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9/26/17 12:47 P

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I was a lacto-ovo-pescetarian (basically, I didn't eat meat, but did eat dairy, eggs & fish) for several years. I have gradually added in a small amount of meat and am eating far less dairy.

I now eat a small portion of meat (chicken, fish, beef, etc.) a few times a week, very little dairy and mostly eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and legumes.

I feel a lot better and am more nutritionally balanced now. I don't feel that any particular diet is good for all people; we have to do what makes us feel our best and is providing us the nutrition that we need.

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Somewhat



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9/26/17 10:02 A

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I have used go lean vegan cheese it is mostly soy



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I did 5 months on a vegan diet in 2015 but was wanting to lose 10 kilos and decided to go to a nutritionist. She told me that I had to start eating some animal protein. Put cheese back in and now I have 20 kilos to lose :-(



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In response to Justeat's concerns over B12:

If a vegan diet is the reason we’re not getting B12 and meat is the only source, then how do animals get B12 from eating a vegan diet?

The answer lies in farm and sanitation practices. We humans used to get plenty of B 12 from drinking untreated water and eating bits of dirt on food. But over-farming (which has virtually sterilized our soil) and our water purification practices (which have sterilized our water), have created B 12 deficiency in humans and farmed animals both.

Factory animals receive B12 shots.

And yes, "live and let live" is indeed the perfect vegan motto!


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"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." --Maya Angelou



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We eat mostly plant based, once or sometimes twice a week we may have meat or alternatives( ie eggs or milk based products)



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Yes, over 6 years now and loving it!

"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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Nightglow - And if humans were meant to eat a completely vegan diet then there would be no need to supplement with B12.

It is possible to eat both a diet that is plant based and a diet that contains meat and be healthy.

My husband prefers a plant based diet and I prefer to eat some meat with my vegetables. Live and let live.

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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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trying to.... some days are easier than others and I have a hard time giving up sweets, mainly when it's in front of me (at a party, etc.).





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So nice to see so many vegetarians and vegans responding! I've noticed that SparkPeople is increasing articles and recipes that are pro-plant (increased or exclusive) diet. I think that's in part because our numbers are growing!

I've been vegan for almost 4 years and was an "I can't possibly give this up" guilty meat eater for decades before. Now it disgusts me.

Bet you wouldn't be disgusted by an apple if you'd not had one for three years.

In response to poster who claimed that eating meat was "natural" and wanted to "debunk" veganism, take a good look at actual carnivores. Seriously, if it were natural, our colons would be 1/3 the length, a cow walking by would smell like dinner, and we'd easily rend it with our bare hands and gleefully bite into the raw flesh.

In response to those who claim meat is necessary, take a look at the "Blue Zones" where the longest-lived, healthiest folks are.

In response to the poster who claimed that they couldn't be vegan because of diabetes, take a look at Drs Fuhrman, Ornish, McDougal, and particularly "Proteinaholic" written by one of US's premier bariatric surgeons.

I've been a damned unhealthy vegan. But having changed my ways (or trying to) I feel so much better and have more energy than I have eating any other way.

Oh, and for the first time in decades, my blood sugars are in the normal range. Wooot.

Edited by: NIGHTGLOW at: 9/20/2017 (02:58)
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Found the Engine2 7 day challenge, I'm loving it. Simplified the entire process for me.

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Checkout the website mrsplantintexas.com for great recipes and information

Losing weight is very hard. Being overweight is very hard. I gotta believe I can do this before it will happen. God give me the strength.


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I've just started following a plant based diet last month. Eating in this manner avoids my trigger foods and also any unnecessary foods when I'm out and about.
I've found it exciting, am enjoying trying new things, and I feel fabulous. I do hope it helps me to get to my goal weight and that alongside the learning to run program I'm doing, I can one day be the lean-me I imagine I can be :)

He that takes medicine and neglects the diet wastes the skills of the physician
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yes, I need to improve my heart health.

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9/7/17 8:27 P

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The first month I was on WFPB diet was really hard. Not meat--but giving up oils and dairy. I really didn't know what to eat that I would like. Now I'm loving it. I have a little oils in a few things. I'm using up a little fat free dairy that I already had in the house. That is, I have some frozen food that I won't waste that has a little dairy but, other than that, I'm strictly plant based for now.



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Yes I am, and I love it.

Don't sweat the small stuff!


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Yes, I am on a whole plant based diet actually a whole plant based lifestyle.
I hate the word diet! I also follow the Weight watcher guidelines and have lost about 60 pounds I lost the weight before I discovered the whole plant based lifestyle. I have maintained my weight since 2012 I would like to lose 5-6 more pounds. My skin is great. No outbreaks since I went WPB. have psoriasis I feel like it really helps with inflammation! I can honestly say I don't miss meat or processed foods at all. The most difficult thing was to give up artificial sweeteners but I did it! it has been almost 3 years.
I read the China study and many other books including How not to die. I read these after I became WPB it helps that my family and boyfriend also support our meatless choices.



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I try to eat about 70% plant based (including things like legumes and nuts as plants, anyway.) Other 30 is for meat, cheese, eggs, condiments, and plant-derived things like popped corn, cooking oils, and grains. Used to be a vegetarian and it was my unhealthiest time of life, trying now to focus on getting 90% or more of unprocessedish whole foods in a day.

Rule 1: Don't eat foods with ingredient lists containing numbers, colors, or the word "flavors".


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Yes, I love animals and I'm a big fan of Forks Over Knives. I do cave and eat the occasional egg, but it has to be an egg that came from a cage-free home, that keeps them as pets when they have aged beyond those 2 years they lay. My personal opinion is that to kill the animal that gave you her eggs is no kind of thank you.



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Some times. Sometimes plant-rich.



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8/29/17 11:31 A

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I've been vegetarian/veganish for years in the past but right now I'm doing a more of a 'rarely eat meat' kind of thing and cutting back on everything dairy/eggs. I've always found that eating less animal products and more fruits/veggies have immense benefits on my health. More energy, less digestive issues (such as stomachaches or acid reflux), etc. Overall I just feel better.

My advice for anybody starting a more plant based diet is to experiment and be patient. A lot of the recipe books/sites out are insanely healthy (kale, quinoa, rare spices, etc) and I didn't like these kinds of foods back when I first started out. Vegan dishes don't need to be so insanely healthy. You eat almost anything vegan: pasta, soup, salads, sandwiches. I use a lot of regular recipes and simply leave out the meat, or make side dishes as main courses (one thing you learn once you become vegetarian is that most side dishes are meat free!). If you are worried about protein simply add more nuts/seeds/tofu/fake meats into your diet.

Over time your pallet will change and you will begin to enjoy recipes that contain a lot of health foods (such as those kale dishes on vegan websites) but don't force it right away.

Good luck!

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JERF - Your comment is well received by me. One can have a healthy diet with animal products or without, but neither one is a guarantee of anything.

Nobody can have it all, you can only have what you love most.


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I knew my comment wouldn't be well received by some but chose to post anyway.

"It's literally science-- almost exclusively."

Wrong. The book is Mr Campbell's interpretation of the science.

The China Study has been soundly debunked over the years as weak science at best. Correlation does not mean causation. Observational studies should not be used to change your lifestyle, they should be used to design actual experiments that test an idea.


Please see -

deniseminger.com/the-china-study/

chriskresser.com/rest-in-peace-china-study
/


www.cholesterol-and-health.com/China-Study
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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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nutritionstudies.org/nutrition-politics-an
d-destruction-of-scientific-integrity/


"I make these comments because it has become clear to me that discussing and debating the underlying science of food function can be unusually personal, contentious and flagrantly irrational. The contentiousness of these discussions ranks as high as that for discussions on sex, religion and politics. Over these many years, I have discovered my naivete to have thought otherwise"

Edited by: PARASELENIC at: 8/28/2017 (18:29)
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Incorrect. It's literally science-- almost exclusively.

It's most certainly not a DIET book.

And as to whether or not you need to eat vegan to be healthy-- that wasn't what the china study was about. You can eat oreos and beer and be vegan. Unhealthy veganism exists, as do people that are healthy and eat more than just plant based.

But to say the china study is a diet book is wrong.

Comprehensively, the china study shows that a plant based whole foods diet with NO DAIRY is a healthy diet. That's it.


~para

HEY RUSSELL-- gimme back my teapot!
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The China Study is an interesting diet book however it is opinion, not science. Other researchers and doctors have read the same studies he has and have come away with different opinions.

My husband eats a plant based diet. I'm baking vegan date squares right now. While I agree with Dr Campbell that eating vegetables and fruit is better than eating processed foods. I don't agree that everyone needs to eat vegan to be healthy.

JERF - Just Eat Real Food

I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

5'4"
Maintaining my goal weight of 124-128 lbs since 2012
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Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.


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seconded, thirded, one hundreded those that mention the china study. it changed my definition of food to one similar to elysian dreams--- in that I see milk as poison, most certainly not food.

In terms of the OP and several responses, plant-based means no or minimal animal sources-- it's not clear.

HOWEVER-- since the OP mentions "what the health" I would bet that she is talking about veganism, as that is the plant-based diet that what the health supports.

There are so many great resources out there-- many have been mentioned. I love thug kitchen. John McDougall's site is WFPBNO (vegan, no processed food, no oil) and is a great resource with recipes and support.

Above all, just try it out. the worst that could happen is nothing-- but I've met no one who transferred to a vegan diet and did not benefit health-wise.


~para

HEY RUSSELL-- gimme back my teapot!
To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright. ~Walter Benjamin
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Other resources:
Engine 2 Diet: Book and website -- engine2diet.com
Youtube: Mic the Vegan

As I think of others, I'll try to post them.



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To everyone who's contributed, thanks for the resources!
I've been vegetarian/ vegan for over 15 years. My hair/ nails/ body/ blood work/ general health are much better on this diet than otherwise. I can't currently cook anything (kitchen issues), so I'm enjoying hummus & pita, raw fruits and veggies, for the time being. I take a Flintstones multivitamin everyday (since they're literally the only brand that doesn't make me sick -- I suspect related to the iron), which I think is a good habit in general regardless of dietary choices. Because "life" happens.
I second reading "The China Study," "Eat to Live" and watching "Forks Over Knives." Even if you don't read all of the books, read enough to get the gist.
If anyone's interested, here's the link for a FREE vegan starter kit:
https://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/
(It's a little heavy-handed with the compassion aspect, but does contain recipes.)
I also think Spark is a great place to look for general vegan/ vegetarian recipes.
If you want to vegan-up some homemade/ favorite recipes, just Google "vegan substitutions." I think most of us who have been vegan/vegetarian for over a decade all agree that it's a non-issue. For me, not eating meat is the equivalent of not eating my laptop; it doesn't even register as edible in my mind. I recognize other people eat it, but it isn't for me. I also enjoy how creative vegan/ vegetarian recipes can be, and how my taste buds are much more sensitive.
I think the trick is to stay away from vegan processed junk, overly relying on potatoes & pasta (especially in the beginning when it's easy to use as a transition crutch), and save the "fake meat" for holidays, or use sparingly. (I admit to Tofurkey on Thanksgiving, and soyburgers on the 4th.) It's just a "different" way of eating, with its own pros & cons. Nothing more or less.
I've always believed that if you're otherwise healthy, and your world revolves around food, you're doing it wrong. Vegan or otherwise.




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I tend to agree with you, ForMyHealth84. I am trying to be more plant based for my health. There may be a time when I go completely plant based, but I doubt it. I figure eating less meat is better than eating ALL meat ALL the time.




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im trying my best

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I eat a lot of plants but I also eat meat and dairy. I have had to cut back on cheese because it's just too tempting and highly caloric. I still eat it but I don't automatically buy it when I go grocery shopping. I eat mostly real food that I cook myself and I work out, so, even though I am way too heavy, my blood results are still good.


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I'm following the Ornish reversal diet so I'm almost vegan but I still have a little fat free dairy in the house. I've decided that when I use that up, no more. I miss cheese more than I miss everything else. It's also hard to find easy, quick recipes without oil. If you have improved your health through WFPB diet, please leave a message about it on my sparkpage (or if it didn't work). I would really ike to hear from some real life people whether or not it works! I'm losing weight for sure!




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Good thoughts from both of you. I choose to not eat meats for a personal reason; after having radiation therapy my late husband was unable to taste (and ultimately eat) and his sense of smell was perversely altered. The smell of meat, raw or being cooked, was unbearable for him and I discovered that I really didn't enjoy it either.
I am thriving on eating plants and a small amount of dairy and limited free range eggs but I recognize that it's not suitable for everyone. Eating in moderation from a wide variety of food sources should be a goal for all of us to enjoy.

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)
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I've watched about a million and one of those types of documentaries, and I've found them to be extremely biased. While I do agree that eating more plant-based foods would benefit just about everyone, I do not agree that eating some meat and dairy is the biggest detriment to our planet as these documentaries would like you to believe. It still causes environmental damage to farm fruits and vegetables. You still have to clear land and, in most cases, use pesticides, etc., to farm them unless the entire world were to switch over to organic farming, and that is just not feasible. It's all about balance. Don't eat meat and dairy with every meal, and make fruits, veggies, and whole grains about 75% of your diet and you're probably fine, barring any health conditions you may have that call for a different way of eating. I've done the plant-based thing and I did not feel good on it AT ALL. I gave it a few months of my best efforts, but my body did not like it one bit. And yes, I took B12 and did my research before I started, so it was not an error on my part. I followed all the "rules" and still felt horrible.

From an ethical stand point, I can understand why vegans and vegetarians feel the way they do about the way animals are treated in factory farms...it's horrendous. HOWEVER, I also believe that if we choose organic, pasture-raised, grass fed meats and organic dairy and eggs from local farms whenever possible, we are doing our part to minimize the damage, so to speak. It is natural to eat other animals. Animals in the wild do it all the time and we don't call it "unethical", so as long as we are doing our part to minimize suffering, I think we should be content with that. I also think that if someone chooses to eat a completely plant-based diet and it works for them, that's great. It just isn't right for everyone.

Sorry for the long post, but this topic is something I've grappled with for a long time and finally was able to make peace with myself about in the past few months, so I had to share my honest thoughts.

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For me, plant based doesn't mean vegan or vegetarian. My diet is probably 70% fruits and vegetables, but I also eat whole grains, dairy, some meat and the occasional sweets.

I typically get cooking inspiration from paleo, vegan, vegetarian or gluten free posts, instagrams, and pinterest pages as they tend to have the most interesting ways to incorporate vegetables into your day. Then, I typically modify the recipe to be less strict and more to taste, as I'm not paleo, vegan, vegetarian or gluten free.

Good luck!

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I've been vegetarian for 12 years, and vegan for 11 years. I was a "junk food vegan" for a long time but am working to change that. More produce, less refined carbs.



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Check Asian grocers. That is where I get canned Jack Fruit.

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Where do you purchase canned Jackfruit? Looked in PA and FL not in these stores.

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8/15/17 4:32 P

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Not much happening; still following diet, but have had trouble with the exercise.

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8/15/17 6:04 A

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Yeah! I just wish I had started eating this way many years ago but it's never to late to teach an older bird new tricks! I will continue eating dairy and eggs but in small quantities and more as garnishes rather than mains. We can do this and as a senior being medication free is a huge bonus!


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8/14/17 9:51 P

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Hey Mollie Mac - I am also 70 and now following a whole food plant based diet after being an unhealthy vegan for years. I like your final line 'at age 70 I take no medications, BP and blood levels all normal' I am also the same. Looking forward to the next 30 years. Keep it up and we will see you then!



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I have only been vegetarian for about 8 months now, having started in early January of this year. I am happy to have cut out meat and fish, though I did end up gaining some weight at first, because I was eating very unhealthy and processed foods quite a bit (namely, cheese pizza.) I don't feel like cooking a lot of days due to health problems, so it was easy and cheap-ish.. And that's what I went for.

I'm doing much better though lately, and have cut out quite a bit of the processed food while counting everything I eat to make sure I don't go over my daily limit.

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8/12/17 1:59 P

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No problems on diet, except for Mountain Dew, which I only have once a day. I am determined to quit, starting yesterday. I don't have many problems with other junk foods, although I have potato chips once in a while. I have been exercising more. But it's only been the last week that I have upped my exercise.

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For decades I've been eating a vegetarian diet and recently transitioned to a vegan diet for the last 3 years. When I became vegetarian I lost 30 lbs in a few months and continued to lose over time.. 70 lbs total to be exact. But over the years I've been slacking and overeating unhealthy processed 'vegan' foods (chips, cookies, soy ice cream), noodles, pizza; cut down on my exercise and have been regaining the weight back. I joined SP recently and have been careful to avoid processed foods, went back to the basics of eating a starch based whole plant foods, fruits, and veggies, and exercising regularly. The weight's coming off.

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8/11/17 2:41 P

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My weight went up 3 pounds.Gotta quit that soda! How do you get that weight tracker onto your messages? But at least I am exercising more.

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8/11/17 11:11 A

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I was a vegan for a few years and am now vegetarian again (15+ years and counting with no meat or fish at all). Some of my go-to sources for vegan recipes are Oh She Glows, Post Punk Kitchen, and Minimalist Baker.

I now eat eggs and dairy - primarily egg whites and greek yogurt - in addition to TONS of veggies, beans, fruits, etc. You won't have trouble getting your calories in, but it does take a mind shift from meat-and-two-sides to experimenting with flavors and combinations and so forth.

It's very easy to fall into a vegan junk food trap. French fries! Oreos! Deep fried tofu! As with *any* way of eating, it takes planning and patience and trial and error to find what works for you. But it is totally worth it!



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8/10/17 1:12 P

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Vegetarian since Jan. 1, 2017. I have the NoMeatAthlete cookbook arriving today and when I return from a holiday in Mid September my goal is to drop dairy and eggs. Started at 147 lbs, today 126. Lots of energy for walking, weight lifting and garden work (1 acre), seasonal allergies are much reduced and at age 70 I take no medications, BP and blood levels all normal.

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8/10/17 8:11 A

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nope...I enjoy meat



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8/8/17 11:56 P

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whole-foods plant-based for 9 years, vegetarian for about 8 years before that. will eat fish to make things easier when we visit people, or when DH decides he needs a fish fix. DH eats what i serve him - but eats eggs and cheese, and meat when we go to restaurants.

the book that changed our lives was the china study by T Colin Campbell - my DH is a family doctor, and this book had the research that convinced him. what convinced him even more was that his blood sugar had been borderline diabetic for 20 years and after 6 weeks of eating plant-based, it returned to fully normal.

someone mentioned fuhrman's eat to live - also a good source. so many blogs online, just do a good search!

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8/7/17 1:43 P

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I started my vegan diet when I found out I had diabetes; that was in April. I weighed 187 lbs., but dropped down to 158 lbs. when I weighed myself last week. My goal is to get to 145-150 lbs. My cholesterol and sugar have gone way down. The diet really does work, and it works fairly quickly. There is one thing I am having trouble with. I don't have too much trouble with most junk foods; I just don't buy them. But I am addicted to Mountain Dew. I have cut back to one a day, but am trying to quit completely. I read a lot, too, and that means I do a lot of sitting. Since sitting for long periods of time is not good for a person, I try to get up and move around for a few minutes for every hour I sit. I don't always succeed, but I am working on it.

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