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Greetings! Ive been reading for a few days now and thought Id jump in and introduce myself.<br><br>
Ive recently made a decision to transition to a plant-based diet for health reasons. Im at the very beginning of this journey. Im not sure yet whether I will end up as a vegetarian, a vegan, or just someone who eats a mostly plant-based diet. But Im open to whatever happens.<br><br>
For now, Im eating the rest of whats in my pantry and freezer. As I buy new groceries, Ive been replacing those items with vegan options. The How to stock your kitchen and pantry sticky in the New to Vegetarianism forum has been VERY helpful in preparing my grocery list.<br><br>
Im nervous, but excited to make this change. And Im looking forward to learning a lot from you folks who have been doing this for years. I hope youll all be patient with me as I go through this process.
 

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Hello and welcome!<br><br>
Be sure to check out the PETA vegetarian starter kit and films like Earthlings or Meet your Meat. This place is an awesome support group for those looking to transition to a full vegetarian diet so if you have questions feel free to ask <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Don't be nervous! Veg*n food is delicious, and veg*ns are the coolest people you'll ever meet. I'd recommend getting a really good veg*n cookbook and just jumping in. That's how I did it anyway. I recommend The Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. And try the online vegan cooking classes at Spork Online. <a href="http://sporkonline.com/" target="_blank">http://sporkonline.com/</a><br><br>
Hope that was helpful, and I hope you have fun with this transition. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Fortunately, I love to cook and I already enjoy all kinds of veggies and legumes. I have a few vegetarian cookbooks on my shelf that I have used from time to time. I'll just be using them more often now.<br><br>
Replacing milk, eggs, cheese (and junk food) will probably be the biggest challenge. The easiest thing to adjust to will probably be that I get to graze on fruits and veggies throughout the day.<br><br>
Thanks for the recommendations for Spork online. I'll definitely check it out.
 

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Ah man, vegan junk food is soooo friggin good. I get mine from Food Fight Grocery in Portland.<br><a href="http://www.foodfightgrocery.com/food-1" target="_blank">http://www.foodfightgrocery.com/food-1</a><br><br>
For cheese, I like Daiya and Dr. Cow. Make sure to read the ingredients label because a lot of so-called non-dairy cheeses have casein or whey (or both!) in them.
 

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You sound like I did 6 months ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I wasn't planning on being vegetarian, just to eat less meat. Now here I am nearly vegan...XD Don't be too nervous, it's a bit challenging at first, but it gets easier. Vegan food = delicious.
 
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