Hello to the inhabitants of Veggieboards!
I am so excited to have found this forum, it looks to be very welcoming and every bit of what I need.
As a child I was pretty much a vegetarian without even knowing what it was. But because of not knowing what vitamins I needed while I was young I developed an iron deficiency. I remember coming home from the doctors when my mother found out. She was furious at me for not eating my meats/dairy (which she cooked EVERY MEAL, as most parents do) My mom was not much for understanding my displeasure with such food and pretty much told me that if I didn’t eat it, I would die. So of course being a naive little girl I believed her and started eating the stuff, as much as I could take anyway.
20 years later, here I am, now knowing it’s possible to be meat/dairy free. I would like to go completely vegetarian. No days off, no exceptions!
I want it for more reasons than I can list, and I need help!
Currently my biggest hurdles are:
- I live with my boyfriend (who can’t live without meat and "regular" food). So how do I go about cooking a full meal for him as well as a vegetarian meal for myself in a short period of time on a limited budget. (I know that there has to be many people on here that have to have this same situation)
- I have limited funds. My vegetarian cookbooks call for some very lengthy lists of foods that I’ve never heard of and would have to buy over the internet since I don’t live near a “wholefoods” type of store. What are some good low budget meals/ingredients?
- My friends/family always seem upset when I turn down their foods. Some of them have even been angry at me for inconveniencing them. They don’t want to eat with me because I don’t eat “normal”. What is the best way to not inconvenience others while being vegetarian? What are some tips for going out to eat in large groups to restaurants when nothing on the menu supports the lifestyle?
If anyone has any tips or can point me to some great threads that have discussed these issues it would be very appreciated.
Phew! Lengthy post!
See you all around!