Vince Asks Dale
Is there an easy way to get a handle on how many calories you are getting throughout the day. And what should the target be?
First, write down ever thing you consume in a journal. Measure the weight of each portion as you prepare. Note how you feel after 15 minutes and then every 15 minutes for a couple of hours.
Second, Google the particular legumes and note the 100g portion for calories (about 4 ounces)
Third, Google “how many calories do I need at my ideal weight and activity level, you will find a calculator enter your info and it will reveal a target calorie amount
Here is the link to the calculator I found: http://caloriecontrol.org/healthy-weight-tool-kit/assessment-calculator/
Looks like this:
Fill it out to get an idea how many calories then eat about 10% more in calories to gain and about 5-10% less to lose.
You will notice that some foods are higher in calories than others. This knowledge will help you in maintaining enough calories. Eat more of the calorie dense foods to gain and less to lose weight.
You must find the variety and balance, so you are satiated and not tempted to stray to animal foods while you are on the quest to full recovery.
Use the Vitamix as long as you need to and when you begin to experiment with re-including foods that have not been thoroughly masticated with the machine you will want to refer to the journal comparing how you feel on the same combination. Begin to compare and test after a couple of months. If you have healed to the point that you no longer require the Vitamix, you can begin to reduce the use as you see fit.