hi caroline, it sounds to me like time to re read the weight loss section and the superhero plan. if weight loss is really what you are after. i would also be curious to know what you used to eat? regualr american diet? dairy,meat and such? cause that will help to figure out what your body is going thru. i would also be curious to know if you feel any other good symptoms from this kind life. but if weight loss is the goal...lets get that in order. reread those chapters. cause penut butter and bread are not on the superhero plan. nor are the penut butter cups and in that quantity. once you get your wieght exactly where you want it you will be able to play more heavily in the vegan section. but while trying to lose weight it is best to stick to the 1 day vegan 6 day superhero. also you are missing whole grains. and veg. at breakfast i would lose the banana and fruit. and have brown rice and steamed greens. then for lunch you need a whole grain...rice or quinoa...instead of the protien. if you wnat protien pick a bean or have that hummus you love. like 1/2 a cup. at dinner you are missing the veg.... and for dessert id have the fruit...an hour after dinner. thats what i would do...if i wanted to lose weight. but in answe to your wieght gain from this diet....im not sure what you were eating before...but the body takes a little while to adjust to new way of working...your intestines need time to heal. and soon you will absorb so much more from the food you eat. i promise. if you want the yummie desserts go the superhero section.... thanks so much. give this a try for 2 weeks and then let us know how you are doing.
What really helped me lose 15 pounds & keep it off---is doing a weekly 24 hour fast......eating more fruits & veggies-and drinking more purified water!! Also-i make sure i walk every day-unless it's raining too hard~ LOL :). Read the miracle of fasting also--it will also help to normalize your weight......ACV (apple cider vinegar) helps too :).
They are probably not as macrobiotic, but they are all vegan whole food recipies with low fat and they will probably help you out A LOT.
When I first went vegan over two years ago I had terrible gas (embarassing I know). Same happened to my cousin. I really thing your body is detoxing in a way and getting all the bad stuff out. Give it a couple of weeks, it just gets BETTER AND BETTER!!!!
Hi Caroline - I notice when I start to put on the lbs. I try to incorporate more salads and soups (although watch the salt b/c this can be bloating). Basically, I try to eat more veggies. While I still have whole grains I try to limit the amount of bread I eat. Also, eating foods that are high in fiber are very filling and satisfying. Peanut butter and nuts are good sources of protein, but they are packed with calories. I try to limit these and instead have more beans. Also, if you like to have something sweet at the end of day (I know I do) try not to have something that is too tempting in the house or you may eat the whole thing (I have done this before). For instance, I have one piece of vegan dark chocolate every night. It satisfies the sweet tooth, but I don't feel the need to eat the whole bar. I also try to make sure I am getting enough liquids since I can mistake hunger for thirst. I know this sounds ridiculously simple, but I try to listen to my body. I eat only when I am hungry, not just because it's a certain time of day and I feel expected to eat. In addition, I also try to exercise. I remind myself of all the animals I am saving every day by refusing to eat animal products and it makes me feel so good and proud that I now care less about the numbers on the scale. I hope this helps you!
First and foremost stay AWAY from Jamba Juice, It is packed with sugars which end up as carbs. Are you working out? exercise and diet go hand in hand. Your example of what you eat minus the jamba juice should not be adding weight if the portions are correct. You might want to stay away from the fried food, although vegan it is still fried and greasy.
As Alicia mentions your body will adapt to this food and in that process we usually get gassy but that will go away. Some poeple do have a soy intolerance so try and eliminate that and see if it helps.
I do think it depends what you were eating before but prepared foods tend to have a LOT of sodium in them. Sodium can make you retain water. Also, you still do need to watch your portion sizes and even count calories if you want to lose weight and aren't.
Also, I'd definitely increase the amount of plain veggies you are eating. Are you eating at whole foods or at home? Steaming some greens can help bulk up your meals. Whole foods is pretty good at listing ingredients and some of those ingredients (veganaise, oil, nuts, etc) can pack a lot of calories.
Tevia - are the smoothies from Jamba Juice bad because of the sugars naturally occuring in the fruit or because of what Jamba Juice adds to the fruit smoothies? I'm curious because I was literally just thinking of switching to smoothies for awhile for breakfast since I'm burn out on oatmeal, cereal, and toast, but I don't want to start packing on the lbs. What do you have for breakfast?
I would say Jamba Juice is probably to much sugar. I looked up the calories online and they are not low in calories. I would say you still need a grain because the fruit will burn faster and then you will be hungry sooner. If you balance the fruit with a whole grain piece of toast would stay with you longer. What about home made smoothies with soy yogurt or agave nectar or brown rice syrup for your sweetener. I use ground flax seed, bananas for sweeteners,and a small amount of rice milk for moisture. Some frozen berries too! Yum. I still eat a piece of Ezekiel to balance it all out. Try it you may be surprised.