I'm considering becoming vegan? Advice, please?
Topic: I'm considering becoming vegan? Advice, please?
October 18, 2019 / By Kristal Question:
I have been a vegetarian for a while now and it has really expanded my diet beyond my old meat-eating habits. However, over the past three years, I've discovered that I'm a bit lactose-intolerant. I love soymilk and drink it anyway, but I eat yogurt in the morining and icecream on occasion, and it makes my stomach sick. Real milk doesn't settle well.
I've thought about being a vegan, but I'm not sure. What are the health benefits and what do vegans eat (I know they don't eat any animal products, but could I have specifics?). What is the vegan lifestyle?
I need some help here in the vegan field! I'm kinda lost...
Thanks ahead of time! ;-)
Best Answers: I'm considering becoming vegan? Advice, please?
Jayne | 3 days ago
You need to make sure you eat pulses at least three times a week and fruits and vegetables everyday. Vegans eat all varieties of fruits,vegetables,pulses/legumes,grains,... and dry fruit.
Have a fruit for breakfast and a vegetable/pulses for lunch and dinner.
Make sure you include all vegetables,pulses,lentils and beans(kidney beans,chickpeas,black eyed peas,green peas and many more)
Don't eat mock meat and soybean as mock meat contains sodium and soybean is bad for health( http://rheumatic.org/soy.htm ).
Mock meat is also soy based so too much soy can be bad for health.
Actually even a little soy is bad for health.
What's wrong with soya?
Soy beans are naturally toxic to humans, but they're harmless when they go through a fermentation process, which is how we get tofu. But soy is being used in more and more things these days. Just look through your cabinet. You'll be surprised. Anyway, most companies aren't putting their soy beans through this process because it takes too much time, and time = money. Instead, they put it through a chemical process, but this rarely gets rid of the soy's toxicity completely.
Symptoms of a high soy diet are thyroid problems, breast cancer, and other complications.
People get these symptoms because they soy they eat isn't fermented.
Mock meat can never be part of a staple diet(food what you eat everyday).
You can may be have it once or twice a month.
Its a luxury and not a need.
You need to consume naturally occurring fruits,vegetables,pulses,nuts and grains.
Make something like rice and bread your staple diet. You can have rice with vegetables for lunch and bread with pulses for dinner(or you can do it whichever way you like though that's the way I do it).
You can have fruits for breakfast besides something else. You will get all vitamins and minerals from fruits,vegetables,pulses and nuts. Also,don't fall for the myth that says vegans/vegetarians need to take multivitamin supplements.
Vegans/vegetarians don't need to take supplements as they get all their nutrients from fruits,vegetables and pulses.
Supplements are supposed to be taken by people with deficiencies so do not take them unless they have been prescribed to you by a doctor.
Here are some recipes:
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Originally Answered: Vegan pregnancy advice, tips?
Its difficult to tell what you mean in the line "...because I couldn't breastfeed." I'm hoping what you mean is that this obviously ignorant girl inaccurately thinks that you can't breastfeed because you're vegan. I'm hoping that you don't mean that YOU actually think that you can't breastfeed because you're vegan.
Breastmilk IS 100% VEGAN and is the BEST food for newborns, nothing else comes anywhere close. The healthiest food for any infant is the breastmilk of a vegan mother. The healthiest diet for any human, including the fetus in your belly, is a well-planned vegan diet. You are making the BEST possible choice for your fetus' health in choosing a diet free of animal products, and if you exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months (PLEASE DO!!!) you will be making the BEST possible choice for your infant's health as well. The World Health Organization recommends at least 6 months exclusive breastmilk and 2 full years of breastmilk in addition to solids.
Tell those ignorant jerks who question your choice to do a little research for themselves. They should be questioning their choices, not yours. Tell them, including your doctor/midwife, you are choosing a diet for yourself and your baby that is going to drastically reduce your risk of many different forms of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and many other common chronic illnesses, according to TONS of medical research literature, and that you probably get more micronutrients and antioxidants in your diet than several of their omnivore patients combined.
In addition to all your fresh fruits, veggies, intact whole grains and legumes, drink green smoothies everyday. Rotate your dark leafies. Avoid anything processed... but you already know that.
"The word 'veganism' denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to end the idea of animals as property and exclude all forms of intentional exploitation of, use of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, research or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, including people and the environment.
In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."
This should give you the info to help start off veganism a lot easier:
Here is a list of animal ingredients to avoid:
More things to avoid:
Animals as clothes:
Leather, skins, furs, wool, silk, down, feathers...
Animals as entertainment:
Circuses, rodeos, zoos, aquariums, animal fights, animal races, hunting...
Companies that DO NOT test on animals(however CHECK INGREDIENTS they only verify testing not ingredients):
http://www.veganstore.com/ (I know them well and they aren't doing as well in this economy but they are a great source for awesome hard to find stuff and they are very friendly and giving even if they really don't have much if anything to give)
More info on veganism:
http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm (I get the honey question a lot)
If you need more personalized help feel free to PM me and I can do what I can to help : )
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I was vegetarian for 20 years before i turned vegan. I just replaced dairy with soya and almond milk, you can buy dairy free margerine, yogurts, cream, mayonnaise, custard and chocolate. There are egg replacements but i usually use apple sauce or pureed banana when baking instead of egg. Its not hard making the change over, just carry on eating vegetarian food but use alternatives for the dairy.
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Since you have already been a vegetarian for 3 years you shouldn't have to worry about craving meat,.. I advise that you probablyu dont become a vegan. Almost.. well TONS of stuff have milk in them. No cookies, cheese, chocolates, cheeze-its, scrambled eggs... Just a Couple things you will be missing out on. There are lactose pills, so before you eat icecream or dairy products you can use them so you dont get a stomach ache. the vegan lifestyle isn't for me, but if you feel it's something you want to do... go for it!
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Try Asian vegan food, it taste just like meat, but it's really leaf and fruits dried, sauces and condense.
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Originally Answered: What are some of the best vegan foods? Like a vegan shopping list?
Superfoods- these are ten of the superfoods to maintain the best diet, let alone vegan. Take the vegan out of it, and these foods would still remain..
SPinach ( or equiv- kale, collards etc)
Soybeans (tofu soymilk)
PEaches ( Papaya, pumpkin)
Seeds- flax, sesame, pumpkin
Avocado (equiv. olives)
Quinoa - grains are a friendly thing if done right. QUinoa has incredible protein and low carb nutrition, it's not actually a grain, and is related to grasses. It is a complete protein and full of iron and potassium.
Soymeats sounds awful. Seitan, tempeh, FRESH tofu, are amazing things. If you lived in Indonesia or Malaysia, you'd see these things all over the place as commonly as you'd see chips and cookies in the USA. Get used to this way of eating and there's no need to think of it as a big change, or a difficult switch.
A tip for comfort eating- freeze a load of peeled bananas, and when you're in the mood for icec cream, blend them in a robot, add some peanut butter ( natural) or cocoa powder, and you get an amazing ice cream.