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Hi everyone Just joined the boards and am trying to get acquainted with the site. I recently tried a vegan diet (actually it was meant to be a detox to try to clear up a skin condition that could be psoriasis, but may be a food allergy??). I did it for 7 days last week until two days ago and it went great! I was feeling great and then I ate some soup with dairy and meat in it and boom! skin got bad overnight and I feel crappy... so I am thinking that veganism is the way to go to get healthy and happy and also be eco-friendly..I've always leaned more toward the veggie side of my plate for most of my life anyhow. Any advice on how the transition and sticking to it can be made easier? How did it go for some of you? I will mention that I do have a ton of support at home (my bf and his fam are big carnivores, but he doesn't stick his nose up to this idea at all) He even goes out of his way to make foods that were vegan when I tried that detox last week.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
I am very excited about this, especially since I saw such wonderful changes physically and mentally in just a week of eating clean, vegan food!
 

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Hi there! I'm new to this whole veganism thing too, and I absolutely love eating vegan. I have no reason or desire to turn back to eating animal products!<br>
I feel like the transition to become vegan was relatively easy, because 1) I had the conviction and motivation to make the change, and 2) I have support at home - even though everyone in my family eats omnivorously, they support my efforts and even try to help me find vegan-friendly foods. Honestly, it's all about being mentally ready to make such a bold change in your diet and lifestyle. Why do you want to become vegan? As you have mentioned, you tried it for health reasons... which was one of my reasons as well (I'm pre-diabetic). If you believe without a doubt that a vegan lifestyle will benefit you for the long-term and you're mentally ready to commit, then you're set.<br>
Since you also have good reasons and the moral support to go vegan, then my best suggestion is to research, research, research! Scour the web for vegan resources and recipes. VeggieBoards is obviously one of those resources, but I've also been finding a TON of vegan recipes on blog sites such as Tumblr and Blogger. If you want, you can send me a PM and I'll be happy to pass along some of the recipe blogs/sites I've been using to get me started and inspired. ^_^<br>
Best wishes and remember -- you're not alone!
 

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Great news to hear that you are giving vegan a whirl. I've been at it 22 years & it can be challenging at times...not any kind of temptation but just getting good food into you! There were not the options available now for me when I was in my 20's. I think like any person who is learning to cook for themselves, the challenge lies there. Tons of great places online to find great, simple foods. I have a blog that I post recipes on which are not full of fancy foods...just easy to make yummies. Good luck!!!
 

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Thanks for the suggestions! And as I just put in my intro post, I know it will be challenging because I have many diet restrictions (at least for right now). because my dr thinks I have psoriasis (though could be a food allergy or intolerance),so for now all wheat is off the menu along with the meat and dairy (which is fine), but also all citrus fruits and nightshade veggies (which are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and any kind of pepper other than black pepper, and paprika even. cant use products with them in it also).. Argh!!! that makes it even more challenging right now!
 

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It sounds like you could be allergic to all animal proteins. I had to go Vegan last month because of this, and just one fall off the wagon has flattened me for 2 days, even with a high grade antihistamine in me. Safe to say I won't make that mistake again. It doesn't have to be complicated to eat Vegan. Tonight I intend to cook up some wild rice mix, and let it slow cook for an hr. Then saute up some mushrooms to put on top, and that's a hearty meal for me. I love the Earth Balance Marg, Silk soy creamer, and am experimenting with new foods all the time. It can be a royal pain to eat out, but am learning to work with my Vegan lifestyle. As for picnics and such, I usually bring my own food to it, as well as something baked in the way of Vegan to pounce on the unsuspecting Omni's in the group. I've personally noticed that my taste buds are more sensitive to flavours in foods and have had to dial down the amount of herbs and spices I use on foods, otherwise the flavour of the spices overwhelm the taste of the food I'm eating. WELCOME!!!
 

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Ya I think I have an allergy to something, and I think it could very well be dairy...and as strange as it sounds, I notice a change in my tastebuds even after just a few days of eating very clean and natural. I used to love cheese and bacon and heavy stuff that was in the soup I ate that made me sick the other day (also loved to put heavy dressing like ranch on everything), and I ate a little of the soup but it didn't even taste great to me. It felt heavy and greasy in my stomach, and it seemed way too salty which is weird because I used to have to put a ton of salt on everything to taste it...so I guess your palate and tastebuds can change that quickly?? It won't hurt me at all to cut down on the salt and crap though so I'm happy about that!!!
 

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Isn't it amazing how simple dietary changes can even affect the way we perceive tastes and textures in food? A few weeks ago I thrived off of bacon... now I look at it and want to gag.
 
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