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3/13/13 9:01 A

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My motivation was a Doctor visit. My cholesterol and blood pressure was high, I was over weight, and I had gout. I decided to to try and correct the problems with diet and exercise. I started walking every day, lifting weights three times a week, take my daughter skating once a week for three hours, and joined a hiking club. At first I limited myself to one serving of chicken or fish once a week then I noticed I was forgetting to eat any meat and didn't miss it so I just went vegetarian.

Now it is two and a half years later and I am a total vegetarian, no meat, eggs, or dairy. I have lost 50 pounds and my weight is holding steady. I love my new diet and have never felt better. I have not had a gout attack since I cut back on meat and my cholesterol and high blood pressure are down.


I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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3/10/13 12:55 P

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I have just wanted to get healthier. My sister became vegetarian and she is not always the greatest at sticking to plans. She had been doing it for almost 2 months when I found out. I was feeling kind of bloated and yucky after Thanksgiving and since I tend to vegetarianism anyway, I figured I would give it a try. I maybe eat a turkey burger or salmon once a month, but basically stick to dairy, fruits and veggies.

Welcome aboard and good luck with whatever plan you choose that works for your body and mind.


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3/4/13 8:03 P

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My motivation to "go vegan" was to support my morbidly obese husband who wanted to try it.

After three months, he chucked it to "go low carb" and I had lost 30#, lowered my cholesterol, lowered my blood sugar and cleared up my skin.

I've gone from a size 14 to a size 6 doing nothing more than walking and on again/off again Zumba. I now eat eggs & dairy and eat meat on special occasions or to be polite to others.

I've seen all the documentaries, too--they certainly help remind me to eat a "kind diet."

You are worth it!

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3/4/13 3:26 P

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First of all, welcome.

The less meat I eat the better I feel.
That is my motivation for transitioning.
Enjoy your journey!


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3/4/13 2:52 P

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I have cut down my meat intake a lot over the past year while adopting a more whole food centers diet, but after watching a couple of documentaries this weekend, I am commited to eating it even less. I was wondering what your motivations were and if you feel "healthier" since changing your diet. I guess I am worried because it seems to be so ingrained in our diet as a country that we "need" meat, dairy, eggs to be healthy. I'm not so sure that's true now.

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