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MsLivingWell,
You had me at chloroó.
Lol

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Welcome GrahamCracker:

I believe we are building this team up again. While I follow many similar programs, this is the one that started it all and Dr McDougall is not as well known these days as his program was not marketed as a money maker. Which is ok, because when nutrition is marketed for money, it seems greed gets in the way of the good.

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Welcome Truepeacenik:

I hope to try your fennel idea on pizza with Jill McKeever's Cheeze sauce, mushrooms, tomato sauce, pineapple, onions. This week!!

You had me at "Shut up and Eat it" Meal. Hope you get lots of inspiration here and spread your funny ways as well!

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Hello my name is Sharon. I am 73, live in Florida and have heart disease. I have been transitioning to vegan for health reasons and also am on the Vegan board. I have a question in regard to this plan. Why is coffee not allowed? I do enjoy my coffee.

People! read the INGREDIENTS

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You have an excellent PR person in MrsLivingWell.
We ďmetĒ on a cafe posting about spices, and a sub discussion about pizza and pasta sauce.
Iím the ďput fennel in and the meat eaters will STFUĒ gal.

She posted, sent a message to me, and well, the chloroform has worn off.

Greetings!

Iím high 80s percent WFPB. I fail. My goal is 95 percent of all meals WFPB. In my world, this includes whole grains and potatoes. Just not the same meal (eyes the Hare Krishna buffet).

Iím abusing fat.
I want to stop abusing fat. Meaning, at the annual family dinner and drama, or a rare date night, a small portion of dairy, or fried something isnít going to make me die.
But day in and day out, as OonaOwl said, peasant food.

When I didnít have to think about my weight, I was living on ďbits of (vegan) stuff on rice.Ē My main dish was called Shut Up and Eat It. I served it so much my kiddo thought it was a legitimate dish and once called for the recipe.
But those meals, whole grain, veggies and a sauce, were my secret to being on the low end of healthy BMI.
And we could go out and have potatoes, or white rice, or refined grain pasta on occasion.

Now, Iím in peri menopause and all the systems are up for reconsideration. The control center went on tilt. The flippers are broken. The pinball game is now rigged.

I danced with the demons of SAD meals for the past six months. I used drive throughs. See fat abuse. Onion rings. The horrid veggie burgers that I think are the product of animal based food companies trying to prove vegan food is lousy. (Or maybe I just dislike sweet corn, which is in many of them.)
And my body is paying for it.
Iím sick and Iím tired of being exactly that.

So, although I try to avoid the YT wars between the vegan ďexperts,Ē I do see some. And Iíve known of Dr.McDougallís work for many years. Iím here to learn.

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Welcome Julia:
Remember that if you follow a whole foods plant based diet, getting healthy on the inside is the goal. Weight loss is just what happens along the way. Most of us didn't add the weight all at once, and we won't lose it all at once (healthfully).

Hope you will read through the threads and participate in our discussions. Let us know how you are doing and ask anything you like!

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Hello my name is Julia and I have been a sparker for a while. Currently Iíve been trying intermittent fasting but to my surprise Iíve been gaining instead of losing!

Funny, last night I was watching YouTube and started watching McDougall, I liked what he said somehow it made sense to me. Also noticed that my diet does contain a lot of fried food, eggs dairy and meat. Somethings telling me if I cut that out Iím going to see some big improvements.

Now I donít have a lot of weight to lose, but Iím not feeling my best maybe skinny fat is the way to describe it. I also have high blood pressure and cholesterol soÖ I am giving it a whirl, not saying Iíll be perfect, I have to wean myself off of this old lifestyle.

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A big welcome to you Icaninsight!

I hope you will share your journey here so others can learn through you!

I love cats and am allergic, too!

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I followed you from the Vegan team and joined this one, too.

My name is Linda, I am 68 and have been vegan off and on. Back on now for good!

I live with a junk food junkie husband and meat eater, but he eats my vegan meals I cook and does not complain. Smart man!

I have two indoor kitties and just discovered I am allergic to cats. They are staying because we are too attached to them. Hopefully the immunotherapy will help. We keep it pretty clean and the worst is their kitty condos (3 of them!) which we have to vacuum off.

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ggmFay, I think you'll like it. Starches really do satisfy! And if you want some more support for the starch-based lifestyle, there's a really active forum at www.drmcdougall.com/forums/index.php

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I've been using Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan for the last few months. The taste of the flavors of each fruit and vegetable has been wonderful. But I don't think I have been taking in enough calories.
I am an 85 y/o ggm, pretty much sedentary although I am living independently in a senior community.
So far I have lost a few pounds but experience weakness along with it. Therefore I now plan to use the McDougall Plan and see if it will work for me as I think I will eat more calories. I know he says it is not a vegan plan but still will keep me animal free which pleases me. Ice cream and cheese were more of a problem than meat. emoticon

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Thank you!

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emoticon Hello!

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)

DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY- IT'S NOT PERMANENT

Each morning say " I will do my best today and strive to do better tomorrow". Each evening say "I did my best today and tomorrow I will do better."

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New here, hi. I've been struggling with hypoglycemia this past week or so, and I know that this way of eating will take care of it, so I'm back on the bandwagon (used to eat this way a long time ago when I lived alone; it's harder when you live with omnivores).

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emoticon Hello!

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)

DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY- IT'S NOT PERMANENT

Each morning say " I will do my best today and strive to do better tomorrow". Each evening say "I did my best today and tomorrow I will do better."

A FEEBLE BODY LEADS TO A WEAKENED MIND.

WE ARE NEVER AS YOUNG AS WE ARE TODAY!

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Hi, I am Christina, I have tried working with the Eat to Live program on and off for years, I believe it's a great program but I haven't yet been able to stick to it. I just got The Starch Solution and am reading through it now. I see a lot of similarities between Eat to Live and the Starch Solution program.

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Thanks for your welcome!

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)

DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY- IT'S NOT PERMANENT

Each morning say " I will do my best today and strive to do better tomorrow". Each evening say "I did my best today and tomorrow I will do better."

A FEEBLE BODY LEADS TO A WEAKENED MIND.

WE ARE NEVER AS YOUNG AS WE ARE TODAY!

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Hello all! I am MJ, an avid gardener and vegetarian living in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. I am active with daily walks, weekend hikes, strength training and maintaining my gardens on my one acre property. Lots to learn here but I have followed Dr. McDougall on documentaries and appreciate his wisdom.

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)

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Each morning say " I will do my best today and strive to do better tomorrow". Each evening say "I did my best today and tomorrow I will do better."

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Hi, I just starting reading Dr McDougal's website and watching his free videos. Awesome information. I'm a newbie starting off basically WFPB.

Being a WFPB vegan one bite at a time.
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Greetings!
I am returning to this way of eating after quite some time (2 years) away. After spending that time in trial & many errors, I realize this is the best way for me to feel & look good. I spent 10 years as a vegan, and ten years as a vegetarian before that, then perimenopause came along & made me question everything & try all sorts of things in a desperate effort to reclaim my health & looks. Also there have been disordered eating issues involved as well as health issues. Anyway, very happy to be back eating simple plant based peasant food. Really reduces my food anxiety & already feeling & looking better. I have yet to lose a pound after a week, but clothes are fitting a bit looser & I have more energy. I am happy to be here!

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I have only traveled small weekend travel (no plane trips) and it was in the HOT days of July

but I brought some already made salads...carrot sticks(or the baby carrots)...peas in the pods...red pepper...some nuts and seed and dry cranberries for the salads...bottle of dressing

I also have tomato sandwich with tomatoes already cut and I just make them as I need them...yes I brought some mayo in a container

Fruit like apples and grapes are good and oranges

I brought a cutting board, a knife with a cover (found one a Wal mart),plastic spoons, forks and paper plate, ect

I have a big and a little ice chest that i use

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going out to eat is NOT easy.


sometimes with the vegetarian option you can ask for no cheese (or what ever) and sometimes (well for me, its a personal choice) I just choose a vegetarian option cause it (might) be better than other options.

For an example I got a this big hug sandwich, it had two slices of cheese, and a whole bunch of veggies, I was shocked as to how many veggies was on the sandwich so I ate cheese and all (I could have taken the cheese but didn't)

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We've been having such hot weather here since October (hovers around 100 F) that I'm not doing soup much. I am looking forward to cooler weather which comes end of May usually. Following a nutritionist's advice & plan, I was really struggling with finding time for all the cooking. I finally fired her after ten months, because I saw little results & lost zero weight! My life suddenly got easier and now with starch-based I'm spending very little kitchen time. Just need to figure out how to do travelling.

Haven't had great travel experience since I started vegan eating! Last year we made a ten day trip to Netherlands and I ate a lot of real potato french fries! Part of my challenge is that my husband, although he does feel for me in my challenge to find food choices out there in the world, he insists on getting HIS meat! Not all restaurants for carnivores have decent offerings for vegans - they are more apt to have them for vegetarians. I've found that the high end restaurant chefs are generally the best to whip something up for me! But there again hubby doesn't want to pay high prices for what he considers small portions of his meat choices.

We're thinking my best bet is going to be travelling with things that make it possible for in-room cooking; I'm looking into that. It will take time & investment. I won't be able to fit it into a backpack with my clothes. In Netherlands, I took along a lot of bars and bought fruit. It works for short trips anyway. When travel is for pleasure, I pack light. For business, I can take more. I will get it all figured out eventually because I don't plan to change my ways for anyone! Right now, hubby does his eating out with his friends and I am pretty much eating alone at home. But that's not all bad because I have lots of one-on-one time with clients and group time at the church socials.

Have a great new week, mates!

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RUNSAM

I'm like you I don't really follow a recipe. I make alot of soup cause its so easy and I end up making alot and so I freeze some and use later.

I do half McDougall and half eat to live, so I eat extra potato or more gbombs, I just think as looong as I'm eating veggies...

back in October I got really sick with the flu, cold then the flu cold again and after that I have been having a hard time eating salads so I haven't been eating alot of salads lately.

And all I was eating was bread so I started to eat potatoes and then I was able to add steamed veggies with the potato...so this is what I have been eating lately.

And then I started eating the soups that I froze... I"m sooo busy that I have no time to cook and also when I get alot of frozen soup in the freezer I start eating them before I make new soups)


I love making veggie chili and eat it with some baked sweet potato.

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you're doing awesome

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Hey mates! Copying what I posted on another thread so you can get acquainted with me.

I am a U.S. citizen having lived in Brazil as a missionary for the past 40 years with my husband of 44 years. Our children have moved on and are living their own lives and we get to see them rarely but stay in touch via internet and phone. I completed my bachelor's in management 10 years ago, then my Masters in Human Services (Marriage & Family) 3 years ago, followed by Life Coach certification. Amidst the work, I am continuing my education (I guess I am a perpetual student!) and plan to receive certification with the John Maxwell Team in August. I love what I do! One of my greatest delights is seeing the light come on in a client's eyes and she begins to dream of possibilities again!

I have been a SparkPerson since 2006 and continue searching for answers to my weightloss challenge. Have tried many different angles and have high hopes for this one. I've always been one to try a new plan out for 3-6 months so I know for sure if it is working. Some do for a while but none have gotten me back to the weight I want. Dr. McDougall's starchbased eating plan seems to fit me well and already I have seen positives, like satiety, which is a BIG deal!!! I have not felt that with any other plan.

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Hi DS9KIE

To answer your question, I am not a keen follower of recipes.
I make lots of soups and stews etc, by just throwing ingredients together. I use my digital pressure cooker at least once a day.
I batch cook potatoes, brown rice and beans, and the rice and beans get portioned and frozen.
Uusally I eat quite simply so often a meal is potatoes and steamed veggies.

My diet at the moment could do with more raw salads.

What do you eat DS9KIE? A hybrid between Eat to Live and McD? I am interested to know.

Enjoy the rest of your week! emoticon


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This diet is also tasty...so what type of recipes do you make?


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Thanks DS9KIE for the welcome on my page.
I am Sam from South Africa and McDougalling on and off since 2009, and been a vegetarian for almost 30 years.
Unfortunately I slipped down the slippery slope and regained over 10 kilograms (20 pounds?) recently. I have used Sparkpeople very successfully in the past (as a ovo lacto veg) and now want to stick to McDougall 100% as I do believe it is THE healthiest diet, not to mention cheapest and most environmentally friendly too.

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That is emoticon that it took only 10 days o become pain free

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I'm Alaina. I have been using Dr. McDougall's diet for about 2 and a half years. I am a survivor of fibromyalgia, thanks to the diet. When I follow the diet, my fibro goes away. If not, I'm in pain! It took just 10 days to be pain free after suffering from muscle spasms, pain, swelling, a poor immune system, and more for 43 years. Nothing else has worked. I do not use any medication.

So recently, my weight has been creeping back up (30 lbs gained) and the pain has started here and there. It's time to get back to basics! I'm NOT going back to being stuck on the couch! I love my active life! It's time to renew and get back on track!

(I posted this to a new topic by mistake. I meant to post it here, yesterday!)

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keep it up

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emoticon Going meatless after seeing Food Choices on Netflix. Real eye-opener.

For the past 10 months I went low carb with plenty of vegetables. Weight loss 70 pounds. Although last month I noticed the side effects of too much protein... big time GI issues and weight loss stalled. I didn't think I was eating too much protein but probably too much for my reduced weight. My husband has a plant based diet and I'm ready!

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that is awesome that your numbers went down

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Hi everyone! My name is JoAnn & I am so happy to have found this group on Spark. I was a regular sparker a few years ago & did very well reaching my goal weight... however my chol#'s (particularly my triglycerides) would never really show much improvement. This was a concern to me as my father died of heart problems & my mother of stroke (even though she was ALWAYS thin) At the time I ate low fat meats/dairy & all the other 'healthy' foods & exercised like crazy. That got my weight down. I also had a acne problem that I thought I would have off & on for all my life. Read about dairy possibly causing it, & stopped all dairy. That was very hard at first, but after a month the cravings went away. Whew. Then reading about how awful our typical farmed animals are treated & the poor quality of the meat because of those treatments, I started with the organic, free range, grass fed...you know the drill. Well that cut the meat consumption WAY back. Very pricey stuff! Then one day my 11yr old daughter decided she wanted to become vegetarian. OK. Who am I to deter her? She was very upset about the thought of eating animals anymore. She will eat dairy & eggs...& for awhile she would eat fish (not anymore though...) ANYWAY, as a family we've been eating more & more vegan type dishes as a result of this. Pasta, potatoes, rice... but I do still eat eggs & fish occasionally (once a week or less) & guess what happened? I had a physical (just a regular dr check up) & my triglycerides dropped by 80 pts! Even though my weight was 20lbs higher then the previous Dr appt I had done. I was floored & thrilled. Then stumbled onto McDougalls book, it all made perfect sense. Friends & distant family still don't get it. & I have to admit, it is still a strange feeling to eat a big ol pile of mashed potatoes with veggies & not having some kind of meat on the side (I give in to the fake turkey occasionally...) My current efforts on getting back into shape involve cutting back on these 'healthy' fats that I have been splurging on like crazy the past year or so. Lots of olive oil, avocados, nuts & seeds galore, coconut oil... & I still try not to jump on people who tell me 'Oh, but those are GOOD fats!' ug. Yeah, well, those GOOD fats are piled up right her on my waistline, so they must GO. LOL! It has been a few weeks since I have really embraced McDougall food recommendations. Read over his 'red light, yellow light, green light' foods. Slowly the pounds are starting to drop again. Woo-Hoo!
Again, so happy to have found some like-minded folks here. I signed up for a 15 week challenge on Spark that hasn't started yet (BLC32) & committed to losing 15 pounds. Hopefully they will not push the 'you need healthy fats' or 'you do not have enough protein' when nutritionals come up... time will tell.

OK. Done rambling. Off to go read some threads & hopefully find some delish recipes. My 10yr old son is not a huge fan of our meal plans & I do let him choose what to eat (still likes his burgers & chicken dogs (the nitrate free variety)...but he also loves beans, rice & pasta (not a fan of potatoes. How is that even possible???) Always a challenge around here! ;-)

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that is tooo bad

well then maybe go on Amazon they have parts of the books (I'm guessing they will have McDougall books ) that you can read to help you figure out which one you like.

They are all good books so you can even get the one that is the cheapest, the ones that are in paper back


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Thank you. Can't use a library sadly.

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I would check out your library for the books

Here is the McDougall site, you can sign up for the email
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Hi, I am new. I tried Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live program years ago, but found it hard to follow. I recently came across the program by Dr. McDougall and it sparked my interest. I hope to improve my diet, aiming for better health.

Are there resources and books you would recommend? I don't have a lot of money to spend on books so what book by McDougall would you recommend most?

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Welcome, Trina!

I hope you find what you need here on this team! Lots of good info and contacts. I understand what you are saying about people not understanding about how we eat ... the best thing we can do is stick with it, HEAL, and be the example! Then they may see the 'sense' of it!!!! Nice to have you here! take care, dj

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New again to the team. I really need to be on a team that I can come to. Sometimes it's just so hard and peope don't understand about your nutrition plan. Where's your protein? Bulk of my food is starch as I can't afford lots of fresh veggies or fruit. I just make do with what I have, and I HAVE to get my health back.

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sounds like you have alot of great ideas

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Benton: You need an emergency stash of :
Best: hm soup, refried beans, pita--in the freezer
Next best: Amy's vegetarian frozen meals, canned vegetable soup, canned refried beans

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Help yourself this week when you go to the store and stock up on emergency items. I keep a can of veg soup in my work desk just in case I forget my lunch. My freezer always has a couple frozen lunches.

Swap out cheese on bread for hummus and crackers.
Only use a smear of pb instead of gobs.
Handful of nuts are better than pb.

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I found McDougall, China study, Forks over knives, PCRM etc... and have been evolving over the last three years. My cholesterol was high and I'd lost parents young to heart disease. Had to get serious and beat it.

I can honestly say that I try something new every week. Today I'm making soy milk!

My total Cholesterol has gone from almost 300 to down to 153. Even the statin couldnt do it alone. I hope to be pharma free!

Don't think I am perfect--I'm not. Last weekend I had three days of fried food and one with meat and boy--it made me terribly sick! Reminder of what I need to do!

I started by giving up meat for breakfast, then lunch, then dinner. The big difficult thing was giving up dairy. I used processed non meats and soy milk as a crutch but am no evolving away from those.

Things that helped: I like the saying that I'm only putting live things in my body--not dead animals. I know I'd never wish to have open heart surgery-so like they say "some people think eating plant-based is extreme, I think cracking open my sternum, pulling out my heart, ripping a vein from my leg as more extreme" --and I. WILL. NOT. DO. THAT. Not because i want to die, but because I want to eat and live healthfully!!!

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Check out the recipes in the recipe forum

I also have recipes on my spark blog

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Hi. I just joined up. Looking for inspiration and recipe recommendations.

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I know how you feel when its late and nothing is made and your tooooooo tiered to cook

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I have been a member of SparkPeople for about 3 years and have been following the SparkPeople vegetarian meal plan, for the most part. I really hadn't been making much headway, though. Probably too much cheese and peanut butter on my part, lol My weight lose stalled and was going nowhere for a long time. So, about 4 weeks ago, I went on the McDougall Program, for both weight lose and health reasons. I've lost about 4 pounds and don't usually feel hungry. On the down side though, I've found that if I've eaten all the food I've prepared and don't have the time to make anything when I get home late, I'm not getting in 1,200 calories. I got home at 7 pm this evening and had only eaten half of the calories I should eat for the day. Usually, I would have eaten melted cheese in pita bread, a peanut butter sandwich, or an egg in this situation, but I followed my diet and ate the last banana in the house and a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and maple syrup. I'm still 200 calories short of where I should be, though. I really wish I had had that pot of soup that I didn't have time to make!



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Hi everyone,

And Happy Thanksgiving! A day of thanks, to be sure, and its really been awhile since I've been on these boards. But I thought of it today, as I bring a delicious kale-romaine-pomegranate seed-quinoa concoction (salad) for a Thanksgiving celebration. I'm happy to get back to these boards, especially at this time of year. I love veggies, and need to improve both my cholesterol and a healthier weight.

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oh another thing is don't sweat the small stuff, eating one taco with a little meat is not a big deal, just as loong as you are eating majority of food from fruit and veggies

Fuhrman says its not about being a vegetarian or vegan(they can eat unhealthy) its about eating healthy by eating fruits and veggies

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oh I know how you feel cause you can be vegetarian with the same problem of eating junk food. We end up making our own meals...first off when I'm making my food he hates the smell...hehe... and he runs in a room and closes the door.

The first thing is with the meat is that recipes can be made for both veggie and meat like a taco...you can have beans in your taco while he can have meat. Spaghetti is another one, you can have tomato sauce and he can have meat sauce, ect

Pizza can be made healthy by not having cheese and adding lots of veggies on whole wheat crust. I haven't had good luck with crust. But I have made them on pita bread before.

Soup is the easiest recipe to make, just but a bunch of veggies, beans, grains in a pot with some broth and spices and you have soup.

You can substitute beans, sweet potato, eggplant, winter squash, mushrooms, even whole grains for meat. You can check out my recipes on my spark blog to see what I make (don't let all the veggie ingredients scare you its just all the veggies I had at the time and I needed to use them) I am not a cook but I have learned to cook stir fries. soups and other recipes.

well there is some ideas if you have any questions just ask.

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Whether it's Fuhrman, McDougall, China Study guys, etc., my partner is a carnivore and has no interest in such. I've eaten meat most of my life, too. Having had breast cancer surgery, though, has had me more conscious re what I eat and how I live. Staying consistent with any of the aforementioned plans has been challenging, since I do not want to consume meat, but he does. When tired, I've succumbed to eating a taco (for example), if anything, to keep the peace. It involves mindlessly eating the meat. Years of practice went into that mindlessness! If I think about it, it makes me gag re what I'm consuming! What he wants to eat is nearly always the exact opposite of what I want to choose: beef, bacon, pizza, sugary anything, salty chips, etc./no veggies. Surely, someone on this forum has dealt with this same issue! :-) I've decided to focus on being a Starchivore, and, I'm looking for inspiration and encouragement. I've been an inactive member of this group for too long!

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emoticon Just joined a few days ago. I am on day 3 of the 10 day plan and already loving not feeling hungry all the time. When I saw that the plan was starch based, I was hooked!

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I know - we just know some things are not healthy!

That is so interesting about rosacea. I suffered for years. Now that I'm very careful with what I eat my skin has never looked better. In fact, I think - hope the rosacea is gone. Of course, I stopped eating sugar or even dried fruit a few months ago. And given what you've discovered, that may be part of the benefit.

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing your involvement with the team. I find the more I check in and actually write posts and responses, the better I adhere to my plan!

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Thanks for the warm welcome and support, as well as for the birthday wishes!! So glad to hear diabetics has kicked it to the curb following a no added fat plant based diet. I personally found that trying to do a high fat low carb diet made my rosacea break out in cystic rosacea. I firmly believe that is a sign of insulin resistance. Now, I just have to get my mind over the carbophobia. I haven't been perfect eating Mcdougall yet, but I'm definitely going in that direction and easier than I thought it would be. I'm finally really excited that I found something I can fully believe in. I never believed in Paleo being the answer to optimum health. I'm glad I can keep my starches!! emoticon

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Belatedly Happy Birthday and welcome to the team. I admire and support your decision to become Vegan. I have personal experience with more than one friend kicking type 2 diabetes to the curb through following a plant based low fat (virtually no added fat) way of eating. We are definitely here to support you. Again, welcome. please follow and respond to ongoing discussions and feel free to start your own threads. See you again soon, Rosalie emoticon

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and welcome to the team

I hear you on liking stuff from Fuhrman and McDougall, as I do a little from both

I like the salad as a meal and the g-bombs from Fuhrman and the starches from McDougall my favorite starch is sweet potatoes




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Today's my Birthday, and for my Birthday, I'm committing to a vegan diet. I too like others have checked out Dr Fuhrman. I like him a lot, but I see things from Mcdougall I like as well. I've always been a big meat eater and tried Paleo eating, but I couldn't get passed believing that grains and beans are considered unhealthy. It's the staff of life! My mom got lung cancer and life got so hectic for me that I was unable to really spend time cooking. But more often than not, I ended up eating more clean sources of starches, and naturally gravitated to starches. I also seeked God's face for wisdom about nutrition and I fully believe that the Lord directed me too be a vegan. I also watched FOK, and love Dr Campbell and Dr Esselstyn. I'm a Type 2 diabetic wanting to reverse it. I'm positive it will be reversed! I just can't believe how I'm naturally gravitating toward a vegan diet after being such a meat eater. I think I've found something I can stick too after all these years!

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Welcome back! Glad to have you here.

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I'm a returning Sparkie. I started Sparking about 6 years ago and lost 60 lbs, I've gradually put 10 back on. I never reached my goal weight but felt good and everyone around me was saying how great I looked, so I quit worrying (working?) at losing.

I've been an on-again/off-again vegetarian for years, but could never stick with it. About 8 months ago, after seeing FOK I decided to take the WFPB plunge - and that's when the 10 lbs came on! After seeing Chef AJs videos, visiting the McDougalls website and reading MWL I believe it's the NUTS! and dried fruit and tofu and banana cream several times a week.

So, I'm re-commiting. This morning I'll have 1# of non-starch vegetables for breakfast, when I get hungry. I typically eat breakfast at my desk at work during the week. I can't wait to hear the comments when they realize it's greens! They already think I'm a "weird" eater.

Sorry for such a long post, but I'm really excited!

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Hello, my name is Vikki and joining this team is actually a return for me. Once upon a time a few years back I was co-leader of the team. I found myself drifting away from Spark and more towards the message boards on DrMcDougall.com and the McDougall group on Facebook. As a result we found a new team leader and I ended up leaving. I never left the McDougall way of eating and never closed my Spark account. Yesterday, out of curiosity I decided to check on things here and see what was going on. I read the post ďClearing up ConfusionĒ and decided I might like to come back and hang out here a little bit!

Iíve been McDougalling since sometime in 2009, but January 1, 2010 is when I feel is the beginning of my true commitment. It was probably my third 21 Day Vegan Kickstart with the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine and something clicked and it all stuck. Prior to that I tried Fuhrmanís ETL, but was hungry all the time and found it hard to stay on plan. When I went off, I went off BIG. It just became a vicious cycle. For awhile I became what I called a FuhrDougaller.

The more I learned about McDougall the more it made sense that this is the way I can eat for the rest of my life. Thereís no going back.

I never had a lot of weight to lose and Iíve never had any of the typical food based diseases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc. My main reason for eating this way is for optimal health as I age. Iíve not always taken good care of my body and yet she has remained healthy in spite of the abuse. Iím 63 years old and want to stay healthy and vital for the next 40 years.


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i find eating out to be VERY hard...sure you can eat vegetarian or vegan but not always healthy...everything is full of meat and cheese....some healthier choices I do is Chinese either brown rice or noodles (I figured if they don't have brown rice might as well eat the noodles) and steamed veggies...Mexican bean burritos, burritos bowls...most places will have some type of side salad...Wendy has baked potato...sub sandwich with lots of veggies and no cheese

well you can only try your best when going out to eat or going to friends, family ect

I get this pizza at subways (It has a funny name) and I get all the veggies they have and no cheese and boy do they look at me funny...they even ask if I want this cheese or that cheese...they just can't comprehend not having cheese (and I bet meat too)...

It took a looong time to eating unhealthy and feeling unhealthy so its going to take a looong time to get and eat healthy so you just have to take it slow and don't flip when you mess up you just have to keep trying

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Hi everyone, I'm Ewokkie, new member of McDougall (and also Happy Hervibores and Eat to Live, hehe). I figured it makes sense to be in all 3 since they basically point in the same direction :)

I'm new to the low-fat vegan approach. I've been vegetarian several years ago but in perspective I wasn't eating too healthy. And then I went back to SAD and... sadly, I packed pounds!

Now I need to lose between 40 to 50 lb to get into my healthy weight, and I've chosen vegan low-fat as the way. I started a SAD calorie restricted diet in early Jan, and while it worked (I've lost 9-10 pounds in it) I did feel a bit miserable. So I'm trying this new one and see how it goes.

A few days ago, I posted in Eat to Live that I had several fears (boredom, eating plain veggies, cold, hungry, etc) but I have to admit that it didn't happen in the first days. I've read SO many books and got SO many recipes that I'm motivated to try this approach.

I guess my only concern/fear now is how to eat socially or out, when I can't control/cook myself. But eventually I'll find ways :)

I wish you all the best in your discoveries. Happy Green Day everyone!

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Hello ladies

My name is Sam and I had fabulous success in the past using SP years ago, as a vegetarian,.
Since then I discovered McDougalling and although I love this way of eating the weight has crept back on. Love the food...but I am eating too much!

Today I decided to give calorie counting another go - this time while being McD compliant.
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emoticon you have an awesome doctor

here is a good place to start:

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Thank you for creating this team. I've had problems with high cholesterol and borderline high blood pressure for the last 4-5 years. During this time period, my doctor has been giving me reading lists for books written by people like Drs. McDougall, Esselstyn, Fuhrman and books/movies such as "Eat to Live" and "Forks Over Knives". People have been shocked that my doctor actually advocates a whole food vegan diet over pushing pills. Am hoping to pick up some tips on staying on track as well as acquiring some simple (quick) recipes.

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Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!
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emoticon around here potatoes are the best.

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Hello, DS9KIE! I saw on the Happy Herbivore Team page that you and ROSALIEESTHER are the co-leaders here, so I followed you over!

I'll admit I'm not too familiar with the McDougall Plan, but I *LOVE* my starches, so it sounds like it's worth investigating!

Happy to be here!
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