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7/13/14 2:40 P

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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.

Many Blessings Always Debby

May you find peace, grace joy & love inside each day.

Love Unconditionally, Believe Wholeheartedly, Trust Yourself & Your choices, Love Yourself so then you can love others..

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7/10/14 7:00 P

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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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7/10/14 5:32 P

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

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday”


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Clairesueellen,
You are beautiful and I enjoyed your blog.
Linda

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7/10/14 11:34 A

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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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7/9/14 9:23 A

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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.

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday”


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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.
feel free to ask me questions or just talk anytime.

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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.

Anyway, best of luck getting in shape for your vacation!


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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!



Any questions, just ask. I'm excited to meet all of you!

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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.

Thank you,

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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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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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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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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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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

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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?

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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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Thank You Karen!
There is a wealth of info of the internet that has really helped me become more aware of just how good a plant based diet is for us and our environment. AS I am sitting here finishing my green smoothie, I am wondering, 'Do you have any favorite recipes?'
~Cynthia

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I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself my name is Jeanna I am 27 and I have been struggling with my weight my whole life. I will start to lose weight and do good then just lose the momentum and just stop and gain all the weight back. my highest weight to date is 330 lbs I am currently down to 290. I have recently suffered a death in the family that has really shocked me back into wanting and needing to make a change. I really believe that this time I can do it.

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Cynthia, welcome! Kudos to you to already be on a plant based diet. Many think this is simply not eating animals. They don't know that boxed/packaged items and processed "food" also has something in it from animals. Best for all of us to make our diets as simple as possible.

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I am so excited that there is so much interest in plant based eating... I have been on a plant journey for just over a year now and have never felt better. I made the switch initially to increase my support of animal rights and as a bonus, my health improved significantly. I have about fifteen pounds to lose. I am looking forward to this team's support and inspiration to help me reach and maintain that goal!
~Cynthia

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When I started SP in 2007, I was a vegan, but when the DH made the plunge into being a vegetarian I went back to that to support him. I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years.

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emoticon MAMAZOOM Congratulations on your weight loss. 60 lbs is a big amount and it's what I want to lose also. I've done it before this way and I'll do it again.

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Have been vegan for three years this July. Have lost 60 pounds in first 8 months. The SAD diet looks yummy, but so not worth it. I've avoided numerous medications & have never felt better. My husband & sons are flexitarians now. Its a start.

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Hello everyone! Just joined to get ideas for vegan cooking and lifestyle. I've been on again / off again raw organic vegan. Realized that it wasn't the best diet for me and switched things up a bit to 100% organic vegan. Amazing difference!

Karen

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Hello! I was a member of SparkPeople a few years ago, then took time away from here. Now I've decided to return. I consider myself new to the vegetarian lifestyle since it's only been 7 months. I'm looking forward to meeting others in the group!

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Hi all.

I have been on SP before but as we all know with this journey my motivation wasn't in the right place. Now it is and here I am, but as a vegetarian this time because I know I feel better when I eat veggie.

So, I am looking forward to getting healthy and getting thinner along the way. :)

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I've been lurking on Sparkpeople for over a year. We never really do anything until we are TRULY in that place where we are ready to take responsibility and actually MAKE changes.


Over the past year:
I've stopped smoking. I don't drink soda or eat fast food. I don't drink coffee. I don't drink milk. I don't eat dairy. I don't eat meat. I very rarely eat anything processed or with chemical additives.
I eat whole foods; fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, organic when possible. I blend and juice in addition to eating bountiful portions of food. I'm never hungry, I no longer crave bad foods. I feel energetic and happy ALL of the time. It's a new reality.

I'm looking to use the food tracker here to track my nutrients.
I'm looking to other vegans for balanced meal and snack ideas.

"Your past is not your potential, at any moment you can choose to liberate your future."

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Welcome to the team, LITTLELIL61 !!

It is true about the muscle mass increasing, so can gain weight (small amounts)

You can also be eating too little and causing starvation mode.
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I have been vegetarian for 27 years. No dairy. No eggs,,but I love fresh fish. So not a vegan. I started SP 3weeks ago and have only lost 2 lbs. Feelind discouraged today. Working out for 1 hr 3 times a week. Is it true that a person can actually gain weight at first because of toning up. I love strength traing. I'm 61 yrs old and live in fla. I could use some support ya'll! The reason that I became veggie was because I notice a significant change in the way that I felt. I revolved into it. Going back and forth at first. BUT that is how I noticed the difference in the way that I felt. I didn't wake up one day and " went vegetarian". It's a process that took almost a year to achieve. I will always be a vegetarian. I have fallen into the carb trap lately and I need to lose some weight. I've been working hard...but only 2 lbs!!!! Darn !!!

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Hi BEINGERIN. Welcome to the team.

So you have been vegetarian for 19 years. Wow! My sister, who has been at this far longer than me, tells me that she can't believe there was once a time where she ate meat. I am not there yet.

I have only been a vegetarian for 2 months now, but I am very happy with the choice. Everyone here has been nice to me, and patient with me being a newbie and all.

Good luck to you

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Hello all. Though I have been on SparkPeople for about 5 weeks now, I am finally finding my way into the community. Being vegetarian has been an important part of my life for 19 years now.

I am committed to losing 110 pounds, and am 15 pounds lighter already. I know that support and encouragement, both for and from me, will help me leave the next 15 behind...and the next....and the next...

Congratulations to everyone for being here!

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I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian / vegan wanna be. Veganism would require me to be much more organized than I am at them moment because so many of the foods purchased in the grocery store have animal products in them. I am happy to connect with so many fellow peace loving individuals as we get fit together.

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I am a vegetarian going vegan and would love all the support I can get !! Help! interested in seeing all your post !

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namaste -

I liked your post. I just became a vegetarian recently. I always felt a little uncomfortable about what happens to the animals. My sense of ethical responsibility towards animals was unclear for years. To make matters worse, I really loved the taste of meat.

But I am replying because I relate to you being a peaceful soul who doesn't like to cause harm (and may have a little bit of trouble with the insane world around us).

Good luck to you.

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hi all, So happy to have found you here. I am almost 60 years old and have been vegan about 20 years. My biggest problem is I over eat...I eat healthy but just too much! I am vegan for ethical reasons. can't even kill a darn mosquito...just a very peaceful soul which for me is good but hard to fit in to the world at times....love to you all...please help me if you have any ideas on anything at all...want to learn and open to ideas.
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Hi Pam,
I to followed the Dash diet and decided to go vegan, I found a new release "Never too late to go vegan" it's an over 50 guide that is very easy to understand and I'm really enjoying the new way of eating and cooking! Good luck on your journey.

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Hello, my name is Tammy, I've decided that I want to go vegan, I don't eat meat but would like to do away with dairy/eggs/cheese, that will be my biggest challenge. I'm hoping to learn from you all, I need a high protein diet :)

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Biniti, welcome. I am new here also. I live in Florida, am 83 and just starting to learn to eat the vegetarian way. I went to the library Tues and checked out some magazines, and went to the book store there and was able to buy a couple really nice books for $1.00 a piece. I was so happy, and have been scanning through them. I am going to still eat some chicken and fish, but mostly veggies, and fruits of the earth.

I have to run to the store to pick up some veggies this morning. We can do this, young or old like me. :)

Marsha


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HI. I am Binita. I live in Seattle in a household of 3 generations. I am trying to become fit for various reasons... health being the most important one, of course. I am determined to stick with the plan this time around and finally reach my goal of losing 80+ pounds by Fall of 2014. My biggest obstacle is sticking with a routine long enough to see some improvement. Once I see improvement, that will become my motivation to keep it going. It's tough with 2 kids, and a struggling business, and an active social life.

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Hi, My name is Cindy. I live outside of Philadelphia. I have been a pescatarian for 20+ years, but lost my appetite for fish too. I'm at a pretty heavy weight for me, and truly feel like crap. I ran into a woman who told me about 21 Day Kickstart program. So I'm on board and trying the vegan life for the next 21 days at least. I have to say, I'm loving it. I had a soft start Sunday and started full on yesterday. I all ready lost 4 lbs, I want health and to loose this weight I've been carrying for 10 years.
Nice to meet you, I look forward to our journey.

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Hello everyone!

My name is MaryAnn. I am 61 y/o and separated after
31 years. I have been off and on at SP for years.

This year, I am committed to change. So far,
I have lost 8.6 pounds for Jan.

I am a practicing "semi"- vegetarian. I have been eating
4 days a week, vegetarian, 3 days, low meat. I do it for 2 reasons:
# 1. Religious #2. I am an insulin dependent diabetic and have
diabetic kidney disease. I have been doing this for over 6 months,
maybe longer.



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Greetings everyone,

My name is Latoya and I've been striving to be a Vegetarian since my twenties. I really have been working harder to accomplishing this goal since my thirties by hanging out with Vegetarian groups in my city. I tend to do really good for a few months, but then I fall off because no matter how much I read a lot of the information I find is still somewhat confusing. I hope to gain much more knowledge by joining this group in hopes of someday becoming a RAW Vegan, but even if I can make it to a Vegan period I'll be extremely happy and I know my body will be too.

Any tips or suggestions any of you can give an on again/off again newbie like myself please feel free to do so and please add me as a friend.

Thank you kindly!

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Hello Everyone My name is Pam. I live in southern California near Palm Springs. I just turned 60. I have wanted to become vegetarian/vegan for quite some time but have not done so yet. I think my time is getting very close now. I am on the Dash diet plan which seems very compatible with the vegan/vegetarian diet if I choose it.

I lost 10 lbs in 8 days so far and have learned a couple of ways to cook tofu and roasting veges..... very good. I need to learn more though. Beans and quick foods I like the Dash diet because I am not very restricted on the "plan" as I felt on other diets I have been on.

This week I begin to add carbs which scrares me as I am a true carb junkie.

I am rambling. Just want to introduce myself and explore this team and the suggestions.

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Hello everyone! my name is Katie. I am 3 days in going vegan I look forward to meeting other vegans to talk too. I am a single mom of an 11 year old daughter. I live in beautiful NW Arkansas. I started my heaviest weight at 250 pounds. I am currently 185 pounds.


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Hello, I am new. I am loving the vegan way of eating, but now I am about to bust out of my sedentary lifestyle. I am glad you guys are here. I hope you all have a great day !

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Hi, I'm Carol a 63 year old American who lives in England. Back in 1983 I got rid of my husband emoticon , got a cat, and became a vegetarian. I was a member of SP years ago but drifted away. I am bound and determined to lose weight so my diabetes can go into remission. I became a diabetic in 2004.

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Hi, I've been off and on Spark for a few years now. This time I've been on for a few months and doing really well with counting calories, exercising, and I switched over to "clean eating". I have learned a lot about nutrition, although there's still a lot more to learn. Also I've been a flexitarian (I eat eggs and some dairy products). I make our soymilk and we're looking to buy a house this year with more land so we can grow our own food and raise chickens.

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Hi All! I'm returning to SP after a few months away and determined more than ever before to achieve my goals.

My diet is about 99% vegan - but I do occasionally have a small amount of cheese and occasionally a very small amount of fish. I have noticed over the past year that if I do try to eat chicken or beef (once in a while I'll get a craving or need to prepare a meal for company) - I tend to get very sick the next day - almost a toxic reaction.

I'm trying to fit in about 60-120 minutes a day of exercise, and also trying to get in the habit of prepping lots of veggies so they can easily be tossed into a salad or broth for a quick meal (for home and work).

Good luck to you all!


It's getting better and better every day!


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Hello, this is my second time on sp and I am a ovo-vegetarian and have been for 8 years now except a a year were I was vegan. I came back because I had a very stressful semester and gained weight to where i don't feel good in my clothes anymore. so far sp has been a great help and I got some great recipes.I tried for the first time making potato leek soup that now i'm addicted to and eat almost everyday. going in to 2014 I am leaving the past behind and not worrying about what I ate for Christmas and focus on what I'm eating now and in a the future. emoticon

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Hello. I'm returning to SP after quite a long hiatus. I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian (on & off for the past 7 years), but just decided to make the step towards VEGAN as of yesterday (not my New Years's resolution though -- I don't make them).

For years, I researched veganism, but became intimidated/overwhelmed by all the different names that animal products/by-products can be listed in an ingredients list, and having to change every other aspect in my life (shoes, pocketbook, clothing, household items, etc.).

Changing the way I eat stemmed from reading information about the connection to physical ailments, and trying to diminish my chances of getting any of the diseases that I am genetically predisposed to (cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure). I have been diagnosed with depression, PTSD, anxiety, fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel, thyroid nodules, and there probably are a few other things that the doctors just haven't pinpointed yet. I am confident that at least half (if not all) of these diagnoses can be eliminated or minimized by changing my habits completely.

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Hi fellow veggies! I once again, find myself overweight. This time, the most ever at 70 pounds ugh. I always start out good, then just sort of give up. Hoping by joining a group on here, i'll find motivation through like minded people. It's even harder this time around since I found out I'm allergic to gluten. Which, somehow, I've since gained 15 pounds. I HAVE to get my eating habits back on track before I develop heart condition, diabetes, the list goes on. I am very sedentary - it takes a lot to get me off the couch. I do have a bad ankle and both knees are not in the best shape, which really discourages me to exercise. Well, off to have some cottage cheese and V8. Here's to new friends and new bodies in the new year!

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12/29/13 3:15 P

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emoticon Welcome Abuelaamor and Birdeefox. Todos son posibles con Dios. Pride does indeed go before the fall. I to have struggled for years tor control . Now that I have turned over the reigns to my Creator it is so much simpler and rewarding. This month I have passed the halfway point from my starting high weight to college fighting weight.
Of the many powerful tools the top two for me has been journaling with the nutrition tracker and and the activity tracker here on sparkpeople. In the process I have become more honest with myself and the pounds are falling away as a byproduct of treating the Temple of our Lord with greater respect on a daily basis.

Peace be with as we follow this emoticon way.


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Hi Team! I'm new to this group but have been part of Sparkpeople before. I've been a vegetarian for almost 5 years now (time flies!) but I've struggled with my weight all my life. I work out constantly, so that's not the problem. My goals here are to develop a better understanding of my eating habits, and develop a healthier habit (after all, Godiva chocolates are vegan and vegetarian friendly!) 2014 will be my year to get healthy :)

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12/27/13 12:55 A

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Hi everyone -

I am here and a returnee to Sparkpeople as well due to the changes in Livestrong and Beachbody as well as changes in my body and overall health. I think I have gotten rather complacent and overly proud/confident. As a result, I have gained 15 pounds and my blood pressure has increased. I want to return to full health ... and my size 4 clothes. Mostly, I really really really want to be healthy and happy and look that way. emoticon

I am REALLY nervous and concerned. Fortunately, I live in a farming community and love to try new things in the kitchen. And I look forward to meeting and sharing with members of this forum.

Janice

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Freshly back to Sparkpeople but not new to veganism. I look forward to a vegan Christmas with lots of amazing veggies and fruits and maybe a Field roast entree. I love knowing that my eating habits don't contribute to animal suffering in the world.

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12/14/13 1:07 P

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Glad we are all here. Especially at this special time of Christs gift appearing. Tomorrow is our Cantata it will be a blessing to have the strength to stand throughout. Practice tape playing in the background and a pot of whole dried kidney beans simmering with water and a bay leaf.
So many wholesome foods can be prepared from simple, readily available ingredients at low cost as well.

Also I really enjoy the spark activity tracker I got recently. Getting close to 10000 steps per day average this past week. What a blessing to share in this community.


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Hi, I have gone Vegan again and it has been about three days now. I got a Vitamix and I have been making green smoothies. I think it really helps with cravings later in the day because you're getting so many vitamins and minerals. I'm excited to come back to Spark People as a Vegan. My goals are to lose weight and eat a diet that is free of cholesterol. I think it is amazing that so many health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer can be controlled by diet. (Referencing Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Caldwell.) I'm thinking of taking the 21 Day Vegan Challenge.

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Hello I am new to vegetarian/vegan eating. I have only been doing it for two weeks and actually is getting use to the no meat products that are out there. My family even likes them too.

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Hi! My name is Amanda and I've been vegan for 9 months! I love my new lifestyle change but also all of the endless options my diet provides with me in terms of yummy new meals to try!

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I'm new to the group but not to be being a vegetarian. It's been almost two years for me, not that long I know, but it is to where its very easy. I haven't wanted meat in a very long time. One thing I do have trouble with is the junk food trap. I love my sweet and I'm having trouble keeping them under control.

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Hello there!
I'm Doireann and have been vegetarian (With a few breaks) for nine months now. :)


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I was in this group a while ago, but am recommitting. I went vegan in 2006. I'm not always perfect about it, but make daily conscientious decisions to be as kind to animals as possible. I recently started cooking vegan daily as a stay at home mom and love the flavors and knowing that we are eating a compassionate, mostly healthy (though I hear ya on the Oreos!) diet.

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