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3/23/12 2:03 A

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Hey Vegans & Veggies,

I am still hanging in there with the meatless challenge. If anything, the challenge has kept the idea of meatless on my mind more than ever before. I am also doing better with other healthful practices-- eating gluten-free, drinking more water and tea, and taking supplements.

This weekend, I commit to making and baking some big vegan dishes to stock the freezer and refrigerator with extra portions. I am also going to try pickling some veggies.

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Hi there! I've been eating vegan for a month or so. Just signed up on Spark People.
I'm not really clear on what e-book everyone is talking about reading.

I do have Happy Herbivore and Everyday Herbivore books. Made the Seitan day before yesterday and it was great!

I'd like to be a part of this group

I'm familiar with McDougall, Barnard and similar programs. Just need to get the EARTH BALANCE and vegenaise out of my diet and commit to more veggies and not just living on the carbs and saying I'm on the diet.

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Here I am, still meatless . I feel great!



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One week later & I honestly have not gotten any closer to my goal that I stated earlier so I'm starting over fresh & stating it again. It will carry over in April I am sure but that is OK.

My goal for the challenge is to read through the ebook by the end of March (now maybe into April), try a recipe or two, clean up my diet by eliminating some of the dairy (especially cheese!) to get closer to vegan and I would like to reach 175 lbs by the end of March (would still love to make that happen) which would mean losing 5 lbs. If I lose more, great! But, that is my goal

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If by "may" you mean "will definitely," then YES, lol! That sounds delicious!

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3/13/12 4:14 P

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Lentil lovers, you may want to check out my Black Rice and Red Lentil Salad in Shared Recipes

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The peppermint tea worked great.

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Try getting a ginger root, cut about one inch into tiny thin slices Pour boiling water over it and steep for 15 mins, then drink slowly. emoticon . In the end you will be much healthier but make sure the food you do eat is good quality and no junk. emoticon

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I would like to try this for the rest of the month. I am not making any gaurantees, but I will try!

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I started this on February 26,my meals without meat,have been very good!!!

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Thanks, i'm trying it right now.

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Trini, try peppermint or ginger tea. That might help with the tummy rumbles and no calories if you don't use sweetner.

Hope it helps!
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Hi. My name is Natasha. I've taken on the meatless March challenge. I haven't eaten any chicken, pork or beef for over a week. My stomach is so bloated. Any suggestions for getting rid of the bloat?

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Hi everybody I am going to try not to eat meat, I have food sensitivities and I have been finding that I am sick after I eat meat, I guess I am nervous about making sure I eat enough of the right food without meat. emoticon

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Hi Lauren,
I'm thinking the group here is pretty easy going and wouldn't think you were evil at all. Of course I'm new here....

But with all the lentil love, how could there be anything but peace and harmony on here?

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Well, in the first week, I didn't have meat, per se, but I did have fish and scallops. Some consider that pescatarian, and some consider that evil.

I'm still eating eggs and cheese. Maybe someday I'll stop.

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There could probably be an entire thread dedicated to lentil obsession. (Seriously, LOVE lentils.)

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It's great to read the goals and accomplishments of others on the same journey. Good luck to everyone!

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My goal for the challenge is to read through the ebook by the end of March, try a recipe or two, clean up my diet by eliminating some of the dairy (especially cheese!) to get closer to vegan and I would like to reach 175 lbs by the end of March which would mean losing 5 lbs. If I lose more, great! But, that is my goal!
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I too, love lentils!

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Oh lentils. How I love thee.

That is all.

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3/6/12 1:15 P

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Another Happy Herbie here! Ive got both her books, weekly meal plans and am looking forward to her next book. I like to follow her on Facebook too. She is so great about answering people's questions quickly and so very nice. Just love her.



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Okay, so tomorrow is my first ALL VEGAN day, which I'm really excited about. Over the last week, I've cut out eggs, creamer, and today was my last taste of tuna. Good thing I have 'mock tuna' from the Vegan recipes book (sparkpeople version) in my fridge! On the menu for tomorrow:
Green smoothie with spinach, peanut butter, chia seeds, banana and almond milk
Quinoa, butternut squash and green bean risotto
Vegan veggie curry with rice
Snack: baby carrots or coleslaw

Better go pack it all up for a loooong 12 hour day at school tomorrow :D

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3/5/12 10:50 P

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RHEYNKLAW, I have both her books and have gotten a few of her 1200 calories meal plans. She makes cooking and planning so very easy for a beginning cook. She is so extremely helpful too. I'm a happy herbie all right. Don't know if she knows about Sparkpeople....

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TIGGYWINKLE, I'm a big HH fan, too. Lindsay is really, really nice and I agree that her recipes (both from the website and the books) are highly accessible. I wonder if she knows about all the Herbie love here on SP...
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3/5/12 10:32 P

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A suggestion is to go to drmcdougall.com Dr McDougall's web-site he has all the reasons why not to sweat the protein and promotes starches. Millions of Chinese got it right by eating rice. There is plenty enough protein in potatoes even. Hard to believe huh... I know. It took me quite some time to come to terms with what we have been brainwashed into thinking all these years.


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I am still freaking out about the not enough protein too many carbs thing. I weigh in Thursday and we shall see.

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Already good stuff on here!
Thanks TIGGYWINKLE, even though you were posting to someone else. Off to bookmark another recipe page!

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Hey DS9KIE, if you go to happyherbivore.com, Lindsay has some really easy recipes to follow (not a lot of cooking knowledge is required). 99% of her ingredients you can get at any grocery store. She has tons of recipes on her web-site. She has pictures to help you too. If you e-mail her, she is super helpful and will answer you within a couple of hours. Good Luck....

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So, I joined this team to get into the March meatless challenge. I have never ever been a vegetarian, and have never tried. Its Lent Season for Catholics and I've given up poultry meat for the 40 days. Its week 3 for me and so far so good with the whole no-meat. I eat fish and other seafoods. Its very hard to be SAMOAN and a VEGETARIAN...NO BUENO! Samoan Life and Traditions revolve around meat, and food. Which is why I love Lent Season, because there's a reason why I HAVE to give up meat among other things that I love to eat/do and I know that its not good for me, like rice, drinking hard liquor/beer, and Facebooking.
But I'm hoping this challenge and support group will help me to reach my goal of healthy eating and sticking to it!

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CROWGIRL, FOK rocks! If you don't have it already, I recommend the companion book: lots of great recipes from the docs, individuals featured in the film, and popular vegan authors like Isa Chandra Moskowitz (PPK) and Christy Morgan (Blissful Chef.) Having a resource like this can be really helpful on days when you just can't bear to eat another green salad or pan of roasted vegetables. ;)

Veg on!
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My suggestion is to measure and track your food. First track exactly what you eat for a few days and then measure out a little less. Also drink more water if you haven't been drinking enough and to walk more. If you walk a mile a day, start to walk 2. Good luck!

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Yay! A board to post to!
I have danced with being a vegetarian for years. I stay veg for a few months, then I eat some meat because "it's easier". HUH? Well, this is a great opportunity to challenge myself to stay on track. AND coincidentally, I just watched "Forks over Knives" over the weekend. Ahh, karma.
My goal is to stay meatless for the rest of the challenge. (we raise our own chickens, for eggs, so I know they are treated well and are happy little ladies)
I would love to post here for a little comic relief, recipe ideas, and support.
Looking forward to this!
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Catherine - those meals sound delicious. I well definitely be making more grain and legume salads as the weather warms up; mujadara is my favorite, and there are so many directions you can take it. When my husband and I decided to buckle down and go Full Herbie, I had the same attitude about throwing away food: we just couldn't afford to chuck stuff we'd already spent money on. What ended up happening to most of it was that it just sat and sat because we didn't /want/ to eat it when there were other options available that we knew were better choices, and I just gave it all away, either to people I knew or food drives. Good luck on your transition!

VM - that's exactly how I feel about Nigella. Her passion and enthusiasm for food is something that's missing from most people's relationship with eating, and I think that that sense of mindfulness could benefit anyone, herbivore, carnivore, and everything in between. The dead animals I can do without, though, lol. Also, I love the Shannons' blog, too! :D

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My partner and I went vegetarian last year and we both do not miss meat at all. We had actually eaten more fish and chicken than anything else (in small quantities) and found that what we both like so much are the flavors.

Thankfully, we both like to cook and while we don't always have time, we try to cook on the weekends and then reheat during the week. We have found out we eat at home more often because, well, our food just tastes good. We rotate the types of food-- asian (japanese-shabu shabu; thai food; veg curries with samosas; chinese, etc) to american (veggie burgers; various pizzas; veg pot pie) to italian (many many pastas with veggies); to mexican (you name it). We make one big pot of soup per week with vegs and beans. All have different types of flavors and that really helps us to stay interested and motivated.

Good luck all with this new challenge! We are looking forward to it. :)

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Joni - WTG, on being sugar free for a whole year! That is awesome!!!

Rheyn - I don't have any of Brendan's Thrive books, but if the rest of his recipes are as good as those kale chips, then I need to get a copy. I do like his Vega shakes, but the raw SunWarrior vegan chocolate is my favorite for a quick protein shake.

I used to love watching Nigella too. Not so much for her recipes, but more just to enjoy watching her passion and love for cooking.

When you were talking about wanting to veganize your cookbooks, it reminded me of a blog I've been following called, "The Betty Crocker Project." The Shannons are cooking their way through the Betty Crocker cookbook while veganizing the recipes and blogging about it. www.meettheshannons.net/p/betty-croc
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I'm really excited about this challenge. Hubby and I have been working our way towards being more vegetarian. Currently we're what you would call "pescetarian" but my challenge to myself is to eat mostly vegan for the next month. There is still some quiche in the fridge, and we can't afford to just toss food, so after those eggs are gone, it's on! I find vegan cooking quite easy, especially since I don't bake much.

Some favorites:
crockpot chili with beans, veggies, cocoa and cinnamon
lentil & quinoa salad with fresh or roasted cauliflower
veggie curry over rice
thai salad rolls
veggie sushi
Salads with dulse and lots of veggies

I think my biggest challenge will be breakfasts. My blender is broken but I have a food processor, so I'm going to try using that for smoothies. For the past couple years I've been eating eggs every day for breakfast.

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HI ALL YOU WHO ARE DOING THE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN mARCH THING. wELCOME TO THE GROUP. i AM A GLUTEN,SOY, SUGAR, EGG, DAIRY,MSG FREE VEGAN MOST OF THE time but occaisionally break down and have a little goat cheese. Gluten free because I have been gluten intolerant for many years, soy free because, although I fed myself and 6 children much soy protein, never knew that because I am so hypothyroid, soy is not good for me. Sugar free because I have always had a sweet tooth, but did not realize that almost a year ago I, like an alcoholic, am a sugar addict and have now been sugar free, on March 19th for one whole year. I am a very careful label reader. the only sad part is I still have not lost that last 40 pounds and have been on a plateau for over a year. Any suggestions.? I guess I still eat too much of the good food that is left for me, at least more than what my body needs. Much success to all of you Joni emoticon

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VM, Brendan Brazier is such an inspiration to plant-based athletes and other active folks! I love that he grew up knowing and loving nature, so for him, being vegan is about more than not eating unhealthy animal products: it's a way to live more sustainably and justly. Do you have this Thrive Foods cookbook, or any of the other Thrive books?

My personal goal is to cook three new recipes from cookbooks every week. Even as a cookbook-collecting omnivore, I rarely followed recipes. I bought the books either for inspiration (i.e. look up a recipe to get a general idea of its "essence" but throw something together on my own) or because I was a fan of the author (I have sooo many Nigella Lawson titles!) When I went "full herbie," I kept most of my old books, but started seeking out vegan chefs' books instead, and have amassed a whole new collection.

I look at the pictures (drool!) and make mental notes of "veganizing" methods and ingredients, yet there they sit on the shelves. NO MORE! Why buy them if I'm not going to use them? (Well, aside from supporting people whose work I believe in and creating a totally kickin' food library, lol.)

Since enacting my goal last week, I've been basically good, but I've come to terms with my inability to follow any recipe to the letter. (In general, I admit I'm a rule-bender.)

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3/3/12 12:00 P

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My favorite vegan snack are Brendan Brazier's Sour Cream N' Onion Kale Chips. Recipe found here: www.carrieonvegan.com/2011/09/30/veg
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I've been vegetarian for three years, but for this challenge I'd like to babystep my way towards veganism by eliminating cheese products. For replacing cheese, I'll be using Daiya or on days I feel like doing more cooking, I'll be using "cheese" recipes from the Happy Herbivore cookbook.

Milk is no problem. I cut out milk years ago, by replacing it with Blue Diamond Almond Milk.

Hoping that the extra twenty pounds I need to lose will start melting off with the absence of cheese!


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I too have been posting on the introductory thread but now I know to look for the weekly one. I'm a aspiring vegan (pure health reasons--my doctor is vegan and had convinced me) but I love cheese and the soy cheese I can find all has casein in it. Other dairy I can give up since I found Vegenaise at Safeway and a vegan cream cheese substitute at Trader Joe's. Tofu scramble has mostly replaced my morning eggs and my lunches at work are often vegan, e.g. whole grains, veggies and a little chili sauce or peanut sauce--those are my accomplishments so far this year. For this challenge I'm trying to improve--progress, not perfection, as Stephanie says. Next week will be a new challenge for me because I'm travelling on business Mon through Thur. I'll pack nuts, dried fruit, Gnu bars (which seem to have only vegan ingredients). I'm assuming Subway veggie delights are okay althrough I don't know for sure about their bread. And some Starbucks have a boxed lunch of sesame noodles, smoked tofu, sesame peanuts and pickled cucumbers. I'd love to hear suggestions.

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I'm a vegetarian going Vegan little by little and my husband, who had a stroke a year ago, has finally agreed to go vegan (after watching forks over knives with me).
He is doing good,has not eaten any meat in 3 weeks.
I'm in with this and looking forward to becomming vegan.

Focus on moving forward.


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3/2/12 7:17 P

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So I just realized this thread was here - I've been posting in the introductory one further towards the top. I'm a former vegan (developed a soy allergy and joined the Peace Corps and went lacto-ovo, then while in Central Asia got REALLY anemic from eating just bread, rice, carrots and onions all the time and gave in and started eating meat). I've been thinking (for months now) how much better I felt when I was vegan and how I should consider going vegetarian again, but I guess I needed a push. So I saw the 'Meat-free March' post on SparkBlog and decided to go for it.

My goal is to eat 80% vegan (80% of my meals) for March. At the end of the month I'll re-evaluate. I'm kind of hoping to do this permanently but starting with one month for now.

I say 80% vegan because I'm nervous about getting enough protein and calcium without soy/tofu. I think I'd need to have the PERFECT diet 100% of the time to do it without soy, and I don't think I have the time/energy to track things/cook and eat THAT perfectly.

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I signed up for a yearly subscription to Prime on my kindle for $76. I can watch movies on the kindle as well as my laptop, plus read three books a month with no return date. I am going to check if I can get the e-book on my kindle using Prime.

This is going to be interesting so will be checking out this eating challenge. My grocery list is started.

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I didn't have any problem getting the Kindle on my Pc up and running and the ebook came pretty fast. Love all the recipes! Thanks!!

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I have a kindle fire and am still figuring it out. How do I put things in the 'cloud'. From what I understand you have to 'toggle' the item into the cloud but I don't know what that means.

I am not a vegetarian but am interested in eating more veggies and fruits so I joined this team to get some information about doing that. I cook from scratch most of the time so I know what is in my foods. I live in low income senior apartments and these people like to have food related meetings and pot lucks all the time. I rarely attend them because it is scary what they may put in the foods. Most here are almost a whole generation older than me. I'll be 70 next month. Yikes!


Have a great day.

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Way to go! Break the microwave habit and get in the kitchen. I can't wait to hear how it goes. If you have any questions, let me know.
I killed a microwave (set fire to popcorn!) a few years ago and haven't owned one since. It prevents me from eating lots of junk food.

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I'm actually a 30 year lacto-ovo vegetarian but I am extremely lazy about cooking - to the point where I mainly microwave and can't even bestir myself to make lentils for protein.

I'm going to challenge myself in March to actually make some meals and claim my cooking abilities - too bad my mOm isn't around to see it!

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Elleykat, I think you need to have Kindle for PC (or MAC) installed on your computer in order to read Kindle books on your computer. It's free. I got Kindle for PC long before getting a smartphone or Kindle device. I've never tried reading in the "cloud," but that's definitely another option, though I would imagine you would have to be online for that one to work.

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This comes at such a great time! I just switched to a pescatarian diet about a week ago, and am still trying to decide if my eventual aim is to stay pescatarian, go vegetarian, or go vegan!

Goals: 2 vegan meals and 1 vegan snack a day (leaving me 1 meal and 1 snack in which I can still eat dairy, eggs, and fish). Started yesterday and it's already proving to be a challenge! (The pasta I thought would be vegan-friendly turned out to be made with eggs, so I had to switch it out for brown rice pasta. Good thing I read the ingredients!!)

Favorite vegan snack: "Coleslaw" (chopped cabbage with Shiitake Sesame dressing), carrots and hummus, baked tortilla chips and salsa... The possibilities are endless!!

QUESTION: Why did this Vegan Cookbook come out for the Kindle before coming out for other ereaders? I have a Nook, but I didn't want to wait to buy the book until it eventually comes out for the Nook, so I bought it through Amazon and will just have to read on the computer. It's kind of a pain, because I can't figure out how to access the darn thing now. It put it on my "amazon cloud" (whatever that is). Can't I save the thing to my desktop? ARGH!

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"Track one of the key nutrients vegetarians and vegans need to watch. Check in on your calcium levels, plan to boost your iron intake, or ramp up your Omega-3s." I'm tracking protein, calcium, B-12, and B-6. I can't find where to track omega-3s. Omega-anything would be easier it take if they didn't come in huge capsules that make me gag each time I take them. I'd like something that can be blended with food. As always, I start the month with good intentions of tracking my food intake.

"Keep your sweet tooth in check. Challenge yourself to smaller portions or less-frequent sweets if that's something you struggle with." I'm already participating in a white sugar-free challenge for Lent (this is in on Facebook, not SP). So far, so good.

"If you're someone who says you could never eat meat, I'm not going to pressure you to give it up." I thought never eating meat was the point of vegan-ism.

"Blog about your experience as you go along. Share your tips, the changes you observe in your body, and your new favorite recipes on your SparkPage. And keep checking in on the veg team thread. " I probably won't get to blog until Monday. Busy weekend!

"Some of you have asked whether you need a Kindle reader to download the book. No, you don't. You can download Kindle apps for your mobile phone or your computer (Kindle for PC and Mac are available). " Yes! There is even a Kindle for Blackberry app! I read books on my Blackberry for about 1-1/2 years before purchasing a Kindle.

Goals: no meat (eggs, cheese, and milk are okay [though these days, I prefer almond milk to regular milk). Get enough protein and calcium - this has always been a challenge, even when I do eat meat.

Favorite vegan snack? I suppose trail mix from Whole Foods would count. It's addictive, so maybe that negates the whole point of this exercise.

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Do you have a Kindle or Kindle for PC? feel free to SparkMail me, and I'll try to help. ;)

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For some reason I am having trouble down loading this book. It talks about a binary file. Can anyone help?

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I'm not vegan or vegetarian (was), I recently found out I'm now labeled a flexitarian LoL 75% of my breakfasts are vegan and 95% vegetarian. For the last month or so, I've been working on adding a second meal a day at least either a vegan or vegetarian one on weekdays for sure. Got the e-book, in the process of reading it, and joining in to achieve this goal; I'm purely driven to do this for health reasons.

ETA: favorite vegan snack: PBJ :p

Edited by: GARBLEDEEGOOK at: 3/2/2012 (19:46)
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Your post motivated me to post my first blog. I am happy to continue with this vegan challenge and continued good health!

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Hi, everyone. Let's use this thread to talk about week 1 of the 30-Day Meatless Challenge!

Many of you have had questions regarding the challenge. It's simple. We're using the Vegetarian Team as our home base, and I'm posting a new thread each week. Feel free to post your questions and comments there, and on my weekly blogs.
I called this the "Meatless Challenge" because it allows for some flexibility in your food choices. Meatless includes vegan and vegetarian meals. You can define meatless however you please; I'm not hear to judge!
If you're already eating vegan meals, use the month of March to clean up your diet. Some suggestions:
• Track one of the key nutrients vegetarians and vegans need to watch. Check in on your calcium levels, plan to boost your iron intake, or ramp up your Omega-3s.
• Take a cooking challenge. If you're a vegan who doesn't like to cook, take this month as a chance to get more comfortable in the kitchen.
• Keep your sweet tooth in check. Challenge yourself to smaller portions or less-frequent sweets if that's something you struggle with.
If you're new to meatless meals, start small. Some suggestions:
• Take the 7-day challenge laid out in "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet."
• Start with one meal a day. Breakfast would be an easy place to start, as would your daily snacks.
• Embrace the part-time vegan method. Mark Bittman calls himself a vegan until dinnertime. Others say they're weekday vegans. Choose a plan that will fit your life.

If you're someone who says you could never eat meat, I'm not going to pressure you to give it up. That's your decision. However, you could use this month as a chance to eat more vegetables and whole grains.

So what's the next step?
Blog about your experience as you go along. Share your tips, the changes you observe in your body, and your new favorite recipes on your SparkPage. And keep checking in on the veg team thread.
I'm taking this challenge as well. I feel so excited to have all of you supporting me along the way! Since I already eat a meatless diet (a 100% vegan one to be exact!), I will use the month of March to clean up my diet.
My goals:
1. Break my after-dinner sweets habit. I don't have a sweet tooth, but my boyfriend does. He brings out the chocolate, and I can't resist. I am determined to take a month off from mindlessly eating sweets after dinner!
2. Increase my protein intake. I eat enough protein, but I usually end up in the low end of my range on SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker. Eating protein aids in satiety and helps you stay fuller longer. I sometimes struggle with maintaining my hunger levels, so I think that reaching for protein-rich snacks will help. I'll add more nuts and seeds to my snacks, double my portions of beans, tofu or tempeh at dinner, and I'll add brown rice protein powder to my post-workout smoothies.
I'm excited to see how this challenge affects me. Are you?

Some of you have asked whether you need a Kindle reader to download the book. No, you don't. You can download Kindle apps for your mobile phone or your computer (Kindle for PC and Mac are available).
Also, a Nook version and an iPad version are coming soon! Please stay tuned for more info on those.
Thank you so much for your support of our first official ebook. I look forward to writing and sharing more with you, and I am really excited to share my passion for plant-based eating with you!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them here or send me a SparkMail, and I'll answer them in next week's blog.
Go veggies!
What is your goal for the challenge? Why are you inspired to take the challenge?
What is your favorite vegan snack?



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