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#1 Old 03-22-2017, 01:27 PM
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Lightbulb How I lost 80lbs on a vegan diet in just a year (without exercise)

I turned my experiences into a guide if you want the full story + photo of my weight loss: https://hclfvegan.neocities.org/

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I want to help everyone lose weight and get healthy!
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#2 Old 03-22-2017, 07:37 PM
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Hi Arwen,


I wish that my vegan diet was as clean as yours! I eat a certain amount of junk food.

Great advice about eating a variety of different plant foods.

When talking about protein, it's a bit more accurate to say that potatoes have "adequate protein", rather than saying that they have a "ton of protein". 1 medium potato contains about 163 calories and about 4.3 grams of protein: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...tion&*&spf=300 . If you ate 2000 calories of potatoes, you would get about 53 grams of protein, which is about 10% of calories from protein - this is the minimum % protein intake recommended by mainstream health organizations: http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd...ino-Acids.aspx .

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“Under the twinkling trees was a table covered with Guatemalan fabric, roses in juice jars, wax rose candles from Tijuana and plates of food — Weetzie's Vegetable Love-Rice, My Secret Agent Lover Man's guacamole, Dirk's homemade pizza, Duck's fig and berry salad and Surfer Surprise Protein Punch, Brandy-Lynn's pink macaroni, Coyote's cornmeal cakes, Ping's mushu plum crepes and Valentine's Jamaican plantain pie."

from Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block, 1991
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Hi Arwen,


I wish that my vegan diet was as clean as yours! I eat a certain amount of junk food.

Great advice about eating a variety of different plant foods.

When talking about protein, it's a bit more accurate to say that potatoes have "adequate protein", rather than saying that they have a "ton of protein". 1 medium potato contains about 163 calories and about 4.3 grams of protein: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...tion&*&spf=300 . If you ate 2000 calories of potatoes, you would get about 53 grams of protein, which is about 10% of calories from protein - this is the minimum % protein intake recommended by mainstream health organizations: http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd...ino-Acids.aspx .
Hello! Thanks for the response!
I will say that I've never had any problems get far more than 10% protein on my diet. I'm probably more around 20% more often than not just because of the potatoes, beans, veggies I eat. I put my food into calorie count website the entire time I lost weight, I could see how much protein/fat/carbs and all of the micro-nutrients I was getting each day. I'm not eating just potatoes only! My point is if you eat a variety of high carb low fat vegan foods your protein will more than take care of itself. And we really, really don't need as much protein as we think we need. The longest-lived vegan groups on the planet (Okinawa Japan, Loma Linda California, etc) all have high carb, low protein and low fat diets. And that's what I see in nature too. Fat and protein exist in most foods, but in much much smaller quantities compared to carbs.

My advice is to just try it out and know the ratios don't have to be perfect daily. If you vary between (carbs/fat/protein) 80/10/10 or 70/10/20, that's hardly going to wreck you. The only time my weight would shoot up was if I let my fat get too high or if I ate too much processed foods. Staying on low-fat whole-foods means I can eat until satisfied without gaining weight.

I am very skeptical of mainstream health organisations because we can barely get any of them to say a vegan diet is adequate nutrition. They would love to ban veganism from the discussion entirely because they receive so much money and lobbying power from the meat/dairy industries. So any recommendations they make are from studying the typical meat-eater and their SAD diet. They're not looking at the diets of the longest-living vegans on the planet and recommending their daily intakes.
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I am very skeptical of mainstream health organisations because we can barely get any of them to say a vegan diet is adequate nutrition. They would love to ban veganism from the discussion entirely because they receive so much money and lobbying power from the meat/dairy industries. So any recommendations they make are from studying the typical meat-eater and their SAD diet. They're not looking at the diets of the longest-living vegans on the planet and recommending their daily intakes.


At one time, this was very true!

However, nowadays, nearly all mainstream health organizations say that properly-planned vegetarian diets are healthy. Check out these statement links:

American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...r-vegetarians/

The American Diabetes Association has even published its own vegetarian cookbook: http://www.shopdiabetes.org/1463-The...-Cookbook.aspx

Diabetes UK: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to...etarian-diets/

The British National Health Service (NHS): http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/01Januar...ier-heart.aspx

American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Health...p#.WNNZT2ffPX4

Kaiser Permanente health insurance: https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/w...et-booklet.pdf
Kaiser Permanente's vegan nutrition booklet even recommends the "Starch Solution" by name (see bibliography at the back)!

Blue Cross health insurance: http://www.bcbst.com/health-wellness...rian-diet.page

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the world's largest association of Registered Dietitians): http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/...getarian-diets


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from Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block, 1991

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This is why I said we can barely get them to acknowledge it. I know they acknowledge it, but its always with great reluctance and a "oh btw I guess a vegan diet is adequate too, but really you can just look at the normal food pyramid!! Meat/Dairy all the way!"
They include all kinds of warnings about B12 etc like you'll die on a vegan diet if you dare to try it, and I was thinking more about the general food pyramid gov't sites. They're the ones that tend to stick in fine print at the very bottom of a pyramid, "oh vegan diets are adequate too... I suppose.... if you insist." Rather than "Vegan diets are bloody awesome and will save you a lifetime of disease and suffering!"
By the time you get to the diabetes and heart disease websites, they become more vigorous in recommending a vegan diet because people are already sick and pills/surgeries won't save them in the long term.
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I've not really looked at mainstream American government resources on diet as always believed that they were a bit flaky at best (ie: in bed with big agricultural bodies). However seems along with David3's list above, even the USDA seems to be embracing the overall trend towards normalising vegetarian diets. This is I believe the replacement for the food pyramid, called MyPlate, not too bad overall, though they are skeptical about everyone getting adequate calcium without dairy.

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/tips-vegetarians
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I've not really looked at mainstream American government resources on diet as always believed that they were a bit flaky at best (ie: in bed with big agricultural bodies). However seems along with David3's list above, even the USDA seems to be embracing the overall trend towards normalising vegetarian diets. This is I believe the replacement for the food pyramid, called MyPlate, not too bad overall, though they are skeptical about everyone getting adequate calcium without dairy.

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/tips-vegetarians

The USDA now includes calcium-fortified soymilk as part of the "Dairy Group": https://www.choosemyplate.gov/dairy

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