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4/26/14 3:08 P

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Hello, I'm essentially an omnivore who wants to bring in Meatless Mondays, and more good solid vegetarian meals into my life. Plus, I want to increase my repetoire of vegetarian foods for houseguests.

I've already pretty much eliminated supermarket meats from my diet (except as a houseguest at other people's homes), and purchase pastured for myself. I eat clean (very little processed stuff from the center aisles in supermarkets), and hardly any added sugars. I am learning to rely on the judicious use of fruits. I've dropped nearly 40 pounds before coming to Sparkpeople (mostly via eliminating added sugars, pasta, and my addiction, potato chips); and could see myself losing a good 15 more -- but I am on a plateau.

I don't think meats are per se unhealthy -- some of us do need some meat / seafood for optimal health -- but I am all for eating much LESS of it, and all for providing tasty, healthy and substantial meals for vegetarian and vegan houseguests without having to resort to (SHUDDER) "Garden"burgers, high-gluten seitan, or TVP.


Yep, there I am, swimming through the desert sands. Might just be a mirage, after all. But this is life, and we learn best about it if we explore it, and take our chances. A life unexplored, after all, is one of the saddest things out there.


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4/21/14 3:55 P

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Hi everyone,

I'm a nearly 25 year old woman who is hoping to start this soon. I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions if anyone would like to share!

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3/28/14 1:46 P

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3/19/14 11:23 A

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I am a 34 year old mom and wife. I had lost down from 215 lbs to 170 lbs in 2009. After a lot of stress with my youngest son's medical problems and stress from people outside of our home I gained all of that back and then some. By the time my youngest son was 3 years old and going in for kidney surgery I was 230 lbs. I started losing weight that week he was in the hospital, because I ate no fried foods and my only junk food was granola bars from the vending machine. I walked a lot around the hospital with my husband. I have gone back and forth between 215 and 200 over the last 3 years. I have had a rough month with stress so it was no surprise when I weighed myself that I gained back. It was a surprise that I gained back almost back 30 lbs in about a months time.

Some changes are being made in my house to help budget. Biggest change being no more going out to eat and hitting the drive thru. That gets costly when my boys are starting to get a bigger appetite. My oldest son also is in need of getting in shape so this is all going to be done within our whole family. I did a flexitarian diet before with great success. It is the diet that helped me lose to 170. I am hoping my family adapts it as well.

I am planning on doing freezer meals up on the weekends. That way we won't have the urge to grab something unhealthy due to it being convenient.

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3/4/14 8:22 A

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Hi everyone. I'm a 34 year old married woman, no kids but one one wonderful dog. I've been mostly following the Eat to Live plan and have gotten to the point where I feel sick when I eat anything fried, grilled chicken and most sweets give me a tooth ache and salty snacks make my stomach aches. I can feel my body getting weak when I don't have my humungous salad each day and have cut out all salad dressing - I use lemon juice.

I've been trying to lose weight for quite some time without a lot of success. I lost 10 lbs the first month of ETL but have plateaued when my eating went down hill again. The main reason for that is the convience factor of being able to put a couple slices of toast in the toaster for dinner or a bowl of oatmeal to have at my desk when I get to work..

Sometimes I need a little support to make such a change in my life, even if it is for the better.

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2/26/14 5:45 P

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I'm a 57 year old woman that has a total of 83 lbs to lose to reach a decent weight where I can possibly get off of blood pressure pills and also not hurt so much from RA of the spine. I've been told by my doctor that the less extra weight I'm carrying the less stress there will be on my joints. I don't expect to lose it fast. It took me 8 years to put on all the weight. My goal is to drop 2-4 lbs every month and keep it off til I reach my 83 lb goal.
I am married to Bob and he's just had to get a pacemaker/defibrullator in March, and is still adjusting to having a very weak heart (20% heart strength), so I tend to stress over his health a lot, and when I'm stressing out, I tend to eat more than I should. So I will be working on making healthier food choices over time.

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2/10/14 12:12 A

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Hi everyone ...

I'm getting back to Spark People again. 2013 has been a really rough year for me and I almost thought of unsubscribing and joining again later but I've decided to hang in there! I've been making conscious "swaps" for things. If I feel hungry, I tell myself "to have an apple". Still hungry in a little bit? Well, I have another apple! I've been having more salads and veggies and soy patties and making home made soups. LIttle steps add up and I've lost close to 5 pounds within the last week and a half. I can't tell you the last time I lost weight, it gave me a much needed boost of confidence! Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone!

M

P.S. I like Spark People better than Weight Watchers any day...that's just me!

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1/20/14 1:51 A

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I've been eating more vegetarian meals to help with weight loss. I eat meat occasionally, but wish I didn't because I love animals.

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1/16/14 9:02 A

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Hi! I call myself a vegetarian because I am 99% of the time, but every once in awhile, I crave meat or seafood, so I eat it. There is no set amount of times I eat meat. I can go months without craving it at all, but when I do, I don't fight the craving, because I think that is your body trying to tell you something. So technically (so I'm told) I can't call myself a vegetarian, which is ridiculous. Anyway, I don't agree with labels, but wanted to connect with people who share my basic diet.

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12/10/13 7:46 P

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Hello I am new to vegetarian/vegan eating. I have only been doing it for two weeks and actually is getting use to the no meat products that are out there. My family even likes them too.

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Hi, I am Marsha. I am new here and said the leader was inactive. Does this mean this group is not an active group? I am new at this way of eating and need support. I live in Sunny Florida, am 82 years young, have a Son, 2 Grandchildren and a bunch of Great Grandchildren (both step and real). Hoping I can get some ideas of a days eating. I am cooking fresh green beans, new potatoes, turkey bacon, onions and yellow peppers for supper. I will have a turkey burger. Is this a no no?

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10/22/13 10:58 P

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Hi everyone! Not only am I new to the group, I am totally new to the idea of flexitarianism? I literally just heard that word for the first time today and it intrigued me, so here I am :)

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10/3/13 8:38 A

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Hello everyone! My husband and I are trying to eat vegetarian (ovo/lacto) during the week and only have meat dinners on the weekends. He still uses lunchmeat during the week for speed and convenience, although we try to cook enough dinner the night before so we both have leftovers. I also enjoy fish, but he doesn't. I joined this group to share and borrow (more on the borrow!) healthy ideas for meals and overall support as we all work on achieving our goals.

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10/2/13 10:03 A

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Hi there, everyone in my family has different dietary needs due to celiac disease (that's me), many allergies (my son), lactose intolerance and a moral imperative (my daughter can't eat meat because she loves animals) and stubbornness (my husband wishes to only eat the meat that he takes out of the wild). My son's allergies include nuts, peanuts, all manner of beans, and all fish so he can't eat what the vegetarian eats. Since I have to cook like a flexitarian I'm very happy to join this support group! emoticon

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9/9/13 9:08 P

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Hi, I'm Wendy. I live in nw Washington state. I still need to lose 35-40 lbs.

I like the idea of eating a mostly vegetarian diet, but I'm not committed to doing it full time.

I eat a mostly ovo/lacto vegetarian diet right now, but I also eat chicken sometimes.

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9/8/13 8:40 P

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Hi. I'm Lori. I'm back on SparkPeople after a break. I need to lose approximately 150lbs. It's extremely overwhelming sometimes.

I've noticed such a huge difference in how I feel when I eat a lot of fruits and veggies instead of processed food. I eat meat, but I'm trying to cut back on it considerably. I may make the move to vegetarianism someday, but not yet. Right now, I'm just aiming to eat healthier.

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9/2/13 12:35 P

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Hi -
I'm Sharon and new to this Team. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. "Fat" was in my head and what I felt about myself. When I look back at photos from younger years I wonder what I was thinking. I ate vegetarian for years. Remarried to a carnivore and I allowed myself to add meat back into my menu. I'm needing support and suggestions on how to get back to a healthier way of eating.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Sharon


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8/24/13 12:31 P

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Hi all! I'm trying to lean more towards a Vegetarian lifestyle but I must admit I do still eat some meats but usually only 1 or 2 times a week. I love eating fresh fruits and veggies. Especially this time of year with all the stuff coming good in the garden like tomatoes, onions, peppers and other veggies!

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8/19/13 8:47 P

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Hi I was a vegetarian many years ago for about 6 years--turned 40 and craved chicken thus ended my vegetarian lifestyle. Now I'm 56 obese and wanting to eat better. I want to return to a vegetarian diet. So here I am. Been doing SP for about a month. Eating many more veggies and feel better!

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8/8/13 3:52 P

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emoticon Hi Everyone,
I just joined this team and I am interested in cutting back on meat. I don't really want to be a vegetarian completely but I would definitely like to go meatless for 2-3 days a week. I am interested in recipes and ways to get in protein and other needed nutrients. Help would be greatly appreciated.

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8/2/13 7:37 P

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Hi everyone. I am new to SP and thought I would check out the group. I am in the process of phasing meat out of my diet. I have been working towards this the last few months. Not sure if I want to get to vegan, but, definitely want my diet focused on eating plants. I find on days when I am completely meat free I simply feel better. Looking forward to getting to know you all.

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7/8/13 5:57 P

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Hi! I'm happy to have found this team. I'm trying to phase out meat and eat a vegetarian diet and then I would like to TRY being vegan. This is for health. I don't like animal abuse in any way but with anything..there are good places and bad places. I don't have an issue with others eating meat but the amount that some people eat does sicken me to an extent. Anyway, I really just want to concentrate on really improving my own diet and lifestyle so that I can lose around 40 more pounds and feel and look amazing! I really love cooking so I'm looking forward to trying some new vegetarian recipes to possibly replace meat recipes without my family knowing. IF I can pull that off. Hubby is super picky and a major fatty meat eater.(the meat is fatty..not him. lol..although he has high choleserol and blood pressure and really does NEED to eat healthier!). I have two boys(18 and 6), they are much more open to trying healthy things. The youngest is a health nut for the most part already...in his food choices and exercise(play). Which is awesome!

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7/3/13 8:57 A

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Hi everyone! I am SO excited to find this group! My name is Andrea. I'm a mommy to 5 kids. My oldest daughter is just about to turn 14. My sons are 9, 5, and 4, and my youngest daughter just turned 3. My house is always one state of blissful chaos, and I LOVE it!!

I have been on Spark for 8 or 9 days, but I think it is great! I have met some amazing people that I could definitely see being friends with in real life.

I was a vegetarian for over 15 years...during pregnancies I went back to eating some meat, and after I had my daughter (3) I never completely went back to being vegetarian. Although, I eat very little meat right now. It is just a matter of time. I can feel it happening. I think I will probably try vegan this time. The only thing that stopped me before was that I ate cheese. There are cheese substitutes. Or maybe I just won't eat things I think need cheese.

My eating choices come purely from the aspect of wanting to reap the health benefits. I have actually been toying (fairly seriously) with a switch to raw foods. That and the fact that I have a weak stomach and can't handle the idea of what a lot of stuff actually is. There is no higher reasoning or moral issues involved. Well, that isn't my main motivator.

Anywho, nice to meet you all. I look forward to getting to know you all better. I'm looking to meet new people on the same journey I am on...and find some new food ideas.


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6/30/13 3:12 P

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Hello Team!

I'm back--after my "maintenance" emoticon turned into a 20 pound weight gain!


I joined a gym and am back to tracking my food here on emoticon .

I love being vegetarian and was my healthiest on a vegan diet. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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6/26/13 7:51 P

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Hi, my name is Tammy and I am a 41 yr old single mother of 3 boys ages 20, 17 and 4 1/2. I am looking for ways to add more veggies and fruit into our diets and less red meats. I am also learning to use less butter or margarine in or on my food. I find this challenging, my kids call me butter queen all the time or they did until I started trying to use less. I am a very picky eater and so is my 4 1/2 yr old.. so I want to set a better example for him and improve my diet so that I can become the healthier me that is on the inside trying to break free of years of bad habits. I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning what it mean to be a flexitarian/part-time vegetarian.


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6/23/13 3:47 P

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It's also great when you find someone with similar tastes/interests to "follow" rather than always having to search for things yourself. I have one or two friends on Pinterest who are constantly re-pinning all my recipes, and I find that I re-pin a lot of theirs too. On the flip-side, I have people who I've quit following because every recipe they post includes either cream of mushroom soup, ranch dressing mix or seasoning salt (my three least favorite ingredients in ANYTHING!) Here's a link to my food board, if you're interested:

pinterest.com/kendilynn98/yummy/

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6/23/13 2:17 P

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@ KENDILYNN....
Thanks for the idea. I haven't ever been on Pinterest but I joined last night and I love it!! They have all kinds of great things.

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6/22/13 6:36 P

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I find a lot of my recipes on Pinterest, which is handy because that's also where I organize/reference them. As the site has boomed, it seems like you can find almost anything on there, and if it's not there, you can create your own pin from any Web site. I only wish I would have had the forethought to set up my boards better, making a separate board for healthy foods, "husband" foods, desserts, drinks, etc.

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6/21/13 3:46 P

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Hello everyone..... emoticon
I'm a newbie to this group. I was so excited when I stumbled upon it because its totally me. I started my journey about 9 weeks ago and I have been a "FLEXITARIAN". My body feels so much better when I have a limited intake of meat. If anyone has any good recipe ideas I would LOVE to hear them or if you know a good recipe site that would be GREAT as well. Thanks for your time!!!



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Hello Equette,

Welcome to the team. That's how I became a vegetarian. I just started finding vegetarian meals that I liked to replace the meat I didn't want. Before you know it you are meat free.

Rob

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Hello all!!!!! I'm Equette from Long Island,NY. Mom of 3, with my oldest graduating in two weeks ...(tear). I was thinking of becoming a vegetarian... but not fully committed yet, and then I came across the term flexitarian !!!! YAY ME!! I'm not really new to the vegetarian lifestyle (my mom is a vegan and I prepare most of her meals) however we both have VERY DIFFERENT culinary tastes and I'm kind of having trouble tailoring this to suit my needs... SSSOOOO I look forward to meeting others and I'm off to snoop around the message boards to see what I can see...

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Hi Keli,

Welcome to the team. It sounds like you are well on your way in this quest. We are glad to have you aboard.

Rob

I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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6/4/13 9:46 P

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Hi Teammates! I'm Keli from SC, and glad to be a part of this team. Over the past year or more, I've been on a quest for clean eating, whole foods, as natural as possible, etc. I'm enjoying food much more when fresh and natural, and I enjoy creating my own yummy concoctions experimenting with a variety of beans, increasing veggies more and more, with less meat. I'm enjoying meatless meals, and desire to make them more routine. So, I'm on a quest to learn more about vegetarianism, the interesting foods to experiment with, along with learning about a healthier way to live.

I look forward to getting to know everybody!



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Welcome to the team Michelle and Sarah,

It is always nice to see new members when I get back into town from a long weekend.

I am glad you are getting more involved in the team Bohemiancat. Yea Texas!

Rob

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Welcome! I am not very active on the team, but trying to be here more often.
I would like to add that for some people (renal patients) too much protein is not good!

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Hi Everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group. Joined spark people 3 years ago and made the decision to be mostly vegetarian 4 months ago. The decision came after watching two documentaries, Hungry for Change and Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat. The change in my diet has had a huge impact on my weight loss efforts and I feel great. The high protein low carb diets caused me to burn out, feel tired and my weight plateaued. I highly recommend eating a mostly plant based diet in addition to exercise and strength training. Glad to be part of this team :)

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Hey everyone. Michelle here....new to the group...actually re-new to SparkPeople. I was here in 2008....shocking to see that I was here 5 years ago. Starting my lifestyle change tomorrow. I have been all over this website and collecting information....I even tried a recipe tonight Broccoli Chicken Casserole.....there are NO left overs! Every one loved it! Hope to be around to cheer everyone one on....including myself! Have a great day!

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Hello, I have not been active on this team and thought I would start. I like the "flex" concept. I live with a meat and potatoes guy, but he is agreeable to an occasional no meat, no dairy meal each week.
I have health issues and should not eat a lot of protein. I am married to a great guy and have two kitties, in Texas. On the exercise, I go great for a while, have a health set back, don't exercise for a week or two and then it is like starting all over again.
Last night I had a chickpeas concoction with cauliflower, Swiss chard, couscous, onion, vegetable broth and a small amount of orange juice, Chickpea Hotpot. I must say, it was good! I posted my veggie tacos on another thread.

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Hi Sheri. We also eat a lot of our veggies raw, my kids prefer them that way. Even ones that aren't usually crudite, like green beans, asparagus, cabbage. So we do lots of chopped salads, "slaws" and wraps. If I do cook them, we do lots of stir fry's, but I usually end up leaving a handful of veggies aside for my kids to eat raw in case they don't want to eat them they way I've prepared them. It works for us. I get most of my recipes these days from Pinterest, and it's nice to have them organized all in one place and searchable.

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Welcome to the team Sheri,

You an me both, I am always looking for some new veggie meal to try. I find most of mine by surfing the web until something catches my eye. Of course you can never go wrong with raw. I am a big fan of chapped veggie sandwiches.

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Good morning! My name is Sheri and I am new to this team. Looking for new ideas on cooking veggies.

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Welcome to the team Arian!



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Hello, my name is Arian and I am new to this group. I have been slowly easing meat out of my life over the past several months. I gave up beef 6 months ago and have only eaten pork a handful of time since then. Chicken is the next to go, but at this time I do still eat seafood. As I read and research more and more, I can see very clearly that there are not any nutrients that I cannot get from a vegetarian diet. I am excited to start embracing this lifestyle, because I know I can be much healthier.
Hope to get to know you all better!!

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Hey Cresida. I guess I'm lucky in that my husband will eat just about anything, but he's very resistant to the *idea* of me leaning toward becoming a vegetarian. I think a big part of it is that he doesn't think it's healthy/balanced enough for our kids, which is ridiculous. I was typically cooking meatless three or four nights a week and personally eating smaller portions of the meat dishes when I did cook them. He recently deployed, so I have been cooking meatless closer to five or six nights a week and only cooking chicken or fish on rare occasions. I personally don't eat red meat. I'm kind of hoping to find a few killer vegetarian recipes that he will enjoy so much that he won't miss the meat.

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Thanks, Rob! That is super helpful! And beans are so cheap, there's no reason not to keep them on hand.

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Welcome back CRESIDA,

My wife and daughter are very picky eaters and shy away from most vegetables. My son will eat anything. We try to make one meal and we all eat what we like. If the family has steak or pork chops with baked potato and salad. I will eat the salad and pour spicy beans over the baked potato, I cook beans in the crock pot and always have some in the refrigerator. We make one big pot of spaghetti and two sauces, one with meat and one vegetarian. The funny thing is my kids like my vegetarian sauce better than my wives meat sauce. For taco night we will make rice and beans for everyone then they will have hamburger or shredded chicken and I will make my taco with avocado, sautéed onions, diced tomatoes, and greens. You get the idea.

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I'm not new to the team or to SparkPeople, but I'm coming back after a two year hiatus.

I'm trying to get back to the primarily plant based diet I was eating before life went to hell two years ago! I'm looking forward to talking with every about how they cook at home.

I'm particularly interested to hear from those who have partners that aren't big on eating vegetarian style meals!

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I'll try to keep that in mind.

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Welcome to the team LBS2LOSE2013,

A friend of mine gave me this tip when I first started. " Real life is going to happen, don't let it get you down when things don't go your way. " You are going to have weeks when the scale doesn't move or goes in the wrong direction, you are going to have times when you make poor choices. Set a realistic goal, work towards it and don't let the little stuff get you down, because real life, she is going to happen : )

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I just joined sparkpeople because a friend told me about it. I have a lot of weight to lose and have been trying to figure out the best plan for me to be on. I'm more into veggies and fruits, and don't like to eat a lot of meat so this team sounded like a good one for me to join.
Thanks for having me.
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Welcome to the team NATHELESS!

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Hi all!

Flexitarian seems to describe the way my body wants to eat. I've also called myself a quasi-vegetarian but I think Flexitarian is a much better term.

I love vegetables in all their colorful glory!

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Welcome to the team everyone!

Wow you take a few days off and the people come piling in : )

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Hi everyone, well I am really new to all of this. I'm a mega carnivore trying to become flexitarian. I love veggies and sometimes will opt for the vegetarian meal over the regular meat meal, not for some ethicacy about animals but rather more for taste and my mood.
I recently heard about flexitarianism and thought it might be for me because I have been looking for a way to get more veggies into my diet, particularly for a way to lose weight and hey I do love veggies.
I also am trying to eat more natural. No preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and no GMO's. The meat that I do eat I want to try to get it either organic or as natural as possible.
I think this new way of eating/life is going to be challenging for me because I normally eat meat every day, that and getting enough protein into my diet since I just don't like beans and lentils. I have tried them again and again keeping an open mind but nope they still taste nasty to me.

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hey all, i was on this team before, but now i am back. i'm Jessica, married with 2 furkids. i started the flexitarian last month by eating as little beef as possible. i did have it a few times, but i didn't really enjoy it like i usually do. so, this month i will continue with the beef, and if possible add in poultry and pork. not quit willing to give up the fish and seafood yet.

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hello, all !
I am Kat, 54 years old, cancer survivor and newly-fledged vegetarian, or, should I say, Flexitarian! I have cut out most meat on medical advice, and am attempting not to re-introduce it back again to the same degree. I already feel better for it, and have started to lose weight as well.
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As a Seventh Day Adventist I have followed a semi vegetarian lifestyle for most of my adult life. A couple of years ago I suffered an episode of toxic shock syndrome which relulted in chronic kidney disease so at the moment I am eating meat once of twice a week as no one can tell me how to do a "kedney " diet without eating meat - there are just too many things you can't eat. However, I would like to recommend the cookbooks published by Seventh Day Adv as a great source for good everyday vegetarian cooking. They are good satisfying food without having to eat strange things most of us aren't used to. One of my favorites is "cooking by the Book" by Marcella Lynch. There are many more but I don't know if I am supposed to mention them on here.

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Welcome Cathy. I love crock pot recipes, too. It's so easy. Especially for picky eaters who may not eat one or more of the parts. When it's all mixed together, they just put it in their mouth and chew!


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Welcome to the team Cathy,

Always nice to have another flexitarian aboard. I might have to hunt down that slow cooker cookbook, I love my crock pots and am always looking for something else to cook in one.

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