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CURVESAREIN1- more of a gel like consistency, for making puddings and such. Ground flax makes liquid thick from my experience. I use it in smoothies, baking and cooking.



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9/16/17 12:16 P

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Do the Chia seeds make the water thick?

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Love your scripture quote'

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Sandwiches and wraps are a great way to get in tons of healthy veggies.

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Veggie sandwiches are one of my favorite put togethers...after prepping veggies (onions, tomatoes, cukes, carrots, zuchinni, asst'd greens, sprouts), dill pickles and pickled radishes.. so many options to choose from.



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I work overnights, so my eating schedule is different than most people.

At work (3am): salad with strawberries and cashews

Meal 1 (1pm): coffee with flavored creamer

Meal 2 (2pm): salad with strawberries and cashews

Meal 3 (5pm): pasta with peanut Thai sauce

Meal 4 (11pm): pooped corn


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Breakfast- mango and breakfast burrito- Engine 2 wrap with refried beans and salsa a and romaine lettuce and 1/3 avocado and sauteed mushrooms

Lunch- Big salad and Baba ganoush with veggies and a little piece of WW pita bread

Supper- blueberry+banana+ ground flaxseed + home made almond milk and kale smoothie-(humid here)

Today- 3 mile run

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"Why don't we just get our population healthier so we don't need medical care?"~ Dr. Joel Fuhrman




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I am a planner too, and I am happy to read this thread to get some ideas! I am really in a food rut and I need to get more produce in. Right now I am eating way too many walnuts, almonds and pistachios and not enough produce. I do eat a lot of yogurt and add some muesli or granola to it.

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One thing that helps me immensely to not fall into the junk food trap is meal planning/prepping.

I take an afternoon of my last day off and cook my meals for the next 5 days. I'll at least do lunch and snacks ( roasted chickpeas, granola cups, etc ) and at least know what I will make for breakfast every day. Then, I portion it out into meal prep containers ( they have glass or plastic, I have both) and just grab it out of the fridge in the morning.

Breakfast I'll make the night before since its usually non dairy yogurt, fruit, and chia seeds. But just having the lunch laid out helps so much!

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Most Oreos are vegan, and they are my nemesis! And potato chips...don't get me started.

I'm trying healthier options like homemade kale chips. Yummy and not a lot of calories.

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I'm restarting this!

Breakfast: half an avocado or some pecans + 1/2 cup chia seed pudding
Snack: 1 oz sunflower seeds
Lunch: spring greens salad with grape tomatoes, almond slivers, bell pepper slices
Afternoon snack: celery & chocolate peanut-butter (reconstituted powdered chocolate peanut butter)
Dinner: hard-boiled eggs, grape tomatoes, and 2 C spinach

Woah - looking back on this, this is much more raw food than I thought!

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Great information, thanks for sharing it emoticon

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That is so me and this is what I'm working on changing. I know I will have to get back into the habit of planning my meals before I leave home.
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@Earthrunner, thanks for the tips I will try this

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That sounds delicious. Lately, the easy access of excess carbs and protein bars has been holding me back in my weight loss journey. I'm happy to say I have more consistently been managing things better: I go ahead and grab a bowl of greek yogurt before bed, or a cup of grape tomatoes and some mushrooms, or a huge mug of hot tea. I'm getting better at this. THe protein bars I have occasionally I realized I was eating because they were yummy, not because I particularly needed them. I have also become better and stopping to evaluate my actual hunger level so I'm not grabbing them impulsively

That being said, I want to be more consistent with this. Having easy to grab veggies - grape tomatoes, peppers, portabello mushrooms, celery - on hand, I have found, makes all the difference so I grab some of that instead of just crackers.

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My go to snack is a tiny bowl with 10-12 mini dark chocolate chips (63%), 6-10 almonds and sometimes 1-2T pistachios. Nice blend of sweet and salty. I eat 1-2 pieces at a time and can stretch it out over quite a few minutes.

Another sweet/salty fix: 2 dates, pitted. Fill cavity with 2 almonds in each.

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Its very rarely that I want sweets anymore. I will buy they cake mixes that come with the 6 in pan, and make it as directed except I use vegan butter and egg replacer. So far my kids like it.

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Sounds yummy! I just pulled out my books Engine 2,my beef with meat and McDougalls starch solution. I am reading the starch solution and it is a little scary as a T2 diabetic we have been told low carb so will read and see. I also just made an onion,pepper, spinach bean and potatoe stir fry for breakfasts wow is it yummy!! Have a great day!

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I might have to try that chia seed pudding. It sounds delicious.

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That sounds like a wonderful treat! I think Ill try that once this week, just to change things up. I usually have what I call "chocolate chia seed pudding" in the morning: tablespoon of chia seeds, cocoa powder, and some milk, water, or kefir (I try to avoid the latter because of the sugar).

Also have added a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to my water some days for taste and digestion boost (supporting the good bacteria (http://www.livestrong.com/article/508833-
is-apple-cider-vinegar-a-probiotic/). What's this to do with avoiding the junk food trap? Refreshing and pleasing drinks, hydration balancing out sugar craving.

I have a tendency to go a little heavy on the carbohydrates beyond what I really need: extra apple before dinner, or after dinner, forgetting to build meals around the veggies instead of weighting the meal with rice/beans/lentils (good in good proportions). Anyone else had this challenge?

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My new favorite snack has become chia fresca! It's basically just a bottle of water with two or three tablespoons of chia seeds and a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice mixed in, and not Fresca soda like it sounds! The chia seeds soak up the water and after about 15 minutes it's a bit like a bubble tea in terms of texture. I usually drink this in the afternoon a few hours after lunch when I used to get the craving for a snack. The chia seeds fill me right up, plus they've got a bunch of vitamins, protein, and omega 3's. As an added benefit, I'm 'sneaking' in an extra 23oz of water a day (that's the size of the water bottle I use.) I've been drinking chia fresca for the last two months, and it's really helped me cut out a lot of junk from my day! No more chips or candy in the afternoon!



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I was a vegan for 15 years and controlled my weight effortlessly. After returning to the Standard American Diet my weight has quickly risen to 215lbs and I'm only 5feet. I'm happy to admit defeat though in the towel and return to my vegan lifestyle. I surrender.

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Vegetarian for 20 years, I elected at the beginning of this year to align more closely with a vegan diet. My first elimination was cheese (and not remarkably, most of the dairy I consumed went with it). It has been a great change for me. I feel great.

Every weekend I have cooked up or otherwise prepared a slew of veggies and veg proteins that can be combined in fun and interesting ways for my lunches and dinners...easy to pack up. It is giving me a variety of flavors and lots of nutrition. SO much better than my old fall back of bread and cheese!

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Yum!

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Happy to share! Potatoe lentil stew

1 large onion chopped
2 large potatoes cubed
4 medium carrots peeled and chopped
4 tsp. chili powder
3 garlic cloves chopped
3 tsp..ground cumin
1 tsp.dried oregano
1 cup dry brown lentils
1 can red kidney beans rinsed
2 cans rotel diced tomatoes with green chili's
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4-5 cups veggie stock
throw all in crockpot cook a few hours till all veggies and lentils are soft. Enjoy!!!

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I hate the taste of gluten so I don't make much seitan but I like the texture. I can taste even a tbsp. or two in a big batch of veggie burgers. Does any one have any ideas for adding more texture to veggie/bean patties? I've tried TVP and it worked pretty good but I don't have ready access to it. I'm thinking maybe bulger wheat. Oatmeal, and vegetables seem to cook to soft for the texture I'm looking for, except corn.

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Trying to lose about 25 lbs. I don't have that many servings of carbs (about 7 - 8 daily and within my limits as suggested by Sparkpeople) but it seems I haven't lost any weight. Maybe it's the sleep?

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Good morning all! It's sunny and cool here today! I wish this team had a daily chit chat board that we could go to! Today I've been looking through the many cook books I have, ETL , E2 and McDougal to get some recipes! I will definitely be making a veggie bean soup, and maybe some kale and butternut squash casserole. I made a batch of E2 mighty muffins,they freeze well and I make them small so a great snack in the evening. Hope everyone is having a great day! Diane

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Good morning Diane! I'm going to have to find this Dr Fuhrmans veggie soup recipe. I love soup, but being vegetarian has caused me to give up on most. I'm not the best cook (and I don't like tomatoes) so I have a hard time finding recipes that I can do justice by. Yes, I eat a lot of salads too!

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Good evening all! It's been a very long 10 day work stretch,Sunday and Monday I will cook up some recipes to get me through next week. I think I'll make a batch of Dr. Fuhrmans veggie soup. I find myself eating a lot of soups and salads ,does everyone else? Diane

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Hi Diane! I'm just now trying to figure out what to fix for supper...... Have a good night!

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Good evening all! I roasted up a big pan of curry veggies and potatoes, yummy! I am working a 10 day stretch so must be prepared!!! LOL ! It's dark and rainy here tonight wish I was home! Have a great night!! Diane

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emoticon Quinoa in the rice cooker?!?! Why didn't I ever think of that? What a great tip.

TREWESTERRE - I seriously never thought to steam the veggies in the basket. My mind has been double blown today....LOL!

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Thanks, Dakota! That sounds great! I'm going to add it to my recipes! emoticon

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I make quinoa in my rice cooker!! I love it!!

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Hi there! I have a quick lunch time suggestion good for those who may not hqve a lot of time to cook, it's a great WW's recipe.

Per serving ( I always make 4 servings)
1 cup veggie broth
1 cup fresh spinach
1/3 cup cannellini beans
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoe
salt and pepper to taste

heat broth add rest of ingredients bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes and enjoy!! When my work schedule is crazy I love having this in the fridge! Diane

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Thanks! I've never used or owned a rice cooker.. but I'll look into that!
So glad to have someone actually reply too! emoticon

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If you hate cooking, a rice cooker might be good for you. You don't have to limit yourself to cooking rice in it, you can mix rice and lentils (or just do lentils if you like) and there are some models that have little steamer baskets you can pop some veggies into so they'll cook while your rice cooks (and whatever juices they release go into your rice). Then when it's all done, you can just put the veggies onto the rice and you're set. You can mix in a bit of avocado if you like too. You can even pre-season your rice before firing up your rice cooker if you like (throwing in a few garlic cloves or dried peppers can be good, for example).

Lately I've been using my rice cooker to rehydrate beans or chickpeas so I can make whatever else with them later. It's really handy. There are also salads (add beans, marinated tofu etc for more protein) and soups like gazpacho which are pretty easy to put together.

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Hi everyone! Just newly back to SP to get healthy (again!). I'm vegetarian and I have a terrible time with the so-called 'junk food trap'. I have not been eating very healthy for the past two years, and my scale shows it. My main problem is that I hate to cook! So, therefore I do eat some junk food. I do take my lunch to work, and always have a salad. I love avocados and include that in my salad to take the place of any type of meat. My problem is when I get home at night, I just don't know what to fix for supper. As I said, I hate to cook. And there are so few convenience meals for vegetarians on the market, i.e., frozen dinners.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, for FAST & EASY evening meals to prepare.
P.S. I wish this group was a little more active!

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Thank you for sharing your experience ElleMari. I am a Vegan newbie and I'm trying to learn how to cook tofu and Seitan.

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How do you stram veggies? Do they make them soft to eat like hard carrots to mushy ones?

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Junk food trap
6 months into my vegan diet I gained about 20lbs. Surely in the wrong direction.
I became a vegan because of the cows pain and the hormones that are in meat. I thought to myself I am doing this wrong. Usually vegans are sort of thin or average I am gaining weight.
I don't recall exactly how I came across sparkpeople but it changed my life. I joined a vegan team and learned how to prepare tofu and Seitan (if that's how you spell it) about Braggs Nutritional yeast. Joining SP helped me lose 97lbs. I developed a love of cooking and have managed to avoid fast food all together. I think to avoid the junk food trap you should have like Meatless Monday but cooking all your meals. Starting out is hard to know what to cook how to make lasagna without cheese which brand of vegan cheeses melt and are edible. Meat cheese milk and eggs were so much a part of my diet growing up I didn't know what to make without them. It definitely was a learning experience

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8 weeks for your friends to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice
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With Jason Maple almond butter it takes the place of peanut butter, sometimes I have it on bread or cracker or an apple anything you would put peanut butter on. Very good :)

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I have a vegetable steamer that also has a bowl for cooking rice. I love it!

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Thank you for the suggestion of Jasons maple almond butter. How do you use it? Thank you in advance!

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I am going to have to get a rice cooker for sure :)

I do like that cream cheese I forgot about that. Thank you :)

This week I tried Jasons maple almond butter very good

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My favorite go-to snack is celery ribs and tofutti cream cheese or maybe a small apple with or without peanut butter and a big mug of herb tea sweetened with stevia.

In an earlier note folks mentioned rice cookers - we use an 8 cup Aroma brand, bought on Amazon, although you can order it from Walmart too. It comes with a steamer and was pretty cheap at $27.00. It cooks perfect brown rice without having to watch the pot and has a function that switches the cooking to "keep warm" that keeps the rice beautifully if you're out when it beeps done.

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I agree I think we all have out gate ways foods , the foods that you start eating you can stop even if you are not hungry. I have to keep some food out of my house or I will do the same just eat it all

Good for you to have control :)

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My weakness is salty & crunchy. I used to buy organic corn chips, because they are organic they have to be good for you. Yeah, right!!!

- My weakness is salty & crunchy - an open bag on the shelf and i would have a couple or a few throughout the day. My addiction. So I stopped buying them so regularly because it was my mindless eating food - the comfort food.

Now I buy them every now and then - i count out the portion and have it with salsa as a treat.

Learning as i go along. Small steps

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LLESMEISTER, If you get a good answer for this I'd like to know what it is. My DD has the same problems with my 6 year old GD. She does eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday for lunch, her dad's pizza and some strawberry yogurt but it has to be the right brand. She is very picky. They just keep making her eat a bite of everything before she gets the part of the meal she likes, usually bread. The bites she takes are as small as possible. LOL

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I've noticed our family definitely falls into this--in large part due to the fact that my seven-year-old still hates most vegetables, so she's basically a carb-itarian. It's problematic. She's even picky about her protein. We're vegetarian, but she doesn't really like cheese, she's starting to get sick of peanut butter, she's never liked nuts, and she'll only knowingly eat beans in tostadas. Aaargh! At least she likes yogurt and milk. I do put up the good fight, keep presenting things, etc., but she's as stubborn as I am. As a result, it can be a lot less drama for us to waaaaay over-carb, and my husband is no help, he's a fats-and-carbs-all-the-time kind of guy. We do LOTS better, however, when I plan meals and make a grocery list that includes healthy snacks, and tell K he can't buy anything that's not on the list. :-)

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