SparkPeople Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard If you're a vegetarian, vegan, or just interested in a cruelty-free lifestyle, join us here! Get tips for making the transition, dining out, cooking and more. SparkPeople Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard What do you do when you eat a non-vegan food? I have a confession to make. I ate a bit of meat this morning. It was not even 1/4 cup of cooked shrimp, but the perfectionist in me is very upset. <BR> <BR> I feel ridiculous about being this upset. I also know that being vegetarian/vegan isn't about being the most perfect vegetarian/vegan. <BR> <BR> Everytime I "make a mistake" when it comes to being vegan, I learn. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you make a vegan/vegetarian "mistake"? I'd love to see your responses! Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:05:30 EST Five vegetarian freezer meals in 50 minutes <link><BR>etarian-freezer-crockpot-meals-in-50-m<BR>inutes/ </link> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:20:50 EST Protein without the fat I always need like 2 more grams of protein, but somehow I'm always maxed out on fat (usually from cooking with olive oil). I would love to snack on almonds to get my protein up, but I just can't sacrifice my fat goal to make my protein goal. <BR> <BR> Any advice? Sat, 10 Mar 2018 01:02:50 EST New Vegan Day 2 of detoxing from beef! I've easily gotten rid of all other animal products, but I'm having a very difficult time giving up beef. I'm going to post each day here that I go meat-free to keep me honest and on track! Mon, 5 Mar 2018 12:52:17 EST Need Advice on Detoxing from Meat! I've been following a paleo diet for 4 years. Lots of fatty red meat. I've detoxed from other animal products, sugar, caffeine,and gluten. But I keep slipping up with red meat! I can't seem to kick the beef habit for more than a few days. I end up binging on it! This is my one addiction left, and I want to COMPLETELY detox and be free from it. Any advice? Why is this substance so much harder for me to get rid of than sugar, caffeine, gluten, and other animal products? Has anyone else been add... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:59:24 EST Hi Hi there my name is Sarah, I'm in the mist of trying to transition from the American Standard Diet to a vegan lifestyle. I still struggle everyday with this as my family is not making the transition and I get to hear how my dinner looks and smells disgusting, and "you know you want to eat the meat". Hoping to meet some other vegan here to have someone that understands my decision. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:40:45 EST Moderation Kills (Michael Greger, MD, FACLM) Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on January 30th, 2018 <BR> <BR> What if we don’t want just low risk for a heart attack, but no risk? One great stumbling block has been that government and national health organizations appear to have taken the patronizing view that the public can’t handle the truth and would rather the science be watered down. Read more... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/moderation-kills/?utm_source=Nutriti<BR>;utm_campaign=4... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 21:08:08 EST Forks Over Knives Free Movie Stream 1/26-28 Link <link><BR>-movie-giveaway/?utm_medium=email&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=giveaway&amp;utm_source=m<BR>ailchimp&amp;utm_content=promotional_e<BR>mail&amp;utm_source=Forks+Over+Knives+<BR>Master+List&amp;utm_campaign=4fe02a8c5<BR>f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_19&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_term=0_e36b0d394a-4<BR>fe02a8c5f-56238549&amp;mc_cid=4fe02a8c<BR>5f&amp;mc_eid=aa651e34d3#gs.bEvpmgs </link> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:17:24 EST Frustration I've gained a few pounds and I know it is due to my own mindless eating and binges. I tell my friends and they tell me I need more protein. They tell me I must eat meat. I need chicken and turkey and fish. NO I DON'T! Why does everyone think that protein (or fat) is the answer to everything? I was telling them I want to cut dairy and cheese because two doctors have told me to. Problem is, I want ALL THE CHEESE. So I tell them this and they tell me to eat more meat? <em>28</em> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:49:00 EST Weight Scale How Do I get the weigh tracker picture you all have? I am pretty rusty at this site, It has been a while. Thank you in advance for your help. It is just I want to view my progress on the sparkteams posts to hold myself accountable. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:16:20 EST Hello Hi <BR> I'm Fran and I am a wanna be vegetarian. I was a veg about 5 years ago, and my doctor asked me if I was doing it for health reasons . When I said yes, she said, "Stop. Soy is not your friend". a few biopsies later, I had to agree with her. <BR> <BR> But I realized as I moved on, that I may not have been doing it for strictly health reasons. I am a tree hugging, animal loving environmentalist. I used to purchase me*t from a local farmer and assume that was better. I now know it isn't ... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:59:37 EST "Clean Meats" I was listening to a podcast this morning about "clean meats." Basically they take stem cells from an animal and grow them and make meat so once this is affordable and all meat could be produced this way, no animals harmed. So it made me wonder if people who are vegan or vegetarian for ethical and environmental reasons would eat that kind of meat since in essence, no animals harmed. No hormones, steroids, etc. They said in 10 years or so, this could be the main meat source. I am mostly v... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:56:48 EST Vegitarian and Vegan eating. I have certainly found that many things are "legal" as a vegetarian and vegan but not all things are advantageous . The cookie, starches, etc. like baked potato or sweet potato. White bread verses whole wheat bread. I haven't had meat in a week. ButI stil feel my choices are not that good. Only 2lbs lost. I'm going shopping today. I hate to cook. Hubby does it. I need fast easy meals. Please share any good tasting recipes. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:02:57 EST Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos Can someone explain these things to me? I find that soy sauce, or tamari or whatever is very high in sodium. But it looks like the liquid aminos, which would be a good substitute, are just as high? What is the advantage of using this instead of tamari? It seems like the serving size is so small that the benefit wouldn't be that great. Just trying to understand at this point.... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:42:20 EST Forks Over Knives I finally took the time to watch Forks Over Knives! I pretty much never watch movies but this one and some others like it have been on my to do list. I am so glad I watched it. It reinforces my idea of eventually transitioning to a complete vegan diet. I know I want that but so far I am having trouble giving up dairy and eggs. As far as dairy, I have found it wasn't as hard to do away with milk as I expected it to be. It is the ice cream and cheese that I want. I keep hearing that we a... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:57:23 EST How do you lose weight how have you found the best way to lose weight as a vegetarian or vegan. It was much easier when i ate fish Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:06:41 EST High Carb low fat/High protein/vegan keto Which program is best to lose weight?High Carb low fat/High protein/vegan keto Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:12:48 EST Hello Long time flexitariian 24 day Vegan yeah!! Joining team to stay the course. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:05:23 EST Hello I am new to Sparkpeople and I'm excited to find this Online group of people that follow a plant based diet. I have been a vegetarian for about seven years and I am now exploring eliminating dairy products for better digestion. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:04:14 EST Help: so new I'm green!!!! Books? What books do you recommend? Can you use butter? I just watched the netflix documentary What the Health and I am determined to eventually go plant based. I don't know what I'm doing now so I am eating regular until I figure it out or get rid of the bad food that's in my refrigerator. I also have 2 daughters and can't imagine them eating this way. So I plan on just doing it. It's hard enough to get the kids to eat. I don't live with ex has custody. Anyway any help would be gr... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:24:51 EST Thoughts on The Big Fat Truth? If you haven't seen it yet, there's a new plant-based reality show called The Big Fat Truth. Here's a link to an article and the first episode. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-big-fat-truth-free-full-first-epis<BR>ode-online </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Has anyone seen it? Thoughts? <BR> <BR> I really wanted to be on board with this show. I really did. But first, it's an ad for a meal delivery service instead of focusing on creating/planning/cooking your own food... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:19:09 EST Again! I have been on and off Sparkpeople for several years for a few weeks at a time and the life gets busy and I get distracted. I'm working on the Full-Plate Diet concept which is plant based and focuses on eating more fiber so that you don't feel hungry all the time. It's been amazing and I can eat until I'm full with high-fiber foods but the calories don't add up so quickly! I've lost 3 pounds already in 1 1/2 weeks. My goal is 30 pounds by the end of September. Glad to be back on this jou... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:20:36 EST Soy Curls - A great meat alternative! Hello all my favorite SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I've been branching out into more meat alternatives to kinda shake up my meal routine once and awhile. As I've been branching out, I've been looking into more " fake meats" or "meat analogues" as a treat once and a while. Most of them are fine, some you have to watch the sodium on, but they are all a welcome breath of fresh air into my diet! <BR> <BR> The one I am currently really liking is Butler Soy Curls <link> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 17:11:19 EST Weightloss Plans which weightloss plan were you able to lose weight with? <BR> I see there is a high carb plan, 80/20/10 etc. I need one that will work with my body type. i am a endomorph Thu, 18 May 2017 13:34:59 EST Hi! :) Hi everyone. My name is Renee. I have a weight loss goal of 50 pounds. I'm a mom. I'm a new vegan. I'm an atheist. I'm a Berniecrat. :) <BR> <BR> That's me in a nutshell. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:53:37 EST What to make with Asparagus (Dinner) My family goes vegetarian ever year for lent , I have Asparagus and trying to find something to make with it any good suggestions? Or any good anything? Tue, 7 Mar 2017 13:39:15 EST Instant Pots A lot of my facebook friends seem to be obsessed with the growing trend of the Instant Pot. I don't have one but I was wondering about them. However, all the recipes I see are mostly meat dishes. I was curious if any other vegetarians had an Instant Pot. I saw there were some recipes and books on amazon and pinterest. I just don't know if it's worth it. <BR> I already have the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker and their Rockcrok, which cooks things quicker but it goes in the mircowave. I've n... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:06:22 EST Having iron problems! Ideas? I have had weight loss success the last few months by cutting out most grains, cereals, breads...essentially reducing carb intake, which is indicated by a metabolic disorder I have as well. <BR> <BR> The problem is I think the result is anemia. I have started to feel really bad (classic anemia symptoms) so I analyzed the changes I made and realized I cut out a lot of things I was eating that were iron fortified... bagels and cereal are significantly fortified for example, and I totally cut ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:47:27 EST Learning More About This Lifestyle I am not a vegetarian, and I don't think I could ever be vegan, simply because at this point I can't imagine a world without cheese and eggs. I believe everything else could fall by the wayside and I would be okay. The fact is, I've never been a huge fan of meat, although I grew up with the belief than whatever meat was served was the focus of the meal and everything else just had sort of a supporting role. <BR> <BR> However, I've always had a take it or leave it kind of attitude about i... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:09:19 EST It feels impossible to lose weight as a Vegan I have tried everythign my body does not like carbs..maybe its not meant for me tobe a vegan Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:02:26 EST Cooking Veggie When Your Family Isn't Hello all! I recently rejoined Sparkpeople, and am trying to get back to being a vegetarian. I was veggie for about 8 or so years, but got lazy and pregnant. The whole time I was pregnant, I found myself craving hamburgers and steaks... so, I gave my body what it wanted, with every intention of going back to veg after the baby was born. Then I was breastfeeding, and my doctor recommended against a dietary change until she was weaned. Well, that "baby" is now four years old, and I'm out of exc... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:07:29 EST Grocery Store Deli Section My grocery store just revamped its prepared "deli section". Where they used to have a separate bowl for each item, they now use trays that share a divider. I noticed that non vegetarian food was right next to food with meat, and that when scooped out and put into the containers, food fell into the adjacent tray. There was chicken salad in the kale crunch salad next to it. This not only raises veggie, non veggies issues, but what about religious and allergy issues? I took a picture of the tra... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:28:47 EST Getting back on track Hi, everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not new to Sparks just been away for awhile. I have been eating vegetarian for around three years and I am trying to go vegan. I have found several recipes on pintrist and have already tried a few. I felt so good when I was tracking my food and workouts, but meonpause, some back pain, and life changes I haven't been taking very good care of myself. I have put on weight and I picked up smoking again,. <BR> <BR> I did decide to quit smoking and I'm on day 12, ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:58:38 EST Hi Hi Everyone, I have moved to a healthier plant based diet over the past couple months and now consider myself a semi-vegetarian. I have to say I feel fantastic and can only blame the better diet for it. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:31:58 EST What's on your grocery list? Hi everyone. This is probably my millionth attempt at getting back on track with a healthier lifestyle. Despite that, I'm feeling pretty confident that I can make this work (again). It would be so super helpful if any of you would be willing to share with me what's on your shopping list for this week. It's pretty easy to fall into the rut of buying the same things each week...Thank you!! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:46:37 EST NuMee Now Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST School lunches My 12 year old has decided to be a vegetarian. I'm not a vegetarian but I used to be a long time ago. I am going to be one again after I clean up the pantry and freezer because I don't want to be wasteful of food and money. So I'll be phasing it out soon. I am fine making meatless meals at home for dinner. I am struggling with what to make him for school lunches. He has an option to get a PB &amp; J at school but I don't want him eating that everyday. I have got the cheese pizza lunchables bu... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:43:56 EST Wheat-Free Veg*n Lunch Ideas I am needing some lunchtime inspiration. I am trying to eliminate wheat from my diet, which makes a lot of my old stand-by lunch ideas out. Any ideas other than salad? Mon, 3 Oct 2016 20:19:19 EST Thinking about Veganism and Raw Food I've just posted a blog that shares some dietary changes I've gone few in the past few months. I've been juicing more, eating more raw food, and making changes toward a more plant based diet. I've cut out most cheese and have substituted milk with almond milk. I've been a vegetarian for thirty years (since I made my family accept my decision at the age of 15) and my husband and daughter are vegetarians too. I think that more juicing and more raw food is a really good way to transition away... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:10:45 EST Hi I'm Renee...back to Vegan Hi everyone... <BR> <BR> So excited to be part of this group. I have been on my weight journey for some time &amp; with some injuries, health issues etc... I put back on 70 lbs. from what I lost before but still have over 50lbs. gone so not a total loss. Now getting back on track; I made the decision to go Vegan. When I did it before I wasn't well educated &amp; had little money...I found myself eating a lot of processed foods &amp; feeling horrible. The money situation hasn't changed but my... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:23:52 EST Recipe for One Pot Eggplant, Mushroom & Potato Cur From Camille Saulsbury's cookbook: % Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking <BR> <BR> ! T veg oil <BR> 2 C cubed &amp; peeled yellow potatoes (I don't peel them) <BR> 1 1/2 C chopped onion <BR> 1 eggplant trimmed &amp; cut into 1" pieces <BR> 12 oz cremini or button mushrooms halved or quartered <BR> 3.4 C reduced sodium veg stock <BR> 2 T green curry paste <BR> 1 1.2 T brown rice syrup or honey <BR> 1 c coconut milk (I used light) <BR> 2 T squeeze lime juice <BR> 1/2 C packed cilantro leaves <BR> <... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:37:48 EST SELF TRANSFORMATION Hello my friends! I am a 62-year-old married grandmother who lost 33 pounds three years ago through mindful eating, walking and running the treadmill. Unfortunately a broken relationship with someone my family considered a son happened. Now, as I write, I gained 32 pounds back. I am ready to transform myself. With all your support, I can do it. I need to have low purine diet, diabetic and low cholesterol diet. My goal is to lose 50 pounds for my son's wedding on May 27. I believe I can make i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:16:51 EST Any Instant Pot (aka iPot) Users Out There? I recently became the ecstatic owner of a brand new Instant Pot, thanks to the steep markdown of them on Amazon Prime Day. I have already checked out Pinterest and YouTube for some vegan Instant Pot recipes, and have given potatoes and dry beans a dry run in them, to much success. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if others have tried it ot, and if you have, what your favorite recipe was? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:21:36 EST MULTIVIT MIN...Do or Don't? I eat a VEGAN diet. I eat healthy meals and snacks and supplement my diet with daily supplements. According to the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, I fall short of ALL of the recommended daily nutritional goals....EVERY DAY. (If I really concentrate, I can meet some of them daily...) My water intake is 4-5 cups of water daily....sometimes more, sometimes less. And...I drink one (sometimes two) coffees daily. <BR> <BR> Because of this, I have been taking a daily MULTIVITAMIN, along with... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 18:12:07 EST Almond milk in soup? I have looked at a lot of soup recipes that use milk. I was wondering if I could substitute Almond Milk? Have you cooked with Almond Milk? What would you use in place of regular milk? I saw a recipe for broccoli and cauliflower soup I want to make but it uses milk. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the advice. Julie Mon, 4 Jul 2016 20:31:00 EST vickie I am exercising in replacement of smoking,so good so far. Anybody else have the same struggles? Also trying to get over the fear of going to the gym alone. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:49:26 EST Letter to Team About New SparkPage Dear Team, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, SparkPeople has changed our SparkPages. If you are not pleased with the new design and how it is working, please message them about it. They have a suggestion box, which you can use to let them know how you feel. Here is the link to that: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This can be used for anything, anytime, so please bookmark it to use again. <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small gr... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:04:07 EST New to vegetarian diet, but loving it! I've been strict vegetarian for about 2 weeks now. I became this way after getting very ill from trying the Atkins diet that my doctor recommended for me to try. It did get me to lose 8 lbs in 10 days, but I got so sick that I now have a taste aversion to all meat. It just sickens me. <BR> <BR> Since I've been on it, I've been trying new recipes and got two new cookbooks. I've got my energy back and I can see even a difference already in my resting bpm (have a fitbit). I'm regularly hungry,... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:50:35 EST Hello! I'm new to this team and the app/website too. <BR> <BR> I started the new year going vegan. I wanted to get healthier. I lasted 2 months and never cheated in that 2 months. Then I decided to quit because I was starting to think I had less energy throughout the day. Thought I think now the reason is because I was exercising and not adding more calories to my diet. <BR> <BR> In those 2 months I lost 20 lbs and ever since I have stayed static at the same weight even though I was eating health... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:24:18 EST Trying to go vegetarian I just don't know what to replace meat with I have tried tofu but don't like it at all any suggestions to help me out Fri, 8 Apr 2016 19:14:51 EST Easter Dinner Any ideas for a vegan soy-free Easter Dinner? Or any tasty spring side dishes in general? Could really use your help! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:44:27 EST Vegetarian diet plan I've been vegetarian for about a year but really need to take off some weight. I am not a cook, so many of the meals I see I won't even attempt because of the preparation. I don't eat tofu (not a big fan of soy) and have been searching for a 'meal plan" diet with simple foods. I do better , at least short term, with a structured plan. Any suggestions? I took off 50 lbs staying away from processed foods following 6 week body makeover, but a stressful situation did me in. It was before I wa... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 08:53:38 EST Looking to build muscle I workout really hard with beach body Insanity. I am trying to build muscle. Is there anyone who works out super hard to get muscle? Is there anything you do (natural) to increase muscle? Get extra protein? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:09:22 EST Can't get started I've been on a constant diet struggle since I was 10. My goal to lose weight is to be healthier and of course have more energy to enjoy things in my life. I was able muster up the motivation and resolve to go on the DR OZ Total10 diet plan and stayed on it for the 10 days. I lost weight, looked great and had more energy but alas the lemon water in the morning wrecked my stomach so excuses, excuses have not gone back.I picked this plan because the food was healthy and I believe in eating or... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:54:13 EST Hi From Southern California Hi everyone, I'm 52 (I'll be 53 this month), and I've been overweight for the last 18 years. I like to stay active mainly walking and hiking and I've noticed that at 5'4" and 200 pounds, I'm having a really hard time breathing. I signed up for Sparkpeople yesterday. Right now, I'm about 85% vegetarian, but my plan is to be 100%. I have never really enjoyed the taste of meat...even as a child. I eat meat because society, my family, etc. stress the importance of animal protein. Unfortunate... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:16:50 EST Vegan for Lent I have been a vegetarian for about 20 years and have decided to go vegan for Lent. Since I already know the veggie part, I was wondering the ingredients on my vegetarian foods that I need to look for to go vegan. The obvious being eggs and any kind of dairy but I don't know the lesser known words to look out for. Thanks for any advice you can give me! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:31:20 EST Any vegetarians here that follow a low carb diet? Please share your tips and tricks. I'm trying to eat within my calorie range but am finding it difficult to do so without keeping carbs below 100 per day. What carb intake do you shoot for? What foods did you cut out or stock up on? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:00:27 EST Made the switch My husband and I made the switch starting 1/1/16 to a Vegan lifestyle. We want to eat healthier and I want to loose weight. I am currently using Vegan recipes from PlateJoy. It's helping me to make the switch with great recipes and shopping list. So far so good! Love the new adventures in food. Hoping that I'll drop lots of weight over the coming year as well. Also signed up and began exercise classes at the local gym. It's my year to do my body good! Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:30:41 EST Hello Hi everyone! I look forward to meeting fellow vegetarians. I am the only vegetarian in my family so it gets a little lonely and mealtimes are tricky. I hope to learn more recipes and more about good vegetarian choices! <em>551</em> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:24:34 EST Vegan protein powder? Hi everyone! I'm looking for a good vegan protein powder. Any suggestions? Thanks! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:04:54 EST Vegeterian cookbook for pre-diabetic The American diabetic association cookbook was recommended- in the reviews it stated that the chef uses to many carbs. Has anyone used this book or any others that have been helpful? <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 14:24:08 EST Grew up Vegetarian I'm Indian and have been a vegetarian my entire life. I love to cook all types of cultural foods but making healthy and tasty Indian Vegetarian is hard to do. Most of the flavor comes from the spices you initially cook in the oil. I'm working on creating traditional Indian recipes that can be healthy and still tasty. Would love it if anyone else has tips to add/share. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 17:40:12 EST Let's share some good holiday recipes Thanksgiving is just around the corner!! What's going to be on your table? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:09:48 EST Hello!! Hello All! <BR> Since I was 16 I've been an on and off again vegetarian, vegan, and pescetarian. I've been eating pescetarian now for almost a year. I have been debating on going vegan again but we shall see. This is my second time on spark people. About three years ago spark people got me in the best shape of my life but I've slowly got back to where I was when I started. I've attempted to come back to spark people here and there but this is the first time since my initial try years ago I've... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:53:28 EST Greetings from Switzerland I have joined multiple teams so here is my intro for them all: <BR> <BR> My name is Carmen, I am 51 and live just outside of Zurich in Switzerland. I am married and have two sons ages 16 and 20. <BR> <BR> Over the past couple of years I have managed to gain more than 10 kilos / 22 pounds... I do not recognize myself. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis (after I fell and broke my wrist 1.5 years ago) and struggle with anxiety and depression (life long). I have been vegetarian ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:33:33 EST Giving this a try !! I'm overweight due to back issues I can not work out and I've gained so much weight and need help. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:41:32 EST Vegan breakfast ideas Hi everyone <BR> I need some breakfast ideas. <BR> <BR> I have never been a huge breakfast fan, but would like to start adding vegan breakfast options to my early meal. What are all you vegans doing for breakfast? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Faith <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:20:42 EST 80/10/10 on Spark Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm Kara (not my real name, but my online alias) and I was wondering how you all got around to altering spark to let you use it to monitor at 80/10/10. I want to eat around 2,500 - 3,000 calories (mainly raw fruits and veggies) and I want to track it on spark. How do I go about changing all my goals to reflect the intake goal I want of caloric fat and carb and protein? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Kara Mon, 5 Oct 2015 02:20:38 EST More meatless meatballs please! Meatless meatballs are back at Trader Joe! 14 grams of proteins per serving and I like their flavor and texture. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:14:57 EST New to Spark! Hello! I'm new to Spark, and relatively new to veganism. I've been a vegetarian for about 6 months, and vegan for about 3 months. I'm trying my best to lose weight, but it can be difficult when there's so much delicious vegan junk food! I live in a really small town so there aren't many like-minded people. Support can be hard to come by! :) Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:45:48 EST Cooking Rice to get the arsenic out Found this in my newsletter from Prevention. <BR> <BR> I might go to a used restaurant supply house to see how much their coffee pots are so I can rest easier about the rice grown here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ou-cook-your-rice-coffee-pot?cid=NL_RN<BR>DF_2174284_09252015_Should_You_Cook_Ri<BR>ce_In_Your_Coffee_Pot_text </link> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:45:27 EST trackers for special diets Really would like Spark People to create a Vegan tracker... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:52:07 EST miso? Where in the grocery store can I find miso? There are so many recipes I want to try that call for miso, but all I have found is miso soup in my local stores. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:57:23 EST TVP Where in the grocery store do I find granulated TVP? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:36:53 EST Help! Sudden horrible gas! Sorry for the horrid topic title but that's exactly what is going on with me. I started the vegan lifestyle 1 week ago and everything was fine. I wasn't bloated anymore, and I was going regularly to the bathroom. Yesterday out of no where I started to have really bad gas and it's worse today. I'm passing gas every couple of minutes and it smells awful! What am I doing wrong? I'm not bloated and I'm eating raw and cooked meals. I feel great all the time and have lots of energy but this problem... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:29:46 EST wheat gluten Whenver I see recipes calling for wheat gluten my brain deems it as "that can't be good for you" I don't know why. Maybe it's the gluten free hype? LOL <BR> <BR> anyhow I know the edgy veg uses it all the time so now I'm curious. <BR> <BR> thoughts? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:30:52 EST Seitan help I have been a mostly vegan for the better part of 4 months now. "Mostly" because I eat an animal product probably once a month. I recently came across a delish looking vegan recipe that calls for seitan and I could not find it at my local health food store. Any tips on where I can purchase it? I seen a thread about making it at home but I don't know if I should put my efforts into it since I have never eaten seitan before. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:54:20 EST After a year of pondering...... Just over a year ago I decided to look into the process of where my meals come from. I watched a lot of documentaries. I was very torn about giving up meat, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking I should do it. I don't eat a lot of meat, so when I began to watch another documentary this week (Lucent) I decided I was 100% ready to cut meat out of my diet. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to do it healthily and slowly. Any tips? Some easy vegetarian meals? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:00:14 EST Vegan Holiday Recipes What do vegans eat for holiday dinners? I really don't like the taste of anything made from vital wheat gluten (vegan roasts). I did see a vegan "Vegetable Wellington" that looked incredible. Has anyone tried this? <BR> <BR> I've been looking for some vegan holiday recipes. Now most of my regular holiday dishes will just take a little tweaking to become vegan. I don't think I will miss the turkey and/or ham eating the side dishes. <BR> <BR> I want to take recipes on a trial run before serv... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:20:35 EST IBS Type D and C So I've started this new Vegetarian/Vegan Smoothie Diet Mix. I can say that I used to have the runs every it's getting more harder to go and do my business. What Can I do? They say Egg plant is a natural laxative.......well I guess it binds me up. I just want to be regular. I started this diet to avoid IBS-D which I have done with flying colors. What Can I add to my diet to get rid of the constipation and make it more "regular" Any Comments from Veterans on this diet would... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:27:12 EST Newbie to this group Hi everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Faith and I figured I would join this group since I am contemplating taking the leap into the vegan lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My husband and I took the jump into vegetarianism (though we do consume some fish) about 6 months ago after hearing a lecture by vet and animal behaviorist, Vint Virga D.V.M. discussing his new book, "The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human Paperback". It was not a discussion on giving up meat but the... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:06:11 EST Complimentary Proteins I need help coming up with non dairy and gluten free ! :-( Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:07:56 EST Newbie+Team Goals=Massive Confusion (somehow!) Could someone with some patience (because I'm feeling like a dodo for not getting this) please help me understand/answer questions about the team goals? My problems might be because all the teams seem to track things differently! and my brain is fried from running in the sun! <em>28</em> WARNING: Question Mark OVERLOAD imminent! <BR> <BR> Goal 1 : Choose a Protein rich snack at least one time per day <BR> If I eat one, I enter 1. If I eat 6 snacks, and four have protein, I'd enter...4... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:28:54 EST New SP member Hello, I just joined SP a week ago. Taking it one day at a time to positive changes. <BR> <BR> ~ Leita Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:50:48 EST If I Eat Mushrooms Am I Still a Vegetarian? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a fan of mushrooms/fungi but I have always had my suspicions about Oyster mushrooms. Now I know why. I recently discovered that this little critter, which is neither plant nor animal, has a canny little trick to get nitrogen into its diet - it traps worms in the soil and digests them. So if I eat the mushroom am I also eating the worn, thus eating meat? Well is it a thought. <BR> <B... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:50:20 EST Suggestions for Multi Vitamin I know some members don't take any multi vitamins but for those that do, I would like to know what brand of vegetarian/ vegan vitamin you use and what do you like about it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:36:43 EST Worried about Cholesterol My doctor says my cholesterol is fine, but I'm worried because it's over 200. It's 204. HDL is 113 and LDL is 91. Should I try and get my cholesterol down under 200 since the healthy range is 100-199? It probably doesn't matter, but my Triglycerides are 57. I also tested positive for Lyme, so I'm glad I got the blood test after waiting 6 years. Thank you! Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:15:43 EST easy meals I'm not eating meat, but I am still stuck in a rut with eating. What are your favorite EASY meals? I avoid dairy (and eat soy yogurt because it has more protein)... but I'm not vegan strictly Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:23:42 EST easy When we need a quick, easy dinner, we have burritos. Whole wheat wrap, brown rice, black beans, guac, salsa, Toffutti sour cream. Super filling and once we put all the containers back in the fridge the clean up is pretty much done. We always cook a big pot of brown rice to have on hand for the week. <BR> <BR> Another easy thing if you keep bread on hand is chickpea salad sandwiches. Shelling the chickpeas takes a little time but I usually use a big can and that makes about 5-6 sandwiches. ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:24:58 EST all-vegan culinary & sightseeing tour For some people, travelling in a veg*n group might be a great way to make new friends. For people new to this way of eating, the support - as well as being away from the 'old' environment - might be just the thing to help you consolidate. And, have a vacation :-) <BR> Otis Beanery has just announced an all-vegan culinary and sightseeing tour for the Pacific Northwest of the USA in fall 2015: <BR> "Otis Beanery is proud to offer you a fantastic opportunity to sample the sights and savour the f... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:41 EST new site for healthy shopping at wholesale prices Right now I hate everybody who lives in the states! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s </link> <BR> <BR> Home goods, food, toiletteries, you name it. It's even tailored so that you can shop by preference (vegan,raw, organic, gf etc). <BR> <BR> They offer a 2 month Free trial (anything you buy is 25-50% cheaper than retail), and then an annual membership of 60$ i think. even if you're not interested in being a Permanent member, i think you could save a lot during ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:29:55 EST How do you deal with detractors? As a backstory I went vegan in October 2010 and excluding short breaks back to vegetarianism or pescetarianism I've pretty much always stuck with it. First year I relied a lot on mock meats and pre-made products, I think we all do that lol, but after that I got better and found new recipes and ideas, products, etc. I read a LOT about nutrition both online and in books and I've read a ton of studies about veganism and its effects. I've always wanted to make sure I wasn't ruining my health by g... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:05:12 EST Favorite vegan pasta recipes? Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I've been craving pasta lately, and I am looking for some new ideas. Anyone have good vegan pasta recipes to share? Bonus points if they're low-fat. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 01:20:02 EST So What Does Your Day Look Like? I'm in the midst of a plateau which is so irritating. I've had a lot of pain this week, done a lot of walking, taken a lot of naproxen for pain. Naproxen jacks up my blood pressure and makes me swell up like a dead pig in the sunshine. So I'm just sitting here having fresh cantaloupe and salad for lunch and vexing! Y'all have a great day. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 14:05:32 EST Hi All! I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:44 EST No-cook veg meals for hot days I've got a collection going here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add more! Thu, 28 May 2015 10:02:15 EST New to Sparks People Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople having joined on the 20 of May. Really am enjoying learning the site. The logging in of food is very helpful in keeping me on track. My goal is to loose 50 lbs by the end of 2015. Am trying to exercise 5 times a week, and having difficulty in drinking that much water. Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:47 EST What are your EASIEST veg*n recipes? I'm looking for some easy veg recipes to add to my repertoire. What are your faves? I'll start: <BR> <BR> 1) World's easiest bean soup: a can of any kind of beans (whole or mashed), a can or bottle of tomato juice (or V8 or you can use water) and a jar of salsa. Add enough water to make it the right consistency for you, heat through, season to taste. <BR> <BR> 2) World's easiest vegan gravy: Mix 1/4 cup flour into 2 cups water or nutmilk or soymilk or whatever with a whisk or fork. Saute mu... Sat, 23 May 2015 03:28:48 EST City Girl to Country Squirrel GOOD day to your eyes. My name is Heather. <BR> <BR> Blessed with artistic visions, scientific knowledge and the beautiful ease of being a chatterbox. <BR> <BR> So freaking excited to find this site and rub noses with the same individuals that must change the lifestyle they are in. <BR> <BR> Here are a few fun facts about me. <BR> <BR> Skinny in my mind and currently liking my chest size... <BR> I was a 6 foot tall 100 lbs. in high school... <BR> Used to model. <BR> Used to be vot... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:56:30 EST Post Workout Meals for Vegans I just ran across these, and all of them look delicious! <BR> <link><BR>orkout-meals </link> Tue, 19 May 2015 10:20:01 EST Calling all comrades Continuing on my journey to lose my last 30 lbs (I have lost 38 lbs so far). It is a huge challenge but it is also achievable. My weakness - anything chocolaty or sugary. My STRENGTH - I can not be defeated and I will not quit! <BR> <BR> I join you my faithful comrades in our struggle, our fight and our VICTORY over the battle of the bulge. <BR> <BR> Lay down your fork and knifes and pick up your sneakers and weight s - let the battle begin.................. Sun, 17 May 2015 07:46:19 EST Finally Getting Started Good morning Sparks Family, <BR> I registered in March but because of college I couldn't participate like I wanted. I am graduating tomorrow and I need to lose the weight for health reasons. I am not a big blogger but I do read alot and would greatly appreciate any and all tips. I actually done my first workout this morning and I wear a fitbit. No more excuses. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a blessed and prosperous day! <BR> <BR> Erinmarq Wed, 13 May 2015 09:12:25 EST New Vegan! Hello everyone! I am a brand new vegan (just started last week)! I'm morbidly obese and I'm hoping that being vegan will help with weight loss. Right now I am a junk food vegan because where I live it's extremely hard to get fruits and vegetables but I'm leaving here in 45 days to move back to the city. I'm super excited to be able to buy good food again and try out some yummy vegan alternatives. Tue, 12 May 2015 18:17:27 EST carbs and proteins judged as unhealthy A couple days ago, I posted a picture of my lunch on facebook as a means of celebrating a milestone. I made a meal, from start to finish, on my own, while standing on one leg! (I'm recovering from a pretty severe injury - a trimalleolar spiral and butterfly fracture with dislocation and syndesmosis rupture and partial tear of my distal ligament of my left ankle) It's the first time I was able to do that since my injury, over a month ago. The meal was beans on toast. <BR> <BR> The whole thing... Sun, 10 May 2015 13:13:52 EST Chickpea Flour! I've been *really* excited about chickpea flour lately! I know it sounds silly to be excited about a bean flour, but I am =) It's nutritious, filling (this coming from someone with a HUGE appetite), tasty, versatile, inexpensive...I just love it. For those of you who aren't familiar with this product, it's just a "flour" made from ground chickpeas/garbanzo beans. <BR> <BR> Have any of you cooked with chickpea flour? Any favorite recipes? So far I've used it for: <BR> ~Mini-quiche (vegan... Sat, 9 May 2015 11:03:11 EST Kia ora my name is Whaea Yvonne I'm very keen to maintain my weight that I lost last year through exercise and healthy eating with the help of weightwatchers for 4 months and continued exercise throughout the years. Unfortunately one got a bit complacent over the xmas period and bad habits started to return slowly and before you knew it the weight came back. I need that assurance and support to maintain that healthy body and rid of the excess baggage that has found its way back. I'm trying hard again to drop that excess e... Tue, 5 May 2015 23:06:46 EST Bzzz Honey Bzzz Ok, so I am new to the whole vegetarian lifestyle. I am almost, and I mean like 85%, there. After a health scare on March 23rd, I truly have cut back on most protein. I eat salmon 2x a week. Ok, so been reading a lot about honey being a superfood. Yes, it has lots of sugar, but can you tell me what your thoughts are? Is this a naughty food in the vegetarian world? I don't use it, but I have been wanting to switch from coffee to green tea, and I hate the taste of green tea, yet there are so ma... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:36:51 EST i am new Hi there im new to spark its my first day 1 i wish us all a lovely journey to reach our goals we are strong and capable.. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:24:59 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:29 EST hi everyone just joined today, can't wait to lose weight and new recipes. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:44:25 EST new vegetarians My daughter and I are just starting out working to be vegetarian; we wondered if there was a good cook book for beginner cooks---neither one of us cook and we'd like to learn! Any suggestions? Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:39:31 EST Hi my fellow veg*ns! My name is Linda. <BR> I like beading, scrabble, and the internet, specifically Facebook. I am a member of a forum called VeggieBoards. If you haven't heard of it yet and are vegetarian or vegan then you should check it out! <BR> I've been vegetarian now again for almost a week and this time I plan to stick with it. I include dairy and eggs, mostly so i can get enough protein but the more I learn about dairy the more I wonder if maybe I should nix that too. It's not hat it's horrible for ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:46:04 EST Anyone eat low-carb vegan? I liked dropping pounds when I ate low carb and all the meat, eggs, and cheese, but I don't want to eat animal products. When you start, you tried to stay under 20 carbs per day for a couple weeks, then add more and more in with veggies and eventually fruit. <BR> <BR> (Let's not argue about if this is a good way of eating, it's just something I did and I'm over it now.) <BR> <BR> If you eat "low carb" and vegan, how many carbs do you consume a day? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:49:29 EST Brand new to Spark! Hello - Happy Friday! I am brand new to Spark! I'm looking forward to this journey towards a healthier lifestyle : ) <BR> If anyone has (vegetarian) recipes or meal ideas to share that would be awesome!! <BR> I've been a veg'n for 4 1/2 years &#128522; Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:59:18 EST Cooking "meat" pie for a vegan, not using soy? I'm cooking a "meat" pie for a vegan. Now, i'm a vegetarian, and usually substitute with quorn or soy mince. Now, this person does not eat soy, and quorn has eggwhite in it. <BR> What can i substitute the meat with? I know i can just swap it for veggies, but t should still "feel" like meat. Any ideas? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:16:43 EST Dr. Dean Ornish blasts high-protein diets Dr. Ornish writes a compelling article in the NY Times explaining why a plant based diet is beneficial to your health. <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:38:47 EST Video shows which foods spike insulin An evidence based video showing which foods spike insulin the most. I wasn't sure if I should have posted this in the cholesterol support board. I was having some doubts about going on a plant based diet. But I think I'm not so worried anymore. <BR> <BR> I cant figure out why I can't post youtube links so... <BR> <BR> Search youtube for the following phrase: <BR> <BR> Paleo Diets May Negate Benefits of Exercise <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:02:02 EST skinnyrasven 1 WEEK AND CHANGE IS LIKE THE SNAIL ON THE TURTLES BACK...NOT SO FAST SHE SAID. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Hello everyone! I guess we are all here for the same reason.. <BR> Good luck to everyone. :) Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:22 EST Hello I am a vegan/raw foodie who loves spending time in the kitchen dancing and creating new recipes while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have been vegan now for 2 years and have lost 80 pounds since switching, and feeling so much better about myself these days. My health is improving every day and I am growing so much stronger. I hope to encourage and empower others to do the same. Veganism is definitely the way to go if you are serious about taking back your life. You can follow me on pinter... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:43:30 EST iodine supplements and thyroid conditions i've just decided to look closer at my iodine intake. i have hashimotos disease and i'm on t4 daily. so far i've relied on iodized salt for my iodine intake but i think i shouldn't. does it suffice? <BR> since seaweeds contain varying amounts of iodine and, since too much or too little iodine can harm the thyroid, i was wondering what those of you with thyroid conditions do to be safe. <BR> i'm reluctant to take a supplement because of the t4 pill. i'm gonna ask my doctor of course, but i was... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:46:43 EST New but determined! Hi everyone! I'm happy to be here.... I'm not completely New to the vegan way of eating, but am completely new to the idea of actually sticking to my commitment To be healthy, for good! ! I'm 44, married, have 5 kids, and a lot of responsibility. I'm 50lbs overweight, stressed, tired..blah, blah, blah. The last time I remember feeling energetic, lean and amazing I was following a vegan way of eating! I want it back!!!! And this time, I'm ready to ditch the excuses, and commit to a cruelty f... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:31:12 EST New to weight loss while Vegan My name is Amy I am 38 years old and a mother to three wonderful children. Happily married to my best friend and soul mate for almost 13 years. I am also overweight. I have been most of my life. <BR> <BR> I started my original weight loss journey on January 1, 2013. I did well for awhile, then I plateaued and pretty much gave up. It was a slow journey back to old habits, but I got there just the same. Since then I've restarted and given up a few more times. Once I even got to my lowest weig... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:08:42 EST Hi my name is Sudie-g I am over weight, and headed towards having sugar. Sugar runs in my family. And their is a lot of health issue that go's with gaining weight. and I want to be healthy. willing to do what ever it takes to remain healthy. two years ago I was 125lb now i'm 204. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:03:47 EST Creating Healthy Habits despite demanding work sch Hi - I am looking for encouragement to continue my healthy habits, especially when i am feeling stressed and overwhelmed with work. Want to be healthy and look sexy in a bathing suit! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:31:10 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST quinoa & lentil recipe Not being a big fan but I'm giving quinoa another chance! I was planning on making a lentil loaf substituting quinoa for the brown rice. The quinoa took over the pot and outnumbered the lentils. Now what? I'm looking for a way to turn this into a tasty dinner ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:26:40 EST I want to see your vegan food trackers! :) <em>213</em> Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am totally obsessed with looking at people's public food trackers lol but I never see any veg or vegan ones. Let me know if yours is public and you don't mind me having a geez. Mine is public and you're welcome to it :) Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:19:19 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:30 EST New to this Hi! Can't wait to get started and see some results! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:05:00 EST A healthy Vegan in Vegas Today is my last day of living in Las Vegas hotels for the past month. <BR> <BR> I met the tough(!) challenge of eating a whole food, plant-based (a.k.a. healthy Vegan) diet here, and I thought I would share my story. <BR> <BR> Eating healthy in Las Vegas: on the Strip <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Eating healthy in Las Vegas: off the Strip <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:48:53 EST Cumin Substitute? Hey! I tried a new recipe today - Black Bean & Tofu Wraps - and they were excellent... with the exception of the taste of cumin. I've had cumin in vegetarian recipes before, and I just do not care for the taste of it. Does anyone know a good substitute? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> -Ty Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:11:48 EST omega 3s and turmeric: new research turmeric affects your omega 3 levels in various and multiple ways: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-boost-vegetarian-brains-omega-3-dha-l<BR>evels-nih-research-reveals/ </link> <BR> <BR> another good news for the vegan Community. hurray!!! ;D <BR> <BR> PS: please share with as many veg teams as you can. ;) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:34:15 EST Hello I am Rakhi Hi all, I am Rakhi. I really want to reduce my weight and my waist size. :) Hope being with you people will help me:) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:00:16 EST Hello! I can't remember if I introduced myself already, and I'll own to being too lazy to look far enough back to be sure. <BR> <BR> I'm Lirit! I have had an on-again/off-again relationship with vegetarianism for more than half my life now (started when I was 15, and I'm currently 35). The bottom line for me is that I feel healthier when I don't eat meat. I do eat eggs and dairy, although I try to limit my consumption of that, and keep one full week a month strictly vegan. <BR> <BR> I mostly make... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:02:28 EST Yashmin Hi I'm Yashmin and want to lose 30 lbs by October. I've been raised vegetarian and am still today. Carb addiction (particularly candy and cookies) is my weakness and keeping my protein intake up is a challenge. Looking forward to share ideas with you. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:28:42 EST Hi.. I'm Lavanya Hi all am lavanya .. IT professional of height 156 cm and weight is 68.. <BR> i wanna reduce 10 kgs in 4 to 5 months.. <BR> i walk for 40 min and used to cover 4 km.. but still am not able to reduce weight.. <BR> need ur valuable suggestion and guideline to reduce my weight.. <BR> I got married 2 years back .. because of my weight am not able to get pregnant... <BR> Please advise on the same. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:38:31 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:01 EST Where do you get your meal ideas? I have found that Pinterest is a wealth of ideas for healthy eating! Just type in your preferences and pages of ideas and recipes come up! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:14:57 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST Rice cooker recipes I recently purchased (not out of the box yet) and I've been trying to find good vegetarian rice recipes made with the cooker. <BR> First, what is everyones preference of rice type...I haveTamaki Gold - Signature Quality California Koshihikari Short Grain Rice to start with. <BR> Looking for a good sticky rice and vegetable recipe, one like you would get from a restaurant. <BR> I love rice pilaf too but in restaurants the ALWAYS ALWAYS add chicken broth, blech....I thought about just using veg... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:01:00 EST Hello! I haven't been on since last year, but I'm going to make an effort to log in every day, so that I can get inspiration from you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:40:51 EST atkins or weight watchers: which is faster/better? Hi all! I know that trying to lose weight too quickly is a bad move, but I'm trying to trim up as much as possible (gotta be a bridesmaid in May), and I'm trying to figure out whether WW or low carb will get me further (with plenty of exercise, of course!). Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on this? Thank you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:00:23 EST Carnivore Husband Does anyone else out there have a die hard carnivore husband? I do, and its one of my many challenges while trying to eat a plant based diet! He will eat some of the things I eat, but is really resistant to most. The biggest challenge is going to eat out! He always wants to go to a steak house... I end up with a plate of the side order, and the garnish! And even then.. I am sure there is some butter snuck in there somewhere!! <BR> I would really appreciate feedback from others experiencing th... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:35:11 EST Vegan Travel Food Hi Everyone! I'll be traveling with my family next week to Florida. We'll be driving for 24 hours (about). Anyone have any good suggestions for healthy travel food? We're planning on staying overnight in a hotel one night and we'll be at our friends' house by the next evening, so I'll be having lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch on the road. I'll be able to cook once I get to our destination, but I'm going to try to bring all my food with me for the road meals (my family isn't vegan, so ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:59:42 EST Meat industry has a cow over new guidelines Just when I had begun to think that the meat industry owns the U. S. Dietary Guidelines, new guidelines came out that make me wonder. For the first time, lean meat is NOT listed as a healthy source of protein. And the meat industry is furious. <link><BR>nes-2015/ </link> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:37:44 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:31 EST Veggie-lovin' Hi, I'm returning to this website after about a 3 year period. I've been a vegetarian for almost 4 years now (I had my last hamburger Easter weekend of 2011!). Every once in a while I cheat and have some fish but it's rare and on special occasions. When I first changed my eating style I was also working out fairly often and the weight just fell off. I suppose my body adjusted however (and I also stopped watching my sweet intake <em>40</em> ) so now I need to lose 25 pounds. Like everyone e... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:16:14 EST Newly Veg'n Hi all, my doctor recommended I go vegan, so starting today, I picked up some vegan food from Trader Joe's and will be doing a mixture of vegetarian/vegan until all the animal product (e.g. butter) is out of my apartment. I can always use new friends, so feel free to add me, and any tips you might have for making the transition would really help! I live in a city so getting a hold of stuff is not too difficult, but I am on a limited budget as a self-sustaining graduate student, so I can't get... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:40:28 EST New Member looking for tons of support Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Griselda and I am new to this site... I am very excited to start this path of healthier choices and a healthier life. Well one main issue I know I have encountered my whole life is the compulsive overeating habits I have. I think that's been the main reason of my being overweight, I have minimized it a bit but it is still a problem and it will probably continue to be a problem the rest of my life. However, I have learned to be open about it and let othe... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:55:34 EST Being a healthy vegan in hotels Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am living in hotels in Denver for several weeks. I am successfully eating a healthy vegan diet, as I share how in my blog. In case you're interested, here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I am appreciative of any other tips/ideas you all might have. <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:06:54 EST Anyone eating the Virgin/Clean diet? Hi, <BR> I tried the Virgin (or Clean) diet for 5 days in beginning of december. I felt great, but was very hungry... I would like to start it again, but "dread" the hunger, i bike to work, do yoga and strength excersise, so i do need proper meals, or i'm just "too weak". <BR> The only way i'm going to stick to the diet if I can stand it = not being hungry the whole time. <BR> Any ideas? <BR> I guess other people eat meat to bait the hunger, but I'm a vegetarian, so that is not an option. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:51:52 EST Hi... I'm atunzz.. and I need help and support on how to lose my weight. I'm 25, 55 pounds and i'm heavy. thank you. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:04:41 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Vegan Gains YouTube Hey everyone, check out these links. This is a friend of mine who posts vlogs about the benefits of vegan diets and what it has done for him. He is totally buff! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> uFQ [Embed] <BR> <BR> <BR> yVw& [Embed] Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:37 EST Vegan Cheese Cookbooks? I feel like I have seen/read about suggestions re: some good vegan cheese cookbooks lately on here, and thought I had bookmarked those posts. Of course, now cannot find. Any suggestions? There is one in particular that seemed to require fairly basic ingredients...etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:45:18 EST Virtual Vegan Potluck FYI. There is a virtual vegan potluck going on... with lots of great new recipes. Scroll down on this page to see all 85 entries. You can click on any link, and then click GoBack or GoForward <BR> Buttons at the bottom to see more recipes. <BR> <link><BR>4/ </link> <BR> <BR> I participated for the first time and submitted a new yummy recipe I created over the past couple of weeks: citrus potato soup. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:17:14 EST food chains Being concerned not just with what I am eating but also how my food is picked and produced is relevant to me but has not yet been in the forefront of my thoughts when I go fruit and vegetable shopping. Following the news of late, that has been changing for me more and more. Was there justice or cruelty involved in getting this tomato to my plate? I have not yet seen the recently released movie, "Food Chains" but I look forward to it. You can watch the trailer here: <link>www.foodchainsfilm... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:44:43 EST Cory Booker goes vegan Awesome news! I think this is especially meaningful as I'm pretty sure he has presidential ambitions. Even now he will be able to influence so many people. <link><BR>ry_booker_and_his_twitter_feed_go_vega<BR>n.html </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:33:13 EST A little help with recipe conversions? Hi all, <BR> I’m trying to convert my favourite recipes from Swedish (metric using deciliters) to cups and ounces. could I please ask you a favour and look at this recipe and tell me if it makes sense to you? <BR> <link><BR>tage-cheese-burgers-with-kidneybeans-l<BR>eek-and-parsley/ </link> <BR> <BR> In the ingredient list: <BR> 1 can / 230 g / 8 oz kidney beans <BR> 10 centimeters / 4 inches leek <BR> 125 g / 4 oz cottage cheese <BR> 50 ml / 1 oz chopped... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:37:34 EST Clean eating I've decided not to wait until January 1st to get back on track with eating, and when someone posted a link to this Buzzfeed program I was all over it -<BR>an-eating-challenge <BR> <BR> I was skeptical at first, but I am in love with the salads, yogurts and veggie meals in this plan. I used Quorn for the chicken recipes, and just add a different substitute for the fish. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:50:59 EST Hi! I'm Bekah Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old Florida girl. I was a vegan for almost 11 years, but in the last 5 years, I have gained almost 80 pounds. I am recently engaged to someone I have known for 9 years, we have been together for 3 1/2. <BR> <BR> My best size was 5 years ago, when I was 145, at a height of 5'9. I have always had plenty of friends, loved to laugh, and have thrived on being social. However, while I was so distracted with simply having fun, I took for granted how comfortable in my ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:47:34 EST Holiday Recipes Hi veg*ns! <BR> <BR> It's that time of year again. Often, we find ourselves at parties and dinner with work, family and friends. And we often have to contribute a dish that will satisfy meat-eaters as well as vegetarians and vegans. What's your go-to holiday dish? Let's hear all about it below. I'd be happy to see recipes posted or linked, too - pictures even! <BR> <BR> Happy Holiday Season! <BR> Heather Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:44:02 EST Changing Up Some Old Favourites Since we are in the American Holiday week, I thought I would ask this, as maybe someone has actually tried it! I am a huge fan of scalloped potatoes, and was wondering if anyone has made them using non dairy milk? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:42:31 EST 5 weight loss tips I would give my younger self <BR> Hi all! Following is a countdown of the top 5 tips I would give my younger self about preventing weight gain. I think #1 would have been my most crucial tip... Learning the truth about the unhealthiness of the Standard American Diet, and learning to embrace REAL food like veggies, fruit, and beans. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss-tips-i-would-give-my-younger-self/ </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:19:41 EST What are some good meat substitutes? I was wondering how I can make chicken/meat dishes vegetarian. <BR> For example, let's say there's this chicken recipe that looks great, should I just replace the chicken with veggies or with faux meat products? <BR> I've tried tofu and I just don't like it because I don't think I cook it right and the texture is too spongy for me. <BR> But I'd love to hear your thoughts on what are some good meat substitutes for chicken, beef, etc. recipes. <BR> Thanks so much!!! <BR> :) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:26:29 EST Hi Hi everyone, I'm Maisie I'm new to being vegan, my best friend has been vegan her whole life, and is the one that introduced me to vegan living. My family has a whole list of hearth issues from high blood presser, cancer, and diabetes. A few months back I was talking to my friend about these issues and my worries of getting them, she gave me a list of videos to watch like Forks over knifes, Vegucated, Earthlings (warning very graphic), and the youtube video Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - G... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:43:43 EST Vegas I am heading out to Sin City tomorrow morning, and although I will have no problem finding plant based foods in a city where food comes in a close second to gambling and I believe even before shopping.. I was wondering if anyone knows of a restaurant that deals strictly with Vegan fare? Add kilometres and kilometres of walking, and I am hoping to come home, at the very least, the same weight I went down at! <BR> <BR> Donna Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:54:50 EST Christmas Meal Hello! Once again I come to you for advice. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I will be hosting Christmas this year. I will mention I never make Christmas dinner as I am not a cook and always allow my mom to make it. This year however I want to certainly have no dairy. I have been feeling so good without and now knowing how it is made I am not wanting to start back up. I also am, as you know from my other thread, trying to transition to vegan, although, right now it seems so overwhelming and scary. ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:33:46 EST Bone health Ginny Messina recently wrote an article on vegan bone health, which generally sums up her general (EXCELLENT established) guidelines: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-perspectives-on-protein-calcium-and-v<BR>egan-bone-health.html?utm_source=feedb<BR>urner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fe<BR>ed%3A+TheVeganDietitian+%28The+Vegan+Dietitian%29 </link> <BR> <BR> I've written about calcium before, but repetition is the mother of knowledge, right? ;) <BR> Just make sure... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:05:34 EST Losing weight as a veg'n is the best! I am happy to report that I have lost 40 pounds since starting my veg'n whole food plant-based diet (by diet, I mean permanent eating lifestyle)! The best part is that I know I will be able to keep it off, because I have a new, permanent attitude about food. I choose not to eat any meat or dairy, and I limit processed foods as much as humanly possible. I have learned to love veggies, fruits, beans... Food that comes from the ground. <BR> <BR> My before-and-after photos: <BR> <link>plibby... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:09:35 EST how do I handle family criticism for veganism? Hello, <BR> I have been a vegetarian since I was 5 (I'm 33), but I have been vegan on and off so many times since I was about 18. Last time I was vegan my family thought it was hilarious. They all wanted to know how long I was going to last as a vegan this time. <BR> I am humiliated at just the thought of telling my family that I am going to be vegan again. Even my children who are 7 and 10, think it is funny. I am not humiliated of being vegan I am humiliated at how many times I have tried a... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:44:53 EST Transitioning. Hello everyone! <BR> Tomorrow marks a month I have been off dairy. I decided to skip the dairy and gluten due to stomach issues. I have added a bit of gluten back in here and there, one time I had a bad reaction so I am doing it slowly. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I watched "Earthlings" and it was the first documentary on the food industry that has made me really question my consumption of meat and dairy and eggs. It was so heartbreaking and eye opening. <BR> <BR> I have considered going vegetari... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 15:13:54 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST My Second Coming Years ago, and I mean YEARS, I joined this team. Then, I was a full fledged, card carrying Vegan. <BR> But I have fallen... fallen so far down that I can hardly remember. I also can't remember my old user name or password! <BR> So.. this is a whole new me... I thought "Caterpillar" was fitting , as I restart my journey. I see butterflies in my future! <BR> I am restarting as I did back then.. with cutting certain food out of my diet. gradually, until I can call myself a Vegan once more. <BR... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:03:21 EST um what the? so I made this "really awesome" nacho soup for my girls and I. for a "meatier" consistency I added Quornia meat substitute in it. Was very tasty except my daughter pointed out "mom, it's not clean...there's chemicals in it" <BR> <BR> I said "no way, it's vegetarian so that means it's good for you!" she showed me the words I couldn't pronounce <BR> <BR> what the deuce man?? <BR> <BR> She says "welcome to my world" <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:34:24 EST Veggie weight loss buddy? Hi! <BR> <BR> Three months into my weight loss program and I'm down 20 lbs! I am a 32-year-old vegetarian (mostly vegan) who has a lot to lose! I would love to find a pen pal to chat with, exchange stories, recipes, weigh-ins, and be accountable. Send me a private message if you would like that too! <BR> <BR> -Allie Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:15:28 EST 300-400 calorie recipes Hello all! I am looking for low calorie vegetarian recipes that can easily be prepared for one or prepared ahead of time and frozen/refrigerated until I am ready to eat. I have fallen into unhealthy habits again and would really like to get back into prepping my meals for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> Also, I know this is practically sacrilege for a vegetarian, but I really don't like mushrooms. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:16:03 EST Hello :) Hi everybody! I'm a very new vegan and so far I'm loving it! I'm hoping to get some recipe ideas and support from this team, and hoping to help and inspire others along the way :) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:16:44 EST Hi I am Jess wishing I can stay healthy and lose w I am jesse and I have struggled with weight all my life but at this age I have realized I need to be healthy for my kids and live to see them happy . I feel quiet upset coz of my weight but I know I`ll definitely lose it this time and keep it off Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:03:11 EST Convincing my family that being vegan is not a fad I have been vegetarian for 5 months and vegan for 2 months. <BR> <BR> I made exceptions at the beginning, but I gave them up over the first 2-3 months: fish, then eggs, then dairy. The only exception I made recently was ordering cheese enchiladas at a Mexican restaurant, which I won't do anymore. I have an excellent vegan enchilada recipe now. :) <BR> <BR> So here I am after 5 months of starting my new eating lifestyle, and I am thrilled to call myself a vegan. It was a fairly quick journey... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:32:48 EST Should I post this? Hello to the vegans on this veg'n team! <BR> <BR> I have a nonfood question that I don't know if I should post. So here goes anyway... <BR> <BR> Do any of you know of an inexpensive but good hand soap (liquid or solid) to use in the kitchen and bathrooms to wash hands with? That's the only thing that's stopping me from moving towards my goal of a vegan lifestyle. Everything else in my life is on track. <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:32 EST How to magically turn cauliflower into Alfredo Hello my fellow Veggie Spark Peeps! I just posted my first cooking vlog, telling the world about my fav magical veggie recipe. Let me know what you think! Video-ing a cooking demonstration was a lot more complicated than my usual sweaty vlogs just talking about my workouts and life in general. I have a new appreciation for you tubers now! Ha! <BR> <BR> Anywho, here's a link to my spark people blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=580147... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:54:43 EST Thank you for being a vegetarian or vegan. Thank you for standing against animal cruelty, and thank you for not eating other animals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>172</em> <em>14</em> <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:07:43 EST I know a lot of this is junk food - but it's great Have you heard this vegan rap? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-old-vegan_n_5991950.html?fb_action_id<BR>s=10154670400035147&fb_action_types=og<BR>.comments </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:05:09 EST Help to remove Upper left back pain Hi everybody, <BR> Can someone tell me how do I remove upper left back pain? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:46:11 EST Tomato and basil lentils I have been learning about how healthy lentils are! They are a great source of protein that are rich in iron, zinc, and many other micro-nutrients. <BR> <BR> Here is a recipe for my favorite healthy lentil dish I make most often: <BR> <link><BR>ntils/ </link> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:34:33 EST What's your favorite meat substitute? Happy Fall! It's so beautiful this time of year here in the northeast. <BR> <BR> I know, I know, natural, whole foods is the goal for everyday eating, but sometimes we just crave some dish from the past. <BR> <BR> Last night I tried Quorn for the first time when I made chick'n marsala, and I have to say it was the best consistency of any substitute I've tried. <BR> <BR> I also love tempeh and Field Roast Grain Meat products, occasionally. <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:19:32 EST Fresh vegetarian chili <em>465</em> It's a great time of year to make some warm, delicious vegetarian chili. I have been enjoying it so much, that I had to share. <BR> <BR> Recipe: <BR> <link><BR>n-chili/ </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:14:56 EST Mega vegetable soup My recipe for mega vegetable soup: <link><BR>soup/ </link> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:34:20 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Talia Fuhrman's new book Dr. Fuhrman's daughter Talia's book is for sale on amazon. It's called Love Your Body: Eat Smart, Get Healthy, Find Your Ideal Weight, and Feel Beautiful Inside & Out! <BR> <BR> Looks good! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:54:53 EST Hi Hi Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:46:46 EST hello~~ My name is Erinne, I have been a veggie for the past 2 1/2 years, on and off Vegan for the past year! It's tough since I love cheese and eggs!!! I just joined Spark and love it so far!! I think I am posting this correctly!!! Although I have cut out meat and fish, I still over eat which is why I joined Spark!! I wish Spark had a vegan option!!! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:28:41 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST New to the group and newly vegan. Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Savannah, married mom of 2, and I'm currently in the process of switching my whole family to a vegan lifestyle. :) <BR> <BR> Any tips and tricks for making this an easy transition for my meat loving husband and my daughter who is a grilled cheese-oholic? <BR> <BR> Also any neat lunch ideas for a school aged child? Sat, 6 Sep 2014 15:28:56 EST Cutting out green veggies So I'm on this medication that get affected by some of the vitamins in green veggies and its so frustrating cause green veggies are my favourite and a big part of my diet . <BR> Any suggestions to what I can do? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:17:02 EST New Spark Team In case there are any Bountiful Baskets members here, I started a team for BBFC members on SP. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:05:50 EST Back Again! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I've introduced myself before, but I've had a long break so why not do it again (or for the first time). <BR> I'm 23 from New Zealand, I'm a student but on a break from study as I've suffered a very intense year. In October 2013 I got diagnosed with a form of uterine cancer. Since then I've been through so much; chemotherapy, multiple infections, 2 major surgeries, drastic weight loss(the unhealthy kind), rapid weight gain and even spent a few weeks ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:09:07 EST Dunkin Donuts offers Almond Milk Things really are changing out there! <link><BR>/dunkin-donuts-offers-almond-milk-as-c<BR>onsumers-switch-from-dairy </link> <BR> <BR> Somehow, even though the paleo and meat focused word is strongly represented, the numbers must be heading towards our way of thinking. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:54:57 EST Hi! I'm 39 and have been vegetarian for 10 years. I love cooking, I'm recovering from a laproscopy so trying to be as healthy as possible. I want to not just lose some weight but have more energy and feel healthier. I've tried sparkpeople before but now really want to make a go of it to really see and feel the benefits. I've been back for 1 week, doing yoga every day and inputting all my food, which makes me realise how lacking in protein and vegetables I was even though I thought myself pretty h... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:10:09 EST female tortoises talk to their hatchlinks I'm suddenly feeling so moved, so blessed and so proud to be a veggiehead! <BR> <BR> The below link is breaking news. I especially love the conclusion: <BR> “That we know so little about the wildlife around us is exciting because it reinforces that one should never just accept conventional wisdom when conducting research. WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/08/19/female-turtles-talk-to-their-h<BR>atchlings-scientists-discover/ </link>... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:30:00 EST Starch Issues: Vegetari an/Vegan help please! Hi, <BR> My name is Lana. I am a busy 30-something, and I am vegetarian (originally vegan). I eat mostly Boca, Light Life, and Morning Star products; and I am on a 1200 calorie diet. The problem is that I have been watching my starch/carbs, and prefer my meatless meal options to contain low carbs so that I can add carbs in that I can see/have volume. <BR> <BR> Ex: <BR> <BR> I would prefer a soy/meatless option that is low carb, so that I can pair it with rice <BR> I would prefer a soy/mea... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:50:40 EST Another doctor says yes to carbs! Here's what Dr. Garth Davis says: (I'm posting this around a few sp teams - he says it so well!) <BR> <BR> "What will it take to make people understand that carbs do not make people fat. Patients come in to see me for weight related issues. When asked what they think the central problem is, the answer is always carbs. Yet, every diet log I look at is loaded with animal protein and fat. Just about everybody is eating eggs and sausage for breakfast. I can't tell you how often Jimmy dean sausag... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:09:48 EST How Much Fat Do You Eat? Hi Everyone, <BR> I just started back on a healthy vegan diet today and this is the first time I'm using SparkPeople, though I've been a member for some time. I'm a little overwhelmed at all of the tools available so I'm still getting to know everything! <BR> <BR> One thing I was curious about is, how much fat do you eat in your vegan diet? I know there are a lot of schools of thought about this, especially in the vegan community. There is a whole group of vegan doctors (like Neal Barnard, J... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:51:27 EST (Almost) ready to start the transition... When I was in high school, I had a friend-of-a-friend who was vegan, and at that point all I could think was "What the heck does he eat?!" Now that I'm older, I am now looking into vegan-ism in both the nutritional and humanitarian viewpoints. I am really in seeing if it is something I can do. <BR> <BR> I'm not a huge red-meat fan (though my husband is, but he won't be doing this with me), but I love chicken and shell-fish. One of the main problems I will encounter is the fact that there are... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:57:16 EST Shamageddon is gettin to Shreddin'! Just signed up a couple of days ago. Not sure what I am doing yet, but I will get there. It's nice to be here. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:22:14 EST Rania2006 Hi My name is Rania and I just joined yesterday 16 August 2014 and im not sure where to start. Please advise how many times a day I should eat and what I can have for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks and how many hours apart I should space my food. Im really desperate to loose weight. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:46:12 EST I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS BUT AM SCARED Hello - I am a 'slightly older' lady who has let herself go due to ill health and need some support please!!!! I am also willing to give support to anyone else who needs it. This is my first visit to any site like this and really don't know what to do or say. Please help!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:18:19 EST I'm kind of new here... Hello - again...I joined SparkPeople back in 2011 but I never took off with it. Today, I revisited the site and feel inspired. I'm hoping I can get going and catch some momentum. I am so tired all the time and I miss the once active life I used to live many years ago. Over the last 12 years, I have gained 100 pounds!!! WHAT?! I just can't believe it. How did I let that happen? I could use all the support I can get right now, any words of encouragement, inspiration, personal success stories, a... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:54:04 EST My secret to awesome Asparagus On those cooler days when you can use the oven, you can pop these in there; on the hotter ones, put them on the grill! <BR> <BR> You'll need... <BR> * Asparagus <BR> * Oil - I normally use Canola or Olive <BR> * Salt <BR> * Pepper <BR> * Garlic Powder <BR> * Onion Powder <BR> * Aluminum foil <BR> <BR> First, wash your asparagus and pat dry with a towel. <BR> <BR> Remove the dried out ends of the asparagus. To do this, hold the vegetable at both ends and gently bend it. It will break off ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:09:35 EST Hello! I'm Storm, and I'm trying to transition towards a Vegan diet. Just started the process, so still lots of work to do. Trying to get into more Vegetarian diet first, by cutting down on meats and such, and hopefully I can make it to Vegan after that. First steps on a long journey. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:21:23 EST Hello SparkPeople! I am very happy to have found this site and am looking forward to kicking to the curb the 10-15 pounds I seem to hold to dearly. Beyond time to let them go! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:27:08 EST Worried about transitioning to vegan? When I decided to become vegan, and shortly after that, eat only plant-based whole foods (no processed foods), I was overwhelmed. Would I be able to do it? How would I feed myself as I was learning to cook, and finding recipes? I had a full time job. I had to bring a lunch because there were no vegan options at work. How was this all going to work? <BR> <BR> I had the blessing of a friend of a friend who was plant strong, and I hired her to make lunches for me once/week until I could ge... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:40:07 EST Hello I'm new here I hope this website will motivate me to lose weight I always fail in diet tried so many and never worked I need some help I really hope that I can reach my goal through this website Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:43:41 EST Hello Sparkies... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, a Canadian, and a new member. I'm here to make some friends, lose weight and have some fun doing it. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good Friday. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:31:43 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Transitioning from juice fasting to a raw diet I have done two 60 day juice fasts this year. I have been a vegetarian for 40 years, but I want to start a raw food lifestyle. I am hoping to not lack the energy to exercise. Any suggestions? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:26:19 EST Mayo clinic newsletter says Eliminate Meat!! YAY! I'm cross posting this to most of the /vegetarian teams. Please send this around the internet - blog about it - you know - let's get the word out! <BR> <BR> I may be naive, but I think the medical profession is actually figuring out that meat is not good for humans to eat! Now if they could also figure out about eliminating oil too . . . But I bet that's coming soon. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the newsletter: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/editorial.c... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:03:02 EST Weight Loss Buddy Needed The problem with me is that I have lost weight in the past. And by that I mean a lot of weight. But I have gained it again due to my carelessness. I am back on track again, but the momentum is not as it was the last time. So I need a buddy with whom I can track my progress and celebrate the journey of getting fit. <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:22:35 EST free vegan e-books <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <BR> avaible for free for a limited amount of time only, so if yo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:55 EST Changing to a vegetarian, whole foods diet. <BR> I just hit my first goal, which was a weight loss of 15 pounds! Thanks to my vegetarian, whole foods diet (and by diet, I mean permanent eating lifestyle). <BR> <BR> Turning 40 last year was a bit depressing because I felt overweight and unhealthy... Like my prime time was over. Also, I had to choose between losing weight and buying a new "fat clothes" wardrobe. Fortunately, I recently chose the right path and am wholeheartedly sticking to it. I am feeling healthier and younger tha... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:33:56 EST not totally a newbie.... ;) hi :) my name is kim. i was on here back in 2010 and then have been back on and off since then. i lost a lot of weight on spark people and slowly went back to my old habits (darn junk food! & emotional eating) - and have gained some weight back. i am here for once and for all. i am not going to give up on myself this time. this time is different. <BR> <BR> i am totally convinced that my husband is trying to mess me up ... but you know... he doesn't make me eat anything... i am... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:23 EST Check out NPR's look at vegan men They look mighty good - right? <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs-special-series-men-in-america-looks<BR>-at-vegans/ </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:12:09 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:41 EST Hi Everyone - Cheers to a new lifestyle Hello. I am 73 years old and looking forward to learning to LIKE healthy food. (hope its not to late) Other than bad knees I am healthy and consider myself to have "lots" of energy. I am a carb addict. It sounds as though this may be the place I can finally control my cravings. I have an adorable little dog that keeps me walking and off the couch everyday. Have 4 wonderful grown boys, and a good relationship with the ex-hubby. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:43:26 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST Hi Hi! MY name is adina i am 16 years old and 74 kg i am relly trying to achieve 64 how are you?? <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:57:52 EST Need help and ideas I was vegetarian for 2 years and then "went back". I would like to go vegan but have no idea what to eat to get enough of the right nutrients. Suggestions? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:31:56 EST US & Monsanto vs El Salvador The US government has been requiring El Salvador to use Monsanto GM seeds in order to receive an aid package of $277 million. After great Salvadoran pressure it is unclear if the US will continue this requirement: <link><BR>-salvadoran-farmers-successfully-oppos<BR>e-the-use-of-monsanto-seeds </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:26:53 EST science I point my finger at those paying the scientists. Still... <link><BR>ealthy-foods-engineered-to-be-addictive </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:05:17 EST Introduction questions Anyone else here a vegetarian and a diabetic? I have lost 150 pounds from 286 down to 130. I have put back on 30 pounds in the last year which suprised me. I am a fitness instructor, nurse, mom to 9 children( I have added 3 since my profile), vegetarian for 3 years and recently diagnosed as a diabetic? How I have asked myself as there is zero family history and my health and weight have been great for 5 years.What I am finding is as a vegatarian( truly a carboholic as all veggies are carbs) d... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:01:14 EST New lifestyle I am rejoining sparks. I never took nothing serious I always felt like I was doing it for somebody else. Now this time around I am doing this for me. I want to try something new, I never been a full vegetarians before so this is something new to me and my family. my dietitian suggest that I eat fish and seafood, will trying this out. I am open to any suggests and advice while I am transformation in this new lifestyle. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:40:28 EST Struggling and getting no where My name is Alexus and I am 20 years old and over 300 pounds. I have tried many many things to help me lose weight. Ive done weight watchers twice, ive done different diets and eating plans, I have even been on prescription medication to help me lose weight twice and I gain weight while on them even though I nearly stopped eating when taking them. I dont know what I am doing wrong it seems like I gain more and more weight even when I eat right and excerise. Its starts off good and im feeling g... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:49:56 EST Hello Everyone!! Hello Fellow Sparkles!! My name is Zuleika (zoo_leigh_ka) but all my friends call me Suli(zoo_lee). I live in SoCal and totally love it. Ive been married for 9 years and have 2 wonderful kids.. a 12yr old boy and a 8yr old girl. I have tried starting my weightloss so many times and I have failed. Being a veteran its really hard to not feel guilty as how I look now and how fit I was when I was serving. I needed a real motivation and finally I have it. My sister is getting married in August a... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:57:39 EST My name is Kathy I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST Greetings from Oregon! I have not eaten flesh since 1981 and I have never missed it. One day it all just hit me; the absurdity and barbarism of flesh-eating! Yuk! I live a Vegan lifestyle, supporting and helping animals and trying to make sure to not exploit them; however, I always fail in my efforts to EAT vegan! I don't try any more because NF Greek yogurt is SUCH a wonderful source of protein. I drink my version of the East Indian drink, "Lassi" by mixing a cup of Greek yogurt with a cup of Almond Mylk, water, ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:03:22 EST Changing my diet to be a Vegetarian I am struggling with my weight and need to make changes. It is funny how your body changes as you get older, but at 61 I am finding low carbs is best. <BR> <BR> I very rarely eat red meat. Eat mainly chicken, turkey and tofu. Want to eat less chicken and turkey, more tofu and refried beans, black beans, etc. I like to incorporate protein drinks. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or reading that would help? I know I need to make sure that I get the right nutrients when going towards bei... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:38:28 EST hahaha had some great laughs with this! <link><BR>noying-things-about-being-vegan </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:53:02 EST Vegan Sandwich cookbook free Now! These free ebooks usually only stay free for a day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Books-cookbooks-ebook/dp/B00HTA0TW8/r<BR>ef=sr_1_16?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=<BR>1403096031&sr=1-16 </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:03:02 EST Vegan Supermarket Chain coming to US in 2016 WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Times ARE changing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>arket-chain-to-come-to-us-in-2016/ </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:58:27 EST Multistate Salmonella Outbreak from Chia Powder From the CDC June 13, 2014: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic SPROUTED CHIA POWDER. If you used the powder--read the info about the recall. The link below is continually updated. <BR> WHAT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder. Chia powder is made from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder. It is often added to heal... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:25:09 EST Hi. Hi, I'm not "new" to the board, but I never introduced myself, and I've been absent from the site for...a really long time. I'm vegan (obviously). I stopped voluntarily eating meat when I was probably 12. I state voluntarily because my mother did not agree with this lifestyle choice, and was very clear that I "eat what she fixed or else." Realized that dairy makes me physically ill when I was around 15, and spent quite some time convincing my mother of this. Went vegan the day I moved ou... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:26:34 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST Awesome news: EU bans animal testing for cosmetic This is so awesome - and about time!! Now it's time for the U.S. to step up and do the same! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-solution/animal-testing-for-cosmet<BR>ics-in-europe-finally-set-to-end </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:40:20 EST Monsanto vs. the State of Vermont <link><BR>014/06/04/monsanto-set-sue-vermont-req<BR>uiring-gmo-labeling-155139 </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:28:05 EST Hello All Don't think I ever intro myself. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:36:39 EST New to the veggie world Hello everyone. I have been an on/off member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years now. I'm back again, ready to jump on the weight loss wagon. I'm glad I found this group, as I need some ideas on food choices as I want to become a vegetarian in hopes of living a healthier lifestyle. Good luck to everyone this week. <BR> <em>524</em> <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:23:15 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone! My name is Staci and I am here to get motivated to be more active and healthy! I'm going to be 37 soon and want to get back to my weight when I got married two years ago &#9786;&#65039;. Here's where you come in wink wink. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:45:57 EST Just Joined Hi I am new to Spark and am on a quest to lose weight. I want to get healthy and fit for myself and my two grand children so I can do more with them. Any and all help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:37:30 EST Veggie taco meat. Does anyone know of any recipes to make taco meat out of veggies? or maybe blackbeans? Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:10:53 EST starting all over *again*.... hello fellow spark people :) <BR> <BR> was here before and now I'm trying to start all over again. hopefully this will be the *last* time for me and my starting all over's. <BR> <BR> I am Canadian, born and raised in a city called Toronto. moved out of Toronto in July 2013 to go back to College. my husband and I got hit by a car in November 2013. :( my left wrist was broken/shattered. my wrist was in 3 different colorful casts - for 8 weeks. when I got my final cast off - ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:52:24 EST Can you run faster than this 91 yr old Vegan? He just broke a record and attributes his success to his plant based lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:53:41 EST Time for something new. Hi, I'm 43, divorced, mom of two kids (7,9) and one new puppy. I'm vegan, depressed and very much in love with my bed. I want to be healthier so I've got to spend less time with my bed and more time walking my new puppy but motivation and energy are greatly lacking. Mon, 26 May 2014 13:07:29 EST grocery list I was wondering what a good, cheap grocery list for a vegan would be especially if there aren't any farmer's markets where i am. my food budget is only $80 a month, but i just can't seem to keep food in the house for that long. and we end up using some of the bill money for food... i'm just not sure where to go. i want to keep fresh produce in the house- things that aren't in the frozen aisle. so if you have any advice, that would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 20 May 2014 14:43:28 EST Hello All! I'm Winnie and I've got weight to lose! Hello Everyone. I'm a 34 year old mother of two and I need to lose weight; not only to feel healthy and confident,but for my boys. I want to run around with them, play horsey (i'm the horse of course) and just have fun without feeling as if i'll collapse after 10 minutes with them. <BR> <BR> I'm also a bit shy, so I probably won't have a lot to say. However, your stories are an inspiration to thank you in advance!! <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:26:19 EST Amtrak magazine's cover is all about going veg Featuring Paul McCarthy and Oprah Winfrey, Amtrak is talking about meatless meals! <BR> <BR> Friends, we're going mainstream! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eating-arrives-cover-amtrak-magazine/ </link> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:03:27 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:59 EST vegan yogurt i started out as a vegetarian and transitioned to veganism. it was very easy for me. the only problem problem i have is finding a vegan yogurt i can live with. i've tried them all,soy, coconut milk,almond milk. the textures are with that being said i continue to eat Greek yogurt and goats milk yogurt. <BR> any one out there have any suggestions for a good brand of vegan yogurt? <BR> Thu, 15 May 2014 07:01:43 EST First big step Hi...I am hoping to come over with my overeating through this program and become fit and healthy. Sun, 11 May 2014 15:06:30 EST Love what this Vegan Body Builder has to say Check out this beautiful man: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/12/78-year-old-vegan-bodybuilder-migh<BR>t-make-you-reconsider-your-diet/ </link> Fri, 2 May 2014 18:59:04 EST Sparks Menu Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I am brand new to the Sparks program, and did not know if anyone had any suggestions as to how to change the menu to a vegan diet plan? Many items like cheese and dairy, and meats are not what I eat. Add to that needing a gluten-free diet adds another level of diligence to what I can eat. Also, I don't really want to go over 45- 60 Grams of protein daily. <BR> <BR> Do I just make myself a new meal plan on a daily basis? I can't change the posted menu at all, or ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:06:06 EST Eating vegan for energy Hello Everyone, I'm new to this vegan/vegetarian group. <BR> I decided to follow the vegan diet because I stumbled across the Rich Roll podcast (ultra distance athlete on plant based diet). He emphasizes again and again how plant based diet gives person great energy and overall sense of well being. I'm a mom to three year old twin boys and was constantly tired which made me drink a lot of coffee after which I was irritable and not fun to be around. I was curious about all that energy that ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:37:19 EST Hello Everyone!!! New here and not quite sure how to move around in here. Just wanted to say hi and my name is Kathey. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:56:42 EST Hiya! This is all so new! Hello! I just joined Sparkpeople last week, and already I've learned sooo much! I used to be a vegetarian, but with 2 teen-aged boys, it was just too hard to get them to eat! Well that was over 10 years ago (they are 30 and 32 now!), so it's time to reclaim my commitment! Since then I've contracted a host of auto-immune problems. So, nutrition is a very high priority now. And the way I feel about it~ why would you want to be the second thing to eat the plant. I'd much rather have first dibs ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:42:56 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; Hey Sparkies.. My name is Kim... I am indeed a newbie. :) Looking to get healthy, lose weight, make some new friends and have some fun along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Always remember -- <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:35:31 EST How to know if your weight loss has slowed? Ok, I know the answer sounds obvious, but I don't necessarily mean the natural pounds lost decline that comes after the first weeks of dieting. I've been losing like 7-10 pounds a month, but I've noticed that during the last couple of months, it's only 5-6 pounds a month... <BR> I'm 21, walk a lot almost every day and I've been a low fat vegan for quite a while now. I have hypothyroid and a few other hormone issues.... It's just so sudden a decline... It wasn't gradual like I guess it should... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:55:50 EST Hey there! My name's Chianne, I am 20 years old (21 in about 2 months), and one of my long-term goals is to lose around 50 or so pounds. <BR> I've been struggling with my weight for over half of my life and, as a result, i've never really been confident in myself. For as long as I can remember, i've weighed 200 or more pounds. I remember feeling down and sorry for myself a lot throughout the years, and then feeling more guilty when I would turn to food as a comfort for those feelings. But I never did a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:06:37 EST I'm finally ready to begin... My name is Eric and I'm 30 years old. For most of my life, I've carried some extra weight. I was a chunky kid, a husky teen, and a "big guy" as an adult. Over the past few years, I've allowed myself to reach a state that can only be described by it's true name: obese. Throughout this time, I've been with a beautiful girl who is a normal, healthy weight and have felt inadequate and ashamed to be with her when I am so unhealthy. This led to a deep-rooted depression which, of course, only made t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:15:04 EST High calorie, lowish fat, small volume recipes A friend and I are trying to get back into a high raw vegan way of eating. My friend is vegan, I am flex but cannot do soy or dairy, we both would like to incorporate as much raw as we can into our eating. <BR> <BR> One of my challenges is that my friend needs a lot of calories in a compact space. Think 600-700 calories about sandwich sized volume. Eating something like a salad just takes far too much time for his seasonal hectic schedule, and it's challenging to healthfully get that many c... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:21:42 EST Easter meal Cooking for meateaters, vegetarians, vegans today. I made vegan stuffed peppers for us vegans - can't wait to try them! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:18:45 EST Getting in magnesium & calcium & iron Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on this forum and I come to you with a question about micronutrients. <BR> <BR> I'm eating a plant-based diet and transitioning into full-time vegan. (Basically I eat vegetarian most of the time and have tuna/salmon/cheese about once a week.) My current diet is made up mostly of fruit, vegetables (including dark leafy greens), oatmeal, seeds and nuts, beans here and there, tofu and faux-milk, and minimal rice/breads/pasta. <BR> <BR> <em>265<... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:38:06 EST Chef AJ's Weight Loss Video & My 30 Day Challenge <link> </link> (I shortened the link from vegsource) Scroll to page bottom. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>210</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>369</em> <em>370</em> <em>371</em> <em>372</em> <em>373</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Chef AJ is shrinking like a snowman in summer. She has a couple article's/videos on explaining i... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:57:12 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:24 EST salt Salt SALT! Hey fellow veg heads! I'm curious if I'm the only one, and if anyone has any suggestions or tips on how to (tastily) reduce salt intake. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good at sticking to a meal/fitness plan once I'm doing it, but my hardest hump to get over is my addiction to/reliance on/love of SALT in my diet. I'm to the point where I can't even eat food unless it's salted quite a bit because it tastes completely flavorless to me. <BR> <BR> Also I haven't really found a way in SP to track sodium (... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:29:42 EST protein help can anyone suggest a protein rich snack?? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:43:44 EST Dried food gives me g---s! I have learned that I need to really control my intake of dried fruit, which I recently added to my diet to get in good carbs. I love figs, but now I have allowed myself to buy the more expensive and (varied) cranberries and cherries. My problem--which figs have given me too--is that they are hard on my digestive system. They end up giving me gas. I decided that the only way to control this is to limit them. Raisins, the cheapest alternative, don't give them to me in large amounts like the ot... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:04:46 EST Fed up with the fat Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Muhsinah. I recently had a physical and my physician informed me. I have high cholesterol and am a borderline diabetic. She gave me six months to loose the weight before medication will be prescribed. I want to eliminate animal products from my diet along with any food that work against me. I am interested in transitioning into a gluten-free vegan diet. Just a diet. I am 37 year old African American female weighing in at 295. I need/want to loose 95-100 lbs of wh... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:48:31 EST vegan success story :) <link><BR>-150-pounds-going-vegan/?utm_campaign=<BR>040214&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_me<BR>dium=Living%20E-News </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> lindsay nixon features "herbies of the week" too in her happy herbivore blog; if you're interested for more success stories of people thriving on vegan diets. :D :D :D Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:40:36 EST vegan success story :) edit: <BR> <BR> thanks, i tried to correct that before but i think i ended up posting this twice :s <BR> sorry guys! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-150-pounds-going-vegan/?utm_campaign=<BR>040214&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_me<BR>dium=Living%20E-News </link> <BR> <BR> lindsay nixon features "herbies of the week" too in her happy herbivore blog; if you're interested for more success stories of people thriving on vegan diets. :D :D :D Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:39:56 EST curried cream of celery soup OMG! This one is a keeper: <BR> <link><BR>ed-cream-of-celery-soup/ </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:25:43 EST Still Transitioning I am choosing a vegan diet (still transitioning) because I want to live cruelty-free. I have been ashamed and horrified at the ways animals are treated and believe if everyone were more educated about where our food comes from and the horrific conditions that exist, more people would choose to go vegan. <BR> <BR> It is certainly tough, and dairy is one of the toughest to give up, but I have been dairy-free for 6 days now and not surprisingly, I am feeling alot better as well. I am still stu... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:02:04 EST Hello I am just starting out on my weight loss journey, having lost 60 pounds on WW in 2011, and gained it all back.... <BR> <BR> Now I am committed to living a vegan lifestyle, but am not fully transitioned yet. I am also trying to eat whole, fresh or frozen, non-processed foods so that I can truly change my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I love that there are teams and resources for vegans on here as it seems like most recipes have some kind of animal product in them. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:56:54 EST Staying in your calorie ranges Has anyone else noticed that sticking to your ranges is a heck of a lot easier when you're vegetarian/vegan? I'm finding it harder to go all out and binge eat, not because the food isn't tasty, but because I'm eating so much to hit my calorie goals! I also seem to be getting way more key nutrients than when I was tracking as an omni. Anyone else noticed this? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:19:13 EST My Eggplant Mushroom Lasagne I made this last night for dinner on the spur of the moment when my brother and hubby asked me to make lasagne. It was so good I felt like sharing the recipe. Let me know if you try and like it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2711667 </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:54:20 EST Vegan Clothing? I need to get some new clothes and would like to replace it with clothes I feel good about wearing. I hear so many bad things about the mainstream stores at the mall between what they use and sweat shops. <BR> <BR> I have spent a lot of time looking and I mainly only find graphic Ts. I want basics-no pictures or words. Can't really find much at all with jeans either. Affordable is something I am looking for. I don't have several hundreds of dollars to spend on each item. <BR> <BR> If anyon... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:10:19 EST New Mom Trying to Lose Weight Hello fellas, <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year-old woman. Ten month ago, I became mom to a precious little girl. While pregnant I was so watchful of my weight and after giving birth, I tried to stay focused and followed my healthy eating habits. Breastfeeding helped me lose some of the pregnancy weight. Weaning my baby after 4 month, my weight started to go up again mostly due to the fact that my daughter required more time from me and I was paying less attention to what, where, when, and how much I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:56:45 EST Garden Burger I made this recipe from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way last night, and it was DELICIOUS! I ate the leftover burger for lunch today. I put up the recipe as a share on SP, and it's easy to replace the eggs in it if you're vegan. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2709306 </link> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:20:33 EST Today's episode of Dr. OZ & Dr. Fuhrman Today Dr. Joel Fuhrman was on Dr. OZ. He had Dr. Oz taste what I think looked like pureed soup and I believe has said it was a Cabbage and Lentil Soup. Dr. Oz loved it and said he would have some of the recipes posted on his website. That recipe was not on Oz's website. Does anyone have his cookbook and know that recipe? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:07:26 EST New to the Vegetarian Lifestyle Hello Everyone! My name is Dolores but everyone calls me bikki. I took the seven day vegan challenge about three months ago and it was hard for the first three days but by the fourth day I started to feel more alert and my mood was just great. I felt healthy. I went back to a meat diet around the holidays and needless to say I feel horrible on it. I never realized how eating meat made you sluggish and just drained my energy. And not to be too gross but sweat smells bad when you eat meat. So I... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:02:40 EST Hello! Just joined today and wanted to say hello. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:38 EST New to this... Hello, my name is Alicia and I am 28 years old living in Norther Connecticut (USA). I am currently at 307 lbs with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (no other illnesses as of this point) I am working hard to get rid of the weight and live a healthier lifestyle and am considering becoming vegetarian, not only for the health benefits but as a Pantheist I feel it is the right thing to do. If a vegetarian diet is successful for me then I may go full blown vegan in the future but I want to... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:33:18 EST The Spark Solution Has anyone read The Spark Solution? I started reading it recently and am having trouble getting through it. I am disappointed in the lack of meal options it suggests. I knew it wasn't going to be vegan or vegetarian but so far there hasn't been a single menu that hasn't had meat. Just curious how everyone else felt. <BR> <BR> Aimee Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:14:25 EST Sharing my music with you all Hi all fellow Veggies and hopefully music lovers, <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a blog. I only found out a week ago that I could do this so I have chosen to add some of my work in my blogs. <BR> <BR> I feel that music can be used as a terrific motivator be it fast upbeat to move to, slow and tranquil to chillout to and everything in between. It certainly can contribute to a healthier lifest... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:56:41 EST Roasted Cauliflower And Chickpea Tacos I received this recipe in my email today. This looks so good so I had to share. <BR> <link><BR><BR>sted-cauliflower-and-chickpea-tacos%2F </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:09:24 EST Vegan Cookbooks Hi Everyone, I'm looking to cook more vegan recipes, and expand my repertoire. I just received the Oh She Glows Cookbook, and it is fantastic! I highly recommend it. But I would like to add more vegan cookbook staples to my collection. Any suggestions? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:32:50 EST