SparkPeople Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard If you're a vegetarian, vegan, or just interested in a cruelty-free lifestyle, join us here! Get tips for making the transition, dining out, cooking and more. SparkPeople Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard Vegan breakfast ideas Hi everyone <BR> I need some breakfast ideas. <BR> <BR> I have never been a huge breakfast fan, but would like to start adding vegan breakfast options to my early meal. What are all you vegans doing for breakfast? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Faith <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:20:42 EST 80/10/10 on Spark Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm Kara (not my real name, but my online alias) and I was wondering how you all got around to altering spark to let you use it to monitor at 80/10/10. I want to eat around 2,500 - 3,000 calories (mainly raw fruits and veggies) and I want to track it on spark. How do I go about changing all my goals to reflect the intake goal I want of caloric fat and carb and protein? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Kara Mon, 5 Oct 2015 02:20:38 EST More meatless meatballs please! Meatless meatballs are back at Trader Joe! 14 grams of proteins per serving and I like their flavor and texture. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:14:57 EST New to Spark! Hello! I'm new to Spark, and relatively new to veganism. I've been a vegetarian for about 6 months, and vegan for about 3 months. I'm trying my best to lose weight, but it can be difficult when there's so much delicious vegan junk food! I live in a really small town so there aren't many like-minded people. Support can be hard to come by! :) Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:45:48 EST Cooking Rice to get the arsenic out Found this in my newsletter from Prevention. <BR> <BR> I might go to a used restaurant supply house to see how much their coffee pots are so I can rest easier about the rice grown here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ou-cook-your-rice-coffee-pot?cid=NL_RN<BR>DF_2174284_09252015_Should_You_Cook_Ri<BR>ce_In_Your_Coffee_Pot_text </link> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:45:27 EST trackers for special diets Really would like Spark People to create a Vegan tracker... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:52:07 EST miso? Where in the grocery store can I find miso? There are so many recipes I want to try that call for miso, but all I have found is miso soup in my local stores. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:57:23 EST TVP Where in the grocery store do I find granulated TVP? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:36:53 EST Help! Sudden horrible gas! Sorry for the horrid topic title but that's exactly what is going on with me. I started the vegan lifestyle 1 week ago and everything was fine. I wasn't bloated anymore, and I was going regularly to the bathroom. Yesterday out of no where I started to have really bad gas and it's worse today. I'm passing gas every couple of minutes and it smells awful! What am I doing wrong? I'm not bloated and I'm eating raw and cooked meals. I feel great all the time and have lots of energy but this problem... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:29:46 EST wheat gluten Whenver I see recipes calling for wheat gluten my brain deems it as "that can't be good for you" I don't know why. Maybe it's the gluten free hype? LOL <BR> <BR> anyhow I know the edgy veg uses it all the time so now I'm curious. <BR> <BR> thoughts? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:30:52 EST Seitan help I have been a mostly vegan for the better part of 4 months now. "Mostly" because I eat an animal product probably once a month. I recently came across a delish looking vegan recipe that calls for seitan and I could not find it at my local health food store. Any tips on where I can purchase it? I seen a thread about making it at home but I don't know if I should put my efforts into it since I have never eaten seitan before. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:54:20 EST After a year of pondering...... Just over a year ago I decided to look into the process of where my meals come from. I watched a lot of documentaries. I was very torn about giving up meat, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking I should do it. I don't eat a lot of meat, so when I began to watch another documentary this week (Lucent) I decided I was 100% ready to cut meat out of my diet. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to do it healthily and slowly. Any tips? Some easy vegetarian meals? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:00:14 EST Vegan Holiday Recipes What do vegans eat for holiday dinners? I really don't like the taste of anything made from vital wheat gluten (vegan roasts). I did see a vegan "Vegetable Wellington" that looked incredible. Has anyone tried this? <BR> <BR> I've been looking for some vegan holiday recipes. Now most of my regular holiday dishes will just take a little tweaking to become vegan. I don't think I will miss the turkey and/or ham eating the side dishes. <BR> <BR> I want to take recipes on a trial run before serv... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:20:35 EST IBS Type D and C So I've started this new Vegetarian/Vegan Smoothie Diet Mix. I can say that I used to have the runs every it's getting more harder to go and do my business. What Can I do? They say Egg plant is a natural laxative.......well I guess it binds me up. I just want to be regular. I started this diet to avoid IBS-D which I have done with flying colors. What Can I add to my diet to get rid of the constipation and make it more "regular" Any Comments from Veterans on this diet would... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:27:12 EST Newbie to this group Hi everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Faith and I figured I would join this group since I am contemplating taking the leap into the vegan lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My husband and I took the jump into vegetarianism (though we do consume some fish) about 6 months ago after hearing a lecture by vet and animal behaviorist, Vint Virga D.V.M. discussing his new book, "The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human Paperback". It was not a discussion on giving up meat but the... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:06:11 EST Complimentary Proteins I need help coming up with non dairy and gluten free ! :-( Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:07:56 EST Newbie+Team Goals=Massive Confusion (somehow!) Could someone with some patience (because I'm feeling like a dodo for not getting this) please help me understand/answer questions about the team goals? My problems might be because all the teams seem to track things differently! and my brain is fried from running in the sun! <em>28</em> WARNING: Question Mark OVERLOAD imminent! <BR> <BR> Goal 1 : Choose a Protein rich snack at least one time per day <BR> If I eat one, I enter 1. If I eat 6 snacks, and four have protein, I'd enter...4... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:28:54 EST New SP member Hello, I just joined SP a week ago. Taking it one day at a time to positive changes. <BR> <BR> ~ Leita Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:50:48 EST If I Eat Mushrooms Am I Still a Vegetarian? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a fan of mushrooms/fungi but I have always had my suspicions about Oyster mushrooms. Now I know why. I recently discovered that this little critter, which is neither plant nor animal, has a canny little trick to get nitrogen into its diet - it traps worms in the soil and digests them. So if I eat the mushroom am I also eating the worn, thus eating meat? Well is it a thought. <BR> <B... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:50:20 EST Suggestions for Multi Vitamin I know some members don't take any multi vitamins but for those that do, I would like to know what brand of vegetarian/ vegan vitamin you use and what do you like about it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:36:43 EST Worried about Cholesterol My doctor says my cholesterol is fine, but I'm worried because it's over 200. It's 204. HDL is 113 and LDL is 91. Should I try and get my cholesterol down under 200 since the healthy range is 100-199? It probably doesn't matter, but my Triglycerides are 57. I also tested positive for Lyme, so I'm glad I got the blood test after waiting 6 years. Thank you! Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:15:43 EST easy meals I'm not eating meat, but I am still stuck in a rut with eating. What are your favorite EASY meals? I avoid dairy (and eat soy yogurt because it has more protein)... but I'm not vegan strictly Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:23:42 EST easy When we need a quick, easy dinner, we have burritos. Whole wheat wrap, brown rice, black beans, guac, salsa, Toffutti sour cream. Super filling and once we put all the containers back in the fridge the clean up is pretty much done. We always cook a big pot of brown rice to have on hand for the week. <BR> <BR> Another easy thing if you keep bread on hand is chickpea salad sandwiches. Shelling the chickpeas takes a little time but I usually use a big can and that makes about 5-6 sandwiches. ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:24:58 EST all-vegan culinary & sightseeing tour For some people, travelling in a veg*n group might be a great way to make new friends. For people new to this way of eating, the support - as well as being away from the 'old' environment - might be just the thing to help you consolidate. And, have a vacation :-) <BR> Otis Beanery has just announced an all-vegan culinary and sightseeing tour for the Pacific Northwest of the USA in fall 2015: <BR> "Otis Beanery is proud to offer you a fantastic opportunity to sample the sights and savour the f... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:41 EST new site for healthy shopping at wholesale prices Right now I hate everybody who lives in the states! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s </link> <BR> <BR> Home goods, food, toiletteries, you name it. It's even tailored so that you can shop by preference (vegan,raw, organic, gf etc). <BR> <BR> They offer a 2 month Free trial (anything you buy is 25-50% cheaper than retail), and then an annual membership of 60$ i think. even if you're not interested in being a Permanent member, i think you could save a lot during ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:29:55 EST How do you deal with detractors? As a backstory I went vegan in October 2010 and excluding short breaks back to vegetarianism or pescetarianism I've pretty much always stuck with it. First year I relied a lot on mock meats and pre-made products, I think we all do that lol, but after that I got better and found new recipes and ideas, products, etc. I read a LOT about nutrition both online and in books and I've read a ton of studies about veganism and its effects. I've always wanted to make sure I wasn't ruining my health by g... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:05:12 EST Favorite vegan pasta recipes? Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I've been craving pasta lately, and I am looking for some new ideas. Anyone have good vegan pasta recipes to share? Bonus points if they're low-fat. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 01:20:02 EST So What Does Your Day Look Like? I'm in the midst of a plateau which is so irritating. I've had a lot of pain this week, done a lot of walking, taken a lot of naproxen for pain. Naproxen jacks up my blood pressure and makes me swell up like a dead pig in the sunshine. So I'm just sitting here having fresh cantaloupe and salad for lunch and vexing! Y'all have a great day. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 14:05:32 EST Hi All! I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:44 EST No-cook veg meals for hot days I've got a collection going here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add more! Thu, 28 May 2015 10:02:15 EST New to Sparks People Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople having joined on the 20 of May. Really am enjoying learning the site. The logging in of food is very helpful in keeping me on track. My goal is to loose 50 lbs by the end of 2015. Am trying to exercise 5 times a week, and having difficulty in drinking that much water. Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:47 EST What are your EASIEST veg*n recipes? I'm looking for some easy veg recipes to add to my repertoire. What are your faves? I'll start: <BR> <BR> 1) World's easiest bean soup: a can of any kind of beans (whole or mashed), a can or bottle of tomato juice (or V8 or you can use water) and a jar of salsa. Add enough water to make it the right consistency for you, heat through, season to taste. <BR> <BR> 2) World's easiest vegan gravy: Mix 1/4 cup flour into 2 cups water or nutmilk or soymilk or whatever with a whisk or fork. Saute mu... Sat, 23 May 2015 03:28:48 EST City Girl to Country Squirrel GOOD day to your eyes. My name is Heather. <BR> <BR> Blessed with artistic visions, scientific knowledge and the beautiful ease of being a chatterbox. <BR> <BR> So freaking excited to find this site and rub noses with the same individuals that must change the lifestyle they are in. <BR> <BR> Here are a few fun facts about me. <BR> <BR> Skinny in my mind and currently liking my chest size... <BR> I was a 6 foot tall 100 lbs. in high school... <BR> Used to model. <BR> Used to be vot... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:56:30 EST Post Workout Meals for Vegans I just ran across these, and all of them look delicious! <BR> <link><BR>orkout-meals </link> Tue, 19 May 2015 10:20:01 EST Calling all comrades Continuing on my journey to lose my last 30 lbs (I have lost 38 lbs so far). It is a huge challenge but it is also achievable. My weakness - anything chocolaty or sugary. My STRENGTH - I can not be defeated and I will not quit! <BR> <BR> I join you my faithful comrades in our struggle, our fight and our VICTORY over the battle of the bulge. <BR> <BR> Lay down your fork and knifes and pick up your sneakers and weight s - let the battle begin.................. Sun, 17 May 2015 07:46:19 EST Finally Getting Started Good morning Sparks Family, <BR> I registered in March but because of college I couldn't participate like I wanted. I am graduating tomorrow and I need to lose the weight for health reasons. I am not a big blogger but I do read alot and would greatly appreciate any and all tips. I actually done my first workout this morning and I wear a fitbit. No more excuses. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a blessed and prosperous day! <BR> <BR> Erinmarq Wed, 13 May 2015 09:12:25 EST New Vegan! Hello everyone! I am a brand new vegan (just started last week)! I'm morbidly obese and I'm hoping that being vegan will help with weight loss. Right now I am a junk food vegan because where I live it's extremely hard to get fruits and vegetables but I'm leaving here in 45 days to move back to the city. I'm super excited to be able to buy good food again and try out some yummy vegan alternatives. Tue, 12 May 2015 18:17:27 EST carbs and proteins judged as unhealthy A couple days ago, I posted a picture of my lunch on facebook as a means of celebrating a milestone. I made a meal, from start to finish, on my own, while standing on one leg! (I'm recovering from a pretty severe injury - a trimalleolar spiral and butterfly fracture with dislocation and syndesmosis rupture and partial tear of my distal ligament of my left ankle) It's the first time I was able to do that since my injury, over a month ago. The meal was beans on toast. <BR> <BR> The whole thing... Sun, 10 May 2015 13:13:52 EST Chickpea Flour! I've been *really* excited about chickpea flour lately! I know it sounds silly to be excited about a bean flour, but I am =) It's nutritious, filling (this coming from someone with a HUGE appetite), tasty, versatile, inexpensive...I just love it. For those of you who aren't familiar with this product, it's just a "flour" made from ground chickpeas/garbanzo beans. <BR> <BR> Have any of you cooked with chickpea flour? Any favorite recipes? So far I've used it for: <BR> ~Mini-quiche (vegan... Sat, 9 May 2015 11:03:11 EST Kia ora my name is Whaea Yvonne I'm very keen to maintain my weight that I lost last year through exercise and healthy eating with the help of weightwatchers for 4 months and continued exercise throughout the years. Unfortunately one got a bit complacent over the xmas period and bad habits started to return slowly and before you knew it the weight came back. I need that assurance and support to maintain that healthy body and rid of the excess baggage that has found its way back. I'm trying hard again to drop that excess e... Tue, 5 May 2015 23:06:46 EST Bzzz Honey Bzzz Ok, so I am new to the whole vegetarian lifestyle. I am almost, and I mean like 85%, there. After a health scare on March 23rd, I truly have cut back on most protein. I eat salmon 2x a week. Ok, so been reading a lot about honey being a superfood. Yes, it has lots of sugar, but can you tell me what your thoughts are? Is this a naughty food in the vegetarian world? I don't use it, but I have been wanting to switch from coffee to green tea, and I hate the taste of green tea, yet there are so ma... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:36:51 EST i am new Hi there im new to spark its my first day 1 i wish us all a lovely journey to reach our goals we are strong and capable.. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:24:59 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:29 EST hi everyone just joined today, can't wait to lose weight and new recipes. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:44:25 EST new vegetarians My daughter and I are just starting out working to be vegetarian; we wondered if there was a good cook book for beginner cooks---neither one of us cook and we'd like to learn! Any suggestions? Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:39:31 EST Hi my fellow veg*ns! My name is Linda. <BR> I like beading, scrabble, and the internet, specifically Facebook. I am a member of a forum called VeggieBoards. If you haven't heard of it yet and are vegetarian or vegan then you should check it out! <BR> I've been vegetarian now again for almost a week and this time I plan to stick with it. I include dairy and eggs, mostly so i can get enough protein but the more I learn about dairy the more I wonder if maybe I should nix that too. It's not hat it's horrible for ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:46:04 EST Anyone eat low-carb vegan? I liked dropping pounds when I ate low carb and all the meat, eggs, and cheese, but I don't want to eat animal products. When you start, you tried to stay under 20 carbs per day for a couple weeks, then add more and more in with veggies and eventually fruit. <BR> <BR> (Let's not argue about if this is a good way of eating, it's just something I did and I'm over it now.) <BR> <BR> If you eat "low carb" and vegan, how many carbs do you consume a day? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:49:29 EST Brand new to Spark! Hello - Happy Friday! I am brand new to Spark! I'm looking forward to this journey towards a healthier lifestyle : ) <BR> If anyone has (vegetarian) recipes or meal ideas to share that would be awesome!! <BR> I've been a veg'n for 4 1/2 years &#128522; Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:59:18 EST Cooking "meat" pie for a vegan, not using soy? I'm cooking a "meat" pie for a vegan. Now, i'm a vegetarian, and usually substitute with quorn or soy mince. Now, this person does not eat soy, and quorn has eggwhite in it. <BR> What can i substitute the meat with? I know i can just swap it for veggies, but t should still "feel" like meat. Any ideas? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:16:43 EST Dr. Dean Ornish blasts high-protein diets Dr. Ornish writes a compelling article in the NY Times explaining why a plant based diet is beneficial to your health. <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:38:47 EST Video shows which foods spike insulin An evidence based video showing which foods spike insulin the most. I wasn't sure if I should have posted this in the cholesterol support board. I was having some doubts about going on a plant based diet. But I think I'm not so worried anymore. <BR> <BR> I cant figure out why I can't post youtube links so... <BR> <BR> Search youtube for the following phrase: <BR> <BR> Paleo Diets May Negate Benefits of Exercise <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:02:02 EST skinnyrasven 1 WEEK AND CHANGE IS LIKE THE SNAIL ON THE TURTLES BACK...NOT SO FAST SHE SAID. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Hello everyone! I guess we are all here for the same reason.. <BR> Good luck to everyone. :) Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:22 EST Hello I am a vegan/raw foodie who loves spending time in the kitchen dancing and creating new recipes while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have been vegan now for 2 years and have lost 80 pounds since switching, and feeling so much better about myself these days. My health is improving every day and I am growing so much stronger. I hope to encourage and empower others to do the same. Veganism is definitely the way to go if you are serious about taking back your life. You can follow me on pinter... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:43:30 EST iodine supplements and thyroid conditions i've just decided to look closer at my iodine intake. i have hashimotos disease and i'm on t4 daily. so far i've relied on iodized salt for my iodine intake but i think i shouldn't. does it suffice? <BR> since seaweeds contain varying amounts of iodine and, since too much or too little iodine can harm the thyroid, i was wondering what those of you with thyroid conditions do to be safe. <BR> i'm reluctant to take a supplement because of the t4 pill. i'm gonna ask my doctor of course, but i was... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:46:43 EST New but determined! Hi everyone! I'm happy to be here.... I'm not completely New to the vegan way of eating, but am completely new to the idea of actually sticking to my commitment To be healthy, for good! ! I'm 44, married, have 5 kids, and a lot of responsibility. I'm 50lbs overweight, stressed, tired..blah, blah, blah. The last time I remember feeling energetic, lean and amazing I was following a vegan way of eating! I want it back!!!! And this time, I'm ready to ditch the excuses, and commit to a cruelty f... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:31:12 EST New to weight loss while Vegan My name is Amy I am 38 years old and a mother to three wonderful children. Happily married to my best friend and soul mate for almost 13 years. I am also overweight. I have been most of my life. <BR> <BR> I started my original weight loss journey on January 1, 2013. I did well for awhile, then I plateaued and pretty much gave up. It was a slow journey back to old habits, but I got there just the same. Since then I've restarted and given up a few more times. Once I even got to my lowest weig... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:08:42 EST Hi my name is Sudie-g I am over weight, and headed towards having sugar. Sugar runs in my family. And their is a lot of health issue that go's with gaining weight. and I want to be healthy. willing to do what ever it takes to remain healthy. two years ago I was 125lb now i'm 204. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:03:47 EST Creating Healthy Habits despite demanding work sch Hi - I am looking for encouragement to continue my healthy habits, especially when i am feeling stressed and overwhelmed with work. Want to be healthy and look sexy in a bathing suit! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:31:10 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST quinoa & lentil recipe Not being a big fan but I'm giving quinoa another chance! I was planning on making a lentil loaf substituting quinoa for the brown rice. The quinoa took over the pot and outnumbered the lentils. Now what? I'm looking for a way to turn this into a tasty dinner ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:26:40 EST I want to see your vegan food trackers! :) <em>213</em> Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am totally obsessed with looking at people's public food trackers lol but I never see any veg or vegan ones. Let me know if yours is public and you don't mind me having a geez. Mine is public and you're welcome to it :) Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:19:19 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:30 EST New to this Hi! Can't wait to get started and see some results! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:05:00 EST A healthy Vegan in Vegas Today is my last day of living in Las Vegas hotels for the past month. <BR> <BR> I met the tough(!) challenge of eating a whole food, plant-based (a.k.a. healthy Vegan) diet here, and I thought I would share my story. <BR> <BR> Eating healthy in Las Vegas: on the Strip <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Eating healthy in Las Vegas: off the Strip <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:48:53 EST Cumin Substitute? Hey! I tried a new recipe today - Black Bean & Tofu Wraps - and they were excellent... with the exception of the taste of cumin. I've had cumin in vegetarian recipes before, and I just do not care for the taste of it. Does anyone know a good substitute? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> -Ty Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:11:48 EST omega 3s and turmeric: new research turmeric affects your omega 3 levels in various and multiple ways: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-boost-vegetarian-brains-omega-3-dha-l<BR>evels-nih-research-reveals/ </link> <BR> <BR> another good news for the vegan Community. hurray!!! ;D <BR> <BR> PS: please share with as many veg teams as you can. ;) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:34:15 EST Hello I am Rakhi Hi all, I am Rakhi. I really want to reduce my weight and my waist size. :) Hope being with you people will help me:) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:00:16 EST Hello! I can't remember if I introduced myself already, and I'll own to being too lazy to look far enough back to be sure. <BR> <BR> I'm Lirit! I have had an on-again/off-again relationship with vegetarianism for more than half my life now (started when I was 15, and I'm currently 35). The bottom line for me is that I feel healthier when I don't eat meat. I do eat eggs and dairy, although I try to limit my consumption of that, and keep one full week a month strictly vegan. <BR> <BR> I mostly make... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:02:28 EST Yashmin Hi I'm Yashmin and want to lose 30 lbs by October. I've been raised vegetarian and am still today. Carb addiction (particularly candy and cookies) is my weakness and keeping my protein intake up is a challenge. Looking forward to share ideas with you. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:28:42 EST Hi.. I'm Lavanya Hi all am lavanya .. IT professional of height 156 cm and weight is 68.. <BR> i wanna reduce 10 kgs in 4 to 5 months.. <BR> i walk for 40 min and used to cover 4 km.. but still am not able to reduce weight.. <BR> need ur valuable suggestion and guideline to reduce my weight.. <BR> I got married 2 years back .. because of my weight am not able to get pregnant... <BR> Please advise on the same. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:38:31 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:01 EST Where do you get your meal ideas? I have found that Pinterest is a wealth of ideas for healthy eating! Just type in your preferences and pages of ideas and recipes come up! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:14:57 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST Rice cooker recipes I recently purchased (not out of the box yet) and I've been trying to find good vegetarian rice recipes made with the cooker. <BR> First, what is everyones preference of rice type...I haveTamaki Gold - Signature Quality California Koshihikari Short Grain Rice to start with. <BR> Looking for a good sticky rice and vegetable recipe, one like you would get from a restaurant. <BR> I love rice pilaf too but in restaurants the ALWAYS ALWAYS add chicken broth, blech....I thought about just using veg... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:01:00 EST Hello! I haven't been on since last year, but I'm going to make an effort to log in every day, so that I can get inspiration from you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:40:51 EST atkins or weight watchers: which is faster/better? Hi all! I know that trying to lose weight too quickly is a bad move, but I'm trying to trim up as much as possible (gotta be a bridesmaid in May), and I'm trying to figure out whether WW or low carb will get me further (with plenty of exercise, of course!). Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on this? Thank you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:00:23 EST Carnivore Husband Does anyone else out there have a die hard carnivore husband? I do, and its one of my many challenges while trying to eat a plant based diet! He will eat some of the things I eat, but is really resistant to most. The biggest challenge is going to eat out! He always wants to go to a steak house... I end up with a plate of the side order, and the garnish! And even then.. I am sure there is some butter snuck in there somewhere!! <BR> I would really appreciate feedback from others experiencing th... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:35:11 EST Vegan Travel Food Hi Everyone! I'll be traveling with my family next week to Florida. We'll be driving for 24 hours (about). Anyone have any good suggestions for healthy travel food? We're planning on staying overnight in a hotel one night and we'll be at our friends' house by the next evening, so I'll be having lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch on the road. I'll be able to cook once I get to our destination, but I'm going to try to bring all my food with me for the road meals (my family isn't vegan, so ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:59:42 EST Meat industry has a cow over new guidelines Just when I had begun to think that the meat industry owns the U. S. Dietary Guidelines, new guidelines came out that make me wonder. For the first time, lean meat is NOT listed as a healthy source of protein. And the meat industry is furious. <link><BR>nes-2015/ </link> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:37:44 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:31 EST Veggie-lovin' Hi, I'm returning to this website after about a 3 year period. I've been a vegetarian for almost 4 years now (I had my last hamburger Easter weekend of 2011!). Every once in a while I cheat and have some fish but it's rare and on special occasions. When I first changed my eating style I was also working out fairly often and the weight just fell off. I suppose my body adjusted however (and I also stopped watching my sweet intake <em>40</em> ) so now I need to lose 25 pounds. Like everyone e... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:16:14 EST Newly Veg'n Hi all, my doctor recommended I go vegan, so starting today, I picked up some vegan food from Trader Joe's and will be doing a mixture of vegetarian/vegan until all the animal product (e.g. butter) is out of my apartment. I can always use new friends, so feel free to add me, and any tips you might have for making the transition would really help! I live in a city so getting a hold of stuff is not too difficult, but I am on a limited budget as a self-sustaining graduate student, so I can't get... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:40:28 EST New Member looking for tons of support Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Griselda and I am new to this site... I am very excited to start this path of healthier choices and a healthier life. Well one main issue I know I have encountered my whole life is the compulsive overeating habits I have. I think that's been the main reason of my being overweight, I have minimized it a bit but it is still a problem and it will probably continue to be a problem the rest of my life. However, I have learned to be open about it and let othe... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:55:34 EST Being a healthy vegan in hotels Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am living in hotels in Denver for several weeks. I am successfully eating a healthy vegan diet, as I share how in my blog. In case you're interested, here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I am appreciative of any other tips/ideas you all might have. <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:06:54 EST Anyone eating the Virgin/Clean diet? Hi, <BR> I tried the Virgin (or Clean) diet for 5 days in beginning of december. I felt great, but was very hungry... I would like to start it again, but "dread" the hunger, i bike to work, do yoga and strength excersise, so i do need proper meals, or i'm just "too weak". <BR> The only way i'm going to stick to the diet if I can stand it = not being hungry the whole time. <BR> Any ideas? <BR> I guess other people eat meat to bait the hunger, but I'm a vegetarian, so that is not an option. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:51:52 EST Hi... I'm atunzz.. and I need help and support on how to lose my weight. I'm 25, 55 pounds and i'm heavy. thank you. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:04:41 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Vegan Gains YouTube Hey everyone, check out these links. This is a friend of mine who posts vlogs about the benefits of vegan diets and what it has done for him. He is totally buff! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> uFQ [Embed] <BR> <BR> <BR> yVw& [Embed] Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:37 EST Vegan Cheese Cookbooks? I feel like I have seen/read about suggestions re: some good vegan cheese cookbooks lately on here, and thought I had bookmarked those posts. Of course, now cannot find. Any suggestions? There is one in particular that seemed to require fairly basic ingredients...etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:45:18 EST Virtual Vegan Potluck FYI. There is a virtual vegan potluck going on... with lots of great new recipes. Scroll down on this page to see all 85 entries. You can click on any link, and then click GoBack or GoForward <BR> Buttons at the bottom to see more recipes. <BR> <link><BR>4/ </link> <BR> <BR> I participated for the first time and submitted a new yummy recipe I created over the past couple of weeks: citrus potato soup. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:17:14 EST food chains Being concerned not just with what I am eating but also how my food is picked and produced is relevant to me but has not yet been in the forefront of my thoughts when I go fruit and vegetable shopping. Following the news of late, that has been changing for me more and more. Was there justice or cruelty involved in getting this tomato to my plate? I have not yet seen the recently released movie, "Food Chains" but I look forward to it. You can watch the trailer here: <link>www.foodchainsfilm... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:44:43 EST Cory Booker goes vegan Awesome news! I think this is especially meaningful as I'm pretty sure he has presidential ambitions. Even now he will be able to influence so many people. <link><BR>ry_booker_and_his_twitter_feed_go_vega<BR>n.html </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:33:13 EST A little help with recipe conversions? Hi all, <BR> I’m trying to convert my favourite recipes from Swedish (metric using deciliters) to cups and ounces. could I please ask you a favour and look at this recipe and tell me if it makes sense to you? <BR> <link><BR>tage-cheese-burgers-with-kidneybeans-l<BR>eek-and-parsley/ </link> <BR> <BR> In the ingredient list: <BR> 1 can / 230 g / 8 oz kidney beans <BR> 10 centimeters / 4 inches leek <BR> 125 g / 4 oz cottage cheese <BR> 50 ml / 1 oz chopped... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:37:34 EST Clean eating I've decided not to wait until January 1st to get back on track with eating, and when someone posted a link to this Buzzfeed program I was all over it -<BR>an-eating-challenge <BR> <BR> I was skeptical at first, but I am in love with the salads, yogurts and veggie meals in this plan. I used Quorn for the chicken recipes, and just add a different substitute for the fish. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:50:59 EST Hi! I'm Bekah Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old Florida girl. I was a vegan for almost 11 years, but in the last 5 years, I have gained almost 80 pounds. I am recently engaged to someone I have known for 9 years, we have been together for 3 1/2. <BR> <BR> My best size was 5 years ago, when I was 145, at a height of 5'9. I have always had plenty of friends, loved to laugh, and have thrived on being social. However, while I was so distracted with simply having fun, I took for granted how comfortable in my ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:47:34 EST Holiday Recipes Hi veg*ns! <BR> <BR> It's that time of year again. Often, we find ourselves at parties and dinner with work, family and friends. And we often have to contribute a dish that will satisfy meat-eaters as well as vegetarians and vegans. What's your go-to holiday dish? Let's hear all about it below. I'd be happy to see recipes posted or linked, too - pictures even! <BR> <BR> Happy Holiday Season! <BR> Heather Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:44:02 EST Changing Up Some Old Favourites Since we are in the American Holiday week, I thought I would ask this, as maybe someone has actually tried it! I am a huge fan of scalloped potatoes, and was wondering if anyone has made them using non dairy milk? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:42:31 EST 5 weight loss tips I would give my younger self <BR> Hi all! Following is a countdown of the top 5 tips I would give my younger self about preventing weight gain. I think #1 would have been my most crucial tip... Learning the truth about the unhealthiness of the Standard American Diet, and learning to embrace REAL food like veggies, fruit, and beans. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss-tips-i-would-give-my-younger-self/ </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:19:41 EST What are some good meat substitutes? I was wondering how I can make chicken/meat dishes vegetarian. <BR> For example, let's say there's this chicken recipe that looks great, should I just replace the chicken with veggies or with faux meat products? <BR> I've tried tofu and I just don't like it because I don't think I cook it right and the texture is too spongy for me. <BR> But I'd love to hear your thoughts on what are some good meat substitutes for chicken, beef, etc. recipes. <BR> Thanks so much!!! <BR> :) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:26:29 EST Hi Hi everyone, I'm Maisie I'm new to being vegan, my best friend has been vegan her whole life, and is the one that introduced me to vegan living. My family has a whole list of hearth issues from high blood presser, cancer, and diabetes. A few months back I was talking to my friend about these issues and my worries of getting them, she gave me a list of videos to watch like Forks over knifes, Vegucated, Earthlings (warning very graphic), and the youtube video Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - G... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:43:43 EST Vegas I am heading out to Sin City tomorrow morning, and although I will have no problem finding plant based foods in a city where food comes in a close second to gambling and I believe even before shopping.. I was wondering if anyone knows of a restaurant that deals strictly with Vegan fare? Add kilometres and kilometres of walking, and I am hoping to come home, at the very least, the same weight I went down at! <BR> <BR> Donna Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:54:50 EST Christmas Meal Hello! Once again I come to you for advice. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I will be hosting Christmas this year. I will mention I never make Christmas dinner as I am not a cook and always allow my mom to make it. This year however I want to certainly have no dairy. I have been feeling so good without and now knowing how it is made I am not wanting to start back up. I also am, as you know from my other thread, trying to transition to vegan, although, right now it seems so overwhelming and scary. ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:33:46 EST Bone health Ginny Messina recently wrote an article on vegan bone health, which generally sums up her general (EXCELLENT established) guidelines: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-perspectives-on-protein-calcium-and-v<BR>egan-bone-health.html?utm_source=feedb<BR>urner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fe<BR>ed%3A+TheVeganDietitian+%28The+Vegan+Dietitian%29 </link> <BR> <BR> I've written about calcium before, but repetition is the mother of knowledge, right? ;) <BR> Just make sure... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:05:34 EST Losing weight as a veg'n is the best! I am happy to report that I have lost 40 pounds since starting my veg'n whole food plant-based diet (by diet, I mean permanent eating lifestyle)! The best part is that I know I will be able to keep it off, because I have a new, permanent attitude about food. I choose not to eat any meat or dairy, and I limit processed foods as much as humanly possible. I have learned to love veggies, fruits, beans... Food that comes from the ground. <BR> <BR> My before-and-after photos: <BR> <link>plibby... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:09:35 EST how do I handle family criticism for veganism? Hello, <BR> I have been a vegetarian since I was 5 (I'm 33), but I have been vegan on and off so many times since I was about 18. Last time I was vegan my family thought it was hilarious. They all wanted to know how long I was going to last as a vegan this time. <BR> I am humiliated at just the thought of telling my family that I am going to be vegan again. Even my children who are 7 and 10, think it is funny. I am not humiliated of being vegan I am humiliated at how many times I have tried a... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:44:53 EST Transitioning. Hello everyone! <BR> Tomorrow marks a month I have been off dairy. I decided to skip the dairy and gluten due to stomach issues. I have added a bit of gluten back in here and there, one time I had a bad reaction so I am doing it slowly. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I watched "Earthlings" and it was the first documentary on the food industry that has made me really question my consumption of meat and dairy and eggs. It was so heartbreaking and eye opening. <BR> <BR> I have considered going vegetari... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 15:13:54 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST My Second Coming Years ago, and I mean YEARS, I joined this team. Then, I was a full fledged, card carrying Vegan. <BR> But I have fallen... fallen so far down that I can hardly remember. I also can't remember my old user name or password! <BR> So.. this is a whole new me... I thought "Caterpillar" was fitting , as I restart my journey. I see butterflies in my future! <BR> I am restarting as I did back then.. with cutting certain food out of my diet. gradually, until I can call myself a Vegan once more. <BR... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:03:21 EST um what the? so I made this "really awesome" nacho soup for my girls and I. for a "meatier" consistency I added Quornia meat substitute in it. Was very tasty except my daughter pointed out "mom, it's not clean...there's chemicals in it" <BR> <BR> I said "no way, it's vegetarian so that means it's good for you!" she showed me the words I couldn't pronounce <BR> <BR> what the deuce man?? <BR> <BR> She says "welcome to my world" <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:34:24 EST Veggie weight loss buddy? Hi! <BR> <BR> Three months into my weight loss program and I'm down 20 lbs! I am a 32-year-old vegetarian (mostly vegan) who has a lot to lose! I would love to find a pen pal to chat with, exchange stories, recipes, weigh-ins, and be accountable. Send me a private message if you would like that too! <BR> <BR> -Allie Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:15:28 EST 300-400 calorie recipes Hello all! I am looking for low calorie vegetarian recipes that can easily be prepared for one or prepared ahead of time and frozen/refrigerated until I am ready to eat. I have fallen into unhealthy habits again and would really like to get back into prepping my meals for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> Also, I know this is practically sacrilege for a vegetarian, but I really don't like mushrooms. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:16:03 EST Hello :) Hi everybody! I'm a very new vegan and so far I'm loving it! I'm hoping to get some recipe ideas and support from this team, and hoping to help and inspire others along the way :) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:16:44 EST Hi I am Jess wishing I can stay healthy and lose w I am jesse and I have struggled with weight all my life but at this age I have realized I need to be healthy for my kids and live to see them happy . I feel quiet upset coz of my weight but I know I`ll definitely lose it this time and keep it off Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:03:11 EST Convincing my family that being vegan is not a fad I have been vegetarian for 5 months and vegan for 2 months. <BR> <BR> I made exceptions at the beginning, but I gave them up over the first 2-3 months: fish, then eggs, then dairy. The only exception I made recently was ordering cheese enchiladas at a Mexican restaurant, which I won't do anymore. I have an excellent vegan enchilada recipe now. :) <BR> <BR> So here I am after 5 months of starting my new eating lifestyle, and I am thrilled to call myself a vegan. It was a fairly quick journey... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:32:48 EST Should I post this? Hello to the vegans on this veg'n team! <BR> <BR> I have a nonfood question that I don't know if I should post. So here goes anyway... <BR> <BR> Do any of you know of an inexpensive but good hand soap (liquid or solid) to use in the kitchen and bathrooms to wash hands with? That's the only thing that's stopping me from moving towards my goal of a vegan lifestyle. Everything else in my life is on track. <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:32 EST How to magically turn cauliflower into Alfredo Hello my fellow Veggie Spark Peeps! I just posted my first cooking vlog, telling the world about my fav magical veggie recipe. Let me know what you think! Video-ing a cooking demonstration was a lot more complicated than my usual sweaty vlogs just talking about my workouts and life in general. I have a new appreciation for you tubers now! Ha! <BR> <BR> Anywho, here's a link to my spark people blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=580147... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:54:43 EST Thank you for being a vegetarian or vegan. Thank you for standing against animal cruelty, and thank you for not eating other animals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>172</em> <em>14</em> <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:07:43 EST I know a lot of this is junk food - but it's great Have you heard this vegan rap? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-old-vegan_n_5991950.html?fb_action_id<BR>s=10154670400035147&fb_action_types=og<BR>.comments </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:05:09 EST Help to remove Upper left back pain Hi everybody, <BR> Can someone tell me how do I remove upper left back pain? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:46:11 EST Tomato and basil lentils I have been learning about how healthy lentils are! They are a great source of protein that are rich in iron, zinc, and many other micro-nutrients. <BR> <BR> Here is a recipe for my favorite healthy lentil dish I make most often: <BR> <link><BR>ntils/ </link> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:34:33 EST What's your favorite meat substitute? Happy Fall! It's so beautiful this time of year here in the northeast. <BR> <BR> I know, I know, natural, whole foods is the goal for everyday eating, but sometimes we just crave some dish from the past. <BR> <BR> Last night I tried Quorn for the first time when I made chick'n marsala, and I have to say it was the best consistency of any substitute I've tried. <BR> <BR> I also love tempeh and Field Roast Grain Meat products, occasionally. <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:19:32 EST Fresh vegetarian chili <em>465</em> It's a great time of year to make some warm, delicious vegetarian chili. I have been enjoying it so much, that I had to share. <BR> <BR> Recipe: <BR> <link><BR>n-chili/ </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:14:56 EST Mega vegetable soup My recipe for mega vegetable soup: <link><BR>soup/ </link> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:34:20 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Talia Fuhrman's new book Dr. Fuhrman's daughter Talia's book is for sale on amazon. It's called Love Your Body: Eat Smart, Get Healthy, Find Your Ideal Weight, and Feel Beautiful Inside & Out! <BR> <BR> Looks good! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:54:53 EST Hi Hi Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:46:46 EST hello~~ My name is Erinne, I have been a veggie for the past 2 1/2 years, on and off Vegan for the past year! It's tough since I love cheese and eggs!!! I just joined Spark and love it so far!! I think I am posting this correctly!!! Although I have cut out meat and fish, I still over eat which is why I joined Spark!! I wish Spark had a vegan option!!! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:28:41 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST New to the group and newly vegan. Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Savannah, married mom of 2, and I'm currently in the process of switching my whole family to a vegan lifestyle. :) <BR> <BR> Any tips and tricks for making this an easy transition for my meat loving husband and my daughter who is a grilled cheese-oholic? <BR> <BR> Also any neat lunch ideas for a school aged child? Sat, 6 Sep 2014 15:28:56 EST Cutting out green veggies So I'm on this medication that get affected by some of the vitamins in green veggies and its so frustrating cause green veggies are my favourite and a big part of my diet . <BR> Any suggestions to what I can do? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:17:02 EST New Spark Team In case there are any Bountiful Baskets members here, I started a team for BBFC members on SP. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:05:50 EST Back Again! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I've introduced myself before, but I've had a long break so why not do it again (or for the first time). <BR> I'm 23 from New Zealand, I'm a student but on a break from study as I've suffered a very intense year. In October 2013 I got diagnosed with a form of uterine cancer. Since then I've been through so much; chemotherapy, multiple infections, 2 major surgeries, drastic weight loss(the unhealthy kind), rapid weight gain and even spent a few weeks ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:09:07 EST Dunkin Donuts offers Almond Milk Things really are changing out there! <link><BR>/dunkin-donuts-offers-almond-milk-as-c<BR>onsumers-switch-from-dairy </link> <BR> <BR> Somehow, even though the paleo and meat focused word is strongly represented, the numbers must be heading towards our way of thinking. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:54:57 EST Hi! I'm 39 and have been vegetarian for 10 years. I love cooking, I'm recovering from a laproscopy so trying to be as healthy as possible. I want to not just lose some weight but have more energy and feel healthier. I've tried sparkpeople before but now really want to make a go of it to really see and feel the benefits. I've been back for 1 week, doing yoga every day and inputting all my food, which makes me realise how lacking in protein and vegetables I was even though I thought myself pretty h... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:10:09 EST female tortoises talk to their hatchlinks I'm suddenly feeling so moved, so blessed and so proud to be a veggiehead! <BR> <BR> The below link is breaking news. I especially love the conclusion: <BR> “That we know so little about the wildlife around us is exciting because it reinforces that one should never just accept conventional wisdom when conducting research. WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/08/19/female-turtles-talk-to-their-h<BR>atchlings-scientists-discover/ </link>... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:30:00 EST Starch Issues: Vegetari an/Vegan help please! Hi, <BR> My name is Lana. I am a busy 30-something, and I am vegetarian (originally vegan). I eat mostly Boca, Light Life, and Morning Star products; and I am on a 1200 calorie diet. The problem is that I have been watching my starch/carbs, and prefer my meatless meal options to contain low carbs so that I can add carbs in that I can see/have volume. <BR> <BR> Ex: <BR> <BR> I would prefer a soy/meatless option that is low carb, so that I can pair it with rice <BR> I would prefer a soy/mea... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:50:40 EST Another doctor says yes to carbs! Here's what Dr. Garth Davis says: (I'm posting this around a few sp teams - he says it so well!) <BR> <BR> "What will it take to make people understand that carbs do not make people fat. Patients come in to see me for weight related issues. When asked what they think the central problem is, the answer is always carbs. Yet, every diet log I look at is loaded with animal protein and fat. Just about everybody is eating eggs and sausage for breakfast. I can't tell you how often Jimmy dean sausag... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:09:48 EST How Much Fat Do You Eat? Hi Everyone, <BR> I just started back on a healthy vegan diet today and this is the first time I'm using SparkPeople, though I've been a member for some time. I'm a little overwhelmed at all of the tools available so I'm still getting to know everything! <BR> <BR> One thing I was curious about is, how much fat do you eat in your vegan diet? I know there are a lot of schools of thought about this, especially in the vegan community. There is a whole group of vegan doctors (like Neal Barnard, J... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:51:27 EST (Almost) ready to start the transition... When I was in high school, I had a friend-of-a-friend who was vegan, and at that point all I could think was "What the heck does he eat?!" Now that I'm older, I am now looking into vegan-ism in both the nutritional and humanitarian viewpoints. I am really in seeing if it is something I can do. <BR> <BR> I'm not a huge red-meat fan (though my husband is, but he won't be doing this with me), but I love chicken and shell-fish. One of the main problems I will encounter is the fact that there are... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:57:16 EST Shamageddon is gettin to Shreddin'! Just signed up a couple of days ago. Not sure what I am doing yet, but I will get there. It's nice to be here. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:22:14 EST Rania2006 Hi My name is Rania and I just joined yesterday 16 August 2014 and im not sure where to start. Please advise how many times a day I should eat and what I can have for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks and how many hours apart I should space my food. Im really desperate to loose weight. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:46:12 EST I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS BUT AM SCARED Hello - I am a 'slightly older' lady who has let herself go due to ill health and need some support please!!!! I am also willing to give support to anyone else who needs it. This is my first visit to any site like this and really don't know what to do or say. Please help!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:18:19 EST I'm kind of new here... Hello - again...I joined SparkPeople back in 2011 but I never took off with it. Today, I revisited the site and feel inspired. I'm hoping I can get going and catch some momentum. I am so tired all the time and I miss the once active life I used to live many years ago. Over the last 12 years, I have gained 100 pounds!!! WHAT?! I just can't believe it. How did I let that happen? I could use all the support I can get right now, any words of encouragement, inspiration, personal success stories, a... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:54:04 EST My secret to awesome Asparagus On those cooler days when you can use the oven, you can pop these in there; on the hotter ones, put them on the grill! <BR> <BR> You'll need... <BR> * Asparagus <BR> * Oil - I normally use Canola or Olive <BR> * Salt <BR> * Pepper <BR> * Garlic Powder <BR> * Onion Powder <BR> * Aluminum foil <BR> <BR> First, wash your asparagus and pat dry with a towel. <BR> <BR> Remove the dried out ends of the asparagus. To do this, hold the vegetable at both ends and gently bend it. It will break off ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:09:35 EST Hello! I'm Storm, and I'm trying to transition towards a Vegan diet. Just started the process, so still lots of work to do. Trying to get into more Vegetarian diet first, by cutting down on meats and such, and hopefully I can make it to Vegan after that. First steps on a long journey. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:21:23 EST Hello SparkPeople! I am very happy to have found this site and am looking forward to kicking to the curb the 10-15 pounds I seem to hold to dearly. Beyond time to let them go! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:27:08 EST Worried about transitioning to vegan? When I decided to become vegan, and shortly after that, eat only plant-based whole foods (no processed foods), I was overwhelmed. Would I be able to do it? How would I feed myself as I was learning to cook, and finding recipes? I had a full time job. I had to bring a lunch because there were no vegan options at work. How was this all going to work? <BR> <BR> I had the blessing of a friend of a friend who was plant strong, and I hired her to make lunches for me once/week until I could ge... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:40:07 EST Hello I'm new here I hope this website will motivate me to lose weight I always fail in diet tried so many and never worked I need some help I really hope that I can reach my goal through this website Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:43:41 EST Hello Sparkies... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, a Canadian, and a new member. I'm here to make some friends, lose weight and have some fun doing it. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good Friday. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:31:43 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Transitioning from juice fasting to a raw diet I have done two 60 day juice fasts this year. I have been a vegetarian for 40 years, but I want to start a raw food lifestyle. I am hoping to not lack the energy to exercise. Any suggestions? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:26:19 EST Mayo clinic newsletter says Eliminate Meat!! YAY! I'm cross posting this to most of the /vegetarian teams. Please send this around the internet - blog about it - you know - let's get the word out! <BR> <BR> I may be naive, but I think the medical profession is actually figuring out that meat is not good for humans to eat! Now if they could also figure out about eliminating oil too . . . But I bet that's coming soon. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the newsletter: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/editorial.c... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:03:02 EST Weight Loss Buddy Needed The problem with me is that I have lost weight in the past. And by that I mean a lot of weight. But I have gained it again due to my carelessness. I am back on track again, but the momentum is not as it was the last time. So I need a buddy with whom I can track my progress and celebrate the journey of getting fit. <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:22:35 EST free vegan e-books <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <BR> avaible for free for a limited amount of time only, so if yo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:55 EST Changing to a vegetarian, whole foods diet. <BR> I just hit my first goal, which was a weight loss of 15 pounds! Thanks to my vegetarian, whole foods diet (and by diet, I mean permanent eating lifestyle). <BR> <BR> Turning 40 last year was a bit depressing because I felt overweight and unhealthy... Like my prime time was over. Also, I had to choose between losing weight and buying a new "fat clothes" wardrobe. Fortunately, I recently chose the right path and am wholeheartedly sticking to it. I am feeling healthier and younger tha... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:33:56 EST not totally a newbie.... ;) hi :) my name is kim. i was on here back in 2010 and then have been back on and off since then. i lost a lot of weight on spark people and slowly went back to my old habits (darn junk food! & emotional eating) - and have gained some weight back. i am here for once and for all. i am not going to give up on myself this time. this time is different. <BR> <BR> i am totally convinced that my husband is trying to mess me up ... but you know... he doesn't make me eat anything... i am... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:23 EST Check out NPR's look at vegan men They look mighty good - right? <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs-special-series-men-in-america-looks<BR>-at-vegans/ </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:12:09 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:41 EST Hi Everyone - Cheers to a new lifestyle Hello. I am 73 years old and looking forward to learning to LIKE healthy food. (hope its not to late) Other than bad knees I am healthy and consider myself to have "lots" of energy. I am a carb addict. It sounds as though this may be the place I can finally control my cravings. I have an adorable little dog that keeps me walking and off the couch everyday. Have 4 wonderful grown boys, and a good relationship with the ex-hubby. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:43:26 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST Hi Hi! MY name is adina i am 16 years old and 74 kg i am relly trying to achieve 64 how are you?? <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:57:52 EST Need help and ideas I was vegetarian for 2 years and then "went back". I would like to go vegan but have no idea what to eat to get enough of the right nutrients. Suggestions? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:31:56 EST US & Monsanto vs El Salvador The US government has been requiring El Salvador to use Monsanto GM seeds in order to receive an aid package of $277 million. After great Salvadoran pressure it is unclear if the US will continue this requirement: <link><BR>-salvadoran-farmers-successfully-oppos<BR>e-the-use-of-monsanto-seeds </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:26:53 EST science I point my finger at those paying the scientists. Still... <link><BR>ealthy-foods-engineered-to-be-addictive </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:05:17 EST Introduction questions Anyone else here a vegetarian and a diabetic? I have lost 150 pounds from 286 down to 130. I have put back on 30 pounds in the last year which suprised me. I am a fitness instructor, nurse, mom to 9 children( I have added 3 since my profile), vegetarian for 3 years and recently diagnosed as a diabetic? How I have asked myself as there is zero family history and my health and weight have been great for 5 years.What I am finding is as a vegatarian( truly a carboholic as all veggies are carbs) d... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:01:14 EST New lifestyle I am rejoining sparks. I never took nothing serious I always felt like I was doing it for somebody else. Now this time around I am doing this for me. I want to try something new, I never been a full vegetarians before so this is something new to me and my family. my dietitian suggest that I eat fish and seafood, will trying this out. I am open to any suggests and advice while I am transformation in this new lifestyle. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:40:28 EST Struggling and getting no where My name is Alexus and I am 20 years old and over 300 pounds. I have tried many many things to help me lose weight. Ive done weight watchers twice, ive done different diets and eating plans, I have even been on prescription medication to help me lose weight twice and I gain weight while on them even though I nearly stopped eating when taking them. I dont know what I am doing wrong it seems like I gain more and more weight even when I eat right and excerise. Its starts off good and im feeling g... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:49:56 EST Hello Everyone!! Hello Fellow Sparkles!! My name is Zuleika (zoo_leigh_ka) but all my friends call me Suli(zoo_lee). I live in SoCal and totally love it. Ive been married for 9 years and have 2 wonderful kids.. a 12yr old boy and a 8yr old girl. I have tried starting my weightloss so many times and I have failed. Being a veteran its really hard to not feel guilty as how I look now and how fit I was when I was serving. I needed a real motivation and finally I have it. My sister is getting married in August a... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:57:39 EST My name is Kathy I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST Greetings from Oregon! I have not eaten flesh since 1981 and I have never missed it. One day it all just hit me; the absurdity and barbarism of flesh-eating! Yuk! I live a Vegan lifestyle, supporting and helping animals and trying to make sure to not exploit them; however, I always fail in my efforts to EAT vegan! I don't try any more because NF Greek yogurt is SUCH a wonderful source of protein. I drink my version of the East Indian drink, "Lassi" by mixing a cup of Greek yogurt with a cup of Almond Mylk, water, ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:03:22 EST Changing my diet to be a Vegetarian I am struggling with my weight and need to make changes. It is funny how your body changes as you get older, but at 61 I am finding low carbs is best. <BR> <BR> I very rarely eat red meat. Eat mainly chicken, turkey and tofu. Want to eat less chicken and turkey, more tofu and refried beans, black beans, etc. I like to incorporate protein drinks. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or reading that would help? I know I need to make sure that I get the right nutrients when going towards bei... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:38:28 EST hahaha had some great laughs with this! <link><BR>noying-things-about-being-vegan </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:53:02 EST Vegan Sandwich cookbook free Now! These free ebooks usually only stay free for a day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Books-cookbooks-ebook/dp/B00HTA0TW8/r<BR>ef=sr_1_16?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=<BR>1403096031&sr=1-16 </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:03:02 EST Vegan Supermarket Chain coming to US in 2016 WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Times ARE changing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>arket-chain-to-come-to-us-in-2016/ </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:58:27 EST Multistate Salmonella Outbreak from Chia Powder From the CDC June 13, 2014: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic SPROUTED CHIA POWDER. If you used the powder--read the info about the recall. The link below is continually updated. <BR> WHAT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder. Chia powder is made from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder. It is often added to heal... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:25:09 EST Hi. Hi, I'm not "new" to the board, but I never introduced myself, and I've been absent from the site for...a really long time. I'm vegan (obviously). I stopped voluntarily eating meat when I was probably 12. I state voluntarily because my mother did not agree with this lifestyle choice, and was very clear that I "eat what she fixed or else." Realized that dairy makes me physically ill when I was around 15, and spent quite some time convincing my mother of this. Went vegan the day I moved ou... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:26:34 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST Awesome news: EU bans animal testing for cosmetic This is so awesome - and about time!! Now it's time for the U.S. to step up and do the same! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-solution/animal-testing-for-cosmet<BR>ics-in-europe-finally-set-to-end </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:40:20 EST Monsanto vs. the State of Vermont <link><BR>014/06/04/monsanto-set-sue-vermont-req<BR>uiring-gmo-labeling-155139 </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:28:05 EST Hello All Don't think I ever intro myself. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:36:39 EST New to the veggie world Hello everyone. I have been an on/off member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years now. I'm back again, ready to jump on the weight loss wagon. I'm glad I found this group, as I need some ideas on food choices as I want to become a vegetarian in hopes of living a healthier lifestyle. Good luck to everyone this week. <BR> <em>524</em> <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:23:15 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone! My name is Staci and I am here to get motivated to be more active and healthy! I'm going to be 37 soon and want to get back to my weight when I got married two years ago &#9786;&#65039;. Here's where you come in wink wink. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:45:57 EST Just Joined Hi I am new to Spark and am on a quest to lose weight. I want to get healthy and fit for myself and my two grand children so I can do more with them. Any and all help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:37:30 EST Veggie taco meat. Does anyone know of any recipes to make taco meat out of veggies? or maybe blackbeans? Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:10:53 EST starting all over *again*.... hello fellow spark people :) <BR> <BR> was here before and now I'm trying to start all over again. hopefully this will be the *last* time for me and my starting all over's. <BR> <BR> I am Canadian, born and raised in a city called Toronto. moved out of Toronto in July 2013 to go back to College. my husband and I got hit by a car in November 2013. :( my left wrist was broken/shattered. my wrist was in 3 different colorful casts - for 8 weeks. when I got my final cast off - ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:52:24 EST Can you run faster than this 91 yr old Vegan? He just broke a record and attributes his success to his plant based lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:53:41 EST Time for something new. Hi, I'm 43, divorced, mom of two kids (7,9) and one new puppy. I'm vegan, depressed and very much in love with my bed. I want to be healthier so I've got to spend less time with my bed and more time walking my new puppy but motivation and energy are greatly lacking. Mon, 26 May 2014 13:07:29 EST grocery list I was wondering what a good, cheap grocery list for a vegan would be especially if there aren't any farmer's markets where i am. my food budget is only $80 a month, but i just can't seem to keep food in the house for that long. and we end up using some of the bill money for food... i'm just not sure where to go. i want to keep fresh produce in the house- things that aren't in the frozen aisle. so if you have any advice, that would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 20 May 2014 14:43:28 EST Hello All! I'm Winnie and I've got weight to lose! Hello Everyone. I'm a 34 year old mother of two and I need to lose weight; not only to feel healthy and confident,but for my boys. I want to run around with them, play horsey (i'm the horse of course) and just have fun without feeling as if i'll collapse after 10 minutes with them. <BR> <BR> I'm also a bit shy, so I probably won't have a lot to say. However, your stories are an inspiration to thank you in advance!! <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:26:19 EST Amtrak magazine's cover is all about going veg Featuring Paul McCarthy and Oprah Winfrey, Amtrak is talking about meatless meals! <BR> <BR> Friends, we're going mainstream! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eating-arrives-cover-amtrak-magazine/ </link> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:03:27 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:59 EST vegan yogurt i started out as a vegetarian and transitioned to veganism. it was very easy for me. the only problem problem i have is finding a vegan yogurt i can live with. i've tried them all,soy, coconut milk,almond milk. the textures are with that being said i continue to eat Greek yogurt and goats milk yogurt. <BR> any one out there have any suggestions for a good brand of vegan yogurt? <BR> Thu, 15 May 2014 07:01:43 EST First big step Hi...I am hoping to come over with my overeating through this program and become fit and healthy. Sun, 11 May 2014 15:06:30 EST Love what this Vegan Body Builder has to say Check out this beautiful man: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/12/78-year-old-vegan-bodybuilder-migh<BR>t-make-you-reconsider-your-diet/ </link> Fri, 2 May 2014 18:59:04 EST Sparks Menu Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I am brand new to the Sparks program, and did not know if anyone had any suggestions as to how to change the menu to a vegan diet plan? Many items like cheese and dairy, and meats are not what I eat. Add to that needing a gluten-free diet adds another level of diligence to what I can eat. Also, I don't really want to go over 45- 60 Grams of protein daily. <BR> <BR> Do I just make myself a new meal plan on a daily basis? I can't change the posted menu at all, or ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:06:06 EST Eating vegan for energy Hello Everyone, I'm new to this vegan/vegetarian group. <BR> I decided to follow the vegan diet because I stumbled across the Rich Roll podcast (ultra distance athlete on plant based diet). He emphasizes again and again how plant based diet gives person great energy and overall sense of well being. I'm a mom to three year old twin boys and was constantly tired which made me drink a lot of coffee after which I was irritable and not fun to be around. I was curious about all that energy that ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:37:19 EST Hello Everyone!!! New here and not quite sure how to move around in here. Just wanted to say hi and my name is Kathey. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:56:42 EST Hiya! This is all so new! Hello! I just joined Sparkpeople last week, and already I've learned sooo much! I used to be a vegetarian, but with 2 teen-aged boys, it was just too hard to get them to eat! Well that was over 10 years ago (they are 30 and 32 now!), so it's time to reclaim my commitment! Since then I've contracted a host of auto-immune problems. So, nutrition is a very high priority now. And the way I feel about it~ why would you want to be the second thing to eat the plant. I'd much rather have first dibs ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:42:56 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; Hey Sparkies.. My name is Kim... I am indeed a newbie. :) Looking to get healthy, lose weight, make some new friends and have some fun along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Always remember -- <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:35:31 EST How to know if your weight loss has slowed? Ok, I know the answer sounds obvious, but I don't necessarily mean the natural pounds lost decline that comes after the first weeks of dieting. I've been losing like 7-10 pounds a month, but I've noticed that during the last couple of months, it's only 5-6 pounds a month... <BR> I'm 21, walk a lot almost every day and I've been a low fat vegan for quite a while now. I have hypothyroid and a few other hormone issues.... It's just so sudden a decline... It wasn't gradual like I guess it should... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:55:50 EST Hey there! My name's Chianne, I am 20 years old (21 in about 2 months), and one of my long-term goals is to lose around 50 or so pounds. <BR> I've been struggling with my weight for over half of my life and, as a result, i've never really been confident in myself. For as long as I can remember, i've weighed 200 or more pounds. I remember feeling down and sorry for myself a lot throughout the years, and then feeling more guilty when I would turn to food as a comfort for those feelings. But I never did a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:06:37 EST I'm finally ready to begin... My name is Eric and I'm 30 years old. For most of my life, I've carried some extra weight. I was a chunky kid, a husky teen, and a "big guy" as an adult. Over the past few years, I've allowed myself to reach a state that can only be described by it's true name: obese. Throughout this time, I've been with a beautiful girl who is a normal, healthy weight and have felt inadequate and ashamed to be with her when I am so unhealthy. This led to a deep-rooted depression which, of course, only made t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:15:04 EST High calorie, lowish fat, small volume recipes A friend and I are trying to get back into a high raw vegan way of eating. My friend is vegan, I am flex but cannot do soy or dairy, we both would like to incorporate as much raw as we can into our eating. <BR> <BR> One of my challenges is that my friend needs a lot of calories in a compact space. Think 600-700 calories about sandwich sized volume. Eating something like a salad just takes far too much time for his seasonal hectic schedule, and it's challenging to healthfully get that many c... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:21:42 EST Easter meal Cooking for meateaters, vegetarians, vegans today. I made vegan stuffed peppers for us vegans - can't wait to try them! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:18:45 EST Getting in magnesium & calcium & iron Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on this forum and I come to you with a question about micronutrients. <BR> <BR> I'm eating a plant-based diet and transitioning into full-time vegan. (Basically I eat vegetarian most of the time and have tuna/salmon/cheese about once a week.) My current diet is made up mostly of fruit, vegetables (including dark leafy greens), oatmeal, seeds and nuts, beans here and there, tofu and faux-milk, and minimal rice/breads/pasta. <BR> <BR> <em>265<... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:38:06 EST Chef AJ's Weight Loss Video & My 30 Day Challenge <link> </link> (I shortened the link from vegsource) Scroll to page bottom. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>210</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>369</em> <em>370</em> <em>371</em> <em>372</em> <em>373</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Chef AJ is shrinking like a snowman in summer. She has a couple article's/videos on explaining i... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:57:12 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:24 EST salt Salt SALT! Hey fellow veg heads! I'm curious if I'm the only one, and if anyone has any suggestions or tips on how to (tastily) reduce salt intake. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good at sticking to a meal/fitness plan once I'm doing it, but my hardest hump to get over is my addiction to/reliance on/love of SALT in my diet. I'm to the point where I can't even eat food unless it's salted quite a bit because it tastes completely flavorless to me. <BR> <BR> Also I haven't really found a way in SP to track sodium (... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:29:42 EST protein help can anyone suggest a protein rich snack?? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:43:44 EST Dried food gives me g---s! I have learned that I need to really control my intake of dried fruit, which I recently added to my diet to get in good carbs. I love figs, but now I have allowed myself to buy the more expensive and (varied) cranberries and cherries. My problem--which figs have given me too--is that they are hard on my digestive system. They end up giving me gas. I decided that the only way to control this is to limit them. Raisins, the cheapest alternative, don't give them to me in large amounts like the ot... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:04:46 EST Fed up with the fat Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Muhsinah. I recently had a physical and my physician informed me. I have high cholesterol and am a borderline diabetic. She gave me six months to loose the weight before medication will be prescribed. I want to eliminate animal products from my diet along with any food that work against me. I am interested in transitioning into a gluten-free vegan diet. Just a diet. I am 37 year old African American female weighing in at 295. I need/want to loose 95-100 lbs of wh... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:48:31 EST vegan success story :) <link><BR>-150-pounds-going-vegan/?utm_campaign=<BR>040214&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_me<BR>dium=Living%20E-News </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> lindsay nixon features "herbies of the week" too in her happy herbivore blog; if you're interested for more success stories of people thriving on vegan diets. :D :D :D Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:40:36 EST vegan success story :) edit: <BR> <BR> thanks, i tried to correct that before but i think i ended up posting this twice :s <BR> sorry guys! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-150-pounds-going-vegan/?utm_campaign=<BR>040214&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_me<BR>dium=Living%20E-News </link> <BR> <BR> lindsay nixon features "herbies of the week" too in her happy herbivore blog; if you're interested for more success stories of people thriving on vegan diets. :D :D :D Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:39:56 EST curried cream of celery soup OMG! This one is a keeper: <BR> <link><BR>ed-cream-of-celery-soup/ </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:25:43 EST Still Transitioning I am choosing a vegan diet (still transitioning) because I want to live cruelty-free. I have been ashamed and horrified at the ways animals are treated and believe if everyone were more educated about where our food comes from and the horrific conditions that exist, more people would choose to go vegan. <BR> <BR> It is certainly tough, and dairy is one of the toughest to give up, but I have been dairy-free for 6 days now and not surprisingly, I am feeling alot better as well. I am still stu... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:02:04 EST Hello I am just starting out on my weight loss journey, having lost 60 pounds on WW in 2011, and gained it all back.... <BR> <BR> Now I am committed to living a vegan lifestyle, but am not fully transitioned yet. I am also trying to eat whole, fresh or frozen, non-processed foods so that I can truly change my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I love that there are teams and resources for vegans on here as it seems like most recipes have some kind of animal product in them. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:56:54 EST Staying in your calorie ranges Has anyone else noticed that sticking to your ranges is a heck of a lot easier when you're vegetarian/vegan? I'm finding it harder to go all out and binge eat, not because the food isn't tasty, but because I'm eating so much to hit my calorie goals! I also seem to be getting way more key nutrients than when I was tracking as an omni. Anyone else noticed this? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:19:13 EST My Eggplant Mushroom Lasagne I made this last night for dinner on the spur of the moment when my brother and hubby asked me to make lasagne. It was so good I felt like sharing the recipe. Let me know if you try and like it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2711667 </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:54:20 EST Vegan Clothing? I need to get some new clothes and would like to replace it with clothes I feel good about wearing. I hear so many bad things about the mainstream stores at the mall between what they use and sweat shops. <BR> <BR> I have spent a lot of time looking and I mainly only find graphic Ts. I want basics-no pictures or words. Can't really find much at all with jeans either. Affordable is something I am looking for. I don't have several hundreds of dollars to spend on each item. <BR> <BR> If anyon... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:10:19 EST New Mom Trying to Lose Weight Hello fellas, <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year-old woman. Ten month ago, I became mom to a precious little girl. While pregnant I was so watchful of my weight and after giving birth, I tried to stay focused and followed my healthy eating habits. Breastfeeding helped me lose some of the pregnancy weight. Weaning my baby after 4 month, my weight started to go up again mostly due to the fact that my daughter required more time from me and I was paying less attention to what, where, when, and how much I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:56:45 EST Garden Burger I made this recipe from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way last night, and it was DELICIOUS! I ate the leftover burger for lunch today. I put up the recipe as a share on SP, and it's easy to replace the eggs in it if you're vegan. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2709306 </link> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:20:33 EST Today's episode of Dr. OZ & Dr. Fuhrman Today Dr. Joel Fuhrman was on Dr. OZ. He had Dr. Oz taste what I think looked like pureed soup and I believe has said it was a Cabbage and Lentil Soup. Dr. Oz loved it and said he would have some of the recipes posted on his website. That recipe was not on Oz's website. Does anyone have his cookbook and know that recipe? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:07:26 EST New to the Vegetarian Lifestyle Hello Everyone! My name is Dolores but everyone calls me bikki. I took the seven day vegan challenge about three months ago and it was hard for the first three days but by the fourth day I started to feel more alert and my mood was just great. I felt healthy. I went back to a meat diet around the holidays and needless to say I feel horrible on it. I never realized how eating meat made you sluggish and just drained my energy. And not to be too gross but sweat smells bad when you eat meat. So I... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:02:40 EST Hello! Just joined today and wanted to say hello. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:38 EST New to this... Hello, my name is Alicia and I am 28 years old living in Norther Connecticut (USA). I am currently at 307 lbs with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (no other illnesses as of this point) I am working hard to get rid of the weight and live a healthier lifestyle and am considering becoming vegetarian, not only for the health benefits but as a Pantheist I feel it is the right thing to do. If a vegetarian diet is successful for me then I may go full blown vegan in the future but I want to... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:33:18 EST The Spark Solution Has anyone read The Spark Solution? I started reading it recently and am having trouble getting through it. I am disappointed in the lack of meal options it suggests. I knew it wasn't going to be vegan or vegetarian but so far there hasn't been a single menu that hasn't had meat. Just curious how everyone else felt. <BR> <BR> Aimee Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:14:25 EST Sharing my music with you all Hi all fellow Veggies and hopefully music lovers, <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a blog. I only found out a week ago that I could do this so I have chosen to add some of my work in my blogs. <BR> <BR> I feel that music can be used as a terrific motivator be it fast upbeat to move to, slow and tranquil to chillout to and everything in between. It certainly can contribute to a healthier lifest... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:56:41 EST Roasted Cauliflower And Chickpea Tacos I received this recipe in my email today. This looks so good so I had to share. <BR> <link><BR><BR>sted-cauliflower-and-chickpea-tacos%2F </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:09:24 EST Vegan Cookbooks Hi Everyone, I'm looking to cook more vegan recipes, and expand my repertoire. I just received the Oh She Glows Cookbook, and it is fantastic! I highly recommend it. But I would like to add more vegan cookbook staples to my collection. Any suggestions? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:32:50 EST Getting healthy again on a veg'n diet I've been a vegetarian for over 3 years and in that time I was a vegan for about a year and a half. During that time I experienced some highs and lows. At times I felt and the best I ever have health-wise (new baking recipes! smoothies and salads! and i loved it too) and the worst (during one particular winter i got sick, felt very weak, and was craving eggs like crazy). Eventually, because of stress and honestly just becoming less passionate about the ethical side of veganism (though i stil... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:38:09 EST I have a Slip disc but still need to reduce weight Hi friends, <BR> I discovered this site while looking for solution to my slip disc problem for which I need to reduce almost 20kgs ASAP w/ doing much strenuous exercises. Can somebody suggest me how I will be able to achieve that. I am very depressed due to my situation n need your help n support. I m 36yrs Female, married, have 2 kids 11 & 7yrs. Pls advise. <BR> God bless, <BR> Priti Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:40:04 EST Have you tried these newish products? I have been reading about Kite Hill and Hampton Creek Mayo. I am especially interested in the chipotle mayo they make. Haven't had much luck finding these at my local WF and was wondering if anyone has tried them and how they compare to similar products. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Aimee <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:16:13 EST Hello - Learning how to use this site Hi, my name is Elise. I am new to this site and I'm still figuring out how everything works. My husband and I are trying to eat vegan at home. I found the "My Nutrition" page under "My trackers." We've been doing a vegan meal plan from the Happy Herbivore. It's pretty cool, but I see that there are planned meals in my tracker that I can use for free. Is there any way to get a vegan meal plan through this site, or will I need to figure out substitutions on my own? <BR> <BR> I'm glad t... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:10:52 EST Balanced Veg'n Meal Does anyone have a go-to balanced meal? I'm trying to establish a healthy meal that fits the ratio recommended for fats /protein/ carbs and into the calorie range for a single meal (maybe 400?) that I can either plan ahead and make to take to work, or go-to when I don't know what I want. Does that make sense? Has anyone ever done this? If so, what is your balanced meal? Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:09:59 EST Missanne on the move I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST do you have trouble meeting your b5 and zinc needs These are the two things I'm never getting enough of. On my best days, both get close to 80% but it's usually around 50%. <BR> Anyone else having trouble with these 2 guys? How do you make sure you get anough of both? Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:59:40 EST Type 2 diabetic looking for Vegan help HI, <BR> I have been a member of spark (off and on for a few years), I most recently re-joined to help control my type 2 diabetes. Through the help of exercise I have been able to stop all of my oral medications; I am struggling with weight loss right now and am terrified that if I don't get my life under control I will be back taking those drugs that did not agree with me. I have never attempted a vegetarian, let alone a vegan lifestyle, I will be reading all of your posts. <BR> Thanks Mon, 3 Mar 2014 18:43:41 EST Hello to all... Hello all,not new to Sparkpeople but new to this group thing...have been a on again off again veg for about 5 years,thing have been tough past few years,Mom has cancer and a big move back to my hometown has been difficult and bad food is my comfort...but have regrouped and started fresh this year going vegan, stress management and hoping to make some new vegan friends to help keep me on my way!! I look forward to meeting you all!! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:22:50 EST breakfast I'm having trouble making a good vegetarian breakfast that's not too high in calories. Any ideas are welcomed <BR> <BR> Thanks for listenign Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:59:57 EST info someone posted on msg board about vegan Although we have some vegetarians we are not a vegetarian group. Personally, I don't recommend low carb plus vegetarian and most doctors don't either. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are trying to go to a vegan diet you will have eat differently than the members of this group do. <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegans don't eat meat nor any products associated with meat including dairy, cheese, broth, gelatin, etc. <BR> <BR> Actually going vegan doesn't prevent diabetes all that well in many people. <BR> <BR> L... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:45:56 EST Happy Cow If you want to join, <link> </link> It's a fun website. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:30:14 EST vegan menu plans for lowering blood sugar Is it possible to lower blood sugar <BR> <BR> With vegan meals?? <BR> If so tell me without increasing carbs or sugar <BR> I dont mind the dact of getting proteins from beans <BR> ir tofu or soy <BR> just tired of buying meat ... <BR> I never eat red meat potatoes rice or pasta or bread at al <BR> I eat 50 / 50 salad mix often <BR> and i have switched to skim milk and egg whites <BR> Startimg to not eat yogurt any more mistly cuz its expensive <BR> <BR> Hope to get some info from this g... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:11:10 EST what are quick breakfast meals Someone provide me <BR> Breakfast plans <BR> <BR> And snack choices thanks Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:10:14 EST Help I'm trying to add friends but it is not showing their user name when I search! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:35:43 EST New Hello, my name is Cyndi and I am attempting SparkPeople again. <BR> I have been wanting to go vegan/vegetarian for a few years, I just haven't done it yet. I am a mother of 3 young children and a student. In my Environmental Biology class we have to come up with a project and I've chosen to become vegan for the duration of the project. I just fully decided this today and will have to document my progress or lack of progress. I'm looking for any thoughts, advice, comments. Thank you! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:08:33 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! I am excited to connect with fellow vegetarians! I am always on the look out for new recipes. I have been slacking the past few months and eating alot of processed foods and I am getting on myself to eat more clean. I signed up with spark people to track what I eat and keep myself accountable for everything I put in my mouth. Also to get motivated to exercise. (ever since I lost my job at the gym I have gained a few pounds) Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:06:38 EST Hello Everyone Hello all, I am excited to be part of a group and find friends that will walk with me through this journey. This is the most weight I have ever wanted to lose. I am 54, single no children, and work and attend college full-time so I need all the encouragement, motivation and health tips I can get. Can't wait to meet my first 25lb goal. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:11:42 EST New vegan Hello, I am newly vegan and looking forward to connecting with others and sharing food ideas. I'm also a personal trainer and endurance cycling junky. Always looking for new ways to keep the weight off, eat more natural foods, and inspire others to do the same. <BR> <BR> ***Sorry, I meant to post this in the introduce yourself forum but must have hit the wrong button. I can't figure out how to delete the topic now. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:16:49 EST Glad to be here! <em>252</em> Since January I have done a major overhaul on my diet. I was sick and tired of getting the same results...FAT, lethargic, moody. This way of life has CHANGED my life. I lost 25# and I am in her because a friend got me turned on to Spark People and I am so glad I have this group to come to. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:16:17 EST Weight loss & Vegetarianism I have only been at this for 2 months now, so it may be too soon to see any of the benefits that I have heard about. However I am noticing that weight loss seems to be a little bit easier with this vegetarian diet. Has anyone else noticed this? <BR> <BR> I don't know if there is appetite suppression or if my metabolism has changed or I am just imagining the whole thing. In either of these scenarios, I am still pleasantly surprised that it seems a bit easier to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> An... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:18:15 EST What is the best vegan cheese? I am looking for vegan cheese that actually tastes good. The only vegan cheese they sell at my local grocery store is rather plasticy. It doesn't melt like cheese, it melts into this plastic-like pile of goo. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:03:05 EST Hi everyone! In the past, I have been unsuccessful at weight loss when I choose to follow a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. I want to make it work this time, once and for all. Still healing from a recent surgery (minor), and am chomping at the bit to get back into the saddle of exercising again! Looking forward to interacting with your inspiration! (Not quite sure if I am posting this correctly....) Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:00:18 EST Any Vegan Body Builders? I am looking to draw from the experience of people who are already vegan body builders. I have already searched websites etc but I would like to hear about your personal experience. I want to start a rigorous exercise program but I am considering going to vegan for ethical reasons. I need good nutrition because my recovery time and nutrient needs are a little higher due to a medical condition (don't worry the Dr. didn't tell me not to exercise rigorously!). Oh, and anyone who can advise on V... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:50:26 EST SBrinson01 Trying to help husband learn and control his diabetes Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:06:52 EST Almost vegan ...but not really! <BR> <BR> Hi :) <BR> I´m Fluffy, I´m almost new, and I just wanted to say hi. <BR> Which I did above ;) <BR> My decision to forego meat and meat products is not one strictly connected to my conscience. I went (almost and a little more than just) vegetarian for health reasons. <BR> (and yes I do eat meat on rare occasion, when I decide the joy is worth the pain) <BR> I am managing my rheumathoid arthritis with the help of a diet very low on animal fat, but high in Omega-3... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:25:55 EST Hi! Hey all! My name is Danielle. I did the veggie thing for awhile before my wedding to detox and drop some weight. I've gained it all back and have been torturing my body with crap food for awhile now so I'm trying again. My main concern is getting enough calories and protein to keep up with my workouts. Any recipe suggestions, encouragement is more than welcomed :) Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:07:35 EST seitan tips? I have a snow day today and am going to try my hand at making seitan just for fun. I will probably use instructions from the ppk because I have had good luck with her recipes, but if someone else has experience using a different recipe they loved, please share. Or if you have experience making seitan and have tips to share I would love to hear them. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:37:41 EST In Search of Perfect Snack---Help! Hello there! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions for low-fat, high-protein, wheat-free, soy-free vegan snacks/foods? I eat a lot of beans and nuts, but was hoping to find something a little easier (and lighter) for snacking. Any suggestions? Thanks! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:18:16 EST Hello! Hello, I'm Aimee. I'm 25 years old and I have been a vegetarian since I was 12. I love animals and can't stand the thought of eating them, especially the way they're treated on the factory farms. I would really like to be vegan, but I am a horrible cook so my boyfriend does the cooking and he already cooks 2 meals most days because I don't eat what he does. I need to learn how to cook because I don't want my eating habits to be even more of an inconvenience. I am trying to lose a couple pound... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:18:33 EST Freezing Beans Do beans freeze well? I've frozen soup with beans in it, but not a straight bean dish. I'd like to make several meals in advance, but I'm not sure if this will work for beans. Any advice? Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:33:36 EST mass killing of Sochi strays Amidst massive human rights violations, anti-gay laws, environmental disasters ... surrounding this year's winter olympics, I thought the topic of the extermination of Sochi strays might speak to this team: <link><BR>lympics/racing-to-save-dogs-roaming-ar<BR>ound-sochi.html </link> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:06:22 EST Introduction I never thought I would be introducing myself in a message board for vegetarians, but here I am. I have been meat/chicken/fish free for about a month now. <BR> <BR> Ever since I bought a dog, I have just lost my taste for meat. Does that make sense? The thought that kept running through my head is that my dog has a personality all of his own. Each of the animals that are put down could have had their own personality as well. <BR> <BR> These are some personal reflections of mine. Please go... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:37:32 EST How often are you weighing yourself? I just started a low fat vegan program 5 days ago. I'm feeling great, lots of energy, I haven't felt this great in a while. I'm also really enjoying the creativity in the kitchen too. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. <BR> I'm tracking my food, I'm eating within my plan confines and one day I'm down 2 lbs the next I'm up, the day after that I'm back down and more. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to weigh myself at the same point (morning before breakfast, after I use... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:13:51 EST Hello All Hello, I am excited to finally find a site like this. My name is Kara I am 21 years old and currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am new to being a vegetarian and I eventually want to go vegan and then Raw 'til Four. My current weight is about 210lbs and my goal weight is between 115lbs and 120lbs. I gained a lot of my weight after battling an eating disorder and gained weight once more after starting online college. It is easy to gain weight when you spend all day sitting in front ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:47:06 EST Hello... .again!! Hi everyone! I'm Kaya, and I'm going to re-introduce myself here, after being away for a couple of years. I'm back on SP, and happy to remember this board was part of my community! I just convinced my BF to go vegetarian for his health, and I'm working on transitioning to vegan for my emotional health! :-) <BR> <BR> I'm excited to see what great recipes and interesting things I'll learn about here. <BR> <BR> Thanks for havin me! <BR> <BR> ~Kaya~ Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:14:24 EST new to the group Hi. I just started on my weight loss journey today. I have been a vegetarian for a while now and am trying to make the jump to vegan. However, I have fallen into the trap of eating too much junk and just too much in general and now need to lose a significant amount of weight. I am looking forward to the support and advice of this team. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:35:04 EST Vitamin D Somehow I managed to get myself into a Vitamin D deficiency. Dr. recommended I start taking a Vit. D supplement but I am looking online for others ways to supplement it especially after getting my levels up. Been reading online but I'd like to see what other Veg's do. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:07:05 EST god bless god is good ! hello my name is zully and i am currently having a super hard time trying to loose weight i need help and suport to get motivated . Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:26:19 EST Need support Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Vanda. I want lost weight. I lack determination and give up easily. Need help to push myself to excercise Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:31:20 EST Fat vs Sugar This is rather long, and when I first watched it I thought the first two-thirds of the video were unnecessary. However, now that I've been away from it for several hours I've changed my mind. This has some good basic, helpful, and even necessary information for people who are trying to lose weight. It also has some good information about fat, sugar and diabetes. <link> </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:48:36 EST Kale --- giving it a 2nd chance A big bag of pre-cut kale was on sale. Now what do I do with it? <BR> <BR> I've tried kale but the family was not favorably impressed. I'm giving this stuff a second chance. I WANT to like it. <BR> <BR> I'm not a fan of the idea of green drinks --- no green smoothies. We like spinach and use it often for dinner but simply substituting kale did not work for us. Please share your favorite, family-friendly kale ideas. Vegetarian ideas only, please. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:37:56 EST Forks over Knives I got the DVD and the books. It shows how a plant-based diet can not only help you lose weight, it can help fight heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It's fascinating. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:17:31 EST I'm looking for spark friends :) Hey guys, I've been on the site for a little while and I'm finally getting my momentum going. I'm looking for some people to share the journey with that will help hold me accountable. I also really like reading blogs, and I post on mine once in awhile too. <BR> <BR> I've posted on here before, but here's a little background info about me. I would describe myself as a former junk food vegetarian and yo-yo dieter. Recently, I've decided to go plant-based after watching forks over knives. ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:02:53 EST SP looks FUN! I was reading weight loss success stories for inspiration and motivation because I am 60 lbs overweight. Someone had posted that part of their success was due to so naturally I came to the website to check it out. So here I am. I hope that this will be a tool that will work for me for my weight loss goals. It looks fun! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:58:40 EST Great News! VICTORY! The King Amendment will not be included in the Farm Bill! The Farm Bill has been finalized and the highly controversial King Amendment has been removed. The King Amendment claimed to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it was designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states. Thanks to letters and phone calls from dedicated animal advocates like you, our Representatives and Senators decided to reject the dangerous and unconstitutional King Amendment to th... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:59:29 EST Hi there! My name is Kasey McFarland (no, I'm not Irish, but someday I will go there just to hear a real Irishman say my name :)). I'm here on Spark People to start shedding the extra 30 pounds I have gained in the last 5 years working full time as a secretary after being a very busy and active stay-at-home mom for many years. Sitting all day does NOT agree with me. You know that commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest"? Well, I've been resting for 5 years and I ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:28:43 EST Help Me Fight The Good Fight Against Fat Hello SparkPeople. I'm hoping that this community can help me gain some insight into what's keeping me from reaching my weight-loss goals. I have been so used to losing weight easily, but now that I'm over 55 it's harder to lose the weight. I feel as if I need more energy, to discover more healthy foods, healthy recipes for a person who is the go a lot. The one thing I am happy about is that I purchased a Fitbit Flex and it's helping me achieve activity goals. I would now like to keep tr... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:31:13 EST Hello! *waving* I'm -here again- at Sparkpeople used it for a bit before I got re-married 3 years ago and now that another life change is upon me I'm back. Starting out slow: tracking food only for now, recently we (as a whole family -hubby, 4 boys and myself-) have become vegetarian with the goal of a full Vegan diet. <BR> Looking forward to learning and losing! <BR> Sarah Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:58:19 EST Food that helps you feel better???? Okay, I am obviously NOT a nutritionist, nor am I in the medical field. <BR> <BR> I am looking for info on vegetarian foods that help you FEEL better. As in, what foods do you stay away from that cause inflammation? What provides energy? What's an energy leech? <BR> <BR> My life is in transition in a lot of ways. I'm trying to get rid of those things in my life which cause me added stress and do not bring me joy. If food does not help me to feel well, it is then a source of stress. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:21:25 EST Hello Hi am a 48 year old mom and grandma. I am in my last year of school for my RN degree. I have recently gone back to a Vegan lifestyle. I am also trying to lose 40 pounds that has crept onto me in the past couple years. Hoping to find motivation to stay with my new life choice for better eating and a habit for working out. Trying to get myself back to running also. Thank you and good luck to everyone here! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:50:50 EST Recipes with meat/egg/dairy - what do you swap? Hiii Team! :) <BR> <BR> Just wanting to pick your brains for a few. There are oodles of great recipes on Sparkpeople, but a good number of them are for the omnivorous majority. I find myself swapping this, for that, and looking up healthier/cruelty free substitutes for certain things. If you follow any recipe (not just from Sparkpeople) that happens to list meat/egg/dairy as an ingredeant are you prone to use a certain type of substitute (brand/veggie/grain/nut) more often than others? Any p... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:34:14 EST Hi everyone! I am new to Sparks and new to being a vegetarian. I just completed the Master Cleanse and while doing so I watched a couple documentaries (food inc and earthlings) and read Skinny Bitch and now my brain is permanently scarred from knowing how the animals are treated. Not only is the animals being mistreated but a lot of the meat is contaminated. So I decided to never eat meat again, nor allow my boys to eat it; I can't force my husband but can only hope he will chose a healthier lifestyle w... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:41:55 EST hello Hello everyone my name is Patricia, I'm new here. I am 26 and following the vegetarian program. This is my 3rd day and i am loving it. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:55:26 EST hello Hello everyone my name is Patricia, I'm new here. I am 26 and following the vegetarian program. This is my 3rd day and i am loving it. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:53:57 EST Time to change my life I have battled weight most of my adult life but have decided to win the battle for good! I want to be healthy, I want to wear cute clothes but most of all I want to be the one in control of my life and my choices. I am ready to make lasting changes, and have the patience to see this through! I welcome any support and friendship! I recently decided to stop eating meat although I will eat eggs and cheese. This is a challenge for me because I lose better when eating fewer carbs. Any tips fr... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:10:20 EST The Zone Diet By Dr. Barry Sears All, <BR> <BR> After reading most of the posts, I thought I would recommend the above Zone Diet. I was introduced to this diet over a decade ago. Now in my 40's I find myself going back over the same thing, but with motivation and more education. I agree that not everyone can be a straight vegan or vegetarian. It really varies on one's body and how they respond to protein and whole grain slow burning carbs. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:52:50 EST Hi Everyone! I am ready for a Smoothie Kick Does anyone have ideas to on whey protein or soy protein? How many smoothies should I consume in a week? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Mswiggins Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:43:29 EST Hi Hi all! Current super carnivore here, wanting to cut most of the meat out of my diet and work my way towards vegetarianism, maybe one day vegan. I have a problem trying to find any sort of reasonable diet plan that gives me ideas of what I should eat on a 2000 calorie based diet. And by reasonable I mean easy to do. I am a mother of two and I go to school so I don't have a ton of time to be in the kitchen all the time. I am also trying to cut back how much gluten I consume. My reasons for wan... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:45:21 EST Hi everyone! Hey guys! I've been on spark people for a few months now, taking things pretty slow yet. I'm excited I found this group! I'm trying to work towards becoming fully vegan (although I think I prefer the term plant-based) and I could use some support. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I've been vegetarian for over a year. However, I'm what you would call a junk food vegetarian. I would say I'm a sugar addict, and I also was eating a ton of other processed junk. But I do have good news, over the past mo... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:31:25 EST Hi Everybody! Hi. New to Sparkpeople but been a vegetarian for a while. Basically what you'd call a junk food vegetarian. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:51:43 EST Protein for a picky/allergic eater I'm not a huge fan of eggs (I can eat them about once a week, and then think they're yucky the other six days). There's a nut allergy in my family, so I don't bring those into the house. Lastly, I'm eliminating processed foods from my diet, which means goodbye to my beloved sandwich "meats" and "bacon." <BR> <BR> So, what does that leave me, aside from tofu? I'm adding more weight training into my routine, so I need extra protein to build muscle. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:47:06 EST Sparkpeople's protein recommendations Hi all! I was wondering-- do any other vegetarians find it hard to meet Sparkpeople's protein requirements even when eating vegetarian protein-rich foods? <BR> <BR> Here's an example of what I ate today that was still under the recommended amount of 60 grams, it came in at 52: <BR> Breakfast: Multigrain cheerios with soymilk and a chia seed drink (often I have toast with peanut butter, about the same protein amount) <BR> Lunch: Vegan "tuna" salad made with chickpeas <BR> Snack: A serving ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:50:56 EST New Spark Person Hello All <BR> <BR> I am new to this website, but long time vegetarian. I lean more vegan, but still eat cheese. Just haven't been able to break that habit lol. I have started early menopause, which has caused me to gain approximately 20 lbs over the last year. I am dedicating this year to try to get back to my normal weight through diet and exercise. This is my first step! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:00:59 EST what do you eat in a day? i'd love to see what you eat in a day to get an idea of what some good snacks are and compare what i eat and see how i can improve. thanks! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:22:51 EST Mostly Vegetarian, Need food plan I am 53 yo retired nurse with fibromyalgia. I do occasionally eat meat. Mostly when I dont have to cook it. But for the most part I eat a serving or two of meat per week. I need to lose about 90 lbs. I need help in figuring a meal plan. I eat mostly veggies. But I am just not very good at making up meals for my style eating. I like salads and smoothies. I just read about Marie Dozier on Huffington post and she mentioned she researched the meal plans on here posted by successful people on here... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:16:22 EST Your Protein Shake? Hi Team! <BR> <BR> If you use a protein shake, what is the brand and why do you use it? Some vegetarians I talk to are perfectly fine using whey based shake mixes, but I find that strange, inhumane, and dangerous. Others suggest using a soy based protein mix, but I've read so much about soy products resulting in an excess of estrogen in your system - which I find dangerous (for the same reasons I find whey based protein shakes dangerous). <BR> <BR> I've been trying to use a plant-based (mo... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:30:22 EST