 09:30 AM
creep
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Originally Posted by phi View Post

If you're a woman and weigh less than 225 pounds, stop telling yourself you should lose weight, find a man who appreciates full figured women, make him happy, become happy in the process.

If you weigh more than 225 pounds, eat lots of raw fruit, avoid refined sugar, animal foods, and high fructose corn syrup; and stop worrying about calories. Your body will find its balance on a natural diet.

Sometimes I say 9999 of 10,000 diets don't work. (raw vegan being the only one that works)

Why is 225 some magic number? Especially without knowing the person's height, body type, etc... this seems like very bad advice.

Personally, if I weigh 225, I am 80+ pounds overweight. Even at 200 pounds, I was very uncomfortable in my own skin. Obviously not everyone who is few pounds heavier is unhealthy, but generally speaking, a lot of excess weight puts strain on most of your organs & body processes.
09-27-2010 07:21 AM
janiejones
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find a man who appreciates full figured women

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I didn't assume you don't have a man.

You pretty much did assume that, or that her current man is dissatisfied. I'd be a little offended if I was the OP. BUT the OP's or anyone's view on monogamy is not really the point of this thread, so I just want to say best of luck to the OP with your journeys into veg*nism and weight loss It should be quite the wonderful journey and VB is a great resource to have.

P.s. I agree with the Darkwingduckie post in that you don't want your body to be hungry, wanting calories, and shutting down your metabolism slowly because that will mean you won't have energy! Energy is important It'll help to keep you smiling, be able to exercise, and have willpower and optimisim
09-26-2010 05:20 PM
NightOwl
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Originally Posted by phi View Post

If you're a woman and weigh less than 225 pounds, stop telling yourself you should lose weight, find a man who appreciates full figured women, make him happy, become happy in the process.

If you weigh more than 225 pounds, eat lots of raw fruit, avoid refined sugar, animal foods, and high fructose corn syrup; and stop worrying about calories. Your body will find its balance on a natural diet.

Sometimes I say 9999 of 10,000 diets don't work. (raw vegan being the only one that works)

lol I have a man. It is interesting you assume I don't. I am not losing weight to find a man. I got a sweetheart. We have been together six years and I have always been heavy while with him. I am happy. But I am n ot happy being over weight. It iis a strain on the body and energy draining. He is a meat eater but I am going to make some healthy veggie meals for him. Personally I believe being more than fifty pounds overweight is unhealthy for many reasons. Not that someone overweight can not be healthy but better to be thinner. Less strain on the body all around. Oh, but I do agree with your feelings about not counting calories and finding balance on a natural diet. I don't count. I estimate that is how much I am eating. I would rather just make good choices and be sensible.

Thanks everyone for all the good advice. I love being here it is such a friendly place.
09-22-2010 11:43 PM
ficbot You might enjoy the Weight Watchers program. It gives you points which vary based on your age, weight, activity level etc. Or you can follow the Core plan where you can eat as much as you want of foods of the core list and you only have to count points for extras which are not on the list. Google is your friend, you can find the points quiz, the core list and basic food lists pretty easily if you don't want to pay to join. I have had success with both o the programs in the past but I find I get a little crazy when I count things. I am on a new plan right now that is going very well where all food is broken down into 1-star blocks and you get X number of blocks per meal or snack---plus ALL fruits and veggies are free foods. So for breakfast I can have two blocks, but I can also have fruits and vegetables. For lunch, 3 blocks plus whatever fruits and vegetables etc. The book is designed for kids and the quota for adults is not very well explained, I am not sure how it would work for someone with more to lose, but I am trying to lost 15 pounds or so and plan to try it. I like that fruits and vegetables are free (as they are on the core plan) and I spent some time today going through the lists and making some sample meals for myself.
09-22-2010 08:31 AM
shortstack you've gotten a lot of great advice. My brother (a marine not a health specialist) was helping me come up with an eating plan last year.
He said you do want to eat every 2 to 3 hours and eat something about the size of your fist (the "ideal" size for your tummy) For the first 2-3 days I got hungry quite often, but now I find that i feel better. it keeps me going keeps me getting variety and i lost a ton of weight (granted I was also working out 6 days a week)

I agree that you don't want to cut your calories too much, if after a few days (no more than 3) you are still starving all the time I think that it might be a sign you aren't eating enough calories.
09-19-2010 08:30 AM
silva I doubt you'll find any soy free frozen products at BJs, at least not mine.
Bean burgers are very easy and they'll get better the longer you make them.
One can of any beans drained and rinsed (about 1 1/2 cups) Mash well.
about 1/3 cup any bread crumb, or any combo of things like them. Wheat germ, flour, nutritional yeast (this will effect the texture, so not too much)
Chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms chopped fine or sauteed.
Mix up and add just enough flour if needed to make a "dough" that keeps its shape.
Lightly fry,or bake at 350 on an oil sprayed pan, flipping halfway.
These will freeze well, so when you get it right, make a lot! I say it like this because I've yet to find a perfect recipe, I always have to play.
09-19-2010 03:14 AM
healthyvegan My advice would be to eat lots of fresh fruits & vegetables - they are filling because they have a lot of water in them. Don't be afraid of snacks if they are fruits or veggies. Also, make sure you are getting enough carbs, but that they are the right kind. Whole grains, whole beans - they will be filling, and carbs are where you get your energy. Protein is great, but your body doesn't use it as easily for energy so if you are hungry it is probably some light carbs you need. Fruits & veggies are also carbs, and all of those foods have lots of fibre with them which will also help with hunger and with weight loss.

I also agree with DarkwingDuckie - don't cut your calories back too far otherwise your metabolism will slow down and you'll find you won't lose weight. A good strategy is to vary your calories slightly every day, that way your metabolism will stay exercised.

Good luck!
09-17-2010 09:22 PM
DarkwingDuckie Where did you come up with that number of calories? I am also about 100 lbs overweight and I am seeing a nutritionist to help me lose weight (already lost 50) and she is making me eat 1800 calories a day right now. She says that if I eat too little I will be hungry and my metabolism will slow down. She will reduce the number of calories as I continue losing weight. I started with 2100 calories a day 50 pounds ago. Also, like everyone else said, snacking small snacks in awesome.
09-16-2010 08:49 AM
Fever Dream I'm a fan of the snacking or having small meals throughout the day. When you start getting into the routine of knowing what to eat every couple of hours and how you feel, it will be second nature to you At work I keep rice cakes around as well as fruit, nuts and granola. The only time I get really hungry is about half an hour before I eat lunch because that's a little bigger than my other snacks/meals. Good luck!!!
09-15-2010 06:49 PM
Rachel Bonneau I can't eat big meals, it's why I snack. literally a sandwich with a drink is too much food for me and makes my stomach hurt. I'm kind of happy about it, I (obviously) didn't used to be like that lol.
09-15-2010 06:37 PM
dormouse
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If you're only eating 200-300 calories at a time, you probably will get hungry. Just eat healthy snacks in between. I pretty much eat all day long...

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Originally Posted by NightOwl View Post

Thanks Earthling. I see that you are actually eating something every couple of hours. That will work for me. I just have to have some good things for my snacks I am watching my calories because I used to nibble and snack too much leading to my weight gain. So now I am planning to snack on low calorie high fiber foods. I have to start eating right. I don't want to be this heavy the rest of my life.

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I snack all day long, but make sure to have a piece of fresh fruit or a few different types of veggies at every meal. bonus is that it helps me up my water intake on the days that water just makes me want to gag.

I used to grab those microwave meal things too - they really aren't enough food by themselves. a side salad or some fruit or something with it (even if you make a little extra noodles or some rice for the side or something) is immensely helpful.

incidentally, I want to lose roughly the same amount of weight but have been lax about actually counting calories.

On school days, I pretty much have to eat something every 2 hours. Luckily, my university has a Jamba Juice on campus.

As far as advice, since you are getting hungry more often, I would recommend just trying to eat that often, but each less each time you eat. A series of smaller meals is better for your metabolism anyway than three big ones.

Drinking lots of water can be helpful in staving off hunger. Caffeine is also an appetite suppressant, so if you really feel like you don't need to eat anymore, but are hungry anyway, you could try having a cup of tea or something. Tea and coffee have virtually no calories on their own.
09-15-2010 06:23 PM
Rachel Bonneau I snack all day long, but make sure to have a piece of fresh fruit or a few different types of veggies at every meal. bonus is that it helps me up my water intake on the days that water just makes me want to gag.

I used to grab those microwave meal things too - they really aren't enough food by themselves. a side salad or some fruit or something with it (even if you make a little extra noodles or some rice for the side or something) is immensely helpful.

incidentally, I want to lose roughly the same amount of weight but have been lax about actually counting calories.
09-15-2010 04:09 PM
creep If you're only eating 200-300 calories at a time, you probably will get hungry. Just eat healthy snacks in between. I pretty much eat all day long...
09-15-2010 03:56 PM
NightOwl Thanks Earthling. I see that you are actually eating something every couple of hours. That will work for me. I just have to have some good things for my snacks I am watching my calories because I used to nibble and snack too much leading to my weight gain. So now I am planning to snack on low calorie high fiber foods. I have to start eating right. I don't want to be this heavy the rest of my life.
09-15-2010 03:19 PM
Earthling My meal plan is:

Breakfast (10ish): Porridge with fruit & 2 rice cakes

Midway: Piece of fruit

Lunch (2ish): Something like potato and cabbage bhaji, vegetable curry, dal and rice, etc. Lots of vegetables, some kind of grain.

Midway: Piece of fruit

Dinner: (6ish): A smallish meal. Tofu scramble, noodles, tempura, something like that. Doesn't have to be highly nutritious but not complete junk.

A few hours after dinner: Another piece of fruit, and then no more until breakfast again.

I'm not calorie counting, just trying to stop ED-related behaviours, but it's working for me.
09-15-2010 02:29 PM
NightOwl I just came back from the store. I got some good food for my diet. I am trying to stick to 1500 calories and eat mostly vegan foods. Today I ate lighter and I feel really hungry now. For lunch I had a steam fresh frozen entree. It had green beans, noodles, peppers and cashews.300 calories Two hours later I was really hungry I grabbed a pack of mini mms and some milk, about 300-400 calories. It is two hours later and I will be making dinner soon. I am really hungry. I nibbled on a little dried fruit and nuts before. about 200 calories. I know I need to eat some fresh fruits and maybe a salad to fill me up more rather than what I grabbed after lunch. I got this churning hungry feeling still. I am hoping my body is just used to having something more fatty and will adjust to the lighter food and I will not be so hungry. I got some almond butter, apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, high fiber bread, almond milk,frozen veggie blends in the bag, dried lentils, dried black eye peas, rice. I have an allergy to soy so I have to steer clear of any veggie foods with soy. I am going to BJs tomorrow and will see if they have some high protein foods without soy for vegetarians. Maybe some veggie burgers without soy.

I have to lose 100 pounds so I want to be careful what I eat. Any suggestions.

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