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Can't Decide

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I am struggling to decided exactly how I want to live my life. Meaning I feel I need to eat the way I want to live. I was a vegan for 2 years (MANY) years ago. And then I went 85% raw and vegan this past summer for 3 months. I felt really good. I just hear conflicting information about eating so much fruit due to the carbs. But then I have seen and heard about people who have lost so much weight and are amazing athletes. I am confused and can't decide what to do. emoticon . Any ideas or information I would love to hear from you. Thanks! Hugs, Bobbi Jo
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SHERRYGAYL 12/20/2012 10:09PM

    Personally, I am currently researching vegan options. I already eat vegetarian more often than not but have serious problems getting my protein up daily (and my carbs down). Today I had tuna for lunch and still had to have 3 hard boiled eggs for dinner to get my minimum. I *really* hate what eggs do to my stomach. But meat products tend to make me feel sluggish and really tired, almost worse than refined sugar (which gives me migraines, btw). As the other posters have said, every body is different and responds to different things. You have to figure out what works for you and how you feel after eating various things.

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Best of luck with your decision!

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KGWINDER 12/20/2012 9:27PM

    Eat track and discover! Each body is unique and yours will lead you to what is right for you.

Shortly after starting spark, I had a month long venture into being vegan (I really didn't know what that meant when I started - no honey?!). I already knew I felt yucky after eating meat. But in tracking on spark, I became concerned I wasn't getting enough b12 protein etc so I started eating more breakfast cereal since it was fortified - and I became sicker! Its was suggested that it was the wheat/gluten, so I switched to rice cereals. I collapsed while skiing and at the hospital it was discovered that my iron levels were really high and I have a genetic condition that makes my body collect iron faster than others. No wonder my body hated meat and fortified cereals.

I personally love fruit. I break the rules by using whey powder to make sure I get high protein levels without the iron - which makes for many happy smoothies. If you don't want to do milk products there are some great rice protein powders that can be added to soups, stir fries etc. It is all a matter of balance and getting to know your body through tracking and discovering.

Happy tracking and sparking - welcome to the site and I hope you teach all of us in a year what your body liked best.
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KATRINAKRAUT 12/20/2012 5:21PM

    Listen to your body ( versus your mind/ inner critic telling you what you think you SHOULD be doing/eating/ being). Carbs are not the enemy. it is not all or nothing (it does not have to be anyway). If you felt good eating a Vegan diet and it was sustainable for you, then do it but be flexible. If you are not eating this way for religious reasons, then do some exploring. You will figure out what works the best, feels the best and is the least stressful.

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