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  1. I just wanted to share my success story, in case there are vegetarians or vegans out there who need a little encouragement to give this a try. A little background: I am a long-time vegetarian with thyroid and autoimmune issues, 42 years old and with some weight I'd like to lose. When I did a Whole 30 last year, I dropped 8 pounds and experienced other great NSV's, so I thought I'd go back to what I know works. This time, I lost 9.4 pounds, and my BMI went from "overweight" to "normal!" Woohoo! Other equally-important victories: Stable/improved energy levels, better mental clarity, less bloating/gas, healthier-looking skin, no obvious autoimmune flare-ups, better self-esteem and will-power, and this time I actually got to experience Tiger Blood. I read the forums every day while on the Whole30, because I learn so much and feel so supported hearing about other people's experiences. Even though I have come across many who find the second round harder, I actually had an easier time. Here's what I changed that I think helped me: Vegans do need to consume some plant protein, and I did my best to follow the Whole30 Vegan recommendations. Last time, for protein, I ate mainly properly prepared legumes, but also included some tofu and quinoa. This time I eliminated all grains and soy, relying solely upon a variety of properly prepared legumes. This time, I made a strong effort to stick to the template. I was sure to eat within an hour of waking up, and I spaced my meals properly. I ate enough so that I was rarely hungry to the point of needing snacks. On those occasions when I did need snacks, I was mindful about what I chose (doing my best to eat a mini-meal). There was only one time when I was away from home and had to resort to a Larabar. Also, about half-way through I cut out fruit entirely--just because I really had no sugar cravings and felt like I didn't need or want it. I am so grateful and proud of myself! I hope this post helps any vegans or vegetarians who have bravely decided to go for the Whole30. You can do it!
  2. I am so hangry right now.. I'm curious to see what everyone's daily meal plans looks like. Right now mine is something like this (but again, this is day 1): 1: 6 prunes and a hand full of almonds 2: 2 clementines 3: Salad with 2 hand fulls of spinach/arugula, 1 hand full of cabbage, 1/2 avocado, splash of balsamic vinegar & EVOO 4: 2 hand fulls of carrots and a hand full of almonds 5: 1 sweet potato with whole mustard I also consume a gallon+ of water a day and have the occasional cup of black coffee. I don't think I am consuming enough of anything but I didn't get hungry until now (5:00pm). So maybe this is normal? I didn't do enough planning so I am worried about staying on track and using a sustainable meal plan. Any help is greatly appreciated. Friendly reminder: I need VEGAN suggestions and examples, not vegetarian. Thank you so much in advance! All the best, Stephanie
  3. BKA

    Cauliflower Bechamel

    Yesterday, I had a lot of leftover filling (ground beef, tomato, and a bunch of other vegetables) from my stuffed peppers a couple of meals prior. I put the leftovers in a cake pan, covered with sliced eggplant, and made this amazing Bechamel sauce that I thought others might be interested in. Here's the link The sauce itself was amazing, and my adult daughter, who's doing the Whole30 with me, said the meal was her favourite Whole30 one yet (and we've been cooking up a storm!). Barb
  4. Hi everyone this is my first Whole30 and overall I think it's going really well. Today is the halfway mark and I just can't get this off my mind. I have been a vegetarian/vegan for the past 9 years and am now eating animal protein because I am a firm believer that the soy and grain replacement products for meat have been extremely detrimental to my health. I also can't see a way to get enough protein from just plants themselves. Many vegans out there may disagree with me, but after 9 years of trying to nourish myself I am only left with IBS and other inflammatory problems in my body. On the Whole30 my energy is still leveling out but overall I feel much better. HOWEVER, I can't help but feel like I am eating way too much animal meat! I have reinforced my belief system for so long that humans can live healthy, long, sustainable lives completely from plants and too much meat can ruin your health. The Whole30 is really shaking up this value. I have especially drank the cool-aid when it comes to the negative affects of the meat industry on climate change. On Whole30, the only way I can seem to make meals work is if there is an animal protein on the plate. I suppose it's a bit of an existential crisis for me. Does anyone have any research, reflections, or thoughts on this topic they would like to share with me? I know this is not the majority. Most people go through this epic lifestyle change to become vegetarians/vegans and here I am going in the opposite direction. Thank you in advance for all of your help.
  5. Bellmaestra

    Pumpkin Curry Soup

    I made a Pumpkin Curry Soup today that was really tasty. I used a small pie pumpkin, and the texture was so lovely; it was much nicer than butternut squash and/or sweet potato. Cut a small "pie" pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and fibers, put cut side down on a sheet pan, and roast at 375F for about an hour. Let cool and scoop out flesh. In a large saucepan, saute an onion in ghee, and add some curry, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and other spices you like, such as cinnamon. Add about 3-4 cups of homemade chicken stock, the pumpkin, and a can (or tera-pack) of coconut milk, and mash together. Add some browned ground beef if you like, or you could add some chicken, or use veggie stock and leave out the protein for a vegan dish. Heat and serve When I make butternut or sweet potato soup, I usually whirl in the blender, but this was so silky and heavenly, mashing it was enough, And canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling) could substitute for the fresh pumpkin. Stephanie
  6. Susan P

    Vegan newbie

    Hello group. I am 61 years old, a lifetime vegetarian, and vegan the past 8 years. I have been exhausted for quite a while, and stress eat. My work dining has chips which have been my "go to". I am starting day 2. I thought I was good yesterday, but found I felt very hungry. I had roasted yams and potatoes with avocado and salsa for breakfast, a peach, then had experimented and made a batch of grain free non sweetened "granola". I ate that late morning. I made a salad with avocado, seeds, and pecans, with a think vinegrett for lunch, and a spoonful of sunbutter. Dinner I cooked zucchini noodles, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes with diced tomato and peppers. I am committed to staying vegan. Any ideas on protein?
  7. So has anyone seen the Netflix documentary What the Health, Its mostly about how bad meat and eggs is for you. I'm freaking out and trying not to fall into the hype but I look up everything they mention and they're not wrong. Has anyone else seen it? Any thoughts?
  8. I have been a vegetarian for 20+ years and vegan off & in within that timeframe. I am a 42 year old female. I am a marathoner/ultrarunner, very healthy and active generally speaking -- I stumbled upon Whole30 as I am constantly looking for ways to "heal" my weird relationship with sugar/sweets/carbs....I would like to lose and few lbs and tone up, though my main objectives are to increase steady energy levels, regulate mood and get off this crazy sugar train! I have yet to read any real success stories from vegetarians and/or vegans. Not sure if that's b/c it is not appropriate for vegetarians or if folks have tried and found it difficult or ??? I am willing to eat eggs, tempeh, tofu, edamame and the occassional nut...(i tend to go overboard there as well). Any stories out there? good/bad/interesting/helpful? Thank you!
  9. I could stay with the Omnivore but I'd really like to use some of the Vegan Protein choices. I started with the Omnivore because that's what I am, but I've quickly realized how few meals I was eating with meat. I had been eating lots of fruit and vegetables with Orgain or Garden of Life's Raw Meal (I know those are off-limits - as are some of the other super stimulating bad foods I was eating). Could I add hemp protein and/or organic whey powder to the omnivore choices? Or if I 'switched' to vegetarian, what about adding fish to the vegetarian protein choices?
  10. Hi, this is my first post and it kind of crosses over a few topics, but it's basically a cooking question, so here I am. I'm about to start my first Whole30 and I want to be prepared with recipes and a plan. My boyfriend is very supportive, but vegan. I'm not vegan, but when I cook dinner for both of us, it's usually vegan. What I'm looking for is a good stockpile of recipes (or suggestions) for curry or stir-fry type things that each of us can customize: like a cabbage-coconut curry (he can toss in some tofu and I can add a salmon portion). The problem is most vegan recipes work hard to include legumes or soyfoods, and I can't find many paleo vegetable recipes that aren't totally boring. Anyone have any awesome suggestions? I know we can do this!
  11. Is there a list anywhere of non meat protein sources? I've got the ISWF vegi shopping list but all it suggests is Eggs then for dairy I think it suggests yoghurt and Keffir (which I have not a clue about) tempeh natto (never heard of) edamame or tofu and 'various beans' as a second choice. Given that I have never seen natto or keffir and edamame are thin on the ground as is tempeh I'm trapped with eggs, tofu and yoghurt - not a whole lot of fun for 30 days. Any clues as to the 'various beans' would be gratefully recieved.
  12. Hi Everyone! I am very very new to this and wanting to start my 30day challenge tomorrow. I was planning on downloading the e-book today. I'm curious if anyone can offer any advice as how to do this the best way as a vegan. I cam vegan because I don't like meat but also because I am extremely allergis to all dairy, including eggs. If you have any insight, It would be greatly appreciated!
  13. Primal Ballerina

    Airline Meal Preferences

    Every time I book a flight, the airline asks what my meal preference would be in the event I were to be upgraded to first class. Given that I spend about 8 hours a week on an airplane, this fantasy may soon become a reality. Unfortunately, there is no "Paleo" option... The choices are as follows: no preference diabetic gluten free japanese meal kosher low cholesterol low calorie low fat low sodium / no salt muslim vegetarian / non dairy vegetarian / milk / eggs Usually, I choose the diabetic option, because at least I'll know that the amount of sugar in the meal is taken into consideration. What would you pick?