Have you tried adding some RAW recipes to your diet? All raw diet is pretty challenging. But just one raw recipe a day is doable and quite yummy. Try www.goneraw.com. This also helps me keep the weight down while feeling full and staying vegan.
Thank you everyone for the advice. I think part of the difficulty is that I was already a really healthy eater except that I ate meat. I have not eaten processed foods in years, decades...and was already eating a ton of fruit, veges and beans to being with. I just would eat a little chicken breast, fish or pork tenderloin before. I stayed away from grains/bread carbs etc. If I eat grains now it is only once a day about 1/2 to 3/4 cup at most. The only fruit I have been eating is a fresh apple from the orchard. I have been eating a lot of cabbage, collards, lotus root/leeks/sunchokes, mushrooms, squash every couple of days, miso soup with bok choy and wild mushrooms, kinpira (I think thats how you spell it?) soup from the book, roasted veges etc. That is over the week. I feel like I eat little compared to what I read some people are eating, but when I eat anymore I gain weight. I wish I was eating something that was not good then it would make sense why I can't lose anything. I am still 20 lbs from prepregnancy weight (son is 2 1/2) and I am frustrated that the scale won't budge. As far as how do I feel? Not much different because I always ate a lot of veges. And as far as Alicias poop question, also no big change.....
good advice...I am a physical therapist and moving on my feet all day! I am trying to up my other exercise as well. I try to not ever eat after 5:30 and go to bed at 9- 9:30 ish. so that is not it. I think it may be my thyroid, I had half removed 2 years ago and the Drs said the remaining half would do its job. I went for bloodwork Friday so we will see. I don't want to take any meds though, the long term effects of thyroid meds are not good....so I think I am just going to eat well and weight myself in a month...maybe it will be good news or maybe I will cry! haha
yes thyroid being missing will be hard for your body! thats serious invasion. if you are serious about all of this maybe go to a macro counsilor. cause they can see exactly what is happening with your body and point you in direction to heal and nourish. specifically for your condition. which it sounds like there is one. also cous cous is still not a whole grain. its great! but it isnt the same as brown rice. try having grain at least 2 times a day. brown rice one time at least and then another grain like barley,millet,amaranth. stuff like that. quinoa is great too. and relax and give it time. i promise you if you focus on all the reasons to avoid the nasty foods reread when feel frustrated. and celebrate your choices and the good feelings that are coming with them. the weight will come off when it is ready too. this is the most healthy way to get to your ideal weight in the world. i promise. but with the thyroid thing id say you need help from a macro councilor. and your body needs time to adjust to not having all of that hard meat inside you. that does serious damage to the organs and so it needs a minute to heal and learn to work again properly and once that happens everything will work better. good luck! and congrats for the 5 pounds....thats a lot to lose...that could count for 3-4 weeks....for healthy weight loss...so hold tight!
I did not know cous cous was not a whole grain. I eat alot of brown rice but I buy the instant stuff from uncle bens or minute rice, either of which you microwave for 90 seconds. Does anyone know if these are good choices or is there a better rice I should be using? Had millet for the first time tonight and I loved it. Have enough for breakfast too.
@amy- I use the 10 minute brown rice, but DO NOT BOIL IN BAG. i cut it open, boil it for said 10 minutes and drain it.
or their website says:
Success Brown Rice can also be prepared "out-of-the-bag". Empty uncooked rice into medium saucepan and add 1-¼ cups liquid (such as water or broth) per bag. Bring liquid to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
Success® Rice will wait for you if your meal is not ready. Cooked Success® Rice can sit in hot water with the heat off for as long 30 minutes.
Alicia wrote about the negative aspects of using a microwave (which I use ALL the time) in the book, so I'm really making a concerted effort to make rice from scratch. I'm buying brown rice (and brown basmati- yum!) and making in my rice cooker (or stove when I'm not home) and making A LOT at one time. Then, I quickly reheat it on the stove the next day. Buying in bulk is cheaper, better for the environment (take your own recycled containers or bags to the store with you), just make sure to rinse it off before cooking it. :)