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shine 08-01-2005 08:56 AM

Hi everyone! I found this board last week and was pretty excited about it.....just wanted to introduce myself, as I hope to make some new friends here.

After years of thinking about it and loving the idea but thinking I could never do it, I finally stopped eating meat last week. So far, it has been pretty easy.......which is amazing, because I was raised eating lots of meat and very few veggies, so I don't like many of them. I am trying to keep an open mind and try all kinds of new things.

So far the toughtest part has been that I live in the boonies of western Maryland and it is difficult to find alot of vegetarian items. I discovered there is a great food co-op in Morgantown, WV, about an hour away, so I guess I'll be going there alot!

I would love to hear from anyone else who is a new vegetarian, or anyone with more experience who has tips and advice!

CountessKerouac 08-01-2005 09:19 AM

Welcome to VB! Congratulations on becoming veg! I actually do the bulk of my shopping at regular grocery stores. They sell tofu, whole grains, beans, veggies, nuts, nut butters, crackers, vegan waffles/bagels, natural cereals, etc. It's quite easy to do! Going to the health food store is always a special treat for me because they have LOTS more options!

nkace 08-01-2005 11:00 AM

welcome & hopefully you can get some items online if you can't find them in MD or WV.

Amy SF 08-01-2005 11:07 AM

I agree with the others. Try to make the majority of your diet whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, and you shouldn't have too much of a problem. Mainstream grocery stores do carry tofu and vegetarian lunch meats. Keep the special stuff, like "natural" sweets, for the co-op.

Brandon 08-01-2005 01:11 PM

Congratulations to you on one week!

Michael 08-01-2005 03:59 PM

I'm not sure what your thoughts are on processed foods but most grocery stores have a big selection of frozen vegetarian foods.

You might also want to check out our recipe section,, or

Ethnic restaurants usually offer quite a few vegetarian options as well.

bstutzma 08-01-2005 05:57 PM

Congrats!!! Welcome to VB! :-)

rg.girl 08-01-2005 09:26 PM


I am brand new to veg life. I live in Chicago and hope to make thuis a permanent lifestyle. Do you have a Whole Foods by you? They have lots of great foods.

soulshine 08-01-2005 09:27 PM

hey! congrads... i've been veggie for a week too! we should chat sometime.


Vegetarian_Girl 08-02-2005 11:40 AM

Congrat's and welcome to VB

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