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I just wanted to post something quickly before I go jogging.

When I decided to go back vegan I knew I wanted to do it right this time. Which, for me, means cooking my own food, watching my green intake, and keeping track of how much I eat. Being a vegetarian is much easier, and you have so many more options for cooking and making sure you eat right. Being vegan is harder and it's easier to slip into the french fries and bread routine. That's why I decided to keep track of my food intake on livestrong, so I could see if I was getting the right amount of the things that mattered and in the correct percentages.

The problems I have come across are basically two. One would be that I can't hit the right amount of protein. I knew this would be hardest, especially since I'm not really a tofu person. I think it tastes like bland scrambled eggs and I don't even like real scrambled eggs. I had two cafe au laits with soy milk today, but that's only a temporary fix. I need to find better ways to up my protein, while also (hopefully) upping my calorie count. That leads into problem number two- my calorie intake. I think it sounds kinda whiney to bitch about not hitting my calorie marker, and not even making it to the 50% point (and that's not including calories removed for exercise) but I want to make sure I'm eating right. I don't want to add lots of wheat to my diet (this would take care of the calorie intake) because that's mostly empty calories and I want to watch my omega fatty acid consumption. Yes, I take fish oil, it's the one thing I'm not stopping as a vegan because it's benefits far outweigh the negatives of the vegan lifestyle. I know I could take flaxseed oil to compensate for the omega 3 but what you also get from the amount of flaxseed oil you have to take to equal fish oil isn't really good for your body in the long run. These are things I have been looking into for months, and I spent a good deal of time talking to professionals about vitamins because I do take so many supplements I wanted to see what I could take that was vegan/vegetarian and what would help me in my life.

I'm digressing.

I average somewhere between 500-600 calories a day. Livestrong has me set at 1,285 to be able to lose 2 lbs a week. I don't want my body to not get what it needs but I simply am not hungry. I cook my own food, and package it and bring it with me for the day. Often I don't finish what I bring because I'm full. My little side of brown rice and carrots went untouched and I gave away my soup to a coworker :(

I talked to my AP&P3 teacher today about all this and I even pulled up my livestrong on my phone and showed her my past week's worth of eating. What brought it up was in class she started talking about the omega fatty acids (which was awesome, because I got real interested in those months ago when I started taking fish oil) and healthy eating. She's a Dr. (titles and degree earned) and she specialized in her field on how nutrition affected the healing process of the body. We spent some time in class (after I brought it up because I'm a dork) talking about how keeping you body alkaline prevents cancer because cancer can not grow in an alkaline environment (this is the next thing I'm thinking about trying to do). She went on to talk about how you could overeat unhealthy foods because since they're empty of the things your body needs your body will keep accepting them as you eat them. Basically, it's hard to get truly full for hours off of the bad stuff. But if you eat healthy, nutritional foods your body gets full and stays full. I told Melanie that I wish I could get hungry, because I'm tired of trying to force myself to eat. Teacher heard me and told me that if I wanted to get hungry I should exercise. To this I told her I jog two miles a night. Her response, "Um, wow." This is why I brought my problem to her on our break. She asked me about my eating habits before going vegan and I admitted they weren't exactly stellar. She said right now my body is going through my storage and wasting through the stuff that's built up that I didn't need, that I shouldn't worry about my calorie intake or that I'm not hungry because in a few weeks that will plateau and I won't have any problem. Also, that I supplement means I am getting what I need that I'm not hungry for right now so this is all completely normal.

Now I'm less worried. There's still the problem of protein but I think I can figure that out. I'm already watching my greens intake (broccoli and collared greens) for iron and calcium and eating the right amount of wheat in a day to get what I need but not too much of what I don't.

Sorry to bore ya'll with this. I would say I'm thinking about making a filter but that would be a lie.


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Oct. 29th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
I, for one, was not bored. I know my diet is terribly unhealthy, and I need to change that. Having the topic brought up, while not exactly getting me to get started on that right away, it's reminding me of it. Plus, even just reading this snippet I've learned some stuff. And I definitely should start taking fish oil, because fish is absolutely disgusting to me and I don't think I'm getting any omega 3 from anything else.

Basically, I know nothing about food and nutrition, and the more I hear/read people talking about it, the more interested I get and the chance that I actually listen and start eating healthy gets larger.
Oct. 29th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Fish oil is good for a lot of things, most notably is the Omega 3 fatty acids because that and Omega 6 your body does not produce, you need to get it from other sources. Omega 6 is easy to get mostly because it's in a lot of things as an additive. Fish oil is good for brain stimulation, muscle and joint health, and if you're a woman- orgasms. I'm not kidding. Every day I take two multivitamins (GNC's dosage for their multis is two a day), one for active women and the other is a probiotic for digestion. I take a B complex (two benefits are it's good for stress and energy), fish oil, and Triflex for joint support and flexibility (this is recommended because of my chosen profession). I feel better on the whole when I take my supplements and I try to make sure I get a lot of good things from real food as well.

If you want to dabble in a few things and try to find out what you can do to eat healthier, small little tips, try looking on livestrong.com. I have a link on my journal to my profile page (yup, I love it) and the articles and the info on there are fabulous. I can get lost for hours reading up on their info. I like that when I enter in my food for the day it shows me my percentage of fats, carbs, and protein, and tells me what I really should be having of each. Also, their food dictionary is ridiculously extensive and includes a lot of ethnic foods, which I love. I can also (and have) entered my own recipes to see their nutritional values.

I spent most of my life eating whatever I wanted. Living in New Orleans it's hard to not dive into the food scene, especially since I'm in the restaurant industry. When your chef is coming up to you wanting you to try all kinds of new, delicious foods it's hard to eat right. Or when it's balls to the wall busy and all you having time to grab is some french fries or bread it's not the easiest to stay healthy. I had to be ready to do it before it worked, so I get what you're saying about how hearing people talk about it is getting you interested. For me it was to stop taking the easy way out of eating right by telling myself, "but it's cheaper if I get the calzone at my job because of my discount" instead of just sucking it up and cooking something yummy and healthy the night before and bringing it with me. Also, I love carrots so bringing a bag of carrots or some fruit to snack on when it's too busy to eat an actual meal but I'm starving has helped a lot, too.

Ramble ramble ramble, I'm done :D

Edited at 2010-10-29 06:16 am (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
i eat around the same amount of calories. i was informed i have a quasi-eating disorder. yeesh. i just want to be a NORMAL weight. i want my bmi to quit saying overweight. if you're full and getting all your vitamins, i say what does it matter? all of this makes no sense considering all the icky things i learned last night in our psychology section about anorexia. that was nasty. so, i'm just rambling. i don't have any useful things to say :)
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
I just know with being vegan it's hard to get all the things you need and I worry that if I'm not eating enough then I'm not getting them.

Breakfast this morning was 1/4 cup (cooked so uncooked 1/8) brown rice, 2 tbsp artichoke and spinach hummus mixed in, and 1/4 of a pomegranate.

I am full and happy :)
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