AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
Last edited by heckles; 12-19-2010 at 10:12 PM.
Regular folk aren't nearly as lucky to have the knowledge nor the funds or time to get that knowledge.
It also doesn't have to be one extreme or the other. But it's obviously a lot easier to eat healthy while not having to pay attention to labels, than to be vegan and read all your food labels. I bet once you're used to it, it's a no-brainer. But it's hard for someone making that transition.
it's a lot easier now that all the information you could ever need is on the interwebz
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
Maybe this isn't the place to ask but seems semi-on-topic, but does anyone know of any good iron supplements that are vegetarian? My doctors keep recommending non-vegetarian options (e.g., Palafer). The regular drug store pills do bad things to my digestive system.
I'm not officially vegan (or even officially vegetarian, for that matter), but about 95% of my diet is vegan. Ever since I was in college, I've been drawn to cooking, and I realized I am one of those lucky few who naturally love vegetables and legumes. I get most of my protein from beans, tofu, seeds, and nuts. I do use eggs sometimes, and every now and then something dairy. I use butter for sauteing mushrooms, for example, or use yogurt when I make breads. If I'm traveling in a place by the sea, I'll have seafood!
I don't think it helps me lose weight - in fact, my calorie intake is about the same, if not more, than most people. But, I do think it helps me stay the same weight, and also feel healthy. In the last few years I have had this lifestyle, my skin has cleared up immensely too - maybe that's just age, but I tell myself it's the food.
I don't take supplements, even for B12, since I think I probably get enough from the eggs/rare dairy. I do have fortified OJ with calcium and vitamin D. The one thing I should probably pay more attention to is calcium. I have a lot of greens, sesame seeds/poppy seeds, and other things with hints of calcium, but aside from the fortified OJ, I don't have anything with 30%+ in one sitting.
I always was curious to see other cultures' food though -- in Japan, I think it's rare to have a glass of milk or cheese, but I'm not sure if the population has more osteoporosis than dairy-heavy cultures?
If you're looking to lose weight, the formula is always the same: more activity, less calories, nothing to excess (including the activity level and restriction of calories!). In the summer, I'm a lower weight since I love walking. I suppose I could treadmill in the winter, but I find it terribly dull. If you're more motivated than me, however, that's a good way to start, especially if you can be near a TV, or use an ipod or read a magazine or something to pass the time. Do you like to ice skate? Calorie burner! Weight bearing exercises are fantastic too, even if you're not lifting anything. I started anusara yoga in September, and my arms are no Madonna (thank goodness) but they are stronger than they ever were and that's just from supporting myself with no additional weights. It's motivating too to have a class with other people - It is $12 a class where I live (which is cheap compared to big cities), so it adds up, but I go once a week and love it.
By switching to less meat and more veggies, you may naturally lower your calorie intake. A huge bowl of spinach greens has something like 40 or 50 calories. But, I'm with the majority of opinion here that switching to vegan quickly may be a bit drastic and if you aren't a veggie/legume lover, it will be even harder.
I think it's a myth that vegan is more expensive though -- I pass the meat and cheese aisles in the supermarket, and meat is expensive! I can get beans, rice, pasta, and seasonal vegetables for far more reasonable prices than meat.
A nutritionist suggested soda? Sometimes I wonder how people end up in certain jobs...but if Sandra Lee can have a cooking show, a nutritionist can suggest soda I suppose.
Last edited by ribbon; 12-20-2010 at 02:33 PM.
An athlete's livelihood might depend on their bodies, but our lives depend on ours.
I dilute real fruit juice with sparkling water or plain water. Generally, 3 parts water and 1 part juice--I think most people do half and half, though. It tastes less sweet that way and I consume less calories. If you don't want to give up juice, try that.
(I had a thrombosis three years ago and since we're eating vegetarian a lot we asked about that a lot. After all, it's not like you're eating the vegetables containing Vitamin K (which are about all of those which are green) in excessive amounts)
Anyway, as far as a diet is concerned, all diets have a yo-yo effect, no matter the kind of diet. Eating balanced, reduce meat and especially eat "real" food should be much more effective than a diet.
You should look if you can find the sugar amount in what you're eating and drinking. There's so many hidden sugars... The list is endless and very surprising.
If I wanted to lose weight, I'd change what I eat, would look into what I'm eating,and make it permanent instead of a time restricted diet.