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  1. Posted by Louise Blake on June 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I’m so excited! Thanks Robyn for all your support and help…am looking forward to learning & getting healthier!

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  2. Posted by Wendy Hindmarch on June 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    The blog idea sound fantastic! After the talk on Friday my two girls haven’t had any meat for 5 days and I have only had a small piece of organic chicken. I have just finished making lentil/ vegie soup for dinner tonight. We are keeping our two eggs for the family weekend breakfast. Thanks to Robyn for all the great information, I’m also looking forward to learning and getting healthier!

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  3. Posted by Sheridan on June 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Louise,
    Good on you for deciding to take this step, it all makes sense after chatting to Robyn. I’m vegan most of the time but have recently fallen off the bandwagon a little but after seeing this I’m motivated to get back on! Thank you and good luck! I look forward to trying Robyn’s new recipes too!

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  4. Posted by Lorella Ricci-Marriott on June 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Hey Robyn
    I’m usually very blog shy … but couldn’t figure out how to subscribe to this without typing in a comment. So here I am!! I’m inspired. Thanks for your energy and dedication. Much appreciated.

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  5. Posted by Kerryn on June 25, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Great idea Robyn! You deserve a big pat on the back. It’s one thing to live an ethical and healthy lifestyle, but to be able to inspire others to do the same is just awesome. Keep up the great work.

    Kerryn
    18 years veg

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  6. Posted by Kim Redmond-Fewtrell on June 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Robyn,
    Thank you so much for putting it down on cyber paper to help us walk the walk. I am grateful for your honesty. Most nights have bold aspirations, but when all are in bed and the dishes are done. There is a deep satisfaction in just having done it. But with your direction there is the opportunity to get it done well, not just done.

    Thank you for ideas and your frank mid-week resignation to the perishability of fresh living food.

    Hope to post some of my own wins in the very near future.
    Kim

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  7. Posted by Fenessa on June 26, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    What a great idea – I am so bored with our food choices as we have become stuck in the dinner rut where most (3 short people) just want to eat pasta and rice. So thank for this great blog and I am looking forward to some great inspiration!!!
    I would love to see a meal planner when you have 5 and are feeling inspired – we eat vege but I would love to see what another family do with their meals for the week.
    šŸ™‚

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    • Great idea Fenessa! Only problem is, I can’t remember what I made for dinner prior to Wednesday (is that a bad sign?). Will have to write it down this coming week, and post next Sunday.

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  8. Posted by David on June 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Hi Robyn, great blog – I’m recommending it to everyone.

    If you’ve got any ideas on daytime snacks – morning and afternoon – for busy Dads and Mums and kids – that would be great too. I struggle being prepared so I have the right thing with me in the office, so I don’t end up eating rubbish or eating nothing. David

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    • Hi David
      Good point. I suggest making some dips, or sweet goodies like Kim’s Tempting Truffles on the weekend. Get 5 plastic containers and, on Sunday night, pack them with dip and vegie sticks, truffles, dried fruit and nut mix, portable fruit like mandarins or grapes. Then they’re ready to grab in the morning when you’re heading off to work. I know how organised Louise is, so maybe she could write this on her whiteboard!
      Also, make sure you have some legumes at lunchtime. They will see you through the afternoon without the 3 pm slump that send people running for the office bickie jar šŸ™‚

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  9. Posted by Karen on September 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Hi Robyn, I recently finished a 21 day health challenge where we were basically encouraged to go vegetarian, amongst other positive health moves. As I was not having dairy or eggs either, I had delicious vegan meals for 21 days and I must say I never missed the meat! In fact, when I ate meat out at dinner on the 22nd day, I didn’t like it! The texture felt wierd in my mouth and after the meal I felt heavy and suffered indigestion. I am open to the possibility of being a lacto/ovo (limited) vegetarian, progressing to full vegan diet. However, fitting in socially and with carnivore hubby are my main concern. Oh and incidentally my clothes are looser, without exercising or even trying! Thanks for your support and inspirational blog šŸ™‚

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    • That’s fantastic, Karen! I often get this kind of feedback from clients after they’ve excluded meat for a while – when they eat it again, it tastes horrid and makes them feel heavy. The social implications are a psychological barrier when you’re first starting out, but I’ve found that the best ways to handle it are (1) don’t make a big deal about it, just tell hosts/waiters/caterers what you eat and what you don’t eat, and offer to bring a plate of veg food when you’re going to someone else’s place; and (2) have some concise ‘elevator speeches’ rehearsed to deliver to anyone who asks you about your food choices. The best approach is to say you’re experimenting with a vegetarian diet for health reasons, so far it seems to be working well for you, and then change the subject – unless they’re genuinely interested in your diet and want to learn more.
      And isn’t it cool to lose weight without trying!

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    • Posted by Louise on September 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Karen – congratulations! I made my transition from red meat 6-7 nights a week to vegan & feel better in every way – as do my family! I never asked my husband to change his diet, I just came home full of excitement about what I’d learned from Robyn & shared the info with him – well, I blurted it out & he just sat there. I made the same meals for the family as I usually do, just with less meat & diluted it with lentils, red kidney beans,grated carrot & onion to get them used to the textures. My husband was interested in the health benefits & asked me to explain it further “tell me why are we eating this again?”. It took a while & I just ate different foods until my husband & kids were ready for me to eliminate meat without them noticing, in fact, they told me that they preferred the flavours of the new ‘meat’! I would never in a million years have thought that my whole family could go vegan, but they have. You never know till you give it a try, baby steps & patience. I’m sure your hubby will be happy with a healthier, trimmer you, I know mine is. He’s now losing weight & tells me of his amazing new energy levels, and to his great surprise – his workouts are building his muscles better than before, but the workout hasn’t changed, only diet. His discovering the benefits his own way.

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