to the team, Brandi!! Being vegetarian isn't as hard as some people make it out to be, plus you have some awesome reasons for wanting to become vegetarian, so that should make it a lot easier. We're all here if you need any support and/or advice
When you have the chance, I' check out some good vegetarian/vegan cookbooks if you haven't already. Try the engine 2 cookbook for starters. Of course - it goes without saying that a subscription to Vegetarian Times is well worth the price. It has been a blessing in many ways for me. Lastly - if there is a vegetarian/vegan group in your area, I'd investigate it.
Enjoy your veg adventures!
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Welcome. Just remember to be healthy you have to eat the healthy plant based foods and stay away from the unhealthy ones. It is really easy to be unhealthy in our culture with all of the packaged junk and fast food around. But you have the best goal to help your child learn how to be healthy and have a healthy life. Find some good cookbooks at your local library with recipes that look good to you both. Cook and prepare meals together. That way she will try new foods and buy into eating what she makes even if it is new to her. A child needs to be exposed to a new food about a dozen times before they are willing to add it to their repetror especially if they say they don't like it the first 11 times they see it. So keep making it for YOU if you like it and eventually she will eat it too (or maybe not) but don't give up on foods right away. But don't push them on her either. Food choices changes a lot as children age so keep trying new things. And have a sense of humor about things that you like and don't like. Always have a back up plan when new recipes are a failure. But always cook at home 90% of the time. That is the only way to be healthy. A simple flavored brown Rice and Beans wrapped in a tortilla with sweet potatoes and salsa is always delicious, cheap and quick. Throw in some fresh tomato and romaine lettuce and YUMMO! That is my back up plan when a recipe doesn't work. Or I throw some lentils and brown rice in my pressure cooker and no chicken stock and in 8 minutes I have dinner.
Hello All, My name is Brandi and I am a budding vegetarian. I guess right now I am a flexitarian but I want to be vegan. I know that it is healthier for me and I want to help the environment too. I am looking at really just getting healthier over all. If that includes loosing weight then that is fine by me but that is not my over all goal. I want to be a role model for my daughter who has just turned 5. I would love all the encouragement anyone is willing to give to me.
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