SparkPeople EATING HEALTHY (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) Team Messageboard Join us if you are a vegetarian or vegan or even if you are only trying to be or just interested in being a vegetarian even once a week, you are welcome. SparkPeople EATING HEALTHY (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) Team Messageboard Introduce yourself here You are most welcome to join our Eating Healthy (Vegetarian/Vegan) Team. We would love to meet you. Please stop in and tell us a little about yourself. So glad that you are here. Cheryl Thu, 3 Nov 2011 23:30:13 EST Halloween What treats will you share with family and friends on Halloween? <BR> <BR> Do you have a vegetarian sweet goodie recipe that you make that you would like to share? <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Let's make our Halloween a healthy one! Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:03:41 EST Vegan day 112 Hi everyone - wanted to share my blog with all of you. I decided to start eating a plant based diet after seeing Forks over Knives. That movie really changed my life. I hope to educate and inspire others to become vegan. <BR> <link><BR>m/2011/05/forks-over-knives.html </link> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 17:33:46 EST into Hi I am Cheryl from TX. Been working the Spark since the end of April. Became vegetarian in 2007 and vegan 2010. Getting healthier every day. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:21:35 EST Greetings from Michelle in TX! So happy to be here! <BR> <BR> I just did exercise tv with mega superstar Jane Fonda! That lady ran circles around my 39 year old weak butt! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it is the first time I have put myself first and exercised in a VERY long time. I am beginning this journey with the help of sp and especially, my mom. Thanks mom! <BR> <BR> Well, maybe I will get off here and do something productive now..... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:32:36 EST Lets Welcome AREINARD to The Team! <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Team. <BR> <BR> Do stop by and introduce yourself to us..... and tell us if we can help and support you in any way as you progress towards your goals. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:19:26 EST What is YOUR favorite VEGAN/VE GETARIAN FOOD? I have to say beans. Baked beans; homemade. It was hard not to say oatmeal though because you can do so much with oats! <BR> <BR> I love all the veggies and fruits beside and I'm big on grain! <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:37:51 EST LOOK WHO'S A VEGETARI N/VEGAN! These people are pros; even at eating! <BR><BR>Wc&feature=player_embedded#! Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:53:10 EST SEVEN STEPS TO SURVIVING CELEBRATION CALORIES SEVEN STEPS TO SURVIVING CELEBRATION CALORIES <BR> It’s easy to label something a "special occasion” and use it as an excuse to indulge in a slice of pie or an extra scoop of ice cream. But between the birthdays of friends, family, and coworkers, not to mention promotions, graduations, and legal holidays, you could find these "special occasions” occurring on a pretty regular basis. <BR> We are social eaters, and any cause for celebration is also a cause for fattening foods. Luckily, living a ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 14:20:17 EST IS VEGETARI AN/VEGAN EATING CHEAPER? Is A Vegetarian Diet Actually Cheaper? <BR> Thursday, October 21, 2010 Posted By: Billie Hadley <BR> <link><BR>o-vegetarians-save-money/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of vegetarians love to talk about how there are health benefits to eating the way they do, so we wanted to challenge them: Are there cost benefits to being a vegan or a vegetarian? <BR> To find out, we performed a hypothetical calculation of the total cost of a day’s meals for various eating hab... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 16:44:10 EST i think i'm kinda getting the hang of tofu finally I've tried cooking tofu on several occasions to end up with a mushy unpleasant dish that no one enjoyed. Tonight I made barbecued tofu with vegetables, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. I followed the recommendation of dry frying the defrosted tofu first and then making the dish and I think the texture turned out WAY better. Unfortunately the bottle of organic chipotle barbecue sauce was not that great. Maybe next time I will try making my own sauce and marinating the tofu in it. But I think I'... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:31:38 EST VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN? What is a Vegetarian? <BR> <BR> First of all, you don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan to belong to this team. All we ask is that you don't post any snide remarks about being a vegetarian or vegan or any other remarks that would be considered in poor taste. <BR> <BR> Even if you don't know any vegetarians yourself, you've probably heard the term. What exactly does it mean? What foods do they and don't they eat? The answers are here! <BR> In general, a vegetarian is someone whose diet d... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:13:23 EST ALL ABOUT GOING NUTS <BR> 1. Walnuts <BR> When it comes to nuts, the walnut is the king. It's a great source of the healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect the heart, promote better cognitive function, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis. <BR> Walnuts also contain the antioxidant compound ellagic acid, which is known to fight cancer and support the immune system. But that's not all--in a study in the August 2003 issue of Ph... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:08:18 EST 4 Ways to Make Weight Loss Last 4 Ways to Make Weight Loss Last <BR> May 3, 2010 12:00 AM by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD | <BR> <BR> Keeping weight off is as much about what's in your mind as about what's in your mouth. These mental strategies can get your weight where you want it -- and keep it there: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a gesture. If you make one small move -- such as buying a pedometer or throwing away the unhealthy foods in your pantry -- you'll be three times more likely to follow your plan. The small ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:54:20 EST WALNUTS; are they good for you? Walnuts are king! It's a great source of the healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect the heart, promote better cognitive function, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis. <BR> They also contain the antioxidant compound ellagic acid, which is known to fight cancer and support the immune system. But that's not all--in a study in the August 2003 issue of Phytochemistry, researchers identified 16 polyphenols in... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:27:05 EST IS PORTION CONTROL AN ISSUE FOR YOU? Yes! <em>4</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 18:53:47 EST what do you eat when at friends house Our friends will eat and usually enjoy whatever healthy fare I serve them at our house, but when we're at their place they usually cook hamburgers/hotdogs or sloppy joes. I know their on a budget and all, but often what they fix does not fit into my diet plan (like processed/fatty meats and convenience foods mainly, and fried stuff, potato chips that kind of thing). How do you handle these types of situations without hurting anyone's feelings? I have been bringing a salad or fruit salad to ac... Wed, 19 May 2010 10:21:20 EST wannabe Hi! <BR> I'm interested in the vegetarian lifestyle, learning more about it, and losing the weight! I have a blog (you can find on my sparkpage) where I'm trying to collect great vegetarian recipes that I love. I'm mainly interested in eating less meat (although I can't quite make the no meat at all plunge yet) and being healthy! Thu, 6 May 2010 16:30:15 EST ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO EAT VEGAN Can you show a good reason why eating Vegan style foods are better, Nutritionally speaking? Post them here. (Be sure to name the brands because different brands have different Nutrition Facts) <BR> <BR> Here's one to start with: <BR> <BR> <BR> Regular Baskin Robins Chocolate Ice Cream at 4 oz serving <BR> VS Organic SO DELICIOUS non-dairy dessert at 4 oz serving <BR> <BR> 320 calories VS 130 calories <BR> 20g fat VS 3.5 fat <BR> 45mg cholesterol VS 0mg cholesterol <BR> ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:43:52 EST HOW TO CURE OVEREATING How to Cure Overeating <BR> Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:45 AM <BR> <BR> Most overeating is caused by stress, induced by life situations, bad food, or both. The cure is not willpower but a new type of food plan that doesn’t place any foods off limits but rather, organizes the day’s meals in a way that reverses the stress-eating cycle. <BR> <BR> If you struggle with weight, chances are, stress influences your eating habits. “Between 80 and 85 percent of the population will regularly stress e... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:50:47 EST 9 REASONS TO STOP DRINKING SODA NOW 9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda Now <BR> Friday, April 9, 2010 7:52 AM <BR> <BR> We're addicted to soft drinks (both diet and regular). According to the National Soft Drink Association... <BR> <BR> In fact, Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard endocrinologist, said that sweetened drinks are the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain. <BR> <BR> The sugar provides huge amounts of calories, but also creates a vicious cycle. "It's rapidly absorbed, which raises blo... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 17:49:26 EST APRIL ...MAKE IT HAPPEN WORKOUTS Check out this link and follow this simple formula for a work out for when you don't have time to workout! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-scul pting/no-time-workout-9008 </link> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:22:17 EST THE DEADLIEST SWEETENER Wednesday, April 7, 2010 10:46 AM <BR> <BR> Researchers at Princeton University have found that in diets with equal calories, high-fructose corn syrup leads to significantly more weight gain than regular sugar. And it increases risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes appreciably more than sugar. <BR> <BR> High-fructose corn syrup stops our bodies from detecting that we have consumed enough food. Therefore, we continue to eat. And, it decreases our ability to effici... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:11:34 EST USFD RECALL LIST <link><BR>afetyAvailability/Recalls/default.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Boy am I glad I didn't have a H1N1 flu shot. The only good thing about being older! Whew! Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:10:34 EST TELOMERES & OMEGA-3's TELOMERES & OMEGA-3's <BR> <BR> According to Nutrition Action Healthletter; the longer your telomeres, the longer your likely to live. And omega-3 fats may keep your telomeres from shortening. <BR> <BR> Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes. Each time a cell divides, its telomeres shrink. So shorter telomeres are a sign that y9our cells are getting old. they're also linked to a higher risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> The suggested amount of omega-3 is 1,000 mg ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:40:19 EST WHAT IS A VEGETARIAN? What is a Vegetarian? <BR> First of all, you don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan to belong to this team. All we ask is that you don't post any snide remarks about being a vegetarian or vegan or any other remarks that would be considered in poor taste. <BR> <BR> Even if you don't know any vegetarians yourself, you've probably heard the term. What exactly does it mean? What foods do they and don't they eat? The answers are here! <BR> In general, a vegetarian is someone whose diet does not ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:24:07 EST GOOD CALCIUM VS BAD CALCIUM According to a recent article in the Harvard Women's Health Watch, people used to eat lots of dairy products and take sodium bicarbonate (an alkali) to neutralize acid and protect the stomach lining and ease the symptoms of ulcers. Some people developed a life threatening condition called milk alkali syndrome; that is high blood calcium, high blood ph, kidney dysfunction and calcifications of the cornea, lung and lymph nodes. <BR> <BR> Taking high doses of calcium carbonate in supplements a... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:01:43 EST DON'T BELIEVE IN 'ZERO' WHEN IT COMES TO CALORIE According to a recent article from one of the health publications I get in the mail; food labels can claim "zero" calories when there is almost five! Its true! <BR> <BR> Food manufacturers don't have to list the calories of items that are "almost" 5 or less, so if you consume something with "zero" calories, you may be taking in more calories than you realize if you are having multiple servings of that product. You'll find that in artificial sweeteners and some beverages so watch out! <BR> ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:11:38 EST Healthy Living Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Tedbabe 50 years old. Married with 2 children (boy & girl). I become vegetarian 3 years before. Before I became vegetarian my total cholesterol was above 200 and my blood pressure 150/100. Now my cholesterol is 170 and my blood pressure 125/85. <BR> <BR> This days I am healthy and leaving happily with my family without any complaints. Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:44:45 EST JANUARY 2010 FITNESS CHALLENGE This being a New Year and all; I figure we as a team should probably have some kind of fitness regime going on! If you are interested in creating a fitness program for the team and keeping it current, please feel free! <BR> <BR> For now, I guess I'll go for walking because it's cold and wet outside, I'll use the treadmill! <em>231</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:05:17 EST GETTING TO KNOW YOUR TEAM MATES Please copy and paste to reply and fill in your own data and let's get to know each other a little better just for the fun of it! <BR> <BR> Name: Dusty <BR> State/Country: WA USA <BR> Are you married?:yes <BR> Children:2 <BR> Grandchildren:2 plus 1 great <BR> Favorite food:pasta <BR> Food weakness:snacks <BR> Favorite color:Maroon <BR> Hobby:reading <BR> Favorite season:Autumn <BR> Favorite sport:Ice Skating (as a spectator) <BR> Favorite exercise:walking <BR> Favorite music: Co... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:53:51 EST FAVORITE VEGAN RECIPES BEST EVER CANNED BEAN SOUP <BR> <BR> Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour <BR> <BR> 3 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 2 cups diced fresh carrots <BR> 2 ½ large onions, chopped <BR> 2 cups chopped celery <BR> 2 cups chopped green cabbage <BR> ½ green bell pepper, diced <BR> 1 full head of garlic, peeled and chopped <BR> 8 sprigs fresh thyme <BR> 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed and minced <BR> 4 tablespoons Italian seasoning <BR> 4 cups vegetable stock or water <BR> 1 1 ... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:30:57 EST USE AN EMOTICON TO REFLECT YOUR MOOD TODAY <em>213</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 03:56:34 EST Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet Recall Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count: Recall of all lots <BR> <BR> Audience: Consumers, Pharmacists <BR> <BR> McNeil Consumer Healthcare and FDA notified consumers that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include all available product lots of TYLENOL Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles, with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP (Full list of lot numbers provided in press release at link below). In November 2009, 5 lots of this product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusua... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 08:47:28 EST I CAN DO THIS...CAN YOU? Today is the beginning of our white flour verses whole grain flour food challenge known as LET'S LOSE THOSE LEFTOVER LBS. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent the whole day baking. I baked beans, then cornbread. Then I prepared for the next few days and made some whole grain w/added bran fiber, raisin nut bread for myself. Then I made a loaf of pure rye bread for my DH and finally some unbleached white/bran bread for my son. (He's not into the challenge or food that tastes like "health food" as he r... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 13:24:56 EST LET'S LOSE THOSE LEFTOVER LBS FOOD CHALLENGE! It’s almost September already! Are you ready for it? <BR> <BR> I’d like to propose an easy food challenge (but challenge none the less) for all. Everyone should be able to participate and all will benefit from and hopefully all will lose weight by the end of the year. For some, a substantial weight loss, for other a more modest weight loss, but everyone should benefit. <BR> <BR> There are only 4 things to avoid in this challenge that will make a difference on the scales. We will do t... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:27:01 EST JUNE SLEEP MINI CHALLENGE Here is the mini challenge for JUNE. The news lately has so much about getting sleep we think this is a GOOD ONE!!! I hope you all will participate. <BR> <BR> Subject: JUNE SLEEP MINI CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Some of us get bits and pieces of sleep. So let's try to just increase what is normal sleep for each of you. When you have increased what is normal for you give yourself an emoticon for every hour of sleep you get each night. <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows how important it is to get eno... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 18:06:19 EST JUNE FITNESS MINI CHALLENGE What with the good weather and all, I think it only 'fitting' that we continue with the running, jogging, walking and add exercising to the challenge and keep on keeping on! <BR> <BR> Sooooooo....... <BR> <BR> RUNNERS, JOGGERS AND WALKERS AND EXERCISERS! <BR> <BR> Let’s commit to a distance or specific amount of exercise every day for the month of JUNE! It may be just ½ mile, 1 mile or 5 miles daily or more, or 10, 20 or 30 minutes, but lets commit to a distance or specific amount of exer... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 01:19:42 EST DO YOU HAVE ALLERGIES? 2009 Allergy Capitals <BR> <BR> AAFA has identified the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies in both the spring and fall seasons. The rankings are based on scientific analysis of three factors for 100 metro areas, including: <BR> <BR> •Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores) <BR> <BR> •Number of allergy medications used per patient (over-the-counter and prescription) <BR> <BR> •Number of allergy specialists per patient <BR> <BR> Purify Your Air of Al... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 01:11:39 EST Introducing myself Hey there! <BR> I have wanted to become a vegan for months, after reading some books about all the health benefits. I did well for about 2-3 weeks but found it was very hard to eat vegan when out with friends and family. <BR> <BR> I really want to get back into the vegan lifestyle. First of all, I'm huge into animal rights, so that helps. Also, heart disease runs in my family. <BR> <BR> My mother has a heart murmer. <BR> My sister was born with a hole in her heart and had to have ope... Mon, 25 May 2009 09:19:31 EST DAILY MULTIVITAMIN USE IN QUESTION DAILY MULTIVITAMIN USE IN QUESTION: <BR> <BR> Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and other institutions examined the multivitamin use of 161,808 postmenopausal women participating in the women’s Health Initiative study. During an eight-year follow up period, researchers found that taking a multivitamin did not make women less likely to develop cancer or heart disease or to die than those who did not take a multivitamin. <BR> <BR> Dr Mark Stengler’s view ... Wed, 20 May 2009 15:24:21 EST FUNNY THING HAPPENED... I honestly don't know who this happened to, but it was so funny that I just HAD to share it! <BR> <BR> Jack is a great cat and the kids carry him around and sit on him and nothing ever bothers him. He is prone to hang out and nap all day long on this mat in our bathroom. <BR> <BR> Well, Bill and I have two sons, aged 4 and 3 years old, and a 1-year-old daughter. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loves chap stick... LOVES it. He keeps asking to use my chap stick and then losing it. So... Tue, 19 May 2009 12:20:23 EST DRUGS THAT STEAL LIFE FROM YOU DRUGS THAT STEAL LIFE FROM YOU <BR> <BR> Here are several common drugs and what they take from us. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to supplement if you are taking any of these drugs. <BR> <BR> ACETAMINOPHEN: Glutathione <BR> <BR> ACID-BLOCKING MEDICATIONS, including proton-pump inhibitor and H2 blockers: Vitamin B-12 (When supplementing, look for the type known as methylcobalamin, which is better utilized by the body than others) <BR> <BR> ANTIBIOTICS: B vitamins and healthy... Fri, 15 May 2009 12:30:43 EST DISINHIBITION, COMPULSIVE EATING, AND BULIMIA DISINHIBITION, COMPULSIVE EATING, AND BULIMIA <BR> <BR> At times, our best attempts to resist food fail. An obvious time is after having a drink or two. Suddenly, almost everything on the menu looks pretty good. More common is the failure of our all-too-weak will when we are bored, lonely or depressed. <BR> <BR> Often it starts with a diet: out of dietary restraint comes a binge. Bingeing may or may not lead to purging, but almost always brings feelings of shame and secrecy. If this ha... Wed, 6 May 2009 05:40:17 EST just joined the team and appreciate the support Hi, I'm Mary and I have been striving to change my eating style to vegetarian for some time. Right now I'm working on significantly increasing my consumption of vegetables, fruit, beans and legumes while decreasing animal protein. Once I eliminate the meat, I'll work on dairy which is more of a challenge because I love cheese. <BR> <BR> My biggest obstacle is my husband. He's a dear, sweet man but not supportive of the idea of vegetarianism. He is a meat eater and will never change that.... Tue, 5 May 2009 13:19:47 EST MAY FITNESS MINI CHALLENGE #2 It's May 1st and time to get serious about losing some extra weight and getting in shape before summer gets here! <BR> <BR> You already know that small bits of fitness add up to big results! Every time you're active throughout the day, not just at the gym or on the field, all have benefits that really add up. We build up our exercise quotient in small ways: park far away from the mall or office, get off the bus or subway a stop early, and take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator... Fri, 1 May 2009 16:20:12 EST RUNNERS / JOGGERS / WALKERS MAY MINI CHALLENGE RUNNERS, JOGGERS AND SPEED WALKERS (or just daily walkers)! <BR> <BR> Let’s commit to a distance every day for the month of MAY! It may be just ½ mile, 1 mile or 5 miles daily or more, but lets commit to a distance this month and GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> DO IT 5 DAYS A WEEK, rain or shine, hot or cold, COMMIT TO WALK, JOG, RUN and DO IT 5 DAYS A WEEK IN MAY! <BR> <BR> Many of us have become sedentary over the long winter. NOW is the time to get off the chair and MOVE IT! <BR> <BR> THIS ... Fri, 1 May 2009 16:09:10 EST Suggestions for Vegan Eating Suggestions for Vegan Eating: <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: <BR> <BR> 1) Fresh fruit. Melon, grapefruit, oranges, bananas, pineapple, or any other fruit you like. It can be your entire breakfast, or just the beginning. 1 to 3 servings <BR> <BR> 2) Hot cereal. Choose from old-fashioned rolled oats, grits, or other hot cereal. Cooked versions are best, but instant are acceptable. If you like, top with cinnamon, or try strawberries, raisins or blueberries or other fresh fruit. (Do not use milk... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:11:45 EST NO SWEETS FROM SUGAR MINI CHALLENGE If you are a muffin, candy, cake, pie, pastry, cola, juice or sweet coffee Latté drinker, then maybe you would like to conquer sugar for at least for the month of May! This does Not include dried fruits unless they are dried with sugar (some are some aren’t) ALSO; you can have other sweeteners in place of sugar if you must sweeten your coffee, but NO GRANULATED SUGAR OR PRODUCTS CONTAIN GRANULATED SUGAR. <BR> <BR> Bare in mind, these kinds of challenges are not easy. If they were easy th... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:21:40 EST How to Choose the Best Fruit How to Choose the Best Fruit in the Produce Section: <BR> <BR> A Guide for 15 Common Fruits <BR> <BR> For something that seems so simple, buying fruit can be deceivingly complex. That's why if you look closely at most any grocery store produce section you'll notice people squeezing, sniffing and examining their fruit very carefully. <BR> <BR> Depending on whom you ask, a watermelon is "ready" when you knock on it and it sounds hollow. Others swear it's only worth buying if it makes a thump... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 04:48:20 EST THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS <BR> <BR> High-protein diets present numerous health concerns. While they are loaded with fat and protein, they are low in vitamin C and B. The absence of fiber often contributes to constipation and other bowel problems. <BR> <BR> A high intake of animal protein can be harmful to the kidneys, gradually damaging the nephrons, the kidneys’ tiny filter units. The effect is not usually detectable until much later. Animal protein also encourages the loss o... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 02:24:00 EST Vegetarian Weight Control Checklist Vegetarian Weight Control Checklist <BR> <BR> Increase carbohydrate and fiber by choosing your menu from grains (breads, cereals, pasta, rice), beans vegetables, and fruits. These foods are modest in calories and boost your metabolism. <BR> <BR> Decrease the fat content of your meals by eliminating meats, poultry, fish, added oils, and fried foods. Nuts and seeds should be kept to a minimum. Fatty foods are loaded with calories. <BR> <BR> Avoid sugary foods and alcohol. <BR> <BR> Inc... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 06:27:23 EST TURN UP YOUR METABOLISM Your body is always burning calories. It takes a fair amount of energy just to keep your temperature normal, your brain thinking, dreaming, or even relaxing, your lungs exchanging air, and your heart pumping. Without even lifting a finger, you are always using energy. Your body gets this energy from its stores of fat and various natural sugars in the body. The process of keeping the basic body functions going is referred to as “metabolism.” The very slow metabolism of a hibernating bear ... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 05:52:06 EST colon/body detox anyone know of any good healthy ways to detox your colon. I want a natural way, cuz #1 i don't have money to spend on any programs and #2 I think natural way is always the best way. <BR> I've had issues with excess belly fat and digestion issues, cramping and sorry if TMI diarrhea. <BR> I think i need a whole body or colon cleanse and then work on getting good healthy food in my body for healthy vitamins. I know it takes time for everyhting to come out of my body but does anyone know of any... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:48:03 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHANIE ! <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>407</em> <em>44</em> <em>494</em> <em>144</em> <em>76</em> <em>475</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR STEPHANIE <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> <BR> (and many more!) <BR> <BR> I wish for you a happy year beginning with today that will be filled with good friends, family and laughter! <BR> <BR> Hugs and Birthday wishes~Dusty <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:10:23 EST GINKGO in the NEWS “Now with more ginkgo for memory and concentration!” Bayer relentlessly pitches its One A Day multivitamins with ginkgo to seniors. <BR> <BR> But the results of two recent studies in people in their 70’s and older should <BR> give you – and Bayer – pause. In both studies, ginkgo did nothing to delay the onset of dementia. And it didn’t appear to be harmless, either. <BR> <BR> In a trial at the Oregon Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders, seven of th... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 09:55:25 EST CO-DEPENDENCY AND EATING DISORDERS Co-Dependency <BR> <BR> Oftentimes, the presence of an eating disorder is mistakenly viewed as a problem of just the identified individual and not as a family disorder. <BR> <BR> Family members, just like the eating disordered individual, experience pain and dysfunction as a result of the disorder. Even with best intentions, family members often unwittingly contribute to the practice of the eating disorder and experience dysfunction in their own lives. <BR> <BR> Family members of eating d... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:36:43 EST DOES ACAI BERRY HELP US LOSE WEIGHT? WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT ACAI <BR> <BR> The acai berry is a South American fruit that looks like a grape. It took off in 2005- its juice selling for $40 a quart- on word that it was a new “superfruit” full of antioxidants. <BR> <BR> Today, ads for acai berry weight-loss pills are popping up all over the Internet…complete with “free” trials that end up costing consumers hundreds of dollars. <BR> <BR> Even if acai does have antioxidant activity, what does that really mean? <BR> Acco... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 21:00:40 EST Goal - vegetarian My goal is to be a vegetarian by the end of August 2009. I know that I felt a lot better when I wasn't eating meat and thus want to change my eating habits to be a vegetarian. My husband already is as he has grown up not eating meat. Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:34:01 EST BINGE EATING DISORDER (BED) Binge eating disorder (BED), is a psychiatric disorder in which a subject shows the following symptoms: <BR> <BR> *Periodically does not exercise control over consumption of food <BR> <BR> *Eats an unusually large amount of food at one time -- more than a normal person would eat in the same amount of time. <BR> <BR> *Eats much more quickly during binge episodes than during normal eating episodes <BR> <BR> *Eats until physically uncomfortable <BR> <BR> *Eats when depressed, sad, or b... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 04:55:11 EST LIMIT IRON INTAKE ! LIMIT IRON INTAKE <BR> <BR> Iron is a catalyst for the formation of cancer-causing free radicals. Gone are the days when nutritionists preached that the more iron there is in the diet, the better. Iron encourages damage to DNA, which can lead to cancer. “Iron is known to be a key catalyst for this process-one of the best catalysts you can imagine,” said Harvard biochemist Dr. Randall Lauffer. “The body tries to safely sequester iron away in the cell and keep it away from the DNA.” Of co... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:09:03 EST ANTICANCER DEFENSE ANTICANCER DEFENSE <BR> <BR> Sometimes oxygen molecules in the body become unstable; when they do, they are called free radicals. These unstable molecules can attack cell membranes and can damage the DNA in the nucleus of the cell. It is this damage to DNA that is the beginning of cancer. <BR> <BR> Natural chemicals called antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals, also help reduce cancer risk. Vitamin C, E beta-carotene, selenium, and many other antioxidants are provided by a diet ... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:39:03 EST GOOD SOURCES OF VEGAN PROTEIN SOURCES OF VEGAN PROTEIN <BR> <BR> (Everything listed is vegan and is cooked and a 1 cup serving or 1 serving according to the label and the total grams per serving listed by it) There are substantially more that aren’t listed, but this gives you a good idea that protein is everywhere, not just in animal products. <BR> <BR> You only need about 40 grams of protein a day regardless of what the meat and dairy industry say. They are just trying to pad their pocket books. Research will revea... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:36:49 EST New Vegan Hello Everyone! My husband and I became vegan about two weeks ago, so all of this is really new to us. We've ordered our Vegan Starter Kit from GoVeg and we're scouring the internet and the library for good recipes. <BR> <BR> It's been a bit of a struggle (in a good way) because my husband is a chef currently running a large cafeteria (restaurants are not the place to be in this economy--hubby's last restaurant job went belly up last year). Anyway, the poor guy is surrounding by meat, che... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:13:07 EST IMPORTANT~ YOU NEED VITAMIN B12 If you are new to eating vegan, READ THIS! <BR> <BR> The Need for Vitamin B12 <BR> <BR> Vitamin B12 is needed for cell division and blood formation. Neither plants nor animals make vitamin B12. Bacteria are responsible for producing vitamin B12. Animals get their vitamin B12 from eating foods contaminated with vitamin B12 and then the animal becomes a source of vitamin B12. Plant foods do not contain vitamin B12 except when they are contaminated by microorganisms or have vitamin B12 added... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:49:48 EST Not Vegetarian Yet Hi, <BR> <BR> Technically, I am not a vegetarian, but a pescatarian. My wife and I gave up all meat except fish for Lent this year. I have found that I have a ton more energy now that my body isn't stressing to process meat. I think I am going to eventually give up fish also, since I can get plenty of protein from plant sources. We are also considering a raw vegan diet. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Rob Thu, 12 Mar 2009 12:56:01 EST Hello I am new here & just wanted to say Thank You for inviting me. I no this is a group I will enjoy <BR> Michele Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:37:22 EST DIETING / LOWFAT & THE RULE OF TEN Dieting derails leptin! <BR> <BR> If you go on a typical low calorie diet, your body misinterprets the diet as starvation. After all, you’re not eating, so you must be starving or, at the very least, neglecting yourself. So your fat cells quickly slow down their leptin (hormone crated from the 7th chromosome) production so that your appetite can increase again. Now…a big appetite is the last thing you want, but your body unleashes your appetite to bring your eating back up to what it co... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 01:51:32 EST WHY DR NEAL BARNARD EATS VEGAN Neal Barnard - Founder, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington <BR> <BR> Sunday, December 5, 2004; Page W05 <BR> <BR> My grandfather and uncles and cousins are in cattle ranching. In North Dakota, when I was a kid, every day was roast beef, baked potato and corn. Every day. It's certainly a contrast to this nonprofit I started to promote preventive medicine, especially good nutrition. We do clinical research with the aim of improving people's health. But I'm not an abuse... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:21:05 EST DO YOU HAVE KRYPTONITE IN YOUR HOUSE? I've only been dedicated to eating vegan since January 10 of this very we've been cleaning our refridgerator and cupboards out like crazy trying to get rid of the KRYPTONITE so we can continue eating healthy without the threat of saturated fats or cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we found a big jar of Best Foods Mayo when re-arranging our pantry as well as some pancake and baking mix that contains powdered milk products. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, we found some Veggie Chip... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 23:50:49 EST WHAT DID YOU GET ON YOUR DAILY WHEEL SPIN TODAY? I got the usual...a was right next to a 5 on one side and a 50 on the other side...sigh! Sun, 8 Mar 2009 23:44:31 EST WELCOME LUTHER61... Do you need help? Hi Luther61, do you need help with your sparkpage? <BR> <BR> I know that some people have a hard time creating a sparkpage I know for I was one of those people some time back and have helped several people with their sparkpages since. <BR> <BR> Thanks for joining the team...I await the opportunity to get acquainted! <BR> <BR> Hugs~Dusty <em>252</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 23:20:30 EST FAVORITE VEGAN RECIPES I moved this to the top because the substitutions are so long Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:26:57 EST EATING VEGAN: THE NEW 4 FOOD GROUPS Yup! There’s only 4 food groups for a vegan: <BR> <BR> Grain …6 or more servings daily (cereal, bread, corn, rice etc) <BR> <BR> Vegetables…4 to 6 servings daily (you know them…carrots, greens, beets etc.) <BR> <BR> Legumes…3 or more servings a day (peas, beans, lentils) <BR> <BR> Fruit…3 servings or more daily (apples, oranges, plums, pears, bananas, etc) <BR> <BR> Rule of thumb: ½ cup, 1 slice bread, or 1 ounce is usually a serving depending on what you are eating. <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:24:17 EST DAILY TEAM STRENTH MINI CHALLENG I have to be honest with you from the get go here and admit that I’m not exactly in the best shape. Really; it’s true! So anyways, until I can recruit someone (or someone volunteers) I’m going to make this as simple as possible. <BR> For as often as you walk from room to room in your house, do wall push-ups before you leave each room. (Yes that includes the bathroom). Now here’s the ‘challenge’ part of this challenge…Do As Many As You Can. If you have done as many as you can, before lea... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:13:43 EST DAILY CHALLENGE USING THE FOOD TRACKING NUTRITION It’s really easy to slack off and ‘forget’ to track your food but there is an easier way…did you know that you can enter your food ahead of time? It’s called menu planning and it helps keep us focused on what we can eat during the day. The goal here is to track your food daily AHEAD of time and stick to it. For each day you ‘stick to your meal plans’ give yourself a ‘goal met’ emoticon and post here daily so we can be encouraged by each other. If you failed to meet your goal…still post, b... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:00:51 EST DAILY TEAM CARDIO MINI CHALLENGE: Okay…here’s the deal…to me the word EXERCISE is misspelled; it should be a four letter word. I try not to even mention that word but as it happens sometimes in life…it just happens! You know what I mean! You will note that I’m going to be notorious for creating simple exercises if you haven’t figured it out from the last challenge. So…here’s how this cardio is going to work. <BR> WALK, SPEED WALK, JOG, RUN. Whatever your capabilities are…that is your daily challenge. Now, I understand... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 12:57:14 EST DAILY MINI CHALLENGE: AVOIDING UNNECESSARY FATS Our bodies are intricate masses of cells all trying to work together for the good of all. Eating less fat allows the cells to function better and not have to work as hard. Imagine what it would be like if you were trying to run around in an oil slick! For every day that you keep your daily fats under 20 (under 10 is ideal) give yourself a ‘skinny wearing pants’ emoticon…and maybe tell us what you ate (if you want to) If you didn’t achieve this goal, post here and tell us where you went wron... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 12:49:38 EST TALK TO ME…DAILY ‘CHAT’ I think that chatting daily here will help us better to become a community of supportive people. We can encourage one another, motivate one another and if need be lend a shoulder for someone to cry on! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 12:38:48 EST