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One of the most important benefits to following a vegan diet is the consistent attention to and development of well-balanced nutrition. Living in an omnivorous society that mass produces unhealthy and unbelievably processed foods we have developed a disregard for nutritional value. I was a healthy vegan for four years then had a slip and haven't picked myself back up yet. I don't care much for cheese, I wont drink milk, but I'm a big fan of eggs...and when I'm not playing vegan police on myself I don't care what I'm eating (as long as there's no animal meat) ...It is this huge lack of attention to what is in the food that I'm eating that has caused me to gain 30 pounds!

I want to lose weight to feel more confident and comfortable with myself but my attention and devotion to healthy eating changes with my mood. I certainly am an emotional eater and I often feel that I have an addiction to food.

I have joined Spark People to find support and to submerge myself in the weight loss community to better solidify my weight-loss success.

My healthy lifestyle goals:
- move myself out of this sedentary lifestyle
- lose 25lbs
- meet depression with physical activity (instead of food, tv, etc.)
- find friends with similar goals to provide support for and receive support from.
- return to a vegan diet (not to lose weight, but to eat healthier and more creatively)

Member Since: 8/26/2011

Fitness Minutes: 1,841

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My healthy lifestyle goals:

- December 15th 2011: Weigh in at 153

-October 1st 2011: Improve my core strength to be able to hold a plank position for 60 seconds

- Develop healthy eating habits as opposed to emotional/stress/boredom eating

- find friends with similar goals to provide support for and receive support from.

- January 2012: return to a vegan diet (not to lose weight, but to eat healthier and more creatively)

My Program:
By pre-planning balanced meals and following a vegan/vegetarian adaptation to the SparkDiet I aim to lose 25lbs by Dec 2011.

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  • v OOLALA53
    Saw you posted on the LBF team wall, the team where we concentrate on how to feed ourselves well while we learn to say NO to binge urges. Just to say, the majority of people who go on strict diets end up weighing more two years later, UNLESS they have a serious health condition that changes their perspective radically. I used to be quite a compulsive overeater/binger, and still overeat sometimes, just as most slim people do. I didn't have any present health issues and never swore off anything outright but now many foods I used to overdo it on play a very small role in my eating. I've lost and maintained the loss.

    There's only one way to prove that we really think something isn't good for us. Do it rarely. But we can prove it by weaning ourselves off it, too. That's the approach I took and it worked. It's also what is more typical for binge behavior. People reduce the size of binges and the frequency. Eventually, the gaps in between get longer and the size dwindles until we realize moderate, sane eating is our default. It's better to take the long view and think about how much better we'll be in a year than in a few weeks.

    I tortured myself for decades over this. I wish I could spare every young person the same!
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    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. All the best to you on reaching your goals.

    Welcome on board for some fun and challenges.

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    2489 days ago
    Hi and welcome to Spark People! I've been here for three years in December and it's changed my life! I see you've already started a Spark Page -- great move! There is so much support here. The nutrition and fitness trackers are very valuable tools as are all the articles, polls and quiz's but what really works for me is the support of others on this site. Join a spark team or two, or ten! There are teams for just about every life situation, interest, age or hobby! Go to other people's pages and read their stories. You will never have to feel alone in your efforts again! Great to have you on board!
    2491 days ago