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3/9/15 4:04 P

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I used to have a hard time with cheese too until I saw that cheese looks exactly like the stuff they scrap out of our arteries when we have heart disease. Two months after I stopped eating it, I tasted a small piece and it tasted like salty and had the consistency or a feeling in my mouth like wax. I was instantly cured and haven't touched it since. I don't find it tempting anymore.

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3/9/15 1:52 P

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I can do without meat no problem but it's cheese that's hard for me emoticon

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I find that I have a hard time making sure I am eating enough of the right foods and also not to slip into my old habits and suggestions to keep on track

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2/20/15 3:52 P

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To Mellybeans0909,
Regarding new, simple recipes, I like to try new cookbooks and I like anything from Chloe Coscarelli or Isa Chandra Moskowitz. There is a new one by Roberto Martin, called Vegan Cooking for Carnivores. Many of the meals I have prepared from their recipes has my husband saying that, "he couldn't believe that they had no meat" in them.

You can usually get most vegan cookbooks at the library. If you like them, then you can purchase the book. We have nearly every book from the authors above and found them to be very helpful with vegan cooking. After you get used to cooking in this new style, you will begin to whip up recipes of your own or veganize recipes that you might have made as favorites in the past.

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thank you for the great input I will look at hall of that for sure. It is hard being a Vegan when nobody gets it.



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Congratulations on deciding to go vegan, it's a decision you will never regret.

I found that the hardest part of going vegan was people's ridiculous attitudes. Once I stood my ground and gently told people I didn't think they were funny for long enough, it became tolerable. Lately I have taken to providing people with a list of literature and documentaries to peruse and then get back to me on if they start yapping lol... if they're genuinely interested, they will learn what they need to know, and if they're not it'll quiet them and you won't have to answer inane questions lol. emoticon

Some of my favourite resources are on Youtube. Search Gary Yourofsky and "More than an apple a day".

As for recipes. I have heaps on Pinterest for your perusal: https://www.pinterest.com/deesbiscuit/ as well as a collection on Spark which I intend to add more of my own recipes to http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.a
sp?cookbook=805379 . You're also welcome to browse my food tracker for inspiration (though it's only a few days there at the moment as I had to reset it). Everything I eat is cheap, easy, delicious and low-fat so you're good to go. emoticon

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I find that I need to plan ahead make sure I always have something I can have. Do you guys plan your meals for the week?



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2/4/15 9:16 A

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thank you for the help I appreciate I will try that for sure :)


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2/3/15 9:44 P

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My go too is fried rice. I always keep some precooked Brown rice in the freezer and I just add some light soy sauce and a little sesame oil and then whatever vegetable I have in the fridge. I love Brussels sprouts in it. There is also a little gem of a recipe called General Tso's Tofu which is absolutely delicious.
In my down time I browse Pinterest for recipes pin them to my boards and when im ready to cook I browse from pre selected meals. It's great fun!
If anyone else is on pinterest my name is Pam Cooper (@roastdabunnies).

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2/3/15 12:22 P

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Hi everybody I am working towards being a Vegan, I find that I have times when I have no idea what to eat, I need some simple fast ideas for those days when you are in a rush or want to make an easy dinner or lunch

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Good morning all! Last week I cooked up a big pot of black beans,onions,peppers,chili,cumin,came out yummy! I froze it in small containers and pulled one out this a.m. Had a yummy breakfast,warmed corn tortilla,black beans,peppers,onions,sauteed kale and mushrooms and salsa! DH loved it too!
If anyone has a good curry recipe I would love to try it!! Have a great day! Diane BBL

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11/14/14 9:26 P

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Thanks Diane. That sounds delicious and easy to do. I love beans.

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11/14/14 9:25 P

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Hi Melly! A nice simple recipe I love to have is a great taco salad. Corn tortillas baked in my fluted tortilla pans ,then stuffed with a nice mixed greens salad,tomatoes ,onions,peppers,sliced jalapenos,black beans,avacodo,and salsa!! Yummy!!! Diane

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11/14/14 9:07 P

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Ate a burger tonight. It wasn't that great. I am so picky already with my meat, I think giving it up will be pretty easy. It's the eggs I struggle with, but I know how they are also made and I don't like it one bit.

I reserved some how to vegan books from the library. I can't wait to read them. One was the "Forks Over Knives" one that everyone recommended.



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11/9/14 7:36 P

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Thanks IMVEGAN. I've read of using cashews for sauces on blogs. You're right, the vegan version won't be like the regular kind, but that is okay, it's not supposed to be 100% like it anyways.

AARONB, thanks again too. Yes, I think buying in bulk is a good idea to save money, especially if you're unsure if you'd like it. I feel too that I often eat a lot of the same foods and have been over a year or so switching into more healthy foods (salads, smoothies, etc) over time and that has brought a big difference to how I enjoy food. It's more exciting and fun now. I'll keep the quinoa and lentil mix in mind.

I will be sure to post in here when make my vegan recipes. Hopefully next week if not earlier.

Any suggestions for simple, easy recipes would be great!



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Hi Melly-- glad you appeciated my sharing :)

I will also add sometimes exploring / buying new foods (new veggies, new grains, new beans) you don't usually eat makes the process really exciting. I buy most of my grains and legumes in the bulk section and seeing the variety and expanse is still really exciting for me. There are so much more variety eating vegetarian or vegan. Most carnivores I know just eat skme hunk of meat, skme rice or a starch, and some overlooked veggie (if that at all). For me, that is what helps feel like I'm not missing in family favorites or dishes I grew up with.

I also can't recommend mixing legumes grains and seeds. Like quinoa and lentils together-- amazing!!

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11/9/14 3:05 P

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Also when it comes to duplicating your favorite meals... be open minded..

You will NEVER duplicate mac and cheese.. so start now calling it macaroni casserole. I have several macaroni casseroles that I think are delicious. But that greasy, salty, tangy taste of melted sharp cheddar cheese with fat floating on top can NOT be exactly duplicated.

But I have done without it for a long time... and now if I taste it, all I taste is the fat lining my mouth... with each bite.. So you can get there.

I make a great version with soaked and ground cashews for the sauce, carrots for the orange color and other spices and veggies to make it wonderful.


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Thanks BONIDALE.

I went grocery shopping today and didn't buy any more animal products for myself. I am going to look up some vegan recipes this week and next time we go shopping I'll feel more prepared. I bought some new foods like flavored tofu and mini sweet potatoes and a quiona salad.

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11/9/14 11:42 A

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Also. you might want to check out: www.PCRM.org It has a list of meat substitutes, and a diagram of a Power Plate which you can print out, which tells how to make a well-balanced vegan meal. Lots of great resources. PCRM stands for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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Thanks AARONB81. I appreciate your personal story. I know I need to look more into how to get in all the nutrients, I want to be healthy, not less healthy doing this. I am a bit sad to think of not eating family favorites like my mom's food, or having a DQ blizzard or my Dad's famous burgers, BUT I know that not eating these things will be better overall for the Earth, the animals and myself. How do you get over this sense of loss? I think learning to cook will be helpful, trying out new things and finding ways to make "old favorites" into vegan ones. I've seen some good vegan mac n' cheese recipes online.


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I would second (or third, for its, etc) the great resources folks have recommended. I just wanted to chime in with my own experiences transitioning.

After toying for years with the idea of wanting to transjtopm to a vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle, but thinking I didn't have the willpower or thinking I was too uniformed, I came home from a long trip-- empty fridge and cupboards-- and decided not to buy any new meat. I had some, not a lot, of meat kj the freezer. My plan was to strategically use it through the month and trickle down. Maybe 4 meatless meals first week etc. I did that for one week and was reviled about the meat. So, I walked down the street to a family I knew having hard times gave them a box of meat (several lbs of chicken breast, a few chicken thighs, ground beef, some snow goose) and haven't turned back since.

So, for me cold turkey was the easiest and most sensible way. And it was it at all difficult. However, in the beginning I did do a lot of research on nutrients and what not. I had really detailed and specific grocery lists so I felt I was shopping in a mindset of plentitude, not deficit. So, really you just have to have a plan of what to buy, how to use it, what to make.

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11/8/14 2:39 P

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Thanks IMVEGAN, I'll check that out.
And thank you too KAT, I appreciate it. I thought being off diary would be sooo tough (I love ice cream and cheese, omg!), but now I can't look at it the same. I have found some very great vegan blogs that have amazing look recipes. As someone who doesn't cook a whole lot, I am excited to begin that journey as well, trying new foods and dishes.
I think once the chicken and eggs are gone from my fridge and freezer I'll stop cold turkey. I am very much an 'all or nothing' girl so that's the best way to go.
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11/8/14 10:41 A

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I found this great little calculator with explanation of protein requirements a few years ago and kept it in my tabs.. I always return to it because it makes it so clear without a lot of mumbo jumbo and you can find your requirements so easily.

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11/8/14 10:21 A

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Kudos to you for being off dairy for the last month! That's a great commitment!

I don't think there is any one "best" way to transition. I, personally, quit eating meat cold turkey because that worked for me, but if it's easier for you to taper down that's okay, too. I think the key is to look at all the great foods you CAN eat instead of focusing on what you "can't". There's a lot of awesome food out there =)

I'd encourage you to look into protein requirements and then start tracking your food if you aren't already. I eat well under the USDA recommendations for protein, but I've done research and most other countries and the World Health Organization recommend much less than the USDA. Personally, I trust my body to tell me if I'm not getting enough protein, so I feel fine with how much I consume. There are some great vegan foods that are rich in protein and a little goes a long way! But everyone's body is different.

Please let us know how we can support you! =)

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11/7/14 7:59 P

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I've seen the Forks Over Knives documentary. I'll try to find those books at the library. Thanks!

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11/7/14 5:43 P

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You can probably find the Forks over Knives and Happy Herbivore books in your library. The Forks over Knives movie is on Netflix... no hard to watch hurting animal parts.. It is all about diet..

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Thanks so much. I'll do some research based on what you said and look into the books.

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I agree with the recommendations of the last two posters. Also you might consider starting your day with a smoothie with a scoop of vega one in it, especially while transitioning, to provide peace of mind about nutrients. It's a little insurance policy. I know some vegans will disagree with that approach but I feel like we need to be realistic and as healthy as we can be. We aren't perfect. I would also recommend taking a b12 supplement. I would suggest a sublingual methylcobalamin one, such as Deva brand.

Also, SparkPeople has an ebook available for download with some helpful basic info on how to transition to veganism as well as some recipes. That book is available here:

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I would also second the suggestions of the Happy Herbivore blog/website, and the Forks Over Knives book. I would suggest getting the original book which has practical info for transitioning (like important nutrients such as b12 as well as others we need to be careful about.)

Good luck. No one's diet is perfect. We are all on a journey to better health.


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A good book to read on transitionning is "The Forks Over Knives Plan" by Alona Pulde MD and Matthew Lederman MD. It is a four-week meal-by-meal makeover. It has easy recipes and is a great synopsis of the science which supports a vegan plant-strong lifestyle. Something a lot of people don't realize is that plants contain protein.

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11/7/14 4:08 P

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If you eat a healthy whole food vegan diet and don't rely on vegan junk foods to fill you up... (processed junk like Oreos, French fries, boxed vegan cookies, and other unhealthy stuff.) and instead make and cook real food with vegetables, beans, fruit and whole grains.. gluten free ones that you can eat..

You will get plenty of protein..most women only need 30-40 grams a day.. Spark tells you, you need way to much because their tracker assumes you are eating a standard American diet.

All vegetables, grains and especially beans of all kinds have protein in them. That is how healthy eating vegans are all so much healthier than non vegans.. We just basically eat and don't worry about protein.. Actually a potato has lots of protein even.. Really!

You can either go cold turkey or gradual.. people have been successful both ways.. Just remember you will have oops days as you go along. I like what Happy Herbivore the cook book author says... Progress not perfection is the goal... By the way her cookbooks and blog are great, healthy and easy.

Good luck to you...

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Hello everyone!
Tomorrow marks a month I have been off dairy. I decided to skip the dairy and gluten due to stomach issues. I have added a bit of gluten back in here and there, one time I had a bad reaction so I am doing it slowly.

Yesterday I watched "Earthlings" and it was the first documentary on the food industry that has made me really question my consumption of meat and dairy and eggs. It was so heartbreaking and eye opening.

I have considered going vegetarian before, now I am considering veganism, but my question is what is the best way to transition? Go cold turkey or gradual? I eat meat maybe 1-2x a week (chicken mainly) and eggs more often. So there isn't a whole lot to quit.

I am also concerned about getting in protein (I am so terrible with it already with my lack of meat!) and all the nutrients.

Also am concerned on telling my family, I used to make fun of people who shopped in the Natural Foods section of the grocery stores, but now, with my new diet, I am one of those people! emoticon And it actually is totally fine to have no dairy, I have found some really tasty substitutes. I thought I'd die without real ice cream, but I have eaten two kinds of dairy free ice cream which are sooo yummy.

Any tips, tricks, etc. would be so helpful! THANK YOU!!



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