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5/30/07 11:39 P

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Great point, Jackrabbit, about being careful of the "faux" products from a health perspective. Plus, I think they all fail at the edibility test. Tofu dogs? I'd rather eat dirt!

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2. run/walk 40+ miles/week
3. lose my last ten pounds by June 1st
4. maintain my weight for the rest of 2011
5. Train for my 60-mile walk
6. Eliminate my quilt UFOs by actually finishing everything I have started


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5/30/07 11:19 P

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Hi. I've been a vegan for about 2 1/2 years now. I jumped right in cold turkey. I ended up eating alot of PB&J sandwiches and potato chips. I totally did the unhealthy carb thing. I don't think I was quite prepared to go straight from hardcore meat-eater to vegan. So, maybe you don't have to do it gradually, but make sure you are prepared and are ready to put some effort into your eating. For the last 6 months I have been eating healthy and making sure I get alot of variety. I recommend being careful about using too many premade foods and meals and faux meat and cheese because they can have alot of sodium, calories and fat. Cooking for yourself is definitely the best way to go.

 
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TERJEGOLD's Photo TERJEGOLD SparkPoints: (169,015)
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5/30/07 7:44 P

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I can't realy speak to the conversion process since I can't remember not being Vegan. It was 1977 when I converted which was exactly the time I left home for college. Having said that, I think it is a good idea to keep it simple at first, think of dishes you have always enjoyed and see if they can be modified to exclude animal-based products. At first, I would suggest you not worry too much about the "hidden" animal stuff like cassein and geletin but go for the 90% of obvious animal sources. That will reduce any stress you might be feeling with accidentally eating an animal product you are unaware of. Then, perhaps set aside a little time each week to find a recipe or two that sound interesting and start digging into the world of vegan cooking. One website I really like is http://www.fatfreevegan.com/ I could spend hours there just looking for new ideas. Finally, learn one or two good egg substitutes for baking. I like to use ripe bananas for things that are going to be sweet anyway and I use a flax seed & water mixture for other binding needs. There are several other great options, too. Good luck on your journey. I think it;s worth it.

Terje
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2011 Goals:
1. gym class 4+ x/week
2. run/walk 40+ miles/week
3. lose my last ten pounds by June 1st
4. maintain my weight for the rest of 2011
5. Train for my 60-mile walk
6. Eliminate my quilt UFOs by actually finishing everything I have started


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5/28/07 5:55 P

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Totally doable! The only time I used milk pre-vegan was to hold up my cereal and in baking anyway. Soy milk is a great sub and I actually prefer it. I like almond milk for the occasional smoothie (with 1/2 frozen banana and strawberries or blueberries! Yum!).

I like the silk brand of soy yogurt. It's a nice snack every once in a while and it's great for making parfaits with fresh strawberries.

I use Earth Balance sticks as a butter replacement in baking.

I'm not much for the cheese subs. At this point cheese is so offensive that even the cheese subs gross me out. This I never suspected. I was famous from melting cheese on everything and never imagined living without it.

DH found it tough to give up 1/2 and 1/2 for his coffee. I haven't had coffee in years, so that wasn't a problem for me, but eventually DH decided that the silk soy creamer was just as good. I had it in the house because it's a key ingredient in the not-ice-cream recipes on veganicecream.blogspot.com

Since we're all working on losing weight, we won't go to that site often. Right?

Stay in touch and let us know how you're doing. Feel free to send an email if you have any questions or concerns.





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5/28/07 4:50 P

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I have decided to do it kind of gradual. Kind of...

I will go shopping tomorrow and buy vegan products but will use up those veggie things in my cupboard.

I will also stick to veggie stuff when eating out if I don't have a choice. e.g. theres a BBQ I said I would attend next Saturday.

So no more milk for me... hiw doable is this? With you as my role modle what more could I want?

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5/27/07 6:02 P

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Hi Judith! Welcome!

I'm a big believer in the cold turkey method. Just do it. I went from cheese-loving-meat-eating omni to vegan overnight. No great stress. There is certainly a learning curse, just like with anything new, but if you stick to whole food and avoid anything processed, you'll be fine. No labels to read on broccoli emoticon

There are many great internet resources to help with product ingredients. Whey (from milk) seems to be the weird thing I find in foods you'd never expect it to be in. And then of course there's my recent lesson - there are anchovies in worcestershire sauce. Who knew?

For the most part, we avoid processed foods anyway, so it's not much of an issue in our home. Eating out is sometimes a challenge and I've found that making plans ahead of time, asking questions and researching the menu before you arrive makes all the difference in the world. I've had some wonderful off-menu restaurant meals because I asked.

Congrats on your choice to become vegan!


Oh! And remember, hummus is your best friend.



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5/27/07 3:34 P

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I had only been vegitarian for a month or two when I went vegan overnight. Huge learning curve. I found I had to read labels I never suspected I would need to read. There are milk and egg products in the most unlikely places. I have to say though that over all it's been very easy for me. I find it's much harder for those around me. They are always trying to accomodate me when I really don't need that much accomodating. Anyway.... I wish you luck and health. If you have questions or concerns this is the place to be. Lots of willing hand holders.

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5/27/07 1:12 P

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Hi... I'm Judith.

I have been vegetarian for years but am now making the switch to a vegan lifestyle.

Any hints much apppreciated.. should I go gradual or quick?

Any foods that sound ok that aren't? What can I advoid?

I hope to absorb information as I lose weight.

Look forward to getting to know you.

judith

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