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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
10/1/11 8:07 P

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I did a clean sweep when I first went GF. I gave all the stuff I couldn't have to the neighbors (who are definitely less fortunate!). As far as the cost, you are probably going to be OK. Organic meat is expensive, but beans and such are really not! What kills you are specialty items. If you stick to things you can make yourself you will do fine. I tried to go vegetarian before, and as soon as I stopped eating it, all I wanted was meat! emoticon

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10/1/11 3:00 P

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I am a stay-at-home mom, and now that school is back in I should have time to make homemade things. Been doing fairly well so far. I really hate to waste food, so I'm kind of gradually stepping into the vegan thing lol! If it's reasonably healthy I'm eating it, even if its not totally vegan. It will take some time but I hope to clean out the pantry soon and give away most of the "junk" and replace it with real food! I can't imagine anyone doing this completely overnight, especially with a limited budget and kids... boy are they gonna hate this lol!

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
9/29/11 9:01 P

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I am not a vegetarian by any means but I do eat very clean and organic whenever possible. I find that making as much as I can from scratch not only is healthier but saves money to offset the cost of organic products. I look for deals at coops and health food stores, store brand items like tomato paste, bulk foods (as long as they are kept away from say the wheat flour!), local farm markets and farmstands, and basing my choices on what is in season. I don't use much bread, so I don't even bother trying to make that but I have made my own corn tortillas. I make all my condiments also.

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9/29/11 7:15 P

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Yeah Forks Over Knives has turned a LOT of people I know into looking into more plant-based diets. I don't have any real good tips to share except that if you have a public library near you I'd suggest checking out some books that will help you in the transition. I especially recommend the Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. Although, I haven't found many books that hit on both gluten-free and vegan.

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MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!

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If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!

FOOD TASTES GOOD
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9/29/11 5:41 P

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Been thinking about this a lot, especially about eliminating as much processed food as possible... it makes sense that if you go all the way down to staples, then you have the least chance of getting glutened, right? Vegetables and fruits and grains, fresh and homemade as possible... not gonna make my own pasta, but will make my own GF bread. Not sure what other processed foods I will get into, but they will all be organic/vegan/gf. That's a tall, specific order and its getting kind of daunting lol. Anybody do this and have tips, or brands they trust? (Don't watch Forks Over Knives or you will be obsessed with it too lol!) I am on a vegan team too and will ask in there as well, but wanted to get GF input.

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