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ugh i have such problems. everytime i try a diet...well meal plans i guess thats a diet lol...umm it NEVER works. the main flaw in my current one was that my breakfast was usually toast...which is all carbs and no long lasting energy/fullness. im not an idiot when it comes to diet but i cant put it all together. can a healthy person please please give me an example of what your typical eating is? someone that includes things like fruit, salads, brown rice, beans, eggs..those things are what i like to live off of while being healthy. its always either too low calorie or high carb or binge encouraging or blahh sorry for rambling on..help me
 

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oh by the way i can sense someone saying "look at the waht did you eat today posts"...but alot of people dont eat right or enough and i dont feel like fishing through hundreds of posts.
 

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Well, I'm no "expert" by any means, but maybe I can give you some ideas to help get you started in the right direction.<br><br><br><br>
As for breakfast, I've found that oatmeal with some wheat toast on the side keeps me full until after lunchtime. Also if your in a cereal mood, a nice bowl of grape-nuts with some kind of fresh fruit also helps keep the hungries away.<br><br>
You could also try some whole wheat pancakes, you can make a batch of these with some vegan chocolate chips during the weekend and keep them in a container in the fridge and just pop them in the microwave during the week.<br><br><br><br>
As for lunches, you could do some veggie soup with a baked potatoe on the side. I'm not sure if your lacto-ovo but if so, you could do grilled cheese with tomatoes sandwiches along with some good soup (you could also cook up a batch of this during the weekend too).<br><br>
There's always the good 'ole standby, a nice salad with some type of whole wheat bread and a piece of fruit.<br><br>
I've even been known to open up a can of pinto beans (rinsed well), open up a can of mixed greens (drained well), and pop them into a microwavable bowl until hot and add a bit of vinegar to the greens, quick & easy.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner & lunch ideas could be used interchangeably depending on time restraints. For dinner, I sometimes will do some grilled peppers & onions, open up a can of black beans, warm up some tortillas and add some salsa, this is really quick & easy.<br><br><br><br>
You could do any type of pasta salad just add in whatever fresh veggies you like and maybe some italian dressing of some sort.<br><br>
Baked ziti is another dinner option that you could make and then have leftovers for a few days. I would encourage you to make use of the whole wheat pastas though, they will stay with you alot longer.<br><br>
Also just pick up a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies and some good stir-fry sauce and cook some brown rice and again you have a quick & easy dinner with leftovers for lunch a few days!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"><br><br><br><br>
There's also the option of alot of the meat substitues. You could do grilled veggie burgers, veggie dogs, keep a box of Morningstar chick'n patties in the freezer for a quick sandwich, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps to get you started. I would also suggest checking out a couple of good vegan/vegetarian cookbooks from your local library for some more quick & easy ideas.<br><br>
I've found that if you take what you normally eat and then just omit the meat it's much easier to get started and alot less intimidating!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
Good Luck!<br><br>
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I also have the "toast for breakfast and then starve" problem...oatmeal never seems to do it for me, I still end up starving later...
 

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if you like toast for breakfast, try a piece of toast and a small can of baked beans. It's good, I PROMISE! Or, toast & peanut butter. Essentially, the combination of a whole grain piece of bread & the protein from the beans/legumes will keep your blood sugar from spiking (which leads to crash which leads to hunger) and takes a while to digest.<br><br><br><br>
Lunch, the same - try a chickpea salad sandwich or a roll with a big salad that has beans or tofu on it.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner, maybe something like an indian dal over rice. <a href="http://www.tarladalal.com" target="_blank">www.tarladalal.com</a> has some great recipes, or you can search on the recipes here.<br><br><br><br>
Essentially, though you don't have to do "combining" of foods anymore, I find that mixing whole grain carbs & protein together are a great way of staying full and are relatively healthy. But don't forget to eat reasonable amounts of fats - they're good for your skin & hair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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Carbs are fuel, don't be pulled into the no-carb nonsense. What you need to get a feel for is the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. It works like this, when you buy your bread avoid the word "enriched" anywhere on the ingredients label. Heads up, it will be on more labels than not. My favorite place for bread is the local farmer's market but in the grocery store I get bread by "the baker".<br><br><br><br>
This morning for breakfast I had an organic fiber bar (they're vegan but ive never found them anywhere but whole foods) and a lemon yogurt with granola (that I made myself last week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) and two cups of coffee with half & half. If you're a vegan that won't help you much. If you're not look out for gelatin in your yogurt (I buy stoneyfield because they use organic milk and pectin instead of gelatin)<br><br><br><br>
Good Luck!
 

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Check out the 'healthy food log':<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=53688" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=53688</a><br><br><br><br>
It may give you a better idea of what to eat than the otehr food log.<br><br><br><br>
And BTW- my perfect breakfast is: Some low fat organic granola with some frozen berries, milled flax seed and soygurt. It tastes like desert, and more than satisfies till lunch.
 

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My favorite breakfast is as follows:<br><br><br><br>
1/2 c. oatmeal<br><br>
1/2 c. blueberries<br><br>
3/4 c. soymilk<br><br>
Throw it all in a bowl and nuke it for about 3 minutes for regular rolled oats or 1.5 minutes for quick oats (I usually use regular rolled oats.) If I need a little sweetness, I'll add a few drops of liquid stevia (I've got some vanilla flavor that totally rocks.)<br><br><br><br>
That usually keeps me satisfied until lunchtime. Sometimes I'll get a little hungry around 9:30 or 10:00 and I'll have a little snack (like carrot sticks with peanut butter.)<br><br><br><br>
For lunch I usually eat out (bad habit, I know). I like to get a bean burrito (there's a place near my work that makes it with black beans and salsa and a ton of grilled veggies) or a tofu stir fry (there's a lot of little asian restaurants near me) or veggie sushi (my new favorite food) with some miso soup.<br><br><br><br>
Between lunch and dinner, I usually have a little snack. I just finished a salad that I packed and brought to work that was leftover from last night's dinner. To keep the veggies from getting all soggy, I put a tablespoon of balsalmic vinigarette in a ziplock baggy and stuck it in the container with the salad.<br><br><br><br>
For dinner I usually cook. I bought a few vegetarian cookbooks that I've been cycling through. I just pick a recipe that has a grain and lots of veggies and a protein of some kind.
 

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I suggest the Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. That book was my bible when I first turned vegetarian. Most of the recipes have vegan and vegetarian options, they are all doable with regular ingredients.<br><br><br><br>
The best part of the book, however, is with each recipe are the "make it a meal" suggestions. She also has lots of good info on what to eat for breakfast, a section on sandwich suggestions and just general good information.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck. Don't beat yourself up making it too complicated. Listen to your body (sorry if that sounds cliche, but I really believe it) and I think you will figure out what works for you.
 

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Fit for Life is a GREAT book to start.<br><br><br><br>
After reading that and visiting a health retreat back in 2002, I totally changed how I eat.<br><br><br><br>
I always always always start my day with fruit and nothing else. When you're first making the change over, the 1st 3 days will be hardest. So, you just eat fruit every time you're hungry. (That's fresh fruit or fresh-frozen fruit. Absolutely NO canned or cooked fruit - period.) After those 1st days, your body will adjust and no longer crave additional foods b/c it is getting what it needs.<br><br><br><br>
Nowadays, I survive on one freshly squeezed OJ (granted large glass) or a fruit smoothie until lunch or well after it.<br><br><br><br>
Then for lunch, this should be your biggest meal of the day - not dinner. Follow good food combinations. Snack in mid afternoon if you need it. Light dinner.<br><br><br><br>
These days, I make a lot of meals that are veggie intensive. Others are bean heavy. Yummy! Easy on the pasta/grains as I do not feel as "lively" when I eat too many grains. No meat analogs right now and the flavor of my cooking as increased. It's fun.<br><br><br><br>
For examples, some of my meals in the past week or two have been:<br><br><br><br>
- Chana Masala<br><br>
- Lentil-Veggie Burgers<br><br>
- Indian Cabbage and Peas (doesn't sound great but is totally yummy and I don't like peas)<br><br>
- Pasta w/super quick homemade sauce and sauteed veggies (squash, zuc, broccoli, mushroom in olive oil, garlic powder and mix of italian herbs).<br><br>
- Mussamum Curry (Thai dish)<br><br>
- Lemongrass and Chili (thai dish)<br><br>
- Mondo green salad with all kinds of fresh veggies and then topped with roasted peppers and eggplant. MMmmmmmmMMMmmm<br><br>
- Portabello Mushroom "burger" (slowly saute the thing and serve on a whole grain bun and top just like one would when eating a "burger" of some type)<br><br>
- Veggie Fajitas or Quesadillas - use all kinds of different veggies sauteed. Use fav cheeze on quesa if desired. Also, I like the Simply Organic Fajita mix to use in my saute (not as package directions)<br><br><br><br>
If you check this thread... it is NOT long but I put on a lot of my food choices and several pictures. <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=55981" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=55981</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
HTH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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when you buy your bread avoid the word "enriched" anywhere on the ingredients label. Heads up, it will be on more labels than not.</div>
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"Enriched" means the bread people put back the vitamins that were removed during processing. At "the bakers" they no doubt use "enriched" bread flour-- though you dont know because they do not have the same labling practices. I do not see how that has anythig to do with "good carbs bad carbs." Good carbs are things like whole unsmashed grains, beans and other things like that, bad carbs are sugar, corn syrup and highly processed carbs.
 

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heya heres what i sometimes eat and its usually filling<br><br>
breakfast:my mom found this yummy recipe thats rly filling... take 1 or 2 slices of bread(whole wheat if watching what u eat) and spread them with peanut butter then u cut up a banana and put the slices on each peice then sprinkle with dried cranberries yum!!! and it is filling!<br><br>
LUNCH: i usually have pasta or something(bad i kno) but the pasta i use is whole-grain so its not that bad... i usually put lots of veggies in it and use a sauce or u could have sum veggie soup with a grilled cheese very filling!!! and along with that some fesh fruit<br><br>
DINNER: i usually eat what my mom makes minus the meat sometimes i cook this stuff called chicken rice it is yummy..all u do is brown ur fake chicken(i like qourn but thats just me) add a lil seasoning of ur choice then add 1 can cream of mushroom, and h/e much rice u need(we usually just eyeball it) then add milk 2 cover the rice stir and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring every so often close 2 the end u could add brocolii. but that stuff is very filling and u could eat it for a few days just make sure 2 eat some nice fruit or something with it<br><br>
well hope i helped!!,<br><br>
sam
 
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