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Posted by: Fleabiscuit, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 12:29pm
Could anyone enlighten me as to whether it is Dr D's intention that we eat all of what is recommended in a week. I'm speaking most particularly about proteins here. For example, my Swami recommends lamb 3X, poultry 3X, fish 3X and dairy 5X. Is the intention that I should include all this every week....or simply up to that as appetite guides me. As well, I noticed in the meal planning section, there are three meals and three snacks. Same question - is the intention that we actually eat 6 times - or is it up to six times?

Wondering what all you dear cohorts do in this regard. I've been a vegan for many years, and this is QUITE the switch (although an accurate one, I feel).

Thank you so much,

Fleabiscuit

Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 12:54pm; Reply: 1
The recommendations are a guide.

You might move towards the recommendations. Following them precisely week in and week out is not necessary.

Strive for compliance. Some will need higher levels of compliance than others to meet their goals. It is you, not others, who is able to determine how closely you are willing to follow the guide and how closely you need to do so.

Having said that, you can't know how much compliance will help until you are compliant.  ;)
Posted by: grey rabbit, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 12:58pm; Reply: 2
Welcome Fleabiscuit! My recommendation would be based on what it is you are trying to accomplish. Do you need to lose or gain weight? How is your health? If you don't eat the total recommended foods, be sure that you are getting all of the food groups. Make sure you are getting enough carbs, fats, and proteins, in proportion to the recommended quantities.
Posted by: Conor, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 4:03pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Fleabiscuit
I've been a vegan for many years, and this is QUITE the switch (although an accurate one, I feel).

Hi Fleabiscuit, kudos to you for being open-minded. I've found that oftentimes the most difficult barriers to break down are those we impose upon ourselves, and even more so when we feel that certain philosophical choices we made were done with the best of, i.e., honourable, intentions.

Don't know if this answers your main question but, following my SWAMI guidelines for portions, frequencies, et cetera, I'm a male and I rarely have a meat portion that's in excess of five ounces. I'll typically have a compliant plant protein in conjunction with a meat protein a couple of meals each day. And, still on occassion, I'll have a meal in which the protein is comprised entirely of plant proteins from my superfoods list. I've also found that, for me, three meals spaced equally within a 12-hour period each day work well, with no desire to have in-between snacks. Lastly, it seemed that using smaller portions of meat during the first couple of weeks, e.g., three ounces rather than five, boosting my greens intake at each meal (for me it was kale, swiss chard, turnip greens, watercress, et cetera) and temporarily ignoring the carbohydrates section of my food list (even those listed as superfoods) made for an easier transition to eating a higher percentage of animal protein.

Best wishes ...
Posted by: C_Sharp, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 4:59pm; Reply: 4
If there is too much food you should scale back proportionally.

And not just scale back a single category like live food, because you do not feeling like eating those foods .

If you need help scaling use the setting for Category Portion Size and Frequency to have SWAMI scale things for you.

Category Portion Size and Frequency:





Dr. D. has indicated that it is acceptable for type As to eat a vegetarian diet if they choose to do so.

SWAMI GenoType (not SWAMI Xpress) includes settings that allow one to specify several variants of vegetarian diets for type As and have SWAMI create diet reports omitting certain types of food. SWAMI Xpress users may want to do this on their own.
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