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My son and DIL are Vegans and I started looking into vegan friendly recipes for family gatherings. That started my reading all kinds of articles, blogs, documentaries on meatfree eating. I went from being a meateater, to a vegetarian, to a vegan and am now back to living a vegetarian lifestyle - foodwise. When I'm home, I cook vegan for myself (hubby is a meater) but if I go out with family or friends, and they're having a slice of pizza, I'm having one too. I don't buy leather, and have done a lot of research into "kind" cosmetics and stay away, as much as possible from products that use animal testing.

I don't ever see myself going back to eating animals.........of any kind.

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4/23/14 8:40 P

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I was raised as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, so I ate dairy and egg products, but nothing with a face. I was fortunate enough to read Diet for a New America in my early teen years, and then I read other John Robbins books. In college, I read a lot of books like Fast Food Nation, Eating Animals, and The Face on Your Plate. Each time I am informed again of the benefits of a plant-based, whole diet, it reaffirms my decisions to eat the way I do, despite the onslaught of people telling me I'm wrong. With documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Food Matters out there for the masses to see on Netflix, I think a lot more people are coming around. I just got Whole in the mail today. It's T. Colin Campbell's newest book. He is the author of The China Study, and a world-renowned nutritionist. I've only read the introduction so far, but I'm already loving it!!

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Hi there!!
There are many reasons for me, I love animals/the environment, I hate that the food industry promotes pork/milk/chicken/beef that haven't been raised ethically but...
My story starts around 23 yrs ago when my eldest sister passed from breast cancer. She was only 46!!! Sick and Distraught with an upset stomach, it caused me to stop eating altogether. Slowly I started eating fruits and veggies. Over time I introduced everything back into my diet, packing on the pounds as I did. emoticon
When my eldest daughter decided she was no longer eating meat, I didn't bat an eye, figuring its something we all go through,right? With my youngest daughter never really enjoying meat, it made sense when she said she was vegetarian at 10 yrs old!! By then her sister was becoming vegan. More soy products, gardein meats and interesting fruits and veggies then ever before. I took their eating styles on as a challenge to my cooking skills and learned more about cooking with Tofu and soy.
It wasn't until a visit to a store in Niagara Falls in Spring 2012, when I must've been visably upset to not find anything in my size, that my husband said he felt sorry for me. First I was enraged/embarrassed/upset but, THAT WAS A LIGHTBULB MOMENT FOR ME!!! I'd tried every diet coming and going, joined the YMCA and worked out steady for 5 months with nothing to show, not even one pound lost!! I remember I told him this with tears in my eyes saying 'the only thing I haven't tried is to be Vegan/Vegetarian full on.' emoticon
That was the realization moment. That day in May I gave up all meat/fish/dairy. There have been a few times since then but generally I feel sick after and it stops me the next time. I struggle with soy/soymilk because I find it causes stomach issues at times. I'm also having indigestion from pasta,bread,rice recently. So generally I'm eating nuts/seeds,eggs/egg whites, veggies, pea protein products, tvp,and the odd fruit. Its difficult, but I feel so much better and low and behold~ I'm FINALLY losing weight emoticon


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I have been dairy free for 5 days now (Seriously dairy obsessed!) and am feeling better than I have in a long time. My cravings are letting up and I am now targeting eggs as the next to go. I cannot stand the thought of continuing to contribute to the suffering of innocent animals.

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I'd tried to go vegetarian throughout middle and high school-- it had always been an aspiration of mine, but I lacked the drive, the will, to do so in my meat-heavy household. Then, the same morning of my college orientation, my pet rabbit (who was only about three months old) died of GI stasis (a common ailment in lionhead rabbits that is very nearly a death sentence, even when caught early enough, which it wasn't). I rushed to do whatever I could to save him, but it was no good. Baby bunny died in my arms and I wasn't able to do anything except make sure he was being loved and petted as he went.

It hit me like a ton of bricks that morning that other animals-- specifically the ones I'd been eating for the better part of eighteen years-- didn't even get that much. There was no loving owner to pet them and snuggle them as they died. There was no compassion at all. And I realized that I couldn't be a part of that anymore. So that morning, I stopped.

And actually, despite how choked up I am right now, typing this up and reliving that was very useful-- I'm going to be vegan in the very near future (basically when we run out of our animal products, we won't be replacing them), and it's good to be reminded why, no matter how painful.

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I became vegetarian when I opened my eyes to how animals were being treated, I still have it on occasion but know I see the chicken locked in a cage with it's beak sawed off , a pig infected and forced to sleep standing, it breaks my heart just thinking about, images in my minds eye are ingrained ,

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Hi I'm new to this forum. I've just started being a vegetarian (1 week), and I'm already feeling better. I used to feel really sluggish and tired, but know I feel great and I've lost three pounds already!

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Originally when I became a vegetarian (pescetarian, specifically) I was running a lot and it seemed no matter how long I waited after eating I would get very sick on my runs; you can imagine how embarrassing that could be, considering I run on public roads and tracks. Once I cut out meat however, I noticed a huge difference.

Since then, I have seriously looked into the benefits of being vegetarian and why I should maintain this lifestyle. Now I enjoy it for the promotion of animal rights, although I personally believe that eating animals is not what is wrong, but the conditions that some are kept in when born into the meat industry.

Lately I've been finding I really don't want to eat fish anymore and have even been considering going vegan, but I'm a little resistant with how restricting that could be.

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I'm an omnivore, but I lean heavily towards vegetarianism.

I've never really liked cooking meat, so I rarely do at home. I will eat meat in restaurants or other people's homes.

My fella is a long-term vegetarian, which also encourages my domestic vegetarianism. When we cook together it's veggie, and we like to cook together!

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2/21/13 5:48 A

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Even if you are not vegan/vegetarian, it's great that you're cutting back on animal based meals. Every little bit helps emoticon

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2/13/13 8:51 P

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Hi everyone new to the team :)

Well i am not exactly a full vegan or vegetarian. I eat a vegan diet 5 days out the week and the other 2 days I eat meat, eggs, and cheese. I am Mexican so being vegan is basically non existent in my family is hard to get away from menudo, tacos, enchiladas, and carne asada that is in our family meals all the time.

I decided to do a vegan diet since i have a few friends who are vegan so i thought it would be an awesome challenge to re-create all my favorite mexican dishes into vegan and of course I wanted the benefits of losing weight.

So far I have been doing this for about 3 weeks and I have lost a couple pounds however I tend to over do it a little on the weekends with the meat though. Other than that I really like that I have a lot of energy and all the health benefits that come from eating lots of veggies. So thats the reason I am sticking to this at least for 5 days a week eventually 6 and maybe a while from now will be full vegan. :)

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Hi welcome to the team, yours is a very interesting story. I am glad things are working out for you and I hope the operation works, I also hope you stick with the veg diet think how good you feel know, do you want to go back. Try something give up the dairy and see how you feel. I would bet you will feel better and may even start losing more weight. And as far as people trying to confivce you to eat some thing you don't want tell them that is your choice not theirs, good luck in whatever you do

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Hello

I'm new here.

Well, me becoming a vegetarian was kind of a strange evolution of events culminating in an allergy.

Back when my daughter was 13 she walked through the door after school one day and announced "I"m going to be a vegetarian!". My partner and I looked at each other, rolled our eyes, and said "Oh ok". And I thought to myself "Nope...this isn't gonna last long in a Cowgirls house!". See I grew up in cattle country. I actually know what a steak tastes like when it's not pumped full of chemicals and garbage, huge open range to roam on, and taken fresh from the land to the table. I've going through the entire process. It's amazing. Same with Chickens. Admittedly I never could handle the hog farms so I don't know anything about them other than the meat was fresh and good. Well I was right. It didn't last very long. 3 months and she was screaming for a cheese burger. LOL She did this off and on until she was 18. Usually about once a year she'd make her announcement and we'd roll our eyes. Well in 2009 she made her announcement again. Only this time I announced that I would join her and we'd see how long we both lasted. She lasted less than a month. After 5 months I become more of a flexitarian who ate meat every couple of months or so.

I had been having some weird health issues. Nothing massive. The 2 big things were that 1. I could not lose weight no matter how hard I tried and 2. I had this weird blotchy rash on my chest and arms. No doctor could figure it out. I didn't eat fried foods. I didn't eat sweets hardly at all (I'm one of those freaks who doesn't like chocolate and I don't care for anything that's really sweet). I didn't drink sodas, energy drinks, anything bottled or canned. These things still hold true. The only bottled thing I drink is an occasional Angry Orchard Hard Cider. But that's even pretty rare. I've just never cared for these things. I'm active. Growing up I played sports and rode my bike everywhere. Or walked. But still, I couldn't get the weight off. I still struggle with that part. Well in 2010 I was in Louisiana visiting with some kin folk over there. My uncle decided "Oh..Texas girl.. we need meat...LOTS OF IT!". So he fixed this huge meat feast. I dug in even though I'd been flexitarian for a year. I hadn't even finished my plate before the massive headache set in, my skin became blotchy and red, and I was in the bathroom throwing up. I figured it was just the weather change from Austin to Baton Rouge. So I blew it off. The next morning I grabbed a sausage biscuit and headed out the door to go to work (Gotta love working off a laptop!). It's a small town outside of Baton Rouge and I had a 30 minute drive into BR to get a signal so I could work. I didn't even make it through my sausage biscuit this time before I was feeling like death. My partner looked at me and said "Are you allergic to meat??". Well I looked at her like she was insane. Allergic to meat? That doesn't happen! Well, yes it does. The rash, the migraine, the nausea, all of it. My doctor proclaimed me a weirdo (we all had a good laugh because I agreed with her) and said I was indeed allergic. But not to the protein or enzymes like most people. They aren't sure what it is, but it's the flesh itself. Doesn't even matter what kind of flesh. I've tried everything from beef, to fish, chicken, pork...hell I even tried squirrel. It's all the exact same reaction. So I'm now meat free by force.

Now, with all that said, I love being a vegetarian (Is it technically called ovolactovegetarian? But that's so long! lol I do still enjoy eggs, milk and cheese without illness but that's it and I make certain it's farm fresh.). I have a brain issue called Chiari Malformation. I had it suggested that the reaction might not be a "true allergy", that it might be that my brain has slipped enough that it's pressing on a specific area that controls these reactions and once I have the surgery that the reaction may cease and I can go back to eating meat. But I won't. I love the way I feel. Granted, my weight has hit a long hard plateau but I it's certainly not from a lack of meat. I feel lighter without the meat in my system. And I absolutely LOVE what being a vegetarian has done for my cooking skills!! My recipe collection is so varied and exciting now! I love learning more about tofu and tempeh and spices and in season fruits and veggies...and now I'm hungry! LOL

So there's my reason as to "Why?" and an explanation of it. I'm glad to have found this SP Team. I do get frustrated with people who just offer me a salad (usually just iceberg lettuce, which I do not like and never have) or who give me hell for not eating meat. And since I've been single a year now I'm finding that dating isn't easy either. They keep saying "Oh just try it. I bet you'll like it" when they want to eat meat. I got nothing against meat, I just can't eat it!! Why don't they understand that?

Sorry, this has been long. But this is the first time since I've become a vegetarian that I've joined a vegetarian group of any kind and I guess I'm just excited to not be the lone soldier anymore.

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that is a good reason, some of the stuff in our food is scary

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Feeling better without all the chemicals and hormones.

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that is a very good reason to quit meat, you might want to quit dairy as well. In many cases that is worse than meat

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I want to eat healthier and as I get older I dislike meat more and more to the point that I don't bother cooking any for myself. So I am exploring new recipes and meals that are vegetarian. I am doing tis for me as DH feels that no meat on his plate means he has not had a dinner. I also beleive that when we eat meat we are putting dead energy into our bodies and that can't be good

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7/17/12 12:01 A

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emoticon I love to be healthy & also love animals.

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Hi Pat welcome, keep up the good work

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I have been eating vegan & no oils (Dr. McDougall/Dr. Esselstyn's recomendations) for one month now, and I love it. I was a bigtime meat eater, looooved my mac & cheese and hotdogs, loved ice cream and cake and cookies---and I loved those foods right up to a weight of 312 pounds, complete with hypertension and the medicines that go along with it. I knew something had to change.

I was concerned about cooking a different way from my family (since they still enjoy their meat dishes), and I needed something that wouldn't keep me in the kitchen all day. So I searched for recipes that I could cook one day and eat for several days after (stews, soups, etc), and I began with those. I found a nice farmer's market not too far from my home, and I began shopping there so that my produce would last longer and my money would go further.

So far it's working, and I've lost 19 pounds since I started eating this way. I sleep better, my joints ache less, I feel more mentally alert, and although I'm still very large, my body seems more toned. It's a strange feeling. My complexion even looks better. I no longer have stinging, pitting edema in my legs or chest tightness when I would lay down in bed. I no longer fear that I won't wake up in the morning either because my heart simply gave out due to the weight I was carrying.

After a month of eating this way, I can say that I do not crave cheese anymore, and I don't crave milk. Occasionally, I do crave chocolate, but that's something I have been able to turn my thoughts away from. I also notice that in the few times that I have tasted non-vegan foods, or the foods I used to eat (taste testing for spices, etc, when cooking for my family), they do not taste pleasant to me anymore. They taste bland to me now. How strange is that? emoticon

So although I do love animals very much, I did this primarily for my health. I want to be around for a long long time, and the way I was eating, putting on the pounds that I was, that wasn't going to be possible.

Glad to be here! :)

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The dr believed him and actually said he was going to recommend it to other patients. Me, I was shocked that the doctor was asking him how he did it instead of the dr having told him about it. But the gave h no guidance on what to eat or what. It too -- too many dr push taking the pill but I am not a believer in that. My mother took meds for her cholesterol
Several years ago and then ended up with a liver disease.

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Hi welcome, that is good to hear, did your hubbys doc believe him about the meat or did he just say spontaneous remission so he wouldn't have to admit the pills don't work. Keep up the good work

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By accident . . . really. My grandfather had a farm and I never really thought about animal products being bad for you but I have always hated the texture of raw meats. Yes I was the kid in school that took a zero in biology because I refused to disect anything. Took a zero in a college class because I refused to cut up a chicken (I think that was a first there for a home ec major! lol)

Anyway the accident happened like this:
My husband's bloodwork showed high triclycerides and the dr put him on medication. Six months later he retested and it was still high. Dr. said "it must be hereditary" and left it at that. I cut red meats from out diet (we were flexitarian so it was an easy move) and added Bocca burgers and other fake meats. When my husband went back to the dr, the dr asked him whose blood they tested! lol The dr said that he'd never seen numbers drop so quickly in such a short time and wanted to know what he was doing so he could tell other clients.

After hearing that I decided I'd become vegetarian. When I said that my husband said he would, too.

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Hi that is very good advice the ETL program is a good one

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Hi Linda, you should read the book Eat To Live. There is a group for this way of eating on Sparkpeople also. It talks about food cravings and how you can overcome them. I rarely crave cheese anymore and I thought it would be impossible to give up! You will have withdraw symptoms when you stop eating meat and dairy but then you stop having cravings. This is because "casein" is in milk protein and is highly addictive in order to keep the baby calves coming back to get more. Humans become addicted also and can be as difficult as quitting smoking. Good luck! I quit smoking 3 years ago and quit cheese 6 months ago. I have it occassionally if it is in a salad at a restaurant. But at home, there are vegan cheeses I use when making Mexican food and I don't notice a difference at all!


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hi welcome to the teasm

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I was vegetarian in high school but then starting eating meat again in college and beyond. I recently (last 3 months) went back to not eating cows, pigs, fowl, and other land animals or drinking milk after watching a few documentaries and doing some reading (Forks Over Knives, Food, Inc., reading EAT TO LIVE, etc.) I am an animal lover and learning how animals are processed just made me stop eating them. I do eat fish, cheese, eggs -- at least for now.

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Hi welcome to the team, I have seen a couple of those clips and read some things in Skinney Bitch. I don't know if I could watch some of the movies. But yea they are treated bad and the stuff they put in them makes the meat poison. If you desire meat find organic meat from a source you can check out by visiting the farm and checking out how they do things, at least then you will be getting a healthy meat humanly treat

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I went vegetarian about a year ago after watching an episode of This American Life about factory pig farming. I always knew in the back of my mind how the animals were treated, but I tried to avoid thinking about it. When I was confronted with it face to face, I became violently ill and cried for hours, thinking of the treatment inflicted on those poor creatures in the name of cheap meat. I never ate pork again, and I've only had a few small "cheat" meals in the last year. I hardly ever crave meat anymore, and when I do, I typically eat Quorn chik'n--or, when things are really dire, I might pick up a small sandwich or something from a local farm that treats its cows very, very well (I've been there!). I realize that I do feel better in general now that I no longer eat meat, but I did it for my love of all living creatures.

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convinced by the china study, and then by the lab results after we followed a vegan diet for 6 weeks and my DH's blood sugar went from "prediabetic", which it had been for 20 years, to solidly normal. i had been vegetarian on and off for several years before that, but it has been 4 years of vegan diet now, and no looking back.

also, the way today's food supply (big food) is handled, i quite frankly don't trust it. we eat almost no processed foods at all. plant-based whole food vegan diet here...

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See, those are things that I do get frustrated about. It's the same as cage free birds or eggs. They're not really cage free. They only have to be let out a certain amount of time. It's just upsetting. You're right though if we want it then it is available. Maybe one day, but this is the best choice for us.
I even found some great simple. Recipes that I think we'll really enjoy!

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Hi SARA that is a very good reason, my reasons are more health but I do recognize the awful treatment the animals go through to be food. If you do want meat or chicken find an organic farmer then ask to visit his farm and ask him about additives and such. I just read that the legal definition of an organic cow is one that has be feed 30% grass. so organic don't really mean organic. but it is there if you look for it.

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So, I'm doing this for lots of reasons. The #1 reason though is because I've just recently learned of pink slime. When I researched what it is and what it contains it absolutely sickened me to my core. And to think that I'm putting this in my children's bodies! I thought okay, we just won't eat beef, then i thought further which is if they are adding this to the beef what are they doing to the chicken to get those large pieces? So, I've decided we will go vegetarian. I will still eat fish and shrimp though and some dairy products.
I just can't believe what it's come to with our food. I have to teach my children. Maybe they'll have little to no problems if we start now with them and teaching them a much healthier and natural way of life.

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Hi thanks for sharing, they are some very good reasons, some I have never thought of

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Hello, I just did an intro post, and that went into the major reason why I'm eating vegetarian(personal challenge). There are other benefits and reasons as well.

-Cost, my grocery bills have always been highest when I buy meat for recipes. I like saving money.
-Sustainability. I do not think the amount of meat we consume as a species is sustainable. It has a huge impact on the environment and anything I can do to help is good.
-Health. When I eat meat, I tend to load it with marianade, sauce or some other fatty dressing to help it stay moist and juicy. But when I eat fruits and veggies, they don't need anything to make them perfect. That right there cuts out some unnecessary ingredients.

So these are a few of my reasons for the lifestyle change. : )

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45-60 sound good, sparks numbers are very high

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I'm hitting between 45 and 60, so I think I'm doing ok. The range that SP gave me was 60-130! Feeling much better about it now...thanks!

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for figures I have seen you shouldn't need more than 60 grams a day, even body builder don't use much more than the norm and there are many professional athletes that are vegan.

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Thanks for the info. I sometimes had trouble getting enough protein even when I ate meat! I am keeping tabs on it though until I get used to these new foods.

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Hi welcome to the group, glad you found something that works for you, don't get bent about protein because you need far less that the experts would have you think. the standard numbers were published by the meat and dairy industry so they can sell more meat. I read a post in this or my other group that the World Health Organization is recommending about 5% protein. hope this helps

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hi everyone! I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes about 6 years ago. I really didn't want to take any medication, so I did a lot of research into natural ways to reduce my glucose. I found a lot of information on vegan diets and lowered levels, so I thought I'd give it a try. I had a really hard time with the vegan diet, so I switched to vegetarian - small amounts of cheese (this was way too hard to give up) and a rare egg (never was much of a fan). This lasted for about a year. I was in graduate school, working full time, and it was tough to cook for me and my carnivorous hubby, so I quit. Needless to say, I had to go on an oral hypoglycemic drug for my diabetes. I still made it a point to cook at least 2 meatless meals a week, which hubby also enjoys.

Last week I was just feeling really bloated and run down when I got an email about the new Spark People cookbook. I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle and have been meatless ever since. It's amazing how much better I feel in just a week's time. I was never a big fan of red meat and always ate way more veggies than meat.

My only concern now is that I find it a little tough getting all of my protein in while staying within my calorie range. I'm starting to experiment a little more with tofu, hoping that will help.



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red meat and pork always made me feel sick, gave me stomach aches, constipation etc ... so I stopped eating red meat and pork around 15 years ago.. and would mainly eat chicken and turkey, but it would have to be skinless and boneless, the thought of the bones just grosses me out, same reason why I can't eat fish... I couldn't eat meat off the bone, even as a young kid and would have to have the meat on the plate but no bones... shortly after giving up the red meat, and pork, It wasn't a big change or deal to give up all meat, I mainly ate vegetarian so it wasn't a huge transition but mainly now a label to my eating habits as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I like trying new recipes out and always am up for something new and healthy to try!!

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1. I don't know if it's because I have MS, but I simply can not digest animal tissue. I avoid all other animal products just in case this helps my digestion.
2. Factory farming and clear cutting forests to pasture cows is ruining our planet.
3. No animal needs to endure the torturous conditions most of them do, just to wind up on our plates.
4. Killing and eating an animal brother or sister is bad Karma

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Hi welcome to the team, you don't want to know everything I know because it isn't very much. But personally what I am aiming for is a high raw diet. high in raw fruits and veggies especially greens, the green smoothie is best because blended greens are most easily digested, google Victoria Boutenko, she is and expert in the green smoothie. Hope this helps, continue to ask and search. also in cutting carbs don't cut veggie carbs except starching veggies, lmit them. all of greens and fruit are carbs but they are the kind you need, what you don't need is grains, when you do eat grain make sure they are 100 % whole

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My father died at 54 with massive coronary, my three brothers have all had heart attacks, bypasses and stints. the eldest started the "vegan diet with no oils" 6 weeks ago and we talked briefly about it over Christmas vacation. I'm interested and learning - Dr says I am pre diabetic and wants me to cut carbs so am doing lots of label reading, study, comparing - I have already figured out that beef does not settle well so have not eaten any for 6 months - I love my cheeses though and yogurt and eggs so an seeing some issues ahead - coming in with open mind and looking for healthy eating on a budget and need to loose 60# ...Teach me all you know ☺ ☺

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Hi good for you keep up the good work

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my daughter went vegetarian and so did my best friend i hardly ate meat and lately i was getting sick from it so my new years resolution was 2 become vegetarian.

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Hi I am glad you came to be veg so naturaly, welcome to the team

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I have been a vegetarian almost my entire life. I never liked the texture of meat so I refused to eat it. When I was young I would hide meat that I did not want to eat in my pockets and my mom would find it in the wash. I was around 3 when I stopped eating meat. When I was 7 I had a vegetarian babysitter and that was when I learned that I was actually a vegetarian.

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you have a very wise doctor

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Right on, Melissa and Mike. My doctor strongly recommends a vegan lifestyle for me--especially NO dairy--for bone health and to avoid diabetes.

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my weight is stalled- but sugars are stable instead of dropping all the time.. need to figure out why I am not loosing ???



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hope everything works out

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got blood work done today - can't wait to see the numbers - have been on my eating plan for 2 months now... I am on eating for your blood type - I am O....



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Another reason to avoid dairy: osteoporosis is virtually unheard of in cultures where dairy is not part of the diet, but highest in countries with the highest intake of dairy such as in the US.

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for one thing animal foods are full of antibiotics and growth hormones and for milk it was designed to be health for cows not people. I have read vegan that have said their children never had ear infection because they never had milk. Also milk is high in calcium but it is also an acid food, so your body uses the calcium in the milk to neutralize it self and if there isn't enough it gets the rest from your bones. Don' take my word look into it

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Why bad? I'm not allergic or lactose intolerant--they serve as vital sources of protein and calcium for me.

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Hi welcome to the group, I would encourage you to cut way back on your dairy products, they are very bad

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I went ovolacto both to better balance my food intake and to save money. When I eat meat I tend to eat too much protein; I do much better with skim milk, low- or no-fat cheese, and legumes, all double-purpose foods that supply protein and slow carbs at the same time all with very little fat. I am allergic to wheat AND diabetic; instead of all of those high-glycemic gluten-free flours (eg tapioca and rice) I use lots of oat plus garbanzo bean and barley (not good for a celiac; it has gluten).
The cooking has been a challenge but I'm learning. I use soy and some of the Quorn products (the ones without wheat gluten). I eat lots of lentils, the red ones that cook down to a mush make a great high-fiber substitute for mashed potatoes.
Good luck to all.

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Hi welcome, good luck on dealing with your issues

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I have a lot of health issues- went to an alternative doctor she is from china and she put me on the eating for your blood type.. I finally got all the flours to make gluten free bread- (needed something to put the hummus on..LOL ) and made it today - it made my BS go thru the roof and I am hypoglycemic- been in bed all day...:0(



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Hi, your way of changing is probably the most lasting, just let it happen. most people me included want it now

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I became a vegetarian in 1974 as a kind of by-product of my yoga practice. I had begun doing yoga, and after a few beginning courses it was suggested that if I wanted to progress I might want to become a vegetarian. One of the principles of yoga, ahimsa, is non-violence. Well, I did and felt immediately 'lighter'...really, that's the only way to describe it. I've never looked back. Of course I've taken a side trip now and then and had non-veg items, but it's not a common thing for me. Over the past few years, I've been evolving into a more plant based way of eating. I haven't set out to do this, it's just that the more I learn, the more I head in that direction.

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Hi, yes the results are amazing when we eliminate animal foods, that is not to much of a problem for me. I big challenge is eating clean low fat foods that I can cook

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I call myself a backward vegan because I gave up all dairy and eggs first because it was all giving me heartburn and bad stomach pains. As time went on it was easy to give up all meats, fish and the like mainly because I hated what was happening to the animals of the world for our sake. I had trained myself to ignore what I heard when I rode by the slaughter house on my bike but the memory was always there.

The health benefits were amazing, no more blood pressure medication and my clothes got looser and looser and my energy levels soared. It was amazing how easy it became just because I would not take anything that came from animals in any form. I bake cookies and other treats but find them so tasty that I never overdo enjoying them. It has been a wonderful journey so far and I can't wait to find more wonderful recipes and ideas here.



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I chose to become a vegetarian for health reasons primarily but also because of what they do to the animals we eat. For that matter, I'm picky with what they do with veggies and fruits too but they're offering more options in that area than with meats. I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. I still have a little cheese and am weening myself from fish. I'm still new at this but am looking for support and encouragement as well as an education from this group. I am reading but want to make the best decisions for my life and hopefully my husband and son will follow suit.

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I became a vegetarian for moral reasons.

We Share with others, so we can truely give to ourselves.

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.

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Like below I also have family who hunt and fish. And my son is pretty much a carnivore.

I choose not to eat meat for a few reasons. One is because of ethics I guess you would say. Basically what the animal goes through just to get on a persons plate. How they are treated while a live and the manner of their death as well. Not to mention what they themselves are forced to eat.
I do not have never liked the "feel" of meat in my hands or in my mouth.
If it could have ever had eyes and looked at me I pretty much don't want to eat it.

But I will sit to dinner with people who eat meat...as long as they don't give me the third degree for not filling my plate with the same stuff they do.

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I went veggie mainly for environmental reasons although I enjoy the health benefits as well.

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Hi there everyone!
I started eating vegetarian over a week ago and decided to go completely vegan shortly thereafter. I have a few different reasons for going vegan:
- My health. I am pre-diabetic with PCOS and I want to give myself the chance to live a full, healthy life!
- Ethical concerns. After watching Food, Inc. and Earthlings, I never wanted to touch meat or animal products ever again. I can't support an industry that is detrimental to workers, animals, and consumers.
- Religious reasons. As an Episcopal Christian, I believe that it is important to show the compassion of Jesus to others, and this includes animals.
Sometimes I miss eating dairy (especially cheese), but then I notice how great I feel without all of the unnecessary toxins in my body and I remember how that dairy and cheese got on my plate. I absolutely LOVE being vegan!

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Simple...better health. I am not a vegan evangelist. I am not an ethical vegan. I have friends who hunt and fish...and that's fine with me. But veganism has improved my health.

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I have multiple reasons for turning to a vegan lifestyle. Health, environmental, frugality, and the acknowledgment of animals being sentient beings (so why do we abuse, torture and kill them) are a few.

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Veggie lifestyle for health... for life

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I just discovered this vegan/gluten free site: http://recipes.xgfx.org/recent-recipes/

It's awesome! Hope it helps :)

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It is kind of a lot of things that all came together that have led me to be eating a vegan diet. Shortly after my son was born it was evident that he had an allergy to dairy so I had to give up dairy because I was nursing him. I hardly drank milk but did love cheese so that part was tough. Once I gave it up I realized that I must have a dairy intolerence of some sort because alot of digestive issues were resolved and I also stopped getting so many headaches! About 1 year later we went on a trip with another couple and ate an obscene amount of meat at every meal, steak and lobster, steak and crab, and I came home feeling sick and as if I could never eat meat again. At the same time, my mom had bought the cookbook "Vegan Planet" and I started to make alot of the recipes in it and they were sooo amazing and I started wondering if removing meat and eggs from my diet would lead to the improvement that eliminating dairy had. I definitely have seen an improvement in my overall well being since the switch...I haven't felt this great since I was a vegetarian at university (partly for health, but mostly for financial reasons). Any time that I "fall off the wagon" (usually when eating at someone's house where there isn't a single item that doesn't contain dairy, meat, or eggs) I feel terrible!
I have some great vegan cookbooks "How it all Vegan", "La Dolce Vegan" and "Vegan Planet" (I used my mom's so much I had to buy her a new one) and now I eat so much better than when I was following the meat, potato, boiled veggie menu I had before!

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I stopped eating meat when I was young, probably 8 or 9 years old I'm guessing. And from what my mom tells me, it was always a huge struggle to get me to eat meat at any point in my life.
I dont know why I chose vegetarian to be honest. It kinda creeps me out. Partially a texture thing. I dont know why but when I try to eat meat, I just picture all this gross stuff in my head like veins pumping blood and it grosses me out!!
I do not enjoy the texture of most meats, but have recently started eating chicken breast, but am very picky as to what brand and how it is cooked. I decided to start incorperating chicken, because I simply was finding it too difficult to get enough protein in my diet. And I dont mind chicken now, but I only eat it a couple times per week and am otherwise vegetarian

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