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Hi everybody, aspiring Vegan here. Some basic information:<br><br><br><br><b>Why?</b><br><br><br><br>
Lately my heart has been set on adopting a healthier lifestyle. My current eating habits are terrible and I fear that it will only get worse if I don't learn some discipline. I am attracted to the Vegan diet in particular because it seems very streamlined and clean, and because meat and dairy are probably my two biggest vices.<br><br><br><br><b>What about everything else?</b><br><br><br><br>
I realize however that Veganism is not just about keeping animal products out of your diet. While I admire those who do everything they can to avoid these products, I must admit that my main reason for doing this is my health and therefore a Vegan diet is my primary concern.<br><br><br><br><b>When?</b><br><br><br><br>
I have chosen to begin my journey on Sunday, October 1st. I have a thing for starting new things on the first day of the week, and this October just happens to begin on a Sunday; first day of the week AND the month! Does anyone else get some kind of weird satisfaction out of that? In addition, my birthday is October 31st, so I figure I can use that as a day to celebrate my first full month as a Vegan too.<br><br><br><br>
So that's that! A few questions...<br><br><br><br><b>Is it hypocritical for me to call myself a Vegan if it only applies to what I eat (and drink)?</b><br><br><br><br><b>How do you personally stay inspired? (music? favorite movies? etc)</b><br><br><br><br><b>Specific products! Can you make any suggestions for my first grocery list? I have a week to get it together!</b><br><br><br><br>
And that's about it for now. Thanks in advance for any feedback, I can't wait to get started and check out the rest of the board!
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Congrats on wanting to make a switch to a healthier diet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
You can find all the answers to your questions here on VB. I recommend you surf around, check out the new to vegetarianism forum, and if you still need help, just yell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Is it hypocritical for me to call myself a Vegan if it only applies to what I eat (and drink)?</div>
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No. A vegan is someone who does not use animal products. Period. If you eat vegan then but wear leather, etc. then you'd probably be best classified as a "strict vegetarian."<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">How do you personally stay inspired? (music? favorite movies? etc)</div>
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It should get easier as you get into the habit. If you need motivation it's probably best to watch a video like Meet Your Meat. You can download/view it free on PETA's website.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Specific products! Can you make any suggestions for my first grocery list? I have a week to get it together!</div>
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Do you want to cook or do you want frozen/pre-made products? Most stores have a really good selection of frozen/pre-made products.
 

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Welcome to VB!<br><br><br><br>
for your first grocery list, like Michael says, it really depends on whether you want to cook or not. It also depends on what you like, of course.<br><br><br><br>
Some of my staples are cereal, pasta & pasta sauce, margarine, bread, vegetables & fruit, some kind of sandwich filling, a couple of curry sauces, rice and soy milk, but of course it depends what you are planning to make. Why don't you check the recipes section and buy the ingredients to make a few dishes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Welcome here. I loved your intro. Sit anywhere but don't wait for anyone to serve you or you might just starve. Keep your eyes open and enjoy your time here.
 

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I would go with calling yourself a "strict vegetarian". Most people in the "real world" don't know what a vegan is anyway.<br><br><br><br>
Defenitely spend this week planning your meals for next week. Packaged vegan convenience foods are nice to have around if you're feeling stumped on what to eat. They're expensive and aren't always the healthiest choice though. Stick to as much whole foods as you can. Beans, whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies are great (frozen fruits and veggies are good too if the fresh ones are out of season.) Soy foods like tofu and tempeh are really tasty and versatle once you get the hang of preparing them. There's a bit of a learning curve though so don't get discouraged if it doesn't taste good on your first try.<br><br><br><br>
If cheese is your weakness (it's one of my biggest) try looking for a brand called Follow your Heart Vegan Gourmet. It's cheeselike, it melts and it's really good in cheese sauces (my kids can't tell the difference). Most fake cheeses are not vegan because they contain casein (milk protein.)
 

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Welcome, welcome, welcome coldementia, WOW first impressions or what. I think I love ya! Even if you are not quite LIBRA!!! LOL
 
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