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2/18/16 3:40 A

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Started the vegan lifestyle last November in response to problems with statin drugs and my cardiologist's recommendation that I use a newly-FDA-approved drug for people who do not respond well to statins. The new drug required regular self-administered injections.

I had been reading about vegetarian and vegan diets at the time, primarily in books by Dr. Shintani who is a local physician in Honolulu where I live. He suggested that patients who follow his vegetarian or vegan diet could eat reasonable quantities of the right foods, lose weight, and eventually (some as early as 3 months, others longer) get off the statins and BP pills. I elected to forgo the injections, with my cardiologist's acceptance in lieu of the vegan diet and a lower dose of statins (to reduce the side affects). I've lost 17 pounds since the change, despite the holidays, and love the vegan lifestyle (who knew?). My first bloodwork will occur in March. Looking forward to see what the numbers will be.

I'm 65 and suffered a triple bypass 5 years ago. The weight just didn't drop with conventional calorie counting on low carb diets - at least not consistently. So now, I've made the change to vegan, feel great, and learned to love all sorts of vegetables (collards, kale, beets, etc.), legumes, whole grains (barley, quinoa), that I had never or seldom eaten in the past, to go along with the fruit, nuts and seeds that I already liked. I've even created my own green smoothie that is nutritious, which I eat for breakfast several mornings each week. Now that I've stopped eating all that sugar, sodium, dietary cholesterol, and meat, I've discovered my taste buds clamber for black beans and chili peppers. Like I said, who knew?

Just noticed this group this evening, so I've joined to see what others do.

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Hi, and welcome to Sparkpeople and Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans team. A plant-based diet can be the healthiest option. A good book is "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman. I read a copy from my local library. I have included a link to a short summary of the book. There are also some good videos on Netflix: “Forks Over Knives” and “Engine 2 Diet” to name a couple.

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2/9/16 7:00 A

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Welcome to SP and the Team!

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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
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Hi everyone, I'm 52 (I'll be 53 this month), and I've been overweight for the last 18 years. I like to stay active mainly walking and hiking and I've noticed that at 5'4" and 200 pounds, I'm having a really hard time breathing. I signed up for Sparkpeople yesterday. Right now, I'm about 85% vegetarian, but my plan is to be 100%. I have never really enjoyed the taste of meat...even as a child. I eat meat because society, my family, etc. stress the importance of animal protein. Unfortunately, I make up for most of my non-meat eating ways with crappy foods and cheese....I'm a cheeseaholic. emoticon I hope to learn some tips and insight on a 100% vegetarian lifestyle.

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