I've gained weight when I was vegetarian or not vegetarian. I'm pretty sure my love of fried food, fats, and delicious cocktails and beer could make me gain weight even if I was vegan (which I'm actually doing this week as part of my inspiration to eat more vegetables overall). :) Most of the time I'm vegetarian, sometimes very very rarely I have exceptions (particularly for sustainable seafood, because my personal main reason for being vegetarian is environmental), and sometimes I'm vegan (though less often).
I know everyone has their own reasons for being vegetarian or vegan or not being vegetarian or vegan, sometimes any combination of health/environmental/ethical/cost savings with various levels of emphasis on each point. To me, there is no one "right" way to be vegetarian or vegan-- any small change you can make will benefit the world! Sure, a huge change has a bigger benefit, but better a little benefit than no benefit at all.
We all also have our own weaknesses. Some people have a perfectly vegan weakness for potato chips and french fries, which aren't good in large quantities. Some people (including myself) have weaknesses for cheese. I could probably survive on carbs and fats alone, and they make up a lot of my diet...so I'm trying to include more veggies to help minimize that weakness.
For me, I've been trying to make gradual small changes and focus on one point at a time...I find if I break down my motivation into smaller, more focused reasons I still see benefits in other areas of my life that I'd hope to improve without getting overwhelmed and giving up. For some people it probably works better to focus on all the reasons at once because they have more reason to stick to their goals and lifestyle choices. Just a different way of going about it, I suppose.
For example, I'm trying to focus on eating more vegetables in order to improve my health and diet and lose weight...but that will also have positive environmental and ethical impacts too. I also don't own a car because I don't have the money, but bicycling gives me free exercise, is good for the environment, and I always get the best parking spots! :)
Haha, sorry for the long rambly post, but I hope this gives some perspective on where I'm coming from and my own personal goals. Thank you for your support!
i was telling eatmoreveg that i too was not having any success (and even gaining weight) untill i followed a structured plan. and that being vegetarian or vegan is not by itself an answer to weight loss. it takes more than just eating more veggies, and the older you get and your metabolism slows, the more of a truth this becomes.
I said eating more vegetables is great and there are loads of ways to prepare them. That was a positive, supportive statement relating to the original post and EATMOREVEG's reason for joining this team.
Telling people they "must" change their diet and that it's "so unhealthy" is not supportive. It's judgmental. If you're not trying to shame people, you need to think about what you post and frame it so it's not so judgmental.
"I'm having great success with being a vegan/trying Diet X" is a simple positive statement about what works for you. If you'd said something like that it would have been fine.
EATMOREVEG - sorry to get off on a tangent on your Welcome thread!
I think it's great that you want to eat more vegetables! There are so many different kinds and different ways to prepare them - enjoy!!
I'm a little turned off by the previous comment and want to say that whether you or anyone else eats dairy (or not) is a personal decision. No one in a team for both Vegetarians and Vegans should be trying to convert others or shame them for their food choices. That is really uncool.
welcome. you have taken the first step, now you must take the next step. cut out the liquid meat (dairy) it's so unhealthy and the calves have to die so people can have dairy the most unnatural food for people that people eat. it does not strengthen your bones, it actually causes your body to leach calcium from your bones to balance the PH level the dairy has messed up. i was vegetarian for a long time. now i have been vegan for the past 2 years, work out a lot 5 days a week and have very little weight loss because all of the fake meats and cheeses are very fattening. take a look at Dr Mcdougall's books and he also has many lectures on youtube. i have now started dropping weight because of Dr mcdougall's diet for maximum weight loss. it's an old book so i got it used for 1 penny. the real key to healthy eating is "learn to eat boring and leave the fake meats and fake cheeses for celebrations
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