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2/28/11 4:38 P

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You are in our thoughts and prayers.



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2/27/11 9:11 A

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I am so sorry for your loss, Jonibee. May you find peace during this difficult time. emoticon

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Love begins within.

Namaste

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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I see more names that are familiar to me on this post so I need to tell you all that I have lost my beloved, and right now am struggling to keep my weight in check, but I will overcome. Cecil, always being an early riser, packed it in at 7:05 Feb 17 2011 and I sorely miss him but happy he did not suffer more than that last heavy, 6 weeks. He is missed by many, and was a wonderfully, compassionate husband. I thought I would be the first to go as I am 6 years his elder and had 2 heart attacks in Dec of 2009. I guess it is up to the Lord, not us eh? Joni

I am following Dr Esselstyn's book to Reverse Heart Disease.
My goal is to get one pound slimmer every week until I reach 140, and then stay there forever, healthy.


I notice that my weight always comes up as Kg but believe me, I never weighed 210 Kg LOL It should be reading pounds (that is what my scale says), and I cannot seem to change it so wanted you to know. LOL



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2/24/11 9:41 A

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Very nice, Daphne, I agree! emoticon

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

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2/23/11 6:31 P

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Well said. I'm for the environment too!

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2/23/11 6:02 P

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why? well Ive got a bottom line here-since I have access to food that doesnt require killing an animal I choose that. If the world economy was thrown into chaos and the only reliable food source was the afore mentioned act then I would do what needs to be done. But until then, I can buy rice, pasta, produce, soy milk ect ect ad infinitum-I just really dont need to eat meat. I concider animal farming wasteful also, in sooo many respects, its more gentle on the enviornment to grow organic produce, so I put my money wher my mouth is and I buy organic, not because I beleive it is healthier for me, but organic farming is healthier for the environment. Until the demand for organic is there, producers will keep dumping god knows what to get a return on their investment. emoticon
Ok glad I got that off my chest, Im just annoyed when non-vegs asume to be vegan means you are an airhead

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2/20/11 5:18 P

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So this weekend I've read all of "The Engine 2 Diet" and most of "Eat to Live" and tomorrow's the day. I realize that I may have some setbacks, but I'm ready to change the way I eat. Things in my life have been heading this way for a long time. As the Chinese proverb says (loosely), "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." I haven't been grocery shopping to support my new vegetable needs, but we are well supplied with nuts, seeds, beans, fruit and quite a bit of vegetables. Slow and easy...

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2/6/11 6:53 A

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I just recently decided to become a vegetarian. I have been trying to lead a more sustainable life for some time - growing my own food, using the eggs from my chickens, etc. I follow a blogger who is doing similar things, but she recently bought and raised a pig for meat. After trying to read the blog about the day of the slaughter, and seeing some of the pictures, I decided I couldn't go that route. I am an animal lover at heart and seeing the animal slaughtered, although it was humanely raised and killed, turned my stomach worse than ever. Then I started researching more closely how the food in our grocery stores is raised and slaughtered - again, it made me ill. So, here I am throwing myself into vegetarianism. This is a great team for resources, but I also love reading other's opinions about various environmental/ecological things. emoticon emoticon

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1/30/11 5:07 P

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I call myself an ethical vegetarian... thirteen years ago I was reading Gandhi's autobiography and many of his observations about why he was a vegetarian really hit deep - I had already been feeling guilty about eating animals when I call myself an animal lover. The next day was Mother's Day - my son took me to our favorite restaurant and I ordered my usual - steak and mushrooms. I couldn't eat it. It was the last meat I ate.

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12/29/10 6:52 P

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I have no problem staying away from any of it, it is my addictions that get me. If I have a salad out my go to dressing is thousand island types and what do they contain eggs and milk so I avoid that. eating unprocessed foods is my big problem, I can't leave them alone.

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12/29/10 12:33 P

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I stopped eating meat just over a year ago and I feel SO much better! I use soy milk because of a problem with lactose and I want to stay away from eggs and cheese for ethical reasons, but I'm finding that to be much more challenging. Working on it!

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12/28/10 11:01 A

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I've basically floated between being vegetarian/vegan/and meat for the last 10 years. I've always felt best with vegan diet. After watching "Earthlings" I decided to make it official to help save animals, the environment and myself.

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Love begins within.

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10/25/10 10:02 A

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Hi Siusaidh and welcome. There's nothing wrong with finishing what you have and wearing things from the old days. I think it's more wasteful to throw everything away too. Everyone is different and we all respect that.



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Hi welcome, it is good to hear your story, I think it is interesting to read how other people saw the light. I read skinny bitch and it was an eye opener

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I finished reading Skinny Bitch and decided it was time. I had been a vegetarian for a few years after my kids were born in the '90s and always wanted to go vegan. Well, now I've got a dairy allergy and lactose intolerance, as well as intolerance of yeast breads and maltodextrin/artificial sweeteners. If I cut out meat, that makes me a vegan anyways, almost. Not only is this health related (weight loss, pre-hypertensive) but I am also a compassionate soul who believes that eating animals is not much different than if we were to eat a human. I see them as intelligent, emotive beings who deserve no less than humans.

I will qualify that I was a seafood junkie and I may have fish or shellfish on a rare occasion.

Also, though I am choosing not to purchase new products which are not compassionately made, I don't think it would be right for me to throw out items I already own, such as some Burt's Bees products and some leather orthopedic sandals I've had for years. I think it would be stupid to throw things out for the new lifestyle and have to purchase replacements.

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9/10/10 6:21 A

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I have been vegetarian for almost 5 mos. now and I am the same. I feel lite inside and most of my stomach issues have resolved their self. I also suffered from endometriosis for years and ended up with a hysterectomy 8 years ago. I wish you the best in this journey.

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hi, welcome to the team. Those are some commendable reasons. I read skinny bitch and can understand why the thought of eating meat would do that. I went to a chinese buffet and they had a japanese place where they cooked your food in front of you on a grill. I got all veggies but the grill was greasy from meat and chicken and shrimp, gross. I do miss shrimp and fish though

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I could no longer eat beef, chicken, or pork after reading Skinny Bitch. A real eye opener. I do not even drink milk anymore. I grew up on a farm so I never really thought about what they were doing to animals in factory farms, we never did any of that nor do any of the other farmers around here. I am still eating seafood once in a while but even the taste of that is getting to me now so I know it will not be long until I am a true vegetarian. I agree with the lighter feeling. I feel as if I am no longer bogged down inside and most of my stomach problems have also resolved themselves. I also have endometriosis which is an estrogen fed disease and that is doing much better since I stopped eating factory fed meat. I love this new lifestyle and hope to continue on for a long time.

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very well said all of you

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I have always felt that I was a vegetarian stuck in a meat world. I always had people tell me that I could not do it and I believed them. I grew up on my grandfather's farm and understood where meat came from. Lately I have wanted to learn more after watching an Oprah show on where our food comes from. I also read The Kind Diet and I have to say - It is time that I put up or shut up. I realized that I would feel better in body and mind if I did what I knew I had to.

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i like animals much better when they are alive.

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It's been about 6 years - since my daughter was born and we went vegetarian. For us - we all follow a mostly vegetarian diet, my husband and my kids - its about kindness. Sometimes my husband says karma to explain our wish to avoid consuming suffering. Our family motto -- the most important thing is to be kind.

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Hi I know what you are talking about, thinking about your health. I am 60 and have known about healthy eating for years but my wife is the opposite, its fast food for her and save money, we have no kids and is cheaper. I finely decided to take responsibility for my self. She don't exactly like but its not her health

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Honestly... looking back... I think I was always vegan and didn't recognize it. I didn't drink milk as a kid, no eggs... no lunch meat. My parents made me eat meat because "it was good for me". (For pitty sake!) I've been vegetarian for about 10 months and am working hard at being vegan. My husband not only does not support me but hates it. Oh well. I'm 43 and finally thinking about myself for once in my life. No regrets. I have some great recipes and even in a time pinch a good stir-fry works well!

Healthier me, healthier animals, healthier environment! It's a win win....

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I've been Vegan for over 3 years now. I was a vegetarian for around 10 years when I was younger and one day I just decided that I didn't want to contribute to anymore pain and suffering and went back to being vegetarian...then the next morning after watching a short film I was forwarded about the death of male chickens in a factory I went vegan and haven't looked back since. For me it wasn't a hard choice at all. I use to love cheese on everything but cheese-less pizza is way better plus a lot healthier!!!

Even the smell of meat makes me sick now so it does limit which restaurants I can visit but there are still plenty of places out there that are vegan friendly plus it also helps limit my intake of fast and fatty food!!!!

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Treska, you mentioned missing ice cream. I'm not really a vegetarian or vegan, but I tried SoDelicious Coconut Almond Minis and they were wonderful! They're made with coconut milk and I believe they are completely vegan. Even my veggie-skeptic, ice cream & chocolate addict BF loved them.

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Thanks, Mike. I was hoping it was something like that. If the headaches persist past several days, I'll talk to a doctor.

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Hi I feel the same way about chicken, the industry put arsenic in the feed to make them grow, the main reason I became a vegetarian is because of all the chemical being put in meat and seafood is polluted as well. the logical step was to be a vegan, I won't be strict about it. if is in something it is. Also I may once in awhile have fish or shrimp, with open eyes knowing it is bad. your headaches could be your body detoxing, you are having a reaction to the lack of preservatives, you will get over it. same thing happened to me when I dropped sugar from coffee

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I've been an official vegetarian for almost a week now. I was raised on fish and fowl, and never really ate much in terms of the large animals. I was a vegetarian for a year when I was 9 or so (after seeing the movie "Babe"), before my parents called it off, as I was largely living on cereal. I've never really had a taste for meat, and in recent months I've had an aversion to poultry as well. I have always taken issue with the meat/poultry industry for both animal rights and environmental reasons.

However, the last few nights I have been getting these crazy headaches, and I was wondering if this was due to the change, albeit slight, to my diet. Any thoughts?

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There's vegan ice cream out there, haven't tried it though. I've only had raw vegan ice cream which was out of this world. So miss it no more!



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I've been following the vegan lifestyle for about a month now and I feel great. It started with accidentally coming across Pamela Anderson and the PETA's film about factory farming... Then somebody recommended to read The China Study... and now I'm reading The Food Revolution by John Robbins. Lots interesting and very educational information. On the end... I don't miss meat at all, maybe ice cream... a little :-)

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one thing I have noticed about recipes is so often I have look at one and still find non vegan or vegetarian items in them

Mike


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You don't need to eat those fake foods. You can get a wonderfully varied diet eating vegetables, fruits grains, beans, nuts and seeds. For example I just ate a huge salad that consisted of:

Kale
Lettuce (2 varieties)
Green onion
Cilantro
Mango
Avocado
Sunflower seeds
Sprouted quinoa

With about a tbsp of raw organic tahini and lemon juice as a dressing

Now that was a simple dish no fake food and it was delicious.

I highly recommend you browse the recipes that people have added to Spark, there are tons of vegan recipes that don't call for fake food. Those foods are processed too and while they may not have animals in them it doesn't mean they are necessarily healthier for you.

You can do it! And your taste buds will really appreciate it :)



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I have been vegan for over a week now and all I know is that my tummy feels sooooo much better! I am a certified cheese-aholic and I use to eat way too much cheese. I would put it on my pasta, bread, crackers, I ate cheese flavored chips. I also like sour cream and ice cream, and love chicken wings! But all my life I suffered from irregularity and irritable bowel issues. I thought giving up cheese would be so hard, but right now I don't miss it when I think about how good I feel. I feel cleaner and lighter. I have craved chicken wings though, but not enough to eat them- or any meat for that matter. I do not feel deprived or hungry. I can eat my carbs guilt free and experiment with different, vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and condiments. I am more apprehensive about trying things like TVP, nutritional yeast, Tofurky, veganaise and all the other substitution products out there on the veggie market because I am so picky. I haven't even cooked with tofu before.I am worried that maybe I will get sick of the diet but for now I am very happy.

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omg you poor thing! this is horrible. You should go and talk to a clinical R.D.

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I have Fibro and arthritis of some sort,?, now they think i may have Celiac so no gluten, or B12 deficient and my blood sugar went back up so no sugar along with my Cholesterol 276, Trig's were 405,so no meats, and and i had it down to under 150 a while back. I'm in pain 24/7 with stiffness. I have an edema problem,so no sodium. I'm lactose intolerant so no dairy. What's left to eat, fruit and veggies. emoticon



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yes my wife is a picky eater and something she can't have but she only eats one meal a day and expects that to fill her up, if it don't she goes to taco bell. I can't do any more

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Thanks Mike,
I should have known the FDA would be behind the attempt to sell more meat and dairy. They are not concerned with our well-being just the profit in their pockets.

Is your wife a picky eater? There are lots of meals that are easy and filling. One of them is a big ole' pot of beans and some brown rice. You can cook in big batches, and freeze some for another day. I use either Great Northern, or the one labeled "15 bean soup", but I leave out the seasoning packet, because of the sodium. You can cook them in vegetable broth, with some herbs and seasonings. Usually there is a recipe on the bag of beans on how to cook them and suggestions on add-ins too.

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Hi Sherry I eat out to much still but that is because my wife and always have and I don't cook. My meal are a series of snacks she needs a fill up meal. you can get your protein from beans,every plant source have some protein, nut and seed are high. also you don't need as much protein as as they would like you to believe, that is marketing so you will buy more meat and dairy

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I am not totally vegetarian either, but I do tend to eat that way 5 out of 7 days a week. I still eat chicken, or fish once a week. I do eat eggs, yogurt and some cheese, but only sparingly. I like the idea of vegetarianism, but don't know how else to get my protein. I am learning though, maybe this team will help me with that.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart,and my portion for ever.
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But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
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I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
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Hi that is ok, you want to eat healthy, its only a label any way

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Well, I will be honest. I am not a vegetarian. However, I want to add vegetarian dishes to my diet, and hopefully get my family to eat more vegetarian dishes, as well.

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it good you could switch so easily, I didn't have a ream hard time with meat, but dairy is hard because every body uses cheese and I do like eggs and seafood, the doctors would recommend it because they don't know anything about nutrition, beside it is gospel that you can't be healthy with out meat and dairy

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I originally became a vegetarian because my partner at the time suggested it. After we parted ways, I stayed vegetarian and eventually moved into veganism. It was a very easy transition for me because I did not eat much meat when I was growing up, I just did not care for it much. I did not drink milk or eat much dairy as a kid either. I was a very sick kid with a lot of stomach problems, all of it attributed to meat and dairy. Never once did my doctors recommend that I stop eating meat. When I became a vegetarian, all of my stomach problems ceased completely.

I still wonder why I never made the switch to vegetarianism earlier, but at least I did because it is one of the best things I ever decided to do. Now it is more for me about the impact on the environment and the treatment of animals. I am constantly educating myself on these two subjects so that I can remember and share with others why this is such a wonderful lifestyle to live.

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5/9/10 1:12 P

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first of congratulations on cutting what is bad for you, chicken has that affect on me, just never liked it, meat wasn't hard either, that was more convenience than anything, burger king. but I am still into seafood and eggs. Dairy is hard because we a re trained from babes to eat that. First you can legitimately tell you family that for medical reasons you need to eat a plant based diet. When you have them over if you don't mind fixing meat fix a meat dish and plant based sides that you can use as a meal for you, just an Idea

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Over the last few years, I've developed an intolerance for lactose, so I have cut WAY back on dairy and drink soy milk vs dairy milk. This past fall, poultry just stopped tasting good for some reason, so I stopped eating, so I stopped eating turkey & chicken. Little by little the taste of other meats have also started to bother me, so I've stopped eating meat. The challenge is that all of my family's traditional, favorite foods have meat- and cooking/food is a big part of our culture. I haven't tried to in a number of months but would like to be able to have them when I go home to visit my parents or grandmother.

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I gave up meat/chicken last July, I wanted to lose weight and pain. from reading I have come to see it as a life style, I still eat seafood and eggs, maybe I always will don't know. I am attempting to make what else I eat as healthy as possible

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vanity originally now it's for health, animals and environment.

currently reading The China Study - great book!



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For the first time my motivation has been my health and not how I looked and I have maintained a 40 lb weight loss for about 5 yrs now. I am at the age now that I worry about cancer and fight arthritis pain every day and vegan/vegetarian is me doing my best to fight it.

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why did you choose to follow the vegetarian/vegan life style

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