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11/19/14 1:21 P

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Hello, I'm Holly and I forgot to introduce myself when I joined in early November. I'm 51, I've been a vegetarian for over 7 years now and plan to get that cheese monkey off my back and go raw vegan in 2015.

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11/1/14 12:56 P

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Dakota,

I recommend the video documentary Forks Over Knives and the book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman. Leafy greens and broccoli have more protein than steak per calorie, but you have to eat a lot of green vegetables to get 100 calories! My Mom has a cousin whose cousin has to stay on a very low protein diet due to kidney damage. His wife has to keep track of the protein he gets from leafy greens.

Nut milks are a great alternative to dairy milk. I have not found an alternate to cheese that I am comfortable with since I want to eat whole foods. There are vegan cheeses, and I have had some that I think taste good.

I actually have found that going almost-vegan has opened up a whole world of foods that I never thought about. I have fun learning about new (to me) vegetables. It's especially nice if you have access to a local farmer's market, CSA, or food co-op that specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables. Locally grown fresh veggies are the best!
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11/1/14 12:49 P

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I've just discovered a bunch of different kinds of rice. There is black rice, also called forbidden rice because in China only the emperor was allowed to eat it. There is Madagscar pink rice and red rice, in addition to brown. They all have slightly different nutrition profiles.

There are also many other kinds of beans for variety color and flavor.

I prefer nut milks. Cow milk makes me very sick. However, I discovered goat milk this summer. I find it to be delicious. It has as much lactose as cow milk but does not make me sick at all. It does not contain hormones and antibiotics as cow milk does (as far as I have been able to learn). Mostly I stick to the nut milks, but I do have powdered goat milk on hand.

I think beans and leafy greens are the healthiest sources of protein. Nuts are healthy but have a lot of fat, so a little goes a long way. I love cheese, but I'm not as sure that it's healthy, and it has a lot of fat, so it's probably best to eat cheese sparingly.

Hummus is a nice way to get beans and can be used in a sandwich with or without other veggies. Salsa is 100% veggies, very low calorie, tasty, and either hummus or salsa can make a great vegetable dip or salad topping.

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11/1/14 12:40 P

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Hi, Nancy. I think the key to healthy vegetarianism is eating a whole foods plant based diet. Processed food takes a toll on our health whether or not we eat food from animals. If your daughter eats a variety of healthy vegetables, fruits, true whole grains (oats, rice, quinoa, amaranth, barley - not just dark colored bread), beans, nuts, and seeds she should get plenty of nutrition. Check out Ezekial 4:9 bread for a really healthy way to eat grains. A large leafy green salad will supply a lot of protein, believe it or not!. Add ground flax seed for omega-3 fatty acids. B-12 is a concern.

You might want to buy Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Eat to Live. He goes into a lot of detail on nutrition and supports a vegan diet. Also, your daughter should probably have B-12 and other levels checked from time to time. She should be able to get all the minerals she needs, including iron, and all the protein and healthy fats she needs if she eats a variety of real plant foods rather than processed packaged foods.

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11/1/14 12:33 P

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Hi!

I'm Annette, 53, single, and have toyed with vegetarianism for about 30 years, but never got further than giving up most red meat on and off until this summer.

I never had any interest in being vegan. However, this summer I became mostly-almost-Vegan.

The almost part is because I have no objection to using raw honey from local farmers, and I intend to continue doing so. I also have visited a rabbit farm where the rabbits are humanely and lovingly raised from birth until they die a natural death at an old age. They are shorn from time to time for the fur which is made into yarn. I have several skeins. I love alpaca yarn, and I like wool. I don't see that making yarn from animal fur necessitates any harm to animals or to my health or to the environment. So, I don't intend to give up honey or yarn from animal fur. A little cheese slips in, and I very rarely have something with a little meat in it, but otherwise I'm vegan. I'll discuss why on another post.

I'm happy to be back on SP after several years away.

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10/24/14 7:47 A

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Hello, all! My name is Sharon. I'm 45, married, and have 2 kids. I was a vegetarian for 12+ years, but gave it up after my daughter was born---my husband is a meat & potatoes kind of guy, and it just got too overwhelming to cook 2 meals and take care of a baby. emoticon
Now my kids are older and I am ready to get back to being at least a part-time vegetarian. I'm also hoping I can get my 12-year-old more interested in healthy eating. If it were up to her, she'd live on steak and ice cream!
Looking forward to learning a lot and making some new SparkFriends on the team!
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10/23/14 3:03 P

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Go for it, Charley! It's hard to stick with being vegetarian when you live with people who are not. I tried several times in the past and never was successful. Just remember that you feel so much better when you mostly eat plants!



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10/23/14 3:00 P

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Hi, I'm 53, teach math at a university after finishing my second Ph.D. in 2010.

In Spring, 2013, I thought I was having a bad asthma attack, but a chest x-ray showed left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of left ventricle). I got on diuretics, very low dose every other day, and the hypertrophy is gone. My echocardiogram and stress test (chemical) were good. I lost about 10 pounds and couldn't lose more, it was coming back.

I watched several food documentaries over the summer, and got more and more angry as I watched. Food Inc was the straw that broke the camel's back. I decided I would not give any more money to the meat and dairy industry and started looking for local farms.

Before I found any, I watched Forks Over Knives and decided I would try a Whole Foods Plant Based diet. I do eat local, raw honey. I still use a little Parmesan cheese. I've had meat a couple of times since June, and occasionally cheese shows up in a vegetarian dish that I have eating out. Otherwise, I'm basically vegan plus raw, local New Mexican honey.

I lost another 15 pounds, and then school got more intense and I stopped being as careful. Too much processed food and too much restaurant food, including the school cafeteria were creeping in and weight was creeping back up.

I have recently read Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live. I understand better how different kinds of vegan foods affect me nutritionally. I've lost a couple of pounds in the past week. I have about 70 pounds to go.

I also have really become aware in the last few months of how much food choices affect our environment and our local community. I can't always buy locally, but when I do, I meet and support my neighbors. Socorro is a poor community despite having a university here, and New Mexico is a poor state. We have problems that go with poverty. We also have a long rich history and many rich very old cultures. We have a lot of local people doing small scale farming or making jellies and so on. When I buy from them, I keep help my community alive and healthier, I save the transportation costs of getting food to the grocery store, plus I get healthy great tasting veggies. I also buy from Bountiful Baskets to keep a steady supply of fruits and veggies at a low cost.

I definitely feel better when I am eating lots of fresh produce, not too much that is processed, and very little in the way of animal products.

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10/16/14 12:52 P

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Hello fellow veg'n sparkies! My name is Colleen, I'm 42 and a divorced empty nester of an almost 20yo daughter (next month!) I have been a vegetarian for nearly 30 years.

I've been lurking the team board (hehehe) and found out some eye-opening info about veg'n protein requirements! I wrote a blog on it today. I hope that everyone will find this info useful.I've decided to change the protein range on my nutrition tracker to reflect what I found out.

I hope everyone is happily sparking today and having a wonderful day!

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10/13/14 11:06 A

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Hello my name is Charley. I was veg for 5 years but fell of the wagon when I meet my Andrew. I really want to go back because I had so much energy and felt so much better. I would love for all of you to help me get back. I am tired of being sick. And I really want to succeed. I have gain 20LBS in these last 3 years I hate the way I look. I hate the way Am do tired. So I am going to do it.

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10/12/14 8:56 P

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Hi.....I am not a vegetarian but at the age of 16, my daughter has decided to become one. I am at a loss for what to cook for her. She is taking a multi-vitamin that my pharmacist recommended. I have used tofu in several dishes. I am being told that ones b12 and iron are the first to drop when you become a vegetarian.

Would someone shed some light on this for me please. I am worried because she is still a growing child and I do not want her to get sick...duh :)

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10/11/14 9:42 P

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Hi Dakota106, I have been vegetarian all my life. I eat dairy products though. Please eat lot of mung ( sprouts), Chickpeas and red kidney beans for your protein. I avoid wheat and eat Barley roti in my lunch... Brown rice is working for me instead of white rice... I eat lot of salad in snacks.
I m drinking pasteurized cow milk and tofu...
If you need recipes to make low fat veg curries then let me I will send you...
hope this helps

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10/9/14 7:51 P

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A dear old childhood friend and I got together to visit last time we were both checking on our moms in Louisiana. She is also an internal medicine and infectious disease MD. Didn't know she'd gone vegan 2 years ago after watching Forks Over Knives due to the compelling medical evidence. I downloaded and watched that and other similar movies. So I'm here until at least my next blood work and physical. Hubs isn't happy but he did go out and buy me a rice cooker!! He comes from many generations of dairy farmers. My biggest goal is to halt/reverse macular degeneration. Retinal exam in December.
Also, I have a question. One brother, also an MD, thinks that women over 50 shouldn't do soy due to the neurological effects (Alzheimer's)due to the estrogenic properties. I'm wondering since I'm pushing 60 what to do? Seems like soy is featured in vegan food.

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10/6/14 11:05 P

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Hi all. Have been doing a vegetarian diet for health reasons,and ready to go vegan. Looking forward to all your help and knowledge. Diane

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10/1/14 5:48 P

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Welcome to the Veg/Vegan forum. Love your goal thingy. Neat. And hello to Brazil.

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10/1/14 4:07 P

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Hi all. I live in Brazil and was a vegetarian for 3 years and, just this month, I am now vegan and loving it!

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
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9/25/14 12:13 P

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Yay! Yum. Thanks.

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9/25/14 7:24 A

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I posted a super-easy breakfast recipe (Tofu and Bananas) under the Food section about favorite fall recipes.

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9/24/14 4:17 P

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Hi y'all. Nice to see a veggie/vegan group. Yay. Only been vegan for 2 ½ years. Still trying to learn how to eat. Sometimes slip into vegetarian mode. :-) Look forward to reading some of the posts on what foods / recipes ideas. emoticon Spent the first year eating too many carbs while trying to figure out how to eat right. Hoping to get things more in balance through Sparkpeople.

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9/18/14 8:40 A

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Hello Sandy , and welcome !!!



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9/17/14 6:17 P

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Hi Everyone, my name is Sandy. I'm a 51 year old female and I have decided to embrace my natural vegetarian leanings (that I've had my entire life) and make the switch to full vegetarianism. I am eating and drinking dairy for now, but I intend to take dairy out in a month or so. I am taking eggs out of my diet as well. Better late than never. Have a great day/evening.

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9/15/14 10:27 P

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Congratulations Erinluk on your recent marriage. Many yrs of happiness to you :) Nice to meet you NWTGoddess, and good luck to you as well !

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9/14/14 7:44 A

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I am looking for vegetarian options too. My biggest concern is getting enough protein, I don't I feel hungry in spite of eating 10 vegetable and fruits a day. We need high protein recipes and ideas to balance our menus while staying on track with our calories. Good luck.



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Hello everyone ! New to spark, but not new to being vegetarian. Have been vegetarian for 10 yrs now.
Hope that I meet some new friends here !



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9/7/14 5:42 P

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Hello!!!
Just joined Spark and love it so far! I have been a veggie for 2 1/2 years now and on and off vegan for the past year. I wish spark had a vegan option!! I am recently married and want to get fit and be healthy!!!!

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9/7/14 4:27 P

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Hello all. I am on day 10 of Spark People. I joined a few years back, and then got way off track. I'm back! I've been a vegetarian since childhood (mostly), and am now transitioning to a vegan diet. Has anyone had luck getting on the 21-day vegan jumpstart from Physicians for Responsible Medicine/Dr. barnard? I tried several links last week, with no luck. (wanted to start on 9/1). I have diabetes, and finding good protein without the carbs is extremely challenging for me at this transition. (I'm really missing dairy for that fact). I know dairy = death and disease for me, but this part of the transition is a bugger!!
I'd love to find access to that link, as the spark plans don't do vegan. Thanks.

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9/5/14 2:01 P

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Hi everyone.

I am fairly new to SparkPeople. I have been exploring the site for some time and have decided it is time to take the plunge and join some teams.

I love eating Vegan, but I live with a very carnivorious husband and son. So I have compromised and I do the Vegan Before Six, thing. Vegan Before Six is a book by Mark Bittman that has really helped me with following my vegan desires and not have to cook 2 totally separate meals every night.

I am using this stepping stone to convince my husband to lean more toward vegetarianism and vegan.We started with one vegetarian meal per week for dinner. We are now up to 3 vegetarian meals and 1 vegan meal per week. For that I am stoked!

I am looking forward to getting more ideas on great vegan/vegetarian meals here.

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9/2/14 10:34 P

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Hello. :) My name is Christina and I just turned 22 in August. I have been a member of SparkPeople for a while, but this is the first time that I ever taken the site and my weight loss journey seriously. I would like to lose 40-50 pounds and have a healthy BMI again for the first time since my freshman year of high school. Currently, I consider myself a semi-vegetarian transitioning into a vegan.

Please feel free to visit my SparkPage and add me as a friend. I would love to talk with you and support each other on our healthy lifestyle journeys. :)


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8/31/14 6:39 A

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Hi there! I'm not new to SparkPeople nor am I new to vegetarianism. But I have been back and forth to both and am now trying very hard to stick with it. So I'm back to SP and felt this team would be helpful.
I have a vegetarian daughter who was my original reason for learning about and living vegetarian. I have fallen off the veg wagon a few times but have jumped back on and been successful for 4 months now. My biggest problems are allergies and love of processed snack foods.
I am pre-diabetic and want to reverse that. Losing the extra 24 lbs I haul around every day would be nice too. Ok...I admit, the extra weight is the main reason I'm back with SP. LOL
Looking forward to the support I need (please) and ideas you all might have to help me succeed. 😉

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8/27/14 11:10 A

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Hi I am not sold on the idea of being a vegetarian, but I am following Leo Babauta's blog on living simply ZenHavits.net/archives and notice that he is also a vegan. I do feel though that we should eat little if not no meat because of the way animals are fed grain to fatten them up to be slaughtered. I do like fish though.



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8/25/14 1:52 A

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Hi! I've been vegetarian for 14 years and was mostly vegan for 2 years toward the end of grad school, but I moved to Japan last fall so I've ended up being less vegan lately (nuts are super expensive here).

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8/24/14 10:39 A

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Hi, I'm 38 and I've been transitioning to a vegan diet for about a year. I've lost 60+ lbs over the last 2 years, and I'm trying to lose my last 50 lbs and maintain an active lifestyle. I've started running, and I'm training to run a 5k in January.

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Hi Team!

I'm 32 and I've been a vegetarian/vegan (varying restrictiveness) for 10+ years. I love animals and I am really interested in nutrition. I cook vegan dinner every day for myself and my omnivore partner, which is a challenge. If anyone wants a penpal, shoot me a line!

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Hello Team,
I'm new to this vegetarian lifestyle. Having watched the Forks Over Knives movie I have learnt the benefits of a plant based diet, but more than that I am very concerned for the welfare of animals and hate the idea of killing and eating them. I''me always looking for new recipes to substitute for my old meat diet.

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Hey, team! I've been choosing vegetarian meals for nearly 25 years now. A report on the food industry my freshman year of high school started it all. I was obviously horrified at the "living" conditions of the animals, the inhumane way in which they were treated, and the unhygienic processing environment. I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian until my second pregnancy, when I started having major cravings for fried chicken. So, I've pretty much been a semi-vegetarian since then. I still prefer vegetarian options, but I do eat (humanely raised) chicken, turkey, and fish.

I've really started distancing myself from dairy lately, too. I actually prefer almond milk and the Silk soy yogurt is dang good!

Now that my boys are grown and don't rely on me to prepare all their meals, I don't have to worry so much about their picky palates and can start cooking more for my personal tastes, so a vegetarian and vegan diet has become a higher priority.

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8/7/14 8:24 A

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Good morning! I am new to the team, but not to Spark People. I turner 60 last fall, but my weight has been a life long struggle. The last few years, since menopause has been rough! Easy to gain, almost impossible to lose. I bought a FitBit Dec 31/13 and have been walking a lot more. I have also been trying various diets. I have slowly be becoming vegetarian over the past 5 months, to the point where I am probably about 90% veg. now.
I still wasn't having much luck losing weight until this week. I would lose 3 or 4 pounds one week, then gain it back the next. What happened this week? I rejoined SP! Tracking everything I eat, drinking more water and walking seems to be working!
I'm feeling very positive about what I am doing...wish me luck!

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Thanks, Ossie....yeah, I've never been much of a fan of hummus lol. Although, admittedly, I've never tried tahini by itself. Perhaps, I'll do some experimenting with that! emoticon

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Any time, Marie. By the way, tahini contains a pretty good amount of calcium (250 mg per 1/4 cup), and is not goitrogenic.

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Hi Ossie!

Exactly right and a great question. I still consume dairy because of that fact...raw broccoli is also something that inhibits absorption of thyroid meds...so I can only eat it cooked (steamed).

I buy local or organic dairy and eggs, if at all possible. Of course, I also eat plenty of beans and peas as well lol. I've read a lot about vegan options and the scary ingredient, carrageenan, that's used in most of them. So, for now, I'm sticking to dairy and veggie protein options. Thanks for asking!

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Hi, JENB0563. What sort of dairy products do you use? Maybe I can help with ideas or recipes for substitutes.

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Hi .. I am very excited to find this page. I have been using vegetarian meals as part of my regime for years but could never fully say I was vegetarian. I have had an interest in adding more vegetarian meals to our cooking but I couldn't see us giving up dairy. Everything I cook has dairy in it. So knowing allergies as I do, I bet that is the exact thing that needs to go or at least cut back on. So I now have a group of cheerleaders and wisdom givers to check in with. Thank you :)

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Hi, Marie2558 :) Because soy is not so good for your hypothyroid, which meat subs do you favor?

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Hi team, I'm new here but not to being vegetarian. I'm mostly vegan but I have the occasional cheese or egg, in very small quantities. I love animals and would rather not eat them. I have rheumatoid arthritis so my physical activity is limited but I love Zumba, when I can. I do water aerobics and stationary bicycling and dance when I'm able. I love going to shows and checking out new bands as much as possible.

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Hi Everybody!

I've been a vegetarian for over a year now and look forward to learning more about preparing vegetarian meals. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and have always been athletic. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism over a decade ago so that's made losing weight a greater challenge. I do respond better to weight loss when I add protein at every meal so I have enjoyed the meat substitutes. I look forward to sharing and learning with everyone!

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Hi all,

I've been a vegetarian for ages and am on track for veganism for a year now. Loving it and definitely don't miss eggs or dairy - they were a minor part of my diet to begin with. I also eat wheat free. I sure wish I could personalize my Start page to stop showing me images of animal product dishes in the "recommended content".

Anyway, hi. Nice to find a friendly forum.

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Hi Teamies;

Well I still feel like a newbie to this team, been here a week now, just starting into my week 5 of my new all plant based diet, no meat or dairy, the detox wasn't too bad luckily I'd bought some de-tox tea to help me.

I love to cook so I've been cooking up some interesting "to me anyway" vegi combinations not sure anyone else would eat what I put together. Last week I made a vegi-stir fry and red cabbage ribbons & red onion with garlic served with spaghetti squash with fresh home grown tomatoes. I also had enough tomatoes to make a small jar of salsa.

This week I'll make Lemon Balm, Lemon Thyme Lentils to serve with rice, also if the yellow squash in my garden grows a bit more make baked yellow squash casserole with cauliflower & cannellini beans & marigold flowers..

Since this is a learning experience I guess I'm learning bit by bit food choice by food choice,
Once I cook things up for this week I may blog about it like I did last week, I got some interesting comments from that first food blog.

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I suppose I should introduce myself now that I've already responded to another message.

Hi,
I'm Zor! I have been around SparkPeople for awhile but I am brand-new to the Vegan lifestyle. It's bringing out the best in me, that's for sure! I've found I really like quinoa and I'm trying to incorporate more and more fruits and veggies into my everyday life. Every meal this week has been something new or something left over from the night before. I love what I'm eating and I really don't miss the fried crap I used to consume. Anywho, Hi!

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Vegan Chocolate. I just bought some last night as I was craving chocolate. It was delish!

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I am a vegan dietitian, and love reading up on new plant-based nutrition research and helping people make the change and optimize their health.

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Hi New Teamies;

I'm new to this team, not to sparkpeople, just celebrated my 7th yr Sparkaversary. I am 3 weeks into a "new plant based diet" Thanks to Forks over Knives on Netflix. Since 2001 though I've eaten more vegi's due to my severe gluten allergy. I cannot eat highly processed foods so I eat vegi's, beans, fruit. No I don't bother with all the new "gluten free foods" just not worth my small food budget money each month. Now off all meat, fish, dairy, oh detox wasn't as horrible as I thought it might be, Thank God.

If you want to get to know me better, I invite you to go read my spark page, I am open & honest, I live a faith based life; always trying to be the best me I can be or become. I like to blog, I use my photos I've taken in my life.

I learned about this team from my trusted Sparkfriend, she is beautiful inside & out and I love her for her honesty in life. I hope to learn all the things I've been wandering around trying to learn about eating only Vegetarian & Vegan lifestyle. I have lots of questions, I hope over time they will come into the light and get answered, without too much bother to anyone else.

Thank you, I hope to fit in here soon. Take care & be well, be like a leaf in the stream let go, don't hold on to tightly, let life flow.

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BOHEMIANCAT, you are too kind! Sincere thanks--so thrilled it was worth the read.

And ABBEYGIRL, absolutely. Don't hesitate to shoot me a direct message if you have more questions.

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Thank you for the link! I sincerely appreciate being pointed in the right direction!

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Clairesueellen,
You are beautiful and I enjoyed your blog.
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Experimenting with new recipes when you're used to the same old staples can be really tough. I'm a big fan of following "formulas," rather than recipes, so that I don't get stuck in a rut. If that's confusing, I talk more about "formuals" vs recipes over here: http://ow.ly/z0pae (not spam, I just shortened the link to make this comment quicker!)

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Good question! Learning to balance nutrition
and I didn't branch out enough and try new recipes.
Also cooking separate meals for the family however
My youngest son was recently dx with Crohn's
and my husband is now willing to make dietary changes
as a family. They likely won't give up meat completely however
my plan is to cut it way down. Open to any suggestions to be
successful. Thanks for asking.


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Hey, Abbey! Welcome back to vegetarian/veganism :) What's been the hardest part of sticking with either lifestyle? Are there certain foods you really missed? Was it not knowing how to balance nutrition from plant-based foods?

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Hi I’m Abbey. I tried and failed to convert to a vegetarian and even vegan lifestyle in the past. It’s something I have always felt is right for me and so I’m here and going to try embrace this lifestyle permanently - plant based diet (not junk food which is easy for me to do).

I’m not sure where to start so I decided it’s a good time to revisit the elimination diet and go from there. Looking forward to getting to know you all.

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Welcome! Hasfit.com has a free vegetarian weight loss download that I find helpful. I get off track occasionally... like yesterday. I eat fish too, occasionally, mostly flounder.

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Hello all. I've Sparked several times and I'm back again. I've been overweight since I had a heart attack and a hysterectomy - 14 years. I turned 60 this year and I need to get it under control. I have had a little success with weight watchers, but I can't afford that so I'm back here. I'm wanting to try the vegetarian diet because I have heart disease & high cholesterol. I don't mind not eating meat and chicken, but I miss the salmon.
I'm finding it a challenge to get enough protein and keep the carb count low. I have Type II diabetes. My blood sugar stays lower when I eat more protein. I don't like fake food, so if I'm not going to eat meat, I'm not going to eat food that looks and tastes like meat but is really bean byproduct. I've tried tofu several ways and don't care for it.
So I'm thinking of just not eating meat, but having small quantities of egg, dairy and, salmon.
I 've read don't eat the Atlantic farmed salmon, then I've read that you don't know if it's safe to eat the wild salmon...so I have not been eating that either.

I need some tips on getting higher levels of protein, keeping carbs down. I have not lost any weight since I've been eating this way for three weeks. I'd like to get my energy level up.

Any good websites, or food lists for people new at this?


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Hi, Jennifer,
I am in Texas too, the Austin area. If you find "Diet for a Small Planet" in a used book store, that would be a good start. Eating beans, brown rice, salads, eggs, etc. is less expensive than eating a meat based diet.
You can also find books on eating vegetarian on a budget. Best to you!

You can gain weight on a vegetarian diet, but most people lose. I found I was eating too many carbs and am now on a diet that balances protein and carbs, it is a free download on HASfit.com. It is my 4th day. Today I had to take some food with me because we went to a family gathering.
Linda

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Hi all. I'm Jennifer and live in Texas. After watching the film "Earthlings" today, I'm wanting to consider becoming vegetarian. I've never even attempted this before, but hope to get some good ideas on how to do this on a shoestring budget.

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HI everyone! I am taking on a vegetarian lifestyle now, eating my fruits and veggies, I am restricting bread and pasta also so as not to get into the junk food trap, I have been mainly vegetarian for the past year , now I choose to be 100% vegetarian , vegan might come later, lol, I am still learning alot an have a lot to learn so share links if you know of any that will be helpful , thanks

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I love chocolate too, so would like some tips. I do eat an organic chocolate that uses organic cane juice as the sugar. Not great but not as bad as some. It is in the form of M&M's and I get them in a bin at our grocery store, the colors are natural too, using natural food as coloring for the coated shell. I try to weigh it and limit it to a couple of days a week.
My dh is a meat eater, but he eats my veggie dinners with no complaints. Thankful for that! He eats out for lunch Mon - Fri, so he gets his meat fix then.

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Hey! I've been meat free for more than a year. I was vegan but I am weak with chocolate. I do not eat butter or milke, but chocolate and cheese (sometimes) are my downfall. I love a good tofu stir fry :). I'm a prosecutor in Florida, which makes it difficult to plan meals or running (which I am proud to say i still do 5 times a week). My husband loves his meat, which I forgive him for, but he is very accomodating to my diet. Anyone have any tips for my chocolate weakness?

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I have been vegetarian for several months. I have been off and on before, but want to stay committed. Reason? Health. I have many health issues, but better in the last two years. emoticon
I also believe in eating organic, as I am sure most of you do.
I am 63 and have a darling husband and two cats, none of who are vegetarian! emoticon
One question, I feel fatigued a lot. Any suggestions?


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Hello everybody. My name is Terra and I am looking forward to this new change in lifestyle that I am preparing for. My official day is June 8th and I will be completely vegetarian from this point on. I'm looking forward to getting my energy back, eating healthy foods and just everything that comes . I weigh 246lbs right now and I'm upset that. I let myself get so out of shape. I've informed my family of the changes and they are supportive and we all are going to do this together. I'm looking forward to sharing my journey and any tips on making the transition smoother would be greatly appreciated.

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Vegetarian for 10 years and vegan for 9! Almost 20 years of veggie fun but that hasn't prevented the waistline from growing!

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Hey team, I'm Teresita. I have been veg for 10 or more years, vegan off and on for the last 3. I mostly eat vegan but on occasion will eat free-range eggs. I love eating healthfully with lots of veggies. I live on kale salad!

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Hey, Susan. I'm working with someone right now who has the same needs--specifically low-calorie, low-carbohydrate vegan foods and meals. I create full-blown meal plans for her, but if you're just looking for some suggestions, would be happy to chat. Just shoot me a private message :)

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welcome becky. i started as a vegetarian and am now mostly vegan except for yogurt. it was one thing i was never able to give up. i like it too much especially greek goat yogurt life is too short to worry about the small stuff. no ones perfect!
i love maine new hampshire and vermont my favorite states. vacationed there for years.you're lucky to be living there.
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Hey, Ashley! Awesome to hear that your body's reacting so well to the transition :) Hope you're enjoying some new food discoveries along the way and feeling great!

Are you already working on the switch to veganism, or will that come later down the line?

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Hi Everyone! I'm pretty new to being a vegetarian, and I am working on going vegan! I'm really excited about the change, and I love how my body is reacting to it!! More energy, losing weight, staying full... It's wonderful! So happy to be here!



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Hi Sue and welcome! I'm fairly new to this team and also fairly new to vegetarian eating. I've been following Dr Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live program, which is basically vegan, although he has some less strict options that allow a small amount of meat. I've lost a few pounds, but it's been slow. I do find that I feel a lot better eating this way, though.

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Hi, I'm new here. I'm not vegetarian, but plan to try vegetarian meals for a while to see if this will break me out of my usual food rut and put me on the path to weight loss. I'm hoping to take a vacation trip later in the year that would involve a lot of walking, so I need to lose some weight and get into better shape.

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Hi there, I am Becky-- I'm a semi-consistently practicing vegetarian (I will have the occasional chicken or fish) who has been slowly making her way to veganism. I gave up red meat completely 4 years ago and haven't' missed it a day since.

I in Maine, but work in New Hampshire. I have three beautiful teenagers, who live with their father in Nevada for the school year and with me in the summer (this is better for them educationally --better schools out there!). I can't believe that I am old enough to have teenagers-- I'm only 34!

I work with a company who specializes in the community reintegration of people who have had a traumatic brain injury (either from birth or acquired) or some sort of developmental disability. It's a challenging position, but one that I really enjoy.

I have been with SparkPeople on and off since 2008 (eek!), and I must say that this site has been such a great help to me when I actually put it to use, lol!



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Hi, I am very new and am trying to go vegan...don't know how long I will keep it up. My goal was for 5 days, this is day 5 and I will continue (for now) for day 14.
Some surprising things I have learned so far; I am not hungry, don't crave meat or cheese, my sugar cravings have gone, I have more energy.....
I try to eat very healthy, lots of veggies, and have about 30 pounds to lose..I am trying to go Vegan because I have not been able to lose much weight during menopause...maybe this will jump start my weight loss.
I exercise regularly by walking and Pilates.
Anyway, so far so good....I live in the "Vegan Capital of the United States" (Northern California) so it's not hard to find delicious wholesome foods to support me.

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Hi everyone,

Although I joined Spark a while back and log on every now and then I haven't really done much here, in fact this is my first post. Not much of a broadcast chatter. However, I need to get serious about my weight and fitness and now that my youngest daughter is engaged I know now more than ever it's time. My problem is that I am not totally a vegetarian as I will eat ground beef or pork, but I won't eat seafood, poultry or anything that just outright sounds weird (aka tofu). Now add in that I only cook for me now and I'm content with a bowl full of microwaved potatoes or breakfast cereal. Short or no prep time and satisfied. As you can see not very nutritious.

So I now take the intro plunge and hope that I can find foods/recipes that I will eat that gives me the correct nutrition balance. In reality I'd rather eat the box of brownie mix than to have to figure out what is good for me, what proportions I should have, what foods boost my dead metabolism, etc. I am hoping this site will help make these things easier.

As for a little bio, I am a single mom of 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. I have a tortoise and a dog and my favorite past times besides my grandchildren is needlework, reading and baking. How I am going to change my food habits and juggle all that will be interesting! I hope to meet new people and make new friends through this site.

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Hi I just joined the group. I use to be a vegetarian than went back to meat. I was starting to feel guilty about eating meat again when I moved down to Alabama and would see the trucks loaded with chickens and how they are transported. It made me sick. What finally tipped me back over though was my daughter. We got her a pet bunny and when one of the kids at school found out he told her that he eats bunnies and they taste good. At that point she came home and told me she did not want any more animals to die for her to eat. She is going on week 4 of being a Vegetarian and she shows no signs of wavering. I am thankful that her father is being so supportive in her choice as well. Seeing her do it ad making vegetarian meals for her just made it easy for me to go back to being a vegetarian.

I am being healthier about it this time since my child is involved. I like seeing and trying new things too.

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Stay far away from processed/boxed/packaged foods and you'll do much better without any problems.

Take a look at what recipes we have here on this team and other plant-based teams. Forks over Knives is a good one and a wonderful movie. So is Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue - movie and cook book.

I'm plant based (vegan 99.999%) and I have no problems. I think part of the problem is letting go of the old and having the courage to seek out a better lifestyle even when others are saying to stay the way you were.

Good luck and welcome.

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I've been a vege for about 20 years. I've tried to go Vegan but I think I dont know enough about it. Can someone please help me on that issue and also come up with some low calorie sodium and carb food? I know it's better to make a life style change then to just go on a diet.....

I have passed the point in my life of wanting to lose weight for others or wanting to look more attractive. I am to the point now I want to lose weight for myself/my kids. They are and always will be #1. I need to be here for them as the full time single mother I am. THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO YOUR SUCCESS AS LONG AS YOU DO BEYOND YOUR BEST!!!!!!!!!


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Hi and good morning to everyone

I have passed the point in my life of wanting to lose weight for others or wanting to look more attractive. I am to the point now I want to lose weight for myself/my kids. They are and always will be #1. I need to be here for them as the full time single mother I am. THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO YOUR SUCCESS AS LONG AS YOU DO BEYOND YOUR BEST!!!!!!!!!


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4/6/14 3:50 P

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Hi everyone. I'm new to committing to getting healthy, but not to Sparkpeople. It's so nice to join a team I can relate to. I've been a vegetarian for a year and a half. I'm currently transitioning to vegan. I'm doing that slowly because I don't want to ever turn back. It's amazing how many foods have dairy in it!!
By joining this team, my hope is to make friends and learn from everyone else. If there are any picky eaters out there, I would love to know your alternatives!

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4/3/14 9:32 A

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emoticon !
I believe what you eat plays a huge role in your health. When I switched to a plant based diet, I was able to stop taking three medications, began to move with much more ease and then the weight began to come off. Kudos for your willingness to make a change!
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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

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emoticon You poor thing suffering as you have. A healthy diet will indeed help you lose weight if you stick to it with exercise and sleep and water.

I hope your bad times are over for at least a little while. emoticon

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Hello everyone. I was a vegetarian for years and moved to an area that did not have a healthy selection of choices (fruits and veggies) besides the steak and potatoes scene (Now taht I know where to go and when I head bk home I stockup on items I still cannot find here). Today I am headed back to a healthy way of living. I have had three surgeries and I thought I would be better than when I started but my pain went from a 100 to a 50 and it seems that this is what I have to live with. I have gain a lot of weight do to meds and poor diet and sadness but enough complaining time for change

I will not support the fat!!


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4/2/14 12:48 P

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I know! some kitchen gadgets are really expensive. I used to manually cut my zucchini into thin strips, but got really lucky and found a spiralizer (still in it's box) at the thrift store I frequent. I paid 5 bucks for it and it works nicely. I hope your new device works well for you! Have an awesome day!
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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

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I had a spiralizer but the handle kept on breaking off. For the price I paid for it you would think it would be made much better. Bought another and the same thing happened. Dern Chinese!! LOL So, today I bought a hand held device. I hope it will work.

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Welcome Jeanna! emoticon

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

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Yumm! Sounds delish! I love zucchini noodles. I don't always eat them during the cold months, but they are a constant during the Spring and Summer. Do you make your noodles with a spiralizer?

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

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Several, Cynthia. In fact I'm making Fettuccini Alfredo all raw using pine nuts in the sauce and zucchini for the noodles. Its delicious! I also just made several soups and a potatoe corn chowder.

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