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So today I am going vegetarian for the second time, possibly vegan. I have decided to tell myself that I am going to deal with it one minute, one meal at a time. Meat will not be a problem, but its the dairy (cheese, eggs, butter, and oh ya cheese) that will be hard. Im going to try not to sweat the small stuff first, if we are out for breakfast and theres butter on my toast, its not going to be the end of the world, Im just going to try and stick as close as possible to a wholefood diet. Anyway, I just wanted to put it down on cyberspace paper that today is day one as a way to make it official. If you have any advice, Id love to hear it! Thanks,
 

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Welcome to the boards! I think you have the right idea of taking this one step at a time and "don't sweat the small stuff." You will find great advice and support here on the boards. I have been veg for 3 months and anytime I am struggling with an issue, looking for recipe ideas, or anything I'm not sure about...this is the place to come.
 

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Congratulations on Day 1! My journey to veganism was one step at a time. First, I cut out everything but fish. Then no meat at all. Then completely vegan. It worked well for me. I've been 100% vegan since January 2010 and haven't looked back. My advice is to educate yourself. The more you know about the meat/dairy/egg industry, the less you want to support it (at least that was how it was for me). Also, look for new and tasty recipes. I used to eat the same things and get bored, so now I have tons of vegan cookbooks and use the internet to find great recipes. Hope you have a wonderful first day, full of veggie deliciousness!
 

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Yes welcome and I am also taking it one step at a time. I still have problems with dairy and cheese but, I have not had to much lately but that is start. The only think I will not give up is Butter because its natural and I don't like the fake butters.
 

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It's gets easy, sometimes aggrovating when you can't find running shoes that aren't leather, but easy food wise.
 

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Well, knock out meat first, and then work on eggs and dairy. Just go one step at a time and you'll do it! It's not hard as soon as you get going. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Meat will not be a problem, but its the dairy (cheese, eggs, butter, and oh ya cheese) that will be hard.</div>
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If you think it will be hard it will be hard, if you think it won't it won't. Welcome to the boards and I'm glad you're going veg*n.
 

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your right, i am dooming myself by saying that. how bout, meat will be easiest, milk 2nd easiest, eggs third easiest and cheese fourth lol. I have cut out milk already for about a week,as I was really only drinking it in coffee so it was easy to swap that for soy.<br>
Iss...I am going vegan mainly for health reasons, I am a huge animal lover though and its never far from my mind how they are treated. I have seen meat your meat and a few others. The other day I was watching one on the computer, and my husband asked me if I was trying to brainwash myself so giving up meat would be easier!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was not impressed.
 

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I think sometimes people set themselves for a hard time transitioning because they condition themselves to believe it's going to be so difficult and so it is. Another thing I see people do is to be hyper-vigilant about themselves (health etc.) during and just after "the transition." If they have a day where they feel kind of off, or if they get sick, they immediately amplify it and attribute it to the change in their diet. In certain cases there may be issues, but typically anything in that arena takes a while to manifest and even then it's only when people aren't mindful about getting the nutrients they need. I don't mean to oversimplify the process and I certainly don't mean to discount how you're feeling. I'm just trying to be helpful.
 

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Welcome, and congratulations on taking the first step. Don't sweat the small stuff is a great way of looking at it. Don't worry about tackling everything at once.<br><br>
As far as dairy and eggs go, it was somewhat difficult for me, especially giving up cheese. But, once I stopped eating it I didn't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would. Once you get past the initial effort of learning how to alter your favorite meals and figuring out what you can order at restaurants, it's much easier. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome, michellej!<br><br>
I took it in steps. I used to love not only cheese, but plain white milk. I'd probably still like the taste, but I don't crave them like I once did- I gradually got used to having meals without them.<br><br>
I think I started losing my tolerance for dairy when I started cutting down on it- that assisted me in my transistion. And my nasal passages don't get so congested now if I catch a headcold. But my reason fro dropping egg and milk was because of the way chickens and cows are treated.
 

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Congratulations! If you need a visual aversion to dairy, you can always search Google Images for the term "cow teat." That should do the trick.
 

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Welcome and congrats on your more compassionate lifestyle choice!<br><br>
You may be surprised that a vegan diet is not as difficult as you think. I was l/o veg for 3 years before going vegan and ate a diet with lots of cheese, creamy dressings, ice cream etc. I have found appropriate vegan substitutes for almost everything and the rest I have cut out. To my own surprise within the first week I was completely fine going with dairy. I will say though I eat almost all my food at home. I would really recommend that you avoid eating out for the first couple weeks until you feel stronger in your new veg*n lifestyle and can handle the temptation you find at restaurants.
 

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Welcome! Hey, we started like you and are still around. I started about 15 years ago and would't miss a day!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Thanks for all the support and words of encouragement. I definetly need them right now. I feel like Im looking at the food in the fridge and the food Im feeding the rest of the family, and thinking, well its still good if i just cut down right. i know thats better than nothing,but i dont want it to be my cop out. i really need to focus and get my head back in the game.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>michellej</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2851353"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I feel like Im looking at the food in the fridge and the food Im feeding the rest of the family, and thinking, well its still good if i just cut down right.</div>
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Definitely! Reducing how much meat you eat and buy certainly makes a difference for the animals.<br><br>
I can see how it would be difficult to become vegetarian if the rest of your family eats meat. How receptive is your family to meatless meals? Are you doing ok finding meals that can be prepared either with or without meat?
 

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Having satisfying veg*n options is critical to sticking with a vegetarian diet! Try meals that you can make meat for the family and nonmeat for yourself. Ex: tacos, pasta/rice dishes, etc. check out vegweb.com for recipes! let us know what you like to eat, I bet we have a veg substitute of some sort up our sleeves. :p
 

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One reason I kept putting off going vegan was I kept thinking it was going to be hard. Once I made a commitment to dive all in, it wasn't hard at all. I had convinced myself before that I could never give up eggs or dairy, but that changed when I actually put in the effort. A few months prior I gave myself a trial period where I would try different vegan products for cheese and milk and once I found the stuff I liked, I kept them in mind for when I finally went vegan. It wasn't long after that that I DID go vegan, and I never looked back. Being a few months into Veganism now, I have lost my taste/craving for cheese, but every once in a while I'll indulge in vegan "dairy" treats, even though I'm not really craving them. It's a good idea to stay away from just a mock-up of the omni diet, but since I am still new to veg*nism (only a year vegetarian, and a few months vegan), I am allowing myself to work with mock meats/cheese for now as well as trying to fit in more meals without them.
 

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It's gets easy, sometimes aggrovating when you can't find running shoes that aren't leather, but easy food wise.</div>
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