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Posted by: Vkoslin, Monday, November 26, 2012, 4:54pm
I've gone off the path, and strayed worse than before. Started with BTD A, moved to Genotype, then Swami (Warrior, A, Secretor).
All those weeks without eating meat (at all) made for incredible desires lately. Craving meat. I don't know if it's my body's way of saying I need to eat it. But according to Swami, there are no super meats, and only neutrals are emu, ostrich, and turkey. (Who actually eats Emu and Ostrich??? Really, Alabama?).

I need advice. How can I make vegetarian easy? I CAN'T cook every meal. And being a teacher and coaching track, I'm rushed for time constantly. I love to cook, though.

I followed a low-carb diet since 2010, avoiding all white things and staying around under 30 carbs. Means, I ate very little veggies, no fruit, and constant meat and cheese. I consistently lose weight and keep it off. I'm officially 10 lbs bigger since starting SWAMI. No, I haven't exercised like I should have, but keep in mind, I did the same level of activity with low carb. Swami gave me pasta again...beans, fruit, oats, rice. I eat and I blow up like a cow. I don't' binge on carbs, either.

So, then I figure, I need to get my secretor status done. There's no way in my mind that I'm a secretor and surely the key to all this carb stuff is wheat...avoid it! Go figure I get my results yesterday and I'm a secretor. I'm allowed wheat, less/no meats, and my beloved tomatoes are now GONE.

How can I get back on the path? Any advice, from recipes, to schedules of food, to anything. I just. need. help. :)

Thanks guys.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, November 26, 2012, 4:58pm; Reply: 1
rerun your swami once you get your secretor results

or click on non secretor, ask swami to compute your genotype for you and see what changes you get.....

experiment, it should be fun!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:16pm; Reply: 2
Are you 100% sure you got all the measurements done correctly? If you're a Teacher or Explorer, you'd get a lot more servings of poultry,dairy, and fish, though it's unlikely you'd get much, if anything, in the way of red meat.

Even if everything is filled in correctly, you may need a transitional diet while your body adjusts to eating a plant-based diet when you've been doing low-carb for so long.

Try eating more beans, nuts, and veggies, and go easy on the grains. Don't eat refined grains at all. For lunch, how about a salad with some canned beans, or a bean-based soup? You may be able to find some canned soups that fit your diet that just need to be heated up. If not, make a huge pot of soup on the weekend and freeze in individual portions for quick weekday meals. Frozen greens cook up easily with very little preparation needed- add to soups or just heat up with some spices as a side dish.

Tofu is probably a good choice, as it's similar in macronutrient composition to meats, but is likely a superfood on your Warrior diet. Firm tofu, greens, and some root veggies make for a balanced meal. Silken tofu in the blender with some fruit (and maybe some greens too) makes a quick and easy breakfast.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:21pm; Reply: 3
It sounds like the first thing you need to do is to increase your intake of vegetables.  It is pretty easy to cook a large pot of vegetable/bean soup and take it for meals at school or for between class and practices...

Even though turkey is neutral, you probably need some on a regular basis.  Just follow what SWAMI recommends for a while...

I gained weight when I started "eating right" also.  I think, at least in my case, I had been eating so much avoid content that I really wasn't eating enough good for my body.  Hence, the body was really in starvation mode.  Once I ate well for about 3 - 4 weeks, the body realized that it was getting enough and started regulating hunger and weight and the extra melted away - as well as some of the fat (stored waste products).
Posted by: Lola, Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:41pm; Reply: 4
so well put Joe!  thanks! :)
Posted by: Vkoslin, Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:44pm; Reply: 5
VERY helpful!!!! I think the most helpful parts were the positive look on gaining first, then losing and definitely, the suggestions for lunch. THANK YOU!
Posted by: Averno, Monday, November 26, 2012, 8:26pm; Reply: 6
Turkey is neutral for me, and I would have a hard time living without it. I'm just now becoming aware of how well lamb suits me too. Couldn't eat it before-- too cute.

Are you not eating fish? Are you determined to be vegetarian? Not trying to talk you out of it, but I went vegetarian once for almost a year and jumped off the wagon because I felt depleted. It corrected literally overnight.
Posted by: Vkoslin, Monday, November 26, 2012, 8:32pm; Reply: 7
I'm not opposed to fish. At all. I guess that's a good thing to think about.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 26, 2012, 8:55pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Vkoslin
I'm not opposed to fish. At all. I guess that's a good thing to think about.

Very good.  It's important to make sure that you're getting enough protein.  :)
Posted by: ProudWarrior, Monday, November 26, 2012, 10:43pm; Reply: 9
I love beans- you can make a quick bean dip by putting a can of beans in the bender or food processor and dip veggies in it.  Add whatever spices you like to the beans ( except avoids of course).  You can make a different dip by changing the type of beans and the spices.  I try to use all beneficials or black diamonds in the dip and  veggies to in the dip - very filling.  Soups make quick lunchs - you can thin out the dip to make great soup - use water or a "milk" that is good for you - for me that is almond milk.  Onion soup takes time to make - but if you make a big batch on the weekend you can eat it for lunch or dinner all week.  I just chop up a variety of onions - white, yellow, red, green and saute them in olive oil. Then add veggie stock or you could use any stock that is okay for you and let it simmer. The onions get sweeter the more you let them carmelize. It is personal pereference how long you want to carmelize them. Traditionally in French onions soup the onions are left in rings - I perfer bite size pieces. There are so many options. You can google recipes for just about anthing you like.
Posted by: JillP, Monday, November 26, 2012, 10:49pm; Reply: 10
I too am a warrior with the neutral turkey.  I make a "fried rice" dish with a little bit of turkey chopped small or maybe a ground turkey (only used maybe 1/2 a pound for 6 cups of rice) brown rice, lots of onions, a little garlic if you like, one egg in a big batch, peas, a couple of handfulls of kale, you can add black beans or edaname and any other super veggies to taste. I also add my favorite spices to taste. Sauce is tamari and a little brown sugar.  Warms up GREAT in the microwave and freezes well.  I freeze a portion size in a zip lock bag.  So it is ready to pull out for a meal.  The freezer is your friend.  Cook LOTS when you have time and freeze it for later.

Don't forget eggs.  They are a good source of protein.

Try to rethink...instead of saying I cannot have tomatoes, think I can have tomatillas. So look at the big list of things you can have and start creating meals around them, it is a lot easier to say oh, I can have lentils, what are wonderful ways to fix lentils.  I made a Lentil loaf that was quite tastey (similar to meatloaf).  You can do it and you will feel so much better.   ;D
Posted by: Vkoslin, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 4:24pm; Reply: 11
Yep... 45% warrior. Pretty sure I am just by looking at me a 37inch pant inseam.
Posted by: Averno, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 5:08pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Vkoslin

I need advice. How can I make vegetarian easy? I CAN'T cook every meal. And being a teacher and coaching track, I'm rushed for time constantly. I love to cook, though...

As the family cook, I had to re-think a lot of things. From shopping, pantry stocking, food handling and preparation, meal planning, etc. It requires some serious commitment, but you'll become more comfortable and easy with it as time goes on and you gain some experience with new ingredients. Be patient. Learning a new way to feed youself is a real challenge. You're a Warrior. You know you love a good challange. Am I right?

A lot of this is trial and error, and there'll be a cooking failure from time to time. Have a quick and easy go-to when that happens. When you get the hang of preparing a certain dish, start doubling the recipe so half goes in the freezer. Sauces especially.

Posted by: Vkoslin, Friday, November 30, 2012, 2:40pm; Reply: 13
An update for you guys: I've gotten back on and feel much better :)
Breakfast: oatmeal and eggs (or yogurt with honey)
Lunch: Usually just veggies, today its frozen tofu lasagna.
Dinner: Made an awesome baked gefilte fish loaf with spinach parmesan brown rice pasta.


Thanks. Shows what a little encouragement can do.
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