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7/31/17 2:34 P

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Good Afternoon Everyone!
Excited to join your team! I am a lapsed Sparkperson who needs to get back on track with regard to habits and behaviors. Vegetarian since 2004! (i surprised myself when I looked up the year!) Am too heavily dependent on carbs and am TERRIBLE at using up produce before it gets smooshy. Mostly that is because I am very easily bored AND I am not a leftovers fan! "Zucchini again?!?!" lol.
My big goal is to find some recipes that are so good that they overcome my avoidance tendencies!

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7/24/17 9:22 P

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Hi Sarah... I read your post and just wanted to let you know I not only do not like to cook but can't cook. Kind of comedy of errors when I try. Anyways...I love roasted veggies.. I cut up chunks zucchini, squash , white onions, bell peppers put on baking sheet no oil light pepper no salt and cook at 400 degrees for about 30-40 min. Enough to soften the veggies.

I also like the mixed rice and quinoa.2 c water 1 rice boil and simmer 20 min and voila' 2 cups of protein packed food to eat with Roasted veggies Super easy!





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7/20/17 4:54 P

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Hi Sarah. Eating healthy as a vegetarian is much easier if you know how to cook. Otherwise you are stuck with canned/frozen pre-made goods. Fresh foods are so much better for you. If you are adamant about not wanting to cook, you might want to consider going raw. Smoothies and salads are as easy as it gets. If you are open to cooking, there are recipes ad videos on this site. Youtube also has amazing vegan recipe videos that walk you through the cooking step by step. Good luck!

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7/20/17 4:49 P

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Hi. I am rededicating myself to veganism and weight loss. My health and waistline suffered once I began to stray.

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7/19/17 2:54 P

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Also new to the site ... I am a long time Vegetarian hoping to meet some like minded friends for support ,recipe swaps and info sharing.. If you are a Gluten free Vegan at any point on you re journey I would love to talk... Catherine

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6/30/17 8:58 A

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Hi I started changing my diet in January at first I was much more strict than I am now as I have learned to expand my knowledge. What I mean by strict is a tighter rein on fruits and veg. At first I stayed away from qrains used more tofu etc, as a result I lost 15 lbs. Went on vacation in may ate what was served and fell off the wagon now I am struggling to regain the weight loss momentum.
I thought I would be hungry and this would be difficult, at one time I lost 50 lbs on Atkins diet. None of that is true. Giving up meat and dairy has been a piece of cake so to speak. I am lactose intolerant milk was gone a long time ago cheese was a different matter but that too proved to be easier than I thought. Learning new cooking techniques and lower food bills have been awesome cholesterol is down and blood work good struggling with insulin resistance though slowly coming off pain medicine for inflamation who knew diet could do that.

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6/26/17 8:06 P
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Hi I'm like totally new and don't know where to start accept at the library getting cook books and reading books. I watched the entire documentary on Netflix called "What the Health" and it basically says to go plant based. Has anyone else watched it? What did you think? I watched it last night (this is how new I am) I don't know where to start at all. Ugh! I also don't like to cook! LOL. You are all probably laughing at that. My name is Sarah btw. I'm not interested in losing weight (well maybe a little) but mostly interested in being healthy. Thanks much appreciated.

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6/25/17 4:56 A

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Hello.

I am back on Sparkpeople after a looong time off. I have recently become vegan and I love it, and find that tracking really helps with nutrition. Now that I am vegan and feel a much more increased desire to be healthy, I am ready to shake off the weight. emoticon

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6/14/17 3:25 P

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Hi I'm PJ and recently changed to a plant based diet. At least 90% or better. I do allow a once a week "cheat" of a small portion of meat (less than 100 calories). Not for moral reasons however, I've made this decision for health reasons. I'm 43 years old, diabetic (insulin dependent) and have had a stroke, 2 heart surgeries, 2 blood transfusions, and a total hysterectomy to cure anemia. All in under a 6 month time frame. I would say a change is diet is a MUST!

In just 5 weeks my lipid panel has made an amazing change. So... this appears to be working for me. I look forward to meeting you all in the boards.

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6/12/17 11:08 P

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Hey everyone,
I'm Cat and jumping back into Sparkpeople after a long hiatus to re-boot and get back on track with my weight loss goals. Vegan for 9 years. My main goal is to eliminate sugar and flour from my diet and to increase my my exercise. Great to be here!

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6/9/17 7:57 A

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Good Morning and Happy Friday!

I am new to the group - most of my life I have leaned strongly toward vegetarianism. However, the last five years I have been more of a meat eater. Very recently I have been leaning more toward vegetarian/flexitarian. I prefer vegetarian but find it very hard to get protein as I cannot eat legumes due to stomach issues after acid reflux surgery. I am an endurance runner and have been researching and exploring my options and have been eating a lot less meat with the hopes of cutting it out completely. I am studying veganism as well. I am very interested in that but am not sure I will ever go that route. I am much too in love with dairy products and right now don't see myself giving that up - but not ruling it out at some point - one step at a time, right?

Gloria

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31


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5/4/17 3:56 P

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Tubby vegan on a journey to health. Few long years of back issues put stop to my gym and running and started epic pity chocolate party. I am better these days hopefully on more permanent basis I am able to run provided chronic pain does not rear its ugly head too high and recently started beginners aerobics class which I could only dream of last year. I know for a fact that my portion control and my emotional eating needs curbed as scales tell me im in the wrong part of bmi chart. Who knew one can get so tubby being vegan :p I shall make tubby rolls towards victory.

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4/26/17 10:57 P

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Hi!

New to the forum. I hope that it is active. It does not seem to have a lot of traffic.

I am back on the wagon as a vegetarian. I don't have very many friends, or family in this type of lifestyle. Therefore, I do not get a lot of support with my food habit.

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4/20/17 5:24 P

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Hi there, I have to share that the movie "Forks Over Knives" was MADE for you! I downloaded it to my ipad, and have actually watched it three times - over the past few years. I strongly recommend you see that movie! Also, so that I was sure I was doing things right - to ensure healthy vitamins and minerals, etc....I got the book "Becoming Vegetarian" by Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis. I have notes written all over it, and tabs for important pages - it continues to be my go-to reference. Then I indulge myself with cool vegetarian/vegan cook books. But, the most profound turning point for me was definitely watching "Forks Over Knives".

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.
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4/20/17 5:15 P

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Hi, I have been a vegan (on and off) for a year or more, which is no easy task as I live on a beef cattle ranch. I live just below the Canadian Border, in Idaho. I just retired recently from a wonderful career in Special Education. I am glad to join here, to learn tips, and be inspired. Happy Thursday!

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.
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3/30/17 9:09 P

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Hi, my name is Ceema. I have been vegetarian for about 15 years. I live in Denver with my partner and a room-mate and am a full-time grad student doing a PhD in Social Work. I have a lap band and am hoping to find more ideas for band-friendly meatless recipes.

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3/13/17 10:13 A

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Hi, I'm Mary. I have been a vegetarian for about 2 1/2 years. I lost 15 pounds quickly, but 10 have slowly crept back on. I have been a yo-yo dieter most of my life. Until menopause about 8 years ago I lost weight easily. But since then it has become more difficult. I had a hysterectomy to deal with uterine cancer 2 years ago, and weight loss has been almost impossible.
But I refuse to give up :) Right now I am trying to reduce carbs and increase protein.


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3/11/17 8:19 A

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I have been a SparkPerson since 2006 and continue searching for answers to my weightloss challenges.

I am a U.S. citizen having lived in Brazil as a missionary for the past 40 years with my husband of 44 years. Our children have moved on and are living their own lives and we get to see them rarely but stay in touch via internet and phone. I completed my bachelor's in management 10 years ago, then my Masters in Human Services (Marriage & Family) 3 years ago, followed by Life Coach certification. Amidst the work, I am continuing my education (I guess I am a perpetual student!) and plan to receive certification with the John Maxwell Team in August. I love what I do! One of my greatest delights is seeing the light come on in a client's eyes and she begins to dream of possibilities again!

An experienced dragon slayer and dragon tamer who is going to master my strengths in 2017!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II 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. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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2/28/17 8:37 A

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Hello, I'm Kelly!

I recently joined SparkPeople (not for the first time!) and am so glad to be here. I am 28, a stay-at-home mom, and ready to work and finally rid myself of this weight! I've eaten a mostly vegetarian diet since high school, but have made the decision to go vegan!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all as we work toward our goals together. I'd love to have a buddy or two (or more!), to help support each others efforts, so feel free to stop my my SparkPage and add me as a friend!

See you around the boards!


~*~ Kelly ~*~


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2/25/17 11:10 A

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Hello, I'm Ann. I've been a vegetarian for 19 years and an off again on again vegan for 10 though I have fallen off the wagon a few times. This is the third or forth time I've signed on to sparkpeople. I don't know why I ever left... It feels good to be back

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Hi, I'm Jodee and I've been a vegan for 1.5 years now. At first I was following the Dr. Furhrman Eat to Live 6 week plan. I shed 80 pounds and felt amazing! Then we moved and started eating out a lot more and using vegan convenience foods and even vegan junk food. I acquired a taco bell habit! lol So I gained 20 pounds back over the last 10 months.

Now I'm ready to go back to what I know works for me. Eating a whole foods plant based diet with lots and lots of veggies and about 3-4 servings of fruit (mostly berries and green apples). I eat a lot of beans and soups. I try to limit my nuts and seeds to about an ounce a day.

I've been back on my healthier vegan eating for about 5 days now and I already feel so much better.

The sad truth is that it's possible to gain weight on a vegan diet. We need to eat healthy whole foods and resist the temptation to hit the easy button every day.
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Enough is as good as a feast. - Mary Poppins


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2/7/17 9:22 A

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I'm back and better than ever. Aside from very little sleep associated with graduate school. I've been a vegetarian since my third year of college - Three and a half years now. I've abused carbs, and learned to explore everything vegetarian. Getting used to picking veggies as evening snacks, ditching the protein bars and opting for whole breakfasts - even if that's oatmeal on the run.

But who am I? Happy little adventurer with too many interests for this lifetime.

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2/3/17 9:51 P

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Welcome to you both! I had purchased the Engine 2 books, and watch the documentary Forks over knives it will give you lot's of hope and motivation!!

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1/30/17 4:24 P

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Hello all,
I am vegan for the most part although I don't worry about small amounts of dairy or eggs in things if I'm out. At home I use soy milk and egg substitutes. I have been veg for about 15 years and can't imagine going back to eating meat. My family is very supportive. My husband who is a chef by training and my mother lives with us. I cook Monday to Friday and everyone eats vegan. On the weekends my husband is home (he is teaching at a college now so weekends off after 35 years!) and he cooks meat for himself and my mom and vegan for me. Works well and allows me great control over what I eat. I have 100+ lbs to lose so I'll be here for awhile! So far I am down 19lbs and my next challenge is to join the gym. Just getting over pneaumonia and working with a chiropractor to sort out my SI joint. I have recently moved to Nelson,BC and so am just getting into a new routine in a new town.

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1/24/17 1:57 P

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Am starting fresh and new. Will be changing over to Whole Plant Based Diet starting before the first of February. This will be the biggest lifestyle and health habit change I have ever made in my life. I had considered going some of the other vegetarian routes, but decided that if I was finding enough information showing that a little vegetarian would help some, then full blown Whole Plant Based ( Vegan ) Diet must be better. I do not have the right type of personality or am not wired to where I can do in moderation, it is all or nothing with me. When I quit drinking alcohol it was just don't drink any, I tried for awhile to slow down which would work for awhile, but then back to booze, 34 years ago I decided to quit drinking alcohol, and don't miss it a bit. I was a smoker from age 10 and had tried over the course of my life many times to quit by slowing down, weaning myself off of them, nicotine gum, tried all the bells and whistles, and it didn't work for me. Almost 12 years ago I decided that the only way it would work was for me to just quit cold turkey. I did and have not had or wanted one since. That is how I am wired, and I know everyone is different. I know there are others that are the same way, and I know that there are those who can take the moderation route and it works for them.
I have tried more than 50 different diet methods, some would work at taking weight off for awhile but none of them would work for a long amount of time because most of them worked on moderation, and after so long I would fall back into old habits. I have decided to go this route because of my many health issues. I want to do the thing that I feel through my research, and because of the way that I am wired that I feel will give me the best opportunity to lose weight and gain health. I have a long road to go. I did not get this way overnight, but boy, once I got there I never left. Time to change all of that. I have been severely overweight to morbidly obese for better than 40 years. Things have gotten to a point of where my mobility is severely limited. I can walk, but only short distances (hope for marked improvement upon start of weight loss). I have had four cardiac caths with angioplasty and stent placement, and am scheduled for another in late February, that is going to clear a blockage that is 100% and has been there for 10 years. I have had bouts of A Fib. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, the list goes on. I am still able to work and earn a living. I have gotten to a point of where it is difficult to be able to go and do things with family and friends. I would appreciate any helpful suggestions, insight, and encouragement.

Romans 12:1-2 NIV. 1 Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view f God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.


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1/22/17 7:28 P

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Good evening friends. I have kind of a weird story of how I got here. I am a T2 diabetic and even though I love veggies beans and lentils I let my doctor and nutrishionist talk me into the meat,low carb trap. Well I just can't stomach the meat anymore without getting literally sick to my stomach. So now I will do what my body really wants a mainly vegan lifestyle with a little vegetarian thrown in. I know for a fact I feel sooo much better and have way more energy this way!! So looking forward to joining you all on this lifestyle!! Diane

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1/14/17 7:27 P

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Hi CTET...good for you! What I've found to be essential for me is to have lots of "good" choices on hand all...the time. Doesn't work to read a recipe and realize I'm missing key ingredients.
Some of my essentials are: quinoa, cooked and ready in fridge, brown rice, garbanzos and other canned beans, canned, seasoned tomatoes, salsa, sun dried tomatoes in oil etc. Spring greens, kale, spinach, red peppers, cucumber, lemons, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, celery, sweet potatoes, avocados, almonds, walnuts/pecans, EVOO, avocado oil, pepper flakes, 100% pure maple syrup. Greek yoghurt and eggs. I also like to have a few extras to add: olives, marinated artichokes, fresh sauerkraut. Field Roast Veggie Sausages are my fave fake meat...I chop and add to whatever I think needs a bit more punch.
With that "pantry stash" I can create any number of dishes. My easy go-to fave is a throw together salad of quinoa, chopped kale, a few olives, artichokes, red pepper, tomato, cucumber....whatever veggies are on hand. Squeeze half a lemon and a few good shakes of oil. Oh yum!

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1/12/17 11:08 A

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I've been a vegetarian for 40 years, but that doesn't necessarily mean healthy...I've eaten far too much crap food. Now I'm focusing on clean eating as a vegetarian. For me that means no white rice, sugar or flour, (limited brown too). Limiting dairy to some Greek yoghurt and eggs. Lots of veggies, quinoa, lentils/beans, some nuts and fruit., etc. Generous amounts of EVOO and avocado oils. Basically whole, unprocessed foods. However, I really like Fieldroast Sausages as meat sub...I like to chop up and add to dishes.

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Hello everyone, returning to Sparkpeople after a break. Day 2 today. I have been a vegetarian for most of my adult life but have turned Pescatarian about 3 years ago as I found that I missed fish and seafood too much. Saying that, I only have fish once or twice (at the most) per week. My protein comes mostly from beans/lentils, tofu and nuts. I currently live in North Carolina (sigh!) Go team!

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Hi, I'm Kelly. I've always had some trouble eating meat. As long as I could push out of my mind where that meat came from I was ok. Right before the new year I couldn't push it out of my mind anymore. I haven't eaten meat since around Christmas. I do still eat dairy, and sometimes eggs. I am having trouble with eggs like I did with meat. The last eggs I bought are free range/cage free from a farm that allows the chickens to graze on bugs and seeds. I still had to choke it down.

I think my next shopping trip will have flax seed as an egg substitute for baking.

I love cheese, so I'm not sure that will ever completely leave my diet.



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I'm a newcomer to the group. I've been toying with the idea of eating a plant based diet for a number of months now and I have finally decided to give it a serious go. Any help or advice welcome

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Good morning, everyone! My brother and I are going vegetarian for January, with the option to continue afterwards if we feel it's a good fit. Like many people, one of my biggest concerns is making sure I get enough protein. In the past, when I've been pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan, I've gotten enough protein, but too much fat. I relied too much on nut butters, which have protein, of course, but also a lot of fat content - so I need to look beyond almond butter, cashew butter, etc. I tried Tofurky deli slices yesterday and liked them fine. I also had edamame, which was delicious and satisfying!

I don't want to fall into the junk-food trap; I want to eat a ton of vegetables and fruits, as well as an appropriate amount of whole grains. I'd also like to cut down on sugar and simple carbohydrates. There's a risk of overwhelming myself with too many goals, however, so I'm going to have to think about this more. I'm really happy that my brother is joining me in this vegetarian journey - it will be great to have someone in my same household who's going veg!

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12/19/16 7:02 P

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Hi, Im April and I am a divorced single mom of 2. I have been vegan several times in the past 3 years, but this time I am sticking with it. I am looking to losing over 150 lbs. So far my daughter will eat everything I have cooked. I have found so many vegan foods, its like in the past few years the market has just exploded with vegan foods. I like the Just products, I have the mayo, ranch, and cookies. So if I do have a sweet tooth I can grab a cookie and eat it, no I do not go back for a second one.

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12/4/16 2:47 P

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Hi! I just found this group and am so glad I did! I started a vegan lifestyle in July 2016 and have been looking for a place to get ideas, ask questions and share some of what I've gone through since then. I started this lifestyle mainly for health reasons and really fell in love with this new way of eating.

I started the first 90 days following a raw food diet. I really liked this way of living but I heard about raw-till-4 and wanted to see if there were benefits to that. I tried RT4 and didn't see any noticeable benefits. In fact, my weight loss stopped. So I'm back to eating mostly raw with allowing myself an occasional cooked treat/meal if I feel I want one.

I look forward to getting to know you all.
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Hi everyone. I am back in the saddle again after seeing some alarming pictures of myself emoticon

Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure.

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Hi Freshstrt,

I wanted to say,"good for you!" We are in very similar situations I have been a spark member for quite awhile but haven't been focused on my health for the last couple of years which has lead to weight gain and a return to smoking. ...:(

I have been struggling with menopause and several life changes. I am trying to quit cigarettes and I'm on day 12 hoping I can quit for good.

I have eaten a vegetarian diet for about 3 years but also like you it's the cooking. I have my husband three adult kids and a granddaughter I cook for and by the time I get to my meal the wind is out of my sails...lol

With that, I want to wish you thoughts of strength and support as you work towards your goals.

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11/26/16 10:49 A

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Hi again,
I think I was on this team before and have no idea why I left unless I was cutting down on teams.
I am and have been a vegetarian for many years and my DH went vegetarian after his stroke 6 years ago. (after watching Forks over Knives).
I am 63 years old and DH is 65.

I am hoping to get better at this as we still eat the wrong things a lot of the times.
I am at maintenance weight of 102 pounds "BUT" I want to be healthy at this weight.
I know I need to eat better so I can have greater energy to stay active and firm up and strengthen this body.
Thanks for listening.
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11/18/16 11:01 A

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Hello All I've been a vegetarian for a couple of years. I stopped eating red meat quite a while ago. I have gained weight because I am not making good choices. I do not cook, don't like to cook, don't really want to learn. I can make easy things, and I love to use the crock pot . I won't eat soy. I'm a pretty plain eater. Sounds like it should be easy, just eat clean, but I haven't found any "go to" meals, those that I can go back to over and over. I've read so many cook books but they assume you know what you're doing, or want to spend 30 minutes or more putting meals together. I would love some suggestions. I do have a soup I like to make but really would like to find an easy lentil loaf recipe? Black bean easy recipe?

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10/24/16 8:16 A

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Welcome!

Great to see you here!

If it is to be, it is up to me!


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Welcome, Star and NewMe!
It's good to have you here!

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Hi, Star! emoticon

emoticon to the team. I'm relatively new around here, but I am enjoying this team and the website. Everyone is very supportive. I wish you the best of luck in your journey. I am more than happy to offer you some support. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi guys,
I'm Brenda but go by Star. I'm new to the group just joined. I'm 34 and a mom of 3 teens 1 girl and 2 boys, and I look forward to getting to know everyone and maybe making a few friends.

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two wolfs. One of the wolfs is mean and evil. The other wolf is good. The mean wolf fights the good wolf all the time. When asked which wolf wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most." -George Bernard Shaw
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10/12/16 4:24 A

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Hi everyone! I'm new around here. I gave up all animal products at the beginning of the year. I am so glad I did it. I feel great and love it. I'm looking forward to getting to know people on this team.

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10/6/16 7:36 A

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Good Morning!

Not new to SparkPeople, but new to the Team!

I've been vegetarian for 6+ years now and transitioned to vegan over the summer. The transition was not as big of a leap as I had anticipated! My husband is in this journey with me and is extremely supportive. We love to cook together and experiment with new recipes!



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Good morning!
I'm Heather and I just found this team. I've been a vegetarian for 55 years.
I've never been able to pull off vegan, due to a love of baking with butter and a serious affair with my morning coffee with milk. Oh! And cheese! I love cheese!
Those things, together with too many nuts, have added on the pounds to the point that I'm in the unhealthy weight category.
Sparks has been great for helping me to moderate my addictions and loose weight.
I've had success on everything from Mcdougal to veg primal diets but tend to stick to my own sparks plan the best.
Beans and legumes are my best bulk foods along with giant salads. Those I eat every day!

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Hi all, I have been away from spark people about 2 years ( since my mom passed away), It's time to get back with the program. Since being away, I have gained, but have a sedentary job now. I decided to become a Pescetarian, and just started to adapt that lifestyle. My next goal is to get back to exercise, but some health issues have hindered that, so I have to start slowly. I also found out I am going to be a grandma for the first time in Feb, and am looking forward to being around for many years to come by becoming healthier. I stopped smoking and started vaping 4 months ago, and my COPD symptoms have disappeared. I no longer use a inhaler every day. my first question is that I am not a great cook and don't really like to cook for myself since it's just me. it is a challenge, and I need to be able to eat at my desk at work and avoid the candy bars and chips! all help is appreciated

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Hi! I'm MJ

Not quite a vegetarian or vegan as of yet. Actually working with "The gradual vegetarian" I have already eliminated several meat sources. I have been doing Low Carb, which has been working tremendously for me. BUT I am not an avid meat eater. I have gotten it to 2 days of meat (bacon, red meat, or pork) I eat no fowl at all. 3 days of fish or more and the other days are Vege or Vegan. Being that I am following the LC rules and keeping carbs under 20, it's pretty hard to follow with most vegetables with high contents of carbs, of course if there is fiber which promotes "net" carbs. Anyway that is where I am at this time, and it's been pointed out that because LCHF is all about protein (mainly meats) that it may not be for me. At this time, because of team knowledge and hearing others experiences it has been fine. But I am on the road to no meat in my future. I am a diabetic (2) and the reason for LCHF is it helps keep my blood sugars down. But again, I am slowly getting away from meat eating. Not only for the animals, but for all that meat does to you. So I'm here to see what may happen to help me get there, and still work with my blood sugar. emoticon



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Hi Everyone, I'm Karen.

I'm an artist, I love dogs, and I tried being vegetarian several years ago, but didn't really have a plan on how to do it healthfully and tastefully.

Earlier this year, a friend of mine told me about Dr. Fuhrman's book "The End of Dieting" which emphasizes a low or no meat diet. I've cut out as much processed food as possible, haven't had any meat at all in several weeks, and am focusing on eating highly nutritious foods, rather than just anything without animal products. I'm really feeling great. I've lost over 25 pounds this year, am down two jean sizes, and am excited to keep going, because I'm not having to count anything.

I still occasionally eat cheese, butter, or eggs, but am mostly eating veggies, fruit, nuts, and seeds.

In addition to weight loss, I've been able to go off one of my blood pressure medications and half the dose of my gastric reflux meds. I'm hoping to drop some more meds as time goes on and weight continues to come off.

I look forward to learning about more exciting and fun vegetarian foods, and supporting each other on our journeys toward better health.

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Hello all, I'm Dara.

Vegetarian for 2 years.
Biggest challenge (aside from weight): ensuring I eat as much or more vegetables as I do plain carbohydrates. This extends to smart snacking!
Favorite veggie meal I can prepare: cauliflower casserole or lentil loaf (http://theveganstoner.blogspot.com/2011/1
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Go to snacks: greek yogurt, PB2 and celery, carrot sticks, or bell pepper strips.
Weakness: end of the day, or after dinner, if I didn't eat full meals or enough protein, I find myself hungry around 10pm or 3 am.

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Hello Everyone
I'm Gigi I use to be Vegetarian - Vegan back in 1993 and I returned to eating this way a several months ago. I cut out beef , pork, chicken , fish , eggs and recently gave up cheese. No one else in my family eats this way so I decided to join people or groups of like mind.I'm learning to be Creative when it comes to making meals which I'm enjoying. I've noticed some changes and I feel better when I don't eat dairy and meat. Looking to fully transform and make it a Lifestyle. The photo below is my version of Tofu Scramble .

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Hey,

I'm Michelle. I started cutting out meat last Thursday, so its only been 6 days. I decided I eat too much meat and not enough vegetables. Plus, I want to lose weight. I haven't missed any meat so far. It does make eating fast food hard (which is a positive) and going to a restaurant it cuts out a lot of high calorie options (also good).

I'm hoping to see a lot of positive changes to my weight and overall health from choosing to be a vegetarian (and choosing to lose weight).

Have an awesome Wednesday!

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Hi fellow animal protectors, I'm vegetarian for about 10 years, been vegan here and there but that is definitely an eventual goal. I eat pretty clean but have had a problem with sugar until now, no more for me, unless it's stevia or coconut sugar, which I will still limit. I'm happy to be here at Spark and to reach my weight and fitness goals.

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