It's who I am, my family love it, my friends, most of my town do too.But me, not so much...I live down under, in Australia, meat is a big thing round here. I have seen people literally beaten because they claimed to be vegetarian. That's how passionate some people are around here (Not to mention what happened to the hybrid car that stopped in town recently). Now my problem: "I want to go vego".But I have no idea how, aside from not eat meat or animal products.You can see my problem right? lol, I have scoured the internet and managed to find this site, which seems to be a no nonsense kinda sight, no miracle products or "buy 10 bottles of my vego pill and you'll be good" kinda stuff.I like the recipes, the community, etc and I just need to know how to start.Thank you in advance.
No worries, Matt. Take each day one step at a time! You can order the book "the Kind Diet" online at Amazon.com which will explain more about this way of eating and living. That is where most of us here found out about this site. Surely you are not the only compassionate person in Australia who finds meat eating distasteful, and I do think others on this site have said they came from down under as well. My hubby and I have some very dear friends who live in Aussie land, though not vegetarians very good people, what part are you from? We know people in Sydney, Canberra, Perth, and another smaller town I can't recall.
hi matt, just wanted say welcome and thats great you are thinking outside of your 'herd ' !!
i know there are other aussies on this forum so check out the meet and greet at the top where you may find them . I bet you can find some nearish you !!
i read the book The Kind Life 2 weeks ago and havnt eaten anything animal since. Alicia took my blinkers right off to the atrocities that befall animals and the damage we doing to the planet by the massive factory farms that are now common. Its enough to make you cry but when the realisation dawns of a switch to veganism its so exciting and this forum is like falling inlove with humanity again. Such support and encouragment !!
Thanks guys for the help, I am now living in Canberra, which is a lot more open than where I came from, which is a VERY remote town in rural NSW (On the border of NSW and South Australia), pretty much filled with farmers, and miners, population somewhere around 80-90.I have found it easier here in Canberra, though I am still a regular meat eater simply out of convenience. I'm gonna order the book this afternoon, can't wait for it to arrive.
Im from Aussie Land too from the West. I have bought the Kind Life and so far I am loving it and am so excited! I have some opposition though. My partner and his family are meat lovers, I think there will be some adjustments to get used to. I think the best way is to join sites like this one and to also talk to some of your friends who you know will be supportive of your decisions.
Thanks guys, for all you help!I ordered the book off amazon just now, so it should be here soon.I am going to start with Manya's suggestion, and eat vegan during the day, and meat at night, until I adjust slightly, then slowly eat less meat. Again, thanks everyone :)
just don't eat an organic carrot whilst driving a hybrid and wearing vegan birkenstocks and you will be fine matt! another great inspirational read is the china study - it focuses on the health effects of why meat/dairy is bad and is a really great read! although it doesn't sound like it would be....but it is!
o take it one step at a time. You might want to start with making dishes that you've made before vegan. Substituut meat with tofu, beans, brown rice, lentils etc. These are not too expensive... Eating rice with vegetables is a great way to. S[aghetti with vegs, chili sin carne...
If you drink soymilk or any othe kind of milk it gets you also plenty of everything. Eat some nuts, lots of fruits/vegs, make nice smoothies. You'll be fine. And slowly slowly it will grow on you. I started like that and slowly slowly incorporate some of the more excotic suggestions... Just look at how your body reacts. What do you like and what you like less... What feels good, what suits less...
I am a newly vegan, still flirting... I did not eat meat for 20+ years but ate some fish every now and then. I dont know how this vegan stuf ;) came in my life, but all of a sudden it was everywhere... Cutting out dairy was more easy than expected as I used to eat a lot of cheese! I am now eating vegan for 5 weeks and it going fine. Mostly also because i discover i really like cooking, which i never did. I used to buy most things ready because i thought it was difficult to make them. But now i am experimenting, just made lentil-artishoke stew, vegan chocolate-mousse and veganaise! All easy and so good :) I posted them on the forum. So finding out that i am not a toad in the kitchen but blossoming into a princess is an extra reward i did not expect when i embarked on this journey :) You can do it too Good luck!
Hi Matt, Baby steps is what my motto was when I started. Week one: I cut out red meat and bought Alicia's book. Week 2: I finished Alicia's book and stopped eating chicken, ground turkey, and milk. Week 3: I gave up eggs. I hadn't expected to want to make these changes so quickly but once I got started, I couldn't stop!! Of course I have my weakness (cheese) but I am working on that slowly but surely!!! Good luck to you!!!Syl