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Dec 4, 2013 05:55PM
Such a great thread!!!! I'm nearly vegan - no dairy vegetarian is probably the best way to describe me. I do eat some eggs of the organic, free range variety…
As for protein - one thing to remember is that most folks around here get too much protein (first world problem). If you look at the protein content of your food and look at your own body's needs, one does not have to work too hard to ensure sufficient protein intake.
Some great protein sources have been listed above.
The bottom line, in my opinion, is that a wide variety of nom noms be eaten… And eat colorful things - like broccoli and red cabbage and beets and things. Don't eat what you hate… eat what you love within reason… I hate lima beans - I don't eat them. Period.
My main protein sources are
peas, lentils, beans (black beans, white beans, etc… - the slow cooker is my friend here)
nuts like peanuts (not actually nuts), walnuts, almonds
seeds like sun flower seeds
wheat gluten (not too much - i consider this a pretty highly processed food)
and some soy - not every day… but I sure like stir fried tofu… especially when it's firm and nicely spiced up.
I stick with mostly whole grains…
My main food groups are:
Thai chilli paste
vegan dark chocolate
Beer (ok ok - I know I should consume less of this food group….)
Seriously though, I truly believe that we all need to eat mostly plants, whole plants, most of the time… and that those plants should be DELICIOUS (cue - hot thai chili paste or curry or sriracha). If you eat something "naughty" now and again… don't sweat it. It seems to me that the 5% of your calories idea is a good one, although I'm no professional in this field. Basically, if fewer than 5% of your calories come from animals… don't sweat it. For most of us, I think that's in the neighborhood of about 100 calories per day on average.
I don't worry about fats coming from things like olives and avocados…
I avoid trans fats carefully…
And every now and again, I indulge in coconut milk ice cream…
As for weight - I am an emotional faster - I get stressed - I don't eat. I lost quite a bit of weight before and during treatment. Then - shocker - I kind of forgot to stop trying to get back to a normal weight… and overshot. OOOOOPS. It wasn't too bad to lose the extra weight… but it sure took me by surprise!
Anyway, to keep myself from losing to much weight, I focused on eating on a schedule. I ate 4-5 times per day… at prescribed times. That helped a lot…
For those on the other end of the spectrum… surprisingly, I think the same approach works. Eat on a schedule to prevent snacking one's way to a cherub like body… Of course, nausea management might call for a different approach on "those" days…
And lastly - MOVE!!!! An active life style is critical, I think, to keeping in touch with our appetite and maintaining our health. It also reduces our risk of recurrence and reduces the horribleness of chemo side effects… helps us stay strong… and regain strength.
So, there are my two cents!
PS - easy lentil soup recipe for all….
Veggie broth, chopped celery, chopped carrots, green lentils, brown rice in pot. Add garlic. Boil for a while - like 40 minutes… Add salt to your preferred saltiness… For the last 2-3 minutes… Add a green thing of your choosing - we like kale or chard. That's it! Super duper comfort food… My child loves it. I add hot thai chili paste to mine (no one eats from my bowl!)… My better half adds a milder pepper… Everyone's happy… It also does well in a slow cooker…
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