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7/16/14 8:26 A

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Since early childhood I was envious of vegans because of their health advantage, then became tuned into the compassion and environmental advantages. It took a few tries (before getting my nutrition degree, I fell into the traps of processed vegan foods that made me quite ill), but now I'm on board. Like Knackers11, I have MS (20 years this fall) controlled only with nutrition and acupuncture. Veganism might not be for everyone, but for those whose bodies respond well, plant foods are surprisingly powerful.

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7/13/14 2:48 P

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Hi Teamies;

I'm a newbie, I just joined this team as a recommendation from my trusted friend. I've been totally off meat dairy for 3 weeks after seeing the documentary Forks over Knives.

I've been off most foods for 14 years eating mostly vegi's & fruit due to a severe gluten allergy that nearly killed me. I was tested for Celiac's Disease and I tested very positive, I know within minutes if I have gluten in my system, and I'm tired of being sick & tired because of it.

I want to learn a healthier way of eating a plant based diet. I miss cheese & yogurt but I'll survive some foods are just not good for me.

Thank you I hope to fit in and learn all that I need to know to help me in my vegi journey.

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7/2/14 7:17 P

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Friends not food. I just didn't want to eat animals. I have MS and plant based diet is shown to fight fatigue, but my primary reasoning (before the MS) was "friends not food".

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7/2/14 7:08 P

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I've been a vegetarian (unhealthy) for decades. I decided to challenge myself to be vegan for health reasons and for animal rights. I guess if I tried really hard I could be an unhealthy vegan. So far, I have been a vegan for 12 days. I have eaten more veggies and meals (instead of finger foods/snacks) in the past 12 days than I have since I can remember. I am going to stick with it for 30 days. There are so many resources to be a vegan - so many more than there were decades ago when I became a vegetarian. Its hard to change habits - after 20 plus years of treating my body like a garbage can I am taking things a day at a time. The great thing is that even my finger foods (namely vegan popcorn and vegan sweet potato chips) have ingredients in them that I can pronounce - so even my finger foods are healthier. Best wishes to everyone.

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7/2/14 6:56 P

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My new vegan doctor gave me 4 months to get off medications for high blood pressure and severe acid reflux. And she gave me a reading list including The China Study, Eat to Live,
Engine 2 Diet, and all of Michael Pollan's books. So I'm here for health--currently about 95% vegetarian, and around 75% vegan. Struggling with cheese and dark chocolate . . .

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7/2/14 8:24 A

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I started being vegetarian at 13 - two reasons 1. I thought it was cool 2. We did a crayfish dissection in school

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7/2/14 7:54 A

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I have not eaten meat since I was 17 years old - I am now 37, so that makes it about 20 years now. I never liked meat as a child and I used to get into trouble for inspecting every bit of things like sausages with great suspicion. I also got sent out of butcher shops by my Mum for pulling faces at the blood. (My Mum was a vegetarian for most of my life so she understood, she just used to make meat dishes for the rest of the family.) I do eat fish sometimes because I think it is good for you. I love vegetables and fruit. Sparkpeople has helped me get the balance right as I think its very easy for vegetarians to eat too much dairy. I try now to eat more beans and other pulses to up my healthy proteins. I think animals are killed in a very cruel way for food and its not necessary for a healthy diet to have meat all the time. My husband is not vegetarian but is happy eating what I cook most of the time and supplementing his diet with meat when we eat out or when he's at work. I have never found it difficult knowing what to cook or eat because I saw what my Mum ate and because she loved learning about food from all over the world. A lot of Mediterranean and Asian food is naturally vegetarian.

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7/1/14 11:45 P

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I became a vegan about 2 1/2 years ago. I first decided to do it for health reasons. The more I researched it though the more I started thinking about my reasoning in a different light. It is so cruel what these animals go through. : ( For those that are thinking of trying it I would seriously look at all the different recipes online and in cookbooks. It doesn't have to be hard, fancy or gourmet there are a lot of easy normal options!! I went cold turkey and did just fine, for others it's easier to take away food one at a time. Good luck to those who want to try this journey!

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I am vegetarian for health reasons. Also, I do not approve of the inhumane treatment of the food supply that provides flesh for us to eat.
I will eat fish occasionally with my family fish fry. The fish are from the Gulf of Mexico and are sea trout, red fish or drum. (So I guess I am a flex/pescitarian)
If I eat eggs, they are free range organic. I am trying to cut back on organic milk products. I don't eat soy because of the GMO factor.
I found not much difference in my grocery bill by leaving off meat and going organic. Everything is expensive, it seems, these days.
My meat eater husband happily eats dinner with me. He can get his meat eating out at lunch.

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6/15/14 9:13 P

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After watching the film "Earthling" today online, I just feel so terribly sad at what these poor animals endure. Still crying. I have no idea if going vegetarian or vegan will make a great impact on the world, but I'm strongly considering trying it. Just how to get started......... PB&J for lunch tomorrow? Maybe buy some almond or soy milk, and have rice and beans. Looking for ways to start with what I have or can afford.

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6/10/14 8:20 A

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I was a vegetarian for 5 years when I was a teenager and I always regretted going back to meat but it took me 18 years to do something about it. Just after my mom died and a few months before my dad died there was so much sadness at the time that I looked at meat and really saw it for what it was - the preventable death of a defenseless animal.
I went online searching for vegetarian recipes. They didn't have the internet when I was a teenager so I didn't realize the suffering that dairy cows and egg laying hens have to endure. I also didn't know that milk wasn't essential to health. I decided to try going vegan for a few weeks to see how I did knowing that I could be always be vegetarian if it was too hard or my health declined. That was 5 years ago and today I'm a happy, healthy vegan.

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after seeing how our animals are treated, the conditions they live in and the disrespect for life, I could no longer separate the face from the food on my plate, the anguish that the animal went through just to wind up on a plater, I cried when i had to fix my family a meaty meal, it still bothers me but I have gotten use to it, and at the same time feel awful for getting use to it, I may be able to serve it to my family but eating it is no longer an option for me.

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I don't believe that you need to eat animal flesh to be healthy. I don't believe in consuming an animal that gave it's life so I could eat it. There are so many amazing choices and foods that are animal-free, the possibilities are endless.

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4/28/14 11:26 P

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I've been thinking about cutting meat out of my diet for a long time now, and as I went over my food logs for the past month, it hit me that I rarely ever eat any to begin with. I used to eat a lot of it before I began my new healthy lifestyle in the form of fast food burgers and things like that, but never really ate much of it when I cooked on my own. I recently got diagnosed with stage 2 hypertension and I'm not even 30 years old. That was the breaking point for me. Now I'm going to do every single thing I can to be healthier, and I feel that not eating meat is a big part of that.

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4/17/14 8:36 P

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As a kid, I always wanted to be a vegetarian. I loved animals and I didn't like the idea that I was eating them. I must've tried at least 8 different times as a child to stop eating meat, but I never lasted more than a week. I actually didn't like most meats on their own, but I liked them added to things, like spaghetti sauce or sandwiches. Eventually it go to the point where whenever I was eating food where the meat was prominent, I would think about where it came from and I would start gagging and wouldn't be able to eat it. I took this as an opportunity to try vegetarian again, and in April 2006, I managed to convert to a vegetarian lifestyle.

Unfortunately, I was never a good vegetarian and would substitute all of my protein with carbs. SparkPeople is fixing that. I've also tried to be vegan a few times but I had some issues with that. The first is that I love cheese and can't stand the fake stuff. When vegan cheese is perfected, I think I can try veganism again. And then since I was never a good vegetarian until recently, I couldn't manage eating properly as a vegan. Hopefully one day I'll be vegan, but for now, being a vegetarian is good enough for me.

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4/9/14 11:01 A

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I have been a leaning vegetarian for 4 months now. Cutting out meat and or fish to once a week and it made me ill to handle it. I cannot digest lactose therefore I would still eat it and suffer horribly.I have not had a single drop of dairy for two days and I feel good. Not great yet, but it will get better. I use almond milk for my cereal and fruit smoothies. I love nut milk! My family eats horribly and I don't want to eat that way anymore and I am tired of feeling bad about inconviencing someone about what I want to eat. Maybe I am making too big a deal about it, but it is my choice and my right and my own damn body!! I am so glad to have found this community and I love everyones stories. I watched the documentary Vegucated yesterday and I had to fast forward through the animal cruelty parts, it tore me up and I became very upset. I love my dogs and all animals so I am not going to do this anymore. According to Vegucated , 1 human being becoming vegan will save 94 animals!

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4/8/14 9:23 P

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I had been weening myself off of meat for years, but I became a vegetarian a year and a half ago officially. This choice was purely ethical. When you stop turning away from the pictures and actually LOOK at what is happening to animals around the world, reality sinks in. One day I realized that it no longer made sense to eat a dead corpse that suffered so horribly just so that I could eat it. I honestly thought myself a monster at first. Once I chose the lifestyle, I researched and forced myself to watch the videos. That's what helped me start transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. I chose to do this slowly because a friend of mine who had been vegan for years told me how she went cold turkey and it only lasted a week. She did it slowly and never looked back :) I'm proud of myself and it feels so good to be a part of something amazing and important.

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I never wanted to eat meat as a child I would gag just thinking it was an animal. Over the years I have been dealing with food allergies and sensitivities. My health and weight have been a challenge due to this. It was over whelming trying to eat the foods I cant have. One day a friend at work said lets make a list of what you can have.

She looked at it and said you are a Vegan. I have been eating as a vegetarian since December I say that because I do eat honey and I do have an English muffin once in a while which has powdered milk in it.

I have to say not eating any animal products my heat is the clearest is has ever been and my stomach is soooooooooo much better. I am working toward being 100% vegan. I am pretty close to that. My life has been much better focusing on what I can eat and trying new things. emoticon A cook that I love and it is easy is called "The oh she glows"

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I chose to be a vegan back on April 1st, 2013. It was cold turkey. emoticon emoticon I had already cut out dairy as an experiment a few months before because I kept getting post nasal drip and sinus infections that drove me crazy. (My parents don't do well with dairy either, so that's probably where I got my sensitivities from.) Anyway, I just wanted to lower my cholesterol and be the healthiest version of myself as possible. I was turning 44 and I was just not happy with how I felt and looked, and I didn't want to end up with even worse health issues later on in my life. I had watched the documentary 'Forks Over Knives' on Netflix one evening near the end of March and that gave me the push I needed to stop eating meat, fish and chicken. It's almost a year later and I feel and look so much better than I did before! I dropped 12 pounds in about the first 5 weeks and have maintained it! My goal is to lose 5 more pounds and that should be good. (Stuck with about 1600 calories per day to lose the weight.) My cholesterol dropped significantly as well! emoticon It's funny because before I struggled and struggled to lose weight, and I was counting calories, fat grams and working out like crazy! emoticon Eating salads, beans, nut butters & nuts in moderation, avocados, fruits and grains and veggies has done me a world of good and I try and make tasty recipes so that my husband and I don't get bored such a a vegan pizza, lentil soups and vegan lasagna! I do take Vit B12 and Vit D as well as some calcium, but other than that I keep track of all my nutrients on my Sparkpeople account and I seem to get everything in. emoticon

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3/8/14 7:05 A

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I am choosing vegan for my health. I am doing a 6 week vegan challenge. It seems to be the easiest program for me to stick too. I leaned more toward vegetables and fruits in my youth. I also have noticed I am eating a lot of calories and fat in milk and cheese and would like to change that. The best way for me to get past cravings is to completely give the trigger foods up. I work as a foster with a dog rescue and currently have 9 little foster dogs at my home. I do eat meat and don't plan to completely give it up. I have no moral/ethical/religious issue with eating meat.

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3/2/14 11:30 A

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I started for humane reasons..I knew since I was little it was not right..but family /friends stopped me from being veg 100 percent of the time so I was closer veg most of my life....but my dog being part of it timetogrowup,so you are not alone! When I got and looked in those eyes I was looking into every set of animal eyes I ever ate and yep was done...I also now realise I'm veg to for health,I am reading about the reverse it has on cancer...it's a big concern in my family...so it's a big change but I love every minute,I feel at peace!#

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Oddly enough, my dog is the reason why I made this decision.

When we bought this cute little furball he fit into the family almost immediately. He has a charming personality. I kept thinking that all of the animals that are slaughtered could have had their own personality as well if given the chance. So I lost my taste for meat. Does that make any sense?

I should have know that people around me were going to be taken aback by my decision. They are all reacting to in different ways. Some are curious, others are a bit hostile. Or am I reading them wrong?

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I am trying a plant based diet for my health. Prior to this week I was a pescatarian for 23 years, but over the last few years have lost my interest in eating fish as well. I was eating poorly and my weight showed it.

I'm interested to see the changes in my overall health over the next month. I felt achy and fatigued, I'm hoping to regain vitality. I'm already feeling better, no cravings, I feel satiated-which is surprising. I think my poor eating was effecting my blood sugar.

I'm also really enjoying the creativity in the kitchen, I feel empowered to regenerate my health through nourishing my body.

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2/7/14 10:32 A

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For me veganism is an ethical decision, I looked at what was happening to animals, and I feel that it is not okay, it has been a real awakening for me.

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HI. I am Binita. I am a lacto-vegetarian since birth. It mainly is due to religion, but regardless I would still be vegetarian knowing how animals are treated. As for eggs, I believe that it is still a form of life. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. We also eat lots of whole grains. Recently, I have switched to brown rice for every day meals .. not just for Asian cuisine. We already consume 2% or skim milk. My downfall is the sweets. Just trying to keep it going and add in medically necessary vitamin supplements and increased water consumption.

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I hope you will feel encouraged here, no matter where a person is in their journey or the reasons why, I want people to feel good about choosing less and/or no animal products. Some people are very passionate about it and are kind of all or nothing, and I admire their committment, but it is not always that way for each of us.
My husband was always a very meat and potatoes kind of guy and I never in a million years thought he'd give up meat, but he did! We decided this together over three years ago. We were 58 & 52 at the time, so old dogs can learn new tricks: if they want to! Sometimes he still misses eating meat (he's missing the memory of scent/flavor/texture) but for his own (compassionate) reasons will not go back to it.
Again, welcome!

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A few years ago I went lacto-ovo veggie for several months.
Unlike most of you, I LOVE meat and always have.
The first time was for health reasons.

I have been part time veggie for over a year now.
Main reason is religious, but also health.
I eat veggie 4 times per week, still lacto-ovo
because I have diabetic kidney damage and
am trying to put less pressure on them.

I eat meat on Tu, Th, and Su.
However, it is small amounts and
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1/29/14 9:37 A

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I was never crazy about eating meat, in fact as a child I would chew it up, store it in my cheek and excuse myself to the bathroom to spit it out and flush down the toilet! emoticon So, I never ate a lot of any kind of meat and wanted to be vegetarian for a very long time before actually doing so (a little over 3 years ago).
My reasons were health and compassion for myself, the animals and the environment.
I have since become completely plant based, giving up dairy and eggs this past fall.
I had a very serious case of food poisoning and was unable to eat much of anything for nearly a month (BananasRiceApplesauceToast) and when adding back foods found that anything with dairy made me immediately sick again. I too thought I could not give up cheese (even though I know how badly cows/calves are treated) but I have! I no longer miss it and I feel so happy not to be contributing to animal abuse.
I want to encourage everyone, whatever your reasons, to continue on this path: it will only lead to good things for you and everyone else, including animals. I would love for everyone to be vegan, but I'm grateful for everyone making choices that are the best they can do! Hang in there and when you need help/encouragement, come here for it if you can't find it closer. Families can be very difficult to deal with regarding these issues. Be strong in your convictions! emoticon

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I became a vegetarian as I was going through menopause and discovered that meat & fish were the triggers for my hot flashes & night sweats which had become a real problem, rather than just uncomfortable. I had found a list of the most common triggers and was working my way through them. Within 24 hours of eliminating meat, my hot flashes stopped cold. When I accidentally have meat (such as when the so-called vegetarian soup is made with chicken broth or when the vegetable dish uses oyster sauce as a flavoring), I go back into hot flash land. For the time being, therefore, I am a strict vegetarian. Another gift from menopause is that I suddenly found myself to be lactose-intolerant this past summer. I do continue to have some dairy during the week, using the lactase supplement tablets, but have cut way back & avoid dairy when I'm in my own kitchen. I do eat eggs (local, free range, organic) and do a lot of juicing. I feel that I currently have a very healthy diet.

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I became a vegan because once I learned how animals are treated before they are slaughtered for meat that we as humans don't need to survive I was horrified, I still can't watch footage of animals being treated this way. After reading and watching more movies on being a vegan I also wanted to be a vegan for the health benefits of eating a plant based, whole grain diet. For the past three years I have been a vegan and will never eat animal flesh again I am sure and I embrace being a vegan for the wonderful way it makes me feel.

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Mostly because I'm concerned with what I feed my family and how it will affect their health. It's too expensive to buy happy, free range, organic, grass-fed.... The alternative is affordable, toxic, hormonal,... you get the point.
Like a lot of people, a couple of Netflix documentaries also encouraged me to make the switch lol.
We've been veggified about 9 months and recently I also switched my family to clean eating which is a little harder when it comes to variety, but I like the challenge of making all of our meals from scratch.

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My parents became veggie before I was born, so I was raised veggie! I grew up in France, where meat is a huge part of their diet so there were often some tears during school dinners, but I've never had any regrets emoticon

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Well done you Pmccourt93 that is the best decision you have made regarding you diet and lifestyle. You most certainly won't regret it. I think of the transition as an adventure and I am certain you will enjoy the benefits that will be yours .

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I am a 22 year old college student with a friend who has been a vegetarian for the past 10 years and is always trying to "convert" people to following her lifestyle. After examining my own eating habits, I realized I never ate meat out of desire for it, so I stopped that same day and haven't looked back. I've found that my body feels lighter and my digestion has been better regulated. I've been at it for the past four months and love my new lifestyle!

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I stopped eating meat when my work did a veggie challenge for 1 week. I realized I didn't miss eating meat during that week and have now been a veg for 6 months and I love it. It has stopped me from eating at fast food places since they don't offer veg items (and if they do shhh, don't tell me). I also like the fact that I have to be more creative with my meals to get a balanced diet.. Unlike my meat and potato type meals.

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I stopped eating meat after realizing I can't trust the food market. Mass produced meat is laced with preservatives and chemicals harmful to your body, and the way animals are killed for meat consumption is not only immoral but equally as harmful because they release fear chemicals and toxins during the process. When I stopped eating meat I initially lost 60lbs, and then I hit a plateau! I now need to get a healthier handle on my veggie filled diet. :)

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I love that " yucky stuff " instead it is and is is great that youngsters realise this at a tender age. All life is sacred be it human or animal and should be treated as such. My Godson is 19 and has never tasted meat in his life and is a 6ft athletic ,muscled young man who is proud to be Vegan and is bringing up his beautiful daughter to be the same.


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My 4 year olds answer says it all "we don't want to put that yucky stuff in our bodies".

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I have several food sensitivities and it has been getting harder to eat and tell people what I cant eat, when I really looked at what I could not eat I feel into the category that I am a Vegan if i eat what I can. So it is easier to say I am a vegan than to say well I cant have all this... I am hoping this change will help me feel better and have more energy.

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The oil free idea is from How to Reverse Heart Disease. The book is very convincing and I recommend looking at it if you really have the sort of family history and lifestyle that I've had. I do understand the moderation thing, and healthy fats, as I've been doing for quite sometime, but nothing has changed. I want some real results. Not for everyone I'm sure, but it can't hurt to try it for me, I've tried everything else, believe me!!!.

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Congratulations on choosing a vegan diet. We all need fat in our diet but it is the good fat e need such as coconut oil, olive oil and that contained in avocados , it is not good to cut fat entirely from your diet. It is animal fats and hydrogenated fats that must be avoided. The good fats should be used in moderation however.
It can be quite challenging to develop a menu that is vegan but by the same token it is an adventure. I would recommend a good cookbook such as The China Study Cookbook by Leanne Campbell or Get Healthy Go Vegan by Dr Neal Barnyard.

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Hi, my grandkids call me Bama. I'll be 66 in January and was the original junk food queen and couch potato for most of my life. The last 10 years, I've tried to eat better, more healthy and have given up one thing after another. Have also found so many allergies and sensitivities to many foods that I never knew about. I've had some heart issues, as my mother, brother and sister had /have. Alzheimer's, strokes and diabetes run in the family also. SO I have now gone Vegan and oil free, vegan since Thanksgiving and oil free as of yesterday after reading the book I got for Christmas! Hope it will help. I've not been able to keep weight off, and most of my life have weighed about 180 at 5'7", (right now I'm at 188). HOPE THAT WILL CHANGE ON THIS NEW LIFESTYLE!. Ethically, I've never wanted to eat meat, so vegetarian is easy, it's the eggs, dairy, oils and sugar that I miss the most! Because I don't do anything but a bit of maple syrup, or honey or stevia, AND I HAVE TO BE GLUTEN FREE, and now FODMAP! yikes

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I am fairly new to SparkPeople and as of yet have not figured out how to maneuver through the site. However, I was pleased to see that there is a discussion forum dedicated to vegetarians/vegans. I have been vegetarian for a few years and would consider myself to be 99% vegan. (OK, I have to add a teaspoon of cream to my coffee in the morning! Totally detest the soy creamers.) My switch was due to both ethical and health reasons. I'm trying to get off my cholesterol medication and have been pleased to watch my cholesterol and triglycerides go way down since changing my diet. Since I cook my own food (really despise processed stuff) it's hard for me to track what I'm eating and any help would be appreciated. My goal is to lose about 25 pounds and although that may not sound like a lot, it's been hard taking it off. Age is not kind when it comes to weight loss!! Nice to know you all and happy and healthy holidays to everyone.

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I have had problems with digesting animal fat since I was a small child, but didn't realize what the problem was until a few years ago. I've been vegetarian for about 7 years now, and I felt amazing when I made the switch. My energy level was higher, and I wasn't sick all the time. After talking to a doctor about it she is convinced I have a gall bladder condition and my body literally doesn't know what to do with animal fat. This has forced me to have a healthier diet, which is never a bad thing.

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That is such a sensible answer! None of us are perfect and we should just try to live as kind a life as we can without being pedantic. When my daughter phones me and tells me she has made me breakfast of boiled eggs ( from her own free range hens, who run wild all over our ting village ) I simply say " be there in 5 mins" as she is only 200 yrs from me. This happens about once a month or so. I do not touch meat or dairy or even eggs at home.

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I'm mainly vegetarian for environmental reasons. I don't like the smell of raw meat. The ethical side to me is a bonus! However, I'm not a perfect vegetarian and make exceptions once every few months ( I can count on one hand how many times I've eaten fish in the past 10 months)...but really it's so rare that flexitarian doesn't make sense. I guess I prefer to just do it my own way rather than be super strict, because it makes me keep going longer which is better for the environment and animals than if I gave up because I couldn't be perfect!

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my reason for going vegetarian wasn't for ethical reasons, it was due to reading a book about how digestion works and that meat takes 5-7 days to be eliminated. after doing some quick math, it became clear that if i ate meat everyday, i would never be 'empty' and that i have rotten trash in my stomach and that just grossed me out so i quit the very same day i read that chapter. been vegetarian ever since (July 2010). Depending on what i buy at the store, sometimes i switch between vegetarian/vegan but i am not committed to being vegan full time.

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Hi, My reasons for going vegan is to have the best health I can have. There is a lot of evidence that proves a vegan lifestyle can reduce or prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other health problems. Some of my favorite authors are Caldwell Esselstyn and Mike Anderson. It helps me to have Vegan reading materials because it keeps me focused. It wasn't hard for me to give up dairy, but sometimes I find it hard to resist meat dishes. (I live with someone who does eat meat.) Another thing that helps is using my Vitamix blender to make green drinks. They are filling and really help reduce cravings for unhealthy foods. Life is a journey. Good luck, everybody!

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If it's got a face on it don't eat it... that is what my coffee mug says and I abide by that maxim. All animals have feelings even the humble fish can feel discomfort and pain.

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I chose to become vegan because I don't think its right for us to use, kill, and abuse animals. If I can't kill my cats, Sparticus and Grace, then I probably shouldn't cause anything else to suffer.

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Hi, if you are already vegetarian then the most logical step is to go the extra mile and become vegan. It is never easy if you love your cheese but in order to get the cheese a calf must die so that the milk intended for that precious baby can be stolen from it's mother, a Mother that has carried that same baby and gone through the birth of that beautiful calf child only to have him/her snatched away and inevitably killed just so humans can have their cheese, milk in their coffee and their yoghurt and cream. As the Vegan advert says " kill your own babies, sucker " . Anyone who has listened to a cow crying pitifully for her lost baby just after losing that precious life would never eat dairy products again.

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Hi there!
I am currently vegetarian and would consider eventually becoming vegan.
I became vegetarian because I think if you eat meat you should be okay with killing the animal yourself. Knowing I would never be able to do that I felt like a hypocrite eating meat. (Love animals too much!) I also gave it up for health reasons. After tracking food I couldn't believe how many calories everything I was eating contained! It was a total wake up call! emoticon


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Mostly ethical reasons, but health obviously gets a huge benefit from eating Vegan.

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Good for you, a vegan diet is the way to go. Cheese is always the hardest to give up but you will find some tasty substitutes in your Health food store and maybe also in your local super market. I make a very good mac and sheese dish that tastes as good as the real chees ones..

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I'm in transition (I'm finishing off the venison in the freezer) to no meat from a living being. Then I'll work on dairy and eggs; cheese is going to be the hardest for me. As to the why, part has to do with some vows I took, part is all the hormones/antibiotics/living conditions of the animals. I find myself praying for the chickens any time I see a chicken truck on my way in to work. And then there was the food sequence in the movie Samsara. vimeo.com/73234721 Yikes! I think awareness of where our food actually comes from is grossly missing in today's society/culture.

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I think you are more of a flexitarian as it seems to me that you actually do not like the fact that you eat fish sometimes !!! I used to be the same but since finding my health so positively improved I am now considering myself vegan. I do think that is is a good thing to go off course when you feel the need but to get back on track as soon as posibble.

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I am technically pescatarian I suppose, but really prefer to eat vegetarian almost all of the time. My diet is 99+% vegetarian at this point, with fish at maybe one meal every 1-2 months. I keep the very occasional fish in my diet because it gives me flexibility in restaurants and family situations.

My reasons for eating mainly vegetarian are:
1. Ethics
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3. Taste! Give me a vegetarian chili over a meat chili any day. I really just prefer vegetarian food. I think it's so much more interesting and varied... plus, meat grosses me out. Bones and gristle -- ew!

Have a great day everyone!

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Since I became Vegan my health has improved 10 fold. My Diabetes is down to normal reading, my arrhythmia has completely gone , my weight is down by 56 lb so I am almost at my ideal weight and last but by no means least my blood pressure is right down now . I am well impressed and will now be vegan for the rest of my life.

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I became Vegan to improve my health. Research shows eating vegan with no sugar, fat, or dairy, can bring DM 2, HTN, and Cholesterol into remission. It also helps with wt. loss and can reverse heart disease. Dr. Neal Barnard, has written several books addressing these illness based on studies completed by integrated medicine research. I add olive oil to some recipes for flavor. There is also a great movie " Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" about vegetable juicing for rebooting Health. Juicing is a great way to lose weight and break through plateaus. Hope this is helpful.

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There is no shame in going off track sometimes (we all do at the beginning )' the important thing is that you recognise the benefit of a VEGAN diet and will, from now on give it the best you can..... good for you and best of wishes. I have myself lost 4 stone (56 lb) now and I only have another 7lb to go to be at my ideal weight and I feel fantastic.
No one has to be religious to want animal suffering to end and becoming vegan means that for every VEGAN many animals are being saved from suffering. I know we can't stop it altogether but we can make a difference.
Love, light and Blessings be yours.

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I gave up meat, fish and dairy for lent, which is weird because I'm not even a little religious. I just think giving something up for a 40 day stretch Is a great method to test my resolve. Then I went to New York with my youngest daughter and I blew it big time.

Five months later, I've gained all the weight I'd lost back and I want all that energy back. My #2 daughter, son in law and nephew switched to a vegan diet last year. Then my son joined them, so I feel like I have some support already.

I'm a bit of a foodie, so I've found great resources through Pinterest and can't wait to check out your suggestions!

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Tic Tic63 the important thing is to try and do not chastise yourself if you stray , just get back on track and try again. I was diagnosed with diabbetes earlier this year and told I would need to take Metformin... I refused and bought Dr Neal Barnards book about reversing dibetes with a VEGAN diet , I took on board the advice and WOW ! It works and no Metrormin for me. I lost 42 lb in weight and feel fantastic. I will stick to a vegan diet now for the rest of my life. There is a saying that I like, " If you don't look after your body you will have no where to live " ... A vegan diet is ,for me , the best there is not only for me but for the planet and animal kingdom.

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I am trying to get back into it. I used to be, and I am not a big fan of meat. Right now I guess you could say I am a flexitarian. I just recently was diagnosed prediabetes, and am getting negative feedback about going vegetarian. I need to reread Dr. Cornish. Any other books anyone can recommend would be appreciated. Is anyone diabetic?

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I felt much better after giving up meat many years ago. I feel even better since i gave up eggs and dairy as well. I was eating too much cheese and knew it wasn't healthy. Also i am opposed to factory farming and don't believe animals should be abused and exploited for our food.

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I live very close to a dairy farm and when I hear those poor Mother cows crying pitifully because their babies that they have carried and given birth too have been wrested away from them and killed for the gelatine and veal etc just so humans can drink the milk intended for those beautiful lost babies it breaks my heart . I could NEVER go back to consuming dairy products . I do NOT condemn those who do as it is an individual choice , and rightly so , but for me dairy is a no no.

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That's awesome!! Congratulations on taking the step.

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Don't be too harsh on yourself if you stray from the path sometimes as to err is human ! BUT get right back on track and say to yourself " I can eat anything I want t but I choose not to " . The vegan way of life will benefit you and the environment immensely so just take one step at a time and enjoy the exciting journey into a whole new food experience. Blessed be.

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