Vegan Diet?

@Kotarei (141)
United States
January 15, 2012 3:08pm CST
For the past couple of months I've been debating on trying to go vegan for health reasons. Was wondering should i just jump right in or try to slowly move into it? I've heard its hard to just jump in it. Also when I think about it, I wonder how I should change up my grocery list and if anyone has any recommendations for that aswell. I've been wanting to this this for a healthier me. I'm generally not very good with things like this but I do know its something I want to do.
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@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
15 Jan 12
Yay!! I also spent some time reading up about it & then just made the switch & never looked back. They run a 30-day vegan diet challenge over here & give you all the info, discounts, incentives, groups to join & everything. Are you going from veg to vegan or just from a regular diet to vegan? You might want to contact your local vegan society. This will help you a great deal. It's up to you if you want to go slow & sure or just cut & change where you can see the differences very quickly. There is a lot of help & support for this ideal in this day & age. It might help to read up about all the products on your current grocery list from a vegan's point of view & see which ones you would like to drop straight away & which you like to keep. It's one thing to jump straight in & just go with a lot of expensive vegan junk food, but if you make sure your every meal contains the simplest of whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, fruits & vegetables - preferably organic, then you can't really go wrong. I read up on all the negative rubbish that idiots put out about this diet - some of it shoved in front of me - most of it from old research & biased studies - and just blew it all out of the water. If you know it's right, then it's right & nothing but nothing in the end is going to stop you from doing what you know is right. There is so much to learn about cooking, soaking, sprouting, etc, etc & it is really so much fun! It's life-changing, learning & experiencing life in all its fullness. All the Best - we're all here for you!
@Kotarei (141)
• United States
15 Jan 12
That sounds awesome! :] I wonder if there is something like that over here in California where I'm at. It defiantly be fun to look into. Unsure just yet as I'm still overlooking and understanding the differences. I'll continue to read up on it too ofcourse as I've had an interest in it for sometime now but just have not jumped into it. and the cooking part is great as I already do love to cook. Thanks for the insight :D
• Adelaide, Australia
15 Jan 12
Maybe there is! The websites for the challenge were : veganeasy.org & alv.org.au I think it was hosted by Animal Liberation Victoria. The sites are coming up blank now because the challenge has finished.
@Kotarei (141)
• United States
16 Jan 12
ill try and check em out sometime :D thank you
@marguicha (88406)
• Chile
15 Jan 12
Welcome to mylot, Kotarei! First you have to study a bit what will a vegan diet do for you and if you will be able to follow it. What are your health problems? Why do you think that a vegan diet will solve them? Those are some of the questions you will have to answer to yourself.
@Kotarei (141)
• United States
15 Jan 12
Thanks for the welcome :] I wouldnt say anything major as far as health problems but Would like just to feel better about myself and do my body right. I feel i'd be putting better things into my body by doing so and become a healthier individual. When I do figure out what to do tho and can nail it down to being able to keep on it I will than begin to treat it as a lifestyle and not as a diet. Plus i saw some vids with unhappy animals x.x made me sad faced.
@marguicha (88406)
• Chile
10 Feb 12
I am trying to understand vegan as I have an online friend who will visit me soon. I have found out since I wrote to you that it is more a philosophy of life that just another diet. Even shoes and clothes do not have leather or any other thing that comes from an animal.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
16 Jan 12
If you're going from a "normal" diet to vegan, make sure you do lots of research. Sounds like you're doing that, and that's a good thing. When you're eliminating meat, dairy etc., you have to make sure you're getting all your nutrition elsewhere, so, do lots of reading, and talk to people. Perhaps vegatarian would be a good start.
@Kotarei (141)
• United States
16 Jan 12
Yea i'm definitely still reading up on it. I'm hoping to have a decision and some good information come the start of next month so i can try and do this.
@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
15 Jan 12
I think you should ease into it, maybe be even just vegetarian rather than vegan as vegan is not really easy, but to start off with more vegetables and fruit and less meat and learn more about this way of living as you go along.
@Kotarei (141)
• United States
15 Jan 12
I've looked up some stuff about it. It seems there is alot of different types of vegetarian eating. Like some people keep the eggs, and some people dont. It sounds like it may be easier easing into it. I'll read into it more most definatly because i need to figure how i'm going to change up my grocery list. :]
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
Hi Kotarei, I think it would be better if you do it slowly. Try making a dish that has some small meat but most of the ingredients would be veggies. That way you will also know whether you can really eat such type of foods everyday.
@Archaiwy (599)
• China
16 Jan 12
If a person wants to have a vegan diet ,he should first think hard what kind of vegetables are included in the diet.No matter what people eat ,being healthy should be the first to be considered.In my opinion,the diet should contain some protein,some fiber,sugar and carbohydrate.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
16 Jan 12
Eating healthy is really important and today i just eat vegetable salad with my friend.for a couple of days ago,i had my health examination,and my doctor told me that i should eat more vegetables and eat a healthy diet.So it's so important for us to keep that habit.lol,maybe a vegan diet would work.Just try it.
@lifes97 (885)
• United Arab Emirates
16 Jan 12
its nice to have vegan diet, but health is not in vegetables only, there are things in meat or fish cant replace by vegeta, why dont you increast the vege abut also eat the meat, unless you have allergy to meat or some medical reason dont allow you to eat
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
Wanting to do something is not enough, but it can be a good start. Try eating no-meat food during lunch everyday, or as much as you can, until you can do the vegan diet until your dinner meal. Good luck!