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11-05-2014 03:46 AM
Roani My go-to for the end of the month is always a quick chili. A tin of chopped tomatoes, fresh or dried chili powder, cumin, tinned sweetcorn, mixed beans and some tomato paste. I do that with wholemeal rice and usually wrap it in a tortilla.

Not terribly unhealthy, cheap and quick to prepare!
11-04-2014 05:58 AM
wackyme Hi, I think this one taste good. I'll try it. Thanks for this very simple easy recipe.
10-26-2014 04:31 AM
Verbatim Thought I'd update this because for me at least I found the Holy Grail for what I need and the answer to this thread.

The recipe is quite simple and is derived from a Ayurvedic recipe.

It's called kitchari and is quite simply white Basmati rice and Yellow split Mung beans. In addition to this I add Garam masala and other mild spices, to this I add any vegetables I have, sometimes I squeeze a little lemon in.

The beauty of this is it simple, delicious, can be made in a rice cooker, requires next to no preparation (other than soaking the yellow split overnight), it's very easy to digest (my digestion is poor), gives you no gases whatsoever, is a complete diet (all proteins covered). What is more if I have a microwave and stove I can cook large batches and put it in the fridge, then it's simply a case of taking a bowl and the amount I'd like to eat and putting it in the microwave at 800 for 2 minutes and I'm ready to eat. Just wonderful.

I do eat fruit sometimes but just not with the stress and frequency as I did when I tried to do 80/10/10 and not without the digestive issues. It's also low fat as the only butter or ghee/clarified butter I use is in the beginning stage when I'm putting the condiments and spices in.

This is something like what I do..

http://www.ayurvedayogalife.com/rice-cooker-kitchari/
10-04-2014 12:55 PM
Verbatim Vanilla first of all wanted to thank you for the input, for although it did not work for me it well may work for somebody else we are all different.

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It sounds like you were doing more of a fruitarian thing. Which is too restrictive and doesn't cover all the nutritional bases. Veggies, nuts and seeds are equally as important as fruit. Remember that starches are a good second to fruit when one is far from the equator and warm fruit abundant tropical climates.
Actually I was doing something like the raw till 4 diet. So mainly fruit up until 4-5 then non gluten pasta or rice in the evenings. The final straw was after I experienced such painful cramps that I couldn't sleep for a whole night, then severe diarrhea followed by constipation etc. etc.

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It also sounds like you grew impatient with finding new recipies and establishing new routines. So you went back to what you were doing before. At least you gave it a try.
I physically could not do it anymore.

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If we were ment to eat functionally and not for pleasure than there would only be one type of food on this earth and it would all taste the same. To me, food is one of the greatest things about this life.
That is not the meaning of what using food for pleasure is. Food should be tasty of course, but it should not be used for pleasure instead for sustaining the body i.e. not going out for huge binges to fancy lobster restaurants like I used to when I was younger.

Using food for pleasure is also eating when one is anxious for example, this is satiating ones mind and not the body.

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"Don't make a big deal out of eating which is exactly what dieting or following a regimen does" Hatha Yoga diet sounds like a regime to me.
Well I'm not hear to sell hatha yoga and I don't even practice it, just interesting to find something that directly correlates to my own personal realisations. It is not a regime at all, which 80/10/10 really is, they have recommendation but state that you should listen to your own needs and not beat yourself up if you do happen to stray of course, and they do recommend vegetarianism, but not to the point of absolutism.

There is nothing cruel in actually eating meat imo, it is the natural order of things, Lions do not eat grass and it would be ridiculous if they did, although yes I whole heartedly agree that the meat industry is often unnecessarily cruel in the way they kill animals.

Check this out although its not the same thing on hatha yoga that I read (and feel free to dispense or ignore the spiritual chatter), I came to realise a lot of it myself especially the 2nd last paragraph.

http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1982.../cordiet.shtml

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Good luck my friend. Thanks for the great conversation. This will certainly help others.
Absolutely, you too, and thank you for all your time and effort writing I am glad I tried it
10-04-2014 06:09 AM
Vanilla Gorilla
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Well I thought I'd report back with my results.

I'm afraid they are not entirely positive I must say although some swear by the diet. For starters I am not convinced of the healthiness of the 80/10/10 diet, there is a lot of quackery in the science of the book with very few scientific sources to back up outlandish claims and unsupportable theories and I truly doubt the Drs credentials (doctor of what??). For example yes many of us were just gatherers, but it fails to account for the fact that in between gathering most would hunt to kill and cook an animal, if you failed to do this you would eventually die, there is more than enough archeological evidence to support this, and my argument is as good as the doctors.

When I mentioned to my mother that I was going to try raw vegan, she remarked that she'd already seen and heard about it back in the 90s and that most raw vegan dieters eventually looked very unhealthy with scaly skin, upon further examination I concur including the doctor himself, I have found many others that concur with this appraisal online as well.

So I have tried for weeks to do bananas, mangoes, kiwis, apples, figs to name but a few fruits and I one cannot seem to be able to stomach so much fruit ending up hungry often and two cannot control the swings of either rampant diarrhea, flatulence or constipation. Furthermore I spend a tremendous amount of time waiting for fruit to ripen or trying to calculate a schedule + it is very expensive and time consuming. Thus I conclude the diet is not for me and its not only my schedule but its my body that is telling me it.

I seem to fall naturally into the hatha yoga style of diet which I discovered seems to agree with my former approach exactly, which emphasises that you 1) Don't make a big deal out of eating which is exactly what dieting or following a regimen does 2) Eat functionally i.e. to sustain yourself rather than for pleasure and preferrably vegetarian but don't shoot yourself if you do happen to eat some meat 3) Only fill half your stomach. Interestingly it says to cut out things like beans, garlic and spices, sticking rather to bland foods like rice etc.which are my own conclusions also.

So I'm going to continue on my own path which is not foods that are too fatty and roughly the following

-Tea for breakfast, maybe some fruit, maybe a sandwich or a croissant.
-Light lunch sandwiches or something, maybe a high cocoa content chocolate bar for tea before exercise.
-Filling evening meal
Thanks for the unfortunate feed back.

It sounds like you were doing more of a fruitarian thing. Which is too restrictive and doesn't cover all the nutritional bases. Veggies, nuts and seeds are equally as important as fruit. Remember that starches are a good second to fruit when one is far from the equator and warm fruit abundant tropical climates.

It also sounds like you grew impatient with finding new recipies and establishing new routines. So you went back to what you were doing before. At least you gave it a try.

There are many people that claim to have been eating a raw vegan diet since the 90's or before, who are still eating that way. To say its unhealthy is speculative.

I personally don't feel there is anything wrong with having some cooked food. Especially when it's cold outside. But I definately feel at my peak on a high raw diet.

"Don't make a big deal out of eating which is exactly what dieting or following a regimen does" Hatha Yoga diet sounds like a regime to me.

I can't see how one would feel satiated and satisfied only half filling their stomachs. This will lead to bingeing for sure. Filling up on lots of healthy and tasty food is natural.

Drinking tea as part of a meal is not. Tea and chocolate, caffeine anyone! That's a modern, misguided and unhealthy way to fuel a workout. It's not needed when one eats a healty diet and gets enough rest.

If we were ment to eat functionally and not for pleasure than there would only be one type of food on this earth and it would all taste the same. To me, food is one of the greatest things about this life. How amazing does it feel when we are satiated from a nutritious, flavorful and cruelty free meal.

Good luck my friend. Thanks for the great conversation. This will certainly help others.
09-29-2014 10:18 AM
Verbatim Well I thought I'd report back with my results.

I'm afraid they are not entirely positive I must say although some swear by the diet. For starters I am not convinced of the healthiness of the 80/10/10 diet, there is a lot of quackery in the science of the book with very few scientific sources to back up outlandish claims and unsupportable theories and I truly doubt the Drs credentials (doctor of what??). For example yes many of us were just gatherers, but it fails to account for the fact that in between gathering most would hunt to kill and cook an animal, if you failed to do this you would eventually die, there is more than enough archeological evidence to support this, and my argument is as good as the doctors.

When I mentioned to my mother that I was going to try raw vegan, she remarked that she'd already seen and heard about it back in the 90s and that most raw vegan dieters eventually looked very unhealthy with scaly skin, upon further examination I concur including the doctor himself, I have found many others that concur with this appraisal online as well.

So I have tried for weeks to do bananas, mangoes, kiwis, apples, figs to name but a few fruits and I one cannot seem to be able to stomach so much fruit ending up hungry often and two cannot control the swings of either rampant diarrhea, flatulence or constipation. Furthermore I spend a tremendous amount of time waiting for fruit to ripen or trying to calculate a schedule + it is very expensive and time consuming. Thus I conclude the diet is not for me and its not only my schedule but its my body that is telling me it.

I seem to fall naturally into the hatha yoga style of diet which I discovered seems to agree with my former approach exactly, which emphasises that you 1) Don't make a big deal out of eating which is exactly what dieting or following a regimen does 2) Eat functionally i.e. to sustain yourself rather than for pleasure and preferrably vegetarian but don't shoot yourself if you do happen to eat some meat 3) Only fill half your stomach. Interestingly it says to cut out things like beans, garlic and spices, sticking rather to bland foods like rice etc.which are my own conclusions also.

So I'm going to continue on my own path which is not foods that are too fatty and roughly the following

-Tea for breakfast, maybe some fruit, maybe a sandwich or a croissant.
-Light lunch sandwiches or something, maybe a high cocoa content chocolate bar for tea before exercise.
-Filling evening meal
09-04-2014 02:49 PM
Sheikh al-Majaneen You don't have to cut mangos up. I eat the skin too, like an apple. Except over the sink, since they are really juicy.
09-04-2014 12:56 AM
Verbatim
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Perhaps your body just doesn't like bananas. Certainly blending them will help make them more digestible. Adding greens helps increase the water and fibre content which lend well to digestion.

Mangos are my favorite fruit. Particularly the non string varieties like Kent mangoes. It doesn't sound like you have the correct technique for cutting up mangoes. But maybe I'm just used to the mess.

Slice each side off along the pit. Score the fruit while in the peel in a checker pattern. Scoop out the cubes with a spoon. Done!
I really hope its not the case, its annoying because bananas can be cheap and plentiful! I had bought cheap and low quality bananas so that maybe the reason why.

Mangos are much more expensive here, I wouldn't be able to sustain eating them at the moment. I suppose with mangos a little experience in cutting it would help, agree about the non string varieties.

So I suppose the next step is to find a fruit that is cheap and plentiful that I can take here.
09-03-2014 05:30 PM
Vanilla Gorilla Perhaps your body just doesn't like bananas. Certainly blending them will help make them more digestible. Adding greens helps increase the water and fibre content which lend well to digestion.

Mangos are my favorite fruit. Particularly the non string varieties like Kent mangoes. It doesn't sound like you have the correct technique for cutting up mangoes. But maybe I'm just used to the mess.

Slice each side off along the pit. Score the fruit while in the peel in a checker pattern. Scoop out the cubes with a spoon. Done!
09-03-2014 03:21 PM
Verbatim
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Verbatim, have a look at this article.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?d...tname=nutrient
Wonderful reading again thank you for the answers, so seems an all banana diet is quite feasible!

I tried eating bananas again, this time ripe ones. Again it clogged me up just eating 5-6, so I'm doing something wrong.

I wonder if I buy a blender and blend the bananas up adding water perhaps I will have better results and not have to deal with the flatulence and constipation.

I would like to do bananas because they are so easy. I tried doing mangos but god the amount of time and mess it takes to cut them up.
09-02-2014 12:37 AM
Sheikh al-Majaneen
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I like to make my beans from a dry state. Some time this fall, or winter (maybe a Christmas presant) I want to order a medium or small stovetop pressure cooker. Using a pressure cooker cuts bean preparation down to a few minutes.

I like oatmeal a lot. I used to hate it. You make it in the rice cooker on the white rice setting. Have you had savoury oats? This is oatmeal flavored with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, onions, maybe a pinch of nutritional yeast. I was astonished at the flavor. It is very good, takes as short a time as white rice and is a whole grain. Use only thick cut old fashioned oats, steel cut oats, or some of those multi grain pressed grain cerials like Bobs Red Mill 7 Grain. Also, you can do this with buckwheat groats, and any stamped whole grain, rye, triticale, spelt etc. The time for whole unstamped grains will be longer, like beans.

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Another way to cook savoury oats is to sautee some vegetables in any oil of your choice (olive or coconut are my preferred choice) and then pour the finished oats on top in a bowl. Kale and onions go well with oats, as does a poached egg if you eat eggs. Raisins go well in this too, especially if they cook with the oats and so bloat a little with water.

Unfortunately it can be time consuming.
09-01-2014 08:44 PM
Vanilla Gorilla Verbatim, have a look at this article.


http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?d...tname=nutrient
09-01-2014 03:39 PM
Verbatim I've had to stop the fruit diet for a little while. Simply because everything is too hectic at the moment and I found myself really quite undernourished.. Still haven't moved yet and settled down.

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There are over thirty foods that contain more potassium than bananas. Also there's no upper limit set for potassium consumption from food. Potassium poisoning from food is basically impossible.
I hope this is true, because I intend to eat 30 a day or something like that when I get around to it.

In the last few days my body has really been rejecting bananas, i.e. I have a bad feeling when I eat them and so I stopped. I think because I previously clogged myself up with unripe ones.

I know a couple of friends who knew a girl in her early 20s who only ate bananas and ended up in hospital from a potassium overdose. However she was very thin and dieting on them. So don't know what to say about it. She would faint after eating a banana, could have been a renal issue though although I don't think so because she recovered once she stopped eating them.

I think what I'm going to do in the meantime is fully read 80/10/10 and when I finally move and get the new job then start the diet properly and reboot on very ripe bananas. Just too many things going on at the moment to properly do it and I find myself just scuttling around to grab a sandwich here and there.

Vanilla gorilla I take it you've followed freelee the banana girl (who I find rather unpleasant) and the raw till 4 concept/diet? Sounds a little like what you are doing with the cooked meal in the evening. I will be following this concept.
09-01-2014 03:27 PM
morningdove2
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Hello everyone!

To cut a long story short although I'm better now due to a rare intestinal disorder which put me in bed for a year I can no longer eat meat, drink coffee and alcohol as well as a few other things like too much milk.

This has made me into an involutary vegetarian, or one where I can only take small quantities of meat when it is mixed with other food. Even drinking a standard amount of whey protein in milk will make me sick

I am getting back into Gymnastics training so really need some protein in the diet.

I can't stand cooking, don't care much for a meal so long as it tastes ok, don't have a lot of time or money and really need some simple ideas for a well rounded meal that I can make for the evenings.

To give an example years ago I once made two huge pots of Bolognese which I froze and then ate for 4 months daily. All I did was unfreeze a box for that week, cook up the pasta and sprinkle some parmesan, job done, tasty and well rounded and very cheap.

So anybody any ideas for something simple, fast, cheap, regular and healthy?

I've been thinking something like egg fried rice daily? Just depends on the contents? High fibre is also a thought.

Brown Rice or White Rice? etc. etc.
My two go-to veggie cookbooks are 30-Minute Vegetarian Recipes (Mary Gwynn, 1995 -- used copies out there) and World Vegetarian (Madhur Jaffrey, 1999).

Things to invest in: herbs and spices (buy a new one each time you shop for groceries).

Things to keep in your kitchen: lentils, brown rice, couscous, canned beans and dried beans (different varieties), canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced garlic (in a jar), minced ginger (in a jar), onions.
08-29-2014 08:10 AM
Vanilla Gorilla
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Vanilla I had to come off the diet for a bit to clear the constipation. Clearly the unripe or not very brown bananas...

My question now is this, I need to keep it simple and keep costs down as I'm moving house and getting a new job, so ideally just bananas all day blended with romaine lettuce and water in a blender would be great. Followed with gluten free rice like you say for the evenings, the durum wheat stuff is like you say too heavy..

Question is are so many bananas healthy? Something about it tells me no..

When I move to the new place and settle down I'd like to eventually incorporate other fruit but at the moment I'm going to have to rely on a large carb pasta meal in the evenings and something simple and fast requiring no thought i.e. banana and romaine...

I am not pro-GM and am pretty cautious regarding their use but have yet to read some conclusive evidence regarding any problem eating GM foods.

I won't be eating potatoes anyway...
There's no reason why an all day banana feast wouldn't be healthy. Most people get worked up with the potassium in bananas. There are over thirty foods that contain more potassium than bananas. Also there's no upper limit set for potassium consumption from food. Potassium poisoning from food is basically impossible.

You can incorporate frozen fruit along with bananas in your smoothies for more variety. Follow a food combination chart if you need to. If you have time you can buy large quantity's of fruit and freeze them yourself. Try to incorporate other veggies in your smoothies. Spinach, celery, cucumber, etc... Also smoothies are a good way to get your fats if your not eating overts. For example add flax meal or nut/seed butters avocado etc...

Variety will help your digestion and boost your vitamin and mineral spectrum. Glad to hear how things are going.
08-29-2014 07:21 AM
Verbatim
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That sounds about right. I experienced and "unloading" stage when I initially transitioned to high carb, high fruit. Then I felt like I wasn't going enough after that. I find having veggies throughout the day with or without fruit helps the bm's. Also the increase in fibre does require more water. Bananas and pasta are pretty low water content. So make sure your drinking enough or eating high water content foods with your meals.

Your body should regulate once your gut gets used to the new way of eating. You may also feel some detox symptoms if you are eating super clean now. Unless your diet was already pretty clean.

A banana shouldn't be consumed until all the green is gone and has brown spots.
Vanilla I had to come off the diet for a bit to clear the constipation. Clearly the unripe or not very brown bananas...

My question now is this, I need to keep it simple and keep costs down as I'm moving house and getting a new job, so ideally just bananas all day blended with romaine lettuce and water in a blender would be great. Followed with gluten free rice like you say for the evenings, the durum wheat stuff is like you say too heavy..

Question is are so many bananas healthy? Something about it tells me no..

When I move to the new place and settle down I'd like to eventually incorporate other fruit but at the moment I'm going to have to rely on a large carb pasta meal in the evenings and something simple and fast requiring no thought i.e. banana and romaine...

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But, please do realize that because these days most regular potatoes are genetically modified, probably they are not the ones that Dr McDougal is talking about in the video.
I am not pro-GM and am pretty cautious regarding their use but have yet to read some conclusive evidence regarding any problem eating GM foods.

I won't be eating potatoes anyway...
08-28-2014 12:26 AM
ymestiquer
Plain and Simple: Cheap Boiled Potatos!!!

Hi Verbatim,

Please check this video:

https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e...oments/potato/

But, please do realize that because these days most regular potatoes are genetically modified, probably they are not the ones that Dr McDougal is talking about in the video. So, as much as financially allowable, strive to obtain the organic version, being the natural form he is probably referring to - the way that nature intended.
08-27-2014 08:48 AM
Vanilla Gorilla That sounds about right. I experienced and "unloading" stage when I initially transitioned to high carb, high fruit. Then I felt like I wasn't going enough after that. I find having veggies throughout the day with or without fruit helps the bm's. Also the increase in fibre does require more water. Bananas and pasta are pretty low water content. So make sure your drinking enough or eating high water content foods with your meals.

Your body should regulate once your gut gets used to the new way of eating. You may also feel some detox symptoms if you are eating super clean now. Unless your diet was already pretty clean.

A banana shouldn't be consumed until all the green is gone and has brown spots.
08-27-2014 08:34 AM
Verbatim Well I ran into trouble over the past few days. I'm not sure whether it was the bananas or the durum wheat pasta (I consumed around 300 dry grams straight) and tonnes of bananas...

But I've been hit pretty hard with constipation and severe flatulence i.e. I didn't go for 2-3 days. I think it maybe because the bananas weren't ripe enough, apparently they need to be super ripe. That said I would get constipation with a low fibre high protein foods, and the durum wheat is actually quite high in protein and little fibre.. So can't figure out which is the culprit!
08-25-2014 09:23 PM
Vanilla Gorilla The only spaghetti or pasta I eat is corn, wild rice, or a rice blend pasta. Gluten free. Not because I'm intolerant but I find it digests better for me.

Perhaps your thinking of zucchini or cucumber noodles. Made using a spiralizer. I do make them all the time. If I am having spaghetti I will usually add zucchini noodles to bulk up the meal.

By the way I consume the whole box of pasta. Plus a ton of veggies. It's usually about a 1300 calorie meal.
08-24-2014 09:02 AM
Verbatim
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I like to make my beans from a dry state. Some time this fall, or winter (maybe a Christmas presant) I want to order a medium or small stovetop pressure cooker. Using a pressure cooker cuts bean preparation down to a few minutes.
Unfortunately I had presumed I would be ok with beans but I cannot stomach them! Similar reaction to eating high protein food..

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I like oatmeal a lot. I used to hate it. You make it in the rice cooker on the white rice setting. Have you had savoury oats? This is oatmeal flavored with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, onions, maybe a pinch of nutritional yeast. I was astonished at the flavor. It is very good, takes as short a time as white rice and is a whole grain. Use only thick cut old fashioned oats, steel cut oats, or some of those multi grain pressed grain cerials like Bobs Red Mill 7 Grain. Also, you can do this with buckwheat groats, and any stamped whole grain, rye, triticale, spelt etc. The time for whole unstamped grains will be longer, like beans.
I love oats, and I love porridge, but I cannot eat it, I have a very bad reaction almost as if I had a mini steak, this and coffee really got me down as I like them both a lot..

So far I seem ok with rice, so long as it's balanced with something else, sphaghetti is really easy on the stomach and fruit no problems so far at all.. Been nailing a lot of bananas so far..

Vanilla Gorilla when you say sphaghetti are you talking about the wheat kind or the kind made in the 80/10/10 diet? I mean the wheat kind, really time consuming to make your own spag,,
08-24-2014 07:50 AM
Gita I like to make my beans from a dry state. Some time this fall, or winter (maybe a Christmas presant) I want to order a medium or small stovetop pressure cooker. Using a pressure cooker cuts bean preparation down to a few minutes.

I like oatmeal a lot. I used to hate it. You make it in the rice cooker on the white rice setting. Have you had savoury oats? This is oatmeal flavored with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, onions, maybe a pinch of nutritional yeast. I was astonished at the flavor. It is very good, takes as short a time as white rice and is a whole grain. Use only thick cut old fashioned oats, steel cut oats, or some of those multi grain pressed grain cerials like Bobs Red Mill 7 Grain. Also, you can do this with buckwheat groats, and any stamped whole grain, rye, triticale, spelt etc. The time for whole unstamped grains will be longer, like beans.

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08-24-2014 02:08 AM
Verbatim I'm totally with the idea of a high carb diet..

But honestly I think I may struggle going raw and 95% fruit which is the 80/10/10 premise.

I can envisage myself incorporating something like spaghetti with a tomato sauce (i.e. blended tomato or whatever) or perhaps some other vegetables..

But I think going completely raw and nearly all fruit is going to be difficult for me, I'll need a hot meal once every other evening I think.
08-23-2014 07:16 PM
Vanilla Gorilla Yeah I eat lots of banana too. But also what is in season is acceptably priced. I guess it depends on your threshold. I get them 10% off when I buy a case. I just freeze what I can't eat for smoothies and banana ice cream.

Potato's are usually a good price per pound. And squash too if all day fruit is too expensive.

I also combine high and low price fruits to bring the average down. Like blue berries and pear. Or strawberry and pineapple. It just depends what's on sale.

Keep working at it and developing recipies. It will get easier. Again keep us posted. I'm glad to hear that it seems to be working for you.
08-23-2014 01:15 PM
Verbatim Vanilla Gorilla, I know I've said it before but I cannot thank you enough for showing me enlightenment.

I just wish I had found this diet years ago.

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Even better would be to add hemp seeds to your sauce or make some vegan Parmesan with walnuts. Or don't add any overts to your pasta and make a tomato avocado salad to go with.
The answer! Thank you.

My only problem so far is that the diet is certainly heavy on the pocket unless I restrict it to a certain type of fruits. Perhaps I can select certain meals from the book that are cheaper.

At the moment I just seem to be eating loads of bananas because they are cheap!
08-17-2014 04:10 PM
Vanilla Gorilla Fibre is a non issue. You will get plenty. Fruit and most veggie fibre is soft and gentle on the digestive tract. Unlike things like bran that are phyiscally hard and sharp. Hard insoluble fibre can physically damage the vili inside the intestines. The body will produce mucous to protect the lining at the expense of a reduction in nutrient absorption. Incase you wanted to know ;-)

Pasta and sauce sounds great. For me it's about quality. So I would choose a good quality rice or quinoa or corn pasta. Or I would use spaghetti squash. Select or make a whole food spaghetti sauce. Not one that contains precessed ingredients that your body doesn't recognize as food.

Oil is an overt fat. If I'm going to consume overt fat I will choose one that will contribute to my diet. Fat has more than twice the calories as carbs and protein. So it had better pack some nutrients if I'm going to take the calorie hit. Get what I'm saying. If you have to do oil do flax or hemp and don't heat it. It has more beneficial nutrients than Olive. Even better would be to add hemp seeds to your sauce or make some vegan Parmesan with walnuts. Or don't add any overts to your pasta and make a tomato avocado salad to go with.

It depends how you want your maco percentages to look at the end of the day. For me at 3000 calories I can only include half an avocado/day or 3tbsp of hemp hearts/day to stay around 10%. The more calories you need the more you can consume. That's one of my favorite parts of exercising is that it allows me to eat more. I love eating good food.
08-17-2014 02:42 PM
theCaityCat There are a lot of good recipes on Savvy Vegetarian. I like to make quinoa pilaf and substitute cashews for the chickpeas. I make a double batch, then freeze it in lunch-sized containers.

Also, a sliced apple with 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter is a quick meal with plenty of nutrients in my household.
08-17-2014 12:16 AM
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Regarding my banan lunch I usually just peel the banana and wrap a lettuce leaf around it. Banana wrap!
It sounds so wrong, it could be so right.

How are you with fibre by the way, or do you get more than enough in the fruit? It's an area I need help with due to my poor digestion.

Likewise how does spaghetti with a sauce and some olive oil sound for the dinners? Or is olive oil a bit too much in the fat department?

Book is on its way ordering it today..
08-15-2014 09:24 PM
Vanilla Gorilla Haha. I can't say my smoothie tastes bad. It may be an aquired taste to some. I guess it depends how much you love fruits and veggies. Sometimes the celery can be a bit much. Depends on the quality for sure.

Regarding my banan lunch I usually just peel the banana and wrap a lettuce leaf around it. Banana wrap! Tender greens have little flavor and some varieties have a hint of sweetness. It's soft and crunchy, sweet and savory all at the same time. Sometimes I will make a banan salad. So cut up the lettuce and top it with chopped banana. Then I'll make a chocolate or cinnamon dressing. Here's the recipe:

1-3 dates soaked
1/2-1 banana
1tbsp of Cacao or cinnamon powder
Add water to desired consistency

Blend it all up. Makes a good dip for the banana wraps too. You can sub cocoa or carob powder for the cacao. Your choice.

I try to stay raw through out the day. I find I feel a bit sleepy if I have a large cooked meal. I don't want that during the day. For me it's about comfort and energy.

Keep the questions coming. Good luck
08-15-2014 01:48 PM
Verbatim Vanilla Gorilla, I literally cannot thank you enough. So much amazing information, really appreciated.

I'm 5'11 and you are my target weight a although I was 152lbs when I was literally a pure muscle doing amateur gymnastics 10 years ago, I am now 177lbs so quite a fair way off but I've only been training for a month.

I will have a look at natural hemp and pea protein powders.. and using these in shakes.

You maybe right I may have to go vegan, although damn I'm going to miss milk despite it's negative affects on me.

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My typical fruit smoothie:
1 to 1.5lbs of banana (4-8)
1-2 stalks of celery
100-200g of spinach
1-2tbsp of lemon juice
I serving of said protein powder
Dilute with water to desired consistency yields about 64oz
Does this actually taste any good? I will try it.

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Throughout the week I usually eat about 2lbs (8-10) of banana with romaine lettuce. This is a staple for me. It's very filling and cheap.
You just eat the romaine lettuce raw? On its own?

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It's been scientifically proven (China Study) that on a low fat diet one can consume 20-30% excess calories and burn them as body heat. Higher fat and protein diets cause the body to store excess calories. Not high carb diets.
Yes I studied some physiology and remember the body will easily make a fat molecule if it has fatty acids and sugar. Take away the fat and it has to make those long fatty acid chains from sugars which uses a lot of energy. Makes perfect sense.

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I also like hard fruit like spaghetti & butternut squash.
Great idea!

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If I've done some resistance training I may have a large veggie stir fry over quinoa. This is generally the only time I eat cruciferous veggies. I only eat them steamed. It breaks down the goitrogens and opens the cell walls making the protein and nutrients more available.
Another great idea!

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Cronometer is a great app and website to track and view your macro and micro nutrients. I highly suggest you try it. It will really put things in perspective.

The 80/10/10 book has everything you need to know to get started. From there you need to do more research to make sure you have your micronutrient needs covered.
I will do thank you so much.

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I demand a lot from my body. I'm up at 6 and down at 9-10. I don't have the time or patience for poor digestion, low nutrient foods. My body is not a discount body. So I don't mind spending a little more on it. It pays me back with great health and energy. Haven't been sick in a long time. When I started eating higher carb I noticed my hair and nails growing faster. My gums filled in around my teeth. My wounds heal faster. It's the way to go for me for sure.
And quite right to, I think there is a reason I am only able to process carbohydrates, despite the fact I was so ill before, almost like a calling. I've been on this sort of 6am exercise routine before but it was a decade ago although I didn't think about diet. I completely agree and subscribe to everything you've written makes perfect sense.

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I do try to as much organic food as I can. You can save some money by following the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List (google). I get a discount when I buy larger quantity of fruit from my local market. I always ask the produce dept for "over ripe" fruit. Things like that.
I'm going to be living near Brixton market in London so will have quite an opportunity to buy bulk. Again really helpful thanks..
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