SparkPeople Veggie Lovers Team Messageboard welcome to the veggie lovers team! We don't frown on meat eaters; we just LOVE veggies and fruits more. So come on and join us as we fill our plates and bodies with all those lovely veggies/fruits! SparkPeople Veggie Lovers Team Messageboard Making Homemade Veggie "meat" seitan I hope to try these ways to make seitan. They vary by what spices are used in them. I hope to add nutritional yeast, fennel, flax seeds and italian seasonings. I saw a video where they added molasses to the boiling water for taste, coloring. Plus it's nutritious. <BR> <BR> Anyone with advice? <BR> <BR><BR>ade-Easy/ <BR> <BR><BR>ake-seitan/?li_source=base&li_medium=r<BR>elated-instructables&li_campaign=rela... Sat, 9 May 2015 11:10:39 EST Vegetable "Meat" I ate some non beef stew made with seitan once and it was fantastic. Best 'beef" stew i've ever tasted!! Ever since, I've been wanting to try seitan. Here is an article about different vegetarian meat alternatives, "Mimicking Meat: Tofu, Tempeh, & Seitan" <BR> <BR><BR>lenges/mimicking-meat-tofu-tempeh-seitan/ <BR> <BR> Do any of you make seitan? I am going to post some links to how to make it homemade in the recipe section below. Basically seita... Sat, 9 May 2015 10:52:20 EST 2015 Team Chit-Chat Didn't see a place to chat so thought I'd make one. Hope no one minds. Hope you're all having a fantastic healthy Tuesday. <em>247</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:50:47 EST Rejoining -New User Name I'm back with a new user name so want to reintroduce myself. <BR> I'm working with hubby to drop 60 lbs. each by Sept. of this year. We started this Sept. 2014 after Bob had his 2nd trip to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Since then I'm down 24 lbs. as of today and Bob is down 31 lbs. We're both trying to cut our sodium as much as we can (2000 grams or less) and working to keep our calories between 1200-1500 per day. <BR> Bob isn't much for veggies but I prefer them to most mea... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:48:33 EST Hello! Ready to live a healthy great life! I am ready to live the life of a vegetarian......My 24 year old daughter inspired me and is healthy and at her goal weight. I am ready to join her! HIGHLY MOTIVATED!!!! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:37:43 EST What veggies do you add to protein shakes? Hi! I've been adding kale to my blueberry protein shakes. You can't taste the kale, so it's a great vegetable addition to any shake! Do you have any other veggies you add to your protein shakes? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:45:09 EST Hello There! I'm Yvonne and I recently joined Spark People. I'm looking to lose a bit of weight and get in to shape before our family vacation this Fall. I have also joined Healthy Wage's group competition to be extra motived to lose. I wouldn't mind if my team won the $10,000 top prize :D <BR> <BR> I'm a 30ish wife and mom from Minnesota and I love taking my lab/border collie for daily walks... when it's not snowing ;) I love animals and eating vegetables! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:09:19 EST Let's Get Talking Hope noone minds but it didn't seem to be anywhere we could just come to chat here. <BR> <BR> Good Morning team. It's a little cool today after the heavy rains we had yesterday. Bob is getting ready to go out to the workshop for awhile and he had to put on long pants and a heavy shirt instead of his shorts and tee, which is what he normally wears. It's only about 50 degrees right now but supposed to get up to 71 for the high today. <BR> I've started a routine of at home exercises that I'll ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:34:47 EST Newbie Alert Hi. I'm Vicki and I've been a member of sparkpeople off and on for about 5 years. I'll leave for awhile then rejoin. Hopefully this time I'm here to stay. <BR> On March 13th, I gave away my scale and will never, ever have another one. I "watched" myself thru the scale gain 115 lbs over the last 7 years. The more I watched the scale, the bigger I got. <BR> So this time around, I'm working to eat healthier; less processed foods, and more veggies and fruits. I'm not a real lover of meats altho... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:21:40 EST hi there! i'm new :) hi to all! i'm tracie. <BR> i'm new to sparkpeople. <BR> i am originally from michigan, usa <em>652</em> . <BR> since 2010 i have lived in helsinki, finland. <em>725</em> <BR> <BR> i've been a vegetarian for 18 yrs. <BR> over the years i have been super duper healthy, lean, active (yoga/walking/running)... i hurt my knee running last year <em>46</em> <BR> i've been on a slippery slope every since... i gave up and starting eating poorly, over eating, from super active to low a... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:49:03 EST Quick and easy Cauliflower soup I served this as a first course for dinner tonight. One gal does NOT like cauliflower and she had seconds as well as taking the left overs home with her. <BR> <BR> Quick Cauliflower soup <BR> <BR> 1 head cauliflower cut into florets <BR> 1/2 onion diced <BR> 4-6 cups water OR veggie broth OR chicken broth <BR> 1 tsp oregano <BR> salt and pepper to taste. <BR> nutmeg <BR> <BR> Put everything in a pot. Simmer for 20 or 30 min or until cauliflower is very soft. Blend w/ immersion blender. ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:53:18 EST Tap tap tap... is this thing on? Hi all. I'm living in the DFW area of Texas. I really should have a "FRUIT HATER" team, since I just don't much LIKE fruit, but force myself to eat it lately. I figure if I keep doing what I've been doing (avoiding fruit like the plague) I might keep getting what I've been getting (fat!) <BR> <BR> It seems as if this is kind of a quiet team, but I'm still waving at everyone! Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:30:00 EST Hi from Michigan Hello, fellow veggie lovers! New to the team, but just passed 5 years on Spark. What fun! <BR> <BR> -Rheyn Wed, 27 Jun 2012 23:02:09 EST Do you feel bad when... you don't get enough fruit and veggies in your daily diet? <BR> <BR> I do! <BR> <BR> There are times when I actually hear my body asking for a salad! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 20:29:35 EST Quinoa Bought a bag of quinoa and wondering what to do with it! Looking for yummy recipes ideas - share if you have any! :) Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:01:49 EST Thinking of Going Veg I seriously learned to love fruits and veggies during my weight loss journey and now that I'm on maintenance, I look forward to them more than I do meat and poultry and seafood! <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone here has transitioned from meat-eater to vegetarian and if there are any temporary side effects during the change? DId you do it gradually or just dove straight into the vegetarian lifestyle? Mon, 6 Feb 2012 17:30:56 EST I can not wait!! Well i guess it is about time i introduced myself. I origionally signed up on sparkspeaople a couple years back, but i sure didn't stick with it. so i strugled with my body , weight and self image longer. then around the holiday season of 2010 my DR suggested bariatric surgery, i was just on the line to be a candidate but he was more worried about my co-morbidities. so i signed up and got the surgery this last september, after about a year of dietary work , and a lot of other self work that w... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:39:04 EST How do you "spread the Spark"? Tell others how you Spread the Spark in your daily life. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:09:45 EST I'm new Good Morning. I'm Kate and I'm new to Sparkpeople. Over the past several years, I've lost around 100lbs. I've done it by totally changing my diet and exercising. I need some motivation to keep going (I've got another 40lbs to go) so I joined sparkpeople to keep myself accountable and get some support. I've been a vegetarian for several years (and was vegan for a couple) and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. It's easy to fall into a food rut. It's also easy to become unmotivate... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:06:09 EST fvh2012 HI! Happy 2012! I am excited about starting with SparkPeople! I have been on yo-yo diets over the years... yet here I am overweight again. I'm looking forward to the support (or kicks in the butt) from the SparksTeams and forums! <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fran Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:03:20 EST fvh2012 HI! Happy 2012! I am excited about starting with SparkPeople! I have been on yo-yo diets over the years... yet here I am overweight again. I'm looking forward to the support (or kicks in the butt) from the SparksTeams and forums! <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fran Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:03:01 EST Hello from the frozen me! I live in central MN (dont ask me why) and am a MN native (again, dont aske me why). I am a VEGGIE LOVER -- in fact was just posting for some "veggie help"! I eat a lot of salad and I always have different toppings. This is a real pain to enter into my food tracker, 1 tsp og this, 1/2/tbsp this etc..... Is there a way I can create a sald with all of the ingredients and save it? Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:50:22 EST Hello ALL! Hello everyone, My name is Kai. I am 21, and about 40 pounds overweight. I am a college student, and this is where I gained most of my weight! Hopefully I can lose this weight before the summer, and keep it off ! I am looking for a weight loss buddy with similar goals, so feel free to contact me and we can work something out Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:28:16 EST hi iam tammy hi, all my life ive never been over weight, but since i stop smoking ive gained more than my share,eating in large amounts,even things i would of never of touched before,now iam paying the price up 5 pants sizes, i refuse to go any higher, iam going to drop this weight get back in my size 6 jean and i wont stop til,the day i slide them on, i was 115 pounds when i started trying to lose i was 156 at doctors office i was so ashamed, i had been going to the same doctor for 30 yrs, iam now... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:27:29 EST Favorite Fish Recipes Use this to tell everyone your favorite fish recipe. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:37:03 EST What are you growing in your garden this year. It is about time to start planting seeds indoors for the upcoming garden season. What are you planning to grow? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:33:55 EST Fruit A to Z Game Can you list all the Fruits from A to Z? See if we can, and then we will start over gain. <BR> <BR> I will start it: <BR> <BR> Apple Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:41:38 EST Vegetable A to Z Game Can you list all the vegetables from A to Z? See if we can, and then we will start over gain. <BR> <BR> I will start it: <BR> <BR> Asparagus <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:40:44 EST I finally made it! Hi everyone! My name is Galiena and I'm a stay at home mom of 3 amazing kids. My goal is to lose 120 lbs., to have more energy to keep up with my family and to feel better about myself. I love to read, watch movies, listen to music, play games, go camping and spend time with my family and friends. I was told about Sparkpeople a year ago by my nephew's wife who now has lost over 60 pounds because of Sparkpeople. I am so excited to get started. I just know that this time next year I will be a l... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:30:36 EST I am proud!!!!!! Hello, My name is kesha aka Sacred3. I am new to this site but proud t be on here because that means that I am one more step closer to my goals. Please take time out to read my profile and get to know me alittle bite better (I will do the same),we may have something in commend, or maybe I or you can become eachothers workout partner and reach our goals together!!!!! I look foward to meeting you:-) Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:05:46 EST Alli Hello, my name is Alli and I just joined sparkpeople. I am very excited to try this website out I have heard good things about it and I am very anxious to loose weight especially during this time of season with all the eating! I have lost my goal weight a couple months back but now have gained it back. I am looking forward to be at my goal weight again and hopefully keep it off with the support I have here. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:00:09 EST Pictures Tell the Truth! I am a stand up comedian and I had a professional photographer take pictures of me this past weekend. I was shocked! (I really believe that women have a visual memory of what they looked like in high school. When they imagine themselves, this visual memory pops up.) I thought I looked so overweight! I decided to go on a diet immediately. The next day I broke my foot running in backless shoes. Rather than be depressed, I decided to pursue my weight loss goal, especially since I was goin... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 23:32:16 EST Favorite Fruit Recipes Whether fresh or frozen, fruit recipes are always a crowd pleaser. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:12:51 EST Favorite Tofu Recipes This is a place to share all your favorite ToFu recipes Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:06:32 EST who is your favourite TV chef Nigel Slater Mon, 30 May 2011 17:39:09 EST Dr. Orders :( Hi, my name is Mona and I'm a mother of 2 wonderful boys and fiance to a wonderful man. I love my veggies, but also love my meat. Unfortunatly Dr. orders say I can't eat meat(except fish yuck) OR cheese for 2 weeks. What am I to do? What can I do to get that meat/cheese craving down? Uggg, been doing it for 2.5 days now and I have slipped...I ate 3 Buffalo Chicken bites(Schwans), and like 3 tbsp ground beef yesterday. HELP!!!! Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:58:22 EST Eat Your Veggies - Tough Sell at Any Price in U.S. Excerpted from journalist Daniel Akst: <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a bargain So as part of a laudable five-year initiative to make foods it sells healthier, Wal-Mart stores plans to cut the price of its fruits and vegetables. The hope is that people will then buy more of them. <BR> ... <BR> There is a story going around out there that many Americans aren't eating healthy foods because they can't afford it. .. <BR> But the great majority of Americans - not just the poor - aren't eating healt... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:17:38 EST weight issues you can choose your own day to weigh yourself. you can record it here, if you have lost or put any on you can disscuss ithere. are you happy with your prgress? Sun, 6 Feb 2011 17:58:55 EST it is nearly that silly season what is your plan of action? mine is to learn three little words, NO THANK YOU Sun, 14 Nov 2010 12:13:14 EST herbs and spices which herbs and spices do you use most?I use rosmary mixed herbs and a medium heat curry powder Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:55:11 EST starting in november starting in november there will be a small gift for the "post of the month" competion, it can be a recipie, a tip or observation, or anything interesting really,so get posting my friends Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:14:22 EST what is your favourite ways of cooking?? i steam everything. it is quick and keeps all the flavour in whatever i cook Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:03:36 EST new member Hi everyone, I am new to the veggie life style. and I am interested in learning as much as I can about eating veggies. I am still learning on how to cook vegetarian so I would love any good recipes that would help me make the transition easier. Thanks Debra Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:04:36 EST what are you looking forward to this season? squash , baked apples, apple pies and pomigranites Mon, 20 Sep 2010 08:23:07 EST fresh veggie member! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just noticed this team and I knew immediatly I had to join! I just recently became a vegeterian and I'm doing great with it! Only one thing....I can't seem to eat plenty protein!!! Which I need plenty of considering my health since it's very important to me now. And also it's hard for me to meet the amount of calories I consume through out the day, and seem to eat many things with a lot of healthy fats in it like peanuts. Hope to meet ppl that can help me out! <BR> ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:26:29 EST Wine Country newbie Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in Sonoma County, CA. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. Sat, 4 Sep 2010 13:15:35 EST september 5 a day challenge whos`` up for a challenge? every one is supposed to eat 5 friut and veg every day but do you? the challenge for september is to log how many friut and veg you eat daily on this thread, you might suprize yourself Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:38:28 EST Hello From Arizona I am joining the Veggie Lovers Team because... I love veggies, have become an avid follower of farmers markets and organic veggies and am now hoping to be able to grow some veggies in this AZ heat! <BR> <BR> I started my "diet" by trying to remove processed foods and man-made additives from my food. I saw a write up in a magazine on Plan D and decided to investigate. Here is the website which got me going organic. <BR> <BR> Now that I've "cleaned up" what I am consuming... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 21:47:38 EST favorite ways to cook veggies Vegetables are the key for me! So I'm always looking for simple but delicious ways to cook them as side dishes. Here's my collection so far. Add your own! <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------- <BR> Tamari Kale (or other greens: Collard, Mustard, etc.) <BR> Steam the greens about 5 minutes, or to your liking. Meanwhile, get a bowl and put some olive oil (1-2 tablespoons), tamari (about a teaspoon), and an optional dash of cayenne or red pepper. Whisk together w... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:10:45 EST Introducing: The Eye Hello everyone. I'm a Spark "Light" kind of gal. I track my weight loss, but don't log my food on here (it's just too much of a P.I.T.A. on this site). I post occasionally, but don't read the message board every day. This is the first time I've even read the message board in weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm eating Vegan (for health benefits) and gluten-free (because of an allergy) following the E2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn. <BR> <BR> I live in Texas, where BBQ and chili are king, but I have the most suppor... Tue, 25 May 2010 10:35:05 EST what`s for dinner? steamed dover sole, new potatos, broad beans Tue, 25 May 2010 10:15:55 EST a challenge for May now the weather is warmer, and as the seasons are changing lets try somthing new. a new veg, a new friut? Or even a new way of cooking? You find a new favourite, <BR> lets try somthing new once a week in May whos up for it? <BR> write yourreports here please Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:07:32 EST New member! Hi there ! New to Spark,new to the team,but certainly not new to dieting.I'm here in a house full of "cavemen meat eaters"(which is fine,meat is just not my favorite thing) So thought, I would get back to a healthy veggie diet,try to shed some fat,and put some spring back into this 62(in 2 weeks) year old body. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:34:25 EST Hunger The topic of food has always interested me because it always seems that no matter what, people are never physically satisfied. In school I'm majoring in the culinary program, and I might study nutrition afterwards. My goal after college is to find a solution that can create more of a sense of satisfaction in the society, through creating a tool through which people can modify their diet to their individual needs. I wanted to just start out by understanding what people really crave. <BR> <BR... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 21:32:07 EST Hello!!! I love kale! I love broccoli! I love chard and spinach and beets and carrots! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to join a group of like-minded veggie lovers. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:15:11 EST I love veges Hi. I am Enjo. I am not a total vegan or anything like that but I'd like to be. Or at least an ovo-lacto vegetarian. The thing is I have no idea how to go about doing it. And, I MUST eat low-carb. I know my body and I absolutely can not lose weight or feel good with lots of starchy or sugary carbs. Veges are carbs don't affect my body the same way as pasta or potatoes or bread does. So Ia m here to find out how to do a modified low carb vegetarian diet and get recipes so I can go as vegetari... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 19:28:20 EST Just starting my journey to loosing a few pounds. New to this whole idea of loosing 50 or more pounds. One sure way to help along the way is to increase the fruit and vegetables and decrease the fat meat. Still like that fish. Well got to go and get some exercise in before I call it a day. <em>41</em> Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:37:02 EST Hi Everyone. January 1st I became a vegan. I decided to do this for health and environmental reasons. I have discovered that one could be vegan and still put on weight so I am concentrating on eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods. <BR> I am hoping that this group will help me to stay on track, and then maybe I can help someone too. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:46:36 EST leek, potato & onion soup on sunday night my hubby an I are going to make this soup for the first time if it turns out any good i will give you all the recipe Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:49:53 EST what is your favourite veg??? i think mine has to be the sweet potato, it can be fried, baked or boiled and mashed they taste so sweet, and so filling so much so i only ever need 1 for a meal, value for money too, i might even try growing my own this year Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:27:30 EST Hi there! I've been an SP member since 10/09 and have lost 25lbs.--view this process as a lifestyle change, not a diet. Looove my veggies... my new love affair! Thank you for your support--woohoo!! <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 02:16:43 EST What ,then, should I eat? Hi, Everyone! I am reading and researching about Vegan/Vegetarian diets and lifestyles. I have never considered NOT eating meat or drinking milk or eating eggs before. In some ways, it feels so strange; but I am really re-examining everything I thought I knew about food and nutrition and also looking at the ethics of what I eat. I have maintained a vegan diet for this past week, and I've been off dairy for two weeks. So far, I love it and food tastes amazing. I am trying to find out if this i... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 21:23:44 EST hello from solomon! hi, i am new here and looking for friends/tips/inspiration/all of the above! i have been a vegetarian since i was 10 (and i just turned 26!) and even though i am much healthier than i was in elementary-high school (a cheese pizza-atarian), i am not doing so hot on protein and iron goals. i LOVE plain tofu (creepy, i know), and i eat some type of cheese and beans and greens every day-- but i can't get enough without going over my cals and fat, it seems! anyway, hello, and please tell me if ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:16:01 EST Why? why are you a " veggie" or considering that lifstyle? <BR> for me it started in childhood my parents used to keep pigs and chickens for slaughter, i would`nt eat pork as a child because of this so i just carried on i have chicken occasionally now, only free range and humanly killed i live on fish nowadays Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:40:26 EST new year, new you! let`s start the new year with somthing new. once a week in janary and febuary try a new friut and/or veg Thu, 7 Jan 2010 07:00:35 EST new year`s resolutions??? i am going to eat as healthy every day as i possibly can and i am going to try to moan less Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:21:47 EST Excited to get started! Hello, my name is Emmie and I am excited to start losing 39lbs and become healthier! I have been a vegetarian for 5 months and only found that I have gained weight instead of losing weight as I had expected! Well I guess that is my goal to be less of a "carbotarian" BECOME a vegetarian!! Sun, 27 Dec 2009 20:37:49 EST a challenge for the christmas period my first challenge is to try to stay in your calorific range during the christmas festivities Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:08:33 EST anyone here looking forward to their first veggie If anybody is planningg their first veggie christmas please share your thoughts, plans and/ or/ worries here, maybe we can help each other Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:52:04 EST 'Vegan Week' So I'm a flexitarian - about six months ago I was overeating, determined I was eating for comfort, and decided to go vegetarian for a week...if I was going to chew 18 hours a day, it was going to be on fruits and veggies! <BR> <BR> I did it, tried it a few weeks here or there, then decided there was too much 'cheating' available to me as a vegetarian, so I tried a vegan diet for a week. Bingo. Much harder to cheat. I do about 50% raw and organic too. <BR> <BR> I have been doing one week ... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 18:07:17 EST your new leader, logging in hello everyone my name is Linda i am animal mad and a great foody i am not veggie nor will i ever be, but i hardly eat any meat i eat a lot of fish, only from subsistence's stocks, i hope we can share our experiences of meat/ no meat lifestyles i will post a challenge a month and occasinaly weekly, i hope you all take part where you can and lets get this team going again Sun, 29 Nov 2009 18:46:17 EST hello what a strange team???!!! hello everyone i love all friuts and veggies, but i do admit to being a fish lover too ut not meat i joined this team hoping to get inspired for christmas only to find the team to be inactive if there is no objection i would like to take over as leader and try and bing some life to the team <BR> tupp Tue, 24 Nov 2009 18:00:39 EST new member Hello, <BR> I have tried, off and on, for a long time to become a vegetarian. Six months ago, I stopped eating red meat, pork and chicken. I have eaten tuna and salmon a couple of times. I am happy to find this site and hope to learn more about veggie foods and recipes. I am having a little trouble negotiating this site! I hope I get better at it! <BR> bookworm Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:25:26 EST Picky Vegetarian Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been a vegetarian my entire life but have always been picky. I've broadened my "food" horizons over the past five years but realized when I became pregnant that I wasn't getting enough protein. Now that my baby boy is here (almost three months old now!), I'm finding that spark people is truly helpful in tracking my protein, fat, carbs, sodium, and calories- something I really must do while breastfeeding my little one!! <BR> <BR> I'm also really happy to have a growing ga... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:03:07 EST Hi there. Hello. I'm sort of new here. I hadn't introduced myself yet because I couldn't find the time, and now that I'm laid off... well, now I have time. lol. <BR> <BR> So, my name is Sophia, but Isabella works too (middle name), so whichever you feel like using. I live on the Charlton/Sturbridge, MA line. I'm 26. I'm not sure what else to say, except that I'm ready and willing to throw myself into something new, now that I have time and less stress on my hands. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 08:09:12 EST Suggestions for a newbie I'm just at the beginning stages of a vegeterian life style. Does anyone have any books suggestions, or websites that I can go to for inspiration and healthy information? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 16:39:38 EST Protein Since I gave up meat for Lent I have not hit my protein goals once! Does anyone else have this problem? How do you deal with it? Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:39:22 EST New To This Idea I would like to give a vegetarian diet a honest try... It also goes along with my religion (Seventh Day Adventist)... I don't like all vegetables but hopefully there will be substitutes that I can use along the way... I truly need some guidance on this... Thanks for all your help in advance!!!! Sat, 14 Mar 2009 23:30:05 EST New To This Idea I would like to give a vegetarian diet a honest try... It also goes along with my religion (Seventh Day Adventist)... I don't like all vegetables but hopefully there will be substitutes that I can use along the way... I truly need some guidance on this... Thanks for all your help in advance!!!! Sat, 14 Mar 2009 23:29:41 EST Hi everyone! Just found this group. I really want to give up eating meat and progress from that to a purely vegan lifestyle. It's so hard to do when most of the population is carnivorous, including my husband. But, I am going to give it the college try! <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2009 13:15:39 EST Okay, I just hit my first goal When I last posted Veggie Lovers, I had lost 19 lbs. Today I have lost 24 lbs, and met my first goal of dropping 10% of my weight. I'm eating lots of yummy greens, fruits, nuts, and berries. I love edamame, sauteed tofu, and Morningstar veggie burgers. I'm excited to be having 12 to dinner tomorrow and serving the Mayo Clinic Cookbook's recipe for vegetarian lasagna. I have modified to make it even lower in fat. There are so many great recipes out there I think I can find something new a... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:35:04 EST Beginners Recipes? Hey guys! I'm new to the team and my name is Jonesy. I was wondering if anyone had some good recipes for a beginner. In both cooking and in vegetarian eating. My family does eat meat but we all agree (my husband and son) that we want to lessen the amounts we eat and incorporate more meat-less dishes into our eating. I would really love any advice you can give! Thu, 12 Feb 2009 18:57:49 EST Almost no meat Hi, I've been with SP since the first of the year. I have lost 19 lbs. This pleases me, and I am finding that I am not missing red meat at all, and chix and turkey are just okay. I do enjoy fish, and an egg poached in veggie broth. I have bought some wonderful cookbooks with just great ideas, and I am planning a card party dinner ala vegetarian! I just love Deborah Madison's tome "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone", which is a James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner, and "The New Mayo Clin... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 16:26:20 EST Quick Question Regarding Calories Question for you all- <BR> <BR> you ever not reach your daily calorie goal? Meaning, you ever come up short? I've had this happen a few times recently and I always eat a ton in the evening bumping me up to the low end. this seems like a bad habit to be starting and I'm figuring if I get this far in my day and not need them is it really best to pack them in before bed? But I don't want to be getting too few and making my body think I'm starving it. there has to be a happy medium and that doe... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 23:21:36 EST Newbie From Oklahoma! Hi everyone! I've only been a vegetarian for about a month now but it's a lifestyle change I've had no problem with! I still prepare meat for my FH as I don't want to press my choices on him but the thought of eating it myself now is repulsive! I have had trouble balancing my diet though. I've pretty much been living on pastas and cheese. Hopefully joining this team will help! Sun, 18 Jan 2009 16:41:20 EST Any trouble getting enough fat? Does anyone else seem to have any trouble getting enough fat? I almost always don't have enough fat per day. If I make sure that I get enough protein, I'm usually at the top of my calories, over on my carbs, just bottom range of my protein and under on my fat. <BR> How do I get enough fat per day?? Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:51:07 EST Hello! I'm new :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team and new to being a vegetarian. I have cut out red meat for a while now and have never liked pork, so I don't see any problem sticking with those. What's hard for me is giving up turkey, chicken and fish...they are so delicious! <BR> <BR> My reasons for going Veggie are probably similar to many of yours. I want to have a healthier diet and I think being vegetarian as a rule will make me more conscious of what I choose to eat daily. I also don'... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 16:03:16 EST Tofu! I recently stopped eating meat (very recently, like last week). I already enjoyed tofu, but I'm having issues making it interesting. Seitan isn't an option due to issues with wheat (celiac's disease), as well as a significant portion of the fake meats. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:30:10 EST Struggle, struggle, struggle----- Greetings to all--- <BR> For the past many many years I have been torn between meat eating and veggie. Veggie is winning--always does. But it's hard, my body does not like the veggie diet--water retention, sluggish body, etc.-- <BR> But then, we have the issue of treating animals as *nothings* which I hate. <BR> <BR> So, here we go again. Wish me luck, and help me hang in there. <BR> <BR> ---Christa Wed, 12 Nov 2008 20:43:20 EST A newbie! My husband and I used to eat no meat at all about 5 years ago. When I got pregnant I started craving chicken nuggets and it was all down hill from there. We started eating chicken, fish, and turkey. Now we have slowly let red meat back into our lives and I despartly want to get rid of it. It is really hard for me because my husband loves meat and hates most all veggies. He only did it before because I wanted him to. Although he admits he did feel healthier back then. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 21:34:17 EST Greeting from Indiana!! Hello all you veggie lovers! My name is Tabetha and I just joined this wonderful team! I am 22 years old, married to a wonderfully supportive and hilarious husband, mom to 7 furbabies (all kitties), and a Vegan in the making! <BR> <BR> I have always loved fruits and veggies but I made the decision to become a Vegan after reading the book Skinny Bitch. Before then, I never really thought about eating animals as something that I, a person who loves all life forms, was opposed to. But aft... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:54:30 EST Hello from Memphis Hi all! My name is Amberlyn and I've been a vegetarian for 8 months. Looking to try to wean as much dairy and eggs out of my diet as possible but not become vegan. my transition was made easier by the group in Memphis I found call Food Awareness. I found them through and love going to monthly meetings. For any of you trying to transition to a veggie lifestyle please feel free to email me. If I don't know the answers, I'll be more than happy to find them for you Sat, 6 Sep 2008 18:29:50 EST Websites? Hi there, <BR> I was wondering if anyone can give me some good websites to go to for some good recipes? <BR> I hope you all have a great weekend! <BR> Cheers! <BR> ~genie Fri, 29 Aug 2008 23:30:13 EST new to team, back on Spark Hello <BR> I am new to this team but not to Spark. My hubby and I have been on again off again Sparkers for a year and a half now. <BR> We adopted a vegetarian lifestyle January 2007 and are now eating about 80% vegetarian. The kids are still mainly meat eaters for health reasons more than anything. It is hard enough to get a 4 year old to eat let alone changing her entire diet! <BR> I look forward to gettign to know all of you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2008 23:33:04 EST New from St. Louis I joined a while back but haven't time to introduce myself. <BR> I love veggies and have planted a small garden this year. So far haven't got anything out of it yet. I am looking forward to the eggplants that are starting to grow. I have a few tomatoes that are starting to come on. <BR> I am hoping to get a few new ideas on ways to prepare veggies. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> Donna Sun, 20 Jul 2008 11:16:04 EST New to this team, in Florida Hi! <BR> <BR> I have been in SP for 3 months and have lost 21.5 pounds so far. I am also new to vegetarianism and have not had any meat for about 4 months. I don't miss it but I do have some problem with picking healthy protein foods. I bought tofu but had no idea what to do with it and when I followed the directions for grilling it it tasted like a piece of rubber. (I assume this is NOT what it normally tastes like!) <BR> I am vegetarian for humanitarian reasons but my family still eats m... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:54:30 EST New in Houston Hi! I'm new to this group. I lean toward vegetables but still eat meat. I do believe that meat offers vitamins, proteins, etc that you can get quicker/easier than from just veggies. I think when it comes to meat that you shouldn't waste it. There is no need to eat so much of it or end up throwing it away. Just eat what you need and limit the amount that you eat. Who really needs a 1/2 lb hamburger with bacon on it? It's too much meat! Anyway, I love Indian food and can pretty much eat any veg... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 22:18:02 EST Newbie In Indiana Hey y'all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team and really looking forward to learning. Currently I eat almost no meat. I had already given up pork and beef and was mostly eating chicken breast, turkey breast and occasionally some seafood. I don't know if I'll ever go COMPLETELY vegetarian; I may still have it once in awhile. I am learning to love Morningstar Farms products although the price tag is painful. Recently bought some fried tofu and am going to make a stir fry with that. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:12:25 EST I am a newbie I am new to this team and am considering going vegan. Does anyone have advice on where to start? Also, how do I convince my family of this new and exciting change? <BR> Any advice is appreciated. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:01:54 EST Hi I'm New to this team! My name is Kris, <BR> I have been looking for a team of vegetarians that is fairly active and so far have not found one. I have recently become a vegetarian for humanitarian reasons. I stopped eating all meat and poultry and I am currently trying to stop eggs and dairy. I still eat some seafood but that is next on my list of things to stop. I am having some difficulty with the eggs and dairy due to the fact that they seem to be in everything ! I would welcome any advice on what type of cere... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 11:05:56 EST Salmon Hello Veggie Lovers! <BR> <BR> Well, I had salmon tonight for dinner; I didn't know salmon had so much fat! <BR> <BR> I hope this doesn't set me back. <em>15</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2008 21:38:44 EST From Meat to Veggies Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to transition from eating meat to all veggies. I've come as far as cutting out pork and red meat; that was the easy part! I'm having a problem getting rid of seafood; I love it! <em>4</em> Any helpful hints would be great... <BR> <BR> Happy Health! <em>182</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 18:36:11 EST New here! Hello <BR> <BR> I'm Sharon. I live in Australia. I live in Queensland and our State is referred to as "The Sunshine State", but we've seen little of it this summer (it's summer in Australia, we're the opposite to you guys). It's raining right now. We have had 3 days of full sun over the weekend. For weeks before and now on Monday it's either overcast or raining/drizzling. <BR> <BR> I'm not a vegetarian, but want to be again. We tried living a vegetarian lifestyle a few years ago, and only ... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 23:32:01 EST Protein Frustration Hi, everybody. I'm new to the group, and new to being vegetarian. It's been about a month. I suppose I could have joined one of the "I'm definitely veg" groups, but I had a question about transitioning, and this seemed like a better place to ask. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble with protein. I try, I really do. I eat pulses and soy mince and I've learned to make seitan. I love them all. I drink a lot of milk, and eat cheese in moderation. I'm still only getting 40-55 grams of protein in... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 22:05:15 EST Hello from Kentucky I'm quite new to this forum sort of thing but becoming a vegetarian is something I've been wanting to do for a while - I think it might be easier with support from others who have done it or are considering the transition. In my own case I don't have to worry about feeding any other people in the household so that should make it simpler! I do enjoy cooking, though, so would love to hear from others about recipes, and their "going veg" experiences, etc. Sat, 15 Dec 2007 09:03:02 EST hello from Oregon I am working toward a vegetarian lifestyle and would appreciate if anyone has a healthy starter menu or can give input on one that worked for them. I did veggie for two years a few years back and found i didnt feel better or lose weight but i think that was because i replaced meat with cheese. This time i am thinking of trying to be mostly vegan <em>247</em> Sun, 25 Nov 2007 12:53:44 EST New from AZ I don't know how I missed this team, but I'm here now! I've been veg for 4.5 years. My hubby is a total carnivore, but I am getting better at finding ways to get him to eat veggies (check out the lowfat cheddar chowder at He even gets excited about them when he likes something I've made. We're going to battle it out with our daughter, I'm sure, but my main concern is that we all eat healthy! Sat, 10 Nov 2007 23:54:01 EST New to this team Hi there! I'm new to this team. I've kind of fallen of the wagon the past month, but I'm reasy to start up again! Holidays are so hard! Fri, 2 Nov 2007 10:12:54 EST hi i'm new hello all. <BR> <BR> i am new to spark people and also new to actually trying to lose weight. i have been vegan for about 3years (3 in december to be exact). although i am vegan i am totally not healthy. i know i eat alot of junk (you would be surprised what processed crap is vegan) and i overeat a lot of the time as well. i just need some support from people who understand the whole vegan thing. Fri, 14 Sep 2007 19:05:12 EST New Vegetarian Suggestions? Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and am considering trying to go vegetarian or at least semi-vegetarian. Problem is, I'm a meat lover. Is there anyone out there who has tips on how to make the switch a little easier and not want to binge on a Porterhouse every five minutes? Thanks in advance for any support you can provide! Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:44:16 EST Favorite Healthy Recipes Hey everyone. After reading the into board it seem like a lot of people are either hitting a rut or interested in branching into vegetarianism. Lets all post a healthy recipe or two to keep everyone going. <BR> Sat, 9 Jun 2007 12:51:17 EST Any clue? Hey guys! <BR> I'm new to this group because im not a hardcore vegetarian yet, but i hope you'll be able to help me on my way! <BR> A few months ago I noticed that not long after i would eat steak, or beef or any sort of red meat, i'd get nausous, stomach cramps, or just feel really crappy in general. This doesnt happen when i eat chicken. So, i just started steering away from red meat and no one seems to know what might be causing this! <BR> Has anyone had anything similar happen to them? Or... Wed, 16 May 2007 00:31:40 EST Hello hello <BR> <BR> i want to become veggie but its to hard for me <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> so does anyone have any tips to help me? <BR> Sat, 14 Apr 2007 08:27:00 EST Welcome veggie lovers! Introduce yourself and let us know why your considering adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Fri, 23 Mar 2007 06:56:49 EST