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  • Carbs are fuel, delicious fuel! Maybe start out gently with "good" carbohydrates (but remember, no food is BAD, there are just foods you should eat more sparingly). Almost all foods do have some carbohydrate in. Have you watched Gamechangers the Netflix movie on veganism? It discusses carbs. Also if you're on social media…
  • I love my Tofuture tofu press but a couple of heavy books and a clean teatowel will work. As above experiment with freezing too. I alternate between freezing and pressing the same block over 24-48 hours. The tofu will change its structure as you do this. Also if it's a wet-packed tofu whether you freeze in its water or not…
  • Tofu scramble or gram flour omelette - fake egg foods are pretty good (like eggs) at giving you a high protein 'meal' rather than side dish. I prefer silken tofu for scramble but you could also crumble firm (OR mix!) with some garlic granules, nutritional yeast and a smidge of tumeric (for colour) and heat on the hob for a…
  • Hey Jules, I've sent you a connection request :) I'm from London, UK and a lifelong veggie turned vegan about 4 years ago. I lost about 35lb / 15kg via MFP back in 2012 and maintained pretty well since, including my transition to veganism, but quarantine has not been kind to me... I have turned into a snack machine without…
    in Hello Comment by elliej June 2020
  • So I am shamelessly self bumping my old thread. Over 5 years later I still have the soft belly, I went down to 117 and still had it, back up to 125 and it’s really not going anywhere. So... Is this just my body now and forever? (I am a flake and am not consistent with lifting, or any training, but most weeks I do heavy…
    in Soft belly Comment by elliej May 2019
  • Hi Melanie, welcome, I'm vegan too and you can add me if you like, always love more accountability and motivational friends! I would say the best things to do are: - weigh and measure all food. No eyeballing and guess work. Even food labels are up to 10% wrong and its very easy to under estimate 100 calories here or there…
  • Personally, I look at all my physical activity log as "did I do this while putting on weight and unhealthy?" and if the answer is yes, like it is for me for cleaning, then I do not log it.
  • I drink nearly two litres of water a day and only weigh myself every two weeks after a 'dehydration' day. Being well hydrated is good for you, for a number of factors, but the biggest one for me is that it keeps my back less painful. Your spinal discs are a bit like a jelly doughnut, and when you're hydrated they're nice…
  • Stir fry all the way! Rarely take more than 15 mins, and hard to get wrong. They don't have to be typical Chinese flavourings either, you can mix it up by changing out and playing with the veg, proteins, toppings and the spices you use. You can make stir fries flavoured to pretty much your fave cuisines: Mexican / Indian /…
  • I'm not Canadian but my vegan snacks are fruit dried or fresh, carrot or celery sticks (depending on the weather and how long they're out the fridge they should be fine), crisps, rice cakes, flapjacks, cereal bars, olives, miso soup sachets you just add hot water to, crackers/ryvita...
  • Looking at your diary you rely a lot on grab and go food and you're mostly snacking on fruit - which is not necessarily bad but as you've noticed not so focused on protein. Try to swap some of the fruit out with protein rich snacks like nuts or combine the two (apple sliced and peanut butter is the bomb), and pre-prepare…
  • I swim because it keeps me reasonably cool (I overheat easy when I'm on) and low impact on those bits which are not in the mood.
  • @psuLemon my comment wasn't supposed to be any note on OPs protein intake and is likely the only thing making 800cals a day remotely satisfying! Now edited My general point was regarding sugar and that while 'keto' is often a buzzword/fad diet looking into the science behind why it works and what it's for may be helpful,…
  • If a detox makes you feel good then go for it, but it has little proven science behind it. https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Documents/TruthDetoxDiets.pdf
  • Welcome! And great work on making this decision and taking steps to a healthier you. Just remember that fit and healthy don't have weights, so try to focus on non-scale victories as well as that number on the scale. Like do your clothes fit better? Can you run further/faster/longer? Can you lift heavier weight? Do you get…
  • To reach ketosis internet research suggests that you should probably be aiming for a 20-50 grams of carbs and just one tsp of sugar has 5g carbs. However, I see you're actually setting your diary at 800 calories a day, which sounds to me like it cannot possibly be enough to sustain your bodies basic functions for any…
  • My mum loves her vitamix, it is amazing. Personally I found that the Nutribullet is fine for everything I've tried
  • I am a life long vegetarian turned vegan two years ago, I've never needed to take any dietary supplements before (the only supplements I have needed to take are vitamin D because I live in the UK and work in a basement.) None are necessary if you eat a varied balanced diet, which is perfectly easy plant based - after all…
  • Wouldn't log it at all. Before you started losing weight/getting fit I assume you had to walk about, clean and go about your daily life - so now only log things you do purposefully. If you find you are constantly hungry and feel you need more energy potentially add 50 cals a day to your total and see how that goes for a…
  • If your clothes are looser you are losing inches! Congrats. It takes time, the scales and your clothes are giving you good feedback, listen to them not the tape measure.
  • Hi, I was brought up vegetarian, never eaten meat, and now 2 years vegan. There are several veggie/vegan/herbivore groups you may like to join, the wider community is not always so accepting ;) :D
  • What's wrong with kale or quinoa? They're both long-shelf life, cost friendly, nutritious and easy/quick to prepare... Lots of people have full time jobs, kids and households but make the time and energy to plan and prep meals, there is a part here where you have to accept you're making a choice. Can you make meal prep a…
  • Hi I’m a lifelong veggie turned vegan, 2 years, current goals are veganising all my makeup and trying to get into shape, feel free to add me 😊
  • Sugar is sugar, but I'm sure your doctor is monitoring your blood glucose and they'll be able to flag if there is an issue you should concern yourself with. Protein is a very contentious subject but there is no protein deficiency ward at the hospitals, whereas over-consuming protein has several health issues associated. It…
  • Hi my diary is open, and you can add me too (I've been on holiday for a week so not much then, but in the weeks previous plenty). In short, I eat everything that a non vegan eats every meal! You can have a cooked breakfast with beans, sausages and tofu scramble, or yogurt and fruit, porridge or cereal bars and even…
  • L'oreal sublime bronze elixir - it's supposed to be foolproof, I've tried it and it works pretty well. No gloves, no rinse off, no transfer to your clothes or sheets etc. I put it on all over before going to sleep and woke up with a golden glow which lasted maybe a week (less than on the packaging, but I didn't layer over…
  • Great work! As you're near your goal progress won't be quick, at least in my experience. I previously lost what you're aiming for an it took maybe 4-5 months - I was losing 0.5-1lb a week roughly until I hit about 125 and then it got pretty slow. I'm 5'3 small frame, similar to you and I suppose I find it easiest to…
  • 5'3 115-117 is my ideal, so I'm not much over at 120. I have a narrow frame though (I wear a 28 back bra)
  • Thank you, on behalf of the animals and the planet <3 good luck on your journey and always ask questions - there are no dumb ones.
    in Hello all Comment by elliej January 2019
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