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10/27/12 9:17 A

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I'm trying the Happy Herbivore meal plan for the first time this week. Hope it goes over well with my family!

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7/18/12 3:11 P

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I have both Happy Herbivore cookbooks. Since I've had them, I'm only making one or two recipes from the book, which most of the times, I just rely on fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables and grains.

The principle is competing against yourself. Its about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.



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LIZHEARTSCLOVER's Photo LIZHEARTSCLOVER Posts: 8
7/18/12 12:57 P

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I just downloaded my first week of menus from this meal plan. I'm shopping today and cooking tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.

A woman who wants something will find a way, a woman who doesn't will find an excuse."


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SHRINKYJINX's Photo SHRINKYJINX SparkPoints: (816)
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12/30/11 9:05 A

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is one of my favorites! Her podcasts are great! (Vegetarian Food for Thought on iTunes). I've been feeling broke lately & eating out of Vegan on the Cheap, but it's heavy on the beans & pasta, so I think it may be counter productive!



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REBYTR's Photo REBYTR Posts: 1,294
12/30/11 8:27 A

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I really like Happy Herbivore, but decided against getting the menu plans since I have a family to cook for. I'm planning on buying her new cookbook soon.

However, my favorite vegan cookbook so far is 30 Day Vegan Challenge. So far the recipes have all been good and they have menu ideas in the back of the book.

Melissa, from Texas


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RUNNINGCATJENN's Photo RUNNINGCATJENN Posts: 2,784
12/28/11 1:27 A

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Ruthey, check Happy Herbivore's blog. She gave out a bunch of preview recipes including gravies on there. It was before the book release/around Thanksgiving I believe. I know there wee a couple. I don't like mushrooms, so I ignored that one, but I was going to go back and loom for the other. I've loved two recipes - tofu scramble (on the site) and a chickpea tacos and thought the black bean burgers were alright. The rest of everything else - didn't really care for. I blogged about it and was nice since I know Lindsay, but I've made other things since that blog and didn't like it either. I'm beginning to think its me. But I do really like my cooking usually. :).

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Willpower just amounts to temporary moments of bravado." -- Jillian Michaels
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12/28/11 1:04 A

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I am getting ready to get Lindsay's "Everyday Happy Herbivore" for my Nook after the 1st of the year. I downloaded the sample of both it and "Happy Herbivore" to see what recipes they had. I am opting for "Everyday" because I love mushroom gravy and there is a recipe for portobella mushroom gravy. Sounds nummy to me!!

I downloaded a couple of her weekly meal plans. I liked some of the foods and hated others. Oh well, I'm in good company judging by some of the comments in this thread.

Ruth

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12/27/11 1:57 P

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I love Lindsay, and have her first book, but honestly it's been hit or miss with me and the recipes. I either LOVE them or absolutely hate them and find them bland and most of the recipes have too much heat for me, so if I tone them down, they turn out bland. But - that's just me, it appears, as most people seem to love the recipes.

Anyway ... I don't buy the meal plans for a few reasons. The first being that 1200 calories is way too low for me. I know she adds snack in, but they are only 50 calories each, I think and I need to eat 1500-1800 calories and that would be a lot of snacking. :) Also, the plan is very very low in fat and I cannot eat that low in fat and be satisfied. I do plan on cutting back my fat from about 30-35% which is where I naturally fall, to about 20% so that I can get this weight off, but I cannot cut back to 5-10%. It doesn't work for me, I have tried that too. And third, I have never followed a meal plan 100%. I am better just picking out the recipes from the book, or any cookbook and incorporating them into a plan that includes a lot of the basics - fruits, veggies, salads and smoothies. :)

Other sites I love (besides Happy Herbivore)

Oh She Glows ohsheglows.com/
Choosing Raw www.choosingraw.com/
Peas and Thank You peasandthankyou.com/

Hope this helpful!

Purrs,
Jenn

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Willpower just amounts to temporary moments of bravado." -- Jillian Michaels
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12/27/11 1:16 P

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Hi.

I have both cookbooks and ordered a couple of the menus to help me get my head back in gear. I've been focusing so much on making meals that make the family happy that I've been forgetting to make me happy, too. I like them and have gotten the family addicted to the breakfast cake and Butterbean Cookies.

Sherrie

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12/27/11 12:50 P

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Thanks for all the replies, y'all!

I think my real problem is that I get lazy & into ruts with my food. I default to grains (whole grains, but still grains) instead of fresh veggies. I live in a tiny town 20 minutes from a store that has even minimal organic produce, so I have it on hand right after I go to the grocery, but not always. Brown rice, quinoa, beans & frozen veggies then become my go-tos.

I drink a lot of green smoothies in the summer, but in the winter, do more soups & stews. I need to get back into juicing, too, though.

I wish I'd made note of your names before I posted, as I see I can't find them from here, but one of you mentioned a simple meal plan along with regular exercise. I think that is going to be key for me as well. Hopefully, now that the holidays are over, I'll be able to stick with it a bit better.

My mom said she's going to be Herbie of the Week soon - if you follow HH you can watch for her! (Her name is Kay & she lives in an airstream)

Thanks again for your quick replies! It sounds like y'all mainly just do your own thing for food instead of following a set plan.

Jen.







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12/27/11 12:08 P

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I still eat too much, and so I need to scale back my calorie intake and do more exercise. I have heard GREAT things about Happy Herbivore. I go to her website a lot.

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BONIDALE's Photo BONIDALE SparkPoints: (22,702)
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12/27/11 11:46 A

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I love Happy Herbivore's recipes and use them often. Also What Would Cathy Eat and Oh She Glows. But I find that a basic vegan diet of one large salad a day, lots of green vegetables, mushrooms and onions, beans every day, 3 fruits, no white flour, little sugar, or artificial sweeteners and hardly any oil works best. I also run/walk five days a week for at least an hour. I found that as a vegan, I didn't really start losing weight until I started exercising - a lot.

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12/27/11 10:51 A

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The terms vegetarian and vegan have a lot of different interpretations and degrees of being them.

I am a RAW ORGANIC VEGAN. This to me is the only way for my body to lose weight naturally and to repair years of damage from phake phood and eating mistreated animals.
I also start my day with a yummy green smoothie. There are links in my signature area to view what those are all about if you are unfamiliar with them.

As a vegan ( in my mind a RAW ORGANIC VEGAN) I do not have to worry about calories nor do I have to worry about protein. As long as I eat sufficient amounts, I get both.

Two stories that are told to us is that we have to count calories...yes people do if they eat dead food! and that we need animal protein.

So, welcome to Spark, welcome to the team. Hope perhaps my long posting was helpful to you.

Karen - The Green Smoothie Loving High Carb Low Fat Raw Organic Vegan Co-Leader Low Fat Raw Vegan : www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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FOR RAW FOOD SUCCESS READ 80/10/10 BY DR. DOUG GRAHAM! EAT FRUIT! CARB UP!


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12/27/11 10:46 A

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Hi,

I'm new to the boards & was wondering if anyone here is following Happy Herbivore's 1200 calorie plan? I've downloaded a few of the menus & they look good, but I'm cooking for 3 other people (who all eat veg'n at home), and I've not done too well with it.

Just as a brief intro, I've been vegan for about 5 years, vegetarian for 7. I've gained about 10 pounds as a vegan. Whether it's due to my age (I'll be 50 next week), loving all this delicious vegan food or both, I need to do something to reverse it!

Looking forward to getting to know fellow vegans here!
Jen.



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