Hello, Need a bit of advice and don't know where to start?

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Hello, Need a bit of advice and don't know where to start?

Postby mariathib » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:55 am

Hello everyone!

I'm a bit new here but I've recently turned 18 and decided I wanted to do something meaningful especially in terms of compassionate living So I've decided to leap into the vegan world. Actually I'm taking baby steps :). After seeing so many documentaries and reading more in depth on the state of factory farmed animals, meat and animal products dont seem at all appealing. Dairy and eggs haven't really been my thing and Ive always loved greens so I supplement with collards and kale and also drink non-dairy beverages to fulfill my calcium requirements. I also take a multi just in case :)

I was just looking for some pointers on where to start. Possibly some books and such I can get.

Also, I was active quite a bit when I was younger but have been slacking a bit lately. I'm planning on seeing a nutritionist to get things rolling. I love vegan cooking and its a lot of fun experimenting. Plus the food is a lot tastier and I feel better knowing I didn't take the life of or take advantage of an animal to eat. My mom isn't keen on the idea, but I'm out to prove her wrong, I actually made a mac n cheese recipe the other day without dairy and she was surprised at how awesome it tasted despite having no cheese!

Anyways, if anyone has any info, articles, helpful sites, books, magazines, things like that it would be super helpful!

P.s I am a yoga addict and love weights, but I'm worried I wont be able to sustain an active lifestyle where I work potentially work out 5 days a week, sometimes 6. I'm still eating meat for the time being but I'm looking to make a full switch in the next year.

Let me know if anyone has any suggestions and look forward to hearing you all!
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Re: Hello, Need a bit of advice and don't know where to star

Postby hardcore iv » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:26 am

Well done on seeing the reasons why you should go vegan. Now you just have to do it :)

Though I personally haven't read it, Becoming Vegan is meant to be one of the better books about a vegan diet.

The best websites are:

http://www.theveganrd.com
http://www.jacknorrisrd.com
http://www.veganhealth.org

and of course the forums here.

If you have any concerns about eating vegan and an active lifestyle, check out these folks who don't seem to have a problem with it http://www.veganfitness.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=723

One thing we sometimes see in someone making the change is eating a lot of low calorie unrefined foods and inevitably finding that they lack energy due to limited calories. So keep on making the vegan mac n cheese.
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Re: Hello, Need a bit of advice and don't know where to star

Postby Sid Delicious » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:48 am

[quote]P.s I am a yoga addict and love weights, but I'm worried I wont be able to sustain an active lifestyle where I work potentially work out 5 days a week, sometimes 6. I'm still eating meat for the time being but I'm looking to make a full switch in the next year.


I wouldn't worry about that too much. I've been vege since 1987, vegan for the past 21 years. I don't work out at a gym but have worked lots of physical jobs (cycle courier, construction etc) and haven't found that being vegan has slowed me down at all. The secret is to read as much about nutrition as you can and to try different kinds of foods. Over the last few years I've really gotten into making smoothies and find they are really good for post-mountain biking recovery.
Take your time making the transition to vegan. Don't feel you have to rush in to it because that could cause problems if you don't have all the nutrition info you need. Also, don't make the mistake that many make in thinking that all diets with meat are bad (cos of cholesterol etc) and that all vegan diets are good simply because they don'tcontain the bad things in meat. I've known too many vegans who subsist on instant noodles, toast and other crap and think it must be really good for them simply because it's vegan.
There's plenty of good advice on this website. Google "vegan nutrition" and see what comes up. Just remember that there are some food freaks out there that advocate bad diets. One book I read called "Radical Vegetarianism" claimed that we may be able to evolve onto a diet of bananas and apples. Morons!
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Re: Hello, Need a bit of advice and don't know where to star

Postby morg » Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:44 pm

also check out these profiles if you have worries about being able top be active etc when vegan
http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bios

I can tell you from experience that the only thing you will lose when stopping eatimg meat is the sluggish feeling that you dont even realise you have untill you see just how much more energy you have after the swith.

This site has some great helpfull articles that will help get rid of any worries you have
http://www.veganhealth.org/

seeing a nutritionalist my not be such a good idea[unless you mean a vegan one?] as lots know little if anything about the vegan diet and still cling to outdated and dissproven ideas about protein, iron, calcium etc
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Re: Hello, Need a bit of advice and don't know where to star

Postby mariathib » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:38 am

I talked to my mom about it, and she thinks that its good for me to be a vegetarian and I shouldn't go as far as veganism. I will try and talk to her more about it, but I'm happy that she is being open about it, and accepting. Here's hoping all goes well :)
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