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From: ridgerunner (
Subject: I've been in your boots
Date: October 21, 2004 at 4:11 pm PST

In Reply to: Veggie Help posted by Cindy on October 19, 2004 at 3:49 pm:

I was a junk-food veggie for many years before I learned about proper veg nutrition. I highly recommend reading the book "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman MD (this is the book that opened my eyes to proper eating). He is a medical doctor who specializes in nutritional science and the connection between diet and disease. Although this book is marketed to folks who need to lose weight, it is really a comprehensive mini-course on human nutrition describing the optimal diet for health and longevity (whole plant foods- veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and grains). There is an excellent review of this book here at VegSource. Regarding the beans and nuts, it takes a while for your digestive tract to adjust to beans in particular. But given time, you will thrive off them! (It takes a while for the bacteria in your gut to adjust to the different forms of proteins). And nuts contain important anti-cancer components, so keep eating some of them too!

Regarding your soul searching... I can relate. This is something that I (and I think most of us ethical-veggies) have profoundly experienced at some point or another. But there are many good reasons for going veg and if you haven't read it yet, I also highly recommend reading "The Food Revolution" by John Robbins. This is an updated version of his previous best seller: "Diet for a New America". In my view, this book is so important that it should be required reading in every school across America!

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