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QUEEN-EYDIE Posts: 12,069
3/25/14 8:06 A

It's a great time to go vegan, lots of information out there. All I can say is I went vegan almost 3 years ago ( after being vegetarian for 27 years), and I wish I'd done it sooner. I'll tell you that there will be plenty of people who'll tell you why you can't, why you shouldn't, and it's true that it's not for everybody, but it's so much easier than I ever thought it would be, and the bonus is I feel better than ever and I think I look younger too! If I can help, please SparkMail me.

BLANCHEDUBOIS72 SparkPoints: (10,353)
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3/25/14 7:31 A

Thanks all for the recipes' links.
I try to follow mediterranean diet (after all I'm spanish) but I focus on vegetables and my protein intake usually comes from legumes, nuts, eggs or fish. Rarely I eat poultry and never ever pork, lamb or veal. I'm a nutritionist and, though you never stop studing about nutrition, I've learnt enough to know that vegetarian/mediterranean diet is the most healthy.
Vegan diet surely will lead to a lack of some nutrients as vitamin B and iron, so you have to watch about this point.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (28,770)
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3/25/14 4:21 A

I am not a full-time vegan, but I do a vegan challenge every winter, mostly because it makes me be more mindful about what I am eating. I wouldn't bother to buy cookbooks, because there are tons of great websites out there with all of the recipes for free.

www.theppk.com/ The Post Punk Kitchen. This is my favorite.

ohsheglows.com/ Oh She Glows. I hate the writing on this one, but her recipes are great.

Pinterest is another great place to find vegan recipes.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
3/24/14 4:58 P

Why such a drastic and immediate overhaul? What led you to this choice and what do you hope to gain? Why are you also eliminating oats and wheat? Are you willing to phase it in or are you all in? Have you had any experience/success in eliminating entire categories of food? Did it last? Why or why not?

Don't get me wrong. I'm a long-time vegetarian (pescetarian more recently) so I'm not trying to be negative about your decision, just hoping to understand it better.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
3/24/14 4:14 P

For B12: look on the supermarket shelf (especially Whole Foods supermarket, although other stores have it) for Bragg's Premium nutritional yeast. It's been fortified with B12 and some other vites. 2 tbsp of the stuff gives you lots of B12 (1 tbsp provides 40% DV.) I use it in eggs, pancakes, on popocorn - very popular use - and anywhere I want a cheese flavor.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (10,374)
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3/24/14 4:47 A

How are you addressing your body's need for b12? I encourage every vegan to be aware of this.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
3/23/14 11:29 P

Check out amazon.com's book section. They have a variety of 'quick and easy' vegan cookbooks. Looking at the reviews gives you a good idea of the strengths of the recipes.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (185,511)
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3/23/14 9:17 P

Here are a couple links to quick Vegan recipes you may find useful:
www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collectio
ns/healthy_vegan_recipes


www.babble.com/best-recipes/20-vegan-meals
-you-can-make-in-20-minutes-or-less/


I hope that you like them

Kris

NIRERIN Posts: 13,320
3/23/14 8:34 P

ultimately the more you can cook/prepare, the lower your total budget will be. the more premade stuff you have to rely on, the higher your food costs. though with vegan plus wheat and oat-free i think your premade options are going to be quite limited to say the least.
vegan on the cheap by robin robertson is a great cookbook. check your local library for that and other vegan cookbooks that you can peruse til you find an author or a book that suits your commitment and needs.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,683
3/23/14 7:48 P

Most vegan meals are affordable since the expensive meat and cheeses are not used.

For veggies and fruits, use what is most affordable at the time: fresh, frozen or canned.

Have you obtained some vegan cookbooks???

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/23/14 6:36 P

I eat a lot of lentils, split peas, and beans - I get them all in dried form for about a dollar a bag - and that is cheap, cause 1 bag makes a lot!

Otherwise, I don't know, but I bet there are vegetarian teams you can join here ;)

ILOVEFRUITS SparkPoints: (78)
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3/23/14 6:29 P

any advice how to make meals that are affordable, also trying to loose weight, and am in school full time and work so don't have so much time to cook/ prepare food
so i am new vegan, wheat and oat free. so looking for advice and recipes

Edited by: ILOVEFRUITS at: 3/23/2014 (18:30)
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