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After a lot of reserach and extensive soul searching ( I love meat!) Hubby and I have decided to try out a vegan diet.
Does anyone have any good beginner books or places for receipes?? especially for newbies!
Post # 3
Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet!
Post # 4
elanaspantry.com has some good vegan recipes (though not all are vegan).
Post # 5
My fiance is a vegan and has been for the last three years. It’s very, very hard. But he wouldn’t go back now. His advice to new vegans is to set your limits now. For instance, if you dont care about honey, eat it. If you dont care about gelatin, eat it. A lot of food has “may contain” items in it. He avoids them, but will eat it if he has to. He’s also not a stickler about asking about breads or pastas when we go out to eat. Oh, and find vegan vitamins. They are essential.
I cook a lot for him, and my best recommendations are just to play around with food. And find good replacements. For instance, I can still bake for him by replacing eggs with applesauce and milk with almond.
Post # 6
Peta’s “The Compassionate Cook” and “Vegan Vittles” are both great beginner books…at first I just needed ideas on what to eat/how to replace foods. I love the Oven Tom Tofu in Vegan Vittles…still one of my favorite recipes, and I’ve been vegan for 7yrs. At first, the meat and cheese replacements help a lot, like Daiya, Tofurkey, Gardein, and Fieldroast brands.
Joining a local veg group (maybe through meetup.com) might help too because you can see what others are making at potlucks. If you need help, throw in Food, Inc., Forks over Knives, or any of those films that help you remember why being vegan helps your health, animals, and the planet.
Best of Luck!
Post # 7
Have you tried to just cut out all meat and go vegetarian for a bit prior to strictly vegan? It may help you transition, especially since, as you said you “love meat”.
Post # 8
@graysgirl: I know this wasn’t my post/question, but thanks for all the suggestions. They will help me –went Vegan 9/10/11.
Post # 9
@MrsA0412: I became vegan after watching a movie called Forks Over Knives–they also just came out with a cookbook. Website is http://www.forksoverknives.com
At first I phased out red meat & pork immediately, then dairy, then chicken.
I drink Naked Juice (Green Machine (looks gross but is amazing and so good for you!), Blue Machine, Red Machine, Power C Machine).
On Facebook there is 21-Day Vegan Kickstart & Gluten Free Vegan Journey (I don’t follow a gluten free diet) they both will have recipes, success stories & other suggestions.
If you need more books PM and I’ll be happy to give you a list of all the ones I have.
Post # 10
The Kind Diet is amazing. Skinny Bitch is also quite good.
The key is to overhaul your food cupboard into a ‘vegan food cupboard’ – staples can be completely different.
For example, you might be used to having lots of tinned tomatoes for bolognaise etc, but now you need things like quinoa, tofu, and huge varieties of beans.
A good rule is “1/4 starchy carbs, 1/4 protein, 1/2 veg” for ALL your meals.
Mmarinades, herbs and spices will become your best friends. And try things more than once – the first time I tried tofu I hated it, but then I tried it different ways and now I love it.
I was vegan for 3 months or so, and I never felt better. I’m gluten-free though, so it made it even harder, and I’m actually so gutted I didn’t keep it up. I’m considering going back and planning my meals better, but it did improve my health dramatically.
Although I’m not vegan anymore, I do stay away from red meat 90% of the time, and I eat fish a lot more. I also cut back on dairy and have soya milk and soya yoghurt whenever I can. It really did change my perspective on things!
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@StillAMiss: omg i LOVE green machine! so many people look at me like i’m a freak when i drink it but it’s sooooooooooo goood!
Post # 12
Happy Herbivore has a couple of awesome cookbooks and an active blog with new recipes all the time! Also, “Bravo!” is a vegan cookbook available on Amazon that’s supposed to be great (waiting for my copy to arrive). Engine 2 Diet and dietician Jeff Novick have some great recipes on their blogs/facebook pages, and there are TONS of pinterest boards dedicated to vegan meals.
Post # 13
Happy Herbivore also has a couple of facebook groups that you can join.
Post # 14
Careful, some alcohol has animal products. Here’s a site that lists vegan beers, wines and liqours – http://www.barnivore.com