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From: katie (
Subject: Re: Wow! Can you give me some advice? See inside, please
Date: June 18, 2002 at 10:57 pm PST

In Reply to: Wow! Can you give me some advice? See inside, please posted by Mary E. on June 16, 2002 at 1:01 am:

i just wanted to add my 2-cents. as a new vegan, it's not nearly as difficult as i had thought. there's a million and one great recipies on the recipie board. i'd also like to recommend 'the vegan sourcebook' for some reading material + great inspiration, and 'how it all vegan' for a really great cookbook. when i stopped eating animals, i felt an extremely serene feeling come over me; it was very strong for the first few days. it's the blissful feeling of knowing that you are contributing to less suffering, and man, it feels great. it sticks around too. i feel much more peaceful, and my anxiety and depression has scaled back a little. and all just in 2 weeks of veganism, a big difference from lacto-ovo veg. as for what to eat, it seems daunting, but it gets easier very quickly. soup is always a quick and super tasty food. you can just toss anything and everything, veggies and lentils, eg, into a crock pot and let it cook away. can't go wrong with soup. i also like to make stir frys with veggies [like carrotts, bok choy, snow peas, baby corn, broccoli], diced tofu, some soy sauce and sesame oil. lots of salads. you can make yummy burritos with beans, rice, tomatoes, salsa etc. one of my fav. breakfast foods is oatmeal with some oat bran and ground flax seeds in it, and a touch of maple syrup. flax seed oil is great for your health in every aspect, esp. mental health and weight loss, because it's a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, or brain fat. i recommend the book 'the omega diet,' after reading that, you'll put flax on everything! you can also make super-wholesome sandwiches on wholegrain bread, lotsa veggies, and some mustard and vegan-mayo. yum. i drink a lot of chocolate soymilk, and put vanilla or unflavoured on cereal. you might feel like you're on veggie overload for a while, but if you eat like, 6 small meals a day, and load up on fiber and water, you'll manage to feel full without consuming a lot of fat. also, i recommend some nuts and raisins for a snack on the go. that's about all i can think of for the moment. good luck with your quest for health. take care,

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