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4/3/18 8:59 A

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I'm really glad I get a slow day..there quite a bit going on..full plate! lol and now gearing up for a full plate of veggies!!

-I don't know if anyone else here has some weight to lose but I have about 30 pounds and plan on using a whole food plant based diet adn ST and running to get me there and soooo was wondering if we could have a monthly sort of challenge?? know April alreay started..or maybe a kind of seasonal one. Yes Spring Started but we could finish that and begin a Summer one so dates would be April 3- 6/20

Yes there are weight loss challenges such as 5% community and Biggest loser teams here but I found them way to complicated and most seem to be on a low carb - Atkins or South Beach or Keto and not vegan versions..
anyhow just thinking out loud.
I guess a weekly weigh in and track cardio and ST? And make sure to eat veggies and fruit...etc..if on a diet talk about that such as following Eat to Live..or Esselstyn..Engine 2
or of course we could just do that ..
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3/30/18 10:14 A

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I own a copy of Forks Over Knives- very good- very motivating
What the Health is good and also Cowspiracy.
PLantpure Nation- also very good!

I had my second ever piano lesson in my life yesterday and lunch with a BF.
Lunch was VERY motivating because he has decided to go on a keto diet on Monday...and I am 100% in on Sunday for super clean vegan plan and then we are meeting up in May to compare and contrast-
Now if was in a week well he would certainly "win" as he is male and because keto and low carb work that way- quick results in the first and sometimes second weeks.

Out of curiosity I have done them- gave it a whole 2 months. Felt low energy..etc...and I also need to get back to running on this Sunday as well so I have that onmy side because he does not get much of a chance to workout. My ST and race training NEED this way of eating.

Vegan whole food plant based is like a secret recovery tool after runs and long workouts.
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3/30/18 9:52 A

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Will be looking for it. Older, but have you seen Forks Over Knives?

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No public release yet is what I read.

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I think it is in theaters soon. Not sure.

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Is it in theaters or streaming? Hi, new here.

To another subject. I am not sure whether to let my doctors know I am eating vegan. All 3 of them are pushing the Ideal Protein diet in their offices. It is my goal to get down to 2 doctors and off all meds.

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3/28/18 10:25 A

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You are welcome Petalia!
Looking forward to it.
Need to stay motivated-
I have a half marathon and want to stay WFPB-will stay...

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Game Changers looks great. Imdb didn't say much. I went to gamechangersmovie.com/

which included this synopsis:

Directed by Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth behind the world's most dangerous myth: that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health. Meeting elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his relationship with food and his definition of true strength.

The website looks extensive. I look forward to pursing it! Thanks ZIPITUP!

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Parsley is wonderful stuff. I love cilantro too.

I see you are trying for some names.. I will put my green thinking cap on... emoticon

I think a vegan team geared toward health and vitality- wellness...strong vegans...would be great to have here on SP that is active. There are plenty of vegetarian and flexitarian teams but a vegan one with a focus on healthy food and lifestyle could be motivating...

btw I can't wait to see The Game Changers www.imdb.com/title/tt7455754/

Also- SOS free too- which is tough is a good way to clean up diet ...although that of course can vary for different people.
oh! lol and I am trying to give up coffee..but ok virtual emoticon

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Really been into parsley lately. I chop it, put some lemon juice and a little salt on it and let it marinate (olive oil optional) and then add it to salads. Or add other chopped veggies to the parsley.

SO good and feels clean and yummy.

--Night

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Ohhh my heavens yes. I love artichokes!

Unfortunately, I love them in lemon and Earth Balance. But I've been trying to reduce the latter a bit.

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Artichokes!

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Hi all!

The signs of spring are popping up and I've had some good asparagus twice in the past week.
We don't have a ton of fresh, yummy things over the winter and while I love a good veggie soup, I'm excited for the produce of spring!

What fruit or vegetable are you excited to have on your plate again?

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2/18/18 1:27 P

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Hello! This is my day 228 as a vegan. I'm settling in nicely. It was a little difficult at first because I'm kind of a gung-ho 100% or nothing sort of person who also needs to be gluten free. After a little over 7 months I have a somewhat less strict attitude, which is that I will be 100% vegan at home, but eat animal products if we go out to eat. This was after several meals out where I either ate before I left or took something with me. Not at all practical! Anyway, since we rarely eat out, I can live with eating pizza or fish and chips every once in a while. And, if it's a family pot luck, I can always bring a vegan dish.

After 3 months of being vegan, my triglycerides dropped from 363 to 161. I don't plan to ever return to meat eating.


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It's 2018


Where my vegans at?????


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12/31/17 10:52 A

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Happy New Year EverybodY- Have a wonderful New Years Eve! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/15/17 5:06 P

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I really need to make a nice soup too. We are out of soup right now, just eating rice and beans mostly.... and vegetables. We had oatmeal for breakfast as I also need to make more green smoothies. I am so busy today though, it will all have to wait until tomorrow. I do have some asparagus in the fridge and I'll make it for dinner and maybe a salad.

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11/12/17 7:47 P

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Well, the bullets are symbols you use for places you need to go, things you need to do, etc. and you mark them off as you go or put an arrow through them, meaning you've written that task on another page do accomplish in the future. There are some nice tutorials online.

Otherwise, we are all pretty well. I am dreading Monday a bit. I homeschool and know I have to keep things together to be a successful teacher, especially to my 8 year old. The teenagers are pretty independent in their studies.

I have been doing a good job of adding exercises to my other daily habits, like sideways leg kicks while I blow dry my hair, squats when I empty the dishwasher, etc. but have not added back the execises I have enjoyed in the past (walk with Leslie viedos, Bootcamphub.com and riding the exercise bike). I would like to focus more on that this week. I've been doing push-ups, sit-ups and my version of jumping jacks with my 8 year old every day this week. That has been going well.

As for eating, my husband and I generally eat green smoothies for breakfast, veggie/bean soup for lunch and salad with beans for dinner.

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That sounds so interesting, Helen. The bullets are more like graphs, then? I'm off to look it up.

How is everyone otherwise?

I made a hearty lentil stew yesterday. Today I'm going to mix the leftovers with some Lightlife ground "sausage" and stuff it into some butternut squash. Hope it turns out well!

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It's basically a blank notebook with dots instead of lines and an index in the front. You keep about 4-6 pages as an index in the front and number all the pages so it's easy to find what you've written by looking in the index. You can google "bullet journal" and look at all the images to see what people use it for. I don't draw or decorate mine like people on the web do. It's totally practical in my case. I have a mood chart and habit chart for myself, a mood chart for my son who has depression, a calendar for each month with things scheduled, and pages for different things that give me energy, like quotes, Bible promises, EMT, affirmations, etc.


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Welcome back!

What is a bullet journal?

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Just coming back to spark after a long break!

I'm not always succeeding at a healthy way of eating, but have been more successful lately. I've been using a bullet journal to help myself establish good habits and get rid of bad ones and am finding it helpful.

Love,

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Yay, Shaking! (Should I just call you "Gabrielle"?)

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I hear you about work stuff. Hope very much that you are creating space for yourself, even if short times here and there.

I find I'm pulling back a bit right now, feeling introspective as autumn sometimes does to me.
A lot of holi-days at this time period (Equinox, Rosh Hashanah, Mabon, Yom Kippur) certainly encourage that inward focus.

How and what to tweak, improve, let go....

What is everyone else thinking about these days?

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9/26/17 1:09 P

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Hi, all, sorry to be absent - work's been nuts!!

Welcome to all the new folks! How cool that this group is actually active??!!! :)

I wish there was a way we could customize our home pages with our dietary preferences. I, too, tire of seeing eggs, meat, cheese, etc.


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Welcome, welcome, Maureen!

So glad you're here and sharing your story with us. And thanks so much for jumping right in with supportive comments.

Girl, I hear you about SP and their love affair with the egg board. Not to mention seeing them suggest meat constanty - to people with diabetes! Argh. (Will not post long diatribe about the power of Big Farm lobbies. But, you know..)

Can't wait to hear about your raw vegan experiments! Share photos and meals with us?

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to stop by and introduce myself. Hi, I'm Maureen and I've been a vegetarian for almost 20 years and just now started incorporating raw vegan meals into my diet this past week. I would like to be completely vegan by the end of the month.

I'm actually here because I needed some sanity. So many times I scroll through SP's main wall and see such bland, beige meals. However, this morning it was bacon and eggs. Ughhh! I need to be where people enjoy a variety of colors on their plates. lol

Rosemary, I have the same problem with lentils, so now I just avoid them when I can. You might be right, it might be the quantity. The lentil soups that give me problems are just loaded with them. Thanks!

Night, I had terrible IBS growing up as a kid and as a young adult. Once I cut out meat and cheese it cleared up. Maybe it's too much fiber all at once? Hope you feel better!

Congratulations ShakingTheTree! I hope I can say the same thing in four weeks. :) Did you find it difficult to transition or was it just your time?

Well, I'm going to look around and visit some more threads. I'm glad to be back!

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Thanks Night.

I think sometimes I have an issue with fiber as well. I think my system may get overwhelmed and it takes a few days to straighten out. I made bean soup and a vegetable soup with barley that I was eating and I was getting some terrible stomach pains. I also get a bit "bound up" as well. It may just be a problem with finding the right amount of fiber that we need a day.

Have a great day!

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Lovely sentiments, Rosemary. Thank you for your big heart.

I may have spoken too soon. I've been having intestinal stuff on and off for a couple of weeks and it's suddenly gotten much worse.

I thought I was doing everything right - adding fiber, much more fruit, only whole wheat...

I've just learned that vegans can get Irritable Bowel Syndrome! If that's what's going on with me, literally everything I've been doing to feel better has been compounding the problem. Yikes.

I'm not posting to complain so much as to share this newfound understanding. Maybe it will help or reassure others who get worried when their bodies are not functioning as brilliantly as vegan bodies are supposed to!

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Wow! Night, that's awesome! Congratulations on your 3 and a half years!

I have hypertension, high cholesterol and arthritis. I'm starting to feel less stiff and seem to have more energy. Hoping to see changes in my cholesterol in a few months when I have my cholesterol rechecked.

Over the years I have watched several documentaries and read many books which have tugged at my heart and made me realize how selfish it is to consume a diet that is centered on animal protein. I believe this time I am doing this not only for my health but the health of the planet. I believe when you are plant based you do feel strong connection to others and your world.

Hoping that all those in the path of Irma are safe.

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Happy 1 month veganversary!!!!

I've been vegan for over 3 and a half years. I'm somewhat more svelte (haven't been a healthy vegan for much of that time.) My cholesterol is better, my energy level is higher. I no longer have bouts of diverticulitis from decomposing meat lingering in my colon.

And I have no more mucus/congestion problems since quitting dairy.

My biggest changes, I think, are in terms of awareness of animal suffering and environmental impacts of Big Farma. I feel more spiritually connected and "cleaner" now that I am living in accordance with my values. People say I "have a glow."

Keep on keeping on, friends!


Vegan football player David Carter at a vegan festival.

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Congratulations on your four weeks SHAKINGTHETREE! This is the end of my third week.

I've never been a raw vegan but I enjoy raw foods like gazpacho. I have tried raw mac n' cheez, and some raw desserts. I would like to get more practice with raw recipes. I have been attempting to become a vegan over the past number of years. I guess what always trips me up is family. I live with a hunter after all. This time I'm taking my time and being patient with myself. I'm doing this more for health and hoping for weight loss as a side effect. My husband is very considerate of my intentions and supports what I am doing. I am my only obstacle, old habits die hard. When I started this round I started by giving up half-n-half in my coffee and then butter etc. I think starting slower this time has helped me stay on track. I'm sure others may have been able to jump in 100% but we all have to fid what works for us.

Hope everyone is safe and dry.



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Well, on Saturday, I'll be four weeks vegan... and I've gotta say, I'm really glad I made the step from vegetarian to full-on vegan. It's been interesting to observe the changes in how I feel, and I'm learning a lot about what constitutes healthier eating. It's a rabbithole I'm happy to fall down. :)

I have a question - how long have you all been doing the vegan thing? What changes did you note? Anyone here ever do the raw vegan thing?

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Thanks, Night, adding this to my reading list!

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You're not the only one. I had four days of less than stellar eating along with a few extra adult beverages. Back on track today and back to work today. emoticon

Happy Tuesday!

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Haven't tried cashew milk, but am about to go record my over - the - top meal with frozen cashew treat!

I won't give details on my holiday overload unless asked. But I'm about to give myself a very stern talking-to regarding walking a path rather than failing a strict diet... And how I'm allowed to have a large meal once in awhile without feeling guilty about it.

Eesh. Old habits.

Wishing you a great week, everyone!

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I don't think that much has changed with weight watchers. Leaders still promote their snacks, sugar-free candies, and artificial sugar. Everyone tries to find low point options for things. I'd rather eat real, whole foods.

Have either of you tried cashew milk. It seems creamier to me. It's pretty good in coffee.

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Jo, have you tried any of the plant milks or creamers? Even the sweeter ones have just a tiny bit of sugar and fat (and, of course, no cholesterol or antibiotics!)

I'm a big advocate of soy and love soy milk and creamer. But if that's not your thing, there's some lovely coconut and almond milk creamers around.

Good luck with that. For my money, fish is a less cruel choice than dairy, so if you can give up the latter first, good for you!

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I will read it Nightglow, as I am puzzled about protein. I enjoy eating legumes, and don't really miss meat, although I have fish or chicken occasionally, but will be ramping down on that. I have some canned beans in stock to use on days when I don't have any fresh cooked legumes.

I make a lentil/mushroom stew that I have come to love better than beef stew.

And I get what you mean about WW, lots of fakey reduced fat stuff back in the day. I haven't been on it for over a decade, so I don't know if they are healthier now.

I am still not off the dairy, I wonder if it would be better to add a tiny amount of sugar to my coffee and drink it black? I hate to, because I have eliminated almost all the added sugar from my diet now....but I still crave sweets at times, I just have to barricade myself upstairs away from the kitchen when I feel like that!

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Ha. WW.

I was a member back in the day, but it was when they had the Core Plan. I was vegetarian then and really loved the no points, eat what you want method.

Couple of issues with WW so dropped it. But it's interesting to me to look back and see how much I ate Fat Free Cool Whip, weird "cheese" slice substitutes and things that were much more chemicals than food. It worked, but wonder what that stuff was doing to my body?

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She means well. When I told her I was leaning towards a plant based way of eating she immediately said, "we need to find you good sources of protein". I decided I would just do what I think is best for me and let the results speak for themselves.

I love beans and while I was doing weight watchers I avoided them because of the high points they were assigned. I really seems stupid to me now.

I will have to check my library. Thanks for the info!



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Ha. Maybe your doctor should read it, Rosemary!

I'm absolutely no fan of paleo, No beans? My peeps been eating beans for thousands of years.

But to each their own.

I checked out my copy from the local library, but the website has some of the basic concepts. Thanks for responding!

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That sounds like an interesting book. I'd like to read it. My doctor recommends 30gm of protein at breakfast. She says that's the key to weight loss. It' s very difficult to get to that amount. She suggests smoothies etc. I'd rather eat real food and not rely on protein powders etc. She promotes a paleo way of eating also.

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Happy weekend all (and extended weekend, Americans!)

I've started reading "Proteinaholic." Has anyone else looked into it? Fascinating research by Dr. Garth Davis, one of the nation's leading bariatric surgeons.

I know he did a butt-ton of peer-reviewed research about the protein myth and how it's pushed on us and I really appreciate books that back up their claims.

But it's certainly reassuring to me, as I am at about 10-12% protein per day, pretty far below SP's recommendations.

Curious to know what other people are thinking about it.

Here's a link: proteinaholic.com/

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Thanks,

I have done recumbent bike instead of walking for two days, so I am in a lot less pain. I may scale back my walk and might have to do a shorter walk that just takes me through the woods (softer paths) and then go do a half hour on the bike to get enough fitness minutes. I don't want to give up being in the woods in the fall.

For now, I think I'll remain about 80-90% vegan, because it's hard for me to get extra protein in and stay within my calorie range. Then maybe push harder to eliminate all animal based foods after I'm at goal. I do think it will make it easier to maintain overall health and a healthy weight if I ditch the animal foods. But healing anything requires extra protein.

I had Vitamin D megadose therapy after I stress fractured my foot a few years ago. At my age (60) I have to be careful about bone health. Definitely getting good Magnesium and Vitamin K with vegan foods, hopefully enough calcium too, but I do take D3 supplements as well.

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Joanne - I'm sorry you're dealing with what sounds like plantar fasciitis. I've had it and spent MONTHS in physical therapy, so I can only speak to my own experiences of what helped.

-Stretches - this helped me more than anything else. Calf tightness is a major cause of stress on the plantar fascia, and the more limber you can make it, the better. I use a foam roller after any workouts, and I use a foam wedge and I stand on it when I brush my teeth in the morning and in the evening; it gently elevates my toes and really stretches my calves. I also stretch periodically throughout the day, and I have a standing desk at work. Yoga (down dog!) can really help, too.

-I ended up also getting a therapy called Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology - or EPAT for short. My insurance covered it, and although it felt super weird, it really helped. It basically sends shockwaves into your heels and helps break up the tightness and inflammation. This got me off the night splint for good!

-Vitamin D - I was slow to heal/respond to physical therapy, so my doc ordered bloodwork and discovered I had a vitamin D deficiency. He told me to get outside more and got me a prescription-only dose of vitamin D (50,000 IU!!) for a few months, and then we scaled it back after I showed improvement.

I hope you find improvement soon. PF is so frustrating and it can bring any physical activities to a grinding halt. :(

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Okay good point, Joanne.

I know lack of water causes me some charlie horse stuff once in a while but did not know it could affect feet as well! Makes sense,

Good thoughts and let us know how it progresses.

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NIGHTGLOW, thanks

I have a night splint, it has helped somewhat.
My shoes are fairly new, but I need new orthotics, tried to email the PT who made the last pair, but he hasn't answered. May be on vacation.
I haven't been diligent about stretches, I'll admit it. After watching the video this same doctor had on PF, I did some stretching and hunted down a few trigger points near my shin bone, massaged the whole lower leg and heel, and I felt better after that.

I had also slacked off on taking my supplements for calcium, omega 3 and D3.

The other factor that came to mind is it could be morning dehydration causing sticky fascia in my extremities causing some of the pain. Water before coffee has to become a better habit in my mornings.

As a side note, WebMD and Mayo are not sites I trust 100%, having had to do a lot of research to help a child of mine who developed a rare cornea problem. We ended up saving his sight with a procedure that was not FDA approved, but the one doctor in the US who had the guts to offer it under informed consent at the time. WebMD and Mayo clinic's advice would have been to start him down the road for cornea transplants every 20 years or so.



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Hey Joanne:

Good for you for all of your positive efforts! In terms of heel pain, could walking be the culprit? New and better shoes if you're walking more?

Also, if it is plantar fasciitis (which it sounds like, though I'm not trying to diagnose) it is common in many people and there are good options to deal with it - inserts, night splints etc. Neither Web MD nor the Mayo Clinic say anything about meat, so I find that unlikely (also, what specifically in meat are they recommending?)

Have you tried rolling your foot/heel on a tennis ball while sitting? So the ball is on the floor and you can apply or relive pressure just by how much your foot presses on the ball? It's an excellent pain reliever for heels and feet!

Also there is vegan glucosamine for joint pain, though I don't think that that is what you're dealing with.

Good luck and good healing to you!

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Struggling a bit, still. I just read an article on heel pain that made a point that adding in some animal protein might actually help alleviate the pain I've been fighting. And I can't seem to get rid of the small amount of dairy.

On the one hand, I like the idea of going vegan and not having to count calories. On the other hand, I would like to be able to get past the heel pain. Maybe if I remember to take my vitamin D supplements and calcium and magnesium, it would help.

The pain started around the same time that I changed my life in two ways, so I can't draw a conclusion as to the root cause.

1. Started going toward veganism.
2. Increased my exercise (walking more miles)>
For the past week I've been doing stationary bike instead for 12 miles to replace the 4-5 mile walk. I still have a serving of plain greek yogurt, and some milk in my coffee.

Today I did the long walk for the first time in a week and could barely walk to get through my errands a few hours later.

The weight is coming off more slowly, but that always has happened after I'e lost 15 pounds or so.

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