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Old 11-07-2011, 01:52 AM
 
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I switched to veganism two days ago as a health choice. The problem I am having is that my whole life I have only liked a few vegetables (broccoli, string beans, lettuces, black beans, pinto beans and maybe a VERY small handful more). The mere thought of most other veggies makes me psychologically turned off and sometimes it makes me feel sick to my stomach to imagine eating them. I do like soy in some forms such as soy milk. I like rice milk and rice cheese; yet I am not a big fan of rice itself. I love fruits, nuts and seeds. I need help! I need more diverse foods in my diet. I want/need to prepare actual meals that I can enjoy. How can I train myself to broaden my food intake/nutrition if I canít get past bad tasting meatless options and liking very few veggies? I want to be a vegan or as close to it for the rest of my life.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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This free vegan recipe book was posted in our Freebies forum earlier today. You can read the recipes online, get a paper copy, or download a pdf file.

This is just one small site -- I'm sure there are a multitude of others out there. The best way to broaden your dietary horizons is to just try new foods (and try new ways of preparing old foods)!

Best of luck!
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the recipe book link. Looks like I've got some experimenting to do! I look forward to this new lifestyle of eating healthier. I am seeing results already as I have already lost 2 inches in my waist. I am feeling fuller longer and my mood is improving.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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Thanks for the recipe book link. Looks like I've got some experimenting to do! I look forward to this new lifestyle of eating healthier. I am seeing results already as I have already lost 2 inches in my waist. I am feeling fuller longer and my mood is improving.
congratulations and keep it up!

There are many excellent vegetarian and vegan recipe sites out there. You won't run out of ideas and different alternatives for sure! Try to eat a wide range of vegetables though, our taste buds can always be educated and the benefits will be even more noticeable.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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You develop a taste for a wider range of foods by eating them in small amounts until you start to appreciate them. It takes practice but it works. And it is more than worth it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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Good for you for starting healthy eating!

Start with those healthy lettuce mixes with a variety of greens. Very healthy! Can you make salads with tomatoes?

Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse! Eat it often!!

Eat as large a variety of all the fruits, nuts & seeds you can. Bananas, blueberries, tomatoes, apples, apricots, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.

How about raisins?

See! You already have the basis for some healthy eating, even with your aversions.

Eat oatmeal with walnuts, fruit & rice or soy milk. We grind fresh flaxseed in a specific coffee grinder used only for flax. Very healthy- rich with omega 3's. Sprinkle on cereal.

Make mixed lettuce salads with raw broccoli & whole grain breads.
Eat black or pinto beans on whole grain or corn tortillas. Melt rice cheese on bean burritos.

A great way to ease into vegan food is with some Morningstar black bean or veggie burgers from Costco or your grocery. Melt rice cheese to make a cheeseburger.

Eat pasta with tomato sauce. Get one of those whole wheat artisian pizza crusts, tomato sauce, & grated rice cheese. Hide a veggie like chopped pepper under the cheese Or broccoli pizza!

Experiment with other legumes like lentils or split peas for soup. Try other grains like millet, amaranth, barley, & quinoa.

Best of luck to you Bella! Have fun!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:07 PM
 
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BellaMermaid, check out this website also. I think you'll find lots of useful information. The DISCUSS section is a good starting point. Linky!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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I switched to veganism two days ago as a health choice. The problem I am having is that my whole life I have only liked a few vegetables (broccoli, string beans, lettuces, black beans, pinto beans and maybe a VERY small handful more). The mere thought of most other veggies makes me psychologically turned off and sometimes it makes me feel sick to my stomach to imagine eating them. I do like soy in some forms such as soy milk. I like rice milk and rice cheese; yet I am not a big fan of rice itself. I love fruits, nuts and seeds. I need help! I need more diverse foods in my diet. I want/need to prepare actual meals that I can enjoy. How can I train myself to broaden my food intake/nutrition if I canít get past bad tasting meatless options and liking very few veggies? I want to be a vegan or as close to it for the rest of my life.
If you're doing it purely for health reasons why not step down into it so to speak? Cut out meat other than seafood, then seafood, then eggs or dairy, and then the remaining one of eggs or dairy. No reason to go cold turkey if it is just for health. It's not likely eating dairy or eggs for a few more weeks of your life will shorten your life, and it'll ease the transition for you.

On the plus side a few handfuls of nuts a day will give you enough calories to keep going so you don't have to worry about starving even if you do go cold turkey.
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