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5/4/11 5:16 P

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Sorry I didn't see this thread until now, a little late to the party! I have no trouble eating up to the upper range of my suggested calories. But then, I am not as strictly doing ETL as most others here. I still have bread (whole grain usually) and some Earth Balance Whipped Buttery Spread (1/2 TBS = 40 cals), and I like Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet (60 cals for 1/2 cup) and even Purely decadent Non-Dairy Ice Creams. When I'm low, I add avocado, a handful of nuts, or another mango. I pump up the morning smoothies with protein powder, and I can add almond butter or natural peanut butter to that for rich flavor and protein, and healthy fats. Good luck, Christa904!
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5/3/11 10:38 P

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Sometimes if I eat all my beans and grains at one meal I feel full after the meal, but then hungry the rest of the day. Try spreading your beans, grains and other heavier foods through out the day. Whole grain cereal with your fruit in the morning. Beans in your lunch salad. I frequently eat only fruit for breakfast but sometimes that leaves me way too hungry so I'll start haveing oatmeal with my fruit in it. Or sprinkle granola on my fruit. You get a cup of grains a day, but maybe it's best to have half at breakfast, half at dinner. And remember you can have UNLIMITED beans. Beans are VERY fillling. Eat some at every meal if you need to. With grain added to them you should be able to feel very satisfied for a long time.

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5/3/11 11:22 A

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I get this weird depleted and empty feeling when I eat too little. i also get really cold.

If you are below the calories that you believe are best for you, I think you should be SURE to get the 2 ounces of avocado, no LESS THAN 1 cup beans (tofu counts) and 1 ounce of nuts/seeds in. Still under on your calories? Be sure to get that cup of grains in.

Basically, add back in all the things that are "limited" on the 6 week plan: starches/whole grains, nuts/seeds, flaxseed and low sugar "milk" while increasing your volume of everything else.

That is where you will get a feeling of satiety, and what will keep you from feeling like you are being deprived.

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5/3/11 9:34 A

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In addition to what everyone else has said, I get a lot of my calories in my morning smoothies too. Just pile on the fruit and add some soy milk.

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nuts, avocado, oatmeal, dried fruit...

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Court thats a good ideas with the peas

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whole grains are also good

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I have not added avocado. And I ran out of nuts, but will get more at the store... and, that may be the difference! Thanks!

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Are you eating nuts or seeds...avocado? I add green peas to my lunch salad which adds protein and calories without adding the gassy bean affect.

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Hello to all--
Small dilemma. Over the past while I've been having issues eating the full amount of food. I know, but I'm totally serious.

By going with the eat when hungry, stop before stuffed, and not snacking I am getting too few calories in. The fruits and veggies are nice and low in calories. Beans are great (a little gassy, but there we are...).

Example. I decided to have an after dinner dessert. I viewed the ice cream, and the cookies, and chose the strawberries. This is the right choice, and having a couple cups of those is a good thing... but again, calorically speaking, not so good.

Is there anyone else who deals with this challenge?

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