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Hi Everyone<br><br>
My name is Dot and I have transitioned to a vegetarian diet and life style a little over 2 weeks ago. My partner and I had been eating more and more vegetarian meals over the past few years and have decided to cut out all meat completely. For me, after reading in the New York Times that half of the meat suply in the supermarkets had staph infection which is resistant to anti biotics , something just cliked- it was an "aha" moment in which I knew- vegetarianism here I come. Following this, a friend recommended to me that I read Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer- which I was riveted by and just finnished. I feel that sooner or later I will also get away from dairy, but for now I am getting use to being vegetarian.<br><br>
I also have a good 25 pounds I need to lose. Does anyone have any recommendations to links for vegetarian diet plans, or book suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks for listening. I am glad to have found this great online community!<br><br>
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Dairy wasn't that hard for me to kick, as there's so many good products out there like coconut milk ice cream and almond milk. Nutritionwise, I would recommend also cutting out sugars and other refined carbs while you're transitioning, and then introduce them back in slowly. One piece of advise I've heard is that if you're vegan, then you have 3 primary food groups: whole grains, plant protein, and vegetables. By sticking to this, I've not had any problems with weight gain, in fact I lost about 12 pounds in my first month. Sugars and starches don't hold much nutritional value and stimulate weight gain, however I made the mistake of primarily living off of these the first time I went veg. My other big recommendation is to take a vitamin B12 supplement. Due to modern farming, B12 no longer naturally occurs in the soil, therefore it is no longer present in plants. An iron supplement may be worth considering if you feel weak, however there's plenty of plant sources of plant protein, such as spinach, black beans, and chickpeas (and hummus!)
 

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I also have a good 25 pounds I need to lose. Does anyone have any recommendations to links for vegetarian diet plans, or book suggestions?</div>
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A great book to read is <i>The China Study</i>.<br><br>
It doesn't address any of the ethical issues of consuming animal products, accept mentioning how detrimental factory farming is for the environment. In fact, the author cites plenty of experiments done on animals that he's done, and describes how he himself grew up on a farm, so he's not really the animal friendly type.<br><br>
However, the book does address health.<br><br>
In short, it recommends that people adhere to a "whole foods, plant based diet". It's a very interesting read, and will probably give you good ideas on what to do for personal health. And if nothing else, it at least gives you good argument material if someone criticizes your diet for health reasons.<br><br>
There's also<a href="http://veganbodybuilding.com" target="_blank">veganbodybuilding.com</a>, but it seems to be geared more towards body builders and athletes than people just looking to lose weight, but it may be able to help anyways.
 

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Thank you both for the feedback. I feel so much better having eliminated meat and have cut dairy way back. I do feel that I have lost weight-as I have been mindful of portion control as well.
 

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One handy tip I used a lot when I was losing weight is if I was still hungry after having my 2-fist-sized portion, then I'd make myself a cup of hot tea or coffee. That has an effect of making you feel full very quickly but also passes though the stomach much quicker than solids, and over time your stomach really does shrink back to normal.
 

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Dr. Kerrie Saunders' book The Vegan Diet as a Chronic Disease Prevention really explains the reasons why whole-foods and plants will help in the achievement and maintenance of a healthy weight. I find blindly following diet plans to be my downfall. I have to know and understand the reasons and process behind what I'm doing in order for it to stick, ya know? "Knowledge is power"!<br><br>
When I went vegan, I lost 15 lbs without even trying. But of course, I refused to buy anything that didn't say 'whole wheat' or 'whole grain' and tried to avoid buying anything that came in a box or can. (I'm still lazy with beans though).<br><br>
Also, have you ever looked into raw foodism? Apparently it's great for weight loss, but make sure you arm yourself with a good knowledge base on the concept. You don't have to be 100% raw to see benefits, but the more the better!<br><br>
Good luck! And congrats on your sticking with your 'aha' moment! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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When I went vegan, I lost 15 lbs without even trying.</div>
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Same here, I'm just over a month into veganism and I'm now 15 lbs. lighter than I was when I started. I'm just about to dabble in raw food for the summer as well, as I found my blender that I thought I lost in the move, so about to go shopping for some ingredients after I do my yoga session and try out some green smoothies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Same here, I'm just over a month into veganism and I'm now 15 lbs. lighter than I was when I started. I'm just about to dabble in raw food for the summer as well, as I found my blender that I thought I lost in the move, so about to go shopping for some ingredients after I do my yoga session and try out some green smoothies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> I also lost about 15 pounds when I went vegan, I don't think most people realize just how fatty dairy really is. My skin cleared up and my digestion got better too.<br><br>
Also, green smoothies are super amazing, I just got a new blender and I've been going nuts with them. So awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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A great book to read is <i>The China Study</i>.<br><br>
It doesn't address any of the ethical issues of consuming animal products, accept mentioning how detrimental factory farming is for the environment. In fact, the author cites plenty of experiments done on animals that he's done, and describes how he himself grew up on a farm, so he's not really the animal friendly type.<br><br>
However, the book does address health.<br><br>
In short, it recommends that people adhere to a "whole foods, plant based diet". It's a very interesting read, and will probably give you good ideas on what to do for personal health. And if nothing else, it at least gives you good argument material if someone criticizes your diet for health reasons.<br><br>
There's also<a href="http://veganbodybuilding.com" target="_blank">veganbodybuilding.com</a>, but it seems to be geared more towards body builders and athletes than people just looking to lose weight, but it may be able to help anyways.</div>
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I turned vegetarian about overnight for the health effects, after reading through the important parts in the book, and finding this site, but it's because of Veggie boards, I went vegan.....you (I) just can't turn your back on the information you learn from so many people on here.<br><br>
As far as weight loss, I totally support the drinking water or green tea before or during the meals, there are a couple of really good healthy vegan cookbooks to get you started, Like Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon, which is no added fat/ sodium to your liking, and good tasting. also Appetite for Reduction by Isa Moskowitz. both are geared towards weight loss/eating healthy.<br><br>
If i can share another recommendation, if you think there is even an inkling you want to go vegan, then just buy vegan cookbooks! You can always add cheese to recipes when you make them for now, but I wish I knew ahead of time, and would have saved all of my money on the vegetarian cookbooks that have egg and cheese recipes in them.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2884757"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> I also lost about 15 pounds when I went vegan, I don't think most people realize just how fatty dairy really is. My skin cleared up and my digestion got better too.<br><br>
Also, green smoothies are super amazing, I just got a new blender and I've been going nuts with them. So awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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I had the same with my skin as well. I think its because animal products are toxic, and seeing how I've felt is even more reason to not go back. And so far, agreed about the green smoothies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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