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Hello, just wanted to post my intro and say I am happy to have a forum like this for help! I was on Atkins for a long time losing weight, and it worked for awhile then I hit a plateau where my weight wouldnt budge. Plus I had some issues with lacking energy, bellyaches, and my psoriasis (which was in remission for a long time) going crazy over the past few months. I saw a show where a guy did a fruit/veg detox and his skin cleared up, so last week I gave it a go. And for the first time without meds my skin began to heal and I felt great! And I dropped 3lbs. Well, two days ago I slacked and at some bacon cheddar soup, and within the night my skin was going nuts again, and I am back to square one.<br><br>
I really didnt think changing my diet would be that beneficial to my overall health, but I can't tell you how much better I felt physically, and mentally. So I think that is enough proof for me to finally jump in and change. My bf is a bigtime low carb carnivore, but is fully supportive of me giving this a shot (as he saw the good changes just a week made). Plus, I love the idea of being more animal-friendly. We have chickens and goats and all, and I was starting to not want to eat chicken because of how much we like ours lol... Just a couple questions for you guys<br><br>
I am basically going from bigtime meat-eater to pretty much vegan (as far as diet); is this okay? Some people say its not healthy but right now I feel like hell and don't think it will be all too hard for me for the most part<br><br>
I still want to stay lowcarb (well, esp processed carbs anyways) because I still want to lose some weight and tone, plus I am type2 diabetic. Is this doable as a vegan? I am ok with the fruit sugar carbs because they are the healthy ones<br><br>
Any advice on getting most of my nutrients/protien/calcium from diet? We take suppliments but I'd still like my diet to be a main source of them<br><br>
Thanks so much for the support and I look forward to chatting with you all! Oh, and yeah my screenname comes from a pet chicken we had, she used to roost on our front porch<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Hello and welcome! What an amazing story. It always amazes me to hear stories of how simple diet changes can so drastically affect health.<br><br>
It is entirely possible to go from big-time meat-eater to vegan... you'll find the boards full of people who have done just that. I personally took an eliminate one meat at a time approach.. others quit "cold-tofurkey." You know yourself best and will find the approach that helps you succeed. I am not very knowledgeable on diabetes, especially when vegan, so I will leave that one to those who are better qualified. You may want to share that question in the health or vegan sub-forums. It is possible to obtain all your nutrients without supplements. I track my intake online (try sites like sparkpeople.com, fitday.com, myfitnesspal.com, etc) and take supplements only on the few days I'm lacking. Some of the sites are more thorough than others, so you'll need to find what works best for you. Many of them also have apps for popular phones for tracking on the go.
 

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Thanks Tonya, that is some good advice. I honestly think that if I hadn't seen the changes so quick I could've easily become discouraged. But the proof was right there in front of me, even after just 6 days. It is such a relief knowing something like food can help so much, since before when my skin would act up ( and is sometimes so physically painful that you can't sleep or anything) my doctor's only help would come in the form of a 10 to 20-day script of Prednisone. And that stuff is soooo bad for you and I know it had alot to do with my 50+lb weight gain.... I will definitely post some of the health questions and vegan questions in specific forums.
 

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Preaching to the choir on the evils of Prednisone... I was burned several years back and had to be on Prednisone for several <i>months</i> when the burns wouldn't heal. Within <b>six months</b> I had gained <b>100 pounds</b>! It has been... ohhh... six years or so since then and I'm still struggling with the weight. My doctors have had me on as low as 800 calories a day while working out two hours a day and I <i>gained</i> weight! They attribute it to the sheer length of time I was on it... taking it orally and topically. I'm not giving up, though. I made some more significant changes to my diet... eliminating soda, eggs, most dairy and dropping my sugar intake (still struggle there... lol)... and I've had a 2 pound weight loss this week alone. It's encouraging after so many years of watching the numbers go up.
 

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Good for you! Any loss is a loss. And yeah, they said that weight gained from prednisone is the hardest to lose, even worse than pregnancy weight! have you tried low carb? or carb alternating (thats when you eat carbs for a day, then none or minimal for two or three. its a cycle)? I know low carb worked great for me but it was a meat and dairy diet and i dont think i tolerate it now at all. Also, I plateaued and havent lost a pound in a good 5months. Not until last week when I gave up all meat and dairy and at just fruit and veggies...
 

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Welcome!<br><br>
I track my nutrition on sparkpeople.com and find it very helpful. After about a month I realized I didn't need to be taking a multivitamin because I was far over the RDA on practically everything just from eating a balanced diet of healthy unprocessed foods. The only things I had to supplement on were calcium, b12 and occasionally E.
 

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That's good to hear. Hope I can get there. Here's my only problem (ya you're gonna think I'm weird!), I don't really like fruit. LOL I will eat bananas and watermelon, cantaloupe. That's about it. I want to eat mainly fruit and veggie, if I just force myself to try fruit and eat it will it grow on me?? Im also limited because with the psoriasis I'm advised to stay away from citrus fruits and all nightshade veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, any kind of pepper, and potatoes)....
 

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That's good to hear. Hope I can get there. Here's my only problem (ya you're gonna think I'm weird!), I don't really like fruit. LOL I will eat bananas and watermelon, cantaloupe. That's about it. I want to eat mainly fruit and veggie, if I just force myself to try fruit and eat it will it grow on me?? Im also limited because with the psoriasis I'm advised to stay away from citrus fruits and all nightshade veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, any kind of pepper, and potatoes)....</div>
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People here have mentioned in the past that their appreciation of fruit increased when they cut back on processed sugar and sugary foods, and that's something I've noticed in myself. I think I build up a tolerance to sugar, so I end up wanting to include more and more over time to get the same effect. If I cut out sugar altogether for a few days then eat something like a banana.... that tastes like the best banana in the world. When I was eating candy and drinking soda pop, my taste buds became acclimated to that level of sugar, so when I did eat fruit, the fruit didn't taste as good because it wasn't as sweet. When I cut back the junk food, my aesthetics started to shift and I could appreciate the subtleties of the sweetness in fruits.<br><br>
So that would be my suggestion. You might try that and see if you have a different appreciation for fruit.
 
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