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DONNA'S NEW BEGINNINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM 51 MARRIED 2 GROWN KIDS 2 GRADKIDS, BEEN IN THE FOOD INDUSRTY FOR 35 YEARS ,JUST GOT OUT WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AT AGE 51 GOT CERTIFIED IN PHLEBOTOMY STOPPED SMOKING AFTER 35YEARS OF 2 PACKS ADAY HAVENT HAD A CIG IN OVER 1 1/2 YEARS NOW!! AND NOW MY NEW BEGINNING IS TO LIVE A HEALTHEY LIFE STYLE AND FEEL GOOOOOD!!!!!!!
I AM 51 MARRIED 2 GROWN KIDS 2 GRADKIDS, BEEN IN THE FOOD INDUSRTY FOR 35 YEARS ,JUST GOT OUT WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AT AGE 51 GOT CERTIFIED IN PHLEBOTOMY STOPPED SMOKING AFTER 35YEARS OF 2 PACKS ADAY HAVENT HAD A CIG IN OVER 1 1/2 YEARS NOW!! AND NOW MY NEW BEGINNING IS TO LIVE A HEALTHEY LIFE STYLE AND FEEL GOOOOOD!!!!!!!




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My Goals:
LOSE 30 POUNDS AND LIVE HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE, DRINK MORE H2O MOVE MORE!! CARE ABOUT ME MORE!!TRYING TO BECOME A VEGETARIAN THEN LATER ON MAYBE A VEGAN

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I AM GONNA START WATCHING MY PORTION CONTROL PICK OUT HEALTHIER FOODS,EAT LESS FAST FOOD, STARTING A NEW LIFESTYLE:VEGETARIAN!!!

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LIVE IN GOOD OLE SUNNY FLORIDA, MARRIED 2 GROWN KIDS 32 & 24 AND 2 GRADKIDS 13 & 10
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I AM A CHRISTIAN I LOVE TO READ AND RIDE MY HARLEY

WAS N THE FOOD INDUSRTY FOR 35 YEARS GOT OUT AND AT AGE 51 WENT BACK TO COLLEGE; TO A COURSE ON PHLEBOTOMY ND AM NOW A "CERTFIED PHLEBOTOMIST

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LARISSAMULLINS
6/15/2010 11:00:43 AM

Sorry it took me so long to reply. I am constantly busy. I have a 3yo and a 5yo that keep me running. Plus I work full time. It has been really hard for me growing up not eating meat. I got into the habit of eating bread, potatoes and pasta. I gained a lot of weight over the past 10 years. Just recently I had Lapband surgery. Now I try to be a healty vegetarian. I eat a lot of beans(any kind), a lot of lowfat cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese. I have recently tried some marinated baked tofu and really liked it. Also try quinoa. It is a grain that I substitute for rice and it is full of protein. Hope this helps. Larissa



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VEGFAERY
6/12/2010 10:09:14 AM

Hi Donna! :-)

It's definitely okay to drink water or heavily diluted juice, iced tea is okay if you keep the sugar to an absolute minimum. I am trying to give up juice, but for the past five years or more I've been using 1/2 cup orange juice in the bottom of a 32 oz container and filling it up with water. Since I can't always drink it cold, sometimes I use 2 1/2 cups of cold water and 1 cup of freshly boiled water and then chug the whole thing. Lemon juice or slices of cucumber in water is nice too. You can add herbs like mint to make it yummy, too. I'll send you some links!



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GRYFFINSONG
6/9/2010 11:33:41 AM

Hi Donna and welcome to the Calling All Vegetarians (and Vegans) team!!! I'm a relatively new vegetarian myself, and have been studying like crazy to make sure I do it right. The key seems to be to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables and whole grains and you'll do fine. The only thing we might get low on is B12, which is in multivitamins. Those who don't do well on a veg diet seem to be those who still eat a lot of refined foods such as white rice, white bread, and so on.

I feel absolutely fabulous, and since going veg have lost a minimum of 1-2 pounds per week with no calorie counting.

If you like to read, I can suggest "The China Study", which details tons of compelling research that a plant based diet is far healthier than an animal-based diet, and is cruelty free and far better for our environment.

Again, welcome, good luck, and I hope you enjoy the team!!!

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