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Its 10 days from my official start date, but a question has come to mind and I thought it would be good to hear others' experiences regarding it. As a present omni (but as minimal as possible) should I jump right into a vegan diet? Or would it be better to take steps (first vegetarian, then no milk, then no cheese, etc.)?<br><br><br><br>
Could there be any problems switching 'cold turkey'? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
I'll let you guys field some answers and then I'll tell which way I am leaning.
 

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I jumped in head first when I went vegan. Once I knew it was the right thing I couldn't stand the thought of eating animal products.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know anything about your current health or age so I can't suggest a diet for you, but meeting all of your dietary needs is very simple if you do a little research first. You can even buy supplements for any vitamins that you would miss severely, if necessary. I think I watched my protein, iron, calcium, and other things for about four or five days to make sure I was doing alright.<br><br><br><br>
If you need recipes, please ask here - don't be one of those vegans who gets sick eating only rice, pasta, and corn and then says "I got so sick I <i>needed</i> meat." Make sure you eat well rounded meals with lots vegetables and beans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"> yum<br><br><br><br>
It's also very easy to go back to being an omni because specialty products get too expensive. I am very cheap, and if you avoid meat supplements and buy more veggies, tofu, breads, and other things, it will save you money.<br><br><br><br>
Becoming vegan is like stepping into a cold lake. Either you can wade around and lower yourself inch by inch so you don't get too cold all at once, or you can be brave and jump right in and warm up right away.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> was that cool or what?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
GOOD LUCK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Keep me posted!!
 

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you can just jump in to veganism, but you might have....bathroom issues at first. More fiber can cause....more frequency of bathroom needs. But besides that, no problems.
 

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Don't dive. Cannonball! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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you can just jump in to veganism, but you might have....bathroom issues at first. More fiber can cause....more frequency of bathroom needs. But besides that, no problems.</div>
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So you'll not only be healthier and kinder to animals, you'll have more time to read as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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I switched "cold turkey" to being vegetarian, and suffered no ill effects. I know that a lot of people "transition" by slowly removing certain foods, but once I got it in my mind not to eat meat, I simply couldn't stomach the stuff anymore.
 

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I switched "cold turkey" to being vegetarian, and suffered no ill effects. I know that a lot of people "transition" by slowly removing certain foods, but once I got it in my mind not to eat meat, I simply couldn't stomach the stuff anymore.</div>
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I know what you're saying here. After reading about meat and milk and what can be in it, health problems they cause, and what happens to the animals, I am really repulsed by milk and a lot of times meat. I have just been forcing it down for dinner meals with my parents.<br><br><br><br>
Well when I posted I was, and I guess still am, leaning toward a jump into the shallow end rather than a full dive. I plan to cut out meat, milk, eggs, and most other dairy. Then I can walk down to the deep end...cut out the remaining cheese, avoid the hidden products, and really become more healthy!<br><br><br><br>
Does this sound plausible?<br><br><br><br>
Also, well I'm a probable case of IBS...meaning I've never been tested for anything but I show the symtoms and both parents have it. Is there anything special to watch out for? (as an omni, I've had to avoid excess eating of red meat, drinking soda, and spicy/really sugary foods). I don't know if a lot of means will sit well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hungry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hungry:"> ...lol<br><br><br><br>
Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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Well when I posted I was, and I guess still am, leaning toward a jump into the shallow end rather than a full dive. I plan to cut out meat, milk, eggs, and most other dairy. Then I can walk down to the deep end...cut out the remaining cheese, avoid the hidden products, and really become more healthy!<br><br><br><br>
Does this sound plausible?</div>
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Sure, anyway that works for you is plausible. Lots of people do it in steps and have good luck with that. Other people prefer to just make one big change and be done with it. I've been taking the baby step, super-slow-transition method with dairy, but cutting everything else at once was easy for me. (Why, oh why can't I acquire a taste for cream cheese substitutes?)<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I feel ya - I hate soy cheese. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
P.S. I tried to quote but it never works! gah!
 

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Also, well I'm a probable case of IBS...meaning I've never been tested for anything but I show the symtoms and both parents have it. Is there anything special to watch out for? (as an omni, I've had to avoid excess eating of red meat, drinking soda, and spicy/really sugary foods). I don't know if a lot of means will sit well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hungry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hungry:"> ...lol<br><br>
Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"></div>
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alot of people with IBS are better off without meat and dairy
 

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Any large diet changes will cause certain... digestion effects. But as you body adjusts to the new diet things will return to normal.
 

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I would suggest doing it gradually if you're unsure. Eat vegan 1 day the first week, 2 days the second week, 3 days the third week, and so on.<br><br><br><br>
Or you could just jump right in and lean on us for support. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think the majority of the time when someone suffers ill effects from a cold turkey change, they're actually psychological. It's very, very uncommon for someone to become physically ill after making a huge change for the better in their diet (I'm assuming you're not wanting to be a soda-and-fries veg*n).<br><br><br><br>
Mental bad effects are all you need to watch out for. Personally, when I announced myself a vegan just hours after consuming the typical American fast food diet, I failed miserably. I didn't know what to eat, how to cook it, where to get it, what I needed, I didn't even <i>like</i> vegan food. After convincing myself that all that pain was just gain, I eventually became very, very miserable and went back to omni.<br><br><br><br>
Now, when I just started reading books, trying out recipes and new foods, and talking to more veg*ns, I magically started wanting to be one. My palate began to shift with the more healthy food I ate and one by one, the hamburgers started dropping out of my diet. Nowadays, I couldn't even eat a hamburger if I <i>wanted</i> to. Two years later, I'm a vegetarian and I have no doubt in my mind I'll be dietary vegan before another year is up. And not because of me trying, but just because the shift is happening naturally.<br><br><br><br>
Bottom line is that you've got to do what's best for you. There are pros and cons for quitting both ways.
 

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I jumped in and never looked back! Go with whatever makes you comfortable... just remember that there are people here who went vegan in both directions, and we're all in the same place now -- happy and healthy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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