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From: Bryanna (NewVeggies.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: New Veggie....need advice :)
Date: September 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm PST

In Reply to: New Veggie....need advice :) posted by Robin on September 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm:

Hi, Robin! I think, and I have heard other vegans
say the same, that if you become a vegan for health
only, you are more likely NOT to stick with it. If
your main reasons are the environment and animals,
with health as a bonus, you have more incentive for
sticking with it. Read John Robbins, Peter Singer
and Howard Lyman.

Here's a good article from an environmental
magazine:
http://www.emagazine.com/view/?142

You may lose weight on a vegan diet, but there are
many types of vegan diet! I gained weight when I
first became a vegan because I was eating too much
oil, and too many nuts and avocados. Others gain
weight because they are eating too much packaged
vegan food and sugary drinks. Stick with whole
foods and not too much fat (and exercise-- that's
important! Walking is great! ).

Don't write off all meat substitutes-- they are
great for satiety and variety. Try Field Roast and
Soy Curls for a start. Here is a page on my website
describing many types. Try some and work with the
ones you like.

Beans are also a great, nutritious, filling food.
Look to ethnic cuisines for delicious bean dishes.
There are so many types of beans and ways to fix
them!

Don't be afraid of complex carbs-- whole grains
nourish you and give you energy! And they are
satisfying. You may not be eating enough-- you
can't survive on salads alone!

Check out my webpage (link below) for lots of
information and a link to my blog, which has lots of
recipes. I have several vegan cookbooks and there
are many. many more great ones. Go to your library
and start ordering books! Find recipes that suit
your tastes. There are hundreds of vegan recipe
blogs out there, too.

Learn to use more herbs, onions, and garlic in your
cooking; try out vegan broth powders, pastes and
cubes; use soy sauce for "meaty" flavor; use tomato
products and mushrooms for rich flavor.

Good luck!

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