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08:31 pm - tofu time!
As part of my plan to help heal myself (I've developed a rather bad case of allergies as well as something akin to ADD, OCD and depression), I'm going to slowly make my way onto a macrobiotic diet. My plan for now, until I get used to it, is to make one of my daily meals sort of macro. Generally what this means is that rather than going to Jack in the Box for a burger, fries and soda (and I was vegan!), I'll be eating a meal of miso soup, grain (generally brown rice since one of the allergies that popped up recently was gluten), a mix of raw and cooked veggies, tofu or beans and seaweed (if not in miso soup). A great idea I had was the idea of bringing all the items and rolling up some temaki (hand roll sushi) with the seaweed, some or all the grain, protein and cooked veggies and eat the raw veggies and miso on the side. One of the clearest thoughts I've had in months!

However, in an effort to make this an easier transition, I'd like to add a touch of flavor to the tofu and/or grains. So, long story short, does anyone have any great recipes or ideas for either a marinade/flavor for tofu or perhaps a fried rice/grain?


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Date:August 1st, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
my best suggestion would be to go vegan. One macro meal a day may make a difference, but if 2 of your other meals are hot pockets and Jack in a Box you aren't going to see the results you really want.

My suggestion would be to go vegan first. Going macro is awesome, but with you time commitments switching to vegan would probably be easier. I have a lot of vegan friends and convenience is never really too much of a problem for them. Being vegan is a lot easier to hack than macro and generally vegan places are easier to find and accomodate. I've been vegan/macro my whole life and never really had too many problems eating out. I mean I live in a city and with friends that generally wouldn't ever get fast-food anyways. If my friends only wanted to go to taco bell or w/e I would definitely have a hard time eating out (I don't know about your specific case).

Also, living on-campus may make your food options even more difficult than they are now.
Basically, I think you should see a lot of improvement if you switched your diet. I have a lot of vegan friends who had similar problems and when they switched over a lot of them just went away or stopped being problematic. But I also think your best bet would be to go vegan, and if you are still able to do one macro meal a day while being vegan that would be awesome.

The other thing that would help out is finding local vegan resources and things to help you get started. If you know or find people who are vegan and can cook with them, eat with them, w/e that would be tremendously helpful to making the transition easier. There's also tons of online resources for macro and vegan recipes and I'm sure for finding out about vegan stuff locally. You can also use www.manygrains.com to see any macro resources/people around your area.

Hope this helps!
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Date:August 1st, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
Thanks again for all the help! I can definitely see where you're coming from. I felt much better when I was vegan in the past (no congestion, etc.) but it was made rather difficult by the fact that none of my friends are vegan and we either eat out or go to the movies for get-togethers. I guess I'll just have to encourage more trips to Sipz (our local Asian vegan place) over anything else. As a general rule, none of us are fast fooders (except for me lately), we just like to try new places. :)

Another lucky thing for me is that I'll still be living off-campus the whole time (I'm 25 and in a partnership so on-campus living's not really an option for me) so I'll have access to all my nice kitchen stuff.

I'll probably try using the next few weeks to transition to vegan and see where I go from there. I just know that, in the past, I was a lazy/junk food vegan. I was raised on fatty warm foods, so they're what I crave. I rarely eat a raw veggie because I don't like cold crunchy food. I need to get used over that quickly!
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Date:August 1st, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
oh man, I am definitely all about cold and crunchy, or warm and thick and soupy. Really solid chunky stuff not as much.

I think as you more and more become an accomplished vegan cook (or macro if you get that far) you'll end up craving junk food less and less. I'm a few years younger than you but I've found that as the years have gone on and especially in the past couple all my cravings for junk food have just naturally subsided. If anything I would chalk it up to the fact that I've stopped being satisfied unless I actually eat substantial food and the fact that I can cook in a variety of ways and make sure all of my food is flavorful. I know my cousin (who grew up similarly) is also finding the same to be true.

Once your home-cooked meals get more attention and you become more familiar with them and how you like to eat and cook I think junk-food will also start to naturally start to diminish (if you'd be interested in that).
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Date:August 1st, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Most definitely. I'm very concerned for my health between my stress and my mother's medical history, so the less junk, the better, right? :)

I'm very much a soup girl. I'm always happy with a soup. I should probably start cooking up crazy amounts of vegan soups and freezing them for lunches. I could probably live off of soup, pasta and stewed vegetables for the rest of my days and be a happy little clam!

I think the most important step for me will be planning my time in advance, making food in large enough quantities, packing it up and remembering to take it with me! I'm naturally spacey and forgetful so this can be toughest part for me. I have no problems eating vegan. It's just that I'll get into pinches where I forgot food and my blood sugar's hit rock bottom, so I'll grab anything!

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