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From: Leslie (
Subject: Re: How do you know if you made the right decision??
Date: October 12, 2003 at 8:51 pm PST

In Reply to: How do you know if you made the right decision?? posted by Ashley on October 10, 2003 at 5:14 pm:

Ashley, I love to read about food and nutrition, so I'm pretty knowledgeable about those subjects. For me, vegetarianism started because I read books about nutrition that emphasized a whole foods diet -- that is, foods that are unprocessed and as close as possible to nature. Whole grains, legumes (beans, lentils), all kinds of vegetables, small amounts of fruit, nuts, and natural oils. This is the diet that will keep you feeling and looking your best.

You are probably concerned about specific nutrients, like protein, vitamins, calcium, etc. For that information, check out the New Veggies board, I know Bryanna has lots of information about those specific nutrients, and of course there are great books you can get that will give you all the information you need. If you are eating a varied whole foods diet that includes dark leafy greens, lots of beans and whole grains, and a source of B-12 such as fortified nutritional yeast, fortified soymilk, and/or supplements, you will get all the nutrients you need to be healthy.

I have been doing this now (veganism) for three years, eating pretty much a whole foods diet, minimizing processed foods. My only nemesis is sweet stuff, which I also try to minimize. I had a blood test a couple of months ago that showed an ideal cholesterol number, and adequate B-12, zinc, protein levels. And I have only had one cold in the last seven years, my immune system seems pretty strong.

For me it wasn't just the right decision, it was really the ONLY decision, because now I have done enough reading about animal abuse issues in factory farming to know that I could never ever go back to eating meat and dairy again, even if it wasn't a healthy diet. Fortunately, it IS a healthy diet, as long as you keep the processed and junk foods minimized or out of your diet completely.

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