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Vegan Guide to Eating Out

Check out “VegGuide.org” – an awesome resource for vegans / vegetarians eating out. They have their restaurants organized by country, state, town and even have a category for airports (this would have been VERY helpful last month when my husband and I took our summer vacation)! While they all many not be 100% Weight Watcher friendly this will surely be a good source to guide you in the right direction. Remember it is OK to make substitutions and ask for changes when eating out – after all you are the one paying right?

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VegGuide has over 15,000 entries world-wide, and there are all sorts of features to help you find them. You can search for entries near a specific address, look for only vegan-friendly places, and much more. When you visit the front page, it automatically finds the restaurants nearest to you. Whether you are at home or on the road, VegGuide has everything you need to make your dining experience a pleasure.

VegGuide is a community-driven website, and anyone can rate an entry, write a review, or add a new entry. If you’ve visited a restaurant recently that you loved or hated, share that with us. To rate a place you’ve visited, just go that place’s entry on the guide and use the stars to the right of the entry’s name. Every entry also has a “Write your review” button below those stars. We love new reviews!”

I have already found a number of new places in my local area that I cannot wait to check out!

Be kind, feel good.

Em

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Using your extra 49 PointsPlus Weeklies

When I first started the Weight Watchers program I was SO afraid to use those extra weekly points they give you in fear that I would not lose weight at my next weigh in. This worked for me for the first few months, but after getting into a routine I found myself falling into bad habits and craving foods that I was forbidding myself to have. I finally realized that this is the beauty of the Weight Watchers program – that you can treat yourself AND continue to lose weight.

I do not use my extra 49 points on a weekly basis – this is just my own personal preference. I have spoken to other Weight Watchers members who swear by using them EVERY week and others that refuse to touch them. I think that everyone must find what works for them – experiment over several weeks using some, and then all, and see how your weigh in goes.

Going out to eat once a week is one of the ways I like to “spend” my extra 49 Points+. My husband and I found an adorable vegan restaurant in Lake Worth, FL called Darbster. Darbster is a dog-friendly restaurant which features a charming outdoor patio as well as indoor dining. I am always looking for vegan-friendly restaurants where I can have the freedom of being able to order ANYTHING from the menu without thinking twice. For this reason, Darbster is one of our favorite restaurants in South Florida. We have even enjoyed meals here with our non-vegan friends and family. Darbster’s menu features gardein as a meat substitute and Daiya as a cheese alternative.

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How do you like to use your extra 49 Points+?

Be kind, feel good.

Em

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Vegan Weight Watchers – Introduction

Welcome to the Vegan Weight Watchers blog! I will be adding multiple posts each week specifically written for people using the Weight Watchers program to lose or maintain weight while following a vegan lifestyle. Posts will include PointsPlus friendly vegan recipes, product and restaurant reviews, as well as interesting vegan tidbits from around the world and across the web.

My story:
My journey with Weight Watchers started in June 2009. I lost 25 lbs and became a lifetime member that October. I have since been able to maintain my weight loss while sticking to the Weight Watchers program.

My husband has struggled with gastrointestinal discomfort since we met in 2003. Following an endoscopy, no diagnosis was reached for my husband, and I was shocked when his doctor said he would be on medication indefinitely. After watching several documentaries and doing research online, I proposed trying out a vegan lifestyle (which almost instantly cured his lifelong stomach issues). Due to my experience with the Weight Watchers program, I knew I would have to be careful to stick to my daily PointsPlus values – it is a popular misconception that vegans only eat lettuce and are rail thin (more on this later…). However, I was disappointed about the lack of resources online for fellow Vegan Weight Watchers.

Stay tuned for ways to keep your weight loss journey interesting while sticking to a plant-based vegan lifestyle. I look forward to interacting and sharing with everyone!

Please feel free to leave your comments/suggestions or contact me directly at: emilee@veganweightwatchers.com

Be kind, feel good.
Em

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