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3/3/15 4:47 P

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Welcome!

Heather
Co-Leader of the Vegetarian Spark Team
Come join us! teams.sparkpeople.com/vegetarians


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3/2/15 5:31 P

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I just signed up for spark people today & I already love it! Lol I've been a vegetarian off & on since I was 8- almost 25 years!- & I'm ready to recommit to that lifestyle. I'm so over feeling like crap. I'm ready to feel & look good again

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3/1/15 2:12 P

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Vegan wow!! Friends are always here. Glad your aboard. Look forward to more post. Nothing taste as great to me as a great veggie dish.

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3/1/15 12:25 P

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Hi all my veg'n friends. I have been vegan since June '13. I love my new way of life, and really want to lose the extra weight. Hoping to find support and encouragement here. emoticon

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2/25/15 10:24 A

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Hi everyone. I have been a vegetarian since 1980. I love music, hooping, hiking, and of course animals!!!!!!. Glad to talk to everyone. Have a loving and peaceful day.

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2/16/15 9:49 P

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My name is Serene. I've been a veg*n on and off for decades, and on and off SparkPeople for five or six years. I moved to San Diego a few months ago, to help out my elderly mom and uncle. They eat LOTS of meat, and I don't feel so great when I eat the way they do.

We're moving into our new apartment in a month or so. I'm going veg again in anticipation of that, and to feel better. Being veg is my preferred mode, and my partner tends to eat whatever I do, so that will keep our new kitchen clean and health-promoting.

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2/15/15 10:47 A

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Hello, I am grateful to be choosing a vegan or plant based diet. Being a vegetarian for many (35) years, last year I decided, for the animals to eat entirely plant based.

Even though, on and off, I ate dairy in the form of cheese, yogurt and eggs and chose organic, cage free and humane, I couldn't live with the fact that female cows are continually artificially inseminated to be in a constant state of pregnancy and their baby calves are taken away from them immediately after being born so that their milk can be sold instead of given as nourishment to their babies. The male babies (where veal comes from) are keep alive on a diet that keeps them anemic so that their meat is white and without muscle. They are systematically slaughtered at less than a year old. The female calves are bottle fed until they are old enough to be inseminated to enter the pregnancy and milk cycle. Milk cows should live to be almost 20 years old. They are sold to slaughter when they are 5 or 6 years old when their milk production is reduced due to over insemination.

Egg bearing chickens don't fare better. Egg hatched female chickens become egg layers. Males are ground alive to become a slurry that is fed to other animals.

Although I mentally grieve for the innocent souls that are part of the factory farming system that is allowed in our country today, I feel that I am doing what I can by not participating in it by purchasing meat, cheese, ice cream and animal "by products' like clear gelatin desserts and puddings, which is made out of boiled bones, skin and hair of slaughtered animals.

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2/12/15 10:48 P

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Hi Everyone,
Last October, after borderline cholesterol levels for years, I was finally put on meds. My father died when he was only 34 of his first heart attack. My doctor, who is more concerned with helping her patients find health than prescribing pills, had me watch Forks Over Knives, and that is what inspired me to become Vegan. I have never looked back and love learning all of the new cooking methods and the amazing things you can do without meat. I also do not eat dairy or eggs. The strangest thing of all is that I live on a cattle ranch, cows raised for their beef. Live works that way sometimes, I find.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
One Day At A Time


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2/11/15 8:04 A

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Hi, I'm Holly. I'll call myself a semi-vegetarian at this point. I've gotten started because of the Eat to Live plan. I feel a bit selfish saying this--I hate the idea of cruelty to animals, but my main motivation right now is my health. I have felt so bad, it's been hard to think about anything outside of my health and my family (aka, the necessities of my life); perhaps as I get healthier, my motivations will shift. I feel so much better on the ETL plan. I have eliminated many things from my diet--99% of meat, 90% of dairy, all boxed/prepared foods, sugar, and 99% of the caffeine. I'm sure that huge reduction in animal products plays a large part in my better mood, less inflammation and pain, and slightly clearer mind. I'm not at a point where I feel I can commit to total vegetarianism. My family eats meat, and I prepare simple meals for myself, usually salads and bean dishes. My goals, aside from losing weight and getting healthy, include introducing healthier options/side dishes, etc., for my family and educating myself more about vegetarian alternatives to animal products. A challenge (or maybe not) is that I am not using cheese in my diet, so I truly have to be a vegetable-eating-semi-vegetarian. (My oldest daughter "goes vegetarian" every couple of years, but her diet consists mainly of cheese and bread and veggieburgers. She is always constipated and goes back to a regular diet emoticon .) I like the feeling I've gotten from the little I've read on this board--that I can learn without feeling pressured to conform. I know I'll find my way to what I need to be with time.

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2/5/15 1:53 A

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Hello! I feel like I've already introduced myself before, but I can't find my thread, so... I'm doing it again. Or for the first time. Whatever!

I'm Lirit. I've had an on/off relationship with vegetarianism for almost half my life. I play roller derby, and I sing and act. Pleased to meet you!

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2/2/15 8:31 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Nadine and I'm new to SP. Around this time last year I stopped eating meat and haven't looked back (well, except for a few times). Having recently watched Forks Over Knives I've now decided to stop dairy and eggs as well. I don't find it difficult to eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet ... what is most difficult is doing so in a way that will help me on my weight loss journey. It's a lot to commit to at once but is both exciting and necessary!

Nadine

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2/2/15 1:34 P

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Hi,
My name is Becky. I've been a vegetarian for about 23 years. I am on a weight loss journey with about 85 more pounds to go!

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2/2/15 11:22 A

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Aubrey
I am excited to hear that Thug cookbook is great I was just reading an article about that book. The cookbook I use most at the moment is Oh She Glows

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2/2/15 11:21 A

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Hi everybody I have been a Vegetarian for a year and still on the path of being healthy, I want to show my friends that I can lose this weight and be healthy without animal products

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1/17/15 1:53 P

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Hey, team. Name's Aubrey and I'm mostly vegetarian with some pescatarian days. Right now most of my meals are coming out of the Thug Kitchen cookbook which is freaking amazeballs. I'm here to lose the weight I gained after having my baby and to show my friends and family you don't need to eat a cow to have a rocking body!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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1/17/15 12:47 P

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I would suggest some carrots and potatoes and some mushrooms. Those are things I put in place of meat, you could also add quinoa or even tempeh for a protein kick. One thing that blows my mind is that most people use chicken broth base and try to call that vegetarian. It is NOT vegetarian if it has chicken broth. Try a veggie or mushroom broth as a base instead. I have tried some of the spark recipes for things like meatless meatballs, they are not bad and coach Nicole's lentil loaf is actually pretty tasty. Hope that helps.


"UNLESS, unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" ~The LORAX

Be the change you wish to see in the World~ Gandhi www.seaofcarnage.wordpress.com


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1/17/15 10:01 A

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Hey there everyone. I'm looking for some help. I work in an office that does a lot of potlucks which are fun and I love to cook. But I have several co workers that are vegetarians that participate that really get the short end of the stick I think. I love my veggies but not being vegetarian myself I don't want to make something that is not filling or seems like an after thought. I am making what my husband calls meat pockets because they traditionally are homemade bread filled with beef, greens, onions, garlic and spices. But I want to do the same basic thing but vegetarian. I'm looking for yummy filling ideas that would still make this feel like a meal. Also I will take any other ideas in regards to main dishes. I really want to show eating vegetarian tastes good too, and is just about salads or hummus. Which to some of my fellow coworkers is what that means....Help pretty please. Message me in my inbox if you can.

I'm doing this for me, and no one else.


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1/11/15 2:03 P

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I have been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years. I was fortunate in that I never liked meat. I am new to the website and am hoping that I can get some better ideas for improving my protein consumption. I worry about this sometimes :)

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1/7/15 11:59 P

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Hello, fellow no-meat athletes!

I have been flip flopping between veganism and vegetarianism for over a year. This past school semester, I slipped up and ate meat a few times.
With a hectic spring semester about to start, I joined this group to gain knowledge about maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle during busy times, and also to provide/receive support. :)



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Overall Goal: Break into the 130s
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4/26/15: some sort of weight loss from the previous week.
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1/3/15 11:08 A

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I just joined, and I'm as carnivorous as they come unfortunately :( I did the vegetarian lifestyle when I was going to college in Boulder, Co and it lasted 6 months :( I got bored eating the same stuff all the time. Now I'm married with 4 kids and my hubby is a bigger carnivore than me. But we have issues. I'm obese, he's got Diabetes and high blood pressure. We need to overhaul our diets and I feel vegetarian is the way to start going this year. We need to do something, change something. We can't keep doing the same thing every year and expect different results (that's insanity right?). I know baby steps, especially with the kiddos involved, got to get them loving veggies again. But don't even know how to start. So, I'm here for inspiration and support.

Barbara

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1/3/15 4:40 A

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I don't think I introduced myself. I'm a former meat eating low carber as well. I did like it but my body just couldn't take all of the meat plus I'm lactose intolerant. I was vegetarian in high school for a while and I always knew I would go back toward that way. So after seeing the Simply Raw, Forks Over Knives and a few BBC shows I decided to go vegan. My mother was did it with me and we were feeling and looking better. The holidays came and we wavered and now we are getting back on the horse for good.

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1/2/15 1:35 P

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Hello all,

I'm a newbie to the team. I can't claim to be an "all-out" vegetarian, but I'm interested in eating mostly veggies, fruit, and grains and perhaps fish and meat from time to time. I'm a WW lifetime member, but have gained some weight back and I'm always looking for support. I look forward to getting to know everyone.


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1/1/15 1:07 P

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Hi everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself and say "hi"! I'm a 30 year old mom to two who lost my way and gained a lot of weight. I'm currently working on improving my very messed up relationship with food and returning to my old vegan ways. I know it is the right way for me to live--for both myself and the animals.

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1/1/15 11:13 A

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I totally get where you are coming from Reenwad, I am the same way. I was a natural bodybuilder back in my 40's and after going vegan I have gradually gained all the weight back that i worked so hard to get rid of. I lived in chicken breast and veggies, with very low grains and beans. However there is another way. A Vegan Raw diet. I love it but it is a bit costly for me. So now i am going to try to eat 75% raw.

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1/1/15 11:11 A

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I have been vegan/vegetarian for about 6 years now. I had worked very hard to lose all my weight, but after going vegan for compassion and justice, I have gained all my weight back and an extra 10 pounds now.

I am in serious need for support. I usually go back a couple times a year and eat organic farm eggs from neighbors here to drop some weight, but I don't want to do that any longer. So I need to get my act together and lower my calorie intake.

I am also post menopause and menopause is kicking my behind. For the young ones here, you have no idea yet, but it just drains your energy and to gain weight without doing anything to actually own it.



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1/1/15 2:51 A

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I tried low carb and found it difficult to maintain, so don't blame yourself. You might want to eliminate processed carbs but keep the high fiber ones.

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12/31/14 8:09 P

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Hi all, and happy new year! I'm Cheryl and I'm struggling!!! I ate low carb for years, and lost weight, felt great, and was healthy. I fell off that wagon, gained weight, and tried to eat as vegan as possible. It's tough, but my body doesn't agree with it. I got anemic, and I felt terrible.

I'm now going to try and eat low carb, and as cruelty free as possible. Not sure how it's gonna work. Wish me luck!

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12/31/14 12:39 P

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I am also allergic to eggs so I feel your pain in trying to come up with a protein substitute. Also being allergic to soy makes the transition a little harder but not impossible. Quorn makes outstanding wheat-based veggie burgers. They are soy and egg free. They also make other meat substitutes. you should check out their website www.quorn.com

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12/31/14 12:32 P

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Hi, I am new to this team. I just joined Sparks yesterday. I have been cycling in and out of vegetarianism for years. My childhood comfort foods are all built around meat cheese and eggs so it's difficult. Unfortunately, these are the same foods that make me fat and sick (allergies, colds, flu, asthma etc). I'm tired of being fat and sick, so I am recommitting myself to veganism. I want to feel good again.

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12/27/14 5:38 A

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Hi,Nicole,I am new here and notice no one really comes to this team . Some protein choices for you are, kidney,cannellini,pinto,black,garbanzo beans,cheese,cottage cheese,ricotta, nuts, organic nut butters,lentils,quinoa,high protein cereal,Greek yogurt ,protein powder (great to add to a smoothie). As with everything watch your portions. Morning st farms makes some great veg. Burgers. Hope this helps.

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12/25/14 4:16 P

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hello everyone, my name is nicole, I am not a full blown vegetarian but I do eat meat once a week or so. I am wanting to give it up completely and looking for advice on substitutes on protein. I can't eat tofu since I have a soy allergy and I have an egg allergy too. I am just ready to start feeling good again.

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12/21/14 2:47 P

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Hi, new here. Have been a vegetarian for 37 yrs. I am 62 yrs. Old . Stopped eating meat when my mom died of colon cancer. Of the five of us siblings, I am the only one who did, and the only one with clear colonoscopi.es

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12/13/14 10:08 A

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I have wanted to go vegetarian for many years now, but succumb to family needs and meat cravings, so here goes. I am hoping you will help me with the process. I need baby steps. I love Paul McCartney and joined Meatless Mondays ... I am in control of a lot of the cooking so I can do this.

I am 66, recently returned to Canada after 12 years teaching in China (where I ate a lot more vegetables. I don't really like pasta but enjoy tofu and add it to lots of things. I don't have any friends here, have a rapidly aging husband, and am living in the same house (we bought it) with my son and family. Renovations have been going on since July.

My weight is stable at 80 kg; would prefer 60kg.

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12/8/14 4:11 P

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Thank you so much! I am loving the support and accountability so far. :) It's been a great week!

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12/8/14 10:03 A

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Welcome, Bekah!
It sounds like your head is in the right place to tackle weight loss. In order to be successful, we have to realize that we ARE worth the effort, and it's okay to put ourselves first when we need to. That's something I continue to struggle with, but I'm working on it.
You will find a lot of great information and helpful folks on this team.
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12/5/14 6:29 P

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Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old Florida girl. I was a vegan for almost 11 years, but in the last 5 years, I have gained almost 80 pounds. I am recently engaged to someone I have known for 9 years, we have been together for 3 1/2.

My best size was 5 years ago, when I was 145, at a height of 5'9. I have always had plenty of friends, loved to laugh, and have thrived on being social. However, while I was so distracted with simply having fun, I took for granted how comfortable in my own skin I was.

In spite of being so social, and even when people thought I was beautiful, I always kept other at arms length. In my early 20's, I came to accept that this had a lot to do with not only being adopted, but also a pastors daughter, in an extremely conservative religion, that taught against pants, makeup, jewelry, cutting your hair, etc. Focus was never to be on looks, so I took them for granted. I never learned to be happy with who I was, because I felt like I didn't belong where I was. I came from somewhere different, and could never relate. I didn't look like them, I didn't feel like them, I didn't fit in. Insecurity came early for me.

Since gaining weight, it's been a strange change. I've learned more about who I am, and started to accept who I am as a person, what I truly love, who I want to be, what I believe, but still... Not paying attention to who I was on the outside, and living unhealthy, affected my emotions and moods in a way where, when things did start to change for me, and I went through some really, really, rough times, I didn't handle them the way I would have, had I taken care of myself mentally and physically.

So, this is all about me. I know that where I want to be, and who I want to become as a person, starts with learning to love myself. And to love myself, I have to take care of myself. I need to eat and act, in a way that will make me a productive person, not a depressed person. There have been so many things I've failed to accomplish because of depression, overwhelming insecurities, and fear. I need to learn to see in me what other people see in me, and learn that people don't stop liking me because I gained weight. I need to stop hiding from my friends, from my fiance, and from myself.

Easier said than done.

Anyway. I'm looking to make new friends on here, and be motivated by others, as well as hope motivate you.

Look forward to meeting you!

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12/3/14 9:30 A

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emoticon HELENCHRISTINE!
Wow, it sounds like you have your hands full! Congratulations on doing what it takes to take care of yourself, as well as 5 kids! I'm one of five, so I've seen firsthand what a mom has to do to keep things under control. emoticon
I'm sorry to hear about your dad's health issues. I hope things are looking up for him.
Welcome to the team!

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Hi there! I'm looking for a new "home" group on spark and I joined a bunch these last 2 weeks to try to find one I can fit myself into. I stumbled across your group and thought you seemed so nice and you log on frequently, so I thought I'd say "hello" and make some new friends. I've been on spark for many years. The group I was with dwindled down to 2 of us and then I joined one of her other groups so we could still be together but then she wouldn't have to post in as many groups. It was one of the Biggest Loser groups on Spark. I've been with them for about a year, but wanted to be in a less goal-driven group, so here I am for a visit, if you don't mind!

I have 5 kids, ages 5-17 and I'm 48. I homeschool them. I've been struggling with my weight for 11 years. It took me 6 years to lose the weight after baby #4, and now it has been 5 years after baby #5. I've become a nutritarian in the last 3-4 months, so I'm learning how to cook that way. Some of my family is joining me in that way of eating, some are not. :)

We had a quiet Thanksgiving with just my husband's parents over. Last week I flew to WI (I live in NJ) for my Dad's open heart surgery. I could only stay for 3 days and then flew back. His surgery didn't go well. He had a lot of complications, including internal bleeding and a stroke.... Dad's a retired Pastor and Mom's a retired nurse. She continues to visit him every day and we keep in touch over the phone.

So, that's what's going on in my life! Thanks for letting me jump in and join your conversation.

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

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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!

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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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Yay! Yum. Thanks.

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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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Hi y'all. Nice to see a veggie/vegan group. Yay. Only been vegan for 2 ˝ 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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Hello Sandy , and welcome !!!



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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