Thank-you for all of the good advice. After a couple of days, the hunger went away and my knee pain has not come back. In addition, plaque on my teeth has disappeared - without drilling - and an eye twitch that I have had for the past 6 months is gone. This now feels like the natural way to eat. It is interesting to note that I was unable to stay on a vegan program 3 years ago when I made an abrupt switch from meat-eating to no animal products. My body apparently needed to go through a gradual change to the diet. Please suggest cookbooks that offer simple recipies. Thank-you!
Vegan With A Vengeance is an awesome book, BUT not for a novice cook in my opinion. Isa (the author) uses a lot of things like tempeh, quinoa hijiki, and edamame that I don't think a lot of people are familiar with and which can be hard to find.
It uses common ingredients and most recipes are fairly simple.
There a couple of recipes for stuff like Sloppy Joes which is just a regular recipe for Sloppy Joes only using "soy ground meat alternative". Yeah. I don't think I needed to buy a book to figure that out. But most recipes are a little more inspired.
Having said that, this is a recipe for a salad that rocks but which had fake chicken on it. It would be just as good without.
I really like La Dolce Vegan. I LOVE Vegan with a Vengeance but it's more for people who really know their way around a kitchen. Another one of my favorites is the Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. It's not 100% vegan but most of the recipes have vegan substitutions listed. I think there's only one or two recipes in it that can't be made vegan.
I've found quite a bit of my health problems have gone away simply by changing my diet to veg*n. First my skin seemed to clear up, then the dry scalp I've suffered from my whole life got a LOT better. It's almost completely gone. I haven't had acid reflux/heartburn once since the switch and I used to get headaches/migraines quite often and have had very few since. I'm not saying that this is a miracle cure to all ailments but it's quite amazing what has happened since avoiding animal products. I simply cannot say it has all been coincidence either.
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