I am newly vegan and would love a vegan meal plan. I have cookbooks and all, but being able to print a grocery list from the meal plan would be great for me. Those of us who don't follow one of the SP meal plans lose out on the benefits of the meal plan system.
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4 6/25/13 11:13 A
Here is a great vegan meal planning option. www.theveganmenu.com. They do all the meal planning for your weekly dinners and put together your shopping list based on the weekly menu items. This has saved me so much time and money! Awesome website!
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713 6/22/13 2:29 P
Congratulations RWILKE2000! That's super inspirational!
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65 6/22/13 2:13 P
I am an SOS addict. I am a recovering sugarholic, oiloholic, and saltoholic. I went Vegan with no oil Feb of 2012 and have lost 130 lbs.
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3 6/22/13 10:00 A
Thank you! I appreciate your response!
I actually figured it out right after I posted that message. I knew SP wouldn't be so convoluted.
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1,660 6/21/13 10:20 P
RAVENEGO: Under your Tracker, just below the date is a little, teeny box for "Tracker Options"...that's where you can turn on/off the meal plans! Its easy to overlook some of the little options around the displays! Editing foods, etc---- took me a while to find things too!
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3 6/21/13 10:14 P
That comment about SP being supported by the ADA is hilarious (in a good way; I'm not laughing AT you), but could be a possible explanation for the lack of non-dairy meal plans.
I am not vegan, but I'm attempting to be Paleo and as close to vegan as I can get. I don't mind entering my own meal plan, but I would at least like to figure out how to turn off the suggested meal plan so I can view my meal plan a bit more easily (my eyes get a bit dizzy).
I bet I'm just missing the procedure for how to turn that off, so excuse my ignorance, but I vote YES for a vegan suggested meal plan! I'd be happy to help with that - and I believe the book "Thrive" would offer a fantastic point of reference.
I would like to add my voice to the request for a vegan meal plan. I currently don't use the meal planner at all because the vegetarian one revolves far too much round dairy. I should point out that I'm not vegan but I eat vegan probably 50% of the time.
I find it incredibly short-sighted of SP not to offer a meal plan for what can be one of the healthiest dietary choices in the world. I genuinely cannot believe that the computer system can't be tweaked to do it. There are so many dairy alternatives out there and, presumably, contained in the database that surely it can't be that hard to just suggest an alternative each time dairy comes up.
I am starting to suspect that the site might in some way be funded or sponsored by the American Dairy Association.
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713 6/17/13 8:45 A
As much as I loathe PETA, they have a great list & app called "Accidentally Vegan", which is a bunch of food found in typical grocery stores by big brands that are vegan. Hopefully that helps!
I'd also just like to add my name to the list of people who would love a vegan option for the SP meals!
Another vote for a vegan meal plan. I am following a no-dairy, no-animal products eating plan as I believe it will slow down/eliminate my breast cancer from recurring. I am adult enough to take a vegetarian liquid vitamin to make sure I get my nutrients in - I need a plan to follow so I am not in the dark or making mistakes.
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4 5/31/13 8:20 A
Add me in for a Vegan meal plan option, I think its time Spark People. I usually do well on my own but sometimes you need help with different ideas for meals~ Plus some of us just can't consume dairy or want to!
I think Michael Bittman is a good source for information as well as Drs. Fuhrman and Barnard!
Many people round the world eat a plant based diet so what is the holdup?
Why not? If you're worried about liability, maybe Dr. Joel Fuhrman or Dr. Neal Barnard or the PCRM or a local university with a decent nutrition program would be up for working with you on it.
BTW, I'm adding my vote for a vegan plan here too of course! =) It would be so much easier to do if I didn't have to research and put in every little thing... & just use your meal plan as is. That'd be so nice! Right now, I often work really hard to get a perfect meal plan for the day... and then I'm so hungry (because I waited so long to eat) that I just eat junk and blow it.
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239 5/26/13 6:35 A
It sounds as though there are problems with the vegetarian plans as well, if they rely so heavily on dairy and don't distinguish between the good fats in nuts, seeds, and avocados and the not so good fats from other sources. So they've just made minor adjustments to a carniverous plan. They would need to start from scratch to build proper plans both for vegetarians and vegans. Not all vegetarians drown themselves in dairy products..... That's carnivore thinking.
I'd be happy for an option "allergic to dairy." We can already nix eggs and meat. This is one more step.
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2 5/4/13 12:10 P
yes yes yes please... to a vegan meal plan option
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I'm frustrated because I eat mostly vegetarian/ vegan but the foods I eat have a lot of natural fats and they're counted as my going way above The Standards for The S. A. D.(nuts, avocados, and seeds). So, YES for vegan diet plan, I need suggestions!
Edited by: AMYTHECRAFTER at: 4/23/2013 (15:59)
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I vote for a vegan meal plan
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Another vote for a vegan meal plan. I have attempted several times, but i would be good to have some help!
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871 3/21/13 11:28 A
Another vote for a vegan meal plan! Let's get this going, SP!
I too would like a vegan plan. Since joining (YEARS ago), I have had to manually enter all my food. It would be nice to take a break and have the nutrition tracker do all the thinking for me.
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51 3/6/13 8:19 A
Agreed. A vegan diet is an extremely healthy option, but since it's a new type of diet for some folks, it'd be really helpful for Sparkpeople to provide a meal plan to show new vegans the ropes re: a healthy vegan diet.
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I vote for a vegan meal plan too!
While I truly appreciate the vegetarian meal plan, something not offered at the Jillian Michaels site that I once paid for, I would be even more grateful for not having to sort through the vegetarian meal plan. I can substitute nuts for the dairy items to make up for the fat/oil/protein/calorie difference but if I didn't have to that would be an awesome added bonus!
Just adding my name to the list of people who want SP to offer a Vegan Meal Plan!
Please, Spark People, PLEASE!
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4 1/2/13 7:47 A
Anarie wrote: "I don't know this for sure, but I suspect that the reason there's no vegan meal plan is that it's just too complicated for a simple computer program to create while still meeting the B vitamin and various mineral requirements."
If this is the case, it would be very curious. As people of any diet age, their ability to absorb B12 diminishes (specifically, apparently stomach acid decreases, which diminishes the capacity to release B12 from animal protein sources; because supplemental B12 is not bound to protein, it's easier to absorb.) Because of this trend, the Food and Nutrition Board at the NAS Institute of Medicine, which sets RDA recommendations, recommends that ALL adults over 50 receive at least half of their B12 requirements from a mix of fortified B12 foods or B12 supplements. So, people with the foresight to include fortified and supplemental B12 sources in their diet are really AHEAD of the nutritional curve, not behind.
Presumably, Spark People has meal plans that meet the needs of people over 50, so why would it not be able to track B12 supplements/fortified foods for vegan diets? Also, if that's not currently the case, wouldn't that mean that it's prudent for SP to be able to to track supplemental and fortified B12 sources for ALL of its members, not just its vegan members?
"Once you start removing broad categories of food, there are too many variables for a computer to handle."
This is puzzling. What "broad categories of food" are being removed? All of the major food groups are represented in a vegan diet. Just as vegetarians replace meat with plant-based protein, there are dairy analogues (recognized by the USDA My Plate program) and there are ways to meet dairy requirements with plant-based sources of calcium, etc.
I understand that SP does have actual professional nutritionists on staff. This stuff isn't rocket science. And again, if SP really thought that vegan diets were so inadvisable, why write an entire cookbook dedicated to the topic? I can only hope there is a vegan diet plan in the works as a companion to the cookbook.
Edited by: DANDYKINS at: 1/2/2013 (07:49)
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37 1/2/13 12:28 A
I would also love a vegan meal plan. I need a lot of guidance as I am a newbie and even though I am reading nutrition books like crazy, being able to track it will be fantastic.
I don't know this for sure, but I suspect that the reason there's no vegan meal plan is that it's just too complicated for a simple computer program to create while still meeting the B vitamin and various mineral requirements. The B vitamins are especially tricky. If you eat any animal products at all, you get enough, so the computer doesn't even have to be programmed to consider that if it's programmed for at least one dairy serving. But if you're vegan, you HAVE to have enriched products or supplements, which means the computer would have to be programmed to track B-12 and others, only it can't because B vitamin content isn't included in manufacturers' nutrition data. There's too much of a liability issue; someone could get pernicious anemia from following a vegan meal plan and not taking a supplement, and then turn around and sue. Also, commercial products use different recipe formulations in different parts of the country. The meal plan might list, for example, a brand of bread that's vegan in Ohio where Sparkpeople is based but has honey in it in Texas or Maine (and someone might turn around and sue!)
Anyway, it's one of those situations that requires a human brain to do it right. Once you start removing broad categories of food, there are too many variables for a computer to handle. If you want a vegan meal plan that fits all your nutritional needs and is based on products that are available where you live, you're going to have to pay a human being to make it.
I have the same issue with a vegan raw lifestyle. There are over 1500 team members, but only about 2 or 3 actually post anything and those comments I already know. I get more support from FB with my lifestyle. The only thing I use on SP is the message boards and those are slowly becoming the same questions over and over too.
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4 12/26/12 11:44 A
Thanks! This is helpful to know. The biggest obstacle I run into is that the whole point of the meal plan is to offer a more convenient alternative to myself putting together the meal plan, and if I have to do a bunch of substitutes, then I have to enter all of that into the meal plan, recalculate calories, etc. etc.
I guess I could understand it more, but it just seems so odd that SP would release a vegan cookbook but then have no mealplan option...??
Bummer. I was really looking forward to using SP more, and the meal planning tool was the really big draw for me. I already spent $4 on the iPhone app too.
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4 12/26/12 11:40 A
Thanks for the very quick reply, especially on Christmas, Jen! Huh... do you know why? It seems like a very conspicuous omission, particularly since SP recently released an entire vegan cookbook.
even if you don't use it all the time, you may be able to find a few new meals by showing the meal plans and running through them every now and again. they still have the really oddball day here and there, but i have been noticing a streak of better options available lately [they're much heavier on the veggies and celery and cashew butter seems to be an actual first run option as opposed to something you would have to select to sub in for cream cheese]. and i have even seen some as is vegan meals in my plan [erm. okay. everything was definitely vegan but the kraft herbed vinaigrette dressing. i don't buy dressing so i have no idea if that particular kind of kraft would be vegan by chance, but i'm fairly certain that there are vegan herbed vinaigrettes on the market and if not herbed vinaigrettes are easy to make]. as well as even more meals where all you would have to do is swap a nondairy milk for the cow milk you're drinking with the meal.
We do not offer vegan meal plans at this point. Sorry about that!
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4 12/25/12 10:59 P
I've flirted with SparkPeople a couple of times over the last year or so, and thought I'd come back to check it out again after I saw the new SP vegan cookbook (yay!). Just wondering - is there now a way to actually get vegan mealplans on SP, rather than just modifying the dairy-heavy "vegetarian" option? I'm so hopeful - it would make SP much more than just a food/weight logging site for me (I already have one of those.)
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