Try and do something active each day, you’ll feel really proud, have more energy to mingle with your friends and family, and do something great for your body. Let’s keep each other motivated through the holidays. No extra holiday weight for us!
Glad you asked!
My dad thinks it’s great because I eat more vegetables.
My brothers think it’s annoying because we can’t go eat Pho…
My mom is vegan 5-7 days a week (this has been her lifestyle all her life stemming from Buddhism). She is concerned that I’m not “feeding my brain” enough and believes I should at least eat fish sometimes.
My grandma is very concerned and even though she’s vegan/Buddhist vegetarian most days of the week, she believes I need to eat meat for “strength.” I ease her worries and just tell her that I eat meat and fish sometimes.
My extended family have cultural beliefs about meat and fish being nourishing and nutritious food. These ideas stem from growing up poor in Vietnam where good meat was a luxury and something to covet.
Honestly, I don’t tell my family members about my diet much. I know that when they tell me to eat certain things, it’s because they care about me which makes me less annoyed.
About splurging: The last time I ate animal flesh (I know that sounds weird…) was on Labor Day. It was my friend’s wedding and the preset menu had salmon and shrimp. I’ve only focused on a Vegan diet for 2 years now…and I’ve had meat/seafood a couple times. I estimate I eat a non-vegan treat once a week (i.e. Birthday cake, shared baked cookies in a meeting, free sandwich that has mayo on it)
Confession: I really want some shrimp dim sum right now. Even though it’s all ground up with fat…
Confession 2: I’m in lecture and blogging…
Honestly, I rarely (almost never) eat an entire 400+ calorie muffin…but I like to make lower calorie versions of pumpkin and banana breads when I get a craving! Substituting applesauce for butter is AH-MAZING. Whoever came up with that is a genius. My favorite bread right now is a chocolate-cherry sourdough loaf from a local San Francisco bakery! It’s quite dense, so I try and only have a chunk for dessert and I don’t buy it every week. My goal right now is to not eat like I’m training for a marathon still…I’m always striving for moderation =) Sometimes you just need the real deal though you know?
Also, I wanted to share this message with you all in case anyone was thinking the same thing. I hope not! Don’t worry about me…I’m doing fine health-wise in med school! I’ll try and be more sensitive in my posts, but I tend to be kind of sarcastic and use exaggerations as humor.
Hi there, it is very helpful that you noticed the warning signs of your sister’s progressing health issues. I’ve only ever approached one of my friends about her dieting problem and she responded openly (although I don’t think I changed her habits or ways of thinking…). I tried to do the following:
Hope this helps and that your sister is getting better. I greatly apologize for taking ages to reply to this question. It’s just that everytime I started it, I never knew what to say. It’s a hard issue, and I personally know what it feels like on both ends of the story.
How have you approached someone you suspect is in trouble? How have you responded to people who are worried about you?
What I usually do is buy 1 lb (16 oz) of fish and then divide them into 4 servings. That way I’m eating just about 4 oz each time. Depending on how thick the slice is, 4 oz can be the same size or a little longer than an 3x4 index card.
And please don’t be obsessed! Let precision and accuracy be your best friends, but no need to stress out more than necessary.
Yes, too much protein can indeed hurt.
A general rule I learned in Nutrition is that the max intake of protein for any person is 2g of protein per kg (2g/kg). For example if you weigh 50 kg, your max intake would be 100 g of protein.
Eating too much of protein pours more stress on your kidneys. Nitrogen is a main component of proteins, but our bodies do not use much of it. Therefore, our kidneys have to filter out the excess nitrogen as urea (pee). A build up of nitrogen in the body would have toxic effects.
Also, if you are getting a lot of your protein from mammalian red meat, you could be increasing your risk of cancer. Glycans are carbohydrates from red meat and milk that get incorporated into human glycoproteins stimulating inflammation and raising the risk of carcinomas.