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3/8/12 9:22 A

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Welcome to the team Maria,

I am a full time vegetarian now and got there by making sure I only ate one server of meat in a meal with lots of vegetable and then slowly cut back on the number of meals a week that included meat. It was pretty painless that way.

I have found that I can use TVP in place of hamburger meat in meals and my family can not tell the difference. I also use sliced tempeh in place of chicken.

I would love to visit Ireland. The town I live in here in Texas was founded by Irish settlers. Unfortunately most of them were killed by the Comanche before Fort Worth was constructed, but we still have a large part of the population of Irish decent. My family has an entry in the St. Patrick's Day parade next weekend and I will once again be wearing my kiss me i'm Irish t-shirt. My wife hates it. Once the parade is over and the beer begins to flow in the pubs too many women want to kiss the Irishman ; )


I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
3/7/12 9:51 P

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Hi Maria! emoticon I'm trying to do the same thing! I'm so so so sick of eating meat! I thought this team would be a great way to slowly ween me and my family from it. Trying to cut meat out completely would be a huge shock for my bf and probably my kids too! But I think all in all it is the best way to go! I recently joined the team a couple days ago. So I'm just now getting started, I didn't know there was an app for easy veg recipes. I'm going to go check it out and see if my android has it! Good Luck on your journey to being a vegetarian!! emoticon

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3/7/12 10:31 A

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Hi Maria- welcome!
I love Ireland! My sister lives there.


Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.

A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?

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3/7/12 8:58 A

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Hi all! I'm Maria from Cork City.

I've been thinking about becoming vegetarian for years, but never really believed I could stick to it. I absolutely adore vegetables and fruit, but it's been ingrained in me that meat should form part of every meal.

Lately, after a horrible gastro illness, I find I've gone completely off meat. Soooo, I've decided to become vegetarian - well, at least most of the time. My poor boyfriend is horrified - the thought of not eating meat is incomprehensible to him! emoticon

I've just downloaded Sparkpeople's Easy Vegetarian Meals to my Kindle and can't wait to start cooking!

Looking forward to getting to know you all.

Take care,


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