Breakfast & Lunch on the Go With & Without Bread

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  1. penn19

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    This brand is so good! And I agree the Italian flavor is wonderful. Might need to add that to my shopping list today.
     
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  2. AnnaFloridaLover

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    I don't cook with any fat/oils. I fry my veggies in water if they need a little. Onions and mushrooms shouldn't need any at all. I started cooking this way more than 5 years ago after watching Forks Over Knives and then researching all of the renowned cardiologists and surgeons, nutritionists in the documentary. The first thing to go was oil and those pesky extra 10 pounds I kept gaining and losing finally came off, and fast. To roast veggies, I use parchment paper and keep the veggies separate from each other on the cookie sheet so they come out crispy. Another benefit is no greasy kitchen fan, stove or oven.

    I still consume some oil when I eat out but I shouldn't. New year means me tightening up my diet and not eating crappy vegan food when I'm out.

    Here's a site with low fat, healthy recipes.https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/#gs.Jmnd4UE
     
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  4. The Mystery Machine

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    Thanks. So do you eat meat? I assuming no, since you cut out fat?

    That is a hard one for me to give up. I am a fish, eggs, and meat eater.

    I will check out the site. I have heard of it before but never looked into it.
     
  5. AnnaFloridaLover

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    No, my husband, daughter and I have been entirely plant based eaters for the last 5 plus years. One of my sons recently started eating meat again and the oldest never went plant based. It never occurred to me to not eat meat, dairy or eggs until I watched Forks Over Knives. We decided to try it strictly for 3 weeks to see how we felt and we've never gone back (except my son). Our health, all of us, changed so rapidly and with such extreme that we knew we found our forever way of living.

    The key is to make delicious, healthy food and you won't miss the meat, dairy or eggs. There are so many easy replacements for all three as well. The hardest thing for me was giving up cheese. Let's just say we didn't know we were sick until we got healthy. I will swear forever that it took 10 years off my real age within 3 months.
     
  6. mjkacmom

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    I don’t think there is a one size fits all diet out there, I went vegan once, couldn’t stand it. I love food, I’d rather have a bite of something great than a plate of something okay. I’ve also done Atkins, lost weight quickly, but missed my fruits and vegetables. I do best with a balance.
     
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  7. duketennisgal

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    I'm doing weight watchers and a breakfast that I find super filling is oatmeal. I got an instant pot for Christmas and I make a big batch of steel cut oatmeal, adding in apples, brown sugar and cinnamon.

    My recipe is super simple:
    1 cup steel cut oats
    3 cups water
    1 large honeycrisp apple, peeled and chopped (probably 2 smaller apples if you are using something else)
    3 tablespoons of brown sugar
    1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon, depending on your liking

    I toast the oats using the sauté function and a little bit of coconut oil (or butter) for about 5 minutes. Then just add everything in, cook on high pressure for 13 minutes, natural release and you have oatmeal for the week.

    This technically makes 4 servings, however I find it super filling so I can easily get 6 or 7 servings out of it. Using the recipe builder with weight watchers, one serving (at 4 servings) is 4 smart points, not sure on the calories but it's a great breakfast!

    I highly recommend the skinnytaste website. She has awesome recipes for so many different types of diets.
     
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  8. Cadiewampus

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    We were just talking about dieting this morning in my office. On of the guys I work with said he saw something that made sense and it did to me too. Now I will see if I can explain. Instead of trying a no carb diet (which I know a lot of us have done) in which in the beginning you tend to lose a lot of weight and then sort of level out on, try to switch it up. Do a one day no carb then the next do a low to moderate carb day. Trick is to fool the body into changing where it gets fuel to burn so as not to store fat which a all no carb diet can do eventually.
     
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  9. Hikergirl

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    I know for me when I started leveling off it was because I was still eating the same amount of fat and introducing more carbs in to my diet, and I just wasn't exercising enough at that point.
    I was never no carb, but the key is if you are going to start adding carbs you need to reduce the amount of fat you are eating, and of course do something to burn it off.
    I don't really think you can trick the body, it is going to burn carbs first and then fat.
     
  10. CarolAnn856

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    Exactly my point, and I appreciate that you clarified your earlier statement.

    MUFAs are beneficial to overall health and are present in olive and canola oil. Other foods, such as avocados, have MUFAs as well as other nutrients. However, just because there are healthier ways to consume MUFA does not negate that those oils are still a source and therefore can fit into a healthy diet in moderation. It's nice that you have managed to eliminate all oils in your family's diet. On the other hand, other people may find that continuing to include them enhances their enjoyment of food while allowing them to maintain their health goals. Everyone is different, which is why discussions like this can be so interesting!
     
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  11. The Mystery Machine

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    I believe it.

    When I tried Paleo for the first time and cut out the processed food, I felt so much better just by doing that.

    Dairy and meat would be easier for me to cut out than BREAD. It is my achilles heel along with my coffee with Coffeemate, sugar, & Splenda (because I add too much sugar, so the Splenda helps with cutting that back.)

    I also drink soda. YEP. I would say that this is my #1 problem with my diet. I switched to diet caffeine free Coke. SOOO hard for me to give it up. I gave up smoking no problem. Coffee, soda, & bread....never been able to do it.

    Thanks for the info. Diet modification is on the list this yr. I have to step it up.
     
  12. AnnaFloridaLover

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    The great thing about a plant based diet is that you can eat bread (just not bread containing dairy or eggs). Many breads are accidentally vegan and whole grain breads are welcome and considered healthy as long as gluten isn't a problem for you. Carbs, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, corns, etc are also welcomed on a healthy plant based diet. Just not the oil or butter.

    I still drink coffee, black (and wine) however don't like sodas, generally. I will have club soda with lime or plain occasionally just for the fizz. I'm lucky that I've never had a sweet tooth that went beyond eating fruit. My friend had a bad habit of sugar in her coffee and she slowly took a little more sugar out of her coffee everyday until she was down to the smallest pinch. Now she drinks it with no sugar and just some of unsweetened almond milk.

    Good luck to you.

    Here are some great success stories of people, many cardiologists and family doctors here, who've transitioned to a plant based diet.https://www.forksoverknives.com/category/success-stories/#gs.nZbfK_A
     
  13. tarheelmjfan

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    No problem. When I say, I eat on-the-go, I mean it literally. DH & I own our own business. We spend a lot of time on the road. I don't usually have a microwave or fridge to use, during the day.

    You explained it fine. :) I'll try to make some on Sunday to have on hand a few days next week.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Unfortunately, the Paleo diet is the reason I started down the weight gain, rabbit hole. I was slim, but my doctor wanted me to try Paleo to see if it would help my autoimmune diseases. I foolishly thought all I needed to do was stick to the Paleo diet & I wouldn't gain weight. It totally changed my diet. I was consuming more calories than I was accustomed to, which didn't go well. From there, I started gaining more & more. Eventually, I started eating what was convenient, if I was going to gain weight anyway.:sad2: For some reason, the Paleo diet didn't work for me.

    I bought some cottage cheese & no sugar added fruit cocktail for breakfast the next few days. Thanks for the suggestion

    You aren't preachy. I appreciate the advice. I'd rather avoid bread for breakfast, but biscuits at fast food restaurants are convenient. It's not that I love bread, but it's the most convenient option for breakfast & lunch. I need to cut that out. I rarely eat bread for dinner.

    When I say on the go, I mean that literally. I don't normally have a microwave or fridge readily available.

    I don't have a set goal yet, but I'm thinking around 1200 calories, until I start going in the right direction. I know some people may balk at that number, but I'm short. I can't carry weight like a taller person can. Due to my health problems, I also can't do a lot of exercising. Strenuous exercising is out.
     
  14. SteveH

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    Last January I stepped on the scale and told myself I couldn't keep living like this anymore. I don't get into NY resolutions or anything like that, I just knew I had to change. I'd previously lost a fair amount of weight using the Ideal Protein system, but I didn't keep it off. Partially I didn't feel the diet prepared me to go off plan. So this time I wasn't going to do any diet, instead I was going to change how and what I eat, for good. For me the key to losing weight is carbs. I LOVE bread and well most anything with carbs for that matter. Tough to remove all bread, but I've done a good job. At first I cut way back on carbs; Paleo, Keto, Atkins all have good help/advice/recipes if you want to follow them.

    A year later I have lost 70# and I've gone feeling hungry. At first I cut my carb intake down to less 25 carbs day, Atkins recommends 20 for the first two weeks then 40 after. I now read the label for EVERYTHING. I know with my eyes open how much carbs I would eat. By the time I hit 9 months I'd hit my first goal, I backed off some starting in November and I haven't gained over the holidays.

    A few things I found; get rid of the stuff you are addicted to. I don't buy bread with two exceptions. I have found that Dave's Killer Bread makes a Thin Slice that is only 12 carbs per slice, so sandwich is 24 carbs but 6 protein and 6 dietary fiber, all good numbers. So I get my bread fix. I've also found that I can buy some Hamburger buns that match those Dave's Killer Bread number. But for my first 5 months I only had the Dave's.

    To accomplish this I had to get my wife on board, which wasn't really that tough. She likes the taste of the Dave's Killer Bread. But she also cut out fixing things like Noodles with meals. But if she wants them she can have them I am totally fine fixing something else. For things like Spaghetti I just skip the noodles have a few meatballs, and some sauce. I was never a huge noodle for potato person, but giving up rice... well I do miss that, and no that riced Cauliflower is not a good substitute in my book.

    There is a ton out there, but before you jump in talk to you Dr. and make sure they know what you're doing too.
     
  15. Christine

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    I won't balk at it. I didn't want to mention it in my first post, but when I started out, I started with 1240 calories. I am not short either. I'm 5'7" but I'm also in my 50s so things don't drop off quite as fast as they used to. I knew that for a least 3 weeks I was NOT exercising. I'm an office worker and couch potato by night. So 1240 it was. I also need the motivation of a good jump start when I try to clean up my eating. I won't lie. It was tough. There were days I was very irritable and sometimes I felt lightheaded. I only did it for about 3 weeks, then I went up to 1400 calories and I felt better. At that time, I also started to gradually add some exercise. It worked for me. I'm sure the 1200 will be okay to start with, especially since most people overestimate their calories anyway (1200 might really be 1300). Just do you best not to go under that.
     
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  16. Southernmiss

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    Did you try the Autoimmune Protocol? Similar to paleo, but designed for autoimmune disorders with differences. There are websites and Facebook pages.

    Could you pack a small cooler and thermos for hot and cold foods on the go?

    I'm sure there are other plugin to the lighter devices, too.

    Being on the go is a challenge, but if you need to do this for your health it will be worth it.
     
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  17. The Mystery Machine

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    That is an interesting diet and one I should really look into. My gut flora is a huge issue now as well as autoimmune issues.

    The GI wanted me to do another "breath test" so he could put me on more drugs. I just know I need more than pills, I cancelled and I am regrouping what direction to go.
     
  18. tarheelmjfan

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    Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you all. I haven't forgotten you. Life has gotten in the way of my DISing. I'll try to catch up as fast as I can. I really appreciate all of the replies. :flower3:
     
  19. tarheelmjfan

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    I envy you being able to eat that much and maintain weight. I realize for most people it's not much, but I gain weight easily. I have to cut way down on calories to lose weight. Lack of height & genetics are working against me.

    Thanks for the Simply Fit Board suggestions. I'll check it out to see, if it's something I could do.

    I used to be the same way with sweets. I could eat nothing but sweets every meal. I've noticed that I no longer crave them as much, but I think it's due to me eating more food, which makes me full before dessert. I think there are positives & negatives to both scenarios. I'm sure, when I cut way back on calories, my sweet tooth will again rear it's ugly head.

    Thanks for the suggestions. Carbs are definitely my problem. It's much easier to get carb heavy meals on the go, than healthy meals. I like salads, which I should eat more of. I've started by having a salad every night with dinner. I need to get into the habit of packing one for lunch. I prefer fish/seafood & chicken over red meat, which hopefully will help.

    Unfortunately, I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi & drink very little water. I know it sounds crazy, but water nauseates me, if I'm not really hot or have fruit to eat in combination with it. That's one thing I really need to work on.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it.
     
  20. tarheelmjfan

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    I need to get some oatmeal to have at home. What do you put in yours? Unfortunately, I don't usually have a fridge or microwave around for breakfast & lunch. Most of my meals are on the go. I'm going to try to make time for breakfast at home from now on & skip eating fast food breakfast on the go.

    I feel your pain. All of that sounds great. It's so hard to stop eating sweets, once you get started. When I was maintaining a low calorie diet, I limited myself to sweets, other than raisins with breakfast, to one time a week. When I stopped the low calorie diet I was on, due to my doctor's suggestion, I fell way off the wagon. :sad2:

    My parents both had diabetes, so it's a concern for me too. So far, I've been fortunate enough to avoid it, but my four living sisters are all diabetic. That's another reason I really need to get the extra weight off.
     
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    I'm right there with you. I felt so much better, when I was eating better. I feel horrible now & have to do something.

    This all sounds great! Where do you buy Zoodles & cauliflower rice? I'd love to be able to eat like this with the limited time I have to cook for dinner & prepare breakfast & lunch.
     

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