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12/4/19 8:33 P

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I am one of the team leaders on The Vegan, Plant-Based Life team here on Spark. Please come and join us.

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12/4/19 2:38 P

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Not fully vegan but transitioning to it for most of the family with plans to be fully vegan by January. So far our biggest challenge is the amount of meat we already have in our freezer and the holidays. We're committed to this though, and interested to see if there are any noticeable changes to health and physical performance.

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12/4/19 11:34 A

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Paints5555 thanks for your comments. I grow my vegetables and do not have to rely on factory farming of animals or vegetables. I was commenting on meat specifically.

I am glad you are healthy whatever diet you choose.

It's not about perfect, it's about effort. Jillian Michaels


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12/4/19 11:28 A

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Just wanted to point out 1 thing - you are avoiding E coli by not eating animal products? There is currently an ongoing recall for romaine lettuce with E coli. In the last few years, there have been many recalls for E coli in produce, flour, nuts, fresh spices, soy butter, etc.

I am glad your vegan diet works for you. My diet that includes meat/fish/dairy in addition to fruits, veggies, grains, oils works for me. I've never been a vegan and my cholesterol and HDL are in normal ranges in spite of having a father whose cholesterol was >240. If anything, my skin and hair tend to be dry, not oily. At my age (>60), if it ain't broke, I don't fix it.


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12/4/19 10:39 A

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For the last five years or so, I have followed the McDougall Plan to reduce my high cholesterol. I cannot say I never slip up, but this way of eating (no meat, no dairy, no oil) has absolutely reduced my cholesterol where statins couldn't ( I must have familial hypercholesterol that caused the deaths of close family members). As I went along, it was very comforting to know that no animals suffered for my meals. I no longer need to worry about my impact on factory farming or the health impacts thereof (ecoli, mad cow, etc..). My digestion is great (no stomach bulge my Dr said ALL women my age had and would not change). My skin and hair are no longer oily--I no longer have to wash my hair daily.

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12/1/19 9:35 A

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Vegan for almost 2 years and will be for good. Trying for more whole foods and mindful eating. Any tips? I am frustrated with the meal plans.



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12/8/18 1:52 P

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Poking my head and waving.

I've been WFPB (whole food plant based) since around this time last year. I'm not 100% all the time, so I'm a work in progress. I was Vegan about 15 yrs ago, had some problems, life got complicated, but I'm back now, for health reasons, and planning to to stay this way. Loved Forks over Knives, haven't seen What the Health (might look that one up today.) Have been reading Dr. Greger's "How not to Die" and found his cookbook at my library (gonna buy it!) Also read "Forks Over Knives", the "Starch Solution" (McDougall), and a few other books.

The cookbooks have helped me immensely with the "What should I eat problem" most of the time. My challenge is keeping my hubby and 2 younger kids (12 & 9) fed. My older daughter (17) is game to try anything.

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11/20/18 5:19 A

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@QUEEN-EYDIE I like your attitude emoticon



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11/6/18 6:11 P

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Krisua, Yes! I can say that I'll be vegan for the rest of my life!

"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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11/2/18 1:57 A

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@AMW10605 I think you should see some documentaries, after which your mind does the decisions for you. The ones I recommend are What the health and Forks over knives.



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11/2/18 1:55 A

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@QUEEN-EYDIE Thank you. Have you noticed a significant shift i your wellbeing after switching?



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10/28/18 8:26 P

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Hi KRISUA! I've been vegan for almost 7 1/2 years and am still going strong. Before that I was vegetarian for 27 years. My only regret is not making the switch to a 100% plant-based diet earlier!

Edited by: QUEEN-EYDIE at: 10/28/2018 (20:27)
"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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10/28/18 6:09 P

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I tried going vegan once before for health reasons and did great for a week but then slipped up and kept slipping. Now I'm trying again and hope to be more successful this time. I am having tons of trouble though because I'm just not sure what to eat and feel like it takes a ton of planning to meet my nutrient requirements. What do you think? How do you cope? Meat is pretty hard for me to give up, but not as hard as giving up milk. Milk is my life.



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10/23/18 7:48 A

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wow, great information, thanks! I rather consider the product a "fast food" option for the days I feel like feasting :D



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10/21/18 11:07 A

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@KRISUA, that got me to what I was looking for.

The sodium level is rather high, in my opinion, 560mg sodium per 220 kcal.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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10/12/18 12:54 A

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@AUNA_VISTA Thank you for your post and let's wish us luck!



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10/12/18 12:54 A

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@INTOTHENEW Apparently it's such a new product that they don't have it on their official homesite yet, but I found this picture on google: https://www.google.com/search?q=atria+kasvispihvi&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZ6dG3jYDeAhVCESwKHXKGBgsQ_AUIDigB&biw=1920&bih=1102#imgrc=y29Mj-0T5QKO8M:



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I sort of just became a vegan, since I found out that I am allergic to dairy and then eggs. I still like honey, though, so I'm not totally a vegan. But mostly! I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian, before I discovered my allergies. I have always really enjoyed fruits and vegetables. Each one has always had a distinct taste of its own. So I really disagree that not eating meat changes your palate. It doesn't. At least not universally, because that was not true for me at all. I am just being kinder to animals, and eating more healthfully. My cholesterol levels improved after I became a vegetarian. But now that I am vegan, with no eggs at all, I'll be able to reap the real benefits of a better heart-healthy diet. This is my first year as a vegan. I think it's much harder to be a vegan than a vegetarian. I preferred being a vegetarian, but I couldn't continue on that way, since I was having bad digestive symptoms whenever I ate any dairy products or eggs.

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10/10/18 7:08 P

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Can you provide a link to the Atria veggie steaks?

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10/9/18 11:15 P

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feel free to post :D



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10/8/18 12:49 A

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loved my coffee with the coco flakes



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10/7/18 4:58 A

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Just finished my oatmeal, dates, and chickpeas emoticon



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10/5/18 1:37 A

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They are Finnish so I don't think you have them there but since you asked... the brand is Atria. No wheat, no eggs, no milk protein. Lots of green pea protein instead.

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9/29/18 8:52 A

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What brand?

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9/29/18 8:05 A

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just ate some store-bought veggie steaks and i am amazed by how good they tasted and how crispy their surface was!



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9/23/18 12:00 A

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Still great!



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9/22/18 2:43 A

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Greetings to all successful vegans!



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Gees, I feel GREAT!



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One thing I have recently discovered since going vegan are the soft moist dried figs. They taste absolutely like candies but give you so much less calories and so much more fibre that the next day is shows nowhere and you feel just as fit as slim as before (unlike after binging on sugary treats). Also the moist dried dates are great but I like figs taste better. I strongly recommend.



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Still in the same state of mind, it's Day 12!



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I have been on vegan 11 days now and the energy just keeps amazing me.



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9/14/18 10:00 A

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You're welcome @KRISUA

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Thank you @CLO333



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Thank you @CED1106



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Thank you @MLAN613
I was watching a documentary called Forks over Knives so yes, it's highly interesting to know they also have a website. I will visit it right away. Thanks again!

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Thank you @SPARK_COACH_JEN



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9/14/18 12:11 A

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Took awhile to find it (: but some vegans said they could better appreciate vegetables and other vegan foods once they stopped eating meat, dairy, etc. I guess it's the same idea as reducing your salt intake.

"Even though I didn't really enjoy it at first, I started cooking various things in an attempt to find vegan foods I enjoyed eating. As I repeated these experiments over and over, my taste buds evolved. My palate was refined. I could now differentiate between the flavors of broccoli and asparagus and zucchini and apples, as opposed to it all tasting "like vegetables." "

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-food-taste-better-when-you-go-vegan

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9/13/18 12:59 P

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Dr. Mcdougall, Santa Rosa, CA was my introduction to Vegan diet about 30 years ago.
https://www.drmcdougall.com

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9/13/18 8:34 A

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Here's a SparkTeam where you're likely to find vegan members:

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I know there are some around SP. Hopefully some will respond.

I don't follow a vegan diet but I love the Forks Over Knives website. It has some great vegan recipes.

www.forksoverknives.com/

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9/13/18 1:49 A

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I mean no fish, no eggs, no dairy?



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