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Hello,

My name is William and I have been a vegetarian for over a year now. I am 26 years old. The only piece of dairy food I have during the day is a slice of cheese for breakfast. A personal trainer recently suggested that eliminating dairy would ease my arthritis. My knee pain has drastically diminished for the past two days but I am now constantly hungry and losing weight. For some reason, all of this happened when I stopped eating the cheese?! I would greatly appreciate any support you may be able to provide. Please suggest how I may gain weight and lose this hunger.
My meals are as follows:

Breakfast:

1.5 Cup Shredded Wheat

Handful of Peanuts

Banana

Lunch

Whole Wheat Bread

Apple/Green Pepper/Carrot

Tofu

Almonds

Dinner

Potato

Bread

Salad/with Banana
 

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more dense foods like beans and nuts/nut butters, perhaps? Try eating more fruit as snacks(the water in them will make you feel full)

oatmeal helps me stay full for a really long time.
 

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In two words: Eat more.


In three words: Hummus, guacamole and peanut butter. All three have good kinds of fat and should help you feel full longer so maybe snack on them between meals.
 

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Will (if I may call you Will) (I should have said "if you will" but I'm diametrically opposed to puns)

You need to eat more food, dood.

The meals you outlined do not look like they have enough of the, how do you say?. caloric intake.
 

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If you're trying to gain weight, you need to eat way more than that. Definitely have some between meal snacks. Hummus with pita and raw veggies is an awesome snack. Also, you probably need some more protein and fat in your dinner. Maybe throw some beans in that salad and have a cookie or some soy ice cream for desert.
 

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I'm not sure if anyone will agree with me here but if you want to add on more weight you could add a some olive oil over your vegtables. This makes me gain weight fairly easliy.
 

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Buy yourself some vegan cookbooks or search for some recipes on this website. You need to be having more substantial main dishes. Some examples of things my family has eaten lately: sloppy joes made with TVP, split pea soup, veggie fajitas, taco salad with beans and avocados, tamales and vegan egg rolls.
 

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You might want to add a bit more variety of vegetables. I tend to get into ruts where I eat a lot of comparatively few foods too!)

But basically, I'd say you are eating good, healthy food- just not enough of it. If you're hungry and are losing weight, eat more. There are a lot of good suggestions in this thread.
 

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Originally Posted by Will_S View Post

Hello,

My name is William and I have been a vegetarian for over a year now. I am 26 years old. The only piece of dairy food I have during the day is a slice of cheese for breakfast. A personal trainer recently suggested that eliminating dairy would ease my arthritis. My knee pain has drastically diminished for the past two days but I am now constantly hungry and losing weight. For some reason, all of this happened when I stopped eating the cheese?! I would greatly appreciate any support you may be able to provide. Please suggest how I may gain weight and lose this hunger.
My meals are as follows:
hi, that's great to hear that your knees are feeling much better, and that's great too that your personal trainer seems educated about dietary health.

One question is are you losing fat, or losing muscle?

As for exact diet advice, I'll default to SeaSiren, who has much more experience with helping people with exercise and diet.
 

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If you're working out, pasta and oatmeal are good to store up on before hand. Your body will burn that first before it takes weight off the rest of you.

A big glass of soy milk will give you a good deal of protein, that with a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.

I'm sure you eat differen things from day to day, and were just giving an example of what you had one day, but if that's your average intake, I agree with others that you should eat more.

Clif bars are good to snack on. They're vegan, at least the ones I know of, and are good for afternoon snacks, or second breakfast, or whenever you get hungry.
 

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Make some smoothies with fruit, protein powder (soy,hemp,brownrice) and soy milk or soy yogurt and greens(spinach or kale) thrown in and maybe even nuts or seeds thrown in. I make so many smoothies and you can put so much nutrition in them and they taste yummy.
 

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Hello! I would say that what helpd me with that "hunger" that kicks in at random times during the day, is that I started eating more meals and smaller portions. I also drink a lot of water... it really helps because a lot of time you're not really "hungry" you are just dehydrated [we get a lot of that in Texas]. And a fantastic snack that is a great filler between meals is raw almonds and walnuts... sometimes I mix in some raisins or dried fruit to give it a sweeter taste but you get a really full feeling after eating just a small handful!
Good luck with everything.

Cheers,

Bita

PS Your trainer suggested giving up dairy/cheese for arthritis? WOW. That's awesome... I've never met a trainer who suggested anything quite like that. Very cool.
 
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