I do understand why you feel overwhelmed. New things require more thought, and planning usually. But I'm here to tell you that in 4 months your new habits will feel comfortable. That's not to say that right now won't be a bit of a pain, but it'll pass. You have an advantage in that you already like to cook. (That wasn't the case for me.) But it will still be an effort to try the new things instead of the things that are currently comfortable for you. But soon, those things won't be new anymore, and you'll be rockin'!
Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme. - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
Terra, I am a newly established vegetarian. Not ready to go that extra step yet. I am enjoying not eating animal flesh. It never bothered me before but now it is a real turn off. It is very important for all of us who are transitioning to enjoy the journey.
Good for you for choosing to lead a healthier lifestyle! The nice thing about veganism is.that you can cook most grains ahead of time. Then when it comes time to make dinner, just heat up some vegetables, throw in some spices, maybe some tofu, and voila! Start with these basics, then soon you can start trying some new things. If you have a vegan store nearb, then try some seitan. My husband will eat seitan, but he's leary of tofu. He's trying to vegetarian 6 days a week! Ive been vegetarian for almost a year and I love it! I try to make vegan choices as much as possible. But going out to eat sometimes is nearly impossible to find something vegan on the menu thats not too boring. Have fun!
There is no passion in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela
Always do what you're afraid to do ~George Bernard Shaw
You can cook a regular American diet but just leave the meat out. Or, if you're going vegan, just leave the animal products out. I find that that's the easiest thing to do. Then, spark people has it's menu planner that you can set to vegetarian and its recipes that have vegan recipes included. The McDouggal cookbooks are vegan and have easy to prepare recipes that don't include "exotic" ingredients.
Way to go on almost completing your fast! I found that if I could make something like a soup or cabbage or kale salad that would last a few days I could count on eatin that when hunger striked or life happened and I didn't get to spend as much time on meal prep/planning as hoped. I try to experiment with a new recipe every week, but it doesn't always happen. Spagetti sauce, make it generic with spices tomatoes and lots of chopped veg. Then cook separately lentils for you to add and ground meat for the carnies in your life. I make ahead and freeze a few items that take alot of prep like vegan bacon an chickpea cutlets. And I make a lot of green smoothies. Good luck!
Hi all! Well, I am about to finish a 30 day juice fast and will be moving on to a diet that is plant strong and animal free. I became convinced after much research that this was the healthy way to go. Forks over Knives among other movies and books were real eye openers. I have bought many cook books and have a ton of recipes to try, but i got to be honest many of them look very overwhelming. I have bought nutritinal yeast, quiona, millet, chia seeds, rice flour, ect....
I am wondering if to start off with I should just stick to salads and fresh fruits and than try to start cooking vegan. I love to cook and don't know why I am feeling overwhelmed. It is just so different from what I am used to and the mainstay ingredients I am used too.
My husband and kids are not buying into this completly, but I am hoping they will like some of the meals enough for them to be animal free a few nights a week.
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