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3/26/19 2:55 A

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I am just changing the way I eat to whoe foods plant based; totally because it is healthier!

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3/23/19 12:14 A

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I'm 50 and gave up meat at age 21 for ethical reasons after listening to John Robbins on a talk radio show and then reading his book Diet For A New America.

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3/3/19 10:35 P

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I became health minded around age 23 and decided to become a vegetarian. Fast forward 42 years. I have never turned back. I have been vegan for several long stretches over the years as well, but after awhile I go back to eating yogurt and eggs and pizza with mozzarella. I enjoy a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, but feel I should cut way back on the cheese, oil and sugar.

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1/12/19 11:14 A

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I wanted to learn more about vegetarians' lifestyle. My older spark account focuses on exercise for seniors and I wanted this one to have it's own focus.

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1/12/19 1:11 A

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Hi I'm new and making many mistakes. Just deleted this message; herewith 2nd try, less enthusiasm. :) I'm vegan for as long as I can remember, back to early childhood. I don't know why. The family is carnivores. Also I cheat and love cheese. I can see the value of eggs but cannot put one in my mouth, which is too bad, from a convenience point of view.

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I have been a runner most of my life.
I choose vegan as after a run I recover very quickly.

I know many people go vegetarian and then transition to vegan or stay vegetarian but I actually gave up the dairy and eggs first and then the meat and fish - which can be another way to go.

I have other reasons too but just wanted to mention it. When I was an omnivore I would get a terrible headache after a long run say of 10 miles. I'd have to take a pain killer but now at 57 and vegan I don't emoticon

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I have always preferred eating a vegetarian or plant based lifestyle, but this past summer I was diagnosed with low iron levels and my doctor recommended consuming meat products again to help regulate my iron levels. I did so for a few months, but I am currently in Veterinary Nursing school and I visited both large production and family run farms and there was a huge moral wave that hit me that I was only eating meat products for myself without truly looking into ways I could appropriately substitute my nutrition on a plant based lifestyle. So I have been back to eating vegetarian and taking more care at ensuring I am balancing my nutrients and so far so good :)

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12/11/18 2:54 P

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My husband and I simply wanted a change.

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I chose a vegan diet because of health reasons. My A1C was getting closer and closer to the prediabetic range and I was 35 pounds overweight. I also read many books and discovered the deplorable conditions that the animals live in, even for dairy and eggs. I also read about the devastation to the environment and how the methane produced by cows was a larger contribution to global warming than all modes of transportation combined. And of course it takes many pounds of feed and water to produce a pound of meat. And these resources could go to the impoverished and solve world hunger.

I read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Eat to Live and changed my diet and lost 35 pounds and greatly improved my blood tests. My A1C was 5.2 last time where 5.7 is prediabetic and my cholesterol was excellent.

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This afternoon I see that an advantage of the vegetarian diet is it is high in vitamins C, E, and folic acid; in phytochemicals, fiber, magnesium and potassium. I will watch out for low nutritional aspects in my meals {such as low saturated fat, cholesterol, vitamins B-12, D, and riboflavin, zinc, iron, and calcium, Omega-3 fatty acids, certain essential amino acids, and energy. A multiple vitamin/mineral supplement will help to provide me with dietary "insurance".

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

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I felt like it would give me more of an earthglow.

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

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8/18/18 8:37 P

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Tried Vegetarian diet when I was younger but a dietitian where I worked was concerned and persuaded me with a book, " The Nuts Among the Berries" not to change my diet. It scared me enough that I stopped when I was pregnant.

Currently one of the cardiologists where I work recommended "The China Study" by T Collin Campbell. That was all I needed!! :) Haven' Looked back since!!

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I’ve tried to maintain a whole food diet and have done so in spurts. Keto diet raised my inflammation markers. I have family who are vegans. The book “What the Health” was recommended to me and this was all the encouragement I needed. I decided I needed to make a serious attempt at vegan whole food diet. No added sugar, wheat free, corn free, and soy free. I’m excited about how this will change how I feel everyday.

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with 3 family members all dieiingi started hating the fat meat they always ate really fast and sugar produts that i think helped kill them prematurely in fear i gave up fat meat when saw how badly treated animals were than the 28 deadly effects of refined sugar went from size 26 to 6 over a year now fightining my sugar addictioning


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I am choosing a plant based diet due to health concerns. I love the idea of not only loosing weight but gaining a kinder, healthier lifestyle in the process. Very new to this! Lol it is still a challenge to put meal together!

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12/29/17 4:39 P

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I became a vegetarian for dietary reasons. After doing research and learning more about the ethical and environmental benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, I knew I wouldn't go back. I have been a vegetarian for three years.

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11/3/17 7:04 P

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I chose a Plant Based Eating Plan to reverse Type 2 Diabetes High Cholesteral and High Blood Pressure. It's been 2 months with a few slip ups with Cheese and Eggs which I'm finally ready to let go of. I've lost 10 lbs( 428 - 418lbs) BP and BS has lowered I have more energy.

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I wanted to lower my cholesterol and learned it was in animal products so I stopped eating meat, eggs and cheese. Still ate yogurt and ice cream till I watched videos on YT about diabetes. Eye opener! Switched to plant based substitutes and stopped adding oils to my foods. Right now I'm working to cut back on processed foods (my main source of refined oils, fat and weight problem).



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Love all the comments!!!

I am plant based because;
Numbers don't lie > high cholesterol, triglycerides, and A1C down significantly in one month.
Actually love fruits and vegetables.
Love animals! (Don't need even their milk to survive.)

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good for my health, animals and the environment.

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I chose a veg'n lifestyle because:
- I love that no animals were killed in the making of my food
- A plant-based diet is one of the healthiest diets you could be on
- I want to help the environment with my plant-based diet
- I want to make sure I don't develop type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease

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8/29/17 3:59 P

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I have compassion for animals to the nth degree. I also enjoy the taste of vegetarian and vegan food better. I'm currently lacto-ovo vegetarian, but I would be vegan if I had the willpower.

I seriously get tired of dairy and eggs, but I have to work up the stamina to maintain a vegan lifestyle. I prefer it.


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8/10/17 11:47 A

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I didn't 'choose' a vegan lifestyle. My intentions were to lower my cholesterol and avoid saturated fats. The rest is history. emoticon

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I chose a vegan diet after being diagnosed with breast cancer sometime ago
I turned flexitariian after feeling left out during social gatherings
Chose to go vegan again after watching What the Health and Forks over Knives. Reminded me why I chose to be vegan I the first place.



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5/18/17 4:34 P

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I watched Earthlings and Forks Over Knives. I love animals and know that a plant-based diet is healthy. Was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for many years (since age 17, I'm 50 years old now) and about four years ago decided to go vegan. It's good for the animals and good for the planet, and good for my health.

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5/8/17 11:38 P

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A few reasons

1. I watched "Vegucated" and " Earthlings" in the same week. I have always loved animals, but I was disconnected from what factory farms put them through.

2. I'm a transhumanist! What that means briefly is that I love science, and I see it as the next step in human evolution. Why would I keep eating unhealthy, messy food made from things I love when I can enjoy all the nice science foods like mock meats ( processed and unprocessed like tofu ) and feel good while doing it.

3. I just like smaller meals. I feel in America we are pressured to eat huge, cumbersome meals. Nowadays my meals rarely go over 500, with about 300 kcals through the day as snacks if that.

4. For the planet! Raising animals for eating does horrible damage to the planet, especially in the form of climate change.

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A bull was slaughtered in front of me.
It screamed as they gutted it and its steaming bowels fell from it's body to the ground.
He was not dead.
It was horrible.
I have never eaten flesh since.
That was over 36yr ago.

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4/20/17 5:35 P

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I became a vegan after being put on cholesterol meds. I am successful most of the time, eating this way, but now and then I cave. (I live on a beef cattle ranch - sometimes too hard to pass up a bar-b-q)). But, I am thoroughly enjoying learning new recipes and I feel so much better EVERY day that I eat vegan style! Also, my cholesterol went down 100 points since going vegan.

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the only problem i have being vegan is yogurt. love greek yogurt and having trouble finding a vegan substitute that tastes good. LOL!!!! any suggestions?

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I initially became vegan because at age 50, and clinically obese (though, according to recent blood work and my annual physical, I am surprisingly healthy), I realized that eventually, the food I was eating was literally going to kill me. Believe me, that epiphany made it extremely easy to make the switch. And what started out as a dietary concern has morphed into a complete lifestyle change. Now I do it for the animals, the planet, and my health. Lost 25 pounds so far and I'm feeling great!

Ready to match my outside to my inside. Ready to match my weight to my lifestyle. Ready to live the life I already have, but in the way that I've always wanted.


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3/11/17 8:25 A

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I decided on a vegetarian lifestyle hoping to increase mental acuity and physical stamina. After two years, I was able to find a good source of B12, so I eliminated all animal derivatives and began my vegan adventure! It's been 4 1/2 years as a vegan plantbased eater. I have found so many advantages that I do not plan to return to the previous eating styles. I also began consulting an orthomolecular cardiologist who practices preventive and alternative medicine. I want my last years of life to be productive and without serious health issues. I'm sticking with this!

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I became a vegetarian to become healthier. I developed high blood pressure and did some research and consulted a doctor. The doctor stated a veg lifestyle was healthiest.

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2/25/17 11:17 A

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I became a vegetarian because I watched tv shows about how animals are treated and it made me upset. I am trying my best to transition to veganism as I realize that eating dairy and other animal by-products is just as cruel to animals as eating meat.

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When I was 17, I ate a lot of fast food until I ended up with high cholesterol and high blood sugar, head and stomach migraines, and my doc told me I could have a hear attack any day! I ended up cutting meat out of my diet until any time I ate it I got really sick. Over the years I have learned about so many other reasons to be a vegetarian including animal cruelty, the cutting of precious rain forest to feed cattle, the amount of agricultural products such as soy and corn that go to feed animals instead of feeding US, which is a much healthier alternative for us and the earth. After 30 years I am still vegetarian (I was also vegan for many years, but not anymore) and I have raised two extremely healthy and smart vegetarian boys.

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Thank you for so much good information about the web sites of Furhman and Gregor. I had heard some things about Dr Gregor before, but he seemed to be nonsensical. However I´ve been seeing more of him, and just bought his book a few days ago. I am an inactive member, but want to get back on track again. Thanks for you remarks.

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I ate as a vegetarian by the age of 17, when I left home for school, living on my own and making all my own meals. As one of 7 children, there was no room for individual menus in a home where you 'ate what was on your plate' or went without. At about age 30, reading and seeing what actions were actually undertaken to produce cheeses, honey, and other dietary and personal items that are vegetarian (do not require the death of the animal) but are not vegan (result in harm to the environment or to the animal) I could no longer accept the consequences of my choices. I have been fully vegan for more than 30 years now. I feel lucky with all of the choices we have available to us today!

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I thought the same thing about cheese and ice cream. But dayia makes a good vegan cheese and then they have the almond and coconut ice cream

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I first went vegetarian for the love animals and stayed for my health as well.
As a girl I never was a big meat eater (hardly at all) and even growing up I never was one for meat.
I am trying to go Vegan but it is tough because I am a cheese and ice cream addict.
I am so looking forward to learning new ways to eat healthier.

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11/21/16 1:39 A

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Why pay the ridiculous high price for something as totally unnecessary as meat? I am what you could call an "economic vegetarian", needing to get as much nutritional value as I can for my money while working on improving my health. After a vegan disaster (tried Eat to Live and ended up with a really bad mix of signs of lack of protein) I added back dairy (I thrive on it but I understand that a lot of people don't) and egg whites a la Ornish and am doing well--have totally lost any appetite for meat. My cholesterol level has dropped like the proverbial rock and my diabetes markers have also improved dramatically. My blood pressure is still a struggle; rather than try more drugs (struggling to afford those, too) my doctor's advice was lose [more] weight. So, I am very much a work in progress--56 lbs down, 44 to go.
I have looked at both the prices and the nutrition/ingredients of some of the vegan dairy substitutes--sorry, but I need to spend my money on complete protein. I do use almond milk, though, especially in soups or tea when I want to save the milk carbs for something else. I eat a lot of beans and lentils; my body seems to really like their slow-burning carbs.
Whatever works for each of us.

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11/1/16 9:22 A

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I knew from a very young age that I didn't want to eat my animal friends. I tried being a vegetarian while living in the house with my parents, but they didn't support it, so when I moved away at the age of 17 I became vegetarian. After I got married my vegetarian husband and I were eating too much cheese, so we went vegan for health reasons, and because of the horrors of factory farming. We've been vegan for around 23 years.

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I went vegan because it matches with my beliefs, and it makes since. I do not see a need to have kill or harm a animal or anything else when there is no need to do so.

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two wolfs. One of the wolfs is mean and evil. The other wolf is good. The mean wolf fights the good wolf all the time. When asked which wolf wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most." -George Bernard Shaw
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I chose to switch to a vegan lifestyle for religious reasons. I chose to give up all animal products as a "fast" and focus on my relationship with Christ. I must say that I am loving it. I actually eat a better / wider variety of foods. I am also eating better. I still eat junk food from time to time, but overall my eating habits are better now that I am eating a vegan diet. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I went veg initially not feeling well when eating meat(was counting points). So then vegan for my health, following Dr McDougalls "Starch Solution". Started feeling100% better rapidly. Now I'm much more environmentally aware and aware of much animal suffering with factory farming. So I am now vegan for 3 reasons--to help end needless animal suffering, to help heal the planet and for my health as an example for others to follow:)

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I went down the nutritarian vegan path for a few reasons. First is ethical reasons. I never thought I'd have the willpower or discipline to actually go vegan and I toyed with the idea for a year before jumping in fully. Secondly, I read the book 'Eat to Live' by Dr Joel Fuhrman. It clicked with me and I switched over to being a nutritarian, not all nutritarians are vegan but I went down the vegan path of it. I cut out all animal products. I have read all but one of his books but I'll soon be picking up that one.

I don't have diabetes but my brother (type 1) and one of my good friend (type 2) has diabetes. I read Dr. Fuhrman's book "The End of Diabetes". Wonderful book, I recommend it. Also another good book to read is 'How not to Die'. by Dr. Greger. Both Greger and Fuhrman have Youtube channels, check them out if it's interests you.

Since I'm way overweight and into the morbid obesity side of the scale, I want to lose weight but in a very healthy way. Following Gregor and Fuhrman's Eat to Live Level 3. I'm able to have lots to eat nutrient rich foods. I've made all meals from scratch and for fairly cheap. It for sure has changed my life.

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Trying to for Dr. Neal Barnard's program for reversing type 2 diabetes. it would be lovely if I could get off of needing insulin and victoza. Been type 2 for ten years and losing weight alone (50 lbs in 2012) was not enough to cure my diabetes. I've been doing ADA low carb diet for a few months, I'm losing weight but my insulin sensitivity is not increasing much.

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I've toyed with the idea of becoming veg for a few years now. I got some scary ( to me, high cholesterol ) labs back, and the doctors answer was to slap me on statins. I got on a vegan diet ( very occasional cheese and yogurt ) which brought my numbers down rapidly. I got some scruff from the family ( Texas families are stuck in their ways ) but I loved it. I stayed on this path for... Maybe two years?

However, I got laid off from a very good job and fell into a very hard depression. I went back to my Micky D's and Subway diet which on top of the depression, caused me to gain all my weight back. I've recently gotten into a much better frame of mind, and as of this post am one week back veg and already lost two pounds! I am also taking a step I did not take earlier - I am trying very hard to surround myself with veg and like minded people, since my husband is still an omni and jokingly kids me sometimes.

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I've never eaten meat so I guess I didn't really choose!
I love animals but I don't have an ethical objection to meat eating if they are raised humanely with love. Everything is a gift from God to be used for good and as a blessing.
It's just not a blessing to me! I've got a serious mental block against biting into anybody's muscle. It grosses me out!
I was a cook for 18 years before I became a longshoreman and had no problem cooking meat for everyone. Someone's always willing to be your taster for seasonings sake!
I'm excited to see my husband making a major shift towards being a vegi. We have a contest with our blood work. The doctor says I'm winning by a mile :)

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A few reasons, I am allergic to pork, poultry, and fish, I'm lactose intolerant and when I quit drinking I became very squeamish around red meat. I don't miss meat, I am contented with being vegetarian. emoticon

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I became vegetarian after getting really sick from doing Atkins. I've been doing very well without any dairy and meat/eggs for a few months now. Unfortunately, I started seeing a lot of hair loss recently so I have incorporated tuna back into my diet 1-2 meals per week. Not 100% vegan anymore, but most of the time I do follow a vegan diet. I've added more supplements to my diet as well just to be on the safe side.

For the first time in a very long time I no longer have pain coursing through my body by changing my diet. I'm starting to think it was a food intolerance that was causing it and not the diagnosis of fibromyalgia after all. I will stay eating this way as long as I feel really good and have a healthy body.

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8/14/16 6:02 P

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I became vegan for ny reasons ! Firstly I had been vegetarian for over 30 years until I developed breast cancer . I researched the problem and found that there was a strong link to dairy products and cancer . I immediately gave up dairy and then eggs . I hated the thought that the dairy industry is so cruel and when I found out what is done to male chicks I simply couldn't condone it .
I have been cancer free for almost 11years now and have not looked back . I am healthy , fit and happy as a vegan .

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4/22/16 11:35 A

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Its the only thing I've found where i can actually lose weight for one thing. Also meat sometimes makes me nauseous and tired.

Aside from that, I did some research on animal agriculture and found it disgusting.



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2/27/16 8:13 A

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I choose low fat vegan because it is so easy, cheap and plentiful. I do this for how it makes me feel, nothing more, nothing less.

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I had a triple bypass heart operation 5 years ago but had all kinds of side affects with statin drugs and cholesterol numbers that stubbornly refused to get down and stay down with an on-again-off-again pill history. My doctor suggested a new drug just approved by the FDA for people who don't respond to statins but that required regular injections.

In the interim I had read a couple of books by Dr. Shintani, a local physician who wrote The Hawaii Diet and Eat More, Weigh Less (among others) which advocated a vegetarian or even vegan diet and suggested that many people get off their meds completely after a period of time (as short as 3 months for some, longer for others). I figured that it made more sense to change my diet rather than stick myself with a new drug. With my cardiologist's acceptance I went on a lower dose of statins while changing my diet, beginning this past November. I consume less sugar, less sodium, fewer calories, and nearly no dietary cholesterol. I am now able to jump-start an exercise program that was stalled for months following a knee injury, so I expecting even better results.

Since November I have lost 17 pounds (even with Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday parties) and find that I don't miss meat, fish or dairy at all (it took me seven months to lose only 8 pounds by counting calories leading up to my November decision to go vegan). I track lots of nutrients to make sure that I am not deficient in anything, and I am looking forward to my first blood work since November next month. I'm also not hungry because I eat plenty of veges, legumes, whole grains, and fruit which I find satisfying. I also eat smaller amounts of seeds and nuts. I am rarely hungry between meals even though I am consistently eating fewer calories than I used to consume, and when I am hungry...well, that's what apples are for. ;-)

I have dreamed up a delicious kale smoothie (with pineapple, spinach, watercress, ginger root, turmeric root, chia, cucumber, unsweetened strawberries, wheat germ, flaxseed, and cinnamon) that I drink for breakfast several mornings each week. Can't believe I like it so much, but I do and it is filling.

Anyway, the reason for all this change is trouble with statin drugs and a willingness to change the way I eat.

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2/14/16 9:00 A

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I had bad diarrhea and all my tests came back negative, so my gastroenterologist told me to cut out all dairy. I did. Over the next few months, my diarrhea improved about 80% so I begged my doctor to let me eat dairy again (for the cheese) and he unenthusiastically said I could, provided I could drink two glasses of milk and not have a bad reaction. So now it was my choice, and I wasn't at all keen on drinking that much milk. I googled milk and health and came across many articles and videos not only about how cow's milk adversely affects human health, but also about the cruel and disgusting practices of modern factory farming. The clincher was the revelation about pus in milk. No way was I going to drink those two glasses of milk, and I've continued to be dairy free ever since.

I kept reading about the adverse effects of animal protein, watched Forks over Knives, and very soon decided to become vegan. That last step was easy for me. I've always enjoyed vegetables and fruit. Many people used to think I was a vegetarian even when I wasn't, because I would nearly always choose the 'veggie lovers' option over the 'meat lovers' option when eating out. So many dining places, especially in the US, would put so much meat on my plate when I asked for it, I always found it gross and got in the habit of choosing the veggie option.

Since becoming vegan, I haven't had any diarrhea and I feel fantastic in many other ways also. I've lost 35 pounds and am now at my target weight. I can't imagine going back.

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2/13/16 10:30 P

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I tried going veg in college for ethical and philosophical reasons, and lasted 5 months. A couple of years ago, I gave up all meat, including fish, for Lent. During that time, I realized that I felt a whole lot better, and decided to continue veggie after Easter. Since then, whenever I have been accidentally "meated," I feel terrible the next day. I live among carnivores, both at home and at work, and the temptation is there on a daily basis, but I remind myself of how I feel after I eat meat, and realize it's just not worth it. I still agree with the ethical, philosophical and environmental reasons for my original foray into vegetarianism, but now it's more personal for me, and less abstract.

I know that God won't give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.


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1/4/16 3:14 A

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I have a lot of stomach issues and the doctors couldn't figure out why. Every time I ate meat and dairy, I had stomach pain and constipation. So I did my own research and realized it must be meat and dairy. I started out eliminating it for 2 weeks and had no more stomach pains and bloating. At Thanksgiving I had 2 bites of a rib and 20 minutes later was running to the bathroom. So, that proves meat is not good for me. Now I have been totally off meat for 4 weeks and I am almost off all dairy. Even better, I lost 10 pounds already.

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12/29/15 2:24 P

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I went vegetarian initially because it's better for the environment and my health. After two years though, it was heavy on my heart that I needed to be a better supporter of animal rights. I just couldn't stomach the thought of eggs or anything dairy any longer. At that point, I went completely vegan. I didn't have any problems transitioning, and I think that's because I'd already transitioned to being a lacto-ovo vegetarian before I started eliminating those products. Also by the time I decided to be fully vegan (mostly plant based), I'd been eliminating eggs and dairy from my diet for six months because I didn't think they were healthy.

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I have been off and on vegetarian for several years. I tend to go off because it is easier in my family not to eat vegetarian. What I realized though is that what is easy isn't always right for my body. I physically have stomach pain when I eat any type of meat and feel horrible for days after. When I am eating vegetarian I do not have that issue. So, for about 6 months I have listened to my body and honored what I need to do to feel good versus what is easy.

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11/29/15 7:57 P

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It kind of chose me i like to believe.. what started of as a test “if I can do it” i.e. live without meat, (which I adored as a kid and not so much in my adolescence), then became a very positive “habit”… I started off as vegan 13 years ago and ate nothing but rice and green peppers for almost two years, which resulted in me desperately craving that damn cheese.. so I added dairy into my diet..and became “slightly” addicted to cheese.. and then added eggs as well.. and so I was a vegetarian for the next 11 years.. during that time I always kind of wanted to “go back” and be vegan cause I honestly always since my first vegan days believed it was The optimum “diet” for my body and mind and soul and this year I made some big changes in my life and one of them was turning to veganism again. but this time i much more educated on the subject and i won't be eating only rice and green peppers ;) so a big part of the “why” has always been health but another big part, equally important if not more, has been the ethical side of it. …So yeah, this is my veg’n story in a nutshell ;) thank you for watching..

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10/5/15 4:40 A

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I've been an on again off again vegan for the last 2 years. I go vegan for a few months and my family talks me out of it. They're like "Ashley, you can lose weight just by portion control" I'm sick of portion control! Going 80/10/10 vegan I don't NEED to portion control! I can shoot for 2,500-3,000 calories and still lose weight! I also feel this is the way God intended me to eat. I came across this lifestyle from Freelee The Banana girl, and DurianRider. I follow just Freelee on youtube and some other vegans (kalel) I just like clean eating period. I like what it does to the body. Plus this is how I want to lose weight.

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The same as Kati,plus putting an end to T2diabetes and living medicine free for life! It's kinda rainy here today and heading out to work tonight,so spent the day cooking up some vegan black bean veggie soup,and a big pot of black beans with,peppers,onions and chopped jalapeno's! Yummy!! I will portion it into smaller containers and freeze some for a quick meal idea! Had an awesome whole grain wrap for lunch filled with brown rice ,black beans onions kale and a little salsa also yummy!! Have a great day all!! Diane

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7/14/15 12:44 A

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I decided to choose Veg'n Lifestyle because I'd like to live healthier. I want to avoid diet plans which make me sick. I also like to lose weight on a vegan diet plan and I'd like to continue it for my whole life to be healthy and in shape. :)

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I am losing weight.


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My adult some became a vegetarian a year and a half ago. I had started making vegetarian meals whenever he came over and had started cutting back on meat myself. Yesterday I watched Vegucate on Netflix, almost had a nervous breakdown and was crying so much my husband thought someone had died. So I have decided to be Vegan. I can't with a good conscience eat meat, eggs or dairy again.

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