Since so many people ask me, "What do you eat if not meat, dairy and eggs?" I've prepared a list of what a few weeks of eating looks like in my home or when I’m at a restaurant. You can use the cookbooks and recipe websites listed in Resources to flesh out your shopping list and find things that appeal to you. Or, do like I do and guess at how something can be made and get creative! You can get fancier or go simpler according to your lifestyle needs.

Spend some time in the grocery store, going up and down the aisles, looking for new, fun and creative foods that you may have overlooked when you only focused on animal products in your meal plans. There are many delicious, exciting and nutritious foods available that are completely vegan and fulfilling and many of them can be found at the deli-prepared section of health food stores or in the freezer section of any grocery store. Again, whole foods like fresh vegetables and fruits, beans and whole grains are best, but also try alternative plant-based meats to fulfill the traditional cravings for what you grew up loving.
Excerpted from Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, by Kathy Freston. Available from Weinstein Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright ©2011.


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