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10/25/20 4:28 A

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Hi, technically I'm also overweight (my BMI right now is 25.2 and I'm within 4 lbs of my top healthy weight.)

At my highest back in 2006 I was 1 lb into obese. Took me about 7 months to get my healthy range and I wasn't vegan then (mostly vegetarian I was).

I carry my weight well though - I dance so I do have muscles (which aren't really shown in the dang BMI anyway).

Also, losing weight as a vegan has been slow for me. I've lost 19 lbs within a year! I was at my lowest this year in Feb right before the damn lockdown was imposed. And I've gained some (thankfully not a lot but still). I'm within 6 lbs of that low weight.

When i was heavier as a vegan I would get weird looks and / or comments like "so you switched b/c you want to lose weight". No, I switched b/c of many things including b/c I am sensitive to casein (that's the protein in dairy) and I get hives from eggs . Plus I never liked meat (gave it up when I was 18).

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4/30/16 2:40 P

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Thanks Shivamoon! Oahu? No kidding ... you are the second sparker I've come across on Oahu.

Yes, the Big Island is my home now ... I lived in Maui for a few years ... and in Honolulu once decades ago for a short 6 months. Originally from Texas ... so I guess moving to the islands the 'third time' was the charm!

Aloha...dj

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Whole-foods, Plant-based, No Sugar/Flour/Snacks, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported - that's the plan!

"...casting all your cares on Him, for He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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4/30/16 3:33 A

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You're taking good care of yourself, DJB! Proud of you.

Hey, are you on the Big Island? I'm on Oahu.
Aloha

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4/29/16 1:14 P

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Thanks Shivamoon! I have 'time' set aside tomorrow to watch some links online so thanks for this additional one.

I love cooking w/o oils ... using my 'green pan' makes it easy. I even, sometimes, cook some of my husband's food this way w/o telling him - ha! He is no where close to vegan eating in any shape, form or fashion. But that's okay ... we can only 'change' ourselves!

I'm careful right now with the nuts and seeds ... if I eat any at all it's just pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds but I go weeks without using any ... nuts are too 'tempting' for me to go crazy on right now.

Avocados rarely come into my house as well ... right now.

These are things I want to add back in to my food choices - after I've lost more weight and after I feel I can eat 'properly' and not binge on them.

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
Whole-foods, Plant-based, No Sugar/Flour/Snacks, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported - that's the plan!

"...casting all your cares on Him, for He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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4/29/16 3:30 A

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Hi DJBTOO,
You're welcome for the link.

Bravo on your weight loss. In 2009 I became vegan and eliminated all oils (easiest to do when cooking at home!) and when I got to where I wanted to be weight-wise I added in foods that had fat as part of their make-up, like nuts, seeds, and avocados. I still avoid oils as they are just pure fat and the real health aspects of food come from the whole food. Even with things like nuts, seeds, and avocados it was important for me to keep a rein on it. When I snacked on nuts (which means it became mindless) my weight would start to creep up. If I crumbled up a few nuts on top of a salad, or had some ground up flax seed in a recipe, it was no problem. It's a learning process though and you will learn what you can do.

Here's a really interesting video by Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD. She trained as a veterinarian but her passion is genetics and she just happens to be an identical twin. She became vegan when her sister continued to eat chicken and fish. Through this she learned a great deal about what diet can do. The video gives a small snapshot.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xskn
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4/28/16 1:17 P

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Shivamoon - Thanks for the link for "Chef AJ's Talk" ... I'll watch that a bit later today. I'm interested.

A thought occurred to me ... and I was wondering ... I think 'most' of us were obese when we changed to being vegan ... or, has anybody become obese SINCE eating vegan?

Without having watched Chef AJ's talk yet I have found I can lose weight steadily if I go McDougall's way ... little to no oils, added sugar, etc. WHEN I get to my goal weight and maintain for a substantial amount of time I'd like to add some healthy oils back in now and then. I've never been concerned about getting enough protein ... I calculated it at first and I get plenty.

Have a good day ... dj


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Whole-foods, Plant-based, No Sugar/Flour/Snacks, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported - that's the plan!

"...casting all your cares on Him, for He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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4/28/16 6:48 A

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Hi SnowYoga,
I gave resources to answer your protein question in my reply to your latest post in "Chef AJ's talk ...".

I also posted the same resource links in a sticky post in the Vegan Nutrition Resources Forum (click on 'Team: Vegan Fitness and Nutrition' above and it will take you to the different forums), so that post will be at the top in that forum and easy to find. If you want any help or hints, please private message me. I'm sending you a message now and you can reply if you're interested.

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4/28/16 1:04 A

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Hay sounds like I am in the same boat I need to lose 100 + And I love Chef AJ and a lot of others, but I still don't know how to lose and stay healthy It seems like a lot of vegans don't count calories, but I find that I have to have a play and stay focused or I can't do emoticon and something else how/were does she get her proteins? Thought you might like to see this new youtube too It was really good!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mADxtiCCX
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4/26/16 11:47 P

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You're not the only one! I've been vegan for ten years, and I'm still over 250lbs!

For me, veganism was a decision I made to help the planet and be more compassionate towards my fellow beings- it wasn't about health or weight loss.

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4/22/16 3:11 A

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It is a process!

I'm going to post Chef AJ's talk as a separate thread. I hope people will listen to it. She really opens herself up here, in a way I've never seen her do before. She tells the story of her process; weight loss on a vegan diet. If you don't want to look for the new post, I'll put her link here again (the same link as listed below.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyR1OcQynfQ

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4/21/16 10:26 A

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I've been vegan since about mid-February. I need to lose about 100 pounds. I've been tweaking my diet for a long time. I started with giving up wheat flour for let around three years ago, which led me to a Whole 30 (where I lost 26 pounds in a month), to paleo, to pescatarian to vegan to low-fat vegan. I am also currently replacing my breakfast with veggie/fruit juice. I'm surprised that it lasts me until lunch.

Now if I can just get on board with exercising!

This has truly been a process.

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4/20/16 9:46 P

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Great Topic!

I've been away from the website for a while ... recently returned. I haven't posted here in a LONG TIME.

I have struggled with my weight all my life and going 'vegan' was an extreme measure for me to take but did so when diagnosed with severe hypertension and it was 'suggested' by a very nice doctor who I will never be able to thank enough. My blood pressure started coming down almost instantly and is now normal without any meds. There have been so many other physical health issues clear up/disappear/improve it's amazed me. But my weight? Well, I've lost 33 lbs. (forever I hope) and the past few months playing around with 10-15 ... the same 10-15 ... lose/regain ... but only WHEN I go 'off plan' and eat too many non-vegan foods.

There are a lot of foods that fall into the 'vegan' category that if I overeat - or at this point - even eat my weightloss will respond very slowly or not at all.

I have found McDougall to be very helpful ... Ayurveda to understand the body/digestion/etc., and I try to keep things fairly plain and simple food-wise until I lose all my weight and then I can be more adventurous in the vegan world.

For me eating with no added oils, sugars (all kinds), and eating whole grains when I do eat grains is working.

Also getting a handle on the other side of eating ... WHY I eat and when. I recently found two groups here that is helping with that ... some of you may want to check us out as well ... the No S Diet and 100 Days to Weightloss ... neither of these is a diet per se ... but tools to use with any diet plan.

Here's wishing us all (ha!) a successful journey to becoming - not a skinny vegan - but a healthy weight 'for us' vegan!

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
Whole-foods, Plant-based, No Sugar/Flour/Snacks, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported - that's the plan!

"...casting all your cares on Him, for He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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4/20/16 7:52 P

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emoticon emoticon June - That is a beautiful picture of you. There are great resources on here and different groups on Sparks including the Eat to Live group for people following the vegan eating plan by Dr. Fuhrman.

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I am 253 lbs. I recently adopted the vegan lifestyle. So far I really enjoy it. I hope you will friend me and we can get healthy together.


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You're so welcome, Snowyoga. I love that Chef AJ is part of this team.

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4/13/16 12:04 A

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SHIVAMOON I love chef AJ Thank you I have never seen this (I am not great on the online) But I have the audio book of Skinny Bitch and I love it I learned so much, and I did cry during it. But I again am really glad that I got to see this,(I haven't watched it yet, but I am going to now emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/6/16 2:26 P

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Hey Journey:

I so hear you and am really glad you started this thread! Nope. You are not the only large vegan by a long shot. It does seem that the media and American cultural image of vegans is that we are all skinny, white, hippies -- and that's a sad misconception (especially regarding people of color.)

I feel sometimes "less" of a vegan or ashamed because I am not the picture of perfect health or vitality. I've wondered if I do harm for the cause of animal welfare just because I'm a large person. Ugh.

But I am *much* healthier after 2+ years living cruelty-free. I am a bit thinner, and have more energy. I think (hope) people see me that way. All of us have a right to be vegan!

The owner of Portland's Scapegoat Tattoo is a large (and powerful) vegan. There's Fat Vegan on Twitter. And What Fat Vegans Eat on Facebook!

Wherever we are on the path, let's support each other and be thankful that our numbers are increasing. Vegan diversity is a *good* thing.

(And remember, we all want to be healthy but that does not mean we all want to be skinny!)

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4/6/16 3:48 A

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Here it is as a link.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyR1O
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And Chef AJ has a great story. Hope you'll check out her link.

Thank you for this very touching and heartfelt lecture, Chef AJ

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4/6/16 2:02 A

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I was a fat vegan for over 50 years and turned it around. Here is my story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyR1OcQy
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4/5/16 9:54 P

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Nup. You are not alone. I am overweight by 150 pounds. I struggle everyday with similar issues. People always comment on how healthy I eat in front of them and cant understand why I am so obese. I just eat too much and love food. I have trouble understanding how they can eat so little and not suffer from terrible hunger pangs and fainting!
So I guess we all misunderstand people to a certain point.
Try to ignore their lack of understanding and be proud you save many animals lives each year. Focus on what you have control over. Need to talk then inbox me anytime. Have a great day!

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You are definitely not the only one. I have not been following a vegan diet as long as you. I'm following the Eat to Live plan specifically for weight and health issues.

I have about 60 pounds to lose just to get down the mid of my optimum weight range. Doing this vegan plan is the only thing that has really helped me. But I can see how just being vegan does not automatically mean you would be thin. There are lots of high carb options and those would really pack on the pounds if I used them.

Another good group you might consider is the Eat to Live group. Even if you don't think you would ever follow that plan, there are a lot of people eating vegan and working to lose weight. The tips for recipes and finding nutritious options might help. emoticon

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how long have you been vegan. Do you eat a lot of grains and pastas that can put on weight and keep you from losing it. LeAVE GRAINS ALONE TIll you lose the weight then eat them sparringly if your diet is primarily fruits and veggies and you can't lose weight see your DR it could be a thyroid problem good luck

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Am I seriously the only over weight vegan in this group? I already feel left out with being 30, vegan, and over 100lbs over weight. Having people look at me like I have eight heads when I tell them I am vegan is bad enough.. it's almost like, they don't believe me because I am over weight. I was hoping to find someone similar to me here...

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