This group is for all vegetarian and vegan Nerdfighters. Check out the creators YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/NoWehDude
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Started by Nina Dalton. Last reply by Zoë Achilles Dec 7, 2012.
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Started by Laura. Last reply by Amelia Mar 1, 2012.
indeed vegis for the win : )
wahooo! veggie power
@Jennie It's totally true. I remember trying to build up a repertoire of veggie recipes, and at first thinking things seemed a little bland - in my veggie recipe books I would gravitate toward the more stodgy dishes that reminded me of meat ones I loved. But now, I love all sorts of new tastes and veggies I didn't before - like parsnip, this is great roasted or made into oven fries. :D
So yeah, don't be too worried, your tastes will most likely adjust with time.
As for method, if cold turkey works for you, awesome. Don't be afraid to go gradual though, which is how I did it. I didn't feel deprived of something I was so used to because I told myself I could have it if I wanted, but then surprisingly quickly I kind of stopped wanting it. Also I know people sneer at fake meats, but they can be a helpful transitioning thing, or when you're particularly craving a certain taste and texture but don't want to go back to eating meat. :)
@Jennie Before going vegan I used to hate a lot of things that I now adore such as almonds, pecans, coconut, asparagus, and cauliflower. Still hate sweet potatoes/yams, though. What Nephtys says about changing tastes is totally true. There are actually a lot of things that happen to meat/dairy/processed foods that cause you to lose some of your taste-abilities. When all of that is removed from your system, fruit tastes sweeter and other junk food tastes really fake. I can actually TASTE preservatives in things now.
As long as you get whole grain, leafy greens (emphasis on the green- iceberg lettuce is suck), and protein, you're fine. A B-12 supplement wouldn't hurt you, either.
I have access to a microwave, and I'm going to buy a toaster tomorrow, probably. The biggest problem I have is that I don't like most vegetables - until this year, my diet has been mostly carbs and meat. There are vegetarian options for most dishes in the cafeteria, but they all have peppers in them, and I just can't stand the taste of peppers. I could buy things like lentils and the like, but I'm already paying for 12 meals a week in the cafeteria, and I don't actually eat much outside of that, mostly just snack on cereal or grab a bagel from Tim Horton's.
You might find it easier to go cold turkey for a few weeks, even if you do go back to occasionally eating meat afterwards: it takes about 3 weeks of not having something to break an eating habit, e.g. cutting down on salt or sugar in your diet. At first, everything will taste bland, but after 3 weeks you adjust, and suddenly your previous levels of consumption won't taste so great anymore - same goes for meat, dairy, or anything else you want to cut out.
Does the cafeteria offer veggie options you like? There are also nice meals you can make that don't require cooking - I can fully understand you not wanting to do that all the time of course, but it can be a solution sometimes. One of my favorite quick & easy no-cook meals is to mix together a can of lentils (rinsed), a chopped up avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro and seasoning, and eating that in toasted pita bread - but I know that both avocados and cilantro are love-or-hate foods, so that may have just made you go EWWWWWW!!!! :D Are there any cooking facilities you have access to at all, even basic ones?
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