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Posts: 937 12/5/13 3:38 P
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.
Fitness Minutes: (484) Posts: 3 12/5/13 2:46 P
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!
Posts: 211 11/19/13 1:58 P
Mostly ethical reasons, but health obviously gets a huge benefit from eating Vegan.
245 Days since: Processed Food
Posts: 937 11/19/13 9:53 A
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..
Posts: 781 11/18/13 10:09 P
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.
Optimism is the foundation of courage. --Nicholas Murray Butler
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. --Charles Darwin
Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. --Theodore Roosevelt
current weight: 161.0
Posts: 937 11/2/13 1:37 P
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.
Posts: 186 11/2/13 12:54 P
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 2. Health 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!
Edited by: NEWYORKCHICK at: 11/2/2013 (12:57)
Posts: 937 10/18/13 2:10 P
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.
Fitness Minutes: (325) Posts: 9 10/18/13 9:04 A
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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Posts: 937 10/12/13 9:01 A
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.
Fitness Minutes: (572) Posts: 20 10/12/13 3:07 A
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!
Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?
All the best, Denise
current weight: 239.2
Posts: 937 9/30/13 11:01 A
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.
Edited by: JANKENT at: 9/30/2013 (11:03)
Posts: 570 9/30/13 10:11 A
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?
Edited by: KITTYCAT64 at: 9/30/2013 (10:15)
current weight: 219.0
Posts: 142 9/28/13 5:34 P
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.
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
"What is now proved was once only imagined." ~William Blake
current weight: 104.0
Posts: 937 9/24/13 2:55 P
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.
Fitness Minutes: (207) Posts: 6 9/24/13 2:36 P
That's awesome!! Congratulations on taking the step.
current weight: 258.0
Posts: 937 9/23/13 12:43 P
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.
Fitness Minutes: (5,725) Posts: 106 9/23/13 10:42 A
I am changing my life style because just making a commitment to be being Vegan makes me feel better instead of saying of I cant eat eggs or I cant have beef I have food allergies, this way I know I am not getting what I cant have and I hope it helps my body
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Posts: 937 9/22/13 1:53 P
Yes , I do know how hard it can be living in a carnivorous environment and it is no shame to err sometimes as I am the only vegetarian/vegan in my family . Just do your best until you are able to find the opportunity to make the complete change . Be a flexitarian in the circumstances surrounding you.
Edited by: JANKENT at: 9/23/2013 (12:37)
Fitness Minutes: (207) Posts: 6 9/22/13 11:43 A
Thanks, I go vegan for several days at a time but my challenges are wife and son being non vegetarian, working in corporate america and eating out. I know excuses, excuses. It is a lot easier being vegetarian now than it was 10 years ago. I live in Phoenix and more restaurants have realized there's a market for people like me. I know it can be done, I rarely eat cheese. don't like milk and only occasionally eat eggs. Thanks for the support!
current weight: 258.0
Posts: 937 9/22/13 3:55 A
How right you are ! We all need discipline in our lives , it is what makes us able to cope . My maxim is " I can eat anything I like but I choose to be Vegan " . It is an adventure in nutrition that can only be of benefit to both me and the planet . To all you vegetarians thinking you can't make that last step to become vegan ,WRONG ! You can , it is the natural progression and ,NO you won't miss eggs and milk ( nasty stuff ) or cheese as there are so many good replacements to choose from. You can easily make you own moo - less milk , substitute flax meal for eggs in baking and fry some of the cheese substitutes available from health food shops.
Fitness Minutes: (207) Posts: 6 9/21/13 11:31 P
I started on MLK Day 2003 and thought I would try it for a few days. That was over 10 years ago and I never went back. I do it for many reasons including the discipline it requires, I think that's important in our lives.
current weight: 258.0
Fitness Minutes: (855) Posts: 51 9/20/13 9:10 P
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Posts: 937 9/20/13 6:27 P
Hi there, I use cheese substitutes made from either soya or rice milk which I buy online or from a health food store. I live in Scotland and my local Tesco store sells a very good substitute. I also make a soft spreading version from home made soya yogurt which turns out quite good. In baking I use ground flax seeds as an egg replacer and use coconut milk ( carton not tinned ) or almond milk on cereals as well as rice milk or even oat milk , I make most of my own milks but do buy soy milk and rice milk.
Edited by: JANKENT at: 9/20/2013 (18:33)
Fitness Minutes: (855) Posts: 51 9/20/13 5:16 P
I would love to go Vegan. I wish they had a Vegan plan on Sparkpeople. The plans are so helpful, I'm terrible at creating a plan for myself. Right now I am following the Vegetarian plan.
Jankent what are some of the substitutions you use for dairy products such as cheese, etc.
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Posts: 937 9/20/13 2:30 A
Well done you! It is no shame to slip up occasionally , simply put it behind you and move forward . I went from vegetarian to vegan and missed milk in my tea to begin with but soon got used to coconut milk and now shudder at the very thought of dairy products. I have been so much better since becoming vegan . I was diagnosed with diabetes last year but now I am well under control so will remain vegan . To err is human though . May your journey be a really good thing. Peace be yours.
Fitness Minutes: (855) Posts: 51 9/19/13 9:00 P
I choose a Vegetarian lifestyle for my health.
Pounds lost: 7.0
Posts: 175 9/6/13 3:48 P
I am a newbie to all of this. I have been eating mostly vegetarian for the past year, but about 6 weeks ago I changed over to vegetarian. Doing well, and feel much better for it. My doctor said it would be healthier for me. I slipped up today and had a filet of fish from Mcdonalds. I felt so gross afterwards. First slipup in a month and a half, I hope it doesn't happen again. I love fruits and veggies, and love animals too much to eat them. Except for today. :-( I feel like I have failed, but I know there will be pitfalls along the way.
"For a glorious future you must first transform the present" Zen saying
"give up, give in, or give it all you've got" author unkown
current weight: 186.0
Posts: 937 8/29/13 6:58 P
I have been vegetarian for many years but for some reason I woke up to realise that eating vegetarian cheese was just as bad as eating non as in order to get the milk needed for cheese the cow had to have her calf taken from her and, if male, it was was slaughtered, just to get the milk to make the cheese whether it was " vegetarian " or not. This realization spoke volumes to me and I became vegan from that moment . I hold an open mind on free range eggs as my daughter's chickens have a wonderful life and even get cuddles when they want to. I do not however,for health reasons eat eggs, just cuddle the hens !! I make my own moo-less milk from coconut or shelled hemp to use for drinks or sauces.
Edited by: JANKENT at: 8/29/2013 (19:05)
Posts: 5,257 8/23/13 11:26 A
I had always pondered the benefits of vegetarian lifestyle, but as I took classes and learned more about things, it switched me over completely.
So I guess you can say education made me switch. LOL
current weight: 174.4
Fitness Minutes: (11,380) Posts: 276 8/22/13 9:57 P
I have a vegetarian home (I do eat a bit of meat out of the house) due to having kosher home. It is easier to have just vegetarian and dairy cooking and eating utensils.
Posts: 707 8/21/13 4:25 P
I would have to say that I never did like Meats......even as a child.....I ate certain things because I had to eat what was put on the table or go with out ........... I have always liked fruits and veggies more than anything else..........Then as I got older just the thought of eating meats made me feel ill.....................I guess I was just a Born Veggie............
Fitness Minutes: (1,898) Posts: 11 8/9/13 10:35 P
I was advised by doctor to pursue a plant based diet. The longer I go without eating animal products, the less appealing they seem. I have a friend who eats her steak rare just to gross me out.
Pounds lost: 20.2
Posts: 228 7/29/13 4:59 A
I went weekday vegetarian first and then did the Engine 2 diet challenge mostly because my sibling had done it and he wanted me to try it. I was surprised how easy it is to be vegan at home (and how incredibly hard when you go anywhere. Salad bars are a good thing but they get very tiring very fast) even with the restrictions of no refined sugars and less than 2.5g of fat per 100 calories.
Just finished the 28 days and decided to have a soft boiled egg as a celebration to settle into a weekday vegan-weekend vegetarian with the option to be flexitarian... my body disagrees a lot. Not sure it's worth it getting back to eating eggs and cheese. The best part about changing my diet has been the amount of energy I have (appears to be pretty much endless these days) and of course the weight that has been melting off.
I'm gonna eat your socks.
current weight: 249.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,446) Posts: 1 7/25/13 3:05 P
I became vegan for life after watching Forks Over Knives and especially due to my family medical history (long history of various cancers). I also never really liked meat, and was a vegetarian, or mostly vegetarian, for years prior to becoming vegan. I'm sticking with it for my health, including no longer needing medication for migraines (awesome side effect of a better diet). I also love to cook, so being vegan (and having a spouse who is vegan and needs to eat gluten free) has been a fun challenge for me.
Fitness Minutes: (2,912) Posts: 407 7/23/13 12:28 P
Vegetarian lifestyle chose me. I have been dependent on anti-depressants and anxiety medicines for years now. When my bloodwork came back bad for several things, the doctor recommended I try going vegetarian. I have completely overhauled my kitchen basics and have been doing well for 2 weeks straight. (the whole family too!)
current weight: 343.0
Fitness Minutes: (217) Posts: 20 7/13/13 12:50 A
ILOVEFOOD590 - I know it can be difficult to give up flesh foods. We are used to the flavour and type of food. I was having the same problem as you until I took a healthy eating course which happened to focus on vegetarian food. I learned to make the foods I love without the meat. I now use meat substitutes for chicken, ground beef and bacon and eat all the foods I used to love - like pizza, spaghetti and casseroles.
I would suggest you find a couple of good vegetarian cookbooks. Check the recipes to make sure they have the kind of meals you enjoy. Good luck.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
Pounds lost: 2.0
Posts: 6 7/11/13 3:51 P
I watched Forks Over Knives and then I read the book Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I am choosing to be vegan for my health. I have a huge family cardiac and cancer history that I do not want repeated with me. I don't consider myself a Vegan in the traditional sense as I still use leather shoes etc.and this isn't about the animals it is about my health. I have many coworkers who embrace this lifestyle as well, so I have lots of support.
"Health is a relationship between you and your body."--Terri Guillemets
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 3 7/10/13 9:38 A
I chose to be a pescatarian for my health. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1998 and have tried EVERYTHING in the world to calm the pain. After reading numerous articles about the effects meat has on your body, I decided to cut out all meats, except for fish. I changed my ways in November 2012 and haven't looked back! :o)
Pounds lost: 27.5
Fitness Minutes: (4,633) Posts: 208 7/2/13 11:27 A
I chose this lifestyle for heart healthy reasons. However, I am finding it very difficult to not eat things like, fish, chicken breast, turkey bacon. I always start off really well and then after a week or so i am back to my old habits again. What do I do?
Peace. Joy. Happiness. They can all be found inside of you!
current weight: 179.0
Fitness Minutes: (47,021) Posts: 11 6/26/13 6:32 P
Hello I became a Vegan on April 1st, 2013. It was cold turkey! I cut dairy, eggs, meat and fish. I became a vegan because I was inspired by the documentary 'Forks Over Knives' and my cholesterol was 224 just over a year and a half ago and I recently got it tested again and I am at 143! I wanted to go vegan for my health and be able to grow older in the hopes of not having to go in and out of hospitals, and taking medications for maladies I can control through my diet. It is actually the only 'lifestyle' (I hate the word diet ) that has enabled me to lose weight quickly even though I still eat about 1500-1600 calories per day! All I can think of is that my body breaks down a plant based diet much better than one with meats and dairy. (I consumed about 1500-1600 calories a day before going vegan with lean chicken, fish and 0 fat yogurts, but the weight loss was minimal.) Anyway, it's almost been 3 months and now I CRAVE fruits and salads & my morning smoothies! I look forward to my next vegan recipe adventure! I was so thrilled with the results I even wrote into the 'Forks Over Knives' team and they posted my story on their website. I thank Sparkpeople for this great tool and website and the Forks Over Knives Team for giving me the extra push I needed to get even more healthy!
Pounds lost: 12.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,275) Posts: 64 6/24/13 6:08 P
Thanks! That makes me feel better about being "fishy" for awhile.l
"Our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius
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Fitness Minutes: (164) Posts: 1 6/24/13 12:24 P
I gave up eating fish more than a year after being vegetarian (1 month ago), I thought it would be hard as I live in a country where its very difficult to find vegetarian food. But now, after a month, I have not noticed any bad difference. I feel good and pround of myself for giving up fish aswell. Don't worry if it takes you some time to give up fish, it's better late than never! :) Good luck!
current weight: 124.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,275) Posts: 64 6/24/13 8:18 A
I decided to go vegetarian because I am appalled at factory farming.
I can imagine having a pig or cow as a pet, and the thought of pigs and cows packed into small enclosures, urinating and defecating on floors with slats in them -- you get the picture. I used to work for an organization where a co-worker had to go to poultry farms regularly, and she described the conditions as disgusting.
I read that becoming vegan is easier to do in steps, so right now I'm still eating fish. I hope to eventually wean myself from fish, because it's hard to avoid the slippery slope of when sea creatures begin to have awareness -- minnows to bluegill to trout to tuna to salmon to sharks to dolphins to whales.
The hardest thing to give up will be shrimp, oysters and crabmeat. Shrimp, oysters and crabs seem pretty clueless -- like bugs in the sea.
Edited by: MANICUREFAN at: 6/24/2013 (08:19)
"Our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius
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Fitness Minutes: (3,080) Posts: 28 6/17/13 10:39 A
I agree with you. Meat is very expensive and I can tell on my weekly grocery bill. I would rather spend that money on more fruits or pita chips with hummus. Yumm!! It is hard when you have loved ones who like meat , especially grilling. I am slowly turning my dh into a fish and poultry guy. I am not totally vegan. I eat fish and eggs but cannot eat dairy (thankfully).
Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (647) Posts: 5 6/6/13 9:21 A
i am not a complete vegan, i eat eggs in my salad for lunch, but i dont eat meat, or cheese. I started eating this way because i had no energy eating meat. I felt weighed down all the time. Plus I started watching movies about how animals are treated to feed us and it made me sick. It cost less eating this way too and it taste better.
current weight: 237.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,169) Posts: 3,907 6/1/13 3:30 P
I became a veg'n because it is a more cost effective way to feed the world. I read Diet for a Small Planet many years ago and knew that not eating meat was better for the entire world. If we use the food we feed cattle, to instead feed the people, there would be enough food for everyone.
Success consists of getting up once oftener than you fall down. ANON.
current weight: 170.4
Fitness Minutes: (350) Posts: 112 5/31/13 12:59 A
I have always been kinda of vegan. I have never liked meat, fish or cheese. I did like milk every now and then though. My mom and dad always thought I was odd so that is how i grew up was as the odd kid, that would weather eat the eggplant instead of the chicken. As i grew up I got told a 100 time over you have got to eat meat for the vitamins, so once or twice a week I would make myself eat a chop, or whatever. About 5 years ago I learned that this was not true, then I also learned about the treatment of animals used for meat, and my heart broke. talked about it with my husband and he felt the same way I did. If it is not needed why eat. Now I get to eat food I love and I feel good about what I'm eating and what my kids are leaning.
I'm not there yet, but I'm closer then I was yesterday.
Trish- Go Team Peaches!!!!
current weight: 194.0
Posts: 320 5/26/13 7:30 P
I was about six or seven when I first started objecting to my food coming from animals. I think it was the founder of the Body Shop and Linda McCartney who first made me aware!
I didn't learn very much, I just refused to eat red meat; something about eating mammals jarred with my kiddie instincts. (Still does!) But my parents wouldn't let me give up fish - both being meat-eaters themselves they were convinced I wouldn't get enough protein etc. without it - and because tinned tuna is so anonymous I didn't fight them on it.
I didn't really think about it again until my early twenties; only eating fish, eggs and dairy had just become habit. Then I started getting fit after having put on a lot of weight and began learning a bit about nutrition, partly through SP, which led me to some obvious (though revelatory at the time) issues surrounding the production and farming of animals. Suddenly I didn't just have philosophical objections, I was disagreeing politically with mass production and the food industry at large, the associated destruction of people's livelihoods all over the world as well as habitats, the capitalist element, the cultivation of resistant viruses, the whole thing.
I read that in Europe we weren't just depleting the seas, we were basically eating Africa out of self-sufficiency by over-fishing, so I officially gave up fish about three years ago. I was also eating far less dairy and got very into tofu. Unfortunately at the same time I also got a bit obsessive about my food and exercise which ended up causing other problems and ultimately meant I couldn't maintain the lifestyle.
For a variety of reasons I've been very unhealthy for about two years and my convenience dairy intake is far more than I'd like. So basically right now I just eat eggs and dairy, though I'm now trying again to replace the nutrients with vegan options, especially when I'm cooking for myself, as I was a couple of years ago.
I had freshly-caught mussels on holiday in Scotland last year which I rationalised to myself by saying it was the most honest way I could get food that day. (One thing that really bugs me is how divorced most of us are, as cultures and individuals, from the source of our food, whether that's the killings aspect or the labour involved or whatever.) I'm still not sure if I completely agree with that decision! My first thought when I'm unwell also tends to be "I need some fish". I'm about to be tested to see if I'm deficient in anything that could be prompting this.
So anyway, yes, currently veggie and replacing a fair bit of dairy/eggs with vegan options. Wow that was a huge My Veggie Life Story, wasn't it, I apologise!
Age 30, height 5'4"
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Posts: 150 5/26/13 1:52 P
I found that after 40 or so year I was not processing animal products. They made me feel run down and tired - no energy.
With a vegan lifestyle I have more energy an am able to do more
Pounds lost: 7.2
Fitness Minutes: (11,219) Posts: 444 5/24/13 11:04 A
I used to be a meat eater; no, I mean a LOT of meat - from your standard lunch meats to filet mignon (I loved raw bacon just as much as a good rare steak). Rarely did I think about what I was putting into my body. If it tasted good then I'd eat it.
Then my brother was diagnosed with a rare colon cancer at the age of 29. He passed away the week of my 23rd birthday. At that point I began to reflect about life in general.
I quit my mechanical engineering career because I didn't want to waste any more time doing something I disliked. I thought about all of the family members and friends that had died of cancer. I began to study up on preventing the disease.
Surprisingly, to me at that time, I found out that what you eat has a lot to do with how healthy you are. So I began to make some changes.
I took baby steps; red meat was the first to go. Then, I gave up poultry. I began eating turkey grinders without the turkey and realized that with the usual mustard, mayo, lettuce & tomato it really didn't taste much different. :)
Then all meat was just out of my diet. And I've never looked back. It's been 16 years. I don't miss meat at all. Actually, even 'meaty' foods don't sit well with me.
In any case, vegetarianism has become an important part of my life. Not only for my health but for the health of other sentient beings and the planet.
Fitness Minutes: (80) Posts: 13 5/18/13 10:21 P
Can I join you? I am wanting to start a vegan lifestyle and tomorrow will be my start. I have major health problems. Look @ my food tracker for today,you can see why.
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Fitness Minutes: (628) Posts: 74 5/18/13 3:40 P
I went vegan for the first time when I was 14 because I love animals and didn't feel right eating them. Due to family pressure and lack of veggie friendly food, I went back to eating meat for a few years. Then about 6 years ago I became a vegetarian because I realized that I don't even like the taste of meat. I also could no longer ignore the issues of factory farming and live stock abuse. My Fiancé naturally chose the same path although he occasionally has seafood. I'm mostly vegan these days but I still have cheese occasionally I didn't set out to turn him veggie and I was so surprised that he cared as much as I did! People act all shocked that we're both vegetarian but we honestly don't even think about meat anymore so not eating it is no big deal for us.
Edited by: PEACEFROGGER at: 5/18/2013 (15:53)
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." ~ Janis Joplin @--,--'---
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Fitness Minutes: (148) Posts: 13 5/14/13 5:07 P
My mom's LDL levels came back super high from her last blood test. She was put on Crestor and I promised to support her by eating a plant based diet. We aren't strictly veg, there's still salmon and egg whites, which we may cut out next. I don't miss the meat, and I definitely am on board with anything that makes my mom healthier!
current weight: 218.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,799) Posts: 259 5/9/13 3:35 P
I went vegetarian 20 years ago initially for health and the environment, but it soon turned into being all about the animals. To that end, I went vegan five years ago and feel so much better physically and spiritually.
"Turn off your television. Go do something."
Pounds lost: 34.6
Fitness Minutes: (3,477) Posts: 207 4/26/13 1:53 A
It's funny. I never imagined I would become a vegetarian. I've always thought "there's no way I could ever give up meat." After all, I come for a family that had rib, chicken and steak BBQ's almost every weekend.
For a while my husband and I were down and out. I fell ill and could work. We were barely scraping by and buying food was more stressful than trying to pay bills. One day it hit me, vegetables and grains, on whole, are cheaper than meats. Silly, I know, but that was my personal thinking. I told my husband what I was thinking. Turned out he had ALWAYS wanted to be a vegetarian, but never had a support system. Well, there you go. I was willing to do it and he wanted to do it, so we did it. Later, I was talking to my mom about the lifestyle change....turns out she's always wanted to be a vegetarian for her own reasons. Seems our meat-eating family had always intimidated her from taking on the change. There you have it. Suddenly, my whole family became vegetarian.
I'm no longer with my husband. But my mom and I are still going strong. We've found good protein alternative. Meat substitutes for the foods we loved. Options for enjoying a nice dinner out when we want. Now, I'm raising my daughter vegetarian too. She can make whatever choice she wants when she gets older, but for now we're all together.
As an ending note: I've never felt better than I do now. My body feels cleaner and seems to function better. Best change I've ever made. As for the rest of my family...turns out they are very supportive of our new life choice
This is a test and you CAN over come it.....will you?
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,813) Posts: 3 4/26/13 1:44 A
I am vegetarian by birth and I like the idea of having whole foods, being on raw diet, etc.. it makes me feel fresh and energetic. The only issue though is that I need to watch out for my protein intake everyday.
Fitness Minutes: (443) Posts: 37 4/25/13 12:15 A
January of this year I watched my father die a horrible death. His body was full of cancerous tumors. He could barely breathe, couldn't hardly walk, and was in excruciating pain. My husband and I were alone with him when he died. It was not a peaceful death. The whole thing was very tramautic and I fell into a deep depression. I went to bed and did not get up for about 6 weeks. When I finally did, I decided that I needed to get healthy. I started doing research on food as medicine. All the research led to having a whole food plant strong diet. So that is what I have been pursuing. I have never felt healthier. I feel as if I have stopped poisoning my body. I subscribe to the happy herbivore's menu plans and have found them to be amazing. It has made navigating this new way of eating very easy. Although I am a newbie, it has been so easy, I can not imagine eating any other way.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Posts: 599 4/24/13 2:28 P
I was checking out some diet/nutrition books, killing time before a hair appointment and I ended up buying Jillian Michaels Winning By Losing and Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I read Jillian's book first because I love that woman and then looked at the other book that I randomly grabbed (Eat To Live) and started reading it. I gobbled up that book and began the hunt for more. It was like I knew the secret, it wasn't about being thin, it was about being healthy and here in my hands (the book) was the plain, simple truth of how to be healthy.
"I'm in the race but I've already won And getting there can be half the fun So don't stop me until I'm good and done Don't you try to rain on my, Perfect Day"
Pounds lost: 23.4
Fitness Minutes: (16,474) Posts: 359 4/20/13 12:02 P
When I was 5 years old I was visiting a farm with my mother. I was playing in a pen of pink baby pigs with curly tails. My mother called me into dinner and on my plate was a steaming pork chop.
I asked what kind of animal it came from and that's when it started, 35 years ago.
I have never eaten unless baked into something, but will occasionally eat organic cheese.
For me, eating animals, fish or birds feels like I'm eating somebody. I have not been able to relate meat to food since I was 5.
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Pounds lost: 14.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,897) Posts: 23 4/13/13 11:51 A
I have been vegetarian all my life. And I feel very happy about it ethically as well as environmentally.
current weight: 134.0
Posts: 6 4/12/13 4:36 P
I have become a vegan for primarily ethical reasons. I felt sick when I started reading some of the descriptions of how animals are abused simply so that we can indulge in meat. I really felt compelled to take responsibility for which economic ventures I support with my money, including the kind of food I buy. I was overwhelmed at first because I didn't know if I would be able to live without animal products. However, it hasn't been that hard. It does feel like I am cooking all the time, though and the planning is a lot of work.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 39 3/31/13 5:33 P
I eat as vegan as I can. However I am also an avid knitter and it isnt likely I'll get rid of all of my animal fiber yarns. O well, just doing the best that I can.
current weight: 179.5
Posts: 171 3/31/13 4:33 P
I have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle mostly because of guilt. I can't stand to think about who I'm eating and now living near cow pastures I feel ashamed every time I drive by. Not to mention that eating meat makes me a terrible Buddhist. That may sound silly to some, but I'm hoping that this is a safe place to be soft. Add to that guilt all the health and environmental bonuses of being vegetarian and I was almost sold. Almost. It wasn't until my friend announced that she had been following a vegetarian diet for several weeks, that I realized I could do it. We've always had similar eating habits, so if she could make the change I could too! Today is just my second day, but I'm determined to make this change!
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current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 4 3/28/13 11:52 A
I noticed a few questions about the "Forks Over Knives" documentary and being a vegan. I hadn't honestly thought about the other aspects of what a vegan lifestyle might entail such as avoiding things made of leather. I get that, but I don't see why honey or wool are issues. That's ok though, it will come to me if that's part of my path to follow. The movie educated me to the damage that a meat based diet causes the body on more than a weight level. My family has an extensive history of heart disease, my mother had type II diabetes and I had gestational diabetes which increases my risk of developing type II by something like 60%. I'm trying to heal my body and avoid these problems. I hope to see the weight loss come as a result of getting healthier. Currently, I'm avoiding all meat and dairy products as much as possible. I think I'm detoxing because my body fluctuates between having more energy and feeling really tired. I know the body protects itself by storing toxins in the fat tissue and once one starts losing weight, it is not uncommon to experience symptoms of illness until the body can process the toxins out. I'm trying to focus on eating greens to help the liver detox and extra water to help the kidneys. I'm trying to avoid toxins I'm aware of such as high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. I'll tackle oils and other things as I become more aware of them. Its a process I believe, just as the weight loss is a journey. I will learn and evolve in different ways as I progress.
current weight: 280.0
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 4 3/20/13 6:50 P
I have wanted to be vegetarian probably since I was a teen. For one reason or other, price or convenience or just laziness, I always slipped back into eating meat although I really had to force myself to just think about the taste and not the fact that a few days ago it was a living thing. Recently I watched "Forks Over Knives" on Netflix and wow....what an eye opener! I am now determined to become vegan. My goal is to accomplish this by Earth Day. So now, for my health and that of my family (as much as I can control it) as well as for envionmental and humanitarian reasons, and just because it is where I am in my spiritual evolution....I have no choice. My heart and spirit just won't let me eat animal products any longer.
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