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  • Something that helps me with exercise is making sure to eat well about an hour before exercising. I try to get a good mix of protein and carbohydrates. The carbs give me immediate energy for the exercise, and the protein sustains me through to the end. I’m still pretty hungry about an hour afterwards, but I’m less ravenous…
  • I agree with what others have said about not moralizing food. I would also add something that has helped me, namely focusing more on the process than on the outcome. I am not dieting. I am living life while making gradual changes to my nutrition to improve my health. Do I want to live a life where I never have any sweets…
  • First of all, it’s fantastic that you are putting your mental health above your weight. Do you have someone (a therapist, a dietitian, etc.) who can monitor you to stop you when it looks like you’re relapsing? Also, it might help to reframe what you are doing as “improving your health through a balanced diet” rather than…
  • I’m not vegetarian, but I’ve been reducing my meat consumption by a lot. What helped me more than specific recipes was knowing what a balanced meat-free diet looks like. I had trouble getting enough protein without meat and enough fiber in general. I solved that by increasing my consumption of pulses (only one portion a…
  • I don’t really like reheated chicken. There are two things that help me. The first is to braise the chicken in a liquid and then I can reheat in the same liquid with good results. The other is to just find uses for the chicken that don’t require reheating (salads, sandwiches, etc). Also, keep in mind that dark meat reheats…
  • Not exactly, but I do usually make enough for leftovers, and then I’ll copy-paste from one day to the other. Another thing I’ll do is prep a few food elements ahead of time and then mix and match, which makes logging easier. For instance, I’ll marinate and sear tofu, and then I’ll use it inside summer rolls one day and to…
  • Do you pair proteins with carbs when you eat? The protein slows down how quickly your body absorbs the carbs, whereas if you eat a meal or snack that is almost all carbs, your blood sugar will skyrocket then plummet, which can trigger a craving for more sugar to get your energy up. I’d also recommend patience. Our bodies…
  • I just finished a 3-session vegan cooking course taught by a non-vegan clinical dietitian. I hate to say this, but you need to learn to cook. There are lots of things you can do to make it less painful (canned beans instead of dried, frozen precut vegetables, cut your vegetables for the week in advance all at once), but…
  • I don’t like framing it as “cheating” for the same reason I don’t view myself as “on a diet.” My goal is to improve my nutrition and my fitness, and I am losing the weight that was caused by poor nutrition. So if I have a week where calorie restriction interferes with my physical or psychological well-being, I’ll eat at…
  • In addition to what the others have said, I would add that, as you transition to a plant-based diet, it’s worth rethinking your concept of a “meal” so that you aren’t as dependent on meat substitutes. For instance, many Asian cultures conceive of a meal as a number of small dishes served around rice. You can apply that…
  • In addition to the number of calories, how is your balance of macros? It’s fairly easy on a vegan diet to eat too many carbs. For instance, you could eat too much fruit or your ratio of grains to legumes could be off (you need grains + legumes to make complete proteins, but grains are overall fairly low in protein). Or you…
  • This advertising appeals to me because, when I first wanted to invest in actual workout clothes that would be comfortable and whisk away sweat, I COULD NOT FIND THEM IN MY SIZE. And this was going to serious sportswear stores and being portly but not obese. Color me cynical, but they aren’t being body positive so much as…
  • When I was a kid, we would always jump using a clothesline. Clothesline is great for learning because you can cut it to any length you want and it’s heavy, so you can jump more slowly.
  • Sourdough pretzels soaked in milk.
  • Israeli here. Based on the ingredients list, it looks like you had a Libyan-style shakshouka. Here’s my recipe: Slice 4 cloves of garlic and one chili pepper thin. Sauté in 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium frying pan Add 600 grams passata or chopped tomatoes and simmer a few minutes Add a tablespoon of pepper, a tablespoon of…
  • My weight fluctuates based on my menstrual cycle, the weight of the food I’ve eaten in the past 24 hours (regardless of calorie content), and if I’ve just done a big workout.
  • It depends what exactly the issue is. Are you too symptomatic to have the spoons necessary to plan, shop for, and cook nutritious food? Are you on a medication that increases appetite? Are you an emotional eater? Does actively trying to lose weight feed into anxiety or depression? Two things have been critical for me. 1)…
  • Body positivity is literally why I am here. Weight is only one indicator of health, and it is a poor one at that. Furthermore, it often isn’t clear with many medical conditions whether extra weight makes the condition worse or whether the medical condition causes the extra weight. The fact is that they way American society…
  • But what happens after you lose your balance, fall, break something, and can’t exercise for several weeks?
  • My go-to hot cocoa recipe is to take a heaping tablespoon of cocoa and a teaspoon of sugar, add just enough hot water to turn it into a paste, then add hot milk. If you switch the milk for a lower carb alternative (unsweetened soy, maybe?) and the sugar for a substitute, that would be very low carb.
  • I started with recalling what was a sustainable healthy weight from before I had kids. Then I added in a few kilos because pregnancies = more skin, uterine, and breast tissue that won’t go away with exercise. Then I rounded up to the nearest 5 kg mark because I also changed to a physically demanding job and have more…
  • The issue is that foods aren’t neatly divisible into “healthy” and “unhealthy.” So how are you going to legislate what gets banned? I made myself a lemonade today that has fewer calories and less sugar than the equivalent amount of milk, but I wouldn’t say it’s healthier than milk. As for the anti-bread folks, I tried…
  • Why does this remind me of the Tom Lehrer song, The Vatican Rag? Granted, that song was making fun of Vatican 2 and it’s older than I am....
  • There’s a YouTube series hosted by a physician/public health researcher called Healthcare Triage. They addressed this question in one of the episodes. The short version is that exercise isn’t good for weight loss (people eat more when they exercise regularly), but it is important for overall health. The question is what is…
  • What usmcmp said. Also, anecdotally, the people in my life who have reduced their carbohydrate intake for medical reasons often lose weight because protein and fat are both satiating, so you feel full on fewer calories.
  • Type 2 diabetes at a normal weight runs in my family. Don't lose hope; even if you need medication to control your blood glucose, losing weight and being careful with your diet will still help at lot with managing your blood sugar and avoiding the nasty complications of diabetes.
  • Hi! So, a baby eats 500-600 calories of milk a day. If you're breastfeeding, those calories can come from 3 sources: you can eat more; your body can take them from your fat reserves; or your supply can drop. Which of those happens to you is an individual thing. I know people (myself included) who can't lose weight at all…
  • I couldn't shift any weight until I stopped breastfeeding (seriously, there ought to be a law against promoting weight loss as a benefit of breastfeeding). I think the body just wants to have the extra reserves for producing milk. At least you know the weight will come off eventually, even if you have to be patient?
  • Both times, I went on birth control that made me amenorrheic. However, at both of my 6-week checkups, my OB warned me that one of my ovaries was about to ovulate. So I guess, if it weren't for BC, the answer would have been "2 months."
  • It's not worth getting into the argument. The moment someone starts referring to food as "clean" or "unclean," they've turned their eating habits into a religion, and that's psychologically unhealthy.
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