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6/19/19 4:29 A

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Hi there, my name is Sharon. I’m new to vegan with exceptions, I use honey and mayo and occasionally eggs. Ok, ok, sometimes meat. But it’s a learning process, right? Health issues brought me to this lifestyle, but I’d like to continue weight loss also.

People!
read the INGREDIENTS!

"It's not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that matters, it's what you eat between New Years and Christmas that counts. "

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5/7/19 9:31 A

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I joined SparkPeople a couple weeks ago and am looking into the community aspect now.

I switched to a vegan diet in 2007 and have stuck to it since. Of course, it's still easy to overeat and eat vegan junk food, and I've done better and worse with those things over the past 12 years.

Now I'm finally taking seriously what my doctor said about losing weight and am looking forward to seeing how these teams can help.

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Hello Everyone
today I start Dr Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live diet, using his End of Dieting book while awaiting delivery of the ETL book. The 6-week plan is basically vegan, with tons of vegetables, both raw and cooked, pulses/legumes, some fruit, limited whole grains & starchy vegetables, and nuts & seeds rather than oil as a fat source.
There is a Spark ETL team but it seems inactive so I've come here looking for support and recipes. Last year I lost a good amount of weight on the Dukan diet but got heartily sick of so much meat, and I've gradually regained half the weight I had lost.
Good luck to everybody here.

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4/10/19 12:37 P

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Hi everyone, I'm GoodFeline. I'm a 32yo librarian in Nebraska, wife, and soon to be mom of one. I was a vegetarian for about 15 years, from about age 11 to 26 - after watching a peta video of chickens I just couldn't eat meat anymore. After getting cancer I found, oddly, during chemo I craved meat and my doctor said if I could keep it down eat it! So I slowly brought it back into my diet as a flexitarian. DH and I are looking at going vegetarian again, though, as it was easier to cook, better for my health, and better for our finances.



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MEL-ROY's Photo MEL-ROY Posts: 175
4/5/19 11:14 P

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The book that turned me around over the course of 2 days almost 30 years ago, was the book Diet For A New America by John Robbins. A classic, oldie but goodie. It changed me forever. I haven't eaten meat at all, not even once, since 1989.

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4/5/19 12:57 P

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Hi! My name is Sandy and I am slowly transitioning to a plant based diet. I tried Flexitarian and it was a great start! I just couldn't imagine going without meat at all at first. Once I began, it became easier and easier. So now I am reading the China Study and The Healthiest Diet On The Planet and I am going to give the plant based low fat way a try.

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Hello everyone my name is Edwina I’m a sahm of 4 daughters. I live in North Carolina, I’ve tried vegan and vegetarian recipes and I love them both. I’ve been with SP for a long time but this is the first time I’ve joined a group. Nice to meet you

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Hi all! I am Becky. I have been on SP for a long time but took some time off to adjust to some huge changes in our life. We recently moved to Colorado Springs from SoCal.
I am transitioning to a whole foods plant based diet after stumbling across Dr. Greger’s youtube videos, and then buying and reading his books. He really makes so much sense out of health and nutrition. I also came across Derek Simnett who helped me realize how easy it is to cook plantbased. He really motivates me. My spouse (35 years) doesn’t quite understand this, but he is pretty supportive overall. I have to eat gluten free, and I am finding it very difficult to find gf vegan food that isn’t salad at restaurants, lol. That is saving us money though, lol. I am pretty sure I am going to have a ton of questions, and this looked like a pretty supportive group! I am looking forward to getting to know you all!

~Becky

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3/23/19 12:17 A

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Hi everyone, new here. I'm from the Denver area and have been a vegetarian for 29 years, since age 21. Looking forward to the group and SparkPeople in general.

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3/5/19 12:02 P

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Hi. New to Spark. I started going vegetarian last year and was amazed to find that this kind of lifestyle seems to suit me. I'm finally starting to lose weight and when I stick with it I have more energy and I stay healthier. Its just hard to stick to it. Finding myself in a rut when it comes to cooking (as I don't like to cook) and finding the extra protein, magnesium, and potassium that I need.





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1/12/19 12:59 P

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MrsSanta- so true!
I figure the B12 can't hurt me I checked with my own Doc and he said fine!
So I take B12
But online surfing could get you confused and broke!!! lol

~Em~
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“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.” – Michael Greger, M.D.



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PENELOPE-57 Posts: 185
1/12/19 11:17 A

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The last time I had a check-up my health care profession gave me kudos. My state of wellness is important to me, of course, so I keep updated on new information. There are so many "doctors" who are authors that I am careful to pay attention to the source from which they are giving advice to the populace.

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1/4/19 9:17 P

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Hello!
I have been reading that most of us over age 50 should be taking B12.
So- yes it is B 12.
Also you can have blood tested too.

~Em~
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“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.” – Michael Greger, M.D.



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TURTLEDOVE10 Posts: 2
1/3/19 12:52 P

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Hello Everyone!

I just reset my goals for this year. I am going to improve my diet. I know it will be a challenge since I am 67 almost 68 but, I know I can do it. I believe if you are vegan you need to take Vitamin B 12 or maybe it is 6. Can someone tell me out there. Thanks in advance.





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When I began to improve my diet, I did a google search on nutritional requirements for a woman over 65. I chose websites that end with .org or .gov and like the Harvard medical/nutritional advice best.

Be hopeful. Feel optimistic about succeeding.


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Hello everyone! I just joined up on SP (again) and hoping to keep pushing at my fitness goals. I eat primarily vegetarian with some vegan/plant based popped into my routine. I am hoping to get better at balancing my nutrition through plant based eating as I was diagnosed with low iron levels for a period of time and was recommended to eat meat, but just couldn't bring myself to continue doing so. If anyone has any tips for balancing nutrition and ensuring I'm getting all my needed nutrients please let me know :)

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GRANDMA_FAY Posts: 125
12/10/18 2:23 P

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Thank you, Mrs. Santa

ggmFay from eastern PA


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Mr. Santa and I want to welcome you to our team. As the days go by we wish you good health and merry thoughts.



Be hopeful. Feel optimistic about succeeding.


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12/10/18 12:26 P

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I am an 85 y/o widow living in a continued care community. Except for using their transportation for grocery shopping, I do all my daily chores, howbeit done lightly.

I do not know what my goal weight should be considering my age, not very active. I always considered that I was 5'2" but this summer I was told I was 4'9" !!! What does that mean for my BMI?

I have been told I have Raynaud's Disease which brings about some blueness of my toes and very cold toes and hands. It seemed to me that maybe I could improve my circulation with Drs. Fuhrman/McDowell's eating plans. At least I have lost a few pounds since my Sept. new start.


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It is terrific to see you on our team! I hope to find your posts often and that you enjoy the time you spend with us. emoticon

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I just joined y'all. I've been mostly Vegan/WFPBNO (whole food plant based no oil, low sodium) for about a year now since watching Forks over Knives, then reading the book, and reading How Not to Die. I was originally hoping to lower my blood pressure (get off meds), lower cholesterol, and lose some weight too! Rejoined SparkPeople about a week ago, and have been exploring.

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123MOLLYMERMAID's Photo 123MOLLYMERMAID Posts: 136
12/6/18 4:03 P

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I want to welcome all our new members !


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As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past! "

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12/6/18 2:41 P

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D007YOUNG emoticon Our team enjoys hearing about all the various ways our team members have chosen to loose weight and keep it off. Some have been sparking for a long time and have lost a lot. Others are new and are surprised at the amount of pounds it is possible to drop when they've found a meal plan and workout routine that works for them. emoticon I am glad to have you on our team.

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12/6/18 2:35 P

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Hi, VeganMama03, and welcome to the team. We are a group who is varied in their vegetarian diet so I hope you will feel at home with us whenever you want to share how you are doing. Ever since before Thanksgiving my visits to the team have been really hurried and I hop you'll forgive me for not welcoming you sooner. I don't think I've seen you post on other forums or threads. I am looking forward to reading about the recipes you like to cook, the exercises you like to do, the hobbies you have. I like to try recipes that I haven't noticed before. Baking is my hobby and my job. I exercise every day or every other day to keep extra pounds off and to keep myself well balanced. emoticon

“Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital.” – Julia Child

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11/29/18 10:01 P

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I am back again for probably the third or fourth time. I finally reached my goal weight last winter, but the weight is creeping back on again. I've decided to nip this in the bud quick this time. I'm 18 lbs over my goal weight which is better than the 50 or more I end up needing to lose before I do something about it. I've been vegan for 19 years and have never looked back. When I was a meat-eater, I was unhealthy and overweight. Now I eat whole foods, mostly unprocessed. Sometimes though I find myself still eating too much. I love avocadoes, nuts, breads, pasta, rice, crackers, beans. Too much healthy food can pack on the pounds too. I'm trying extra hard too to get more exercise in. I've been enjoying getting involved in this community and reading everybody's posts.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
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11/20/18 4:41 P

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Since the time I welcomed NewAgain I've been gardening and bird watching and not on spark very much. So I want to re-welcome NewAgain and also PaulaLaLaLa, 3Veggies, IMeMine1.

North American exercise & 3 square meals team leader.

I believe that I am less likely to procrastinate if I change my "wish" to "will", my "like to" to "try to", and my "have to" to "want to".



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11/19/18 7:05 P

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Wow -- emoticon welcome! Thanks guys!

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This is terrific seeing the new folks and I like the welcome cards! I'm in a rush to make hay while the sun shines but I want to add my welcome! emoticon

“Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital.” – Julia Child

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Welcome to the team emoticon



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Hi, I am so glad to see you join our team. I can tell right away you'll fit right in with us by your happy sounding user name. I hope you will post on the different threads so we can get to know you better. Have a good afternoon! emoticon emoticon

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As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past! "

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11/18/18 9:57 A

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emoticon Hi! I'm new here, but not to SP. This looks like an active team with lots of friendship and support, and I'll jump in. emoticon Thanks for the welcome!

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Hi, Janet, and welcome to our team. Most of us fell off our wagons, too, so we welcome you to join our purposeful jump back. Cheeses have good digestive enzymes. Whole foods have everything they were meant to have in them. Counting carbs keeps insulin levels in control so "catching" diabetes is less possible. Your meals posts will give us ideas on things we can try. What I like to read is the everyday favorites of everyone. Keep up the good attitude and you will reach your goals. emoticon

Be hopeful. Feel optimistic about succeeding.


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11/13/18 4:11 A

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Hi, I adopted a vegan diet for about 2 months after reading “What the health.” Fell off the wagon, have almost cut out meat totally...again. I Like cheese..am not wanting to drop it at the minute. But will. I Am definitely a Whole Foods girl. I find myself feeling better, more alert, and healthier the more I incorporate veggies into my diet. I also do well when I keep carbs lower, as it helps with inflammation issues. I’m Trying to find the right balance.

I will eat anything at any time of the day, so my breakfast, lunch, dinner posts may be weird! Just saying!

Janet

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Hello, Donna, and welcome to our team. Please feel free to express any questions. I hope to see you on here often. We share tips on what we've eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and new recipes we've tried. I like that part of our team because it has helped me get started. After I've eaten the right thing I exercise the best I can. emoticon

"Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past! "

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11/12/18 11:30 A

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Hi,
I have been vegetarian for a long time now and keep hoping to get to a Vegan lifestyle but I also like cheese everything.
This seems like a good place to start.


Donna
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Edited by: THELMAONSONTAG at: 11/24/2018 (12:51)
North American exercise & 3 square meals team leader.

I believe that I am less likely to procrastinate if I change my "wish" to "will", my "like to" to "try to", and my "have to" to "want to".



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Thank you so much for the warm welcome and sharing of your tips/suggestions that are working for you.

I don't use the meal tracker plans religiously here but may have to start taking a closer look after reading your comment.

Again, thanks for your feedback which should be very helpful to me.

Pamela

Pamela...Southeast Texas

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I will not complain about aging because we have no control over that, but, none of us should allow our bodies to decay/rot which is all voluntary. It is up to each of us to do three things: exercise, use good nutrition, and commit to something or someone that brings us joy daily for the rest of our lives. (excerpt from Next Year Younger For Women book). My new motto!


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emoticon U30MIN , yes, plants are really delicious ! emoticon I agree with you !

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11/5/18 8:50 P

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Hi! Vegetarian for 15 years, trying to be more plant based.

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As for me, the lactoovovegetarian is a vegetarian fits my eating habits. Now I want to concentrate on physical exercise so I feel better about myself when I tie the knot with my fiance. The thing encouraging me to join up with this team was when I read the leader say her DH looked like Washington, the father of our country. My fiance looks like Mark Twain w/o his pipe. Here's the image I found. The comparisons are amusing emoticon



Edited by: 123MOLLYMERMAID at: 11/4/2018 (14:53)
"Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past! "

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My husband and I have a small craft shop that focuses on Christmas gifts. We are going to try to loose some pounds that we gained last holiday season. Christmas this year is coming up soon and we don't want to end up heavier afterwards. We like IslaOrangeStar2 sugarfree treats idea.

Be hopeful. Feel optimistic about succeeding.


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We...husband and I...are going to try to loose weight before next summer and thought we would try this team. We like the tips and guidelines the leaders and team members have put up and we're in the process of reading everything. The challenges look like things we can and should do.

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Hi, Pamela, I've enjoyed reading your post and like the way you've said "...great learning paths...".

I hope you like the nutrition tracker's meal plans as much as I do. They've given me a rule-of-thumb for menus and I print out the grocery list and take it to the store with me. On my list I write the prices beside the food so that later on I know if I have a certain budget to meet I can look at my lists and see one that fits the amount I want to spend.

Our team's threads of what we've had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner have given me great ideas for new foods. I put in whole recipes if they are hard to find, but I'm a baking-cooking nut and most folks just name their meal so we can google it up.

Thelma, (my sister next door, whose compy I use) I like your introduction and hugs.

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My name is Pamela and I've been a SparkPeople member for a long time. My health & fitness journey has taken down some great learning paths and I'm considering the WFPB diets. From what I've researched it does appear this type of diet is beneficial towards lowering one's risk for chronic health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes and possibly turning things around if already diagnosed.

I don't expect this transition from my current way of eating will be easy. I wanted to find a group with people experienced with eating WFBP diets and get recipe and food ideas.

Looking forward to learning more new stuff.

Pamela...Southeast Texas

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I will not complain about aging because we have no control over that, but, none of us should allow our bodies to decay/rot which is all voluntary. It is up to each of us to do three things: exercise, use good nutrition, and commit to something or someone that brings us joy daily for the rest of our lives. (excerpt from Next Year Younger For Women book). My new motto!


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I believe that I am less likely to procrastinate if I change my "wish" to "will", my "like to" to "try to", and my "have to" to "want to".



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Being a retired baker, I have usually eaten whole grains, adding vegetables and fruits. I've found through trial and error that my wellness is at its best when I add dairy and eggs to my dailies. Finding out (through your posts) what has worked well for all of you is giving me information about how to make my ovolactovegetarianism a rich experience.

Edited by: ISLAORANGESTAR2 at: 9/23/2018 (11:26)
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hi glad to know i am not the only one, the expert can be a little intimidating sometime with their 100% commitment. Especially when you stylee is out of the mainstream

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Welcome back, Mike. I've been vegetarian for years but I can say I fell off of track with Sparks and now I'm feeling like I need to find like-minded folks to communicate with so sparks came to mind.

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Hi, i thought i would reintroduce myself. i joined years ago but fell off the wagon, crashed and burned. I found that I am insulin resistant and I am back to try again. Also looking to find out why a vegan life style is good for diabetes Mike

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7/30/18 1:15 P

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Hi - just joined the team. I have been vegetarian for over 20 years and vegan on and off for the past few. Trying to stay vegan this time. Like many people, my hardest obstacle is cheese. Still consume occasionally, but otherwise no animal products. I've been trying to make my own vegan "cheese". Nothing is quite the same as the real thing!

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6/28/18 4:57 P

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Hi! I'm a 7 year vegetarian going vegan for the first time at nearly 40yo. Finding it pretty rewarding! Protein was my first mountain to climb. I'm learning I had been very protein deprived while vegetarian. Now that I'm getting enough through plant based options (Beyond Burgers, and Gardein "meat"balls, and Kidney beans, oh my!!!) , my hair and nails have never been healthier! But also trying to lose some weight, so trying to strike the right balance. Finding myself somewhat obsessed now over what I eat and the impact it has on the planet, and my body! And by somewhat I mean completely. Feel like my eyes have been opened! Am curious to talk to others who are trying to lose weight while going vegan. It isn't actually the easiest thing to do! As my friend says "French fries are vegan!"

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If being human is not simply a matter of being born flesh and blood, if it is instead a way of thinking, acting and... feeling, then I am hopeful that one day I will discover my own humanity. Until then... I will continue learning, changing, growing, and trying to become more than what I am. ~ Lt. Commander Data, Star Trek Next Generation


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6/12/18 4:43 A

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Hi! I'm a new vegan. Only been doing it for a few days. Still trying to figure everything out. I also have some crazy diet restrictions from my doc (no salt, non-fruit sugar, caffeine, chocolate, fried foods or alcohol), and a ton of food allergies. It's been challenging, to say the least.

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3/18/18 11:14 A

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Hi! I've been vegan for a little over a year now. I tend to eat more grains and beans than anything else. I need to incorporate more fruit into my menu. The challenges I have are dealing with eating out (live in a small town) and avoiding the junk foods. I have a husband and two daughters who eat meat and dairy. Just weaned myself off of sunflower kernels. Was eating about a cup a day (they're like crack!). I also love Oreos as a treat. Baby steps to better living, right?

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3/12/18 9:29 A

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Hi, I'm Sue. I've been on a almost vegan diet since last fall. My husband and I still eat egg white omelettes with Daiya cheese product. Other than that, vegan.

I like to cook and try new recipes and am still adjusting to discarding my pot roast and meatball laden menus. I try to get a variety of flavors every week. Beans, tofu, all sorts of grains and vegetables. My favorite recipe is a lentil loaf made with mushrooms, oats, and nutritional yeast. Talk about comfort food!

Hope to get to know some other folks embracing this eating style.

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3/9/18 3:49 P

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emoticon Hello everyone!
I'm new to the vegetarian world. We started looking into it after my son was born (he has kidney disease) and we've been making small changes ever since. Looking forward to some new ideas & info!

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1/30/18 8:18 A

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Hi. I'm just getting back to Sparkpeople after a LONG absence. To be honest, I got on the scale this morning and the news was very bad. My husband and I are committed to a vegetarian lifestyle but my two pre-teen boys - not so much. They love carbs and chicken. Any veggie recipes that are kid-friendly and full of protein would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

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1/23/18 11:34 A

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Welcome, new folks!

FYI you'll find most of our activity tends to be in the What's for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner threads. We share meals and recipes pretty regularly. I'd love some new ideas so please join us!

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1/18/18 10:25 P

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VeganMum of 4 and newly "Vegan"! Lifelong on and off Vegetarian! I am working hard to sick with it and only fuel with whole-unprocessed food.

I'm slowly becoming the person I should've been a long time ago!


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1/5/18 5:24 A

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Happy New Year, everyone! I'm Susie, mostly vegetarian and living in Japan. I eat fish occasionally and other meats once in a blue moon, but am mostly ovo-vege with a bit of lacto a few times a week. I have a lot of unique options in Japan due to the traditional diet and am looking to add to my recipe toolbox.

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12/29/17 4:31 P

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Hi, I'm Somer. I have been a vegetarian for over three years. I have really struggled with carbs and have not spent enough time planning meals. This leads to me hitting the driving through for french fries, bean burritos or quesadillas way too often. I want to go back to eating the way I originally intended and become healthy.

* Somer *

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
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12/27/17 4:12 P

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Hi! I'm gearing up for the Arbonne "30 Day Clean Eating Challenge", which is vegan. I figure it's only 30 days, so I can give the veggie lifestyle a trial run!! I hope to use this board to get info, recipes, etc.

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12/3/17 6:50 P

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Hi! I've been about 90% Vegetarian for a few months and just yesterday switched to full on Vegan. My family kept telling me I was a closet vegan so I finally broke down and watched "What the Health", (which I knew would transition me....so I was avoiding it for some time), and sure enough.....the next meal after I watched it I made the transition! lol. Anyway...I'm in experimental phase finding what I like. I like to use whole foods most of the time, but I'm a full time working mother so don't care for comments about how I shouldn't ever buy "fake" foods because honestly....I just don't have time to make everything from scratch. I cook well, and understand that I can make everything from scratch. I'll never be the perfect Vegan, but I feel I'm doing what's good for my family right now as I'm sure you all are as well! Can't wait to dive into the boards and see what everyone's doing! So happy there was a Vegan/Veg team on here!

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HELENCHRISTINE's Photo HELENCHRISTINE Posts: 2,357
11/12/17 7:16 P

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It seems awfully quiet here. You might like to join the Eat to Live team.

Helen

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:3

Be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.


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GETTERDONEVIBEZ's Photo GETTERDONEVIBEZ Posts: 63
11/3/17 7:19 P

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Hi I'm new to the group . I'm 46 I dabbled with Plant Based eating since 1993 but 2 months ago I decided to recommitt myself to consistently eating Plant Based SOS ( No Salt Oil Sugar) I ended up losing 10lbs gained energy. Looking for support I'm the only Plant Based Eater in my family. I LOve ToFU :-)

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9/28/17 12:40 P

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Hi, New to to the group, vegetarian of 27 years, gone fully vegan recently and feeling great for the change. Just had a lovely stir-fry with pumpkin puree and coconut milk sauce, holy fullness! :D How we all doing?

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9/18/17 7:35 P

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Welcome, sounds like you are off to a running start!

Thankful...Grateful...Joyful...Blessed.



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9/17/17 10:18 P

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Hi, I'm Stephanie. I'm 29 and currently live in SC with my husband and our 4 lovely fur babies. I became vegan about 83 days ago. This was something I said I'd never do, but I was tired of feeling sick all the time. After binge watching several documentaries about food, veganism and health, my husband and I made the decision to become whole food, plant based vegans. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and it's been nearly impossible for me to lose weight. Prior to going vegan I was following a strict Paleo diet - which I had read was ideal for someone with my condition. I did lose a bit of weight on this diet, but I still felt tired and sick all the time. Since going vegan, I have lost about 20lbs efforlessly. I have started working out at a local gym now that I have the energy, but I've been 5 times in the past month, so I can't really attribute that to my weight loss success as of yet!
I'm really looking forward to being a part of this group and hopefully making some friends!

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9/10/17 7:27 P

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Hi,

I was raised a vegetarian (lots of sugar & fats) who rebelled for a couple back in my teen years. I have tried raw, vegan, vegetarian in cycles. Unfortunately, when emotional tidal wave hits, my go to is ice cream.

After some major stress in my life, I am determined to eat vegan at home, as close as possible when out, and regain my health. The numbers don't lie. I dropped 150 cholesterol points by eating low fat vegan for 6 weeks; got off the cusp of pre-diabetes, and improved some skin issues. I need support & laughs!

LOVE FRUITS & VEGETABLES...eat them every day!

Thankful...Grateful...Joyful...Blessed.



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8/24/17 4:49 P

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Hi everyone,
I'm a 30 year old teacher from Toronto, Ontario. I've recently started up my healthy journey again. I've been a vegetarian for many years now and love trying new recipes... Which might be why I'm back to SparkPeople emoticon . I'm looking forward to being around some like-minded individuals to support and encourage me.

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7/31/17 2:34 P

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Good Afternoon Everyone!
Excited to join your team! I am a lapsed Sparkperson who needs to get back on track with regard to habits and behaviors. Vegetarian since 2004! (i surprised myself when I looked up the year!) Am too heavily dependent on carbs and am TERRIBLE at using up produce before it gets smooshy. Mostly that is because I am very easily bored AND I am not a leftovers fan! "Zucchini again?!?!" lol.
My big goal is to find some recipes that are so good that they overcome my avoidance tendencies!

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7/24/17 9:22 P

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Hi Sarah... I read your post and just wanted to let you know I not only do not like to cook but can't cook. Kind of comedy of errors when I try. Anyways...I love roasted veggies.. I cut up chunks zucchini, squash , white onions, bell peppers put on baking sheet no oil light pepper no salt and cook at 400 degrees for about 30-40 min. Enough to soften the veggies.

I also like the mixed rice and quinoa.2 c water 1 rice boil and simmer 20 min and voila' 2 cups of protein packed food to eat with Roasted veggies Super easy!





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7/20/17 4:54 P

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Hi Sarah. Eating healthy as a vegetarian is much easier if you know how to cook. Otherwise you are stuck with canned/frozen pre-made goods. Fresh foods are so much better for you. If you are adamant about not wanting to cook, you might want to consider going raw. Smoothies and salads are as easy as it gets. If you are open to cooking, there are recipes ad videos on this site. Youtube also has amazing vegan recipe videos that walk you through the cooking step by step. Good luck!

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