Unlike most folks who live in Idaho, at our place BEEF is not what's for dinner. We are vegan which means we don't eat any animal products. Yes, that means no milk, cheese, eggs, or meat.
When they hear that, a lot of folks tend to focus on what we don't eat. But having been vegan since 1994 or so, we focus on what we do eat and have pretty much forgotten about all those heavy meat dishes of our youth. (Okay sure, sometimes a particularly enticing pizza ad on TV makes us think cheese thoughts again, but in general we can't imagine eating any other way.) Amazingly enough, being a vegetarian is even becoming sort of trendy these days as more people try and figure out how to get healthy and lose weight.
After they determine what exactly we eat, the next question people usually ask us is why? How come we became vegan anyway? Are we animal rights nuts? (No actually we aren't.) And no, we also aren't out to convert the world to veganism. The most emphatic words you'll get from us are: "do what you want."
We became vegan because of a book we read called Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, which is now quite old but is easy to find in used book stores. The book actually isn't about being a vegetarian at all. It is all about eating certain foods together to lose weight. The principle of "food combining" or "natural hygiene" has been around for years, but most people find it too complicated to deal with. However, when we read the book, we realized that the principles of food combining become incredibly easy if you take animal products out of the equation. So we decided to try an experiment: we'd eat according to Fit for Life for a week.
We felt so much better that we never stopped the experiment. Over the course of about 6-8 weeks, we lost the extra weight we'd gained in our 30s and had a lot more energy. And we never looked back.
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Vegan Success: Scrumptious, Healthy Vegan Recipes for Busy People
So, enough about us...why did we create this site? We realized that over the years, the publishing end of our business Logical Expressions, Inc. has evolved to be about providing practical solutions to every day problems. We have a Web site with lots of articles on using your computer more effectively (www.computorcompanion.com) and another one that offers tips to pet owners (www.pet-tails.com). So we thought we'd use this site to share another aspect of our lives: vegetarian recipes. Everyone has to figure out what to make for dinner, so we thought we'd add a few recipes for those in need of ideas.
So whether you are just getting started with vegetarian eating or have been doing it for years, we hope you enjoy the recipes. This is just a start. Over time, we'll add more recipes and the site will really live up to it's name and there really will be MANY veggie recipes here!
If you like the recipes on this site, we encourage you to check out our new book Vegan Success: Scrumptious, Healthy Vegan Recipes for Busy People. If you're vegan and wondering what's for dinner tonight, this book will give you ideas. Plus, at the Vegan Success site, you can sign up for our FREE tips with ideas for how to get a vegan meal on the table fast.
Susan Daffron & James Byrd