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2/19/15 2:57 P

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Go to the library and get cookbooks from The Happy Herbivores, Forks Over Knives, The Engine 2 Diet, Dr. Esselstyn's Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. McDougall's Starch Solution. Or anything by Dr. McDougall..

There are many choices. All of the people who wrote those cookbooks/books have FB pages and blogs. I would suggest you take the time to learn what it means to eat a healthy diet. When you eat a healthy vegan diet.. cooking your meals yourself and staying away for the most part from processed unhealthy vegan faux meats and vegan fake cheeses. You can eat until you are comfortably full and lose weight without counting calories.

You will learn that healthy vegan eating is NOT all salads and vegetables. I eat a TON of food and lost weight pretty easily eating potatoes, beans, vegetables, sweet potatoes, whole grains, pasta, etc. I make Chinese, Italian, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, American etc. meals all the time that are delicious!!!

I do leave out all oil, and added fats because they are not necessary and add calories that are not necessary that can be taken up by great FOOD instead!

I suggest the first book you read is Dr. McDougall's The Starch Solution.
Good Luck to you in your journey!

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2/19/15 8:57 A

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I am not a Vegan, but have been a Vegetarian for about 23 years. I re-committed to my weight loss journey on 1-1-15. Since then, I have been eating a lot of salads, stir-fry vegetables, raw vegetables with hummus, whole-grains, some beans (but they can really add calories to your meal). I also eat low-fat dairy, but you you could do soy-based products.

Good luck on your weight-loss. Feel free to add me as a friend!

Becky

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My name is Amy I am 38 years old and a mother to three wonderful children. Happily married to my best friend and soul mate for almost 13 years. I am also overweight. I have been most of my life.

I started my original weight loss journey on January 1, 2013. I did well for awhile, then I plateaued and pretty much gave up. It was a slow journey back to old habits, but I got there just the same. Since then I've restarted and given up a few more times. Once I even got to my lowest weight in like 17 years. That was last summer. Then I started a new job and the stress and hours got in the way of my workouts and healthy eating habits... before I knew it I got back to where I am now (thankfully still not at my heaviest weight). Yesterday I weighed in at 259.4. That's more that 30lbs above my lowest weight this journey. I hate that I have to lose that same 30 pounds again... but I WILL LOSE IT! I don't EVER want to find it again.

My husband and I made the choice to eat an entirely vegan diet in June of last year. I attribute some of my weight gain to not really knowing how to eat vegan for weight loss. Before I went vegan I ate a lot of chicken and fish to get the most bang for my caloric buck (so to speak). Once I made the switch I've had a hard time figuring out how to be a healthy well-nourished vegan. I'm still working on that one.

I hope you don't mind if I pop in and post when I can. My schedule is still hectic as ever but I'm trying to work within it. I have to, for me and for my family.

Thanks for reading.

~Amy Lynn


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