I .. ha, can't believe I'm writing this to you all, whoever you all may be. But honestly after seeing the changes I have gone through whenever I eat dairy products ... maybe my body and God are trying to tell me something. Maybe nature is telling me something.
So the scoop is , I used to be pescetarian. I started eating that way when I was about 13 years old. Whenever I had to sing or use my voice , I would lay off the dairy products because it would affect my sinuses , throat , etc. My stomach was always fine, but I wanted my sinuses and throat to be good too. Any way fast forward : About a month ago I just honestly didn't buy any fish , because I was saving up money and wound up eating mostly veggies, brown rice, some fantastic whole wheat bread from Trader J's , and was like " wow... I didn't plan this but I feel great. Lighter. More.. energized?" I'm used to drinking soy milk, almond milk, and have eaten soy cheeses, nut cheeses, etc. So I'm almost there. I just never committed to it. People, be honest. Is it hard? Is it easy? Let me know the morning glory of your story. I will be grateful for your positive advice for this new vegan. Much love and thanks.
Hi Lero, I think in the beginning it takes a while to get your mind around new ways of cooking, new foods and approach but once you have your routine down and have found some favourite dishes then I think it's really really easy!!! You'll feel so much happier and healthier too. Just read up on it as much as you can and search out some good vegan cooking blogs, watch some DVDs on it and you'll feel more confident. Good luck!!!
Honestly, what I find the most difficult is eating out w/meateaters (but salads or sides can usually be found on most menus). Or, going to someone's house for meals......I usually offer to bring something so I know I have an option for myself. You'll find you will spend more time cooking if you want to eat healthily & not depend too much on processed vegan items (they only add to your grocery bill anyway) and grocery shopping will be different but not difficult...you'll be buying more beans, grains, veggies, etc. Definitely do a little research to figure out how much protein you need daily and what foods will satisfy this need. Find some good vegan blogs for recipes, too. I think that after a few months you'll feel so wonderful you'll be happy for the changes you've made.
Made the switch to being vegan a couple of months ago. It was such an easy transition. Like diana I find it hard with other meat eaters. It's not due to the menu choices but some of their comments. The "how do you live without meat?" is one of my faves. For those with an open mind I gave them alicia's book. One is slowly making the switch and another just understands where I'm coming from.
Remember like all major life changes it takes time before it becomes second nature.
wow, I feel like I could have almost written the same thing! I've been pescatarian since I was 10, 32 now. Milk kind of bugs my stomach so in the past five years or so I've phased it out. This weekend I was like, I wonder how I'd feel if I just cut out dairy? So I'm giving it a shot. It's weird since I'm used to greek yogurt in my smoothie every morning, it really fills me up. That's the only thing I've missed so far, I've been feeling a little hungrier than usual but hopefully I can do some searching on this site and others for some good snack ideas.
I'm glad to hear it's working well for you! I struggled with the transition for a long time; only recently was I able to fully commit. I had some health problems that I was dealing with while trying to make the commitment and at times I blamed the vegan diet because I didn't realize other things were going on. Like Diana and Samantha, I too find it difficult around meat eaters. I don't know any vegetarians so for get togethers I always offer to make a dish to share, so I know there is something there I can eat. When it comes to eating out, if the restaurant doesn't have any options for me, I eat before hand then just order a salad. I wish you well! Shannon
Wow, thanks Nicole W. and Shannon ! Much love to you both and congrats on being Vegan. It is changing my life , for the better. Yesterday was the first time I really explained why I went vegan and the process to my coming to this decision- and you know what? I realized I don't care what others think about it. Its my life and it feels awesome. Nicole W., I've had the opposite happening and I'm wondering if maybe its because I'm eating really dense or heavy filling veggies and grains. I tried the Quinoa pasta for the first time last week , making it with a macaroni and vegan cheese dish... and Wow , that thing filled me up , still does every time. More so than the non-vegan white pasta kind which I'd eaten before. Maybe try some if you haven't , and let me know how it goes? I thank you so much for writing me about your experiences . It means so much ! Have a great day today.