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6/19/07 10:39 P

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Hi,my name is Diana. I've been a vegetarian for nine years and just recently my husand also gave up meat. I used to eat a lot of processed vegetarian food but within the last month DH and I became interested in eating only local foods found at our many local farmer's markets. We have an 11 month old daughter who we are going to raise in what we believe is the healthiest lifestyle.

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Hello, everyone! I'm so new to SparkPeople, this is
only my third post. For the last 3+ weeks, my dd and I have been following Dr. Neal Barnard's vegan health recommendations (whole foods vegan, lowfat, low GI, high fiber).

Back in '94-'95 and again in '99-'00, I followed Dr. John McDougall's Program for Maximum Weight Loss. My biggest motivation at the time was my nursing newborn daughter who was allergic to the dairy foods I was eating. If only I'd kept at it, I know I'd be slim and healthy instead of where I am, tottering on the brink of diabetes, which runs rampant in my family. But here I am again, and I love it. I feel so clean on the inside. I love vegan eating, and I wish I'd never left it.

Well, I'm a Christian, happily married for 22 years, and mother to a son in college and four daughters whom we're currently homeschooling. I've also taught in a Christian school. Hmmm... guess that's all for now. Oh, I've lost 7 lbs. since starting fresh with lowfat veganism! WooHoo! Now if I can just patiently persevere and not foolishly expect to reach my goal overnight.

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ZAPHIRAH's Photo ZAPHIRAH Posts: 74
4/18/07 5:56 A

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oopps! sorry-dp.

Edited by: ZAPHIRAH at: 4/18/2007 (17:28)
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ZAPHIRAH's Photo ZAPHIRAH Posts: 74
4/18/07 5:52 A

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Hi. I'm Shannon. I was vegetarian for 3 years from '90 to '93 and again for 5 years from '98 to '03. I have been into whole foods for more than 1/2 my life, starting in high school. I even lived on an organic farm for while in '94. Recently my dh announced that our family is revamping our diet, once again, and he has laid down the law. No more dairy or "dirty" meat-ie: antibiotics, growth hormones etc. He wants to eat clean, grass-fed, organic meat only once in a blue moon and I have decided to just skip it all together. I haven't had dairy or meat in 2 weeks and I feel a lot better. 3 of my 4 dc are allergic to dairy, 2 are on the gluten/casein free diet for autism, and my dh's blood pressure is high, so all around we are trying to eat for optimum health. We were raw vegans for awhile about a year ago, but it became too expensive with such a large family and I really missed my cooked millet. emoticon I'm excited to have found you all! Let's rock this Veggie-Thang!

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4/11/07 5:27 A

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Hi I joined a while ago and was getting to know site and tools. Here is an extremely simple and delicious veggie meal, even for the odd non-vegetarian lunch.
Lots of red swiss chard, Some broccoli, Cubes of medium tofu, Bragg's liquid soy (salt replacemennt), and a bit of sesame oil, and pepper to taste. Steam in 1 cup of water. When you are done (about 4-5 minutes) put the water in a side cup, add a pinch of cayene pepper, and have a wonderful drink with your meal.

 
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3/25/07 12:09 A

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Hi, I follow a vegan lifestlye modelled on the Dr, Mcdougall plan for health and reversing disease.
I find Im never hungry and I hardly ever think about meat,though I love the smell of bacon frying.
It has worked wonders in my life and I recommend people look into it.The best thing is I dont have to count calories and I know what im eating is healthy.


A vegan is a person who won't eat anything that can have children.

Vegetarian - that's an old Indian word meaning "lousy hunter."

I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls. God knows that I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me.


 
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3/23/07 8:21 P

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I have started eating healthier with sparkpeople. I am not vegetarian and don't think that I would ever give up meat, but I am being more considerate of what I eat, how it was raised, what it was fed, and how it was processed. This goes for both plant and animal foods.

 
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AZLADY2's Photo AZLADY2 Posts: 1,747
3/23/07 4:24 A

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Welcome to all who have joined us recently! We're glad you found us!

Serenity: It's more than cool.... I am not currently a vegetarian myself, although I am wending my way back.

My goal in forming this group was to provide information and support for anyone interested in exploring or pursuing a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. I believe that the more such foods we incorporate into our diets the better our health will be, but how far each of us goes towards making those the only foods in our diet is an individual decision.

I'm not here to throw stones.

Flo


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3/23/07 4:00 A

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Hello :)

I'm 22 and a waitress/student. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian and don't plan to be, but I totally have a respect for your ideas. I would like to learn ways to incorporate more plant based foods into my life in a regular basis kind of way, and I figured a group like this is the best way to do it. I hope that's cool with you guys :)



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MUZOMAMMA Posts: 684
3/17/07 7:47 P

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hi ecomama! welcome to the group! i have a five year old also, as well as a one year old. (well, he'll be one on friday.) my daughter is flexible about what she eats. my son loves peanut butter sandwiches, but he definitely likes meat. i don't have very supportive family. my family is a little more supportive than my husband's family. my mother in law believes that children need meat to grow. i definitely don't believe that!

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ECOMAMA's Photo ECOMAMA Posts: 27
3/14/07 9:20 A

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Hello! Thanks to Rhonn1 for inviting me. I am momma to two little ones, 3 and 5. We eat a whole foods plant based diet that is almost entirely organic, based on local foods. We are "virtual vegetarians". We purchase no meat (and almost never eat it thanks to supportive friends and family), and I eat very little eggs and dairy (though others in my family eat more), but we also remain flexible-in large part because I believe that extremes can be damaging and alientating. I do believe that minimizing (if not eliminating) animal proteins and focusing on whole foods is the healthiest way to eat. I love to cook. Last year I lost over 30 pounds doing Weight Watchers. I'm approaching the one year anniversary of making my goal. Right now my focus is just to make sure that I am getting all of the nutrients I need, and I'm using SparkPeople to analyze my recipes and track my fitness as well. I think that's all about me for now. I'm having a very busy month so I may be scarce, but I'm glad to be here.

 
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3/13/07 8:35 P

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No,
but I have several friends there. The owner and hostess of the Henna booth are both good friends of mine, as is the Sky Chairs guy.

Rhonni

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AZLADY2's Photo AZLADY2 Posts: 1,747
3/13/07 8:30 P

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Rhonni,

That's interesting about the Ren Faires; ours outside Phoenix, AZ *ends* around April 1. Have you been here recently?

Flo


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3/13/07 8:04 P

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Hello,
My name is Rhonni, and I'm working on getting back to what I consider a "manageable" weight after a successful bout with breast cancer.

I had always bounced between 130 and 150 ... My body is different now. Last week was the first time I've been below 160 since I had BC.

I'm eating whole foods, no dairy, or eggs ... for health reasons rather than political or ethical reasons.

I travel the country running my businesses at Renaissance Festivals ... no days off between April 1st and December 3rd ... Then DH and I spend our winters at our home in South Texas, where we have 3 acres of organic citrus and avocados.

I spend Spring in Atlanta, Summer in New York, and Fall in Houston ... which is still an 8 hour drive north of my home on the border.

I'm also in mid launch of a BC nonprofit, designed to help people move forward without fear in regards to BC issues. emoticon

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MUZOMAMMA Posts: 684
2/12/07 11:49 A

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hello! my name is sarah. i was a vegetarian before i became pregnant. when i was prego, i craved meat, so i ate it. i know i felt better when i was not eating meat, so i want to get back into the habit of not eating meat. i need some fresh ideas about coming back though. my kids will eat just about anything i cook, with the exception of eggplant, and my husband will eat some vegetarian meals. he is not ready to give up meat. i just want to have a healthy family.

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2/8/07 4:50 P

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Hi!

My name is Flo, and I created this team to provide support for people following programs such as those advocated by John McDougall, M.D., and Neal Barnard, M.D.



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