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I went out yesterday and bought soy milk and soy yogurt and I am making the switch from Lacto-Ovo to Vegan. I am thrilled. I am looking forward to making me a healthier me, which is the main reason I have made this change. Any tips or advice for a new Vegan?
 

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Wow, that's great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"><br><br><br><br>
As for tips.. well, do it at a pace you're comfortable with. It might be easier not to worry about minor non-vegan ingredients at first, until you find other vegan subsitutes for the foods you use. This may or may not be an issue, depending on what types of things you were using as a lacto/ovo.<br><br><br><br>
Another tip? Keep on track, and don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake. We all make mistakes, all we can do is learn from them and move on.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!<br><br><br><br>
ETA: I just noticed you're from Newfoundland. My mom is from there, and I grew up in NB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i am also on the switch!!! dairy and eggs are gonzo. its just the cheese i am having a problem with. id like to know how you turn out with this switch! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm quite a recent vegan too, so I don't have many tips collected yet. But good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Im a recent convert from vegetarian to "vegan" (I put this in quotes because I do eat honey and therefore do not technically qualify as a true vegan) also, and I have found that really researching and reading about the treatment of the animals has helped me a lot. If youre into guilt tripping, thats definetely the way to go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Try these books:<br><br><br><br>
"Animal Factories" by Jim Mason and Peter Singer<br><br>
"Making Kind Choices" by Ingrid Newkirk<br><br>
"Dominion: the Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy" by Matthew Scully<br><br><br><br>
Also, watching the various videos at the PETA website helps keep those animals in my mind.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Veggieboards will definetely help you (and me!) on your way.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: Also, I have been eating so much healthier since going "vegan" and I feel better too. I have lost a tiny bit of weight, which is nice, but the best thing is my conscience feels so much lighter. I always felt guilty when I ate cheese because those animals were always on my mind. Now I dont have to feel guilty when I eat cheese because it doesnt get eaten anymore! It feels great! And absolutely liberating!
 

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thats awesome im a new vegan too, i could not feel any more alive. Just make sure to keep your iron up. I had to learn that the hard way.
 

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Cindy, congrats! I also went Vegan as of a few weeks ago. Actually, going back to veganism - I switched to veganism for a time six months ago, really loved it, but stress and a crummy situation brought me back to eating dairy. Now I'm learning other ways besides food to cope with stress and have gone back to veganism. I feel so much better on it and eat so much healthier. And I don't eat out at all, so I haven't had the nightmare of having to deal with eating out (although I did the last time I went vegan and made out all right).<br><br><br><br>
Can't really give you any tips. Are you having trouble weaning off of dairy and/or eggs? I actually went cold turkey and found I didn't miss the dairy or eggs at all.<br><br><br><br>
I guess the one tip I can give is not to go overboard with the vegan processed foods. That's one tip a vegan friend of mine gave me. I do eat stuff like tofu and soy products that are vegan but also a lot of beans, grains, veggies, and fruits (and good fats).<br><br><br><br>
I've also found I lost a little weight, although weight loss is something I tend to obsess about so my goal is not weight loss at all.<br><br><br><br>
And one more tip - Lindt 70% dark chocolate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">. I was thrilled to find that this is vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Tam
 

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Thanks guys. I am finding this surprisingly easier than I had thought it would be.<br><br><br><br>
As for iron, what foods should I be aware of for that?
 

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as far as I know, any dark leafy greens are high in iron. Spinich, kale etc. I buy frozen spinich and chuck it into whatever Im cooking. yum!
 

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Thanks guys. I am finding this surprisingly easier than I had thought it would be.<br><br><br><br>
As for iron, what foods should I be aware of for that?</div>
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Beans, whole grains, fortified foods (breakfast cereals, etc). It's fun to keep track for a few days to see how much you're actually getting.
 
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