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6/14/15 7:36 P

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Happy to meet you, ProduceLover! Let us know if you need any help or support -- we're a great team!

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6/14/15 6:42 P

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Hello team! I am new here to the group and I am new to being a vegan. One month now to be exact. I thought coming to Sparkpeople would help me learn about my new way of life, meet others who share my ideas of living well and help keep me focused.

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6/14/15 5:18 P

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Hello everyone! I've been a vegetarian for about 8 years, but as we all know, just because a diet is vegetarian doesn't mean it's healthy. I'm hoping to get inspired to try out some new recipes and find new ways to clean up my diet.

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6/5/15 8:32 P

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Welcome, BBW_81! Please let us know if we can do anything to support you =)

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6/5/15 4:16 P

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Hi all, I would say that I eat mostly vegetarian with a very little consumption of meat during the week. I hope to transition completely. I have watched a few documentaries, Vegecated and another that I forget the name right now, but it really motivated me to change my lifestyle. My family is supportive, though it seems to always be the topic of conversations at family gatherings. I hope to be an inspiration for them and my children. emoticon

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5/25/15 1:29 P

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Welcome, new teammates!

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5/22/15 12:11 P

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Hi Lynn I too am making this change for my health. Hopefully my family will want to go towards a healthier too. Already my children are getting interested in the food I'm eating and always want a taste. I finally decided just to go cold turkey and give up everything but plant-based, so far so good.



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5/22/15 10:41 A

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Hi, I'm Lynn and I am drawn to plant-based eating for multiple reasons but primarily because I have arthritis and am trying to get rid of as many inflammatory factors as possible. Flexitarian probably defines me best as I occasionally eat beef or chicken, more frequently eat fish or seafood but most meals are meatless. After seeing a pig being slaughtered in a video back in January, no pork product has crossed my lips and never will again. I use soy products moderately and Morningstar Farms has been a favorite. I'm trying to reduce my reliance on them chiefly because China is in the process of buying up American farmland, especially soy producers and I boycott all things Chinese. My 85-year-old mom grows a lot of our produce; right now, we are enjoying tomatoes, yellow squash, and salads from her garden. My favorite veggie cookbook is the Engine 2 book and I also use the Daniel Plan cookbook. Favorite go to treat is a green smoothie with some local organic honey.

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5/21/15 8:47 A

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Hi, I recently read the book "Eat to Live" and have decided to take the plunge into a plant based diet. I've been a member of SparkPeople for five months. I've been dropping in on this team for awhile so I guess now it's official.



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5/20/15 10:31 P

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Hello, I am new to this team. I have been on spark people since 2009 and over the years have been more serious at times and then not so much at other times, (life gets in the way).

I have been a part time vegetarian for a few years now, meaning I would have meat maybe one or two meals a week. I stay away from dairy but I do have an occasional egg (since I do have chickens that are raised mostly organic). My husband is vegan for about 2 years now, (but will have an occasional baked good using our own eggs)

I am trying to stay away from ANY processed food, eating only real fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and seeds. That seems to be the only way for me to lose weight and get healthy. NO bread, rice, pasta or white potatoes.

I hope I can offer some help to others and also gain motivation from others.

Thanks for having me, Pam

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5/8/15 1:08 P

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Welcome to the group! Keep up the great work!

Heather
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5/4/15 11:08 P

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Hi! I have been really intrigued with becoming a vegetarian for a couple of years. I am almost there. I eat about 85% the vegetarian way.. I am allowing myself time and room for error and learning without going cold turkey on meat, which has always been a huge part of my eating habits. I want to be successful at my new lifestyle. I am transitioning. A health scare on April 23rd caused me to truly take my desire to go vegetarian seriously. So far, even at 85% vegetarian, I have lost 5 lbs and 11 inches.

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5/4/15 5:18 P

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Hi Christine,

Welcome to the group. We're happy to have meat eater here, too. :)

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5/4/15 10:56 A

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Hi, my name is Christine and I joined this team because I loved how good I felt when I was a vegetarian a year ago. I tried going vegan for a couple days, but it was too difficult for me while living with a non-vegetarian man. I was vegetarian for six months, then added fish to my diet for another 8 months, then went back to being a meat eater. I did find that I was a carb-a-holic when I was vegetarian, so I felt adding meat back in would be healthier. You never know some day I may go back to vegetarianism, so that's why I joined.

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4/28/15 6:33 P

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Hi DIDMIS,

Welcome to the group!

Since you are dealing with an ailment and I am not a professional, I can't give you any specific nutrition advice. Your doctor should be very helpful with creating a diet for you. Once you get your basic dietary needs "prescribed" we'd be happy to help you with new food ideas!

Heather

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4/25/15 3:45 P

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I joined here as I need help.
I have fatty liver and take lactulose to bring the ammonia levels down. The last time they checked my ammonia levels they were extremely high almost as high as when I went to the hospital the last time where I hallucinated. That is worse than nightmares.
One night they thought I was dying and several people came in to pray for me. One elder sat at the side of my bed praying for 5 hours.
They have told me to go vegetarian and now they say go vegan.
I am losing weight which I didn't want to lose.
I don't know what to eat so someone help me to know how to eat to keep my strength up.
Thank you.

Edited by: DIDMIS at: 4/25/2015 (15:47)
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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4/21/15 9:30 A

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Hi! My name is Cindy and I am new to vegetarianism. I am hoping to learn a little more about a vegetarian diet and have support. I chose to be vegetarian for health and moral reasons. Looking forward to getting to know other team members.

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4/17/15 2:56 P

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Hi there,
I'm Mary,

I have been vegetarian for 7 years and now I'm vegan.
I hate all kind of human and animal cruelty!

I was introduced to HCG by my family Dr. and didn't work for me. I lost some weigh but it is all back again. Yesterday I start following Dr's Joel Fuhrman diet and I confess, I'm curiose about it.

I'm pleased to meet all of you.





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4/8/15 11:04 A

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Hi everyone, I'm Tea :)

I was a vegetarian for about 6 years before I started incorporating seafood and chicken back into my diet in college. I'm 25 now and have only been back on the vegetarian lifestyle for a few months, but I'm loving it and can't even remember why I left in the first place!

I'm still eating a little bit of cheese, but eventually as I get more comfortable I'm planning to move more towards the vegan side of things.

Nice to meet you all!

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4/1/15 11:28 P

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I've been a vegetarian for about 15 years, and I am 32. I really enjoy trying to cook/eat vegan when I can, but I am not a very strict vegetarian and do occasionally eat meat. To break it up, when I am cooking at home I make about 70% vegan meals and 30% vegetarian, whereas when I am eating out I choose vegetarian meals about 70% of the time, and choose something with meat 30% of the time. So basically, I have a completely vegetarian fridge, and not very good at eating out.

Look forward to meeting others and perhaps getting some inspiration to cook more.

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WILDFLOWER68 Posts: 14
3/31/15 3:06 A

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Hi I'm a very new vegetarian. Thursday was the last time I ate meat. I am already feeling less sluggish. Hoping to lwarn more about this lifestyle change.

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3/24/15 8:39 P

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Hello, everyone! emoticon

I've been a vegetarian about twenty years now, that's half my life! I'm 41 years young. I joined the team to hang out with other vegetarians and see if there were any great recipes.

emoticon to everyone!!!

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3/13/15 2:32 P

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Welcome!

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3/12/15 12:12 P

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Hi all - just joined Spark people and I'm happy to be here! Been fully vegetarian for about 3 years now and I love it. My husband and I aren't vegan, because we do love cheese so much, and have pet chickens, so we eat their beautiful eggs.

We are in New England and just waiting for some more snow to melt to be able to get outside and exercise more!

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3/3/15 4:47 P

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Welcome!

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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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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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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.

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the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
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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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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

Mini-goal #1 - Lose 5%: 11/11.75
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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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