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Hello everyone
I'm a 20 year old male, weigh 127 lbs. and I'm a pescetarian for 5 months. I have a couple of questions and maybe I can get some advice from you guys
I'm trying to transition to vegetarianism and eventually veganism as soon as possible but I'm having some trouble. For one I don't know how to cook that well, but thank goodness for my mom helping me out because I wouldn't be able to keep up with this diet. (Of course I'm learning on my own whenever I can) I also go to college 4 days a week so I don't even know what to take to school to eat because a lot of my food is cooked. I believe I'm struggling because I just don't have the knowledge that I need to transition properly. Did anyone here have the same problem? Where did you guys find info on how to find new foods and substitutes for the food you were already eating? So far the only thing that is preventing me from being a vegan is cheese and fish. I already eliminated all dairy except the cheese. The problem is that I make so many different foods with cheese. I make perogies, pancakes with cheese, cheese sandwiches, and use cheese as a topping for some foods. I don't eat fish as often but when I do it's only fried Cod or tuna from a can for supper usually, but that's because I don't have any ideas on what else to make. I quit drinking cow's milk and eating meat the same day. After about 2 days I developed sores on the back of my tongue and had yellow/white stuff on my tongue. At first I thought I had some kind of reaction to switching to Soy Milk. I dropped that and went to Almond milk but the Sores didn't go away. I still have them now but I don't get the white stuff on my tongue anymore. Should I be worried about the sores or is this some kind of detoxification from the cow's milk or meat I stopped eating? Thank you so much
Mike. PS. What kind of water do you guys drink (I drink Smart Water) because I can't find info on which one's have the least amount of Fluoride.

Oops forgot to put that I still eat eggs which I can't even imagine how to take out of my diet since it's eggs for breakfast, in sandwiches. I don't know how to do this lol :p
 

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First off, it sounds like you have thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth. I don't think it has anything to do with you stopping eating meat/cows milk or adding soy/almond milk. Have you been on antibiotics at all?
The sores sound like the circumvallate papilla on your tongue (way on the back, Google it) are inflamed, though the fungal infection, when scraped away, may leave raw spots.
 

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Have you considered buying any cookbooks or checking them out through the library? Before I bought my first cookbook I didn't even know how to cook a pot of beans now I cook all kinds of stuff. In terms of cutting out the fish have you tried a faux tuna salad? Most are made with chickpeas I believe. There also faux egg salads, scrambles, omlets ect made with tofu. In terms of cheese there are quite a few non cheesse but they can be pricy at least to me. It all depends on what your budget is for both time and money. For instance I don't have a lot of money but I have a lot of time though there are lots of quick and cheap things I make like a can of veg chili over a potato that's been nuked in the microwave. Something that really helped me and is still helping me as I fine tune my diet is makeing a plan. The first month I went lacto ovo I looked up recipes for the month and made a grocery list so I'd have everything I needed. I also read a lot about nutrition so I'd know I was doing it healthily. I really like Becoming Vegetarian. It's a great book with info for vegetarians and vegans. Every week or two I'd try something new that was out of my comfort zone. It's really exspanded my food options and it's fun.

HTH Audrey
 

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Thanks for the input guys, and about the sores, I went to the doctor and she seemed like she didn't really know what it is and gave me some simple medicine to drink (not antibiotic) but that didn't work and I still have the sores now. It's actually been 5 months now since I started being pescetarian in September.
 

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Check out the Food Forum here along with the recipe section. The Food Porn thread is really inspiriing and will give you some creative ideas on different types of meals. Also try www.vegweb.com for more recipes. How about trying to replace the cheese with things like peanut butter or hummus? Both are great as spreads for sandwiches and for dipping. Some quick and easy meals that you can take to school are things like hummus wraps, falafel pita sandwiches, Pb&J, bean/rice burritos, rice and bean dishes, or pasta meals.

As for the sores, I agree that it does indeed sound like thrush or something similar. If it's been going on 5 months that you've had these sores I would call the dr back and let her know the medicine she gave did not work.
 
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