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6/22/16 10:36 A

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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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5/8/16 9:20 P

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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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5/5/16 11:00 A

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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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4/10/16 7:39 P

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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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4/6/16 12:25 P

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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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3/22/16 4:46 P

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Hello All!

I have been primarily a vegan for 4-5 years. I have also been 300+ pounds for much of that time. One problem I've had for years is the judgement heaped upon me for not looking like a vegan, super trim and slim. This comes from the greater world ("she can't be a vegan and be that fat!") and the vegan / vegetarian community ("she's a horrible example of who we are"). There is so much sizism out there, but the worst criticism I feel is from 'us'. No matter how slim I become, I hope to never become judgmental or express disgust for larger people. Truly we all different sizes and rarely does One Size Fits All.

That being said, my primary goal for living this life has been compassion for animals, however I would also like to be lighter. I have always eaten pretty healthy - whole foods with occasional dips into processed junk, but still, my weight hardly budged from my omnivore days. For me, the key has been a Nutritarian diet. I'm learning that in the past I was simply eating too much starch. Now I limit myself to 1/2 cup of rice, quinoa or pasta and 1/2 cup of oatmeal each day. Along with tons of fresh greens, fruit, colorful veggies and lots of legumes. My only fats come from nuts, seeds and avocado. I feel satisfied and full of pep. It's been great. I'm at 240 and 20 pounds away from my first goal weight. At 6' tall, it's a good weight for me and I plan on staying around there until I achieve a comfortable set point, maybe 6-12 months. We'll see if I decide to go lower.

Anyways - thank you for letting me share my story. And thank you for setting up this for vegetarians and vegans ... it's a great resource. And if anyone would like to friend me, I'd be happy to accept.

Have a wonderful day everyone!



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3/8/16 1:44 P

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I've been on Sparkpeople for Years--subscribing, but not even reading anymore. Decided Sunday that 'enough already!' Time to improve my health and the best way to do that is holding myself accountable and Tracking. So I find myself back here once again. We live in a 'blended family group', that is my husband, myself, one of our adult daughters and her 2 girls, ages 11 and 13. Our middle daughter has been a Vegan for 15 years or so--since her college days. She is my cheering section for going meatless in a family of meat-eaters. I do eat meat sometimes, but I feel so much better when I do without it. Also, the 13yo that lives here wanted to try to be Vegetarian this year, and has been 100% successful since Jan 1. Since I do all the cooking for the family, it works out well...she and I always have something yummy for dinner, the meat-a-tarian adults are good sports about the new menu plans. The 10yo, not so much. She has lived with us only a year, and thinks food is not edible unless it comes from a can and is processed to death. THAT is a challenge

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I'm another that's been vegetarian on and off for seventy hundred years. My son is a vegan, convinced me to give it a go for a week and see how I felt. I felt great! Now, I eat a vegan diet with occasional forays into vegetarian and pescatarian. I may even *gasp* eat meat on special occasions (but not until after Lent!). SO is still a dedicated carnivore, but he now eats a lot of vegan meals, indulging primarily when eating out. I have Grave's and am now hypothyroid which means I struggle with energy and fluffiness issues. At 56, I feel it is high time I get myself under control. I would like to lose at least 50 pounds, but establishing an exercise program is equally important. Trying awfully hard to be serious about Sparkpeople this time.

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2/27/16 8:20 A

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Hi all. I have been veg/vegan off and on for years. I was veg all through both my pregnancies and 10 years around that time. We then moved to a farm and I fell back into the typical crappy USA diet.

In July I did some lifestyle changes and now am back to being vegan. I am following the McDougall plan and I love it! It has come very easily to me and now I enjoy cooking again. I am alone in my diet as my husband loves his garbage and meat but that is his choice. I am waiting for the day he wants to try something of mine. But until then I cook solely for myself and get to eat it all! I have lost 40# since July and haven't worked at it one bit. I have another 40 to go, maybe more if I can but I will let the food take care of that. I will never go back.

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Greetings! I've been a vegetarian for 12 years and eat vegan about 70% of the time. As I'm sure many of you know, it's definitely possible to be unhealthy and out of shape as a vegetarian!

My goals for joining sparkpeople are to consume less junk and convenience foods, eat out less, reduce my sodium and alcohol intake, make aerobic exercise a regular habit, manage stress and improve my rock climbing skills.

I've had low energy, poor concentration at work, random unexplained aches and pains, high blood pressure, poor circulation, poor quality sleep and insomnia off and on for a couple years now. I've been sick with cold/flu three times in the past four months, taking almost two weeks to complete recover each time. I'm absolutely fed up with it and have made the decision to start listening to my body.

Within the past week that I've joined, I'm better hydrated (8 cups a day plus hot tea!), only sore from a pilates class two days ago (best kind of ache!), sleeping soundly for 7-8 hours per night and have eliminated all of the bloating/water I was retaining.

I'm motivated and I'm looking forward to making these changes a habit and enjoying the long-term benefits of my effort!

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2/1/16 5:26 P

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Hi, all.

I have been an off-and-on vegetarian/vegan for years, and it is still my preferred way of eating. Trying now to get back to all the way vegan, but I'm fairly sure I will never eat meat again. Now if I could just do away with the dairy.

I very much want to become much more active, but it is difficult when carrying extra weight - so here I am.

My immediate goals are to lose some weight, walk the Big Dam Bridge (Little Rock, AR, US), and climb Mount Magazine in Arkansas. Wish me luck.

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Hiya, I originally lost 10 stone when I went Vegan, but have been really ill the last 2 years and have put on a bit of weight again. Some of it was good old comfort eating, I admit! Some of it is down to the numerous different medications I've been on that have messed with my appetite and metabolism. I've also been craving high fat/sugar foods for an instant hit of energy as have been very tired. On top of this I have had to stop running and can no longer exercise due to health.
I am desperately wanting to lose weight and feel healthy again, but am finding it a massive struggle. I really need to find a way to deal with the massive change in my lifestyle and find ways of trying to regain my fitness.
I do get out for a walk every day, but I fall over a lot and get very tired. I have been diagnosed with a condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1, which basically means that my brain is slipping out of the bottom of my skull into my spinal column. I also have disk problems in my neck, which is one of the many linked conditions. I have had a headache since 9th Jan 2015,when it was triggered running on a treadmill. It's literally constant and sometimes severe. I have problems with nerve pain and numbness and suffer from drop attacks. This is why exercise is so hard for me.
Has anyone here also have Chiari Malformation? Or another kind of illness/disability etc that means they can't exercise very well? Can you recommend good low impact activities that are safe? For example, I can't bend over as creates too much pressure in my skull, so many yoga/pilates moves are out! I also can't do anything where I can fall if I have a drop attack. Walking is OK but I get tired easily and fall a lot. I'm nervous to cycle because although low impact, I don't want to fall off!
Any suggestions would be gratefully received! I'm really struggling to be motivated and stick to a healthy eating plan right now! I guess, to be honest, I need to try to adjust to my limitations, but am finding it really difficult as my whole life has changed.
Is anyone else struggling because of I'll health? What helps? How do you keep motivated, especially when in pain? Thanks :-)

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thank you! i will let you know!

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You did just right! Welcome! I was eating a whole foods plant based diet for a couple of years and then did like you with dairy and eggs even though very limited.

Let us know if you have anything you want to talk about!!

Walking, Vegetarian, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Chakras, Crystals and fun of course... Just a few of the things I'm interested in. It takes time to balance it all but it can be done.


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hello everyone.. not sure if i'm doing this correctly lol maybe i should start a topic? instead i am replying.. anyway.. just turned vegan.. was vegetarian for 13 years... actually started of as vegan 13 years ago but then added dairy and eggs after awhile.. now i'm "trying" again.. looking forward to seeing you around :)

edit: realized i chose well by "replying" ;)

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11/10/15 10:57 A

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Hi everybody! We stick to a whole food veg based diet for the most part. We avoid eggs and dairy. Sometimes we cheat a little to avoid having cravings and binge eating. I do most of the cooking and use the "Forks over Knives" program very loosely.

Other interests are the outdoors, my wife and I walk around 4 miles 5 days a week in around and hour and 10,000 steps a day total. I have a small mostly organic market farm, not certified but as close as I'm willing to go for now.

I try to make meditation and yoga a part of my day but it's always the first thing to skip when busy.

I know I will enjoy this group and get lots of support and great help here.



Walking, Vegetarian, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Chakras, Crystals and fun of course... Just a few of the things I'm interested in. It takes time to balance it all but it can be done.


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Hey everyone. I am trying to remove more meat products from my diet, so I am not there yet. For Lent I went pescatarian and it was great. I live with a confirmed carnivore, who I would love to convert, or at least get him to eat more meat free meals. I'm just starting on this journey and I hope to use this space as a place to gain encouragement and share ideas.

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Hi, Tryagain, thanks for the welcome ~:-).
I definitely prefer real food to powdered anything. I do make shake things with Vega One. They're good and also satisfying. You have a real challenge, not eating meat or beans. What about split mungs? I'm just curious, b/c an Ayurvedic practitioner had me do meals out of those. Much easier to digest than other legumes. I don't have gluten or much in the way of grains.. It's always something haha.


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Maggiebongo- good luck with your switch over. I'm about 8 mos in and I've had a pretty easy transition. My biggest problem is I don't eat beans or tofu so getting healthy sources of protein has been tough. Your encounter with this "nutritionist" sounds completely hinky. Personally I prefer to eat real food, not powder but you need to do what's right for you. I can tell you that I use some of the meat substitutes (morning star seems the best to me) out there and that helps.


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Hello ~
I saw a nutritionist who tried to sell me beef protein powder and was pushing a paleo-type diet. Then it turned out her nutritionist "certificate" is something the people who sell the protein powder hand out. Does this seem hinky to anyone else?
And the fact is, I've been feeling a pull toward meatless eating for quite awhile. I think it's time to just make the call. Since I'm serious about this, I'm doing it in stages. I gave up pork a long time ago (pigs are just too smart) and now beef is out. (I had an interesting encounter with a cow and I can't stand the thought of someone killing that animal so I can have a burger). I'm 60 now and have high cholesterol, so that's another motivator.
That was long, thanks for reading! Looking forward to what I can learn here.
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I think that having 'some' soy foods is ok.. just like most things.. in moderation. I switched to almond milk, for that reason. Because I drink a lot of milk. I found I like almond milk much better than soy milk anyway.

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TVP is textured vegetable protein. It's sold in health food stores and you just need to rehydrate it. I add smoke seasoning to mine and throw it in things like pasta sauce or stews. Yum. You are right, the meat alternatives are probably not the healthiest thing out there but they are not terrible so it's a personal choice. I eat them but not daily. Do your research :)

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I do have yogurt almost daily. Ill have to look into quinoa, never had it. What is top?
Also, I've heard that soy products (most meat alternatives that I've seen are soy) is bad for you. I have no idea if that's true but I have been avoiding this option. I suppose a little research is on order?!

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Hi Tryagain99. I'm also new to this forum but have been a vegetarian for over 15 years. For protein, how about yogurt - cow or soy, soy milk, eggs, hummus, quinoa, tvp, veggie meat alternatives...

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Finally found you!
Hi everyone. New to spark, semi-New to meatless (about 8 mos).
I can use any and all suggestions for healthy and yummy foods to keep me away from cheese and of course help me to lose weight.
I spent almost 2 mos eating so much cheese I thought my Dr would have a stroke when I had my yearly physical. I don't eat beans of any sort and not a fan of tofu so I'm having a hard time getting protein.

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071994 think you are preaching to the choir! emoticon

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Not to make an issue of this, but according to Dr. Joel Furhman in the book "Eat to Live" he states that " Steak has only 6.4 grams of protein per 100 calories and broccoli has 11.1 grams of protein, almost twice as much. I enjoy Dr. Joel and his seminars. He makes a lot of sense to me. I just put this out there to help those that think meat is your best option for protein, Popeye was right... Greens pack a powerful punch. Everyone's journey is personal, so what ever you choose , I wish you the best.

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Protein: I have been eating beans (juevos rancheros, taco salads, beans and rice, lentil salads, hummus), hard boiled egg whites, fat free Greek yogurt, chia seeds mixed into yogurt and fruit combinations, cottage cheese, Field Roast Grain Meat Vegan sausages, nut butters, nuts, seeds, seitan, tempeh, dark leafy greens.

The carbs in beans are not as much of a concern as there is also so much protein and fiber. See: lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/CarbsInGra
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Also, just to be clear, beef has more protein than broccoli: goo.gl/v1DDzB
But there are clearly plenty of vegetarian alternatives.

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Hi Bethiebunny & "071994" Nice to see some people join the Team!
I also have been an Ovo/lacto vegetarian for almost 20 years! although I don't eat hardly any dairy products at all anymore (I'm lactose intolerant).
I haven't had any problem getting enough protein IMO. But yeah, the carb thing is also a problem for me! Always has been, but more so since I quit eating meat and dairy. I make up for it with lots of breads, pasta and sweets, unfortunately... I too, just came back to SP after several years absence..... Since finding out that I'm diabetic now :-(
I've been going through many vegetarian recipes, but haven't found many that would be appealing to me and my husband... still searching! In a few weeks, I will cut my work hours in half, and will be home every afternoon! I can hardly wait! I plan to start planning and cooking more meals.. that has been a real problem for me the past few years. I wish us all luck in our goals!

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Actually 1 cup of broccoli has as much protein as a piece of steak. If you eat lots of veggies you should be okay. Also, eating a cup of beans or lentils a day will make sure you get your protein. A lot of our veggies are protein infused. Hope this helps.

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Hi! I am new on this forum and I am trying to live a plant based diet. Sparks has quite a few veggie recipes and I just eliminate some of the things that might not add up to what I am eating, such as cheese or milk products.

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Hey there, team. Getting back into Spark after a 5 year break.
I've been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for about 20 years. Trying to figure out how to get more protein without adding more cards; any suggestions?

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Hi Adriann! And kudos on going Vegan! It is a much healthier way to live! Just watch your carbs... .I gained weight, because I eat too many carbs.

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I wanted to stop in and say "Hi" I am not new to Spark but have been vegan since June 10th 2015 so I think that is pretty new. :)

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Tadpole, you probably could benefit from talking to a dietician.... There are many ways to get your protein and still be vegan/vegetarian. And I would think you need more protein.. but like I said, either talk to a professional, or, do some research online. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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I need to get stronger and tougher! Already lean, need the "mean!" How do you put on muscle as mostly vegan (minimal dairy, eggs)?

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Hi BSWNYCA! Like you, I don't cook much either and that has caused me to gain weight the past two years.. and now I'm diabetic too emoticon I also want to try to start learning to cook more vegetarian/vegan meals. My husband, who also found out he is pre-diabetic, should eat vegetarian too, but he is a meat eater. We usually don't eat the same thing for supper! I don't like using some website's (or diet plan) menu for vegetarians because I usually don't like everything that they put on their plans! I've started scanning the web for new (and quick) vegetarian recipes... only found a few.. actually, here on Spark People! So, take a look, you might find some you like. We will have to test them out and then let each other know if they turn out good!

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Hi,
I'm a long time vegetarian who wishes SP offered menu plan options for vegetarians. I don't do much cooking these days. Hoping to be motivated to do some meal planning.
My motivation to get back to fighting weight is my son's upcoming wedding at a tropical resort. The extra weight I' m carrying plus lack of meaningful exercise has me in between sizes. UGH. Anyway, off to walk my dog before it gets too hot. Since she's rarely on leash, the walk is not truly aerobic. After all, we do email, dogs like to stop and smell and leave their mark - which I refer to a 'p-mail.'

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Hi there Jewellees! Welcome to the Team! And, kudos for going vegan! I'm not quite to that point, but I would like to be. But I am vegetarian, since 1998 (also for personal beliefs). Good luck to you!

Gail - in Indiana


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Hey there! I have been a vegetarian for 4 years now because of personal beliefs. My husband and 2 sons are also vegetarian, so that makes it easier at meal time. I'm from the south so most of the people here think you will die if you don't have meat in you diet. Haha I'm glad I found this board... It will be great to talk to like-minded people!

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Welcome Jewel,

No need to shout. :) JK

Check out the WFD (what's for dinner) thread below for some great recipe ideas.

Heather
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Come join us! teams.sparkpeople.com/vegetarians


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HI EVERYONE!

NO, I'M NOT YELLING - MY KEYBOARD IS STUCK ON CAPLOCK SO I'M NOT YELLING. :)

SO, I AM ON DAY 1 TODAY WITH A STRICTLY VEGAN DIET. I'VE BEEN A VEGAN BEFORE BUT I'M READY TO GO AT IT AGAIN WITH WHOLE GRAINS, UNPROCESSED FOODS AND VERY LIMITED SUGAR INTAKE.

ANY HELPFUL HINTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. :)

BLESSINGS,
JEWEL

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I have been a a vegetarian for 18 years now due to my beliefs. Had and nursed two babies as an Ovo-Lacto vegetarian. In the past I have struggled with eating too many carbs and not enough actual veggies. As with everyone else I am a work in progress emoticon Half our family is veggie and half Omnivore but they eat what I make. I am excited about this team as I am always looking for recipes that picky 15 year vegetarian boys will eat. I have lost 57 pounds since October 29th, 2014 after a physical that offered the spiritual swift kick I needed. Still have another 20 to go. Technically more but i would be happy there!



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I'm a new vegetarian, (i do eat, eggs, milk, and cheese).I may change my mind on dairy products later. This is such a new world to me. I'm concerned with not doing this right and hurting my health. I know if i can learn to do this right that my health will get better. I need to drop 100 pounds! Since I have stopped eating meat, I feel so much better. I'm looking foward to learning new recipes and anything else about this lifestyle. I'm thankful to find this group.

Edited by: SHOOGIEB at: 7/27/2015 (10:18)
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Welcome to all new members!

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Hello, I am Leita. I am new to Spark People and this group. I am a vegetarian, but mostly seem to eat Vegan foods because I feel better when I do. I have been a vegetarian for almost two years. I was a Vegetarian in my tween and teen years. Back then the food choices were limited. It is nice that now there are so many more varieties. Over the years, I gradually became allergic to meat proteins and meat enzymes. Now it seems I am allergic to all meat enzymes but dairy. I can only eat vegetable enzyme cheese. It seems I now feel better if I also avoid eggs. So I guess that makes me a Semi-Vegan, Lacto-Vegetarian. All I know is that I am feeling better. Now it is the time to work on healthier choices and to continue to drop this unwanted weight. I am happy to be here and looking forward to meeting new people to share with this journey.

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I've been a Vegan for over 2yrs and am still learning. I don't like fish, meat or eggs. I was also told by a top consultant not to eat any meat for medical reasons.
I am intolerant to dairy and whey. I know if my food has had any dairy or whey slipped in because Half an hour after eating it I'm in a lot of pain.
I'm pleased to find this team. I have already learnt How I can get protein into my diet.

It doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you have left the starting block. Keep on keeping on and enjoy the journey. In time you will win race.


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im trying to eat more according to my morals and that means no animal products. glad i found this group.


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We're glad to have you with us! emoticon

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I'm new here! I just started a vegan lifestyle. I am glad I found you all!



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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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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.

Rule your mind or it will rule you.


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

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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

Edited by: BBW_81 at: 6/5/2015 (16:19)
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