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Q: I have heard that when switching to a plant-based diet, your menstrual cycle can change for a period of time while your body is adjusting to the hormones in your body re-regulating themselves.  Do you know anything about this?  I have been plant-based for 10 months now and only get my period once every couple of months.

A: I've never heard this, but I'm not a doctor. I don't see how or ...

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Q: I switched to a soy-free, gluten-free, plant-based diet about a month ago, and have gained quite a bit of weight. Do you know why this might be? (Do you have any tips?)

A: It's hard for me to guess without seeing some kind of food journal to know exactly what you are eating — and how much. In most cases, I find people are 1) eating too many calories overall, 2) eating too many high-fat ...

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Q: To make a recipe gluten-free, can I substitute oat flour for wheat flour equally or is it more complicated than that?

A: It's more complicated than that, unfortunately. For one, while oats themselves are gluten-free, most are cross-contaminated with gluten, so you'll have to make sure you're using certified gluten-free oats to make oat flour, or certified gluten-free oat flour. With muffin recipes, oat flour tends to be a good solution, but ...

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Q: I would like to get one of your cookbooks, but I don't know which one to buy. Help!

A: I recommend HHC, EHH, and HHA equally. If you can only purchase one of them, I suggest looking through the table of contents of each on Amazon to see which one speaks to you most — fits your tastes and personality, then you can expand from there.

If you're brand-new to a plant-based diet (or ...

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Q: I just wondered what your thoughts are on soy.
A: Read this well written and researched article at Zen Habits "Finally, The Truth About Soy."

Q: I'm having a hard time losing weight even though I am plant-based. Is it because I eat a lot of nuts?
A: I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I follow Dr. McDougall's advice. He says "the fat you eat is the fat you wear ...

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