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3/28/13 9:51 P

Thank you for the help on what books to look into. Since I started this, I find I'm not hunger after a meal and that is a nice change. This is the first week I haven't had meat or dairy. My husband loves his meat and potatoes, good thing he cooks his own supper, as I'm not ready to try cooking both ways right now.lol

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
3/28/13 11:54 A

WHOLENEWME79 has good book recommendations. On the vegan cooking front, anything by Isa Chandra Moskovitz is great; I've cooked a bunch of things from "Vegan With A Vengeance", for example.

I'm not vegan, but my SO is; I tend to eat mostly pescatarian around the house (I eat a good number of eggs as well as fish, mainly sardines and similar). I don't have a health or ethical reason for going vegan, though I think the environmental case for eating *a lot less* meat is great, as is the animal welfare case against almost all 'factory' meat. Someone mentioned the Mediterranean diet -- or, if not the 'official' "Medterranean Diet" (tm), but the idea of veggies, fish, olive oil and nuts ... etc. --, and I'd say that's a great way to go. Anyway, living with a vegan, what works for us: lots of legumes ... lentils as well as various beans: protein, fiber, good carbs (paired with some but not a lot of grains, like brown rice). Lots of green veggies, both in salads and roasted or steamed. "Good" fats via nuts and olive oil; almost no saturated fat or trans-fats, and basically a lack of highly processed foods (though the Easter chocolate we have right now is a challenge!)

I still like a good steak or burger ... but I want a *good* steak or burger, medium rare and delicious, not whatever cheap cut I can get that has to be cooked well-done and slathered in sauce.

JENSTRESS Posts: 1,260
3/28/13 11:14 A

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Wow, good for you. I could never go vegan. I doubt I could even make vegetarian!!!

I agree with the PP. I would try to eat more pescatarian, then go from there. Pescatarian vegetarians still eat fish, eggs, milk, etc. If you don't eat any of these already, and don't eat meat, then you are almost vegan already!!!

Just make sure you are getting enough protein, and fats. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, and soy is supposed to be a good protein. Do your research, and you should be a happy person!

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 939
3/28/13 10:06 A

I know a few people now who are vegetarians, pescetarians (only fish) or vegan. I would start small because veganism can be a huge jump.

There are books out there for people interested in eating a plant based diet, you can google them if you desire. There are two you might find useful:

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Nixon

or

The Complete Idiots Guide to Plant Based Nutrition by Hever

Both are pretty introductory and have great recipes. If you can get by vegeterian, you can go vegan. Just remember, both of those lifestyle choices can be pretty restrictive, at least initially, and consider whether or not you can live this way the rest of your life.

Something else I would consider is that there is a growing body of evidence that Mediterranean diets are among the most healthy. You could look into that as well, as another stepping stone to the best life long diet you choose.

Best of luck!

Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 3/28/2013 (12:07)
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3/28/13 9:17 A

After so many health problem's, the questions came as to what I was real putting into my body. So of the many things one does is start reading about it. And now, I'm confused about how to get all I need. I find I'm not hugger and don't snake, but I'm not getting the calories they say I need. Any help in this would be great full.
Thank you, Robin

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