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JIMSBABY - Good for you, taking your health into your own hands. I'm 60 and take NO drugs, people don't believe me when I tell them that. It's pretty sad when a society's NORM is to be on drugs as you age. I don't have a single friend my age that isn't on some kind of drug for something, and adding more every year they get older.

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3/26/12 5:32 P

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Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.- Dorothy Thompson

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3/26/12 11:11 A

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Years back everytime I ate any kind of meat I just got so sick!! They removed my gallbladder & said that would fix everything!! It didn't :( !!! So they perscribed Nexium & told me I would probably have to take it with evry meal from no on!!! I said BULL!!!!! I do not want to have to take something in order to eat without pain!!! The research began & I became a vegetarian, slowly evolving into vegan. I have never had to take another stomach pill of any kind & living in the south I am one of the few 52 year old people who is not on something for blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes!! I want to keep my healthy way of eating going to stay healthy & so I can inspire my kids to eat better while they are still young!!
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3/1/12 8:46 A

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I'm trying to become vegan for health reasons. I had a health scare in late 2010 with blood pressure soaring and really bad heartburn. My doctor was out the day I called for an appointment so they referred me to another doctor in the practice. She is awesome (and now my primary care)--had me work with a nutritionist for awhile and recommended a vegan diet. I did the nutritionist thing for awhile and did get my health issues under control but my new doc keeps recommending vegan and stressing that the closer I can get to a totally plant based diet, the healtier I will be. She, of course, is a vegan herself.

So here I am, a vegan wannabe but challenged by a meat eating husband who is retired and does most of our cooking. I'm working full time so my goal right now is to be vegan at breakfast and lunch . . . and work on finding vegan recipes I can convince him to eat. I've signed up for the 30 day vegan challenge that starts today.

And I'm so far over 50, I scarcely remember it--just that I decided to do a marathon before I turned fifty and completed Portland about 6 months before!

Looking forward to sharing and learning.

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2/13/12 10:36 A

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MaryAlice....I have had those cramps too. I no longer have them. Thank goodness. I became vegetarian in 2007 during Lent. I studied nutrition and firmly believe it is a healthy lifestyle. It wasn't until 2010 that I decided to not eat dairy or eggs. Yeah! I am vegan. Bingo that was the key to no longer having bouts of stomach pains. I too, felt at times they were strong pains similar to labor. I even felt so bad at times that I thought I might have to go to emergency hospital. That would have been against what I wanted to do. I want to be healthy and continue with no meds. I can do that by eating a plant based diet.

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“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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2/11/12 11:55 A

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I'm lucky in that growing up, meat was a side dish and we eat vegetarian 1 day a week, Then 30 years ago I started having cramps, I mean cramps that made me think I had gone into labor. It took doctors a year to get it right, but the out come was no animal products. I'm told that there might be something to help me eat meat now, but my feeling is that I've been vegetarian for 30 years, why would I want to try something that might or might not work and hasn't been used long enough to know the long term effects.

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2/11/12 10:12 A

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Initially, going vegetarian was all about me. I never was a big meat eater and have never liked milk. I just felt better and thought is was healthier not to eat meat. I went vegetarian in 2000.

Then I started reading about plant based diets, how the animals are treated, how it impacts the planet and it became a bigger issue. I'm not sure why it took me so long to attempt to go vegan. I thought it would be hard, reading all the ingredients, weeding out every morsel of egg and dairy. Then I found a quote by Joel Fuhrman - "The most important thing to remember about food labels is that you should avoid foods that have labels." So much for reading all the ingredients, easier to just eat real food that I prepare myself. I do still eat a few processed things. Canned tomatoes, beans, there's a couple organic soups I like - no 'bad' ingredients.

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2/11/12 9:36 A

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I'm not totally vegan, but I am trying to make the transition now and have been working at it for the past month. I became a vegetarian after viewing some videos about factory farming and slaughter houses on a Taoist web site. We took a trip out west and I saw a pig at a rest stop in one of those trucks taking them to the slaughter house. He was sticking his little nose through the holes in the truck, trying to figure out where he was and what was happening to him. It broke my heart, and from then on I quit eating meat, but I was still eating some seafood, eggs and dairy because I thought I needed them for nutrition. Then I watched Forks Over Knives on New Year's day and discovered that dairy was pretty toxic and all animal products were bad not only for the animals and the planet but for me. So, now I am trying ways to get all the nutrients I need from plants. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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That's the mark of a true healer! I have one just like that and he is awesome! An MD who revolted against medical dogma and went searching for answers. He is now a ND and truly a remarkable man. Too bad he is happily married. LOL And, his wife and I are great friends. Darn!

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WILD4STARS's Photo WILD4STARS Posts: 8,052
1/28/12 4:48 P

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How great to find a Dr that supports a life style that means you don't need her !! That doesn't happen often. Thanks for sharing.

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I AM more powerful than the temptations I face today. I AM stronger than my addictions.
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1/28/12 2:48 P

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A sudden urge to live that struck like a bolt out of the blue two years ago after decades of unhealthy living and illnesses. If I ever figure out why it hit me then, I'll write a book. lol

I researched nutrition because I had a gut feeling so to speak that poor nutrition choices were the root of my many problems.
I ditched the doctor that told me someone who had chemically induced good lab results was healthy and went online to find a "female family doctor, preventative medicine" in my area. Living in the "third most obese metro area in the United States 2010", I did not expect to find anyone but I did and she is awesome. When she saw my interest in nutrition she gave me book suggestions and supported me all the way. I don't see much of her now since I am fundamentally pretty healthy.

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.- Dorothy Thompson

The universe and nature should be regarded with the deepest reverence, and nature should be treated with the deepest respect. - WPM



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Alicia, your post touched my heart. What the breaking point was for me was listening to an Audible.com selection: Don't Eat This Book by Spurloch. It was so hard for me to listening to it I fast-forwarded the parts about the animals. Honestly! It made me so sick to my stomach that it took only 24 hours for me to say NO MORE MEAT! I was nauseated for a week. I love animals. I vote with my fork. I scream loudly to everyone who is in ear shot not to eat animals nor animal bi-products.



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I said a lot of it in my intro thread but I went vegan first for health in August but now for compassionate reasons more than health. I just couldn't stand what happens to animals. I had a hippie friend say - but she only eats local, free range, naturally fed animals, I said I grew up doing that but riding my bike past the slaughter house in the summer was still painful. No matter how it is done it is still killing. The animals in the local slaughter house screamed just as loud as the animals in the factory slaughter house. Tortured or not it is still slaughter and it is NOT gentle.

When I embraced vegan for my health I thought I wouldn't be one who would be vocal about animal rights but truly you can't help it. The more you learn the more you want to yell it out. Vegan is truly the only healthy way to go. Not to say I can't do better. I know I can. I want to add green smoothies to my day and to go much more raw too. Just like every day I do yoga and callanetics to get more and more flexiable and stronger as well as walking 4+ kilometers every day. I know I can do more. By the time we retire from our life-job and head on to more adventures in things we wish to do I want both myself and my husband to be healthy enough to enjoy it. I want to be able to say that my family health history has no bearing on me because I don't walk their nutrition and health path at all.



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That is a great history, thanks! I too am disguested with factory farms and mistreatment of animals. Then there's the subject of all the toxic waste and animal unmentionables that are left when the meat is processed. NO FLIPPIN' WAY!

I didn't state my own: I consumed mostly a junk food diet. Lucky for me my body tolerated it "well" until my 40's when I started gaining weight. I've tried various pills, exercise gimics, Herbalife---not worth tossing to the birds! and diets. I tried raw vegan and juicing at the same time and had great results and started healing. This was at a time that most thought I was nuts and treated me with disdain. I wasn't strong enough to tell them to shove it, so I capitulated. It was also very strict and boring so altogether I gave up.

Since that time I yo-yo dieted, gave up several times, joined OA, joined Spark and succeeded again-except I was sick all the time. I gave up yet once again. I have a curable disease (thanks to plants!) which effects my muscles and I have small seizures also. My symptoms are masked when I consume refined carbs and that was my achilles heel. I regained my weight again.

Last October my ND/MD and very long time good buddy took me and shook me hard. He told me either change my lifestyle permanently to a plant-based diet or call the mortician. My stats were through the roof. Lucky for me he was a raw vegan and green smoothie drinker! What luck was that? The green goddess herself was guiding fate for sure.

I re-joined Spark and teams, started on the path to vegan, went to raw vegan after watching many videos and reading books, and discovered that the missing link to my success as a vegan was green smoothies! After drinking my first one I knew that I would never not be a raw vegan again!

A plant-based diet is the best diet there is bar none! I am fortunate to have someone in my life, the support here on Spark, and support now on the homefront that helps me be successful at last. My weight is dropping naturally, my symptoms of muscle failure/seizures are getting far less, my health is getting better and my stats are well within healthy parameters.

Life is good!

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Well I was a junk food veggie for the past 6 years, my dd at age 9 would no longer eat meat so I joined her. I recently cleaned up my diet this past summer with green smoothies and juicing. In January I started eliminating the junk and also started watching a lot of informative dvd's. With the help of the dvd's I finally have stop my cheese consumption. Those poor cows. Cheese in general was easy to give up just not the pizza but so far so good.

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We would love to hear how you started your vegan eating program. Please feel free to tell us how you began, what you have overcome along the way and what have you experienced so far on the path of health, natural weight management and youth-ing.

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