I eat grains with every meal. I am 5'3" and I weigh 107 lbs. I work out moderately. Nothing crazy. Carbs do not make you gain weight. It is a myth. Refined carbohydrates such as flour and sugar are loaded with empty calories and lead to binges. Whole grains are just as important for optimum health as are vegetables. Start by making a big pot of brown rice and eat it throughout the day, chewing really well, and see how great you feel!
These are questions I've always had too---and I am trying out more and more of these fantastic recipes! However, I am always a little wary about the carb aspect too---does anyone follow a specific measurement or portion size?
I'm 5"4" and weigh 107 and I do eat grains at every meal as well. I stick to whole grains no white processed stuff. I do measure my grains. I try to get 3/4 cup grain at lunch and dinner. For breakfast I usually eat steel cut oatmeal. I do tons of vegggies though and I try to get protein from beans and lentils and tofu at luch and dinner. With beans and lentils I measure out 1 cup. I find this keeps my weight stable. If I need to gain I add a little more grains. I also eat fruits 2 a day.
What does everyone eat for breakfast? I just can't do the vege, soup thing that early. I generally rotate oatbran w dried cereal with almond milk, or a berry smoothie with hemp and flax seeds and wheat germ, sometimes I stick banana in there. Occassionally I have a healthy hemp bagel as a treat with tofutti cream cheese. Superhero for lunch works out great (except heating in microwave at work- bad!).
Wooo Amy!! You sound as if you are totally superhero! Great job! Everyone's right about the carb dilemma--any refined carbs (even whole grain flour products) may make you gain weight, but whole grains do not. They keep the motor running smoothly :) lol. I have lost my tummy pudge eating whole grains, so I can tell they are great! When I eat too many flour products (ummmm...hello holidays!), I get a bit bloated. Don't worry! There is a whole world of undiscovered whole grains out there! I'm still figuring out what to do with them. I used to think eating healthy carbs meant whole wheat pasta or cous cous, but those are the carbs that, eaten in too vast a quantity (despite being more healthy than white pasta), have given carbs in general a bad rap. I personally love the freedom of eating whole grain carbs! Mmmmm yummy rice (and quinoa, barley, steel cut oats, farro, etc.)!