Posts by ekolmus
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|Vegetarian||Resist the urge||Aug 21 2006
Try to really analyze your cravings and figure out what it is that your body wants. More salt? More protein or fat? Something rich in iron? Or is it the emotions that you associate with that hot pastrami sandwich, the camaraderie of sharing a meal with friends and family or just chowing down on a big gooey sandwich?
I find that that's the best way for me to understand what it is that I really want, and then devise a vegetarian strategy to fulfill my needs.
|Weight Loss||Best Time a day to weigh yourself||Aug 15 2006
|First thing in the morning, after using the bathroom, no clothes on is preferable, or if you feel immodest doing that, wear the same nightdress every time.|
|Vegetarian||Gained weight since going vegetarian - help!||Aug 07 2006
Amy's brand frozen meals are a great way to help count calories. They use no meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or peanuts in their foods, and nearly all their ingredients are certified organic. Naturally, that makes them a little on the pricey side; I think they go for about $4.50 for a full meal and $3.00 for a burrito or hot-pocket at Safeway, and somewhat less at Shoppers' Food Warehouse, compared to about $1.50 for Lean Cuisines when they go on sale. The website has a store locator which can tell you where your nearest Amy's vendor is. All the meals are under 400 calories, and almost all have less than 33% of calories from fat and more than 5g of fiber.
Also, re-evaluate your "snacks". Are you eating highly processed convenience foods? If you are, you're not doing yourself a favor. Try stocking up on items that take less than five minutes of preparation to turn into a nice mini-meal - one of my favorites is a corn tostada topped with a mixture of ~1/4 cup Old El Paso fat free refried beans from a can mixed with a couple of tablespoons of hot bottled salsa.
Pre-cut fresh fruit and veggies are also good snack options; try the snack cups of mandarin orange sections packed in juice or light syrup (and don't drink the liquid that's left!) or a bag of baby carrots with a homemade dip of fat-free plain yogurt (I'm a fan of Fage Total 0% Greek Style but I haven't found it cheap in bulk yet so I just use Dannon) or silken tofu, mixed with dill and a little lemon juice.
If you must have your chips, then consider investing in 100-calorie packs. I found several assortments at Costco, including iced soy crisps, some good old-fashioned Nabisco brand favorites, and a 24-pack of organic packaged snacks.
In terms of a diet plan, so far I've really enjoyed The Hacker's Diet. There aren't a lot of big secrets in it, but the style is friendly and approachable without a lot of psychobabble, and teaches you not only how to lose the weight but how to keep it off, and get in shape too in just 15 minutes a day. Plus, it's completely free and includes some Excel tools to help you monitor your progress!
One caveat: if you are going to use the spreadsheets, READ THE MANUAL. I got pretty frustrated with the broken macros until I went into the documentation, where the author explains how to circumvent a bug in Microsoft Office that's causing the errors (it involves only opening the files through the Open... option in the File menu) .
|Vegetarian||Embarassing topic- gas||Aug 07 2006
Clairelane is right, usually if you wait a couple of weeks for your digestive tract to adjust, you will find that your tendency to get gas will diminish.
Both Beano (a mold extract) and a probiotic supplement will help. If you're not into taking pills and you are going the lactovegetarian route, try Dannon Activia brand yogurt.
Alternatively, an herbal remedy I've heard of is to chew 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel seeds right after a meal - not only are they supposed to curb gas, but the licorice flavor will freshen your breath as well. (If you've ever gone to an Indian restaurant and wondered what that stuff in the mint bowl was... :) )
I've tried fennel seeds a few times unsuccessfully, but I never tried chewing them *before* the meal (which makes more sense to me really), and by the time I was remembering to do it on a semi-regular basis I had already stopped having a gas problem.
|Vegetarian||What my dad told me...||Aug 03 2006
|Your dad is smart. You should listen to him.|
|Vegetarian||Simple advice for carb-watching vegetarians...||Aug 03 2006
|For those who are allergic to gluten, there is a neat blog called "Recipes from a Gluten Free Goddess" - vegetarian/vegan recipes that are celiac-friendly. She doesn't include nutrition info, but you can use the recipe analyzer on this site maybe. I'm strictly counting calories myself (no food allergies but a strong family history thereof), and I've lost 6 pounds in the last 3 weeks. Huzzah! :)|