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#1 Old 09-28-2008, 07:19 PM
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One of the best things I've done that's helped me go veg and stay veg is this:

I cook for other people on a regular basis. My sister and I created a schedule and we cook for each other weekly. This forces me to try new recipes and to think about my food.

If I didn't cook for other people, I would likely eat packaged foods, junk food, and energy bars all the time. I would stay vegetarian, but I might not have been a successful vegan. And I wouldn't be as healthy or knowledgeable as I am. Cooking for others has been a great way to help inspire myself and others to adopt a veg lifestyle.

I'm not a great cook, but I can follow a recipe. And that's all I need. There are TONS of vegan cookbooks and vegan recipes online.

Maybe this can work for you, too

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#2 Old 09-28-2008, 11:17 PM
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That's great that you've found something to help you! Not only will it help you stay on track, but you may just learn how to cook some new things!
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#3 Old 09-29-2008, 03:21 AM
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Yep, cooking for my family (and being pg!) help keep me cooking good food! My husband has IBS and HAS to have a good standard of diet to avoid problems later in life...I wouldn't put so much effort in myself, but cooking for him and he toddler-monster keeps me on the straight and narrow.

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#4 Old 09-29-2008, 08:21 AM
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I went veg and took my whole family with me a week ago. I thought that we would be eating "yucky stuff" until I had learned more and knew what I was doing. Instead, the food we are eating is so much more delicious than what we were having before. That's because I absolutely have to plan my meals out in advance, and sometimes I even have to start my meals in the morning. Plus, there are so many vegans who have gone before me and have a wealth of recipes online. My experience so far is that vegan recipes are much more likely to be good than random omni recipes I used to get from the Internet.

At any rate, my food is much more "gourmet" than the omni junk I used to slap together (think ground beef in a pot of mac n' cheese) and I would never have tried as hard if I weren't cooking for a whole family. So long story short, you're right!
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