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Hi All<br><br>
My name is ang<br><br><br><br>
I am very new to attempting a veg*n diet for myself and family of 5. I am not confident about providing ample protein, b12, omega 3 and all that jazz yet so we are going slow with the little kids. I feel bad as I cant stomache meat or dairy at all now yet I am still giving it to the younger kids but hey - I am heading in the right direction <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> . We have swapped my baby to soy formula (I really can not b/f...my babies end up failing to thrive as my stupid body is hormonally/immunologically stuffed up and I dont produce the right fats in breastmilk)<br><br><br><br>
We have been thinking about veg*n eating for a long time. Mainly because of our health. But then when I started looking into it, of course PETA enabled us to 'meet our meat' and that was it... we were all devastated and shocked at how cruel we are to animals and how stupid we are to not have truely looked at the reality of where our food comes from before now.<br><br><br><br>
I mean, we have driven behind sheep transport trucks a few times and been disgusted at the conditions of the animals but we are so stupid we thought those experiences were just rogue truck drivers being very cruel. We didn't think that was the true state of animal welfare and well, ugh, we just chose not to think about where exactly our food comes from at all. Ignorance is bliss or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"> . stupid.<br><br><br><br>
So now we have opened our eyes and we cant close them and go back to being contented carnivores.<br><br><br><br>
I am struggling here. I am not great in the kitchen even with meat ladened dishes I have been cooking for a decade so changing the diet of 5 people with different needs is proving a challenge. But I will persist LOL<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Whoa this is long. Looking forward to chatting with you all<br><br><br><br>
Ang xx
 

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Hello Ang. Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> We are a great, supportive group here, so if you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to ask! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
I have definately found what I have been looking for. The tips section in the new-to-veg section if fantastic eh! My husband is also going to be glad when he sees your fittest members youtube pro-vegan vid! I am so impressed with this board I cant express it!
 

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Welcome Mersey :)<br><br><br><br>
You have made the right decision, and although it is a learning curve, it is a wonderful learning curve.<br><br><br><br>
I was in your position about 2.5 years ago, and I would never look at going back. I was over-whelmed at first, but I took it in steps. First I eliminated chicken/pork/beef etc, and continued to eat fish. I then eliminated fish, and was an ovo-lacto veg for about 6 months.<br><br><br><br>
Becoming Vegan was a major process for me. I started in Feb this year, and felt like it was something that I HAD to do, rather than WANTED to do. I returned to ovo-lacto before taking the big step in November. I cannot say how GOOD I physically feel, as well as emotionally!<br><br><br><br>
I have lots of easy recipes if you would like some :)<br><br><br><br>
-Jess
 

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I'd take the step into vegetarian, first... or vegetarian/no egg/no milk, and don't stress about trace elements yet. Take baby steps, and when you get comfortable with the level you are at, then move on. (we all do this!)<br><br><br><br>
It took me a total of 4+ years as an ovo-lacto vegetarian before I was ready/able to really take that step into removing eggs and dairy from my menu. I'm a little over a month in, and I'm doing well with it, but it is still a struggle sometimes.<br><br><br><br>
Check out the recipe areas! There are LOTS of super easy things that often don't require much prep time or cooking, etc, and are tasty and filling. A lot of it is just getting comfortable with spices/herbs and knowing what flavors to put together for a certain "taste".<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, welcome! And ask away if you need any help! That's what we're here for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to VB. There are lots of good recipes here. Make a goal of trying at least one new recipe a week. As you try new things you will eventually learn what veggie foods your family likes and you will gradually feel more comfortable cooking these types of new dishes.<br><br><br><br>
Congratulations on going veg and good luck!
 

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Hi, and good luck - these guys are all wonderfully supportive, you will find a lot of help here.<br><br><br><br>
Keep us updated on how it goes, ok?<br><br><br><br>
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Welcome to VeggieBoards! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
It's great that you and your husband have decided to go vegetarian. It will definitely help to be doing it together, I think. And you have VB for any questions you might have. The 'Raising Vegetarian Children' forum might be very good on how to get those nutrients into your kids the veggie way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":baby:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 
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