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I do eat less at meals. I found your blog via a recipe you posted for stuffed shells. Thank you for sharing your story. I felt strong and fearless, like I could do anything I tried rock-climbing, white-water rafting, scuba diving after I was able to lose the weight. The Zone diet promotes eating a balance of each nutrient, without severely restricting calories.

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Thank you for the comment on my blog. You are a beautiful woman who has an amazing gift for cooking. I just found your blog…via Eat Move Love and I am hooked! You are an amazing person and I love your story! Way to go on losing the weight and keeping it off. Andrea, thank you for your comment on my blog! You are officially my dose of inspiration for today.

Thanks for commenting on my blog! Yours looks great, and what an amazing success story! Glad I found another CT blogger….. Imagine what my face would look like with those banana muffins. Keep up the goods work you are gainging a fan base. I hope you are so proud of yourself because you really should be. I am always wondering what to make for dinner and now I know where to go to get wonderful, healthy recipes! Also, I love the step-by-step photos!

Your blog is the BEST!! I want to eat all of the food! Your favorite uncle is waiting!! Bye for now, love, Suzy. I am loving your blog, the passion you have for food really shines through. You always have such great and innovative recipes. You are truly inspirational: Did you just add this section?

I feel like I just met the woman behind the recipes….. You are an inspiration! Congratulations on successfully changing your eating habits and losing so much weight. The food you prepare looks like it could be served in a restaurant. The presentation is beautiful and everything must be so much more enjoyable to eat when such care is taken to prepare it. I am inspired to follow in your footsteps. I am also excited that you have included the nutrition info for some of your meals.

I am trying to lose 15 lbs. Thank you so much for your kind words, Catherine! It really means so much to me. Best of luck with your weight loss! I hope some of these crazy recipes will help!! What a great story. You have achieved something with your weight loss and maintenance that is extremely difficult. You should be so proud of yourself. I look so forward to reading more of your blog! Hey lady…do you have an email address? Sorry, I should make a little sub page with my contact info.

I live in CT too! Wow, amazing job on the weight loss! From my birth to the present sober for a few years, hiding the drinking for a few, now he is out and proud with his drinkin my dad has been a drunk. I am sure you know what I mean when I say I lived through some truly horrific incidents day in and day out. Your a film production assistant?! Do you love it? I give you props since so much rides on you and time is money!

You have such an inspirational story. You seem so happy now! And your job sounds really exciting too. I found your blog via a recipe you posted for stuffed shells.

I, too, am overweight and have tried many different ways to tackle the weight loss. I really want to make a change this time. Keep the awesome posts coming.

Sandy, thank you so much! I know how hard it can be to make lasting changes and lose the weight. You can do it, trust me. What a wonderful story! You really are inspirational. Thanks for your honesty… and your blog!

This is my first time visiting your blog, and your story is absolutely amazing. You are so inspiring!! I am very happy to have found your blog as well!!! It is truly my pleasure to have met you!! I love your blog Your story is so inspirational! I love your approach to leading a healthy lifestyle. Such a great story! You truly are an inspiration to others! Look forward to reading more about your blog!

I love your blog. I check it when I can. Your personal story is fascinating and definately inspirational. Your narratives are well written, insightful, informative, and fun. Your recipes are varied, easy to follow, textually interesting, colorful and the food looks absolutely delicious. The pictures are clear and you have a good eye. Your blog looks like a labor of love. I just came across your blog and am already so inspired! You have such an amazing story and I think it is wonderful and courageous!

You definitely serve as an inspiration! And your recipes look delicious. I love how easy to follow they are. Your story is incredible. Andrea you are such an inspiration and your blog is an amazing account of how strong of a woman you truly are!! I am not saying this just because you are soon to be part of my family, but because I am so proud to be a part of yours.

You are inspirational and beautiful! Katie, Thank you so so much. You are the perfect role model showing how to eat healthy, yet still enjoy certain foods that you love. I really appreciate your honesty and you being an amazing role model to so many people!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your words mean more than you can imagine. I appreciate your sincerity and kindness, every word touched me. Your story is really fantastic and it sounds like we share a similar philosophy regarding food. Congratulations on your weight loss!!! Seriously revealing my madness to the world. But thank you so much for the support and for your sweet sweet words! Love love LOVE your blog!!!

And you look so fab! Thanks so much, Hill! It was so so wonderful meeting you at HLS! I read your blog in woman world. I have been 90 pounds overweight for 33 years and have tried every diet there is, even weight watchers. Your plan is So easy and simple. I no I can do it, I want to be thin so bad. How long did it take you to lose your weight? Thank you for commenting! It took me about 13 months to lose it all. Trust me when I tell you that you can do it. Best of luck to you! Keep in touch if you ever have any questions!

I just bought WW because the cover attrated my attention. I lost my Mom to complications of Diabetes 10 yrs. So I try each morning to make better choices in my consumption of food, and exercise. I give into temptation, and wind up gaining the lbs I lose. I am so excited to have found your website, and I am very inspired by your journey.

I am hoping that I will discover a simular journey for myself: Try not to look at the big picture all the time. I found that just staying present- living fully in each moment of the day- really helped me to make the best decisions and stay with it. What a fabulous way to exercise! And group classes are fantastic for so many reasons! Thank you so much Andrea: I am trying to fill up on veggies and fruits.

Staying away from processed foods would benefit me in more ways then one. I seem to always feel bloated and sluggish after eating some breads, and I am lactose intolerant. So the fruits and veggies seem to make me feel more energetic and lighter feeling.

I will keep you posted, might check in every so often to let you know my progress. I am following you on twitter: He is very supportive: Andrea… your story is soooo inspirational. I hope your blog helps many others with their food intake. We need a more healthy population. I just found out about this website, and I must say this: I LOVE you already.

Well, I adore you. Your English was fantastic! Thank you so much for your kindness! I hope you cook some of these recipes and let me know if you like them! Love the blog, KerriAnn forwarded it to me. Keep up the good work and will enjoy reading more.

I remember your Mom and love the note you blogged about her using the internet and email. So fantastic to hear from you! I hope all is well with you and the family!! I made a bunch of your egg roll recipes last week. You are absolutely beautiful and inspiring: I am really glad that I found your blog!

Will definitely be trying out your recipes soon! Just discovered your blog, and I just have to say it is absolutely beautiful! You really know how to grasp the reader in, and every picture you take of each recipe is gorgeous.

Your blog is so inspiring. You are a wonderful writer. My husband and I are starting the Hunger Challenge today. I really get inspiration and ideas from your postings. Keep up the good work! I LOVE all your recipes and get so excited when you post a new one. I love how open and honest and hilarious you are on here and you are such an inspiration! Thank you thank you Meagan! Love your story— in the middle of my journey right now— eating healthier, exercising daily and finally seeing myself in the mirror with a smile: Not sure the topic will be helpful in my pursuit of healthy food though!

So I found your blog last night after a friend on facebook posted one of your recipes it was the mini lasagnes, so cute! Anyway, I was up all night, and first thing I did when I dropped the kids at school was come back and read some more!

I am just wondering, do you have any before pictures? I have committed to making at least one thing off your blog each week: I relate so much to your story.

I will definitely be checking back! I was reading through your posts and wanted to comment on how wonderful your blog is…then I saw you live in Seattle! I moved to Seattle almost 2 years ago with my boyfriend, we should get together sometime: I might be your new biggest fan — so glad I found your blog.

Keep up the great work! So you are not working in the entertainment industry anymore? I came across your blog tonight and am sitting here on the verge of tears. But your words are wise and so full of inspiration and truth. I have to do that. That number is just a tool, albeit a powerful one. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of light on the internet. So glad I found your blog.

You lost pounds, that is amazing! A friend posted a picture of your coffee cake muffins on her facebook after making them. I asked her what they were and she gave me your link. You are truely amazing and I giggle everytime I start reading. I sent the link to a friend today and told her that your words move me like a well written novel.

I found your blog on Pinterest and I am so psyched to make those buffalo chicken rolls, but more excited to have found your blog. Congrats on your success finding happiness and gaining health.

I look forward to interjecting some of your sage advice into my own life and trying some of your recipes!! Hey Andie I just want to say that I love your blog! Your food always looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous! You are an inspiring woman: What a joy to read your blog. Thanks for sharing your journey and your recipes. Your blog is so inspiring! You are an amazing writer. I look forward to more inspiring words.

Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I just found your blog.. I stumbled upon your website and see that you lost lbs. I am currently in the early stages of losing about that much myself. How did you do it? Any tips or suggestions you might want to share? I am really glad to have found your blog, I need inspiration!! Thanks so much for sharing! You inspire me to cook lighter for myself and my family! Not only do you speak what I feel, but we went to the same college and I think around the same time … so I feel even more connected to you!

However, the food habits of Hindus vary according to their community, location, custom and varying traditions. Historically and currently, those Hindus who eat meat prescribe Jhatka meat, [] while some Hindus believe that the cow is a holy animal whose slaughter for meat is forbidden.

Some followers of Islam, or Muslims, chose to be vegetarian for health, ethical, or personal reasons. However, the choice to become vegetarian for non-medical reasons can sometimes be controversial due to conflicting fatwas and differing interpretations of the Quran. Though some more traditional Muslims may keep quiet about their vegetarian diet, the number of vegetarian Muslims is increasing. The former Indian president Dr.

Abdul Kalam was also famously a vegetarian. Many non-vegetarian Muslims will select vegetarian or seafood options when dining in non- halal restaurants. However, this is a matter of not having the right kind of meat rather than preferring not to eat meat on the whole. Followers of Jainism believe that all living organisms whether they are micro-organism are living and have a soul, and have one or more senses out of five senses and they go to great lengths to minimise any harm to any living organism.

Most Jains are lacto-vegetarians but more devout Jains do not eat root vegetables because they believe that root vegetables contain a lot more micro-organisms as compared to other vegetables, and that, by eating them, violence of these micro-organisms is inevitable.

So they focus on eating beans and fruits, whose cultivation do not involve killing of a lot of micro-organisms.

No products obtained from dead animals are allowed, because when a living beings dies, a lot of micro-organisms called as decomposers will reproduce in the body which decomposes the body, and in eating the dead bodies, violence of decomposers is inevitable.

Jain monks usually do a lot of fasting, and when they knew through spiritual powers that their life is very little, they start fasting until death. Some Jains do not consume plant parts that grow underground such as roots and bulbs, because the plants themselves and tiny animals may be killed when the plants are pulled up.

While classical Jewish law neither requires nor prohibits the consumption of meat, Jewish vegetarians often cite Jewish principles regarding animal welfare , environmental ethics , moral character, and health as reasons for adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet. A number of medieval rabbis e. Many modern rabbis, by contrast, advocate vegetarianism or veganism primarily because of concerns about animal welfare, especially in light of the traditional prohibition on causing unnecessary "pain to living creatures" tza'ar ba'alei hayyim.

According to Genesis , consumption of meat was prohibited to human beings 1: Some advocates of Jewish vegetarianism, such as Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook , describe vegetarianism as an eschatological ideal to which all human beings must eventually return. Jewish vegetarianism and veganism have become especially popular among Israeli Jews. In , Israel was described as "the most vegan country on Earth", as five percent of its population eschewed all animal products.

Within the Afro-Caribbean community, a minority are Rastafari and follow the dietary regulations with varying degrees of strictness. The most orthodox eat only " Ital " or natural foods, in which the matching of herbs or spices with vegetables is the result of long tradition originating from the African ancestry and cultural heritage of Rastafari. Ital cooking in its strictest form prohibits the use of salt, meat especially pork , preservatives, colorings, flavorings and anything artificial.

The tenets of Sikhism do not advocate a particular stance on either vegetarianism or the consumption of meat, [] [] [] [] but leave the decision of diet to the individual. This is understood to have been for the political reason of maintaining independence from the then-new Muslim hegemony, as Muslims largely adhere to the ritualistic halal diet.

Guru Nanak said that over-consumption of food Lobh , Greed involves a drain on the Earth's resources and thus on life. Who can define what is meat and what is not meat?

Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian? Environmental vegetarianism is based on the concern that the production of meat and animal products for mass consumption, especially through factory farming , is environmentally unsustainable. According to a United Nations initiative, the livestock industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation worldwide, and modern practices of raising animals for food contribute on a "massive scale" to air and water pollution, land degradation , climate change, and loss of biodiversity.

The initiative concluded that "the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. In addition, animal agriculture is a large source of greenhouse gases.

Livestock sources including enteric fermentation and manure account for about 3. Meat produced in a laboratory called in vitro meat may be more environmentally sustainable than regularly produced meat. In May , Ghent , Belgium, was reported to be "the first [city] in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week" for environmental reasons, when local authorities decided to implement a "weekly meatless day".

Civil servants would eat vegetarian meals one day per week, in recognition of the United Nations' report. Posters were put up by local authorities to encourage the population to take part on vegetarian days, and "veggie street maps" were printed to highlight vegetarian restaurants.

In September , schools in Ghent are due to have a weekly veggiedag "vegetarian day" too. Some groups, such as PETA , promote vegetarianism as a way to offset poor treatment and working conditions of workers in the contemporary meat industry. Similar to environmental vegetarianism is the concept of economic vegetarianism. An economic vegetarian is someone who practices vegetarianism from either the philosophical viewpoint concerning issues such as public health and curbing world starvation, the belief that the consumption of meat is economically unsound, part of a conscious simple living strategy or just out of necessity.

According to the Worldwatch Institute , "Massive reductions in meat consumption in industrial nations will ease their health care burden while improving public health; declining livestock herds will take pressure off rangelands and grainlands, allowing the agricultural resource base to rejuvenate. As populations grow, lowering meat consumption worldwide will allow more efficient use of declining per capita land and water resources, while at the same time making grain more affordable to the world's chronically hungry.

Prejudice researcher Gordon Hodson observes that vegetarians and vegans frequently face discrimination where eating meat is held as a cultural norm. A market research study conducted by the Yankelovich research organisation concluded that "of the At least one study indicates that vegetarian women are more likely to have female babies.

A study of 6, pregnant women in "found that while the national average in Britain is boys born to every girls, for vegetarian mothers the ratio was just 85 boys to girls".

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the diet for human beings. For plant-only diets in animals, see herbivore. For types of vegetarian food, see vegetarian cuisine.

For other uses, see Vegetarian disambiguation. Vegetarianism in ancient India India is a strange country. On average, vegetarians consume a lower proportion of calories from fat particularly saturated fatty acids , fewer overall calories, more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, than do non-vegetarians. Vegetarians generally have a lower body mass index. These characteristics and other lifestyle factors associated with a vegetarian diet may contribute to the positive health outcomes that have been identified among vegetarians.

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The "restricted" eating patterns of vegetarianism and veganism can legitimize the removal of numerous high-fat, energy-dense foods such as meat, eggs, cheese.

However, the eating pattern chosen by those with anorexia or bulimia nervosa is far more restrictive than a healthful vegetarian diet, eliminating nuts, seeds, avocados, and limiting overall caloric intake. Archived from the original on March 18, Retrieved March 18, Find more about Vegetarianism at Wikipedia's sister projects.

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Liquid diets Very low calorie. Category Commons Cookbook Food portal, Health and fitness portal. Clark Alasdair Cochrane J. The plan also allows food substitutions for those of you who are transitioning away from meat, eggs and dairy. This kit contains a whole month of meals — Medifast Meals to be exact — as well as a wide variety of quick options, and just-add-water low-fuss microwave meals. The kit also contains a Welcome Kit, which includes a starting-up guide, a plan guide and a monthly food journal.

The largest and most expensive monthly kit includes 18 boxes of customer favorites — a total of meals, or servings. The Medifast website says you can have your lean and green meals whenever: Every lean and green meal includes 5 to 7 oz. The Medifast website provides some healthy alternatives to alcohol as well as healthier drink ideas.

You can combine your choice of one item from your lean protein list with three items from the veggie list and add whatever calorie-free seasonings your palette desires.

Medifast is a meal-replacement diet centered around nutritionally-fortified shakes and snack bars, and there are a number of similar products on the market that make use of these types of food products for weight reduction. A weight loss plan that provides controlled ready foods as well as food suggestions. It says it is supported by four decades of happy, slimmer customers.

Ameal-replacing shake said to support muscle growth and help with weight loss. It contains 23 vitamins and minerals, and 24 grams of protein. A popular Medifast alternative. Slimfast offers weight loss shakes and snack bars that are also fortified with vitamins and minerals to support your nutritional needs while following a reduced-calorie diet. The shakes and bars are available in the health and diet-food sections of most supermarkets. Slimgenix Pro is a dietary supplement whose ingredients include raspberry ketone and green coffee bean extract.

It meant to amp up metabolism, lower cholesterol levels, reduce appetite, boost energy and help with digestion. Their trained staff are available for one-on-one consultations and can help you track your weight, waistline and body part measurements along with changes in your body composition.

They can help you identify unhealthy eating habits that contribute to weight gain and give you strategies to overcome those challenges. You can search the official website for specific locations in your state or call Medifast toll-free at The Medifast nutrition plan helps you lose weight effectively by controlling your macronutrient combinations and lowering calories while keeping hunger and food cravings in check through frequent meal-replacement shakes and snack bars along with real food.

Total calories are around , per day, creating a caloric deficit that pushes your bodyweight down. But, carbs are reduced enough so that your body will shift toward burning body fat for energy within the first few days on a diet. The meals are also very low in fat and moderately high in protein. LiveStrong has a breakdown of the different ingredients that are used in Medifast meals [8]:. Sugars in Medifast include corn syrup and fructose.

Inulin and gum arabic are ingredients that add dietary fiber. Each serving provides about 20 percent of the daily value for most vitamins and minerals, so if you eat the five Medifast meals that the Five and One Plan recommends, you will probably meet your needs. Medifast diet meals are tasty, according to some dieters. The shakes and dessert bars are popular favorites, and the packaged snacks taste good too.

They even have microwavable entrees that you can use in place of your lean and green, homemade meals. Certain condiments are limited for caloric purposes, but most herbs and seasonings are allowed to improve flavor and satiety without adding calories. Consult your physician to see if a low-calorie diet presents any specific health concerns for you.

Medifast cost was difficult to track down since the company does not prominently post prices on its website. A loyalty program is on offer that allows customers to earn rewards and shipping discounts with each order. According to the Kushi Institute, a number of studies have shown Medifast to be a capable and safe dieting program:.

When on the diet, adult men could shed, on average, 67 pounds; women can lose up to an average of A clinical study from that was published in Internal Medicine looked at 45 weight-loss programs, including Medifast. Using low-calorie diet programs like Medifast led to significantly larger weight loss compared to counseling. The study also stated that Medifast had a better retention rate of customers than most other programs. Another clinical study in the Nutrition Journal looked at the charts of more than Medifast clients.

It found that those who stuck with the plan shed, on average, 24 pounds in 3 months, and an average of 35 in 6 months. Each participant, regardless of their age and gender, lost higher percentages of fat than muscle.

Medifast offers its customers an opportunity to lose weight and earn money at the same time through their MLM Multi-Level Marketing opportunity. The company has enjoyed much success throughout the years and had a market capitalization of over million. Medifast products have sold through their website, distribution channels, weight loss clinics and directly from medical doctors to patients.

With the great sales success of their products, the company began selling their products through MLM, sometimes called network marketing, and the company has significantly prospered. By selling their products through MLM marketing, customers of Medifast products not only can enjoy a healthier lifestyle, but they are also able to earn a steady income.

When those new members recruit others, the individual will also earn money off of those recruits. The compensation plan will reward a health coach for being a user of their products. They will also be rewarded for recruiting and retaining other clients. He says these are tasty. I had to eat this snack at home cause the chocolate was melted all inside the wrapper.

I may put these in my freezer. It could not stand up to Texas heat. The bar was smaller than i expected. The flavor was ok. I do not plan to buy this item again. The bottom line is that Medifast has been shown to be effective for weight loss. Several studies cited above showed that people who stuck to their Medifast plan lost more weight than people who followed food-based plans.

However, the key to any diet plan is to not only lose the weight but to keep it off. That part is completely up to you. What will happen when you reach your weight loss goal and stop dieting? You must figure out how to build healthy eating habits into your life to maintain your weight loss after completing Medifast or any other weight loss program.