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Elderly Becoming Vegan

by Brenda Ross
(Stockton, CA)

Question: How do I get started as a vegan and at 61 years old, am I too old?

I definitely don't think you're too old to become vegan. At any age, the health benefits outweigh anything else.

Becoming vegan to start depends on you. Some people quit eating meat and dairy products in one fell swoop, and others gradually cut it out of their diets. The easiest thing to do is to start a "meatless monday" type of deal, where you focus on good vegan dishes one day of the week. When you have a handle on that, you can add another day of the week, and so on.

I would definitely sign up for my newsletter and read a few pages on changing your diet:

Learn how to balance your meals with the vegan food pyramid so you are getting enough of everything you need to eat daily.

Vegan diets walks you through eating a vegan diet.

There are several others in that section as well. What I did was read and educate myself and took each step as it came.

Again, congratulations on thinking about eating a plant-based diet. If there is anything else I can do to help, please let me know.

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Going Vegan
by: Anonymous

I would say that now is a great time to turn vegan. I gave up one thing at a time - first hamburgers, then the other red meats, then chicken and turkey, and finally fish and seafood for meats. Next, I cut out drinking milk or eating eggs, and then finally eating cheese. I am now reading all labels even more thoroughly to avoid all diary products.

I try to buy more organic and local farmer's market produce in addition to buying mostly fresh produce. I try to get whole grain verus just whole wheat products. I am really a label-reader now.

I love veggie stir fry and I love to make raw veggie sandwiches too. I think you'll find that everything tastes better when you go vegan. You'll enjoy what you eat so much more.

There are so many healthy reasons to eat vegan that I am sure you will notice a vast difference right away. Go luck with any and all progress along the way to the new you.

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