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Created on: 01/09/13 08:11 AM Views: 1342 Replies: 7
Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I have been Vegan for a while, but thought this program would help provide me with better info(so far, so good!).
I really can't follow the meal plan because of the time involved and getting to a rural store(especially lunches). However, I do use the NutritionalMD and Engine 2 recipes, etc.
My question is though, as this meal plan incoporates balance, can you tell me just what balance of foods I'm looking for? Does each meal have to have the same balancee or is it throught the day?
I'm more interested in the overall health rather than weight loss. Thanks!

RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

megmcm wrote:

I have been Vegan for a while, but thought this program would help provide me with better info(so far, so good!).
I really can't follow the meal plan because of the time involved and getting to a rural store(especially lunches). However, I do use the NutritionalMD and Engine 2 recipes, etc.
My question is though, as this meal plan incoporates balance, can you tell me just what balance of foods I'm looking for? Does each meal have to have the same balancee or is it throught the day?
I'm more interested in the overall health rather than weight loss. Thanks!

You might want to look for the Power Plate info as that might answer your question best.

--DebR

RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

oops Embarassed

Edited 01/09/13 8:15 AM
RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Thank You. I've been using the NutritionMD site, but where is the Power Plate?

RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Good suggestion: http://pcrm.org/health/diets/pplate/power-plate

As long as you are eating a variety of plants (you can use color as a barometer), you should be fine!

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

megmcm wrote:

I have been Vegan for a while, but thought this program would help provide me with better info(so far, so good!).
I really can't follow the meal plan because of the time involved and getting to a rural store(especially lunches). However, I do use the NutritionalMD and Engine 2 recipes, etc.
My question is though, as this meal plan incoporates balance, can you tell me just what balance of foods I'm looking for? Does each meal have to have the same balancee or is it throught the day?
I'm more interested in the overall health rather than weight loss. Thanks!

Megmcm,

As Deb and Susan suggest, the Powerplate is a great reference for this!

I too like to keep it really simple. Here's how I look at it. If I were to look back at my day and take all the food I'd eaten and put it on a big tray, about half of it would be piled with vegetables, the other half with what I call the 'starchies' (starchy vegetables and whole grains), there'd be about a cup or more of beans on top, a couple or more pieces of fruit, and a sprinkling of nuts or seeds.

To see how this plays out on my plate each day, you may be interested in looking at my Plant-Based Blueprint 2 - Sampler which you can access for free in the header on my website plantbasedfitnessexpert.com . Sometimess just seeing how someone else does it can be a help - I know it always has been for me.

Lani

Lani Muelrath, M.A. CGFI, CPBN
Fit Quickies: The Plant-Based Fitness Book

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RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Thank you all! This is a big help. Sometimes I get lost moving around teh website and links but this one is saved. It is nice to know there is so much good informaton out there (and your help finding it)

RE: Balancing foods throughout the day
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

This has been a tremendous help for me too! Thanks!!


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