Amanda, I'll have to also chime in about how helpful this group has been for me! I've been "vegan" for 3 years now and still learning. This group (along with a couple of others) taught me so much about it. To this day I think about how I've learned so much from an internet group!
Also, this group has the most members, so if you ever want a wide range of opinions on a question, here's the place to ask it.
When I first became vegan, I embraced the term "VEGAN". I felt like it sounded so cool and it made me feel cool! LOL!!! But as time went by, some members began to teach me that a "true" vegan makes changes in everything...including the cloths they wear (making sure they don't come from animal products)...and I knew I wasn't there, nor did I feel I wanted to be. So I also now call myself "plant strong", rather than vegan.
And about food choices...give them time. Your taste bud's have to "readjust". Example: the first time I tried Diaya cheese, I wasn't impressed! I wanted my real cheese!!! But after going a few weeks or months without cheese, I tried Daiya again on a homemade pizza---YUMMY!!! I felt guilty, like I was eating real cheese! Ha! So it took my taste buds several weeks away from dairy to readjust to a new taste. Once it did, it really did!!!
So give yourself time. If at first ya don't like it...try it later. Some things you will like from the very beginning...other things will grow on you...and a few things you may never like (Example: I absolutly hated Tofu at first---it turned my stomach! After two years of being plant strong I finally felt secure enough to give up my beloved eggs. After several weeks I finally tried tofu scrambled (again)---this time I liked it. So that's my breakfast "egg" now. But do I like tofu in general? The answer is still no. It still has an aftertaste in most foods that I dislike.)
So even though there may be one or two foods you'll never like...there are gonna be many, many more that you love! Just give it time. Best of luck!
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Exactly my point! I just started eating vegetarian at the beginning of Lent, and for me, I can't just go vegan cold turkey. It's a journey, like you said. I think someone thinking about veganism could have heard that podcast and felt that they had to do everything vegan TODAY. How overwhelming is that??? Not my style, I like the support and one step at a time approach, thank you! :)
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AJC_80 I hear where you're coming from. I like the term plant-strong. We vegan/vegetarians are all at different places in the journey like you said, but we all embrance a plant-strong lifesyle. It's a transition that I've been on for over 20 years.
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Thank you all for the suggestions and recipes! I have the one on Oh She Glows saved, but I'm a little freaked out by the squash. I'm not a huge squash fan, but I saved it b/c we are joining a CSA this year and I know I'll have to find good ways to incorporate squash into our dishes.
Our Kroger does carry Daiya cheese so I'll have to try a dish w/ it. I bought some mozzarella to make pizza but haven't made it yet. The sauce did come out more like a slightly sweet cream sauce, even though I didn't put the agave in it. Still, it was delicious! My husband was totally impressed that it was vegan.
Finally, I quite agree about the awesomeness of this team :) I listened to a podcast the other day, and it started out with this woman proclaiming that ppl shouldn't say they are VEGAN just b/c they eat a VEGAN DIET. she went on and on about how it's a lifestyle, and there is a code of ethics involved and not just anyone should say they were vegan. I got so annoyed that I almost wrote her a long e-mail about losing listeners with her snobbiness. While I understood her point, it really gave vegans a bad name. I probably will never totally be vegan, but I could see being a vegetarian that will rarely eat dairy or eggs (actually, we are considering raising our own chickens for the eggs, but anyways...) All of that adds up, I think. I'm doing a favor for my body and having a huge reduction in the consumption of dairy and that helps the animals too.
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