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vegetarian needing to find energy and make better food choices

I am having a real hard time finding the motivation to lose 15 pounds. I feel tired and drained all the time after work and have found very difficult to make the right choices when I eat.

I am a vegetarian but have found myself eating too many carbs and I wonder if that's the reason why I feel so tired all the time.

Tue. Nov 11, 12:12pm

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Make sure you're adding enough proteins to your diet. I'm pretty sure beans and nuts are a must when you're cutting out meat.

I don't know if you are eating white bread, but if you are you should switch it out for whole grains. This might give you the energy you're missing! Avoiding enriched flours and high fructose corn syrup will do wonders for your waistline.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 1:28 PM

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I'm a vegetarian that has lost 35 of the 55 lbs I need to lose. I love pasta and bread and cheese and was really tired all the time too. I've started adding in more nuts and popcorn and am addicted to Kashi products. It's a great way to get in grains, fiber and protein without feeling like you're eating health food

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 2:53 PM

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Hi OP,

Check out Dr. Joel Fhurman's books; they are excellent and can help you see where you might be missing vital nutrients. The link below is for his newest book, but I would recommend statring with "Eat to Live" It is EXCELLENT! And I can testify, truly helped me. I've lost 50 pounds primarily following his plan. Good luck!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 4:17 PM

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4:17- really? we would love to hear your story, please email it to us and we will share it! even if you don't want to use your name or username.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 4:35 PM

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For a moment, I thought that I wrote this post because this is exactly how I've been feeling.

The only advice I have:

*Make sure you get moving as soon as you get home from work, even if it's just a short walk. That always helps me get motivated to do more.

*Make healthy meals on your days off that can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated all week, like lasagna, pasta salad, soup, etc. I usually make a big batch of rice or lentils to have with veggies and beans during the week, and then when they're getting a bit past their prime, I put the remainder in a soup or stew.

I wish you so much luck!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 5:47 PM

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