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9/3/17 12:54 A

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I would suggest books and documentaries. Dr. Joel Fuhrman has an approach he calls Nutrarianism that focuses on maximizing nutrition through eating nutrient dense vegan food with little to no oil, salt or sugar. I like his books because he provides links to all of the peer reviewed medical research that undergirds his recommendations. The website has reference papers and a support forum etc. The emphasis is on health more than animals.
Movies such as What the Health, Forks over Knives, and the like introduce key players than can lead you to leaders in the field that you most identify with.
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8/31/17 12:21 A

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Earth Balance is the best butter substitute that I've found. There are a few facebook groups that have vegan recipes. Two groups I like are a Transitioning to Vegan; and Bad Vegans. They're the least judgmental and people helpful.

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8/12/17 11:22 P

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Hi, I have been a vegetarian for 30 years and for many of them I did not eat dairy either. Lately I have been trying to cut out a lot of the dairy that I have been eating for the last 20 years since having children. My first pregnancy was almost totally vegan, but after 11 years of not eating eggs, I found that eggs were one of the few foods that I could actually hold down. They have lots of protein, and that was exactly what I needed. Of course, I try to eat as organically as possible and eat tons of vegetables, beans, tofu, nuts, whole grains, and fruits. If you are just learning to be vegan, non-dairy cheeses, butters, etc...are a tasty option for transitioning to a plant-based diet, but if you really want to be serious about it, whole foods are the way to go. That is a truly plant-based diet.
Some of my fave vegetarian or vegan foods are Tofurkey sausages with roasted sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli, tofu stir fry or green curry, vegetable egg rolls and spring rolls (one is crispy, the other is soft) with spicy peanut sauce, various versions of pasta with Boca chik'n nuggets or my recipe for tofu balls, falafel pita sandwiches and hummus wraps, and bean 'n cheese enchiladas, tacos, and burritos.
I am starting a website and YouTube channel that will have some of these recipes, but there are lots of fun vegan and vegetarian videos on YouTube and Spark People also has some great recipes. If you have a Barnes and Noble nearby, they will have a great selection of cookbooks.
Good luck to you!

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7/16/17 4:06 A

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I like Forks Over Knives, and Vegan Planet (cookbook)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. ~Psalm 139:14


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7/15/17 11:03 P

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I found a good book from the library that I'm probably going to purchase. It's called Becoming Vegan Express Edition (of course there is a comprehensive and a complete edition as well) by Brenda Davis RD and Vesanto Melina MS, RD. It is very good explains both how and why. I'm reading the overweight chapter right now.

I've had some mishaps but have been doing okay. For coffee I'm still using 1% milk but would like to go to rice or soy milk eventually. Apparently there are vegan butters and vegan yogurt. Very exciting stuff. I'm still learning.

Will have to check out Wegmans probably the only grocery store in the area that will have more options for me than the regular store.

Thank you both for answering my post. Tried to watch Food Inc tonight on Netflix and could only get half way through it and will save it for another time/day. Big time gross!

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7/13/17 6:19 P

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Hi! I'm like you... fairly new to the vegan lifestyle (about 8 months), and didn't know what I was doing at first. I actually found a ton of helpful information from YouTube. Just type in Vegan and you'll get loads of options to choose from. As far as books are concerned, I like "How Not to Die" by Dr. Michael Greger, but it's more of a "Why Go Vegan" guide, rather than a "How to Go Vegan" guide.

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7/1/17 8:28 A

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I watched it last night and now I'm drinking my coffee black (double-cream-less) and eating oatmeal. I'm ready to learn, ready to change my diet. I'm nervous about carbs, seems low-carb is the new religion. I don't know what to believe regarding the healthiest way to lose weight. But I DO know I've had postnasal drip and a chronic cough for decades. Maybe it's the dairy? I DO know that food animals are not handled with care. I DO believe that bigFarm, bigAg, bigPharm, and the US gov't are in collusion to maximize profits, not health.

So I don't know how to answer your questions, I just wanted to say ME TOO!

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6/26/17 8:24 P

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What books do you recommend? Can you use butter? I just watched the netflix documentary What the Health and I am determined to eventually go plant based. I don't know what I'm doing now so I am eating regular until I figure it out or get rid of the bad food that's in my refrigerator. I also have 2 daughters and can't imagine them eating this way. So I plan on just doing it. It's hard enough to get the kids to eat. I don't live with them...my ex has custody. Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated. I am overwhelmed right now. I know I saw the documentary last night and it got me all excited so I need to calm down and learn as I go. Thanks for any help! Much appreciated. So glad I found an active group!

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