SparkPeople Flexitarian Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=27188 If you're interested in eating a mostly plant-based diet and less meat, join the Flexitarian team. The Flexitarian diet is easy and healthy! SparkPeople Flexitarian Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=27188 Hi from Florida! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x66687549 Well, I've read and read and tried 5 different diets and have decided to just do what I've been doing most of my life, but it never had a name. I am not a big meat eater. I eat mostly what I guess you would call ovo-lacto vegetarian, but I do love my fried chicken and seafood from time to time. I've gone MONTHS sometimes with no meat, because I just didn't want it. Most times, I eat meat about once a week, but not a huge 12-oz. steak or 2 lbs. of shrimp. I eat sensibly when I do have meat. <B... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:23:19 EST RAINBOW PASTA SALAD RECIPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66681133 RAINBOW PASTA SALAD RECIPE <BR> <BR> <link>livelighter.com.au/Recipe/255/rainbo<BR>w-pasta-salad </link> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:25:45 EST avocado bruchetta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66675803 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2709626&amp;utm_source=sp<BR>arkpeople&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm<BR>_campaign=recipe-of-the-day </link> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:58:44 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x66672670 Joining you today and looking forward to meeting everyone. I love eating a mostly vegetarian diet with a little fish or meat once in a while. Iam T2 diabetic and looking to lose about 30 lbs. and hopefully get off or reduce my meds. Diane Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:31:45 EST HOW TO START A HERB GARDEN FROM SEEDS FOR BEGINNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66655944 HOW TO START A HERB GARDEN FROM SEEDS FOR BEGINNERS <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/herb<BR>s/starting-herbs-from-seed/ </link> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:49:54 EST 26 WAYS TO FEEL FULL WHILE EATING LESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66637892 26 WAYS TO FEEL FULL WHILE EATING LESS <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatthis.com/how-to-feel-full </link> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:51:26 EST Guide To Using Essential Oils For Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66624908 The Complete Guide To Using Essential Oils For Weight Loss <BR> by Lindsay Sheehan <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturallivingideas.com/the-compl<BR>ete-guide-to-using-essential-oils-for-<BR>weight-loss/ </link> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:14:28 EST 30 Medicinal Herbs and Common Uses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66624638 30 Medicinal Herbs and Common Uses <BR> <BR> I have two of the herbs mentioned in this list hawthorn everyday in one of my supplementsCARDIO FX and white willow bark in my supplement JOINT FX some of the other herbs are in my health shakes / smoothies <BR> <BR> <link>www.motherearthnews.com/Homesteading<BR>-and-Livestock/Medicinal-Herbs-Common-<BR>Uses </link> <BR> <BR> Here's some more information on herbs for anyone who is just starting out with them: <BR> <BR> What Are Herbs? <BR> ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:36:24 EST Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66618096 Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid Them!) <BR> <BR> <link>skinnygourmet.blogspot.com.au/2008/0<BR>5/ten-mistakes-new-herb-gardeners-make<BR>.html </link> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:44:39 EST OAT BRAN MUFFINS (For Sweet Treat) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66605224 Here's a recipe I'm going to try in the next day or two for when I feel like a sweet treat. <BR> <BR> I brought some organic oat bran the other day 1 and half kilo's of it. <BR> <BR> These should taste pretty good I am thinking and be reasonably healthy for a treat! <BR> <BR> Oat Bran Muffins <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 Ingredients 70 Calories 35 Minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 1/4 cups Oat Bran Cereal <BR> 1 tablespoon baking powder <BR> 1/4 cups bro... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:09:08 EST Know your fruits and when to eat them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66585979 Know your fruits and when to eat them <BR> <BR> <link>www.jockeyrosefitclub.com/when-to-ea<BR>t-your-fruits.html </link> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 23:41:52 EST Spirulina Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66574354 Spirulina Benefits <BR> <BR> <link>draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/ </link> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 06:35:13 EST Feng Shui for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66572086 Feng Shui for Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <link>fengshuiforreallife.com/Detailed/228<BR>.html </link> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 18:31:22 EST Turkey Salad With Tomato and Avocado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66571756 Turkey Salad With Tomato and Avocado <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb7447df-86d1-429e-89c9-19867dd611e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> <BR> 1 large head green leaf lettuce, torn into pieces (about 6 cups) <BR> 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli turkey <BR> 2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges <BR> 1 avocado, cut into bite-size pieces <BR> 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan (2 ounces) <BR> 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 2 tablespoons b... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:02:47 EST This is what an ideal food day should look like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66571720 Keys to better health: This is what an ideal food day should look like <BR> <BR> <link>www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/die<BR>t/keys-to-better-health-this-is-what-a<BR>n-ideal-food-day-should-look-like/news<BR>-story/acde5215669c7711c55180df1b893595 </link> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:56:22 EST Soaking Grains for Optimal Nourishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66559065 Soaking Grains for Optimal Nourishment <BR> <BR> A simple practice that nets huge benefits. <BR> <BR> <link>www.allaboutfasting.com/soaking-grai<BR>ns.html </link> Tue, 4 Apr 2017 17:41:47 EST 8 Ways to Buy Natural Organic Food on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66545998 8 Ways to Buy Natural Organic Food on a Budget <BR> <BR> <link>www.moneycrashers.com/how-to-eat-org<BR>anic-on-a-budget/ </link> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:46:42 EST Cauliflower "Rice" Stir-Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66545921 Cauliflower "Rice" Stir-Fry <BR> <BR> Notes <BR> <BR> This versatile "rice" goes far beyond your favourite stir-fry. Stop after step two, and let the cauliflower serve as a simple, light side to complement any main. <BR> <BR> i <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df7559dc-2149-4f2d-916b-fcedceb889c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Paleo Stri Fry With Rice Substitute <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 cups cauliflower florets (one large head) <BR> 2 tablespoons coconut or extra-virgin olive oil, di... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:19:50 EST Daily Mini Goal / Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x66504518 Post your Spark Points each day when you reach 50 or more daily spark points. <em>381</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> 54 spark points so far for me today! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:13:50 EST Antioxidant Power: Chia Berry Smoothie Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66502800 Antioxidant Power: Chia Berry Smoothie <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da0561d2-6066-4bbb-aefc-ce196bdf1694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 cup frozen mixed berries <BR> 1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice <BR> 1/2 cup water <BR> 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> Combine all ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. <BR> Top of with an extra sprinkle of chia seeds if you wish. <BR> <BR> Serves 1. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:43:45 EST HERB AND CITRUS OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66491375 HERB AND CITRUS OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61797d22-92f1-4035-8730-2eb3b388cb3a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> YIELD: Serves 6 <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup olive oil <BR> <BR> 4 cloves of garlic, minced <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons sugar <BR> <BR> 2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced <BR> <BR> 2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning <BR> <BR> 1/2 teaspoon paprika <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon onion... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:22:37 EST Why exercise won't make you thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66478292 Why exercise won't make you thin <BR> <BR> Got a few pounds to lose? Cancel the gym membership. An increasing body of research reveals that exercise does next to nothing for you when it comes to losing weight. A result for couch potatoes, yes, but also one that could have serious implications for the government's long-term health strategy <BR> <BR> See the Article below and make up your own mind about what you think. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandst<BR>yle/2010/sep/19/... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:44:03 EST EASY LUNCH - TUNA-AVOCADO SANDWICH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66459111 TUNA-AVOCADO SANDWICH <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc50e9dc-a8b9-40b0-91d6-8bd266d3c4e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1/3 avocado, mashed <BR> 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice <BR> 4 oz white albacore tuna, drained <BR> 1 thick slice tomato <BR> 1 piece butter lettuce <BR> 1 slice red onion <BR> 1 slice whole-grain bread <BR> <BR> Combine avocado with lemon juice, and fold in tuna. Stack tomato, lettuce, onion, and avocado and tuna mixture on bread for an open-face sandwich. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:52:49 EST Hello from Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x66456660 I have been limiting meat for a long time now (especially red meat) but am very interested in increasing my vegetables. I am always interested in new recipes! I look forward to being with this group. I am hoping it will help me reach of my heath goals too! Hope to get to know all of you! Thanks for letting me join! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:27:30 EST Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar & Fried Egg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66452565 Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar &amp; Fried Egg <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abf3c9b2-be60-4584-baf1-bddd563970cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> prep 2 mins cook 8 mins total 10 mins <BR> author lisa lin <BR> yield 1 serving <BR> <BR> This savory oatmeal is a great way to switch up your breakfast routine. If you don't want to bother with frying up an egg in another pan, you can also crack the egg into the oatmeal when it is nearly done cooking. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR>... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:30:37 EST Random acts of Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66449002 Random acts of Kindness <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvG1iVw8IjQ&<BR>amp;feature=player_embedded </link> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:00:26 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x66443802 Honestly, I've never heard of a 'flexitarian' before, but it fits right in with where I'm currently at in my life. I strive to go meatless a couple days per week and would like to expand that to maybe full vegetarianism at some point. I think it would be healthier for me. I lost a few pounds before coming to SP, but am looking to lose more. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the goodie and the welcome! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:52:26 EST Common Painkillers Linked to Greater Risk of..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66443303 Thought everyone who did not know this should be aware of it! <BR> <BR> Common Painkillers Linked to Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest <BR> By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer | March 15, 2017 <BR> <BR> <link>www.livescience.com/58273-painkiller<BR>s-nsaids-cardiac-arrest.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=lsh-newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&<BR>amp;utm_campaign=20170316-lsh </link> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:44:21 EST Visualizing the wonder of a living CELL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66421996 David Bolinsky: Visualizing the wonder of a living cell <BR> <BR> This is awesome and was shared in another team I am in and I thought you would all find it interesting also. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ted.com/talks/david_bolinsky_ani<BR>mates_a_cell?quote=179 </link> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:56:17 EST BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE RECIPES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66415744 some breakfast smoothies you may like to try. you could also have them for lunch instead I don't see why not. <BR> <BR> <link>www.loseweightbyeating.com/breakfast<BR>-smoothies-weight-loss/ </link> <BR> <BR> On and off I've made health shakes / smoothies for a while but I intend to get back to having one every day either for breakfast or lunch. Mostly at lunch when I am home but if it's a day when I have to go out I'll have it for breakfast. It pays to be able to be flexible. <BR> <BR... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:58:01 EST THE FIVE RULES OF THE LEPTIN EATING PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66389418 Here is some information on the five rules of the leptin diet which is one of the eating type plans I follow and use every day. <BR> <BR> There are five simple rules that form the core of The Leptin Diet®. The quality of the food you eat is of course important. What is interesting about The Leptin Diet is that it is just as important when you eat as what you eat. <BR> <BR> The Leptin Diet is the secret to getting more energy from less food. The scientific principles upon which it is based ... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:14:39 EST Green Bean Egg & Potato Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66382790 Green Bean Egg &amp; Potato Salad <BR> <BR> This salad is great for any grilled meat or fish. The lovely flavours of the dressing compliment the salad ingredients. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3e448ec-ee07-496e-b34b-fb51b955d1f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This recipe is low in saturated fat, sugar and sodium. <BR> <BR> CAL P/SERVE - 175 <BR> <BR> kJ P/SERVE - 734 <BR> <BR> FAT P/SERVE - 8g <BR> <BR> CARBS P/SERVE - 13.1g <BR> <BR> PROTEIN P/SERVE - 11g <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:37:35 EST MARCH CHALLENGE FEEL FREE TO JOIN IN WITH ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x66377742 My challenge I am setting myself from now till the end of March is this: <BR> <BR> I am lowering my calorie range in the nutrition tracker and going to try to keep to this lower range and run the feedback report each evening after I have finished tracking all food and drinks for the day. the feed back will tell me how I've gone for the day and what nutrients I have lacked for that day. So I can know where to improve on the eating score. <BR> <BR> I am not going to worry about doing any ex... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:56:27 EST How to Improve Joint Pain Without Exercise / Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66375347 Here's an article I found that I thought had some good information so thought I would share: <BR> <BR> <link>dougkelsey.com/improve-joint-pain/ </link> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 18:05:23 EST Mixed-Veggie Bánh Mì http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66324954 Mixed-Veggie Bánh Mì <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd7a6427-9115-438d-b8ac-71781d57e1d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 25 minutes <BR> Cook Time: 5 minutes <BR> Yield: Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 jumbo carrot, cut into matchsticks (about 1 1/2 cups) <BR> 1/2 tablespoon sugar <BR> 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt <BR> 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar <BR> 1 14-oz. can cut or sliced hearts of palm, drained <BR> 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:18:34 EST WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66324884 WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY? <BR> <BR> <link>www.homeopathyschool.com/why-study-w<BR>ith-us/what-is-homeopathy/ </link> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:08:40 EST CHANGING HABITS CHANGING LIVES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66324800 CHANGING HABITS CHANGING LIVES <BR> <BR> This is an old link but still has very valuable information from Cyndi O'Meara <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/bB4bC5TuCgo </link> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:52:39 EST The 3 Body Types -How They Affect Your Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66323946 Thought you may find this interesting: <BR> <BR> The 3 Body Types—And How They Affect Your Weight Loss <BR> By STACY T. SIMS <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/weight-loss/the-3<BR>-body-types-and-how-they-affect-your-w<BR>eight-loss </link> <BR> <BR> and another: <BR> <BR> This one goes for 48 minutes but is worthwhile watching while you have a green tea or some such when you have the time if you are interested. After watching it you may wish to do more research or leave it at tha... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:31:50 EST Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66295927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2007cf91-66df-4f8c-b64b-42aca311bb3b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas <BR> <BR> Author: Cookie and Kate Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Mexican <BR> Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour 10 mins <BR> Serves: 4 servings <BR> <BR> This vegetarian tostadas recipe features roasted sweet potatoes and healthy "refried" black beans, served on a bed of crisp salad. It's gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:49:54 EST Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66258607 Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b4ce7d4-881d-4170-9394-99d4f89eb60a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In a blender, puree 1 medium banana, 1 cup chopped kale, few cubes of ice and 1 cup almond milk until smooth. <BR> <BR> 201 calories | 5&amp;#8202;g fiber | 5&amp;#8202;g protein | 4&amp;#8202;g fat <BR> <BR> For me though with this recipe i will substitute the almond milk for oat milk. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:30:40 EST WHAT BODY TYPE ARE YOU? TAKE THE QUIZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66257038 WHAT BODY TYPE ARE YOU? TAKE THE QUIZ AND FIND OUT! <BR> <BR> <link>www.drberg.com/body-type-quiz </link> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:10:14 EST THE BELLY FAT WEBINAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66237694 This is a pre-recorded webinar that goes for quite a while. I am watching it in stages. As yet I have not finished watching it. <BR> <BR> But so far I am finding it makes so much sense and is very valuable information. So much so that I thought I would share with the team and you can all make up your own mind what you think of it. You never know some of the information contained in it may just be of benefit to you or someone you know. <BR> <BR> I'm not sharing it wanting you to buy anythi... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:49:33 EST WEIGHT LOSS QUIZ - SEE HOW MANY YOU GET RIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66234686 WEIGHT LOSS QUIZ - SEE HOW MANY YOU CAN GET RIGHT <BR> <BR> For me at the end my score was: <BR> <BR> You scored 50%! <BR> This means you passed the quiz. <BR> <BR> <link>www.weightloss.com.au/weight-loss/we<BR>ight-loss-quizzes/weight-loss-quiz.html </link> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:20:48 EST WEIGHT LOSS TIPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66220455 STEP ON THE SCALE DAILY <BR> <BR> If your regular weight increases several days in a row, it's a red flag letting you know you need to cut back a little or beef up your workouts slightly. <BR> <BR> Taken from Cosmopolitan. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:03:40 EST One woman’s secret to losing weight fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66214885 One woman’s secret to losing weight fast <BR> <BR> If she can do it we can do it! <BR> <BR> <link>www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/die<BR>t/one-womans-secret-to-losing-weight-f<BR>ast/news-story/d3c37f2594676f5b3086b4f<BR>81b4da9e0 </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:31:27 EST Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66214825 For me as i don't like Goats Cheese I would omit that from the recipe otherwise I think it would be a great recipe that i will try. <BR> <BR> Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f040c528-e96c-4411-bd8b-8bd800fa12a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> <BR> 2 Golden Delicious apples, cored, cut into large dice <BR> 4 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 2 (5-ounce) packages (8 cups) baby spinach leaves <BR> 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil <B... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:21:15 EST The 10 Most Common Reasons People Regain Weight SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66214736 Saw this great Spark People Article and thought it was worthwhile sharing <BR> <BR> The 10 Most Common Reasons People Regain Weight <BR> The Tips You Need to Keep the Weight Off for Good <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=2121 </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:03:19 EST 10 Painless Ways to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66207663 10 Painless Ways to Lose Weight <BR> <BR> Easy weight loss tips you can slip into your everyday life. <BR> <BR> By Wendy C. Fries <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/women/features/weight-<BR>loss-tips#1 </link> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:08:44 EST Flexitarian: Eat Less Meat More Veggies in 3 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66200591 Go Flexitarian: Eat Less Meat and More Veggies in 3 Weeks <BR> <BR> <link>www.health.com/food/flexitarian-diet </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:28:46 EST Lemon Basil Millet Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66200587 This one looks like a nice recipe to try: <BR> <BR> <link>www.health.com/recipes/lemon-basil-m<BR>illet-burgers </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:27:00 EST Chocolat e-Dipped Marshmallows http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66193798 Here is a recipe for when you want a treat. As I'm sure sometimes you feel like a treat and after all this lifestyle has to be sustainable for the rest of our lives and we do also have to enjoy life while being sensible. <BR> <BR> Just be sure to have some and show some restraint and keep to the portion size. <BR> <BR> Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/743e2f99-3444-4fb5-81ce-c8eca327e9db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Leave the s'mores to the kiddo... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:44:58 EST Mediterranean Quesadillas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66190028 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddeda2ab-945a-4665-b77a-88aa92be7a6e.png"> <BR> Mediterranean Quesadillas <BR> Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 2 <BR> Ooey gooey quesadillas packed with the flavours of the Mediterranean including, feta, olives, spinach, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and a tasty romesco sauce! <BR> <BR> ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 8 inch tortillas <BR> 1 cup mozzarella, shredded (or monterey jack or kasseri) <BR> 1/4 cu... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:21:40 EST Chickpea Curry (Chhole) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66185764 Chickpea Curry (Chhole) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2bb1125-59a1-41af-8793-ba3bbec195e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nutrition profile <BR> <BR> Dairy-Free Egg Free Nut-Free Soy-Free Diabetic Appropriate Gluten-Free Heart Healthy High Fiber <BR> <BR> Ingredients 6 servings <BR> <BR> 1 medium serrano pepper, cut into thirds <BR> 4 large cloves garlic <BR> 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped <BR> 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1-inch) <BR> 6 ... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:00:05 EST 7 FOODS YOU MUST NEVER EAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66185401 Here's a link from Dr. Berg on the 7 foods you must never eat! <BR> <BR> <link>www.drberg.com/blog/most-recent/7-fo<BR>ods-you-must-never-eat </link> Tue, 7 Feb 2017 15:40:30 EST Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66177948 Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9878ae8-0ec6-4f62-bba0-dfc4d69be950.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 ounces uncooked whole wheat pasta <BR> 1 tablespoon peanut butter <BR> 1 tablespoon lime juice <BR> 1 garlic clove, minced <BR> 1 piece (1 inch) ginger, peeled and grated <BR> 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame <BR> 2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables <BR> 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts <BR> 2 scallions, sliced <BR> <BR> Make It <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:52:47 EST Lemony Red Lentil and Onion Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x66172624 Lemony Red Lentil and Onion Soup <BR> <BR> Author: Lydia F <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75041edf-7b9e-4686-9919-78c07c8ad71d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Serves: 3 servings <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 cup split red lentils <BR> 1 quart vegetable broth (or water) <BR> 2 teaspoons turmeric <BR> olive oil as needed (use butter if you prefer) <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> 1 medium onion, diced (about a cup) <BR> 1 teaspoon ground cumin <BR> 1 teaspoon grainy musta... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:58:43 EST The 4 Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x66170667 The 4 Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet, Including Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <link>draxe.com/flexitarian/# </link> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:33:26 EST HI ALL FROM AUSTRALIA THE LAND DOWN UNDER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x66165030 Hi everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself so you can know a little bit about me. I'm a spark friend of Richards. Thanks Richard and Kaligirl for having me on your team. Have been looking into various different eating plans lately I've been following a few different eating plans and have now decided to incorporate this one the "Flexitarian: into it as well. <BR> <BR> I'm a 50 year old, happily married mother of 2 grown up Children. <BR> <BR> I weigh-in currently at 57.9 kilo's and wish... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:33:54 EST Small Steps January Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x65909208 Aim: to lose 1 pound per week for 4 weeks &amp; incorporate extra veges in diet. <BR> My starting weight is 168 kg (370 pounds) <BR> Cheers Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:14:58 EST 3 Weight Loss Strategies to Ditch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x65630795 Let me know what you think about this article. <BR> <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> 3 Weight Loss Strategies to Ditch <BR> <BR> Outdated approaches can halt weight loss. Find out what really works to slim down. <BR> <BR> By Dr. Frank Lipman, MD <BR> <BR> 3 Weight Loss Strategies to Ditch <BR> Every day new patients arrive at my office with a variety of health issues that need to be addressed—and weight problems are close to the top of the list. One of the things that... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:24:01 EST Hey! Yo! whaddup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x65509112 Hello there! <BR> <BR> I joined this team as I think as I get closer to maintenance this is more my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I had been following Eat to Live- doing fine but DH not so well. Currently doing a keto fat adapting experiment and that is going pretty well in getting weight off of DH but it will not be for lifetime- I will be bringing back my beloved purple potatoes and sweet potatoes for one thing...among other things. <BR> <BR> The experiment is interesting for me as I go out for l... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:35:05 EST mushy peas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x65403548 it is possible to substitute the chicken stock with vegetable stock if so desired. <BR> <BR> <link>kitchen.nine.com.au/2016/05/05/15/22<BR>/mushy-peas </link> <BR> <BR> cheers Sat, 15 Oct 2016 18:33:59 EST Tortellini and Kale Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x65365228 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8669fd27-05ed-4723-9c7a-250f06b1876b.jpg"> <BR> Tortellini and Kale Soup <BR> Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes <BR> <BR> Yield: 5 to 6 servings <BR> <BR> <BR> A simple and flavorful cheese tortellini soup filled with kale, red bell pepper and kidney beans. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1 medium onion, chopped <BR> 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped <BR> 2 cloves garlic... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:37:39 EST 15 Make-Ahead Vegan Dinners for Busy Weeknights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x65146939 <link>ohmyveggies.com/15-make-ahead-vegan-<BR>dinners-for-busy-weeknights/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90ed3fc8-d982-42bc-a83e-ec5b2663749b.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/380fad2a-cced-4bd6-9ecf-43f2f29837a6.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1f48a1c-84d4-467f-b53d-464eaf82c08e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> veggie-loaded chili <BR> indian curried cauliflower &amp; chickpea burritos <BR> onion &amp; potato stuffed pierogi... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:01:26 EST September challenge, time to try something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x65079011 For me, it has been suggested on another team that a low-nickel diet can help cure eczema . <BR> With this end, although I have psoriasis, I will be making some changes to see if this helps. <BR> Cheers Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:07:59 EST Kale, Black Bean, and Avocado Burrito Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x65048851 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbf72512-5d1f-4dfa-aef1-91457dac093c.jpg"> <BR> Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl <BR> Author: Cookie and Kate Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Mexican <BR> <BR> Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 30 mins | Total time: 50 mins <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> A fresh burrito bowl with super flavorful components—lime marinated kale, seasoned black beans, brown rice and avocado salsa verde. This recipe is both gluten free and vegan. <BR> <B... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:32:29 EST Hello from Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x65037427 Hi. I have just rejoined Spark. I looked for a team that was not strictly vegetarian or vegan and didn't see one. So here i am. <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:51:10 EST August Challenge, time to refocus & back to basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x64878383 Keep it simple and just focus on what may be holding you back. <BR> Cheers Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:50:09 EST Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadilla {Healthy Snack} http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64804176 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dde843ac-5881-4211-bce7-1058d4454228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mini Avocado &amp; Hummus Quesadilla Recipe {Healthy Snack} <BR> <BR> Prep time 10 mins| Cook time 8 mins | Total time 18 mins <BR> <BR> Serves: Serves 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 4 whole wheat tortillas <BR> ¼ cup hummus <BR> ¼ tsp ground cumin <BR> 1 tbsp minced cilantro <BR> ½ California avocado, cut into 12 slices <BR> 1 ½ oz. crumbled queso fresco <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> Using... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:51:14 EST Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64724121 Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Soup <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecfc2841-6bb3-406e-a2a1-11d97c43e958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 large beefsteak tomatoes (7-8 roma), cut in chunks <BR> 5 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped <BR> 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil <BR> 1 cup sun dried tomatoes (I used packed in oil &amp; drained) <BR> 14 oz can coconut milk, full fat <BR> 1 cup water or broth of choice <BR> 3/4 tsp himalayan pink salt <BR> Ground black pepper, to ta... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:06:42 EST Grilled Sugar Snap Peas with Peanut Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64665227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74407061-c593-4fb0-9d47-98424e1d8d9d.jpg"> <BR> Grilled Sugar Snap Peas with Spicy Peanut Sauce <BR> Appetizer <BR> PREP TIME 10 minutes <BR> COOK TIME 5 minutes <BR> <BR> Spicy Peanut Sauce <BR> 1/2 cup natural peanut butter <BR> 1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce <BR> 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar <BR> 2 Tablespoons honey <BR> 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger <BR> 1 large clove of garlic, minced <BR> 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:40:43 EST Hello from Hamilton http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x64629351 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am joining this team because I have been trying to eat vegetarian/vegan for about a year now, but when the rest of my household still eats meat it has been a struggle. I feel like I've gone back to the days when my kids were little and I was making one dinner for them and one for the adults! I think that the flexitarian lifestyle is a better fit for me right now. <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:51:02 EST Tex-Mex Breakfast Bowls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64574760 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0dc0bba-b211-4012-a224-17272d5b35b0.png"> <BR> Tex-Mex Breakfast Bowls <BR> <BR> Author: Cookie and Kate Recipe type: Breakfast Cuisine: Mexican <BR> Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 35 mins <BR> Serves: 4 bowls <BR> <BR> Hearty breakfast bowls featuring your favorite Tex-Mex flavors, including fresh pico de gallo, black beans and avocado. This meal is great for dinner, too! Recipe yields 4 bowls. <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:43:22 EST Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64507392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/698f5960-a642-47e9-88dc-2f89e7ff3cb3.jpg"> <BR> Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine <BR> <BR> Serves 3 (or 2 very hungry people) <BR> Salt, to taste <BR> 8 ounces fettuccine <BR> 4 tablespoons butter <BR> 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped <BR> 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chile flakes, to taste <BR> 2 small zucchini, finely diced <BR> Zest of 1 lemon <BR> 1/4 cup heavy cream <BR> 1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese <BR> Pepper, to taste <BR> Sprinkling of fi... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:36:46 EST Megan's Fried Egg Kale Toast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64455931 Ok here is a recipe I have actually made before. It's simple and delicious. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d2d6660-0918-49fe-bee3-3a4ad1d31f31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Megan's Fried Egg Kale Toast <BR> <BR> serves 1 <BR> 1 large egg <BR> 1 generous handful of kale <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> juice of one half a lemon <BR> 1 teaspoon butter <BR> 1 teaspoon olive oil <BR> 1 slice sourdough bread (or rye) <BR> sea salt <BR> cracked black pepper <BR> <BR> Carefully wa... Tue, 31 May 2016 09:38:46 EST June 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x64452678 My goals. <BR> I have been successful for a long while in having at least 2 meat-free days each week. <BR> I would now like to try for 3 days meat-free and introduce more beans and lentils into my diet <BR> <BR> in addition, will continue to use the Spark trackers for nutrition, exercise, mood, stress, sleep etc. Mon, 30 May 2016 21:15:56 EST panzanella with marinated chickpeas and chimichurr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64423932 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50d47181-77e8-425b-9fe5-681b01ab7ed3.jpg"> <BR> panzanella with marinated chickpeas and chimichurri <BR> <BR> yield: serves 2 generously (maybe even 3 or 4 if you're serving it before a meal) <BR> total time: 45 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> **marinated chickpeas <BR> 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed <BR> 3 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar <BR> 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil <BR> 2 teaspoo... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:58:37 EST Hello from New Orleans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x64376889 Hello Team! I joined the team for fresh ideas on clean eating. I do not want to "give up" any food groups (been there, done that), but I do want to eat cleaner and find something that can truly become part of my lifestyle. Increasing my freggies and whole grains, while decreasing the fast and fried foods works for me!! Thu, 19 May 2016 10:52:33 EST Creamy Spinach Artichoke Hummus Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64364392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61cbb19b-bccd-4582-8221-d11b1f5c3ad0.png"> <BR> <BR> Creamy Spinach Artichoke Hummus Pasta <BR> Serves: 4-8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 12-oz. pack gluten free pasta <BR> 1 cup reserved pasta water (see Instructions) <BR> 5 oz. plain hummus (half a standard pack) <BR> 7 oz. artichoke hearts, roughly chopped (I used these and HIGHLY recommend them!) <BR> 4 oz. frozen spinach (about 1 and ½ cups), thawed, squeezed, and drained <BR> 1 large ga... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:31:31 EST Caprese BLT Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64314118 Not vegetarian but the meat is the smallest part of this dish and I think it looks delicious :). The creator says you can also add avocado which I think is a fabulous idea. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9dbe3d7c-573f-4204-8ff9-f6994f22e7df.jpg"> <BR> yield: serves 2 <BR> CAPRESE BLT BOWL <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> 1 cup cooked quinoa <BR> 2 cups arugula <BR> 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in-half <BR> 1/2 cup burr... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:10:09 EST Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64288129 <link>www.theironyou.com/2016/03/vegan-eas<BR>y-chickpea-tikka-masala.html </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b96980bd-bd5a-4b65-bbb9-d58829abc188.png"> <BR> (Vegan) Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> Serves 8 <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1 large onion, finely chopped <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 2-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped ... Fri, 6 May 2016 15:23:36 EST Snack: Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64264621 <link>www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,1000<BR>0002002233,00.html </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9c73ff3-35fe-4123-b89b-39a4c668ae87.jpg"> <BR> Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta <BR> Prep Time: 5 minutes <BR> Cook Time: 15 minutes <BR> Yield: 1 serving <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 small pear, halved and cored <BR> 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon <BR> <BR> Preparation <BR> 1. Preheat broiler or toaster oven. Place pear on a b... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:46:04 EST May 2016 Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x64260665 Feel free to share your ambitions for this month. <BR> I will be continuing a new exercise program and endevoring to track whenever possible <BR> Cheers <BR> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> Mon, 2 May 2016 22:52:13 EST ROASTED EGGPLANT SHAKSHUKA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64179195 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afe64468-7bff-4585-9e82-d91f7cbc131b.jpg">ROASTED EGGPLANT SHAKSHUKA <BR> <BR> <BR> PREP TIME | 30 mins <BR> COOK TIME | 15 mins <BR> TOTAL TIME | 45 mins <BR> <BR> Author: Claudia Brick <BR> Recipe type: Main <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 2 medium or 3 small eggplant <BR> olive oil to brush <BR> 3 garlic cloves, crushed <BR> 1/3 cup chopped parsley <BR> 1/3 cup chopped coriander <BR> 1 tablespoon paprika <BR> ¾ teaspoon cumin... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:28:31 EST Word game: Flexitarian food ingredients A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x64157976 Asparagus Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:45:19 EST Black Bean & Buttercup Wraps w/ Chimichurri Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x64073058 I came across this colourful and yummy sounding recipe yesterday. I really want to try it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ba2b64e-6d16-4973-8b7f-74b0cd7cf8d9.png">BLACK BEAN AND BUTTERCUP WRAPS WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE <BR> <BR> Protein packed black beans, earthy roasted buttercup pumpkin and vibrant Argentinian style chimichurri sauce are an amazing combination in a soft pita wrap. <BR> <BR> Author: Quite Good Food <BR> Recipe type: Main meals <BR> Cuisine: Vega... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:38:25 EST April 2016 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x64021816 Track all your nutrition either with Sparkpeople or another personal log. <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water each day, preferably 1-2 glasses before eating each time. <BR> Try to be more active on the message boards. <BR> Avoid losing more than 1 pound per week. <BR> Cheers Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:12:24 EST Hi from Minneapolis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x63951499 I just want to stop being dependent on beef, port, chicken for my meals. Less meat, more veggies will keep me healthy longer! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:35:16 EST What's your best protein? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x63640160 <em>213</em> <BR> Hi, I'm new around here and am happy to be sparking with all of you. <BR> This plan seems to fit the best with what I want as far as the content of my diet. I want to eat mostly whole foods vegan (high fiber, low fat), but add fish occasionally and meat rarely. This plan is supposed to include at least 60g protein every day, I see. <BR> I would love to hear what all of you do to keep your protein up if you are eating few animal products. Do you eat a lot of beans? Or nut... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:52:39 EST Hi from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x63621249 I'm Vicki, 59 years old, and over 100 lbs. too heavy. <BR> I don't expect to ever get my weight back down to under <BR> 198 lbs., but for now I'm working to get down to 225 lbs. <BR> I've struggled with trying to find a plan I can live with <BR> long term and I feel low fat is my best course of action. <BR> I'm not a huge meat eater and I do love veggies &amp; fruits, <BR> so it makes sense to me, to work with the foods I enjoy <BR> the most. Time will tell if I'm on the right course. <BR> ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:10:28 EST Vegeterian Meats: How dou you use them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x63460903 I've started to think about using the "fake Meat" as my husband calls it. <BR> Not only tofu but the chicken, beef and other items. To me they are mysteries because I am <BR> not familiar with them. To My hubby they must become unidentifiable from the real stuff. <BR> <BR> Suggestions are welcome on how to sneak these into our meals. Maybe slowly at first and under great secrecy so Hubby doesn't notice. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:01:36 EST Hello from Austin TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x63286966 A quick 'about me'. Joined SP in 2007 for a year and lost 15 lbs which was great when we moved back to the US for our respective deployments. However our transition, moves, building a home, new jobs, adding puppies, and considering starting a small business has taken a toll on me (and I think him, too :) <BR> <BR> We eat white meat during the week with our dinner veggie plates/salads (a change we made in January 2014) We eat fish at least 1x week and a red meat 1x week. Why here? Because... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:56:07 EST December Challenge: Avoiding Additives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x63083534 Let's focus on making sure that our food does not contain any harmful additives this month. Are there any additives that particularly bother you, make you ill, or trigger allergies? Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:05:09 EST New Study Redefines Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x63036933 <link>https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/<BR>to-your-health/wp/2015/11/20/the-diet-<BR>study-that-upends-everything-we-though<BR>t-we-knew-about-healthy-food/?tid=sm_fb </link> <BR> <BR> This diet study upends everything we thought we knew about ‘healthy’ food <BR> <BR> By Ariana Eunjung Cha <BR> <BR> What is "healthy" food for some may not be for others, researchers found. <BR> <BR> If you've ever tried out the latest diet fad only to find yourself gaining weight and feeling awfu... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:22:33 EST Bok Choy Five Ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x63022984 <link>blog.williams-sonoma.com/5-ways-with<BR>-bok-choy/ </link> <BR> <BR> Bok choy ranks right up with the rest of the dark, leafy greens at the top of any superfoods list. The only problem? Many of us are at a loss when it comes to cooking with this traditional Asian veggie. <BR> <BR> In fact, just like kale or Swiss chard, bok choy can be prepared a number of ways — simmered until soft and tender, roasted to brown the edges or raw and dressed with vinaigrette. Click the link above to ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:00:03 EST NYT's Most Popular Vegetarian Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62956339 The New York Times' most popular vegetarian recipes: <BR> <BR> <link>cooking.nytimes.com/63550953/1689980<BR>-our-most-popular-vegetarian-recipes?u<BR>tm_source=Facebook_WCA_Paid&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=CPC&amp;utm_content=Recipe&amp;ut<BR>m_campaign=General_Retargeting </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:26:18 EST Shrimp Lo Mein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62905008 Ingredients <BR> <BR> 8 ounces Chinese lo mein noodles (or substitute spaghetti) <BR> 2 tablespoons canola oil <BR> 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp <BR> 1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed <BR> 4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced <BR> sea salt <BR> 1/4 cup oyster sauce <BR> 2 tablespoons rice vinegar <BR> 1 tablespoon soy sauce <BR> crushed red pepp... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 17:02:35 EST Why a flexitarian diet is good for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x62896585 Why a flexitarian diet is good for you <BR> <BR> By Cara Rosenbloom, RD <BR> <BR> Eating less meat is healthy for your heart and wallet, and the planet. Flexitarianism is the “best of both worlds” approach. <BR> <BR> If you’ve dabbled in vegetarianism but can’t resist the allure of a juicy burger or medium-rare steak, “flexitarian” may be the right term to describe your diet. <BR> <BR> As the name – a combo of “flexible” and “vegetarian” – suggests, a flexitarian diet includes plant-based... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 16:35:27 EST Weekly Challenge: Defining Flexitarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62896342 What does the Flexitarian Diet mean to you? Are you trying to improve your health? Are you transitioning into or out of vegetarianism/veganism? Are you trying to avoid factory-farmed meat? Do you agree or disagree with the definition below? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a326aa20-e787-46f3-a3da-947df64322e0.jpg"> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 16:01:08 EST Mark Bittman's Pasta with Clams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62896181 Mark Bittman's Pasta with Clams <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b2645ff-9b74-45b3-a179-f19272b3d308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 24 to 48 littleneck clams (the amount depends on size and your budget, or luck; in any case, more is better), scrubbed <BR> Salt (probably not much) and pepper to taste <BR> 12 ounces long pasta, like spaghetti or linguine <BR> ¼ cup olive oil, or more <BR> ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste <BR> ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 15:34:10 EST Healthy, Meet Delicious.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x62896136 <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/dining/he<BR>althy-meet-delicious.html </link> <BR> <BR> Healthy, Meet Delicious <BR> by Mark Bittman (from his New York Times Column entitled "The Flexitarian") <BR> <BR> There was a time when few of us thought about what we ate, but that’s been turned upside down since the reigning wisdom first decried salt, then cholesterol, then saturated fat, then almost all fat, then red meat, then carbohydrates and so on. Recent culprits include so many foods and f... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 15:26:17 EST November Challenge: Track Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62895930 Let's see if we can track our food every day for the month of November. Is every day a bit too much to contemplate? Try it for just seven days. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:40:34 EST Weekly Challenge: Optimizing Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62863114 Has eating less meat affected your health? What are some of the health changes that you've experienced? <BR> <em>471</em> javascript:void(0) Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:23:06 EST Kefir, peanut butter, banana drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62823583 As I am a new member, I'm not sure whether this recipe is new or one that everyone knows. But it's simple, tasty, nutritious, and it's new to me....maybe it will serve someone else who is looking for a quick breakfast or lunch. I found it in Blatner's "The Flexitarian Diet". <BR> <BR> 1 cup lowfat plain kefir <BR> 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter <BR> 1 small banana <BR> <BR> Mash peanut butter into banana, blend (with immersion blender or whatever works for you) into kefir. I added a ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:35:06 EST Safely caught canned tuna http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x62803607 Hi All! <BR> Have been avoiding canned tuna for years for ethical reasons (I dislike the bycatch) and recently discovered SustainableSeas solid white and solid light tunas sourced from fisheries which employ sustainable pole and troll fishing techniques. These methods ensure that the tuna are caught without the incidental bycatch of other sea life -- seabirds, sharks and sea turtles and others. Sustainable fishing preserves the delicate marine environment and aids in the repopulation of enda... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:01:36 EST Returning to lifestyle --unusual reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62790714 Hi all...returning to occasionally-pescatarian partly b/c of a scary medical problem. I have T2 diabetes w/ fast-developing neuropathy that I believe is causing me to choke on most meats, no matter how tender and regardless of how much I chew. I am much happier eating eggs, dairy, and fish/seafood than meat/poultry anyway. I'm working on expanding my vegetarian recipe collection, especially given that I need to learn how to make/enjoy more veggies than I do now. Any advice welcome. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:55:01 EST Weekly Challenge: Eating Ethically http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62771142 What measures do you take to try to eat as ethically as possible? Can you implement anything new? <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 15:54:38 EST This Could Be the Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62769041 Good Sunday Morning, All! <BR> Will skip most information about myself as it can be found on my Sparkpage and keep this to the topic at hand..."flexitarianism." Very excited about this way of eating as it makes sense to me. Have tried vegetarianism 3 times with excellent nutritional advice/guidelines and each time developed anemia....physicians have suggested that my particular make-up requires that I obtain iron from meat. However, for both health and ethical reasons, I'd like to keep my ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 10:27:17 EST The Benefits of Sprouted Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x62755609 Nutrient rich germinated rice holds promise as a powerful health promoting food <BR> by Carolanne Wright <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Sprouted brown rice has a long tradition in Asia as a nutritious staple of the diet yet is just now becoming known in the West. During the germination of brown rice, important nutrients are enhanced along with many health supporting benefits. <BR> <BR> Throughout the world, grains have historically been either soaked, sprouted, or fermented to improve digestibilit... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:26:39 EST Weekly Challenge: Addressing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62731436 How is stress affecting the way you eat? Is there something that you can do about it this week? We would like to hear about it! <BR> <em>41</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:56:49 EST Weekly Challenge: Difficult Situations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62675855 Are there certain times or situations where you find it difficult to eat as well as you would like? Let's choose one this week and develop a strategy to cope with it. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:06:18 EST Butternut Squash Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62633020 Here's a great collection of butternut squash recipes: <link>www.marthastewart.com/275653/buttern<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62632989 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 October Challenge :Optimize Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62632965 So you're eating less meat now. What's the next step? Let's try making the most nutritious food choices that we can. How will this look like in your life? Maybe you'll try switching to brown rice or quinoa. Maybe you'll up your intake of fruit and veggies from 5 to 8. Share your story here. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:58:07 EST Trying this out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62592611 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62546607 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62536733 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62489513 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62438182 <link>www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/pinea<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62438165 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62383844 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62383757 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62377982 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62338274 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62323583 <link>www.connoisseurusveg.com/2014/12/buf<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62323503 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x62323475 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62311174 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x62300081 <link>www.eatthis.com/tilapia-is-worse-tha<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62268739 <link>www.foodandwine.com/articles/best-qu<BR>inoa-salad-recipes </link> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:14:30 EST Weekly Challenge: Healthy Proteins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62268577 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6f97ab0-8c6a-41f1-a020-768422cb476c.jpg"> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:53:52 EST Going Semi-Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x62229263 <link>youvegottotastethis.myrecipes.com/20<BR>09/03/12/going-semi-vege/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/553b410f-6507-4c31-b881-612bc89848ff.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x62229163 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/09/he<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62229127 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x62164963 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62164882 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62164828 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x62109660 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62109197 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x62038072 <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/5-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x62023902 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x61969243 A great recipe that only uses a small amount of meat: <BR> <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/traditional-new-<BR>orleans-red-beans-rice-187315 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:58:55 EST Weekly Challenge: Share a Favorite Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61932108 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61915918 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x61915771 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/awes<BR>ome-vegetarian-grilling-recipes#.jon82<BR>9nVR </link> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:48:21 EST Amy's Creates Vegetarian Fast-Food Chain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61910204 <link>civileats.com/2015/05/26/amys-clean-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61890060 <link>vegetarianhealthymeal.com/vegetarian<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x61886507 <link>vegetarian.lifetips.com/cat/7642/bec<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x61886502 <link>vegandoesit.com/vegan-sweet-potato-s<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 Info Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x61886486 Post links to websites that you recommend here. <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:13:49 EST July Challenge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61886483 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>www.halfyourplate.ca/ </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:09:04 EST Weekly Challenge: Plan a Healthy 4th of July Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61886454 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61848049 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61807739 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61801101 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61801069 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61791639 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 . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61790388 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61785366 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61783377 2 log in <BR> 25 bonus <BR> 46 Teams 20 for this team Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:16:55 EST QOTD: JUNE 16TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61776290 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61767832 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61759055 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61751369 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61726818 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61726810 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61718441 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61708757 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61699318 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61691385 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61684140 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61674900 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61674858 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61666324 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61653404 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61646394 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61636754 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61627925 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x61624773 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> http://www.instructables.com/id/Seitan-M <BR> ade-Easy/ <BR> <BR> http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-m <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61619914 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61619871 Hi Everyone. Hope you're looking forward to the weekend and have something fun planned for it <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eba07f42-f1cc-42cf-82dc-800ed506e6eb.jpg"> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:48:34 EST Calling for a New Team Leader(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x61617915 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61467677 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x61462315 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61398120 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61342688 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x61335223 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x61310637 A woman asks how much protein she needs. Lean how to calculate how much protein your body needs. <BR> <link>www.vegetariantimes.com/article/how-<BR>much-protein-for-a-40-something/ </link> <BR> <BR> 7 Top Protein Sources for Vegetarians <BR> <link>www.vegetariantimes.com/blog/7-top-p<BR>rotein-sources-for-vegetarians/ </link> <BR> <BR> 8 Foods Every Vegetarian Should Eat <BR> <link>www.vegetariantimes.com/article/8-fo<BR>ods-every-vegetarian-should-eat/ </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:04 EST Challenge: 10 minutes a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61272345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l719251138.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x61272224 QOTD: April 20th <BR> <BR> What advice would you give your teenage self? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:28:46 EST Hello team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x61260455 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x61245049 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460213535.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x60982811 I haven't' made it yet but looking at it makes me hungry. <BR> <BR> <link>www.loveandlemons.com/2015/03/17/kal<BR>e-salad-avocado-tahini-sauce/ </link> <BR> <BR> kale salad w/ avocado tahini sauce <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l587177160.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60965052 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60922551 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60913024 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x60854397 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x60823779 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60746542 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60667716 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] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60639280 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] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60639271 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x60631838 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x60620089 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x60608168 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x60606454 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60581399 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x60577983 Cookin' Canuck - <link>http://www.cookincanuck.com/recipes/ </link> <BR> Love and Lemons - <link>www.loveandlemons.com/ </link> <BR> Amuse Your Bouche - <link>http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/ </link> <BR> Oh My Veggies - <link>http://ohmyveggies.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Do not check out this site if you find curse words offensive <BR> Thug Kitchen - <link>http://www.thugkitchen.com/recipes </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60527931 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60464999 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60439643 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x60424415 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60422478 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x60411755 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x60386631 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x60363499 <link>www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weigh<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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x60363455 <link>www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eati<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x60008660 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x59929961 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x59917203 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x59896881 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x59777348 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x59636608 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>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1499... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:27:49 EST Hi Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x59632352 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x59522656 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x59505534 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x58916775 have not tried it but looks good. <BR> <BR> <link>www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com/wp-con<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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x58888041 <link>gethealthyu.com/eating-healthy-doesn<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x58857812 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>www.cherylstyle.com/showcase/vegan-c<BR>auliflower-fried-rice-recipe/ </link> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:23:59 EST easy way to pit a cherry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x58771844 <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/ho<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x58771533 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x58753741 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x58753648 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x58642723 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x58439902 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x58326338 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x58116924 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x58005296 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x57728545 <link>www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eati<BR>ng-tips/100-cleanest-packaged-food-awa<BR>rds-2014-breakfast </link> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:01:45 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x57670728 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x57447635 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x57255311 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x57193816 7+10+28 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:37:55 EST 19 Portable Protein-Packed Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x57182073 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>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<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 !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x57168687 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x57163391 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x56556835 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x56474323 http://www.worldmarket.com/product/wang-de<BR>rm-thai-iced-tea.do 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x56047664 The article recommends the foods to eat to get your Protein, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, B12, and Essential Fatty Acids. <BR> <BR> <BR> Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-nutrien<BR>ts-every-vegetarian-needs.html Sat, 21 Dec 2013 01:39:21 EST VB6's Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x55749529 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x55717387 <link>www.amazon.com/VB6-Before-Weight-Res<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x55695952 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??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x55459989 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x55079448 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x55068299 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x54728939 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.... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x54572120 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x54537400 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x54471349 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x54384466 <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! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x54361800 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x54264684 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; www.kyongcw.com Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:50:08 EST I Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x54204505 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x53948595 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18495x27188x53909618 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> lbveg.com/download/lbvcookbook.pdf </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:26:55 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x53895966 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x53828179 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x53329763 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 !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x53324415 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x53043411 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x52895931 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x52855265 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x52814879 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x52723331 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x52616042 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x52384705 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x52325152 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x52311709 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x52021833 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x51873778 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x51751630 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x51563028 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x51491649 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x51434289 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x51199323 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x51066203 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x50912743 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x50342173 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x50331742 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8276x27188x50308077 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27188x50294516 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x50286067 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x50264202 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x50173513 m Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:00:19 EST Fall back into fitness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8277x27188x50143957 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... :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x27188x50040096 <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