VEGFAERY's SparkPeople Blog VEGFAERY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back again! It's amazing how I never give up! I am back again a year later and still struggling to lose weight. I am not upset though, because I finally I have found a way of eating that I enjoy, is cheap, is easy, and makes me feel amazing. <BR> <BR> I'm still totally plant-based, about 99% vegan, and eating really well. I'm also exercising, something I've never really done. I walk 5 km per day (weather permitting at this point) even in FREEZING temperatures (-16 with the wind chill anyone?) and I ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 18:21:04 EST Protective Diet For two years I've been a member of a Facebook group called the Protective Diet. The premise of this lifestyle is vegan, no additives, no preservatives, zero fat, no sugar, lots of starch. This past week I learned that I'm 50 lbs overweight and have high blood pressure. Having always tried to maintain a fairly healthy weight (20-30 lbs overweight, but no higher) and having always had low blood pressure, this was a bit of a shock for me. Since lurking in the group wasn't working for me I d... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:15:09 EST Day 2 80-10-10 This meal plan means a lot of time in the kitchen but the food is so good. My belly is flat on only day two and I feel light on my feet. I hope this way of eating will speed up the healing of my heel spur and help me lose some weight. I'm back up to 178 lbs and I won't stop until I'm down to my goal weight of 145 lbs. I keep getting down to 165 and then becoming complacent. I just refuse to do that anymore. I am 46 years old and I want to regain my health. I have now been overweight fo... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:10:47 EST Back to try again. My weight has been holding steady at 167, down from 187 in July. The weight I'd lost in the wake of my relationship breakup has stayed off, but I would still like to lose more. After 18 months on a plant-based omnivore diet I've decided to return to a plant-based vegetarian diet, heavy on greens and legumes and whole grains, light on processed foods and GMOs. <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes I've received, PMs and sparkgoodies. Your thoughtfulness and kindness ma... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:47:50 EST One chapter closes, another one opens. My relationship of four years has ended and I am managing the stages of grief very slowly. In the first four days I lost ten pounds, in the next three weeks I lost four more. I am exercising again, 90 minutes or more per day, and will soon start strength training. I interviewed for a job today and got it, so I'll be putting my experience as a vegan personal chef to good use by helping a local eatery establish a new menu, plus I'll learn to be a barista! So cool. <BR> <BR> I am logging my f... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:28:43 EST Low functioning thyroid means unwanted weight gain Hi everyone! I'm sorry I've been gone so long. <BR> <BR> I recently had a diagnosis of low functioning thyroid so I've started taking liquid iodine daily. I need to make some dietary changes too. For now I'm coming to terms with the 17 pounds I've gained in the last year. Nothing about the way I eat has really changed; I didn't start porking out on pizza, potato chips, and beer, but I have gained 17 lbs and none of my clothes fit. The other day I visited a women's clothing boutique clos... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:28:09 EST Day 8 to 17 of the 30 day juice fast Wow! Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> Today is day 18 and I am down 9 lbs and my partner is down 19 lbs. She tried on all her clothes this morning and most are too big. She looks so great, but now we have to go shopping! Oh darn! LOL! Actually she has lost 14.5 inches off her body in just 16 days. I can only imagine how good she'll look and feel by the end of the summer. <BR> <BR> When the 30 day juice fast ends, we're going to keep juicing for August but add in raw snacks and one ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:26:18 EST Days 6, 7 and 8 of 30 day juice fast Wow! I am still here! <BR> <BR> We have been making a variety of juices like: <BR> <BR> Colon Cleanser <BR> Mean Green <BR> Morning Glorious <BR> Orange Fennel <BR> Mint Julep <BR> Orange Carrot <BR> Super Green Detox <BR> Pink Juice <BR> Santa Fe Salsa <BR> Pear-fect Pear and many others. <BR> <BR> I think that by having a great variety of recipes is key to sticking with it and not getting bored. Most of what we drink fits the 80/20 rule; in fact, many of our juices are VERY green. <BR>... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:05:38 EST Day 5 of 30 day juice fast OMG!! Today was so hard!!! I was cooking ten meals for a client and I kept having to taste dressings, dips, etc. for salt, lemon, etc. It was horrible! I felt sick, tired and sweaty all day, spontaneously breaking out in a full sweat several times. I felt my willpower give way, so I gave in and ate some roasted veggies. Then I felt good, full instead of hollow and sick. It's been six hours since I put anything in my stomach, so I think I'll have a juice. <BR> <BR> The juices I made ye... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:37:36 EST Day 4 of 30 day juice fast Hey everyone! Life is good here, lots of energy! The juices were all really good, so we'll make them again. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we are enjoying the following juices: <BR> <BR> Dad's OJ <BR> Feel Good <BR> Sweet Dreams <BR> Mint Medley <BR> Tomato Broccoli Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:19:03 EST Day 3 of 30 day juice fast I'm a little late posting today, but I'll give you the rundown anyway. I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 7am, an hour before my alarm went off. I got up and made a juice for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Here are the juices we enjoyed today: <BR> <BR> Mean Green (posted on another blog post) <BR> Super Green Detox (posted on previous post) <BR> Sun-kissed Juice <link><BR>kitchen-sun-kissed-juice/ </link> <BR> Pink Juice <link>www.thisrawsomeveganlife.... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:36:06 EST Day 2 of 30 day juice fast Good morning! My day got started after only four hours' sleep when I woke up for the third time during the night to pee (I went to sleep at 1230am). I couldn't return to sleep, so I got up and washed dishes and then surfed the web. At 730am I started prepping vegetables for juicing tomorrow's meals. I imagine I will return to bed at some point today to take a nap, but maybe I'll plow my way through the day and go to bed early. We shall see. <BR> <BR> The juices we made yesterday were al... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:19:12 EST Day 1 of 30 day juice fast Good morning! <BR> <BR> Today is day one of my 30-day juice fast. My partner Karen and I are embarking on this journey together and I am so excited to do this with her. Her starting weight is 225 (down from 230 three days ago) and my starting weight is 168 (down from 172 three days ago). Three days ago we started a 3-day mini detox diet from the book Hungry for Change. Essentially it was a plant-only diet to help us minimize detox symptoms during the early days of juice fasting. We'll ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:28:15 EST Day 2 Logging Food Food for Valentine's Day... <BR> <BR> Okay, so I'm not being careful, I'm just logging how I've been eating every day for a week to see where my calories come from. I did have three chocolate cupcakes yesterday, so all my numbers are high, but that's okay, right? It was Valentine's Day. :-) <BR> <BR> Calories 2121 <BR> Fat 77 <BR> Carbs 351 <BR> Fiber 67 <BR> Sodium 973 <BR> Protein 56 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:05:54 EST Logging food now Hi everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I've decided to start logging my food to see where my calories are coming from. I have been working out nearly every day for a month and I have not lost any weight at all. I think I might be eating to maintain instead of eating to lose weight. I'm also not sure I'm eating enough of the right macro nutrients, although a lot of the professionals in the filed say it's about micro nutrients not macro. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was: <BR> <BR> 1939 cal <BR> 64 g fat <BR> 28... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:20:41 EST Day 6 of 7 day juice fast. Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> We had to finish the juice fast today because my partner was experiencing medical side effects of the juicing. Nothing to do with her type 1 diabetes, but with her epilepsy. So we stopped juicing and ate some celery and cucumber and drank a cup of miso broth. Tomorrow we will juice in the morning, eat a big green salad for lunch and have creamed kale and beans for supper with roasted sweet potato. We will continue to enjoy one green juice per day and one red jui... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:56:28 EST Day 4 of 7 day juice fast. Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> This is going really well! My partner Karen and I are finding a lot of great recipes and we're really loving this experience. Karen is down ten pounds and I'm down five since starting the fast, before that I'd lost three pounds and Karen had lost two. So all together, we are down 20 lbs since January 1st. Not too bad, eh? <BR> <BR> I will confess to having moments of weakness. Tonight I squabbled with my honey and I was tempted to eat something, but instead I si... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:21:25 EST Day 1 of 7 day juice fast Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> What a great day! Sunny outside and sunny inside. After five days of eating clean and three days of doing the Hungry for Change detox cleanse, I've now started a seven day juice fast. I was going to follow along with the World's Biggest Juice Detox led by Jason Vale aka "The Juice Master" but his juices use a lot of fruit. Because my lovely partner has type 1 diabetes and cannot drink a lot of fruit juice, I've decided to join her in drinking primarily green juic... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:01:14 EST Monday. What I'm eating today. It's easy to tell you what I'm eating today because I'm on day two of the Hungry for Change detox cleanse. <BR> <BR> B - 1 L lemon water, green juice <BR> snack - some soaked/sprouted nuts <BR> L - HUGE salad <BR> snack - green juice or more nuts <BR> S - vegetable soup <BR> snack - chia pudding, tea <BR> <BR> After this cleanse we are jumping into a seven day juice fast. We are doing our own thing using juices I've found on the internet and in several books I own. My partner and I have c... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:54:30 EST Sunday, what I ate yesterday. B - lemon/ginger water, followed by a green juice <BR> snack -green juice <BR> L - HUGE green salad, no dressing, just avocado <BR> snack - activated almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds <BR> S - two big bowls of vegetable soup <BR> snack - tea, more nuts/seeds <BR> <BR> Sunday was Day 1 of the Hungry for Change Detox. <link><BR>-detox-plan </link> <BR> <BR> Edited to add link. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:08:24 EST Wed. What I ate today. B - green juice, followed by a protein shake <BR> L - guacamole with chips and corn salad <BR> snack - 10 almonds <BR> S - Sweet potato and red lentil dahl over quinoa <BR> D - carrot/orange/ginger/lemon juice <BR> snack - hot raw cocoa, four chips with leftover guacamole Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:45:30 EST Tue. What I ate today. B - green juice, berry smoothie with fruit and vega. <BR> L - taco salad <BR> S - Korean rice bowl with gardein beefless tips <BR> D - carrot/orange juice, banana "ice cream" <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:06:01 EST 6 months from now I'll wish I'd started today. I am back up to 172 lbs.... just two months ago I was down to 166. :( I slipped off the exercise and eating right wagon and have paid for it. My pants are tight and my muffin top is back. UGH! <BR> <BR> I have lurked on Eat to Live for a long time. I've tried the diet many times in many years but could never stick to it. I'm ready to try again. Today I'm logging what I eat so I can see where I am failing. My portions are just Too Big, too calorie dense. My morning shake and cup of tea equals... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 10:15:02 EST Another new day? Sure! Why not? Every day is a new day. :D <BR> <BR> My partner and I are embarking on a three month challenge to lose ten pounds through daily cardio (walking for her, walking/jogging for me), eating a primarily low fat vegan diet (no oils, limited nuts, some avocado) and lifting heavy weights 2-3 times per week. Finally that YMCA pass will get some use! <BR> <BR> I'm using the next 12 days to practice my good habits. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:14:27 EST July 1 - December 1 I don't like deadlines anymore than most people, but I feel like I have to give myself one because nothing else is working. Maybe if I set a target I could actually achieve it. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling very down about my weight loss right now. The scale really has not moved at all in six months. I've developed some poor eating habits because I don't stick up for myself the way I used to. Today when I went grocery shopping with my boys I said no to every unhealthy item they requested, but wh... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:29:23 EST Trying... Okay, so I fell off the wagon a little bit yesterday with some Kettle Chips... Right back on afterwards though! Today is so far so good. I am definitely a nibbler and I probably nibble on an extra 300 calories every day. I think I should start measuring and weighing my food, it could be eye-opening. <BR> <BR> I've been walking the dog and neglecting my Beach Body DVD, but today I'm going to do it... in a few minutes actually. :-) I have signed up for one Pilates class next week and two y... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:53:19 EST New day new way. Isn't it funny how sometimes all we need is a quick swift kick in the rear? <BR> <BR> I went to see my naturopath today for my routine check up. She gave me a clean bill of health, for the first time since I first saw her last October when I was dealing with missed periods, deep depression, fatigue, migraines, dry skin, constipation and excess weight. Well, I shouldn't say a clean bill of health, apparently I'm still struggling with my weight, but the rest is gone! I feel super now all the... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 15:30:33 EST New day.. .thank GAWD! My girlfriend and I went away for the weekend and we let our hair down...... we also let ourselves down. It was a Wheat and Sugar fest and it resulted in stomach upset, constipation and bloating.. not nice. <BR> <BR> So, we're detoxing this week with lots of water, green food and NO SUGAR or WHEAT. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:37:19 EST Chalean Extreme Day 1 Burn 1. I just worked out, even though it's over 30 degrees outside and nearly 26 inside. I feel great now, time for a shower. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 May 2012 13:23:22 EST March 11 - April 3 Started walking 45 minutes per day plus did weight training every day for 40 minutes. In less than one month I lost six pounds of fat and put on seven pounds of muscle. With results like that you'd think I'd stick with it. :( Unfortunately I did not and so now I have to start over again. <BR> <BR> Luckily, my weight has stayed the same over this time of not exercising every day. I have my exceptionally clean diet to thank for that. "They" say that weight loss is 70% diet and 30% exercis... Tue, 8 May 2012 15:06:51 EST One month later and still 166 lbs. Wow! Like I always seem to do when I reach a goal weight, I slip off the wagon and return to my pre-wagon ways. You know what I mean... an extra helping, less exercise, more chocolate. Surprisingly this time it didn't mean regained pounds. I am amazed to say that I still weigh 166 lbs. However, not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I would like to return to exercise and a proper clean diet before those elusive pounds find me again. <BR> <BR> I don't know what happened to me in Febr... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:26:11 EST Lowest weight in 18 years!!! I weighed in this morning on my old standby, the Wii Fit. Couldn't believe my eyes! 166 lbs!!! The last time I weighed this was 18 years ago after my first year of college. Wow! I'm blown away! <BR> <BR> My goals for February are to work out either at the gym or by walking for 60 minutes a day. I can do this! I really can! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 10:08:00 EST Results at Dr. appt. Adrenal function has improved from a score 5/20 to 14/20 so that is great news. <BR> <BR> Liver function has decreased (which I suspected) so today is day one of the liver cleanse. My menstrual cycle should return within five days of completing the ten day cleanse. The trick afterwards is to stay away from all alcohol, caffeine, over the counter medication, wheat and sugar. <BR> <BR> I have lost six pounds = 4 lbs of fat, 2 lbs of muscle. I'm happy for the weight loss, but I definitely... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:06:07 EST Today is the day! This is the nearly half way mark of our 12 lbs in 12 weeks challenge on the Vegetarians and Vegans spark team. It's also my followup appointment with my naturopath. My health has gone downhill in the last month, probably because I'm not adhering to the diet she gave me. 100% vegan, no wheat, no sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine. I got the vegan part down and the no caffeine, but the other ones are hard. I had two beers about two weeks ago, my only drinks since before Christmas and I've had ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:50:09 EST Getting back on the horse (so to speak) Hello everyone! Thank you to my spark friends for their great words of support on my blog post this morning. <BR> <BR> I have to look at this new "diet" as a whole new way of eating if I am going to succeed. Clearly I cannot manage my weight and my health by my old ways, I need help and that is why I enlisted the help of a naturopathic doctor and a yoga/pilates studio. I have to get back on track with my food plan and that includes following this detox and elimination diet. So like I sai... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:39:25 EST ACK! Fell off the wagon! No food posts to blog about because I didn't record my food. I did well Saturday and Sunday until I ate some potato chips. Then the next day I nibbled on chocolate and then yesterday I drank a beer. UGH! Last night I had serious stomach pains and gas and because I was off my game, I have no idea which foods upset my delicate balance. <BR> <BR> So Monday I start again, Day 1 of the 28 Day Detox and Elimination Diet. I won't go crazy between now and then, I'll still eat lentils and rice a... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:41:54 EST Day 12 - Moving right along! Totals for Day 12 <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1489 <BR> FAT 43g <BR> CARBS 257g <BR> PROTEIN 40g <BR> FIBER 44g <BR> SODIUM 2169 (yikes! - that's two days in a row) <BR> <BR> So the BM came twice on its own, so no enema required. I did buy a 4-qt enema bag from Raw Food World and I'm excited about that. :D <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> Edited to add some pumpkin seeds I ate last night. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:12:49 EST Day 11 Elimination Diet Totals for Day 11 <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1335 <BR> FAT 18g <BR> CARBS 252g <BR> PROTEIN 41g <BR> FIBER 51g <BR> SODIUM 1859mg (whoa!) <BR> <BR> So as soon as I stop eating sweet potatoes every day, I get constipated. I definitely see a pattern here. I might do another enema today, in fact I probably will. But first I have to make deliveries, do my grocery shopping and walk the dog. When I come home to clean the house this afternoon, I'll warm some water and do the deed. My gf also wants me... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:42:05 EST Day 10 of the Elimination Diet Totals for Day 10 <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1539 <BR> FAT 90g <BR> CARBS 186g <BR> PROTEIN 31g <BR> FIBER 48g <BR> SODIUM 258mg <BR> <BR> Fat is high today because I ate a raw avocado kale salad with lots of raw sunflower seeds. This is the highest calorie total I've had too. I'm really happy with the sodium count, the lowest yet. Let's see what tomorrow brings. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:40:53 EST I have some catching up to do! I have tried for the last few days to write and post a blog, but for some reason I couldn't access that part of Sparkpeople. Today I got right in when I clicked "Add A Blog Entry". :D <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cherry beet detox smoothie from Whole Life Nutrition cookbook and blog <BR> <BR> A nice change of pace after all the gacky green smoothies I've been drinking for a week. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I owe my blogging friends some updates... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:38:30 EST Day 5 Totals for Day 5: <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1126 <BR> FAT 16g <BR> CARBS 204g <BR> PROTEIN 56g <BR> FIBER 42g <BR> SODIUM 1366mg <BR> <BR> I still have not had a BM since Tuesday; I'm getting a little concerned. Other than that, I feel just GREAT! :D So much energy and clarity.. It's neat. <BR> <BR> I will not blog again until Monday morning because my weekends are busy and I won't be able to get online as much. I will walk my 12 minutes with the dog and I will drink my water. <BR> <BR> See y... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:43:17 EST Day 4 Totals for Day 4 <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1194 <BR> FAT 45g <BR> CARBS 181g <BR> PROTEIN 63g <BR> FIBER 52g <BR> SODIUM 865 mg <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! Feeling even better today, lots of energy yesterday too. I got so much done around the house. Just when I thought I'd stop, I'd get another burst and keep going. Definitely feeling the good food I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I didn't get around to the enema yesterday, so I'll have to put aside some time today to do it. I still haven't had a BM, tod... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 10:02:39 EST Day 3 Totals for Day 3 <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1178 <BR> FAT 43g <BR> CARBS 207g <BR> PROTEIN 35g <BR> FIBER 44g <BR> SODIUM 402mg <BR> <BR> So on day 3 my flu-like symptoms finally went away and I felt more like myself. I also slept really well for the first time in two days. I only drank one green smoothie yesterday, the equivalent of a a full Vitamix blender jug, so still a lot, but not as much as day one when I drank three full jugs. I ate some pumpkin seeds and roasted yams, as well as cabbag... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:46:58 EST Shamelss Self-Promotion <link><BR>igs/vibeke_vale/ </link> <BR> <BR> Check out that link!! I'm the featured Pig of the Month on Healthy Blender Recipes, a blog for vegans and plant lovers. :D Wed, 4 Jan 2012 17:28:10 EST Day Two of the Elimination Diet CALORIES 1,343 <BR> CARBS 289 g <BR> FAT 26 g <BR> PROTEIN 23 g <BR> FIBER 53 g <BR> SODIUM 396 mg <BR> <BR> I got 3/4 of the way through day two drinking green smoothies when suddenly I couldn't take it anymore. I heated up some leftover brown rice and cabbage/celery/carrot stir fry and ate that for supper. At bedtime I was still starving so I ate two small roasted yams. These foods are from Phase 1 of the diet so I wasn't off plan, I was just 14 hours early. :D Oh well, I... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 08:25:33 EST Day One of the Elimination Diet Totals for Day 1 <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1250 <BR> CARBS 306 g <BR> FAT 7 g <BR> PROTEIN 22 g <BR> FIBER 55 g <BR> SODIUM 419 mg <BR> <BR> I never would have believed that I could get by on so little food. Yesterday I drank two kinds of green smoothies all day. Yes, I've started my 28 day detox and elimination diet. After I drank the first 2 L of smoothies yesterday I started to get a headache. As the day progressed I felt really tired. Today the headache is back and I feel like I have the ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 10:08:11 EST Countdown to 2012 I feel so positive about 2012. I am not one to make resolutions, yet this year I don't even feel the need to do so. I am hopeful that I can make the changes I need to make because 2012 is going to be my year! I have never felt so optimistic about a calendar change! It just feels RIGHT. <BR> <BR> On January 2nd I start a 28-day elimination diet that I'm very excited to do. It's wheat free, sugar free, caffeine and alcohol free and vegan. I'll still be participating in my weekly GTS Jump... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 08:11:05 EST Eight pounds of fat gone, two pounds of muscle gained. I have reached the goal I set for myself. That has got to be a first!! Haha! :D I am just so happy! It must have been all the walking I was doing for the three weeks I worked at Sears. I quit that job because it was affecting my sciatic nerve. My job was to walk circuits around the store for 4-8 hours at a time, looking for people to help. BORING!!! Anyway... <BR> <BR> My next goal is to lose another eight lbs of fat by the end of January when I next see my doctor. I'll do C25K (walk ... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:08:34 EST Doing great so far! It seems that losing a couple of inches here and there is just the incentive one needs to get moving! I have exercised every day this week and I feel great! My body feels great too apparently, because after five months and one week I got my period again! LOL! Hurray for me! :D LOL! That's okay, though... cuz I'm still exercising and hopefully still losing. My TOM is responsible for that pesky three pound weight gain I saw last week, but then again, maybe not. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we took ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:16:36 EST Current Goal: 7-10 lbs of fat gone by December 21!! definitely want to start losing some fat, instead of just putting on muscle. I've been doing Pilates and yoga for six months and I've lost about 6 inches total (waist, hips and thighs) but the scale has stayed the same, actually bobbing up and down between 171 to 174 lbs. My biggest issue is not what I eat, it's how little I move my body. Yesterday I walked the dog for 45 minutes and that felt great, so I'll do it again today. I'm also going to start the Couch to 5K program again. I need t... 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