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Hello everyone! I have been a veg for a few months now and have felt guilty the entire time b/c I still had some cheese every once in a while and had egg if it was in something. I have decided to just stop and go vegan. B/c I am new to this, Im sure there are tons of things I dont know.<br><br><br><br>
What I am asking is this:<br><br><br><br>
What would you like to have been told when you first started that would have made the transition easier? (foods, vits, eating out, clothes and such).<br><br><br><br>
Any help would be wonderful. Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/penguin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nigel:"><br><br><br><br>
~Kaleigh~
 

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Welcome to VB, Kaleigh! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Congrats on making the switch to veganism!!<br><br><br><br>
I wish I would have been told to be brave and to try new recipes. When I first went vegan, I was a little scared to try out new foods that I never had before. So eventually I got tired of eating the same things, and I branched out and expanding my diet. I advise checking out the VB Recipe section and allrecipes.com (They used to have a vegan section, but they changed around their site, so I can't find it. Try searching for vegan, or clicking here: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=vegan%29" target="_blank">http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=vegan)</a>.<br><br><br><br>
That's my best advice for you! Enjoy the transition and good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Edited to add: A good site for vegan clothes, shoes, and accessories is AlternativeOutfitters.com. I love that place!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kaleigh</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hello everyone! I have been a veg for a few months now and have felt guilty the entire time b/c I still had some cheese every once in a while and had egg if it was in something. I have decided to just stop and go vegan. B/c I am new to this, Im sure there are tons of things I dont know.<br><br><br><br>
What I am asking is this:<br><br><br><br>
What would you like to have been told when you first started that would have made the transition easier? (foods, vits, eating out, clothes and such).<br><br><br><br>
Any help would be wonderful. Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/penguin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nigel:"><br><br><br><br>
~Kaleigh~</div>
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Kaleigh,<br><br><br><br>
Welcome aboard and congratulations to you for being a compassionate person and wanting to make this life change for the animals!<br><br><br><br>
The biggest thing I've experienced was to commit to it (I sort of hung around the 95% vegan thing for a while, but I was still an O/L vegetarian). The committing to it really does help make it easier when you are starting out and still feeling the temptations to eat dairy products.<br><br><br><br>
The other thing is to stay connected to other vegans, whether it's where you live (if possible) or on places like this. It really does, "keep your head in the game" and make you feel more a part of something.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe the best thing is to go over to <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=61756" target="_blank">this thread</a> and check out what other vegans consider their favorite products.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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I wish someone had told me that...<br><br><br><br>
-the vegan police will not kill you if you slip up once and awhile, especially at the beginning when you're still figuring out which polysyllabic small-print ingredients are animal-derived<br><br>
-if you're in a real hurry and don't want to read all the ingredients on a package, go to the bottom of the list and (in the US, at least) read the allergen warning, which will say if the product contains fish, shellfish, milk, or eggs, or if it was processed with them. This is how I tell my family members to shop for me when they run to the store.<br><br><br><br>
-if you don't like the taste of nutritional yeast, mix it into tomato sauce<br><br>
-soymilk cocoa is five billion times better than regular hot cocoa<br><br><br><br>
-Tom's of Maine deodorant sometimes has to be vigorously reapplied if one lives in a near-tropical climate<br><br>
-it takes time to get used to the taste of unsweetened toothpaste (which most of the non-animal-tested varieties tend to be)<br><br>
-an itty bitty, $1 tube of Tom's of Maine toothpaste lasts for a few weeks if you don't glob it onto the brush (like my sister does, grr)<br><br><br><br>
-eating breakfast is important if you don't want to crack and buy an overpriced egg sandwich at a toity tea shop later<br><br><br><br>
-Target sells non-tested cleaning products for way less than health stores do, if there are Target shops where you are
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kaleigh</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hello everyone! I have been a veg for a few months now and have felt guilty the entire time b/c I still had some cheese every once in a while and had egg if it was in something. I have decided to just stop and go vegan. B/c I am new to this, Im sure there are tons of things I dont know.<br><br><br><br>
What I am asking is this:<br><br><br><br>
What would you like to have been told when you first started that would have made the transition easier? (foods, vits, eating out, clothes and such).<br><br><br><br>
Any help would be wonderful. Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/penguin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nigel:"><br><br><br><br>
~Kaleigh~</div>
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Hi Kaleigh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Hmm, I think the biggest thing that would have helped me... would have been if I had made sure to find replacements for any foods I was eliminating. I had too many foods that I just stopped eating, but I didn't replace them with anything.<br><br><br><br>
It would have been smooth if I'd have replaced them, and used similar foods... like a veggie burger in place of a cheese dish (something with a like amount of protein and fat).<br><br><br><br>
A wide variety and supply of new foods would have been great to have also... so anytime I got hungry, I'd have a lot of things to choose from.<br><br><br><br>
Actually support from others would have helped a huge amount too.. i sure wish i knew about VB then. At the time, I only knew of 1 other person who lived vegan.
 

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Thanks everyone!!!! What you all have told me is great! And I agree, a support group like VB is important. Good thing one of my greatest friends in the world is vegetarian as is my mother. My sister just told me I had gone crazy when she found out. Oh well, not everyone was going to love the idea, right?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again!<br><br><br><br>
~Kaleigh~
 
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