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8/23/16 6:41 P

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There is a recipes forum, feel free to browse and contribute to it, there are many healthy ideas to help keep on track.
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8/23/16 11:07 A

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Hello, I am new to the team, but I try to eliminate meat as much as possible, although, sometimes I fall into that junk food trap. So, I need support in keeping health in mind and I think this team can help me do that. I try to eat clean, but then sometimes I binge on junk (all to frequently) and I want to eliminate that bad habit. A new team may just help me in my journey to stay fit.

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8/25/15 2:32 P

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Hello! I'm new to the team, but I have been not eating meat for about 11 years now! I was hoping that change would make the weight just fall off, but NOOOO there are so many other foods that taste just wonderfully! So Hence I am here on Spark People! Woo Hoo!


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6/4/15 4:56 P

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emoticon Pam I am new also.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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6/4/15 4:33 P

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Hi Irene! Welcome back to the team. Wow it sounds like you've had a very tough time o.o. I hope your physical therapy goes well.

I imagine a slow cooker would be of good used to you since you can't be on your feet for long periods of time.

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6/4/15 3:59 P

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Hi. I think I joined this team before and saw little movement so withdrew.
I am back. Because of a fatty liver I am limited on the protein I can eat. Also have bad circulation and broke a vertebrae in my back so cannot stand to cook much as I use a walker and I have to carry dishes w/o walker.
I was losing weight although very swollen which increased after two knee replacements in 2013.
The doctor had me mainly on vegan but now told me I can have fish or chicken in moderation.
I chose fish. I love any kind of sea food.
My Physical Therapist came this morning and we did half of an hour of occupational and physical therapy.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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2/23/15 11:09 A

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Hi Pam ^_^. Welcome to the team!

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2/20/15 6:56 P

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Hi, my name is Pam... and there are many times during the week that I eat meatless if hubby or I makes a pot of vegetarian soup with beans or lentils. This gives us ready made lunches or dinners for the week.

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I'm back with a new user name so want to reintroduce myself.
I'm working with hubby to drop 60 lbs. each by Sept. of this year. We started this Sept. 2014 after Bob had his 2nd trip to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Since then I'm down 24 lbs. as of today and Bob is down 31 lbs. We're both trying to cut our sodium as much as we can (2000 grams or less) and working to keep our calories between 1200-1500 per day.
Bob isn't much for veggies but I prefer them to most meats so I'm trying to get in a lot more veggies than I have in the past. I'll be restocking my veggies tomorrow in fact when we do our mid month grocery shopping.

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10/2/14 9:15 P

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emoticon just joined after I searched for pumpkin scones! Had to join, I love trying new food and new ways to eat healthy! Visit my sp page to learn more about me. Thanks!

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5/26/14 11:04 P

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Doogie Good, Good luck with your choice. I would think that high omega oil fish would be good for you. Are you swearing off fish like salmon? Eating fish gives you at least one high protein and good fat alternative from meat. Also, try portabella mushrooms (grilled). They have a very meaty taste and feel, more importantly. You can put them in a sandwich and together with alfalfa sprouts or spinach or a range of toppings can make you feel satisfied. Try tahini, a nice spread, and you might like falafel. In vegetarian stores you will find a lot of middle eastern mixes that taste good. And lastly, low fat cottage cheese has as much or more protein as a nice steak. Lentils and rice together are an east Indian favorite and is a very satisfying dish.


Edited by: SENSORYFOODIE at: 5/26/2014 (23:05)


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5/26/14 4:30 P

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I had quadruple bypass and a horrible family history. So I can relate to your husband. I do all the cooking and shopping, I don't allow him to go with me. He also can't cook. He has burned water!

I'm like your son. I love bacon also. We have a baconfest here in Des Moines every year. It's gotten so big it sells out within minutes if not seconds. I'm looking for a bacon substitute. Morning Star Farms bacon isn't close to bacon for me. I'm searching for them.

I have to say with all the alternatives for meats now, I think it is a lot easier to go full vegetarian. This week I plan on trying seitan for the first time. I'm hoping I can season it up and make a bacon substitute. :) If I do, I'll have to let you know for your son.

I just had my 1 year after surgery visit with my hear doctor and she basically told me no more meat. So here I am. Very nice hearing about you.

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4/27/14 7:18 A

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Hi Connie: I agree that flexitarians have the word "flex" in it, so we are probably a more understanding group. I too liked your story. With my taste and cooking interests leaning towards grains and more Spanish-Middle Eastern-Asian style cooking, I'm delving more deeply into the kinds of foods that will give me enough protein, stay low in fat, and satisfy me.

Have you ever tried TVP granules? They're made of dehydrated soybean and soak up seasonings like smoky barbeque flavor and tomato paste or sauce that mimic meat. So it tastes like meat. Combined with lentils and rice, they'd make a rich protein source that tastes like meat. They say that you can go up to about 1/3 (I need to check this amount) in a patty (but you could just make a chili) to make it taste like meat. That is, you'd need something else in it to make it taste good. I'll check my recipes and get back to you here. Also, I made myself the leader (without thinking) and can't undo it for now, so I will take up the responsibility and share what I know about vegetarianism and generally try to stay out of the way, be courteous, and helpful.



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4/27/14 7:17 A

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Hi Connie: I agree that flexitarians have the word "flex" in it, so we are probably a more understanding group. I too liked your story. With my taste and cooking interests leaning towards grains and more Spanish-Middle Eastern-Asian style cooking, I'm delving more deeply into the kinds of foods that will give me enough protein, stay low in fat, and satisfy me.

Have you ever tried TVP granules? They're made of dehydrated soybean and soak up seasonings like smoky barbeque flavor and tomato paste or sauce that mimic meat. So it tastes like meat. Combined with lentils and rice, they'd make a rich protein source that tastes like meat. They say that you can go up to about 1/3 (I need to check this amount) in a patty (but you could just make a chili) to make it taste like meat. That is, you'd need something else in it to make it taste good. I'll check my recipes and get back to you here. Also, I made myself the leader (without thinking) and can't undo it for now, so I will take up the responsibility and share what I know about vegetarianism and generally try to stay out of the way, be courteous, and helpful.



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4/9/14 3:37 P

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Hi Connie and welcome to the team. That's some story!
Best of luck with your goals. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Hi! I'm Connie, and I live in rural Tennessee. Here's a short version of my story:

I became vegetarian two years ago. My husband had just had heart surgery (triple bypass). Since I had known before that he had hereditary high cholesterol, we had already cut out red meat. Then my oldest daughter and I watched on of those documentaries on factory farming and both decided to become vegetarian. The rest of the family (husband, son, and younger daughter) were all supportive, since they could all have naturally have high cholesterol, too.

Since I'm the one that does all the cooking and the shopping, we all ate vegetarian for dinner. The younger two kids would still eat meat at school for breakfast and lunch during the school week and anytime we ate out. My son has always been obsessed with bacon (bacon t shirts, bacon soap, bacon toothpaste, bacon gum), so he had it any time he could.

After a year, my oldest daughter went to college, leaving me as the only vegetarian in the house. Around the same time, my bacon loving son developed an allergy to all mammal meat. I felt so badly for him that I started preparing the meats he could eat (poultry and fish) for dinners. So I got used to eating meat again.

My son got tired of explaining to people to people that he wasn't a vegetarian when he refused beef and pork. He also decided that vegetarianism fit more with his religious beliefs (he's Buddhist). So we went back to vegetarian dinners.

I would like to go back to being fully vegetarian as my son and oldest daughter are, but I'm having trouble giving up some meat this time. While I was eating meat again I got used to cold cuts and pepperonis again (not the healthiest choices, anyway).

So I've come to this board while I try to work my way back to full time vegetarian (and maybe eventually vegan). It seems like the people here are a lot less judgmental than on strictly vegetarian boards.

So that's me! I look forward to getting to know you all!

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