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9/28/16 12:22 A

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Mel, you have to share the recipe once you get it all figured out with the nice combo. I haven't made a vegan burger yet but it's on my to do list. I have been doing all kinds of recipes.

One of my favorite places to get recipes is from The Vegan Corner. www.thevegancorner.com/

I have made their Spaghetti alla carbonara and Rice-stuffed pumpkin. Loved them. I really especially loved the spaghetti alla carbonara.

They have a recipe for a plant based burger. Looks good and I have all the items to make it. I should give it a whirl. www.thevegancorner.com/burger-pattie
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Hello Usha! My boyfriend is Indian. He is also a lifelong vegetarian, then he met me and he began to eat meat, but he is back to being a vegetarian. He tried to do the vegan thing with me but he sure likes his yogurt. For me, I begin the road to veganville 30 days ago. At first it was a huge change but now it's becoming route and way easier. Also my body is still adjusting to all bean intake but I've been having a lot of natural vegan probiotics to aid against the side effects of beans and all the fiber I'm getting.

I love my green smoothies. They can knock out a bunch of fruits and veggies at once plus my ground flax seed and almond milk. Normally, I like to have spinach in mine. I agree that it feels great.

I struggle with getting in all protein too. I use cronometer.com to track my foods because it does the breakdowns of proteins and what food are strong in that area. I notice when I make recipes with tofu, I reach it no problem. Also, that tofu fills me up.

Nice to be talking about it. I've been want to talk a bit about it and what works for people because most of SP they eat meat and don't struggle with that protein issue of the issues of when eating so many raw fruits and veggies that they fill me up and I struggle to get in all my calories for the day. That my latest issue. I'm on average about 300 calories short daily. With all 8 cups of water daily, the fresh fruits and veggies, then the extremely nourishing foods my body is saying I can't eat anymore today. By the end of tonight I will only been 100 calories short of my minimum because I've added some peanut butter and bananas in a lettuce wrap. I love those. They are a fast way to add some calories.

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9/27/16 11:06 P

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Great to find this thread.

I didn't know you could substitute flax seeds for eggs.

Thanks for sharing. I am friending both of you! Am a lifelong vegetarian of Indian origin. Protein is my daily challenge.

Recently I decided to start my day with raw food, green smoothie. It feels great and very nourishing to mind, body and spirit.

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9/27/16 10:06 P

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CG, Yep, that is close to my formula for flax eggs but I used only 2 and a half Tbs. of water per one Tbs. of ground flax seeds. I think it came out about right. Kind of depends how you want your dish to come out. My burgers did bake up quite nicely and the ones I fried also held together nicely. I fried some, but baked most. I wasn't too thrilled with the taste though. I followed a recipe which called for various herbs, but it still seemed bland to me. Have to work on finding a recipe that works for me I guess.
Thanks for the recipe. Sounds good.
Onward and upward.

I read MENSCH00'S blog today and thought it was interesting too.

Have a good night, Mel

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9/27/16 7:16 P

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Hi Mel,

Yes, I am doing the Nurtitarian diet but in the Vegan route. I mainly use his guide for my food. I do have lots of the fresh fruits and veggies in the day and for dinner I have a cooked meal that adds in the grains and such. I use Cronometer.com to make sure I get all my protein, vitamins, and minerals. The big one for me is the protein. I struggle with that. I make sure to have G-Bombs daily, a salad but I skip the salad some days and have something else. I've been watching a bunch of Youtube videos for recipes and different food selections. I love Gardein products, and like to add those in once or twice a week.

I do have the cookbooks of Dr. Fuhrman and he still pushes the big salads. There is no way I can keep eating the big salads daily. This is why I add in other things to swap things around.

I use ground flax seed for my egg substitutions when recipes call for eggs. 3 TBSP of warm water to 1 TBSP of Ground flax seed. Works well.

I had a healthy chocolate mug cake. This one was 200 calories.

It was a basic and simple recipe that I put in alternatives.

Egg substitute = 1 TBSP Ground Flax Seed and mix with 3 TBSP warm water

1 Mashed Banana
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
2 TBSP whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP ground dates or date sugar
The flax seed water mixture
1 tsp vanilla extract

mix all together in mug or bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.

Real good. I like the addition of the vanilla. Next time I will add cinnamon to it.


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9/27/16 6:55 P

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Hi, It has taken me a few days to start exploring this team's pages. I kept wondering where the usual "Team Chat" thread was. But glad to see at least that there are a couple people doing posts.

CG, I am somewhat familiar with Joel Fuhrman's Nutritarian diet, if that is what you are doing. I watched his television program years back and bought and read his book, EAT TO LIVE, and tried his suggestions for a while from that book. I kind of got tired of his huge salads using tons of Romaine and I petered out after a while. I think it is possible that he revised his instructions somewhat as time went on. I do still try to incorporate his ideas a lot though. Do you happen to use his cookbook?

I seem to go off and on the "Vegan thing" but never eat a lot of meat no matter what.

Today I finally decided to use up some leftover cooked Quinoa by making Quinoa-Garbanzo Burgers using Flax Eggs instead of real eggs. I have them ready to cook but decided I am going to bake them as I don't want to fry them in oil. I hope they come out tasty as it took me a while to put them together. Had to grind the flax seeds and add the water and let it set up first instead of just cracking a couple eggs. lol

Now I have forgotten the name of the first post's writer but will go and read that blog. 'so glad to have a team here that might turn out to be a good support group for this attempt.

Mel

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9/23/16 3:17 P

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Today is my 26th day of being a vegan. My food intake is a little more restrictive because I'm on the Nutritarian side of it. I eat the foods based off of nutritional needs (making sure I have all proteins, vitamins, and minerals). I make sure to have G-BOMBS (greens, berries, onions, mushrooms, beans, and seeds/nuts) daily. I've lost 16 pounds so far and feel great. It takes time to plan my weekly menu but once or twice a week I make a big batch of soup and chili so I can eat them for the week. I normally have smoothies in the morning and fruit and veggies for lunch with a bowl of bean and veggie soup. For dinner I normally cook my meals and for snacks I have all kinds of things but lately it's peanut butter and banana wrapped in lettuce.

I don't juice much unless I'm going to place the vegetable juice in my soups.

Good luck and research and find the recipes that work for you. Personally I love making salad dressings for my salads. Those can be amazing. Some of my favorites are (all oil free) dijon dressings, fruit based dressings, and miso based dressings.

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9/23/16 2:10 P

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I've just posted a blog that shares some dietary changes I've gone few in the past few months. I've been juicing more, eating more raw food, and making changes toward a more plant based diet. I've cut out most cheese and have substituted milk with almond milk. I've been a vegetarian for thirty years (since I made my family accept my decision at the age of 15) and my husband and daughter are vegetarians too. I think that more juicing and more raw food is a really good way to transition away from processed foods. I don't see my husband and daughter going in this direction, but at least during the day, while they are at work/school and I am working from home, I have been following this new diet. Here's the blog post:

https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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What are your thoughts? Anyone else making a similar transition? Please friend me if you are and we can swap thoughts about it.

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