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01-02-2013 11:35 PM
Hey, well I saw you didn't have any replies and I just want to pop up to say that I'm a vegetarian (this may or may not help?)
I've been a veggie for four years now (Since I was 11) and I haven't messed up once.
After a while, you get used to it, and eating meat becomes the equivelant to eating a puppy or something in your opinion,
I don't actually see why people want to be vegan. I mean firstly, laying eggs- it's what chickens do without humans effecting them, and having no dairy is super bad for you, soy milk also just doesn't have the nutrience you need. So unless you want B12 or iron defficiency, don't become a vegan :')
Sorry, this might be the closest you can get to an answer, It might now even help! sorryyy :')
01-02-2013 11:40 PM
Cool!! You're into being vegan. I'm vegetarian, not vegan, but I have tried many of the vegan products and I must say that you get used to them very quickly, but you must find your own new sources of protein, such as Quinoa, for one. You've really got to experiment and see what's best for you, but be sure to watch your diet carefully. Good luck! By the way, you ROCK for being into new things Way to go!
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01-02-2013 11:49 PM
I'm vegetarian too, been one for almost three years. I was on and off for a really long time, so I have trouble remembering exactly when I became veg for real. It just seemed like the benefits totally outweighed the things I would miss, and I haven't slipped up at all. Whenever I even see or smell meat, I'm kind of grossed out, and all I can picture is the animal that was killed for it. One of friends has been vegan for years, and I don't know how he does it! Like, one time we all made home made pizza, and he just made his with dough and sauce. Afterward everyone else started eating ice cream, and he didn't have any. I felt kinda bad for him, but that's incredible willpower!
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01-03-2013 09:08 PM
I was a vegan for about a year a couple years ago. I'd been vegetarian for years before & it seemed like a good idea at the time. I did it because of ethical reasons. I had to stop because I became ill & my doc said the it was better if I stopped.
If you're serious about doing it, then I really advise you to read up about it. You'll need to know what foods to substitute so that you get the right vitamins/minerals/proteins/calcium/etc to be healthy. You'll also have to take various supplements too & make sure you get enough healthy oils & eats lots of iron rich foods like spinach, broccoli & lentils. A good place to ask about vitamin supplements is at a health food shop.
A good thing to do would be to maybe try a vegan diet for say a month & see how you get on. Then you can take things from there. Also remember that a lot of the time veganism isn't just about diet, it's also about lifestyle too so if you want to go down that path then make sure to do some research on that too.
Hope that helped a bit.
01-03-2013 09:36 PM
I'm only vegetarian and have been for over 7 years.
I've never slipped up though it isn't the end of the world if you ever do slip up being vegetarian definitely isn't hard most of the time I completely forget that something is "that different" about me like I forget people "are supposed to" eat meat basically lol. Going vegan is a bit trickier but becoming easier and easier with all the alternatives and such.
I went vegetarian for animal rights purposes I support basically any and all forms of animal welfare, animal rights and even animal liberation. I would go vegan as it is more "proper" if you really believe in and or are for animal rights.
Right now it is mainly that I am too stubborn and a picky eater. I really like milk, eggs, cheese, butter etc and they are a large part of my eating habits right now. (I don't eat any meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, etc.) Besides like the rare potatoes or like little bit of ketchup or specific real fruit juice and peanuts etc. Which basically leaves the category's of Bread/grain, Dairy/eggs, and sweets. Even the things I eat from those categories have to be really plain. White or light wheat breads, white pastas, basics American, cheddar or other simples cheeses. Yes my eating habits are really unhealthy but I really don't care right now.
I do eat mock meat occasionally too. Also especially when I buy alternative products like mock meat I try to buy vegan products or just randomly try vegan products. You literally can get everything veganized now days. The hardest part about going vegan though is buying everyday products and having to check the ingredients lists because even things you would expect to be vegan are often deceiving (though even organizations like PETA will admit it is impossible to be 100% vegan so it isn't a big deal if you slip up on a tiny ingredient or two occasionally). Many bakery type products will often have beef fat in it. A lot of gummy products have gelatin in it (Sour Patch Kids are vegan!). Also a lot of with milk or eggs added.
Vegan products I try are a hit and a miss a lot of the products take just time to get used to or transition. Like I never even touched mocked meat until I hadn't eaten meat for like 4 years. Some of the mock meat products I still find gross. Also note I have never been grossed out by meat or dead animals or anything I just know in my head that is wrong to kill and or use animals like that. Vegan ice cream tastes just like normal ice cream (I love tofutti cuties!) Vegan versions of milk normally take the most time to get adjusted too but there are many different kinds and it is alright over all (soy, almond, etc). The only vegan cheese I had I thought was gross. Vegan chocolate, candy bars, marshmallows, egg substitutes, whipped cream etc all exist.
For many vegans foods like tofu, seitan, tempeh become main staples in dishes. Though I have yet to try any of them I really want to try tofu soon.
I am really rambling here now lol I'll give you a couple of helpful links and be done (for now)
Accidentally vegan - this is a list of some everyday popular brand food items you find in your general grocery store that are vegan friendly (some of which you wouldn't expect like sour patch kids!) I like showing this to show how easy going vegan can actually be you don't need to be going to like some select expensive environmental health food store to buy food
Animal Ingredients - now this may basically seem to go against what I just showed you but this is a long list of just about all the names of animal derived ingredients. So ingredients you have to avoid if you are vegan. Though this list includes ingredients found in not only food but cosmetics and other products. As most vegans don't just choose the dietary aspects of being vegan but incorporate it into all aspects of there life.
I personally think vegans are awesome. Hopefully one day I will go vegan or at least lean more heavily in that direction. Though I am one who gives props to anyone taking any steps in that direction even if someone is just lessening the amount of meat they normally eat or if they are any form of vegetarian or vegan etc!
You can always message me and I can help with more helpful links including boards or online communities that could probably help more than gurl on the topic of veganism.
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01-04-2013 08:20 PM
Personally I am not vegan but my dad is. He has been vegan for like 4 years for health reasons because he is a diabetic. He never really "messes up" because he is cool with eating a little butter or milk every once in a while so he can enjoy the food he is eating.