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Today was my first day with vegetarianism. I'm very proud of myself. I went out last night and got all kinds of veg things. For breakfast I had an omellete (substitute of course) I added some veggie cheese and some tofu and it was great. I could eat the just about every morning! For lunch I had vegetarian pizza and I just had my dinner of veggie pizza burgers. I haven't given up milk comepletely yet. I still use it in the small things and in very small amounts. I'll be working on giving it all up. I haven't had any real cravings yet and hopefully they don't come at all. I've never really liked drinking milk straight or even eating alot of meat. I'd have a ham sandwich like every other month or each small amounts on holidays so I don't think it will be that hard to give up. If there is anything I should know about what and what not to eat please let me know since I'm just starting out.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks~<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">Ashley<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Well, Ashley, first of all, welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Second, you're off to the races. It sounds like you're using a lot of replacements, and that's always a great transition. I did the same myself when becoming vegan, and still use analogues occasionally. I found it helpful and healthier to branch out over time as I learned some recipes.<br><br><br><br>
There's a bunch of great books listed throughout this site (try a search, say "favorite" and "recipe book" to see what you come up with). Also, <a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a> is great for recipes. I'd learn about a food I'd never had before, like tempeh, and then I'd do a search there for dozens of recipes incorporating that item, picking the easiest, fastest one to start with, then working my way toward more sophisticated recipes.<br><br><br><br>
Also search for "kreeli" and "website" to find another good recipe database. I'm blanking on the actual URL, but that search ought to bring up the thread that has a link.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, and welcome to veg*nism (applies to vegetarianism or veganism)!
 

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Congrats, Ashley!!<br><br><br><br>
It feels great, doesn't it? And it sounds like you're doing very well! It's good that you've been able to cut back on the dairy so soon!! It took me a while to give up milk - I used to <b>love</b> the stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> I drink soy now, and my conscience thanks me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
If you find yourself craving meat, check out some of the meat substitutes out there. There's everything from veggie chicken nuggets to ribs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Over time you might not even want that stuff, though. Well, that's what happened to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> There are lots of great dairy substitutes also! Tofutti makes a great non-dairy sour cream! Ice cream and cream cheese too! It's almost impossible to feel deprived! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><br><br>
Hope you enjoy yourself, here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Good luck on your veg journey!
 

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Welcome and Congrats!<br><br><br><br>
Like epski said, branch out - I use meat analogs (Or as I call them "Smeat") often due to convenience, but experiment w/ beans and tofu and stuff. And as for dairy - good job reducing the amount you use! I switched to Silk soymilk - I like it better than regular milk. You'll find tons of iinfo and support here.
 

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Welcome to VB!<br><br>
Youve had lots of great advises, but from me, a word of warning:<br><br>
Don't just jump in to veggism. Things can get a little bumpy. Make sure you know what you are doing.
 

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Hello, Animalluver1985! Welcome to the boards -- and to veg*nism! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Hi Ashley! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Congratulations on becoming veggie, and happy 4th day of it for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks so much Flower. I needed a congrats right now. I know what I'm doing is my choice and I know it's the right choice for me but it's harder than it seems.
 

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Hey Ashley! Good luck on becoming veg*n! I became vegetarian the day I read an article by John Robbins and then went vegan a few months later.
 

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Hi Ashleay, welcome. Congrats on week one! The longer the easier!
 

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Hi Ashley, welcome to VB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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