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A place to share both why we've made this choice, and perhaps the challenges & blessings we've found along the way.

We can also share resource, recipes, and resolve!

Non vegetarians / non vegans welcome to post respectful questions about the why and how of this choice.

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  1. BetsyHound
    Mar 3, '14 12:11 pm
    Check out His diet is low cost and starch-based.
  2. creationlover
    Mar 3, '14 6:21 am
    Originally Posted by lit_lover88 View Post
    I'm extremely interested in it. I bought that 80/10/10 diet book by Dr. Graham. However, I'm concerned about the possibility of negative side effects after the initial detox. i.e. is that diet really healthy or harmful?
    I'm not familiar with Dr. Graham's diet, I like Hallelujah Acres diet which leans more toward vegetables Everyone is different; you may for instance need a 60-40 starting out or a 50-50 (raw/cooked ratio).

    Dr. McDougall, a vegan MD critiques Dr. Graham's diet on this youtube clip (I haven't watched it yet, but it seems to be a debate between the two.)

    Personally, I couldn't do a fruitarian diet, but that's me. I can only consume a few fruits per day, but I'm heavy on greens. Next comes beans and healthy grains.

    What side effects after the detox are you concerned about?
    Thread: Raw
  3. 4elise
    Mar 2, '14 9:19 pm
    Originally Posted by Debn1951 View Post
    Greetings All! I'm new to the entire web site and excited to find the vegan group! Thought I would share a simple and delicious vegan recipe that I use frequently:
    Sweet Potato Yum

    Makes 4 servings
    4 sweet potatoes, baked with skin on
    1 tbl olive oil
    1/4 c chopped onion
    1 can of black beans, drained
    Half a jar of Newmans Own medium chunky salsa
    2-3 tbl brown sugar
    Mashed avocado or guacamole

    Heat olive oil in skillet, cook onion until golden.
    Add the black beans and cook on medium heat about 5 min, until beans are heated through.
    Add the brown sugar and cook a few minutes more until the sugar dissolves.
    Add the salsa, stir and cook over medium low heat about 5 min.
    Cut open the baked potatoes and mash in the skin.
    Add the black bean mix to each potato.
    Top with avocado or guacamole.
    That sounds delicious - AND - easy too! Thanks for sharing this!
  4. Michael Mayo
    Feb 20, '14 9:26 am
    Michael Mayo
    Originally Posted by Crucifer View Post
    [BetterMichael M11722269]I am lazy also. I already gave away my juicer and am trying the Naked Juice options. you know anout Naked Juice?
    Hey Michael,

    I just bought a new Juicer. I have been looking into juicing for over a year and have learned a couple of things. 1st. There is always a bad, better, best. 2. Live Foods, Live Bodies. Raw foods (uncooked) still have the many enzymes to help digestion and vitamins/ minerals that yo ur body needs. So bad: coke, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetners. Better: naked or other PROCESSED fruit and veggie smoothies (most have concentrates) Best: Raw foods and vegetables whole or juiced. If your on a budget look for cheaper places and or cheaper items. Id rather eat a nice fresh fruit.([/quote]

    Good for you, Crucifer. Absolutely right and maybe some day I will have the time (or patience) to go back to making my own juice.
    Thread: Juicing?
  5. 4elise
    Feb 19, '14 7:10 am
    Originally Posted by Rafaela View Post
    I am pregnant, but I also have a BMI of over 30. I have to loose weight steadily. If you have a good recipe that is low sugar&low fat, but simple and nutritious, please post it here. Any input will be highly appreciated.
    Congratulations ... Your circumstances are so special, I hope you are also working with a dietitian as well... We have many great recipes posted here but this is a staple in our diet:


    In food processor
    1 package extra firm tofu, don't drain
    1 can white beans.. Navy or other
    Seasoning... We add one tablespoon vegetarian chicken flavoring ..
    Add two cups vital wheat gluten
    Will make thick dough
    Spray loaf pan
    Press dough into loaf
    Cover tightly with foil (important step)
    Bake 1 hour at 410
    Slice and use as you would sliced turkey, for sandwiches,
    Cube and use in recipes (added at end of cooking)
    Dice and add to a saad

    God bless you!!

    Please, also scroll down and post on our social wall... Everyone can easily respond to questions here too
  6. 4elise
    Jan 31, '14 7:44 am
    A healthy Superbowl party is possible - but even for vegetarians and vegans sometimes it is just yummy foods... and while they may be healthier ---- they are super yummy -

    OK --- and MY NOT WINGS --- I though I'd posted before, but can't find it....

    * one can of northern beans
    * one package extra firm tofu
    * 2 cups wheat gluten
    * 2 tablespoons 'not chicken flavoring' (this is what we use:

    food process - the above in order - it will make a stiff dough

    heat oil in pan
    pinch pieces of dough and fry - turning over to brown both sides and set aside

    Once you've cooked all the 'wings' you will marinate in:

    * 1 cup of vegan margarine melted - the best is earth balance
    * juice of 2 LIMES
    * 1 entire small bottle of red roaster (or more) - this is the MOST important ingredent - no other hot sauce will do - not only in my opinion - but REALLY

    The longer you marinate the hotter- better they get -- once done - you can spread on a cooking sheet and just heat briefly - in oven

    serve with celery and ranch:


    * 1 cup Veganese
    * 1/4 tsp onion powder
    * 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    * dash of garlic salt
    * black pepper if you like this to taste -
    * dried parsley
    * splash of unsweetened soy milk / almond milk / rice milk --- OR if you don't have unsweetened water will do

    I think my friend Creatonlover has tried these!
  7. creationlover
    Jan 27, '14 11:59 am
    Speaking of health concerns, I ran into this website - Get Waisted. I haven't tried the program, but I discovered it in a vegan fitness magazine. My wife and I thought seriously about trying the program and if we were pleased with it, actually becoming group leaders. It seems like a nice way to help folks lose weight - the vegan way.

    To become a leader, it takes a commitment of 1-2 group meetings per week - plus prep time. But, you make a little cash and more importantly, spread the message of veganism via a door most of us are willing to enter - the door of healthy, high antioxidant permanent weight loss. From there, as you mentioned 4elise, hopefully the door to animal concerns and environment would begin to come to the surface.

    Unfortunately, with my commitment (battle?) to become a nurse, we decided against it, at least for now. Looks really interesting, though.

    I like the fact it is led by medical doctors. Not against alternative medicine, but understandably, people like the reassurance of a doctor. Well, here's a couple of doctors - vegan doctors...
  8. Michael Mayo
    Dec 28, '13 1:16 pm
    Michael Mayo
    Proverbs 15:17
    Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

    Daniel 1:12
    “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.

    But for Christians diet is not a faith issue.

    Romans 14:1-3
    14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.
  9. simpleas
    Dec 24, '13 1:38 pm
    My mouth is watering! Sounds great

    I have just tasted vegan strawberry, coconut marshmellows......delightful!

    Also some vegan nouget.....yummy.

    Have a lovely Christmas and a great new year all
    Thread: What's cooking?
  10. creationlover
    Dec 1, '13 6:30 pm
    Originally Posted by BetsyHound View Post
    I have just gotten a copy of Dr. Fuhrman's The End of Diabetes and am excited that it may work for me (I am pre-diabetic). I don't know if any of you are familiar with his writings or programs on PBS, but they are quite compelling and compatible with a vegan or vegetarian diet. His diet concentrates on nutrient rich foods, which, surprise, are fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

    I have most recently been unhappily on a low-carb diet to lose weight and improve health, but had this nagging question about dietary health laws in the Bible, which I believe God did not make for nothing, even if we are no longer bound to them by pain of sin. Why did He say, The fat is not for you, if now it is supposed to be healthy? Why is wheat now "bad" if God said it is good and uses it for His Eucharist?

    Then I found Dr. Fuhrman's work and am trying to learn about it. He also has a few books for non-diabetics. Even though one is a vegetarian vegan, it is possible to still to choose unhealthy foods. Nutrient-density is the way to go! I have been able to get his books at the library.
    Just now seeing this post... Sorry...
    The wheat we consume today is far different from what they ate years ago. Most wheat today is highly processed - even some of the so called healthy stuff. My take, anyway.

    I thought God wanted the Jews to eat the fat during certain feasts? Do you mean animal fat? Animal fat isn't good for us, although some may argue for omega 3s from fish such as sardines or salmon. I believe Dr. Fuhrman advocates fats from seeds and nuts - in limited amounts.

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  1. libralion
    Apr 19, '14 10:00 am
    Hi Elise,
    I don't know the source of prayer, just something I picked up some years back that I use often and as a mantra. Please feel free to share it with all.
    Peace to You, my Friend.
  2. CountrySteve
    Apr 18, '14 6:39 am
    @4elise sure, I haven't cooked too many of the recipes yet, but the hermit's soup was good( it would be wonderful for a Lenten dish, but alas its for winter) the vegetable noodle casserole was excellent, I was surprised that it was in a Monastic cookbook for how good it was.I always really enjoy its bread recipe, planning on making its Easter Bread.

  3. 4elise
    Apr 17, '14 7:35 pm
    libralion - I LOVE this prayer - does it have a source? Or are you the author? I am going to share this at a meeting next week!
    God Bless everyone during this most holy Triduum!
  4. libralion
    Apr 17, '14 11:02 am
    Wishes for a Most Happy and Joyous Easter


    Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
    has given us new life and renewed hope.
    Help us to continue to live
    in pursuit of the Christ ideal.
    Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
    the will to want to do it,
    the courage to undertake it,
    the perseverance to continue to do it,
    and the strength to complete it. Amen.

    Easter Blessings to All....

    Thanks for the recipes Elise
  5. 4elise
    Apr 17, '14 12:16 am
    756. Tofurky “Giblet” gravy
    757. Tofurky Beer Brats
    758. Tofurky Cranberry Apple Potato Dumplings
    759. Tofurky deli slices
    760. Tofurky Jurky
    761. Tofurky Kielbasa
    762. Tofurky roast
    763. Tofurky Superburgers
    764. Tofurky Sweet Italian Sausage
    765. Tofurky tempeh
    766. Tofurky Wild Rice Stuffing
    767. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (French Onion)
    768. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (Garden Veggie)
    769. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (Garlic & Herb)
    770. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (Herbs & Chives)
    771. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (Non Hydrogenated Plain)
    772. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (Plain)
    773. Tofutti Coffee Break Treats (Chocolate)
    774. Tofutti Coffee Break Treats (Peanut Butter)
    775. Tofutti Coffee Break Treats (Soft Serve)
    776. Tofutti Coffee Break Treats (Vanilla)
    777. Tofutti Cuties
    778. Tofutti Pints
    779. Tofutti Pizza Pizzaz
    780. Tofutti Sour Supreme (Guacamole)
    781. Tofutti Sour Supreme (Non Hydrogenated Plain)
    782. Tofutti Sour Supreme (Plain)
    783. Match Meat Ground Beef
    784. Match Meat Ground Chicken
    785. Match Meat Ground Pork
    786. Match Meat Italian Sausage
    787. Match Meat Crab
    788. Match Meat New England Style Crab Cakes
    789. Match Meat Mushroom Stuffe dburgers
    790. Match Meat stuffed Pork Chops
    791. Match Meat Meditarian Stuffed Chicken
    792. Yves Grain Strips with BBQ Sauce
    793. Yves Veggie Shrimp
    794. Yves Vegan Grain Meat with Sweet Chili Thai Sauce
    795. Yves Hot Dogs
    796. Yves Veggie Brat Classic
    797. Yves Zesty Italian
    798. Yves Meatless Beef Strips
    799. Yves Meatless Chicken Strips
    800. Yves Meatless Canadian Bacon
    801. Yves Meatless Breakfast Patties 802.

    And here are 800 things Vegans can and do eat.... we could go on - but I hope that makes a point...
  6. 4elise
    Apr 16, '14 11:48 pm
    CountrySteve - I looked at that cookbook table of contents - looks like there may be some there that are vegan - many vegetarian and lots of pescatarian items - can you share something you really like that is vegan?

    God Bless,
  7. CountrySteve
    Apr 16, '14 5:27 pm
    Oh, wow, thanks! Does anyone use this cookbook,

    I have it and its wonderful
  8. 4elise
    Apr 13, '14 8:19 pm
    Someone else making a list to answer the every pressing question - 'But what do you eat?'

    The Vegan's Hundred
    656. 1. Molasses
    657. 2. Cactus/Nopales
    658. 3. Scrambled Tofu
    659. 4. Grilled Portobella Caps
    660. 5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
    661. 6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
    662. 7. Arepa
    663. 8. Vegan Cole Slaw
    664. 9. Ginger Carrot Soup
    665. 10. Fiddlehead Ferns
    666. 11. Roasted Elephant Garlic
    667. 12. Umeboshi
    668. 13. Almond Butter Toast
    669. 14. Aloe Vera
    670. 15. H and H Bagel NYC
    671. 16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
    672. 17. White truffle
    673. 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
    674. 19. Freshly ground wasabi
    675. 20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream (not store bought)
    676. 21. Heirloom tomatoes
    677. 22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
    678. 23. Organic California Mango (in season Sept-Oct only)
    679. 24. Quinoa
    680. 25. Papaya Smoothie
    681. 26. Raw Scotch Bonnet (habanero) pepper (just a bite!!
    682. 27. Goji Berry Tea
    683. 28. Fennel
    684. 29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
    685. 30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread
    686. 31. Starfruit
    687. 32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread
    688. 33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
    689. 34. Sauerkraut
    690. 35. Acai Smoothie
    691. 36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
    692. 37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
    693. 38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
    694. 39. Falafel
    695. 40. Spelt Crust Pizza
    696. 41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
    697. 42. Jicama Slaw
    698. 43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings
    699. 44. Hemp Milk
    700. 45. Rose Champagne
    701. 46. Fuyu
    702. 47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
    703. 48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich
    704. 49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice...with Extra Ginger
    705. 50. Grilled Seitan
    706. 51. Prickly pear
    707. 52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk
    708. 53. Concord Grapes off the vine
    709. 54. Ramps
    710. 55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut
    711. 56. Organic Arugula
    712. 57. Vidalia Onion
    713. 58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
    714. 59. Honeycrisp Apple
    715. 60. Poi
    716. 61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
    717. 62. Grape seed Oil
    718. 63. Farm fresh-picked Peach
    719. 64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus
    720. 65. Chestnut Snack Packs
    721. 66. Fresh Guava
    722. 67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
    723. 68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
    724. 69. Fried plantains
    725. 70. Mache
    726. 71. Golden Beets
    727. 72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
    728. 73. Liquid Smoke
    729. 74. Meyer Lemon
    730. 75. Veggie Paella
    731. 76. Vegan Lasagna (raw optional)
    732. 77. Kombucha
    733. 78. Homemade Soy Milk
    734. 79. Lapsang souchong
    735. 80. Lychee Bellini
    736. 81. Tempeh Bacon
    737. 82. Sprouted Grain Bread
    738. 83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh
    739. 84. Vanilla Bean
    740. 85. Watercress
    741. 86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself
    742. 87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
    743. 88. Flowers
    744. 89. Corn Chowder
    745. 90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
    746. 91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
    747. 92. White Flesh Grapefruit
    748. 93. harissa
    749. 94. Coconut Oil
    750. 95. Jackfruit
    751. 96. Homemade Risotto
    752. 97. Spirulina
    753. 98. Seedless 'Pixie' Tangerine
    754. 99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought
    755. 100. Fresh Plucked English Peas
  9. 4elise
    Apr 13, '14 7:44 pm
    Welcome CountrySteve - we are MORE than happy to share the resources and recipes we've collected here - take a look at the recipe thread and the resource thread ---
    This crazy list I started here - was working to name 800 items in honor of our 800 members --- it is funny we (who are vegans) are SO often asked 'But, what do you eat?'
    Really the list of what we don't eat is pretty short - so then it leaves everything else!!

    God Bless and welcome!
  10. CountrySteve
    Apr 13, '14 5:57 pm
    Hi, I just joined this group, I'm not a vegetarian per say, but I do abstain from meat regularly, so I thought by joining this group I can find ways to add more protein to the diet



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