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I've been gradually switching to a vegetarian diet for awhile. Now all I eat are milk and eggs, so I guess I'm now finally some sort of vegetarian. I want to cut these products out too, as it seems that even though the animals aren't killed, they are still treated extremely inhumanly. I feel really good, and for the most part healthier.<br><br><br><br>
My problem is that I'm loosing weight, and getting ridiculously hungry between meals, especially from when I wake up till I get a chance to eat breakfast. I don't think I'm getting enough fat in my diet - I'm thinking of switching from skim milk to 1 or 2% but that's not that helpful, since I'd like to cut out milk. I've heard avacado is good, but what else? I don't want to eat avacado everyday.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I'm trying to eat more calories, but I find that whole grains, pasta, and veggies fill me up too fast. For example last night I ate vegatarian baked beans, brocolli with some melted cheese, and a sweet potato, but I only ate about half the sweet potato before I was stuffed. Then this morning I was so hungry I was shaky. I got a banana, an orange, skim milk, and oat squares for breakfast. I only ended up having a small bowl of oat squares and 2 glasses of milk before I was stuffed again. Now only an hour later - I'm hungry. I still have the banana and the orange to eat, but with meetings and everything I can't count on being able to snack all day.<br><br><br><br>
What am I doing wrong? Back in my meat eating days I had no trouble putting away a half pound steak, with a potato and a veggie. I always tended to wake up a little hungry, but nothing compared to this. I also didnt have this problem at all when I was just eating one serving of chicken with dinner.
 

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Try breaking up your meals into smaller ones. Have an apple with nut butter when you wake up. Then have your main breakfast, maybe some kind of tofu scramble. Have a mid-morning snack and then lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and then dinner. Have a light snack a few hours before bedtime. Try and combine protein/carbs/fat in all your meals and snacks. The kinds of food you're eating look good so maybe it's just the timing and quantities.
 

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A couple of things that seem to be missing from your diet are nuts and seeds or nut butters (raw, and unsalted would be healthiest), and fruit. The avocados you mentioned would be a good idea to add as well.<br><br><br><br>
The nuts and seeds are calorie dense, and if you eat more of them they will help you keep weight on, or gain it back. Dried fruit would be more calorie dense than fresh fruit, so having some sort of trail mix, or a mixture of dried fruit and nuts would be a good idea. For convenience, you could pick up some Lara Bars, which are all natural snack bars that consist entirely of raw nuts and dried fruits, and they come in lots of tasty flavors.<br><br><br><br>
I use raw nuts a lot for making homemade salad dressings, and nut-based sauces for vegetables (we love kale w/cashew cream sauce). I sometimes put walnuts in my salads as well. Sometimes I blend nuts up when I'm making a creamy soup. Actually, both nuts and avocados can be very useful for making thick creamy recipes that don't require the use of dairy products. You can find the recipe for kale w/cashew cream sauce, as well as a lot of other wonderful recipes at this website: <a href="http://www.fatfreevegan.com" target="_blank">www.fatfreevegan.com</a><br><br><br><br>
I think that the recipe database is searchable, so you could just put in the name of a food, like 'cashew', or 'almond', or 'walnut', and then it would list all the recipes that contain the ingredient.<br><br><br><br>
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I would very much agree about the snacks idea if you can do that within the confines of your work situation; I also find I can't get enough calories if I don't have six mini-meals rather than three big ones in a day.<br><br><br><br>
If you are getting weak, hungry and shaky, you need more calories. Make sure you know how many you are supposed to be getting for your size/age/gender (there are online calculators for this) and then spend a few days more consciously checking you are getting enough, perhaps.<br><br><br><br>
Easy ways of getting the calories healthily would be through things like beans/ lentils / nuts/ seeds/ healthy oils. Dried fruits are high calorie and taste good if you like sweet things. Also good for at work as it doesn't take long to eat a few pieces of that. Especially try nut butters on toast, in sandwiches or with fruit, or hummous with crudites perhaps. Have 1 oz nuts with a piece of fruit for a snack or a palmful of seeds. Make salad dressings with healthy oils and yes, try the avocadoes, maybe mashed onto wholegrain toast (always take the wholegrain options) or on a sweet potato with sprouts and seeds scattered over.<br><br><br><br>
You may simply be burning your food very quickly as you have a healthy metabolism; protein and wholegrain carbohydrate is a good way to satisfy yourself more without getting too full too quickly, and to slow this down a bit.<br><br><br><br>
Hope the above is useful; I'm no expert but have looked into it a little for my own purposes. Take care and well done on your healthy decision to become a veggie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">For example last night I ate vegatarian baked beans, brocolli with some melted cheese, and a sweet potato... Then this morning I was so hungry I was shaky. I got a banana, an orange, skim milk, and oat squares for breakfast.</div>
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If you're feeling shaky and RAVENOUSLY hungry, it might not be a calorie problem. You may have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. I recommend that you do a search for this condition and see if it matches what you've been going through.<br><br><br><br>
I quoted your post because, depending on the ingredients for the baked sweet potato and oat squares, they could be triggering low blood sugar.
 

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Thanks for all the tips... I think the blood sugar issue is right on. I had trouble with early morning low blood sugar once before in college (To the point where I passed out in an early morning class). I don't know why I didn't think about that. I drank some water this morning and grabbed a hard candy and felt fine today.
 
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