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Hi there!<br><br>
I want to make a change and start eating only a vegan diet. I am overweight, sick, and tired of the way I have been eating--and I want a radical life change that will make me healthy and will restore my body to a good, healthy, ideal weight. I have been reading the book "eat to live" which advocates a vegan diet. I am ready to do this- problem is I don't know where to begin.<br><br>
I am currently EBF'ing my 9 month old daughter. She is very well-fed (23 pounds), and as she relies on me for all of her nutritional needs, I really don't want to mess up my milk supply or make it less fatty, or compromise it in any way.<br><br>
I would really like to know of some good resources for breastfeeding a baby on a vegan diet, and also some balanced menus to get me started. I don't want to have an "unbalanced" diet, especially since I don't want to harm the quality of my milk at all (like, say, if I ONLY ate fruit, kwim?)<br><br>
Thanks so much!
 

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<a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/advocacy_933_ENU_HTML.htm" target="_blank">http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...3_ENU_HTML.htm</a>
 

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I started by stopping all fast food and junk food immediately. It helped a lot. Healthwise I have lost 35 pounds, I've been able to cut back on one of the meds for my diabetes and my blood pressure has dropped. My goal is to get off all meds completely. I'd also like to drop another 100 pounds, but that's in the future.<br><br>
I am not vegan, I am vegetarian. I stopped eating all meat about 10 months ago. I eat whole foods as much as possible. I try not to eat many of the convenience foods, including soy meats and things like that. I'd rather eat potatoes and rice and fruits and veggies and beans than all the fake stuff. That's hard to do with my super junkfood DH and DS. I would suggest just taking it one meal at a time. Then work on the next meal. Or take it just one food at a time. Like first no beef, then no pork, and on down the line.<br><br>
There is a book called the Mother's Cookbook or the Veggie Family Cookbookor something like that. The author is on here so I'm sure she will post.<br><br>
Good luck,<br>
Kathi
 

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I believe that Cathe Olson is the author of that cookbook. She does some writing for vegfamily, as well. Vegfamily just opened their discussion forums back up as well. They're not nearly as active as the MDC boards, but you can probably get some good advice there and it is a vegan site: <a href="http://www.vegfamily.com" target="_blank">www.vegfamily.com</a> .<br><br>
I'd also second the recommendation to cut out processed foods and try eating as many whole foods as possible. <a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a> also has tons of vegan recipes if you are needing inspiration. You can search by specific ingredients (to use things you have around) and usually come up with meal ideas.<br><br>
BTW, my dds who were ebf milk from their vegan mama, were also big, chubby babies.
 
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