Steve (beforewisdom), our nutritional welcome-wagon volunteer, is unable to be here at this time; however, I have his permission to take over his duties whenever necessary. Here is what he tells our newbies:
Vegan Outreach has a stellar starter kit.
Please do not let the word "vegan" in it scare you.
The information applies just as much to vegetarians as
vegans. Just add milk and eggs if that is what you are into.
Vegan Outreach will mail you a very nice printed copy for
free. You can also download a pdf version for free or read
it on the web for free.
The kit includes unique and thoughtful essays by
Vegan Outreach founder Matt Ball that will help you
make vegetarianism a rewarding and lasting commitment.
It has a better recipe section than most starter kits that
I have seen. Best of all it also has an up to date,
complete, easy to understand, and brief nutrition section by
Jack Norris, a vegan Registered Dietician.
Assuming you have a solid reason for starting veg*nism
the two best things you can do to make your commitment to it
last are to learn good nutrition and to learn to cook a small
set of recipes you really like.
Here is the URL:http://www.veganoutreach.org/starterpack
Vegan Outreach also hosts a web site of health articles
for people on plant based diets:http://www.veganhealth.org
Be careful of whom you take nutrition advice from on the web.
There are a number of web mavens who sound as if they know what
they are talking about and they really don't.
Learn to ask people how they know what they know.
Animal Rights sites, even some of the more well known names are known for
giving out of date or incomplete information on vegetarian nutrition.
If you are interested in more information I have articles and descriptions
of books by well known, well respected, and well credentialed authorities
on my web site at:http://www.geocities.com/beforewisd...healthyVeg.html