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SHIVAMOON
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3/10/12 2:57 P

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Sounds good Vegfaery, but you're doing basically the same thing. Sounds like you're having a wonderful big salad twice a day and that works just the same way. Cheers.


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VEGFAERY
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3/10/12 8:54 A

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I make two meals a day nearly all vegetables, then I don't need to "fill up" on soup or salad first. It's nothing for me to eat 4 cups of mixed lettuce on a plate, topped with one bag (1 lb) of cooked frozen vegetables and then top it with a dill tahini dressing - 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill.

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SHIVAMOON
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Welcome, Mammaw.

One recommendation that I find very useful (it came either from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine or one of the speakers at the seminars Dr. McDougall puts on) is for dinner (or whatever is your largest meal during the day) start with a serving of vegan soup (whatever you like) and then have a salad before eating the "main course" of your meal. If you do this on a pretty regular basis, it should make weight loss a lot easier. The liquid from the soup will help to fill you up, and you'll be getting healthy greens before you're too full to eat them. Good luck to you -- I'm cheering for you.


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3/9/12 6:40 P

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Eating fruits and veggies is very important food to eat.

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Eat to live by Joel Furhman is a good book.

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THE SALAD IS THE MAIN DISH

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3/9/12 4:21 P

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Yum, VEGFAIRY. That Hoppin' John looks so good!emoticon

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LIV2RIDE
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3/9/12 1:34 P

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IMVEGAN - totally agree. I find that drinking my calories doesn't keep me as satisfied all day. I like to chew my food, plus there are just some things I wouldn't put in a smoothie.

You have mentioned the Happy Herbivore before. I need to check that out myself. Thanks for suggesting it again.

Kelly

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Here is an average day for me:

Breakfast

1/2 c. whole oats, cooked in 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. unsweetened soy milk
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 banana sliced over top
cinnamon

or

1 L green smoothie (banana, spinach, blueberries, soy milk, hempseed, protein powder)

Lunch

Leftovers, usually something like this:
www.straightupfood.com/blog/2011/01/29/hop
pin%E2%80%99-john-with-avocado-cucumbe
r-dressing/


Snacks

Fruit, dates, nuts/seeds

Supper

Vegan frittata with a side salad
blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/06/vegan-zucchi
ni-frittata.html


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IMVEGAN
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Actually it is not essential to add smoothies or juice for nutrition. Dr. Esselstyn actually recommends that people not drink their calories but eat them because chewing them blends your saliva with the food to get all of the nutrition out of it.

If you eat a varied and colorful plant based diet with whole fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains, you do not need anything else.

Edited by: IMVEGAN at: 3/9/2012 (13:03)

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Welcome to the team mammaw. I am glad you decided to join us. In my first week an even now i have found the best way to balance my vegan diet is first choisen foods i enjoy that is vegan. Every week trying somthing new an formost for balance i work around a vegan food pyramid. I have a link of one to sharw if that one doesnt help use goggle search theres dozen more pryameds to help you balance you food. www.chooseveg.com/vegan-food-pyramid.asp

Michele, co- team-Leader of Vegan Fitness an Nutrition. : +)


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Its essential to add fresh fruit to curb cravings and green smoothies daily for nutrients.

Karen - The Green Smoothie Loving High Carb Low Fat Raw Organic Vegan Co-Leader Low Fat Raw Vegan : www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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FOR RAW FOOD SUCCESS READ 80/10/10 BY DR. DOUG GRAHAM! EAT FRUIT! CARB UP!


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IMVEGAN
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3/9/12 12:46 P

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Happy Herbivore is a cookbook author and blogger who follows a low fat vegan lifestyle like Dr. Esselstyn's. She has meal plans that you can get weekly (for a small fee.) Her books are Happy Herbivore and Everyday Happy Herbivore.

happyherbivore.com/


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LIV2RIDE
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Welcome Mammaw! Eating vegan is just like eating any other way...balance. I try to shy away from processed carbs (bread, chips, pretzels etc.) that's where you get a lot of unnecessary calories. I love green smoothies for breakfast and big salads for lunch and then will do some sort of grain/veggie combo for dinner. I probably eat about 3-5 lbs of greens a week then throw in the other veggies/fruits, I'm just full of fiber. LOL

Anyway, this is a really great team that is here to help answer any questions you have. Search the previous threads too for a lot of information.

Kelly

Kelly

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MAMMAW497
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Became interested in Vegan after reading Dr. Esselstyn "Reverse Heart Disease" Husband just had open heart surgery and I gained a ton of weight during that time. I'm 5' - 170lbs.

So glad to have discovered a Vegan team on Spark People! I started Vegan a month ago just to eat healthier and lose weight. Happy to be free of cravings but Shoulders and hips started hurting with arm and leg aches. (comes and goes)
I assumed I wasn't getting enough correct nutrients but haven't found a direct/simple food plan online.
Just like non-vegan dieting I want to know what to eat and how much. A vegan food plan. I suspect I'm eating too many carbs....love Hummus and Ezekiel bread and not enough vegs.

I am 72yo with obesity/craving struggles since 13yo. That means a 60 year determination to be craving free. Vegan seems to work in that respect but the subsequnt pains means I'm not doing it right.
I surfed the web looking for a vegan RD/physician. No luck.

Thanks for your feedback.
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