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5/26/11 9:48 P

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Just eat lots of fruits, veggies, some beans, whole grains, nuts ect.

Start of by trying one new veggie a week along with a recipe.

Edited by: DS9KIE at: 5/26/2011 (21:49)
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5/20/11 6:38 A

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Thank you all for the warm welcome and the advice. I will try to get to the library this weekend and maybe I can find some good recipe books.

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5/19/11 1:36 P

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Hi welcome to the team, you have got some very good advice and you are on the right track keep up the good work


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5/19/11 9:43 A

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I am not a vegan, but eat vegan-ish most of the time.

My humble advice is to think about the flavor you'd like and adapt it to a veg meal. For instance, BBQ is a tough one for a lot of people to give up (well, ok maybe just me, I dunno) but I realized I like the BBQ sauce and the smoky sweetness, so I barbecue up some tempeh, or portabello mushrooms, or tofu or seitan or eggplant or, well, you get the picture.

The other thing I try not to do is freak out if I have a set back. I don't throw in the towel if I eat a piece of cheese. That being said, the cheese usually isn't as tasty as I thought it would be and I don't finish the piece. And I move on....

Hope that helps a bit. I whole-heartedly agree with IAMVEGAN; get your hands on cookbooks. It's the best way to start some creative thought in the way you feed your body and your soul. :)

Best of luck!

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5/19/11 8:37 A

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Hi welcome, I am not fulltime vegetarian but I joined this team for support and ideas.

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5/19/11 8:15 A

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I did a "Cold Turkey" transition to vegan-ism 2 years ago and have never looked back. It was difficult at first because I had to re-learn how to cook. At first I just made for my family a regular meal (meat, 2 veggies and a starch) and I would just eat the sides. I found that to be a good way to start but I needed something more nutritionally, so I learned recipes to add more legumes to my life. I found some good cookbooks from the library and made recipes that sounded good. After about 3 months of learning about 2 new recipes a week, I had a personal list of recipes that the whole family enjoyed and I stopped cooking meat altogether and we all became vegan at home. (They will sometimes order meat at a restaurant. I do not.)

I called up some friends and emptied my freezer of frozen meats and fish and here I am 2 years later. My cholesterol is 107, BP usually 95/70. I reached my goal weight by just eating right and letting my body take care of itself.(my weight is up now because of the drug regimen I am on that adds water weight. emoticon )

I have never been hungry because when you give your body the nutrition it needs, it doesn't ask for more food. (Have you ever had a 1,000 calorie big burger and fries meal and been hungry 2 hours later? That is because your body didn't get any nutrition from the meal and starts asking for nutrients. Now I eat a 350 calorie meal of veggies, legumes and maybe a sweet potato stew and it holds me over for hours and hours because it is full of the nutrients my body asked interesting phenomenon yes?)

Many people transition quickly as I did, and some find it easier to transition more slowly. They start with 2 or 3 vegan meals a week and take their time as they re-learn how to cook and how to live this new lifestyle. You decide what you think with work for you. We are here to support you and answer any questions you may have.

If you look at the several vegan/vegetarian team pages here on Spark, you will find discussion threads about many topics of interest to new team members. There are articles on getting enough protein, taking supplements, shared recipes, cookbook suggestions and many more. Look those over. Go to the Library and find some cook books. And jump right it...The water is fine.
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Edited by: IMVEGAN at: 5/19/2011 (08:19)
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5/19/11 6:51 A

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Hi all. I am new to the group and also new to the vegetarian/vegan way of life. I am trying it mainly for health reasons. I am about 25 pounds overweight and just feel "drained" all the time. I am hoping by eating better I will have more energy and lose the weight. I have been reading the book 21 Day Kickstart and have found the information in it very intriguing.

So, if anyone has any tips or tricks for keeping up with this lifestyle please let me know. I can use all the help I can get.

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