I don't know if anyone is still reading this post, but I am going to start my project tomorrow! I have done so much research, and im so excited to start. :) And thank you all for taking the time to post to this discussion, it means a lot to me.
Good luck! City Mouse had some good suggestions. Just remember that you may experience some detox, but that is normal and does go away. And as City Mouse said, at first you may find yourself really hungry a lot of the time, especially if you are eating more whole foods - for me and my boyfriend this lasted about two weeks - it is only your body adjusting to metabolizing differently and your body should adjust. It's good to keep that in mind because some people can think that they're doing something wrong or that this is not right for them. It's all about adjusting and finding a balance.
Update: my diet wasn't fully a success, I lasted the time I could [and was very proud that I did, I actually felt good.] but a family tragedy occured and we had to save all the money we could to send my dad to his home country of Mexico. Long story short, I had to eat everything else my family ate (cheap fast meals) and couldn't provide myself with "special" seperate meals. I am willing to start all over again, but I took this setback as an advantage with my project: unhealthy foods are just so cheap, and healthy foods are more expensive, that is why people truly can't live a "kind life". I will be able to explain this to my class of students who go and eat at places like McDonalds every lunch day, and hope they realize what they are doing to themselves.
Also I need to interview someone for my project who has expierience with our project topic (mine being veganism of course). Is anyone interested? I just ask you about how you got into veganism, your background, and all that good stuff.
By the way thank you all who have read this thread and have answered me, you are the biggest help in the world :)
What a fun senior project! I am sorry to hear about your family tragedy.
It sounds like it's a little late, but brown rice, any kind of beans you like and salsa in a corn or whole wheat tortilla is a great cheap and easy go to for dinner, you can always go with PB&J for lunch at school with some veggies like baby carrots, celery. An apple with a hand full of almonds is a great, portable snack. Soups and stews are nice for the whole family to enjoy, cheap to make, and can disguise veggies you may not normally enjoy. I love a comforting bowl of chili with some homemade cornbread. For breakfast I really like a high protein, whole grain bread and 1 tbs of dairy free cream cheese with lots of cinnamon, or a cup of high fiber, high protein cereal with some berries and almond milk.
I was fully vegan for an entire year. Now I eat mostly veggies, fruits, and whole grains, but I have added back eggs almost daily and fish a couple times a month. The animal protein I have added back is what my body craves. Every ONE is different, every BODY is different. I entered this way of life with my health in mind, I had no idea how the simple, everyday choice of what we eat can impact our entire world, it's pretty amazing. Every meal with less or litte animal product is a small victory with a big impact!
I hope all is well with your family. Give a few of the recipes in Alica's book a try. I love the CUBAN STYLE SWEET POTATOES p. 266 and the CRISPY PB TREATS with chocolate chips p184.