Looking for new tips on a healthier diet

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    Looking for new tips on a healthier diet

    Hi! I have been on my lifestyle change journey since late May and I feel like I hit a dead end. I am looking for new meals to incorporate into my routine or advice for eating more veggies. For breakfast, I usually eat protein pancakes with fruit or greek yogurt with granola/fruit. My lunches usually have a side of fruit and a vegetable mix with protein (only beans, fish, vegetarian foods like Morning Star). I drink at least 12 cups of water a day and have stopped binge eating. I am just getting tired of the same routine and find myself slipping at times when it comes to avoiding food (unhealthy snacks and overeating bread/cheese/etc.)
    Thanks!

    #2
    Tania201 this is more timely than you might think. We are about to start a new section on healthier eating and plant-based whole foods. We are about a week or so from going live so stay tuned for the announcement. In the meantime we have some new vegetable-based mealplans here.

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      #3
      It sounds as if you have a really healthy mealplan. If I understand you right, you are bored with your meals. Can you say what you miss in your diet? A texture, a taste, sweetness or sth. else? What do you eat for dinner?
      Have you seen the new recipes? I tried the cake recipe, it was delicious.

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        #4
        Personally I find what keeps me from eating unhealthy are two things:

        1. Not keeping an abundance of unhealthy foods in the home so I either have to ration them out for days that I feel make sense to have them or go out and get something if I want something junk-ish (which is rather tricky when you're plant-based/vegan).
        2. Letting myself have a little bit of give to my plans. While I don't plan out massive cheat days or cheat meals (and I kind of have a general meh feeling to the terms themselves for other reasons), I let myself have something I enjoy. I know some suggest getting one sweet and one salty thing from the store every time you go and I think this is actually a pretty good practice. Letting yourself have something unhealthy once every few days (as long as it doesn't break the calorie bank anyway) is a lot more manageable to letting your body have that one nice thing occasionally as opposed to binging and feeling not just mentally beat up over binging, but physically blargh over such a large intake of food.
        3. Use the internet to find recipes! I personally have a love for budgetbytes (cheap, easy meal prep recipes) because their vegan section is pretty good and their vegetarian section has quite a few options that are also easy to convert with a little creativity. A lot of these recipes (regardless of whether you eat meat or not) are also really healthy as well or can be made healthier by using whole wheat or protein-based pastas or brown rice instead of white rice or... well, you get the idea. If there's something there that could be considered unhealthy, there are ways to make that be good for your nutrition. If you don't want to use that site, you can always think of the kinds of foods you're craving and look up recipes for healthier versions of those (trust me, there will be a ton of options).

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          #5
          Hmm. I feel like I'm in the same boat, simply because I can't afford a great variety of food. We have been eating the same stuff every week for the better part of a year.

          One thing I can suggest is that you try to change the way you cook your food. If you normally boil potatoes, roast them. And add different spices.

          Currently my food's sauces are made using those powdered soup packets. They aren't healthy by any means, but they are cheap and they come in many flavours. I'm not suggesting that you start using them! But I am suggesting that you experiment with adding different spices and flavourings to your food than your usual.

          If you crave a specific texture... find a healthy food that will satisfy it. I tend to crave crunchy, cold things these days... so apples are perfect for that. Sometimes I crave green salad...but they are insanely expensive. So I'll let my lentils (which were meant to become stew) cool down in the fridge and pair them with grated carrots or cabbage. Maybe even add some mayo.

          Anyway - get creative! It doesn't have to cost a fortune. Try to find simple recipes that you can cycle week by week to keep things interesting.

          You can always try to fast, which is very healthy. For some reason, fasting makes food taste AMAZING. Try fasting for 18 hours and then eat a grape - it will be the best tasting grape you've had in your life! If you eat the same stuff daily, it almost becomes natural to fast because of the monotony.

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