Posted Monday, September 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Great questions! The Kickstart team wants to encourage you to eat to satiety. When exploring this new way of eating, it's best to not place huge restrictions on yourself right away. After all, you're already making a huge change by going vegan!
That said, the more calorie-dense foods (beans, grains, nuts, firm/ex-firm tofu, tempeh) would want to be consumed in measured amounts if one is interested in losing weight. I think the general idea is... make sure you're eating at least a serving of each according to the recipe, and then if you still need more food, then have a little more until you are satiated.
Fibrous foods that contain lots of water, like leafy vegetables, celery, cruciferous vegetables, etc., are very filling while being low in calories. If I know I've eaten enough of the "main dish" but am still wanting to munch on something, I'll grab some celery and carrot sticks or make some collard wraps using collard green leaves and julienned bell peppers, jicama and salad dressing. Your imagination can go wild!
P.S. Carrots are one area where buying the organic version is sooo much better - they taste sweeter!