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JJLee wrote:Hi lmggallagher and pinkrose, thank you for the warm welcome and I appreciate you taking the time to reply
Right, I completely left out the part where I actually introduce myself! I want to start McDougalling because after doing some research on low fat plant based diets and watching documentaries like Earthlings and Forks Over Knives along with Dr. McDougall's talks, I do believe that it'll be better for me in the long run though I don't have any health issues that I am aware of at this point. Not having to eat animals/animal products is a bonus I've always been persuaded that we need to eat meat. Thrown that belief out the window My BMI is 20.8 (approx.) at the moment. I'm 21 years of age, female.
I kinda know what foods are allowed, but I am not sure how much of 'em I should be eating and if some foods are to be preferred over others. Eg., are potatoes better than rice, should I be getting more veg than starch, etc.
Also, should I be counting calories and/or tracking macronutrient ratios? I know that Dr. McDougall says limit beans because of the high protein content. What about quinoa, as I think it is higher in fat and protein as well? I don't know anything about measurements like how much dry rice should I cook to get 1 cup of cooked rice (is that a normal portion?), how many potatoes to eat, how much veg, whether salt should be consumed and stuff. Not sure if portion size matters either
For today I had about 400g of sprouted wheat bread with carrots, 6 Weetabix biscuits, an apple, 2 heads of raw gem lettuce and some raw okra. Am I doing okay As you probably can tell, I avoid cooking
Tomorrow I'll probably have a plantain and some other fruit for breakfast, 2 steamed sweet potatoes (don't know what size they are considered to be) for lunch and probably raw veggies and some Weetabix for dinner. Haven't gone shopping for rice or quinoa and other McDougall stuff. I still have some sprouted bread though. Meal time advice/ideas needed
Is it better to eat only when I am really hungry or just at regular meal times?
Lastly, how much fruit should I be eating on the McDougall program? Do most of y'all feel better with less fruit and more starch?
Okay, I'm done asking questions for now Pretty sure I overshot my question quota, haha
JJLee wrote:I have stocked up on a kilogram of short grain brown rice, a small packet of black rice and some bunches of kale for now. Hmm.. There were no instructions on the packets of rice, I guess I'll just have to estimate using a measuring cup or something. I figured that maybe rice would be easier as they can be stored longer than potatoes. I will invest in a rice cooker soon, brilliant suggestion
lmggallagher wrote:JJLee -
you are most welcome, we get so excited when new people come aboard - especially young people!!
I went looking for a package of rice so I could find the recipe, but I am buying in bulk now and don't have one on hand. You can google how to cook any variety. Just go for the easiest recipe though.
The rice cooker is the best way as it comes out perfect every time and you need not watch over it. Mine will even keep the rice warm for a couple of hours - so I can prepare it well in advance of a meal.
Yum - kale - I am having that for dinner myself.
Cheers back & good luck - Michelle
Perla wrote:When cooking brown rice, I combine the rice and water and bring it to a boil. Then once it boils, I stir it, turn it off and let it sit on the burner for 45 minutes. No need to keep an eye on it and if I go off and forget it, no harm done.
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