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4/23/10 10:17 P

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Welcome to an exciting and wonderful way of eating! I am vegetarian and have been for years. I think the only tip I would have for someone new to it would be to not give up. At the beginning I hit a rough spot where I got sick of eating the same thing over and over. Then I realized that it had nothing to do with being a vegetarian. Carnivores get tired of their menu, too. It sounds like you're on the right track with the cookbooks. If it does get a little rough, hang in there. It is so worth it.

Never, never, never, never give up..

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4/23/10 1:23 P

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I was a vegetarian for over a decade, eating mostly prepared, processed, and refined foods, and perceiving food mostly as entertainment and not nutrition. I gained something like 40 lbs during that period. In the last two years or so, I have switched to fresh foods, and adding exercise. I have lost all that extra weight and more, and I am now more healthy.

My new take is that salad (mixed veggies) is food (nutrition); the rest of the stuff I eat is entertainment, and I do so sparingly and I compensate it with exercise. If I need a recipe, it is entertainment, not nutrition. So in my mind, you are asking about entertainment, not nutrition. I am not judging you, I'm just sharing my position.

I hope my experience is useful to you.


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4/23/10 11:01 A

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You are on the right track. Find some recipes you really enjoy. My hubby had to have his own food when I first became vegan. Now he happily eats what I make. When we go out he sometimes orders seafood but most of the time will order a vegan or vegetarian dish when we are at restaurants too.

The big change for me came when I stopped trying to make foods that looked like the omni ones I used to make. Bean burgers do not compare well with beef ones. Seitan or garbanzo bean (fake tuna salad )sandwiches do not compare well with ham and cheese.

I found recipes that were totally different in themselves that stood on their own. Lentil Veggie Stew, Ratatouille over whole wheat noodles, baked root veggies served with your favorite veggie baked beans, cabbage and a nice thick artisan bread. Soups always work well at my house.

Good luck on your healthy new diet. (By the way my husband's cholesterol dropped to 125 about 3 months in to the change and now he has incentive to stay mostly vegan.)

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4/23/10 9:54 A

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Hi everyone, I am new to vegetarianism. I've only been meat free for about a month or so. I love it so far and haven't has any problems.
I'm still learning what to eat as far as cooking healthy meals and finding stuff my meat-eating husband will eat too. I have yet to cook a meal we both will eat. So tonight I am making spaghetti and "meat" balls using quorn meatballs. with a salad and garlic bread.
I've also ordered a couple cookbooks from Amazon and went to the library and brought home 10 veggie cookbooks.
If anyone has any advice or tips for me it would be greatly appreciated.

"It's not the years in your life that count, It's the life in your years" Abe Lincoln

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