I 'm a 43 year old male and have been an on and off vegetarian for 6-7 years. I let some streesful situations get to me in the past 1-1/2 years and have eaten horribly. Fast food, processed meats and just about anything. That and a marriage that just doesn't work has contributed to a depressed downward spiral. I was usually around 170-175lbs at 5'11" but went ups to 210lbs. I also have been having 2-3 drinks every night. A week ago I said enough is enough and went back to being vegetarian and no alcohol. I do feel better already. I like to rely heavily on ethnic foods. I love Indian and Thai. I have been having a shake for breakfast with orange juice and a supplement called source of life. It has non-gmo soy and greens,minerals,vitamins in it. Then I snack on bananas,oranges,apples,raisins,grapes, and the like all day. Dinner is either a big salad with walnuts and almonds on it or some lentils or a healthy stir fry. I will occaisionally have some cheese or eggs but not often. I already lost about 5 pounds in a week. I have gone veggie for a couple years at a time and I feel like a totally different person when I do. Much more peaceful,happy,and calm. I love animals and feel very guilty about contributing in harming them in any way. I love to exersize and have found yoga to be very theraputic.