SparkPeople Flexitarians/Part-Time Vegetarians Team Messageboard If you're interested in eating a plant-based diet with less meat, join the Flexitarian team, where we share ideas on how to make it work for your particular needs and desires! SparkPeople Flexitarians/Part-Time Vegetarians Team Messageboard Butternut Squash Recipes Here's a great collection of butternut squash recipes: <link><BR>ut-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seaso<BR>nal-produce-recipe-guide#952448 </link> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:06:37 EST Weekly Challenge: Potables Let's take a look at what we're drinking this week. Can you make better choices? What do you drink and why? <BR> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>181</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:03:10 EST Trying this out Hey guys I have been considering going vegetarian for some time now---both for health and humane reasons after watching several documentaries. I was unsure though if I would really be able to stick with it so by starting a "flexitarian" diet I hope to be able to eventually move towards a completely vegetarian diet. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:39:21 EST Eat Seasonally What produce is in season where you live? Look up some new recipes to try this week that use seasonal produce. <BR> <em>485</em> <em>284</em> <em>267</em> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:36:16 EST New to team Hi all!! I am new to this team. Working on changing my food habits due to high testosterone. Doc wants me to try and lower it naturally and a good way to do that is becoming vegetarian. I know my transition won't happen right away but I sure am working hard at it. My biggest concern is finding recipes that will help me keep up with this change. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:46:57 EST Weekly Challenge: Fiber Let's keep track of our fiber intake this week. <BR> <BR> To add fiber to the things you track on your SparkPeople Nutriion page: <BR> <BR> Go to the Track Your Food page. <BR> <BR> Under the heading of Settings, click on Edit Nutrition Goals. <BR> <BR> Click on Add Another Nutrient to Track. <BR> <BR> From the drop down list, select Fiber. <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:38:59 EST Pineapple Fried Rice <link><BR>pple-fried-rice/ </link> <BR> <BR> Pineapple Fried Rice <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> Serves 6 <BR> The Hawaiian answer to the stir-fry, this dish is exotic, colorful, and bursting with flavor. To fill out the dish with more veggies, add 1/2 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms along with the onions and garlic, and 1/2 cup peas just after the carrots. <BR> <BR> 2 ¼ cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided <BR> 1 cup long-grain brown ric... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 21:31:11 EST Weekly Challenge: Eat the Rainbow Can you eat at least one fruit or vegetable from every color of the rainbow this week? Keep track here! <BR> <em>265</em> <em>368</em> <em>466</em> <em>277</em> <em>284</em> <em>370</em> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 21:26:44 EST September Challenge: Share Knowledge You are developing a wealth of knowledge about being a flexitarian--share some with others. Post a favorite recipe, blog about your experience, add a new recipe to the SparkPeople database, add a link to a page forum, or create a new conversation topic. <BR> <em>195</em> <em>26</em> <em>149</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:28:08 EST Weekly Challenge: Try Something New Let's try something new this week. Whether it's trying a new recipe, a new food, a new method of cooking, or a new cycling route--you choose! What will you do this week? <BR> <em>550</em> <em>217</em> <em>432</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:16:48 EST New to the group Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Tam and I'm living in West Texas (though my heart is in San Francisco <em>20</em> . My history as a vegetarian/vegan is a long one. I was inspired to give up meat in my teens by my sister but went back to it in my 20's. I then gave up meat and became a vegetarian (lacto-ovo) in 2007. In 2009, I started reading a lot of books on veganism and decided to try and shift to being a vegan. <BR> <BR> But now I have come to terms with the fact that, although I love th... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:27:05 EST One-Pan Broccoli-Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese One-Pan Broccoli-Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 center-cut bacon slices, chopped <BR> 3 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 2 cups unsalted chicken stock or vegetable broth <BR> 1 cup 1% low-fat milk <BR> 1 (10-ounce) package frozen butternut squash puree, thawed <BR> 10 ounce uncooked large elbow macaroni <BR> 3 cups chopped broccoli florets <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <BR> 5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided (about 1 ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:15:35 EST Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Potatoes <link><BR>falo-chickpea-stuffed-potatoes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Potatoes <BR> <BR> Prep time: 5 mins <BR> Cook time: 50 mins <BR> Total time: 55 mins <BR> <BR> These hearty stuffed potatoes are filled with spicy Buffalo sauce dressed chickpeas and crunchy veggies. <BR> <BR> Serves: 2 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 large baking potatoes <BR> 1 tbsp. vegetable oil <BR> 1 medium carrot, diced <BR> 1 celery ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:02:04 EST Weekly Challenge: Be A Locavore How many locally-sourced food choices can you make this week? List them here! <BR> <em>490</em> <em>368</em> <em>297</em> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:50:19 EST Where Do You Shop? I recently moved to a new neighborhood that has been officially designated as a 'food desert'. Though I hate having to drive a long way to a grocery store, I now make a point of walking to my local farmers market every week. <BR> <BR> What does everybody else have to do to get their food? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:46:07 EST Howdy It is so awesome to be a part of this team. As I try harder to be more raw and more vegetarian I get a lot of jokes from those around me. My own desire still tempts me away from this new lifestyle I'm embracing. So it is really neat to find others that don't find this way of eating crazy. I think the one meat that I will never give up completely is bacon. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Some things about me that might help you know me better. I have five grown children and six soon to be seven ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:26:21 EST Tilapia is Worse Than Bacon! <link><BR>n-bacon </link> <BR> <BR> How Tilapia is a More Unhealthy Food Than Bacon <BR> <BR> The true chicken-of-the-sea, tilapia is a mild-tasting white fish that’s cheap to breed and easy to sell. <BR> <BR> In fact, for the first time in 2012, farmed fish production topped that of beef, reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with beef at 63 million. But there’s a dirty secret about tilapia, the lean-meat alternative that beckons you in the sup... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:57:13 EST Best Quinoa Salad Recipes <link><BR>inoa-salad-recipes </link> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:14:30 EST Weekly Challenge: Healthy Proteins This week let's take a look at the protein in our diet. Are you eating quality cuts of meat, seafood, beans, and legumes? Replace the not-so-healthy with the oh-so-healthy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:53:52 EST Going Semi-Vegetarian <link><BR>09/03/12/going-semi-vege/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going Semi-Vegetarian by Jason Horn <BR> <BR> This should come as no surprise given where I work, but I care deeply about food. I’m even in a foodie book club, which has introduced me to books that have changed the way I think and feel about what I eat. The Omnivore’s Dilemma turned me on to local ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:13:55 EST 5 Healthy Whole Grains <link><BR>althy-whole-grains-guide_n_3392032.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>481</em> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:58:50 EST Weekly Challenge: Whole Grains Keep an eye on the grains you consume this week. Are they mostly whole and unprocessed? If not, try adding some quinoa or brown rice to the menu! <BR> <em>481</em> <em>472</em> <em>495</em> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:55:33 EST Fast, Easy Zoodles Zoodles (zucchini noodles) <BR> By Dawn Ballou <BR> <BR> 1 to 3 zucchini, julienned <BR> 2 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1/2 tsp garlic, minced <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1 <BR> Cut up several large zucchini into long strips (I use my julienne peeler)... you can even peel off the green skin for a more authentic looking "noodle". <BR> 2 <BR> Saute’ them quickly in a bit of olive oil., salt and minced garlic. Toss until tender. Remove from pan and place in serving dish <BR> 3 <BR> Top with your favorit... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:11:19 EST Weekly Challenge: Utilizing Tools Is there a kitchen tool or appliance that helps you prepare meatless meals? Now is the week to dust it off or buy it! <BR> <BR> <em>69</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:02:08 EST August Challenge: 2+ Meatless Meals Our August Challenge is to have two or more meatless days a week! <BR> <em>30</em> <em>551</em> <em>261</em> <BR> <BR> This is also one of our team goals if you would like to add this to your Other Goals page. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:56:15 EST Hello Everyone! I joined this team because I already have some flexitarian tendencies and recently started a conscious effort to incorporate more vegetarian recipes throughout the week. I'm hoping I'll learn a lot with this team about ways to go meatless in healthy, balanced ways and more often. It looks like a team full of great ideas, resources, and nice people so I look forward to being a part of it! <BR> On that note, though, I realize that I do tend to be more on the quiet side but I'll happily reply an... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:22:56 EST Weekly Challenge: Pantry Stocking What foods do you need to have on hand to make your Flexitarian meals this week? Check your pantry and add any missing ingredients to your shopping list. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:31:47 EST 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Meat Consumption <link><BR>easy-ways-to-cut-down-on-your-meat-con<BR>sumption/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here are five easy ways to cut down on your meat consumption. <BR> <BR> 1. Start by eliminating all processed meats <BR> <BR> Quitting any habit is tough. If you eat meat for two or more meals every day, you can understandably feel like you’re missing a part of yourself when you implement a lifestyle change. So, start small and say no to certain types of meat at first. Be ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:27:27 EST Weekly Challenge: Produce Inventory List all of the produce that you currently have in your refrigerator. <BR> <em>289</em> <em>485</em> <em>550</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:53:14 EST New Orleans Red Beans & Rice A great recipe that only uses a small amount of meat: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>orleans-red-beans-rice-187315 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:58:55 EST Weekly Challenge: Share a Favorite Recipe Post one of your favorite healthy recipes to the team page. (Or, just post a link to it!) <BR> <BR> We could all do with some inspiration sometimes. <BR> <em>301</em> <em>492</em> <em>286</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 12:12:19 EST Ease & Difficulty with Vegetarianism What is difficult for you about being a vegetarian? And what comes easily? <BR> <em>474</em> <em>491</em> <em>284</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:01:10 EST 38 Awesome Vegetarian Grilling Recipes <link><BR>ome-vegetarian-grilling-recipes#.jon82<BR>9nVR </link> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:48:21 EST Amy's Creates Vegetarian Fast-Food Chain <link><BR>fast-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> From Soup to Fries: Amy’s Joins the “Clean” Fast Food Club <BR> <BR> The well-known organic food brand will launch Amy’s Drive Thru later this summer. <BR> <BR> By Leilani Clark <BR> <BR> In two weeks, an organic farmer at an undisclosed California potato patch will harvest the first crop of potatoes destined for the fryer in the kitchen at the soon-to-launch Amy’s Drive Thru restaurant in Rohnert Park, Californ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:33:31 EST The Vegetarian Slow Cooker <link><BR>-crockpot-recipes-for-tasty-healthy-me<BR>als/ </link> <BR> <BR> Cooking vegetarian food using a crockpot is a great idea because the time taken to cook is surprisingly low and the food prepared is both deliciously yummy and nutritious! Vegetarian crockpot recipes have enhanced flavors as compared to ordinary oven-cooked dishes because it is cooked on simmering heat with a lid to cover the pot that helps to keep the flavors and nutrients intac... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:55:11 EST Tips for Beginning Vegetarians <link><BR>oming-vegetarian/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> Becoming Vegetarian Gradually <BR> <BR> So, the thought of becoming a vegetarian seems appealing to you but you're a bit overwhelmed. Are you trying to figure out exactly how to become a vegetarian? If you want to convert but are not ready to quit meat cold turkey, try gradually switching over. <BR> <BR> Start by eliminating only one type of meat from your diet (like beef). Then, after some time,... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:26:01 EST Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers <link><BR>pinach-quinoa-burgers/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers <BR> Makes 4 burgers <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> ½ cup quinoa <BR> 1¼ cup water <BR> ¼ tsp salt <BR> ¼ tsp onion powder <BR> ¼ tsp garlic powder <BR> dash of pepper <BR> 1 tbsp nutritional yeast <BR> 1 small sweet potato, about ½ cup <BR> 2 loosely packed cups spinach <BR> ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, optional <BR> 1 teaspoon o... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:20:19 EST July Challenge: Fill half your plate with fruit and/or vegetables at each meal. Let us know how you do! <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:09:04 EST Weekly Challenge: Plan a Healthy 4th of July Meal Plan a healthy meal for Independence Day. Post your menu or recipes here! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>491</em> <em>550</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:47:05 EST Bamboo Rice Has anyone tried it ? <BR> I picked up a package of BAMBOO RICE at the store. The price was right and it sounds yummy. I had to google it to see what it was...and here is what I found. It would be a pleasant addition to a salmon meal.... (ha ha on me.. I thought it was a different type of rice but find otherwise........... <BR> "Bamboo rice is not a specific varietal of rice, but is rather a short-grained white rice that has been treated with the juice of young bamboo plants. While milling t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:33:10 EST QUTD Does anyone have recipes that a handicapped person can fix in a slow cooker? Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:27:33 EST QOTD: June 19th When was the last time you truly felt good about your body and the size you were? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it was 1995-96. I had been working a very physical job where I was getting <BR> a real workout 4 hours a day. I was a little underweight for my height but I was in the <BR> best physical condition of my life and had more energy than I knew what to do with. <BR> At that time I was 119 lbs, which was about 15 lb... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:29:47 EST TRIVIA CHALLENGE On the points we find trivia. <BR> Copy the score for the day and for the month. <BR> Post this on your teams. <BR> If you don't do Trivia you learn a lot. <BR> Don't despair if you start out with slow numbers as the questions repeat themselves. <BR> Hope you join me <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:25:57 EST devotions This week Max Lucado is speaking to Fathers. We ladies need to show our fathers, husbands, sons and grandsons these. <BR> I didn't find any place to post this so figured General Team Discussion was the best place. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:18:03 EST Veggies are really good try them . a long time ago i never like veggies . Something to hide under the mashed potatoes . I have for a few years now changed my ideas of eating and enjoying them . I buy a different vegetables and fix it . if my family likes it then it becomes a regular table veggie . if not i buy it again and try to fix another way . i might not have fixed it right for our taste . so after about ten or so try`s if it stills in on the i would rather not eat this veggies . then we no longer purchase said veggies .... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:47:09 EST QOTD: JUNE 17TH If you could only be one weight for the rest of your life, how much would you weigh, <BR> and why that number? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************* <BR> <BR> If I could pick what I'd weigh for the rest of my life it'd be 135 lbs. I weighed <BR> that for 18 years and felt at my very best at that size. I had no blood pressure issues <BR> and had energy to spare. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:14:47 EST Log in, bonus and team points 2 log in <BR> 25 bonus <BR> 46 Teams 20 for this team Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:16:55 EST QOTD: JUNE 16TH Do you snack while watching Tv in the evenings? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******** <BR> <BR> I do snack in front of the TV but I really try to portion out what I'm eating instead of mindlessly eating. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:59:17 EST QOTD: JUNE 15TH Do you work for a living or are you retired? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> Bob is retired and he had me stop working when we married. I never officially retired, but I'm a stay at home wife. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:24:55 EST QOTD: JUNE 14TH Do you feel Tv shows like "The Biggest Loser" or "My 600 lb. Life" should be banned from the public? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> Personally, I'd have to say yes to both shows. The one only shows a partial story of what the contestants go thru and don't show the verbal abuse they receive just to try to beat the other team, or how dangerous the show really is for someone trying to follow the contestants at home, without ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:57:18 EST QOTD: JUNE 13TH WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU'VE EVER RECIEVED FROM YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**** <BR> <BR> Bob is always buying me pieces of jewelry he knows I like, but the most special gift would have to be the memory chest be made me. It's like a hope chest but mine holds memories. He built it for me and hand cut the top with my name and date of when he built it plus he painted roses and angels on it. It's cedar lined an... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:04:10 EST QOTD: JUNE 10TH What's your favorite vegetable? <BR> ******************************** <BR> Mine would have to be cabbage, with broccoli a close 2nd. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:59:53 EST MEATLESS MONDAY CHALLENGE Here we can challenge ourselves to go meatless each Monday. Maybe you'd like to post what your Monday meals are each week or if you ended up having meat that day. <em>381</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:57:54 EST QOTD: JUNE 9TH Have you ever had a yard sale? Did you enjoy it, if you had one? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************* <BR> <BR> We generally have 1-2 a year. They're a lot of work but I enjoy doing them. <BR> It helps get rid of things we don't use often, if at all, and the extra money sure helps. <BR> We're having a big one this Fri-Sat, so I hope we get a good turn out. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:40:33 EST QOTD: JUNE 8TH Growing up, were there any foods you were forced to eat, and <BR> how do you feel about them now? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> I was forced to eat tomatoes and mushrooms as a child and now they <BR> make me break out in hives if I eat them. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:46:01 EST QOTD: June 7th In your mind, what would you feel your best size would be ( clothing wise)? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> In the past I pushed myself to stay in a size 10 ( did for 18 years), but now if I can get back <BR> down to a size 14/16 and not climb back up any higher, I'll be one happy camper. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:00:55 EST QOTD: JUNE 6TH What's your favorite drink? <BR> ************************** <BR> On an every day routine, it's my coffee ( don't count water), but for special occassions <BR> I enjoy a strawberry margarita. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:58:22 EST QOTD: FRI., JUNE 5TH If you could go dancing with anyone, living or dead, EXCEPT your spouse, who would it be? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> <BR> It would have to be Patrick Swayze for me. I loved him in Dirty Dancing ( wore out 4 DVD's ). Fri, 5 Jun 2015 17:24:55 EST QOTD: JUNE 4TH If you were given $1,000,000.00, tax free, what would you do first with it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************* <BR> <BR> I would first pay off every bill we have, including paying off the car. Then I'd buy 25 acreas somewhere and have a house built on it. <BR> I'd pay up the taxes on the property to cover 10 years. <BR> Then I'd give my son $100,000.00 to help make his future a little more secure. <BR> The balance I'd put into savings and invest... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 16:52:08 EST STREAK CHALLENGE You choose your own streak. It can be anything from water, veggies, fruit, exercise, whatever you choose. <BR> I choose Flexitarian, Vegetarian. <BR> What do you choose, your choice. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 16:47:03 EST QOTD: JUNE 3RD Do you rent or own your home? <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> We rent our house. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:15:50 EST QOTD: JUNE 2ND Is there one food you flatly refuse to eat as an adult? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> <BR> I have 2. I won't eat tomatoes nor will I eat mushrooms. <BR> I was forced to eat them as a child and now both cause me to break <BR> out in hives. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:33:35 EST QOTD: JUNE 1ST If you had the choice between having a perfect body or perfect health, which one would you choose and why? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************** <BR> <BR> For me, it would have to be perfect health. With perfect health, I wouldn't worry about my shape so much nor would I care what others thought about it. With perfect health, noone would need to think "DIET" ever again. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:02:47 EST QOTD, MAY 31ST What is your favorite meal of the day? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be lunch because Bob and I tend to go our own way for that meal and we rarely eat the same thing. Sun, 31 May 2015 17:35:02 EST QOTD: Sat., May 30th What is your favorite day of the week? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, mine is Monday. Weekends we tend to be really lazy around here, but come Monday we get back on track with whatever we need to get done. Sat, 30 May 2015 16:09:58 EST Homemade veggie "meat" I hope to try these ways to make seitan. They vary by what spices are used in them. I hope to add nutritional yeast, fennel, flax seeds and italian seasonings. I saw a video where they added molasses to the boiling water for taste, coloring. Plus it's nutritious. <BR> <BR> Anyone with advice? <BR> <BR> <BR> ade-Easy/ <BR> <BR> <BR> ake-seitan/?li_source=base&li_medium=r <BR> elated-instructables&li_campaig... Sat, 30 May 2015 08:38:25 EST QOTD:MAY 29TH When you think of someone being healthy, how would you describe them? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> To me, being healthy is feeling good, having plenty of energy to do what you want to do, to be at a size you're comfortable at and feel satisfied with. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:57:41 EST Kitchen Table Chit-Chat Hi Everyone. Hope you're looking forward to the weekend and have something fun planned for it <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:48:34 EST Calling for a New Team Leader(s) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone or even two or three people to take over the role as team leader. I unfortunately don't have the time to be as active as I used to be and I think it would be better for the team if it was led by someone who could actually contribute on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Let me know here or through a mail message if you would like to be a team leader. <BR> <BR> Kind Regards <BR> Sandy Fri, 29 May 2015 12:08:58 EST QOTD: May 12th Bucket Lists! Do you have one? What's on it? What do you want to do before you die? Tue, 12 May 2015 09:01:56 EST New group member! Hi everyone, excited to join this group! I'm a first yr medical student trying to lose the weight I gained sitting on butt studying all year! I've started to transform my diet to be more plant based, and love sharing and trying new recipes. I tried spark people a few years back with some success, and hoping being more mindful will help me stay on track :) <BR> <BR> -Carla Mon, 11 May 2015 17:36:13 EST QOTD: May 4th May the 4th Be With You! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend's parents are going to China in a week and his mom is going to do the half marathon (or full [she might switch]) on the Great Wall of China. <em>752</em> So the question is: <BR> <BR> Have you signed up for or want to sign up for a particular race or challenge? It can be something you are going to do soon or in the distant future. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 11:25:16 EST QOTD: April 28th What is your favourite Spring activity? And for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, what is your favourite Fall activity? Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:47:10 EST Getting back on track! Good morning! I joined this team back in 2012, I think. I have been up and down. But, last year, I managed to get back into working out and healthy eating, which resulted in a 25 pound weight loss. In the last 6 months, I have gained 10 of it back. I know it's not a lot. And, I manage to be "holding." By that I mean, I am not gaining any MORE weight back. But, I am in a rut. I want to make healthier food all the time, as well as stay active. I"m looking forward to it! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:18:13 EST How to Get Enough Protein A woman asks how much protein she needs. Lean how to calculate how much protein your body needs. <BR> <link><BR>much-protein-for-a-40-something/ </link> <BR> <BR> 7 Top Protein Sources for Vegetarians <BR> <link><BR>rotein-sources-for-vegetarians/ </link> <BR> <BR> 8 Foods Every Vegetarian Should Eat <BR> <link><BR>ods-every-vegetarian-should-eat/ </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:04 EST Challenge: 10 minutes a Day <img src=""> <BR> Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to help keep you consistent with your exercise (me included). Every time you do 10 minutes of exercise come in here and put a <em>248</em> . Make sure to track your fitness minutes as well! <BR> <BR> If you have a 7 day streak you will receive a spark goodie :). <BR> <BR> Sandy <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:37:21 EST QOTD: April 20th QOTD: April 20th <BR> <BR> What advice would you give your teenage self? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:28:46 EST Hello team! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm a mom of 3, wife of 1 and have a very active part time job in the food industry. I have been a vegetarian since November 2014, though I do plan to be more a of a flexitarian now since there are days I just need some meat to kick up the protein quotient! <BR> <BR> I did not do well with my eating when I became vegetarian and finally decided to take it seriously and stop eating the junk! <BR> <BR> I've been back on track with Sparkpeople for about 3 weeks now and have ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:19:54 EST Fresh Summer Rolls w/ Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce The days are warming up (hopefully for you all since it's already HOT here) and this recipe looks like a perfect meal for bright and hot days. The best part is you can choose what you want as fillings. <BR> <BR> Homemade Fresh Summer Rolls with Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce <BR> <img src=""> <BR> yield: 10 ROLLS <BR> Homemade Fresh Summer Rolls with Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce are healthy, adaptable, and make a wonderful light dinner, lunch, ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:18:05 EST Kale Salad w/Avocado Tahini Sauce I haven't' made it yet but looking at it makes me hungry. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-salad-avocado-tahini-sauce/ </link> <BR> <BR> kale salad w/ avocado tahini sauce <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Prep time <BR> 25 mins <BR> Total time <BR> 25 mins <BR> <BR> Author: Jeanine Donofrio <BR> Recipe type: salad <BR> Serves: serves 2 as a meal, 3-4 as a side <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> avocado tahini sauce: <BR> ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:22:10 EST QOTD: March 18th When was the last time you really felt good about yourself? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it was April 1-2005. Ten years ago. I had just spent 2 years losing 47 lbs and on April 1-20005 I was 140 lbs and looked really good. All I was getting were compliments. Then almost overnight I went into full menopause and the weight started climbing again. And I really haven't felt good about myself since. Below is how I looked April 1-200... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:00:25 EST QOTD: Friday the 13th Are you superstitious of Friday the 13th? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> I'm not. I have 3 family members born on the 13th ( only one on Friday the 13th though ) so I feel the 13th is lucky in our family, at least for me. My mother, daddy, and my son were all born on the 13th. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:44:02 EST QOTD: 3/12/15 Do you prefer dresses or pants for every day wear? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> I wear capris 99% of the time. I don't even own a dress. If I can't wear capris, I wear a pair of slacks. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:54:51 EST Diabetes and Part time Vegetari ns--How? I cook for a family member who is a part time vegetarian. I know protein is a big thing to handle carbs. Can anyone who is a diabetic comment on the things you do? Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:19:46 EST Tofu: love it or hate it? One of the hardest parts of being a vegetarian for me is getting enough protein without overdoing the carbs. I Know that tofu can help if you like it. The problem that I have is that I don't. Usually that is. I have a little Chinese restaurant that severs the creamiest tofu and they actually make tofu dishes that taste great! I had some last night and it was so good that I may have to reconsider my opinion about tofu. <em>20</em> or <em>39</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:46:25 EST QOTD Feb. 23rd After reaching your weight loss goal, what's the worse thing someone could say to you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************** <BR> <BR> For me, it'd be that I looked better fat. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:25:12 EST QOTD: Feb. 15th How will you reward yourself when you reach your healthy goal? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************** <BR> <BR> I will buy a brand new wardrobe from the inside out. Everything will be new. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:39:30 EST Kick Off Spring Challenge [3 weeks] Challenge <BR> Spring will be here soon and hopefully that means for many of you that means things will start to warm up and you can enjoy the outdoors more. For this challenge, we want to see how many fitness minutes you can track each week. <BR> <BR> All you need to do is come back in this thread each week of the challenge and post your weekly fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> Length <BR> The Challenge is 3 weeks long and starts March 1st and ends March 20th (Spring Equinox/start of Spring) ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:46:54 EST One Day a Week Meatless Challenge [4 Weeks] Challenge <BR> Pick one day out of the week where you go completely meat free (this includes seafood). It doesn’t have to be the same day each week as long as by the time day 7 rolls around for the week you had one day where you went completely meatless. <BR> <BR> On your meatless day come back into this thread and tell us how your day went. Share dishes or recipes if you want too as well or tips for your fellow team mates. You can even whine about how hard this challenge is (if it is :D).... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:45:56 EST Fruit and Vegetable Co-op I have been a member of a produce coop for several years, but dropped out for a while. I am back to regularly ordering a basket. Not wanting fresh goods go to waste, I am encouraged to cook in creative and health ways. Having all those fresh ingredients on hand definitely prompts me to eat a more plant based diet. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:39:27 EST Where are you from? I'm from Grand Cayman the largest of three islands known as the Cayman Islands. <BR> <BR> My island is 7 miles wide and 22 miles long. <BR> <BR> Where are you from? Share a fact about where you live ^_^ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:26:14 EST New to the Team Hello, <BR> First post with this team, been with SP off and on for an number of years. <BR> Today I am wanting to change things about myself that interfere with my maintaining a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> I want to say & remind myself, "Be kind to yourself today and in the year to come." <BR> <BR> This is were I need to start to make new and lasting changes. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:40:37 EST Overnight Oats/Ref igerator Oatmeal I made a few overnight oats last year and then forgot all about them (i.e forgot how much i liked them and stopped making them). They are an easy way to have a yummy to-go breakfast if you don't have time in the morning to make or cook anything. <BR> <BR> You basically have rolled oats, milk and yogurt plus whatever additions you want in a jar in the fridge overnight and eat them the next day for breakfast or a snack. <BR> <BR> Check the links below for ideas :). <BR> <BR> <link>http://ww... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:16:35 EST QOTD: FEB. 6TH Do you like trying new recipes? <BR> *********************************** <BR> <BR> I do enjoy trying new recipes but we're on a tight budget so it's not always possible to get all the ingredients needed. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:23:33 EST Favourite Flexitarian /Vegetarian Recipe Sites Cookin' Canuck - <link> </link> <BR> Love and Lemons - <link> </link> <BR> Amuse Your Bouche - <link> </link> <BR> Oh My Veggies - <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Do not check out this site if you find curse words offensive <BR> Thug Kitchen - <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And if you are looking for good green smoothies <BR> Simple Green Smoothi... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:25:56 EST QOTD: Feb. 1st What are your goals for February? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Mine are to eat at least 3 servings of veggies daily, lose 5 lbs., and exercise for at least 45 minutes every day without fail. I'm also only going to be weighing once a week, on Sundays, so I won't see the day to day yo-yo-ing. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:09:15 EST QOTD: 1/26 Do you eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****** <BR> <BR> For us, it's usually 2 meals and 2 snacks per day. I rarely eat breakfast other than having a glass of juice. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:27:00 EST QOTD: 1/24 What is your least favorite vegetable? <BR> *************************************** <BR> <BR> I have 2; tomatoes and mushrooms. Growing up I was forced to eat them and now I break out in hives if I eat them. But I can use tomato products. They don't bother me. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:43:59 EST No Meat Athlete Does anyone else follow this blog? I recently started reading it, and enjoy it very much. He has good guidelines. While I am not going to be vegan or even full vegetarian he has a really healthy attitude toward food. I just started trying his smoothie & salad a day idea - we'll see how I stick with it! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:48:00 EST QOTD: 1/22/15 How often do you weigh, and do you feel it's better to weigh daily or just once a week? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> I weigh daily to keep myself accountable but I think I need to just weigh once a week on Sundays. This way I wouldn't see the day to day yo-yo-ing I do. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:07 EST QOTD: 1/21/15 What is your favorite vegetable and how do you fix it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be cabbage. I love it boiled with a little butter and I add bacon bits to it. Or else I fry it up crisp and add a little chopped ham to it. Hubby can't stand cabbage so this is something I fix strictly for me about once a month. I make up enough for 4-5 lunches and I freeze it so all I have to do is pull one out and thaw it then reheat. Yum... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:21:38 EST I'm will to try this lifestyle I have a life-long struggle with weight. I gain, then get serious and loose it only to have it creep back. I tried a vegetarian diet but gained more weight than when o my regular diet. Most of my weight loss and maintenance success over the years has been with a low carb/high protein type diet. With the vegetarian diet I found myself using more cheese and eggs and grain products. Even health whole grains can rack up the pounds. For these reasons, I decided that perhaps the part-time vegetaria... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:42:01 EST 25 WORSE DIET TIPS EVER <link><BR>t-loss-tips/25-worst-diet-tips-ever?s=<BR>1&?cid=NL_PVNT_1986842_01172015_worste<BR>verdiettips_text </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:50:10 EST 11 Health Foods that Are Anything But... <link><BR>ng-tips/11-health-food-impostors-and-h<BR>ealthier-swaps?cid=NL_PVNT_1986842_011<BR>72015_healthfoodimposters_readmore </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:45:47 EST Operation Eat All the Veggies I am leaving for vacation for a week. I have 8 days to eat all the produce in my house or see it waste (sad). I have a lot of produce. I have been doing juices, smoothies, basic salads. Anyone have any favorite recipes that are veggie heavy? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:16:56 EST Hello Hi I am new to the group but not to sparkpeople. I am interested in more meatless options. I love my meat, but I know too much of a good thing can be very bad. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so eating all sorts of processed food is not good. I am trying to clean up my lifestyle. I would like to be able to eat meat just 2-3 times a week, but I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for allowing me to join. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:48:43 EST Warm Winter Salad This is a recpie that I found and put on Spark people. It's pretty easy and very filling <BR> <BR> 1 red onion <BR> 1 sweet potato <BR> 2 carrots <BR> 1 celeriac <BR> 2 beetroots <BR> salt and pepper <BR> Olive oil <BR> A handful of chopped walnuts (about 0.125 cup) <BR> A handful of feta cheese (about 0.125 cup) <BR> <BR> For the Dressing <BR> 2 tbsp Olive Oil <BR> 1 bunch fresh parsley <BR> 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar <BR> 1 tsp mustard <BR> 1 squeeze lemon juice <BR> <BR> Nutritional Info... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:16:48 EST Hey I'm Pippa Hey all! I'm Pippa, I'm 27 and live in Birmingham in the UK. I'm interested in being flexitarian, mainly because I was Vegetarian for 4 years and tried to be Vegan for about 4 months. I have a huge number of Vegetarian and Vegan cookbooks and do enjoy the food, but I am being lazy in that I don't want to be restricted when I go out to restaurants or to friends houses. I don't really have any ethical reasons for reducing meat, although I do make sure to try and buy free range products. I'm loo... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:03:55 EST Thinking flexitarian may be my niche. Here is my story. I have been reading the food articles in National Geographic this past year and leaning towards non GMO and locally grown food. Then yesterday I watched Food, Inc. Between the two I don't feel very good about mass produced meat. I like meat. There's my conundrum. I told my boyfriend I will not be eating mass produced meat as much as possible. I am lucky - my friends are the local game butchers. I talked to them yesterday. We will be getting our meat from hunting and a local ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:46:01 EST Good recipe for dinner with friends I highly recommend the SP recipe, Butternut Squash and Pasta recipe, for introducing your friends to vegetarian eating. My guests included 2 picky eaters, 1 scoffer at vegetarian eating, 1 philosopher that man is a carnivore, and 4- I will enjoy whatever you serve. They all dipped in the serving bowl for second helpings. <BR> <BR> I omitted the bacon. One person sprinkled on some shallot pepper for additional taste. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1499... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:27:49 EST Hi Everybody Hi everybody <BR> I stumbled on this team and was very pleased because this is exactly what I am. A part time vegetarian <BR> I am relatively new here am I am just learning my way around so any help I can get would be appreciated Sat, 1 Nov 2014 16:32:36 EST Favorite vegetarian restaurant options We all know eating in restaurants is rarely optimal, dietarily speaking. But, dining socially with friends and family can be great for our mental health and overall well-being. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite vegetarian options when dining out? <BR> <BR> If I am with an amenable group, my first choice is always sushi. Most sushi restaurants have a nice variety of veggie rolls. <BR> <BR> My next choice would be Indian. Often Indian buffets have more vegetarian options than meat options. B... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:10:23 EST New to SP and Flexitarians New to SP and Flexitarians, with 30 lbs to lose, I'm making my mind up to get out there and exercise, eat healthier foods and stay on track. Hope I can meet some good friends here. I live in Whitby Ontario. <BR> <BR> Deb Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:39:57 EST crispy zuchini fries have not tried it but looks good. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tent/uploads/Baked-Zucchini-Fries-Calo<BR>ries-and-Nutrit_857D/image_thumb.png?73e30c </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:44:38 EST eating healthy--plant based etc. <link><BR>t-have-to-be-complicated/?utm_source=C<BR>hris+Freytag+Community&utm_campaign=ad<BR>dc523675-General_Tuesday_8_19_14&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_term=0_5543f554cb-addc523675-87045653 </link> <BR> <BR> I love this site....very good ideas. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:07:26 EST cauliflower rice. Cauliflower is the rice sub this looks good and would be more healthy than rice. I am putting it on my list for next month. <BR> If you try it ...let us know. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>auliflower-fried-rice-recipe/ </link> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:23:59 EST easy way to pit a cherry <link><BR>w-to-pit-cherries?cm_sp=Hotlist-_-Nutr<BR>ition-_-TheAmazinglyEasyWaytoPitCherri<BR>esthatWillSaveYouHours </link> <BR> <BR> this is so easy. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:18:59 EST Hello ...need to change my lifestyle Hi, my name is Pam. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and as of march, a great grandmother. I have to change my lifestyle and been on spark for a long time. I have just been going from one change to another until my mind spins out of control. It is time to stop it from spinning and straighten it out. I am a good talker but now need to put it more into practice. <BR> I am trying to eat healthier but I get such a craving for sugar that I cheat. Now trying to crush it. I know, according to ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:43:01 EST Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free cookbook? I'm looking for a cookbook that is vegetarian (vegan is ok, too, but I do eat eggs...lots of eggs), but also gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. The cookbook wouldn't need to be completely free of all of these ingredients as long as the majority don't require them--especially soy and dairy (gf flour is a pretty easy sub). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:05:42 EST How do you define flexitarian for you? There is no set definition for "flexitarian". Yet, it is a label we have chosen for ourselves. How do you define it in your own life? <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:52:41 EST Hi all..doing this to save my life Veteran of many plans, all of which failed to be sustainable. Any extremes (veganism, LCHF, LCLF) all left worsening problems in their wake, especially my diabetes control. So, came up w/ a plan of my own based on the Ornish Spectrum, using groups 1 and 2 (long lists; best source is the Spectrum website)--that way I still get plenty of protein w/ very little cholesterol, using small amts of healthy fats to replace some of the carbs in his basic VLF plan. <BR> That being said, this plan is a... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:37:49 EST New to Team and Making Changes Hi! At 53-1/2, tired of the roller coaster downhill health trend I'm on. Tried many diets but can't seem to stick to. Looking for recipes that my 6 kids at home will eat, now that their no-veggie big sister has moved out. I realize that I can't control what my family eats when they are not at home, but I'd like to start having healthier meals at home and can take for handy snack/meals when running around town. <BR> <BR> Hoping to gain knowledge of how to and good recipes. We also have f... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:09:46 EST Hello :) So happy to find this group :)) <BR> <BR> I'm on a very restricted diet for medical reasons.....I am not supposed to eat grain at all....and I have to severely limit starchy vegetables like corn, peas, etc. My diet requires high protein, so I'm not going fully vegetarian, but I am interested in cutting down the amount of meat that I eat. I've already cut out dairy as I have a hard time digesting it. <BR> <BR> It gets frustrating sometimes as every time I find a recipe that sounds good, it... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:15:37 EST In a nutshell Briefly, my name is Catherine (or Cathy) and I will be turning 45 this year. We have a family history of diabetes and hypertension. My dear mom had a severe stroke at 51. I want to remain healthy as long as possible to continue being able to take care of my family and mom. <BR> <BR> I currently eat meats 3-4 days a week and want to reduce that even lower and more or less cut red meats completely. My goal is to find ways to add more whole grains, legumes and healthy fats into my diet. <... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:03:43 EST All about me - abridged version I work in IT, but making a swap to communications. I recently went to school and got my degrees, I'm a bit of an overachiever. I have an AA in Criminal Justice and BAs in Public Relations, Journalism and photography. I am 2-3 semesters away from a BA in Sociology also, but I didn't want to push it. <BR> <BR> I plan MMO's, read, crochet and love to cook. Because of my family history and my health, it was HIGHLY recommended that I switch to Vegetarian. I've lived in Iowa my whole life, so no ... Mon, 26 May 2014 16:03:55 EST 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards 2014 <link><BR>ng-tips/100-cleanest-packaged-food-awa<BR>rds-2014-breakfast </link> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:01:45 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; Hey Sparkies.. My name is Kim... I am indeed a newbie. :) Looking to get healthy, lose weight, make some new friends and have some fun along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Becoming a vegetarian has been something I have been thinking about becoming for awhile. I am hoping this site will help me do so & accomplish that goal of mine. :) <BR> <BR> Always remember -- <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:34:45 EST Hello! New to the team, but not to the lifestyle! Hi! I'm Connie, and I live in rural Tennessee. Here's a short version of my story: <BR> <BR> I became vegetarian two years ago. My husband had just had heart surgery (triple bypass). Since I had known before that he had hereditary high cholesterol, we had already cut out red meat. Then my oldest daughter and I watched on of those documentaries on factory farming and both decided to become vegetarian. The rest of the family (husband, son, and younger daughter) were all supportive, since they ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:02:33 EST Goals! Hi there Flexitarians! <BR> <BR> What are you goals for a healthy lifestyle? What part does flexitarianism play in it? What kind of goals would you like to set as a team? In general, what do you want out of this SparkTeam? <BR> <BR> I personally am trying to eat healthier with a large focus on fruits and vegetables. I exercise 6 days a week for about an hour with a mixture of cardio and strength. My goal is to lose 1 lb. a week, so I know I can maintain it once I reach my goal. :) <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:20:51 EST Wheel Points...Daily, Bonus and Team Bonus Points 7+10+28 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:37:55 EST 19 Portable Protein-Packed Snacks Since I'm new at this Flextarian thing, I'm looking for ways to get protein... <BR> Here is an article from SP that looks really interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1996 </link> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:21:51 EST Hi I just found you and am glad to be here !!! Hi My name is Patti, am 60 and I'm from NE Ohio. <BR> I've been with SparkPeople since May 2009. <BR> I LOVE Canning and Gardening and am the Team leader of the Putting Foods Up team. <BR> I am, also, Diabetic and trying to cut down on my consumption of red meats... <BR> (tho I LOVE them !!!) and eating MUCH healthier. <BR> I believe in cutting down on my foot print on the Earth by recycling, reusing and now being a Flextarian !!! <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and learning s... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:55:15 EST New Team Leader - HI! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'd like to get this off on the right track. I first want to know what different definitions are out there of flexitarians. Please share! It will help us all get an idea! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Holly Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:57:35 EST What are your favorite vegetarian foods/ recipes? I love nut butters, quinoa, steel cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, protein shakes, sautéed vegetables, salads, soups and California rolls. What are your favorite vegetarian foods? Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:53:08 EST Low Cal Iron Source<BR> Single 15cal serving of thai tea has 25% DRV! (Doesn't include creamer.)Totally new discovery. <BR> <BR> I'm always looking. Another thing I do is if I'm low on iron and protein at the end of the day, I have egg whites with thyme, which is high in iron. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:23:19 EST Article: 6 Nutrients Every Vegetarian Needs The article recommends the foods to eat to get your Protein, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, B12, and Essential Fatty Acids. <BR> <BR> <BR> Full article:<BR>ts-every-vegetarian-needs.html Sat, 21 Dec 2013 01:39:21 EST VB6's Intro The author shared how he came about trying a new diet because of his high cholesterol and other health issues. He was told to a vegan diet would solve his issues, but he knew he couldn't be a vegan. The VB6 diet (read: lifestyle) was born. He eats a healthy vegan diet until 6 pm then whatever he wants in moderation. I am really enjoying it so far. It even has some recipes in the book! :) Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:14:19 EST Book Discussion - VB6 by Mark Bittman <link><BR>tore-Health/dp/0385344740 </link> <BR> <BR> Hey There Fellow - Flexitarians! <BR> <BR> Have any of you read this book? I am just starting it today and wanted to see what others have thought about it. I plan to share what I think as I go through it. I think it may be just what I'm looking for in my diet design. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:27:38 EST Flexitarian All The Way Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not that new to spark people, but I am finally getting more involved with the site. I'm really loving it. <BR> <BR> I've been a flexitarian most of my life. I have gone a couple of months vegetarian and a couple of months vegan. I enjoy the positive side effects of eating less meat and other animal products. <BR> <BR> It can be really confusing when you do research about nutrition. There is plenty of support out there for a vegetarian or even vegan diets. It i... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:59:17 EST Challenge for November 2013??? Hey Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople. I don't want to step on toes, but I thrive on challenges to keep me motivated with, well, pretty much anything. I see the note at the top that our team leader hasn't been very active lately so until she is again, or until we have a new leader, what do you all think of creating a November Challenge?? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe we could do something to do with trying new foods - try 3 new foods each week and report back ho... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:15:12 EST hi new member I have been sometime vegetarian for 40 years ever since I was a hippie. It has really helped me to be healthier than I would have been otherwise and now i am well versed in nutrition when I go to create a fitness program. it's a good thing. sarah Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:55:09 EST STEP IT UP Challenge Good evening. The seasons are changing and the holidays are fast approaching. I don't know about ya'll but I need a good challenge to keep me on my toes. <BR> <BR> This challenge starts Oct. 1st and run until Dec. 31st. Let's add our steps and reach for 3,000,000 as a team. I know we can do it!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> You don't need a pedometer. You can count a walking mile as 2,000 and a running miles as 4,000. If you have a pedometer awesome, that will work too. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:56:24 EST Hi! Hello everyone. I'm Kristi- married and a mom to four boys. We were vegetarian (sometimes vegan) for 7 years. About a year and a half ago, we added wild caught fish back to our diet and then we started eating all kinds of meat about a year ago. I'm not happy with that and it didn't help me achieve my weight loss goals, so this week we've decided to go back to mostly vegetarian again. We'll likely continue to occasionally eat fish, but other meat will be rare, if any. I'm looking forward to p... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:53:57 EST All About The New Kid.... :) Hey All!! My name is Kim. I'm a married, canadian woman ... heading back to college this September for Photography. I totally *love* taking photos of mostly nature/wildlife. :) It's been awhile since I was in school.. so I'm nervous, scared and have anxiety attacks over it.. and, it hasn't even started yet! I am somewhat shy... until I get comfortable around you... then you'll be lucky to shut me up. ;) Now onto my "weight loss" journey... I used to weigh 400 pounds... lost some... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:13:31 EST Lentil time! Lentils are really easy to cook, and especially in teh summer, when i don't want the ovan or stove on for too long, i can crock pot them in just an hour or so. <BR> <BR> but i'm kinda bored with my typical "dal" type dish. <BR> <BR> any other different suggestions? I have green (French), brown, and red, so all kinds of ideas welcome! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:03:29 EST The Book - The Flexitarian Diet Hi everyone! I am new to the team. Does anyone use the book above by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD ? Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:04:27 EST Hi! <BR> Hi all! Just wanted to say hi and that I'm looking forward to getting to know other flexitarians! <em>381</em> <BR> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 20:07:36 EST Sparkie .. Once Again! :) Hello Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I used to be on SP in 2010, three years later - I find myself with a lot of the weight I had lost back on my body. :( I feel icky in my own skin. I need to get my life back on track.. and that is why I signed up on here again. This time *will* be different. I *will* get this weight off for good and make sure it never comes back. I am looking for some spark friends that will join me on my journey .. and, we can support each other on each others journeys. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:37:16 EST Free Recipes A friend on facebook shared a great recipe this morning; she shared this link which has lots more great sounding choices for vegan and vegetarian recipes. I am sharing it here but wondered if others might have some favorite sites. I have a couple more I could share if I can find them again; heres this one; Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:50:08 EST I Need I really want to pursue a part time vegetarian lifestyle. I need help though. I really don't like beans. <BR> <BR> Would love if you could direct me to some good blogs and cookbooks. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:22:05 EST Seitan Does anyone make their own seitan? I found a recipe that doesn't seem too complicated, but I was wondering what kind of store carries vital wheat flour? Is this something I should be able to find at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, or somewhere more obscure? I'm traveling next week and will have access to these stores, but I'm not sure where too look. Any feedback is appreciated. Thx! Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:46:01 EST Free Vegetarian on a budget downloadable cookbook Its called "How to Survive as a Low Budget Vegetarian" and it looked like it had a lot of information and recipes. I am looking forward to trying some of them. I hope that you find this helpful, as I am new at this. <BR> <BR> </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:26:55 EST Hi Hi all! Just wanted say quick hi and that I'm looking forward to getting to know other flextarians! My family has been flextarian for several months now and no complaints! I'm lucky to have a hubby who love tofu and seitan! Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:05:28 EST Hello Newbie who's goals is to lose 30lbs and incorporate an overall heathy lifestyle. I know that eating a more plant based diet is optimal. However I still eat meat for various reasons (I still really like it for one). I do try to have at least 2 vegan meals a day though. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:05:45 EST Another Newbie Hi my name is Danielle and I would love to be a vegetarian. But apparently that means I need to veggies and I hate veggies. Since I want to cut out meat I'm hoping going flexitarian will lead me to veggies I might like. Or simply find better ways of hiding them. I do sneak spinach into my smoothies but I don't tell myself they are in there. : ) <BR> Mon, 13 May 2013 14:00:05 EST I am t-Rex trying to become a Brontosaurus !! Maybe I should use less bulky imagery! <em>334</em> . Anyway, I am new to a more meatless lifestyle. <em>41</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 07:32:15 EST Easy go-to vegetarian dinners My husband is the meat eater in the family, so I know I always have more opportunites to cook meat-less when he's away. Two weeks into his current deployment, and I'm doing pretty good sticking to a veg-leaning flexitarian plan. My problem is finding last-minute throw together dinners on the occasions that I haven't planned very well. On these nights, I tend to feed my kids and forget about myself or, more accurately, make something so "kid friendly" that I have no desire to eat it myself. I'... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:24:16 EST Questions about going flexitarian I'm new here and well new to flexitarianism and a mega carnivore. I decided to go flexitarian for financial reasons, weight loss and well I do love veggies. But how much meat am I allowed to be considered flexitarian? Is seafood included in meat? Am I allowed to substitute fish and other seafood for meat? Can I eat deli meat for lunch only as in a sandwich and still be flexitarian, if my other meals are without meat? <BR> <BR> I am trying to go all natural as well so no soy crumbles and oth... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:43:35 EST hello Hi, I'm laurel. I spent most of my adult years as a vegan, but was lured away by my omnivore husband's tasty food choices - my fault not his, he's always been cool with my veganism. <BR> <BR> So after years of bashing my head against the wall trying to recover my vegan self - I am accepting that it may never come to pass. My diet is mostly vegan, but I stray. Time to accept that perfection has become the enemy of the good for myself, and that this is okay. <BR> <BR> It feels good to acce... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:43:25 EST Tired Hi... I have been eating no meat since Sunday. It's only Wednesday and I am extremely tired. I have been eating beans, eggs, cheese and fish to get my protein and uped my veggies a whole lot, cut back abit on my carbs. Just wondering if this has anything to do with it or maybe not even related to not eating meat. I feel good, I guess besides that. I havent weighed myself but I feel not so bloated. Almost feel clean inside if that makes sense. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Th... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:44:06 EST Just joined this team and want to learn Hi. I have been with sparkPeople since Feb. recently I have been very interested in being vegetarian because whatever I read, people say how good they feel when they cut out meat. I dont think I can cut out meat entirely, at least not right away, because I love meat. I thought that if I start slow and cut it out gradually, I may end up not eating any. I am going to start with one week of no red meat or poultry. I am still going to have fish and eggs and dairy. After our week (hubby and me... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:40:33 EST Spring 13 It is the first day of Spring, so now is the time for everyone to spring forward into a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> The weather is great, at least here in Texas, and I just love being outside. Bike riding, running at the park, hiking. It is a glorious time of year. My tomato plants are starting to get big and my flowers are up. I had my first iris bloom yesterday. <BR> <BR> How is everyone planning to spend their Spring? Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:18:30 EST New with questions... I have cut down my meat intake a lot over the past year while adopting a more whole food centers diet, but after watching a couple of documentaries this weekend, I am commited to eating it even less. I was wondering what your motivations were and if you feel "healthier" since changing your diet. I guess I am worried because it seems to be so ingrained in our diet as a country that we "need" meat, dairy, eggs to be healthy. I'm not so sure that's true now. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:52:14 EST allergic to dairy or vegan? I was just curious if anyone had allergies to dairy or were vegan in here. <BR> <BR> I was dairy free ( not from eggs ) part of last year then started eating cheese again and now am deciding to quit eating cheese again. <BR> <BR> I have a hard time with milk, ice cream but not with cheese but had decided to quit eating cheese do to the fact that I was always stuffy even in the winter with my sinuses. And I had read before that most adults cant really digest dairy products even if you don'... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:25:55 EST Recently discovered I'm a Flexitarian So, I recently realized there is a name for the type of diet I have followed most of my adult life, and I'm proud to call myself a Flexitarian. I don't do red meat, but eat chicken/fish once each per week maybe, and pork once or twice a month. My hubby is more of an Omnivore, but he's a real sport about eating my meat-free cooking. My kids are awesome eaters, and pretty much eat whatever we eat. <BR> <BR> I find that often when I cook meat-free, I just leave the meat portion out of a recipe,... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:39:58 EST VEGETARIAN "TRICKS" leave a one line (if possible) tip or trick to vegetarian cooking, shopping, lifestyle, etc. <em>277</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:59:57 EST Cookbook Reviews Do you have a veggie cookbook you'd like to give a <em>48</em> or <em>42</em> ? <BR> <BR> Give us a little review and let us know why you like/didn't like it. <em>211</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:23:32 EST Healthy Granny at 60 My name is Sandi. I'm retired. I need to lose 50#. I enjoy dancing and crocheting and sewing. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:51:19 EST Whusshakin? Hey there! I'm just getting started. I've been noticing that as I eat less meat that I'm feeling so good. So, crazy good. But, I love steak. I don't think I want to be a full vegetarian, but over the past 6 months I've seen that adding tons more veggies to the menu and less meat, my body feels better, my energy has improved and my skin seems to glow. Isn't that weird? <BR> <BR> But, I'm limited on recipes and ideas. Mold me, my veggie-lovin' friends. My goal here is not to become a h... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:30:45 EST New to Spark People, a little confused I am trying to meet a weight loss goal of 33 pounds in three months and part of that goal is to try the vegetarian diet plan. I've never done it and I have no clue as to what foods to buy or where to start. Help please with a decent meal plan would be nice...any input...?? Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:16:52 EST hellooooo hi im krystal, ive been a sparker fo 8 years, and i didnt know their was food spark teams, ive been married for 18 years AND UI HAVE 2 CHILDREN, 1 SON IN LAW, 1 GRandchild and 2 cats, ive worked for cracker barrell for 13 years, anmd i hope mto get to know all of ya!!!! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:03:52 EST 2013 Goals Tell us what your goals are for 2013. <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> My goals are to lose 8 lbs a month til I reach my goal weight of 180 lbs. <BR> I will be working to get in a full 60 minutes of exercise in daily. <BR> I will be cutting back on meat and adding more vegetables to my food plan. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:50:56 EST Holiday gifts! It's the holiday season, so now is the time to give yourself the gift of health. Every time you work out or skip junk food for a piece of fruit you are giving yourself a gift. let's all list our gifts, our victories, and what we are thankful for this season. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey December 2010 after a visit to my Doctor and found SparkPeople the first of February. My gift to myself is going a year in maintenance mode and keeping the 50 pounds I lost off. I am thankfu... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:02:08 EST Greetings Hello, my name is Sharon. On October 15, 2012 I decided to make a life style change and became a vegetarian. I'm trying new foods, learning to cook differently and starting to live a healthier life. I look forward to being a member of this team. <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:45:50 EST Black eyed Peas Looking for recipes - I'm addicted to these all of a sudden. I've just been mixing them with corn and a bit of seasoning. Ideas? Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:43:03 EST I want to change I have joined Flexitarians to help me promote eating less meat. I have no problem not eating meat most of the times. I am hypoglycemic though and find it a challenge to feel well only eating vege protein. <BR> I look forward to learning. <BR> Deb <em>252</em> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:24:29 EST How about eggplant? I enjoy it, but haven't found many ways to be creative with it. Any ideas? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 04:54:27 EST Living with a Carnivore! Part of the reason I don't cook is that I live with a CARNIVORE! I'm not kidding, a T-rex probably ate more veggies than my hubby. Anyone else in this boat? Any suggestion so I'm not good two meals?!? Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:36:05 EST Greetings! Hi, I've been a vegetarian for about 18 years. Too much pasta and such lead to my obesity. I'm getting back down to a healthy BMI and trying to change my life (almost completely). <BR> <BR> I was never much of a cook. I live by raw, microwave, and restaurants. I know that isn't healthy. So I'm working on learning to cook. I bought the Spark People Cookbook. A good chunk of the recipes are meat/chicken. I'm hoping to be able to find substitutes. <BR> <BR> Also anyone here that can he... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 18:36:16 EST Feeling Better Eating More Veg I am glad to find this team. I've been watching a number of videos about the health benefits of changing to a plant based diet. They were very convincing and so I started eating more veggie style the past couple of months. I haven't given up meat completely but might like to get to vegetarian in the future. I would like to limit the amount of meat I eat since when I eat it often, it upsets my stomach. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to eat more veg style b/c my doctor suggested it some years ago fo... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 05:36:33 EST n m Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:00:19 EST Fall back into fitness! October is upon us. Let's use Fall to revitalise our fitness program. Everyone list something they are adding or changing in their fitness routine for the new season. Or tell us what you are still doing. <BR> <BR> Now that it is starting to cool off a little here in Texas I am adding more long hikes. My daughter and I are also riding our bikes more now that it is not so scorching hot. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:30:25 EST Newbie Newbie... :-) <em>213</em> <BR> Hello Sparkies! :-) <BR> <BR> My name is Kim. Married. Canadian. And been big *all* of my life & I am tired of it. I am going to make several changes in my life to become healthy and leaner. I have quite a bit of weight to lose (around 80 pounds) & will NOT give up until I accomplish that goal. :-) <BR> <BR> If you have some time - stop by my page & say Hi. :-) <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> <em>184</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:15:59 EST Leads on Best Tofu/Tempeh Recipes Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any leads on the best websites, cookbooks, etc. to help someone like me who is new to cooking with tofu/tempeh get tasty recipes? Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:11:48 EST hello everyone I decided to go vegetarian about 5 months ago, the road has not been easy and i have been faced with temptations. Maybe i am trying to do too much , i am also avoiding high fat foods and carbs, limit dairy , avoid junk food. There are days when i caved and ate some kind of meat and i feel really guilty but i try to get back on the saddle. I am trying to loose for weight for my wedding coming up in Febuary 2013. I have gone down a few sizes but i have not reached my goal yet. Hoping to find so... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:34:48 EST Not the burger Last night the family had hamburgers for dinner so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I had a can of chick peas and have looked at many chick pea burger recipes, so I decided to just make my own with whatever I had in the house. Here we go... <BR> <BR> I can chick peas ( drained and rinsed ) <BR> 1/2 a large onion <BR> 1/2 bell pepper <BR> 1 stalk of celery <BR> 1 carrot <BR> 2 cloves of garlic <BR> 1/2 cup of bread crumbs <BR> 1/4 medium zucchini <BR> red pepper <BR> cumin <BR> bl... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:24:50 EST Hey-lo! Hi there! It's my second day on SP, and I'm still trying to navigate. This team sounds right up my alley! I used to be a vegetarian, and then introduced meat back into my diet several years back. I still don't eat meat very often (maybe once or twice/week). I find one of the hardest things (at least with two days of meal tracking so far) is that I am not even meeting my minimum protein intake for the day. Does anyone else struggle with this? Nice to meet you all! <BR> <BR> Stephanie Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:00:14 EST A Oldie Returning To SP.... Hi Sparkies. My name is Kimberley. <BR> <BR> I used to be such an active Sparkie... until one day I made a horrible turn on my journey and ended up leaving this awesome place. I started eating all the wrong types of foods (like chips, cookies, diet pop, fast food etc etc etc)... and, before you know it... it is September 4th, 2012 --- and I have done nothing but gained weight .. and feel horrible. :( <BR> <BR> SO... that is why I have returned to SP. I am hoping this time... I stick ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:22:50 EST Motivation!! What quotes, poems or stories have impacted your healthy lifestyle and kept you achieving your goals?? <em>434</em> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:22:18 EST Newbie! My name is Heather. I am 27 years old and I am 5' 3". In the last 5 years, I have dealt with weight jumping. The first two years, I went from being 190 pounds to 118 pounds. I worked out at the YMCA, six days a week and roughly 3-4 hours a day. It differed from pilates, yoga, callenetics, belly dancing, walking, roller blading, studio cycling and weight training. I even got first place in a 5k! I attempted to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian for four months and felt amazing. However, I still had a l... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:41:41 EST Pease porridge I normally make split pea soup very fast with a watery soup base. Last night it was raining and cool so I was in the mood for a nice thick porridge. Here is how my Grandmother made it. <BR> <BR> 1 pound split peas <BR> 3 cloves of garlic diced <BR> 1 large onion chopped <BR> 4 medium carrots diced <BR> 2 medium potatoes chopped <BR> 4 stalks of celery <BR> 8 cups of vegetable stock or water <BR> 1/2 teaspoon of salt or to taste <BR> 1 teaspoon of black pepper or to taste <BR> 1/2 teaspoon ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:50:15 EST Low Carb AND vegetarian? I need to eat low-carbish for health reasons (strong history of diabetes in the family). So I've been eating a South Beach-inspired diet for a while now. But I have also been reading a lot about the benefits of a plant-based diet, so I've been trying to move in that direction. <BR> <BR> I'm finding it difficult to do both, without eating just "rabbit food" all day and feeling like I'm starving all the time. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah - and to further complicate things - I understand I'm supposed t... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:13:33 EST 15 bean burger I found this on a vegan web site a while back but this is the first time I tried it. <BR> <BR> 1 package 15 bean soup mix <BR> 1 package bread crumbs <BR> <BR> This is all the ingredients from the web version. They suggested you use italian bread crumbs. I actually used the next list of ingredients and used plain bread crumbs. <BR> <BR> 1 onion <BR> 1 bell pepper <BR> 2 tbs cayenne pepper <BR> <BR> Soak the beans over night, rinse and add to the crock pot with 8 cups of water. Cook for... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:09:01 EST Easy ovo-vegetarian meal from north africa i posted this in another group's thread "what did you eat today," but thought that you might like it, too. <BR> <BR> i made an awesome tunisian meal for brunch today. i visited the north african country in february and i was inspired by the clean healthy food and lean people, so i've been trying some traditional and common recipes. <BR> <BR> i took some pix the first time i made it, it's easy and flexible. it starts with an assortment of fresh or canned vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers, o... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:27:40 EST another free one day only kindle book if you don't have a kindle, download the free kindle app to read it. <BR> <BR> this is a weight loss book for deep thinkers. lol if you trust your intuition, this book might appeal to you. <BR> <BR> rusty <link><BR>s-Dont-ebook/dp/B008I3CURM/ref=sr_1_fk<BR>mr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345579118&sr=8-1-fk<BR>mr0&keywords=quantum+scientists+dont+get+fat </link> <BR> <BR> rusty <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:04:11 EST Meatless Mondays Today we started our meatless mondays officially. It was delicious and more filling than I'd expected. I did run into the problem of not getting as much protein as I'd have liked. Next time I'll have a smoothie with protein powder for breakfast to get started off right. <BR> <BR> What are your tricks for meeting your protein goals on meatless days? <BR> <BR> Check out<BR>il.asp?recipe=2211955 for a mild vegan chili we had for lunch that was reall... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 01:06:09 EST Great Smoothies! Add your successful combinations An ongoing idea bank for vegetarian smoothies. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:42:37 EST free kindle juicing book--today only i really enjoyed this book, read it last night, even though i am a green smoothie-fan at heart: <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <link><BR>appiness-ebook/dp/B008HCWNUS </link> <BR> <BR> if you have a kindle or download the free kindle app, you can read this and lots of other free nutrition/health/weight loss books. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:40:35 EST free kindle books for everyone: health/di et/nutr' every day amazon offers free kindle books, which can be read on any digital device with the free amazon kindle app. there are a number of sites which list the free books available. <BR> <BR> i use <BR> <BR> you can set up the genres you'd like to peruse, and the site will save your preferences. <BR> <BR> just to let you see what's being given away, here's a list of some of the books i snagged today and yesterday. not all of them are gems, in fact, there are t... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:56:37 EST Fresh New Face Hi Team, <BR> <BR> About two months ago, I had one horrible weekend of digestive issues that left an undeniable impression on me. I knew I hadn't been eating right, but this was a huge wake-up call. So went two weeks without meat - just veggies, fruits, and whole grains. I can't tell you what a difference it made. I was actually shocked at how well I was sleeping, how my quickly my sinus issues diminished, and how much better I felt. <BR> <BR> Since that time, I've slowly integrated poultry... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:51:04 EST Need more filling vegetarian recipes I could use a recipe for a filling vegetarian meal as I just started coming off of meat a few weeks ago and I need something to replace the meat. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:02:42 EST Grocery shopping So, payday is tomorrow and I have my list ready for when I get off work at 1. I have no meat products on there. I've got some recipes for vegetarian meals so we're going to try those. If I get a really bad craving, I've got meats stocked in my freezer. Besides, that's what eggs are for! Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:57:29 EST Making chips A friend of mine liked my kale chip idea but he had sweet potato he needed to get rid of so he made sweet potato chips:<BR>01/sweet-chips-of-potato/ <BR> <BR> You can find my kale chip recipes under snacks at but basically once you've made kale chips you've pretty much got the idea Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:18:12 EST Tried something new We have a Chinese place next door to my job. I normally get chicken, but I went for the Veggie Delight with a crab rangoon. It was amazing. The sauce was savory and sour so it satisfied the taste I wanted with the pepper steak. I didn't eat the baby corn or the bamboo shoots, they didn't taste right with the sauce, but I devoured the broccoli, red peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms! Luckily, my business manager is vegetarian so she's finishing off the leftovers so they don't go to waste : ) <BR... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:41:57 EST Grilled Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas I served the Grilled Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas with the suggested Avocado-Tomato Relish. You could add tortilla soup, beans, rice. <BR> <BR> I especially liked the mix of the warm and crispy quesadilla with the cool and creamy garnish provided by the relish and sour cream. <BR> <BR> The instructions are for cooking on the outdoor grill. I found the recipe at<BR>led-mushroom-and-spinach-quesadillas-r<BR>ecipe-wdy0712. You can change the number of... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:57:10 EST Flex noob I've looked into flexitarianism before, mostly because I know I could never fully give up meat but I do enjoy vegetarian meals. I've been wanting to eat more vegetarian and use meat as a weekend/party/outing sort of occasion. Why not start here, right? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:17:20 EST So very glad to find you guys.. Looking forward to learning from you guys! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:10:18 EST Hello! Newbie veggie eater here... My name is Christina. I guess I've always been a part-time vegetarian (or more accurately a part-time carnivore). I never really liked too much meat, it always kinda grossed me out in some ways. But then again, I never really ate too many good veggies either....I guess I was more of a Junk Fooditarian. I came across Veganism and Vegetarianism a few years back, but didn't really try to eat that way until 7 months ago when I heard about Juicing and how eating a Vegan/Vegetarian diet is so much... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:02:43 EST LAZY "BEEF" GRAVY/AU JUS You will not believe how fast, easy and beefy this is. It makes a great base for soup/stew, Italian Beef-style sandwiches, gravy, au jus and lots more. <BR> <BR> It can be no sodium if you want, too! <BR> <BR> Simply slice Portobello/Baby Bella mushrooms (LOTS of them) into a stock pot that has a little oil in it (olive, vegetable, corn, canola, etc.) over medium heat and let them stew themselves. When they are cooked, you may add water, vegetable broth, Better than Bouillon, etc. to thin... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:45:55 EST Vegan Banana Bread 1 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 cup 10 grain flour <BR> 2 tsp baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon <BR> 5 tbsp margarine <BR> 1/2 cup brown sugar <BR> 3 ripe bananas, mashed <BR> 1/2 cup chopped pecans <BR> <BR> I had some over ripe bananas so it was bread time. The original recipe I started with called for 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour but I wanted more whole grain so I added the Bob's Red Mill 10 grain I had on hand. They tell you not to replace more than a 1/2... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:57:50 EST LAZY VEGETARIAN CASSEROLE FOR ONE LAZY VEGETARIAN CASSEROLE FOR ONE <BR> <BR> 1/3 Cup black beans <BR> 1 yellow summer squash, sliced <BR> 1 Trader Joe's Organic Tofu Veggie Burger <BR> 1/3 Cup Salsa Verde <BR> <BR> Pour beans into a soup bowl, add the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Microwave on HI for 5 1/2 minutes. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Servings Per Recipe: 1 <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories: 297.4 <BR> Total Fat: 12.6 g <BR> Cholesterol: 0.0 mg <BR> Sodium: 1,006.5 mg this can be reduced by making y... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 01:35:59 EST Blogs and/or websites I posted some new recipes I have tried along with some pictures on my blog..... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:06:08 EST Find a Farmers Market near you Put in your zip code and find a farmers market near you. <BR> <BR><BR>ets/ <BR> <BR> Seasonal vegetables grown and picked in your area may have more flavor. <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:19:29 EST Favorite meal The reason I enjoy a menu plan more than a recipe book is a good chef will balance the textures and flavors of each item to complement each other. <BR> <BR> Whether you are dining at home or at a restaurant, what is your favorite meal: appetizer, entree, side dish, dessert? Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:58:24 EST Doctors advised veggie diet Hello, flexi-veg folks. I read some of the posts and you guys sound like just what I need -a willingness to try something new tempered with a practical approach. <BR> <BR> My doctors advised me to try a vegetarian diet during chemotherapy; however, they are not fanatics about it. Sweet potatoes and leafy greens rank high on their list. A bowl of ice cream can be helpful on certain days too. <BR> <BR> My favorite thing when cooking is a menu plan of complementary flavors and textures. I know... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:15:07 EST Ticker I have followed all the directions to get my weight loss ticker going & I can' seem to get it.I got the cheese bnurger one. <BR> Help please <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sharon Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:57:35 EST hello I have been sneaking peeks in here for a few months & I love this site. <BR> I'm trying to get away from meat altogether. <BR> I am on a very limited income so I appreciate all the help I can get. <em>334</em> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:46:37 EST newbie I've always had a love for fruits and veggies but always was afraid to go the vegetarian route. the last time I tried I almost fainted but apparently I wasnt eating the right combination of things. Please inbox me with tips! feel free to stop by my page. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:50:18 EST 2012 "Dirty Dozen" & "Clean 15" fruits & veggies 2012 "Dirty Dozen" & "Clean 15" fruits & veggies <BR> <BR> A buyer's guide: <link> </link> <em>291</em> <em>277</em> <em>265</em> <em>485</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:47:55 EST tvp hi, i'm new to alternative sources of meat and i have discovered tvp. can anyone tell me some good ideas for using it. all that comes to mind is in spaghetti sauce, chili and taco filling. <BR> what is the best way of reconstituting it? <BR> what is the best way of getting the spices and herbs into it? <BR> thanks <BR> b Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:47:51 EST Sautéed Green Almonds with Tomato & Onion 1 cup shelled green almonds* <BR> 1/2 onion, finely diced <BR> 3 cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 1 potato, peeled & diced <BR> 1 Roma tomato, diced <BR> juice of 1 lemon <BR> 2 TBSP olive oil <BR> salt & pepper <BR> <BR> Heat oil on medium heat, add potatoes and half of the onions, salt & pepper. Cook until potatoes soften. Add remaining onion, almonds, garlic and tomato. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add lemon juice and serve warm. <BR> <BR> Serves 2-4. <BR> <BR> * Green almonds loo... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:21:47 EST Happy Housewife in Ga Hello team. When I first came across the team, I wanted to laugh because it is such an on and off issue with mmy husband and me. When we met I was a vegetarian and afterwards, not. I have been considering returning but we like to have dinner together and this is a great way to be healthy and both of us are happy. He will eat what's put before him; however, he is so special that I like to see him healthy and happy. He will try no meat meals but refuses to eat foo foo (thats his name for tofu).... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:05:54 EST Not a recipe--just a tip If you miss the texture of ground beef (or just the "tooth" of its texture) in spaghetti sauce, just make your sauce with lots of mushrooms and pulse it in your food processor for a few seconds. It's terrific and has a totally different tooth than if you use chopped mushrooms at the beginning. <em>485</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> My husband also likes to add a tbsp or so of mascarpone cheese to the sauce to give it creaminess. <em>224</em> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:15:51 EST June 2012 It is June already. Time for a new challenge. We all get stuck in a rut now and then along the way so our challenge is.... <BR> <BR> Try something new!!! <BR> <BR> Add a new exercise to your routine, try that strange looking vegetable you have always wondered about, try a new oil, buy that piece of exercise equipment you have been looking at, or just splurge on those new cloths you have been wanting. Report back and let us know what you tried and how you liked it. I think this is going ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:50:20 EST The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? <BR> <BR> People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. <BR> <BR> The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal. <BR> <BR> 1. E... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:22:26 EST Traveling For Work -- Food Suggestions Welcome! I'm staying at a Howard Johnson's for a couple of months for work. I have a mini-fridge and a microwave. Any suggestions for healthy meals? Thu, 24 May 2012 08:29:02 EST New Girl Here! Hello, everyone! I'm very excited to meet other "meat-eating vegetarians" (I hate saying that). I eat meat only about once or twice a week, but I just can't seem to give it up completely for any real length of time. When I do eat meat, I make sure I REALLY want it and try my best to make sure it is from a responsible source. The reasons for my not eating so much meat is for animal cruelty reasons, health reasons, and just the overall reason that I (usually) don't enjoy it all that much. ... Tue, 22 May 2012 21:19:50 EST Vitamix Vegan No Grain Granola Bars Here is a recipe for a very dense, hearty nutritious bar. Have fun with it and experiment with ingredients you have on hand. <BR> <BR> I like to keep these in the freezer (because of the high moisture content). <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1836844 </link> Sun, 20 May 2012 13:39:42 EST Name your favorite thing about vegetarian meals. My favorite thing (besides the health benefits) is not having to look at/touch raw meat! <em>496</em> Fri, 18 May 2012 14:16:37 EST In case you missed it--SP article "link" to Flexitarian SP article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=902 </link> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:58:24 EST Recipe change ups I am interested in making my recipes more vegetarian. If I want to substitute a vegan item (for say butter) Is the recipe the same, or does the amount change? Thanks for the help! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 17:06:31 EST May 2012 Hard to believe that it is already May. Last month of the school year. <BR> <BR> My challenge is for everyone to post at least once to give us an update on their progress with weight loss, eating less meat, working out, or whatever they are working on. <BR> <BR> I will start. <BR> I have finally been able to stop losing weight and put some back on. I have gone from 153 pounds back up to 160. All my new pants are falling off me and I had to buy a new belt small enough to keep them up so I... Wed, 2 May 2012 09:25:55 EST How did you start? I'm 25, living on my own, newly vegetarian and on a budget. I was wondering how everyone started out? I went to the store today and was stumped. Not so much breakfast but lunch and dinner. Do y'all have any suggestions, books, blogs, meal plans, etc. Anything will help. I am a big self help reader so book suggestions and maybe a short review and why it had an impact on you. Thanks so much in advance! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 02:50:56 EST Kefir-based mayo substitute??? Any ideas how to do that? Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:07:35 EST Hi! Hi, Just wanted to say that I am so ready to live a healthier lifestyle. I am finding it hard to incorporate exercise into my busy schedule, but I know I can do it. I just need to make small changes. Anyway, I am here and I am ready to be a loser. =) Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:25:07 EST Struggling College Student Hi everyone! My name is Becca and I'm a dirt poor college student! Because I'm paying off tuition, rent, and utilities I very rarely have more than 20 - 40 dollars left over a month to buy groceries with and I'm living off a diet or rice and beans. I'm trying to jazz it up, without destroying my bank account, any ideas? <BR> <BR> P.S. because I know someone will ask, I'm on the list for foodshare but I have to wait until they get back to me before I can recieve any food - I've been waiting ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:40:20 EST Super-fast Apple Snack Here's an experiment I did that works great for breakfast, snack or dessert: <BR> <BR> Core an apple, but leave it whole--just try to dig out all the seeds and hard parts. It's okay of you go all the way through to the bottom. <BR> <BR> Alternate filling the hole with old-fashioned oats, cinnamon (and other spices such as nutmeg, mace, etc. and salt). Top with the tiniest amount of butter, if desired. <BR> <BR> Microwave on high until the apple softens to your liking (about 2 minutes for... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:10:15 EST Hi! Suggestions on meeting needs?? Hello Team! <BR> <BR> My name is Sara, and I kind of just realized that I don't really ever eat meat. I have researched and am thinking that I would like to make this happy coincidence an actual choice! I've looked up nutrient deficiencies on Google, and I'm slightly wary of not receiving enough vitamin B-12 and others due to having vegetarian tendencies AND dieting. It appears that a lot of the nutrients needed come from consuming large amounts of dairy (high in fats!) and whole grain, whic... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 22:51:42 EST Tofu to you, too! What are YOUR favorite ways to prepare tofu? Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:59:04 EST April 2012 Spring is here! Time to adjust our goals and get outside. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for April: <BR> Now that I am off all my medication I have decided to make it official and just go full on vegetarian. I am also going to continue and try for more outside exercise with my kids. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:36:37 EST Easy Minestrone Soup I've been making this regularly at our house lately. Sometimes I use the diced tomatoes with garlic, basil, and oregano already in them which saves a little more time. :-) I love one pot meals and this one is so good! <BR> <BR> Easy Minestrone Soup <BR> Yield: Serves 8-10 <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 carrot, peeled and diced <BR> 1 celery stalk, diced <BR> 1 large zucchini or 2 small zucchini, diced <BR> 1 cup ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:43:11 EST Hi, I'm new! HI to all! I live in Florida & have been trying to eat healthier through more vegan choices & less processed ones. Looking forward to learning some new things with this team. <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:53:20 EST Okra gumbo 1 medium onion <BR> 2 tbs olive oil <BR> 1 can tomato sauce <BR> 1/4 cup catsup <BR> 1 tbs chili quick (if you don't have any this is just corn flour and spices to thicken) <BR> 1/4 tsp pepper <BR> 1 can diced tomatoes <BR> 1/2 tbs chili powder <BR> 3 cups sliced okra <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> <BR> Add the olive oil and onions to large pan, cook until soft. Add all the remaining ingredients, cover and cook until okra is soft. Stir as needed. <BR> <BR> Once it is done it is very thick and I did... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:57:45 EST New team member Hi all! <BR> I've been active on SP since last August, and it's been a life-changer for me. <BR> I'm married, no kids (unless you count our 2 cats), active in our church, work as a nurse, blog regularly, and have been making steady progress toward getting healthier. From an extremely unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, to eating far healthier and becoming active. <BR> And I'm enjoying it! <BR> In the past couple of weeks I've decided (to my husband's dismay) to have a vegetarian-only day... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:38:03 EST Newbie from Ireland Hi all! I'm Maria from Cork City. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about becoming vegetarian for years, but never really believed I could stick to it. I absolutely adore vegetables and fruit, but it's been ingrained in me that meat should form part of every meal. <BR> <BR> Lately, after a horrible gastro illness, I find I've gone completely off meat. Soooo, I've decided to become vegetarian - well, at least most of the time. My poor boyfriend is horrified - the thought of not eating meat is ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:58:02 EST You can't always get what you want.... But if you try sometimes..... you get what you need. <BR> <BR> But if you try sometimes - you get what you need! <BR> <BR> Who knew that the Stones would be dispensing a little pearl of wisdom in my ear this morning? <BR> <BR> What made me think of this? Last night was the first night I was home in a week - went to Florida last Sunday then straight from airport to my Mom's on Thursday and back here yesterday. Off I went to the store and bought small containers of the various prepared thin... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 09:05:39 EST Roasted Winer Vegetables with Cannellini Beans I've made a couple different variations based upon what I have on hand... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>inter-vegetables-cannellini-beans </link> <BR> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:10:56 EST March 2012 It's March already and spring is in the air. This is a good place for everyone to list their monthly goal or talk about their long time goal. <BR> <BR> My goal for this month is to spend more time outdoors with my children. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 08:23:34 EST YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS! I HAVE to share a discovery I have made that was initiated by sparkpeople- here's my story. I joined the Vegan team too hoping to find out more about the lifestyle and I kept reading about a documentary called "Forks Over Knifes" that convinced a few people to become Vegan. I ordered it from Netflix and it really got me thinking, so I went to the library for the book that included some recipes. It wasn't available, but another book by one of the authors in the film was, so I checked it out in... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:05:56 EST Help a Fellow Sparker Out!!! Check out my blog & PLEASE vote! Help a fellow Sparker out to win an amazing opportunity! <BR> <BR> Or vote directly at this link below! <BR> <link><BR>/tina-sweep </link> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:19:42 EST Let's See How Many Votes We Can Get!!! Check out my blog & PLEASE vote! Help a fellow Sparker out to win an amazing opportunity! <BR> <BR> Or vote directly at this link below! <BR> <link><BR>/tina-sweep </link> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:18:28 EST White Bean Fennel Soup I'm making this tonight for my first time cooking with fennel - wish me luck! <BR> <BR> 1 large chopped onion <BR> 1 small fennel bulb, sliced thin <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> 5 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth <BR> 1 can white kidney or cannelini beans <BR> 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained <BR> 1/2 cup chopped carrot <BR> 1 clove garlic <BR> 1 tsp dried thyme <BR> 1 bay leaf <BR> pepper to taste <BR> 3 cups shredded fresh spinach <BR> <BR> In a large saucepan, saute onion and fennel in ol... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:10:57 EST Stop me before I shrink again! I know SparkPeople is primarily a weight loss site, but I am starting to get concerned that I can't stop the weight loss. To give you some idea the picture of Morgan and myself walking in the park is from last spring when I had lost down to 180 pounds. I don't get on the scale much since I changed over to maintenance mode but this morning at work I got on the scale and was at 156 pounds! Yikes. My wife thinks I am too skinny so I have been hitting the weights hard to add muscle, but the h... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:01:50 EST I Need HELP on Nutrition Tracker, PLEASE! Is there a place to go to set up my Nutrition Tracker to feature vegan/vegetarian meals/foods instead of the regular menu? If there is, I sure can't figure it out on my own other then replacing foods. I want the foods to automatically show up on my tracker menu along with occasional recipes like it does now with regular foods. Thanks! <em>253</em> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:48:05 EST A Pleasant Surprise....BUT A pleasant surprise, but nothing I didn't already know. <BR> <BR> Just back to my home base after yo-yoing across the country for the past 3 1/2 weeks. Not complaining because I got to eat new foods, see new things, see old things but with a different perspective (like Mission Delores in San Francisco- the place where Kim Novak's character in Vertigo keeps going to visit the grave of her alter ego in Hitchcock's Vertigo), and WALK. Not walking on a treadmill, not trudging along anxiously c... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:28:11 EST MAN FALLS ILL AFTER EATING HEART ATTACK BURGER This happened at the Heart Attack Grill where they taped a TV show about extreme burgers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/62406193/Man_falls_ill_eating_Heart_<BR>Attack_Grill_burger?cmpid=RRWMHero </link> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:31:35 EST Cookbook... Hi team! I would like to eat more fruits and veggies and am searching for a good cookbook. Do any of you recommend one? I would like one that's low calorie, gives nutritional facts, is wallet friendly, doesn't need 50 ingredients for one recipe, is quick (no *wait for an hour for dough to rise* recipes), and most importantly, is clean and mostly veggie recipes. I want to move away from meat and would like to start loving greens again. Yet I'm also not fully vegetarian so I don't need a book t... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:57:03 EST CHUNK THE CHANGE Over the past couple of years, instead of sinking into diet, exercise, "be healthier" kind of books, I have tried to read as much as I can about what social science research can teach me about change - what makes it likely to occur vs. not likely; what motivates people, etc. It is my thought that if I can understand these general concepts better, I can apply them to my own life. <BR> <BR> So one of the concepts that the Heath Brothers (Dan and Chip) talk about is CHUNK THE CHANGE. When we ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:46:41 EST Not So New.... Hi All! My name is Kimberley. <BR> <BR> I am not going to keep any of you too long with my "introduction" message. ;) As I am not *really* new on here. I've been here before .. several times. <BR> <BR> But I'm back... and I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I owe it to myself to get healthy and to stop making excuses to "not" do it. I need a LOT of support.. and, from previous times on here .. SP has a lot of support... and, I need all the support I can get right now.... to finally... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:30:30 EST Roasted Sweet Potato Salad w/ Cranberry -Chipotle Dressing <BR> <BR> Another favorite from the holiday season. I found it best to add a bit more honey and a little less chipotle to balance the flavors of this dish. My extended family really enjoyed this dish on Chirstmas - it wasn't too strange for the traditionalists and the hip young vegans liked it, too, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et-potato-salad-50400000115807/ </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 10:22:54 EST At the risk of being tossed off the board....... I wonder sometimes if we aren't causing more problems for ourselves weight-wise and fitness-wise by obsessing and focusing on weight as in pounds and fitness as in exercise. <BR> <BR> Let me explain what I mean <BR> <BR> I never had a weight problem until I was in my 40's. I was on diets as a teenager, but didn't need to be. I got into running short distances in my late 20's because I felt like it and was living with my brother who was doing it. <BR> <BR> I didn't even have a weight... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:26:16 EST Ha! So that's what I am, a flexitarian, among other things, i.e. a vegetarian who fell off the wagon years ago ;) I learn something everyday. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chat Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:29:02 EST Make Sundays COUNT So I am a full-time worker who engages in a God-awful commute every day - so don't even think about realistically pulling together a lunch or breakfast to go in the AM - and at night, by the time I get home, not thrilled with the prospect of intensive cooking. At the same time, I am not a frozen food eater - I love food and I like to be eating the healthiest freshest things I can find these days. <BR> <BR> SO... I try to make Sundays count. <BR> <BR> I just finished roasting the best veget... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 16:28:48 EST Choosing Optimism and Why I Think It Matters Not sure where to put this one so chose the "random awareness forum" --- <BR> <BR> I was reading an article the other day about choosing optimism. In the past I have seen in myself, and observed in others, the tendency to equate optimism with either blissful ignorance (translation: you're too out of it to even REALIZE how hard life is) or some sort of Pollyanish hype rooted in an inability to deal with the challenges of real life. <BR> <BR> I am part of a profession that is generally cha... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:18:55 EST Hey Newbie When i saw this spark team I was so excited. My 6 year old daughter does not like meat and i have been struggling to find meals for the whole family that everyone will love. Look forward to the support. Hope to learn about more meatless and healthy living recipes and ideas. <em>224</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 06:53:42 EST February 2012 Hard to believe it is already February. I have been busy and not really thought about team goals, so let's try to add one post every week with something we did to help reach our fitness goal or one thing we want to do. I'll go first. <BR> <BR> This week I changed my weight lifting routine and added more weight to my bench press and triceps exercises. <BR> <BR> In my quest to keep trying new foods I am looking to try jicama. I keep hearing how good it is raw but have yet to find any to bu... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:07:46 EST Hey All.... Hi Sparkies. My name is Kim. I'm from Toronto (Canada). Looking to lose weight and make some new friends along the way. :) Just thought I would say "Hi!" & do a quick introduction. :) <BR> <BR> I am interested in becoming a full pledge vegetarian... slowly getting rid of the red meat in my life. Right now, I'm eating lean chicken. Hoping to fully get rid of the chicken habit/addiction that I have had *forever*. So for now.. I am hoping to be part of this team... and get involved with the ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:58:10 EST Vegan 1 day a week? Go here for recipe ideas Go vegan one day a week? If you check out Whole Living's online edition today,this is a lead article along with vegan recipes. <BR> <BR> My plan for February is to do the vegan til dinner concept, at which point I will be doing flexitarian style. That may not work for some but I like the idea (stolen from Mark Bittman). Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:31:15 EST moving into flextarian mode in February Hi folks, <BR> <BR> Just coming off of a month of: <BR> no caffeine <BR> no alcohol <BR> no gluten <BR> no refined sugar <BR> no meat <BR> <BR> Which means I have been reacquainting myself with the flavor of fruits and vegetables (really juicy red grapefruits are my favorite). Lots of roasted vegetables and I used Mark Bittman's Food Matters cookbook to give me ideas of ways to combine things - like sweet potato rounds baked in the oven and then sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:31:45 EST Newbie Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and would like to connect with people that have the same interests. I would also like to change my eating to a healthier vegetarian base. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:50:12 EST Hello all :) I am Nik, I just started Sparkpeople a week ago. I am looking forward to finding lots of great recipe ideas in this group !!! Part of my (new) diet plan is to eat less or no meat at all, so I am hoping for tons of good tips and ideas :) thanx everyone !!! :) Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:31:32 EST Tempeh I am not a big fan of tofu so wasn't very excited about tempeh, but now that I have tried it I am hooked! It retains the whole bean so has higher protein and fiber than tofu. It is very firm and holds together while cooking and you can slice it like chicken strips. <BR> <BR> Tempeh stir fry: <BR> <BR> 1 package of tempeh cut into strips <BR> 1 small onion chopped <BR> 5 green onions chopped <BR> half bell pepper chopped <BR> 3 cups brown rice cold <BR> 2 carrots chopped <BR> half cup froz... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:46:35 EST Red, Black, and Yellow Burrito I looovee these. They are super filling and you can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like. <BR> <BR> it's basically... <BR> <BR> corn <BR> black beans <BR> brown rice <BR> low fat cheddar <BR> diced tomatoes <BR> whole wheat tortilla <BR> <BR> Just mix the loose ingredients together in what ever amount you want and wrap it in the tortilla. I love it with the corn! I got the recipe from Self magazine and it's my favorite quick lunch to take to work. It's delicious, and i... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:47:45 EST B-12 Is anyone in the group taking a vitamin supplement? <BR> <BR> Now that I have stopped eating any meat and have never eaten dairy I think I should probable at least start paying attention to my B-12 intake. I am not really very excited about taking pills and you have to hold the B-12 supplements under your tongue,what's that about! I have nutritional yeast and put some on my tacos, but to tell you the truth I very rarely remember to use it. I guess I will have to look at the labels and try... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:16:42 EST New on this site Hi, I'm new, from the Netherlands. I'm for a while into healthy, partly raw food. But I cannot seem to stop eating too much. I actually eat now too much healthy food instead of too much junk food, but too much is still bad and keeps me overweight. I hope to lose weight with the help of the more experienced people here. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:44:26 EST Hi! I joined sparks people yesterday and I'm excited to meet others who are losing weight while being a vegetarian (or an almost vegetarian :) ). I became a vegetarian last fall, after reading The China Study. However, I think there are health benefits to eating wild caught fish, so I eat it about once a month. I guess technically I'm a pescetarian? I'm not big into labels though, and just want to eat in a way that promotes optimal good health :) Fri, 6 Jan 2012 10:21:47 EST White chili If you eat chicken..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WHITE CHILI <BR> <BR> Chili: <BR> 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced <BR> ¼ c. vegetable oil <BR> 1 onion, chopped <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 4 c. chicken broth (divided) <BR> 1½ tsp. ground cumin <BR> 1 tsp. oregano <BR> ½ tsp. cayenne pepper <BR> 1 can (15¼ oz.) white corn, drained <BR> 2 cans (4 oz. each) diced green chilies <BR> Juice of 1 lime <BR> 4 cans Great Northern beans, rinsed & drained <BR> Salt to taste <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:24:40 EST Chunky chili If you eat pork..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHUNKY CHILI <BR> <BR> 1 lb. ground Italian sausage <BR> 32-oz. beef broth or chicken broth <BR> 1 16-oz. jar chunky salsa <BR> 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 2 15-oz. cans golden hominy, rinsed, drained <BR> 1 c. barley <BR> 2 tsp. chili powder <BR> 1 tsp. oregano <BR> 1 tsp. ground cumin <BR> <BR> <BR> In a large skillet, cook meat. Drain off fat. Add everything else and simmer until barley is done, or transfer i... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:23:30 EST Pumpkin scones PUMPKIN SCONES <BR> 2 c. flour <BR> ½ c. sugar <BR> 1 T. baking powder <BR> ½ tsp. salt <BR> 1 T. milled flax seed (optional) <BR> ½ tsp. ground cinnamon <BR> ½ tsp. ground nutmeg <BR> ¼ tsp. ground cloves <BR> ¼ tsp. ground ginger <BR> 6 T. cold butter <BR> ¾ c. canned pumpkin <BR> 3 T. half-and-half <BR> 1 egg <BR> <BR> <BR> Heat oven to 425°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. <BR> Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, flax, and spices in a large bowl. Cut butt... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:22:15 EST Crockpot oatmeal CROCKPOT OATMEAL <BR> 1 T. butter <BR> 4 c. milk (or 2 c. milk, 2 c. water) <BR> ½ c. brown sugar <BR> ½ tsp. salt <BR> 1 tsp. cinnamon <BR> 2 c. oats (quick or old fashioned) <BR> 2 c. chopped apples <BR> 1 c. chopped nuts (optional) <BR> <BR> <BR> Grease inside of crockpot with butter. Mix remaining ingredients in crockpot. Cover and turn on low heat. Cook overnight or 8-9 hours. Serves 6. <BR> Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:21:29 EST Vegetarian Chili VEGETARIAN CHILI WITH AVOCADO SALSA <BR> <BR> Chili: <BR> 2 tsp. vegetable oil <BR> 1 onion, chopped <BR> 1 red bell pepper, chopped <BR> 2 tsp. chili powder <BR> 1 tsp. cumin <BR> 1 tsp. oregano <BR> 3 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 4.5-oz. can chopped green chilies <BR> 1 c. uncooked quick-cook barley <BR> 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained <BR> 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes <BR> 32 oz. vegetable broth, more or less <BR> 3 T. chopped fresh cilantro <BR> <BR> Salsa: <BR> 2 avocados, chopped <... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:19:08 EST Soy-Free Meat Alternatives I won't eat soy products (tofu or TVP) so I am looking for other options. <BR> <BR> I just came across a ground meat substitute made from walnuts and cauliflower. It looks like it might work in recipes where the meat is cooked and then crumbled. I plan on buying the ingredients and trying the recipe tonight - I'll report back on that. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions for faux ground meat? Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:09:06 EST SLIM DOWN 2012! Just joined sparkpeople a few days ago and things are going great. I have a good attitude and feel like this site could really be what I need to stick to my goals. <BR> My word for 2012 is COMMITMENT! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:17:25 EST hi iam tammy hi, all my life ive never been over weight, but since i stop smoking ive gained more than my share,eating in large amounts,even things i would of never of touched before,now iam paying the price up 5 pants sizes, i refuse to go any higher, iam going to drop this weight get back in my size 6 jean and i wont stop til,the day i slide them on, i was 115 pounds when i started trying to lose i was 156 at doctors office i was so ashamed, i had been going to the same doctor for 30 yrs, iam now... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:27:29 EST Pumpkin Red Pepper Hummus This has been the appetizer that I have been bringing to gatherings this holiday season. (I love pumpkin!) Since I am gluten-free, I serve it with veggies or nut based crackers. This came from Living Without magazine. <BR> <BR> 1 (15 oz) can garbanzos, rinsed and drained (or cook your own) <BR> 5 tablespoons pumpkin puree <BR> 1/4 cup roasted red peppers <BR> 3 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 2 tablespoons EVOO <BR> 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, hulled <BR> 1/2 teaspoon sea salt <BR> 1/4 teasp... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:30:11 EST This is my year! Hi everyone! I'm brand new to SP and looking forward to getting back on track in 2012! I'm a 41 year old educator from SW Florida who just celebrated my one year wedding anniversary in October. I've practiced a flexitarian "diet" for years - I limit proteins to plants, fish, dairy, and eggs with poultry and pork 1-2 times a week and red meat 3-4 times a year. I try to eat a purely lacto-vegetarian diet at least 3 days per week. I feel better when I do. In the past, I've been very nutrition/... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:25:09 EST If You Use SparkRecipes, Read This I posted the following on the SP message boards under the topic "Diet and Nutrition". <BR> The message is titled "Many Errors In Calculating Shared Recipes": <BR> <BR> "I'm getting a bit frustrated looking at the SparkRecipes. Many wonderful looking recipes... but many errors in calculating the nutritional value of a given recipe. My knowledge of calorie content in food is good enough to catch the big mistakes, but why is this happening? <BR> <BR> To check and see if a recipe or recipe ing... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 17:29:18 EST New here Hey everyone! I'm new here, I used to be on Spark People a long time ago, but recently decided to re join. I have eaten vegetarian most of my life, but as of right now am a flexitarian, I rarely do eat meat, but I still do at times, however I do not cook with any meat myself. I am looking for a few groups to join in with, hopefully find some good recipes or ideas I haven't thought of also. I'm not the best at meal planning and that is most of my problem! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:16:04 EST 2011 Retrospective Look back on your year... What stands out in your mind as far as your food/fitness/health achievements and challenges? I think it's helpful to think about. There's something about turning the calendar over to the new year that makes us want to take stock before we embark on a new year. <BR> <BR> Who will go first? :) Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:10:41 EST January 2012 What are your fitness/health/food goals for January? Maybe frame that within the context of goals for the whole year, if you're inclined to think in those terms. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:05:27 EST New vegetarian in the New Year? Would anyone be interested in a team or a challenge for NEW vegetarians in the New Year? I have been mostly vegetarian for the last year and wanted to start off the New Year with a challenge to go all the way with the plant based diet. What better place to do it than Sparkpeople!! Maybe we can get the word out on general nutrition forums and see if anyone else would like to participate in the challenge. Just an idea! <BR> Thanks!! Let me know if anyone else is interested!! Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:20:57 EST Hi every one Im new! I found this team when i was on some one elses page and thought it would be a good one for me to be in! About four to five days is mainly vegetarian and the rest of the time i enjoy some meat sparingly! i hope i can be of help and you can also help me! Itll be nice to meet ya all!Blessings to you Flexitarians! BONNIE <em>289</em> <em>489</em> <em>277</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:32:48 EST "These are a few of my favorite things" I thought it would be fun and uplifting to list things we love. What makes you happy? <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Bubble baths <BR> Flannel sheets <BR> Bedtime talks with my kids..... <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 23:06:27 EST Struggling? Are you facing a hurdle you could use a little help with? Diet-related, exercise-related, other? Sometimes just putting it out there and asking for advice can help a lot -- to clarify things in your own mind OR get some helpful advice you hadn't thought of before. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:06:37 EST TOOT your own horn! What's your latest accomplishment -- big or small? Let's celebrate our achievements and cheer each other on! Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:03:38 EST Garden gnomes for our "oldest" flexers Ok, not old in age, but been here the longest :) Congrats! I'd love to hear how you're doing with your flexing and anything else you'd like to share! <BR> <BR> Here they are: <BR> <BR> YOUNMM23 <BR> <BR> NIKERULES_12 <BR> <BR> MUSICALMAGS <BR> <BR> CJB2007 <BR> <BR> HEALTHYBEAR24 <BR> <BR> MCGEEKJ <BR> <BR> CS3MUSKTRS <BR> <BR> CMS1305 <BR> <BR> DESPROGESN <BR> <BR> CURVYDIVAJC Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:19:50 EST