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From: Bryanna (
Subject:         Re: Help gaining weight
Date: February 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm PST

In Reply to: Help gaining weight posted by Erin M on February 3, 2009 at 12:53 am:

I am not an expert on this, since I have to watch
that I don't gain weight! However, here is an
article on gaining weight on a vegan diet by vegan
RD, Ginny Messina:

And here are some more of her articles about
creating a good vegan diet.

As Ginny says, don't neglect exercise to build up
muscle, too.

Remember that you used to enjoy food and you can do
so again. Make that a priority. Don't get too
carried away writing things down and constantly
weighing yourself, or it will be too much like hard

Avocados are great-- lots of nutrients and high-
calorie. When I was growing up in California, we
would just eat a whole avocado for lunch, split in
half, squirted with lemon juice and sprinkled with
salt, and eaten with a spoon-- sometimes on
sourdough bread. Yum! Put avocado slices in
sandwiches, too. They can also be used in
smoothies. Raw cashews or nut butters added to
smoothies will also add calories and good fats, and
make them creamy and rich. Use full-fat soymilk,
hemp milk or nut milk in smoothies. (Not coconut
milk, which is full of saturated fat.)

I wouldn't add extra oil to baked goods-- just use
recipes that are already fairly high in fat. But
don't over-do the baked goods. Eat plenty of whole
grains, beans and vegetables. Eat them like they
do in the Mediterranean, with olive oil drizzled on
top. Use really good olive oil for flavor.
Chinese (roasted) sesame oil is also a good
'finisher', adding a wonderful smoky flavor.

Middle Eastern, Greek, and Italian recipes would be
good to explore.

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