Tracy wrote: Dontx wrote:
Tracy, I have used the very low fat Esselstyn diet for almost 2 years. My blood work results are looking great. All - including protein- are right in the middle of the high and low ranges. I do not take any protein supplements.
That is amazing! You've turned your life around! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with me. I need to trust the process.
I work out a lot too. Right now I am doing P90X. I'm 5'4" at 117 pounds. I don't want to lose weight at all, and I'm finding it a challenge to actually eat enough calories. With the weight lifting I am doing plus to not lose weight, I think I need around 1,700 daily. When I counted up my calories last night they were only 1,350. I was full and satisfied though.
I'm still reading Engine 2 and am picking up the book Thrive today. I am hoping to learn from top vegan athletes how to fuel my body with enough calories.
Hopefully soon I will be able to contribute to helping others on this board and not just need help. I'm not usually so needy! lol
Sounds like you have lots of healthy practices going on - you go!
As for the calories, athletics with higher energy needs can usually afford to have more of the calorie-concentrated foods, including seeds and avocado, depending on other health issues of course. It can be a way to keep your calorie content from dipping too low, as of course can a generous hand at the starchies!
Plant-based fitness is a winning combination!
I'm packing in more beans and legumes--I think that is what is going to help me keep my calories up. Since I am 45, I suspect that I have plaque in my arteries, so I am trying to eat as close to Esselstyn's diet as possible (though I can't yet let go of my app. 1 tsp of almond butter each morning, and I eat about 5-6 dark chocolate chips each day). I'm down to 115 now and I do not think I need to go down any farther. I'm eating constantly to try to get enough calories in! haha!