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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2013, 03:54:56 pm »
I eat 2 salads with about 4-6 oz. of chicken a day, and one vegetarian whole food meal of some kind.  I'm slowly trying to adjust to a vegetarian diet but replacing protein is hard for me while trying to stick to whole foods.  That is quite a significant reduction in the amount of meat I use to consume.  No more beef, no more pork, etc.  I have heard that some people require as much as a year to completely make a healthy transition to vegetarian.

Lots of dark greens and plenty of color in my salads for variety.

I feel like there just aren't that many vegetables... when I go to the store, I see pretty much the same stuff and I tend to just choose the stuff I know is the most nutritious. I really should try to mix it up a bit more, though.

I would offer the unsolicited advice that if someone is disrupting your thread, ignore their posts and report them to mods.  Feeding them only maintains their interest.

That's good advice. I'll take it.

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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2013, 07:48:51 pm »
let them eat fish . . . just had salmon with home grown chervil and fennel with grapes for breakfast. Normally I eat whatever is available. If I shop it is normal healthy food rather than faddy . . .

For lunch might have . . . no idea . . .

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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2013, 08:35:25 pm »
Certainly the variety of vegetables may be dependent on where you live and/or where you shop.

I can only relate to you my experience.  The difficulty I have is determining what actually is nutritious food.  Different books / studies offer different perspectives, particularly when it comes to meat consumption.  I got 'healthier' and lost significant weight (for the better) by using the Paleo Solution. This diet really isn't as meat-centric as people seem to think, but meat is stressed.  In fact, I increased my veggie intake on Paleo and reduced my meat intake, so it really depends on which dietary practice you are coming from.  Now I am looking into the China Study which recommends a plant-based diet.  The two diets have opposing views on the nutritional value of grains and legumes (among other things), but both agree that whole foods are the way to go.

So while many people juice and eat or drink supplements or shakes, I think that whole foods provide the best nutritional delivery system for the human body.  But hey, what do I know?  I cannot say that they do not benefit from those methods.  I can only experiment and evaluate which methods appear to work best for me.  I do give consideration to the idea that different people may have differences in body chemistry and that one diet does not fit all.  I cannot even say that just because statistics show a certain percentage of people eating x diet result in less y disease that I will in fact benefit in the same way.

So while I improve my efforts to reduce animal suffering, I will do what I perceive is necessary to maintain something relatively close to an optimal diet for being 'healthy'.  For that I have to answer to my conscience and perhaps Karma, not the subjective judgement of the variety of folks who seek quickly to find my faults and feel superior for their dietary choices.  Not everyone who ends up on the path started life as a vegetarian, and for those who did not, sometimes the transition is more difficult than it is for others.
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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2013, 12:24:52 pm »
I used to rely on the whole foods diet, but then I started reading different ideas about how much nutrition is really in food these days, organic or not. Like you, I also had success on a paleo diet (vegetarian version and then later with a little meat) that I did not have on my vegetarian diet. My food history has pretty much been: Standard American Diet (vegetarian version) > vegan version > Raw food > Paleo vegetarian > Paleo mostly vegetarian. And that's where I'm currently at. Somewhere along the line, I was convinced that I wasn't going to get as much nutrition as I wanted from whole food alone and that's when I began with the supplements.

Just got back from the store and got the usual. Yeah, they have green and red chard and parsley and cilantro and spinach and different lettuces, but I just grabbed a big wad of kale as usual. I think kale just has the most minerals and vitamins compared to anything else and whatever traces are in the others I probably get from the Miracle 2000 liquid vitamins if not the radishes and beets and broccoli and hemp protein I eat daily... My thinking may not be correct, but it makes sense to me. I feel like I should have more variety, but... well, maybe I need some new kind of storage device in the fridge for a ginormous amount of mixed greens. The other problem is that everything else spoils much faster than kale! :(

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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2013, 12:41:56 pm »
I think I get a bit of variety in part of my daily diet because I don't put much thought into it.

Breakfast
- usually a protein shake

Second breakfast like a true hobbit
- coffee and toast

Lunch
- if I'm at work, whatever is the vegetarian meal of the day in the lunch restaurant
- if I'm working from home, whatever my wife makes me or whatever leftovers I can find in the fridge or whatever microwave meal is on special at the supermarket

Dinner
- whatever my wife makes me or leftovers
(I do want to point out that my wife makes most of the meals not because she's the woman in the house but because her work schedule is more suitable for it. I do cook from time to time.)

Evening snack
- sandwich or cottage cheese

So my diet mostly consists of "whatever", but I do try to eat quite healthy.
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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2013, 12:48:53 pm »

  The difficulty I have is determining what actually is nutritious food. 



:namaste:
Yes it seems their is a lot of this and that when it comes to choosing food and diets.

In the wild we would have had no problem, foods in season and what is available in the vicinity would be what was eaten. Now we have more choice, and because it is easy to loose that connection with what we know is right deep down versus  what's available and cheaper can make us lazy. (I am speaking for myself here)

I can offer you a tip if you like.

Based on a simple method of the ancients.

Each food has its own energy vibration . The contracting and expansive energy forces,  are present in each food. Take a carrot for instance, it's very hard, contracted and the orange colour is suggestive of warmth, there is little water content and it therefor more dry It has more sodium and its movement is centripetal.

When you choose a food, choose also a food of the opposite qualities, so you have balance. Also take note before you eat what qualities is missing from you at that moment, or what you would like to embody, ie, more cooler expansive qualities like an open mind for example.
for instance, do you feel cold right now? choose a food that is warming, and cook it(cooking, especially on gas or coal, contracts the energy of the food even further,  so you will feel warmer quicker and more stronger. Also adding salt in the water contracts it even further. Do you see the idea here?


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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2013, 12:51:37 pm »
I Had toast with sardines and a cheese bagutete for today, usually I eat allsorts of rubbish but i am starting to gain more of a hold on things again. I was macrobiotic for a few years, left it, now i'm sneaking back in again thanks to buddhism.

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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2013, 06:15:25 pm »
Thanks for the suggestion Nettles.  Unfortunately I do not see those things in food.  I make my salads with a variety of veggies, sometimes fruits as well, and nuts or seeds.  For fats I make my own balsamic vinaigrette.  I am experimenting with including some foods that I was not eating while on Paleo.
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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2013, 06:17:21 pm »
Oh yea, and I drink Kombucha before most of my meals.  It seems to aid my digestion.
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Re: Daily diet? How much variety do you get?
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2015, 10:37:40 am »
I hope nobody minds my resurrecting this thread.
I'm vegan too but not a particularly good vegan as I don't eat enough fresh veggies and fruits.
Also, brown rice is quite often my main meal--anyone know of a good alternative? I'm not too crazy about quinoa/chia seeds/beans.
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