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6/20/08 8:43 P

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I love being a Vegetarian. Since becoming one over 3 years ago, I've been more healthier and happier than I've ever been. What is interesting is most of my life has been eating plenty of vegs, beans and fruit with the occasional beef and chicken, but never pork. I was more comfortable with the full change of eliminating those meats. I had anemia since childhood and was on iron pills for a very long time. So when I fully became a Vegetarian, against my doctors wishes(got rid of that doctor and found one was is a Vegetarian herself)I noticed my energy level was different. Recently my new doctor ordered blood work to check my anemia and what a miracle, my anemia was no more. My doctor and I danced around the room, because I no longer require iron pills. I will never go back to eating those meats. I am now making slow (I mean SLOW steps to becoming Vegan). Wish me luck! emoticon

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6/20/08 4:50 P

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I agree with kjcase1, read the China Study, it will explain why most doctors are against vegetarianism/veganism!! A very good read!! It changed my thinking about going from vegetarian to vegan(I didn't think I could do it).

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6/20/08 12:57 P

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BROWNEYEDBUG-
What a simple-to-prepare recipe! Thank you ever so much! I'm going to make it tonight!

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Megafee - what an inspirational post. Congratulations on doing what you felt best for you and doing this against conventional medicine. I bet your doctor is going to rethink his advise to his patients. I already shared this news last month but my husband's story is similar to yours although yours is better. He joined me as a vegetarian 3 months ago and quit taking lipitor against his doctors advise and his cholesterol went down lower than it was taking lipitor!!! Doctors are great but sometimes we need to take our health into our own hands.

Thanks everyone for your spark of interest in the chard recipe. Peacegranny you and I share similar interests in cooking. I love to cook. My husband absolutely loved the chard last night. I browned a clove of garlic in a little olive oil and added fresh chopped white button mushrooms for a few moments and then added chopped up freshly picked chard to the pan and stirred it until it wilted. I also added a sprinkle of salt.

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6/20/08 11:04 A

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I have to say, my endocrinologist was dead-set against me going vegetarian. He firmly believes in a low-carb, high protein (specifically animal protein) diet, and made it clear he thought I was making a mistake.

That was October of 2007. In just under 10 months, I have gone off of my blood pressure medication (I don't need it anymore!), my cholesterol levels are great (before, my HDL was too low, my LDL too high), and I'm losing weight despite the two auto-immune disorders that are making it difficult for me. At my visit a month ago, my doc had to admit that I had made a good choice for myself! That's all the proof I need. :)

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Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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6/20/08 10:15 A

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I want to second the motion about cooking vegan recipes that no one can resist. This is one of the best ways to influence others who might not otherwise consider a plant-based diet. Example: My sister tasted my veggie meatloaf recently, and she said she liked it better than a meat meatloaf. I thought she might be kidding, but I realized she really meant it!

It is almost impossible for omnivores (like I was for almost 60 years) to even imagine what they would eat if they ate vegan. They think about what they can't have instead of what they can have. No meat, no fish, no eggs, no cheese, no honey. What's left?
Wait persons in restaurants look at me in a panic when I tell them what I would like to eat. Almost everything on menus have meat on them and the rest have cheese. So the average American food paradigm is so omnivore that it's a wonder any of us can live in this environment.

The key is: Charm your family and friends with dee-liscious recipes they can't turn down.

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PEACEGRANNY's Photo PEACEGRANNY Posts: 2,069
6/20/08 9:34 A

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How did you make the chard/garlic/mushroom recipe? That sounds good, and I have some chard in my fridge.

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6/20/08 4:31 A

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Wow, everyone...GREAT info on the posts, have never heard of the China project, but gonna look it up now, and Will, you're just a fountain of wisdom! Have you ever thought of contributing some of your recipes to the spark recipes, Browneyedbug? This one sounds wonderful!

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Just wanted to share what I cooked tonight. I made a lentil, potato, and pea curry topped with plain yogurt and fresh cilantro. I accompanied this with a green salad (with tomatoes and purple onions) and a chard/garlic/mushroom dish. So good. My husband decided to go vegetarian two months ago and he said it was because of my great vegetarian cooking. Just wanted to share one of my many menus.

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6/19/08 7:17 P

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Everyone,
Thanks for all the great information you provide in your posts!


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6/19/08 6:45 P

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I think the health benefits are exceptional with a plant based diet. And the medical evidence just keeps pouring in! I know my own heath has improved, and the health of my family. Hugs, Debbie

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6/19/08 3:36 P

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Great post. Since becoming a vegetarian, I wish that I had done it sooner. I got serious about my health about a year ago and embraced this lifestyle. Since doing so, my blood pressure improved and I have never felt better.

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6/19/08 2:23 P

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I would recommend Will's suggestion as a great place to start when looking for protein sources. I was worried when I first became vegan that I would not get enough protein. And family and friends would ask me in utter amazement, "Where do you get your protein?" As I have become more at ease with this way of eating, I realize that I do all right without too much monitoring, although I did the Spark People Nutrition Tracker for a long time. I have felt very good and seem to be healthy, so I find I trust myself more and more to eat healthy foods. At the beginning, however, I consulted several websites to learn where the protein is, as well as other nutrients, like calcium.

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6/19/08 12:29 P

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Angela,

Some examples of good protein for you include:

Lentils
Pinto Beans
Soybeans
Tofu
Quinoa
Almonds/Peanuts

There are plenty others. Check out the web site, Protein In The vegan Diet:

www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

Edited by: WILLBOYWONDER at: 6/19/2008 (12:27)
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6/19/08 11:43 A

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Hi, I have lost 50 pounds so far and am working on the last 100...LOL. Anyway, am not completely vegan or vegetarian but would like to be. The last time I tried I apparently didn't get enough protein, started to gain from too many carbs and became anemic. I really would like to go the vegetarian route, but really don't know what to replace the protein with. Any suggestions would be helpful!

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This information is a boost for me today because I'm not feeling well- muscle aches and low energy. And being a vegan for only 18 months, I ask myself, "Is it your diet? Maybe you are deficient in something." But deep down I know a vegan diet suits me well and is much better than being an omnivore. Since becoming vegan, I have felt great 99% of the time. My energy has been excellent, and I have not been sick except one head cold for 3 days. But I am in the minority where I live (as most of us are), so I feel isolated and don't get much encouragement.

I need to read "The China Syudy." Thanks for reminding me.

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Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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6/19/08 9:54 A

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will, great work. keep going. emoticon it is a good way to start for those who don't believe in vegetarianism or veganism.

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6/19/08 9:44 A

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If you haven't read "The China Project" by T. Colin Campbell, this is a must read that backs up what is in this article. Campbell is a scientist, not someone looking to make money on supplements, meal plans, diet plans, etc. What his book says makes perfect sense in moving to a vegan diet.

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On yesterday - June 18, 2008 - The National Academy of Sciences produced a report about the benefits of a plant-based diet. A group of men diagnosed with prostate cancer opted not to get treatment unless their condition worsened. Instead, they changed their diets and added exercise. After only three months, the cancer-causing genes stopped growing and the cells began reverting to normal.

Some people choose the veggie way because of animal cruelty issues. But the profound health benefits of a veggie diet are endless. Lifestyle changes can do much to help our bodies.

You can read the story for yourself if you like:


www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/105/24
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