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3/5/13 8:58 P

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Thank you everyone =)

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3/5/13 6:25 P

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Thanks Medusa... Is this the book?

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3/5/13 5:25 P

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Hi guys! I've been a veg for 12 years now. Honestly I didn't feel really the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle until a few years ago. It took me years to learn and really care about balanced nutrition, I switched over then because of animal cruelty and some other reasons. It was easy for me since I was never a big fan of meat, I was the kids my mom had to fight tooth and nail with to get to eat a quarter sized piece of meat. In the beginning of my vegetarian journey i sort of just carbo loaded.

Over the years I've tried more and more veggies and since I love to cook, I love experimenting with different cuisines. In the past few years, I really noticed that when I upped my protein amount I wasn't getting a dip of energy around 3 pm.

One of the books that helped me learn about food and it's not a vegetarian book, is called "Get a real food life". It really breaks down nutrition and what foods have the right vitamins, proteins, etc. It was on clearance for $4 at a local health food store, you can prob find it on Amazon or Half.com cheap. It's worth the read, Also there are some tasty vegetarian recipes in it.

Good Luck!

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3/5/13 4:26 P

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Thanks for the information. I'm new to this way of eating too thanks to Forks over Knives. I have their cookbook and have made a couple of things from it already. Surprisingly good.

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Welcome! I get most of my protein from Lentils, Beans, Tofu, Tempeh, Quinoa, Soymilk, and some dairy products like Greek Yogurt and cheese. I would like to cut dairy out completely but they are a convenience when I need to grab and go in a hurry. I definitely feel healthier since cutting out the meat a year ago! I sleep a lot better, I'm regular (if you know what I mean), and I feel lighter. It doesn't take long to reap the benefits :)

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3/5/13 9:31 A

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Forks over Knives cookbook has great family friendly meals. It's been a lifesaver in my household!

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't...You're right!

Inside me lives a skinny woman...but I can usually shut the b*tch up with cookies! :o)


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3/4/13 7:30 P

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Don't bother telling anyone, or trying to get their approval, even us. Just do your thing and keep it to yourself. It's like religion. Do what's right for you, don't try to convert others and when someone gets wind of what you are attempting, grin nicely at their advice, and walk away.

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3/4/13 5:17 P

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There's another thread called 'Why are you veg*n' which addresses the motivations. Yes I feel healthier. I don't know of anyone who seriously ate a plant strong diet who felt worse, or didn't find their health indicators (whatever you're interested in: weight, blood pressure, pre-diabetes, etc.) moving in the right direction.
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3/4/13 4:18 P

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Thanks for the support =)

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3/4/13 3:28 P

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Change takes time especially for family members who may not be convinced so easily.
I just cut way down on the portions of meat and added more produce.
It will happen in time.

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Hi Megan!

Thanks for joining this team - I hope you'll find lots of advice and support here. I was an on again, off again vegetarian for years, with each round having its own reasons. I went veg once because I fell in love with a vegetarian, and once because I was too broke to afford meat. None of them lasted because I didn't bother to educate myself on nutrition. I've been a committed vegetarian now for 4 years. I do feel healthier as a vegetarian, I feel like I have a lot more energy. I take a B12 supplement and a daily multivitamin but I don't rely on them. I eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and non-wheat whole grains. I have a toddler who is vegan, and my husband has been vegan for 15 years.

For a starting point I would get reading. Some excellent books I can recommend are:
Get It Ripe by Jae Steele
Your Vegetarian Pregnancy by Holly Roberts
Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina et al.
The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook by Diana Shaw

Most importantly, you'll need support because the anti-veg forces out there are strong. A lot of people don't like being reminded that their diet causes pain and suffering and environmental destruction. Hopefully your husband is on board, but if not, he can always cook his own steak. The team is here for you :)

Keep asking questions.

With compassion,
H

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I have cut down my meat intake a lot over the past year and would really like to cut it out completely, I think. After watching a couple of documentaries this weekend, I am commited to eating it even less. I was wondering what your motivations were and if you feel "healthier" since changing your diet. I guess I am worried because I know almost no vegetarians and it is so ingrained in our diet as a country that we "need" meat, dairy, eggs to be healthy. I am not so sure that is true anymore, but I am not really sure hwo to begin.... and add a husband and 3 kids into the process. Thoughts?

Megan

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