@Rebecca: I have been on again off again vegan or vegetarian since I was 10 years old (except for some wild meat [when the mood hits] which for some reason I don't think of as "meat"). For the most part, I find that not eating meat makes me feel lighter, better, and focused. When I found Dr. Bernard I just kicked it WAAAAAAY UP with the beans! ha ha I found his recipes not hard to follow at all. Although, the steam/water cooking was new, it wasn't difficult. The 1st week of eating his way I lost 17 pounds. I'm pretty sure that was ALL poop. ha ha The second week I lost 12 pounds and the following 8 until it balanced out to 2 pounds a week (I think I spent a lot of time on the toilette ha ha). His recipes are great ( and sooooooooo low in points!!), but eating healthy and good isn't new to me either, so cooking with so many herbs and whole foods was easy. And to make his recipes even better I took out the fake vegan food he was recommending. That stuff has some weird ingredients in it and crazy salt.
I have a LONG way to go with my weight loss. I am looking at losing at least 100 pounds (gawd did I just use my outside voice to say that ha ha). I am 6'2 and wear my "extra" weight oh too well that everyone around me has become complacent with it; saying things like "you'd be too skinny if you lost any weight." But to be frank (does anyone use that word any more), I don't care about anyone else and their comfort levels with my weight. My health is affected, and therefore my quality of life. And I have control over my health.
I was thinking about posting some of Neal's recipes up here (low in points), like his sweet potato soup. drool one of my favzies!