Some good info then! Thanks! Some I'll have to reach out to some other friends who are more nutritional savvy than I. Given iron deficiency, can only guess how many times you'll hear 'it's because you don't eat meat!!!' from carnivore friends.
Being kinda new, a good transition might be to find good vegan versions of recipes you already like. Then can get more adventurous as you progress? Was a typical American eater for 30-some years, then vegetarian for almost 10, went vegan after that. So, transition was over time. Hard to just go cold turkey (pardon the pun!), but with growing number of alternatives out there over the years, can ease into it.
Other than cooking it, you didn't mention any food issues with things like soy, etc? Some can take some time getting your digestive tract happy, but for others it's no big deal.
Maybe can help with few tried/true recipes to sub in for what you used to have regularly? Oh, and with vegan dessert options too...
I suppose my big thing is not really favoring things that are bland. Will say that in the past 6-8 months have gotten more familiar with various spices and how they go together - enough to do things like lunch today....chopped up some peppers, bit of onion, lentils (1 to 3 ratio between dried lentils and water), threw in some leftover black beans, dash of cumin, garlic, and tumeric...let it cook...sniff...taste...bit more this, maybe some black pepper....ta-dah! yum!
Even mix together lentils with quinoa...flavor to taste. Nice thing is it reheats well so once you come up with a combination that you like, can make batch of it, works for lunch, or w/breakfast over some toast, and similar.
Might sound complicated, but with a community to support it doesn't have to be at all. Shout out a dish or 2 that you like, and we can make it work.
Also, depending on where you are located, check out meetup.com for a local vegetarian/vegan group. Finding a group of people with similar lifestyle was life changing, and only happened maybe 2 yrs ago, probably less. Recipe swaps, things to try....etc...
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Oh not at all! Even when I was eating meat I still had the deficiency to the point where I was so drained I would micro sleep whilst driving and my monthly's had all sorts of issues.. I wasn't a big red meat eater though.
I live in a home with 5 other Italians including my grandparents, in which no one is okay with this change, I'm already being questioned about proteins -.-
I used to eat simple meals which took no time at all, and my Nonna would cook the rest haha!
I actually don't mind not eating any meat or drinking milk. Yoghurt, chocolate and honey is more of a change than anything, but I know there are alternatives to those and I'm fine with that
I haven't tried any soy food but I actually forgot I really don't like soy milk, in fact I barely like leafy greens I just blend those and drink it!
Yummmm that sounds greaaaat.
I'm going to try eat more in the day and try not get too absorbed with macros. It's a hard topic for me though, I have a lot of body issues and whatever comes with it.
I really appreciate this so much! Thank you!
I live in Sydney, Australia