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be a Vegan

A guide by C-Veg (USA)

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Deciding to adopt a plant-based diet and lifestyle, and become vegan, may be one of the most personal decisions you will ever make. That being said, it's not as hard as you think. I grew up in a meat-eating household, graduated from culinary school, and worked in professional kitchens for years, never learning how to cook a meal without meat, aside from the occasional pasta entree. When I think about it, I know much more then the average American when it comes to food and cooking, but I knew very little on vegan cooking.

I decided to become a pescetarian after learing what really goes on in factory farms. I had no idea how bad they were, and as someone who has always loved animals I couldn't justify them suffering just so I could eat what I thought tasted good. But I still ate seafood, and dairy, and it took me six months to give them up, and go fully vegan. Cheese, as I think it is for most vegans, was the hardest thing to give up, but now that I have, I honestly don't miss it that much anymore.

I did a lot of reading when I first became a vegan, and aside from the benefits to the animals, learned there was also a ton of benefits to the enviroment, as well as my personal health. I found these books most helpful; Skinny Bitch a tough love guide to why we should stop eating meat and dairy. Honestly, if this book doesn't show you how truly gross the meat and dairy industries are, I don't know what will. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, providing similar views as Skinny Bitch, but without the harshness. Perhaps the most helpful book I've read is Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating which really tells the health benefits of being vegan.

There are also helpful "guides" I've found to living a vegan lifestyle, and not just with food. The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More is an invaluable guide to everything vegan, including travel and beauty tips. Although I don't personally like it as much, I'm going to also recommend Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World (Tofu Hound Press). Though it has a somewhat condescending attitude, it does have some helpful hints.

Also worth reading, though none are vegan books; everyone who eats fast food should read Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food, to show where that burger and fries really come from. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is a look into the whole modern food industry, or even The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition which is easier to read, but still very informative.

The one biggest thing about eating a vegan diet though, is the food. And Americans as a whole are still very uninformed on what vegans can eat - it's not just salads! - it can make eating out rather difficult. So plan to cook at home, a lot. It's just much easier, probably healthier, and cheaper.

My favorite vegan cookbook is Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock followed closely by Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes. Both of these books by Isa Chandra Moskowitz have flavorful, anything but boring, delicious recipes, which would prove to even the biggest eater that vegan cuisine is not bland and boring. I also really like Isa's other book, co-authored by Terry Hope Romero, Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook which is like the Joy of Cooking for Vegans, and is my number one recommendation for new vegans.

Other cookbooks I really enjoy include, Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes From Street Cart Favorites To Haute Cuisine by Dynise Balcavage, which includes wonderful recipes for anyone who wants something a little less comfort foodish. Color Me Vegan: Maximize Your Nutrient Intake and Optimize Your Health by Eating Antioxidant-Rich, Fiber-Packed, Color-Intense Meals That Taste Great which promotes literally eating all the colors of the rainbow, and The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion which offers lots of recipes for celebrations and get togethers, both by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Other books that I use often include; Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your Bod, The Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again!, Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Everyday Vegan Recipes Worth Celebrating, and 500 Vegan Recipes: An Amazing Variety of Delicious Recipes, From Chilis and Casseroles to Crumbles, Crisps, and Cookies (500 Cooking (Sellers)).

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Last updated: 2/26/11
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