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I have totally changed my diet and started back excercising.  Down from 225 to 200.  I now think I am ready to try this plant based diet.  Probably want to get down around 185ish and maintain that. 

@Jeremy Igo do you have any books or websites you can recommend?   Want to make sure I am not overlooking anything,  like if I need to take B12 supplements and things of that nature.  

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I've cut out red meat. Working on diary now, after that it'll be chicken then turkey then fish.  Gotta do it in stages if I want to make a permanent change. 

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Less meat, more veggies, more exercise would do wonders for our country's healthcare crisis/costs as well.

 

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First thing I would do is invest in a good blender and load up on vegan protein powder, almond/cashew/coconut milk, vegetables like spinach and kale, and an assortment of frozen fruit. Chia and flax seeds are never a bad addition to smoothies either. I’ve been plant-based for about a year and smoothies are my primary source of nutrients and protein. I have been lifting quite a bit and drink 3 a day. There’s a book called “Zero Belly Smoothies” that has a different vegan smoothie recipe with a picture on every page and the majority are very good tasting. I don’t follow the books overall diet plan but the smoothie recipes are clutch when I get sick of the same 3-4 I make daily. 

I also take a B12 supplement and a multi-vitamin as well. 

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6 hours ago, NanuqoftheNorth said:

Less meat, more veggies, more exercise would do wonders for our country's healthcare crisis/costs as well.

 

hell, just get rid of the processed foods, all of them, that means fast food and that pack of ham. whole foods!!!!!, even red meat, a salad and a baked potato( dry maybe a little real butter) is better than a hoagie and a can of pringles. Walking, the easiest thing to do. I'm sure we have all learned to do that by now. walk one hour a day. then you can have that small bag of M&M's every 3 months.  soda, just stop it. also filter your own water. the plastic is killing you too and the Earth.

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5 hours ago, OnlyPantherFaninMaine said:

First thing I would do is invest in a good blender and load up on vegan protein powder, almond/cashew/coconut milk, vegetables like spinach and kale, and an assortment of frozen fruit. Chia and flax seeds are never a bad addition to smoothies either. I’ve been plant-based for about a year and smoothies are my primary source of nutrients and protein. I have been lifting quite a bit and drink 3 a day. There’s a book called “Zero Belly Smoothies” that has a different vegan smoothie recipe with a picture on every page and the majority are very good tasting. I don’t follow the books overall diet plan but the smoothie recipes are clutch when I get sick of the same 3-4 I make daily. 

I also take a B12 supplement and a multi-vitamin as well. 

with all the GMOs in our food supply, supplements are a must, no matter your age.

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All bread sucks, cuz they load it up with sugar in America. 

That's just something I heard, but lick your next piece of bread. all you taste is sugar. 

Bread in America is just a less enjoyable Krispy Kreme donut.

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8 hours ago, OnlyPantherFaninMaine said:

First thing I would do is invest in a good blender and load up on vegan protein powder, almond/cashew/coconut milk, vegetables like spinach and kale, and an assortment of frozen fruit. Chia and flax seeds are never a bad addition to smoothies either. I’ve been plant-based for about a year and smoothies are my primary source of nutrients and protein. I have been lifting quite a bit and drink 3 a day. There’s a book called “Zero Belly Smoothies” that has a different vegan smoothie recipe with a picture on every page and the majority are very good tasting. I don’t follow the books overall diet plan but the smoothie recipes are clutch when I get sick of the same 3-4 I make daily. 

I also take a B12 supplement and a multi-vitamin as well. 

Do your smoothies supplement any of your meals or are they just additional means to get all your nutrients? 

My workout plan currently has been lifting 3-4 days a week and doing cardio 4 days a week.   

As far as vitamins I currently just take a basic men’s multi-vitiman daily.  

But I like the changes I have seen and am starting to feel better.  Feel I can do anything at the moment in terms of dieting.  My two favorite foods almost never even cross my mind any more (pizza and Mexican food). Also as a former night owl since the birth of my first child (midnight was the earliest I went to bed) I now force myself to get into bed early and get more sleep.   

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I think the Michael Pollen advice goes a long way - Eat what you want just make it from scratch.

If you want bread - bake a loaf from scratch.   If you want potato chips - cook them yourself.  If you want pizza, make a dough, a sauce, heck make your own cheese...

 

Beyond that I found it was easiest just to grow the veggie side of the meal and shrink the meat, up tofu, beans, dark leafy greens and soon you can pretty much cut meat out..

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7 hours ago, Jangler said:

All bread sucks, cuz they load it up with sugar in America. 

That's just something I heard, but lick your next piece of bread. all you taste is sugar. 

Bread in America is just a less enjoyable Krispy Kreme donut.

ezkiel Bread & Dave's Killer Bread  are solid supermarket options. 

100% agree if your other statement, I would say to anyone looking to make a dietary change is first thing cut out all "processed foods"  ( I think eventually we are going to look back on Soda in this country like we look down on cigarettes now, what the f*ck were we thinking) 

If you like bubbles/carbonation there are dozens of sparkling water choices now.

Make some time go to the grocery store or farmers market, educate yourself read food labels a good Michael Pollen quote is "Don't buy products with more than five ingredients or any ingredients you can't easily pronounce" 

If you have 1-2hr a day 6-7 days a week to workout you can take some of that time to devote to your diet, you can't erase bad diet choices in the gym anyways.

There are plenty of healthy options out there even in the mainstream supermarkets now you just need to spend a little time to seek them out. Instead of buying a Mc Chicken and frys through the drive thru buy a whole chicken roast it yourself with a little steamed broccoli maybe some brown rice or quinoa.

If meat isn't you thing buy a few bell peppers and a can of beans a few tomatoes stuff em and roast them. 

Get Creative!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Fryfan said:

I think the Michael Pollen advice goes a long way - Eat what you want just make it from scratch.

If you want bread - bake a loaf from scratch.   If you want potato chips - cook them yourself.  If you want pizza, make a dough, a sauce, heck make your own cheese...

 

Beyond that I found it was easiest just to grow the veggie side of the meal and shrink the meat, up tofu, beans, dark leafy greens and soon you can pretty much cut meat out..

Love Michael Pollen, a great quote he had on "Cooked" his Netflix series 

 We live in an age when professional cooks are household names, some of them as famous as athletes or movie stars. The very same activity that many people regard as a form of drudgery has somehow been elevated to a popular spectator sport. When you consider that twenty-seven minutes is less time than it takes to watch a single episode of "Top Chef" or "The Next Food Network Star," you realize that there are now millions of people who spend more time watching food being cooked on television than they spend actually cooking it themselves

 

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i've almost successfully weaned meat entirely from my diet, and after a year of struggling i've gotten rid of almost all dairy and the high-carb comfort food i was replacing meat with.

i eat an inordinate amount of beans and i've gotten really creative with the stuff i can eat. i've done all this while undergoing a six-day-a-week weight training regiment and i've stacked on roughly 25 pounds and lost a couple inches around my waist. i consume at least 60g of protein a day in whole foods alone without meat, and combined with protein shakes and a small multivitamin course i've got all the nutrition i need.

i can't remember the last time i got sick. i'm probably in the best shape of my life.

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On ‎4‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 4:12 AM, Jangler said:

All bread sucks, cuz they load it up with sugar in America. 

That's just something I heard, but lick your next piece of bread. all you taste is sugar. 

Bread in America is just a less enjoyable Krispy Kreme donut.

I grind whole wheat in an old vitamix ,  and my wife bakes it into bread for us.  No added sugar or any of the other additives you get in commercial loaves. 

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2 hours ago, Paa Langfart said:

I grind whole wheat in an old vitamix ,  and my wife bakes it into bread for us.  No added sugar or any of the other additives you get in commercial loaves. 

try Jovial's Einkorn Flour. Its made from wheat that has never been modified.  Most bread out of the store doesn't even get moldy anymore...whats that about...well you know....

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