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<span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Hello all. I'm Cheryl and I'm 43 years old. I originally posted this over in the "Introduce Yourself" thread, not much help over there so I'm trying here. I have been eating low carb for YEARS and have lost alot of weight eating that way, but have 'fallen off the meat wagon' and have gained. I saw the movie, Meet Your Meat, and have been disgusted for awhile, but still haven't given it up.<br><br>
I really have no idea how I should be eating. What is healthy anymore???? Unless I grow it, who knows!<br><br>
Anyhoo, I live in a small, resort town in northern Michigan. Someone started a Get Healthy campaign and wanted people to drink a green smoothie a day for one month. I found it about 1 week before it ended, but I considered it. Then they sponsored a viewing of the Forks Over Knives movie, in which I attended, and now I'm really interested.<br><br>
I really have no idea where to start. Coming from low carb eating, all I know is meat, eggs and cheese! Should I start just by cutting out meat? I feel like I'll gain so much weight if I start eating pasta, bread, etc.<br><br>
I really can't see myself becoming a vegan. I don't think I could go without butter & cheese! And I love my honey, which I don't understand why it's not vegan. My husband wouldn't let it happen either.<br><br>
I picture myself trying to become vegetarian, but then I figure chocolate chip cookies have no meat, so I would eat a ton of them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
What books do I check out?<br>
(I did check out a 30 minute vegan recipe book from the library, made one soup recipe today and loved it!)<br><br>
What recipes should I try?<br>
(I'd like to have your favorite!)<br><br>
Should I just wipe out meat, white flour and sugar?<br>
(I think that's pretty much what I'm doing now)<br><br>
HELP PLEASE? I need to lose weight and be healthy!!! Thanks!</span></span></span>
 

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So you still want to have a low-carb diet?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Reenwad</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3061717"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Hello all. I'm Cheryl and I'm 43 years old. I originally posted this over in the "Introduce Yourself" thread, not much help over there so I'm trying here. I have been eating low carb for YEARS and have lost alot of weight eating that way, but have 'fallen off the meat wagon' and have gained. I saw the movie, Meet Your Meat, and have been disgusted for awhile, but still haven't given it up.</span></span></span></div>
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Well I can certainly see how that would turn you off from meat. It worked for me.<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">I really have no idea how I should be eating. What is healthy anymore???? Unless I grow it, who knows!</span></span></span></div>
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<span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><br><a href="http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=3&tax_subject=358&topic_id=1611&level3_id=5981&level4_id=0&level5_id=0&placement_default=0" target="_blank">USDA:</a><br><i>Most vegetarian diets are low in or devoid of animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.</i><br><i><b>Vegetarian diets can be healthful and nutritionally sound if they’re carefully planned to include essential nutrients.</b></i> However, a vegetarian diet can be unhealthy if it contains too many calories and/or saturated fat and not enough important nutrients.<br><br><br><br><br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Anyhoo, I live in a small, resort town in northern Michigan. Someone started a Get Healthy campaign and wanted people to drink a green smoothie a day for one month. I found it about 1 week before it ended, but I considered it. Then they sponsored a viewing of the Forks Over Knives movie, in which I attended, and now I'm really interested.<br><br>
I really have no idea where to start. Coming from low carb eating, all I know is meat, eggs and cheese! Should I start just by cutting out meat? I feel like I'll gain so much weight if I start eating pasta, bread, etc.</span></span></span></div>
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It depends. Not all pasta and bread are necessarily created equal. Whole grains are more filling and nutritious than white breads for instance. A vegetarian diet is essentially a diet that excludes meat, including fish and poultry. Beyond that there's no criteria. There's a huge variety of vegetarian diets.<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">I really can't see myself becoming a vegan. I don't think I could go without butter & cheese! And I love my honey, which I don't understand why it's not vegan. My husband wouldn't let it happen either.</span></span></span></div>
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Since you choose to bring these things up, I'll give my opinions on each of them just once, but if you wish to discuss vegan ethics or nutrition we have a section for that. 1 - I love butter and cheese too. I eat them all the time. I eat vegan butter and cheese derived from non animal ingredients. It's just as good and better for me. 2 - Honey is an animal derived product, which is simply why it's not vegan. 3 - You are not the property of your husband and can make your own decisions. A shocking notion to be sure, but a truth nonetheless.<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">I picture myself trying to become vegetarian, but then I figure chocolate chip cookies have no meat, so I would eat a ton of them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"></span></span></span></div>
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As I said, a vegetarian diet excludes meat. Different people choose it for different reasons. I'm an ethical one and I have no qualms with eating cookies, but nobody will force you to eat cookies. You can be a vegetarian and choose not to eat sweets if you so choose. That's up to nobody but you.<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">What books do I check out?<br>
(I did check out a 30 minute vegan recipe book from the library, made one soup recipe today and loved it!)</span></span></span></div>
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If you're interested in learning some unbiased and up to date nutrition for plant based diets I'd recommend searching "vegan for life" on Amazon. All the nutritional advice applies to vegetarians by default, since all vegans are vegetarians. Any advice that would help a vegan be healthier applies to a vegetarian as well.<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">What recipes should I try?<br>
(I'd like to have your favorite!)</span></span></span></div>
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Oh, I can't help you there. Taste is entirely subjective. What kinds of foods do you enjoy?<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Should I just wipe out meat, white flour and sugar?<br>
(I think that's pretty much what I'm doing now)</span></span></span></div>
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That would probably be a healthy move for anyone regardless of their goals. Again, it depends on what you're trying to accomplish.<br><br></span></span></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">HELP PLEASE? I need to lose weight and be healthy!!! Thanks!</span></span></span></div>
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<span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><br></span></span></span>I've heard from lots of people that eating a healthy vegetarian diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as legumes, whole grains, healthy oils etc. has helped them lose or maintain their weight. I'm going to be perfectly honest. My weight did not change significantly when I became vegan but I did initially and continue to enjoy a variety of health improvements from complexion and bowel regularity to more bodily stamina and mental processing power overall. I chose it primarily for ethical reasons though, and did not custom tailor my diet to maximize weight loss. I'm sure others here can help you with that, but consider my advice and reasoning as well.
 

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I'd suggest eating a wide variety of raw veggies and fruit either in the form of a green smoothie as you mentioned or whole.
 

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Hey Cheryl, welcome. I am a former low carber myself and I'm 48. I have been a vegetarian since last summer. I can tell you the differences that I have noticed going from a low-carber to a vegetarian.<br><br>
I stopped eating meat for no particular reason. Then started reading about it and discovered that I was doing the right thing for every conceivable reason.<br><br>
When I went vegetarian my whole body started working better. I felt better and no more low carb constipation. I'm pretty sure low carbing was killing me, your mileage may vary.<br><br>
As a vegetarian I find that I have a larger range of flavors, colors and textures in my meals. Since it's the holidays I'm consuming more sugar than I would normally. I have gained a copule of pounds I think. But, as a vegetarian they wont be hard to lose. I usually eat little to no sugar. But.. it's the ho ho frikken holidays. Being a vegetarian may require a little more discipline than most people are accustomed to. Unless..you consider the impacts of meat consumption, which is what I do.<br><br>
Here's a good video from Cornell University on animal protein and cancer:<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfsT-qYeqGM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfsT-qYeqGM</a><br><br>
Point here is that eating meat is not great for you. Eating lots of meat is dangerous at best.<br><br>
Then, there is the impact on the planet..<br><br>
I sort of lean towards the starch based diet. My job requires that I walk several miles a day and this diet gives me energy. Plus, I love rice and potatoes. If I tried to live off of lettuce I'd be one pissed off sucker. Here's a review of the starch based diet:<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PgBL8f87FE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PgBL8f87FE</a><br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOWSc8VvOl4&feature=relmfu" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOWSc...feature=relmfu</a><br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPD-7Wvi1OM&feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPD-7...eature=related</a><br><br>
I think you will find that keeping it simple is the way to go. I just don't eat anything from a slaughter house. No animals have died to feed me since last summer.<br><br>
The traps for me are that, normally I eat very little sugar and very little cheese and no eggs. With that diet I stay at a weight I like. But, lately I have been going to parties and eating too much sugar. My belt is still in the same hole but, it's starting to feel tight. As soon as the Christmas parties are over I'm dumping the sugar out of my diet for a while.<br><br>
My average work day looks something like:<br><br>
Breakfast: Coffee, oatmeal with fruit.<br>
Lunch: Subway veggie delite or veggie patty.<br>
3pm snack: fiber bar.<br>
Dinner: Mexican vegetable fajitas or, any number of things. I'll make enough mashed potatoes for a couple of meals and eat those with a couple of veggies, etc..<br><br>
From experience I can tell you that Chinese restaurants are not your friend. If you like Asian food try Thai or Vietnamese. Indian food can be real vegetarian friendly. Greek food is wonderful. Italian is pretty decent. Cafeterias are pretty awesome. At this point you're starting to figure out that my cooking abilities are lacking. I can make great mashed potatoes and stir fry. I'm trying new things to cook. My next project is learning to make Thai/Vietnamese fresh salad rolls with tofu.<br><br>
I think I burned myself out on meat. I used "low carb" as an excuse to pretend that I was eating healthy for a lot of years. It turned out to be bull crap. The human body processes carbs real easy. When you pee and exhale you're getting rid of the trash. The human brain runs off of sugar. When low carbing your brain ends up surviving on ketones (alcohol). The animal proteins and fats don't pass from your system as easy as carbs. Plants don't have a circulatory system so if there is a rotten spot on an apple and you cut it out you don't get any of that. If a cow has cancer, or an infection, or an illness, you get some. I think in the long haul the evidence will show that low carbing was a bad idea.<br><br>
Lastly, not to sound like a conspiracy theorist but, the evidence is clear that big food industry tells the WHO (World Health Organization) and the FDA what they will say as to how people should eat. So, you really have to do your own research on that issue. Under my normal eating style I feel detoxed, energized, and at peace with the world. I have been eating too much sweets lately and I can feel it. I don't have as much energy as I usually do. But, in a day or two of eating as I should I'll be back on my game.<br><br>
As I said, I'm 48. I have eaten more than my fair share of meat. I'm a vegetarian for the rest of my life. It's not difficult. I like it better. I feel better. I have more control over how I feel and my waste line. I don't take the fear and suffering into my body. I can't think of a single reason why I would eat meat again. Plus, I like the puzzled look I get from people who don't get it.
 

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maybe you should try a flexatarian diet first... i started by eating fishor chicken 2 times a week
 

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my typical day is :<br><br>
B:<br>
oatmeal or fiber one ( orignal) with light soymilk<br>
fruit salad<br>
morningstar " bacon"<br><br>
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protein shake<br>
apple<br><br><br>
lunch :<br>
lentil or blk bean soup<br>
side salad<br>
grapes<br><br>
snack :<br>
popcorn<br><br>
dinner :<br>
bean burrito ( tomatos, onion, raw spinach ) on a low carb tortilla<br>
spanish rice with lemon juice squeezed on top
 

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Welcome, from another Michigander <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I used to follow the primal diet, which meant I pretty much lived off of meat and eggs. When I became a vegetarian a few months ago, one of the hardest things for me was to actually allow myself to eat pasta again lol. I do try and limit my pasta dishes to 2-3 times a week, and I always serve it with a marinade sauce loaded with fresh veggies. I still eat lots of eggs and I make them up in many different ways to keep things interesting. Since becoming a vegetarian I've fallen in love with beans. These things are nutritious and very versatile. I usually eat beans in one form or another every day. I also eat quite a bit of rice now too. And of course lots of veggies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have lost about 2lbs since become a vegetarian, so no weight gain from transitioning from a low carb diet to a vegetarian.<br><br>
I became a vegetarian for health reasons-I highly recommend reading The China Study, by T. Collin Campbell.
 

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Welcome!<br><br>
There are many advantages to going low-carb and it doesn't have to mean doing the Atkins diet. I am a low-carb vegetarian following the basic principles of the South Beach diet plan, which is very accessible to vegetarians, and I have been doing very well on it.<br><br>
Wishing you much success!<br><br>
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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>Wow, thank you everyone! Great to hear so many opinions!</span></span><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>I realize it's animal derived, but you're not eating the animal. I guess fruit is animal derived since bees/birds/wasps pollinate the flowers that become the fruit?? Not being a smart ass, just asking</span></span>.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Wow, I never thought about doing low-carb vegetarian. I think about my low-carb diet, then think about taking the meat out of it, and there really isn't much left.</span></span><br><br><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>Thanks for the help and encouragement everyone!<br>
Wondering how this holiday weekend is gonna go while spending it at my brothers house.<br>
Hope you all enjoy the holidays! Peace!</span></span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Reenwad</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3063365"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>Wow, thank you everyone! Great to hear so many opinions!</span></span><br><br><span><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Did not realize that. I hate counting calories!</span></span><br><br><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>I realize it's animal derived, but you're not eating the animal. I guess fruit is animal derived since bees/birds/wasps pollinate the flowers that become the fruit?? Not being a smart ass, just asking</span></span>.<br><br><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>Um, yes. Me too! As well as bread. I have bought the organic whole grain sprouted wheat bread. Still haven't haven't had pasta, but did make a bad ass spaghetti squash last night!</span></span><br><br><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span><br>
Wow, I never thought about doing low-carb vegetarian. I think about my low-carb diet, then think about taking the meat out of it, and there really isn't much left.</span></span><br><br><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>Thanks for the help and encouragement everyone!<br>
Wondering how this holiday weekend is gonna go while spending it at my brothers house.<br>
Hope you all enjoy the holidays! Peace!</span></span></div>
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If someone lives on cookies and chips as a vegetarian, of course they aren't going to get skinny. You know what the fattening things are, no need to count calories.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> To lose weight as a vegetarian, cut down on fats, sugar, and white flour, cut out meat including fish of course, watch what you are drinking.<br><br>
Honey is not vegan because people get paid to keep the bees and move them from field to field to pollinate crops. Then they steal the honey and sell that, too. Bees may be tiny, but they are complex animals who are exploited by man. And they can dance!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
@falconbrother, great post.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Reenwad</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3063365"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>I realize it's animal derived, but you're not eating the animal. I guess fruit is animal derived since bees/birds/wasps pollinate the flowers that become the fruit?? Not being a smart ass, just asking</span></span>.</div>
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why honey isn't vegan<br><a href="http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm</a><br><br>
i lost a few pounds when i when vegetarian and a pretty substantial amount of weight when i went vegan. so yes it can be done. but i really didn't eat very healthy at all before tho lol. as for recipes there's a ton of amazing vegetarian and vegan cookbooks out there.
 

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I have been eating too much junk this holiday season. It's bloody easy to do. People bring junk, we cook junk, and there are the parties.. We are going to stay with parents this Christmas. My wife's parents are very good about going vegetarian when we are around. They tend to eat pretty healthy anyway. Plus, we are bringing lots of vegan food stuff.<br><br>
My family is another issue. We will have an extended family Christmas thing in a few days. My uncle will bring a half ton of pork BBQ and get mad when I refuse to eat it. My aunt will have a couple of meats and give me "that look". There wont be much in the way of vegan foods unless we bring them. They may have some potato salad and baked beans, maybe.. The beans with have a chunk of pig in it the size of your fist. Oh, there will be some big bags of chips "Whoopie".<br><br>
Then, we will go to my brothers house where he will order delivery pizza. I'm sure there will be a meat lovers pizza there. (Oh my aching colon)<br><br>
I will definitely bring my own chow.
 

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I have been eating too much junk this holiday season. It's bloody easy to do. People bring junk, we cook junk, and there are the parties.</div>
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You're telling me! And lots more people I know are eating less animal products, so so much of the yummy food was vegan, therefore I had to eat it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> Plus I had champagne.<br><br>
I'm eating mostly fruit and rice for a couple of days to calm my stomach down. I love macintosh apples so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I really can't see myself becoming a vegan. I don't think I could go without butter & cheese! And I love my honey, which I don't understand why it's not vegan. My husband wouldn't let it happen either.<br><br>
I picture myself trying to become vegetarian, but then I figure chocolate chip cookies have no meat, so I would eat a ton of them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
What books do I check out?<br>
(I did check out a 30 minute vegan recipe book from the library, made one soup recipe today and loved it!)<br><br>
What recipes should I try?<br>
(I'd like to have your favorite!)<br><br>
Should I just wipe out meat, white flour and sugar?<br>
(I think that's pretty much what I'm doing now)<br><br>
HELP PLEASE? I need to lose weight and be healthy!!! Thanks!</span></span></span></div>
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Hi Cheryl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I would start with a couple books. Eat to Live and/or the 21 day vegan kickstart.<br><br>
Those are excellent starting points. If you use facebook, the 21 day vegan kickstart has a group of people doing it together. They provide meal plans and recipes and support.<br><br>
You can also check out the PCRM website for info on nutrition.<br><br>
Butter and Cheese won't help you be healthy... or skinny. There are vegan alternatives. Earth Balance is BETTER than butter...<br><br>
To be honest, though, there is no vegan cheese better than cheese. Cheese IS awesome. But it's also cruel and unhealthy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><a href="http://adaptt.org/shopping.html" target="_blank">http://adaptt.org/shopping.html</a><br><br>
This site has some great info and replacement recommendations.<br><br>
Honey is not vegan because it is bee vomit. So it's an animal product.<br><br>
Is this helpful?<br><br><br>
Green smoothies are delicious (a big bunch of spinach, some almond or coconut or rice or soy milk and a bunch of frozen fruit... blend and voila, breakfast!).<br><br>
There are tons of delicious vegan recipes out there! Especially in those two books I mentioned <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>svzee</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3062928"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
I became a vegetarian for health reasons-I highly recommend reading The China Study, by T. Collin Campbell.</div>
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YES. This is why I started.<br><br>
I lost 7 lbs my first week. I eat lots of pasta and potatoes... but I also eat lots of broccoli and brussel sprouts and peppers etc.<br><br>
I've made it a point to try a new veg each week. I'm using spices I've NEVER used before.<br><br>
(It's shocking how my diet has gotten so varied by "limiting" myself to no animal products!)
 
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