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#1 Old 12-21-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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Hello everyone:

 

So, I am not new to vegetarianism.  In fact, I was one for about 5 years, but I know I wasn't doing it right in the end.  I was eating mostly cheese and wheat, not much of anything else.  My parents always thought it was odd what I was doing, but mostly they just didn't care.  My boyfriend (ex now), thought it was the stupidest thing he'd ever heard of.  I got horribly ill from stress and a lack of nutrition (from a lack of education and support).  My mom and ex told me I had to get meat in my system immediately.  My body started to get better (kind of), but I gained a bunch of weight and my head was in a fog most of the time.  The ex became an ex and I started to eat more fruits and veggies again.  I mostly eat fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, grains, and dairy at this point.  I still eat meat because I thought my parents would freak if I went veggie again.  But I am trying to educate myself on being veggie the proper way.  Thus, I decided  I am starting on January 1st with a 28 day trial period (sounds like a magazine subscription), to show my parents that I can actually eat this way and be healthy (become healthier).  Meat processing grosses me out, freaks me out, and makes me question how long I will actually live (from chemicals and antibiotics, also GMOs really scare me).  I also want to eat cleaner food.  The switch in the past year to more plant-based foods has helped clear my head some.  I think switching over completely will clear up the fog completely.

 

If you have read this far, thank you, that shows that maybe you really care.  I told my mom tonight that I wanted to go veggie again and she said she didn't care what I did as long as I was honest with myself about how I am feeling.  Since I know no vegetarians where I live, I am reaching out to this community for support.  How should I get started?  What resources should I look into?  Are there some favorite dishes you like to cook?  Are there brands that are vegetarian, vegan, organic, and/or raw that you highly recommend?  What sort of supplements might I have to take in order to balance out what I might not be getting every day from plant foods?

 

I have hypothyroidism and amenorrhea but am otherwise healthy.

 

Thanks for your help and support!

 

-Tarah

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#2 Old 12-21-2012, 11:47 PM
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Hi, welcome to Veggieboards! You've come to the right place for support, I'm sorry the people in real life have given you such a hard time. It's definitely easier to talk to people who know where you're coming from and have been where you are. smiley.gif

Here are a few helpful threads to look at for advice/ideas:

https://www.veggieboards.com/t/81872/how-to-stock-your-kitchen-and-pantry-once-youve-removed-the-animal-flesh-products

https://www.veggieboards.com/t/112852/big-list-of-veg-n-links

https://www.veggieboards.com/t/137845/long-term-vegetarians-got-any-great-tips-for-newbies

https://www.veggieboards.com/t/105447/whats-for-dinner

And here are a few websites I really like for ideas:

http://www.chooseveg.com/

http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/

http://vegweb.com/

http://www.theppk.com/

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/

Hope that helps! grin.gif

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Hi and welcome!

Definitely look at the links Werewolf girl provided. They're awesome.

From personal experience, I did a 30 day vegetarian thing to see what it was like and probably only ate meat a few times after that before going full vegetarian.

The best advice I can give is- Make a meal plan and find out what a 'sneaky meat' is called.

 

The meals don't have to be anything difficult. One of my favourites is getting lentils, veggies and a nice tomato sauce, cooking them all together and then putting it on some pasta. Or green beans if I'm feeling carb conscious.

One of the resources I first used was-

http://www.taste.com.au

Just search 'vegetarian' and you could find a few things. They're not always helpful, especially if you're not going to be eating eggs, but it can give you a few ideas for things.
 

Sneaky meat names- Tallow, gelatine, rennet, those are the only ones I can think of for now.

When you're ready to, this is a list of E numbers that aren't vegetarian.

http://www.veggieglobal.com/nutrition/non-vegetarian-food-additives.htm



The only thing you might not be getting is B12, depending on the kind of vego you are, but there are fortified foods out there with non-animal derived B12. I use So Good (from Sanitarium) and it has B12 in it.

I recommend Sanitarium, if you have it where you are. Except they do include egg in a lot of their stuff. But, they were a good thing to have around, when I was first getting into the vego spirit of things.


And finally, don't be too overwhelmed. It's sometimes hard to look at all of the stuff you have to look out for, it seems like a lot of work. But it gets easier with time and even if you go slowly, you'll get there in the end.

Congratulations on giving this another go!

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#4 Old 12-24-2012, 01:06 PM
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already some good links on there, i have been vegetarian for about a year and a half, recently tried vegan for november and will start vegan from january, mainly the gap is to allow me to use up non vegan stuff i have around the kitchen.

 

there are so many recipe ideas and advance online, it is much easier if you can cook for your self, if you cant maybe try cooking for youself will add to what you are doing and help keep you going.

 

once you take the leap you will wonder why you never did it before, just watch you don't replace everything with cheese.

 

support is the hardist thing but i'm sure you'll get plenty here.

 

good luck 

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Everyone gave great links and advice above, but I wanted to say welcome and good luck with your challenge. Those links above should really help you out :) 


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#6 Old 12-26-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all your encouragement, everyone!!!!

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What I have found amusing is that people seem to think that my being vegetarian is somehow me dictating what they do.

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#8 Old 01-03-2013, 05:34 AM
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Hii Tarah!

I read your post, and you threw a zinger in at the very end, and that's your hypothyroidism.  
 

I'm assuming you're a teenager.  From what I recall, teenagers can eat garbage and still not feel that bad.  How is your hypothyroidism?  Do you have a good endocrinologist?  Have you had your levels checked lately?   

We all want you to succeed and become a veg*n, and your mom seems really cool, which is great.   Check out all the links and advice given above, but don't forget about your thyroid.  That could be the cause of a lot of your health issues.

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