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11/7/14 4:52 P

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for good information sign up with Dr Michael Greger at nutritionfacts.org and DrMcdougall.com. both are free and have tons of youtube videos. from them you will get links and videos from dozens of other qualified experts.

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11/7/14 4:46 P

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it is true that everything is a chemical, but some are naturally occurring and other are from "dow", "monsanto", "dupont" and our bodies don't have any way of dealing with those chemicals. yes we need B12 and the only way that occurs naturally is it's a bacteria that grows on poop, so rather than have a spoon full of poop every week i will spend $20 a year on a B12 suppliment. the answer to eating right is if you eat a variety of whole foods. if it's in a package the package should have only chemical names like whole wheat, corn, potato, spinach. the best packaged foods have only one word on the ingrediance list. and if you take a B12 suppliment twice a week your good

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11/7/14 1:18 P

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I tell you...eating food should NOT be so damn confusing! LOL

thanks Feisty :o)

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11/7/14 12:12 P

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Literally everything on the planet is chemicals. Water is a chemical. The air you breathe is many chemicals. Your blood is chemicals. You are chemicals. "Chemicals" is a buzzword created by people who spread dangerous misinformation on the internet. Everything in your food is FDA approved- a lot of those chemicals are just the names of particular proteins, sometimes they're just the scientific name for a type of food (fructose, glucose, ad nauseum all = sugar). If you don't know what an ingredient is, Google it, and read a reputable science journal. Seriously, sites like The Food Babe, Natural News, Alternet, etc. are the biggest sources of dangerous quackery out there right now.

Obviously, whole foods are a superior way to eat. But only omnivores are going to get every micro nutrient from diet alone. Bulgur might be a "whole food", but a veggie "beef" crumble will likely contain more protein, iron, and B-12- with those added "chemicals" just being the protein, iron, and B-12 that your body needs to function properly. The only other way to get enough is usually through expensive supplements, which your body might not even properly absorb.

Meanwhile, don't beat yourself up. It's good to have goals but nobody is perfect all of the time. This lifestyle is an ongoing one.

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11/6/14 4:37 P

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In as easy as it is to say "read the labels" remember, blind & visually impaired people don't have that luxury.

so when something is splattered "healthy" on the front, gosh darnit, I expect it to be so

and chemicals of any sort are NOT healthy. LOL

Thanks for the tips. I do have Bulgar and mushrooms so I will try that next time. Or stick to my lentils. LOL Just thought I'd try that Quorna for convenience (thinking it was Quinoa, ya know?)

livin' and learning I tell ya.

Oh hey.....you guys should read my blog. A little plant based testimonial in there :o) pretty proud of myself.

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11/6/14 7:10 A

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Good morning, fellow veg'ns!

I will admit for quite a while I used Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patties when I was vegetarian. I loved them! Now that I'm embracing the vegan lifestyle, I'm trying to avoid those types of processed foods, I make those products myself. I use a cookbook called "Cooking with Gluten and Seitan", by Dorothy R. Bates and Colby Wingate. I also have a cookbook called "The Best Veggie Burgers On The Planet", by Joni Marie Newman. I am impressed by both of theses cookbooks. They might help get you started making your own meat analogs.

Best of luck folks!
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11/5/14 3:44 P

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a lot of packaged foods that are vegan or vegetarian are loaded with chemicals. we try to save the packaged meat substitutes for special occasions.

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11/5/14 8:18 A

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It is important to read the labels..on everything you buy that is in a package.
If you can't PRONOUNCE IT..you don't want it or need it.
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11/4/14 11:29 P

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Field roast is a great vegan meat substitute. I especially love their italian sausage. But it's still processed. If it comes in a package, it's probably processed. If it looks like it just came out of the ground, it's not. I also like to just take a bunch of mushrooms and chop them up to add a " meaty" consistency to soups and stews.

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11/4/14 9:13 P

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I agree that Morningstar is junk. Plenty of meat substitutes are GMO. Some of these companies want to cater to vegetarians and vegans, but they don't know or don't care about the issues or healthy eating.

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11/4/14 7:30 P

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Unfortunately vegetarian does NOT automatically = healthy, as you learned. My first few years of being vegetarian I hated vegetables and basically survived on MorningStar products (which are complete and utter junk). With some practice you'll learn what's healthy and what's not and nit-pick labels. It's not always easy =)

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11/4/14 3:48 P

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I agree with Ruthey01. I use bulgur in chili and dishes for meat-like texture. I also make my own seitan veggie dogs, and my own "meat' loaf using lentils and tofu... All are delicious and have no added chemicals.

You can learn to make them too. They take time but are worth it because they taste better than the processed foods in boxes at the store.

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11/4/14 12:47 P

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Hi Corrina,

There are recipes on the internet for making your own meat substitutes. For your soup, add a about a cup of cracked wheat or bulgar for a meaty consistency. It's a lot cheaper than meatless burger and it's what I use.

Ruth

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11/4/14 12:34 P

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so I made this "really awesome" nacho soup for my girls and I. for a "meatier" consistency I added Quornia meat substitute in it. Was very tasty except my daughter pointed out "mom, it's not clean...there's chemicals in it"

I said "no way, it's vegetarian so that means it's good for you!" she showed me the words I couldn't pronounce

what the deuce man??

She says "welcome to my world"

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