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9/23/09 3:33 P

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YVONNIAM... They make a "Smoke" liquid. You mentioned Smoked Tofu, maybe that might work. I love tofu dipped in BBQ sauce for a snack.

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9/2/09 11:11 P

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This is my first post ever! Thank you for sharing recipe ideas. I love vegetables and fruits and soups. I have been cutting back on meats. I eat fish, some chicken, no beef. I am glad to try this site, I need support to lose weight. I have lost 10 lbs, which is good, but I have seen this 10lb loss before. I need to lose 60 lbs and I am going to do it this year. Thanks for letting me share. emoticon

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7/2/09 9:35 P

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Absolutely! Happy to help. I've been a vegetarian my whole life so it is how I cook best. I can cook meat but not so good as my hubby.

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7/2/09 8:56 P

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Oh Wow, thank you! Give me some time and I will try a few. Thank you for your support.

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7/1/09 10:09 P

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I have an autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis. I have read and heard about how foods can affect the way you feel, physcially mentally. Sooo, I spoke with a physician who practices holostic medicine.
She and I spoke at lenght about eating healthier.
She reccomended I read Eat to Live. I have started it and finding it very informative. One thing she suggested was I QUIT drinking milk (i'm a big milk drinker) correction, WAS. She told me I'd see an improvement in Inflammation in 4-6 wks. NOPE instead 4 DAYS I Felt a difference in my shoulders.
(always inflamed) I am interested in learning how to prepare fruits and veggies for main dishes, breakfast and ect. Soooo will you help and educate me.

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4/10/09 4:42 P

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Ah, thanks!

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4/10/09 1:50 P

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yeah.. Dear Hubby haha, he's technically not the hubby yet, but it's easier to put... haha

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What is 'DH?' I am assuming the 'H' stands for 'husband?'

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4/10/09 3:33 A

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I'm not sure I've ever introduced myself on here! The DH and I have talked on and off about eating more meat-free meals and have done decently well with transitioning to more 'lighter' meats I suppose. It's exciting and adds more variety to meals, which we both
love! :)

Oh, and cauliflower is yummy! :)

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4/8/09 3:50 P

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I have been craving cauliflower like nobody's business. Isn't that a weird thing to be wanting? Silly.
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Hello all! I was a vegetarian for almost 2 years when I got pregnant and started craving meat. Now my boy is almost 2 and I have decided to go back to being a vegetarian...at least for lent. Wish me luck as my husband and son definitely love their meat!

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2/9/09 11:55 A

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We are eating alot less meat too. It's been a gradual shift. First gave up red meats, and now I find chicken and turkey sometimes heavy. I "cut" lowfat ground turkey with kidney beans, for instance, to make my own turkey burger. Anyway, I would recommend Deborah Madison's VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE. Her 10th edition is a James Beard Foundation Book Award winner, available thru Amazon.com, and has over 1400 meatless recipes. It's a good start. I'm not giving up meat for good (yet), but I so love my veggies. Am fortunate to have a green grocer close w wonderful selection cheap. Have even learned to enjoy tofu, and it's so easy to pack and go. Good luck! Kate in OH emoticon

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2/1/09 10:11 P

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Hello, I'm new! I LOVE veggies!!!

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10/19/08 3:30 P

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i am trying to transition my family into meatless meals, or those with lean meats, but i am finding it challenging, any advice?

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9/27/08 5:09 P

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Hi. I to have recently changed to a vegetarian diet. I still cook meat for my family but also some vegetarian dinners also when I cook with meat I use ground turkey when possible. I find that when I cook things they are use to with meat, with out meat , Spag, soups, stews etc....makes it easier for the transition. Then when they get use to them, then the others foods are easier to excepted. The vegetarian time fall issue is great for these recipes. I also just got the vegetarian cook's bible by Pat Crocker. It is totaly amazing. It not only has great recipes it also talks about all the things to know about being a vegetarian .

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boca burgers rock

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Hello team~
I am slowly converting my family into eating more meatless meals. I am challenged by trying to find main meal dishes. I often use Morning Star crumbles in my dinners and the breakfast patties for breakfast, but am at a loss for the rest of the day. I would like to use a variety of vegetarian recipes so our family doesn't get bored.

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3/31/08 5:32 P

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Hey all...I am a newbie who has decided to take on a Flexitarian eating plan. I have been considering becoming a retired meat eater for a while now (retired people work occasionally I would eat meat occasionally) and I just learned today from an sp article that what I wanted to do had an actual name and lots of people do it! I am excited and ready to get started. Wanted to join this group to get ideas for how to stay full and get my protein without much meat. My goal will be to eat meat no more than 3 days per week and as a side dish instead of main course on the days I do eat it. Any suggestions are welcomed. I hope its ok for me to be here even though I am not full on Vegetarian.

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3/25/08 7:22 P

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My sister is a hot dog fiend, and I like them every once in a while, but she goes nuts for them. My boyfriend and I are trying to move toward healthier options (first Kosher, then organic). We have Smart Dogs here at Publix in the south...do they actually taste like hot dogs?

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I found an awesome sale at my local grocery store on Soyrizo and Smart Dogs so I stocked up until next month!






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Welcome, GREENOLIVE2!

I've not tried Quorn yet, I'd like to but on my budget I just can't afford it.

I love Soyrizo! I mix it with pinto beans I cook in the slow cooker and wrap it in corn tortillas. YUM!






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Hi, I am new to this group. My mom and I became vegetarians about 6 months ago. We love it! We no longer crave meat. I love the Quorn imitation chicken cubes! I can cook them with BBQ sauce, or stir them in with my Stir-fry. I can make fajitas, etc... I love it! I have also grown fond of the Boca Italian sausages. They are great for a snack. I too saw the local news with the cows being treated poorly, and it really made us sick. I can't believe how far the world has taken things. It's really sad.
What are some good ways to get the right amount of protien in my diet, and how much is the right amount?

 
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3/20/08 5:43 P

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I love the fact that I can stirfry spinach and mixed vegetables (I buy frozen of both) with no-calorie cooking spray or a tiny bit of olive oil, and it's under 200 calories and VERY filling. I can fill a whole dinner plate and still be under 300 calories :) Plus, adding a couple of tablespoons of light salad dressing (I have this natural Apple Cranberry Walnut salad dressing that's just delicious) really increases the flavour and makes the vegetables even better (like they need improvement! ha!)

For each day that I do the Spark recommended exercise program and stay within calorie budget, I will give myself $2 toward getting a spa treatment for my car :)


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3/15/08 7:08 A

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Something I've noticed in the last two weeks, as I haven't had ANY meat, is that I am easily staying within my guidelines for fiber, cholesterol, and fat. Woo hoo!

Am really enjoying reading everyone's posts. Got some books from the library including "Becoming Vegetarian" and "Veganomicon".






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3/14/08 8:29 A

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I hear you on the ice cream. I love the stuff and I have a fondness for cheese also. I'd definately lose weight being a vegan but i'd be miserable the majority of the time. The beans and rice sound good that you mentioned. Maybe i'll make some today, yum.

Jen

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3/14/08 2:12 A

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I tried being a vegan for a while, but found that the limited diet was too hard to manage. The trickiest part was managing protein intake. I still use some of the concepts of food combining to get the best protein balance, e.g. the amino acids of legumes complement the amino acids in grains to make available the right amounts of protein building blocks for human proteins. So beans and rice is a great combo, and happily one my daughter loves!

I was lacto-ovo vegetarian for a few years, and had better success living in the real world being able to eat eggs and milk products. After a few years, however, I was having some health problems, and the doctors convinced me to add occasional fish to my diet. I'm pretty picky about what fish I eat: has to be from a ecologically responsible and sustainably harvested fishery (like NOT Atlantic Salmon) and I have to trust that it is healthy for me... given the recent concerns of mercury content, et al, it is probably a good thing that fish is only a small part of my diet.

I still say to people "I'm vegetarian", because it is kind of time consuming to say to a host when she asks about what food I prefer: "I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian who eats some fish when it comes from sustainable fishing practices and doesn't have other bad stuff associated with it." Or "I eat no meat from animals based on land, but do eat of eggs, milk, and certain fish populations."

With all my focus on health, though, I still have one problem that being a vegan would obviate: I tend to overdo the Ice Cream! (Love it!) Learning portion control. Sort of. (Okay, I heard of it...)
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3/13/08 1:04 P

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The difference between vegetarians and vegans is that vegans dont' eat any products that come from animals. Vegetarians dont' eat meat or things made with meat. Vegans don't eat dairy products(cheese, butter, milk, etc) or eggs. Being vegan would be rough for me and i'll never actually attempt it.

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3/12/08 12:10 P

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What is the difference between vegitarian and vegan?

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3/12/08 12:08 P

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Hi,
My name is Sherry. I'm not really a vegetarian, just love veggies alot. I do eat some meat, but not much. I don't eat fish, except lobster. I do like hamburgers, but don't eat them much either. I like pork, but mostly mexican style. (Chile Verde) My breakfast ususally consists of frozen lima beans & peas. Or a bean & cheese burrito. Those I can't live without. I am looking forward to different recipes to try. My husband is all meat eater, so I cook two different meals at our house.


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Hello, my name is Jennifer. I was vegetarian for a few months last year and the only thing that made me go back to meat was chicken breast. I used to love it. Now, not so much. It just seems to taste more gamey lately. I started buying the kind without anti-biotics or growth hormones so maybe that is the difference. ha, now it probably tastes like chicken is supposed to taste! Anyway, i've never been a big fan of red meat and I like pork but don't eat it much at all. There was a segment on our local news the other day showing a slaughterhouse mis-treating the cows there. The cows were obviously sick and poorly taken care of but they were slaughtering them anyway and since some of them couldn't even walk there was a guy on a fork truck basically pushing them into the area they needed them to be. It really made me sick and outraged that the animal cruelty part of the segment wasn't even really addressed. It was mostly about the meat that was being processed there was being sent to our schools to be fed to our children. That is horrible, yes, but I think the animal cruelty was equally as horrendous. Since I saw that i've just lost my appetite for meat all together. I have been using meat substitutes more and more for a few years now and actually prefer the taste of those now and I don't have the guilt or the worry about what is in them or how they are made. Plus, 0 cholesterol and usually not much fat at all. I love vegetables and fruits. I eat dairy but have switched to organic with no growth hormones. I am married with two kids(one 12 and one 8 months) and my 8 mth old is lactose intolerant. My oldest isn't a big meat eater either and usually prefers the boca burgers and fake chicken patties to the real thing. I'm still going to use chicken broth and beef broth because I like the taste they give soups and rice but i'm not going to actually eat meat. Maybe fish on occasion but not that often. I just want to be healthier, lose some weight, and not harm animals. Anyway, i'm going to go check out the team and hopefully will make some new veggi friends!

Jen

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Hello, my name is Miranda. I was a vegetarian for a few months several years ago, and felt wonderful, and also lost about 30 pounds. I live in a small town in Texas where it is pretty hard to find vegetarian options, at least a variety of them, but I am trying to get back to a vegetarian diet because I felt so much better. I have an eighteen month old daughter and would also like any input anyone has on healthy veggie meals for her, where she still gets plenty of protein. I am not sure if about the dairy issues with a small child either. If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

 
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2/10/08 11:53 P

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OH my god you are just like me. I used to only eat Chicken Breasts about five times a week- and beef maybe 1 or 2 times a month. I read Don't Eat This Book and Fast Food Nation (I never really ate my fast food but read them in order to do a persuasive speech in school regarding why you shouldn't eat fast food) and at that point I couldn't eat meat- I felt disgusted- primarily by reading about the treatment of animals- the chemicals not so much. I didn't eat meat for over 2 months and gained about 7 pounds in that time because Chicken Breast is mean and I was replacing it with a lot of high fat dressings and sauces. I don't know how much I weigh now but for two weeks I have been eating traces of chicken in my food for taste at low calories and in that time my clothes already began fitting a little looser. I also have an issue because I don't fruits really- I might have one or two a month- though I love veggies- but I dress them because of not they taste bland. I came here hoping someone could help me with low calorie foods that don't require meat and taste bland. Help! emoticon emoticon

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1/25/08 3:40 P

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Hey! My name is Christine and I recently read a book that made me not want to eat meat... I never really ate red meat, but I used to eat chicken every night for dinner. Now I have been eating more pasta, which has been making me gain weight. I know that there are some recipes on this website. Does anyone have recommendations on some dinner recipes with more protein? (I like soups!)
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Hey all!! My name is mary. I am a new mom to a georgeous baby boy (2months). He has an older brother 2years. Since the baby was born I decided it was time to get back on track with eating right and losing weight. Durring my preg I ate a TON of Amy's tv dinners. I love those!!!!! Anyways the vegetarian thing has become more frequent. I'm not a 100% yet... dont know if I"ll ever be but I'm close.

We buy a ton of veggy patch, boca, Amy's, and Meatless items. Its nice that I do the shopping so I can chose the new fun vegetarian meals or recipes. We tried Falafels the other day- not a big fan but wasnt bad. I absolutely love hummus though. Anyways... I just wanted to say hi and share some recipes to continue as much as possible down the veggy lifestyle for health reasons not humane- sorry! Thats just where I stand.


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Hi, try running a search on happy cow. They have loads of great vegetarian and vegan recipies. And try altering your nutrition planner here, where it has the meal planner you can request meals w/o meats and stuff. Good luck.

 
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Ok, since it said 'welcome veggie lovers' in the topic intro, I'm guessing this is as good a place as any to introduce myself:

I am 6 years out from a Gastric Bypass surgery which literally saved my life. I was an out-of-control diabetic (AVERAGE test: 380+) with severe diabetic issues. The surgery 'cured' my diabeties (my average count is now 88!) plus I lost 120 lbs. I have gained only 20 pounds back, which is very good, because many people gain as much as 1/3 of the weight back. At any rate, I have always been lactose-intolerent, and now meat of any kind and I just don't get along. It is now time for me to take my destiny in my own hands and drop the rest 80 pounds to get to a comfortable weight, and to take the stress off my feet. I joined spark about a bit over a year ago, but did not take the time to really explore the program or embrase it. Now I have, and I lost 5 lbs last week, which I think is awsome. I stumbled across a couple of great meatless recipies, but need more--in smaller amounts! lol

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I don't have any weight loss tips except that you can overeat on healthy foods just like on junk. The trap for me was that I would go overboard on healthy fats. I would eat lots of avocados, almonds, olives, olive oil etc. because hey, it's good for you right? All that fat on top of the high-energy carbs from whole grains and beans. I was just getting too many calories even though everything I ate could be considered health food. The secret is portion control. When I started measuring and weighing my food, I was shocked how out of proportion the amounts were. I have since cut back the fat and carbs to fit into my 1800 calories a day in the right distribution. I'm still enjoying all the good stuff, but now I will have a quarter of an avocado, a small handful of almonds and a teaspoon of olive oil instead of just piling it on because it's healthy. Everything in moderation.

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Amen, Ivocado!

Even when I was eating meat, I would always say "I need to finish all the meat on my plate because something died so that I can live". I was tired of the guilt so I'm working on becoming Vegan. I still eat fish and cheese from time to time.

Any weight loss tips?

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Hi, I'm 24 and I went semi-vegetarian four months ago after reading some books about our industrial food chain (The Omnivore's Dilemma, Fast Food Nation). The only meat I eat now is the fish my husband catches locally. And I don't know if I can do without my traditional roast duck at Christmas, we'll see then. I've always loved vegetables, building meals around my favorites and trying new ones. So far, I'm not missing meat at all. There's always Boca Burger for when I crave it now and then. I switched from cow milk to soy milk years ago, but I still love cheese and dairy (though soy ice cream is good, too).

I gave up meat as a temporary experiment, but I'm getting so used this way of eating that I don't know if I'll ever want to have meat again. Like I said, for special occasions I might do it out of tradition, but I know I will never eat it as thoughtlessly as before. I just consider it disrespectful to take meat for granted as an everyday food.

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Hello all, I'm new to Sparkpeople and am trying to introduce myself on the team pages that seem relevant for me... I've been a "pescaterian" (occasionally eating only fish and seafood--no beef, pork, or poultry) for nearly three years. I've always been a veggie lover, which hasn't historically helped me keep my weight down, unfortunately. But, prior to joining Sparkpeople, over the past six weeks, I've lost 15 pounds. I now have 80 more to go to my goal weight, and I'm excited about actually feeling good, motivated, and ready this time. Look forward to sharing with y'all in the coming weeks and months!

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Hi Erin:

Check out your local whole foods/health store. Look in the frozen foods section for a brand called Amy's organic...It is a line of organic vegetarian meals. Give them a try. Also, buying those meals will give you some ideas for what to prepare at home. I also go to the foodnetwork and modify meals to be vegetarian. Quorn is an AWESOME chicken substitute! http://www.quorn.com/

Good luck!
You are going to love how you
feel once you go Veggie!

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Hi justJudith!

I would start slowly. You may want to check out some raw food sites too. There are some really interesting and tasty recipes out there!
http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/

I am a vegetarian but I want to go vegan as well. Honestly, most of my meals are vegan. Just try to go vegan two days of the week, then 3 etc. You just have to be creative.

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Hi there everyone.

I'm considering going vegetarian, but I'm not sure. I would love to experience the benefits of such a diet, but I keep thinking back to when I tried in college and the only things I would eat there were grilled cheese and french fries. Not too healthy and kinda defeats the point.

I also feel overwhelmed at having the opportunity to cook what I want now, but having to plan, cook, and keep myself (and fiance) happy is getting me crazy.

ERIN

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Hi there,

Just to say Hello!

I'm Judith, a vegetarian of many years who is hoping to make the switch to vegan. Any tips on how to do this much appreciated.

Any ideas of foods that sound ok but aren't?

Should I go slow or quick?

Thanks for being here and supporting me on my jounrey.

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TOFU??? I've never craved tofu. You must be preparing yours in a interesting way. I usually only like tofu if someone else makes it...like at a restaurant. I love this chinese place called Pei Wei. I will say, Smoked tofu ROCKS! It is really good, just not as easy to come by. Wish I knew how to smoke my own. I may go ahead and try that cake (with carob and coco) this weekend.

By the way, your cat is sooo cute! I love orange cats!

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I haven't tried carob, but I've heard about it. I wonder if there are any good recipes for it? I'll have to look and see. I love to cook! My curiosity is piqued! You're going to think I'm crazy, but I've been craving some Tofu for the last couple of days and last night I dreamed about it. I need to go get some today....

 
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Hi Tracey06!

Happy mother's day (belated)! I Didn't try the modified cake yet... I think I might this weekend. :)

Have you ever tried carob before? I heard it tastes just like chocolate with less fat.

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Hello Veggies! Did you all have a good weekend?

YVONNIAM- Did you get to try out that modified cake recipe? I'm dying to know how it is with the modifications- so that I can try it.

GIRAFFEGIRL- How are things in Austin?

STRAWBERRYBC- How are you?

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YVONNIAM- If my memory serves me (it was 5 years ago) it was alot've recipe combos with foods that were supposed to be suited to my body type. It's really hard to remember the specifics. At the time I wasn't a vegetarian, I ate alot've junkfood and I remember that there were alot of vegetables that I'd never hear of in the recipes! Remember that "Cabbage Soup" diet that came out a few years back? It was supposed to be a combo of foods that boosted the metabolism. I think these recipes were supposed to be on the same level.

 
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You are leaving me in suspense, Tracey06. What did you eat on the program? You didn't have to eat a bagel with celery did you? Was it like chicory and jicama? Was it like a low carb thing? Cake might be next weekend though. My weekend is filling up fast!

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I was a pear shape, too. In the program the body types were A,B,C- etc. I was an A, I think. The food that they suggested for my body type were things that I've never eaten before, so I was like, how can I go the rest of my life without eating the things that I love? I don't remember what the cal limit was, if I remember correctly the program wasn't really about counting cals, it was about eating certain foods to boost your body type's metabolism. Let me know how the cake turns out, I'm DYING to know!

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Do tell (about the Mike Thurmond). What body type do you have? I think that's the most intriguing part to me. I am dying to know what they say I should be eating for my body type. I'm a true pear shape--no boobs, big butt and wide hips. I hate when programs just say "eat 1200 calories". I NEVER lose weight that way. Oh yea, my husband brought those muffins. I thought it was a joke when I opened the pack. I ripped the package even more to just make sure I didn't miss a muffin and then I looked on the box to make sure they didn't short me a few (hehe).

Hey maybe I'll make the cake and make mom the guinea pig--she's diabetic and does not need sugar anyway

Before I forget, Happy mother's day!!!!

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PLEASE, let me know how those substitutions work. If so, that would be great, because I love that cake, but have had to stay away from it for a long time now! I'm a huge chocolate addict, so anytime I can find something that uses substitutes and is pretty healthy, it's a day for celebration. Have you tried the Hostess 100 cal cupcake packs?? I saw them and thought MMMMMmmm... how cool is this, I got them home and there are three quarter-sized- I kid you not- cupcakes in each pack. I almost pee-d my pants laughing.

I've actually ordered the Michael Thurmond program, (along with a million dollars of other programs and exercise equipment!) but never used it because the food that they recommeded for "my body type" just didn't sound appetizing to me. I just couldn't see myself sticking with it. This was about five years ago, though. The program has probably changed and evolved alot since then...

 
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OH BOY, I can feel my waist getting bigger just reading it. I wonder if I can just use egg whites and unsweetened chocolate with more splenda...think that'll work? Maybe I'll try over the weekend...wish me luck!

Have you heard of that Micheal Thurmond 6 week makeover? Do you know anybody that has tried it?

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YVONNIAM- here's my "no flour" cake recipe, it uses alot of butter and eggs, though. I have a friend who is actually allergic to flour, so I use it when she comes over. I'm not sure how healthy it is. It would seem that with all that butter and all those eggs, that it's probably pretty sinful.

Flourless Chocolate Cake:

12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs @ room temp
1/2 cups sugar (I use Splenda)
Confectioner's sugar and/or Cocoa powder to sprinkle on top
Tofutti or Soy ice cream to serve on top

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x2 inch springform pan. (Spray it well- I've had my cake stick before- I was SO mad!)

Put the chocolate, butter and salt in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave on 75% power for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave again until completely melted. (About 2 minutes more)

Beat the eggs and sugar until light and thickened- about 8-10 minutes. Fold in the melted chocolate until evenly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out wet, but not gooey- about 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Hope this helps!


 
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I do have a "No Flour" cake recipe, let me dig it out, o.k.?

 
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Thanks Tracey06! Is there a dessert that you've seen that uses no flour? I mean something other than taking a bite out of an apple and calling it "dessert"

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It's so creamy. I would reccomend buying one of the small cartons. I've seen both sizes, but I don't trust myself with one of the big cartons. It would be all bad!

 
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Nice to meet you too! I haven't tried the new Breyers soy ice cream...maybe I should!

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Hello GIRAFFEGIRL, nice to meet you.

STRAWBERRYBC- How are you?

YVONNIAM- Here's that Vegan cake recipe. Sorry it took me so long to post it, I've been super busy! I really like this recipe. It's easy and the ingredients aren't hard to find. It's pretty good tasting, too.

Vegan Chocolate Cake:

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar (I've been known to substitute with Splenda)
9 Tablespoons cocoa
2 Teaspoons baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 Teaspoons vanilla
2 cups cold water

-Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
-Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the dry ingredients. Stir well.

-Pour into a sprayed 9x13 baking dish and bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes

(I serve it with soy ice cream- have you tasted the new Breyers soy ice cream? It's GOOD!)

I have to confess that I don't know the nutritional value! I've been meaning to enter it into SP's recipes to find out, but haven't had time. You are welcome to do it if you'd like. I wouldn't mind.

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The McDougall series of books introduce a diet plan of a high carb, low protein (lower than most) vegetarian, low fat diet. It is really tough, but really good. I kinda split the difference between his plans and the body for life plans in that I didn't eat meat and stuck to a low fat diet. check out his books online at the link below. I think its worth reading! He has a lot of books out there!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search
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HI GIRAFFEGIRL:

What is the McDougal Diet? How does that work? It's funny, the longer I am a veggie (been one for 1.5 years) the more meat stinks to me especially chicken turkey and pork!

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I am a vegetarian for over 20 years now. For me its a texture thing--- meat smells good to me, but the texture and the mental image of the blood and muscle just grosses me out. I know I have not eaten healthy in that I eat a lot of dairy products for protein-- cheese just doesn't do much for your waistline! :-)

This is the 2nd time I have tried to loose weight and stay on my vegetarian diet-- I modified Body for Life to suit my needs previously-- a combination of the McDougal Diet and Body for life worked great. Lets see what SparkPeople's vegetarian diet will do for me! :-)

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Awesome! Thanks Tracey06

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Hello YVONNIAM and StrawberryBC!

YVONNIAM- I do have a couple of vegan cake recipes, I'll try to dig them out over the weekend, o.k.?

 
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DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY GOOD VEGAN DESSERT RECIPES??? Please send. Thanks!

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Welcome StrawberryBC! I hear you...I've been a veggie for 1.5 years and you could not pay me to eat meat that way again. Are you vegan? I just bought a book by Ian Smith (celebrity fit club nutritionist) and he has this 4 phase diet. The first phase is a detox where you only eat fruit and veggies. No potatoes, avacados, bread raisins, cheese, only 2 tbsp of oil per day...etc. I'm gonna give it a try. Maybe it will work for you also. I am going to try to do more weights too. Do you do weightlifting?

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Hi all:) I have been a veggie for about 17 years now, and could not imagine eating any other way. I am a new mom, and I would like to lose about 26 lbs. Looking forward to getting to know you!

 
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I may have to start trying out some dancing videos. It just sounds like so much fun. Is demandfitness.com free? I live on the East Coast, too! I hear you on the being frustrated part. I've lost all this weight, I work out for an hour everyday, and yet I have the underarm flab and thigh flab thing going on. I see definition in my biceps and my abs, but my underarms and thighs seem to be missing the boat! I SO hear you about the gym. I work with a few ladies who think the gym is the end all, be all- and yet they spend more time checking other people out than they do exercising. I like to exercise in my PJs and not worry about what others think!

 
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All kinds of Dance--Anything I can get my hands on: Reggeton, hip-hop, latin, bellydance and I've even done a hula dance workout!! I live on the east coast and have comcast cable 'on demand'. There is a website excercisetv.tv -- they have some videos. I also joined an online fitness club called demandfitness.com-- they have tons of workouts. I guess that's why I am so frustrated. I am physically fit, I just don't look like it.

The key to dancing is to not think about it, stay light on your feet and have fun. If you mess up, SO WHAT. You are moving and having fun!

I hear you with the gym! Some people seem to think it's the end all be all! I love getting up and working out in my t-shirt and underwear!

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Yvonniam- Oh, my gosh! I so envy you! I am so uncoordinated. I love stair-stepping and I used to have a step platform, but I couldn't keep up with the video because I would just be tripping over my own feet the whole time. I just had to settle for doing the same couple of steps over and over. I did that for my cardio workout for awhile, but got bored, so I bought a step machine. I have to workout at home, because if I had to go to the gym- I would just never go! I do a 1/2 hour of cardio on my step machine, I do 15 minutes of weights- focusing on my arms, and 15 minutes of stretches and situps. I do 220 situps a day and I'm just NOW starting to see definition in my abs and arms. It takes so much patience to get anywhere, doesn't it? I so envy you being able to dance. I see women dancing on TV all the time and wish I could do that! Do you use a particular dance video?

 
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Tracey06, what kind of workout do you do? I do a variety of things (pilates, aerobics, dance). Do you find that you get better results with a particular excerise? I know It sounds kinda weird--an 182 lb woman dancing--but I do pretty well emoticon

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YVONNIAM- Oh, my gosh. I wish it was in my genes! I do come from a family of big people, and I never knew how to eat healthy until just this past year. I've learned alot. The only animal products that I eat are cheeses and yogurt. I just can't give up cheese! I also love the Yoplait thick and creamy light. Other than that I eat soy milk, veggies, fruits, pasta (love pasta!), beans- etc. I have kept my cals within the 1300-1500 cal limit, but I've never counted carbs. (That's energy- I don't want to give that up!) I watch my fats (keep it on the low end), my cals and my sodium. (I've found that if I keep my sodium below 2400mg a day, I lose faster!). I also exercise for an hour everyday. I'll be honest with you, I NEVER exercised before this past year. I don't particularly like to exercise, but I make myself do it everday. I've gotten alot've muscle definition over the past year, so that's my reason to make myself continue! And of course, there's the water. I consume about 12 cups (that's about 100 oz.) of water a day. It was something that I had to work up to. I was never a water drinker. I always used to drink diet sodas. I started with 4 cups a day and worked my way up to 12. Hang in there. You can do it! It's all about making gradual changes that you can stick with and what works for you! I'm a firm believer that not everything works for everyone. Tracey

 
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Tracey,
Do you eat cheese, eggs and fish? I used SP's food tracker for a month--staying between 1200-1500 calories. I saw virtually NO difference in my clothes (which is how I measure weight loss). Is it your gene's. Do you have big people in your family. Somehow I think the people that have an easy time loosing weight are already predisposed to being thin or normal at least. What are you eating exactly? Are you doing food conbinations etc? What about carbs? How much are you getting in a day? I am so discouraged because I was following all the rules (according to Spark People) and I lost nothing!

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Hello! I've been a vegetarian for about a year now, too! I've lost 90 lbs. in the past year. I think that it's a combo of healthy eating and watching those calories. You can still chalk up some major calories- even as a vegetarian, if you're not careful! Tracey

 
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Hello all,
I've been a veggie for over a year now...Why am I still so fat! Don't get me wrong, I love that I am eating healthier, but I thought the byproduct of eating healthier is weight loss. When I was eating meat I went on Atkins and lost 30lbs! I've since gained it all back. I am not at all interested in eating meat like that again even if I will loose weight. I've been trying to do a modified atkins with fish, eggs and cheese. Has anyone else gone through this? Any insight? Do I have to become vegan in order to loose weight?

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Hello Lib- I'm new here, too. I've been a vegetarian for about a year now. I love being a vegetarian, too. It feels good to feel good about myself when I eat healthy things. I would also like to one day make the step to being vegan, but I just can't give up cheese yet. It's really hard sometimes, to stick to it when you're eating with someone or "someones" that don't understand, isn't it? Alot've my friends are very understanding and will even make sure that we eat out at places that offer vegetarian alternatives, but I have a couple of friends that almost act like I'm being silly. I just ignore them though and stick to my guns, because I'm not just doing this for me, I'm doing it for the animals and for Mother Earth. So, there's more than just me to think about here! I've found that I really like SP. Hope to talk to you again soon! I could always use new vegetarian recipes! Tracey

 
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Hey! I'm new here, just joined SP this weekend. I was a vegetarian for about two years. Recently I've gone back to eating most anything though. It got tough when I was eating at my future in-laws house alot. They are very meat and potatoes so my fiancee's mom stressed about what to cook for me. So between feeling bad about that and being in graduate school (when its hard to turn down FREE meals...) I've fallen off the wagon. When I eat and cook veggie I feel so much more healthy, originally I fell in love with anything moosewood. As I'm about to graduate I'd love to get back to becoming vegetarian again and hopefully vegan someday! There is something so fulfilling eating natural food from the earth and not mass produced hormone and chemical stuffed animal products :)
Hope healthy life on SP is going well and I look forward to sharing this healthy life journey with more and more people here!

 
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Hello! I just joined SP yesterday. I've been a vegetarian for about a year now. My daughter has been a vegetarian for about four years, so I was so used to cooking a vegetarian version of all our meals, I had a ton of recipes already. I started eating healthier and exercising about a year ago and it became obvious to me that it was just easier to stay healthy if I cut out all the fatty, cholesterol ridden meats. My daughter became a vegetarian for ethical reasons and I've kindof gotten into that aspect of it myself here lately. The only animal product I still consume is cheese. I just can't give it up. Hope to meet more Vegetarians, Tracey

 
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Introduce yourself and let us know why your considering adopting a plant-based lifestyle.

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