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HEALTHYLU1
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10/25/12 6:04 A

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I'm a long time vegetarian trying to make more vegan choices. It's still a struggle, and sometimes I just fall back on easy eggs and cheese. However, probably more problematic in my diet is sugar-salt-sugar-salt-sugar-sugar-sugar....I sit near a lady who has 3 baskets of mini candies, and I have to walk by to get anywhere.

Right now I am under a bit of stress at work, so that adds to the challenge.



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I am "mostly vegan". Meaning at home we eat vegan and the few times a month we go out to eat I indulge in the cheesy piazza that makes me feel like crap every time. I have read a lot of books about going vegan in the last 18 months. I really like 30 day vegan challenge and veganist. Vegweb.com has a ton of great recipes and ideas. Hopefully one day when I go out to eat in my town there will be more vegan options! Good luck!



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7/28/12 5:54 A

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This is probably too late for the original poster, but for anyone like me who's kind of new to the idea....

I've had a tremendous amount of help and advice from EMILYSEGAL --both on SP and from her blog:
http://triumphwellness.com/

(And for the person commenting on matzah balls, Emily has a vegan Jewish holiday cookbook. No matzah ball soup, but there's a lentil pate that's so close to the real thing my carnivore BIL spat it out and asked why I was feeding him liver....)

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7/1/12 2:57 A

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Hi. I love the Vegan chef/author Isa Chandra Moskowitz!!! I recommend all of her books on vegan cooking, they are very informative and fun.



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6/30/12 1:41 A

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Dr. John McDougall's website has a lot of advice, testimonials, and free recipes. He and his wife Mary have several cookbooks. I don't like to cook so I use their quick and easy cookbook. Dr. Esselstyn and his son Rip have a lot of information, as well as Dr. Fuhrman and T. Colin Powell to name just a few. I also make up some really simple recipes, I'm trying to rely less and less on processed foods. You can be a junk food vegan, for good health you need to find the healthy foods. Sounds like that's your intent. Good for you.emoticon
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6/25/12 2:55 P

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If you haven't read much about vegan nutrition, I would highly recommend the book Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Ginny Messina, both registered dietiticians. It is full of science based information about how to build a healthy vegan.

As for avoiding dairy and eggs, there's no reason you have to do it all at once. I took a gradual approach - first I reduced cheese and switched to soymilk, the last things to go were baked goods and meals eaten away from home. It is so much easier if you enjoy cooking, which it sounds like you do!

Regarding egg substitutes, they need not be "processed" - ground flax seed works in many applications, and even ener-G egg replacer doesn't have scary ingredients - just baking powder and a couple kinds of starch. Mashed or pureed tofu is another option. Fruit can also be used, but of course will have a noticeable flavor.

If you think about it, and egg is incredibly "processed" by the chicken - does that seem more acceptable just because it is "natural"? The way chickens are raised these days really is hardly "natural" anyhow. Just some food for thought regarding the term "processed." I'm all for a diet mostly based on whole plant foods, but a few convenience items used in small amounts are not going to be harmful. If you place too many restrictions on yourself, the transition will be much more difficult than it needs to be.



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6/22/12 12:10 A

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Milk is easily replaced with almond, rice and soy milks in recipes (and as a drink), with the best replacement for 1 cup of buttermilk being 1 cup of soy milk mixed with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. When it comes to replacing eggs in recipes, you can almost always just omit them and add in a little almond, rice or soy milk if the eggs are used for the liquid. If they are used for the binder, use 2 tbsps of arrow root/cornstarch/potato starch and 1 tbsp of water for every egg that the recipe requires. I cook almost all of my family's food from scratch and these are the best replacements that I've found.

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6/21/12 9:25 P

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For those of you having trouble with eggs, here is a webpage that mentions how to substitute when baking.

http://www.theppk.com/vegan-baking-the-post-punk-kitchen-shows-you-how/

And for the Matzo ball soup, Vegan With a Vengeance has a recipe.



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1/11/12 3:44 P

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I know I have a hard time with eggs myself so I am glad to see y'all suggestions here:)


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Lynda: De nada y buen provecho!



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In Vegan, and some Vegetarian cookbooks there is often a substitutions list. I just don't happen to know one for the web.
I try to think about the chemical reaction that is required when substituting a food. Often, milk can be replaced without affecting the chemical reaction with soy, almond or rice milk.
But when an egg acts as a binder, then you have to replace it with another binder. Flax has been mentioned. When I replace egg with flax meal, I let the batter ( or whatever) sit for a minute or two to let the flax go to work.
If anyone could point us all to the replacement list on the web, I'd be grateful.
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PETALIA, thanx so much for that blog site. Was tremendous in the info and the way it was explained. I will immediately start out with 1500 and see how it goes. Now to find that SP page she mentions with the macro/micro nutrients to track. Havenīt tried to do this being a vegan, so might be iffy. Maybe find a source of plant protein powder to help. Since I live in Madrid, not easy to find....

Thanx again for the help. Will start out right this minute correcting my eating.
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Agreed - 700 calories is probably sending your body into "starvation mode," which makes your body hang onto every little calorie. I've been there, and it messed with my metabolism for a while before I finally got myself back to balance.

But back to veganism...

We've subbed almond milk for dairy milk, which we've grown to really like... and I'm okay at avoiding things like cream and cheese... but EGGS. Oy. They're in EVERYTHING! And so many of the things I like to make (matzoh ball soup) have eggs in them. I'm loath to use a substitute because of the processing factor; I try to eat as much whole food as possible, the less processed, the better.

Wish it were easier...


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Even on a raw, nut-free diet, I can manage to eat 1200 calories a day, which is the ABSOLUTE minimum I ever eat. If you eat too few calories your body will begin eating its own muscle to survive, so I would definitely increase your calories to 1200-1400 and then you might begin to see some weight loss.

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PETALIA
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1/10/12 1:34 P

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Golly Lynda, 700 calories a day seems incredibly low to me. I'm no professional, I have only my own anecdotal ideas and experience. I have the idea that you ought never to go under your basal metabolic rate or BMR. I look at SP's "Reports" at "Calorie Differential Over Time." There, in three colors, you can see your own BMR, the amount of calories you have eaten and the amount of calories burned in exercise, that is if you have been tracking fitness and nutrition. You can set starting and finishing dates for these graphs. I hear, if you eat under your BMR, your body goes into "starvation mode." It is concerned about future fuel that doesn't seem to be coming so slows your metabolism way down, trying to conserve what little fuel your body does have. BMR is the amount of calories your particular body burns when doing absolutely nothing. To lose weight, one needs to eat more than their BMR. I'm sure there are lots of articles here on SP about this sort of thing. Not at all oriented to plant-based eating is an article I learned about on another team: itallmakesadifference.blogspot.com/2011/01
/moving-past-weight-loss-plateau.html
This article explains this topic really well. The notions of macronutrient percentages, in particular protein, I'm sure most plant-based eaters would take great issue with. Nonetheless, there is a lot of good information here. Good luck to you.

Edited by: PETALIA at: 1/10/2012 (13:36)


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I luv reading your successes with being a vegan. I went to Google University :), trying to cure this OA I have, and the ONLY way I have found is to become a vegan, forgoing milk and animal protein. I am SO much better, so find itīs working. I tried going raw, but was so empty all the time I went back to eating some cooked. Then, added in beans, some bread at times, and my emptyness is gone. Was what I needed to be happy and full and content. I too am reading The China Study, knowing then I will never go back.

Can you help me with this question? On my SP diet, a vegetarian one, it always includes dairy, which I donīt want to eat. What can I do? How to substitute? Am thinking of just going ahead and eating EXACTLY as they say and see if then I lose some weight. Right now eating about 700 calories a day, my way, no weight loss. Donīt know what to do.....

Any tips for me?

Lynda
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Check out the Power Plate at www.pcrm.org I was a vegetarian for over 20 years before becoming vegan three years ago. I took it slow, cutting out eggs, replacing them with flax seed or applesauce or Egg Replacer, then milk replacing it with soy milk, then cheese. Reading the book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell Ph. D. was what made me make the choice to go vegan.

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Cheese powder on potato chips and eggs in baked goods are the only thing standing in my way of being full on vegan. Since the dawn of 2012 I have had exactly 1/2 tsp. butter. No other animal foods. I hope to continue on this path.

No answers , sorry. But I'm trying like you.

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Hi!

I think a lot of vegans here probably started off with a vegetarian diet and transitioned... HOW DID YOU DO IT?? I feel like I'm mostly vegan and very close to going full-tilt, but stuff like milk and eggs are so ubiquitous. I'm finding that I can avoid a lot of it by not eating processed, prepackaged foods, but I am having a hard time.

Any help anyone can provide is most appreciated!


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