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8/24/17 10:05 A

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Hi Everyone!

Nothing spectacular to report today, other than that the air is much cleaner. We've been breathing smoke from forest fires for several days.

Rosemary: DH and I used to buy oysters every time we went to the beach. The only time I thought about them while we were on our trip was whenever we passed the place we used to buy them. I love oysters, but I don't miss them at all. I don't miss any of the foods I used to eat. This is really surprising to me. I thought it would be a whole lot more difficult to be vegan than it is.

Shaking: We put a cooler in the van and I loaded it with baked beans that I made ahead and potato salad that I made from a recipe using tofu and lemon juice etc. to replace the mayo. I also had some Morningstar Farms products (breakfast sausage, burgers and hot dogs). I try to avoid those as a general rule, but I had bought some when my husband agreed to try being vegan for 3 weeks, so I thought it would be a good time to use them up. I didn't have to do any cooking on our trips. Usually we take a generator and hotplates and I cook everything almost like home, but this time I didn't cook at all. It was nice not having to cook, but by day three I was getting tired of the same old stuff every day, and I really missed the vegetables. I had taken some tomatoes from the garden, and we had bananas and grapes, so I wasn't totally deprived of fresh produce, but next time we take a trip I'd rather cook on the road.

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8/24/17 10:02 A

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Buffalo wing cauliflower sounds amazing. (Is there such a thing as vegan bleu cheese dressing??)

Busy day for me, so I've had to plan, plan, plan. When I'm running around, it's easy for me to reach for some kind of gross convenience food (like fries... god, I love fries...) and get off my groove. I'm trying to get away from counting calories, but I'm still logging my food because it does help me with the planning bit. In the morning, if I take the time to enter all the food I planned for the day, I tend to be less tempted later; if it's not on the day's plan, it doesn't make it into my stomach.

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8/24/17 4:53 A

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Still on track. Trying to take one meal at a time and not worry about what I am eating tomorrow. Made some vegetable soup yesterday and some buffalo wing cauliflower. Working today and tomorrow. I have noticed that I have not been feeling the need to snack. Usually in the afternoon I would feel hungry but so far not so much.

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8/23/17 11:41 A

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Rosemary, that's awesome - so cool that your hubby's going to help out! Congratulations on a successful Day 2 - keep that streak going!

Veronica - great will and dedication to stay on track during vacation! Did you have any resources to assist you, like lists of vegan-friendly restaurants, etc.?


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8/23/17 7:40 A

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Day 2 went well. Worked 12hrs and had a big salad for dinner. I'm off today and will be doing some batch cooking. Planning ahead is my key to success.

I talked to my husband before starting my challenge. I informed him I would be really focused on my eating for the next several weeks. He will be doing his and son's cooking. Now I have no excuses for not being successful. I need to find some good recipes now.

Veronica that is awesome that you were able to stick to your plan while on vacation. I just got back from the beach this weekend. I would have been able to stay on plan but would have been very tempted by the delicious seafood.

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8/22/17 1:41 P

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Hi Everyone!

I'm back from my trips and now know it is possible to remain vegan even away from home. I'm looking forward to being home for a few days so I can try some new recipes. This is day 48 for me, and I'm feeling quite a bit healthier, but after almost 70 years of not being vegan I think it may take some time before I feel the full effects. Can't wait!

Hello and welcome to the new team members!

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8/22/17 12:36 P

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Congratulations on Day 1!

Living with others who are not eating the same way you do is a huge challenge, especially if you have to spend your time and energy creating two sets of meals every day. It's kind of exhausting. Do you think your husband would be willing to help make the foods that he and your son eat? Might help ease some of the burden on you.

Making batches of food ahead of time is a great idea... especially if you can portion it out and then freeze it so you can grab-and-go.

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8/22/17 6:01 A

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I've done similar challenges in the past and maintained for a while. The biggest challenge for me is that while I have no problem with what I am eating, I am also cooking for my husband and son. I definitely need to plan and make some foods ahead such as soups and things like ratatouille.

Day one went ok. Working today and have my lunch packed.


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8/21/17 10:22 A

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Hi, Rosemary! Welcome to the team!

Congratulations for taking the first steps towards your goals. Sometimes, that's the hardest part. Reaching out for support from a community is a smart strategy.

Have you ever done anything like this before? What are your past experiences? And what do you think your biggest challenges will be as you start your six-week change? What will be the easiest parts? (Sometimes, it's good to remind yourself of the things you know you've got under control!)

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Hello everyone. Starting a six week challenge today. Need to detox and develop better habits. Will be following Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live Program. I'm excited to get on track. I've been half-heartedly trying to make lifestyle changes and now is the time to do it! You all sound like you're doing well. I hope to learn some things from you all.

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8/18/17 9:38 A

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Good morning! I'm on Day 5 of being vegan, and I am really stunned at the difference in how I feel - both physically and emotionally. I might have even lost a little weight..? (I'm still kind of scared to step on that scale.)

Today is Fiesta Friday in the office - taco bar! I guess my tacos will be "naked," but honestly, I'm really, really okay with that. I think a soft taco shell filled with lettuce, tomatoes, pico, and guac sounds kind of refreshing!

Have a brilliant day, everyone!

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8/17/17 11:33 A

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Hi, Jo... I see you knit. I, too, knit. :) Good on you for getting back on track. We can't control what life slings at us, but we can control how we deal with it and mitigate the effects. You've got this. :)

Chickpea flour crepes sound AMAZING. Please post your recipe if you try it. What a great way to get extra protein!

Homemade hummus is breeze-easy to make and, for my money, tastier and better bang for the buck if my spices happen to be well-stocked (they currently are, LOL). I like it as a sandwich spread as well as a dip... and I like mine with a little dash of cayenne in it. Zing!

Have a great day, everyone... nearly Friday, woo hoo!

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8/17/17 10:22 A

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Hellow again!

I have been a bit off the plan lately due to life getting out of control. Hit a bit of a weight plateau, but managed to lose a pound so far this week.

Shaking, congrats on the lifestyle changes, I looked at your sparkpage and you've got a lot in motion. I am in a similar place after the death of my mom in May, it's time for me to focus on myself.


As for feeling better, I can agree--the last few days have been nonvegan for me due to other commitments and not being focused on my grocery shopping and menu planning. And I have to say I FEEL TERRIBLE TODAY! Take my word for it and don't fall off the veganwagon.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not all the way vegan....I need some dairy: one serving of yogurt in the morning for some probiotics, and some dairy in my coffee. I don't like the other options for coffee lightening. Too expensive, and not pleasing my tastebuds. I wish I could get past it!


Chickpea flour can also be used as an egg substitute. I buy my chickpeas dry and cook them. I also keep some bush's vegetarian beans in the pantry for days when I don't have my act together, I can get a few meals out of a small can, with some sauteed greens on the side.

I should make homemade hummus, I usually buy it at Aldi's. I keep a big bag of roasted chickpeas with sea salt (Costco) for snacking. I want to try to make Socca, which is a chickpea flour crepe from Europe. I better make some kitchen time in my day soon.

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8/16/17 4:53 P

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Day 3 of vegan diet... and it isn't NEARLY as hard as the naysayers in my life have made it sound. Should have done this years ago! Already I feel different.

When I get home tonight, after I get done mowing the lawn and practicing, I'm going to make myself a giant batch of homemade hummus. It's one of my favorite things, and homemade is best.

BUT - did you know... aquafaba (that liquid in a can of chickpeas) can be used as a VEGAN EGG SUBSTITUTE?? You guys probably did, because you're all pros at this... but pardon me while I GEEK OUT!! emoticon

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Cool, right???

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8/15/17 11:13 P

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Hello!

DH and I are going on a couple of mini-trips, leaving tomorrow. First few days at the beach, then to somewhere where we can view the eclipse. We'll be back sometime on Monday. Probably.

I made a whole bunch of vegan food to take with me. I can't stand the thought of being forced to eat something involving animal products, so I made up a batch of vegan potato salad and some baked beans. Also have some hummus and some nut bars. I think I'll survive.

Have a happy, healthy week.

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8/14/17 5:41 A

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Hi Everyone!

This is day 40 for me, and I'm still managing to stay on track. I'm having fun trying new recipes but it all takes so much time. Yesterday I tried a recipe for potato salad using tofu and a recipe for baked beans. I try the recipe just the way the book says the first time, then make my own adjustments for the second try. The potato salad was pretty good but the beans were way too vinegary. DH agreed. He's good about trying what I make, although he added hot dogs to his plate.

Have a happy, healthy Monday.

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8/12/17 5:37 P

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I am learning it is those small changes that end up making the biggest difference.

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8/11/17 4:56 A

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I definitely do better when I plan and meal prep. I have times when I fall off plan. I'm trying to not beat myself up. I'm moving in the right direction.

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8/10/17 11:06 A

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I am realizing I tend to eat at animal products when I am too tired or overwhelmed to cook a vegan meal. I try to keep quick options on hand, but that is not always possible.
I have started planning my meals, which helps. Every morning (or the night before), I look at what's in my kitchen and plan my menu for the day based on what's available. Doing that helps reduce overeating or eating animal products.

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8/10/17 10:42 A

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NEW_ME, I am not going totally vegan, I have some dairy every day:
Milk in my coffee and at least one serving of yogurt for the probiotics, which help me fully digest all the fiber I eat.

If life gets too crazy, I have some lean cuisine meals with chicken in case I haven't cooked anything vegan, but as I am getting new recipes under my belt, I do that less and less.

I just tell myself that eating less animal flesh is a step in the right direction for me and the rest of the world.

My energy level has gotten much higher, I am actually getting things done around the house.

My old clothes are starting to fit again, and I lost 1.2 pounds so far this week.

I've added cardio to my routine in the last week, about an hour on the exercise bike. I have not been good about logging all my food though, I need to get back on top of that.

And I cheated and had a few crackers yesterday, but it's nothing like my binges in the old days!

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8/9/17 10:19 A

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34 days is emoticon The last few days have not been very good. I ate meat and dairy. I'm not beating myself up. Today is a new day and I am back on track. emoticon

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8/8/17 7:16 P

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Hi everyone.

Day 34 as a vegan and I'm still trying new recipes. Disappointed to report no weight loss but I'm not giving up because that wasn't the main reason I gave up animal-based foods. I just want to be healthy and avoid the heart attacks, diabetes etc.

Have a great day!

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8/6/17 5:46 A

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No worries, made some tasty chickpea fritters, had a very filling sandwich on sprouted grain bread, tossed more marinated chickpeas on my salad, and lost that extra pound and then some, for a loss of 1.6 pounds so far this week. Did an hour on the recumbent bike instead of my long walk.

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8/6/17 4:50 A

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emoticon all you beautiful people! Remember each day is a new day. A new day to start over. A new day to continue working on improving your health. I hope today is a good day for all of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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8/5/17 8:10 P

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Hi Jo

Sorry you fell off the wagon. Hope you aren't too bruised. Chickpeas sound good. They're so versatile.

I'm on day 31, and so far, so good. It's a little more complicated now that my husband is back to eating dead, decaying flesh and coagulated cow pus. (I quote from "What the Health") I'm really enjoying the food. I thought it might get boring but it's delicious and challenging.

Have a great day!

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8/4/17 11:28 A

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Fell off the wagon a bit this week, the challenge of cooking for ME and cooking for THEM is wearing me out! So we ordered takeout and I got vegetable pad thai, which I ate too much of, and I gained back a pound. Back on the wagon now, just bought more greens (baby spinach, baby arugula, and power blend) and am cooking a batch of chickpeas in my little crockpot. (I really hate canned legumes, they just seem so.....slimy to me. Would rather buy them dried in a bag and slow cook a batch.
Heading to the library to return books after lunch, will look for more cookbooks.

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8/3/17 8:32 P

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Hello Ladies

Today I tried a new recipe from the naughty cookbook and it turned out really well. My husband liked it, too. I'll try another one tomorrow.

New Me: Enjoy your staycation. I hope you have lots of fun and get lots of rest.

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Hello all you beautiful people! emoticon I hope everyone has a great day. I'm off today, but have a busy day planned. And next week I start my stay-cation. I am going to enjoy a week of not working.

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8/3/17 12:03 A

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Hello vegan sisters

I got a vegan cookbook from the library today. It's called Thug Kitchen. The language is absolutely dreadful, but the recipes are awesome. Dying to try some of them.

New Me: I'm not going to worry too much about what my husband eats. I plan to make delectable vegan meals and share them with him. If he wants to add meat to the meal, that's okay, too. Hopefully he'll like the vegan stuff enough to at least cut down on his meat intake.

Joanne: The lentil loaf sounds delicious. I used to make lentil loaf when I was vegetarian many moons ago. I'll have to give it another shot sometime soon.

Have an awesome day!

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Veronica -- maybe your husband will start eating less meat over time. I am trying to eat vegan all the time, but sometimes I do eat meat. I do not best myself up over it. But I know I feel better when I eat better, which means less animal products.


JOKNITS -- I've never had lentil loaf. I tried to make lentils once, years ago. It did not turn out very well.


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Made a lentil loaf on Sunday, it's very tasty and filling. I felt like I ate a huge dinner last night of lentil loaf, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Took a piece and made a sandwich to take to my quilting bee today, and it filled me up for the afternoon. I snacked lightly on hummus, crackers and a clementine when I got home.

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7/31/17 11:57 A

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Today is day 26 for me. My husband started four days later with the promise to try it for 21 days. Yesterday was his last day, so today he ate a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast. I'm proud of him for sticking with it for the whole 21, but I wish he could stay with it for a while longer so he can really feel the benefits of a healthier diet. However, he's an adult, so he gets to make his own decisions. My decision is to be vegan for the rest of my life, which I'm sure will be a lot longer than if I had continued to eat meat.

Have a happy, healthy day!



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Thanks for the condolences! My mom will always be a part of me. She was a beautiful lady, never had a weight problem, had a desk job, and never exercised!

I had a meat and egg free day today, just a bit of dairy. I made a great sweet potato hash for dinner and drank my salad in a smoothie. The hash was a sautee of diced sweet potatoes, onions, ginger root, apple, craisins, walnuts. Added some orange juice, cinnamon, fresh ground nutmeg, cumin and a dash of chipotle powder for some kick. It could have used salt, but I figured I would tough it out without the salt. I have two more portions put away for an easy reheatable meat free dinner the next few days. I also have some curried peas over red quinoa stashed in the freezer, so that's three nights I don't have to worry about my own menu. My smoothie had fresh parsley, arugula, kale, ginger root and orange juice.

Parsley is very healthy and detoxing, I need to stop thinking of it as a garnish.

I put away more of the stuff from mom's house, now I am down to just dealing with the photographs. My plan is to scan and upload most of the older ones, and tell the rest of the family where to find them, then pitch the originals. It will still be hard to throw them away though.



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7/28/17 9:06 A

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Good morning, vegan Spark friends.

Joanne - so sorry to hear about your mom. It's not easy to stay on track when you're feeling devastated by such a loss. Sounds like you're doing the best you can under such trying circumstances. Sending hugs and positive thoughts your way!

New Me - I rarely used cookbooks before I became vegan, but this is all so new to me (plus, I'm trying to make it tasty for my husband) that I've been going through lots of cookbooks trying to find stuff that is appealing. Also, looking for recipes for vegan cheese. I don't mind pizza without the cheese, but DH is a died in the wool cheese-aholic, and the vegan cheese in the stores can get very expensive.

Have a happy, healthy day everyone!

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Veronica -- I have found that my eating is always more creative when I eat vegan. I also find that I have a lot more energy and I feel better, mentally and physically.
I don't use any cookbooks. I either create my own dishes or find recipes online.



JOKNITS -- First, my condolences on the passing of your mom. I know how hard it is to stay in track when life is busy and hectic. I try to carry snacks with me to help. Sometimes I forget and and end up at the drive-they as well.

Things have been going well for me. I've been working less hours which allows me to be more awake when I'm preparing my meals. This means I'm making wiser food choices.

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Well, I guess I have to connect the dots....fell off the diet wagon and vegan wagon yesterday on my weekly trip to dig out my deceased mother's home. Thankfully, we are almost done. But I need to grab a quick lunch before getting on the road for home to avoid the horrendous traffic. So I ate crappy food at Wendy's, went to the drivethru and ate in my car! Felt like I had a lead brick in my belly when I got home, so I had a huge salad for dinner. Had an egg for lunch today, thinking I needed a protein boost, but I have to say, I have felt draggy for the past 24 hours. It was another big salad night. Too tired to cook anything, threw burgers on the grill for the menfolk.

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7/27/17 10:04 A

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This is day 22 for me. The original plan was to give it a 21 day trial, but I think I'm hooked for life. It isn't the easiest thing I've ever done, but I believe it's worth the effort and it should get easier when I find some recipes I can put together quickly. I'm also looking forward to seeing the long-term effects. Not so much the weight, but the energy level, although the weight is important, too.

When I was vegetarian I had some experience with truly horrible recipes. Do you have a favorite vegan cookbook?

Have an awesome day!

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I've made vegan mac and cheese a few times. It's been hit or miss....sometimes it was good and other times it tasted horrible.

In the past I would've beat myself up for eating meat. I'm happy to say this time I didn't. I simple put it behind me and today has been animal product free.

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Yesterday I made a recipe for macaroni and "cheese." I'd been meaning to try it for days but the recipe seemed so involved that I'd been putting it off. I really don't like recipes that include a long list of ingredients. It turns out the recipe wasn't nearly as complicated as it seemed and was really quite delicious and cheesy tasting. My husband liked it, too, so I guess I'll be making it again. The recipe is in "Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen," which I found at the library.

I'm sure there are occasions when I will go off the vegan path, too. We went out for Father's day and I couldn't eat pizza (I was actually on a different plan at that time, but it also excluded dairy). I ate before I left, so I wasn't hungry, but I felt very awkward with the rest of the group. We don't go out that much, so I think next time I'll just eat whatever it is and deal with the consequences later.

I hope DH will try to be as vegan as possible, but the choice has to be his own. I love my husband and I want him to live forever, but a long life that doesn't make you happy doesn't seem right, either.

Have a great day!

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I also notice a huge difference when I eat vegan. Today I broke down and at meat. I noticed how "blah" I felt all day. I am not beating myself up for eating meat. I'm just getting back on track and moving on.

Maybe your DH will switch back to vegan again some day or at least cutback on the amount of animal products he eats.

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This is day 20 for me, and I have to say I have noticed an increase in my energy levels. I have a feeling DH is going to revert to meat eating when his 21 day trial period expires, but I just feel too good to quit. I don't know if I lost any weight because I only weigh on the first of the month, but the weight isn't the biggest issue for me. It's big, but kind of third on the list behind health and energy levels. I never thought I would be a vegan. I've considered it before but always dismissed it as a possibility. Now I can't imagine going back to meat and dairy.

Hope you all have a great day!

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I heard a term "cheagan" in a video last week. It was used to mean "mostly vegan, but cheat occasionally" Works for me!

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I fess up to the occasional bite of meat and some grilled chicken on my salad. Very hard cooking for meat eaters and going totally vegan, and I can't seem to meet my protein requirements without adding processed vegan foods. I have heard from many sources that too much soy is not a good thing, so I limit my soy to organic edamame. My other accomodation is to use dairy to lighten my coffee and have one serving of yogurt a day. I need the probiotics, because my digestion has not been what I thought it would be......enough said.

At some point, I may be able to get all the way there but for now, I am ok with being 90% vegan. It's still a step in the right direction for my health, and the global common good. I've lost almost 9 pounds this month. I am sure I will plateau in the future at least once or twice, and at those points, I will have to reconsider my choices and maybe get fully rid of the dairy an have more precooked legumes available to make up for the occasional beef and chicken.

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Hi New You. Welcome back. I've only been vegan for a couple of weeks but so far, so good. I don't miss the meat or dairy or even the eggs, which I love, but I do miss the convenience. Being vegan is hard work for me at the moment, but I guess it's like exercise and will get easier with practice. I convinced DH to give it a try, but I think I should have waited a little longer to do that. It's harder to please two appetites, and he's dragging his heels. It's difficult to convince a man to do something he considers a bit girly. (I am man. Give me meat.)

How long were you a vegan before? I was a vegetarian for 17 years, but that was a long time ago.

Have a great day!

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Hi Everyone.

Today is going to be a hot one, so DH and I are going to the lake for a picnic. I made a recipe from Engine 2 yesterday and plan to take the leftovers for our picnic lunch.

I've been bingeing on documentaries about being vegan. I had no idea there were so many, and I wish I had seen them a lot earlier.

Joanne - I found a product by Native Forest that is coconut milk powder. The package says it makes a great vegan creamer. I don't drink coffee, so I can't give you a first hand opinion. Worth a try?

Have a great day, vegan SparkFriends!

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Last evening DH and I had a stir fry dinner with lots of vegetables and rice with a sauce made of vegetable broth, soy sauce and cornstarch. It was so delicious I didn't even miss the meat. I discovered Morningstar Farms crumbles at the Walmart, so tonight I'm going to make spaghetti and include some crumbles in the sauce. DH was feeling a little grumpy and meat deprived yesterday morning, so hopefully this will help. Mostly he's being really good about it all, so I can't complain. I know I've been grumpy in the past when I was dieting. This doesn't really feel like a diet to me, though. It just feels like the best decision I ever made (other than marrying DH).

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I just finished eating spaghetti with Red Pepper Herbed Tomato sauce from one of Dean Ornish's books. It was great! I had it with brussels sprouts and a cucumber/bell pepper/tomato salad (from my own garden) with a little balsamic vinegar. All this and weight loss, too?

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Good for you, staying on plan at the fair!

Today I wilted two bags of chopped kale and made a sauce of cashew butter and orange juice tossed it on with some sesame seeds. Added some red quinoa, and made some extra portions to use for lunch for the next few days.

Breakfast has been muesli with almond or soy milk.

Dinner was a huge salad but I added too much stuff to it and it was high in calories and fat.

I'm feeling like I need an off day, probably will have a chicken sandwich next week when we go to wendy's after cleaning out my mom's house.

I can't wait til I can say that I have lost the first ten pounds. I never felt like the weight loss was real til I hit that first ten in the past. Of course, I will still have a lot more to go after that. But I have been asking myself if I want to be thinner more than I want ice cream or whatever, and I really stop and think about it.





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Hi Jo

I haven't weighed myself yet. I only weigh once a month at the beginning of the month so I still have a few days to go. I think I'm losing weight, though.

Had a great time yesterday at the fair. I didn't eat my usual ostrich-sized turkey leg, but can't really say I missed it. I found two vegan meals offered at the fair - one Mexican and one Chinese - but I had brought my own lunch, so I didn't get any. I did get some French fries, and surprisingly still came in under my calorie max even without counting all the walking calories I used up.

Sometimes I eat peanut butter and banana on raisin toast for breakfast. I also like burritos with refried beans, avocado and chopped tomato. I usually add some home fries either in it or with it. I do eat oatmeal, usually with bananas and berries. I don't miss eggs, but I do miss the convenience of how quickly I could prepare them. I'm still hunting for a basic set of recipes to replace all my old go-to meat recipes. I just requested a couple of cookbooks at my library. It's a bit tiresome having to learn a whole new way of eating, but I've enjoyed most of the food so far. I bought some Gardein beefless tips in the frozen section but neither my husband or I liked them. It was a bit like what I imagine dog food to taste like. The Morningstar Farms products are very tasty. I'm finding most vegan recipes to be very complicated. I don't want to get tired of eating the same thing all the time, but I don't want recipes with 20+ ingredients, either. The hunt continues.

I roasted some garbanzos the other day. They make a really tasty, crunchy snack. Rinse off some canned garbanzos, toss them in oil, roast on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Add your own seasoning. I used garlic salt and they were quite yummy. I plan to try out some different seasonings.

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