I was never a big veggie person either. I did eat a lot of raw veggies: carrots, broccoli, cuccumbers w/ dip and green beans but that was it. I started out making really great salads w/ all sorts of veggies, then I bought a veggie steamer which makes cooking veggies really easy. As I went through the proc ess I started to try things that I would have never picked up before.
Start out by transitioning to meat and dairy replacements, mind you these will taste different. My advice for that peice of it is not to have a taste in mind when trying these new replacements. Taste things w/ an open mind and appreciate the food for what it taste's like and not try to compare it. My husband recently said to me after eating a bite of kale, "what is kale supposed to taste like?" I replied, "like kale." (He has a hard time appreciating what things taste like).
As the above post stated, if you fall off the wagon don't beat yourself up. Everyone has those days, just accept that it happened and continue on your vegan path.
thanks so much for the advice....luckily i love rice and most grains so im starting out by adding some steamed veggies to those....im going to try kale this weekend after i look up how you cook it! thanks for the encouragement!
Yes, start slow, and still make things that are familiar and that you love. I have lots of recipe ideas on my food blog I run. They are easy and yummy and healthy! http://www.littlehouseofveggies.blogspot.com Good Luck!!!!!!!!
I'm just starting out...I never have been a big meat eat , never steaks, but have eaten chicken all the time..I think the hard part for me is going to be the dairy and white sugars, etc..I'm not the best cook and not sure how to prepare some of these things together, I've never liked beans a lot, but I love them in some soups, so I guess I need to learn how to cook! lol
I'm just starting out too :) For the past 2 weeks I've stopped eating meat and stuck to Morning Star's spicy black bean burgers and protein shakes but I'm reading Alicia's book right now and am 100% committed to at least being a flirt (not sure I'm ready to go vegan yet). I think the hardest part for me is going to cut out white sugar and Coffee! The plus side is that I love vegetables and can't wait to try new recipes :) Good luck to everyone :)
It's been about 3 weeks for me so far, its no problem to kick the meat, never liked it much anyway. I haven't quit coffee, but I have cut back a lot. I am struggling with dairy...not because I like it but because it seems to be in things I would never have thought...like organic popcorn!