SparkPeople Black Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13479 This group is for Vegetarians of Color. It is for people to exchange ethnic recipes and to discuss health, fitness, and cultural issues facing people of color. SparkPeople Black Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13479 New Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x55339130 Did you know Sparkpeople.com is getting a makeover? There's a new Start Page, and it's much more personalized than the old one. You probably have seen it already if you're reading this. I’m always open to improvements. As someone who has been a part of this community since 2006, I have seen many changes. I am sure it will take some getting used to; however, I think over time, I will grow to like these changes. Hope you will too. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/b... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:48:38 EST peace! i'm jay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x45658180 peace! i'm jay from los angeles. resuming my weight-loss journey. i updated my page. i decided to join some groups that are reasonable, realistic with my goals, and i know i will come back to. not saying the other groups weren't. but i'm in a different space now and resuming this journey requires some detours. <BR> <BR> i've been striving to become 100% vegetarian for a couple of years now. it hasn't been that difficult; however, chicken has been my "fallback guy" in recent months since fina... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:39:07 EST I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x44283529 I glad to find this group. I have been veg for 7 years and i love it. I hope to connect with all of you soon ! Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:24:14 EST Greetings to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x43202216 Hi, my name is Sherice. I just read the book By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye Lynn McQuirter and was really convinced becoming vegan is something that I need to do. I'm really excited about this change. I figured it would be good to be apart of a group where I can get some advice and support. Looking forward to learning a lot from everyone. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:26:03 EST Good Dessert Ideas Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x42834230 Well I just made the best vegan chocolate chip cookies. If you like them as much as I do, then you'll love these. Try them out. I entered the recipe into my Spark cookbook: <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1711353 </link> <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite recipes? <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:16:50 EST BANANA MESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x42171178 I have this really neat dessert I stumbled upon by accident, but it has become a staple in my house. I call it Banana Mess. <BR> <BR> BANANA MESS <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 banana <BR> 2 teaspoons of raisins <BR> 1 tablespoon of peanut butter <BR> 2 tablespoons fresh granola <BR> Non-stick cooking spray. <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> Slice the banana (I prefer thin slices but slice them to your own liking). Place in the bottom of a bowl. Add the raisins, and crumble the granola ove... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 13:45:17 EST Aversion to eggs - step towards vegetarianism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x40828136 I have recently developed an aversion to eggs and it's weird. It dawned on me that I'm eating a chicken fetus. I admit that I don't know if we get eggs simply because they don't hatch on their own or they're not allowed to hatch. I bought some Egg Beaters (egg whites only) and that definitely didn't help! It looks like snot and now I have a nagging question in my head of "where's the yellow part?" Did anyone else develop an aversion to eggs before becoming a vegetarian/vegan? Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:12:55 EST Cabbage Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x38897419 There is a cabbage soup that I love, but it calls for ham hock. I haven't made it since I have changed to vegetarianism, but was wondering what could I substitute to get the same taste without using the meat? Anyone have any suggestions? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:40:07 EST Sauces, Dressings and Marinades http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x38895427 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find tasty, low-sodium sauces to use in a stir fry that will accentuate veggies instead of masking their flavor. Also, if anyone knows of some delicious salad dressings and marinades, PLEASE post them. Thanks! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 07:04:43 EST Greetings from Savannah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x38697477 Hello Everyone my name is Charice. I recently transitioned to a vegetarian diet. It has been about five months since I had meat and I really don't miss it much. The problem I have is finding variety, knowing how to incorporate this new lifestyle into my every day life, and making the most out of a vegetarian lifestyle. I welcome any help or advice that you can offer on the subject. Thank you in advance. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:46:35 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x38060148 I just wanted to introduce myself to the team. My name is Erin and I live in Colorado. I am getting a degree in web design. I love dancing, all kinds of music, comic books and regular books. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone! Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:21:59 EST What to Eat This Fall/Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x37775478 It's still Fall I guess but it certainly is already cold here in NEw York! What are some of your favorite winter foods? I love hearty soups and stews when the weather changes especially lentil soup, tomato soup, and chili. I also love to roast sweet potatoes and eat them with a bit of butter, black pepper and rosemary. Yum! Sat, 6 Nov 2010 20:57:36 EST Spaghetti Squash Medley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x36388812 If you're looking for a different veggie to add to your meals, try this one. It's one of my favorite types of squash and here is one way that I prepare it. I used the recipe calculator to make it, and nutrition facts are down at the very end: <BR> <BR> Spaghetti Squash Medley <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 large spaghetti squash <BR> 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped <BR> 1 large onion, chopped <BR> 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 cup, butternut squash, shredded <BR> 2 teas... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:47:05 EST Smooothies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x35542334 Hey guys! I just had one of the McDonald's real fruit smoothies and I have to say they are delish. Vegetarian (not vegan though) and reasonably priced. 210 cals for the small, 260 for medium, and I think 350 for large? Not bad! <BR> <BR> I've made smoothies myself before but my blender died and I haven't bought a new one yet. <BR> <BR> Post your favorite smoothie recipe below or share where you get your favorite :) Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:49:40 EST Mission Mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x35113334 Hello, my name is Denise and I am on a mission to regain my health, one day at a time by embracing a vegetarian lifestyle. Ultimately, my goal is to become a vegan. In the midst of the transition, and the progress towards my goals, I so look forward to being a member of this team. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:37:21 EST Recently Converted Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x33647274 Hi all! My name is Antoinette and I have recently made the decision to become vegetarian. I plan to transition to full vegan. Glad I found this group because my other Spark team members are not really into the veggie thing so it's nice to have support of my lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know you all! Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:00:15 EST What To Eat This Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x33285969 Sparkpeople.com has a very interesting article, highlighting some nice spring fruits, vegetables, and herbs/seasonings; some of these may be new to you. I have never tried fennel, celeriac, or watercress, and now I want to try them out. Maybe you'll see some things that you might want to try. See the article here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/article<BR>s_print.asp?id=1049 </link> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 07:23:20 EST Product Recall: Salmonella Contamination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x32453352 Please make note of the recall due to Salmonella contamination that may affect a number of products on the market distributed by Earth Island, including packages of tofu, veggie burritos, faux chicken, and other products commonly used by vegetarians and vegans. Read more here to see a list of the affected products: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/uc<BR>m202978.htm </link> Fri, 5 Mar 2010 07:30:13 EST Getting Iron w/o the Red Meat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x31952887 Found some great info on iron today after talking with a new member of the team. I honestly think more about protein than iron but it's an important nutrient for vegetarians and anyone who doesn't eat red meat. <BR> <BR> Here's what I found! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Non-Red Meat and Fish <BR> Chicken livers contain a large amount of iron, nearly 13 milligrams per 3-1/2 ounce serving. Other non-red meat and fish that contain iron include oysters, the dark meat of chicken and turkey, chicken ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:42:56 EST Protein?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x31382516 I can't seem to get enough of it in my diet. Every day when I run my nutrition report, I'm under for protein and fat. 60 grams just seems like a lot to me but it's what spark recommends. I used to be under for calories also but a handful of almonds get me to my calorie goal. Anyone know how to get enough protein regularly? I'm tired of eating beans...I don't know how to add fat to my diet either. I'm barely eating any (not on purpose, I just don't like fatty foods). Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:28:27 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x31159539 I joined SP not too long ago. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I are preparing to start P90X and SP was one of the sites they suggested we join for the tools. <BR> <BR> He eats meat, I don't. He's in better physical shape than I am. <BR> <BR> I can't do a pushup! <BR> <BR> This should be interesting. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:16:58 EST What's your favorite emoticon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x31059084 Some of spark's emoticon's are hilarious! What are your favorites? <BR> <BR> Here are a few of mine...not sure what some are for but I think it's funny/random that they exist. <BR> <em>32</em> <em>10</em> <em>225</em> <em>290</em> <em>81</em> <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> Why is there an entire tab for flags?!? I only just noticed that today. Well, they have Liberia so I guess it's alright <em>619</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:01:52 EST Foods I ate today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x30876204 Grapes,lettuce and tomatoes not to bad I must say this is all new to me but I like it. <em>4</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:18:16 EST Holiday Plans & New Years Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x30469435 Hey everyone! I'm spending the holidays with lots of friends here in the South (I flew home for Thanksgiving and it's expensive to do it again). Pretty mellow Christmas and New Years. I'm almost 30 lbs down from this same time last year so my new year's resolution is to save money (not lose weight!). What are ya'll doing for the holidays? <BR> <BR> Before I forget, I LOVE LOVE LOVE mac and cheese, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, soups, fresh salads, and fruit pies during this time of year... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 15:13:26 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x30375855 So I am sooo not a Vegan, HOWEVER, it is my goal to incorporate one Vegan meal a day into my life. So I thought this would be a great place to get some advice and ideas. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 22:07:00 EST What did you eat for "Turkey" Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x29992417 <em>429</em> <BR> So clearly Thanksgiving isn't about turkey for vegetarians and vegans BUT that doesn't mean we didn't still celebrate with friends and family and enjoy a good meal. I ate my fill yesterday: baked and stuffed acorn squash, salad with butternut squash, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, fresh baked bread AND my absolute favorite: PIE! I ate pumpkin, sweet potato, and a bit of apple. <em>15</em> I immediately watched a bit of football and went to... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 14:51:21 EST What are your favorite soy products? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x28941511 Does anyone have any advice on good soy products to purchase or any good cookbooks? Also, I'm curious about soy cheese...and suggestions? Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:46:28 EST What vegetables and fruits have you eaten today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x28503129 I had an apple with lunch, and some tomatoes and spinach in my sandwich. Will likely have a salad or a side of veggies with dinner. Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:28:59 EST Kale Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x28234158 Does anyone have a good recipe for kale? I really like this vegetable and would like to eat it more. Thanks. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:17:06 EST Vegan Soul Kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x27952520 Great cookbook though I haven't actually made anything from it yet (it's hard to find the necessary ingredients where I live). <BR> <BR> Anyone else know of good soul food/comfort food cookbooks that are vegetarian/vegan friendly? <BR> <BR> I'm headed to Atlanta soon (maybe Labor Day) and excited about a vegetarian soul food restaurant one of my friends swears by! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:55:49 EST Finally!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x27906176 Hello,my name is Kina and I reside in Milwaukee, Wi. I've been eating a vegetarian diet since December '08. <BR> <BR> I am so glad that this group is up a running because I think that being a vegeatarian and African-American is a cultural shock for many of my friends and family members. Have you experience things like, at family gathers saying to you "a little meat won't hurt you" or looking at amazement at your plate of veggies and meatless entrees wondering why you have to be so differ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 22:24:44 EST Favorite "meat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x27439858 Has anyone tried the Morningstar Farms BBQ riblets? I just bought some a few days ago but haven't opened them yet. They look good enough from the box but I'm a bit apprehensive, lol. <BR> <BR> I generally really like MSF products like the chicken nuggets, chicken strips and spicy black bean burgers. The Grillers Original are great b/c I take them with me to cookouts and don't feel like I'm missing out on a burger. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 09:24:54 EST FYI on Meatless Dogs and Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x26856792 News article I just saw indicates some of them are not a good choice: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=628717 </link> Wed, 8 Jul 2009 12:09:07 EST New Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x26725354 I am new to the vegan world!!! Are there any suggestions... I have stopped everything cold turkey. No problem with red meats, I haven't eaten it in 6 years, but chicken, turkey, eggs, SUGAR cold turkey. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:07:46 EST Spark Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x26631479 Post any good recipe finds from spark people here <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Jun 2009 14:35:33 EST Re-acquainting ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x26443099 Hey Folks, <BR> I thought I would start a new thread so that we can get re-acquainted. <BR> <BR> Name (or screenname or both): <BR> <BR> Location (City, state or region): <BR> <BR> How long have you been a vegetarian or working toward it? <BR> <BR> Something interesting about me: <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 19:33:09 EST A-Z Fruits and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x25709356 We'll have to get creative further into the alphabet but let's give it a shot <em>43</em> Thu, 21 May 2009 10:06:42 EST What's Your Favorite Veggie Dish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x25567605 I love salads of all kinds. It's my go to meal for lunch and dinner. I also love vegetarian lasagna, dal (lentil soup) and just plain 'ol rice and beans. If I want ot get fancy, maybe eggplant parmesan or a tofu stir fry :) <BR> <BR> What's you favorite vegetarian meal? Fri, 15 May 2009 16:52:19 EST What vegetable do you hate the most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x25236810 People always assume that us vegetarians just LOVE all vegetables. Truth be told I actually like vegetables and don't mind eating them but there are a few I won't touch. <BR> <BR> Beets <BR> Brussel Sprouts <BR> Peas (I like sugar snap peas in the pod but I HATE peas out of the pod) <BR> <BR> How about you all? What vegetable is never on your shopping list and banned from your plates? <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 May 2009 15:05:01 EST Hola! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x25158923 I actually consider myself to be a flexitarian at this point (mostly vegetarian meals, however I eat meat a few times per week). A friend told me that she thinks that I'm on my way to becomeing a vegetarian. Can I still hang with ya'll eventhough my proposed transformation is not complete? I figured that I could learn from the group. <BR> <BR> One challenge that I'm facing as I approach vegetarianism is meeting my daily protein goal. That is super hard. I usually have a protein shake in... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:24:28 EST What multi-vitamin do you take ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x25122778 I am looking for a new vitamin, and One-A-Day just isn't cutting it for me. What vitamin/s do you take ? I hear GNC has a green formula that contains Omega, but its super expensive for me. <BR> <BR> Krissy Wed, 29 Apr 2009 09:57:52 EST What's your favorite breakfast cereal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x24864558 I love... <BR> <BR> kashi go lean crunch (sort of high in calories per serving but soooo yummy!) <BR> <BR> honey nut cheerios <BR> <BR> smacks (I know it's bad but I just love them...haven't had them in years but tempted to buy them every time I'm in the cereal isle) <BR> <BR> Cracklin Oat Bran <BR> <BR> Quaker oatmeal squares <BR> <BR> grapenuts <BR> <BR> good 'ol kelloggs corn flakes <BR> <BR> corn pops (again, I don't buy these anymore but still tempted to...i never even eat them w... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 11:02:05 EST Have You Eaten Your Veggies Today? If so, What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x24723153 Share your veggie tales here! <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> I usually have a salad every day with spring greens. <BR> Also had carrot sticks/hummus in my lunch and veggie egg rolls with cabbage and carrots for dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 22:26:17 EST What's the deal with Brown Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x24370194 Hay Ladies, <BR> I need some major help with the brown rice thing. I think I might hate it <em>46</em> . Maybe I am cooking it wrong or something, it doesn't taste like white rice of course...but the texture to me is different. I made it like the bag says and it is mush and clumpy...and. HELP!! This is my 2nd day doing the vegetarian thing and my first meal was horrible. I am not turned off yet just need some guidance. I am determined to tough this thing out. Thanks for listening to me ve... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 13:55:42 EST Damisa's veg chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x23891939 This is more of a guide than a recipe - because I rarely measure... <BR> <BR> 1 small to medium yellow onion - chopped <BR> 1 cup green, red, and yellow peppers - diced <BR> 2 cloves of garlic - minced <BR> 2 or 3 tbsp oil <BR> 2 cans kidney beans <BR> 1 can black beans <BR> 1 can tomato sauce <BR> 1 large can of crushed or diced tomatoes <BR> I small can of tomato paste <BR> chili seasoning (I like Spice Islands, but McCormick will do) <BR> agave nectar or organic sugar to taste <BR> salt a... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 19:47:50 EST HEALTHY comfort food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x23340640 What is your healthy comfort food? I find that a dish of whole wheat pasta with some olive oil, basil, oregano, and a sprinkling of parmesan reggiano cheese is very comforting to me. My other go-to comfort food is brown rice with cranberries, Earth Balance, and a touch of agave nectar. Yummy! Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:26:20 EST Best and Worst Part About Being a Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x23298151 Best: Health and having to really think about your food choices. <BR> <BR> Worst: No bar-b-que, gumbo, other regional foods. I just moved to the South and the BBQ is tempting. My roommate was a vegetarian for 12 years before moving to the Delta and it only took 1.5 years for her to convert to the carnivores. I hope I can stick it out! Thu, 26 Feb 2009 23:36:52 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x22998369 <BR> Hi Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I stopped eating beef and pork about 18 years ago. Couldn't digest beef and didn't figure out what was wrong with me (lots of stomach problems)until I was in my early 30s. I stopped eating pork as well because I thought it would make it easier if I stopped both. I continued to eat poultry & fish but ---for alot of reasons I now want to give up poultry. Joining this forum I hope will help me out. <BR> Definitely need help with ideas and recipes for new things t... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:12:56 EST Any cool food finds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x22910175 I am currently loving Trader Joe's nonfat Greek-style yogurt. Blueberry and Raspberry are my favorites. Sat, 14 Feb 2009 19:13:06 EST How cool is this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x22777092 NO ONE in my family "gets" why I am a vegetarian and it is often the subject of jokes and, in meaner times, ridicule. Right now, I am staying with my brother in my childhood hometown, having cancer treatments. My cousin, who loves to cook, made a pasta and mushroom dish for me a couple of weeks ago and, just the other day, she called me and asked me how to cook tofu! She found a recipe she liked, but being the cook she is, only wrote down the ingredients so that she could put her own spin ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:50:02 EST Why Veg? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x22597020 Good reasons to continue eating your veggies :) <BR> <BR> http://www.blackvegetarians.org/whyveg/h<BR>ealth.htm <BR> <BR> Health <BR> <BR> Many of us know someone who is suffering from a chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes. We experience some of the highest chronic disease rates in the country: <BR> <BR> Obesity <BR> <BR> Overweight and obesity are primary risk factors for chronic diseases (1). <BR> <BR> 77% of black women and 61% of black men are overweig... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 20:41:50 EST Dinner in 15 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9801x13479x22401076 I usually get home from school late in the evening after the gym. When it's especially late and I'm exhausted, the last thing I want to do is spend more than 15 minutes on dinner. What do you do if you need a quick dinner? I like sauteing squash, tomato, garlic and bell pepper together in EVOO and eating it with quick-cook brown rice or wheat penne. A quick egg-white omelette with spinach, mushroom and tomato over salad also hits the spot. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:51:08 EST What's your favorite vegetable? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x22400898 I'm loving squash and bell peppers at the moment. What's everyone's vegetable of choice--either to cook with or munch on :) Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:46:15 EST Re-introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x22267866 I was part of this team when i joined spark in the beginning of 08 but it wasn't very active. I am back because im looking to go back to this lifestyle of not consuming meat and need the support. I am from Alabama....not many veg heads here but it's all good. I have found a few veg restaurants in pcola, fl though and will be trying them out. Can't wait to get to know you all. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:37:29 EST Why did you become a vegetarian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x22230672 We all have our reasons--health, animals, sustainable living, etc. I did it for health reasons and also because of the terrible things cattle farms are doing to our environment. Why did YOU decide to be a vegetarian/vegan? Discuss! Sun, 25 Jan 2009 09:15:21 EST How are you doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x22162668 Hi everyone! New team leader here :) Hoping we can be more active in our group. I read somewhere that most new year's resolutions only last about 21 days so let's keep those healthy resolutions going. How is everyone doing in terms of weight, health, fitness, etc? Share your triumphs and trials here :) Thu, 22 Jan 2009 22:14:52 EST Newbie from MS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x22006901 Hi everyone! I just joined spark people for new years and I'm getting better results with this free site than any other expensive fad diet. The nutrition tracker and fitness tracker have been awesome so far in terms of keeping me on track and groups like this one have been sources of positive energy. I've been a vegetarian since going abroad my junior year of college--so about 2 years now. I haven't really missed meat but I'm always looking for good recipe. Since moving to the South, it's bee... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:04:13 EST What's for dinner to night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x17524904 I need help thinking of different dinner ideas. I have been a veg for 9 years and it seems like my meals are all the same. I like some of the ideas on the SP recipe, but I want to know what the everyday person eats for dinner. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 14:37:48 EST Black Vegetarin Society http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x17485546 Anyone a member Fri, 8 Aug 2008 08:47:03 EST Hello! I am soooo glad to see this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x17375889 I have to give credit to HISBEAUTY4ASHES because I saw the team when I visited her spark page! <BR> <BR> I've been a vegetarian since 1995 (when I offically stopped eating fish), but have been working toward it since 1990. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 22:15:42 EST Help Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x17165429 I am quite confused. Does anyone know if white potatoes are bad for you in a weight-loss or other nutritional plan? I have heard that white potaoes, along with white rice, white flour and white sugar are bad for you, overall. However, I remember reading, a while back, something about potatoes and their skin being good for you--even the water from boiled potatoes. What is the final verdict? <BR> <BR> Potatoes: Good or Bad <em>4</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:46:59 EST Hello to All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x15667758 I am a new (two months, 1 week) vegetarian. I have tried the lifestyle over many times, but lacked support when I was younger--"Eat your meat!" I was anemic and small; my family thought I needed meet to be healthy. I did too, after a while. Now I know better, and am stronger in my socially conscious convictions! After adopting the vegetarian lifestyle, I feel and look so much better. I just wih I had not waited so long. <BR> <BR> Well, enough for now. <BR> <BR> Take care. Mon, 9 Jun 2008 23:22:49 EST Recipes are a challenge. Because i like soul food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x14809152 Need ways to make soul food taste really good without the meat. Sat, 10 May 2008 10:08:53 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x14377962 I am new to this group and glad I'm here. I have had natural hair for over 6 years and have recently completely the 30 day vegetarian challenge. I have had more energy than ever before and have decided to continue a lacto ovo vegetarian lifestyle. I am excited to be here and can use support from all of you! Fri, 25 Apr 2008 23:45:17 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x14304788 I have never been vegan and still currently not. However I want to become vegan but stil be able to eat dairy products and fish. Is there such a Vegan? I know vegans are healthier and I do want to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Help! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:47:50 EST I'm trying new foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x13626656 Hey all! Where are you guys! In my venture to expand my pallet.. I've been spending more time in Whole Foods and it was there that i feel in love with Veggie Sushi! OMG and the Miso Sauce. I will not insult anyone and attempt to recreate this dish, just drive the 20miles to Whole Foods once in a while. Next I made A Cabbage Soup last night in the crock pot. Veg. Broth, Pepper and Shredded Cabbage and It was quite tasty....what are to all munching on these days! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 09:41:24 EST Hi, everyone, introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x13003249 I've been vegetarian for over 20 years, although I was raised in a family that ate meat. I enjoy it, and it has become easier over the years because there are many more choices available now. I am working hard at losing weight to be healthier. (If only chocolate and pasta were meat.....) Anyway, nice to meet you all and I look forward taking the journey together. <em>277</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:31:28 EST Hey from Topeka, KS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x12899397 I'm Tonia. <BR> <BR> I was a vegetarian for a year all the way back in 2004. I don't know what happened...a nibble here a nibble there and all of a sudden I was addcited to Carne Asada (steak)burritos, LOL! <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, It's time for a change so I can feel better about what I'm putting into my body. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me. <em>129</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2008 19:22:23 EST Black Bean Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x12863953 It was great. I need some suggestions as far as seasonings! Wed, 5 Mar 2008 16:22:34 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x12360772 I am Melissa. I am very new to the vegetarian lifestyle. I am s Semi-vegetarian diet -- includes fish,eggs whites, and dairy products. I am slowly letting go of most dairy- cheese is a tough one for me. Sun, 17 Feb 2008 19:49:02 EST When vegans attack. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x11494074 Okay so I have a few friends that are vegan. We go out from time to time to dinner for Thai or Mexican and have a blast. HOWEVER what kills me is the negative vibes that fly once the conversation some how gets on eating meat products...something will happen like cheese is put on the Quesadillas and all hell breaks lose.. and me a meat eater who eats vegetarian and vegan prepared meal BECAUSE I WANT TO from time to time has to get " sista girl" them and pull healthy eating cards......So I pu... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 16:34:35 EST Help! I have taco sauce on Broc! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x11365743 Hello all! I joined this group to expand my pallet. <BR> I have thought about living a meat free life, as after reading the new about eating cloned animal products I may. "That just ain't GOD!" <BR> <em>253</em> <em>4</em> Have a good day people and lead me right. Wed, 16 Jan 2008 12:48:01 EST Yes, black vegs and vegans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x11325155 Im june and cant wait to share my journey with some of you and make new friends. Peace and blessings. Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:33:27 EST Hi Family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x9095581 Great to see this team! <BR> <BR> I'm a long time vegetarian and lover of good food!! I live in Atlanta, GA where there's an interesting mix of black majority, progressive culture, modern segregation and southern values. <BR> <BR> Although I have a lot of family support, and have developed a little community of like minded souls, I experience the most dietary challenge with my VEGAN daughter who's nine years old. <BR> <BR> Not a lot of black vegan kids in the Atlanta Public School System!... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 11:19:35 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13479x8243555 I am new to this team. I am far too overweight for my age and need advice from anywhere I can get it. Thanks for all the help. I am a vegetarian and still making the lengthy transition to veganism. Share any tips you guys may have, and I'd be glad to share how I've lost 45 lbs so far. Sat, 11 Aug 2007 22:16:38 EST We are not alone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x8226486 Andre 3000, hip hop artist Hank Aaron, baseball player AJ, video jockey Lauren Anderson, prima ballerina india.arie, singer, musician <BR> Joan Armatrading, singer, musician <BR> B.J. Armstrong, basketball player <BR> Erykah Badu, singer, musician <BR> Angela Bassett, actor <BR> Bertice Berry, writer <BR> Traci Bingham, actor <BR> Surya Bonali, figure skater ... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 17:18:12 EST Why this group was created http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13479x8226451 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Although there are several existing groups for vegans and vegetarians, I wanted one that focused on cultural struggles that vegetarians of color have. Even though it is difficult for vegetarians in general, often those of color are tremendously breaking cultural norms. Therefore I'd like this to be a support group for those of us who decided to take charge of our health despite what our culture dictates to us. I am anticipating sharing reasons why we've made the... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 17:14:28 EST