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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 and calorie-dense foods, and 3) are drinking calories — coffee, tea, soda, smoothies, juice, alcohol.
If you need to lose weight, I can't recommend the meal plans enough. We have so many great weight-loss success stories. The meal plans are also soy-free and gluten-free.
You can also check out this post for additional information and advice: "Engine 2: Stuck In A Rut."
Q: Which of your books has the most gluten free recipes?
A: I'd say they're all about the same — 85% or more gluten-free. The ones that aren't automatically GF can be made GF with simple substitutions (like using gluten-free all purpose flour). I have 4 GF testers, and I don't put any recipe in my cookbook that doesn't translate. There is also a recipe for GF all-purpose flour in EHH and HHA. All three books have a "gluten-free" icon to designate GF recipes.
Q: Hi! Do you have to add oats to the black bean brownies? I am gluten intolerant.
A: Yes, but you can use certified gluten-free oats, such as these from Bob's Red Mill. You can pulse rolled oats in the food processor or blender to make "quick" oats.
Q: I've always wondered why you don't do (healthy, whole grain of course) boxed cereals for breakfast, or whole grain breads/bagels/English muffins? I never see these on your meal plans.
A: I (personally) don't consider cereals healthy because they are so processed. Even 100% whole grain ones are processed — just think about what a grain must go through to get in a weird cereal shape. It's also nearly impossible to find whole-grain cereals that are also unsweetened , and the meal plans are designed so people can buy what they need at any store — not have to make a special trip, or spend $5 on a box of cereal. Cereal is just not an easy or affordable option — or as healthy as oats, quinoa, etc.
Q: I'm just wondering if you have any recommendations for eating out — for those times that you forgot to make lunch or didn't get up early enough in the morning to make one.
Q: We have five hens that free range 100 percent on twenty acres and come in at night on their own, and I shut the area for safety — I have felt ethically it is reasonable to eat their eggs; however, health-wise, I am wondering after watching Forks Over Knives.A: Eggs contain cholesterol, which is harmful to the heart. All dietary cholesterol (meaning cholesterol you eat) is harmful. It only exists in animal foods.