I am having trouble deciding what to eat excactly and how much. I am a recoverying bulimic who has also been 110 pounds overweight and have lost that and kept it off for 8 years now, but it is a struggle. I have been a vegetarian for several years ans went vegan in January. I really like it, but have a hard time with daily menus and amounts. Any input would ne helpful.
Hello! I have been vegan for over a year and LOVE it!! I am a high school teacher, so convenience for me is key. I have cereal and almond milk on weekdays and oatmeal on weekends. For lunch it's usually a PB/J or dinner leftovers and carrots with hummus. Snacks are fruit, vegan granola or a bar. Our dinners vary and I get a TON of my recipes from Vegnews magazine and Vegertarian times magazine. Both are awesome! Good luck and just keep going online for recipes/blogs/inspiration. You can do it!!!!
said#4Mar 20, 2011 at 5:25am
First thing I would do in your position (if a nutrionist is out of the question) is look to a nutrional calculator for help to see how many calories, fats, carbs, etc. you need to be intaking daily for your weight & height. Not only will it tell you what you need to maintain that weight, but it will tell you all of the other nutrional values you should be reaching for.
The best way I know of to do daily menus is to cabinet shop. See what you have, look for recipes you like. I always plan for leftover for lunch the next day. Then work from there. It gets easier the more you do it. Good luck overall!
I've recovered from bulimia too and found (after recovery) that eating a vegan diet was the best thing I could have done for myself. I started for ethical reasons, but found over time that it did help to heal any hangover anxieties about food quantities and numbers. I'm able to listen to my body and give it what it needs, when it needs it, and how much! It gets easier. I think following your gut (excuse the pun!) makes more sense in the long-term than nutritional calculators. Bodies and needs vary and calculators will probably raise your blood pessure rather than offer any kind of comfort! I found that by eating a plant based diet, even on days when I make crazy food choices, my weight has stayed the same and I haven't felt 'heavy'. I eat as much or as little as I feel I need.
I bought Alicia's book about a year ago and found her advice to be spot on - especially the superhero section. For me, including greens and whole grains was the best thing I could have heard- that and always being kind to you.
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