FAQ

Here is an FAQ that I will be working on in the future.  Don’t be afraid to post questions, I will set up an email for the site in the near future.

1. Are you trying to lose weight?  Your calories seem low!

Yes, I am trying to lose weight.  It has taken nearly a year but I am almost at my ‘goal weight’  I count calories to ensure that I am eating enough/not too much.  I try to eat 1200-1500 calories a day which was recommended to me by Sparkpeople.com.  It’s a great site and you should check it out, they have great articles.  My favorite is ‘Just One M&M?’  So, to answer your question, Yes.  I am trying to lose weight.  It’s not my main concern in life but it is something that I am working on.

Edit!  I am no longer trying to lose weight, I am focusing on firming up and toning!  I had my parents hide the scale so I will no longer be defined by just a number!  I am also upping my calories to at least 1400 a day so I can exercise and stay nourished!  I am excited to start up this new part of my life!

2. Can I email you with further questions?

Sure, I even set up an email just for the blog!  Feel free to email me anytime at  VegansEat@gmail.com

3.  Why do you want to lose weight?

I have been in better shape before.  Sure I can go out and run 5 miles but when your not at the top of your game, you feel a little different about things.  I have some pants that I would like to fit into and some old shirts I would love to wear again!  I had Ankle Tendonitis and just stopped working out for a couple months.  Needless to say, the pounds piled on again and I was left in pretty bad shape.  I recently gave up scales so I couldn’t tell you how much I weigh… I’m just going to go with how I feel for awhile!  Losing weight is no longer my goal, toning is!

4.  Are you following a specific plan?

With my cardio and strength training, I am now aiming for at least 1400 calories of: 55% carbs, 30% fat, and 15% fat. I find that if I am near those amounts, I end up eating a very balanced day. 

5.  How do you prepare your oats?

In a pot, add
– 1/2 cup oats
– 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk/ soy milk
– 1/2 cup water
– 50-75 grams of sliced bananas (small banana) or other fruit of choice

Turn on heat to medium-high and let it cook up until the sides look a bit cooked- Make sure you stir really well at this point!

After stirring for thirty or so seconds, i turn down the heat and add 1 tbs of flax and sometimes a packet of stevia. Today I added some cinnamon

Keep cooking and stiring until desired creamy/thickness!

8 Comments »

  1. dylan said

    hey i’m vegetarian (tried to be vegan–way too hard for now) and trying to lose weight as well..i have two questions if you don’t mind me asking, haha..
    firstly, do you find it to matter what time of day you eat? for instance, i’m jewish, so we have quite a few fast days and after we break the fast at night, let’s say my stomach can take 1,200 calories (though i doubt it’s really possible), is it the same as eating it gradually throughout the day? (aside from the health factor and the fact that spacing out is preferable for the metabolism). just asking if you know from experience because it’s always made me nervous. also, eating late at night–do you know if it makes you gain more even while still under your calorie budget?

    and secondly, how many calories are in half a cup of cooked couscous? i ask because on calorieking it only gives the count for a 1/4 of a cup uncooked and i don’t know how much it expands..

    thanky ou sooo much, i’m annoying. (=

  2. veganseat said

    I find the eating late at night doesn’t effect me as long as I stay under calories. I know many people swear off eating late at night but I’ve actually looked it up and a calorie is a calorie. It is better to eat throughout the day to keep the metabolism up, like you mentioned. I do think if you managed to eat 1200 calories in one sitting, you might way a bit more in the morning because of the digestive period. I’m not educated on this but i’ll definitely research today on it just to be 100% sure.

    1/2 cup couscous
    calories- 88
    Fat- .1
    Carbs- 18.2
    Fiber-1.1
    Protein- 3

    Hope this helped!

  3. wannabevegan said

    dylan, I’m jewish too and was wondering the same thing! For the fast last week I woke up early to eat, which was a mistake because then I overslept. After the fast I felt entitled to a few treats;)
    I’ve been vegetarian for so long, and now I am looking into becoming vegan. This blog makes it look so appetizing..

  4. Jasriana said

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and it’s really inspiring to see someone eating so well and managing their diet the way you do. It’s something I really wish I could do – you mentioned in one post you were still hungry after a breakfast yet managed to stick to your allotted plan. The same situation would have sent me scurrying for a choc bar (vegan of course). I just wondered if you have any thoughts as to how I could get in your mindset as it were – I’m about the same age as you but I’m terrible at controlling my food intake even though I’m vegan. Thanks : )

    *ooh* and also, how do you prepare your oatmeal (quantities, etc?) – it always looks so yummy but whenever I make oatmeal it comes out in one horrible thin mess. Also, do you cook your fruit in with the oatmeal?

  5. Jasriana said

    Oops, and also, how do you know to the precise calorie what is in everything you eat? It gives me a headache trying to work things like that out…

  6. veganseat said

    Hi Jasriana, thanks for reading the blog!

    I prepack my breakfast and lunch so even if I am hungry, I can’t really eat somthing. I used to pack an ounce of almonds or a Luna Bar but now I have learned that water does the trick *sometimes*. It also helps that I’m blogging, it makes it a lot easier to turn down an extra helping of something! But, If I am really hungry and have healthy options I will snack.

    For my oats, I combine: .5 cup oats, .5 cup almond milk, .5 cup water, fresh fruits and then cook them until they are done- stirring very often. Near the end, I add in the flax seed. I find that fresh fruit works best but frozen berries can make a very pretty oatmeal! (I just added this question to the FAQ, i’ve gotten it a few times)

    I use cup measurements and I measure fruits/veggies with grams (food scale). I plug everything into Sparkpeople AFTER I eat… I find that logging it afterwards allows me to enjoy the food without worrying about the carb, fat, and protein ratios.

    Hope this helped!

    -Ally

  7. Melissa said

    First, I love your blog! I was wondering if you could start blogging more in depth recipes so we can recreate your meals. Rather than just telling what you ate, you could mention how you cooked it and for how long. I would love that!
    Also, do you find that eating fruit with meals gives you digestive complaints?
    Thanks for your time!

  8. Very good blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for
    a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally
    overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Appreciate it!

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