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From: Nikola Novak (93.136.147.53)
Subject:         Newbie
Date: April 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm PST

Hello all!

I'm new to this site and at the moment I am an omnivore (stated flexivore in my profile as I'm willing to change this completely). Normally I don't care what I
eat as long as it fills the stomach, but lately I have started taking notice after realizing that for over two weeks I haven't eaten anything other than meat
(with perhaps some bread or a tiny amount of salad) and chocolate.

I tend to live my life according to my convictions and in this context these amount to honesty, health and happiness. After seeing a video of Dr. Esselstyn
giving a lecture I was convinced beyond all doubt that the way I eat is horrible. At this time (and since I can remember) I have no set times for meals, barely
ever have breakfast, if I ever have dinner then it's well past 11pm (and what I call lunch is anywhere between 2pm and 8pm); furthermore, my snacks consist
primarily of chocolate, I mostly drink Coca-Cola, I am no stranger to hamburgers and hot-dogs during my break at work ... frankly, I have no idea how my body
still manages to run with all that junk being put in, and I'm not even fat (though I've gained some 4 pounds during the last month).

In any case, I've decided that it's time to deal with this nonsense. At this rate, I'll be happy if I ever see 50. My parents have never taught me discipline
when it comes to eating (the attitude towards eating I've just described reflects that of my parents), so I've decided to learn that myself. Hopefully, someone
here can help in the process.

I'm ready to go all the way to the kind of diet Dr. Esselstyn proposes, but it's impossible for me to change my entire eating habits by tomorrow. First reason is
that I'm a terrible cook and second, I don't have any vegetarian recipes. I need something simple for starters - something I can prepare in 10-15 minutes for
breakfast before I get to work, and something I can take with me in a lunch box to eat during my break.

I've already checked out some cookbooks, but the recipes there are to me like quantum mechanics to average Joe. I literally need the recipe to state that the
food needs salt or else I won't know I need to use it - it's just how much I know about cooking. I also looked at some recipes at Mr. Breakfast and I actually
learned about oatmeal there and discovered I liked it. The problem with most other recipes there is that many of the ingredients I've never even heard of or they
are difficult to obtain in my country, and while I'm sure they could be replaced with something else, I just don't know what.

But first thing's first. If anyone's still reading this lengthy post, please donate a very simple recipe or two for my newly opened cookbook, with instructions
on how to prepare the foods. Like I said, for starters I'll need some simple, basic breakfast ideas - as basic as they get - along with some recipes for
sandwiches or whatever I can put in a lunch box to carry to work with me. Personally, I have no idea what I could put in a vegan sandwich (especially if I don't
want it to get spoiled by the time for my break), so a recipe for one would be nice. Also, some healthy snack ideas would be nice. This is just something to
start with. I don't intend to leave it at that. I'll be on a lookout for more recipes and I'll be following the discussions and see if I can adapt some of the
recipes I find interesting here to use only the ingredients that are easier to obtain and/or cheaper where I live.

Thanks to anyone bothering to read this, and special thanks to the potential donors. Your help is much appreciated.

Nikola

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