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 Post subject: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:48 pm 
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I am currently a meat eater and looking to switch to the right side. I see the benefits of becoming a vegan and I'd love to give it a shot and become healthier but not sure how to even start. My long term goal is to reach 220 lbs and reach 10% bf. Currently at 5'10" 205 and 14% bf if anyone can point me in a direction I would greatly appreciate it.


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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:15 am 
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Here's what one blogger says made her decide to switch and how she stayed motivated to stick with it. She and her husband were meat eaters.

You could call it switching to the right side... instead of the dark side .. at least give yourself a chance to feel you might be doing the right thing. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:31 am 
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I apologize if i offended was just trying to be silly. I want to make the switch I just don't want to set myself up for failure as this is a completely new idea. After watching a few documentaries is where the idea came from. Thank you for the quick response your help is greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:10 pm 
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My girlfriend and I are going to give it a go and make our best attempts to sick with it. I will probably have a more difficult time giving up meat due to the amount I have been eating for years but once i start something i always stay dedicated. We will come back and keep everyone updated on how we are doing and feeling with our new life style.


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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:42 pm 
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Best of luck to you! And welcome to the forum :) where abouts are you from? I know of some great places to buy specifically vegan food in the uk! Come to the dark side ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:44 pm 
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Hey welcome to the community here. My suggestion is start adding things rather than trying to cut out everything at once. The more plant based foods you add the less room there is for crap and the easier it will be to eventually cut out the unhealthy stuff after you adjust to all the new to you foods.

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:56 am 
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Sorry haven't replied in awhile
vegan_rossco: Thank you for the warm welcome haha. I live in the US currently residing in Connecticut just moved up in the New London area.

C.O.: I thought about that but if I know myself I wouldn't make the full commitment until I cut out all the meat. I tried the same with cigarettes it wasn't until I just tossed the pack out the window did I finally quit (although throwing meat out the window would be fun probably not advised).

Do you guys have any favorite recipes that you would like to share? :popcorn: I'm in the process of making a grocery list now for tomorrow to start my new lifestyle.


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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:33 am 
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Here's a thread with some awesome recipes! Hope it helps

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:02 pm 
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NOPAINNOGAIN42 wrote:
Sorry haven't replied in awhile
vegan_rossco: Thank you for the warm welcome haha. I live in the US currently residing in Connecticut just moved up in the New London area.

C.O.: I thought about that but if I know myself I wouldn't make the full commitment until I cut out all the meat. I tried the same with cigarettes it wasn't until I just tossed the pack out the window did I finally quit (although throwing meat out the window would be fun probably not advised).

Do you guys have any favorite recipes that you would like to share? :popcorn: I'm in the process of making a grocery list now for tomorrow to start my new lifestyle.

Hey mate,

Good luck with the change! Out of interest, what is it that draws you to eating meat at the moment??

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:36 am 
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All the best with everything, the eating side of things definately gets easier over time and after a while you don't even end up thinking about what you are going to eat for the day. Keep your fruit, veges and water intake up and emphasise all of the raw, whole foods.

Thanks for linking to my recipe thread Ross, there's some good stuff in there that I believe is pretty easy for anyone (even a man) to make. I'll try to keep new stuff going in there as and when I cook something badass haha. Welcome to the forum as well, I hope you continue to keep us updated on how you and your girlfriend are going with everything MF.

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:29 pm 
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I really appreciate the support guys. The biggest thing that was brings me to meat was the lack of knowledge of how much protein you can get with veggies and fruits and how to go about eating to reach my macros. It also just became second nature and extremely easy (lazy) for me to throw a piece of chicken on a skillet and I suppose the I lacked the creativity to do something with vegetables other than steam them. It really won't be difficult as I always loved fruits and veggies. I'm always nervous of not being able to reach my macro goals with vegetables to obtain my long term goal. So I begin my journey after this last batch of meat products (I also hate wasting food 2 pieces of chicken left) but have already incorporated eating raw/greens.

I love to spend my time in the kitchen so figuring this out will be fun for me. Made two quick meals today vegetable stir fry and rice, beans, and onions for today since I was low on food. Going to attempt to make a black bean/sweet potato burger (absolutely love sweet potato).

Mini Forklift ever think of making a PDF recipe book for all the things your making?


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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:45 pm 
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NOPAINNOGAIN42 wrote:
Mini Forklift ever think of making a PDF recipe book for all the things your making?

I'm planning to write a book in the not too distant future, so the recipes will be integrated into it. Hopefully I can find a publisher that's interested enough to put it all to print :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:30 pm 
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Hey guys just wanted to give an update to those that may be interested. Getting close to a month now of just eating only veggies and only had one slip up about a week ago. Went to a wedding and there wasn't much to eat had one piece of chicken was kind of mad at myself but when I think about it I've made such a drastic change. I decided not to beat myself up that bad since it was only one. My go to meal so far is a meatless chili with some tofu, but continuing to experiment with foods. The first week I had started it was pretty rough so many temptations to go back but I stuck with it. I'm going to attempt to make Navratan Korma tonight when I get home from work. Experienced Indian food the other night and it was extremely delicious. On the other hand my girlfriend had a much easier time transferring over since she never liked meat that much anyways so no slip ups for her. Both of us have started to notice a decrease in body fat% and I'm putting on lean muscle mass while cutting out body fat. Still sitting at 205 but abs are becoming more noticeable.


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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:38 pm 
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You are doing great! Don't sweat it.. the longer you are in the easier it gets - you find more and more foods to fall in love with. Just keep far away from the process stuff and you'll do well.

btw... no offense taken earlier. I was just sort of laughing at the 'dark side'. (insert evil laugh here). :D

Thanks for the update.

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 Post subject: Re: Attempting to become vegan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:45 pm 
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Here is a sweet potato recipe for you. A little heavy on the maple syrup imo.. so you may want to cut back on that. It is reminiscent of muffins with a crumb topping.
http://www.cookingquinoa.net/sweet-pota ... oa-topping

I've had it with this salad and goes well together:
http://www.marthastewart.com/315398/kal ... t-dressing

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