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Hi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Today was my first day into my new transition. It has been very easy BUT, I know that the harder days are yet to come. The question is, when exactly is the addiction to the nasty foods I ate going to hit?? I don't want those cravings <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> I did get a really good tip on how to stop the cravings from a very good friend of mine and I hope it works! I will share it with you all (maybe the beginners like me can benefit from this). I put grapes and cherries in the freezer and she said when I get a craving for any of the yucky stuff to take a handful and suck on them (no seeds)!! So far I have been randomly going to eat them just because the frozen fruits are tasting really good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"><br><br>
Do any of you drink protein drinks to supplement the protein lost ?<br><br>
I have a thousand questions so please bear with me!!!
 

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Hi! Are you going vegan, or vegetarian?<br><br><br><br>
And take heart - I never had cravings at all going from omni to near-vegetarian. Partly, I guess because I was never very much into the fast food / processed food things that are all loaded with fat and sugar to make you addicted to them...always prefered to buy raw foods and cook them myself.<br><br><br><br>
Blessings, Tom
 

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congrats cherri! if you find yourrself getting a craving, i always find the best thing to do is to remind yourself of the torture that these animals go through.. nothing can kill a craving like picturing a poor debeaked chicken crammed into a little cage :/ or if you went veg for health reasons, remind yourself of that.<br><br><br><br>
as for protein supplements, i'm sure there are some people that do so but the consensus is that protein is not a problem one bit and it's so incredibly easy to get. i'd concentrate more on vit b12, iron, and calcium (if you're vegetarian and not vegan, calcium's probably not a problem).<br><br><br><br>
good luck! let us know how it goes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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congratulations on making the compassionate leap towards veg*n. If you have any cravings, just go to <a href="http://www.meetyourmeat.com" target="_blank">www.meetyourmeat.com</a> and I'm sure your craving will go away.
 

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Now that I have a really grose pic in my mind of that chicken <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I just got more motivated to my cause!<br><br>
I, unfortunately was a fast food junkie. I know the cravings of sweets and junk will hit, I just want to be able to duck them when they come!!! I am going for the full vegan *YAY* me!<br><br>
I love cheese but I know that I can do with out and I thought of all the other foods that I love and can definitely do with out. I am totally not doing this for diet reasons, I weigh 110 and I am 5'5" I am doing it for the ethical reasons and the health reasons. My Father is a die hard health nut and always has been so of course I get slack from him when ever I do anything I know he will have a comment on the meat thing, he eats buffalo meat and says that it is "good for you" well that may be true but, he isn't looking at it as a dead animal. Although my point here was that the healthy family gene is there and I have weight trained since I was 20 years old. Woooh I just rambled on and on!! Sorry! I love to yap!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Well thanks at any rate!! Oh ya, so a multi vitamin would be a good idea???
 

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Zapmama, If I had any doubts in my mind about this, you just changed everything by sending me that link. I just got done crying and I almost threw up. Thank You, and I mean that in a good way not sarcastic. My eyes are wide open now.
 

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Your truly truly truly welcome. And welcome and thankyou to you for making such a kind and considerate choice, its not easy, and I hold any person in the highest regards and respect that attempts it.<br><br>
Bright Blessings
 

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Congratulations on making such a great decision for yourself and others, and good luck on sticking with it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I hope you can find the support you need here.
 

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If you think your diet is deficient then a multivitamin is a good idea. But if you're eating a varied and healthy diet there is no need. In Western societies it is almost impossible to be protein deficient, excess protein is more of a problem here.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Cherri Ice</i><br><br><b>Oh ya, so a multi vitamin would be a good idea???</b></div>
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when i said that you should worry more about other vitamins and minerals instead of protein, i didn't mean to imply that you needed to take something to get them. a varied diet should get you everything you need, you just might want to pay particular attention to them. vitamin b12 is the only thing that doesn't seem to have a reliable non-animal source so you should take something to ensure that you get it (like fortified soy milk).. but other than that, you can get everything you need.<br><br><br><br>
although i'm sure there are those people that would argue that taking a multi vitamin is a good idea. i'm just not one of them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I haven't craved meat, but dairy... that's another story. I was finally able to give up cow's milk and move to soy, got cheeseless pizzas, and discovered the wonderful brand known as Tofutti... but dairy still isn't totally absent from my diet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> That stuff is <b>everywhere</b>! (I'm talking processed food) If you avoid processed, then it will definitely be easier for ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I still live with my parents, and although they are very flexible, (they don't bring meat in the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) they still like their processed foods.<br><br><br><br>
Since you're 20, I'm assuming you have more control over such things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'll bet you do great! Being vegan is an awesome, awesome thing, sure wish I could do it!<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yay for you, Cherri. Keep up the good work.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, I take a multivitamin daily, to cover my bases. I did so even when I ate omnivorously.
 

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I take a multi vitamin. I believe that you should eat a very healthy, well-balanced diet, but that a multi can add a bit of "insurance" just in case.<br><br><br><br>
I also do drink protein shakes, but only because they're a quick way to get a snack or meal in sometimes. I also do strength training, so I try to focus on protein a little more than most. Really, though, they're not necessary as long as you're eating a variety of foods.<br><br><br><br>
I think when starting out, it really helps to keep a food journal for 2 to 3 months. You can go over it and make sure you're getting everything you need or see where you're lacking.<br><br><br><br>
As far as the cravings, you'll have to deal with them as (and if) they come. If you start having them, just post and I'm sure you'll receive many suggestions on how to satisfy them!<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, Cherri!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'll start by admitting that I read none of the replies in this thread so as to avoid influencing my thoughts on what I consider some very important questions. So, if I sound redundant, please forgive me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I should also point out that I speak in a very idealistic way, however, I do think that things are as easy as you allow them to be. So take it easy... and don't pressure yourself to do anything. Don't punish yourself for doing something you wish you hadn't, but do reward yourself for doing things you are happy with. For each day you're vegan, put $5 aside and buy a polyester shirt at the end of the week (I'm convinced that polyester is the fabric of the future. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">)<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Today was my first day into my new transition. It has been very easy BUT, I know that the harder days are yet to come.</div>
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These days will be ahead if you believe they will be. Keep educating yourself on health and nutrition, and study why you're doing what you are doing. If you maintain a passion for what you're doing that's based in fact and reason you'll find it much easier to practice your beliefs.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The question is, when exactly is the addiction to the nasty foods I ate going to hit?? I don't want those cravings I did get a really good tip on how to stop the cravings from a very good friend of mine and I hope it works! I will share it with you all (maybe the beginners like me can benefit from this). I put grapes and cherries in the freezer and she said when I get a craving for any of the yucky stuff to take a handful and suck on them (no seeds)!! So far I have been randomly going to eat them just because the frozen fruits are tasting really good</div>
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You will crave things when your body feels you need them.<br><br><br><br>
A) Your body will crave certain foods if it has a nutrient you're currently not getting enough of. If you keep proper nutrition (I personally feel it's easier to do this by taking an occasional multi-vitamin) that'll make it easier to avoid this type of craving.<br><br><br><br>
B) I personally never craved any food because I stood firm behind the decisions I made. If you crave a food very stongly, go ahead and eat some. You're still helping reduce suffering by not allowing yourself to eat this food regularly. However, be sure to not give in too easily, for you'll be much the happier for your strength afterwards.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Do any of you drink protein drinks to supplement the protein lost?</div>
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No.<br><br><br><br>
If you eat a varied diet, there is no protein loss. You body will adjust to the current level of protein it receives. Most people in industrialized countries indulge in too much protein rich foods. There is much to be said about the level of protein consumed in the vegan and vegetarian diet.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Being veg*n is as easy as you let yourself to believe it is. If your focus is on the foods you are not eating, than you'll make it very hard on yourself. If you focus on the foods you are eating, it'll be a cinch.<br><br><br><br>
Bad thoughts: "That cheese pizza looks and smells so good!" and "I really really miss fried chicken!"<br><br><br><br>
Good thoughts: "I could make my entire lunch watermelon! It's so amazing!" and "Falafel and fish are the tastiest vegetarian foods in the world!"<br><br><br><br>
That was a joke. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Make your life fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh, and I should also mention something new I discovered and applied to my own life.<br><br><br><br>
The average person eats 6 to 10 different meals on a regular basis. If you find 6 to 10 vegetarian meals you <b>LOVE</b>, and make those your regular meals than it'll be so much easier for you to be veg*n.<br><br><br><br>
I've just recently reduced my entire meal plan into falafel, veggie dogs, tofu burgers, tofu scramble (with ketchup! Mmm), potato-products, pickled fruit (cucumbers, tomatoes), salsa and tortilla chips, stirfries, vegetable pot pie, vegetable soup, and random things here and there.<br><br><br><br>
I've always found veganism to be easy enough, but just a month ago I found a whole new plateau of simplicity that's brought my life to a much happier level.
 

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Cherri - You sound like you're doing good. When I want a product processed with eggs/dairy, I just think about the poor chickens, and the pictures I've seen, and how crappy dairy makes my sinuses feel <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I do take a multi vitamin and calcium though - I know I can get enough calcium as a vegan, but I don't <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Mikie,<br><br>
Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of that info, very helpful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> The Polyester shirt thing was pretty funny!! How many $5's will I have to save to buy on of those?!?!<br><br>
Thanks to every one else who responded also! Oh, and btw I gave someone the impression that I am only 20 years old (I wish)! I am actually 35 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
The journal idea is awesome and I am going to start that tonight. And here I go!!! bye <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Mikie, how did you decide on those items? Did you determine they would balance your diet?<br><br><br><br>
I'm currently looking to simplify to a menu I can rotate more or less every two weeks, with the occasional exception of dining out. But, I want to make sure that:<br><br><br><br>
1) It's nutritionally adequate (macro, micro, calories, etc.)<br><br><br><br>
2) Inexpensive<br><br><br><br>
3) Easy to prepare (time, number of tools required)<br><br><br><br>
At least those three.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, just curious how you decided on your base meals.
 
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