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I've been trying to drop a few pounds for a while, and I've realized... I'm clueless. I have no clue how much to eat, what to eat, when to eat, etc... Normally, I have a slice of toast or some cereal for breakfast, but after that, I realize that I'm eating the same things: rice and my yummy bean nachos. So, my question is... Is there anyone out there who can give me some recipies that I can cook. I'm not a skilled cook, and neither are my parents... and the only one in my family who is, my sister, is in Texas. Any advice on portions, what to eat, or when to eat, even some physical activity would be much appreciated. I normally walk my dog in the morning and evening, riding my horses in between. So yeah.. I'm just clueless and basically need a lot of help!
 

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a good idea is to try to eat only when you're hungry. try not to eat when you are bored or upset. i know that's what i always did.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> you dont have to be a master chef to make things healthy. dont consume as many oils etc as usual and try not to eat fried things.<br><br><br><br>
also try to work out more. joining a local gym can be really helpful and good for you. try swimming if you are not really into weight training. over all just try to be as healthy as you can be while making sure you are eating enough.<br><br><br><br>
hope this helps.
 

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I'm a big fan of exercise videos. They're fairly idiot-proof and usually challenging enough to keep it interesting. I've lost 50 pounds that way (now I'm really working on cleaning up my diet to get rid of the last 25.)
 

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It is good advice to not eat a couple hours before going to sleep, so if you normally head for bed around 11 then stop eating at 8:30pm. Instead of adding a carb to a meal, like a rice side dish, exchange it for a green so a side salad (not too much dressing) or green beans boiled for 5 minutes in salted water. Every case is different so you may want to get a couple books and read up on both healthier eating and working exercise into your lifestyle, selecting what works for you and what doesn't.
 

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how much do you weigh and how tall are you? keep track of what you eat for a few days in a notebook.<br><br>
some good and easy vegan recipes are in the book "La Dolce Vegan" by Sarah Kramer. most take under a half an hour of prep and are pretty straightforward. "Vegan With a Vengeance" has some amazing and yummy recipes in it too. tonight my mom is cooking "maple mustard green beans and potatoes" from that cookbook,a nd we are big fans of her ethiopian peppers and seitan recipe,too.
 

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Make sure you drink lots of water every day. Sometimes the body is dehydrated, the signals it sends out feel like hunger..but it's really just thirsty. Try drinking a big glass of water before each meal to fill you up without adding calories.
 

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More variety. A piece of fruit with breakfast. Vegetables with your other meals -- they have lots of nutrients and not lots of calories. Pepper strips/carrots with hummus (I buy a boxed hummus mix, takes two minutes to make, directions included). Frozen mixed veggies microwaved for two and a half minutes or put cut up fresh veggies like broccoli and squash in a loosely covered container with a little water and microwave for 3 and a half minutes -- sprinkle with Italian seasoning, Bacos (yep, they're veg), or butter-flavored spray for different flavors. Spaghetti squash (cut in half, scoop out seeds, put in a loosely covered container with a little water, microwave about 9 min, scoop out 'spaghetti' with marinara sauce (mine comes from a jar) with some extra chopped peppers/onions/spinach/tomatoes/whatever tossed in, and some black or kidney beans. Microwave the sauce mixture 3 min or so.<br><br><br><br>
Rice is calorie dense, so eat it by the half cup not the full plate. Nachos are high in fat (generally unfriendly fat, trans fat in the chips and saturated fats if it's regular cheese) and calorie dense too. Check out the recipes section.<br><br><br><br>
Lots of good stuff out there; easy to make, good for a diet. Enjoy!
 
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