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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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Q: Can you make something packaged, like cake mix or shake mix, safer if it contains milk? Say by diluting it with almond milk or rice milk if this will take away from the danger of it containing milk?

A: There is no way to make something with milk “safe.” Can you dilute cocaine to be safe? No, of course not. Milk, even in small quantities, is very bad. The good news is, you can easily ...

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