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Just watched Forks over Knives last night and it got me motivated and here I am. I am a former Atkins dieter and have do pretty good but was never 100% sure it was the right thing. I still had trouble sleeping etc.<br><br>
I am now in my 40's and want to make a change after seeing my sister battle two bouts of breast cancer in the last eight years. I want to lose weight and feel great.<br><br>
I want to know if I can do this when I have been so used to the local drive through menu. Can I pick what I need up at my local Kroger?<br><br>
How costly is it to eat a whole food diet?<br><br>
I am all ears/eyes help me do this!!!!!<br><br>
I am going to try the Forks and Knives way and that means basically no animal products.<br><br>
I am just a regular guy. I did not come here for political reasons or to save animals though I love my dogs and my neighbors cats. I just really got motivated by this movie.
 

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Good for you in thinking a new way. I also was an atkins dieter in the past who recently changed to vegetarian. You can do this and here is why. When on the Atkins diet, we were supposed to eat salads. Dr. atkins claimed to eat two big salads a day. So you should be prepared to eat salads.<br><br>
Mix it up...don't eat just salads and get burned out on them. I eat a fruit salad for breakfast, an open faced veggie sandwich for lunch and then a salad for dinner. I love everything I eat.<br><br>
Make sure that you are eating enough calories a day. I make my salad dressings with olive oil so that it ups my calories.<br><br>
One mistake I made recently was just grabbing whatever I saw that sounded good to meand it costmee big at the check out. 170 for two people. I looked at why that happened and noticed that I had foods that were high priced in every salad or used multiple times a day. Both tomatoes and avocados are high price: 2-2.5 ea. cut the number used in half and my bill went down nearly 20 bucks. Your first bill might be higher than you like, but after that it wont be as high.
 

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I was in your same place last year. November, thanksgiving to be exact. That was my first non meat meal, Have not had meat since.<br><br>
its been pretty easy actually.
 

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Kroger has a great produce section, so that helps a lot. Shop the sales as much as possible, though, because they can be overpriced on a lot of their non-sale items. Meat is more expensive than beans, so you shouldn't be paying more to eat better!<br>
Do you cook? If you do, then you're way ahead of the curve. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If not, you might want to start. Vegetable stir-fry is good.<br>
Don't wait until you're starving to figure out what you're going to eat... plan ahead. Going from fast-food to whole foods is an adjustment, but you can do it!<br>
Welcome!
 

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It is a continual learning adventure! The beginning was difficult for me, but as I stayed the course, I discovered a whole new way of shopping, cooking and eating. I clearly remember one day thinking about dinner, and I realized I really had transformed! The dilemma of what to eat, was I getting enough of this or that, had ended. I finally felt transformed! That will happen to you too, as long as you want it to!<br>
Even canned beans are cheap-dried organic beans even cheaper, and better! Lentils, dried peas, garbanzo beans, walnuts, oats, bulgar, brown rice.<br>
Fresh and frozen veggies-shop sales and farmers markets.<br>
Do you have a natural food store around? Trader Joes? Or are you limited to regular groceries?<br><br>
Welcome! This can be your be best resource, as well as everything googled -vegan...
 

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The biggest problem I had when I was first starting (and second starting... and third starting) was that I made giving up animal products way more complicated than it actually was. When I stopped thinking of it as some huge diet change, it stuck and became much easier. Also, don't be afraid to cook and try new recipes. I enjoy cooking anyway, but I realized I didn't really have to change most of what I ate very much. I simply started removing animal products and trying different substitutions until I found what worked to my taste.<br><br>
It may seem like a lot to learn, but it does get easier. Just stick around here, read recipes to see if anything catches your eye, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't get discouraged, though. Some people make the switch overnight and some do it over a period of time. Figure out what works best for you and go from there.
 

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wow great for you!<br>
try green smoothies. they are fast when you don't have time to cook.<br>
are you looking more for fast meals?
 

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Former Atkins fan here as well. When I first began five years ago, I started out making veg versions of my favorite recipes containing meat, like chili, spaghetti and so forth. There are a lot of great recipes here on VB that will get you started. Good luck !
 
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