I'm from Ottawa! I'm currently in the process of becoming a vegetarion or vegan. It is something I have been thinking about for a while, but didn't know much about. I have read the Kind Diet and recently borrowed the China Study from a friend and I'm really looking forward to reading it.
Oh yay!! I work in Ottawa (though I only go in one day a week). So I do alot of my shopping there.
I read The China Study, but not the Kind Diet yet. Though it is on my list of things to do. I'm sure that reading TCS will help you make your decision. That was really what did it for me. I was a vegetarian for several years, but only decided to make the vegan transition last year. It really has changed my life in so many ways.
Did you know that Ottawa has a vegetarian society that has vegan pot lucks once a month?? I'm really hoping to make it soon. Check out this link: www.ncva.ca.
I didn't know about NCVA, so thank you for the link. I don't have any friends who are actually a vegetarian or vegan, so joining or getting involved in the association would be really helpful. The vegan potlucks is such a great idea, especially to get some yummy recipes!
Hey Ladies! I'm not in Ottawa, other end of the Country in Kelowna, BC. I used to go to school near MTL though and have many friends from the Ottawa/Montreal area. I'm thinking about going vegan as well but it's so hard to start when my cupboard is filled with meat, dairy and sugar.. not really the only food I have, but been a recently graduated univeristy student I'm finding it hard jsut jumping in and starting. I can't justify not eating all the food I just bought.
Suggestions? Should I just leave it for my boyfriend to eat and just go out and get all my stuff?
Hi Ashlee! I know what you mean by it being hard to just jump right in. I'm trying right now to have only a couple of dinner meals a week that contain meat and when I do eat meat, it is a small portion. I just moved into a new house two weeks ago, so I was lucky to have a totally empty fridge to fill up with as much vegetarian/vegan foods as possible.
I'm also crazy busy right now with the house so I haven't had anytime to explore many veg recipes. My boyfriend is not vegetarian and not planning on it yet (trying to get him to read The Kind Life), so I would suggest incorporating as many veg meals into your diet as you can, but still use the meat that you have now and not let it go to waste.
I'm thinking about hitting up the oriental supermarket we have nearby and just walking around and checking out what they have. Have you tried looking for some of the harder to find ingredients Alicia talks about?
I haven't looked yet, but there is a fairly new asian grocery store called T & T Supermarket that I would like to go checkout soon. I've heard lots of good things about it and they would probably have the hard to find ingredients. I haven't made any recipe from The Kind Diet yet, but I'm hoping to this weekend!
I go to T&T all the time!! It's so great! And it's close to my office, so I can run out at lunch time. But really, you don't need any special ingredients. Stir frys and pastas and salads and soups and bean burritos are all things you can find anywhere. And there are so many awesome blogs and websites where you can find super easy recipes.
As for making the plunge.... when you're ready you will just jump right in. I gave all my remaining animal product containing foods away. We had a food drive at work before Christmas so it was perfect!
WOW...I just kinda watched the trailer for Earthings...I had to close my eyes quite a bit. It just makes me want to cry. I see that the film is available on their website to watch for free. I don't think I will be able to watch it, the trailer shows sooo much and I know the film has many more scenes even worse than the trailer.
I've decided to make my meal plan for next week to be all vegan and hopefully continue on from there.