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    Profile photo of ChangeStartsNow

    Over a year ago

    So, I am taking the steps to become a vegetarian, then a vegan. Yes, I am doing it in steps, because I’ve tried numerous times to just quit eating meat and dairy and eggs all at once, and it never worked out for me.

    I was a vegetarian for years when I was a kid, and for whatever reason I stopped. I am completely ready to go veg again. But, I have a few questions and need some help.

    1. Where can I get reading materials (cheap or free)? Anything I order or something like that (I know PETAs Starter Kit, but I was wondering if there were any other websites with starter kits or guides or anything).

    2. I DON’T have a lot of money, so eating a different diet than my family is going to be difficult, because they really can’t afford to buy two separate meals every night (and no them going veg is NOT in the question). So, what are some good, cheap meals? And do you know of any good vegetarian/vegan websites, like where you can order food, that doesn’t charge an outrageous amount for shipping?

    3. My boyfriend is a huge meat eater. I know that bothers most vegetarians, but it doesn’t bother me so much. However, I don’t know how to explain to him why I’m doing this. I’ve tried, and he just doesn’t get it. He thinks I won’t be healthy, or be able to eat anything. How do I explain to him I’ll actually be HEALTHIER?

    Any other tips or advice? I would love it :)

    That’s all I suppose; please no judgement for not being a vegan just yet, I just need some advice and help. Thank you :)

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  • Profile photo of peppermintcherry

    Over a year ago

    If you don;t have money for food, buying from online websites isn’t really an option. So long as you an buy beans, rice, fruits and vegetables, there is absolutely no need to buy food online. Places like veganessentials is just fun stuff, not necessary.

    Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing and Action for Animals have awesome vegetarian starter kits, cookbook, and info packets, all for free. If you hear of any other Animal rights group, I can almost promise you they have books and whatnot for free, either that can be mailed to you or that can be viewed online.

    You have to learn to cook, that is for sure. If you have to rely on someone else to make your meals, it’s just not going work out. You also need to be willing to try stuff you wouldn’t normally eat. For instance, I did NOT like zucchini or eggplant before becoming vegetarian. Now those are two of my favorite foods.

    Some people will never ‘get it’ so, just keep your head up and tell him your reasons and let it be. If he doesn’t get it, he doesn’t get it.

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  • Profile photo of annie-l

    Over a year ago

    Hey @ChangeStartsNow,

    It’s great that you’ve decided to go vegan! :) It’s super easy! I’d love to send you a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit. Just e-mail me at peta2@peta2.com.

    Also, eating vegan can be super cheap: http://www.peta2.com/blog/listen-up-veganism-is-cheap/. Check out some easy (and affordable!) recipes here: http://www.peta2.com/recipes/.

    ~Annie from peta2.

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