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#1 Old 12-29-2015, 06:30 PM
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So, I really want to start eating better and I have signed up for a 28 day challenge. I hope I can stick to it. I would like to do this as a lifestyle. Any advice to keep me motivated? I love meat, and sweets, but I'm not healthy at all.
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#2 Old 12-29-2015, 07:26 PM
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Watch "Earthlings", that should help keep you motivated. You can probably find it streaming somewhere. Youtube etc.
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Hi Naomi3 and welcome
My best advice is to learn to cook vegetarian. It's easy, fun, and fast. Gain some knife skills (watch some youtube videos and practice). There are countless delicious veg recipes out there. Find 5 easy recipes you like, buy the ingredients, and make them.
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Hi Naomi and welcome! Good for you for doing this!

Learning to cook and prepare plant based food is important to ensure you eat a variety and don't get bored. I would recommend visiting your local library and reading vegetarian cookbooks. Often they have sections in the front with staples to keep on hand and techniques to use and so on. I read a TON of cookbooks in the beginning, and would visit blogs online too in order to learn the secrets of plant based cooking.

Also, keep snacks on hand for work and family events and traveling. That way if you get hungry or tempted by foods you are trying to avoid, you will have something on hand. The nomeatathlete website Ledboots shared with you on another thread has a great recipe for energy bars. I make a bunch of them and freeze them individually. Once I take one out of the freezer (whether for long distance hikes, working, traveling etc) it keeps for a whole day and still stays nice and firm. Here is the link to how to make them:
http://www.nomeatathlete.com/homemad...gy-bar-recipe/

Commercial bars like Cliff, larabars, Luna etc are all vegetarian too. And fresh fruit is an awesome snack to have around as it keeps a long time without refrigeration and is satisfying and filling. Homemade granola, whole nuts and seeds, tortillas with peanut butter or hummus are great snacks too.

And don't be too strict! By that I mean don't cut out all possible fat, gluten, soy, etc. and live on brown rice, veggies, black beans, and chia seeds lol. Learn to make veggie pancakes, and homemade bread, and have thai tofu stir fries! If you keep an open mind and eat a good variety of plant food, I promise you will never be bored! Heck, you can even make "fudge" or frosting just by blending avocado, maple syrup, and cocoa powder! It's a treat but still has very healthy ingredients in it.

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Thank you all so much! Lots of good info. Question. What about soy. I have heard it messes with hormones. Any thoughts?
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Thank you all so much! Lots of good info. Question. What about soy. I have heard it messes with hormones. Any thoughts?
I challenge every article I see, to find the hidden links to the meat/dairy industry. I have never found one that wasn't linked to organizations like Weston Price and Mercola.
Soy is a very nutritious food, it's one of few plants that have a complete amino acid profile. Plant estrogens cannot interfere with hormones- it's just not possible! they can and do interfere with cancer.
Funny thing is how many people have told me soy wasn't healthy when I'm seen eating tofu or soy milk, but when I question their food choices they're laden with soy isolates used as fillers they're not even aware of! Heavily processed soy is as bad as anything else heavily processed!
Tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk are all great choices.
Watch commercial soy milk - most have lots of sugar, some made from soy flour, and carageenan added for creaminess give some people stomach upset, making them think they can't tolerate soy
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Thank you all so much! Lots of good info. Question. What about soy. I have heard it messes with hormones. Any thoughts?
I have many servings of soy every day and I haven't grown tits or had any other problems. It's a lie from the meat and dairy industrial complex.
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Thank you all so much! Lots of good info. Question. What about soy. I have heard it messes with hormones. Any thoughts?
Unfortunately, internet blogs and forums are not a reliable source of information. Better information usually comes from reputable organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and similar groups. These organizations base their statements on the weight of dozens or hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies.

Here is an (exhaustive) study, from the reputable American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regarding the effects of soy consumption on women's menstrual cycles: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/60....full.pdf+html

This study concludes that soy foods can cause changes to your menstrual cycle, but that these changes may be beneficial, and are certainly not harmful.

To quote from the study: "In summary, our observations clearly indicate how dietary
modifications can lead to significant changes in the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Such changes may be beneficial with regard to risk factors for breast cancer and suggest that a diet rich in dietary estrogens may be protective against breast cancer."
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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
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