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11/2/14 9:50 P

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I have a challenging job as well, so I understand the time constraints you face. Trader Joe's and other stores sell frozen organic brown rice which really helps- 3 minutes in the microwave. Also, I eat a lot of sweet potatoes. Microwave a few minutes until slightly soft, then wrap in foil and bake at 400 degrees until really soft.

Soups are great too. I use the vegan veggie or chicken low sodium cubes as a base for soups, then add other ingredients. Soft tofu can make creamy soups in the blender (or bullet- I l CE mine! It's like a mini food processor). I like the Pomi chopped tomatoes in a box- you can refrigerate after opening.

I love to use different flavored balsamic vinegars and oils as finishing sauces and dressings. I rarely use premixed salad dressings. Unusual salts ( like smoked, truffle, Hawaiian, or hickory) are my new favorites to add at the end for a big bit of flavor with a little sodium. I use citrus to add a big flavor boost as well.

Here's my latest favorite soup I made up:

Dayna's bean soup

2 cans cannellini or northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 vegan low sodium boullion cube
2 c water
1 c. canned or boxed chopped tomatoes
1 sm chile chopped, seeds remove
1-2 minced garlic cloves
1/2- 1 teas hickory salt
2 slices sprouted grain bread (optional)
Coconut oil spray

Cooke chile and garlic in a med saucepan with cooking spray. Add water and bouillon cube and bring to a boil. Add rest of ingredients and cook 10-15 minutes, until flavors blend.
Use hand blender and blend to preferred consistency. Top with sprouted bread croutons (toast the bread and spray with coconut oil spray) if desired. Serves 2-4.

Enjoy!


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11/1/14 1:23 P

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Lizabeth,

To make this work in a healthy way for myself, I have to buy as much as possible fresh and cook, which is hard because I also have a demanding job. But, the slow cooker helps, as does preparing extra on weekends.

I don't buy anything in a box or other package if I don't recognize the ingredients as food. Even ascorbic acid, which I thought was fine, is probably derived from GMO corn if you find it on a package label.

I buy fresh produce as much as possible, frozen to supplement, very little canned with the exception of tomatoes, pineapples, and beans. I buy lots of dried beans but keep canned on hand. I buy a variety of different kinds of rice, pasta (I think Ancient Harvest makes organic quinoa/organic corn pasta, which I like as a change from whole wheat). I try to buy raw nuts but they are very expensive, that helps keep the fat grams from nuts low. I buy nut milks, but try to avoid carrageenan. So Delicious brand coconut milk, Silk brand nut milks, and a couple of other brands seem to be the safest.

I feel so incredibly energized when I am eating plenty of fresh vegetables, beans, and either some starchy vegetables or whole grains.

For whole grains, besides rice and whole grain pasta, I use barley, lots of oatmeal - my favorite breakfast, and quinoa. I buy Ezekial 4:9 sprouted grain bread. I go for a a rainbow of color (not dyes) - this is such a great time of year for orange with all the pumpkins and winter squash available. Dark greens - my favorites are kale and broccoli, salad greens - I like all kinds, but romaine doesn't go bad fast like the more delicate salad greens, red, yellow and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, red/purple cabbage, red onions all add color flavor and nutrition.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman uses an Acronym to help people be sure to get good nutrition:

G- Greens (also broccoli or any dark green vegetable, both cooked and raw)
B- Beans (important to have daily)
O- Onions (includes all kinds of onions, shallots, and leeks)
M- Mushrooms (I thought I had to get exotic kinds but there was an excellent article on SP on the health benefits of white button mushrooms)
B- Berries (and all other fresh fruits)
S- Seeds and nuts

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11/1/14 1:09 P

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I was also strongly influenced by Forks Over Knives. I began feeling enormously better within 2 weeks of watching the documentary and beginning to shop as much as possible at the Farmer's Market. I have so much more energy on a whole foods plant based diet and people who have not seen me in awhile comment on how good I look. I'm told that I glow. LOL.

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8/17/14 7:58 A

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Hi, Kitchenwitch. I realize 3 months have passed, but I just noticed your request for a good tofu omelette. I have served the following to even non-veg friends and family, and they have liked it, so....???
2 oz tofu (I use firm for the extra calcium), chopped into small cubes (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup chickpea flour or cooked/canned/drained chickpeas (skins removed, if desired)
1/2 cup unflavored/unsweetened soy or other vegan milk, heated
Dissolve the flour in the milk, or process the whole chickpeas with the milk. Put this mixture together with the tofu cubes in a food processor or chopper with an S-blade, and blend until you get a texture that would be to your taste.
Cook as you would a regular omelette, though you don't need to worry about constantly tilting the pan for even cooking.

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6/16/14 11:32 A

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I downloaded a free vegetarian weight loss diet HASfit.com and it is paying off. I am on the 5th day and have lost 2 lb! Just keeping to a structure helps me so much. It was really hard yesterday at the family gathering, I did avoid the desserts. The rest was easy.

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I have gained weight too eating vegetarian. I think I add too much junk, like chips, even organic! So I have a new resolve to healthy eating... we can do this.


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6/5/14 1:04 P

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It is easy to gravitate towards those vegan comfort foods and convenience foods. When I started tracking calories on this site, it made a big difference. Also watching the documentary Forks Over Knives really sold my husband and I on a whole foods, plant based diet. It takes a bit getting used to, but honestly, I think preparing plant based whole foods does not take more time than preparing dead animals for consumption. And I feel 100% better than I did before giving up eating death.

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5/15/14 9:04 A

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i am vegan also. i have a full time job that is very stressful so when i get home i'm too tired to cook. i love salads so have plenty of them. i don't realy like processed foods so when i want something quick in the frozen food department i always buy amys entrees or soups. lots of her products are vegan and gluten free and not processed. they are just like home made and mostly organic.and they are low in calories but some of them have a high fat content. you have to read the labels which has come to be second nature to me. i spend more time reading labels than i do putting things in my cart. LOL!!!!!!!!

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5/15/14 8:58 A

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do you have a recipe for a tofu omelet that works? LOL!!!!! and tastes good too?

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3/13/14 10:50 P

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3/13/14 11:05 A

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hi lizbeth! :) i'm adding you as a friend because it seems to me we're the same age, ideology and maybe continent if you're also in europe? :D very happy to meet you! :) about non vegan cravings; dont worry, i know even really longtime vegggieheads get them from time to time.try a tofu omelet next time and if that fails i guess its alright to have a cruelty free egg if you can handle the idea.about time; id say stick to the basics, legume soups, pastas etc. Buy canned legumes if you want to save time or cook large batches of goods,freeze and reheat/add in recipes.keep it simple, fresh fruits,salads,some good bread on the table and less fats. You can do it!

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3/13/14 6:40 A

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Good Luck!

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3/13/14 3:00 A

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First of all don't beat yourself up over anything . To err is human!!! I have been Vegetarian for about 30 years and put on a lot of weight but thankfully I have managed to lose a lot now too. I became vegan only last year when I was diagnosed diabetic . The Vegan diet has reversed my diabetes completely so I will never go back to eating anything with either meat or dairy products again . Having said that I do think we should tread the middle way and not be too pedantic if we feel the need to have the odd egg occasionally as long as it is free range . Sometimes it helps , if we give in to a craving , to keep to our path of striving for good health. I like to experiment with my diet and try new recipes and meal plans . Arm yourself with some cookbooks such as " The China Study Cookbook " and look up some Vegan sites for inspiration . I think you should just take it a day at a time and enjoy the journey to better health through a plant based diet. " The China Study " by T Colin Campbell is about the best book on the science behind a vegan diet.

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I've been a vegetarian for over 3 years and in that time I was a vegan for about a year and a half. During that time I experienced some highs and lows. At times I felt and the best I ever have health-wise (new baking recipes! smoothies and salads! and i loved it too) and the worst (during one particular winter i got sick, felt very weak, and was craving eggs like crazy). Eventually, because of stress and honestly just becoming less passionate about the ethical side of veganism (though i still realize the food industry,like any industry, is full of exploitation not just concerning animals, but people as well) i did revert to vegetarianism. While at first I still ate healthy, I admit i've got into a junk food habit and it has led to considerable weight gain. How do I get back into the swing of things? I'm thinking of cutting out dairy again,because I'm slightly allergic anyways. My main problem is time. So many foods are rife with animal products,it's a bit of a nightmare. At the same time, this is something I would really like to re-dedicate myself to. Any suggestions or encouragement would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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