Group photo
Author:
VEGABEL50 Posts: 4
8/2/17 8:29 A

Reply
I think it is important to remember the pleasure factor. We gravitate toward things we enjoy and avoid what we do not enjoy. So if eating vegetarian or vegan isn't enjoyable, then there may be the tendency to avoid eating this way.

So what,s a person to do?

It may help to start by trying to figure out preference. Do you like sweet food? Salty food? Spicy food etc. Then, try to find that in plant form. White onions, sweet potatoes or fruit are very sweet. Broiled white potatoes have a salty taste to me. Slice jalapeņo, peppers spice it up. Have fun learning new foods but best of all enjoy!




Edited by: VEGABEL50 at: 8/2/2017 (08:30)
ESMERELDA12 SparkPoints: (16,642)
Fitness Minutes: (3,982)
Posts: 1,135
7/25/17 2:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ALICELAND, I don't know if this will help but, on the Ornish reversal diet, you are allowed up to two fat free dairy servings a day. Everyone's different but the diet has been shown to reverse heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.

 Pounds lost: 74.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
ROSEMARYBEACH's Photo ROSEMARYBEACH SparkPoints: (2,357)
Fitness Minutes: (1,436)
Posts: 78
7/25/17 5:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm trying to add more plant based meals each week Ultimately my goal is to transition to total plant based. I'm hoping to improve my health as well as lose weight. I'm also trying eat very little processed food.

 current weight: 153.6 
158
151
144
137
130
HOPEFULHIPPO's Photo HOPEFULHIPPO Posts: 7,159
7/22/17 2:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I keep saying I'm going to try IF, then I forget at night. LOL

Corinna
PST



 current weight: 183.6 
196
180.75
165.5
150.25
135
FINDINGMYLAUGH's Photo FINDINGMYLAUGH Posts: 130
7/22/17 1:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am also finding it difficult. Once meat, dairy and eggs are removed only veggies and carbs are left. (Beans and fruits are technically carbs). I have a hard time losing weight while living on carbs and switching to primarily veggies leaves me hungry and cranky.

CHRISTYLGEORGE's Photo CHRISTYLGEORGE Posts: 72
5/29/17 10:30 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Have you tried intermittent fasting? It gets the scale moving when nothing else will. I stop eating around 7pm and don't eat again the next morning until I'm really hungry, which is usually around 10 but sometimes I can go till lunch. If you're trying to loose weight, do this daily, if you just want to maintain, do it a few times a week.
There's also more extreme versions where you fast every other day until dinner (and only eat a small dinner) or the 5-2 where you eat normally 5 days and fast the other 2 (eating a small 500 cal meal on fast days).

Christy
5'6''
44 years old


 current weight: 147.5 
170
161.25
152.5
143.75
135
STUZZICADENTI Posts: 8
5/27/17 6:19 P

Send Private Message
Reply
What are you eating? That would help to know.

Begin vegan doesn't really have anything to do with eating healthy. You can eat a lot of terrible foods as a vegan, especially if it's processed food. Do you like to cook/prepare your own food or not? If so, there are a number of recipe sites that make things simple. I find that I end up using one a lot more than others, because it's minimalist.

Losing weight is still mostly about calories in and calories out. There are of course some caveats to this in that if you eat, for example, too few calories you may not lose weight either since your body may freak out thinking you're starving yourself.

Most of the same guidelines apply such as:
Making sure you drink plenty of water - If you're eating a lot of vegetables then this becomes even more important so that you don't get plugged up. If you feel hungry try drinking water first -- you may just be thirsty.

Try to get a good night's sleep - It may help to make sure you always go to bed at the same time if that is an option.

Don't eat before bedtime. If you do choose wisely.

Eating more small meals throughout the day helps some people so they don't feel as hungry.

Try to reduce stress. Exercise can help with this, but perhaps not right before bed. If you have trouble sleeping it may help to meditate or do something similar to help clear your mind as best you can.

A note on exercise is to make sure you set a routine in advance and stick to it. If you set a goal to walk for 30 minutes every single day, do it every single day. Granted if you have a broken foot walking may not be the best plan, but there are plenty of exercises that can be done off of your feet if needed.

Having said all of this, you'll have to find out what works for you. Fortunately, everyone is different, but in this case it's sometimes unfortunate since there is no single plan that works for everyone.

Edited by: STUZZICADENTI at: 5/27/2017 (18:31)
HOPEFULHIPPO's Photo HOPEFULHIPPO Posts: 7,159
5/9/17 10:18 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for the insights. I now know that even though diet is 70% of weight loss, man if you don't move...neither does the scale.

So, I've been incorporating walks in. I hadn't realized how LITTLE I move. less than 1000 steps some days.

Hippo-turtle gots to move in the water.

LOL

Corinna
PST



 current weight: 183.6 
196
180.75
165.5
150.25
135
CHAINSAWSAKURA's Photo CHAINSAWSAKURA Posts: 169
5/8/17 11:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Here are a few articles that have helped me. I keep my carbs on MFP low, but not crazy low, up my good fats and actually keep my protein pretty normal. Its worked great for me!

Also, don't forget to move! Diet is a key part, but I didn't start noticing actual scale loss until I started to walk at least every other day.

Here's a great piece from a great blog about "low carb" www.theveganrd.com/2014/06/low-carb-
bu
t-not-paleo-diets-for-vegans.html


Here's a Google Doc outline that also has some good points docs.google.com/document/d/1
v8Z8ZsSd0W
AkNNRlHd8SOlrT_Um3tuMllI6J_p
HS94g/
edit


 current weight: 248.4 
250
235
220
205
190
MUFFIY831's Photo MUFFIY831 Posts: 1,091
3/13/17 9:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am not diabetic, nor a doctor, but from what I understand the main issue to look out for with diabetes is sugar, so I'd think both eggs and yogurt (plain greek, not the flavored stuff) should be fine. You absolutely *can* do low sugar on a purely vegan diet, I personally just found it quite hard to reign in the carbs and I do better by adding those higher protein non-vegan foods. Hence considering myself a vegetarian with vegan leanings rather than a proper vegan. :) Hope that makes sense!



 Pounds lost: 27.0 
0
10.25
20.5
30.75
41
ALICELAND's Photo ALICELAND Posts: 50
3/13/17 9:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am also trying a vegetarian diet to lose weight. I struggle with too many carbs on a vegan diet but I worry that adding eggs and greek yoghurt will undo the good that the vegan diet offers for diabetics. Any ideas?

 Pounds lost: 10.2 
0
12.5
25
37.5
50
WINGSTRETCHER's Photo WINGSTRETCHER SparkPoints: (147,906)
Fitness Minutes: (37,624)
Posts: 213
3/10/17 10:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good info about Endomorph diet! Food for thought :) I have been a vegetarian for about 2 1/2 years without much weight loss. I have been thinking about carbs lately, wondering if that might be my problem...

Mary
Brighton, ON


 Pounds lost: 9.1 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
JLEFAE1's Photo JLEFAE1 SparkPoints: (4,705)
Fitness Minutes: (200)
Posts: 154
1/29/17 11:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Being vegan does not necessarily mean eating more carbs. I was a vegan for several years and lost a lot of weight without even being conscious of it. I didn't own a scale - I just ate healthy. Then I went to visit my mom and used her scale and discovered I had lost about 30 pounds! No wonder my pants were falling off!
Of course, shortly after that I found out I was pregnant. I remained vegan (for the most part) during my entire pregnancy, but I was having a hard time getting enough protein and I wasn't gaining a whole lot of weight (until the end). I looked for high protein foods - particularly cereals and protein powders that I mixed with soy milk and oatmeal. Beans and tofu were also a definite staple. I also ate LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies. Some of my faves were tangerines and kiwis and I also took blue-green algae supplements which has protein and important nutrients.
The trick is not to think that because you are not eating meat and dairy that you have to load up on carbs. Look for high-quality high-protein foods and add lots of fresh fruits and veggies. The weight will start to fly off!

HOPEFULHIPPO's Photo HOPEFULHIPPO Posts: 7,159
1/20/17 10:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks so much!

Corinna
PST



 current weight: 183.6 
196
180.75
165.5
150.25
135
MUFFIY831's Photo MUFFIY831 Posts: 1,091
1/20/17 10:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Here are a couple of articles found via quick Google search right now:

us.myprotein.com/thezone/training/lo
se
-fat-gain-muscle-tips-endomorph-bodyR>-type/


www.coachmag.co.uk/lifestyle/4511/ec
to
morph-endomorph-or-mesomorph-what-isR>-your-body-type


These sites aren't geared toward v*gans so obviously recommend copious amounts of meat, but they might give you an idea of what I'm talking about. I will never be a low-carber, but I am trying to keep my carbs closer to 40% of total calories. On lots of v* diets it's easy for carbs to be 60-70% depending on what you're eating.

Hope that helps!

 Pounds lost: 27.0 
0
10.25
20.5
30.75
41
HOPEFULHIPPO's Photo HOPEFULHIPPO Posts: 7,159
1/20/17 9:39 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Fancy I'm in the same boat. Too much cheese and wine (which I've cut back in January). . Muffy Would love to hear more about endomorph thing.

Edited by: HOPEFULHIPPO at: 1/20/2017 (09:40)
Corinna
PST



 current weight: 183.6 
196
180.75
165.5
150.25
135
MUFFIY831's Photo MUFFIY831 Posts: 1,091
1/20/17 9:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Of course there are a thousand theories out there about what to do or not do. Personally, I find a lot of truth in the ectomorph/endomorph body type breakdowns and for me, very much an endomorph, I have to lower the carbs and up the protein. I was a vegan for several years and found it hard to lose weight. Lately I've added greek yogurt, cheese, and the occasional egg back into my diet and I'm doing better. You can get decent amounts of protein on a vegan diet but in my experience it was still a bit too carb-heavy for me to make weight-loss progress.

Bottom line - you gotta do what works for you. Watch your macros, eat real food - like someone said, lots of greens and beans - and not processed easy junk vegan foods and see what happens.

 Pounds lost: 27.0 
0
10.25
20.5
30.75
41
SEAWORTHY74's Photo SEAWORTHY74 SparkPoints: (105)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 3
1/19/17 8:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I used to feel the same way and then my sister introduced me to The Engine 2 Diet. You can check it out all over the internet. I took some of the books out of the library. I am so excited about this and feel so healthy. Sometimes we eat "vegan junk food" like to many processed convenience veggie burgers and meals and they keep us from losing weight. You many want to check it out. I have only just started but everyone in the Facebook group is posting fantastic, safe and healthy weight loss. You can check it out at engine2diet.com. Good luck. emoticon

 current weight: 137.0 
137
130.25
123.5
116.75
110
FANCYSIMAGES's Photo FANCYSIMAGES Posts: 3,382
1/19/17 3:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Have you tried using less carbs and instead filling up on beans, leafy greens, etc? I wouldn't recommend giving up on veganism just because it's not working. Maybe it's time to track your meals for a few weeks and see what adjustments can be made. Maybe it turns out you're eating a lot of sodium too (I tend to have that problem).

I'm vegetarian and I am also having a hard time, but in my case it's because I def eat too much cheese (and carbs).

Tonka from MA, EST
Co-Captain - Hot Mocha Maniacs - BLC26 - BLC33

Blog for crafts and travels: travellingcrafter.wordpress.com
Food Blog:
patchworkcooking.wordpress.com
Sweater For Paws:
sweatersforpaws.wordpress.com

"I can't dismiss and I won't resist and if I die, well at least I tried." Jason Mraz

"Never let your mind stop you from having a good time!" Jason Mraz, Boston 2009


 current weight: 168.0 
185
168.75
152.5
136.25
120
ALOVEBEAM's Photo ALOVEBEAM Posts: 1,445
1/19/17 3:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have tried everythign my body does not like carbs..maybe its not meant for me tobe a vegan

Follow my Journey on Instagram www.Instagram.com/Kaispeaks


 Pounds lost: 18.7 
0
4.675
9.34999999999999
14.025
18.7
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Vegetarians & Vegans Unite General Team Discussion Forum Posts




Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x66048063

Review our Community Guidelines