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#1 Old 08-01-2005, 08:56 AM
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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!
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#2 Old 08-01-2005, 09:19 AM
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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!
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#3 Old 08-01-2005, 11:00 AM
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welcome & hopefully you can get some items online if you can't find them in MD or WV.
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#4 Old 08-01-2005, 11:07 AM
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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.

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#5 Old 08-01-2005, 01:11 PM
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Congratulations to you on one week!
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#6 Old 08-01-2005, 03:59 PM
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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.

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#7 Old 08-01-2005, 05:57 PM
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Congrats!!! Welcome to VB! :-)
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#8 Old 08-01-2005, 09:26 PM
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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.
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#9 Old 08-01-2005, 09:27 PM
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hey! congrads... i've been veggie for a week too! we should chat sometime.

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#10 Old 08-02-2005, 11:40 AM
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Congrat's and welcome to VB
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