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3/16/12 8:31 P

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Hi welcome to the team! Something to encourage you-being vegetarian doesn't have to be that
hard! You can make your favorite casseroles and simply substitute vegie meat.If you can't have
cheese there are soy & rice alternatives. There are egg alternative too.It will come.As for being
good Christians-we are all lacking-God still loves us.It's going to be OK. We are here for you!

"It's not the mountains ahead that wear you out-it's the grain
of sand in your shoe"-unknown


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3/16/12 12:11 P

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I am a little overwhelmed by this--it only happened at the end of Feb. Thank you so much for the information--I am going to check out that book from the library before I buy it (I am a little low on money....) I am ready to drop the fast food--just gotta figure out how to do things on the go--other than eating PB sandwiches every day. I will also check out the websites you gave me!!

Don't stress and God bless!


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3/16/12 11:48 A

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Wow, you must be overwhelmed by all of this! But I promise you'll get the hang of the vegetarian lifestyle! If you have open-minded, patient friends and family, that helps too.

As far as fast food goes, you may have to give up a lot of that. You can never be sure that McDonald's doesn't cook their fries in oil used for burgers, or that Burger King doesn't fry your veggie burger on the same grill with beef burgers. I have found that Taco Bell's bean burritos are vegetarian! Which is a good thing, because I love them :) Do you have Panera Bread or Chipotle in your area? They're very veg-friendly. The key is to ASK QUESTIONS. And don't be too shy or embarrassed to do this!

My favorite places to find recipes are SparkRecipes, cookinglight.com (their "recipe finder" allows you to filter for vegetarian recipes) and vegetariantimes.com. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal from any of these sites.

You might not be ready for this, because it's pretty hardcore vegetarian... but Dr Gabriel Cousens wrote a book on changing your diet to cure diabetes. He's been very successful. Here's a link to his book... http://www.amazon.com/There-Cure-Diabetes-
21-Day-Program/dp/1556436912. He has a place in AZ called Tree of Life that I would LOVE to visit. (I'm not diabetic, but that's not a requirement for staying there.)

Use the food tracker here on SP to make sure your diet is balanced -- getting enough protein can be difficult in the beginning. Add lots of beans and grains to your diet.

As far as your not being a "good" Christian... none of us is perfect! Maybe you can set a goal of praying two minutes a day, and use Spark Steaks to track it. Pray while you're brushing your teeth or driving to work. Or how about grabbing a blank notebook and starting a gratitude journal? Every night write down 5 things that you were grateful for that day. It doesn't require much time, but you'll feel the benefits!

Whew! I've rambled on long enough. Hang in there! emoticon

Kristie

Team Leader: Christian Vegetarians and Vegans

"Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. They will be yours for food." Gen 1:29


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3/16/12 9:45 A

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I am being forced to become a vegetarian. My dr. discovered that I am sensitive to all animal fat. I am afraid that he will take me off of cheese and eggs (there go the omelets that I've discovered liking) I've found that it is easier than I thought, but I am still eating a little bit of meat. Now that I can't sit down to a chunk of meat (after only 16 days, it is really hurting my tummy to sit down to a chicken breast or a peice of fish or something), I am wondering about things like nutrition, recipes without meat, and how to survive with the fast paced, fast food industustry.

I am a cashier at Michaels and will be starting a new job in about 2 wks--caregiving for the elderly, which I am super excited about--and this week have found myself in situations where I can't find ANYTHING on the menu at fast food places that I can eat any more--everything has meat!! I am doing well when my friend wants to go out to eat--Dennys has a good veggie burger or I can get the veggie omelet, which I like and so far Dr. has not taken me off of eggs and cheese. I am diabetic, so I can't really eat the pancakes, which is ok, I wasn't all that enthralled with pancakes anyway, so IHOP is tough to eat out at, but Mimi's has a great omelet as well. The point is, that I can't find anything at fast food that I can eat any more--which is good--it will help with the goal of dropping the fast food (which i did really good in Jan, but not so good Feb and Mar so far emoticon )

I am a christian, but not as good as I want to be--I don't pray and only really read the bible on Wednesday at bible study. Once life slows down a bit, I'm sure I will be better at it. Right now there is too much going on--new diagnoses of diabetes, giving up soda AND fast food, changing to a whole new way of eating, managing my bipolar and gearing up for a new job.

anyway, that's a little (or a lot) about me. Anyone with good recipes to try, please email me!!

Don't stress and God bless!


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