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9/26/11 12:20 A

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Howdy

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts...”
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9/25/11 9:09 A

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Hi All, I just joined the team. I've been a vegetarian since the mid 70's and over the last five years or so have been evolving into a vegan. Looking forward to getting to know you all.

If it comes from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't. Michael Pollan

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What you do to the world, you do to yourself.
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9/24/11 6:54 P

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Hi Diane welcome to the team

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Good afternoon all! Hope everyone is having a great fall veg day!! Diane

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Hi welcome to the team

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9/23/11 4:18 P

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Greetings all!

I just joined the team and wanted to stop in and say hi. I've been a vegetarian for a little over a year now and am happy to be here.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy,
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Hi welcome to the team, its good to hear your honey is with you, best of luck in your journey

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I thought I would check in here although I kinda went on a bit on the WHY thread as to how I got here so I am not going to repeat that. I joined this team because I am always looking for ideas and recipes. I am 100% Vegan and due to that my DH is about 99% (because the recipes I make for him are too good for him to want any animal products emoticon ) We have some really wonderful Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants, as well as the others always have something that is vegan in my city which makes things so easy.

Looking forward to getting to know folks here.


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Hi welcome to the team it is good to see you, I'll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell, I have been bad as well. I eat out with my wife and much processed food has milk eggs or cheese in it also I did have a fish fillet I used to eat a lot of it just didn't taste as good. don't worry an other team leader said it best the goal is progress not perfection. only one is perfect

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Hi

I don't consider myself a true vegetarian, as I do on occation eat a bit of parm. cheese ( which really is not good for me as Im lactouse intolerant.), and about once a week I have a small amount (no more then 3 oz.)of fish, chicken or egg for extra protien. I do however stick to a strick diet with no gluten (I do not eat any bread even gluten free as it has yeast in it) and I try to stay away from sugar ( these items cause me major problems and Right now Im having a hard time giving up that tsp or two of sugar in my coffee), and mainly vegies and fruit. I really enjoy taking a receipe and tweeking it to fit into my diet. Ive come up with some amazing meals, and some not so amazing too. I am really moving more and more to the vegan side though as I get back on track, simpy because I know how much better I feel when I eat that way.

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8/3/11 3:06 P

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Hi welcome to the team

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8/3/11 10:05 A

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I am a vegan nurse who is primarily interested in improving my health and fitness. I have just returned from vacation - and celebrating my birthday - and am glad to be returning to my usual lifestyle and preferences, but it is an adjustment. I am grateful for this team.

Be kind and considerate to all persons, even those who are rude to you. Remember, we show compassion to others not because of who they are, but because of who we are.


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Hi welcome back.

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7/23/11 2:46 P

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I have been away from SP for quite some time now. Summer allows me more freedom to regroup and clearly, I need that when it comes to my overall health. It also helps that my husband is currently in a healthy reboot cycle.

One of my big goals is pay more attention to my protein intake. Many days I hit my caloric total and only have about 15g of protein for the day. I know ways of adding protein, but many are calorie dense. Also, knowing and doing are two very different things for me. I have a lot of knowledge and what I don't know I love to research, but the action step... implementing that knowledge is a struggle for me.

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KOKOEK9's Photo KOKOEK9 Posts: 7,166
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Hi welcome to the team

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Morning! Kirsten here- newish to spark, not new to vegetarian, mom of 4 mostly vegetarian kids and always looking for new ideas, new friends and yummy ways for us all to eat more veggies!

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KOKOEK9's Photo KOKOEK9 Posts: 7,166
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Leigh emoticon Looking forward to you spreading your food wisdom! hugs, deb

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Hi Leigh welcome to the team, those last pounds are the hardest but you will do it

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Hi Veggies,
I'm Leigh, a Spark old timer, but new to this team. I'm a 20-year lacto-ovo vegetarian, though my diet is about 90% vegan. A major portion of my time is spent in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes and tweaking old favorites. I write a vegetarian cooking column for a fun little food blog too. It's loads of fun and keeps me trying new things.

I'm so glad to be here; I hope I can offer support, get a little motivation for those last 15 or so pounds, and learn a thing or two.

Thanks for being here!
Leigh

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3/11/11 7:15 P

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Hi good luck on your journey

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Hi! I just start on Spark yesterday.

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3/6/11 11:02 P

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Hi lisa welcome to the team

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Good Luck Lisa!!! I'm going to start or restart my Vegetarian lifestyle Wednesday (lent). I gave it up in 2004, but I went back to eating meat. I want to feel as healthy as I once did when I was eating more fruits and veggies. My only prob, is I don't really like salads & I want to incorporate more of them into my lunch menu for work. I've found a couple dressings that I like, so baby steps :)

Good luck & I'm in this journey with you and cheering you on!!!
Take Care,
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Hi Everyone!

My name is Lisa. I've officially started my Vegetarian/Vegan Lifestyle TODAY! Yeah! Every since I was little, I never liked the taste or texture of meat. Matter of fact, I didn't like looking at it. Once I got a older and in Middle School, I started looking into the Vegetarian Lifestyle. At the time, it wasn't right for me. Now, I'm in College(20 now). What really drew the final straw was this past Thanksgiving when my Mom was cleaning the Turkey and taking out the neck and things. Yuck!! She wanted me to rub the spices on the turkey before she placed it inside the pan. I got all squimish and said "NO!" I pretty much ate everything at the table for Thanksgiving except that Turkey and few other things. Also a few weeks later, my Dad was grilling Chicken Legs and other parts, I saw them before he place the marinades and things on them. I got all nauseated and such. I then started thinking how all animals were killed and the process of them turning into meat. I said to myself, "That does it! No more!". Unfortunately, that didn't last on. I was back to eating burgers and tacos.

Fast Forward to now, I was eating baked chicken, a steak sandwich and other things, and got really sick. I said to my family last night that starting tomorrow(Today: March 6th), I'm going Vegetarian if not Vegan. Most likely I will go Vegan. Because I haven't had Cow's Milk since October last year and I've never really like Eggs and Cheese. But really looking forward to trying new substitutions(soy cheese, yogurt, etc) I have a long way to go with my Weight Loss Journey. I'm really looking forward to see what a Vegan Lifestyle can do for my body. I know that by doing my part, I can help make the world a better place. We all can.



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2/22/11 10:32 P

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Hi Lila welcome to the team

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Hi, I'm Lila. I am what Alicia Silverstone in her book, the Kind Diet, calls "flirting" with being a vegetarian/vegan. I'm a very picky eater and a lot of the times, I eat more grains and vegetables over meat. I have never considered myself a vegetarian until a light went off. I am experimenting with her recipes and seeing what I like. I love eggs - I know, its terrible, but that one I can't seem to let that one go.....I have been known to buy a gallon of milk and by the time the expiration date rolls around, realize I have a gallon of milk! I would love to hear ideas and motivation (such as getting the family on board) and always looking for new recipes.



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Hi welcome to the team, you will get back where you want to be. Your body will demand it

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I've been vege off and on for roughly 8 years and I was vegan (hoping to get back there soon) for a year as well. I've always felt healthier with more energy when I eat veg correctly (instead of jumping into the veg junk food venture) and was pleased to find this group. I love sharing recipes and learning new recipes from other people. Variety is a wonderful thing.



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2/15/11 5:35 P

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good wat to go keep up the good work

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just started my new life as a vegetarian, i know i feel a lot beter then i have and 15 pounds down and a lot more to go.

Edited by: NOMOREMEAT at: 3/14/2011 (19:20)
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Hi welcome to the team

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Hi. I am beginning to take my first steps in becoming a Vegan. I am looking for all the support and motivation available to me. emoticon

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2/11/11 3:21 A

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Hi welcome to the team, it is good to hear your mom beat her cancer and realizes that diet is the answer. The china study points out that plant proteins are the only safe proteins. Good luck in your journey

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Hi everyone! New to sparkpeople and to this team. I was vegan for 2 years and then stopped for a couple years. I'm almost vegan now- I still enjoy occasional fish (if caught wild) and farm egg whites for protein. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and read The China Study and we decided together to eat vegan. She is a survivor and is doing great now! I love that I'm no longer the "crazy" eater in the family :)

I'm trying to get more protein (common vegan dilemma) and eat less soy product. So far I've switched to almond milk and sometimes have coconut yogurt. I still eat a lot of tofu though. I feel like there is no way to get Spark's suggested daily protein with just beans, veggies, and grains. Any ideas out there?

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Hi good luck with your venture, I know dairy is in so much go for whole produce, nothing beats fresh veggies and fruits better for you than processed too.

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Second week for me, and the hardest thing is finding products without dairy. Going to Whole Foods today and getting some soy cheese. Yum.

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second week of Vegetarian with one day of slip!
stoped by a big chain book store and walked out with three Vegan cook books & Vegi times for under 41.00!
when i was looking at the mags the vegie times was in frount of wild game cooking!
On the way back to the office stoped by a local natural foods market, very nice and helpful people. she invited me to a local vegetarian pot luck that meets every first friday night! we were talking and told her about spark people!
this is still hadr to read and understand all of these labels and were to shop!

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Hi welcome

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I'm Char. Hi everyone!

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Hi Jhesi welcome to the team, click on the team picture on the team page, that will bring up the cook book. There is a thread for website that will give you some good ones, check out fatfreevegan.com very good recipes there. Mike

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Hi! My name is Jhesi, I have been a vegan for a year. I just joined this team. I am looking forward to finding vegan friends and sharing new recipes. I live in the south and most people consider "vegan" a curse word. So glad I have found a place to share and vent about my journey.

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Hi Lakisha, welcome to the group you are so right none of us will know the end of our journey unless we start, click on the team picture to bring up the team cook book. At the bottom of the discussion page there is a recipe share thread as well

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Hi, Im Lakisha.

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Hi welcome to the group, I am having problems as well, I believe they are nutrition related

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Hi everyone! I was a vegetarian for 10 years until I went to study abroad in Japan and France. Since then, I do still eat meat occasionally, but the vast majority of my meals are vegetarian. I'm always looking for new ideas on what to eat and how to get optimal nutrition (I certainly have trouble with iron), so that's why I joined!

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Hi. I'm Linda, and I'm new to the team. I've been a vegetarian/vegan off and on for about 15 years. I really just need to let it stick this time. I feel so much better when I eat vegetarian and, as I have problems with cholesterol, I really have no business eating any other way.

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Hi welcome to the group

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