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Listening to Your Body vs. Calorie Restricting

I love food. Like really love food. The song that goes, “I really, really, really  really like you” should be “I really, really, really really like food.” Seriously that song could be about my love for food. I’m the kind of person who can eat a footlong veggie delight sub from Subway, and then still be hungry. At times. There are times where I eat a 6-inch and then is full. Then I will save the other 6-inch for later.

I don’t restrict my calories. At all. I eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full. So which is better for weight loss/maintaining? Calorie restricting or listen to your body?

I know what’s better for my mental health. In high school I had a slight problem with calorie restriction. I went vegetarian, not because I believe that animals shouldn’t be used for food unless utterly necessary but because it meant that I didn’t have to eat as much. Or I had an excuse to eat only salads. Which isn’t the way to do veganism.

I believe that if you put the right foods in your body. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans. No animal products. And follow a mainly whole plant based diet. You don’t need to count calories. I’m 100% plant based, ethical reasons. And like 90% whole foods. The only “processed” foods that I eat is bread and pasta (on occasion). Every once in a while I will make vegan cookies or cupcakes. Or get soy ice cream. Which is really good for your mental health too. But really I’d rather eat frozen grapes or baked asparagus then a cupcake most days.

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Passionate vegan. Catholic.

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