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Which is the best book to buy? The MWLP book seems to be written in the 90s. Are the current editions updated? Do these provide any sample menus or meal plans as an example? In your opinion, is this book a must read?
Is high protein food like tofu or TVP forbidden? So is grilled tofu or tofu added to stir fries or vegetables etc. not an option?
Probably not, since tofu is made from beans.If you eat tofu, should you not eat beans that day?
Is there any upper limit to soy milk used as whitener, or for mashed potatoes, creamed soups or sauces etc.
Quantity of starch
How much starch is adequate and how much is too much? How do we calculate the maximum amount of rice/potatoes/corn etc. that can be eaten at any meal or during the day?
Will this change per activity level? My current activity level is pretty sedentary and it will take time to work up to recommended exercise levels.
Total calorie intake
What should be the minimum or maximum calorie intake? What percent of the calories should be pure starch (the kind outlined by Dr. McD)
If I start with a mini version initially, will it be ok to eat oatmeal/fruit for breakfast and then potatoes/ chosen starch for lunch/dinner repeating the same thing every day? I somehow cannot imagine eating potatoes for breakfast. I might be able to eat corn.
Does a typical Indian meal fit into the MWLP..e.g Roti/Chapati and dal/vegetables or Rice/Dal/vegetables? (oil free of course)
kingbruce wrote:I know MWL does not concentrate on calories, but my confusion is about something obvious.
e.g lets say I need 2500 cals per day to Maintain my current weight..I should not possibly be eating more than that, if I want to lose, right?
The Indian food will be home cooked, 95% of the time at least! I am currently in India and the list of processed foods available here is very scarce, which is good in a way.
Once I get into the whole recipe thing, I get lost in them and overwhelmed.
Another question - would you eat more than one starch in the same meal? e.g potatoes and rice. Classic example - Aloo Matar and rice !
kingbruce wrote:Hi ETeSelle
I live at home here near Mumbai..am here after several years in the US.
Borwn rice -- not that easily..I checked a place yesterday and they did not have it..Maybe only some special store will..
I am starting today and have roped in my mom too. She keeps asking how much she will lose, and I keep telling her 'nothing' or 'don't expect anything'.
Just finished a 2 hour marathon in the kitchen. Made 2 salads for the fridge for snacking - potato salad and corn/peas salad, and also lunch.
I bought a whole bunch of potatoes yesterday and veggies and they already seem to be depleted. LOL. No 10 Lb bags here, although I can buy 4-5 kilos at a time I suppose. Just not used to buying so many potatoes.
Wish me luck!
ETeSelle wrote:What seems really odd to me is that white rice is a fairly recent invention, isn't it? It requires factories, etc. Both India and China MUST have eaten nothing but brown rice for millenia! At what point did they stop doing this and go to brown rice only? It's kinda sad.
I know that when I go to India to visit there is gonna be NO way for me to stay on plan. As a tourist, I won't be able to eat ANY uncooked veggies or fruit, and I won't be able to cook for myself, so it will be white rice and oil-filled meals for me. I love Indian food but it really is JUST as good cooked w/out oil and served on brown rice. But I know I won't find it like that in Indian restaurants!
kingbruce wrote:Raw fruits and vegetables will not be a problem at all. You can easily buy fruits off roadside hawkers, they are present everywhere. Bananas and apples should be most common, and grapes in grape season. Even raw vegetabes such as cukes and carrots can easily be bought by the roadside.
Many tourist places will especially have hawkers selling cukes etc. In the southern parts, carts selling cut fruit are common.
You can get a green salad ( which is actually sliced carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes etc. - not lettuce) and a fruit plate in almost any restaurant/hotel.
kingbruce wrote:well...you gotta think of your tummy first..personally i have never had any problems with fruits and vegetables....you should be careful about the water tho', definitely!!
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