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Vegan General Anonymous 1186

Take all ethical, environmental etc. debates to >>>/disc/263

ITT let's share favorite recipes and vegan ~life hacks~

>how long have you been vegan?

>what made you go vegan initially?
>what makes you stick with it?
>noticed any health benefits?
>tips for beginners?

Anonymous 1187

I want to go vegan eventually but I love the taste of meat sooooo much. I'm allergic to soy, so many alternatives aren't for me. What satisfies your meat cravings? I like mu-err mushrooms for the texture.

Anonymous 1188

>>1187
tbh once you've been vegan long enough any cravings for meat you once had pretty much disappear. I would always advise that people try easing into vegetarianism first and stick with that for a while before trying veganism though. Trying to go vegan overnight is really just setting yourself up for failure.

Anonymous 1189

>>1188
Thanks! And I'd definitely take it step by step. I've stopped eating certain kinds of meat and I'm narrowing it down more and more.

Anonymous 1190

Vegan-Tuna-Sandwic…

I've been making this all the time recently.
>http://www.fullofbeans.us/vegan-tuna-salad/
I don't have any vegan mayo around so I just use soy yoghurt, the taste is probably not as good because mayo is life but it's still great! I usually put it on toast with some cherry totato slices, green onion, sesame… Or dip breadsticks in it.
One batch lasts me around half a week to a week depending on how often I eat it.


>how long have you been vegan?

I'm not yet, but I've been vegetarian for 7 months. Currently the only times I eat cheese or eggs are when I go out, but I always find myself disgusted by them so yeah. Next time I'll ask them to make my pizza without cheese.

>what made you go vegan initially?

The impact the industry has on the environment, and then the animals.

>what makes you stick with it?

I often mention it to people I first meet, which helps me avoid "cheating" and buying something that has animal products in it. People will go "weren't you vegan" if I do lol. I live alone currently so even if I have cravings I only have vegan food on hand.

>noticed any health benefits?

Not really… I guess my skin doesn't break out at all.
I has pretty terrible gas for around three months in, but now it's fine.

>tips for beginners?

Document yourself as much as possible, it'll make your transition much easier if you know what to look for regarding nutriments etc.

Anonymous 1191

>how long have you been vegan?
7 years!!

>what made you go vegan initially?

I wanted to be vegetarian ever since I was a kid and finally started at 17 but then I went to a shitty concert with a vegan band and the lead singer said something like "so are you guys vegan or do you still pay for animals to be killed" and my dumb 17 year old brain was like "NO!! OMG" lmao
So I went vegan for a stupid reason but at the core it's just because I love animals and hate the industry.

>what makes you stick with it?

I converted my bf 6 years ago and we can't really imagine eating meat, the idea makes me feel really gross lol, I think it's a time thing. Also we eat heaps of junk, we're not "health vegans" or anything so it's not hard to stick with.

>noticed any health benefits?

I stopped getting carsick when I gave up dairy (I used to barf every long trip). The best thing is that it made me try lots of different foods that I never would have tried if I wasn't vegan. I hate veggies but I learned heaps of ways to make them not shitty and that's probably saved my heart from a future of cheese pizza.

>tips for beginners?

Ooh, make sure you try lots of things, there are so many "meaty" dishes that are completely vegan. Most "vegan" cafes are p gross unless you're into that whole ~wholefoods~ raw, gluten free thing. If you're craving something there is almost always a vegan equivalent (I ate mac n cheese last night and tonight I had Japanese curry.) Try more expensive fake meats, they're still cheaper than real meat, supermarket fake meat is usually shitty. If tofu is not Japanese then it will be shit, it needs to be from an asian shop. Join local vegan groups on facebook there are always sleuths who find nearby stores with good supplies and cool restaurants. Try to join one that isn't all "LOOK AT THIS DEAD ANIMAL" because those are bummers. I can't think of anything else~

Anonymous 1192

>how long have you been vegan?
It'll be my 1st veganniversary this September.

>what made you go vegan initially?

Wall of text inc., but I was always one of those assholes who believed that I loved animals because I took in injured birds, abandoned kittens and volunteered at my local animal charity, but then I'd directly fund their torture and execution because "is jus' nature xDD" and #lmaocircleoflife
One day I was chilling on my laptop and I clicked a link to some obscure video and what I saw never left me. It was an Asiatic raccoon dog writhing whilst being violently skinned alive somewhere in China. After the animal has been removed of their skin the camera zooms in, and in that animals eyes, I don't even know how to describe it, there's no words. It was the absolute despair and suffering in their eyes. A couple of years ago I would have just switched it off and moved onto the next thing to occupy my attention, but that day it was like something switched on inside of me and I ended up crying myself to sleep. By the next morning everything had already clicked in place and I never ate meat again. One year later I finished closing the gap and gave up animal products completely.

>what makes you stick with it?

I figured I responded really well to the brute-force method and I started binge watching slaughterhouse footage and plant-based advocacy media en masse. After everything I've forced myself to confront I can't even pass through the meat aisle at a supermarket now without getting Vietnam vet. PTSD-tier flashbacks of all the images I've seen and the sounds I've heard.

>noticed any health benefits?

Oh god absolutely. I suffered with chronic seborrheic dermatitis from 18 y/o. I did EVERYTHING I could conceivably think of to get rid of it, and then all it took was one week of no animal products for it to just vanish and never reemerge. I went from having one bowel movement once every 3-4 days to once or twice a day, and then I discovered that toilet paper had become obsolete. Don't get me wrong I still use it, but like, there really isn't any point because there's never anything there. I don't know if this is normal for vegans or not but I'm not complaining.
Mentally and spiritually I'm in a better place than I've ever been. I used to be a really harsh and cold person, and whilst I'm still getting used to letting go of a wealth of repressed rage that's been accumulating since childhood, I've changed so much over the last year that I'm virtually unrecognisable. Veganism has opened up doors to me I didn't even know existed and I'm a happier person overall.

>tips for beginners?

Some of the best advice I ever received was, when considering going vegan, ensure that before you take anything out of your diet you first add something (plant-based) to it. I wish I'd heard this sooner because for the first 3 months of veganism I was pretty much living off of fruit, toast, potatoes and rice.

So yeah, get yourself a vegan cookbook or two (I recommend Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck), go berserk on the spice aisle at your local supermarket, get super into comfy teas, and start learning to cook.

Anonymous 1193

Although I'm not vegan, I do enjoy eating a lot of vegan foods. Recently I've been shopping around for cheeses and someone suggested that I try Daiya, but good god I can't with that stuff. I have the sharp cheddar in the fridge right now and I thought that it tasted good for the first few bites, but then I noticed this weird gritty texture and aftertaste that I couldn't quite explain that made my stomach churn. Do you guys by chance have any suggestions for a better tasting cheese substitute?

Anonymous 1194

>how long have you been vegan?
3 years
>what made you go vegan
initially?
animals!
>what makes you stick with it?
animals~!! and of course i learned after that it's also amazing for our planet.
>noticed any health benefits?
sleep better, less bloating and tummy aches, feels clean and guilt-free knowing nothing died or had to go through pain and sorrow for your own pleasure, pussy tastes great
>tips for beginners?
start off slow~ transition from one to the other so your body and your mind don't get rattled up with the sudden loss. i started from pescetarian to vegetarian then vegan. cook your own food or at least learn. it'll be fun and it's not that hard.

Anonymous 1195

^^;oh, i forgot to add to my other tips. make it a habit to read the ingredients! you'd be surprised w what you find in there. also, don't beat yourself up too bad about accidentally ingesting an animal by-product. everyone slips and no one is a perfect vegan. learn from your mistakes and always ask for how your meal was prepared (if eating out) and what's in it. we're here to encourage people to go vegan, not scare them away like some weird religion w strict rules.

Anonymous 1196

>>1193
(u got 420, eyyyy)
It took me SO long to find a good cheese! Years! I didn't like daiya or any of the other cheeses available. I finally discovered biocheese but I think it's only Australian :( Keep searching. A lot of vegan stores have food tastings where you can try different cheeses etc. For the most part for cheese sauces and stuff I make my own out of nooch but nothing beats a good processed block of cheese for toasties and pizza. If you have a vitamix/extremely good blender you can make your own cashew cheese but it's not worth it if you don't.
Like I said, keep searching! You'll find your HG cheese lol

Anonymous 1197

>>1187
Most people who go vegan don't have problems with meat at all, it's usually cheese.

Anonymous 1198

How did you guys transition? Did you cut out animal products one at a time or did you quit cold turkey?

Anonymous 1199

>>1198
I went vegetarian first, and then one year later made the full jump to veganism.
I think a slow, gradual approach is best though, so doing things like cutting out one type of meat entirely, then after a while replacing dairy with alternative milks (there are so many options and brands to choose from, imo getting to test all the different milks has been the most fun part of veganism for me).

Anonymous 1200

>>1186
>how long have you been vegan?
All year.
>what made you go vegan initially?
I've already vegetarian my entire life, but this year lactose started getting me violently, severely ill. I already hated eggs, so I learned how to make ice cream from coconut cream. I still miss fancy cheese boards, but I could barely afford those, anyway.
>what makes you stick with it?
It isn't so hard if you don't eat out. I don't have the money to.
>noticed any health benefits?
Nope. I have a genetic illness which will kill me pretty soon. No point in being ultra healthy lmao
>tips for beginners?
Don't eat out. If you only eat what you already have, its easy. Pack snacks.

Anonymous 1201

>how long have you been vegan?
Three years!

>what made you go vegan initially?

I was vegetarian before that. I never understood veganism and thought it was super extra until I read something about how animals are still dying in the dairy/egg industry. I contacted some farmers and I requested some answers for questions I have. They obliged. The truth upset me. A lot. One farmer in particular responded in a very hostile manner and it seemed really weird and messed up tbh.

>what makes you stick with it?

Logic. I tend to be very open minded and I like to do my own research and check things for myself. Logically in my opinion, in 2017 everyone should be vegan. I also have a stance on not forcing people into doing what I believe though, so it can be awkward for me haha. I have to try and suggest people look into things for themselves. But it makes me super happy when people ask me about it all!

>noticed any health benefits?

Cutting out dairy stopped a lot of sinus problems with me. I know others that have had this too. Also I've felt a change mentally but I'm unsure if that's diet related. I feel happier for sure.

>tips for beginners?

Palm oil is fine if you're in the EU/UK because of certain laws requiring ethical sources be used*. Also a lot of own brand stuff in supermarkets etc is likely vegan. The uk company "Superdrug" is very cheap and their own brand stuff is mostly vegan and 100% cruelty free. You can buy online. Don't let other people control your ethical decisions.

*Tbh I mostly feel sorry for American vegans, you guys have it rough.

Anonymous 1202

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I'm playing housewife since my partner is the only one employed atm, so I've offered to do all the cooking, cleaning, food shopping and general housework as compensation, which means I also get to make sure that there's a homecooked meal waiting for him everyday when he finishes work and I am GET HYPE.

Today I'm to make this vegan macaroni n' cheese, but I think I might crisp the top in the oven with breadcrumbs instead, so it'll be like breaking into a cheesy crème brûlée.

http://veganyumminess.com/creamy-vegan-mac-and-cheese/

If anybody has any other good vegan lunch/dinner recipes, please post them so I can try them out!

Anonymous 1203

>>1202

The two recipes I've really liked lately are cauliflower fried rice (http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/peanut-and-lime-thai-soba-noodle-salad/) and peanut and lime soba noodles (http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/peanut-and-lime-thai-soba-noodle-salad/) which has been so good in the summer heat

Anonymous 1204

>>1202
I just saw this dude try that recipe but sans all the expensive parts if you live on one income

Anonymous 1205

Best-Protein-Rich-…

Not a vegan but I figure maybe you guys have some good recipes. I recently bought a blender and want to make some more smoothies because I love them and they're so filling. Anyone else /smoothie/?

Lately I've just been doing:
1 cup kale
2 bananas
1/2 cup almond milk or whatever sort of milk I have (obviously not actually milk if you're vegan)

I want to add some protein powder maybe, or try a nut butter one, or one with more veggies, but I am hesitant to just search for a recipe because it might taste awful.

Anonymous 1206

Hey yall, I got back into veganism recently and I've been making lists of foods that have high protein or fat content (for a more keto/low-carb diet version) but could be useful for anyone eating vegan. Let me know if i'm missing some foods.

Protein sources:
>Tofu, Tempeh, Edamame (soy)
>Lentils
>Barley, Spelt, Teff
>Quinoa, Amaranth
>Chickpeas
>Black Beans (or any kind of bean really)
>Hemp seeds (my favorite non-dairy milk is Hemp milk)
>Chia seeds
>Pumpkin seeds
>Green Peas
>Tahini
>Spirulina
>Nutritional Yeast
>Oats and wild rice have higher protein content than regular rice
>Vegetables with higher protein content: broccoli, spinach, corn, asparagus, artichokes, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes.

Fat sources:
>Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Pine nuts, Macadamia nuts etc (whole, raw)
>Any nut butter (organic unsweetened)
>Any nut milk (organic unsweetened, can also be fortified with B12)
>Coconut milk (same)
>Flax seeds, Chia seeds, Hemp seeds, Sunflower seeds
>Oils (olive, grape seed, avocado, coconut)
>Whole olives
>Whole avocado

Anonymous 1207

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>>1205
Dark greens will never taste awful with a balance of fruits or nut milk. Lemon water is a great addition too. Any type of citrus (orange, clementines) will be all the juicy flavor you need. A handful of berries per day have great health benefits too.

You absorb vitamins and phytonutrients better with a small amount of unsaturated fat (i.e half an avocado or a few whole nuts). Personally I always throw in a tablespoon of this seed mix which contains enough omega-3s and 6s so my body doesn't miss out on any nutrients from the veggies or fruits. So naturally that thickens up the smoothie a bit but they taste like nothing whatsoever.

For other greens, stick to leafs like spinach or arugula, they don't have any taste when frozen. As for fresh veggies, celery and cucumber aren't too overpowering.

Protein powders can be hard to get accustom to but I suggest starting with Vega proteins or Vega One (more micro-nutrients). They're widely available and have tons of flavor options.

If you ever feel for a vegan chocolate milkshake:
- 1/4 kale or spinach
- full banana
- 1/2 dark chocolate (cocoa nibs)
- tsp cinnamon
- maca root (or any seed)
- almonds (or any nut)
- coconut or rice milk (the richest of vegan milks)

And you can throw peanut butter in there if you like pb/chocolate and aren't feeling too calorie conscious. Regardless it's significantly healthier and less calorie-dense than any "real" milkshake. You don't even taste the greens, it just adds a bit of fiber.

Anonymous 1208

>>1207
Thank you!

Anonymous 1209

Just started doing my best to eat as vegetarian/vegan as possible c: Yesterday was my first 100% successful vegetarian day.
I decided to start because it feels bad in my soul to eat meat. I don't know how else to describe it. Also the things we do to animals are very strange and horrifying, and would cause an uproar if animals did it to us so I can't justify the hypocrisy. I also just want to focus on getting more vegetables in my diet.
Tried Flax Milk with protein for the first time the other day, and it's actually pretty good! Even unsweetened I would say that it's very similar to milk in flavor. If flax and cashew mills had a baby it would probably be god tier.
I struggle because I work in a kitchen, so I have to taste things and those things may have meat in them. Is it okay to forgive myself for these discrepancies? I'll (hopefully) be switching to full time pastry soon, so at least that.

Anonymous 1210

>>1209 congratulations anon for making the switch! Welcome to a more ethical and positive life!

I wouldn't feel too bad about doing something that is needed in order for you to survive. (Job=money=able to live). The more you get used to veggie life the more you'll notice things and become disgusted by certain things though, just a forewarning. If you're moving to pasty you'll be a lot better.

Maybe you'll be enthused to open your own veggie cafe/restaurant! (The world is your vegan oyster my friend)

Anonymous 1211

>>1209
>I struggle because I work in a kitchen, so I have to taste things and those things may have meat in them. Is it okay to forgive myself for these discrepancies?

I don't think there's many vegans that have the luxury to work in a 100% vegan work environment so try not to feel too bad about it. Veganism is trying to actively reduce the suffering of other beings where participle, and you still need to make a living.

btw have you tried hazelnut milk yet?

Anonymous 1212

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ANONS!!! Have you tried this? Just got the Creamy Original flavor today and it's pretty awesome. Melts really well, good neutral flavor, and even bubbles up!

Anonymous 1213

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Thoughts on the impossible burger? I think it's pretty awesome. I definitely want to try it out. Hopefully it will get popular so I can buy the "meat" in stores and make a full vegan meal for friends and family. I won't tell them it's vegan, so I'm curious to see if they'll notice.
Meatballs would probably be great to make with it too.

Anonymous 1214

>>1186
>ate vegan for two weeks straight
>haven't eaten vegan for four days because I'm at parents house/ out with friends/ and excuses
>tummy upset and terrible allergies
It's what I deserve

Anonymous 1215

>>1214 ahahaha I feel for you anon.

I accidentally ate some cheese after 2 years dairy free. Your body resets to it's natural state and surprise surprise = humans are lactose intolerant. The ring sting was real.

Anonymous 1216

>>1215
>the ring sting was real
That phrase is a blessing lol

Also why is Follow your Heart cheddar so fucking disgusting? Is the entire brand like that? For me, there was an actual vomit after taste.

Anonymous 1217

hey vegan anons. anyone got experience of losing weight from going vegan? also, how to preserve wallet? rice/almond/soy milk is like 5 times the price of cow milk ;_;

Anonymous 1218

>>1217 IMO the benefits of vegan alternatives over dairy are wayyy more important than the cost; if the cost of cows milk where you live is that cheap you should also consider why; i.e. poor ethics, underpaid farmers.

Some brands however are cheaper than others. Also certain supermarkets do offers ALL the time on soya. CO-OP in England always has alpro on sale, everyone rushes to stock up though (my best friend always rants about this, she lives in the most ~vegan district~ part of the city).

IMO cheese and meat are more expensive than vegetables, grains etc so you'll be saving a bollock load of cash there too.

Also, I lost weight going vegan but I gained it back this winter because I spent the whole time eating junk food ahaha. You'll definitely eat healthier when you're out. Or if you're making a packed lunch things like carrots and houmous are a good go to. Just stay away from oreos! (the devils food, thanks for the weight gain reeee)

Anonymous 1219

>>1218
i wish there was, but there's no ethical reason. the alternatives are more expensive because they are imported - cow milk is sourced locally because until a while ago in EU, you couldn't sell cow milk that took more than a day or so to export (the reasons why that law got canned is pretty political too). the farmers union is decently strong here. i'd be more worried about the origins of the imported milk :/

true on cheese and meat! which is why i already eat very little of those. i mostly just use sour cream and sweetened milk for cooking. that wouldn't be very hard to phase out at all. but how to replace all the carbs with protein?

Anonymous 1220

>>1217
I lost 14lbs through veganism, but it's actually pretty easy to gain weight on a vegan diet because obviously bread, rice, potatoes, pasta etc. are all vegan.
I don't know you where are but here in the UK you get a litre of alternative milk for about £1.00 usually, but just fyi soy milk is actually one of the more fattening options of all the alternative dairies. If you're looking to lose weight then oat milk, hemp milk and rice milk are very low calorie.

Anonymous 1221

>>1219 It's a common myth that protein deficiency will occur when following a plant based diet. Here is some info for you, and also an attached video <3 http://www.richroll.com/blog/slaying-the-protein-myth/

>TLDR; plant based diets better for protein, with added bonus of not containing fats etc that will clog your cardiovascular system and bowels

Anonymous 1222

>>1219
Honestly Anon you totally need to look into the truth behind the animal agricultural industry's deliberate shilling of the "muh protein" meme, not just because you'll learn a lot about proper nutrition, but because it's fascinating as fuck.
Fact is you'd have to be a total shitting idiot or physically starving in order to develop a protein deficiency,because protein is in quite literally EVERYTHING, not just meat.

You've seen photos of the little starving African kids with the big potbellies right? Well that's called Kwashiorkor and that's what happens when you have an actual protein deficiency. That doesn't occur because they don't have enough meat to eat, that occurs because they don't have anything to eat.

Google "the protein myth".

Anonymous 1223

>>1219
ONLY plants have the ability to create protein from nothing. They literally use oxygen and it becomes plant protein. THEN animals eat plants, therefore that becomes animal protein.

Why don't huge muscular herbivore animals have protein decencies? Because they eat tons of plants! And yet humans have minuscule protein requirements compared to many other mammals. It is in fact a good thing that human milk contains about 20x LESS protein than cow's milk. Because we simply don't require that much protein. In fact, massive amounts of protein is hard for your body to process and can have negative effects on your health.

One deficiency you DO have to be worried about is fiber. Most Americans are deficient in fiber which comes from plants. These are facts. Here are peer-reviewed medical journals that discuss this issue in detail:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4113755/
http://jn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/05/28/jn.112.160176.full.pdf

Anonymous 1224

>>1217
Where I live this is what the costs look like:

>2L dairy milk: 3.36$

>2L soy milk: 3.99$
>2L almond milk: 4.49$
>2L coconut milk: 3.99$
>2L cashew milk: 3.99$
>1L hemp milk: 3.29$

These are Canadian prices and yes food is known to be expensive here, but the point is that even though I live below the poverty line in Canada, I think my long term health is well worth the extra 0.60-1.00$ per grocery.

Even if my health care is paid for (like every other civilized country), the cost of living with chronic illness and health concerns later in life is tremendous. The risk is not worth the "savings".

Anonymous 1225

>>1223
This is a nitpick, but it's actually bacteria that create nitrogen compounds out of "nothing" (air, which is ~75% nitrogen). Plants then use those nitrogen compounds to make protein. That's why legumes are higher in protein than other plants, they have a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria.

Anonymous 1226

>>1225
Yeah, my post was meant to be dumbed down. It's the same type of simplification that is used to say

>animals is our only source of b12


When in reality it's bacteria that produces b12 and we happen to live in a over-sanitized world so we end up fortifying foods with b12 for those who don't consume meat.

Anonymous 1227

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Look at this fine ass piece of deliciousness I had the other day.

More and more vegan places popping up in the biggest town by me. It makes me super happy. It's nice to be able to go for lunch with friends without me worrying I will be eating a bowl of chips and a salad while everyone eats like a king.

Anonymous 1228

>>1227
Omnivore me would have been thirstin' for that hotdog, but vegan me wants to slam my face into that salad. Was it as good as it looks?

Anonymous 1229

>>1227
What kind of sausage is it?

I went to a vegan hot dog place with a friend the other day too, it was great. For dessert the owner usually asked a vegan bakery but they were closed, so this day she had pound cakes, mine was matcha flavoured and it was sooo good.

Anonymous 1230

>>1228 well I'm super biased because I live for da spice, and it had some chilli peppers in. I'm a big fan of carrot too. SOoooo yeah, it was an amazing salad anon haha!

>>1229 The sausage was made of soya I believe! They did these amazing cakes too! Like mega gooey looking delicious chocolate cake. I didn't have enough for the cake though, plus I'm trying to behave myself lately. But as soon as my birthday is here, GIMME ALL DA CAKE.

Anonymous 1231

Just ranting, but I hate that it's so hard for there to be a space for vegans online that doesn't just draw in a bunch of meat-eaters wanting to fight.

You could be like "look at this salad" and some omnivore would be like "What? No MEAT?! YOU ARE A FUCKING ASSHOLE, BRUH!!" (Obviously over exaggerating, but you get it).
Like I'm sorry that me minding my own business and not killing/raping animals is so fucking traumatizing that you have to come into a space not marketed towards you just to yell at me.

Also, anybody tried Jackfruit at home? I'm thinking about making some nuggets with it, but I'm wondering if the texture will be okay.

Anonymous 1232

>>1231 I just assume they have no friends and want attention lol

Anonymous 1233

>>1212
damn, i just ordered in a beyond burger slider with this melted all over it, and its amazing. tastes just like real melted cheddar cheese. I actually dont even miss it anymore

>>1217
i've never been at a normal weight, but it is even harder for me to gain if i'm not eating junk food consistently to keep on the little bit that I have. if you want to lose weight, you will by eating mostly stuff that stayed the same after coming out of the ground lol. also wrt price, eating vegan is the cheapest diet, just don't try to forge an american diet out of pricey substitutes!

you can save up on fake milk by putting rice/almonds/whatever in a blender and squeezing the mulch through an old shirt. buy asst. veggies frozen or canned. buy dried rice, legumes, tofu, pasta/ramen (i like miso), potatoes, and flour, instead of buying those already cooked. make some huge containers of legumes/rice/the veggies for the week. add seasonings/sauces, stir fry it, wrap it, make tacos, eat it as is, anything you like! youre going to be looking for generally asian/latin american recipes instead of eating traditional western foods. buy a few bulk packs of cookies/snacks, stock up on peanut butter/jelly, and keep travel cups and coffee/juice/tea. you'll spend about $30-$50 usd on groceries per month, and you wont need to spend money eating out.

Anonymous 2398

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CHRISTMAS INCOMING

I'm genuinely excited for Christmas food for once. There's so much stuff gonna be available in supermarkets/shops for once that I'm hyped AF. I'm glad more people are vegan now because it means more lazy food choices for me ahahahaha.

Pic related, most years I get a cranberry nutroast for the main day. SOOO filling.

Anonymous 2447

I recently became a committed vegetarian but the majority of what I eat is vegan. I've been having some issues with digestion and bloating, this was surprising to me because I've been transitioning for a while. I eat pretty healthy and I try to get my daily fibre and protein but I still can't take a proper shit ughhh.

Anonymous 2513

Although this playlist is for Thanksgiving recipes, I figured it could still be useful for the upcoming holidays.

Anonymous 2723

>>1205
I don't use measurements but boy do I love smoothies!

1.
>kale, avocado, banana, matcha, honey liquid. I like to add cocoa powder or blueberries instead of honey
2.banana, espresso, oatmilk, kale.
3. Peanut butter, kale, banana, cocoa powder, liquid.
4. Mango, pineapple juice, kale, cucumber lemon
5. Carrot, kale, pineapple juice, lemon, capsicum.
6. Melon, banana, mango, kale, liquid.

Kale can be subbed with spinich, these are bases so I will often add additional chia seeds, flax seeds, yogurt etc.

Things I use to thicken: ice, mango, banana, physillium husk(??)

Anonymous 2777

>>2447
It's been awhile since you posted, but it might help to have some raw greens or a digestive enzyme as your body gets used to the fiber. Some raw broccoli might help. I don't get gas and bloating anymore, but if my tum starts to stick out I hit the broccoli hard with normal meals and it reduces it in a couple days down to nothing.

Anonymous 4886

What do you guys eat when you're trying to lose weight? I'd like to get some ideas. My goal for 2019 is to lose and to do that I need to eat more fruit/veggies and stop relying on processed meat alternatives and carbs. I prefer simple, one-pot type dishes. I'll share a few of my favourites to get started!

Chili
Dry soya protein, kidney beans, black beans, tinned tomatoes, onion, garlic, bell peppers, vegetable stock, tomato paste and spices (cumin, paprika, cayenne…). Normally I'd make a really big batch that lasts a week and make different things out of it every day (chili with rice, nachos, quesadillas…) but since I'm cutting down on carbs, it tastes delicious by itself too.

Ramen
Ramen noodles (used sparingly when I'm dieting so I can fill myself on broth rather than noodles), vegetable broth, kombu, miso paste, a few tablespoons of soy sauce, chili paste (might use fresh chilis since the paste contains flour and salt), spring onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, bok choy, mangetout, soft tofu and sometimes a little soy milk.

Chickpea curry
Chickpeas, tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, ginger, spinach, bell peppers, curry powder and even more spices (coriander, turmeric, cumin, chili powder). Would normally serve with rice but again, tastes great on its own.

Minestrone
Onion, garlic, carrot, celery, herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, thyme), tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable stock, cannellini beans, spinach/cabbage and zucchini.

Anonymous 4891

I'm a vegetarian who leans vegan, when I'm alone I only cook vegan and I only buy vegan things. I make exceptions for family dinners and such, they barely understand me being a vegetarian. My biggest drives are environmental reasons and reducing animal torture. I kind of eat like shit most of the time though, like I'll eat vegan chicken nuggets + vegan mayo, or have a day thats all carbs and no protein. I want to start eating healthier, like more legumes and green vegetables.

Anonymous 4903

I'm thinking about going vegetarian. Meat is just starting to gross me out. I used to like sashimi, but lately thinking about eating a slice of raw meat kind of disgusts me.

I already eat a lot of vegetables and soy products (tofu, edamame, etc).

My partner has been on the fence about going vegan before so I think they'd be supportive.

I've been getting into yoga, and it seems like a lot of practitioners advocate plant-based diets as well. But it's hard to separate shilling and real advice.

WHfoods has fish and stuff on their site, and I really trust them. But I suppose omega 3s are available through chia seeds and other plants, as well?

Does anyone have stories about slowly moving over to vegetarianism /veganism?

Anonymous 9835

Bumping this thread as I recently decided to go vegan(ish) again.

>how long have you been vegan?

This time, less than a week. Last time was most of a year, though never 100% vegan.

>what made you go vegan initially?

I love animals. I understand that eating animals is in nature (though I would never be able to kill an animal myself) but the worst part for me is factory farming and how short and miserable the lives of the animals we eat are.

>what makes you stick with it?

It's not that difficult and I like that it's healthier. I have food intolerances which I mean I have to make most of my food anyway. (Food intolerances are also why I had to give it up before and why it would be difficult for me to go 100% vegan, as it's difficult to buy foods that suit both things when traveling and I can't have most meat/milk substitutes).

>noticed any health benefits?

Not really, but I do know that if I eat too much junk food that makes me feel bad. Being vegan(ish) doesn't do that.

>tips for beginners?

Don't feel you have to go completely vegan in one day. It's ok to take your time and find meals you like and ways to make vegan versions of the foods you like. Try starting with "Meat Free Monday". If you try to do it do quickly, you might end up resenting veganism because you find it too difficult to find things to eat.

Anonymous 9836

I think it's good to care about the animals. But I think a lot of vegans overlook the exploited farmers it takes to but their food on the table. And in some ways it's not more environmentally friendly like some claim. I just think it's good to acknowledge that everything has faults.

Anonymous 9840

>>9836
there is like no vegan that is denying the exploitation of vegetable, grain, and fruit pickers. the entire food system is built on exploitation. abattoir workers are also largely undocumented people and abattoir work is extremely traumatic.

however, a serious and overlooked problem is the reliance on cashews when it comes to cheese substitutes, cashew milk, etc. the cashew industry is extremely fucked up and while it is definitely the best nut, there's no reason why it should be relied on so heavily. there are delicious vegan cheeses without cashews.



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