Being vegan can make it a little easier to watch your weight, but it’s no guarantee for staying thin. I love to cook and as a result I get to eat a lot of tasty vegan meals. I offer many favorite recipes on my site as a way of helping people understand that being a vegan doesn’t mean eating only salads and low-fat muffins.
However, having tasty vegan food around the house is why veganism for me doesn’t equal a golden ticket to a skinny waistline. As a result, I’ve found some great resources that help me keep my weight in check. Three books that I turn to the most are: Victoria Moran’s The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health and Joy, Geneen Roth’s, Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, and Judith Beck’s, The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person.
Here are my top five healthy eating tips that I’ve gathered from this triumvirate of books:
1. Fix your salad at breakfast. That doesn’t mean you have to eat the salad for breakfast, it just means that as Moran suggests, preparing your lunchtime salad in the morning ensures that you’ll actually eat it. It’s easy to give in to lunchtime cravings and eat more than you had intended. Fixing your salad at breakfast helps you stick with your game plan.
2. Be hungry like a wolf. Beck comforts her readers with the knowledge that it’s alright and even natural to feel hungry. In an interview with O Magazine’s Barbara Graham she says, "Most people who struggle with weight loss tend to feel hunger pangs intensely and often eat to avoid those feelings. But the point is, hunger comes and goes. Thin people know this and don't worry about being hungry." She encourages readers to go eight hours without eating to learn how hunger comes and goes. Besides, eating when you’re truly hungry makes food taste so much better.