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Hi Everyone, as the title states, I've been lurking on the site for a while, and figure now is the time to come out and formally introduce myself. I would like to go vegetarian, possibly vegan, for health reasons. I have polycystic kidneys and high blood pressure, my mom has the same thing and just had to get a kidney transplant last year. I really want to avoid or at least delay dialysis, and the number one way is to go vegan, second being vegetarian. Animal protein is no good for me, and last year I managed to go vegetarian for about four months before I gave into to a hotdog, my weakness!<br><br>
Monday is D-Day, no more meat, no more milk, no more eggs! My hard part is cheese, I do have vegan cheese in the fridge, ..but I have to admit I'm scared to try it! I really want to avoid any processed foods as much as possible, I would like to eat mainly fruits, veggies and whole grains, but it is hard as I have a husband and two kids who I have to cook for everyday, and sometimes when those fries are in front of you.......<br><br>
I am looking for anyone who has any advice on what they do,or how they get through when they are cooking for a family of non vegetarians, let alone non vegans! I am dreading the day they have pizza! I need friends, I need support, I need motivation. I hope we can all help each other!!!
 

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I'm here for you. and welcome!<br><br>
Feel free to start a thread with your questions. or do a search for similar threads which there are an abundance of.
 

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A welcome to the Veggie Boards and Hope you enjoy your stay and we will be helpful too you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Welcome! Don't be afraid to transition slowly. If you try to change too radically, too quickly, you may just get frustrated and give up. However, some people do have luck going instantly vegan.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2849466"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Welcome! Don't be afraid to transition slowly. If you try to change too radically, too quickly, you may just get frustrated and give up. However, some people do have luck going instantly vegan.</div>
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Instant vegan. A nice marketing ploy.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>michellej</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2848540"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi Everyone, as the title states, I've been lurking on the site for a while, and figure now is the time to come out and formally introduce myself. I would like to go vegetarian, possibly vegan, for health reasons. I have polycystic kidneys and high blood pressure, my mom has the same thing and just had to get a kidney transplant last year. I really want to avoid or at least delay dialysis, and the number one way is to go vegan, second being vegetarian.</div>
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I'm really sorry to hear about your health problems as well as your mother's. I wish you the best.<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I do have vegan cheese in the fridge, ..but I have to admit I'm scared to try it! !</div>
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In my opinion all Vegan cheese it terrible with one huge exception <b><a href="http://www.daiyafoods.com/" target="_blank">Daiya Vegan Cheese</a>,</b> which is completely awesome, melt it in on or in anything and it rocks.<br><br>
Welcome to the forum.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>michellej</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2848540"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi Everyone, as the title states, I've been lurking on the site for a while, and figure now is the time to come out and formally introduce myself. I would like to go vegetarian, possibly vegan, for health reasons. I have polycystic kidneys and high blood pressure, my mom has the same thing and just had to get a kidney transplant last year. I really want to avoid or at least delay dialysis, and the number one way is to go vegan, second being vegetarian. Animal protein is no good for me, and last year I managed to go vegetarian for about four months before I gave into to a hotdog, my weakness!<br><br>
Monday is D-Day, no more meat, no more milk, no more eggs! My hard part is cheese, I do have vegan cheese in the fridge, ..but I have to admit I'm scared to try it! I really want to avoid any processed foods as much as possible, I would like to eat mainly fruits, veggies and whole grains, but it is hard as I have a husband and two kids who I have to cook for everyday, and sometimes when those fries are in front of you.......<br><br>
I am looking for anyone who has any advice on what they do,or how they get through when they are cooking for a family of non vegetarians, let alone non vegans! I am dreading the day they have pizza! I need friends, I need support, I need motivation. I hope we can all help each other!!!</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Welcome!<br><br>
I'm vegan (as of just a few weeks ago; before that I was vegetarian for years.) I cook for myself and my omni husband pretty easily, surprisingly -- even though he's completely picky and doesn't like beans, tofu, or most veggies. We've found a few dishes we can agree on, and I just cook those for us and sometimes modify my own dish a bit. We both love penne arrabbiata and pasta with pesto sauce (vegan pesto is a snap -- he didn't even notice the difference when I started leaving out the cheese), and every Sunday night I make us pizzas from scratch. I just make us each our own individual pizzas, put cheese and sauce on his and do whatever the heck I feel like with mine! Bottom line is as long as your family is somewhat willing to work with you, it's easy to work out solutions that will work for everyone.<br><br>
Enjoy your journey into veg*nism! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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Michelle,<br>
Just joined myself and see that we have PKD in common. After seeing family members struggle with this illness I've sought out to nourish my body and treat food as medicine. I see you're doing the same. My family is super supportive but I was surprised at the lack of education on the part of the medical field. They said there was nothing for them to do until I was really sick. Wow! I would rather never be sick. I'm with you Michelle! I say food is medicine. It's good for us, good for the planet, and a heck of a lot better from the animals' point of view.
 
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