RE: I'm gaining weight!
Posted Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM
What am I doing wrong? I have gained weight, 2 lbs this week. I didn't find anything on serving sizes. When on South Beach I wasn't allowed starches and only one gain a day. Are there serving sizes? I'm missing something I should be doing.
No, there are no portion sizes anywhere (though the recipes do indicate about how many portions it makes). Eat until you are satisfied, comfortable. Of course, that's the hard part - we're not used to knowing how it feels to stop at just right. Maybe, temporarily, make yourself a couple "rules" that (a) the food stays at the stove/counter not at the table so it takes motion/decision to get seconds (b) wait at least half a glass of water before going to get seconds - sip the water and see if you really feel hungry still (that gives your system time to process what you've already eaten and send the 'we're full' signal). The thing is, you don't have to eat it all right then - if you eat, stop and then feel hungry an hour later, go ahead and have a snack an hour later.
Definitely keep an eye on how much you're eating and what it is - it is possible to be a fat vegan. But, too, it's possible that it's just your system adjusting to the extra fiber and such. I know that if I get a little too heavy on the grains and beans and skimp on the leafy greens and fruits, I'll gain a couple pounds pretty quickly (also, if you've got nuts/nut butters in your snacks, that'll add as well). Back off on the grains, add some non-starch veggies (and lots of water and no-caffeine herbal teas like chamomile) and poof, off come those pounds I gained.