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Hi,<br><br>
My name is Jewl I am 49 and a Public Speaker on Epilepsy and Seizure alert dogs.<br><br>
My health is declining and I feel it is time to eat better. Over the holidays I noticed that I ate dinner Meat Potatoes coffee, soda etc and was so tired later that night. The next day I ate little meat and more vegetables and drank water and felt better the rest of the night with more energy.<br><br>
My problem like most is how and where do you start?<br><br>
Jewl
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> and welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My problem like most is how and where do you start?<br><br>
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Just do it, one day I was an omni, next switched to a whole food plant based diet. I read the China Study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, saw Forks over Knives and went from there.<br><br>
Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer and give away or throw out all the bad stuff and stock up on whole grains, beans, veggies, fruits... you'll get there. Easier when you don't have other omni's in the house to worry about. The mrs and I just did it when our youngest moved out.
 

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Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I started by donated all my unopened omni foods to the food bank, and giving the rest to homeless/family, and then I only bought plant based foods after that ^.^
 

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Well, everyone is different. I sorta just stopped eating meat, then decided to be a vegetarian. It just happened naturally. But, once I saw a couple of videos about the meat industry and the health issues with eating lots of meat I found that living as a vegetarian was easy. My wife is also vegetarian so, that helps. We got through the holidays without any trouble. Now, my in-laws have gone vegetarian, at least when we are around.<br><br>
I think that you have already come to the conclusion that eating meat is not good for you. All you have to do now is decide if it matters.<br><br>
Not to get philosophical but, I just feel like you're in that place where your ready to explore not only new health perspectives but, new paradigms altogether. That's a great place to be. As a general rule, people find happiness when they act upon it. I find that the vegetarian lifestyle has both physical and psychological benefits. Just knowing that no sentient being died so, I could eat feels good and right. Knowing that I haven't created suffering to eat feels right. It's a reality that we don't need meat to live. Plant protein is every where. Plant protein is far healthier than animal protein. If you go vegan you will need to eat a little B12 once in a while. If you're a lacto ovo-ish vegetarian then you get the B12 and complete nutrition. I don't eat eggs and very little dairy.
 

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We are unique, in our hair, skin, fingerprints and style. We all have infinite dignity and worth. That being said, we all are slightly different in our motivations. For me, reading 80-10-10, after reading 'A Diet for a New America' and 'The China Study', I feel now like I understand what food was primarily designed for me: Raw, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. If I can walk through the woods, pick it and eat it, it was probably designed for human consumption.
 

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I decided to become a vegetarian due to some health issues, I had slow metabolism. I honeslty ever since have had a much better life and health. More over I love animal so much I can not stand to see em die just because am hungry. My Dog is like my best friend.
 

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Popcorn is vegetarian. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> It's vegetarian even with butter.<br><br>
I would suggest you go to the library or a book store and thumb through vegetarian cookbooks. You'll get an idea of what we typically eat. You can also search online for vegetarian blogs, and a lot will come up.<br><br>
Here on Veggieboards, there are both vegetarians and vegans. Basically, vegetarians eat a plant based diet that may include dairy, eggs and honey. Vegans eat a plant based diet without the dairy, eggs or honey. It can be hard to know which ingredients in commercially prepared foods are vegetarian because of the additives and trace ingredients, but you'll learn with time. Go easy on yourself in the beginning, and have fun. It's been a wonderful adventure for me (I'm 51!).
 

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Poppy, Thanks I am going to be be 49 next month and I just had my third injection in my right knee for pain and I am tired of them. So Is my back and my other knee. I am leaning a lot just clicking around this site and reading questions and than the answers. You are all very nice. I have made a plan that I am going to buy 1 new fruit and vegetable every grocery trip and try them out. Also I am not a fan of beans but I will be buying one new type each trip. Thanks for all the help. I can not wait to experiment with cooking.
 
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