I've recently been reading a book titled Vegan for Life by Norris and Messina and can definitely recommend that.
From experience I can recommend paying attention to your Omega fats. I don't like using the straight oil in any cooking myself and for a long time I used flax oil capsules. However a few months ago I discovered Opti3 Omega which is garnered from algae, the stuff which gives feeling fish their attributes.
I'd also pay attention to B12. Fortified soy milk has it, but after a chance encounter with another friendly vegan in a local supermarket I was turned on by Kara milk. Made from coconuts, rich in lauric acid, it's so delicious chilled, less so at ambient temperature. I still love soy yogurts though.
Honestly, try to vary what you eat and don't be afraid to try out different vegetables and fruit. I used to hate avocados as a child but as a grown-up love them, so don't be stubborn by refusing to revisit things that didn't turn you on before. Finally I don't see anything wrong with multivitamins (as insurance) and take one myself at least every other day.
Congratulations on deciding to go vegan! That's awesome!
My advice would center around cheese. For me, that was the hardest thing to stop eating. So I'd just say, brace for it and don't give up. Cheese is soooooo addicting. I tried multiple times to quit eating cheese. I'd tell myself, I'll just have a little. Even eating a bite of it would re-trigger my addiction. Finally I learned I have to give it up cold turkey. That's what worked for me. This may sound strange but I found that after two weeks of not eating cheese, it was like my taste buds "re-set" and suddenly I did not like cheese at all! It was like I broke the addiction cycle. Cheese now tastes gross to me. As does cream and milk products. I now crave Daiya cheese, if I crave any cheese at all, and almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk.
To sum up, if u have trouble giving up the dairy, quit it cold turkey and keep it up for 2 weeks ... no cheating!
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i am the same way with cheese, dairy and eggs. the body naturally craves vitamins, water and things we interpret as "Food"
Cleansing diets work for me to keep my taste buds clean and healthy. With help from friends doing a retreat together and talking things out helped me identify personal addictions to how i talk to myself,. Words and thoughts and memories are unresolved issues and can be easily replace with craving of food.
Visual Mental Imagery works to helped me with the lil details
Thank you guys so much! I think the cheese will be the most difficult, I love cheese Sure all I can do is try! And I am pretty set on giving it an honest go and see how I do, once I get into a routine/habit of changing different foods and learning how to get my proper nutrition it'll all be okay I'll keep you all updated on how I do! Wish me luck! xxx
Just go slowly with your Vegan path, don't drive yourself bonkers, and be good to yourself.
There is a book by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau called, "Vegan's Daily Companion" - here's a link to read a bit about it. [www.compassionatecook.com].
This book helps me greatly. I read it like a book and not one day at a time, it's up to the reader, really. It is supportive, informative, and very comforting. I recommend it highly, especially for someone who is a new Vegan, or thinking about becoming a Vegan.
Perhaps there's a copy of it in your local library.