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Thank you for the great ideas

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nut butters salt free - if you can afford it use the nut grinder at whole foods - these can be rolled into balls if you add ground nuts and a touch of maple syrup and raw oatmeal
ground walnuts in raw oatmeal with mini vegan chocolate chips by enjoy life - make baggies - this is what I take to the movies :)
bananas in one pocket, single serve dates in another :)
carrots and tahini in a tupperware - do NOT buy baby carrots they are robbed and bastardized of nutritional value, buy a regular pack of carrots and peel and cut on Sundays for week

these are some of my favorites.






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What snack are you guys eating I need some new ideas



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re: rice cooker. Sure would love to share. I have had a Miracle brand purchased from amazon 3 years ago and used twice EVERY week for 3 years. a complete work horse. it is also fully stainless steel for the insert. 3 years ago i gave away everything that was teflon coated in my kitchen. made that move also :). i mostly use one huge cast iron skillet on stove, and this rice cooker on counter board. i don't use the steamer that much. you do NOT need the teflon to learn the secrets of non stick rick you just have to get your ratios of water and rice to a tee dependent on what rices you are using. the cooker comes with a measure cup. I am an amazon shopping junkie. we have four sisters on the same prime (free shipping) so even though their ship free with prime is up to $100 a year you can split it four ways. this gets you two free day shipping. i shop from amazon over 50 times per year which means I don't drive to stores 50 times per year :) or pay shipping to send stuff to my kids in college either :)

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I absolutely LOVE my rice cooker! I suggest that you NOT go too cheap. I kept buying the Wal-Mart $10 cooker and, after my 2nd one breaking, decided against that. I also suggest that you look for one that comes with a steamer... Who doesn't love multipurpose items? :)


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Does anyone have opinions and advice on a rice cooker? I try to cook rice the traditional way and it never comes out right. Either I overcook or undercook.




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Rebecca,
Yes I have tried the Kind bars, good stuff. I like the LARA BARS ALOT . Has anyone tried LARA bars and if so which are faves??




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I like them as well, for a snack I eat the kind bars the one that is cranberry and almond Excellent and hold you over.


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I am really addicted to pita or wholegrain tostitos tortilla chips. Anyone have a better alternative??




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Junk food, even vegan junk food, is something I'm willing to admit that I'm addicted to. It's always going to be my weakness, I think. I'm doing well lately. I just wish I liked more veggies. It would be easier when it comes to cooking. I still am not a lover when it comes to cooking... Not so great given my lifestyle choice. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm quite the picky eater.


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For me I have had to make sure I am getting more protein and just not eating avocado all the time. I don't eat anything processed but I find that I have to push myself to try new food and make sure I am getting all the nutrition I need. I also make my lunch and breakfast for the week on Sundays.


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Get a pressure cooker they aren't very expensive at wal mart or target. Then on a day you have off you can cook beans really fast and then freeze or save them in single servings. You can cook rice fast too and steaming veggies on a stove top is pretty quick. You can even buy a veg steamer which does it all for you. The pressure cooker is faster than a rice cooker but a rice cooker can also be used to steam veggies. At night boil water, put old fashioned oats in a thermos and put the lid on they are cooked and warm for breakfast. I have found a few ways to save time like that because I have chronic fatigue and on bad days I just can't cook so having pre made that I just have to warm up on the stove is a lifesaver. Also slow cookers are very cheap and you can make tons of stuff in them. If it's just you make a casserole and then portion it out and eat it for a few days


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i saute a lot with salt free veggie broth - that same salt free veggie broth is going to make its way into whatever I am making, anyway. :). i don't use oil, period. it doesn't add to the taste and just is not necessary. once you make the break you'll get used to it.



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Tina, thanks again. I looked in my TV Guide on the Food Channel and don't see anything listed. I watch it a lot, and have never seen a program regarding Vegetarian Cooking. I will keep checking.

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Tina, thank you so much. Now I know where to look. Our Publix has a natural section also so might be there. I have never used it. Do you use in place of sugar, or sweetner?
Have a great evening. It is cold here in Sunny Florida.

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Agave Syrup can be found in most grocery stores (including Walmart) and is in one or both of these places: where Honey is and/or where sugar is.

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Totally Vegetarian & Vegan Mashup, in my area they are on PBS (I'm in Maine) & on the Cooking Channel there is How to Live to Be 100 (all vegan recipes), I've heard of one called The Jazzy Vegetarian, but I don't know the channel she's on, have not been able to find it yet.
The Happy Herbivore has some YouTube videos.
Hope that helps.

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Where do I find the Agave syrup? Thanks again. I will get this down pat some day. :)

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Good morning to all. Just mopped myself into my computer room. :) I have a question. Does anyone know of a TV Vegetarian cooking show? If so, what station and time. EST.
Thanks a bunch.

I felt good this morning as my scale is moving in the right direction, not a lot, but that is ok. Slow, but sure.
Have a great day.

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that dressing idea is great !!! Love it


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The Engine 2 books have some ideas for non-oil salad dressings. I like their 3-2-1 dressing: 3T balsamic vinegar, 2T Dijon mustard, 1T agave syrup. A little lemon with mashed avocado can be good and simple.


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Thank you for posting about getting back into the vegan lifestyle. It 's important not to eat oil. It's great to hear those reminders so I can keep on track in this coming week.

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I am trying to get back into participating with my vegan sparkteams.
Anyways, I couldn't read this whole thread but I did read maybe the 1st 2 pages.

I wanted to point some nutrition facts that I saw some people misunderstanding and referring to incorrectly that may help.
First of all, carbohydrates are extremely important to eat--we cannot survive without them, and we need a bit more of them if we are working out intensely or just regularly. However--and this is the main point I want to make--carbs are in fruits, veggies, beans, etc! There is a big difference between cutting carbs from baked goods, bread, pasta, etc...I barely ever eat bread--maybe a tortilla once a day and sometimes a protein bar with some in it, or pasta a few times a month, sometimes a sweeter than normal treat once in awhile, etc...but the point is to have those kinds of carbs (especially avoid junk food-chips, crackers, etc) in moderation. But to say that you want to avoid all carbs just doesn't make sense.

Second, I don't know if the people who said they're tracking cholesterol on the sparkpeople tracker was a vegetarian, which in that case it would make sense-cholesterol is in dairy, but a vegan diet is the only diet without cholesterol. Cholesterol only comes from animal products.

And to end on a more positive note (although I do not think the above was negative or anything, just clarifying some misconceptions, it could put some people off maybe), I recently purchased the Eat To Live cookbook and found it has some really healthy recipes that are quite easy to prepare and are delicious. It has been helping me a lot, although I think the actual eat to live plan might be a little too extreme for me at this time.

I went back to eating too many vegan snack foods a little while ago, and was really suffering mentally and physically because of them, so now I just try to avoid them as much as possible or make healthy choices and only eat a serving size of them as a treat sometimes. If I am craving something snacky-I'll eat a rice cake with hummus on it or some other kind of savory dip and it does the same trick...



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I'm the same way...too much oil is just gross. I love olive oil (I am Italian :)) but other than olive and seasame oil I really do my best to avoid oil and butter as a vegan is a def no no. Even when I went vegan cold turkey and really focused on being healthier I never missed it. What do you do about salad dressings?



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I love all this talk of no oil. I've thought for many years that I can't eat food cooked in oil—it's always made me feel miserable. (In fact, indirectly that led me to vegetarianism, since I was eating some tater tots from Burger King when I had the "gross, this isn't food" moment when I was 18.)

I haven't had restaurant food cooked in oil for decades. I would still use a little bit of olive oil at home, but stopped (even in small quantities) over the last couple years and haven't missed it in the least. I like oil-free salad dressing (vinegar or lemon juice) and if oil is the only option, I'll eat the salad without—not because I'm watching calories but because I don't like oil in my mouth. I've never said anything about it, because I thought I was just weird. All the positive talk about olive oil, coconut oil, etc. sounded convincing.

I will admit, there's one oil I love and that I use in tiny quantity on my stir fry, and that's sesame oil. I basically brush a thin coat on the pan for flavor. Thoughts?

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Totally agree about the onions. I also like to grill or broil them which is another yummy no-oil way of enjoying them or other produce.

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For me, the dry sauteeing makes absolutely delicious onions. I only add water after the caramalization takes place.

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Wow, great posts about the pitfalls of oil. I'm willing to try sauteeing with water to see if flavors are preserved. I've heard of dry sauteeing onions but have never tried it. Thanks for the insights!

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It's about protecting the endothelial cells. If you are interested in Dr. Esselstyn's eliminating all oil from our diet is in his book "How To Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". Also take a quick look at www.heartattackproof.com/qanda.htm . Go down to #4 to see:

"4. Why does the diet eliminate oil entirely?

NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. The reality is that oils are extremely low in terms of nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. And above all they contain saturated fat which immediately injures the endothelial lining of the arteries when eaten. It doesn't matter whether it's olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil or any other kind , avoid ALL oil. This is so important I have detailed oil in Chapter 10."

Also check out Dr. McDougall on obesity at www.drmcdougall.com/med_obesity.html

It took a very short time for me to get completely used to oil free food prep and the Happy Herbviore has helped that happen.

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"I guess we're clever monkeys. We can turn anything into a disaster, eh?"

So true! Not sure whether to laugh or cry, though. Ha.


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This is such a emoticon discussion! I actually avoided veganism for quite awhile because I thought it was a bad diet, high in sugar and fat. (Based on what I saw offered in local coffee shops as vegan food.) It is important to realize that there are some saturated fats in plant oils for which intake needs to be eliminated or avoided, IMO (based on research).

I guess we're clever monkeys. We can turn anything into a disaster, eh?

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I totally agree with you about being oil free. I am trying to not use oil and have started using water to sauté my foods and it has been working great.

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Ironically enough, I just ran into this post as I was looking for Labor Day recipes:
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Lojack, I'd say ok as long as you know coconut oil has as much saturated fat as beef. Saturated fat. ugh. I didn't realize that myself until recently.
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I stir fry with water or broth and love the results. But frankly, for me if I've got enuf garlic and onions, I'm happy!
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I can't seem to get enough avocado's. They are super delicious and I love to add them to quinoa burgers. Avocado take the flavor of the food to that next level of super deliciousness.

I love hummus but prefer to make it at home to prevent the addition of additives and preservatives (which hurt my hubby - he has so many food allergies). I have made some rather tasty blends and yet to find one that the hubby does not like.

I also am a fan of coconut oil and sesame oil when making stir fry. Those to flavors brings out the pure essence of the veggies being added to the pan. So delicious.


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The idea behind the oil-free, plant strong diet is that while there can be fats which are good for you, in order to lose weight/be healthy we really don't need to add them to anything. This goes especially for processed oils. There is so much fat everywhere already, that we're okay on the processed front. The less a food has been altered, the better. To be honest, I would much rather eat olives/avocado/coconut than pouring their oils over my food


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There are folks who think all added fats are problematic. They interfere with the functioning of insulin and cause arteries to stiffen etc. And make losing weight harder. Engine 2 books have lots of accessible information. If your cholesterol is below 180 or so it seems you wouldn't have to worry about added fats much. But it seems to be a controversial topic good vs bad fats or no fat at all. Maybe others have better information.


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Oh, yes...I was becoming a "junk food and booze." emoticon LOL I had only been vegan for a month and just was not feeling well. Having come from a high-protein, low-carb diet, I don't think my body knew what to do with the change. I'm going back to vegetarian and plan to follow the menu plan from SparkPeople. I love that they do all the planning for me...even the grocery list. Now I have no excuse and lots of variety. Hoping I can stick to it! emoticon



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Healthy fats are good but I believe what it all boils down to is a combination of calories in, calories out; everything in moderation and exercise. Finding out how many calories you need to maintain or lose weight is important to start with. What worked for me was going vegetarian (and then vegan) using the Lose it app on my phone and increasing my movement throughout the day. I think most of us have no idea how many calories we eat in a day, and then if we sit at a desk @ work and sit at home, we're just not burning them off. It can be a real eye opener. ~Pam

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So I have a question...I eat a lot of good fats...Example: For breakfast: I have a tbsp of PB on my gluten free toast, and an apple, Snack: I have pistachios Lunch: I have a 'taco' salad, salsa, lentils, a whole avocado, some daiya cheese all on mixed greens, red peppers. Dinner: I have truffle mac & 'cheese' (sauteed mushrooms in coconut oil, cheese is nutritional yeast and coconut oil).

My question: Is it okay that I use healthy fats as my main protein...if I'm tracking my fat intake is always more than the high recommend amount? Do you every have this issue?

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Wow!! I love your juice comment!! I love jucing, but I find that I end up doing the same juices because they always turn out horribly when I try to experient!
Congrats on the weight loss!!! Nice job!!

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When I hit a sticking point on my weight I juice to get past it. Here is an example, I juice; Kale, 4 stalks of celery, 2 green apples, 4 carrots, parsley, cilantro. I am a SOS addict. I am a recovering sugarholic, oiloholic, and saltoholic. I went Vegan with no oil Feb of 2012 and have lost 130 lbs.

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Hey gang! Happy fathers day to any Dads out there! So I have a dilemma. I am feeling awesome following a vegan plan. I stay away from junk food,but do use brown rice and beans with lots of veggies. My blood sugar has bean awesome,almost too low, I feel thinner and DH even commented about it,but got on the scale and up 2 lbs! Blood sugar and all my #'s are great but I just can't lose any weight,any thoughts?? Diane


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Thanks, going to check it out.


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I just wanted to let you know that there is a web site available with tons of recipies and help with cooking beans with less gas. I try to keep in moderation with all things so I try not to eat too much of anything. Anyway, the site is svinfo@savvyvegetarian.com. Hope you finds this site useful.


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thanks. I appreciate the honesty LOL. It is better to know that it won't go away and eat a little at a time than to keep on. I do when I have beans sometimes eat kidney beans with mayo, salad and that is the worst. I guess trial and error is best.


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"Bean burgers and too many beans give me a lot of (excuse the word) gas. Does that ever go away?"

For me, I've been eating beans daily, or nearly daily for nearly a year and I've found that if I eat a large amount of them at once, yeah, I'll still have issues with gas and feeling bloated. Smaller amounts more often are better tolerated than a bunch at once. I know other people say that after a month or so they don't have any issues, but that hasn't been the case for me. I can still enjoy them, though, just not too much at once. =)

Good luck!

Edit: Also, if you're eating more veggies in general it just may be a fiber overload and perhaps drinking extra water would help til you get used to your new way of eating.

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I tried tofu and to me it just tastes like rubber. I don't know enough about anything really. I just have to get off too many starches. I am trying to be full veggie and have not eaten any red meat for over a year and only eat a little fish now and then. Trying to get off that too. I have not eaten any fish either since the beginning of May. I have a lot to learn. I tried years ago to be vegetarian and then vegan but went back to eating meat. Now I am taking a running start and plan to stay but just need to learn a lot more on how to make the food tasty. Bean burgers and too many beans give me a lot of (excuse the word) gas. Does that ever go away? I also find the veggie burgers, that are homemade a little tastless. Someone did give me the ny veggie burger recipe but have to wait til I get groceries again to get the ingredients. Grocery money is limited and hubby is a meat and potatoes eater and will not even touch anything that does not resemble meat. So I have to learn to do this on a budget.
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My 3 year old LOVES veggies and she amazingly says no to even sweets if she doesn't want them or is full. My problem is exacerbated by my husband, sister, and love of baking (such a bonding/learning experience with my daughter). My husband LOVE LOVE LOVES junk food. I tried making healthier, homemade alternatives where I can put meat in his and none in mine, but he doesn't eat it! My sister eats everything, fast. A 2-pack of peanut butter from Costco lasted 2 weeks and my husband nor I ate any. My work schedule is changing and I'm getting tired of coming home to clean and cook 2 separate meals which if I don't scarf down I won't get to eat.


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Let me ask you this. Can someone be "almost a Catholic?"



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I have an easier time of this than a lot. I work from home so I am not exposed to as much eating out temptation as some others.

I am learning to keep healthier vegan choices at home so I do not eat as much processed food but it is hard - I still work hard and get involved in resolving issue that I sometime find that I have not eaten and am berry hungry. It is easier to grab the processed food instead of looking around and getting the healthier less processed options.


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BRIENNEOFTARTH: I keep a bar in my purse all the time, too. Just in case. I don't want to get too hungry when I'm out and wind up getting some garbage or overeating when I get home.

Keeping some frozen chili/soup/etc in the freezer helps, too. If all I have to do is defrost a meal when I'm extremely hungry and tired, then I'm less likely to reach for junk.


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I found I have to carry snacks with me to avoid the temptations of quick on the go junk food. I keep a kashi bar in my purse at all times.



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Hello, I am new to this site and am learning how to maneuver on & off the various pages to find what's beneficial or not. I have a been a practicing vegetarian since '96 and lost a ton of weight. But as I have gotten older I have come to experience that sugars & alcohol can put the pounds on before you know. Exercise is key as we age vegetarian or not. Junk food will do you in because one vice will signal another vice, ie, salt foods will cause a craving for alcohol, alcohol will cause you to have a cigarette, and so on. If you have a sweet tooth Bee pollen is helpful or natural fruit bars or sugar free pudding / jello can get you over the hump.



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I have to add to that Vegans aren't consumers of any animal tested/derived products - cosmetics, wines, clothing - not just food

Edited by: SWEETYOUNGTHING at: 2/28/2013 (18:31)
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Pescetarian: Someone who doesn’t eat meat but eats fish or seafood.

· Flexitarian: A hip and trendy word for what some people call a
semi-vegetarian. Someone who isn’t a vegetarian but eats several
vegetarian meals a week and might be selective about what types of
meat she does eat (such as organic chicken only) and how often.


· Vegetarian: Someone who doesn’t eat any meat, including poultry,
game, fish, and seafood, or any meat by-products, such as broth,
gravy, or fat, or foods cooked with meat. A vegetarian may or may not
eat other animals products like eggs or dairy (ovo-vegetarians do eat
eggs, lacto-vegetarians still eat dairy products, and ovo-lacto
vegetarians eats both eggs and dairy).


· Vegan: A strict vegetarian (see above) who doesn’t eat anything that
comes from an animal—no meat, dairy products, eggs, honey or other
animal by-products.




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I think you can be an 'almost' emoticon It's all such a personal choice.

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.


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Is there a such thing as almost Vegan? :) If so, I'm almost one!

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I lost 30 lbs. with the help of Spark People (as an omnivore) and then made the commitment to live a Vegan lifestyle. It's very time consuming to re-enter nutritional info on the SP tracker and, a number of the recipes I have (some are just items thrown together) don't have a calorie/nutrition count to them. So, I've had to break everything down..........figure out how many servings there are per recipes. I haven't been tracking calories like I should - or used to - but I'm slowly making the necessary changes/updates to the Tracker so I can do what I need to do.

I am a FIRM believer in counting/tracking calories. I don't care how healthy you eat. I've made Vegan friendly cupcakes with a calorie content through the proverbial roof. Hey, even fruit has calories.

We have to be aware of calories/nutrition regardless of vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, etc. preferences.

It takes a lot of work when you decide to 'go' vegan or vegetarian. It's a complete shift in my life, really.

One day at a time!

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Yes, I became a vegetarian in Junior High and I was told the samething late high school. Needless to say I didn't watch what I put in my mouth during college and gained 50lbs. I am now using this site to get it off. That is the biggest lie I have ever heard.



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I changed my diet to a mostly plant-based diet last summer. I was on SparkPeople when I when I made the change in how I eat but I stopped using this site b/c the books and teacher on how to eat vegan said you didn't need to count calories b/c the natural foods were healthy and filled you up so you wouldn't over eat. Well that's just not true, at least not in my case. I still favored more fattening natural, plant foods and I couldn't give up all oils and sugars like some very dedicated vegans can. There are also fat vegans b/c there is a ton of processed vegan foods--I didn't buy much as that stuff is expensive!!!
I'm still learning. Sometimes I get confused b/c there is so much info. I can barely stomach meat but I look at some baked chicken breast dishes vs some veggie dishes and am figuring out which can be more fattening(depending on how it's fixed at the restaurants). Eating raw all the time is hard...you want cooked foods, too.
But I enjoy eating plant-based foods more...I feel better. It's tastes cleaner and fresher.


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I have been vegetarian for well over 20 years....It is easier now to eat out healthier than it used to be. Now most places have vegetarian options and a number have health food options. I got fat because of the lack of healthy convenience food for vegetarians previously - often the restaurants would just give the starch with some very overcooked veggies for me when I said I was vegetarian. Or the chips and rolls were the only thing I could find to eat. Getting home late, and not feeling like cooking a meal from scratch when I was starving - toast and cheese were the easy options. It is important as a vegetarian to really concentrate on balancing food as although people think it is a healthier option, it is very easy to just fill up quickly with starch...


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I hear you, Heather: I've indulged in the "potato chips are vegan" excuse too! But I don't think going fully vegan is the surefire way to avoid junk food. The solution is probably to replace the junk food in your life with healthier options: keep carrots, popcorn, your favorite tea, or granola bars (low fat and sugar!) on hand, closer and more convenient than the nearest unhealthy option.

I think the convenience factor is the one I struggle with most. I've stocked up my kitchen with grains, veggies, dried beans and things in an effort to give myself healthy options while I work from my apartment. Unfortunately, they all require cooking time, and I don't have a microwave! So my next chore is finding healthy, ready-made snacks to keep around. Right now, I'm in love with edamame and vegan whole-grain treats I make myself.


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Kudos to you CYND59 for avoiding junk food! This is, hands down, my biggest obstacle. I sell Old Dutch potato chips for a living, so they're everywhere even though I do 90% of my work in the office, not the warehouse. I come from a family that loooooves chips, and I rent an apartment from my parents so there's always plenty of temptation just down the hall. Junk food is my pitfall when it comes to making the vegan commitment as well. I seem to forgive myself some dairy if its in the form of an ice cream sundae or Hawkins Cheezies!
I really don't have much of a sweet tooth so I think it would really help my weight loss if I could just make a 100% vegan commitment (and hide the chips!).

Edited by: HEATHERECUMMINS at: 2/6/2013 (13:55)
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I have only been a Vegetarian/Vegan for about a month now and probably fall more under the category "flexitarian". I eat meat once a week. We go to church dinners on Wednesday night and I eat what they serve. I give the desert to my hubby. I feel it is best for my at this time. I have been very good about staying away from junk food. I keep fresh fruits and veggies available or the vegan Lara bar available if I am out and feel the need for something sweet and crunchy.

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Hi everyone, I'm new to sp, and to this group. I have been a vegetarian since 2003, but I am a fat vegetarian, when people hear that I'm a vegetarian, they are surprised. I have a portion control problem, and load up on carbs, processed foods, and sweets. Love to snack. but all that has stopped, and I'm making healthier choices. I do have a hard time getting all my protein in tho.


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Junk food isn't really great when dieting or trying to loose weight.fruits and veggies are best; but you also have to be careful of some fruits because they also have to much sugar as well.

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If you're going to be vegan, you really do need to read the nutritional info about what may be missing from your diet and ensure that you sub in appropriate vegan foods or take appropriate supplements. Of course, I believe everyone, from omnivores to vegetarians to vegans, should understand nutrition and how to prepare healthy food choices to ensure complete nutrition! However, vegans may not get certain B vitamins such as B-12 without supplementation. Lacking that vitamin could cause you to crave meat, as it is present in meats.

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I was a vegan for fifteen years but I started eating chicken and fish again so I could go low carb but to my dismay I found myself frying and adding high fat condiments to these proteins. I decided to go back to my vegan diet and use tofu as my low carb protein and I'm glad to be back. I have more energy. And I feel healthier.



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I was a strict vegan for about 8 months and stopped because the craving for meat was so bad, and towards the end I was eating straight up carbs. I'm anemic and wanted a healthier diet, and when I started, I lost 10 lbs and felt amazing. It is just something you really have to keep up on and definitely take vitamins to curb the nasty cravings! I only eat meat maybe once a month when I crave it now, but I really want to go back to being a vegan again. Good luck to everyone!



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I'm new eating animal-free. My family memebers are omnivores. I delayed going completely animal-free until the arrival of three new vegan cookbooks. I make a soup that takes minimal prep aside from presoaking beans, and lots of smoothies. Aside from that, some roasted veg and chickpeas or salads or either in a wrap take me through most days. I will often throw some sides from the omnimeal in with my soup or salad. It's amazing how much variety we can eat. I don't do vegan packaged except for occasionally panfried tofu or soy cream cheese.


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@PLG....I have the same problem at home with 2 almost grown kids and a husband who all eat complete crap if I don't cook. I haven't had much luck with successfully introducing new recipes that they like. Most of the time I cook for myself and then cook something different for them. I really hate that! However when I do make a new vegetarian recipe, I divide it up and freeze it for 2 or 3 meals for myself. That cuts down on time in the kitchen. Good luck I know it's a challenge.

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I am back to the Vegetarian lifestyle and am also having a hard time with snacking. It hasn't been too bad but I also have 4 others in the house who do not support this new lifestyle. Buying produce for salads when I'm the only one eating them becomes costly. I have resorted to pre packaged salads for one. Again costly but at least I won't end up throwing anything away.

I need to find better vegetable recipes that my whole family would eat. BTW, I'm not such a great cook! :)

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welcome, PGHANDI93! What really helps me avoid poor snack choices is to have my healthy snacks pre-planned and sometimes, even pre-measured.

I'll take a banana and 1 T of peanut butter as a snack, or 12 almonds, or a Pure Bar (200cal) or an apple, etc.

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@PGANDHI93- emoticon
I would start by browsing these forums and the Clean Eating thread is a good source of info.too. You will learn lots. I know I did.

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Hi guys!
I'm new here, and surprise!! my new resolution is to say good bye to the old me and welcome the new me. I just would like to drop about fifteen pounds and be healthy. Not skinny. Just be well in shape.

I have been a vegetarian all my life and have never eaten meat, but I am a heavy snacker, do you guys have any tips as to how to eat healthier and just any tips at all on how to stop my snacking cravings??



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Thanks for the replies.

I have been vegetarian since October after reading "The China Study." I lost 60 lbs. last year (while not on a vegetarian diet) but have been stuck at 60 for a few months now. I need to lose about 50 more. I believe that I must track my food, even if I have cut out all meat and a lot of dairy. I am also Type 2 Diabetic so have to watch my carbs, although I have that well under control from changing my diet and exercising regularly. It takes a lot of time to prepare healthy meals and it takes a lot of time to track as I don't use traditional recipes anymore. I more or less create my own meals while feeding my family a not-so-strict diet. They are already grumping about their semi-vegetarian meals but I have managed to do away with most meat for them.

I have learned a lot from reading through posts in the Vegetarian/Vegan thread. I appreciate all the knowledge and good advice that is passed along.

Thanks,
Bonnie

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12/18/12 11:46 P

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I don't track my food. I find that eating strictly vegan, strictly unprocessed food is so filling that I just naturally eat less than I ever have. That gnawing hunger and desire to eat everything in sight occurred when I was eating processed food. Also, the only sugar I eat is in whole fruits. I think sugar can really set you up for cravings. My biggest battle now is making myself do the food preparation that I have to do in order to have on hand what I need to eat. Cooking isn't something that I intrinsically enjoy, but not having the right foods on hand is what will shoot me off the path quicker than anything.

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Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.
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12/18/12 11:02 P

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For years my body has been screaming at me to stop eating meat and dairy but every time I try I wind up feeling unsatisfied and fall into the "junk food trap". I tried to make it my New Year's resolution earlier this year. I only lasted a month and spent the rest of the year struggling to get back on track and gained 10-15lbs eating everything in sight trying to feel satisfied and avoid meat and dairy. With the new year approaching, I am going to try again. I need to succeed at this and am looking for any advice or guidance anyone here can offer.

Christie,

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12/18/12 11:30 A

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Sassy-Nak, I consistently track my food. When I hit goal, I stopped tracking yet continued regular weigh-ins. I gained 3 pounds, so I began tracking again. One of my can-do goals it to achieve a point where I can avoid the tracking *and* stay at goal.

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12/18/12 6:06 A

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Curious.....do those of you trying to lose weight while eating a vegetarian/vegan diet consistently track your food?

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12/16/12 11:13 A

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I agree with Julie, also, the closer to whole and original as possible, the better. Many traditional foods work well - lentil soup, beans and rice, that sort of thing. I am fortunate to have an exploratory palate, it helps me a lot.



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12/9/12 12:54 P

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There's no meat in chocolate, either. emoticon

Fortunately, if you choose dark chocolate and avoid the gooey stuff, you actually get some nice antioxidants with your calories.

I find that if I fill up on healthy carbs such as veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains, the unhealthy carbs don't call my name quite as loudly.

Julia
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