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Old 11-07-2008, 08:33 PM
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**Reccomend some 'healthy' YUM!**

I am loooking for some rec's for some good, nutritious, balanced, healthy (and i mean healthy in the no-artificial/overly processed way) foods!
Please make note if they are or are not veggie/vegan, contain milk/milk free or are gluten/wheat free! (As i stick with these guidelines to minimize my stomach issues)
I follow a pretty low soduim diet and prefer not to eat anything with a very high level of fat/carbs or sugar however, that is about it!
I am trying to reintroduce myself to a variety of foods and am finding the process a lot easier when i know they will not cause me to bloat/keel over in pain/have allergies! I find the organic, preserative free and ^^'.....free'' foods help me with this!
I have a list of the kind of foods i eat now below that i HIGHLY reccomend to anyone who has a similar diet (hate that word!)
I LOVE whole foods, sprouts, henrys, fraiser farms, annnnd trader joe's! <3

Thankyou!! -xoxox-

Cedar's Chickpea Salad (AMAZING! The tofu salad is awesome too..)

Ingredients: Chickpeas, edamame, mixed green/red peppers, carrots, dried cranberries, sunflower & extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, granulated garlic, salt, Italian spices, black pepper, cumin.

I absolutely LOVE making these and they taste really good (very low cal so not enough cals to be considered a 'meal' but make a good snack alone or can be used with other foods..)

For snacks/deserts try these:

Brand: Sensible Foods: Crunch Dried ® 100% Organic Supersweet Corn
100% Organic Corn Dusted with Natural Sea Salt and Nothing Else!
Brand: Eden Foods: Brown Rice Chips (I crave these..)
Brand: Soyatoo: Soy whip (soooo good!!)
Brand: Annie's Homegrown: Organic Bunny Grahams!

Here are some of my fav companies where i find these food's..
Eden Foods - Good Food Good Reason Health and Happiness®
Sensible Foods
Annie's Homegrown - Natural and Organic Foods :: Welcome!

Anyways! Any Rec's would be awesome! <3 -xoxox-
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:55 PM
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I don't know much about a vegan diet. Do you eat rice / brown rice or whole grains like that? Rice & beans is always a good healthy combo.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:08 PM
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^^Yes i do! I like rice annnd beans... I like black beans ;)
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:23 PM
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The foods you listed above look a lot to me like snack foods. For meals, I usually try to eat some combination of rice (or some kind of starch) / protein (meat or tofu or beans) / vegetables. That is a pretty balanced diet.

My favorite snack food is pirate bootie, but I don't know if that would satisfy your eating criteria.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:49 PM
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^^haha, i noticed i could only really find snack foods online to share.. most my 'meals' are combinations of different things not just one item! I like to eat little portions throught the day as oposed to a few big meals.. I deffinately like products which use rice and beans for sure.. I mix in meat every so often to insure i hate enough protein but im not a fan of it! Pirate booty is awesome.. I don't have it but my dad loves it! ;)
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:11 AM
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My body is NOT good with wheat (I get some nasty reactions) so I follow a fairly strict wheat and gluten free diet.

-Quinoa and Steel Cut oats together is yummy
-Quinoa mixed with fresh berries, cinnamon, a touch of honey or sucanat
-Brown Rice crackers (my favorite brand is YUM-YUM at organic or supermarkets) with plain yogurt, tbsp all natural pb or almond butter, and honey or agave nectar to taste for a yummy dip **has dairy/nuts**
-Almonds (I usually have about 12-15) and apple slices are filling and give me energy
-100 calorie natural popcorn bags with a sprinkle of flavored whey protein or just plain popcorn **dairy/nuts**
-Low fat or ff cottage cheese, ricotta cheese or plain yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit with a sprinkle of cinnamon or sometimes honey **dairy**

Hips, if you want some other suggestions or help, feel free to pm me. Nutrition is my hobby and I read about it everyday, along with taking a college nutrition course and I have access to other references in my nursing textbooks or through my health region.

If you are looking for some recipes for clean, non processed foods, The Eat Clean cookbook by Tosca Reno and Clean Eating magazine has some excellent recipes and they aren't complicated or expensive to prepare either Those two books/magazines has really helped me step up my diet for the better and I am feeling healthier than ever

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Old 11-08-2008, 11:14 AM
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I LOVE it! You are eating how I am working on eating! We have been "crap" eaters for so long and I have slowly been transforming us into "good" eaters. And you are right it is easy to find good food, it is just so time consming with reading the labels!

I love the Annie's Mac n cheese (made with soy milk)! My kids and I eat it far too often!

I will have to think on some rec's for you...although I think you are on the right track!
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:25 AM
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I LOVE it! You are eating how I am working on eating! We have been "crap" eaters for so long and I have slowly been transforming us into "good" eaters. And you are right it is easy to find good food, it is just so time consming with reading the labels!!
When I was a kid, I was fed lots of crap like chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, nutri-grain bars or anything fat free because my mom was obsessed with that movement in the 1990's, but most of that kind of stuff is processed crap with little nutritional value.

When I was 18 and moved out of the house, I was around 200 lbs from all the high school McDonald's trips and not learning proper nutrition. I started to take better care of my health by reading Oxygen magazine and I bought the ABS Diet book by David Zinczenko. That decision changed my life because it taught me all kinds of healthy, nutritious foods and I dropped around 40-50 lbs within 9 months through healthy eating and exercising.

I have kept that weight off for nearly 3 years now but I am trying to strip away some more body fat because it is covering my muscles and because it is a challenge I know I can achieve.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:50 AM
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I love VegWeb.com - Vegan Recipes and Cooking Tips for recipes.
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When I was a kid, I was fed lots of crap like chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, nutri-grain bars or anything fat free because my mom was obsessed with that movement in the 1990's, but most of that kind of stuff is processed crap with little nutritional value.

When I was 18 and moved out of the house, I was around 200 lbs from all the high school McDonald's trips and not learning proper nutrition. I started to take better care of my health by reading Oxygen magazine and I bought the ABS Diet book by David Zinczenko. That decision changed my life because it taught me all kinds of healthy, nutritious foods and I dropped around 40-50 lbs within 9 months through healthy eating and exercising.

I have kept that weight off for nearly 3 years now but I am trying to strip away some more body fat because it is covering my muscles and because it is a challenge I know I can achieve.
you and me both chica, in fact reading this got me a little misty. Throughout growing up and HS...my mom was obsessed with dieting, keeping me on a diet (I was always a chubby kid) and having us eat LEAN CUISINE's () and other processed by low fat foods because she was also on that craze. I never learned how to eat RIGHT. How to eat CLEAN. By the time I graduated college I was nearing the 200lb mark. Then I quite smoking and soon after I reached 214 and the Dr. said I was a candidate for Type-2 diabetes. That was the end of 2003. I met a wonderful man who didn't really care about my size (although it did come up) and got me to read Eat To Live by Dr. Fuhrman. That changed me and I started exercising more regularly and MOST IMPORTANTLY - watching the TYPES of foods I put in me. Within a year I lost the first 45 lbs. going from 214 to 170. In the past 3 or so years I have gone from 170 to 142 where I am about today. ( I fluctuate 5-7 lbs). I am trying to get to the 130 range where I believe I will is my goal. ANYHOW...

Hips...I eat mostly organic - I have a great organic Chocolate Tofu Pudding recipe that I will dig up. Its SOO YUMMY.

I like this lemon orzo recipe too, let me dig it up (from COoking Light) and let you know exactly what is in it. You can get wheat/gluten free orzo from Whole Foods and Sprout's
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:44 PM
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^^You guys have no idea how much i appreciate your replies! This helps me SO much! To be excited about food for once, you know? I know some people are scared of my orthrexia ways as i get very ocd about things but i have found a way to get my brain to accept higher calorie foods by finding comfort that they are natural and made safetly! It is a lot less scary eating a good tofu and noodle dish than some lean cuisine shit! hahaha ;) xx
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:09 PM
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Hips...my doc just put me on a wheat free/dairy free thing too...the dairy isn't as hard for me as the gluten & wheat free thing.

Some of my favorite snack foods:
Apple (sliced up into a lot of pieces...ha, OCD) + maranatha pb (sooooo good!) or raw almond butter
baby carrots + mustard. in the winter I microwave them!
butternut squash or sweet potato with a drizzle of maple syrup

some of my staple meals--
lentil soup (made from scratch and vegan + DELICIOUS!)
black bean soup
raw nut butter + 100% fruit jam (the TJ's low sugar kind) + ezekiel bread
quinoa & stirfried veggies (lazy...i get frozen mixed bags of organic veggies) + edamame or tofu

...i have been in a food rut and not eating a variety at all, so I am hoping to get suggestions for healthy foods to try, too!
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:31 PM
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^^love your suggestions! Wish we could cook for eachother! hehe! Or take a course! hehe ;)
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