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Plant Based Diet

Johnny and I have been on a 'food journey'.  Both of us struggle with excessive weight and food related health issues. 

We read a book that made a convincing argument that, for the health of our hearts, we consider a plant based diet.   

This was frightening to me to consider cooking with no meat, no oil and no dairy:  milk, eggs, etc.  I have now learned the skill of being able to prepare meals this way.  I have learned to make delicious and healthy meals.    

So far, ten weeks into the diet, we have both experience tremendous positive weight impacts.   I have tried to drop twenty pounds that I have gradually put on over the last ten years.   Johnny is trying to drop about double that.   In these first 10 weeks, I have lost 8.5 pounds and Johnny has lost 17 pounds.   

Health wise - I have been extremely food allergy prone.   Food often makes me sick.   I was tested for allergies and found that I was allergic everything imaginable.   I decided to ignore the long list of 'don't eat' foods and just eat this plant based, healthy diet.   Since on this diet I have hardly have any food reactions!!!

The last comment, we are not pursuing this diet in a legalistic way.   We went on a vacation to celebrate our 40 years of marriage and ate whatever we wanted.  Two things occurred, our food choices tended to be better than than they used to be.  Second, our bodies have become like 'rubber bands', we each gained weight on our vacation.   When we got back to normal eating, we immediately dropped that weight and are moving back to the path of losing weight.  I believe we will lose weight until we get to the point where we are at our natural and normal body weight.

In this group I will try to put our learning, recipes and tips.   

Feel free to post, comment and share regarding your own food experiences.

This way of eating is formally called a "Flexitarian Diet" - i.e. it is a vegetarian diet that flexibly includes some meat.

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NOTE - it is important to have BOTH filling foods (high in carbs) AND fruits/veggies. If you have too many filling foods, they will cause your weigh to remain high.  If you have too many fruits/veggies - you will be hungry and unsatisfied, the diet will be non-sustainable.
NO oil or oil products (mayonaise, margarine, etc.)
NO dairy:  cheese, milk, eggs
NO meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, etc.)
NO peanut butter or nuts until at weight goal, then only occasionally
HELPFUL - To not have wheat products, especially to start.  Many people are reactive to wheat!

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All Recipes - Print Version

Started by Juanita. Last reply by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 1 Reply

Word doc. with all Recipes.Open and print all.   Or Open, select those you want to print - print them OR delete the ones you don't want and print them all.ChooseALL to Current - this will include all listed recipesSets -   Each recipe appears in a…Continue

Fruit Bowl

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

       Use the kinds of fruit you like.   2 or even 3 cups per person is a good serving.  Chop and put in big bowls.         Watermelon       Cantaloupe       Cherries       Blue Berries       Strawberries       Kiwi       Mango       Orange     …Continue

"Corn Chips"

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

     Cut a stack of Corn Tortillas into 1/8's.      In one layer, broil until crisp.  Turn them once or twice as they broil.   WATCH CLOSELY.   If you broil too long, they burn.  If you broil too short they are chewy and not crisp.   After you get…Continue

Bean Spread and Bean Spread Wraps

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

1 can cannelini beans (also called white beans)  Variation - use Black Beans!1 tsp salt2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped1 Tablespoon lemon juiceWhirl in blender or food processor until smoothThis will be very mild and can be used for any number of…Continue

Meatless Ground

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

Soy based Ground Beef SubstituteI use Yves Veggie Cuisine Meatless Ground.   12 oz = 1 lb of hamburger.  THIS IS GREAT STUFF!  I got it in Walmart near where they have prepared Salad Mixes where they have no-milk cheese.  This is there in a small…Continue

Stuffed Cabbage

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

        1 pkg Meatless Ground        12 cabbage leaveslarge outer leaves         2 medium onions-finely chopped         1 sm green…Continue

Spinach Salad

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

Fresh spinach leaves - put them in a bowl, sprinkle them with balsamic vinegar and salt.  This is a great salad to put 'under' things - especially main dish items like grilled fish and stuffed portobellos.Continue

"Crab" stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

       Imitation Crab.  I get the one that is all fish.  Allow about 4 oz. crab per person       Spray Pam or olive oil       Cilantro       2 Limes, quartered           Cut 3-4 peeled garlic cloves into thick slices (1/8" thick)       Spray pan…Continue

Spaghetti over Green Beans

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

Spaghetti          Spaghetti Sauce -Find a product that has .5 or LESS per 1/2 cup serving.   I like Hunts in a can.  Don't use meat flavored sauce.  12 oz Meatless ground to sauce = a GREAT sauce           Green Beans - I use canned french cut…Continue

Menu Ideas

Started by Juanita Aug 5, 2012. 0 Replies

Quick Meals/Lunches       Have foods on hand for 'emergency' meals and lunches.       Progresso Lentil Soup.  Serve as is from can or put this over rice and garnish with cilantro - delicious and FILLING.       Progresso Garden Vegetable soup.  …Continue

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Comment by Juanita on March 27, 2015 at 12:20am

We don't advocate a legalistic approach to plant based diets!


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