I've been flirting with vegetarianism (lacto-ovo) , for years, on and off, knowing it would be a lot more healthy for me and for the planet than the way I was brought up to eat, which is meat and potatoes with some brightly coloured, usually overcooked veggies as garnish, because... well, who really wants overcooked veggies, anyway?
I always felt that veganism seemed very daunting. My vegan friends seem to always be taking supplements in order to stay healthy.
After reading Alicia's book, I'm realizing it doesn't have to be that way. I really enjoyed the book, mainly because it wasn't preachy. The tone was more: "I really care about those issues, but I also care about the reader, and their health is also very important to me!" I was touched, and it's really making me consider going vegan, probably very gradually, but eventually, I do hope to reach that goal, if only for health reasons.
I started reading Alicia's book and I am at the stage where I begin to flirt with just "walking into a Health Food store" I did that tonight with my husband and daughter and we had a blast. I have visited "whole Foods" before, however not for the reason I visited this evening. I am ready to become a vegan. I am skipping vegetarian and going straight to vegan. I saw Alicia on a talk show by accident, then saw her on the cover of a magazine on accident...went into Borders book store, flipped through a couple pages and by the end of my (i think) 3rd page.....I was balling. My poor husband thought I was a nut case. Those poor animals, those poor baby animals. How dare people do some of those awful things. Anyway......tonight was the night we tried 10 things on the list. So far so good. We tried the Moroccan Couscous with saffron meal, almond milk, earth balance butter and Purely Decedant ice cream. Delicious and soo much fun. Alicia, Thank You....Thank You for helping me through this. I am still reading, however during my visit to Whole foods I bought some other items for some of he recipes in the book. I cant wait. :)
It's such a wonderful way to live. When I cook, eat, clean, apply makeup, anything, I know that as little suffering as possible was involved. And the food I eat is great for me, energizing and so yummy! But the best part - it's fun! What new grain or awesome veggie am I going to eat today?
I decided, last night actually, do go straight vegan. Within the next 6 months full macrobiotic. It can definitely appear daunting. I agree easily with what you mean about the book. The tone actually relaxes you while being informative. Can't think of one I've read in the last few years that's done that. I'm glad that this site is here for me and I can be here for it. We're all here to share, engage and support. I'm with you Rhiannon :) Good luck.
I feel like anything is better than the way I've been eating over the last couple years. Now that I'm informed....just waaay too many processed foods. I'm absolutely convinced that injesting whole, real foods will be healthier for me than my current diet. Period.
Veganism really is amazing! When you start delving into unprocessed foods, you begin to wonder why you had been hooked to boxed meals and frozen dinners. You'll wake up in the morning and have this urge to jump out of bed and take on the day. Your moods become better and you will become more sensitive (in a good way). Plus, you know that your efforts are making an impact. I truly believe that being vegan is the best gift you can give yourself and of course, the animals.
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