SparkPeople Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9 If you're a vegetarian, vegan, semi-vegetarian, 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9 Talia Fuhrman's new book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x59326994 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x59298370 Hi Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:46:46 EST hello~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x59072901 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x59063284 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x59062350 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x59054800 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x59052092 In case there are any Bountiful Baskets members here, I started a team for BBFC members on SP. <BR> <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/spbbfc </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:05:50 EST Back Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x59049155 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x59042891 Things really are changing out there! <link>businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-02<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58915009 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58912543 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>newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/201<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58911728 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58899377 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58878959 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58865625 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'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58862932 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58862842 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58859616 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58840536 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x58839535 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58761895 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58737862 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58728080 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58722555 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58714947 <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 Sandyblu325@Yahoo.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58659647 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58659561 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58642514 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>healthletter.mayoclinic.com/editoria<BR>l/editorial.c... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:03:02 EST Weight Loss Buddy Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58637010 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58629611 <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00LZU0MD4?tag=100<BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00ERET1VY?tag=100<BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00JSZ2DTO?tag=100<BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00JDM9G7O?tag=100<BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00ET594CC?tag=100<BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00CG3N2E0?tag=100<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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58627847 <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.... ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58624027 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58613740 They look mighty good - right? <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>thediscerningbrute.com/2014/07/21/np<BR>rs-special-series-men-in-america-looks<BR>-at-vegans/ </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:12:09 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58611026 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58603267 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58593104 Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58581232 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58495591 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58490003 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>www.truth-out.org/news/item/24811-el<BR>-salvadoran-farmers-successfully-oppos<BR>e-the-use-of-monsanto-seeds </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:26:53 EST science http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58489810 I point my finger at those paying the scientists. Still... <link>www.hungryforchange.tv/article/5-unh<BR>ealthy-foods-engineered-to-be-addictive </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:05:17 EST Introduction questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58480341 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58390562 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58334156 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58327222 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58307515 I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST Greetings from Oregon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58306995 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58300261 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58292960 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/most-an<BR>noying-things-about-being-vegan </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:53:02 EST Vegan Sandwich cookbook free Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58262600 These free ebooks usually only stay free for a day! <BR> <BR> <link>amazon.com/Vegan-Cookbook-Sandwiches<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58250184 WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Times ARE changing! <BR> <BR> <link>ecorazzi.com/2014/06/09/vegan-superm<BR>arket-chain-to-come-to-us-in-2016/ </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:58:27 EST Multistate Salmonella Outbreak from Chia Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58216490 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58202193 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58199139 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58184373 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>www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/en/<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58150857 <link>indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58131160 Don't think I ever intro myself. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:36:39 EST New to the veggie world http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58123566 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58114296 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58108041 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58098606 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*.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58077994 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x58051554 He just broke a record and attributes his success to his plant based lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <link>bit.ly/1myTlX5 </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:53:41 EST Time for something new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x58003851 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57939923 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57939181 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 me..so thank you in advance!! <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:26:19 EST Amtrak magazine's cover is all about going veg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57895259 Featuring Paul McCarthy and Oprah Winfrey, Amtrak is talking about meatless meals! <BR> <BR> Friends, we're going mainstream! <BR> <BR> <link>www.cok.net/blog/2014/05/aboard-veg-<BR>eating-arrives-cover-amtrak-magazine/ </link> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:03:27 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57886780 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57879367 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 awful.so 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57837035 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57734212 Check out this beautiful man: <BR> <BR> <link>www.collective-evolution.com/2014/01<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57695751 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57687917 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57684795 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57671662 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; http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57670741 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57651432 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57632814 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57630219 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57581238 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57577180 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57545878 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57484996 <link>bit.ly/1hJsLGh </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 VegSource.com explaining i... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:57:12 EST Nice to meet you'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57482183 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57473425 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x57459094 can anyone suggest a protein rich snack?? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:43:44 EST Dried food gives me g---s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57447665 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57422700 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57362321 <link>www.peta.org/living/food/woman-loses<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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57362309 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>www.peta.org/living/food/woman-loses<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x57341270 OMG! This one is a keeper: <BR> <link>www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/curri<BR>ed-cream-of-celery-soup/ </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:25:43 EST Still Transitioning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57305943 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57305891 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57299114 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x57284294 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>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2711667 </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:54:20 EST Vegan Clothing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57276113 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57270753 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x57261028 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>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2709306 </link> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:20:33 EST Today's episode of Dr. OZ & Dr. Fuhrman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57247677 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57216430 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57214316 Just joined today and wanted to say hello. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:38 EST New to this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57173339 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57171836 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57170048 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57153485 I received this recipe in my email today. This looks so good so I had to share. <BR> <link>www.ziplist.com/souschef?url=http%3A<BR>%2F%2Fwww.twopeasandtheirpod.com%2Froa<BR>sted-cauliflower-and-chickpea-tacos%2F </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:09:24 EST Vegan Cookbooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x57147342 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=44x9x57108246 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57104585 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57068961 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57049823 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x57005189 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x57001385 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x57001073 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56992605 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56961845 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56959340 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56949323 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56938537 If you want to join, <link>happycow.com </link> It's a fun website. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:30:14 EST vegan menu plans for lowering blood sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56932630 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56932622 Someone provide me <BR> Breakfast plans <BR> <BR> And snack choices thanks Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:10:14 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56912144 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56898005 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56866521 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56865122 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56858087 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56838763 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56837424 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56834211 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56805447 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56796418 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56772261 Trying to help husband learn and control his diabetes Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:06:52 EST Almost vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56769505 ...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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56762980 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56757424 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56748990 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56747457 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56703409 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56686879 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> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/sports/o<BR>lympics/racing-to-save-dogs-roaming-ar<BR>ound-sochi.html </link> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:06:22 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56683818 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56681654 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56669340 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56660734 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56658404 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56657189 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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56653902 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56620947 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56607124 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D-XL-zkNIY </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:48:36 EST Kale --- giving it a 2nd chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56582763 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56566378 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56560832 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56557300 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 SparkPeople.com 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56551481 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56549143 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56543591 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* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56532447 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???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56483202 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56480982 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56442637 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56403564 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56402511 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56402493 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56359026 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56346439 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56346261 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56333401 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56332446 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56246304 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56238760 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56235782 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56228153 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56226831 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56220199 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56193831 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 QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=44x9x56170419 plant based diet ---- I just read about good protein snacks. I am wondering why eggs and yogurt was on the list? <BR> I'm fairly new at this. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:54:57 EST Happy New Year, everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56163792 I've just logged in for the first time in several years, and am happy to be climbing back on track. My husband (Franklyamused) and I are longterm vegans (me for about 7 years, him for nearly 10, I think) and we love to cook, especially Indian foods. We try to avoid packaged foods and cook most of our meals from scratch. We've gotten very good at converting omni or vegetarian recipes to vegan, and our previous time here at Sparkpeople really helped inform us about nutritional content - we had ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:36:09 EST Good info for FODMAP - you can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=44x9x56136775 <link>viewer.zmags.com/publication/d5bb8fe<BR>e?page=36#/d5bb8fee/36 </link> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:12:42 EST This year is my new begin again. 2014 is mine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56131645 Hi! I want this more than ever for me this time and not for anyone else. I have been on a roller coaster ride for years and a true yo yo effect has taken its toll. I have been a mom, doctor, nurse, pet sitter, cook, wife, teacher, dish washer, held and hold a full time job, etc. everything to everyone but to myself. It just isn't fair to be so good to others and not to myself. I don't even know who I am anymore if I don't have a title. My children are grown and take care of themselves for th... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:53:02 EST New Sparky... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56124643 Hi all, My name is Kimberley. I am a college student (taking Photography) and loving it. :) I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. Moved out of Toronto (still in Ontario) to attend school. :) I am married. No kids. Today (December 29th) is my birthday... so for a present from myself - I joined SparkPeople. :) I am not waiting til New Years to make my "become healthy" for my Resolution. I'm doing it right now! :) I would like to lose around 45 pounds and then re-evaluate w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:28:15 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56114798 hi everyone. I am new here and looking forward to losing the weight that never seems to come off!! I tend to be a busy person with work and now need to find the time to get to the gym and prep those meals before hand! <BR> <BR> Chat soon!! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:49:43 EST Low FODMAP Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56114263 I am starting to find sites for those who have FODMAP problems. This one has recipes in all categories for vegetarians. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ibssano.com/low_fodmap_vegetaria<BR>n_recipes.html </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:46:39 EST My cardiologist recommended a plant-based life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56095342 Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I'm so stoked by the email I just got from my cardiologist that I plan to share it on all my plant-based-lifestyle groups, and I will probably post it to my SP blog, as well. How awesome is this? Everything after this sentence, including the link, is quoted right from my cardiologist's email: <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> <BR> Hi Serene, <BR> <BR> The calcium score was low at 9 . A concerning score would be over 400. For this low score , we would recommend diet , exercise , life... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:14:37 EST food packaging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56095305 Okay. This is heresy and I'm looking for proof. I've been hearing about preservatives put not into the food but the food's packaging. More specifically, what about 'Olivia's' greens. These are cut, and washed and clamshelled packed organic greens. The greens last for 2 or 3 weeks! I'm sure the greens are organic but I'm hearing that preservatives are being put into the plastic packaging which, over time, leeches into the food. Anyone know anything about this type of thing? <BR> <BR> I've bee... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:09:25 EST a fancy kale salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56072835 This raw kale salad is not only delicious, it is pretty, too. I've often used lemon juice to soften the leaves. This recipe calls for orange juice. Combined with cinnamon, mustard, cranberries, red onion, and roasted pecans - the salad is outstanding: <BR> <link>www.nourishingmeals.com/2013/12/chri<BR>stmas-kale-salad.html#more </link> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:11:32 EST Looking for a specific snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56072570 I'm posting this on a couple of the team boards I'm on so I apologize to anyone who sees repeats. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day I find myself short on protein and fat. Does anyone have any ideas for snacks that are <BR> <BR> High protein <BR> Moderate fat <BR> Low carb <BR> Low calorie (around 100-120) <BR> <BR> I'm pretty open to most ideas Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:28:11 EST Looking for some advice about the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x56061398 I've been doing pretty well with my diet choices lately and even have been able to eat vegan for a week. However, I'm going to visit family for 5 days for the holidays where my food will largely be out of my control. I know they will consider my vegetarianism sometimes, but we'll probably still end up at a steakhouse. I know I'm going to have to postpone the veganism for the most part. I'm also worried just about the sheer number of calories that are going to be put in front of me! <BR>... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:56:29 EST Choosing a form of B12? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56033838 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm worried about taking care of my brain and neurological system, so I'm trying to make sure I get enough B12. My doctor said I was a little low a while ago, so I started taking a multivitamin with B12 in it. <BR> <BR> I've been taking a vegan multivitamin from Deva that contains the Cyanocobalamin form of B12. However, I've been reading some things that make me think this may not actually be a good idea-- that it might not be metabolized and used by the body easily. I... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:23:08 EST First Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56027020 Holiday Greetings! This is my first post and I think I am finally getting a handle on how the Spark People site works. This is such an exciting time of year for so many reasons, one of which is being motivated to try great new vegan dishes to share with friends and loved ones. I have been a vegan for three years now and hope to find lots of motivation here to stay away from the vegan junk food and get back on board with an exciting healthy life. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:16:07 EST 40's and Fabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x56025941 I'm less than 2 weeks on my journey and thrilled to be a part of the spark family. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:32:54 EST Baked Tofu in Korean BBQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x56011397 Hi all! <BR> <BR> On Sunday i paired this recipe with some rice, steamed veggies, and vegan Kimchee (you have to check for squid), It was fantastic so I thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> http://vegetarian.about.com/od/tofurecip<BR>es/r/Korean-Barbecue-Sauce-Tofu.htm Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:19 EST Hungry all the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55994552 I'm just wondering if I'm the only veg*n that's hungry all the time??! My meals are usually really healthy with a protein, carb, and at least 2 different veggies. I snack on fruit and yogurt, almonds. For example, my breakfast is 1 cup unsweetened plain soy milk, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, and an apple OR banana. No way this can keep me full until lunch though! <BR> <BR> Anyway. Just wondering if I'm doing something wrong or if this is just a problem us veg*ns fac... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:33:18 EST Sparky Sparky... A new sparky here... well sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55989715 Hi! My name is Kimberley.. I'm in my 40's... been here before... lost weight... gained some back.. and have returned to get this weight off once and for all. :) I'm Canadian. :) Married. No kids, but I have a zillion stuffed animals. There is talk in the New Year of getting either a puppy or a kitten.. it will be my 1st animal ever... kind of excited and nervous at the same time. :) I can lose weight on my own.. but I'm looking for some support along the way. So! :) Hope... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:05:11 EST succeednow7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55979149 Hello everyone one. I was a spark member in 2004 and now I am back in 2013. I have learned some important lessons about weight loss. <BR> 1. There is no quick fix. It takes patience, committment and perserverance to achieve ones goals. <BR> 2. I must be in it for the long haul, It did not take just 7 days to put the weight on and it will not take seven days to loose if I want lasting results. <BR> 3. I don't use the word diet, I am pursuing pernament life style changes that will extend ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:58:12 EST Looking forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55970187 I am 53 years old, live in Colorado, and have a career that has pretty muched topped out. Hoping to retire in a few years-I am aiming to get myself ready to play! My preference is to be outside, hiking, biking, sailing, walking my dogs --- anything! <BR> <BR> But I have to confess something. You know all those stories about people who fight back against disease and are amazing when adversity strikes? They are so inspirational! <BR> <BR> About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 (almo... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:48:34 EST Good For Joan Jett http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55925957 First Joan Jett gets kicked off a Thanksgiving float because she's veg. Now she sends SeaWorld a "cease and desist" letter demanding they stop using her hit "I Love Rock N' Roll" during Shamu's performance. <em>380</em> Joan ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.3news.co.nz/Joan-Jett-orders-Sea<BR>World-to-stop-using-her-music/tabid/41<BR>8/articleID/324575/Default.aspx </link> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 20:42:38 EST It’s Time To Set Record Straight Veganism Revised http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55923293 <link>www.rawfor30days.com/blog/its-time-t<BR>o-set-the-record-straight-veganism-rev<BR>isioned/ </link> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 16:08:09 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55914282 I'm new to Spark, but veg for 24 years (since 17) and vegan now for a solid 2.5. Amazing -- and heartening -- to see how many members this team has. Cheers to strength in numbers. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 21:51:02 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x55864489 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. What were your favorite vegetarian dishes that you enjoyed? Me, I made a classic sage sausage stuffing with Field Grain Sage sausages (vegan and soy-free - oh, and delicious!) and an amazing and simple thyme mushroom gravy. <BR> <BR> But now the temperature are dropping and the end of the year draws near. Instead of waiting until January 2014 we can all make good holiday decisions, like keeping active and not overeating (but still enjoying those h... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 12:49:49 EST new to this forum back to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55854996 Hello all. I have come back after a few years gone. I lost 200 lbs and went from 340 to 130-140 for over a year. I even met a couple people from here once. i recenly walked away from bad relationship moved 6 times in two years and have gotten pregant so i gotten back up to 297. i ahve learned alot about myself in this process. i now have learned its not about being perfect but being healthy. And its not comparing youself to others i will always have excess skin around my bell unless i have su... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:37:13 EST Not just a snowbird! Bye Chicago! I'm here to stay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55833660 <BR> <BR> Hello Team. I just relocated from IL a month ago and have to say what a difference it is! I love it here and there is no doubt that I chose the right place. I have some medical things I am working through; diabetes type 2, hypertension, and allergies. <BR> <BR> I have finally gotten the fact that I have choices when it comes to what I eat! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Nothing like waiting for something uncomfortable ( a challenge) to show up in order to make changes <em>198</em>... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 04:28:41 EST Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55828351 I recently watched Fat Sick and Nearly dead and became a little obsessed with juicing. I found that I actually consumed more calories because I thought I could literally drink as much as I wanted, but once I cut down on portions I really found it very satisfying. Thoughts? Favorite juice recipes? Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:25:54 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55821002 Hi I live in Oklahoma and I am almost 52. I love veggies and I have a dislike for redmeat the most. I plan on cutting out chicken my stomach is messed up all the time. Anyway I am looking forward to getting to know every one. Here's to getting started. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 03:29:56 EST cooking a tofurky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55807402 I made a tofurky for Thanksgiving, as I always do, because I love it, but this year because I am paying more attention to what I am eating I noticed it takes a lot of oil. I know the directions say 3 T of oil and 3 T of soy sauce for the base, but half way through it started smoking and I had to use like twice as much base as it said to use. <BR> That is a lot of oil and a lot of fat. Does anyone know if I can use some water for the extra base that is needed? I bought another tofurky for Chr... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:05:37 EST Movies not safe for animals after all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55770276 Apparently the American Humane Society's not telling the truth about movies when it adds the disclaimer " No animals were harmed during the making of this movie." <BR> <BR> <link>m.nydailynews.com/1.1528273 </link> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 04:38:13 EST Al Gore Goes Vegan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55767613 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> COOL NEWS! According to the December 16th, 2013 issue of Forbes Magazine, former Vice President Al Gore just went VEGAN! Hurray! Regardless of what side of the political aisle you're on, it's always nice when an environmentalist finally gets it! As Director James Cameron put it "You can’t be an environmentalist; you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future not eating a plant-based diet.” Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:41:11 EST Hi I'm new to all this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55755492 Hi, My name is Shay. I'm new to this forum and honestly I'm new to vegetarianism. I've always wanted to be a vegetarian, but I come from a family of not so supportive meat eaters. So, I will definitely need y'all help as I make the transition from former meat eater to vegetarian,(in addition to my weight loss journey). My biggest concern is that in my attempt to become a vegetarian, I'll end up gaining weight because I'll fill up on carbs and sweets ( my weakness). Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:47:26 EST New website & APP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55741140 I found a new vegan website with simple delicious Vegan food: <BR> FettleVegan.com <BR> Amber uses some vegan butter & oil but, you can tweak the recipes & they are still delicious!! <BR> Also, there's an app for veg friendly & vegan restaurants: <BR> HappyCow VegIn <BR> Just type it into your mobile device & restaurants & reviews will pop up!! <BR> COOL!!! <BR> <BR> Jeannie Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:47:10 EST 5 short videos about factory farming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55731472 No Gore!! <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnat<BR>ure/5-powerful-videos-on-factory-farmi<BR>ng-without-the-gore/?utm_source=Green+<BR>Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=1298<BR>fc38f3-GM_RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-1298fc38f3-102161501 </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:54:42 EST Desperately Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55680845 Hi! I'm Lisa. I have joined the Sparkpeople site. I look forward to making new friends. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:03:11 EST Joan Jett kicked off Thanksgiving Day float http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55667955 Yup. The rocker is a vegetarian and she cannot be on the float! <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/16/jo<BR>an-jett-thanksgiving-pa_n_4288669.html </link> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:04:46 EST Recently diagnosed with underactive thyroid. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55613825 I have just recently been diagnose with underactive thyroid and ready to make some lifestyle changes and am seeking support from others that have set the some of the same goals that I have for myself Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:21:32 EST Are you getting a Tofurky roast for Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55613565 I get one every year, I love it! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:53:16 EST I WANT TO BE A LOSER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55603955 Hello, i'm 38 yrs old. I use to workout a lot but since about a year ago i've moved from my home town. Got a new boyfriend we moved in together and i got a cool a job. At my job i'm on my feet all day. I walk most of the day but i feel like its not enough. I've gained weight. Before i moved i use to wear size 10 jeans and it took me while to get there. Now i'm wearing size 12 and i want to go back to my size 10. My work schedule is from M-F 8:30am-6pm. On wknds i don't like to workout. I w... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:33:18 EST New York schools vegetarian plan is a huge success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55599737 Good news! <BR> <BR> <link>www.care2.com/causes/new-york-school<BR>s-plan-to-go-vegetarian-is-an-all-arou<BR>nd-success.html </link> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:07:58 EST Vegan Cookbooks for Holiday Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55567230 I saw this article on the <link>Care2.com </link> website and thought I would post it for those who are looking for holiday recipes. <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/5-vegan-co<BR>okbooks-for-your-holiday-meal-planning<BR>.html?cid=email_na# </link> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 19:18:48 EST Protein Favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x55532585 What are your favorite high-protein snacks and quick meals? I love vegan Cliff Bars, but I'm looking for other ideas to boost my protein intake at work and in quick, easy meals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:45:25 EST Best Vegan Whipped Cream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x55532571 What are your experiences with vegan whipped cream? <BR> <BR> I've bought the tofu and rice varieties that come in spray type bottles at the grocery store, have made the "tofu whipped topping" from The Joy of Vegan Baking, and have whipped up cold coconut cream by hand--but I want to know if any of you have found the ULTIMATE recipe. I bought a cartridge bottle for whipped cream and I'd love to figure out a great recipe for vegan whipped cream but so far I can't get the right texture down. ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:43:35 EST Meet Wiley The Cayote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55530406 Such a sweetie: <BR> <BR> <link>wiwildlifeethic.org/2013/02/17/wiley<BR>-the-coyote-a-wisconsin-hunters-story-<BR>of-love-and-transformation/ </link> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 19:36:56 EST Not eating my veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55512107 So I posted my intro over on the intro forum here - I am not new to being a vegetarian but I am at being a vegan. I have been trying to be a healthier vegetarian for the past several months and then decided to challenge myself to becoming vegan. <BR> <BR> I am getting enough beans/rice and oatmeal with fruit. I am wanting to know how to incorporate eating veggies better - greens - not just legumes. I have a steamer. I am <BR> apparently just being lazy. I bought some kale - its sitting in ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:23:40 EST New-ish to Vegetarianism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55465707 Hello! I am a new vegetarian, about 6 months, with a few slips here and there. I mostly became vegetarian to force myself to eat more fruits and veggies, to aid in my weight loss. In the first month I did lose 5 lbs, but have stayed pretty consistent weight wise since then. I have been learning all new kinds of recipes and have definitely been eating more fruits and veggies, as well as experimenting with tofu. The only time I slip is when my BF makes certain Persian dishes that just wouldn't ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:02:21 EST Vegetarian to Vegan Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55464634 I am new to this board, but not this site. <BR> I have been trying to eat better and create a healthier lifestyle for myself since my birthday in late July. I have hit some speed bumps, but haven't and wont give up now. <BR> <BR> I have been an unhealthy vegetarian since 1987. My big downfall is sweets. As I mentioned, I am trying to do better with my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to go vegan for 30 days - Nov 1 to Dec 1 - and I am going to see how it goes. I am a big fan o... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:56:20 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55450637 Niced to meet you all. Have been a vegetarian for about six years.Love not eating any kind of meat..body and mind seem cleaner.Hard to believe that all that fat i don't eat hasn't stopped me from being overweight..Have just started this program,am hoping this group will have new and great recipes and tips along the way Thanks ! <em>9</em> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:34:44 EST Vegan to Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55426211 I have been vegetarian for most of my life - since I was 16. I'm now 49. <BR> I feel extremely strong about never being a carnivore again. <BR> However, I've gone back and forth between being vegetarian and vegan several times over the years. <BR> If you're vegan (or know a vegan), then you know you have to do a lot more work (food prep, planning) if you eat out and/or socialize. You can't just sail through the McDonald's drive through for a healthy vegan meal. <BR> I recently went back to be... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:26:59 EST Another Vegan terrific weight loss story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55423220 Does everyone know about the wonderful Ellen Jaffe Jones - aka Plant Based On A Budget? <BR> <BR> She has a great story today about a woman who has lost a lot of weight since going vegan: <BR> <BR> <link>plantbasedonabudget.com/margaret-cha<BR>pmans-journey-to-a-healthier-life/ </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:42:43 EST What's your favorite slow cooker recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x55422684 I work an 8-5 job and would love to get home to a delicious meal that I didn't have to fuss over. <BR> <BR> I have one so far that I LOVE, its so good. I make it once a week and while I'm not tired of it, the SO probably would like something different. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any go to favorites of their own? <BR> <BR> By the way, this is the recipe I base my Veggie Pot Pie recipe on: <BR> http://skinnyms.com/skinny-slow-cooker-v<BR>eggie-pot-pie-stew/ Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:06:21 EST Health vs. Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55420658 http://thriveforward.com/lesson/body-compo<BR>sition-and-optimal-weight/#.Um5LbBB37yA <BR> <BR> Copy and paste into your address bar and hit enter on your keyboard.. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:37:46 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55418656 My name is sherry. Live in Tn. looking to lose weight. Like the rest of you. Don't know much about this site, or even the computer. Will learn. You all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:49:05 EST I'm going to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55418519 I'm a 63-year old woman who is changing my life by eating vegetarian meals (no dairy or eggs) and stepping up my exercise program. I have high cholesterol and arthritis in my shoulders, hips and back. I'm scheduled to have shoulder replacement surgery in January 2014 so I am losing weight and getting healthier in general to aid in my recovery. I came across this website through AARP's website. I usually don't get on my computer every day so I will have to get used to checking in daily or at l... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:31:50 EST New to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55410282 Greetings Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the site and I am very interest in learning a lot about vegetarian diet, I have limited my meat to fish, I do eat cheese, beans, drink almond and soy milk and products. My goal is to loss 40 pounds by August, any type of suggestions regarding food and preparation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 10:02:42 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55407876 Im new to this and I am extremely motivated by the sucess stories and support here. Losing weight has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Thanks for allowing me to vent. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:29:01 EST Hi All..new to the forum and spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55391095 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a mom in her 40's with kids. Glad to see a community where I can belong. I like to keep fit and stay in shape but also love to eat nutritious, tasty food. Between my kids , my likes and my loves it is hard to exercise every day. However I hope being part of this community will keep me motivated. I welcome suggestions to get out of a weight plateau that i am in. <BR> Cheers <BR> Elkay1 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:14:56 EST Eating mostly raw food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55383683 My name is Susy. I have high blood pressure and have decided to eat a raw diet for the last 2 months. It seems to be helping. Would love to know your thoughts on eating raw if you do, and how do you include enough protein in your diet? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:17:41 EST Soul Food - What is it really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55381981 This is a great video showing some real interesting facts about disease differences in African Americans comes from diet (well we know that don't we?). <BR> <BR> Africans (those who live in Africa) eat primarily a plant based diet and have almost no hypertension almost no diabetes. <BR> <BR> The food that we call "Soul Food" is actually slave food! Check out this video: <BR> <BR> <link>www.vegsource.com/news/2013/10/soul-<BR>food-is-a-vestige-of-slavery-video.html </link> <BR> <B... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:54:12 EST vegan for 6 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55379556 Hi everyone :) This is my second go round on SP i didn't delve enough into what SP had to offer the first time. To be honest i got very confused by the site. There was just too much of everything and i couldn't easily find what i wanted. But here i am ready to try again! So excited about the new changes. Also I took the "Be Vegan for a month challenge and I found that a plant based lifestyle was a perfect fit for me. I slid right into it. Looking forward to reading some success stories from ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:00:20 EST L.A. bans grappling hooks circus elephants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55370917 Breaking News: The Los Angeles City Council just voted to ban the use of bullhooks on circus elephants. <BR> <BR> <link>losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/10/23/l<BR>a-city-council-to-debate-use-of-elepha<BR>nt-hooks-at-circuses/ </link> <BR> <BR> These hooks have a sharp end and they hurt. Wonder when other cities will follow L.A.'s example. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:48:03 EST Just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55368156 Hello. I just joined sparkpeople today. I'm hoping a community of like-minded individuals can help me meet my weight loss goals. Still very new to all of this, still learning. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:35:42 EST New team member, old vegetarian :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55353423 Hi everyone! I've been a vegetarian for over 9 years now. I usually follow a vegan diet, but I'm not a full-time vegan. I lost a lot of weight when I stopped eating meat, but I wasn't consciously trying to make any other health changes, like exercising or eating more produce. I was really a "junk food vegetarian". Over the years, those pounds came back and brought friends. Now I'm much more knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise, and I'm trying to get the weight off and keep it off. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:19:01 EST help me I am vegan for 7 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55336301 I am starting out going vegan. For 8 months now I am organic and no processed foods. I need a plan of plant based diet of 2,000 calories to begin. But I do not know where to start. I need weight loss. There is so much, in fact too much information out there for me to put it all together. I love this new eating. I have been healed from many health maladies such as fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes just from not eating GMO foods or processed foods.I am ready to try going... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 01:04:12 EST late night eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55325769 <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose 20+ pounds. I don't have any problem exercising and I eat pretty much what I'm supposed to during the day. <BR> <BR> My problem is I don't sleep much at night, am up all hours and I get hungry. Any suggestions how I can get my day's and nights back on the right track so I don't eat in the middle of the night. That would let me lose my weight without much effort if I could somehow eliminate the late night snacks. <BR> <BR> Desperately need help. <B... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 02:02:27 EST Hi, everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55308985 My name is Kate,and I've been a vegetarian for about 7 years. People think that vegetarian=healthy, but I eat plenty of cookies, candy, chips, and chocolate! I just joined Sparkpeople, and I'm loving the personalized meal plans. It's so much easier when I don't have to make any decisions! I'm worried the most about long-term motivation. Once the excitement of a new experience wears off, what will keep me on track? With a two-year-old and no family around, I don't have opportunities to g... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:41:06 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55308614 Hello, <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark People a week ago and have had a great week. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I would like to include more vegetarian dishes in my cooking. My family has always been a big meat and potatoes type of family so I'm looking for some great recipes and ideas that will be vegetarian without making them (or me) feel like we're giving up a lot or eating cardboard. No one in the family likes tofu and we've tried it tons of different ways. I think it's the texture... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:02:04 EST NEWBIE HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55306398 Good Morning, <BR> I could use some help from this very knowledgeable group. I'm very new to the vegan lifestyle (3 weeks) and I'm getting tired of salads, smoothies, etc. I'm looking for a good cookbook of vegan recipes. It will have to be as easy as possible. After all, I'm a guy and not the best at complex recipes. <BR> Any Suggestions please <BR> Michael Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:15:22 EST Eating Vegan and feeling great. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55294016 I have been following strict vegan for 3 days and WOW, I feel great. I admit the first three weeks of exercise and workng toward a vegan lifestyle have been difficult but I stayed with it. I am so gratefully to have found SparkPeople. Thank you all who are committed to a healthy life. You inspire me! <BR> <BR> EdgieVegie-LibbyD Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:41:28 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55236985 I am new to Sparkpeople and a vegan diet/lifestyle. I started the 30 Day Vegan Challenge a month ago this coming Thursday and it's been so easy and so rewarding that I am not even considering going back. <BR> <BR> I have an autoimmunity disorder that can lead to arteriosclerosis. Many people with the condition encourage a plant-based diet. I had been vegetarian for many years, and an involuntarily vegan for some of that (sensitivity to dairy and eggs), but I wasn't educated enough to create ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:29:36 EST Interesting article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55230676 <link>www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd<BR>-bill-gates-chicken-less-eggs-20130912<BR>,0,3264114.story </link> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:59:20 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55190885 Hi, my name is Heather. I am 29 and been a vegetarian for 3 years or so. I joined sparkpeople couple years ago and was not committed or motivated. I am back with a fresh start and trying to take full advantage of what's available to succeed in reaching my goals. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:18:46 EST Making a knowledgeable choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55150852 It is becoming more difficult to make informed choices about the food we eat. The USDA has just changed the rules about what can be allowed as Organic. <BR> <link>consumersunion.org/news/u-s-departme<BR>nt-of-agriculture-guts-national-organi<BR>c-law/ </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:19:29 EST Five Surprising Things Tested On Animals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55141447 wow - this is worth knowing. Very hard to know what goes on before we get things, don't you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnat<BR>ure/5-surprising-products-that-are-tes<BR>ted-on-animals/ </link> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 15:37:30 EST I'm super hungry..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55108303 So I've been vegetarian since January and I haven't been eating so well. I've mostly been gorging on fast food. The problem is I got a new job as a CNA and I'm running around for 8 hours a day. It's making me very hungry. Recently I've decided to start eating better. I want to cut out refined sugars, almost all desserts, most processed foods (minimally processed will be allowed), and unfermented soy. Without the fattening fast food though I'm constantly hungry. I'm just wondering if anyone h... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 01:27:00 EST Protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55104991 So I have only been a vegetarian for about 3 months now, and I love it! However, when I joined sparkpeople today, I realized that I am not even close to reaching my protein intake needs! I thought I was good because I eat lots of cottage cheese, chick peas, and black beans but I guess not. Where else could I get enough protein to keep me healthy? Also, iron suggestions? Im just about over spinach and broccoli <em>33</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:04:04 EST hello! ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55070290 Well, I'm here to learn and get this damn weight off! I have always had a weight problem and it's simply time to take care of this. I look forward to learning and reading about all of your tips, thoughts, dreams and ideas! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 03:53:28 EST Advertiser on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55064321 There is an ad here on SP about Washington State farmers backing "No to 522". I thought they had a valid reason. It turns out that they are spewing the Monsanto line that it would cost families more for non-GMO. I'm really getting tired of those ads and am a little disappointed that SP would run such garbage on the site. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:42:08 EST Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x55053154 Does anyone have pros and cons to a vitamix vs a waring blender. I have seen demos for the vitamix in person, but not the waring. is the difference in price, worth the vitamix. Also on Sick Fat and Nearly dead, they "juice", and not blend. Does anyone have any history of using either one for health purposes, not just the fact that its good for us. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:34:46 EST hello everyone!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x55048428 Hey everyone, my name is Jess! I absolutely love this website, and I'm extreamly excited to be joining it! Cant wait to start my journey! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 01:32:38 EST Going to start 21 day vegan challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=44x9x55037379 on 1 October. I have been leaning into vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. It's time to move into high gear. Would love to see more weight loss and better cholesterol and blood sugar numbers. They haven't been bad, exactly, but slowly heading in the wrong direction. I will be 60 in February, and my goal is to feel and BE better than ever as I sail past this milestone. <BR> Grateful to have this group for inspiration and accountability. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:23:01 EST Awesome blog for unusual ways to eat cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x55016961 I am so hungry right now and for all of the food I could choose from, I want cauliflower. <BR> <BR> You have to check out these recipes. Even a person that hates cauliflower would eat these. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494656 </link> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:38:11 EST vote for sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54995774 Right now Intuit is running a contest for small businesses. The prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. I don't know about you, but every time I see a commercial for Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig I wish that SP had the resources to do the same. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us. <BR> <BR> Go to this website and vote for SparkPeople: (It just takes one click and you can vote once a day.) it is at the bottom. If it c... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:12:50 EST newbie vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54984069 Hi! My name is Carolyn, and i've been a vegetarian on-and-off (mostly on) for 30 years. I've gone the lacto-ovo route until a month ago when i decided to stop wavering and go vegan. The last time i tried veganism i just winged it, and ended up with a B-vitamin deficiency. So i quit. This time making sure i get all the B vitamins especially B12. It can be done, of course! Glad to be part of this team <em>213</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:25:33 EST New Vegan from Maryland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54975042 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this Team and wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Kim and I'm a brand new vegan (three weeks tomorrow). I am doing this for health reasons (fibromyalgia) and not for moral reasons. <BR> <BR> I teach Square Foot Gardening and now I'm learning which veggies I should grow in limited space to help with this lifestyle - focusing on things that are higher in protein. I like growing my own food to help with the budget and to make sure I'm getting... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:01:04 EST I'm not hungry after about 900 calories. Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54953522 Howdy folks! Three years ago I began eating less and working out, then I began eating better. Two years ago my husband encouraged me to adopt a plant based diet. I became lactose intolerant so now we're pretty much vegan with very few exceptions. <BR> So after a year of normal calorie restriction and about two years of eating plant-based I now find myself with a new troubling habit. I only eat when I'm hungry, and I stop when I'm satisfied, but many days I don't break 1,000 calories. Once... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:20:35 EST My Introduction. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54898118 My name is Elizabeth.I joined this group because I have developed a distaste for animal products. I want to learn more about foods and recipes that vegetarians can eat. If any of you have simple recipes,especially for desserts that are low in fat and sugar please let me know. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Elizabe <em>243</em> th Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:20:45 EST Here I am..joing you, the Spark -people.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54873259 I have just joined (my 1st day) and I found tons of useful, interesting, motivating information on this site..just cant stop reading:) My goal is keep or stick to the healthy life style and maybe lose few pounds to feel more confident in my body. Im so facinated & full of hope to set my life on the right track..& happy to join you all & be here!:) Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:48:21 EST Almost 60 and wanting to be more healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54853078 My name is Elaine. I live in western Montana. I will have my 60th birthday in November and rather dread it. My head feels young but my physical being feels well my age. I am mostly vegetarian. I eat healthy but just too much without sufficient exercise. I am a "diet" veteran, having used Weight Watchers several times as well as many other ways of trying to lose for good the 20+ extra I am carrying around and have gaining and losing for years. Anyway, I hope to stick with it this time w... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:27:59 EST Yeah veggies!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54839102 Hi, everyone! My name is Angie. I am so glad I found this group! <BR> I have recently gone back to a plant based diet, and feel so much better. <BR> But, I need help with exploring new recipe ideas. <BR> Angie Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:13:48 EST The reason I am a vegetari an/vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54838374 I started eating this way about 2 months ago, it has not been easy, and I didn't really choose this lifestyle, matter of fact I came in kicking and screaming the whole way, and on occasion am still known to kick and scream without meat <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> This life style chose me, I have a major amount of food allergies and sensitivities, plus severe gout.. <BR> Basically it was for my health I am eating this way, as much as I miss my meat, I have noticed more energy, and I am not as s... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:21:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54838250 Hi all, just wanted to say Hi from Canada :-) Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:12:52 EST complementary vegetarian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54834080 Is there a term for someone who eats meat and fish, but no other animal products (cheese, milk, eggs, honey...)? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 03:24:02 EST What's the difference? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54831028 Hi there :) I hope you don't mind me asking probably a very stupid question to all of you, but what is the difference between a Vegan and a Vegetarian?? Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:49:35 EST help getting started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54807812 Greetings newly extended family. I'm excited to embark on this new journey. I have tried unsuccessfully to reach my goal in the past. I do workout. I will lose but very slowly it seems which discourages me. I am a mother of 3, a truck driver, who works the night shift. My new hours are 5 p.m. till 3. A.m. my sleep is always interupted because there is so much to do during the day. School transportation, groceries, bills, gym, LIFE! Some times as I'm unwinding for bed. I want a ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 19:50:33 EST FYI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54792157 I know that I am "preaching to the choir" but... All of us have meat-eaters we know and love, like my carnivore DH. Here is a link for an article you could share with loved ones. <BR> <link>www.foodrevolution.org/blog/farmed-f<BR>ish/ </link> <BR> I posted it to Facebook for all my non-veg friends and family. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:13:40 EST Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54789305 The Toronto Veg FF is this weekend at Harbourfront! It's all free and has cooking demos, nutrition talks, yoga classes, etc etc. Check it out if you're around here! <BR> <BR> <link>festival.veg.ca/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>festival.veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2<BR>013/08/VFF-schedule.pdf </link> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:21:51 EST Vegan Challah? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=44x9x54780420 Does anyone have a recipe for yummy vegan challah? There are several vegans in my community and it would be wonderful to be able to share this. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:24:35 EST Susan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54744025 Hi, i am Susan. I joined Sparkpeople, since my mother told me about this a while ago and i thought i connect with other people. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:30:20 EST Protein Levels vs Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54677992 I have made some adjustments and upped my calories to 1500. Now my weight loss is stagnant, and I feel less energetic. My issue is protein. I know I am not getting enough. I have even added in smoked Salmon almost daily just to get close. I don't eat dairy, eggs included. I have cashew butter every morning and a smoothie with protein powder. I eat lots of green veggies and beans...so I am thinking 60g is just too high to shoot for and still maintain a weight loss. Would love some feedbac... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:46:43 EST Working again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54665112 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the motivation and positive words on this site. <BR> I am working on and off and have been losing and gaining weight for a couple of years. <BR> But this June my weight was 140 lbs.When I looked myself in the mirror, It was not me. I decided to lose all the weight I have gained so far and maintain a healthy life style. <BR> I have been working out 30- 45 minutes everyday( atleast 5 days a week) <BR> Eating 6 meals a day.more veggies and fruits. <BR> h... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:55:35 EST Not so new to SparkPeople.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54659195 Hi Sparkies.... <BR> <BR> I used to be on here in 2010... lost weight... very successfully.... disappeared.... ate and ate again... gained most of the weight I had lost back... and now I'm just trying to find my groove again. I need a lot of support... and that is why I'm looking on here... because the support I had in 2010 was unbelievable :) and, helped me a lot during my journey. I have next to no support at home... husband just does not seem to understand why I want to lose the weig... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:03:02 EST Going from vegetarian to vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54630867 I have been a vegetarian for a couple years and find it fairly easy. I am very comfortable with it and meat doesn't even cross my mind or tempt me at all. My intention has always been to go vegan but I didn't want to make that big of a jump at all once. I feel like I am ready to do it now. I have been reading up on it, and I have downloaded a few books for recipes and such. <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone here has any tips or things to look out for. Or anything else you think my be hel... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:11:02 EST maryjack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54624191 Hi I'm back, I could kick myself I was doing good and I got lazy. I'm here again just finished chemo Dr. told me not to gain weight. So I'm going to try agas <BR> In- Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:42:02 EST Toronto Veg Awards - voting time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54579180 Hey! Anyone in Toronto? The TVA is doing awards for restauarants etc this year, you don't have to be a member to vote. Check out the survey here: <BR> <BR> <link>torontovegawards2013.questionpro.com<BR>/ </link> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:33:18 EST Vegetarians and protein - how do you answer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54577850 Vegetarian? Did you ever get the question - but, where do you get your proteins from? I get that question a lot, so I wrote this piece: <BR> <link>www.eatmorevegetarian.com/protein-in<BR>-vegetarian-food-how-to-get-enough-fro<BR>m-different-kinds-of-food/ </link> <BR> Question is: do you think it helps? Have I forgotten anything? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:06:26 EST Am I eating enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54575035 I eat 3 times a day and it looks something like this: <BR> <BR> Breakfast is a light meal - usually a green smoothie or fruit with soaked flaxseeds on top or a small bowl of oatmeal with flaxseeds and goji berries. <BR> <BR> I don't usually have much time in the morning so I like an easy, quick breakfast. Also, I am not very hungry in the morning. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I skip breakfast if I'm in a rush or had a big or late dinner the night before. <BR> <BR> Lunch is usually my biggest meal ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:28:43 EST All About The New Kid.... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54572121 Hey All!! My name is Kim. I'm a married, canadian woman ... heading back to college this September for Photography. I totally *love* taking photos of mostly nature/wildlife. :) It's been awhile since I was in school.. so I'm nervous, scared and have anxiety attacks over it.. and, it hasn't even started yet! I am somewhat shy... until I get comfortable around you... then you'll be lucky to shut me up. ;) Now onto my "weight loss" journey... I used to weigh 400 pounds... lost some... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:13:31 EST an ode to monsanto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54545961 <link>youtu.be/YZwym0UsDZ8 </link> <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:21:04 EST Quick and portable breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54525267 Hi everyone! Hope you're doing well? <BR> <BR> I'm starting college on Monday, (for the first time in 15 years!), and i'm looking for some quick breakfast options. I don't normally eat breakfast, but I know I'm going to need a pick me up before I hit classes. <BR> <BR> I'm going to use the recipes I found for Refrigerator Oatmeal in mason jars ( http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_O<BR>atmeal ) and in a similar vein, Oatmeal Smoothies ( http://www.theyummylife.com/Oatmeal_Smooth<BR>i... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:15:24 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54522121 Hi all! I'm new to this spark team and to being vegetarian. I have wanted to be a vegetarian for a long time, and finally talked my other half into it too :) I'm looking forward to learning all of your tips! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:36:04 EST Fall is coming! What's your fav fall food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54520413 Summer has been great, and I look forward to the change in the seasons - cooler weather, apple picking... SO, what's your favorite fall food? Bonus points for apple or pumpkin recipes. :) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:01:23 EST Hello! I'm new to this team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54502545 My name is Jean and I've recently started weaning off of meat (except for fish). I like vegetables and will choose tofu most of the time. I've recently bought some quinoa and I'm looking for more quick and easy recipes. My problem is I don't feel like cooking when I get home from work (I live alone) so I'm tempted by fast food. Any suggestions would be most welcome. <em>213</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:38:46 EST Green Beans Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54484234 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have both a CSA share and my own small vegetable garden and while most things are so behind due to the very extreme weather summer we've been having... ONE plant prevailed: green beans. <BR> <BR> And now I have several pounds which I have no idea how to cook. I use them as 'fries' for vegan burgers and in soup aaaand that's about it. So any green bean recipe (preferably vegan) would greatly be appreciated Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:44:06 EST Best Protein Powder for Vegans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54469241 I need some help. I've done tons of research and asked so many people that my head is about to explode. I want the best protein powder for vegans. It HAS to be vegan, so absolutely NO whey products. If there are any vegans here that use protein powder, what are your favorites. I want something smooth (not grainy) with the nutrients I need in a great taste. Too much to ask??? Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:19:54 EST vegan one stop shopping. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54450325 I found this today so never ordered anything from it..Just peeked in it. <BR> <link>www.veganessentials.com/?gclid=CLiz5<BR>M-F77gCFRRk7AodpkcAYw </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:55:27 EST veganpalooza http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54446454 I got this in my email but it sounds interesting. I don't know if this counts as advertising. I don't know any of these people. <BR> <BR> Millions of people are experiencing the benefits of a plant-strong diet. Some choose to simply eat more vegetables. Others steer clear of all animal products. <BR> <BR> If you’re interested in the vegan direction, I’ve got great news. <BR> <BR> A friend of ours, Will Tuttle, is launching the second annual Veganpalooza! <BR> <BR> For no charge, you ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:10:16 EST Joan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54443860 Hello, how is everyone. I'm here trying to lose the weight I got with my first baby, and have a little fun while doing it. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:33:12 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54425218 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jennyann, I'm back at spark people after a leave. I'm glad to be back! I'm so glad I found this group. I've been a vegan for a bunch of years now, but now I'm making a decision and commitment to being healthy and losing weight. <BR> <BR> I'm Looking forward to everyone's discussions in the forum. <BR> <BR> Jennyann Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:11:38 EST designed for the next generation of vegans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54424790 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4MtCH3JpMc&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> <BR> I thought this was so cute. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:42:31 EST Beyond Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54423942 anyone have any opinions on this product? I don't think it's available to the public yet. <BR> <BR> <link>hamptoncreekfoods.com/home/index.php </link> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:23:53 EST vegan corn chowder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54421230 taken from allrecipes.com looks pretty good. <BR> Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 cup celery, chopped <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 cup carrots, chopped <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 cups water <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 cubes vegetable bouillon <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 cups corn <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 cups soy milk <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 tab... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:59:47 EST Anyone use protein powders? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=342x9x54383455 I'd love to get people's opinions of protein powders? I'd like to start putting together a morning shake before I head off to class - I don't usually eat in the mornings because it tends to upset my stomach a little - and would like to boost my protein consumption. I've been looking at them, but they're so pricey to drop that much money without knowing whether it sucks or not. <BR> <BR> Do any of you use them, and if so, what flavours and brands? I'd love to find a good chocolate one. An... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 18:09:21 EST Looking for quick grab it and go foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54374427 I am terrible for the grabbing a bagel or making toast when I need a quick bite. Looking for some healthy alternatives to eating all the bread (It's gluten free) Fri, 2 Aug 2013 22:36:07 EST the "Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54364866 "These days, it's difficult to find examples of government doing anything that makes sense. That's all the more reason why a program embraced by New York City is newsworthy. Dubbed the "Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program," it allows doctors to "prescribe" fresh fruit and vegetables to overweight or obese patients by giving them "Health Bucks" that are redeemable at local farmer's markets. <BR> <BR> This program makes New York City the largest U.S. city to officially acknowledge that f... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:58:07 EST Hello from a Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9x54336910 I was the Office Administrator / Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Regional Office of a large International Architecture and Engineering firm; however I recently took an early retirement. I am now a group fitness instructor for Healthways SilverSneakers. I am also studying to be a personal trainer. In addition, I am a licensed, ordained minister and am involved in various "ministries." Two years ago when I retired, I weighed 180 lbs and could barely get around. I still have weight ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:48:19 EST vegan hip hop movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x54336633 "this is where food justice with a plant-based/decolonial diet perspective meet hip hop and where we explore the intersections of other animal/human/earth liberation. hip hop is rooted in resistance and rich with experience in fighting for social justice. veganism is about practicing compassion and is motivated by living cruelty-free for the sake of other animals. the fusion of veganism and hip hop is designed to promote holistic activism.." <BR> <BR> Vid: Prodigy of Mobb Deep speaking to a ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:26:49 EST