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Hey guys!<br><br>
I`m literally BRAND NEW to being a vegetarian. I started March 1, 2007. [The day before yesterday.]<br><br>
I was getting a ride home from a guy that I work with & we were talking about past jobs. He used to work for a company that supplied the chicken to most of the restaurants in our region. I started thinking...okay...hundreds of restaurants need TONS of chicken everyday. So how many chickens is that a day...a week..a month, end up dying? Probably millions. That`s so sad.<br><br>
I love animals so much, but I LOVE meat [which is why this is going to be so hard] so I guess I never really thought about it.<br><br>
I looked up pictures of slaughter houses when I got home and it was so sad! Pictures of HUNDREDS of pigs being hung up by their feet and cut open. It was horrible.<br><br>
So that`s that. I`m officially becoming a vegetarian. None of my friends think I can do it which is why I`ve joined this forum. I could use ANY tips you can give me! [:<br><br>
Most of my friends agree with how horrible it is, but they don't think they can give up meat. Maybe if I make it look easy. They`ll become a vegetarian too. So I really want to stick with this.<br><br>
Was it hard for you guys to become a vegetarian? What kinds of things do you like to eat?<br><br>
Nice meeting you guys again<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
I found it easy to become a vegetarian. Quorn products were a lifeline to me when I first started, although I gradually ate them less and less as I became more used to vegetarian meals without the faux meat (and now I don't eat them at all because they're not vegan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">). Things that are yummy substitutes for meat dishes also are: spaghetti bolognaise made with TVP (a type of soy mince), curries that include tofu, a full english breakfast complete with veg 'sausage' and 'bacon', sandwiches with 'cheatin' turkey', etc, etc. Things like mac and cheese, vegetable curries, stir fries, pasta with a tomatoey sauce, hummus and vegetables, vegetable soups and stews, pizza, etc, are vegetarian meals that don't pretend to be meaty. Check out the recipe section for some ideas.<br><br>
Do you need any specific help?
 

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Welcome to VeggieBoards!<br><br><br><br>
When I initially went veg I found it surprisingly easy. Going vegan took more work.<br><br><br><br>
The key to success, at least in my experience, was simply finding new things that I really like. I also absolutely love my cookbook and I love searching for recipes online.<br><br><br><br>
You would be absolutely amazed at how delicious being veg*an is!<br><br><br><br>
Here are some recipe sites to get you started:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">VegWeb</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegcooking.com/" target="_blank">VegCooking</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Everyday-Cooking/Vegetarian/main.aspx" target="_blank">All Recipes: Vegetarian</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://vegkitchen.com/" target="_blank">VegKitchen</a><br><br><br><br>
Also, if you want a little extra help, a Vegetarian Starter Kit could be a good thing for you to check it out.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://goveg.com/order.asp" target="_blank">Order Your Free Vegetarian Starter Kit</a>
 

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congratulations on the switchover!!! It's one of the best, least selfish decisions anyone can make and it takes a lot of guts!<br><br><br><br>
BUT TRUST ME! when i ate meat, i was a huge meat eater. it was a main part of my diet and none of my friends believed me when i told them.<br><br><br><br>
but dont listen to them. it gets easier and easier. and if you get a craving for animal, think about how much good you are doing, and dont think about it as a "steak" but as gross animal flesh! haha. anyways, this forum is amazing and dont be afraid to ask anything!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> Smashing choice! Welcome to VB!! You'll definately find all that you need here. There are many different choices for vegetarians and nearly all meat (and fish) dishes can be made vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
To answer your questions, going veg is surprisingly simple, and my favorite thing to eat is pasta!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
If you've got any questions, just post them up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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I just went veg 2 months ago, and I've found it to be much easier than I thought it would be. For starters, there are companies like Amy's, Yves, Boca, Gardenburger, and Morningstar Farms that make pre-made foods just for vegetarians. Rely on those while you're learning. That much pre-processed food isn't healthy in the long run, but you'll learn more things to make as you go.<br><br><br><br>
I bought the book "Becoming Vegetarian" by Melina and Davis. I highly recommend it.<br><br><br><br>
Also, search around for local veg groups in your area. They can tell you where to shop, recommend veg-friendly restaurants, and might even have get togethers where you can meet some people to make new friends and get some advice.<br><br><br><br>
And you'll get plenty of advice here. I asked a lot of stupid questions here my first month, and I got plenty of good advice. Welcome to VB!<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Congratulations!! It seems like you have a lot of advice to get you started, but if you have any questions feel free to ask! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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It was really hard for me to get started but once I got past about the 1 month mark it got much easier. I have been for over 4 years now! I think it gets easier after you start to learn what products are ok, what restaraunts will have something for you to eat etc. You will probably keep learning about new stuff as you go along. I just tried tofu dogs yesterday for the first time and they were really good! Just do not expect most meat substitute veg*n food to taste like the real thing because most does not, they are usually really good though! My boyfriend bought me a few vegetarian cookbooks and they are great for comming up with new ideas for meals, they are not hard to find so you might want to invest in a few. I just made stuffed bell peppers the other night and...yum!!!
 

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WOW! Everyone here is SO nice, thanks so much for all of your advice!!!<br><br>
isowish, I'm not sure what Quorn products are...from your post is sounds like they are like, the fake vegetarian meat I keep hearing about? I keep seeing all these delicious looking vegetarian meals online that have like "chicken" in them and I was like WOW where can I find that? There's probably a million stores in California that carry vegetarian stuff, but right now, I'm in Florida. And I'm not sure where to look for tofu and "Quorn" products.<br><br><br><br>
HandcuffedAngel, thanks so much for all the websites! I'm definately going to check those out! And I ordered a Vegetarian Starter Kit [: I can use all the help I can get! Haha<br><br><br><br>
Fromper, thanks for your suggestion! I just ordered a copy of "Becoming Vegetarian" online. I read the description and it seems perfect! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> That will help a lot.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks to the rest of you who have replied also and made me feel welcome [: I definately won't think twice about asking questions! I just hope you don't get sick of me! Haha<br><br><br><br>
Today I had my first Veggie Burger at Ruby Tuesday. It was weird. The first bite was a little funny tasting, but then every bite after that was DELICIOUS. [: I'm excited because now I think I can actually do it!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again guys!
 

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Since you're in Florida is there a Publix grocery store near you? They have a good selection of vegetarian stuff.<br><br><br><br>
Tofu is in the produce section. In Publix it has it's own section right next to the organic produce. If you can't find it ask the produce guy to point you to it.<br><br><br><br>
Quorn and other meat replacements (like Gardenburger, Boca, etc) are in the freezer section. It's tricky in Publix because some of the stuff, like Quorn, is in the Greenwise organic section, so you have to look for that. But most of the Boca burgers and stuff are in the freezer section with frozen entrees (like Stouffer's). It's usually on an end.<br><br><br><br>
"Greenwise" is Publix's in house brand, they have soy milk and veggie burgers and stuff. It's generally cheaper than the name brands but I'm not sure how it tastes since I haven't tried it yet.<br><br><br><br>
You should also find out if there's a health food store in your town, they'll carry vegetarian products (look in your phone book or even do a search of "health food <your town>". Don't forget to look for farmer's markets (sometimes called grower's markets) in your area for fresh produce.
 

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Hi Ariel, welcome to the boards!!!<br><br><br><br>
At first it was hard for me to give up meat, but then I watched a film called 'Meet your meat' online, and I knew I could never eat an animal again after that point. I eat quorn a lot, it's a great substitute for when you might normally eat something like a sausage or a burger. They do yummy tasting veggie sausages, burgers, pies, escalopes, mince, loads of stuff! Some of it tastes so much like meat it is hard to tell the difference (you don't get any of the gristle though!!) - the pork and apple sausages taste a LOT like pork to me. If you don't want the taste of meat, though, they do ones like black olive and feta (i think?) sausages.<br><br><br><br>
You can get quorn from pretty much all supermarkets. Tofu is the same! Tofu can be a bit bland on its own; although marinated tofu is great, or you can add flavours to it yourself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hungry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hungry:"><br><br><br><br>
I find everyone on here to be really helpful and good at giving advice, so if you ever want any help, support or anything just ask someone!!<br><br><br><br>
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Since you're in Florida is there a Publix grocery store near you? They have a good selection of vegetarian stuff.<br><br><br><br>
Tofu is in the produce section. In Publix it has it's own section right next to the organic produce. If you can't find it ask the produce guy to point you to it.<br><br><br><br>
Quorn and other meat replacements (like Gardenburger, Boca, etc) are in the freezer section. It's tricky in Publix because some of the stuff, like Quorn, is in the Greenwise organic section, so you have to look for that. But most of the Boca burgers and stuff are in the freezer section with frozen entrees (like Stouffer's). It's usually on an end.<br><br><br><br>
"Greenwise" is Publix's in house brand, they have soy milk and veggie burgers and stuff. It's generally cheaper than the name brands but I'm not sure how it tastes since I haven't tried it yet.<br></div>
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Publix carries Quorn? I've never seen it, but I didn't know there was a special Greenwise section either. I know I've seen Greenwise burgers and stuff right next to the Morningstar and Boca stuff. Btw, Publix vegan burgers are AWFUL. At least the Boca vegan hamburgers border on edible (I won't buy them again, either, though). Personally, I prefer veggie-burgers that don't try to pretend to be meat. But Boca chicken patties are pretty good.<br><br><br><br>
Publix soy milk isn't half bad. Unfortunately, the "plain" flavor is actually vanilla flavored, so it's too strong a taste to go well in cereal. I prefer Silk brand plain for cereal. Silk has more nutrients and stuff anyway, so I just stick to that, after having originally tried the Publix brand.<br><br><br><br>
Details vary greatly from store to store, but overall, I've been rather impressed with Publix's selection of vegeterian items. They've got several types of tofu, tofurkey, some products from Yves, Amy's, Boca, Morningstar Farms, etc. I do most of my shopping at Publix.<br><br><br><br>
Where in Florida are you? I'm in Boynton Beach (Palm Beach County). As the liberal part of the state, we've got a large number of veg*ns around here, which works out well for me. If you're anywhere near here, I can give you some restaurant recommendations and stuff.<br><br><br><br>
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There may not be a Greenwise section in every store, but in the one closest to me it's by the pharmacy section. Maybe it's not called the Greenwise section but this is where all the organic boxed and canned groceries are and there's a refrigerated section with the soy milk, yogurt, etc, and organics dairy. Plus a freezer section for most of the organic and vegetarian (although it's not all vegetarian). That's where I've seen Quorn, not a huge selection. Maybe you can request it as a special order item or if they'll carry it.<br><br><br><br>
I live in Tallahassee, where we have good selection of stuff. There's a food co op that I plan to join when I get my tax refund and we have a Fresh Market (which is like a Whole Foods) but I don't go there often since it's out of my price range.<br><br><br><br>
Also Albertson's grocery store doesn't have a bad selection of frozen items and also boxed and canned groceries. But I only shop there occasionally because a lot of their regular prices are more expensive than Publix's regular prices.
 

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i can't stress enough how much Compassionate Cooks has helped me with a ton of recipes and ideas and support. Her podcast is terrific. I've been telling everyone about this website because it truly is an amazing amount of information in one place. I just made her Mushroom Walnut Pate. Yummy!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.compassionatecooks.com" target="_blank">http://www.compassionatecooks.com</a>
 

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most grocery stores have something vegetarian, I live in a town of about 4000 and I am still able to find stuff in our tiny little store. Look for organic sections, a lot of the time you will find stuff there, and sometimes I find things like Tofu with cheeses or with the produce. Just look around you will start to notice things. If you are looking for pre-made stuff look for brands like Amy's, Boca, Morning Star Farms...Thear are a lot more but those are the ones I find most often.
 

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Thanks for everyone's advice!<br><br><br><br>
lillym, i did go to Publix and you were right! They have a huge selection of vegetarian and organic products! Well, I don't know if it's HUGE but it's A LOT bigger than what they had at Walmart (Which is where I went first) I couldn't find ANYTHING there. But I got a lot of ready-made stuff that I can eat until my cookbooks get here...and well, until i actually learn how to cook. Haha Things like tofurkey, and some hotdogs (I'm assuming they're made from tofu or something similar?) and some veggie burgers and salad mix. And you were right, there was a large "Greenwise" section with a lot of organic stuff and tofu. I loaded up on that too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
We JUST got a Fresh Market here, but you said it's out of your price range? Is it super expensive? That would suck ]: Because I was looking forward to being able to get a bunch of stuff from there.<br><br><br><br>
helen i just watched that video a couple of nights ago, and if I wasn't completely sure about being a vegetarian, I am now. IT WAS HORRIBLE! ]: I can't look at meat the same way anymore. Thanks for the advice!! I'll look into some of that stuff, I've been looking for things that taste a lot like meat because I do love the taste, just not...well, you know. I should look into quorn next time im at the supermarket because everyone keeps talking about it!!<br><br><br><br>
Fromper, I should have read this post before I tried soy milk in my cereal! YUCK! Haha, does Silk not taste like vanilla? I didn't like that. It's way too strong for me.<br><br>
I live in Destin, FL. It's way up in the Northwestern part. I didn't know there was a liberal part of Florida? lol I might have to look into that and move down there with you guys!<br><br><br><br>
Danielle thanks for the website!! I'm definately going to check it out!<br><br><br><br>
I love the websites and books people have been suggesting to me! They really help a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
After stocking up on stuff at Publix the other night, I came home and tried some of the meatless chicken nuggets. They were alright...kind of weird tasting...but when I added ketchup it was hard to tell! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I have a feeling all these veggie foods are just going to take some getting used too!<br><br>
Thanks again guys!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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Ariel,<br><br>
I just realized that I haven't been to Fresh Market in a long time so I can't remember what their prices are like. It's on the other side of town so I don't make the trip out there much. I don't think it's super expensive, but I'm kind of on a tight budget so you may find the prices are just right for you.
 

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Hello there! Congrats on your decision to become a veggie. I am a vegan and have been so since 1990. If you have any questions feel free to ask
 

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First of all congrats on going veg!! If you like meat, that's okay - there are all sorts of sustitutes you can eat. My fav are the Morning Star products. They have just about every kind of fake meat you can imagine and they are sooo good! Also tofu, if cooked correctly, can be amazingly good. Thank goodness for the internet, you can look up all sorts of easy recipes and helpful info! Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bow:">
 
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